No. 1 Alabama 48, San Jose St. 3.
Trent Richardson ran for two touchdowns and Greg McElroy passed for 218 yards to help top-ranked Alabama trouncet San Jose State 48-3.
The defending national champion Crimson Tide (1-0) shrugged off the absence of injured Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram and suspended defensive end Marcell Dareus in the opening mismatch.
The subs played much of the game, anyway, after the Tide raced to a 31-3 halftime lead over the Spartans. Richardson ran for 66 yards and had three catches for 46 yards before sitting out the second half. He scored on runs of 4 and 39 yards.
Julio Jones made a diving, one-handed grab for a 29-yard touchdown from backup quarterback A.J. McCarron early in the second quarter. He finished with six catches for 93 yards.
Alabama outgained the Spartans 591-175.
No. 4 Florida 34, Miami of Ohio 12.
Jeff Demps had a long scoring run, JohnBrantley added a fluky touchdown pass late and No. 4 Florida overcame an error-filled game to beat Miami (Ohio) 34-12 Saturday.
The Gators used four interceptions, several red-zone stops and two late touchdowns to avoid a meltdown. The bigger story was Florida's anemic offense -- the one quarterback John Brantley had hoped to "keep rolling" after waiting three years behind Tim Tebow.
There were fumbles, bad snaps, poor throws, several penalties and possibly more frustration in The Swamp than ever before.
Brantley completed 17 of 25 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns. He had a 10-yarder to Omarius Hines that was the offense's longest play of the day until Demps' got loose for a 72-yard run in the fourth. Brantley also had a 25-yard TD pass to Chris Rainey with 1:21 remaining. That fourth-down pass bounced off
No. 5 Texas 34, Rice 17.
Tre' Newton ran for three touchdowns, quarterback Garrett Gilbert was up and down in his first college start and No. 5 Texas overcame a slow start to beat Rice 34-17.
Gilbert, who threw four interceptions filling in for Colt McCoy in the loss to Alabama in the BCS title game, didn't turn the ball over in this one. Still, his day didn't go as smoothly as Longhorns fans had hoped.
Texas was stopped on fourth down at the 1-yard line on their first drive and settled for a 51-yard field goal on the second after another stalled drive.
They finally got going on their first full drive of the second quarter taking a 10-3 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by Newton.
Then the defense got involved with a sack on Taylor McHargue that caused a fumble. Keenan Robinson returned it 10 yards for a touchdown to push the lead to 17-3 and Texas was on its way.
No. 6 TCU 30, No. 24 Oregon St. 21.
Andy Dalton ran for two touchdowns and threw for another score to make up for his two interceptions and No. 6 TCU opened the season with a 30-21 victory over No. 24 Oregon State.
Eight months after Dalton threw three interceptions in a Fiesta Bowl loss that soured the Horned Frogs' breakthrough season, he scored on a 3-yard keeper at the end of the third quarter to put TCU ahead for good. Both his turnovers led to OSU touchdowns.
Dalton became TCU's winningest quarterback, his 30th victory snapping a tie with "Slingin' Sammy" Baugh, who had held the mark alone since the mid-1930s until being matched last year after the Frogs' first undefeated regular season since 1938.
Brothers Jacquizz and James Rodgers both scored touchdowns for Oregon State in their first college game in their home state.
No. 7 Oklahoma 31, Utah St. 24.
DeMarco Murray ran for 218 yards and two touchdowns and converted a key fourth down to help seventh-ranked Oklahoma survive an unexpected scare from Utah State, 31-24.
Jamell Fleming secured the 800th win in the program's history by intercepting Diondre Borel's pass in the final 5 minutes, dragging his feet to stay inbounds near the sideline. The Sooners are only the seventh Division I school to reach that mark, joining a handful of powerhouses including Michigan, Texas and Notre Dame.
It certainly didn't come easy.
The Aggies had the ball with a chance to tie it when Fleming made amends for a tough day for Oklahoma's inexperienced secondary. The Sooners allowed Borel to throw for 341 yards while squeaking by with their 31st straight victory at home.
No. 8 Nebraska 49, W. Kentucky 10.
Taylor Martinez ran for 127 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 136 yards in a sensational debut that led No. 8 Nebraska to a 49-10 win over Western Kentucky.
The only redshirt or true freshman quarterback to start a season opener for Nebraska, Martinez became the first Husker signal-caller since 2003 to run for more than 100 yards in a game.
Martinez led Nebraska to touchdowns on his first two series and on four of his eight. Cody Green led scoring drives on his two series. Zac Lee, the 2009 starter, didn't enter until the middle of the fourth quarter.
Western Kentucky's Bobby Rainey rushed 30 times for a career-high 155 yards and a TD against a defense that was ninth nationally against the run last season.
No. 9 Iowa 37, Eastern Illinois 7.
Adam Robinson ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns in the first half and No. 9 Iowa breezed past Eastern Illinois 37-7
Senior Ricky Stanzi threw for 229 yards and a touchdown for the Hawkeyes (1-0), who won their 10th straight season opener under coach Kirk Ferentz.
Iowa has its highest preseason ranking in 22 years, and the Hawkeyes made quick work of the FCS Panthers on Saturday.
Robinson scored on TD runs of 2 and 4 yards, and Paki O'Meara
blocked a punt and returned it 42 yards to put the Hawkeyes ahead 21-0 late in the first quarter.
Iowa got a brief scare when Stanzi landed awkwardly in the second quarter, but he quickly returned and played until the game was well in hand.
No. 11 Oregon 72, New Mexico 0.
Kenjon Barner replaced suspended running back LaMichael James for No. 11 Oregon and ran for a career-high 147 yards and four touchdowns before catching another score in the Ducks' 72-0 season-opening rout of New Mexico.
Quarterback Darron Thomas, making his debut at starter for Oregon, completed 13 of 23 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns. The Ducks had a record 720 yards in total offense.
Oregon went to the Rose Bowl last season as the Pac-10 champions before several players ran afoul of the law, including quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who was dismissed from the team.
Barner was subbing for James, who was suspended for a game after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor harassment charge stemming from a conflict with an ex-girlfriend.
No. 12 Wisconsin 41, UNLV 21.
John Clay and Monte Hall each ran for two touchdowns to lead No. 12 Wisconsin past UNLV 41-21 on Saturday night.
Clay finished with 123 yards on 17 carries and Hall had 79 on 16 rushes. The Badgers outscored the Rebels 24-0 in the third quarter after leading 17-14 at half.
Badgers mistakes allowed the Rebels stay close.
Scott Tolzein threw for 197 yards on 15 of 20 passing for Wisconsin, but he threw an interception that was run back 19 yards for a touchdown by Will Chandler in the first quarter.
Wisconsin outgained UNLV 475-215, dominating Bobby Hauck's first game as UNLV coach.
The former Montana coach started Mike Clausen at quarterback and he went 4 for 10 for 23 yards and a touchdown. Clausen was replaced by Omar Clayton, who was 6 of 16 for 82 yards and a touchdown.
No. 16 Georgia Tech 41, South Carolina State 10.
Quarterback Joshua Nesbitt ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns, Roddy Jones added two scoring runs and No. 16 Georgia Tech beat South Carolina State 41-10 on Saturday.
With last year's top receiver Demaryius Thomas and top rusher Jonathan Dwyer gone to the NFL, Nesbitt kept the offense moving despite his inability to establish a passing game. Nesbitt was only 1-for-6 passing for 8 yards with an interception in the Yellow Jackets' run-based option offense.
South Carolina State sophomore Asheton Jordan had 17 carries for 125 yards and set up the Bulldogs' only touchdown with a 55-yard run in the third quarter.
No. 17 Arkansas 44, Tennessee Tech 3.
Ryan Mallett went 21 of 24 for 301 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 17 Arkansas to a 44-3 victory over Tennessee Tech.
The Razorbacks, sporting their highest preseason ranking since 1990, recovered quickly from a sloppy start as Mallett threw an 85-yard touchdown pass to Joe Adams in the second quarter. It was the longest completion of his Arkansas career, and the Hogs led 23-3 at halftime.
Mallett threw for 30 touchdowns a season ago and became an immediate Heisman Trophy candidate when he decided to pass up the NFL for another season with the Razorbacks. He began the game 16 of 18, with the only blemishes a deflected pass that was intercepted and a dropped ball by a receiver that should have been a touchdown.
No. 21 LSU 30, No. 18 North Carolina 24.
Against all odds, undermanned North Carolina nearly rallied from a 20-point halftime deficit before losing 30-24 to LSU .
Patrick Peterson had 257 yards on kickoff and punt returns, leading No. 21 LSU to a 30-10 halftime lead over the Tar Heels, who were missing 13 key players because of NCAA investigations over player relationships with agents and possible academic violations.
But North Carolina (0-1) made a game of it, scoring two second-half touchdowns, then getting two shots at the win after recovering an onside kick and a fumble. T.J. Yates drove the Heels to the LSU 2, but two passes into the end zone slipped through the hands of Zack Pianalto.
No. 19 Penn State 44, Youngstown State 14.
True freshman Rob Bolden threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns, Chaz Powell had a 100-yard kickoff return for a score and No. 19 Penn State brushed off a sluggish start Saturday to beat Youngstown State 44-14.
Coach Joe Paterno got his 395th career victory by starting a true freshman at quarterback in a season opener for the first time in his 45 years as head coach.
Brett Brackett caught two touchdowns for the Nittany Lions (1-0).
Youngstown State (0-1) took a 7-6 lead in the first half on Dominique Barnes' 80-yard TD reception, but the Nittany Lions' defense stiffened from there while Bolden took control on offense.
Bolden hit Brackett for touchdown passes in the second and third quarters, the latter giving Penn State a 30-7 lead.
The Penguins lost in Eric Wolford's debut as head coach.
No. 20 Florida State 59, Samford (Ala.) 6.
Christian Ponder threw four first-half touchdown passes and Greg Reid returned a punt 74 yards for another score as No. 20 Florida State celebrated Jimbo Fisher's coaching debut with a 59-6 victory over lower-division Samford (Ala.)Saturday.
The Seminoles exploded for 35 points during an 11-minute span of the second quarter to build a 42-0 lead in the season opener for both schools.
Ponder, who played only the first half, completed 12 of 14 passes for 167 yards. He hit running back Lonnie Pryor for two scores on short passes.
Samford's points came on a pair of field goals by Cameron Yaw.
Fisher succeeded coaching icon Bobby Bowden at Florida State after spending three years as Bowden's offensive coordinator.
No. 22 Auburn 52, Arkansas St. 26.
Making his first start, quarterback Cam
Newton ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 186
yards and three more scores to help Auburn beat overmatched
Arkansas State 52-26.
Newton, a junior college transfer who started his career at Florida, brought the crowd to its feet late in the second quarter when he broke the game open with a 71-yard touchdown run, dashing up the middle on a keeper. His score made it 35-16.
Freshman running back Michael Dyer ran 14 times for 95 yards and one touchdown for Auburn, while Quindarius Carr caught two passes for 87 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers.
For Arkansas State, Ryan Aplin completed 28-of-42 passes for 278 yards and one score. Dwayne Frampton caught eight passes for 74 yards and one touchdown for the Red Wolves.
No. 23 Georgia 55, Louisiana-Lafayette 7.
Aaron Murray passed for three touchdowns and
ran for another in leading No. 23 Georgia to a 55-7 victory over
Despite the absence of top receiver A.J. Green, Murray completed 16 of 24 passes for 194 yards in his first college game. Kris Durham caught two TD passes.
Murray ran four times for 41 yards. On a 16-yard scramble down the right sideline near the end of the first half, he reached out to hold the ball inside the front pylon for a 31-7 halftime lead.
The 55 points was Georgia's highest since Nov. 6, 2004, when the Bulldogs won 62-17 at Kentucky.
Georgia (1-0) visits South Carolina next week.
Louisiana-Lafayette (0-1) scored on Chris Masson's 60-yard pass to Ladarius Green late in the second quarter.
No. 25 West Virginia 31, Coastal Carolina 0.
Geno Smith threw two touchdown passes and Noel Devine rushed for 111 yards and a score in No. 25 West Virginia's 31-0 win over Coastal Carolina.
The Mountaineers crawled to a 10-0 halftime lead but the offense, led by Smith and Devine, dominated the second half and the defense didn't allow Coastal Carolina inside the 20-yard line all game.
West Virginia earned its first shutout since a 38-0 win at Cincinnati in 2005 and its first home shutout since beating Rutgers 48-0 in 1997.
Smith completed 20 of 27 passes for 216 yards with an interception in his first career start.
Devine had trouble finding running room until a 39-yard gain set up his short touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.