OXFORD, Miss. Sporting Alert — Scores and results from the games that took place on the first weekend of college football in 2015.
Defending national champion Ohio State put a check mark beside their name as well to start the college football new season after run away from Virginia Tech 42-24 on Monday night.
Cardale Jones, who won the battle for the starting place at quarterback ahead of J.T. Barrett, finished 9 of 18 for 186 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 99 yards and a 10-yard score in the win for the No. 1 Buckeyes.
Converted quarterback Braxton Miller, who now operates as a wide receiver, was also impressive on the night, as he scored two touchdowns and finished with a combined 140 yards.
Junior transfer Chad Kelly went 9 of 15 in passes and threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns as well as rushing for a 20-yard scored in helping Ole Miss to a victory in its season opener.
Jaylen Walton ran for 65 yards and two touchdowns, including a 60-yard rush on his first carry of the contest, while Cody Core had two catches for 80 yards and a touchdown and Markell Pack caught two passes for 63 yards and a score for the Rebels, who led 41-0 at halftime.
Ole Miss tallied 662 total yards in the victory, including 338 yards rushing.
Meanwhile, Nick Chubb and Keith Marshall each ran for a pair of touchdowns and quarterback Greyson Lambert threw for 141 yards and two touchdowns in helping the ninth-ranked team in the country Georgia to a 51-14 win over Louisiana-Monroe.
Chubb rushed 16 times for 120 yards and Marshall carried the ball 10 times for 73 yards in the win, while Sony Michel had two catches for 79 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs, who scored the first 35 points of the contest and led 35-7 at halftime.
Georgia which had 19 first downs, finished with 435 total yards, including 243 yards on the carry.
Garrett Smith was 23 of 29 for 206 yards and Rashon Ceaser had 13 catches for 153 yards in the defeat for Louisiana-Monroe.
Easy Win For Clemson
In other Top 25 score thus far, Deshaun Watson threw for 194 yards on 18 of 22 passes and two touchdowns, and Clemson easily got past Wofford 49-10 to open their season with a predicted victory.
However, there was an injury scare for receiver Mike Williams, who was carted off the field after colliding with the goalpost support on a 4-yard touchdown reception in the first half.
The junior was reportedly taken to a hospital for examinations on his neck, but it is understood that he was already feeling better and Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reports that “was standing up and had full use of all extremities.”
More College Football Action
In an upset on the day, No. 21 Stanford fell 16-6 against Northwestern.
Freshman quarterback Clayton Thorson ran for a 42 yards touchdown, while completing 12 of 24 on passes for 105 yards, and Justin Jackson rushed for 134 yards in the victory for the Wildcats, whose defense held the Cardinal to just 240 total yards.
Kevin Hogan went 20 of 35 for 155 yards for Stanford, which failed to get going on the offense.
“We really stuck to our plan,” said head coach Pat Fitzgerald. “This goes all the way back to January, when we came back together after a long offseason that none of us were happy with, and quite frankly, that we were bitterly disappointed about.”
In Norman, the No. 19 Oklahoma Sooners cruised to 41-3 victory over Akron, with Baker Mayfield passed for 388 yards on 23 of 33 passes and three touchdowns, and Joe Mixon combined for 142 yards and a touchdown.
Josh Rosen passes for an impressive 351 yards and three touchdowns on debut to pilot the No. 13 UCLA Bruins to a 34-16 victory over Virginia, which had Taquan Mizzell taking eight catches for 100 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for another 45 yards in the defeat.
Elsewhere, Brandon Allen threw for 308 yards and four touchdowns and No. 18 Arkansas down UTEP 48-13.
Derrick Henry rushed for 147 yards with three touchdowns to help No. 3 Alabama beat No. 20 Wisconsin 35-17 in their college football season opener.
Jake Coker, who got the starting spot at quarterback, finished with 15 of 21 and threw for 213 yards and a touchdown for Crimson Tide, which scored 21 second half points, including 14 in the third quarter when they pulled away.
It was the sixth time under head coach Nick Saban that Alabama was opening its college football season with a victory at a neutral site.
The ranked team falling on Saturday was No. 15 Arizona State, which suffered a 38-17 defeat to a very spirited Texas A&M side.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP 25 SCORES
FULL SCOREBOARDS AND BOX SCORES
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
VIRGINIA TECH 24, NO. 1 OHIO STATE 42
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
NO. 3 ALABAMA 35, NO. 20 WISCONSIN 17
NO. 6 AUBURN 31, LOUISVILLE 24
No. 7 OREGON 61, EASTERN WASHINGTON 42
No. 8 USC 55, ARKANSAS ST. 6
NO. 9 GEORGIA 51, LOUISIANA MONROE 14
NO. 10 FLORIDA STATE 59, TEXAS STATE 16
NO. 11 NOTRE DAME 38, TEXAS 3
NO. 12 CLEMSON 49, WOFFORD 10
NO. 13 UCLA 34, VIRGINIA 16
TEXAS A&M 38, NO. 15 ARIZONA ST. 17
NO. 17 OLE MISS 76, UT MARTIN 3
NO. 18 ARKANSAS 48, UTEP 13
NO. 19 OKLAHOMA 41, AKRON 3
NORTHWESTERN 16, NO. 21 STANFORD 6
NO. 24 MISSOURI 34, SE MISSOURI 3
NO. 25 TENNESSEE 59, BOWLING GREEN 30
SELECTED RESULTS AND SCORES
KANSAS 38, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 41
NEBRASKA 28, BYU 33
KANSAS STATE 34, SOUTH DAKOTA