I-A College Football
               ***** Top-25 College Football Game Capsules *****
                             (Saturday, August 30)
                 Final Score: (2) Alabama 33, West Virginia 23
 Atlanta,  GA (SportsNetwork.com)  - T.J. Yeldon racked up 126 yards and a pair
 of  touchdowns to  pace a potent rushing attack, as second-ranked Alabama took
 down West Virginia, 33-23, in the first-ever meeting between the programs from
 Georgia Dome. Derrick Henry added 113 yards and another score on 17 attempts
 for the Crimson Tide  (1-0),  while  Blake Sims  ended  up  24-of-33  for  250
 yards and one interception. Amari  Cooper led all receivers with 12 receptions
 and racked up 130 yards for Alabama, which is seeking a third national title
 in the last four seasons. Clint  Trickett ended  up 29-of-45 for 365  yards
 and a TD pass to Kevin White for the Mountaineers (0-1). White  collected  143
 yards on nine grabs, while Mario Alford returned a kick 100 yards while adding
 54 yards on five catches.
                  Final Score: (3) Oregon 62, South Dakota 13
 Eugene,  OR (SportsNetwork.com)  - Marcus Mariota threw three touchdown passes
 and  ran for  another as the 3rd-ranked Oregon Ducks trounced the South Dakota
 Coyotes,  62-13, on  Saturday. Mariota  went 14-of-20  for 267  yards and  ran
 for  43  yards on  six carries.  He now  has the  most career total touchdowns
 in   Oregon   history  with  82  after   entering  the  game  tied  with  Joey
 Harrington.  Mariota also  tied  Darron  Thomas' school  record  of 66  career
 touchdown  passes.  Byron Marshall ran  eight times  for a game-high 138 yards
 and  two touchdowns,  while  leading  all receivers  with  89  yards on  eight
 catches  for Oregon  (1-0), which  won its  10th straight  home opener.  Kenny
 Bassett  added a rushing touchdown, Charles Nelson returned a punt for a score
 and  Pharaoh  Brown and Dwayne Stanford  each had a receiving touchdown in the
 win.  South Dakota  quarterback  Kevin  Earl completed  13  of  his 26  passes
 for 136 yards, while Trevor Bouma scored the Coyotes'(0-1) lone touchdown.
                Final Score: (4) Oklahoma 48, Louisiana Tech 16
 Norman,  OK  (SportsNetwork.com) - Keith Ford  and Alex Ross each rushed for a
 pair of touchdowns as fourth-ranked Oklahoma kicked off its 2014 season with a
 48-16  rout  of Louisiana Tech.  Ford added a  team-high 65 receiving yards on
 four  catches while  amassing 51  yards on  the ground  on nine  carries, with
 Trevor  Knight  chipping in 253  yards and a touchdown  through the air in the
 Sooners'  fifth  straight  season-opening triumph.  Knight  finished  19-of-34
 with  one  interception  for  Oklahoma  (1-0),  with  freshman  Samaje  Perine
 amassing  77 yards and a touchdown on 13 rush attempts. Cody Sokol threw for a
 pair  of touchdowns  in  a losing  cause for  Louisiana  Tech (0-1).  Sterling
 Griffin  led  the Bulldogs  with  seven  catches  for  74 yards,  while  Trent
 Taylor  had 68 yards and a touchdown on four grabs. Sokol ended with 191 yards
 and was intercepted once on 22-of-36 passing.
                    Final Score: (5) Ohio State 34, Navy 17
 Baltimore,  MD (SportsNetwork.com)  -  It  took some  time,  but Ohio  State's
 offense  finally  began to  click under  new quarterback  J.T. Barrett and the
 fifth-ranked  Buckeyes pulled  away  late for  a 34-17  victory  over Navy  on
 Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. Ohio State (1-0) entered its third  season under
 Urban  Meyer with  national  championship hopes,  then  lost star  quarterback
 Braxton  Miller  to  a  shoulder  injury earlier  this  month  and  turned  to
 Barrett. The  redshirt  freshman completed  his first  pass attempt, a 14-yard
 toss  to Devin  Smith to open the game,  and his 80-yard TD strike to Smith in
 the third quarter put Ohio State on top for good. The  Buckeyes went on to add
 a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to seal their 25th straight regular-season
 win  and  15th consecutive  season-opening victory. Barrett completed 12-of-15
 passes  for  226 yards  with two  touchdowns and an  interception. He also ran
 for  50  yards as  Ohio State  piled up 194  yards on  the ground. Navy (0-1),
 which  finished second in the nation in rushing last year during a 9-4 season,
 racked  up  370 yards on  the ground.  Ryan Williams-Jenkins accounted for 118
 on  just  seven carries, while  quarterback Keenan Reynolds added 42. Reynolds
 threw the ball just four times and completed two for 20 yards.
                    Final Score: (6) Auburn 45, Arkansas 21
 Auburn, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Marshall came off the bench to run for a
 tie-breaking  touchdown  in  the  third  quarter, beginning  a  streak  of  24
 unanswered  points that  helped  sixth-ranked  Auburn pull  away  for a  45-21
 victory   over   Arkansas  at  Jordan-Hare  Stadium.  Marshall,  the  starting
 quarterback on the  Tigers' 2013 SEC champion and BCS runner-up  team, sat out
 the  entire  first half  as a  suspension for  a marijuana possession citation
 over  the  summer. In  his place, Jeremy  Johnson threw for  243 yards and two
 touchdowns  in an  impressive two  quarters of  action. Jeremy  Whitehead came
 through  with a  pivotal  33-yard interception  return touchdown  later in the
 third  quarter, leading  an  Auburn defense  that held  the  Razorbacks to  no
 points  and  61 total yards  in a  second half that  saw an hour and 27-minute
 delay due to a severe thunderstorm. Cameron  Artis-Payne rushed  for a career-
 best  177 yards  and a  touchdown on  26 carries  for Auburn  (1-0, 1-0  SEC),
 while  D'haquille Williams  racked up 154 yards and a score on nine receptions
 in the win. Johnson  completed 12-of-16  passes,  with Marshall  finishing  4-
 of-6  for  50  yards. Brandon  Allen  went  18-of-31  for  175 yards  and  two
 touchdowns with the one key interception  for Arkansas  (0-1, 0-1). A.J. Derby
 ended  with  four catches  for 40  yards and  a score,  while Alex Collins ran
 for 68 yards on 10 attempts in the loss.
                     Final Score: (7) UCLA 28, Virginia 20
 Charlottesville,  VA  (SportsNetwork.com) - Brett  Hundley threw for 242 yards
 and  ran for a critical touchdown as seventh-ranked UCLA overcame a stiff test
 from  Virginia  to hold on  for a 28-20 win  at Scott Stadium. Hundley's score
 made  it  28-17 late in  the third quarter for  a Bruins program with national
 title  aspirations. Paul  Perkins finished  with 80  yards on  16 carries  for
 UCLA  (1-0),  which scored  three defensive touchdowns  in the second quarter.
 Greyson  Lambert  made his  first  collegiate  start  at quarterback  for  the
 Cavaliers  (0-1),  but was benched  late in the first  half in favor of fellow
 redshirt  sophomore Matt  Johns after  having two  interceptions returned  for
 touchdowns. Johns tossed touchdown passes in relief.
                   Final Score: (11) Stanford 45, UC Davis 0
 Stanford,  CA  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Kevin  Hogan  threw  three  first  half
 touchdowns  and ran in another as No. 11 Stanford rolled to a 45-0 win over UC
 Davis  to  kick off  its 2014  season. Hogan got  to rest  for the second half
 after  building  a commanding lead  over the first  30 minutes. The senior co-
 captain  completed 12-of-16  passes for  204  yards with  an interception.  Ty
 Montgomery  returned a  punt  for a  touchdown  and was  one  of four  players
 with  a receiving  score for Stanford (1-0),  which is hoping to win its third
 straight  Pac-12  conference championship. Christian McCaffrey, Michael Rector
 and  tight  end Austin Hooper  also caught touchdowns.  UC Davis (0-1), an FCS
 program, never got its offense going against  the Cardinal. Quarterback London
 Lacy  was  intercepted twice  and finished  with just  54 yards passing, while
 Justin  Williams and  Colton Silveria gained 36 and 34 yards, respectively, on
 the ground.
                 Final Score: (12) Georgia 45, (16) Clemson 21
 Athens, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Todd Gurley scored two of his four touchdowns
 in  a strong second  half, posting a career-high 198 yards rushing, and No. 12
 Georgia rolled past 16th-ranked Clemson by a 45-21 count in an interconference
 battle from Sanford Stadium. Hutson  Mason threw  for  131  yards on  18-of-26
 efficiency  and Nick  Chubb  contributed 70  yards and  another  score on  the
 ground  for  the Bulldogs  (1-0), who  also benefited  from a 100-yard kickoff
 return  from Gurley  in  the second  quarter. Michael  Bennett  led the  hosts
 with  five  catches for  60  yards  as Georgia  produced  459  yards of  total
 offense.  Cole  Stoudt ended  up 15-of-28  for 130 yards  and was sacked three
 times  for the  Tigers (0-1),  while Mike  Williams posted  88 yards  on three
 receptions.  C.J.  Davidson and D.J. Howard  picked up a rushing score each in
 defeat. Deshaun Watson threw a first-half TD pass to Charone Peake.
                  Final Score: (13) LSU 28, (14) Wisconsin 24
 Houston,  TX  (SportsNetwork.com) - It  might've been LSU's toughest challenge
 during  its nation's  longest  regular-season  non-conference winning  streak.
 Kenny Hilliard made sure to make it 46 in a row. Hilliard ran for the go-ahead
 28-yard score  with 9:41  remaining as No. 13 LSU  rallied from 17 points down
 to  top No.  14 Wisconsin, 28-24, in  the Texas Kickoff on Saturday night. The
 Tigers  scored the  final  21 points  of the  game.  Anthony Jennings,  taking
 over   under   center  for  the   graduated  Zach  Mettenberger,  was  9-of-21
 for 239 yards and Travin Dural caught three passes for 151 yards, including an
 80-yard  TD  catch for LSU  (1-0), which went  10-3 last season. Melvin Gordon
 totaled  140 yards on  the ground on 16 totes with a touchdown for the Badgers
 (0-1),  who finished  9-4 a year ago.  Former safety Tanner McEvoy was just 8-
 of-24 for 50 yards with two interceptions in his first career start in defeat.
 Gordon ran the ball just three times in the second half.
           Final Score: (15) Southern California 52, Fresno State 13
 Los  Angeles, CA  (SportsNetwork.com) - The 15th-ranked USC Trojans dealt with
 controversy,  deceit and  accusations over  the past  week. Cody  Kessler made
 sure  his  team put those  distractions behind them,  leading the Trojans to a
 52-13  rout  of Fresno  State in  Saturday's season  opener. Kessler threw for
 394 yards on  25-of-37 passing and accounted for a career-high five touchdowns
 --  four passing and one rushing -- as the Steve Sarkisian era in Southern Cal
 started with a blowout victory. Sarkisian  returns  to the USC sideline  after
 spending  the last  five years as head coach at Washington, following a seven-
 year  stint  as a  Trojans assistant.  Javorius Allen  finished with 133 yards
 with a touchdown on 22 carries for the Trojans (1-0), who have won 16 straight
 openers.  JuJu  Smith led  USC  with  123  receiving  yards on  four  catches,
 Nelson   Agholor  caught  a  pair  of  touchdown  passes  and  Adoree  Jackson
 and  Bryce Dixon  each hauled in a  score from Kessler. Marteze Waller was the
 lone  bright  spot for  Fresno  State  (0-1), rushing  for  97  yards and  two
 touchdowns in the setback.
                    Final Score: (17) Notre Dame 48, Rice 17
 South Bend, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Everett Golson  ran for  three touchdowns
 and  threw for  two more as No. 17  Notre Dame handed Rice a 48-17 loss in the
 season  opener  at Notre Dame Stadium.  The last time Golson donned a Fighting
 Irish  uniform was  in the BCS title  game against Alabama two seasons ago. He
 missed  his  entire sophomore campaign  after the university suspended him the
 next  fall  for academic  reasons  and  spent  his  hiatus practicing  with  a
 quarterback guru. The  early  results were promising,  as Golson completed 14-
 of-22  attempts for  295 yards  while  accounting for  41 of  the Irish's  281
 rushing  yards.  Notre Dame (1-0), which  is in the middle of another academic
 scandal,  went  9-4 last  season without  Golson and was  playing a Rice (0-1)
 program  coming off  a  Conference USA  title.  The Owls  lost  most of  their
 offensive  threats from last season, however, and the untested Driphus Jackson
 was  shaky in his first road start under center. Hampered by conservative play
 calling,  Jackson  passed for 163  yards with  a touchdown and an interception
 and gained a team-high 61 yards on the ground.
            Final Score: (20) Kansas State 55, Stephen F. Austin 16
 Manhattan,  KS (SportsNetwork.com)  - Jake Waters threw for two touchdowns and
 ran for two scores to lead the No. 20 Kansas State Wildcats to a 55-16 victory
 over  the  Stephen F. Austin  Lumberjacks on  Saturday. Waters completed 19 of
 his 28 passes for 223 yards and an interception, while rushing for 55 yards on
 17  carries. Charles  Jones  also totaled  55  yards on  the  ground with  two
 touchdowns  for the  Wildcats  (1-0), who  improved to  21-2  in home  openers
 under  head  coach Bill Snyder. Kody  Cook, Steven West and Tyler Lockett each
 caught a touchdown pass in the rout. Zach  Conque went 17-of-30 for 118 yards,
 while  Joe  Minden threw 7-of-9 passes  for 107 yards with a rushing touchdown
 for Stephen F. Austin (0-1). Gus  Johnson led the  Lumberjacks with 26 rushing
 yards  on  eight carries  and a score,  while Aaron Thomas  had a game-high 85
 receiving  yards on  six catches  in the  first ever  meeting between  the two
               Final Score: (22) Nebraska 55, Florida Atlantic 7
 Lincoln, NE (SportsNetwork.com) - Tommy Armstrong had two touchdown passes and
 ran  in one more as No. 22 Nebraska rolled to a 55-7 win over Florida Atlantic
 on  Saturday to  open the season. Armstrong was 15-of-29 passing for 271 yards
 and  added  seven runs  for 62 yards  for the Cornhuskers  (1-0), who went 9-4
 last  season  and beat Georgia in  the Gator Bowl. Ameer Abdullah finished the
 game  with  232 yards  on 21  carries and  a score,  while Terrell Newby added
 16 carries for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Jaquez  Johnson was 6-
 for-12  for 61 yards and  a score for the Owls (0-1), who won four in a row to
 end last season with a mark of 6-6.
                Final Score: (23) North Carolina 56, Liberty 29
 Chapel  Hill,  NC (SportsNetwork.com) -  Marquise Williams threw two touchdown
 passes  and ran  for two  more, as  No. 23  North Carolina  exploded for  four
 touchdowns  over a  four-minute span in the  third quarter to take a 56-29 win
 over  Liberty.  Williams went 19-for-29  for 169 yards with two interceptions,
 and  also had  six carries  for 52  yards for  the Tar  Heels (1-0),  who went
 7-6  last season,  defeating Cincinnati  in the  Belk Bowl.  Josh Woodrum  was
 16-for-33  for 189  yards with  two interceptions,  while Todd  Macon had  two
 rushing touchdowns for Liberty (0-1), an FCS team that went 8-4 last season.
              Final Score: (24) Missouri 38, South Dakota State 18
 Columbia,  MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Maty Mauk threw two of his three touchdown
 passes  to Darius White as 24th-ranked Missouri opened the season with a 38-18
 win  over FCS  foe South Dakota State.  Russell Hansbrough had 126 yards and a
 touchdown  on  20 carries  for the  Tigers (1-0), who  posted 12 victories and
 captured  the SEC  Eastern Division  title last  season. Zach  Lujan completed
 21-of-28  passes  for 239  yards  with  one  interception  in place  of  South
 Dakota State starter Austin Sumner. Sumner suffered a right foot/ankle  injury
 on  a  first-quarter  scramble  and  is expected  to  miss  significant  time.
 Zach Zenner had two touchdown runs for the Jackrabbits (0-1).
                   Final Score: (25) Washington 17, Hawaii 16
 Honolulu,  HI (SportsNetwork.com) -  John Ross ran in for a score on a reverse
 and  hauled in a 91-yard TD catch as No. 25 Washington held off Hawaii, 17-16,
 in head coach Chris Petersen's Huskies debut on Saturday night. Washington ran
 the  final 2:40  off the clock to  hang on for the victory. Jeff Lindquist was
 just  10-of-26  for 162  yards and  a touchdown in  his first start, replacing
 Cyler  Miles due to suspension. Lavon Coleman carried the ball 19 times for 94
 yards  for the  Huskies (1-0), who went  9-4 a year ago. Joey Iosefa accounted
 for 143 yards rushing and a score on 30 totes for Hawaii (0-1).
 08/31 02:25:11 ET

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