Randy Shannon's debut as coach of the Miami Hurricanes was a successful one.Javarris James ran for two touchdowns, Tavares Gooden and Calais Campbell had interceptions to set up easy scoring drives, and the Hurricanes recorded six sacks as the Canes beat Marshall 31-3 Saturday.
Getting off to a sluggish start in what figures to be an emotionally charged season, No. 9 Virginia Tech struggled to beat East Carolina 17-7 Saturday, even hearing boos from a home crowd that honored a plea not to jeer the Pirates.
Devin Moore rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown and Wyoming held Virginia to 110 total yards in a 23-3 victory Saturday in the season opener for both teams. The Cavaliers (0-1) beat the Cowboys 13-12 in overtime last season in Charlottesville, thanks to a missed extra point by Wyoming. But the Cavs couldn't escape this season - and they couldn't run at all against Wyoming. Virginia had 7 yards on the ground.
Matt Ryan threw for five touchdowns -- second most at Boston College only to Doug Flutie -- and DeJuan Tribble intercepted three passes on Saturday to help the Eagles beat Wake Forest 38-28 and give Jeff Jagodzinski a victory in his head coaching debut.
North Carolina got off to a fast start under new coach Butch Davis, getting three touchdown passes from first-time starter T.J. Yates to beat James Madison 37-14 on Saturday. Yates threw for 218 yards -- including a 65-yard score on his first college throw -- for the Tar Heels, who won their season opener for just the third time in a decade. Brooks Foster caught two touchdown passes, while redshirt freshman Anthony Elzy ran for a pair of short scores.
Georgia Tech didn't need Calvin Johnson on Saturday. It had Tashard Choice. Choice rushed for a career-high 196 yards and two touchdowns and the Georgia Tech defense had little trouble with any of Notre Dame's replacements for Brady Quinn, shutting down the running of Demetrius Jones and the passing of Evan Sharpley and Jimmy Clausen in beating Notre Dame 33-3 on Saturday.
Quarterback Tyler Lorenzen accounted for 354 yards of total offense to lead Connecticut (1-0) to a 45-14 victory over Duke (0-1) Saturday afternoon at Wallace Wade Stadium. After falling behind, 14-8, in the second quarter,Connecticut scored 37 unanswered points to close the game.
Keon Lattimore ran for 106 yards and three touchdowns, Jordan Steffy played exceptionally well in his first start as Maryland's quarterback, and the Terrapins wore down Villanova in a 31-14 victory Saturday night.
The Wolfpack managed to turn Saturday's season-opener against Central Florida in front of 57,283 at Carter-Finley Stadium from a blow-out to a nail-biter. Trailing 25-3 at the half, the Wolfpack came within a two-point conversion midway through the fourth of completing a comeback, thanks in part to improved play by the defense and a quarterback switch just before halftime. Still, the Golden Knights held on for a 25-23 victory, spoiling new head coach Tom O'Brien's NC State debut.