Kellen Clemens threw for 348 yards and two touchdowns, and his 43-yard scramble set up the go-ahead score in Oregon's 38-24 victory over host Houston last night.
With Oregon down 21-20 early in the third quarter, Clemens made his long dash to the 1-yard line, where his backup Dennis Dixon dove in for the touchdown a play later.
It was a successful debut for Oregon's spread offense, installed in the offseason by new offensive coordinator Gary Crowton. It was also step one in the Ducks' quest to bounce back from last year's 5-6 season -- their first losing season since 1993.
Clemens was 30 of 47 with no interceptions, and 72 yards rushing. Demetrius Williams had nine receptions for 133 yards and a touchdown and James Finley made 10 catches for 95 yards.
* MARSHALL 36, WILLIAM & MARY 24: Backup Bernie Morris threw three touchdown passes and the Thundering Herd rallied at home to beat the Division I-AA Tribe.
Marshall won in Mark Snyder's head coaching debut despite giving up 362 yards on defense. Snyder was Ohio State's defensive coordinator last season.
Marshall trailed 24-23 late in the third quarter but came back behind Morris to avoid its first loss to a I-AA opponent since 1995, when it fell to Montana in the I-AA championship game.
* VANDERBILT 24, WAKE FOREST 20: In Winston-Salem, N.C., Jeff Jennings scored from five yards with 1 minute 48 seconds left to lift the Commodores to a season-opening win for the first time in eight years.
Jay Cutler threw for 276 yards and a score while running for 89 more for Vanderbilt. Jennings ran for just 43 yards, but finished with two scores -- the last helping Vanderbilt shake off a blown 11-point, third-quarter lead.
* U-CONN. 38, BUFFALO 0: Matt Bonislawski threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score in his first start to lead the Huskies at home.
The game also marked the return of U-Conn tailback Terry Caulley (Patuxent), who has missed nearly two years because of a knee injury. The 5-foot-7 speedster quickly found his groove and rushed for 100 yards and one touchdown.
* U-MASS. 19, RICHMOND 6: Tim Day threw a pair of touchdown passes in the first half, the Minutemen intercepted four passes, and Massachusetts opened its season with an Atlantic 10 win in Richmond.
Day finished 13 for 27 for 158 yards, including scoring throws of 12 yards to J.J. Moore and 51 yards to Brandon London as the Minutemen took a 16-0 halftime lead.
London's touchdown came one play after an interception by Shannon James. It was the 17th interception of James's career, tops among players in Divisions I-A and I-AA.
* TOWSON 29, MORGAN STATE 26: Ron Halbruner kicked a 29-yard field goal with one second left and the Tigers overcame eight turnovers to win at home.
Sean Schaefer completed 26 of 41 passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns and Nick Williams carried 19 times for 141 yards for Towson.