Tiger tale...Boise rolls in SEC country
-- Fourth-ranked LSU mauled third-ranked Oregon 40-27 in a rare early season matchup of teams ranked in the top five of the AP rankings on a neutral field, Cowboys Stadium.
Michael Ford ran for two touchdowns and Jarrett Lee admirably
directed LSU's offense in place of suspended quarterback Jordan
LSU converted three of Oregon's four turnovers into 20 points
and won its 34th consecutive nonconference game. Oregon, which lost to Auburn in the BCS national championship game last season, has consecutive losses for the first time since losing its last three
regular-season games in 2007.
Elsewhere in AP Top-25 action:
-- Landry Jones threw for 375 yards, Dominique Whaley ran for
four scores in his debut and top-ranked Oklahoma beat Tulsa 47-14.
-- The Alabama Crimson Tide protected their No. 2 status with a
48-7 victory over visiting Kent State. Trent Richardson started in
place of departed Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram and scored
three touchdowns while running for 37 yards. The season-opener was both a tuneup for Alabama before next week's trip to Penn State.
----Fifth-ranked Boise State marched into Georgia and clobbered
the 19th-ranked Bulldogs 35-21. Kellen Winslow completed 28 of 34
for 261 yards and three TDs for the Broncos.
-- EJ Manuel threw for 252 yards and two touchdowns and backup
quarterback Clint Trickett threw a touchdown pass on his first
college play as No. 6 Florida State beat Louisiana-Monroe 34-0.
Florida State's swarming defense limited ULM to 191 yards and 12
---- Andrew Luck threw two touchdowns and ran for another score,
leading seventh-ranked Stanford past San Jose State 57-3 in the
-- Joseph Randle rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns, Justin
Blackmon had 144 yards receiving and No. 9 Oklahoma State walloped Louisiana-Lafayette 61-34.
-- Taylor Martinez ran for 135 yards and three touchdowns out of
Nebraska's new no-huddle offense and the No. 10 Cornhuskers beat
Chattanooga 40-7 Saturday in their first game as Big Ten members.
Rex Burkhead added 75 yards and a touchdown as the Cornhuskers won their 26th consecutive opener, the longest streak in the nation.
-- Fifth-year senior Stephen Garcia came off the bench to run for
two touchdowns and throw for another as he rallied the 12th-ranked
South Carolina Gamecocks past East Carolina 56-37.
-- No. 13 Virginia Tech began Frank Beemer's 25th season in
Blacksburg with a 66-13 thrashing of visiting Appalachian
(ap-ah-LA'-chihn) State. David Wilson ran for and three touchdowns
for the Hokies. It was announced at halftime that after more than a
year of negotiations, Beamer has signed a contract extension that
will keep him in charge of the program at his alma mater through
-- Joe Adams tied a Southeastern Conference record with two punt
returns for touchdowns and Arkansas defeated Missouri State 51-7.
-- Kayvon Webster returned a fumble 96 yards for an early
touchdown as South Florida came to Notre Dame for the first time
and stunned the 16th-ranked Irish 23-20 in a game disrupted for
hours because of storms.
-- The Luke Fickell era at Ohio State begins with a 42-0 rout of
visiting Akron. The 18th-ranked Buckeyes got three passing
touchdowns and one running TD from first-time starting quarterback
Joe Bauserman. Fickell was elevated from defensive assistant to
replace Jim Tressel, who left in the wake of an NCAA scandal.
-- James Franklin ran for one touchdown and passed for the
clinching score in his first career start, helping No. 21 Missouri
open with a 17-6 victory over Miami of Ohio.
-- John Brantley looked comfortable in Florida's new offense,
Chris Rainey scored three different ways and the 22nd-ranked Gators
opened the Will Muschamp era by beating Florida Atlantic 41-3.
-- No. 23 Auburn scored two touchdowns over the final 2:07 to
beat visiting Utah State 42-38. Mike Dyer bulled across the goal
line for a game-saving score with 30 seconds left and the defending
national champions kept the Aggies from mounting a threat over the
-- Robert Woods caught a school-record 17 passes for 177 yards
and three touchdowns, and No. 25 Southern California hung on to
spoil Jerry Kill's coaching debut for Minnesota, 19-17. Matt Barkley completed a school-record 34 passes for 304 yards for the Trojans.
-- Joe Paterno coached Penn State's season-opening 41-7 victory over visiting Indiana State from the press box. The Nittany Lions' 84-year-old coach is nursing shoulder and hip injuries resulting from a sideline collision with a player three weeks ago during practice.
Paterno said earlier this week there was a "50-50" chance he
would be on the sideline.
He hopes to return to the sideline for Penn State's showdown
next week at home against No. 2 Alabama.