SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Jason Teague took an option pitch 19 yards for a touchdown in overtime to give Michigan State a 44-41 victory over No. 10 Notre Dame on Saturday, the Spartans’ fifth straight win at Notre Dame Stadium.

The Fighting Irish (2-1) rallied from 21 points down in the third quarter to tie the score, but had to settle for a 44-yard field goal by D.J. Fitzpatrick on their OT possession and couldn’t make it stand up.

The Spartans (3-0) spoiled the home debut of coach Charlie Weis, who became just the third Notre Dame coach to lose his home opener since 1913.

The other two were Elmer Layden in 1934, losing 7-6 to Texas and Lou Holtz in 1986, losing 24-23 to No. 3 Michigan.

Michigan State joins Purdue (1954-62) as the only opponent to win five straight at Notre Dame Stadium and its 12 wins at Notre Dame are the most by an Irish opponent.

No. 2 Texas 51, Rice 10

AUSTIN, Texas – Freshman Jamaal Charles ran for 189 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start to lead No. 2 Texas to a 51-10 win over Rice on Saturday night.

Charles had a pair of 25-yard scoring runs in the first quarter and added another 4-yard TD in the second as Texas (3-0) built a 42-0 lead by halftime. He had four runs of 20 or more yards in his first 10 carries.

Charles threatened the Texas freshman record of 213 yards set by Cedric Benson against Kansas in 2001 before leaving the game in the third quarter. Benson finished his career last season as the fifth-leading rusher in major college history.

No. 4 Virginia Tech 45, Ohio 0

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Marcus Vick threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third, and Virginia Tech got its second shutout in a row with a 45-0 victory over Ohio University on Saturday.

The fourth-ranked Hokies (3-0), who blanked Duke 45-0 last Saturday, turned three turnovers into touchdowns and turned the Bobcats away twice deep in Tech territory. Brooks Rossman missed a 36-yard field goal, and an interception ended the other drive.

The Bobcats (1-2) were coming off a 16-10 overtime victory against Pittsburgh that heightened excitement in their first season under former Nebraska coach Frank Solich, but they had never played a team ranked as high as the Hokies. And probably won’t be in any rush to again. Ohio finished with just 188 yards to the Hokies’ 473.

No. 6 Florida 16, No. 5 Tennessee 7

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Maybe Urban Meyer’s defense and special teams should have been getting all the hype.

No. 6 Florida held fifth-ranked Tennessee scoreless in the second half, took advantage of three special teams errors and won 16-7 Saturday night to give Meyer a resounding victory in his Southeastern Conference debut.

The Gators had lost three of the last four against the Volunteers, including two in a row at Florida Field. They ended that streak and got an early edge in the Eastern Division race.

No. 7 Georgia 44, Louisiana-Monroe 7

ATHENS, Ga. – Danny Ware rushed for 109 yards and Martrez Milner caught three passes for 79 yards and a touchdown as the backups led No. 7 Georgia past Louisiana-Monroe 44-7 Saturday.

D.J. Shockley completed 13 of 20 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown and added a 28-yard touchdown run while playing three quarters for Georgia.

Ware started at tailback for Thomas Brown, who was held out with a slightly separated shoulder.

No. 8 Florida State 28, No. 17 BC 17

BOSTON — Florida State gave Boston College a rude welcome to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

A.J. Nicholson intercepted two passes, scoring on a 19-yard return on the first play of the game, and Greg Carr caught two touchdowns to help eighth-ranked Florida State beat No. 17 Boston College 28-17 on Saturday night and spoil the Eagles’ ACC debut.

Nicholson’s interceptions sparked the Seminoles (3-0, 2-0) to a 14-0 lead in the first five minutes before BC scored 17 unanswered points to take the lead.

The Eagles (2-1) nursed the lead – thanks to a great play by Mathias Kiwanuka – until quarterback Quinton Porter left with an ankle injury and Florida State took advantage.

No. 9 Ohio State 27, San Diego State 6

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Santonio Holmes’ punt returns set up Troy Smith’s two first-half touchdown runs to help No. 9 Ohio State shake off its Texas hangover with a 27-6 win over San Diego State on Saturday.

The Buckeyes (2-1), who lost 25-22 to No. 2 Texas last week before a record home crowd, took a while to find their bearings – trailing 6-0 just 11 seconds into the game. They moved in fits and starts on offense throughout the entire game.

No. 11 Louisville 63, Oregon State 27

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Brian Brohm threw for 368 yards and five touchdowns and No. 11 Louisville topped 50 points for the ninth time under coach Bobby Petrino in a 63-27 win over Oregon State on Saturday.

Mario Urrutia caught seven passes for 175 yards with two touchdowns for Louisville (2-0), which tied an Oregon State record for points by an opponent.

Louisville linebacker Brandon Johnson blocked a punt and returned an interception for a score and defensive end Elvis Dumervil set an NCAA record with his ninth sack in consecutive games.

No. 13 Miami 36, No. 20 Clemson 30

CLEMSON, S.C. – Tyrone Moss’ 25-yard touchdown run in the third overtime lifted No. 13 Miami to a 36-30 victory over No. 20 Clemson Saturday, and helped the Hurricanes avoid their first 0-2 start in 27 years.

Moss bounced out to the right side for his scoring run and safety Kenny Phillips intercepted Charlie Whitehurst when the Tigers (2-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) got their chance in the third extra period.

No. 14 Michigan 55, Eastern Michigan 0

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Max Martin ran for two touchdowns, then Chad Henne threw two TD passes to Jason Avant as No. 14 Michigan tied a school record with 28 points in the first quarter and went on to roll over Eastern Michigan 55-0 Saturday.

A week after losing to Notre Dame, the Wolverines (2-1) recorded their most lopsided win since beating Indiana 58-0 in 2000.

They led 54-0 early in the fourth quarter after scoring on nine of 10 possessions and shut out a team for the first time since a 38-0 victory over the Fighting Irish two years ago.

No. 15 California 35, Illinois 20

BERKELEY, Calif. – Justin Forsett ran for a career-high 187 yards and two touchdowns, and Tim Mixon returned a fourth-quarter punt 79 yards for a score during 15th-ranked California’s impressive second-half rally for a 35-20 victory over Illinois on Saturday.

Marcus O’Keith rushed for a late score and caught a 26-yard TD pass from Joe Ayoob for the Golden Bears (3-0), whose injury-plagued offense needed nearly three quarters to warm up.

Cal played without star tailback Marshawn Lynch, who sat out with a broken finger, and two starters on its powerful offensive line.

No. 16 Georgia Tech 28, Connecticut 13

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech stayed unbeaten, even with Reggie Ball in the hospital.

Redshirt freshman Taylor Bennett threw a touchdown on his first college pass, backup tailback Tashard Choice scored the first two TDs of his career and the No. 16 Yellow Jackets defeated Connecticut 28-13 Saturday night.

Georgia Tech (3-0) scored another TD on Kenny Scott’s 21-yard interception return, the low point of a miserable game for Huskies quarterback Matt Bonislawski.

UCLA 41, No. 21 Oklahoma 24

PASADENA, Calif. – Drew Olson threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns, UCLA held Adrian Peterson to 58 yards rushing, and the Bruins beat No. 21 Oklahoma 41-24 on Saturday.

The struggling Sooners, who played in the last two BCS national championship games, are 1-2 for the first time since 1997.

No. 22 Iowa 45, N. Iowa 21

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Drew Tate returned from a concussion to throw two touchdown passes and Albert Young ran for two more scores, leading No. 22 Iowa to a 45-21 victory over Northern Iowa on Saturday.

In tying a school record with its 20th straight win at home, Iowa (2-1) got some of its confidence back after a 23-3 loss at Iowa State – something the Hawkeyes had considered essential with their Big Ten opener at Ohio State looming next Saturday.

Northern Iowa (2-1) also got something from the game.

No. 25 Virginia 27, Syracuse 24

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Connor Hughes kicked a 19-yard field goal as time expired, and No. 25 Virginia escaped the raucous Carrier Dome with a 27-24 victory over Syracuse on Saturday.

It was the second victory in two years for the Cavaliers (2-0) over Syracuse (1-2) and spoiled a determined comeback by the Orange, who trailed 24-14 entering the fourth quarter.

Oregon 37, No. 23 Fresno St. 34

EUGENE, Ore. – Kellen Clemens threw for 332 yards and four touchdowns to lead Oregon to a 37-34 victory over No. 23 Fresno State on Saturday.

The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Bulldogs (1-1), who also had won their last three against Pac-10 teams.

The Ducks (3-0) saw their new spread offense come together against a ranked opponent a week before No. 1 USC comes to Autzen Stadium for the conference opener.


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