Tate Forcier threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Greg Mathews with 11 seconds left, lifting Michigan to a 38-34 win Saturday over No. 18 Notre Dame at Ann Arbor, Mich.
Armando Allen ran for a touchdown and got the two-point conversion on a nifty Statue of Liberty play with 5:13 left after Jimmy Clausen threw his third touchdown pass to give the Fighting Irish (1-1) the lead, but their defense could not stop Forcier and the Wolverines (2-0).
Forcier’s 31-yard TD run on a fourth down gave the Wolverines an 11-point lead early in the fourth quarter. He threw an interception on his next drive to aid the Irish’s comeback, but the freshman bounced back by converting a third down with a pass and clutch connection with Mathews on the side of the end zone.
(1) Florida 56, Troy 6: Tim Tebow threw four touchdown passes, ran for another score and the Gators beat the Trojans at Gainesville, Fla., in their final tuneup before beginning Southeastern Conference play.
Florida (2-0) started slowly, punting twice and fumbling once in its first four series. But once Tebow & Co. got on track, the Trojans (0-2) looked nearly as overmatched as Charleston Southern did last week.
(2) Texas 41, Wyoming 10: Colt McCoy warmed up after a shaky start and the Longhorns (2-0) overcame poor special-teams play and a bad first half to beat the Cowboys (1-1) at Laramie, Wyo.
The Longhorns looked ready to be lassoed until taking a 13-10 lead just before halftime, although their defense had a great afternoon against a spread offense in preparation for next weekend’s showdown with Texas Tech.
(4) Alabama 40, Florida International 14: Greg McElroy completed a school-record 14 straight passes, freshman Trent Richardson rushed for a pair of second-half touchdowns and the Crimson Tide pulled away for a victory over the Golden Panthers at Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Alabama (2-0) couldn’t shake the 33-point underdog Golden Panthers (0-1) until Richardson scored from 9 and 35 yards in the final 19 minutes. Terry Grant added a 42-yard TD run.
(7) Penn St. 28, Syracuse 7: Evan Royster ran for a touchdown and caught another, and the Nittany Lions contained quarterback Greg Paulus and the rebuilding Orange in a win at State College, Pa.
Penn State (2-0) throttled Syracuse’s running game early, and the Orange (0-2) unsuccessfully tried to throw off the Nittany Lions’ defense, at times alternating Paulus and backup Ryan Nassib at quarterback.
(9) BYU 54, Tulane 3: Max Hall threw two touchdown passes, Bryan Kariya scored twice and the Cougars crushed the Green Wave at New Orleans.
BYU (2-0) had 527 yards of total offense, including 206 on the ground. Tulane (0-2) was held to 162 yards and managed only 37 yards rushing.
(11) LSU 23, Vanderbilt 9: Keiland Williams rushed for 72 yards and the Tigers’ only two touchdowns in a victory over the Commodores on a rain-soaked night in Baton Rouge, La.
The Commodores (1-1, 0-1 SEC) trailed by only one touchdown midway through the fourth quarter as they attempted to win in Tiger Stadium for the first time since 1951. LSU (2-0, 1-0) pushed it to 23-9 with 6:01 to go after Williams’ second touchdown.
(14) Virginia Tech 52, Marshall 10: Freshman Ryan Williams ran for 164 yards and three touchdowns, and the Hokies more than tripled their offensive production from last week in a rout of the Thundering Herd at Blacksburg, Va.
The Hokies (1-1) managed only 155 yards in their opener against Alabama, but that tally was topped before the end of the first quarter against the Thundering Herd (1-1).
(16) TCU 30, Virginia 14: The Horned Frogs shut down the Cavaliers’ new spread offense and breezed to victory in their season opener at Charlottesville, Va.
Virginia (0-2) largely avoided the turnover problems that led to their opening loss to William and Mary but couldn’t get anything going against the stout TCU defense.
(19) North Carolina 12, Connecticut 10: The Huskies (1-1) were called for holding in the end zone with 1:32 left in the game, giving the Tar Heels a safety and a comeback win at East Hartford, Conn.
The Tar Heels (2-0) trailed 10-0 entering the fourth quarter, when Casey Barth kicked a 22-yard field goal. T.J. Yates then led the team on a 13-play touchdown drive to tie the score at 10.
(21) Georgia 41, South Carolina 37: Rennie Curran broke up a fourth-down pass at the goal line and the Bulldogs held off the Gamecocks in a wild game at Athens, Ga.
The nearly four-hour contest wasn’t decided until Curran, a linebacker, batted down Stephen Garcia’s final throw on a fourth-and-4 play at the Georgia 7 with 27 seconds remaining.
The Bulldogs (1-1, 1-0 SEC) avoided their first 0-2 start since 1996. South Carolina (1-1, 0-1) was hurt by a blocked extra point after its final touchdown, which prevented the Gamecocks from going for a tying field goal.
(22) Nebraska 38, Arkansas St. 9: Zac Lee passed for 340 yards and four touchdowns, and the Cornhuskers warmed up for next week’s trip to Virginia Tech with a victory over the Red Wolves at Lincoln, Neb.
The Cornhuskers (2-0) scored on five of their first six possessions, ending any hopes the Red Wolves (1-1) had of pulling an even bigger upset than their win at Texas A&M last year.
(23) Cincinnati 70, SE Missouri St. 3: Mardy Gilyard scored four touchdowns as the Bearcats overwhelmed the Redhawks (1-1) for a victory at Cincinnati.
A quick-strike offense scored every which way during a 49-point first half, the biggest in coach Brian Kelly’s three seasons at Cincinnati (2-0). Gilyard was the catalyst, putting together one of the top individual performances in school history.
(24) Kansas 34, UTEP 7: Jake Sharp ran for 104 yards and three touchdowns while the Jayhawks got two big punt returns from Daymond Patterson to beat the Miners at El Paso, Texas.
The Jayhawks (2-0) finished with 576 total yards and their defense racked up five sacks and held UTEP (0-2) to negative rushing yards until the closing minutes.
(25) Missouri 27, Bowling Green 20: Blaine Gabbert threw two second-half touchdown passes and Derrick Washington scored the go-ahead TD late in the fourth quarter as the Tigers (2-0) rallied from a dud start to beat the Falcons (1-1) in its home opener at Columbia, Mo.
Washington had 120 yards on 23 carries for the Tigers, who jumped into the rankings after an impressive opening victory over Illinois and needed a strong finish for any hope of staying there. Missouri trailed 20-6 midway through the third quarter before awakening.