Weekend Roundup: Week 1

A look around the nation at headlines from the first weekend of college football for the 2011 season.


- Kellen Moore, Boise State, threw for three touchdowns, giving him 102 in his career, in the No. 5 Broncos' romp over 19th-ranked Georgia 35-21.

- Dominique Whaley, Oklahoma, ran for four scores in his debut to lead the top-ranked Sooners to a 47-14 win over Tulsa.

- Taylor Martinez, Nebraska, ran for 135 yards and three TDs to help the No. 10 Cornhuskers beat Chattanooga 40-7 in their first game as Big Ten members. .

- Robert Woods, Southern Cal, caught a school-record 17 passes for 177 yards and three TDs, helping the No. 25 Trojans beat Minnesota 19-17. .

- E.J. Manuel, Florida State, threw for 252 yards and two TDs in the No. 6 Seminoles' 34-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe. .

- David Wilson, Virginia Tech, ran for 162 yards and three TDs in the No. 13 Hokies' 66-13 victory against Appalachian State. .

- A.J. McCarron, Alabama, threw for a TD and 226 yards as the No. 2 Crimson Tide beat an overmatched Kent State 48-7. .

- Bryn Renner, North Carolina, threw for 277 yards and two TDs in his first start, a 42-10 win over James Madison. .

- Tajh Boyd, Clemson, was 20-for-30 for 264 yards and three TDs in his debut as the starter, leading the Tigers to a 43-19 win over Troy. .

- Case Keenum, Houston, threw for 310 yards and two TDs in his return from reconstructive knee surgery, helping the Cougars beat UCLA 38-34. .

- Mikel Hunter, Air Force, scored on an 80-yard reverse on the game's first snap and added a 55-yard TD reception as the Falcons cruised past South Dakota 37-20. .

- Kayvon Webster, South Florida, returned a fumble 96 yards for an early touchdown as the Bulls stunned 16th-ranked Notre Dame 23-20 in their first trip to South Bend. .

- Joe Adams, Arkansas, tied a Southeastern Conference record with two punt returns for touchdowns, scoring from 61 and 78 yards out in the Razorbacks' 51-7 win over Missouri State. .

- Ray Graham, Pittsburgh, ran for 201 yards and three TDs in the Panthers' 35-16 victory over Buffalo. .

- Kriss Proctor, Navy, rushed for three TDs and threw his first career TD pass in the Midshipmen's 40-17 blowout of Delaware. .

- Andrew Luck, Stanford, threw two TD passes and ran for another score, leading seventh-ranked Stanford past San Jose State 57-3. .

- Jordan Webb, Kansas, threw three TD passes and ran for another, helping the Jayhawks beat McNeese State 42-24. .

- Tyler Bray, Tennessee, threw for 293 yards and three TDs as the Vols beat Montana 42-16. .

- Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois, threw a career-high five TD passes and rushed for another to give the Huskies a 49-26 victory over Army. .

- Chris Rainey, Florida, scored on a 14-yard reception, a 14-yard run and a 22-yard blocked punt return to help the 22nd-ranked Gators beat Florida Atlantic 41-3. .



A band of strong storms wreaked havoc on college football games all across the Midwest. .

Fans were asked to evacuate Michigan Stadium late in the third quarter against Western Michigan during a second break because of lightning. Both schools agreed to end the game with 1:27 left in the third quarter during the second delay, giving the Wolverines a 34-10 win. .

The game between Howard and Eastern Michigan was postponed until Sunday due to severe weather. .

Notre Dame Stadium was evacuated at halftime against South Florida because of lightning, as was Iowa State's Kinnick Stadium during the Hawkeyes 34-7 win over Tennessee Tech. .

Games between Delaware State and VMI, Montana and Tennessee, and McNeese State at Kansas were also delayed because of weather. .



The Big 12 appears to be teetering on the brink of collapse again with Texas A&M announcing its plans to leave the conference and Oklahoma shopping conferences. .

Texas, Missouri and Kansas State's athletic directors say they're committed to the Big 12. .

DeLoss Dodds of Texas, John Currie of K-State and Missouri's Mike Alden all say they would like the conference to survive, but will monitor what happens. .

Oklahoma State billionaire booster Boone Pickens had a different prediction, saying he doesn't think the Big 12 will last much longer and believes the Cowboys eventually will end up in what's now the Pac-12 Conference. .

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, speaking before No. 3 Oregon played No. 4 LSU at Cowboys Stadium, said the conference has heard from several schools, but has not tried to lure anyone away. .



Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger had planned to be on the sideline for his team's game against No. 22 Florida. Hip pain and leg cramps sent him upstairs to a coaching box. .

A day earlier, Schnellenberger was taken to a hospital after experiencing severe discomfort in his surgically repaired hip during a bus ride to Gainesville. The 77-year-old coach had hip replacement surgery three weeks ago, shortly after he announced he'll retire from coaching following this season. .

Penn State's Joe Paterno coached from the press box against Indiana State a little over three weeks after suffering shoulder and pelvis injuries from an accidental collision in practice. .



- Washington State starting quarterback Jeff Tuel broke his left clavicle during the first quarter of the season opening game against Idaho State. A team spokesman wasn't sure how long he would be out. .

- UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince left the Bruins' game against Houston with a concussion. He had season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last October, but won a tight battle over Richard Brehaut to be the starter this season. .

- Michigan cornerback Troy Woolfolk was carted off the field with against Western Michigan after injuring his left ankle on a kickoff. He missed all of last season with an injured right ankle. .

- Iowa freshman running back Mika'il McCall will miss the rest of the season after breaking his ankle in a 34-7 win over Tennessee Tech. .



Several coaches made their debuts as head coaches on Saturday. Some did well, others, not so much: .

- Brady Hoke coached Michigan to a 34-10 win over Western Michigan in just about three quarters. The game was called because of lightning with 1:27 left in the third. .

- Larry Coker, who coached Miami to the 2001 national championships won his debut at Texas-San Antonio, 31-3. .

- Everett Withers won his first game as interim coach at North Carolina, 42-10 over James Madison. .

- The Will Muschamp era at Florida opened with a 41-3 win over Florida Atlantic. .

- Paul Pasqualoni, in his first game since leaving Syracuse in 2004, won in his Connecticut debut, 35-3 over Fordham. .

- Todd Graham's tenure at Pittsburgh started off with a 36-16 win over Buffalo. .

- Northern Illinois gave new coach Dave Doeren a win in his debut with a 49-26 victory over Army. .

- David Shaw won in his first game as Jim Harbaugh's replacement, leading the Cardinal to a 57-3 win over San Jose State. .

- Jerry Kill's Minnesota Gophers kept it tight against No. 25 Southern California before losing 19-17. .

- Miami of Ohio put a scare into No. 21 Missouri before falling 17-6 in Don Treadwell's debut. .



Kansas announced former football coach Don Fambrough has died of injuries sustained in a fall at his home in Lawrence. He was 88. .

Fambrough either coached or played in five of the nine bowl games Kansas has participated in. He was All-Big Six offensive lineman in 1946 and 1947. He was head coach from 1971-74, then again from 1979-82. .

His overall record was 37-48-6. He was Big Eight coach of the year in 1981. .



10 - Straight losses by Sacramento State against FBS teams before the Hornets upset Oregon State 29-28 in overtime. .

16 - Wins with no losses for Air Force against schools from the Championship Subdivision after a 37-20 win over South Dakota. .

26 - Consecutive openers won by Nebraska, longest streak in the nation. .

34 - Number of completions by USC quarterback Matt Barkley against Minnesota, a school record. .

113 - Height in feet of Arizona's new video scoreboard, one of the largest in college sports. .



The poisoned trees at Toomer's Corner in Auburn aren't doing well, but it didn't stop Tigers fans from keeping a cherished tradition alive. .

Hundreds streamed to Toomer's Corner following the 23rd-ranked Tigers' 42-38, comeback win over Utah State, celebrating like always by heaving toilet paper into the branches of the two clearly ailing oaks at the intersection of campus and downtown. .

Alabama fan Harvey Updyke Jr. was indicted on charges including criminal mischief and desecration of a venerated object and awaits trial after pleading not guilty. .

With leaves mottled brown and yellow, the now frail-looking trees are getting special treatment from the university, town and fan base in hopes that they'll pull through. A barricade protected the trees along with signs asking fans to keep off the soil. .

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