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Saturday, 30 August 2008 12:23
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 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -T.J. Lee blocked a punt and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown with 1:52 left to help East Carolina stun No. 17 Virginia Tech 27-22 on Saturday.
The Hokies, long known for stout defense and special teams, seemed to have control of the game thanks to Stephan Virgil's 30-yard fumble return for a touchdown and his 2-point conversion off a blocked extra point.
But it was the Pirates (1-0), who came up with the big plays on defense and special teams in the end, scoring the game's final 15 points.
After Patrick Pinkney's 3-yard touchdown run with 3:36 left cut the deficit to 22-20, the Pirates stopped the Hokies' struggling offense. Lee burst through the line of scrimmage unblocked. He smothered Brent Bowden's punt, scooped up the ball on one bounce and ran into the end zone.
Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon then finished a frustrating day with an incomplete pass on fourth down deep in his own territory.,
Pinkney completed 19 of 23 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown.
Bowling Green 27, No. 25 Pitt 17
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Tyler Sheehan ran 11 yards for a touchdown on a quarterback draw early in the fourth quarter as Bowling Green rallied to upset the Panthers.
The Falcons, with their second win over a BCS conference school in as many season openers, bounced back from a 14-0 deficit for the first victory by a Mid-American Conference school in Pittsburgh. Pitt previously was 25-2 against the MAC, 8-0 in season openers and 24-0 at home.
Anthony Turner scored on an 8-yard run to give Bowling Green its first lead at 20-17 with 3:53 left in the second quarter.
Sheehan was 24-of-40 for 163 yards, and the Falcons - despite being outgained 393-254 - went on to their first victory against a Top 25 team from outside the MAC since upsetting then-No. 16 Purdue 27-26 on Sept. 6, 2003.
With Pitt star LeSean McCoy repeatedly slowed during a 71-yard day, Pitt (0-1) was dealt its worst upset home loss since a 35-26 defeat in 2001 to South Florida.
No. 1 Georgia 45, Georgia Southern 21
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The collar fit, and for at least one game, so did the crown.
Knowshon Moreno ran for three touchdowns and Georgia, ranked No. 1 to start a season for the first time, beat Georgia Southern 45-21 on Saturday to give new mascot Uga VII a win in his debut.
Moreno needed only eight carries for 59 yards to tie his career best with three touchdowns. He added two catches for 53 yards.
Georgia led 38-0 before Georgia Southern scored on a 1-yard run by quarterback Lee Chapple late in the third quarter. The Eagles added two fourth-quarter touchdowns.
Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes and was 13-for-21 passing for a career-high 275 yards.
No. 2 Ohio St. 43, Youngstown St. 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An eerie silence descended on Ohio Stadium when Ohio State's Heisman Trophy prospect Chris ``Beanie'' Wells went down with a foot injury in the third quarter.
The star tailback was hurt in the third quarter after taking a handoff from Todd Boeckman on first and goal at the Youngstown State 2. His feet slipped underneath him as he planted to make a cut, with the ball rolling free as he hit the turf.
Wells was helped off the field, and later returned to the bench in the fourth quarter wearing a boot on his right foot. X-rays showed no broken bones, the team said.
Before the injury, Wells ran for 111 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown run. Boeckman tossed two touchdown passes and freshman quarterback phenom Terrelle Pryor looked solid in his college debut.
Boeckman completed 14-of-19 passes for 187 yards and touchdown passes of 31 yards to Brian Robiskie and 25 yards to DeVier Posey.
The Penguins rushed 21 times for minus-11 yards. Youngstown State has never scored a touchdown in four games against teams from Bowl Championship Series conferences.
No. 5 Florida 56, Hawaii 10
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Even without injured speedster Percy Harvin (heel) and linebacker Brandon Spikes (toe), Florida dominated every aspect of this one and handed Greg McMackin a lopsided loss in his debut as Hawaii's head coach.
Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow was 9-of-14 passing for 137 yards and a touchdown. He ran nine times for 37 yards, most of them scrambles behind spotty protection. When the Gators got close to the goal line in the third quarter, coach Urban Meyer pulled Tebow in favor of backup Cam Newton - a possible indication of how the Gators plan to minimize potential pounding on their star.
Jeff Demps ran for 76 yards, including a 62-yarder for a touchdown. Chris Rainey added 58 yards on the ground, including a 33-yard score.
No. 7 LSU 41, Appalachian St. 13
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - With a couple of inexperienced quarterbacks, all LSU had to do was hand off. And Appalachian State never had a chance at another upset.
Charles Scott rushed for a career-high 160 yards on 16 carries, including touchdowns of 8 and 29 yards for No. 7 LSU.
Andrew Hatch, who transferred from Harvard in 2007, took the field on the Tigers' opening three series, which produced 17 points. Miles also gave redshirt freshman Jarrett Lee a chance. Both threw their first touchdown passes as Tigers, but the real damage was done on the ground.
With Hurricane Gustav threatening the Gulf Coast, kickoff was moved up from 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. so the game would end well before authorities planned to initiate one-way traffic along major evacuation routes away from Louisiana's coast. With LSU leading big and the midday sun baking the stands, Tiger Stadium looked deserted by the end of the third quarter.
Mountaineers star quarterback Armanti Edwards played into the fourth quarter, finishing 13-of-31 for 155 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked only twice, but repeatedly clobbered on designed runs or as he released hurried throws.
No. 13 Wisconsin 38, Akron 17
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - P.J. Hill ran for 210 yards and two touchdowns, but No. 13 Wisconsin needed a pair of third-quarter scores to shake free from pesky Akron.
It was the second career game of more than 200 yards rushing for Hill, who gained more than 1,200 yards in each of his first two seasons with the Badgers despite nagging injuries.
Leading by only a touchdown at halftime, Wisconsin (1-0) forced Akron to punt from its own goal line on its first possession and took over near midfield. Hill broke free for a 34-yard run, and later plunged into the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line to put Wisconsin ahead 24-10.
No. 22 Penn State 66, Coastal Carolina 10
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Joe Paterno tied Florida State's Bobby Bowden atop the career wins list for major college coaches.
Both Hall of Fame coaches now have 373 career wins apiece. The Seminoles don't open their season until next weekend.
Evan Royster ran for three touchdowns and 64 yards for Penn State against the Championship Subdivision Chanticleers, while Derrick Williams had an 89-yard kickoff return for a score to help the Nittany Lions won their seventh straight season opener.
Trent Usher provided Coastal Carolina's lone TD on a 33-yard reception.
 

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