Kellen Moore and those BCS Busters from Boise State are off and running again, coming into the heart of mighty SEC country to beat up Georgia.
Moore threw for three touchdowns – giving him 102 in his career – and the No. 5 Broncos romped past the 19th-ranked Bulldogs 35-21 Saturday night in Atlanta, boosting their hopes of making another run to a major bowl while dealing a huge blow to embattled Georgia coach Mark Richt.
Moore, the nation’s top-rated passer last season and expected to be a leading Heisman contender, carved up Georgia’s 3-4 defense after a sluggish start. He completed 28 of 34 for 261 yards, with his first scoring pass – a 17-yarder to freshman Matt Miller – giving him 100 for his career.
He had two more in leading the Broncos to yet another marquee opening victory.
(1) Oklahoma 47, Tulsa 14: At Norman, Okla., Landry Jones Jones threw for 375 yards, Ryan Broyles Broyles came up just shy of his own school receptions record with 14 for 158 yards and the Sooners beat the Golden Hurricane.
(2) Alabama 48, Kent State 7: At Tuscaloosa, Ala., AJ McCarron stepped up for Alabama, throwing for a touchdown and 226 yards as the Crimson Tide beat the Golden Flashes.
McCarron also threw two interceptions.
(6) Florida St. 34, Louisiana-Monroe 0: At Tallahassee, Fla., EJ Manuel threw for 252 yards and two touchdowns and backup quarterback Clint Trickett threw a touchdown pass on his first college play as the Gators easily handled the Warhawks.
Florida State’s swarming defense limited ULM to 191 yards and 12 first downs.
(9) Oklahoma State 61, Louisiana-Lafayette 34: At Stillwater, Okla., Joseph Randle rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns, Justin Blackmon caught for 144 yards receiving to help the Cowboys’ beat the Ragin’ Cajuns.
Brandon Weeden completed 24 of 39 passes for 388 yards and three touchdowns for Oklahoma State.
(10) Nebraska 40, Chattanooga 7: At Lincoln, Neb., Taylor Martinez ran for 135 yards and three touchdowns out of the Cornhuskers’ new no-huddle offense and Nebraska easily defeated the Mocs to win its first game as Big Ten members.
Rex Burkhead added 75 yards and a touchdown as the Cornhuskers won their 26th consecutive opener, the longest streak in the nation.
(12) South Carolina 56, East Carolina 37: At Charlotte, N.C., fifth-year senior Stephen Garcia came off the bench to run for two touchdowns and throw for another as he rallied the Gamecocks past the Pirates in Charlotte, N.C.
Marcus Lattimore added 112 yards and three TDs for South Carolina.
(13) Virginia Tech 66, Appalachian State 13: At Blacksburg, Va., David Wilson ran for 162 yards and three touchdowns, Logan Thomas threw the first two TD passes of his career and the defense was solid as the Hokies easily routed the Mountaineers.
Thomas was removed after completing 9 of 19 passes for 149 yards.
(15) Arkansas 51, Missouri State 7: At Fayetteville, Ark., Tyler Wilson threw for 260 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Jarius Wright, Joe Adams tied a Southeastern Conference record with two punt returns for touchdowns and the Razorbacks defeated the Bears.
Wilson led Arkansas to scores in each of his four possessions.
South Florida 23, (16) Notre Dame 20: At South Bend, Ind., Kayvon Webster returned a fumble 96 yards for an early touchdown as the Bulls beat the Fighting Irish in a game disrupted for hours because of storms.
Maikon Bonani kicked three field goals and the Bulls had a 16-0 halftime lead.
(18) Ohio State 42, Akron 0: At Columbus, Ohio, starting his first game in eight years, quarterback Joe Bauserman ran for a touchdown and threw for three to tight end Jake Stoneburner to lead the Buckeyes to an overwhelming victory over the Zips.
(21) Missouri 17, Miami (Ohio) 6: At Columbus, Mo., James Franklin ran for one touchdown and passed for the clinching score in his first career start, helping the Tigers open with a victory over the stubborn RedHawks.
(22) Florida 41, Florida Atlantic 3: At Gainesville, Fla., John Brantley completed 21 of 30 passes for 229 yards and a touchdown, Chris Rainey scored three ways and the Gators opened with a rout over the Owls.
(23) Auburn 42, Utah State 38: At Auburn, Ala., Mike Dyer bulled through the line for a game-saving touchdown with 30 seconds left and the defending national champion Tigers escaped with a narrow win over the Aggies.
Auburn scored twice in the final 2:07, just when it seemed like the Utah State was poised for a stunning victory.