Kevin McDougal ran for 190 yards and two touchdowns and Colorado State's defense contributed to four scores as the Rams stunned No. 14 Colorado, 41-14, last night at Mile High Stadium in Denver.
The Colorado State defense forced six turnovers and sacked Colorado quarterbacks Mike Moschetti and Adam Bledsoe nine times.
Colorado State, a 13 1/2-point underdog, raced to a 28-0 halftime lead thanks to two big offensive plays and critical turnovers by Colorado. The Rams made it 41-0 before the Buffaloes scored two late touchdowns.
The Rams, who lost, 42-14, to their in-state rivals last year, snapped an eight-game losing streak in the series and spoiled Gary Barnett's debut as Colorado's head coach.
PENN STATE 70, AKRON 24: No. 2 Penn State's victory over visiting Akron turned into a milestone for the Nittany Lions. Rashard Casey got his first college touchdowns, one rushing and one passing. John Gilmore, Eddie Drummond and Bryant Johnson each caught their first touchdowns at Penn State. Mick Blosser ran for his first score and Askari Adams returned an interception for his first touchdown.
"It feels good to get them out of the way," Casey said of his first touchdowns. "I hope more will come -- and soon."
The Nittany Lions (2-0) scored 70 points for the first time since beating Maryland, 70-7, in 1993. But Akron didn't roll over right away, scoring 10 points in the second quarter to pull within four.
"I think we were a little nonchalant today," said Penn State linebacker LaVar Arrington, who had just one tackle. "I don't think we had a real big letdown, but it took them punching us in the face a couple of times for us to wake up and start playing a little bit."
TENNESSEE 42, WYOMING 17: Jamal Lewis scored three times and Tee Martin threw two touchdown passes to Cedrick Wilson to lead No. 3 Tennessee at home.
The Volunteers (1-0) began defense of their national title with four touchdowns in a 7 1/2-minute span of the second quarter, and made it stand up against the Cowboys (0-1) with a school-record 13 sacks, four turnovers and one touchdown on defense.
TEXAS A&M 37, LA. TECH 17: In Shreveport, La., Randy McCown threw two touchdown passes and No. 6 Texas A&M held Louisiana Tech's Tim Rattay in check.
Rattay led the nation in total offense and passing yards last season but it was A&M that went to the passing game for a 30-10 halftime lead. Rattay finished 45 of 65 for 331 yards with two interceptions.
NEBRASKA 42, IOWA 7: In Iowa City, Bobby Newcombe atoned for three first-half turnovers by running for two touchdowns and passing for one as the No. 5 Cornhuskers opened the season with a victory.
Leading just 7-0 after a mistake-laden first half, Nebraska gradually asserted control behind Newcombe and number two quarterback Eric Crouch to spoil the debut of Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz.
Newcombe was limited to six games last season by a knee injury and didn't play after Oct. 21. He wasn't sharp early, losing two fumbles and throwing an interception, but eventually settled in, completing 7 of 10 passes for 128 yards.
MIAMI 57, FLORIDA A&M 3: It took all of 10 minutes for No. 8 Miami to forget about its Kickoff Classic triumph. James Jackson ran for two touchdowns and Kenny Kelly passed for two in a 31-point burst over 11 minutes 4 seconds of the first half, propelling the host Hurricanes past the Division I-AA Rattlers.
The Hurricanes, who beat No. 13 Ohio State, 23-12, in the Kickoff Classic, trailed, 3-0, midway through the first quarter until getting their offense on track. Miami (2-0) then scored on five straight possessions and got its first team off the field.
Jackson scored on runs of 43 and 7 yards, finishing with 103 yards on 19 carries before leaving with 9 1/2 minutes left before halftime. Kelly was 9 of 15 for 119 yards, including touchdown tosses of nine yards to Santana Moss and three yards to tight end Bubba Franks.
GEORGIA 38, UTAH ST. 7: Robert Edwards's football career may be over, but the younger brother of the injured New England Patriots star running back has a great future. Freshman Terrence Edwards made an electrifying debut for No. 12 Georgia, catching 10 passes for 196 yards and two long touchdowns as the Bulldogs rolled in their season opener in Athens, Ga.
Edwards, with his older brother looking on from the sideline, had one of the greatest games by a Georgia wide receiver and lived up to the pregame praise lavished by Coach Jim Donnan, who compared the freshman to former Florida star Jacquez Green.
Edwards caught touchdown passes of 47 and 53 yards, finishing just two yards shy of the school receiving record of 198 yards held by Lamar Davis since 1942. The 10 receptions also were the second-most in school history.
WISCONSIN 49, MURRAY ST. 10: Ron Dayne rushed for 135 yards and three touchdowns despite sitting out the second half as the No. 9 Badgers pounded the Division I-AA Racers in Madison, Wis. The Badgers' senior tailback got 20 carries as Wisconsin's starters scored on their first six possessions against the undermanned Racers. Wisconsin led 42-7 at halftime, and Coach Barry Alvarez elected to hold Dayne out of the second half.
"It was just a gut feeling, just common sense," said Alvarez, himself hobbling after he reaggravated a knee injury on the sideline and watching the second half from the press box.
"There was no reason to put Ron back in there in the second half. I felt that would have been humiliating to Ron and to Murray State at that point."
Dayne's 135 yards gave him 4,698 for his career, moving him ahead of five runners -- including Marcus Allen, Thurman Thomas and Marshall Faulk -- into 14th place on the NCAA's career rushing list.
He needs 1,582 yards in Wisconsin's 10 remaining games to pass Texas's Ricky Williams for the career rushing record. Wisconsin's offensive line, which features four returning starters, had its way with the Racers as the Badgers racked up 265 rushing yards.
His 135 yards were seven below his career average of 142.6 per game, but his powerful performance earned him at least one supporter in the race for the Heisman Trophy. "He's like George W. Bush right now," Murray State Coach Denver Johnson said. "He's the only one anyone's talking about. I hope he wins it."
UCLA 38, BOISE ST. 7: Freshman Cory Paus ignited a stagnant offense and No. 17 UCLA showed a much-improved defense in the season-opening home victory over outmanned Boise State. Paus relieved starting quarterback Drew Bennett on UCLA's fourth possession and completed 12 of 18 passes for 128 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions.
ALABAMA 28, VANDERBILT 17: Shaun Alexander scored two of his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter as No. 20 Alabama rallied for the season-opening win in Nashville.
Vanderbilt looked ready to upset Alabama for the first time since 1984, leading, 17-14, in the fourth quarter.
Alabama, which has won 28 of the last 29 games in the series, finally got moving when Arvin Richard returned a punt 26 yards to the Vanderbilt 21.
Alexander, who chose to return for his final season rather than go pro, finished with 26 carries for 109 yards and caught four passes for 85 yards. "It was nice to get my senior season started and help us out that way," Alexander said. "I like the way the game went. If I wasn't so excited earlier, I might've broken a couple runs early."
FLORIDA 55, W. MICHIGAN 26: Torched on defense and embarrassed in a few other areas, No. 4 Florida had as many things to worry over as to be happy about. Doug Johnson threw for four touchdowns and Earnest Graham ran for 158 yards in the host Gators' season-opening victory over Western Michigan.
Florida Coach Steve Spurrier improved to 10-0 in openers with the Gators.
ARKANSAS 26, SMU 0: Anthony Lucas caught touchdown passes of 28, 63 and 70 yards and freshman Cedric Cobbs added an electrifying 53-yard touchdown run as No. 18 Arkansas cruised in its season opener in Dallas.
The Razorbacks scored their three longest touchdowns on one-play drives, thrilling a heavily pro-Arkansas crowd of 51,019. It was the largest crowd to see the Mustangs at the Cotton Bowl since 1978. The only excitement for SMU fans, however, was checking out the team's new all-red jerseys.
PURDUE 47, CENTRAL FLORIDA 13: In Orlando, Drew Brees threw for 273 yards and four touchdowns as No. 22 Purdue matched its longest winning streak in 20 years with a season opening rout. The win was the seventh straight for the Boilermakers, who won six in a row each of the past two seasons.
N.C. STATE 10, SO. CAROLINA 0: There was no magic for Lou Holtz in his return to coaching -- just the harsh reality of the long road back for the host Gamecocks. The 62-year-old former Notre Dame coach watched his team fumble six times in the first half of its opener, wasting numerous scoring chances as No. 24 North Carolina State held on at home in torrential rain and high wind from Tropical Storm Dennis.