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BYU quarterback Max Hall was sacked by UCLA's Chris Horton during the first half yesterday.
» Colt Brennan, Hawaii, completed 43 of 61 passes for 548 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-44 overtime win against Louisiana Tech.
» Josh Johnson, San Diego, passed for 403 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Toreros to a 38-17 win over Marist, extending their home winning streak to 20 games.
» Drew Weatherford, Florida State, threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns to help the Seminoles rally from an early two-touchdown deficit in a 34-24 win over UAB.
» Chase Daniel, Missouri, accounted for a career-high 396 total yards and threw five touchdowns in a 38-25 win over Mississippi.
» Blake Szymanski, Baylor, threw for school-record 412 yards and six touchdowns in a 42-17 victory over Rice.
» Dennis Dixon, Oregon, accounted for 368 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, helping the Ducks rout Michigan 39-7.
» Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, completed 19 of 25 passes for 205 yards and tied a school record with five touchdown passes in the Sooners' 51-13 victory over Miami.
» Curtis Painter, Purdue, tied a school record with six touchdown passes as the Boilermakers defeated Eastern Illinois 52-6.
» Brian Hoyer, Michigan State, completed 17 of 29 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns to help the Spartans hold off Bowling Green, 28-17.
» Sam Keller, Nebraska, threw for 258 yards and a touchdown in his first road start, leading the 16th-ranked Cornhuskers past Wake Forest 20-17.
» Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech, had 138 yards rushing and three touchdowns on only nine carries in a 69-14 victory over Samford.
» Trey Elder, Appalachian State, threw four touchdown passes and ran for another, leading the Mountaineers to a 48-7 win over Division II Lenoir-Rhyne.
» Kevin Hoyng, Dayton, tied a school record with four touchdown passes as the Flyers routed Urbana 45-7.
» LeSean McCoy, Pittsburgh, ran for three touchdowns on his first four carries in the first quarter of a 34-10 victory over Grambling State.
» Duran Lawson, Citadel, went 12-for-21 for 220 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to their highest score in almost 100 years with a 76-0 shutout of Webber International.
» Grayson Mullins, Presbyterian, threw for 342 yards and six touchdowns in a 58-7 victory over Pikeville.
» Alex Brink, Washington State, completed a school-record 38 passes for 469 yards and five touchdowns, leading the Cougars to a 45-17 rout of San Diego State.
» Deonte Jackson, Idaho, ran for 214 yards to lead the Vandals past Cal Poly 20-13.
» Patrick Pinkney, East Carolina, threw for 406 yards and three touchdowns in his first start and the Pirates went on to beat North Carolina 34-31.
» Tyler Roehl, North Dakota, rushed for 238 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Bison to a 28-19 victory over Stephen F. Austin.
» Kelcy Luke, Alabama A&M, passed for 301 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs used a high-powered offense to defeat Clark-Atlanta 41-10.
A week after losing to Appalachian State, Michigan was handed its most-lopsided loss in 39 years as Dennis Dixon and the Oregon Ducks cruised to a 39-7 victory yesterday. The Wolverines (0-2) have opened a season with two straight losses at home for the first time since 1959 and have dropped four straight, dating to last season, for the first time in four decades. The 32-point setback was Michigan's worst since losing 50-14 at Ohio State in 1968, the season before Bo Schembechler's debut in Ann Arbor.
Western Kentucky tied the record for most points in a quarter by a National Bowl Subdivision team in an 87-0 victory over NAIA West Virginia Tech. The Hilltoppers (1-1) scored 49 points in the first quarter to earn their first victory as a member of the Bowl Subdivision, formerly Division I-A. The 87 points were a school record. Three other teams have scored 49 points in a quarter, the last time by Fresno State against New Mexico on Oct. 5, 1991.
No place like home
Oklahoma State won its home opener for a school-record 12th straight year and improved to 20-1 against current Sun Belt Conference schools after a 42-6 victory over Florida Atlantic. It was the third straight year the Cowboys beat Florida Atlantic (1-1), with all the wins by at least 20 points.
No. 12 Ohio State forced befuddled Akron to punt 14 times, including after 12 consecutive three-and-out series, and beat the Akron 20-2 yesterday. Akron managed just three first downs and 69 yards on offense -- gaining 3 net yards on 19 rushing attempts. The Zips had two first downs the first time they had the ball, then didn't pick up another until 5 minutes remained -- with punter John Stec putting his name in the record book
Boston College ruined Tom O'Brien's return to the school he coached for 10 seasons by forcing seven turnovers and keeping his new team winless with a 37-17 victory over North Carolina State yesterday. O'Brien left last December after becoming the winningest coach in BC history.
Michigan quarterback Chad Henne did not play in the second half against Oregon yesterday because of an injury, and he's not expected to face Notre Dame. ABC-TV reported at halftime that Michigan trainer Paul Schmidt said Henne was out for the rest of the game with a lower-leg injury.
Terry Grant ran 24 times for 173 yards and two touchdowns, and Alabama made Nick Saban the latest coach to oversee the Crimson Tide's dominance of Vanderbilt with a 24-10 victory yesterday. Alabama won its Southeastern Conference opener with a 20th straight victory in a series it leads 60-19-4. The Tide improved to 18-3-1 when opening SEC play against the Commodores.
No. 22 Boise State had its 14-game winning streak, longest in major college football, ended as resurgent Washington shut out the Broncos in the second half of the Huskies' 24-10 victory yesterday. ... Army snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating Rhode Island 14-7 in overtime. It was the second consecutive season the Black Knights won an overtime game in its home opener. ... Heidelberg snapped a 36-game losing streak with a 37-26 victory over Oberlin. Division III Heidelberg (1-0) had not won since beating Marietta 21-13 on Oct. 4, 2003.
North Carolina A&T dropped its 18th consecutive game dating to October 2005, falling 22-7 to Prairie View. ... UAB dropped its eighth straight game with a 34-24 loss to Florida State.
Strong in defeat
North Texas recorded a school-record 613 yards total offense in a 45-31 loss to Southern Methodist last night. North Texas quarterback Daniel Meager set school records for passing yards, completions and attempts, completing 46 of 64 for 601 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Casey Fitzgerald also set a UNT single-game record for receiving yards with 327 yards on 18 catches with two touchdowns.
Riante Jones blocked three kicks in the second quarter, and Val Ford returned two of them for touchdowns in Prairie View A&M's 22-7 victory over North Carolina A&T in the Angel City Classic last night at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
"We have good kids and they're hurting. If losing doesn't make you hurt, you shouldn't be at Michigan." -- Michigan coach Lloyd Carr after the Wolverines fell to 0-2 after a 39-7 loss to Oregon yesterday.