Brandon Wimbush connected on a long touchdown pass to help No. 12 Notre Dame jump out to a big first-half lead, Te’von Coney and the defense made it stand with a late takeaway, and the Fighting Irish beat No. 14 Michigan 24-17 on Saturday night in South Bend, Indiana, as the rivalry returned after a three-year hiatus.
A Green-out crowd welcomed the Wolverines back to Notre Dame Stadium and the Fighting Irish scored fast on their first two drives against a defense loaded with future NFL draft picks.
(1) Alabama 51, Louisville 14: College Football Playoff hero Tua Tagovailoa threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third in his first college start, helping top-ranked and defending national champion Crimson Tide open its season with a rout of the Cardinals.
Essentially ending the debate – at least for now – about whether he or Jalen Hurts should be the Crimson Tide’s No. 1 quarterback, Tagovailoa scored on a 9-yard run while also completing 12 of 16 passes for 227 yards without an interception.
(2) Clemson 48, Furman 7: Freshman Trevor Lawrence threw three touchdown passes and the Tigers scored on all five of his drives in the season-opening rout of the Paladins in Clemson, South Carolina.
Lawrence was going 9 for 15 for 137 yards and no interceptions, and senior starter Kelly Bryant was 10 for 16 for 127 yards and a touchdown.
(3) Georgia 45, Austin Peay 0: Jake Fromm threw two scoring passes while sharing time with freshman Justin Fields and the Bulldogs showed off some new firepower against the Governors in Athens, Georgia.
Georgia flashed big-play potential, including a 59-yard touchdown pass from Fromm to Mecole Hardman and a 72-yard scoring run by Demetris Robertson, who was making his debut.
(7) Oklahoma 63, Florida Atlantic 14: Kyler Murray, taking over for Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield, passed for 209 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Sooners over the Owls in Norman, Oklahoma.
Murray connected on 9 of 11 passes in just less than one half. It was Murray’s second college start since transferring from Texas A&M after the 2015 season.
(10) Penn State, 45, Appalachian State 38: Amani Oruwariye intercepted Zac Thomas’ pass in the end zone and the Nittany Lions held on in State College, Pennsylvania, exactly 11 years after the Mountaineers stunned Michigan in one of the biggest upsets in college football history.
Miles Sanders ran for 91 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score in overtime for the Penn State.
(16) TCU 55, Southern 7: Shawn Robinson threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores while playing only the first half in the Horned Frogs’ opening blowout of the Jaguars in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Horned Frogs scored on their first six drives to take a 38-7 lead before fellow sophomore Michael Collins, a former transfer from Penn, took over after halftime.
(17) West Virginia 40, Tennessee 14: Will Grier got his Heisman Trophy campaign off to an impressive start, throwing for 429 yards and five touchdowns to help the Mountaineers rout the Volunteers in a game delayed for more than an hour at halftime because of lightning in Charlotte, North Carolina.
(18) Mississippi State 63, Stephen F. Austin 6: Keytaon Thompson threw for 364 yards and five touchdowns, Mississippi State had 17 tackles for a loss and the Bulldogs cruised past the Lumberjacks in Starkville, Mississippi.
Joe Moorhead won his first game as Mississippi State’s head coach, and the playbook showed some of the downfield passing prowess he’s promised over the past months.
(22) Boise State 56, Troy 20: Brett Rypien passed for 305 yards and four touchdowns, and Sean Modster had 167 yards receiving, to lead the Broncos past the Trojans in the opening victory in Troy, Alabama.
The Broncos raced to a 35-7 halftime lead over a Trojans team coming off an 11-win season, largely with the Rypien-to-Modster connection. Tyler Horton and Boise State’s defense mostly took over the scoring for the second half against Troy.
Maryland 34, (23) Texas 29: Maryland emerged from a trying offseason with an emotionally charged upset of the Longhorns in Landover, Maryland, shaking off a lengthy weather delay to provide Matt Canada a satisfying victory in his debut at the Terrapins’ interim coach.
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