Colt McCoy threw two first-quarter touchdown passes and No. 4 Texas stumbled through a sloppy 21-13 season-opening win over Arkansas State last night in Austin, Texas, narrowly avoiding yet another huge upset on the day.
The Longhorns didn't have this one wrapped up until Brandon Foster recovered an onside kick with less than a minute to play, and that came after the Indians were forced to re-kick because of a penalty that negated one they recovered.
Arkansas State trailed the entire game yet had its chances to pull off the upset. If not for two missed field goals and an interception in the end zone, the Indians could have won.
Reggie Arnold's 2-yard touchdown run with one minute left cut the Texas lead to 8. After an improper formation penalty wiped out Arkansas State's first onside kick, Foster scooped up the next one and the Longhorns avoided becoming the second top-five team to get embarrassed at home, following No. 5 Michigan's loss to Appalachian State earlier in the day.
USC 38, Idaho 10 - John David Booty threw three touchdown passes as the top-ranked Trojans sputtered at times while earning their 34th straight win at home - the longest active streak in the nation.
West Virginia 62, Western Michigan 24 - At Morgantown, W.Va., Pat White threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores, and Steve Slaton reached the end zone four times in the No. 3 Mountaineers' highest scoring output since an 80-7 win over Rutgers in 2001, coach Rich Rodriguez's first season.
Florida 49, Western Kentucky 3 - Tim Tebow threw for 300 yards and three TDs and ran for another score as the sixth-ranked Gators opened defense of their national championship with a home romp that was called with 8:23 remaining because of lightning.
Wisconsin 42, Washington St. 21 - Tyler Donovan threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to help the No. 7 Badgers shake off a mediocre defensive performance at home.
Oklahoma 79, North Texas 10 - Freshman DeMarco Murray became the first Oklahoma player to score five touchdowns in his debut, and Sam Bradford threw for 363 yards and three TDs as the No. 8 Sooners sailed at home.
Ohio St. 38, Youngstown St. 6 - Todd Boeckman threw for 225 yards and two short scores, and the No. 11 Buckeyes dominated their first-ever matchup with the Penguins, whom coach Jim Tressel led to four 1-AA championships before taking over at Ohio State in 2001.
California 45, Tennessee 31 - At Berkeley, Calif., Nate Longshore passed for two scores, DeSean Jackson scampered 77 yards for his sixth career punt return for a touchdown, and the 12th-ranked Golden Bears avenged last season's humiliating loss to the No. 15 Volunteers by racking up the most points scored against Tennessee in 12 years.
Georgia 35, Oklahoma St. 14 - Thomas Brown ran for two first-quarter touchdowns, Matthew Stafford threw two second-half scoring passes, and the No. 13 Bulldogs held the visiting Cowboys off the scoreboard after halftime.
UCLA 45, Stanford 17 - Ben Olson threw five touchdown passes and Kahlil Bell ran for a career-high 195 yards to lead the 14th-ranked Bruins in Stanford, Calif., and spoil Jim Harbaugh's first game as the Cardinal coach.
Penn St. 59, Fla. International 0 - With 80-year-old Joe Paterno back on the sideline for the first time since breaking his left leg season, the No. 17 Nittany Lions overwhelmed the Golden Panthers as Anthony Morelli threw for three TDs and a career-high 295 yards at State College, Pa.
Auburn 23, Kansas St. 13 - Brandon Cox threw a touchdown pass to Gabe McKenzie with 2:01 remaining and Antonio Coleman returned a fumble for a score moments later to secure a home victory for the No. 18 Tigers.
Nebraska 52, Nevada 10 - Marlon Lucky upstaged the debut of quarterback Sam Keller by running for a career-high 233 yards and three TDs and catching a pass for another score as the 20th-ranked Cornhuskers rolled in Lincoln, Neb.
TCU 27, Baylor 0 - The No. 22 Horned Frogs won their ninth game in a row by blanking the Bears in Fort Worth. Andy Dalton threw for 205 yards and a touchdown in his first start.
Arkansas 46, Troy 26 - At Fayetteville, Ark., Darren McFadden started his Heisman campaign by running for 151 yards and a touchdown and also throwing for a score to carry the No. 21 Razorbacks.
Texas A&M 38, Montana St. 7 - Stephen McGee had 112 yards passing and added 121 yards rushing and two TDs to lead the No. 25 Aggies at College Station, Texas.