No. 4 Florida 34,
Miami (Ohio) 12
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Demps had a long scoring run, John Brantley added a fluky touchdown pass late and No. 4 Florida overcame an error-filled game to beat Miami (Ohio) 34-12 Saturday.
The Gators (1-0) 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 a teammate.
Zac Dysert completed 25 of 44 passes for 191 yards for Miami (0-1), which got a career-high four field goals from Trevor Cook.
No. 9 Iowa 37,
Eastern Illinois 7
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Adam Robinson ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns in the first half for Iowa.
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 (0-1).
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. 2 Ohio State 42, Marshall 7
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Terrelle Pryor tossed three touchdown passes, Brandon Saine rushed for 103 yards and two scores and No. 2 Ohio State rolled over error-prone Marshall 42-7 on Thursday night in a tuneup for a big date with Miami.
Pryor completed 17 of 25 passes for 247 yards and TDs covering 6 and 11 yards to DeVier Posey and 65 yards to Dane Sanzenbacher before 105,040 at Ohio Stadium.
The Buckeyes, who haven’t lost a home opener since 1978, next play on Sept. 11 against No. 13 Miami, which coasted past Florida A&M 45-0.
It was a bleak debut for new Marshall coach Doc Holliday. The Thundering Herd fumbled the opening kickoff and were down 14-0 before running their first play in Ohio State territory.
No. 16 Georgia Tech 41,
South Carolina State 10
ATLANTA — Quarterback Joshua Nesbitt ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns and Roddy Jones added two scoring runs for Georgia Tech.
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.
Sophomore Asheton Jordan had 17 carries for 125 yards for South Carolina State (0-1), setting up the Bulldogs’ only touchdown with a 55-yard run in the third quarter.
Tevin Washington, who replaced Nesbitt late in the third quarter, added an 11-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter as Georgia Tech (1-0) had 372 yards rushing with six touchdowns.
No. 19 Penn St. 44,
Youngstown St. 14
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Freshman Rob Bolden threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns and Chaz Powell had a 100-yard kickoff return for a score for Penn State.
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 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.
The Penguins lost in Eric Wolford’s debut as coach.
No. 20 Florida St. 59,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — 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 rout.
The Seminoles (1-0) 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 (0-1) could muster only 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. 13 Miami 45,
Florida A&M 0
MIAMI — Jacory Harris threw for 210 yards and three touchdowns before sitting out the second half, Leonard Hankerson caught six passes for 115 yards and two scores, and the Hurricanes rolled.
It was Miami’s first shutout since Oct. 14, 2006.
Damien Berry had a 32-yard touchdown reception for the Hurricanes (1-0), who were up 35-0 after the game’s first 25 minutes and visit No. 2 Ohio State next Saturday. Lamar Miller and Mike James had touchdown runs for Miami, and Ray-Ray Armstrong returned an interception 22 yards for another score.
Philip Sylvester rushed for a team-best 45 yards for the Rattlers (0-1).
No. 14 USC 49,
HONOLULU — Matt Barkley and Ronald Johnson connected on three touchdowns to make Lane Kiffin a winner in his first game for the Trojans to start the post-Pete Carroll era.
Barkley passed for 257 yards and tied a school record with five TD passes while Johnson matched a USC mark with his three TD catches. Johnson also returned a punt 89 yards for another score in USC’s first game after being hit with sanctions by the NCAA that include a postseason ban this season.
Johnson’s two scores in the third quarter, a 3-yard catch and the punt return, helped break the game open for the Trojans (1-0), who took a 42-23 lead into the fourth.
No. 15 Pittsburgh 24, OT
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah freshman Brian Blechen intercepted a pass on the first play of overtime, setting up Joe Phillips for a 21-yard field goal that gave the Utes a 27-24 .
Pittsburgh had rallied with 14 points in the fourth quarter, forcing overtime on Dan Hutchins’ 30-yard field goal on the final play of regulation.
But after Utah won the toss and elected to play defense, Blechen quickly doused any hopes the Panthers had of completing the comeback when he bolted in front of Pitt receiver Mike Shanahan and grabbed Tino Sunseri’s pass at the sideline.
Jordan Wynn passed for 283 yards with three touchdowns for Utah, including two to Jereme Brooks.
No. 23 Georgia 55,
ATHENS, Ga. — Aaron Murray passed for three touchdowns and ran for another in his first college game to lead Georgia.
Despite the absence of top receiver A.J. Green, Murray completed 16 of 24 passes for 194 yards. Kris Durham caught two TD passes.
Murray ran four times for 41 yards. On a 16-yard scramble down the right sideline late in 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.