Buckeyes, Oklahoma win big
Ohio State and Oklahoma won their BCS championship game rematches and showed that a couple of former powerhouses from the Sunshine State are not quite ready to return to elite status.
Behind the running of Terrelle Pryor and a ball-hawking defense, the second-ranked Buckeyes beat No. 12 Miami 36-24 on Saturday at the Horseshoe in Columbus.
In Norman, Okla., Landry Jones bounced back from a sluggish opener and led the 10th-ranked Sooners to an easy 47-17 victory over No. 17 Florida State.
Jones finished 30 for 40 for 380 yards without an interception. He had 321 yards by halftime, the second-most in a half in Oklahoma history. Ryan Broyles caught 12 passes for 125 yards and a score.
Christian Ponder was just 11 for 28 for 113 yards with interceptions on back-to-back throws in the third quarter for Florida State (1-1).
At Ohio Stadium, Pryor ran for 113 yards and a touchdown and passed for another score and the Buckeyes (2-0) intercepted four of Jacory Harris’ passes.
No. 1 Alabama 24,
No. 18 Penn State 3
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Trent Richardson ran for 144 yards in place of injured Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram to lead Alabama.
The Crimson Tide (2-0) hardly slowed down without Ingram, and a young defense forced freshman Rob Bolden and the Nittany Lions (1-1) into several turnovers to end promising drives.
Greg McElroy completed 16 of 24 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns for Alabama.
James Madison 21,
No. 13 Virginia Tech 16
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Drew Dudzik ran for two touchdowns and threw for another and James Madison stunned Virginia Tech, the Hokies’ second loss in six days.
Dudzik scored on second-half runs of 7 and 12 yards as the Dukes (2-0) became only the second team from the Football Championship Subdivision to beat the Hokies.
No. 4 TCU 62,
Tennessee Tech 7
FORT WORTH, Texas – Matthew Tucker ran for two touchdowns and Andy Dalton threw for a score.
No. 5 Texas 34,
AUSTIN, Texas – Garrett Gilbert passed for 222 yards and a touchdown and Texas shook off another slow start to beat Wyoming.
Gilbert was 22 of 35 with a 45-yard touchdown to freshman receiver Mike Davis in the second quarter. Fozzy Whittaker scored on a 39-yard run.
Texas (2-0) held the Cowboys to 257 total yards.
No. 6 Nebraska 38,
LINCOLN, Neb. – Taylor Martinez ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns and Nebraska’s defense intercepted five of Nathan Enderle’s passes and had seven sacks.
DeJon Gomes and Rickey Thenarse each ran back interceptions for touchdowns as the defense carried the Huskers (2-0), whose offense was productive but mistake-prone against the overmatched Vandals (1-1).
No. 7 Oregon 48, Tennessee 13
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – LaMichael James ran for 134 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown, in his first game back after a one-game suspension and No. 7 Oregon (2-0) scored 45 consecutive points to beat Tennessee.
James, who rushed for a Pac-10 freshman record 1,546 yards in 2009, returned to the field after serving his suspension for a offseason misdemeanor harassment charge.
Tennessee (1-1) went up 13-3 in the first half, which was delayed an hour by bad weather delay.
No. 8 Florida 38,
South Florida 14
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Jeff Demps ran for a career-high 139 yards and a touchdown, Justin Trattou returned an interception for a score and Florida pulled away from South Florida in the second half.
The Gators (2-0) overcame a sluggish start for the second consecutive week, took advantage of five turnovers and extended their home winning streak to 13 games.
No. 9 Iowa 35,
Iowa State 7
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Adam Robinson rushed for a career-high 156 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries as Iowa beat Iowa State (1-1) for the third straight time.
No. 11 Wisconsin 27,
San Jose State 14
MADISON, Wis. – John Clay ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns, and Wisconsin beat San Jose State, but lost receiver David Gilreath early in the game with a concussion.
The Badgers (2-0) won their 15th straight home opener.
No. 14 Arkansas 31, Louisiana-Monroe 7
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Ryan Mallett completed 28 of 43 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns as Arkansas (2-0) came on strong in the second half.
No. 15 Georgia Tech 25
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Jordan Webb threw three touchdown passes and Kansas rebounded from last week’s humiliating loss to North Dakota State by beating Georgia Tech.
Webb, who replaced last week’s starter, was 18 for 29 for 179 yards and three TDs. Georgia Tech quarterback Joshua Nesbitt scored touchdowns on runs of 9 and 4 yards, giving him five in two games.
No. 19 LSU 27,
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Stevan Ridley scored a 65-yard touchdown and ran for 144 of his 159 yards in the second half for LSU.
Russell Shepard scored a 30-yard TD run to put the Tigers (2-0) ahead to stay.
No. 20 Utah 38, UNLV 10
SALT LAKE CITY – Terrance Cain passed for two touchdowns in his first start in almost a year and Shaky Smithson returned a punt 77 yards for a score for Utah.
Eddie Wide ran for two touchdowns and the Utes (2-0, 1-0) won their 19th straight at home and their final Mountain West Conference opener before bolting for the Pac-10 next season.
No. 24 S. Carolina 17,
No. 22 Georgia 6
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Marcus Lattimore rushed for 182 yards and two first-half touchdowns and South Carolina beat Georgia.
The Bulldogs (1-1, 0-1 SEC)were outgained by more than 100 yards and held without a touchdown for the first time in three years since its last loss to South Carolina, 16-12, in 2007.