College football roundup: No. 25 Washington edges Hawaii
HONOLULU — John Ross scored on a reverse and a 91-yard catch and No. 25 Washington held off Hawaii 17-16 on Saturday night despite a weak second half in coach Chris Petersen’s Huskies debut.
The Huskies overcame late pushes from Hawaii and offensive problems late in the game, when their best accomplishment was running out the clock.
Jeff Lindquist threw for 162 yards in his first start for Washington after Cyler Miles was suspended for the game. But most of Lindquist’s total came on the big play to Ross.
Washington’s defense struggled early, spotting Hawaii a 10-0 lead on its first two possessions. The Rainbow Warriors lost the advantage in one quick second-quarter burst, turning the ball over on downs and then allowing the Huskies’ second-longest pass play in school history.
Hawaii’s Joey Iosefa rushed for 143 yards and a touchdowns.
NO. 1 FLORIDA ST. 37, OKLAHOMA ST. 31
ARLINGTON, Texas — Jameis Winston threw for 370 yards and scored on a 28-yard run, and No. 1 Florida State opened defense of its national title with a victory Saturday night over Oklahoma State on the same field where this season’s champion will be crowned.
Winston wasn’t nearly as efficient as he was in the college debut that jump-started his Heisman Trophy season a year ago, but made plays when he had to as the Seminoles tied a school record with their 17th straight victory.
The Cowboys were 19-point underdogs in the $1.2 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys but stayed close when J.W. Walsh matched Winston’s scoring run with a 24-yard sprint and dive across the goal line to get within 27-24 early in the fourth quarter.
NO. 2 ALABAMA 33, WEST VIRGINIA 23
ATLANTA — Blake Sims was good enough in his first start at quarterback for Alabama, getting plenty of help from Amari Cooper, T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry.
Sims was 24 for 33 for 250 yards and added 42 running, playing every meaningful series. The fifth-year senior beat out Florida State transfer Jake Coker for the start.
Yeldon (126 yards rushing and two touchdowns), Henry (113 yards rushing and a score) and Cooper (12 catches for 130 yards) provided plenty of support. Alabama needed all the offense it could get because West Virginia found plenty of soft spots in the Tide’s D.
NO. 3 OREGON 62, SOUTH DAKOTA 13
EUGENE, Ore. — Marcus Mariota threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns and ran for one more score for Oregon before sitting out the second half.
Running back Byron Marshall was Oregon’s top receiver with eight catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman Royce Freeman, a five-star recruit out of Imperial, California, ran for 75 yards and two more scores.
NO. 4 OKLAHOMA 48, LOUISIANA TECH 16
NORMAN, Okla. — Trevor Knight threw for 253 yards and a touchdown and Keith Ford had 116 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns for Oklahoma.
Ford ran for 51 yards and caught four passes for 65 yards for the Sooners, who rolled to a 31-0 lead in the second quarter in the opener for both teams. Samaje Perine ran for 77 yards and a touchdown and Alex Ross ran for two scores.
NO. 5 OHIO STATE 34, NAVY 17
BALTIMORE — Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns in his college debut, and Ohio State got its 25th consecutive regular-season victory.
Elevated into a starting role after senior Braxton Miller injured his right shoulder on Aug. 18, Barrett went 12 for 15 — including an 80-yard TD pass to Devin Smith that put the Buckeyes up 20-14 with 4:10 left in the third quarter.
Ohio State won despite allowing Navy to gain 370 yards on the ground, including 118 by Ryan Williams-Jenkins.
NO. 6 AUBURN 45, ARKANSAS 21
AUBURN, Ala. — Jeremy Johnson passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and Nick Marshall returned from suspension with a 19-yard scoring run for Auburn.
The Tigers scored the final 24 points after the Razorbacks managed to force a halftime deadlock. The game was delayed 1 hour, 28 minutes because of lightning in the fourth quarter.
Marshall, who led Auburn to the SEC title last season and the national championship game, started the second half after serving his punishment for getting ticketed in July for possession of a small amount of marijuana. Junior college transfer D’haquille Williams supplied the most electrifying performance with nine catches for 154 yards in his debut, including a 62-yard bomb and an 18-yard touchdown from Johnson.
NO. 7 UCLA 28, VIRGINIA 20
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — UCLA scored three defensive touchdowns before Brett Hundley led the Bruins on a critical second-half scoring drive.
Hundley was harassed all day by Virginia’s pressure defense, and made the biggest play of the day for UCLA with his feet. It came late in the third quarter when he overpowered safety Quin Blanding on a 6-yard TD run.
The Cavaliers, 21-point underdogs, trailed 28-20 and had a first down at the 19 late in the game, but three consecutive running plays netted just 2 yards, and linebacker Myles Jack disrupted Matt Johns’ fourth-and-8 pass to Doni Dowling and it fell to the ground.
NO. 11 STANFORD 45, UC DAVIS 0
STANFORD, Calif. — Ty Montgomery returned his first career punt for a touchdown and caught five passes for 77 yards and another score for Stanford..
The All-America kick returner, who was cleared by team doctors to play earlier this week after offseason surgery on his right shoulder, looked ready to be the Cardinal’s do-it-all playmaker again. He ran his first punt back 60 yards for a TD and lined up all over the field, including once as a wildcat quarterback.
Kevin Hogan threw for 204 yards and three touchdowns to help the two-time defending Pac-12 champions get off to a mostly smooth start. He completed 12 of 16 passes and had one interception.
NO. 12 GEORGIA 45, NO. 16 CLEMSON 21
ATHENS, Ga. — Todd Gurley ran for 198 yards and three touchdowns, and returned a kickoff 100 yards for another score for Georgia.
If rating Heisman Trophy favorites after Week 1, Gurley would surely be among the favorites. He made the most of his limited touches on a sweltering night between the hedges, averaging 17.2 yards every time he got his hands on the ball. He set a school record for all-purpose yards with 293, breaking the record of 290 set by Rodney Hampton in 1987.
NO. 13 LSU 28, NO. 14 WISCONSIN 24
HOUSTON — Kenny Hilliard scored on a 28-yard touchdown run to cap LSU’s fourth-quarter rally against Wisconsin at NRG Stadium.
The Tigers trailed 24-21 when Jalen Mills intercepted Tanner McEvoy’s pass at the LSU 47 with 11:04 left. Hilliard ran for 53 yards on the ensuing drive, capping it with a sprint through a hole on the right side.
The Tigers extended the nation’s longest regular-season nonconference winning streak to 46 games after coming back from a 24-7 deficit in the fourth quarter.
NO. 15 USC 52, FRESNO STATE 13
LOS ANGELES — Cody Kessler threw for 394 yards and four touchdowns and Southern California ended a trying week with victory in Steve Sarkisian’s debut as the Trojans’ coach.
The Trojans ran a school- and Pac-12 record 105 plays while racking up 37 first downs and 702 yards of total offense to Fresno State’s 16 first downs and 315 yards.
In all, 10 Trojans caught passes in Sarkisian’s up-tempo offense.
For USC, the victory comes at the end of a distracting week for Sarkisian, punctuated by a tale of heroism by suspended defensive captain Josh Shaw that turned out to be a lie. Backup running back Anthony Brown also quit the team and called Sarkisian a racist, an allegation the coach and other players vehemently denied.
No. 17 NOTRE DAME 48, RICE 17
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Everett Golson threw touchdown passes of 75 and 53 yards and ran for three more scores in his return after missing the 2013 season for academic impropriety.
Golson was 14-of-22 passing for 295 yards and ran for 41 yards on 12 carries. He also had two near-misses on long pass attempts. He scored on an 11-yard run on a planned keeper, a 14-yard scramble and a 4-yard run on a blown handoff.
The Irish opened the season without five players who are scheduled to appear before the school’s honor code committee after being investigated for possible cheating. It was the sixth straight season-opening loss for the Owls.
NO. 20 KANSAS ST. 55, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 16
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Jake Waters threw for 223 yards and accounted for four touchdowns and Charles Jones ran for a pair of scores for Kansas State.
Waters threw touchdown passes to Tyler Lockett and Kody Cook while also running for two TDs as the Wildcats improved to 21-2 in season openers under longtime coach Bill Snyder.
NO. 22 NEBRASKA 55, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 7
LINCOLN, Neb. — Ameer Abdullah ran for a career-high 232 yards and Tommy Armstrong Jr. passed for a career-high 271 yards and two TDs.
The Cornhuskers rushed for 498 of their 784 total yards and won their 29th straight opener, the longest streak in the nation.
Abdullah had 178 yards by halftime while becoming the eighth Nebraska player to go over 3,000 yards rushing in a career. Terrell Newby added 107 yards rushing.
NO. 23 N. CAROLINA 56, LIBERTY 29
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Marquise Williams accounted for four touchdowns, and Jeff Schoettmer returned an interception for a score in North Carolina’s game-turning flurry.
Schoettmer’s 19-yard return came during a run of four touchdowns in fewer than 4 minutes that jolted the Tar Heels out of a sluggish and mistake-prone performance.
Liberty led 22-21 with about 6 minutes left in the third quarter before Williams found Mack Hollins for a 33-yard scoring pass. Williams later scored on a 15-yard keeper and backup Mitch Trubisky followed with his first career TD pass for a 49-22 lead with 2:06 left in the quarter.
NO. 24 MISSOURI 38, SOUTH DAKOTA ST. 18
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Maty Mauk threw for 178 yards and three touchdowns for Missouri
Mauk seemed at ease early, finding receiver Darius White crossing behind the Jackrabbits’ defense for a 44-yard touchdown pass just 50 seconds into the game. The Tigers extended their lead to 21-10 at halftime.
Zach Zenner rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries for South Dakota State.