College Football Today: Week 3

A look around the nation at headlines from the third week of the college football season.

STARS

Taylor Martinez, Nebraska, threw for two TDs and ran for a third, helping the No. 11 Cornhuskers hold off Washington 51-38.

Chris Rainey, Florida, had 233 total yards, including an 83-yard TD catch, helping the No. 16 Gators beat rival Tennessee 33-23.

Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech, threw for 292 yards and two TDs, and the No. 13 Hokies overcame a sluggish offensive performance for a 26-7 victory over Arkansas State.

MarQueis Gray, Minnesota, racked up 334 total yards in a 29-23 victory over Miami of Ohio.

Case McCoy, Texas, passed for 168 yards and two TDs, and the No. 23 Longhorns avenged last season's stunning home loss to UCLA with a 49-20 victory.

LaMichael James, Oregon, ran for 204 yards and three TDs, including a 90-yarder, and the 12th-ranked Ducks cruised to a 56-7 victory over Missouri State.

Russell Wilson, Wisconsin, threw for 347 yards and three scores as the No. 7 Badgers routed Northern Illinois 49-7 at Soldier Field.

Geno Smith, West Virginia, threw for a career-high 388 yards and the 18th-ranked Mountaineers withstood a furious comeback by Maryland to pull out a 37-31 victory.

Sean Renfree, Duke, tied a school record with 40 completions and scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run with just under 10 minutes left to lead the Blue Devils to a 20-19 victory over Boston College.

Aaron Murray, Georgia, passed for three TDs and ran for another score - all in the first half - to give the Bulldogs a 59-0 win over Coastal Carolina.

James Vandenberg, Iowa, threw for 399 yards and had three TD passes in the fourth quarter as the Hawkeyes rallied from a 17-point deficit to stun Pittsburgh 31-27.

Kyle Harbridge, St. Francis (Pa.), set a school record with 348 yards rushing, the most on any level of college football this season, in a 50-49 win over Morehead State.

Seth Doege, Texas Tech, set a school record by completing his first 15 passes while throwing for 401 yards and five TDs, leading the Red Raiders to a 59-13 victory against New Mexico.

Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina, ran for a career-high 246 yards and three TDs to help the No. 10 Gamecocks hang on for a 24-21 victory over Navy.

Zach Maynard, Cal, threw for 215 yards and three TDs to lead the Bears to a 63-12 romp over Presbyterian.

Matt Barkley, USC, passed for 324 yards and a school record-tying five TDs to five different receivers, in the Trojans' 38-17 victory over previously unbeaten Syracuse.

Ronnie Wingo, Arkansas, rushed for a career-high 109 yards and scored three TDs to lead the No. 14 Razorbacks to a 38-28 victory over Troy.

Henry Josey, Missouri, rushed for three TDs and 263 yards as the Tigers overwhelmed Western Illinois 69-0.

Trent Richardson, Alabama, scored three TDs and ran for 167 yards as the No. 2 Crimson Tide rolled over North Texas in a 41-0 rout.

Case Keenum, Houston, threw for 351 yards and three TDs, leading the Cougars to 28 unanswered points in a furious second-half rally to beat Louisiana Tech 35-34.

B.J. Daniels, South Florida, threw for a career-high 382 yards and four TDs, pacing the No. 20 Bulls' 70-17 rout of Florida A&M.

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ACC EXPANSION

The Atlantic Coast Conference has received application letters from Pittsburgh and Syracuse to join the league, a move that would leave the Big East scrambling to replace two of its longest tenured members.

Florida State President Eric Barron confirmed the applications by the two schools.

He also confirmed that 11 of 12 ACC presidents attended a meeting in Greensboro, N.C., on Tuesday - the other participated by phone - and unanimously approved raising the exit fee to $20 million - up from $12 million to $14 million - for any member leaving the conference.

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OREGON ON NOTICE

Oregon has received formal notice of the NCAA investigation into its program's use of recruiting services. The NCAA relayed the official Notice of Inquiry in a telephone call to Oregon President Richard Lariviere this week, the Ducks announced Saturday before Oregon's game against Missouri State.

The inquiry is the result of reports that surfaced earlier this year concerning payments Oregon made to recruiting services, including a $25,000 payment to Willie Lyles and Houston-based Complete Scouting Services.

When Oregon released some of what it said Lyles had provided for the fee, the material was largely outdated. The payment came a month after Oregon landed a highly touted recruit from Texas.

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Auburn'S STREAK OVER

No. 21 Auburn's 17-game winning streak is over.

The defending national champions lost to Clemson 38-24 after the Tigers piled up 624 yards of offense.

Led by quarterback Tajh Boyd, Clemson's offense rolled up yardage while its defense was shutting down an Auburn attack that had a knack for staging late-game rallies. That's what happened a year ago when Auburn overcame a 17-0 deficit to beat Clemson 27-24 in overtime.

This time, it was Boyd picking apart Auburn's defense, something that rarely happened last season.

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BIG WIN

Top-ranked Oklahoma survived its big trip to Florida with a big win.

Kenny Stills, playing for the first time this season after being suspended for the opener because of an offseason DUI arrest, grabbed a 37-yard scoring pass midway through the fourth quarter for the tiebreaking score, and Oklahoma's defense made the lead stand as the Sooners beat No. 5 Florida State 23-13.

Javon Harris picked off two passes for the Sooners, who forced three turnovers and harassed both Florida State quarterbacks all night.

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KILL RETURNS

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill returned to the sidelines against Miami (Ohio), one week after suffering a seizure during a game.

Kill spent much of the week in the hospital recovering. There was some debate about whether he would be on the sidelines or up in the coaching box, but Kill jogged onto the field with his team for the game against the RedHawks.

Kill collapsed on the sidelines in the closing seconds of last week's loss to New Mexico State. He spent the next five days in the hospital while team doctors tried to adjust his medication to control the seizures, which have plagued him for years.

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MARYLAND HONORED

Miami honored former defensive lineman Russell Maryland for his looming induction into the College Football Hall of Fame before the Hurricanes' game against Ohio State.

One of two Hurricanes to be the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, Maryland was an All-American, Outland Trophy winner and a two-time national champion who finished with 279 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and 20 1/2 sacks.

Maryland brought his wife and three children to the game, where he was being recognized in an on-field ceremony and some other events.

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NUMBERS

2-Uprights hit by Boston College's Nate Freese, including the left one from 23 yards with 43 seconds left, in a 20-19 loss to Duke.

16-Consecutive road games lost by Akron since 2008 after a 59-14 loss at Cincinnati.

21-Consecutive home victories by No. 22 TCU after the Horned Frogs beat Louisiana-Monroe 38-17.

31-Straight wins by Wisconsin against non-conference opponents in the regular season after the Badgers rolled over Northern Illinois.

42-Career touchdowns by Oregon's LaMichael James, matching the school record set by Derek Loville (1986-89).

75-Career wins by Cal's Jeff Tedford to pass Andy Smith, who had held the school record since 1925.

100- Yards of Nick Womack's interception return against Columbia, just the third 100-yard play in Fordham history - first that wasn't on a kickoff.

744-Total yards by Missouri against Western Illinois, a school record.

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OFFENSIVELY OVERWHELMING

Georgia Tech certainly avenged its upset loss to Kansas last season.

The Yellow Jackets piled up a school-record 768 yards, including 604 on the ground, in a 66-24 rout of the Jayhawks.

Orwin Smith had more than 100 yards rushing and receiving, Roddy Jones also scored running and receiving, while David Sims had a pair of rushing TDs.

Completely befuddling the Jayhawks with fakes, pitches and guys running in all different directions, Georgia Tech averaged 12.1 yards with each carry. Smith needed only five to put up 157 yards. Embry Peeples added 110 yards on five carries.

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JOEPA BACK ... IN PRESS BOX

Joe Paterno was back on the sidelines for Penn State against Temple. He just didn't stay there.

The 84-year-old coach returned to the field for pregame warmups for the first time this season, but remained in the press box the game since he hasn't fully recovered from shoulder and pelvis injuries suffered in an accidental collision at practice on Aug. 7.

Paterno would like to return to the field, but says he still isn't quick enough yet to get out of the way if action comes his way.

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TWO AND OUT

There were so many penalties in the game between South Carolina State and Indiana, even the officials got confused.

After an intentional grounding call against Indiana quarterback Dusty Kiel on a first down, the official marker on the sideline was changed to third down and the officials never caught the mistake.

Kiel then threw an incomplete pass and the marker was switched to fourth down, prompting first-year Indiana coach Kevin Wilson to send his punt team onto the field. The Hoosiers kicked the ball away, but the bungled call did not change the outcome; Indiana held on for a 38-21 victory.

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HUNTER HURT

Tennessee's Justin Hunter, the Southeastern Conference leader in receiving, injured his left knee on the Volunteers' opening drive.

Hunter, who entered the game averaging 151 yards receiving, landed awkwardly on his left knee while making a 12-yard reception on Tennessee's first passing play.

Team trainers checked out Hunter, and he walked off the field without assistance, later heading to the locker room.

He will have tests when he returns to Knoxville, Tenn., to determine the severity of the injury.

''Every indication that it's not OK,'' Vols coach Derek Dooley said.

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SHORTENED GAME

Officials at the game between No. 19 Baylor and Stephen F. Austin came up with a way to made up for lost time after a lightning delay of 41 minutes.

Just before play resumed with 2:14 left in the first half and Baylor leading 31-0 on Saturday night, it was announced that halftime would be skipped and the final two quarters would be shortened by three minutes each.

But the game was halted for a second time with 2:58 left in the third quarter. Rather than wait it out, the coaches met at midfield, shook hands and decided to let the clock run out.

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FSU WR SHAW INJURED

Florida State wide receiver Kenny Shaw was taken by ambulance to the hospital after receiving a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit early in the second quarter of the Seminoles' game against Oklahoma.

Shaw lay motionless for several minutes in the Oklahoma end zone Saturday after he was sandwiched between Oklahoma's Tom Wort and Javon Harris. Their helmets both banged into Shaw, who had caught what appeared to be a touchdown pass on the play but dropped the ball after being hit.

Shaw was tied to a backboard on his way to the waiting ambulance, but he was able to give the crowd a thumbs-up with his left hand.


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