Penn State had an 11-point lead at halftime against Cincinnati yesterday, but the so-so offense left the 98,000-plus fans packed into Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., relatively sedate.
Before his team returned to the field for the third quarter, Nittany Lions Coach Joe Paterno told his offense to throw long. "He said 'They can't handle our wideouts . . . let's throw deep,' " quarterback Michael Robinson said.
Robinson connected on three long passes after halftime, including a 59-yard touchdown catch by Justin King that sparked a quiet crowd and Penn State's offense in a 42-24 rout of the Bearcats (1-1).
King and fellow speedy freshman wideout Derrick Williams (Eleanor Roosevelt) were two prized offseason recruits sought to revive an offense that sputtered last year for Penn State (2-0).
* AIR FORCE 41, SAN DIEGO STATE 29: In Colorado Springs, Jacobe Kendrick had 128 yards and four touchdowns to lift the Falcons to their second straight come-from-behind win.
After falling behind the Aztecs 10-0 early, the Falcons (2-0, 1-0 Mountain West Conference) responded with three straight second-quarter touchdowns.
* KANSAS STATE 21, MARSHALL 19: Allen Webb threw two touchdown passes and Thomas Clayton scored twice for the Wildcats, who preserved a victory in Huntington, W. Va., with an interception in the closing seconds.
* AUBURN 28, MISSISSIPPI STATE 0: Brandon Cox passed for 202 yards and two first-half touchdowns and Will Herring recovered a fumble for a touchdown to lead the Tigers at home. Auburn (1-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) rebounded from a season-opening loss to Georgia Tech with its first league shutout since 2000.
* NEBRASKA 31, WAKE FOREST 3: The Cornhuskers returned two interceptions for touchdowns and a fumble for another in a win in Lincoln, Neb. Cory Ross rushed for 123 yards to highlight a mostly flat offensive performance by Nebraska (2-0).
* WISCONSIN 65, TEMPLE 0: Senior tight end Owen Daniels caught a career-high three touchdown passes and the Badgers opened up their passing game and emptied their bench in a rout at home. It was Wisconsin's biggest margin of victory since an 85-0 shutout of Marquette in 1915.
* ALABAMA 30, SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 21: Brodie Croyle threw for two touchdowns and 330 yards to lead the Crimson Tide (2-0) over visiting Southern Mississippi, displaced and starting its season a week late because of Hurricane Katrina.
* ILLINOIS 40, SAN JOSE STATE 19: Tim Brasic, Pierre Thomas and E.B. Halsey scored first-quarter touchdowns as the Illini erased an early deficit and beat the visiting Spartans.
* MINNESOTA 56, COLORADO STATE 24: Laurence Maroney ran 26 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Gophers in Minneapolis. Maintaining his position as a dark horse Heisman Trophy contender, Maroney gave Minnesota (2-0) room to breathe by scoring on runs of two and 32 yards in the second quarter.
* OREGON 47, MONTANA 14: Kellen Clemens threw for 275 yards, and Paul Martinez tied a school record with six field goals to lead the Ducks in Eugene, Ore.
* RUTGERS 38, VILLANOVA 6: Ryan Hart completed 16 of 22 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown as the Scarlet Knights snapped a six-game losing streak with a win over the visiting Wildcats.
* SYRACUSE 31, BUFFALO 0: Damien Rhodes ran for 236 yards and scored four touchdowns, leading host Syracuse to Greg Robinson's first win as coach of the Orange.
* OREGON STATE 30, BOISE STATE 27: Alexis Serna kicked a 29-yard field goal with 1 minute 3 seconds to go and the Beavers came from behind to win under stormy skies in Corvallis, Ore.
* NORTHWESTERN 38, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 37: Tyrell Sutton ran for his fourth touchdown of the game with just over a minute left, and the Huskies failed to convert a two-point conversion in the final seconds of the Wildcats' win in Evanston, Ill.
* MICHIGAN STATE 42, HAWAII 14: Drew Stanton completed 21 of 26 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Spartans in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State (2-0) had 499 yards of offense against the Warriors (0-2), who traveled more than 4,000 miles for the game.
* INDIANA 35, NICHOLLS STATE 31: Blake Powers threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to James Hardy with 47 seconds left to give the Hoosiers (2-0) a win at home over Division I-AA Nicholls State, a Louisiana school that had its early season schedule disrupted by Hurricane Katrina.
* WEST VIRGINIA 35, WOFFORD 7: Adam Bednarik threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to lead the Mountaineers at home. Five different players scored for West Virginia (2-0).
* KANSAS 36, APPALACHIAN STATE 8: Reserve running back Jon Cornish rushed for 103 yards and three touchdowns on only 10 carries to lead the host Jayhawks past Division I-AA Appalachian State.
* NEW MEXICO 45, MISSOURI 35: Hank Baskett caught 10 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns to help the visiting Lobos pull away in the fourth quarter.
* VANDERBILT 28, ARKANSAS 24: Jay Cutler threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Marlon White with 26 seconds left to give the visiting Commodores (2-0, 1-0 SEC) their second straight come-from-behind win.