Florida State gave host Boston College a rude welcome to the ACC.
A.J. Nicholson intercepted two passes, scoring on a 19-yard return on the first play of the game, and Greg Carr caught two touchdowns to help eighth-ranked Florida State beat No. 17 Boston College, 28-17, and spoil the Eagles' ACC debut last night.
Nicholson's interceptions sparked the Seminoles (3-0, 2-0) to a 14-0 lead in the first five minutes before BC scored 17 unanswered points to take the lead. The Eagles (2-1) nursed the lead -- thanks to a great play by Mathias Kiwanuka -- until quarterback Quinton Porter left with an ankle injury and Florida State took advantage.
Drew Weatherford hit Carr on a six-yard slant across the middle of the end zone with 10 minutes 13 seconds left in the fourth to give the Seminoles a 21-17 lead. After Eagles backup Matthew Ryan's third consecutive three-and-out, Darius McClure blocked a punt deep in BC territory and Lorenzo Booker made up for a goal-line fumble by scoring from four yards out to make it 28-17.
BC drove to the Florida State 2 in the final three minutes but couldn't score in seven tries -- including a defensive holding penalty -- and used up most of the clock while trying.
* CALIFORNIA 35, ILLINOIS 20: Justin Forsett ran for a career-high 187 yards and two touchdowns, Tim Mixon returned a fourth-quarter punt for an exciting score and the 15th-ranked Golden Bears rallied to win in Berkeley, Calif.
After trailing by 10 points at halftime, Cal won its ninth straight home game with four touchdowns in 17 minutes spanning the final two quarters. Forsett did much of the work, seemingly getting stronger and quicker in the first significant playing time of his career, but Mixon provided the flair.
Shortly after Forsett put Cal ahead 21-17 with a two-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter, Mixon caught a punt in traffic and broke three tackles before roommate Marcus O'Keith's crushing block sprung him down the Cal sideline.
* OHIO STATE 27, SAN DIEGO STATE 6: Santonio Holmes's punt returns set up Troy Smith's two first-half touchdown runs to help the No. 9 Buckeyes shake off their Texas hangover with a win in Columbus, Ohio.
Ohio State (2-1), which lost, 25-22, to No. 2 Texas last week before a record home crowd, took awhile to find its bearings -- trailing 6-0 just 11 seconds into the game. The Buckeyes moved in fits and starts on offense throughout the game.
* IOWA 45, NORTHERN IOWA 21: Drew Tate returned from a concussion to throw two touchdown passes and Albert Young ran for two more scores, leading the No. 22 Hawkeyes in Iowa City.
In tying a school record with its 20th straight home win, Iowa (2-1) got some of its confidence back after a 23-3 loss at Iowa State -- something the Hawkeyes had considered essential with their Big Ten opener at Ohio State looming on Saturday.
Northern Iowa (2-1) also got something from the game. The Panthers, one of the nation's top Division I-AA programs, had a chance to test themselves against a major I-A team and the university collected a $325,000 guarantee.
* GEORGIA 44, LA.-MONROE 7: Danny Ware rushed for 109 yards and Martrez Milner caught three passes for 79 yards and a touchdown as the backups led the No. 7 Bulldogs in Athens, Ga.
D.J. Shockley completed 13 of 20 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown and added a 28-yard touchdown run while playing three quarters for Georgia.
Ware started at tailback for Thomas Brown, who was held out with a separated shoulder.
* LOUISVILLE 63, OREGON STATE 27: In Louisville, Brian Brohm threw for 368 yards and five touchdowns and the No. 11 Cardinals topped 50 points for the ninth time under Coach Bobby Petrino.
Mario Urrutia caught seven passes for 175 yards with two touchdowns for Louisville (2-0), which tied an Oregon State record for points by an opponent.
* MICHIGAN 55, E. MICHIGAN 0: Max Martin ran for two touchdowns, then Chad Henne threw two touchdown passes to Jason Avant as the No. 14 Wolverines tied a school record with 28 points in the first quarter in Ann Arbor, Mich.
A week after losing to Notre Dame, the Wolverines (2-1) recorded their most lopsided win since beating Indiana, 58-0, in 2000.
* GEORGIA TECH 28, CONNECTICUT 13: Redshirt freshman Taylor Bennett threw a touchdown on his first college pass, backup tailback Tashard Choice scored the first two touchdowns of his career and the No. 16 Yellow Jackets won in Atlanta.
Georgia Tech (3-0) scored another touchdown on Kenny Scott's 21-yard interception return, the low point of a miserable game for Huskies quarterback Matt Bonislawski.
* TEXAS 51, RICE 10: Freshman Jamaal Charles ran for 189 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start to lead the No. 2 Longhorns in Austin. Charles had a pair of 25-yard scoring runs in the first quarter and added another four-yard touchdown in the second as Texas (3-0) built a 42-0 lead by halftime. He had four runs of 20 or more yards in his first 10 carries.
* TEXAS TECH 80, SAM HOUSTON STATE 21: Cody Hodges threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns in the first half to lead the No. 19 Red Raiders at home in their highest scoring game in 52 years.
The fifth-year senior, who led the nation in total offense coming into the game, added 80 yards passing and another touchdown throw in the third quarter to put Tech up 56-7 before backup quarterback Graham Harrell took over. For the game, Hodges completed 26 of 37 passes for 436 yards.
* OREGON 37, FRESNO STATE 34: Kellen Clemens threw for 332 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Ducks over the No. 23 Bulldogs in Eugene, Ore. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for Fresno State (1-1), which also had won its last three against Pacific-10 teams.
Oregon (3-0) saw its new spread offense come together against a ranked opponent a week before No. 1 USC comes to Autzen Stadium for the conference opener.