Published September 08, 2012
— Denard Robinson, Michigan, ran for 218 yards and two TDs, and threw for 208 and two scores to help No. 19 Wolverines hold off Air Force 31-25.
— Matt Barkley, Southern California, threw a career-best six TD passes as the No. 2 Trojans shook free of Syracuse for a 42-29 win.
— Robert Woods, USC, had 200 all-purpose yards and two TDs to help the No. 2 Trojans beat Syracuse 42-29.
— AJ McCarron, Alabama, passed for 219 yards and matched his career high with four TD passes to lead the No. 1 Crimson Tide to a 35-0 win over Western Kentucky.
— Sean Mannion, Oregon State, threw for 276 yards and a touchdown to help Beavers upset No. 13 Wisconsin 10-7.
— Andrew Maxwell, Michigan State, threw for 275 yards and two TDs in the No. 11 Spartans' 41-7 rout of Central Michigan.
— B.J. Daniels, South Florida, passed for 363 yards and three TDs, including a 56-yard scoring toss to Andre Davis with 38 seconds left, to help the Bulls come from behind to beat Nevada 32-31.
— Dylan Thompson, South Carolina, threw for 330 yards and three TDs in place of injured starter Connor Shaw in the No. 9 Gamecocks' 48-10 win over East Carolina.
— Cody Fajardo, Nevada, passed for 271 yards and a TD and ran for 134 yards and two more scores in the Wolf Pack's 32-31 loss to South Florida.
— Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, passed for a career-high 344 yards and two TDs in the No. 23 Cardinals' 35-7 rout of Missouri State.
— Tanner Price, Wake Forest, threw for a career-high 327 yards scored on a 1-yard sneak with 2:09 left to help the Demon Deacons rally past North Carolina 28-27.
— Braxton Miller, Ohio State, became the first Buckeyes quarterback to rush for three TDs in 34 years and he passed for another score in a 31-16 victory over Central Florida.
— Collin Klein, Kansas State, threw for 210 yards and ran for 71 more while accounting for four TDs in the No. 21 Wildcats' 52-13 rout of Miami.
— MarQueis Gray, Minnesota, threw for two TDs and ran for two more by halftime to help the Gophers finally enjoy an easy victory over an FCS-level opponent by beating New Hampshire 44-7.
— Justin Hunter, Tennessee, caught eight passes for 146 yards and tied a school single-game record with three TD catches to help the Vols trounce Football Championship Subdivision program Georgia State 51-13 in its home opener.
— Chris Boswell, Rice, kicked four field goals, the final one a 45-yarder as time expired, to lift the Owls to a come-from-behind 25-24 victory over Kansas.
Tommy Rees didn't play until late in the fourth quarter. He made his time count.
Suspended for the opener, Rees came off the bench to lead No. 22 Notre Dame on a last-minute, drive to set up Kyle Brindza's 27-yard field goal with seven seconds to go and beat Purdue 20-17.
Rees, suspended because he was involved in a skirmish with police at a party in May, relieved starter Everett Golson late in the fourth quarter.
Purdue had tied it 17 when Caleb TerBush threw a 15-yard TD pass to Antavian Edison with 2:12 left, the score set up by Josh Johnson's recovery of a Golson fumble. Golson was shaken up on the play and had trouble gripping the ball, so the Irish turned to Rees, who started 12 games last season.
Rees connected on key third down passes of 10 yards to John Goodman and 21 yards to Robby Toma to get Brindza in position for the game-winning kick. Notre Dame is 2-0 for the first time since 2008.
Golson, in his home debut, completed 21 of 31 for 289 yards with a TD and ran for another but he was sacked five times during a sloppy game that featured 16 penalties — eight on each team. Coach Brian Kelly said Golson would start next week at Michigan State.
It took 41 years for a Big Ten team to visit Corvallis after Oregon State beat Iowa 33-19 in 1971. With this kind of reception from the Beavers, it might be 41 more.
Billed as the biggest non-conference home game in the school's history, the Beavers pulled off a huge upset by beating No. 13 Wisconsin 10-7 to end the Badgers' non-conference winning streak at 33 games.
The Beavers put up a stellar defensive effort that made up for missed chances by the Oregon State offense. Oregon State outgained the Badgers 354-207 and had an 11-minute advantage in time of possession.
Sean Mannion connected with Brandin Cooks on a 20-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the second half to give the Beavers a 10-0 lead, then turned it over to the Oregon State defense that forced two turnovers and held Montee Ball to 61 yards rushing.
8 — Straight road losses by Rhode Island after losing 41-6 to Monmouth.
10_Years since Iowa State had won in Iowa City before beating Iowa 9-6.
16_Years since a major college player had at least 200 yards rushing and 200 passing in three games, according to STATS LLC. Michigan's Denard Robinson did it against Air Force by rushing for 218 yards and throwing for 208 more. Texas star Vince Young was the only other player to pull off the feat twice in 1996.
61_Yards of the field goal kicked by Clemson's Spencer Benton against Ball State to set an Atlantic Coast Conference record.
1,000 — Games for Maine's program after losing 34-3 to Boston College.
— Tulane safety Devon Walker fractured his spine in a head-to-head collision with a teammate against Tulsa after being sandwiched between two players during a tackle. Dr. Buddy Savoie said during a postgame news conference that Walker is in stable condition and will need spinal surgery in the "the next day or two."
— Wyoming sophomore quarterback Brett Smith was taken off the field on a stretcher after being injured in the fourth quarter against Toledo. A Toledo defender appeared to grab Smith by his collar while another Rockets player came in late and hit Smith in the head as he went out of bounds. Medical personnel strapped Smith to a backboard, immobilized his head and legs and then carted him off on a stretcher.
— Indiana quarterback Tre Roberson will miss the rest of the season with a broken left leg suffered in a 45-6 win over Massachusetts. Roberson left the field in an ambulance after being tackled at the 2-yard line of Massachusetts about two minutes into the second quarter.
— Indiana quarterback Tre Roberson went out with an apparent left leg injury after running for two touchdowns against Massachusetts. Roberson was hurt and left the field in an ambulance after being tackled at the 2-yard line of Massachusetts about two minutes into the second quarter.
— Wisconsin receiver Jared Abbrederis left the No. 13 Badgers' game against Oregon State with a chest injury following a big hit in the second quarter. He was hurt when he got sandwiched by Oregon State's Rueben Robinson and Feti Taumoepeau on a crossing route and was later taken to the hospital to be evaluated.
WINLESS PENN STATE
Penn State is still looking for its first win under coach Bill O'Brien. The Nittany Lions may not get more chances than they had against Virginia.
Cavaliers quarterback Michael Rocco hit Jake McGee on a 6-yard touchdown pass with 1:28 left, and Penn State kicker Sam Ficken then missed his fourth field goal of the game — from 42 yards — to preserve Virginia's 17-16 victory.
The loss in O'Brien's first road game had to hurt the Nittany Lions as much as their defeat last weekend at home against Ohio. Penn State (0-2) largely stymied Virginia's offense and forced four turnovers in Virginia territory, continually giving its offense opportunities, but McGloin and Co. converted those chances into just three points.
Walk-on Edgar Castaneda kicked a 30-yard field goal as time expired gave Sacramento State a stunning 30-28 win over Colorado — and earned himself a scholarship in the process.
Castaneda joined the Hornets after helping City College of San Francisco win the junior college national championship last season, but he was paying his own way until Saturday, when his first game-winner at any level earned him not only a hug from coach Marshall Sperbeck, but also an education.
Sperbeck made the announcement during his postgame speech in the Hornets' locker room.
Army veteran Daniel Rodriguez made his first college catch in No. 12 Clemson's 52-27 victory over Ball State.
Rodriguez caught a 4-yard pass from Morgan Roberts midway through the fourth quarter and received a loud ovation from the crowd at Memorial Stadium.
The 24-year-old Rodriguez joined the program last month. He spent three years in the Army, serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He received both the Bronze Star Medal of Valor and the Purple Heart for serving in the battle of Kamdesh in October 2009.
He is attending Clemson on the GI Bill.