Duke Blows Out Florida International
Sean Renfree threw for 290 yards and two touchdowns, and Duke scored 30 points in the second quarter of its 46-26 rout of Florida International on Saturday night. Jack-of-all-trades Brandon Connette ran for one score and threw for
another, and Ross Cockrell returned a blocked field goal 75 yards for the TD that capped the Blue Devils' most productive quarter since 1999.
Renfree was 21 of 30. Conner Vernon had 10 catches for 180 yards and a 28-yard TD, and set a school record with his 208th career reception. Duke opened by beating a Football Bowl Subdivision team for the first time since 2002. The Blue Devils led 44-14, improved to 3-2 in openers under David Cutcliffe and snapped a seven-game losing streak that dated back to last year's victory over FIU.
Kedrick Rhodes rushed for 130 yards and had a 67-yard touchdown catch and a short, late scoring run.
Clemson Begins 2012 Campaign Strong Against Auburn
Andre Ellington rushed for 231 yards, DeAndre Hopkins set a school record with 13 receptions and No. 14 Clemson opened the season with 26-19 victory over Auburn on Saturday night. Playing before a 50-50 crowd at the Georgia Dome - basically halfway between the two campuses - Clemson shook off any hangover from last season's embarrassing 70-33 loss to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl and showed plenty of offense against Auburn (0-1) even without star receiver Sammy Watkins.
The second half was a battle of field goals before Tajh Boyd lofted a 4-yard touchdown pass to Hopkins, who made a brilliant, twisting catch in the corner of the end zone with 9:17 remaining.
Wake Forest Squeaks Past Liberty
Redshirt freshman Deandre Martin scored the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard run as Wake Forest came from behind to defeat Liberty 20-17 Saturday. On a rain-soaked evening, the Demon Deacons had all they could handle with Liberty, a Football Championship Subdivision foe with 65 scholarship players.
Florida State Runs Over Murray State
Lonnie Pryor, James Wilder Jr. and Debrale Smiley combined for seven rushing touchdowns Saturday to lead No. 7 Florida State to a 69-3 win over Murray State. Pryor ran for three TDs, and Smiley and Wilder added two apiece. Wilder finished with 106 yards rushing.
Florida State (1-0) scored on their first touch of the new season on Rashad Greene's 47-yard punt return just 89 seconds into the game. EJ Manuel passed for 188 yards and a touchdown before retiring midway in the third quarter.
Miami Tops Boston College 41-32
Freshman Duke Johnson broke two long touchdown runs, rushing for 135 yards to lead Miami to a 41-32 victory over Boston College on Saturday. Johnson scored from 54 and 56 yards out for the Hurricanes, and Stephen Morris threw for 207 yards and a touchdown in the season opener for both teams. The schools also played each other in the 2011 finale, when BC beat the Hurricanes in Miami for the first time since Doug Flutie's famous desperation pass in 1984.
Virginia Rolls Past Richmond in Season Opener
Michael Rocco threw for 311 yards and a touchdown and Virginia beat Richmond 43-19 in the season opener for both teams Saturday.
The game marked the start of Danny Rocco's career as the Spiders' coach, but his nephew and the Cavaliers had their way pretty much all afternoon. Rocco finished 25 for 37 with a touchdown on a short pass that Darius Jennings took 51 yards for a score. Kevin Parks ran for two touchdowns and Perry Jones ran for another for Virginia.
Maryland 7, William & Mary 6
Justus Pickett ran for a 6-yard touchdown with 9:52 left in the fourth quarter, and Brad Craddock added the tie-breaking extra point to give Maryland a 7-6 victory over William & Mary in the season opener for both teams Saturday.
Maryland gave a sloppy performance against its Football Championship Subdivision opponent, which led most of the game before losing its opener for the 10th time in 11 years.
The Terrapins won despite turning the ball over four times and missing a short field goal.