~ #1 USC defeated Idaho 38 – 10
The Trojans picked up where they left off last season in dominating the Vandals for their first win of the season. John David Booty threw three touchdowns and the running back by committee group of USC totaled 202 yards rushing.
~ #2 LSU defeated Mississippi State 45 – 0
Senior Matt Flynn had a rocky start in replacing NFL number one overall pick JaMarcus Russell, but settled down and led the Tigers to a rout of the Bulldogs for an eighth straight time. Defense dominated as the Tigers had four sacks, one fumble recovery, and six interceptions including three by safety Craig Steltz while giving up only 146 total yards.
~ #3 West Virginia defeated Western Michigan 62 – 24
Pat White and Stave Slaton showed why they are considered big time hopefuls for the Heisman Trophy while running all over Western Michigan. Slaton ended up four total TDs on 109 yards rushing while White 242 passing yards, 97 yards rushing, and 5 total TDs.
~ #4 Texas defeated Arkansas State 21 – 13
The Longhorns got a bit of a scare as a game they were favored to win by 39 points got a little too close for comfort. Injuries and suspensions seriously depleted the Texas team, especially at wide receiver, but Colt McCoy threw two early touchdowns and Brandon Foster recovered a crucial onside kick to stop any chance Arkansas State would have of tying the game up.
~ #5 Michigan lost to Appalachian State 34 – 32
In what is being called the greatest upset in college football history, the Mountaineers of Appalachian State came into the Big House and beat the Wolverines. Sure they are a two-time defending champion from division I-AAâ€¦but this was Michigan. #5 in the nation and picked by many to win a national title and not to mention this was in their house. Mike Hart, Chad Henne, Mario Manningham, Lloyd Carr, and a crowd of 110,000 watched as Appalachian State hit a last minute field goal and then blocked Michigan’s attempt to preserve the win. They say every game counts and any hopes Michigan had of a national title game berth were dashed in week one.
~ # 6 Florida defeated Western Kentucky 49 – 3
QB Tim Tebow seemed to have no problem stepping into the starting spot for the defending national champions. In a game cut short by lightning, Tebow tossed for 299 yards and two touchdowns while running for another. The champs looked in top form in the first game of hoping to repeat.
~ # 7 Wisconsin defeated Washington State 42 – 21
The Badgers started out a bit slow and ended up tied at fourteen at the end of the first quarter but then began to pull away from there. Fifth year senior QB Bret Bielema passed for nearly 300 yards and had three TDs before being pulled for his back-up.
~ # 8 Oklahoma defeated North Texas 79 – 10
Sam Bradford’s first game as starting QB seemed to be a successful one tossing for 363 yards and 3 TDs to demolish North Texas. Freshman DeMarco Murray rushed for only 87 yards on 17 attempts but scored five touchdowns helping the romp.
~ # 9 Virginia Tech defeated East Carolina 17 – 7
On an emotional day in Blacksburg, the Hokies came onto the field in the first game of a season devoted to the 32 people killed in the shootings in mid-April. Set up against a huge burden of playing as “America’s Team,” the Hokies came out and got a lot more then they bargained for from East Carolina. An interception return for a TD gave VaTech the lead, but their offense accounted for only ten points total in a big first win for the University.
~ # 10 Louisville defeated Murray State 73 – 10
Brian Brohm didn’t seem to miss RB mate Michael Bush much as he made his first bid for the Heisman Trophy throwing for 375 yards and 4 TDs in a little over a half of work. 655 total yards of offense for the Cardinals sent Murray State back home with a devastating loss.
~ # 11 Ohio State defeated Youngstown State 38 – 6
The Penguins of Youngstown State just couldn’t hang with the Buckeyes even though Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith was no longer at the helm. Todd Boeckman did well in his first start leading the offense for OSU completing seventeen passes for 225 yards and 2 TDs.
~ # 12 California defeated # 15 Tennessee 45 – 31
Seeking redemption after being embarrassed last year, the Golden Bears got it and in a big way. Triggered by DeSean Jackson’s fantastic 77-yard punt return TD, the Volunteers were constantly behind and even with a few spurts; could never quite catch up. Both teams struggled on defense but Nate Longshore and Justin Forsett made sure that Cal’s offense was the better one on this night.
~ # 13 Georgia defeated Oklahoma State 35 – 14
The Cowboys of Oklahoma State were claiming to have the best offense in the nation, but that didn’t prove to be the case Saturday night. Along with thirteen first-time starters (eight on defense), the Bulldogs of Georgia went out and proved their case for best offense with Matthew Stafford throwing for 234 yards and two TDs.
~ # 14 UCLA defeated Stanford 45 – 17
It was only 14 – 7 at halftime, but UCLA decided that wasn’t enough for the # 14 team in the nation. Ben Olson threw three of his five TD passes in the second half and Kahlil Bell ran for 195 yards, a career best.
~ # 16 Rutgers defeated Buffalo 38 – 3
Ray Rice wanted to start this season off with a bang and that is exactly what he did. Rice ran for 184 yards and 3 scores in an opening season blowout for the Scarlet Knights. But Rice isn’t the only offensive weapon they have; QB Mike Teel had a career best 328 yards passing as Tiquan Underwood gathered a school-record 248 yards receiving and 2 TDs.
~ # 17 Penn State defeated Florida International 59 – 0
Joe Pa has returned to the sidelines from his leg injury that relegated him to the coaching from the press box most of last season as his Nittany Lions destroyed FIU. Penn State outgained FIU 549 – 114 in yardage proving their dominance on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
~ # 18 Auburn defeated Kansas State 23 – 13
The Tigers got a bit of a scare at home as Kansas State as they trailed by four until the final minutes when Brandon Cox threw a touchdown pass and Antonio Coleman returned a fumble for a TD to open it up. The Wildcats’ defense hounded Cox all night knocking him to the ground repeatedly and keeping the Auburn offense out of the endzone. But penalties and missed blocks caused them to lose the lead late and the game.
~ # 19 Florida State Vs. Clemson
Monday night, September 3, the Bowden Bowl comes to NCAA football early this year as the Seminoles and Tigers close out the first week of college play in Clemson. Bobby and FUS hold the edge up five games to three, but Tommy and Clemson have won three of the last four.
~ # 20 Nebraska defeated Nevada 52 – 10
Marlon Lucky made the Cornhuskers look like they used to in their greater days as he rushed for 233 yards, 3 TDs, and caught another TD as new QB Sam Keller took a backseat but didn’t seem to mind. Outgaining Nevada 625 to 185 in total yardage turned a first half close game into a total blowout.
~ # 21 Arkansas defeated Troy 46 – 26
Darren McFadden also made his case for the Heisman as he ran for one score and 151 yards while also throwing for another TD. The passing game of the Hogs’ offense still needs a lot of work as it did last year, but McFadden and the rest of the Arkansas squad were able to pull away from Troy in the second half.
~ # 22 TCU defeated Baylor 27 – 0
The Horned Frogs had their warm-up for the Longhorns next week and looked good doing it. TCU’s defense was stifling as they had four interceptions and held Baylor to only 78 total yards in the second half.
~ # 23 Hawaii defeated Northern Colorado 63 – 6
QB Colt Brennan only needed one game to show he was for real this season in deserving the Heisman as he threw for six TDs and 416 yards. Scratch thatâ€¦he only needed one half to do that. Hawaii scored four times in the first 11 minutes of the game to put it away for good early on.
~ # 24 Boise State defeated Weber State 56 – 7
The Broncos ran the longest winning streak in major college football to fourteen games after a big win over Weber State in a game which was over by halftime. Ian Johnson helped by running for 129 yards and 3 TDs en route to a 49 – 0 halftime lead.
~ # 25 Texas A&M defeated Montana State 38 -7
Montana State was looking to be the second team from division I-AA to take out a top tier team, but it wasn’t meant to be. The Aggies scored 38 unanswered points after Montana State took the lead early on. QB Stephen McGee had a good night passing for 112 yards but an even better night rushing the ball as he ended up with 121 yards and two TDs.