College Football Game Recap (Saturday, September 11th)

In Sports on September 12, 2010 at 5:11 am

Final Score: (1) Alabama 24, (18) Penn State 3

Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) – Greg McElroy threw two touchdown passes and Trent Richardson rushed for a career-high 144 yards and a score as No. 1 Alabama took care of 18th-ranked Penn State, 24-3, in a clash of legendary programs at Bryant-Denny Stadium. McElroy was an efficient 16-of-24 passing for 229 yards while Richardson added an additional 46 yards on four catches for the Crimson Tide (2-0), who hung 409 yards of offense on the Lions. Penn State freshman quarterback Robert Bolden was picked off twice, completing 13- of-29 passes for 144 yards. Senior Evan Royster was also held in check, gaining 32 yards on nine carries as the Nittany Lions (1-1) turned it over four times — two of those coming in the red zone in the first half.

Final Score: (2) Ohio State 36, (12) Miami-Florida 24
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – Terrelle Pryor passed for 233 yards and a score, while adding 112 yards and a touchdown on the ground, leading second- ranked Ohio State to a 36-24 win over No. 12 Miami-Florida at the Horseshoe. Pryor completed 12-of-28 passes for the Buckeyes (2-0), who intercepted Miami quarterback Jacory Harris four times in taking the victory in the rematch of the 2003 Fiesta Bowl. Daniel Herron added 64 rushing yards and a score for Ohio State, while DeVier Posey had four catches for 105 yards. Harris threw for 232 yards and a touchdown on 22-of-39 passing, but his four interceptions thwarted potential scoring chances for the Hurricanes (1-1).

Final Score: (4) TCU 62, Tennessee Tech 7
Fort Worth, TX (Sports Network) – Andy Dalton threw for 182 yards and a score and Matthew Tucker rushed for two touchdowns, as fourth-ranked TCU ran over Tennessee Tech, 62-7, at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Dalton completed 15-of-21 passes and also ran for a touchdown for the Horned Frogs (2-0), who compiled 270 rushing yards. Ed Wesley, Waymon James, Ryan Hightower and Jeremy Kerley also ran for a score in the victory. The blowout win comes a week after TCU survived in a 30-21 victory over Oregon State. Tre Lamb threw for 50 yards and a touchdown for the Golden Eagles (0-2), who were coming off last week’s 44-3 loss at Arkansas.

Final Score: (5) Texas 34, Wyoming 7
Austin, TX (Sports Network) – Cody Johnson ran for a pair of touchdowns, and the fifth-ranked Texas Longhorns overcame a sluggish start to beat Wyoming, 34-7. Garrett Gilbert completed 22-of-35 passes for 222 yards and one touchdown for the Longhorns (2-0), who have won 16 consecutive home games. Austyn Carta-Samuels finished 16-of-24 for 160 yards and ran for Wyoming’s lone touchdown. The Cowboys (1-1) entered Saturday’s game with heavy hearts following the untimely passing of freshman linebacker Ruben Narcisse, who died in a car accident on Monday. Wyoming honored its fallen comrade by wearing his initials “RN” on their helmets.

Final Score: (6) Nebraska 38, Idaho 17
Lincoln, NE (Sports Network) – Redshirt freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez ran for two touchdowns as sixth-ranked Nebraska routed Idaho, 38-17, for the program’s 500th all-time home win. Martinez rushed 14 times for 157 yards while completing 12-of-17 throws for 106 yards and was intercepted once. Dejon Gomes returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown and Roy Helu Jr. carried the ball nine times for 107 yards and a score for the Cornhuskers (2-0), who were coming off a 49-10 win over Western Kentucky. Idaho QB Nathan Enderle finished 16-of-31 for 141 yards and a touchdown, but was picked off five times, as the Vandals (1-1) failed to build on a 45-0 win over North Dakota last week.

Final Score: (8) Florida 38, South Florida 14
Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) – John Brantley shook off a rough early start to throw for 173 yards and two touchdowns, while the two-headed monster of Jeffery Demps and Emmanuel Moody combined for 176 rushing yards, as eighth- ranked Florida pulled away for a 38-14 victory over South Florida. Brantley completed 18-of-32 passes, six of them to Deonte Thompson, who compiled 83 yards receiving in the victory. Demps ran for 122 yards, including a 62- yard touchdown scamper that broke the game open, and Moody added 54 tough yards on 14 carries for the Gators (2-0), who trailed for most of the first half. B.J. Daniels used his feet effectively, rushing for 107 yards, but wasn’t nearly as successful through the air, completing just 5-of-20 passes for 84 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions. Demetris Murray added 62 yards on the ground and a touchdown for the Bulls (1-1).

Final Score: (9) Iowa 35, Iowa State 7
Iowa City, IA (Sports Network) – Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi threw two touchdowns passes and added another score on the ground, as the ninth-ranked Hawkeyes rolled to a 35-7 win over Iowa State at Kinnick Stadium. Stanzi was 11-of-18 for 204 yards, while Adam Robinson rushed for 156 yards and one TD for Iowa (2-0). Austen Arnaud completed 20-of-44 passes for 197 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions for the Cyclones (1-1).
Final Score: (10) Oklahoma 47, (17) Florida State 17
Norman, OK (Sports Network) – Landry Jones threw for four touchdowns and DeMarco Murray rushed for another two scores as 10th-ranked Oklahoma ran roughshod over No. 17 Florida State, 47-17, in a battle of perennial powers from Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Jones went 30-of-40 for 380 yards and Murray ended with 51 yards on 16 carries for the Sooners (2-0), who built off a season-opening 31-24 decision over Utah State and downed FSU in the schools’ first meeting since Oklahoma’s 13-2 win to claim the 2000 national title. Ryan Broyles finished with 124 yards and a TD reception on 12 catches, while Cameron Kenney, James Hanna and Trent Ratterree also hauled in a pass for a score. Christian Ponder completed only 11-of-28 passes for 113 yards and two picks and E.J. Manuel threw for 109 yards and a score for the Seminoles (1-1), who routed Samford last week. Jermaine Thomas picked up 58 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries while Taiwan Easterling added three receptions for 64 yards and a late TD.

Final Score: (11) Wisconsin 27, San Jose State 14
Madison, WI (Sports Network) – John Clay ran for 137 yards and a pair of scores for 11th-ranked Wisconsin, which posted a 27-14 victory over San Jose State to record its 15th consecutive home opening win. Scott Tolzien threw for 191 yards on 15-of-22 passing with a touchdown and an interception for the Badgers (2-0), who also won their 27th consecutive non-conference game. Lance Kendricks had three receptions for 60 yards and a score. Jordan La Secla was impressive for San Jose State (0-2), throwing for 228 yards, two touchdowns while being picked off once on 20-of-26 passing. Chandler Jones caught eight passes for 113 yards and a touchdown, as the Spartans hung in with the Badgers following a 48-3 loss to top-ranked Alabama. Despite an obvious disparity in talent level, Wisconsin outgained San Jose State by only a 403-307 margin.

Final Score: James Madison 21, (13) Virginia Tech 16
Blacksburg, VA (Sports Network) – Drew Dudzik rushed for a pair of touchdowns, including the eventual go-ahead 12-yard score early in the fourth quarter, as James Madison shocked 13th-ranked Virginia Tech, 21-16, at a rain-soaked Lane Stadium. Dudzik finished 5-of-8 for 121 yards and a touchdown through the air while rushing for 35 yards for the Dukes (2-0), who topped Morehead State to begin the year. Jamal Sullivan added a 77-yard TD reception for James Madison, which became the first FCS team to beat Virginia Tech since Richmond did so in 1985. Tyrod Taylor was 10-of-16 for 124 yards, one score and an interception for the Hokies (0-2), who opened the season on Monday with a 33-30 setback to Boise State. He added 86 yards on 13 carries. Ryan Williams posted 91 rushing yards on 20 carries, Danny Coale caught three passes for 52 yards and Jarrett Boykin had a touchdown catch in defeat.

Final Score: (14) Arkansas 31, Louisiana-Monroe 7
Little Rock, AR (Sports Network) – Ryan Mallett threw three touchdowns and ran one in to lead 14th-ranked Arkansas to a 31-7 win over Louisiana-Monroe at War Memorial Stadium. Mallett went 28-for-43 with 400 yards and an interception while Greg Childs caught 12 passes for 146 yards and two scores for the Razorbacks (2-0), who opener their season last Saturday with a 44-3 win over Tennessee Tech. Kolton Browning was 7-for-17 for 74 yards, one touchdown and one pick for the Warhawks (0-1), who failed to win in the debut of head coach Todd Berry after a 6-6 2009 campaign. Luther Ambrose hauled in the TD toss.

Final Score: Kansas 28, (15) Georgia Tech 25
Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) – Jordan Webb threw for three touchdowns and Kansas’ defense thwarted a final Georgia Tech drive, as the Jayhawks upended the 15th-ranked Yellow Jackets, 28-25, to bounce back from a shocking defeat. The Jayhawks (1-1), under the guidance of new head coach Turner Gill, began the campaign with an ugly 6-3 loss to North Dakota State last weekend. This time, though, they were able to snap an eight-game losing streak going back to last year. Webb completed 18-of-29 passes for 179 yards and was picked off once. Daymond Patterson had seven receptions for 85 yards and a score. Josh Nesbitt connected on just 5-of-15 passes for 116 yards and a TD for the Yellow Jackets (1-1), who were coming off a 41-10 win over South Carolina State. Nesbitt led Georgia Tech from its own 34 with under 4 1/2 minutes left to the Kansas 34, but the drive stalled. On 3rd-and-2, Anthony Allen fumbled the handoff, but recovered. That left a 4th-and-3, but after a false start penalty, Nesbitt’s pass to the left sideline for Stephen Hill was out of bounds.

Final Score: (19) LSU 27, Vanderbilt 3
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) – Stevan Ridley rushed for 159 yards on 17 carries and his 65-yard touchdown scamper put the finishing touches on LSU’s dominating fourth quarter, as the 19th-ranked Tigers handled Vanderbilt, 27-3, in the SEC opener for both teams. LSU (2-0, 1-0 SEC), which was coming off a surprisingly tough 30-24 win over a depleted North Carolina squad last week, pulled away by outscoring the Commodores 17-0 in the final 15 minutes and holding them to 135 total yards. Jordan Jefferson had a forgettable day under center for the Tigers, completing only 8-of-20 passes for 96 yards with an interception. His counterpart, Larry Smith, was also ineffective, throwing for 70 yards on 8-of-15 efficiency for Vanderbilt (0-2, 0-1), which was coming off a home loss to Northwestern.

Final Score: (20) Utah 38, UNLV 10
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Terrance Cain threw two touchdowns and Eddie Wide added a pair of scores on the ground, as 20th-ranked Utah routed UNLV, 38-10, in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams. Cain was 13-of-20 for 207 yards and Wide rushed for 77 yards on 15 carries for the Utes (2-0, 1-0 MWC), who have won 19 consecutive home games. Omar Clayton completed 18-of-37 passes for 217 yards in the loss for the Rebels (0-2, 0-1).

Final Score: (24) South Carolina 17, (22) Georgia 6
Columbia, SC (Sports Network) – One week after Marcus Lattimore made his collegiate debut, the freshman running back totaled 182 yards rushing and two touchdowns, as No. 24 South Carolina outmuscled 22nd-ranked Georgia, 17-6, in the SEC opener for both teams. Lattimore’s number was called 37 times, as the Gamecocks (2-0, 1-0 SEC) and their pass-happy head coach ran the football 52 times and passed just 17 in the victory. Stephen Garcia was efficient in his attempts, completing 12 passes for 165 yards. Seven of those were caught by Alshon Jeffery, who compiled 103 receiving yards. Aaron Murray finished 14-of-21 for 192 yards and Washaun Ealey posted 75 yards rushing for the Bulldogs (1-1, 0-1). Georgia played without leading wide receiver A.J. Green, who was serving the second of a four-game suspension for selling his Independence Bowl game jersey to an individual who meets the NCAA definition of an agent.


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