Roundup: Ohio State begins Meyer era with easy victory
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Braxton Miller rushed for 161 yards, a record for an Ohio State quarterback, and threw for two scores, including Devin Smith’s highlight-reel, one-handed catch as the 18th-ranked Buckeyes ushered in the Urban Meyer era Saturday with a 56-10 win over Miami (Ohio) in Columbus.
Meyer, who won two national titles at Florida, moved to 11-0 in season openers. ‘‘I just wanted it to be a good day for Ohio State football,’’ said Meyer. ‘‘And I believe it was.’’
Miller, who stutter-stepped for a 65-yard score just 17 seconds into the second half, finished 14-of-24 passing for 207 yards. He also hit Corey Brown on a 5-yard TD pass. After Miller’s long run made it 28-3, Bradley Roby recovered a high Miami punt snap in the end zone and the rout was on.
USC 49, Hawaii 10 — Marqise Lee caught a 75-yard TD pass on the first play from scrimmage and returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score, and the No. 1 Trojans rolled to victory in Los Angeles.
Matt Barkley began his Heisman Trophy campaign with 377 passing yards and four TDs, and Lee caught 10 passes for 197 yards as USC was impressive in its first game since a two-year NCAA bowl ban ended. Silas Redd rushed for 57 yards and a TD on nine carries in the Penn State transfer’s debut for the Trojans.
LSU 41, North Texas 14 — Kenny Hilliard rushed for 141 yards and two TDs, and Alfred Blue added 123 yards as the No. 3 Tigers opened with an easy win in Baton Rouge, La.
LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who was briefly sidelined by a vicious sack, was 19 of 26 for 192 yards, an interception, and a TD.
Georgia 45, Buffalo 23 — Freshman Todd Gurley ran for 100 yards and three TDs on eight carries, Aaron Murray threw three TD passes, and the No. 6 Bulldogs defeated the Bulls in Athens, Ga.
Gurley added a 100-yard kickoff return for a TD in the first quarter. Branden Oliver, coming off his school-record 1,395 rushing yards in 2011, had 30 carries for 111 yards and a TD run for Buffalo.
Arkansas 49, Jacksonville St. 24 — Tyler Wilson set the school record for passing yards in an opener, going 19 of 27 for 367 yards and three TDs to lead the No. 10 Razorbacks in Fayetteville, Ark. Tight end Chris Gragg caught two TD passes as Arkansas won its first game under coach John L. Smith.
West Virginia 69, Marshall 34 — Geno Smith threw for 323 yards and four TDs to lead the No. 11 Mountaineers over the Thundering Herd in Morgantown, W.Va., in their highest-scoring opener in school history. Smith, a senior, completed 32 of 36 passes and set a school record for career completions with 651. Marc Bulger held the old mark of 630 set from 1996-99.
Wisconsin 26, Northern Iowa 21 — Montee Ball rushed for 120 yards and a TD, and the No. 12 Badgers needed a big defensive play to survive a fourth-quarter scare in Madison, Wis.
Leading, 26-7, in the fourth quarter, Wisconsin allowed Northern Iowa quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen to throw a pair of long TD passes to David Johnson, cutting the lead to 5. With the Panthers facing fourth and 1 at the Wisconsin 41-yard line, defensive lineman Ethan Hemer tipped the ball to stop the drive.
Texas 37, Wyoming 17 — Joe Bergeron rushed for 110 yards and Malcolm Brown 105 while combining for three TDs, leading the No. 15 Longhorns in Austin, Texas. Texas quarterback David Ash was an efficient 20 of 27 for 156 yards and a TD to Jaxon Shipley. Robert Herron had TD catches of 82 and 22 yards for Wyoming.
Nebraska 49, Southern Miss. 20 — Taylor Martinez threw for a career-high 354 yards and matched his high with five TD passes to lead the No. 17 Cornhuskers over the Golden Eagles in Lincoln, Neb.
Nebraska won its nation-leading 27th straight opener, playing the last three quarters without Rex Burkhead. The 1,300-yard rusher last season went out with a sprained ligament in his left knee after opening the scoring with a career-long 57-yard run. Southern Miss scored its first TD on Tracy Lampley’s 100-yard kickoff return.
Oklahoma St. 84, Savannah St. 0 — Jeremy Smith and Desmond Roland ran for three touchdowns apiece, and Wes Lunt completed all 11 of his passes as the new starting quarterback for the No. 19 Cowboys in Stillwater, Okla. The defending Big 12 champions drove for TDs on their first five possessions to take a 35-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Kansas St. 51, Missouri St. 9 — Collin Klein threw for 169 yards and two TDs, John Hubert ran 95 yards for a score, and the No. 22 Wildcats pulled away late in Manhattan, Kan.
Florida 27, Bowling Green 14 — Mike Gillislee had a career-high 148 rushing yards and two TDs, helping the No. 23 Gators beat the Falcons in Gainesville, Fla. The performance was far from perfect for the Gators, but enough for them to win their 23d straight opener. The streak is the second longest in the nation behind Nebraska.Continued...