Trent Richardson ran for 144 yards in place of injured Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, leading No. 1 Alabama to a 24-3 win over No. 18 Penn State last night in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The Crimson Tide (2-0) hardly slowed down without Ingram, and a young defense forced Rob Bolden and the Nittany Lions (1-1) into several turnovers to end promising drives.
It was the first time Penn State was held without a touchdown since a 13-3 loss at Wisconsin in 2006. The shutout lasted until the final 10 minutes.
With Ingram sidelined for the second straight game with a knee injury, Richardson pulled a pretty good imitation. He plowed through and sidestepped tackles and scored on a short touchdown run. He also had four catches for 46 yards.
Alabama’s Greg McElroy completed 16 of 24 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns.
TCU 62, Tennessee Tech 7 — Matthew Tucker ran for two touchdowns, Andy Dalton threw for a score while setting another school record, and the fourth-ranked Horned Frogs (2-0) stretched their home winning streak to 15 games.
Dalton tied Max Knake’s school record of 622 career completions with his second against the Golden Eagles (0-2), a 24-yard pass to Josh Boyce less than five minutes into the game to put TCU ahead to stay.
Texas 34, Wyoming 7 — Garrett Gilbert passed for 222 yards and a touchdown and the No. 5 Longhorns (2-0) shook off a slow start to beat the Cowboys (1-1) in Austin, Texas.
Gilbert was 22 of 35 with a 45-yard touchdown to freshman receiver Mike Davis in the second quarter. Fozzy Whittaker scored on a 39-yard run.
Nebraska 38, Idaho 17 — Taylor Martinez ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns, and the sixth-ranked Cornhuskers’ defense intercepted Nathan Enderle five times and had seven sacks against the Vandals (1-1) in Lincoln, Neb.
DeJon Gomes and Rickey Thenarse each ran back interceptions for touchdowns as the defense carried the day for the Huskers (2-0).
Oregon 48, Tennessee 13 — LaMichael James ran for 134 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown, in his first game back after a one-game suspension for an offseason misdemeanor harassment charge and the No. 7 Ducks (2-0) scored 45 consecutive points to beat the host Volunteers (1-1).
James had only 27 yards at halftime but picked up momentum after the break, rushing for 25 yards on five carries in Oregon’s first second-half drive. He broke several tackles on the 72-yarder on the team’s next drive.
Florida 38, South Florida 14 — Jeff Demps ran for a career-high 139 yards and a touchdown, finished with 255 all-purpose yards, and helped the No. 8 Gators (2-0) defeat the Bulls (1-1) in Gainesville, Fla.
Florida overcame a sluggish start for the second straight week, took advantage of five turnovers, and extended its home winning streak to 13.
Iowa 35, Iowa State 7 — Adam Robinson rushed for a career-high 156 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in Iowa City as the No. 9 Hawkeyes (2-0) cruised over the rival Cyclones (1-1) for the third straight season.
Ricky Stanzi threw two TD passes and ran for another score for Iowa, which scored TDs on four of its first five drives.
Wisconsin 27, San Jose State 14 — John Clay ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns, and the No. 11 Badgers (2-0) beat the Spartans (0-2) in a game overshadowed by the sight of Wisconsin’s David Gilreath being taken off the field on a stretcher.
Arkansas 31, Louisiana Monroe 7 — Ryan Mallett completed 28 of 43 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns as the No. 14 Razorbacks (2-0) used a strong second half to hold off the Warhawks (0-1) in Little Rock.
LSU 27, Vanderbilt 3 — Stevan Ridley had a 65-yard touchdown run and rushed for 144 of his 159 yards in the second half as the 19th-ranked Tigers (2-0) never trailed in defeating the host Commodores (0-2).
Utah 38, UNLV 10 — Terrance Cain passed for two touchdowns in his first start in almost a year and Shaky Smithson returned a punt 77 yards for a score as the No. 20 Utes (2-0, 1-0 Mountain West) beat the Rebels (0-2, 0-1).