College football’s first weekend is in full swing, with a full onslaught of games Saturday, one game on Sunday and then the intriguing Labor Day tilt between defending national champion Ohio State and Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
Here’s what you need to know during this long, wonderful weekend of football.
Top story lines
- BYU’s Hail Mary win over Nebraska is season’s first must-see play
- Clemson’s Mike Williams injures neck in collision with goal post
- Notre Dame defeats Texas, 38-3, in a battle of blue bloods
All times Eastern.
SATURDAY NIGHT SHIFT
|No. 3 Alabama 35, No. 20 Wisconsin 17||Final stats|
|No. 7 Oregon 61, Eastern Washington 42||Final stats|
|No. 10 Florida State 59, Texas State 16||Final stats|
|No. 11 Notre Dame 38, Texas 3||Final stats | Story|
|McNeese State vs. No. 14 LSU, canceled|
|Texas A&M 38, No. 15 Arizona State 17||Final stats|
|West Virginia 44, Georgia Southern 0||Final stats|
|Kentucky 40, Louisiana-Lafayette 33||Final stats|
|Florida 61, New Mexico State 13||Final stats|
|Northern Illinois 38, UNLV 30||Final stats|
|Mississippi State at Southern Mississippi||Live stats (Fox Sports 1)|
|Arkansas State at No. 8 USC||Live stats (Pac-12 Network)|
LSU’s game against McNeese State was canceled following a four-hour delay for lightning. It was one of several weather-related delays this weekend. Among the more serious ones, the game between Kent State and Illinois in Champaign, Ill., was delayed from Friday to Saturday because of bad weather. The Illini won, 52-3.
|Purdue at Marshall||3 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)|
If you’re desperate or bed-ridden, I guess.
|No. 1 Ohio State at Virginia Tech||8 p.m. (ESPN)|
The Buckeyes will be without four suspended players against the Hokies on Monday night, including defensive end Joey Bosa, one of the nation’s best with 13 1/2 sacks last season. We also don’t know the identity of Ohio State’s starting quarterback, as Coach Urban Meyer won’t say whether it’ll be J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones. All of this makes the Buckeyes’ trip to Blacksburg — a cauldron of Metallica-fueled exuberance during night games — all the more intriguing. I mean, a mediocre Virginia Tech team won in Columbus last year.
|No. 6 Auburn 31, Louisville 24||Final stats|
|No. 13 UCLA 34, Virginia 16||Final stats|
|No. 18 Arkansas 48, UTEP 13||Final stats|
|No. 24 Missouri 34, SE Missouri St. 3||Final stats|
|No. 25 Tennessee 59, Bowling Green 30||Final stats|
|BYU 33, Nebraska 28||Final stats|
|Temple 27, Penn State 10||Final stats|
|Portland St. 24, Washington St. 17||Final stats|
The first “Wow” of the season to BYU, whose Mitch Mathews boxed out the Nebraska defense and wrestled across the goal line for a 42-yard touchdown reception with no time left and a 33-28 victory. Read all about it (and, more importantly, watch the play) on the Early Lead. The pass was thrown by freshman backup Tanner Mangum, who came into the game after standout starter Taysom Hill suffered a season-ending foot injury….
Temple, playing before a sellout home crowd for just the second time since 2003, beat Penn State for the first time since 1941, a stretch of 38 losses and one tie. As good as that loss is for the Owls, it’s that bad for the Nittany Lions, who were dominated. Christian Hackenberg has been hyped as a potential No. 1 NFL pick, but it’s hard to see how he’ll get to show his stuff — or even make it to the draft — behind that offensive line. He was sacked nearly as many times (10) as he completed a pass (11, in 25 attempts for a measly 103 yards)….
Mike Leach is now 12-26 as head coach at Washington State after putting up a completely un-Mike-Leach seven points in the second half against a Portland State that was 3-9 last season in the FCS. …
|No. 9 Georgia 51, Louisiana-Monroe 14||Final stats|
|No. 12 Clemson 49, Wofford 10||Final stats|
|No. 17 Ole Miss 76, Tennessee-Martin 3||Final stats|
|Northwestern 16, No. 21 Stanford 6||Final stats|
|Maryland 50, Richmond 21||Story | Final stats|
|Navy 48, Colgate 10||Story | Final stats|
|Pittsburgh 45, Youngstown St. 37||Final stats|
|South Dakota St. 41, Kansas 38||Final stats|
Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams was carted off the field and hospitalized with a neck injury after hitting the goal-post support on a four-yard touchdown pass against Wofford. He was moving his extremities when he was taken off the field on a backboard, according to the Associated Press. …
That loss at Northwestern isn’t gonna help the perception that Stanford’s offense is too plodding. The Cardinal mustered just 240 total yards and covered only 3 of 15 third downs. …
With Georgia easing into the season against Louisiana-Monroe — and with the game delayed by lightning in third quarter — the star of the day in Athens was Que, the dog who would be king. The 1-year-old English bulldog served as the mascot in an apparent tryout to take the title of Uga X in the verily papal line of succession of school mascots. School spokesman Claude Felton told the Associated Press that Que is “the leading candidate” to replace 11-year-old Russ, aka Uga IX, at some point this season. …
You have to wonder if Kansas will win this season after it fell into a 31-7 hole and untimately lost to the Jackrabbits of FCS-level South Dakota State. New Jayhawks Coach David Beaty inherited only 56 players from last year’s team, none of whom had scored a touchdown. …
Former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini nearly pulled an upset in his debut with Youngstown State, but Pitt and its first-time head coach, Pat Narduzzi. The @FauxPelini Twitter account, alas, was mostly silent during the game.