Chris Redman passed for 324 yards and five touchdowns as Louisville avenged last year's blowout loss to Kentucky with a 56-28 season-opening victory yesterday in Lexington, Ky.
Kentucky quarterback Dusty Bonner struggled in his first game as the successor to Tim Couch, the record-setting passer who was the No. 1 selection in the NFL draft. Bonner, a sophomore, threw for 446 yards but was sacked eight times and threw two costly interceptions.
Louisville's Frank Moreau rushed for 181 yards and a touchdown and Ibn Green caught three scoring passes from Redman, who was 29 of 40 with no interceptions.
The game was a reversal of last year's game between the intrastate rivals, when Couch threw for seven touchdowns and 498 yards in a 68-34 victory in the first game at Louisville's new Cardinal Stadium.
This year, it was Kentucky opening an expanded and renovated Commonwealth Stadium. Couch showed up before the game to have his jersey retired, but when the game began, the Cleveland Browns' star was in a skybox.
MIAMI (OHIO) 28, NORTHWESTERN 3: Travis Prentice ran for two scores to move into third place on the NCAA career rushing touchdown list and Mike Bath threw two second-half touchdown passes to Sly Johnson, ruining Randy Walker's debut as coach of the host Wildcats.
Most of Miami's players were Walker recruits. He coached at Miami for nine years before moving to Northwestern last January to replace Gary Barnett, who took the coaching job at Colorado.
Prentice's 23-yard run was the 58th rushing touchdown of his career to pass Marshall Faulk for third place on the NCAA career list. Ricky Williams (72) and Indiana's Anthony Thompson (64) are 1-2 on the list.
TEXAS 69, STANFORD 17: Major Applewhite passed for 353 yards and the Longhorns scored touchdowns on their first six possessions in Austin. It was the most points surrendered by Stanford since a 72-0 loss to UCLA in 1954.
OREGON ST. 28, NEVADA 13: Ken Simonton ran for 199 yards and three touchdowns in Reno, Nev., in Dennis Erickson's first game as the Beavers' coach.
AIR FORCE 37, VILLANOVA 13: Cale Bonds (11 of 17, 199 yards) led the passing attack and Scott Becker and Jeremy Laster each ran for two touchdowns as the host Falcons won their fifth straight season opener.
LSU 29, SAN JOSE ST. 21: Dominick Davis scored on a six-yard run late in the game the Tigers salvage a season-opening home victory over the Spartans, who were 26-point underdogs.
AUBURN 22, APPALACHIAN ST. 15: Backup quarterback Ben Leard threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Ronney Daniels with 38 seconds to play to help Auburn survive at home in Tommy Tuberville's successful debut as coach of the Tigers.