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 NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -Sam Bradford tied a school record with five touchdown passes and Reggie Smith returned a fumble for a score as No. 5 Oklahoma earned a measure of redemption Saturday with a 51-13 win against Miami in their first meeting since the 1988 Orange Bowl.
The Hurricanes swept three games in the mid-'80s from the Sooners, Oklahoma's only losses in a three-year span.
Bradford completed 19-of-25 passes for 205 yards in his second career start, and Malcolm Kelly caught three of his touchdown passes as the Sooners (2-0) evened the all-time series at three games each.
Oklahoma built a 21-3 first-half lead on Bradford's touchdown passes of 23 and 24 yards to Kelly and Smith's 61-yard return of Javarris James' fumble - the third-longest fumble return in Sooners' history.
Neither starter Kirby Freeman nor backup Kyle Wright could mount a comeback for Miami (1-1), which suffered its most lopsided defeat since a 66-13 loss to Syracuse on Nov. 28, 1998.
Wright was 7-for-14 for 65 yards. Freeman, who returned late in the third quarter, was 3-for-9 for 17 yards.
No. 3 West Virginia 48, Marshall 23
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Pat White threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, Steve Slaton rushed for two scores and West Virginia scored 42 points in the second half.
Held to three first downs and 118 total yards in the opening half, heavy favorite West Virginia (2-0) scored on its first three possessions of the third quarter and handed Marshall (0-2) its worst home loss since it opened Joan C. Edwards Stadium opened in 1991.
Slaton, held to two first-half yards, erupted after West Virginia went to a power running game. Behind the blocking of fullback Owen Schmitt, Slaton finished with 146 yards and scored on runs of one and 18 yards. White ran for 125 yards.
The Mountaineers were playing in Huntington for the first time since 1915.
No. 4 Florida 59, Troy 31
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Tim Tebow threw three touchdown passes, ran for two more scores for the defending national champion Gators.
Florida (2-0) scored on all seven possessions in the first half, moving the ball with relative ease against Troy (0-2).
Florida led 49-7 at halftime, and the starters figured to get much of the rest of the night off before facing SEC East rival Tennessee in a week. But the second half was much different from the first.
Florida had two turnovers and two punts, and the Trojans took advantage. Omar Haugabook ran for a touchdown, then hooked up with Austin Silvoy for two scores.
Tebow finished 18-of-25 passing for 236 yards. He also ran 17 times for 93 yards.
No. 7 Texas 34, NO. 19 TCU 13
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Colt McCoy passed for a touchdown, set up another with a long run and the Longhorns played dominant defense.
McCoy, who threw two first-half interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown, cut a 10-0 TCU lead in the third quarter with a 33-yard strike to Nate Jones. His 23-yard scramble early in the fourth set up the go-ahead score before the Longhorns started piling it on.
The Texas defense did the rest. Brandon Foster returned a fumble by TCU punter Derek Walsh for a TD and the Longhorns (2-0) held the Horned Frogs (1-1) to 251 totals yards.
Jones had eight catches for catches for 91 yards and Jamaal Charles tacked on a 39-yard touchdown run in the fourth for the Longhorns with just under three minutes left. McCoy finished 25-of-38 passing for 239 yards.
No. 10 California 34, Colorado State 28
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - DeSean Jackson scored on a 73-yard reverse and California withstood a late rally to Colorado State.
Jackson, who opened the season with an electrifying 77-yard punt return TD against Tennessee, again flashed his Heisman Trophy credentials when he circled left, deked cornerback Joey Rucks at midfield and raced all alone down the Rams' sideline for Cal's first touchdown.
Jackson had 141 all-purpose yards against the Rams, gaining 78 yards on two carries, 39 yards on five receptions and 24 on two punt returns.
The Golden Bears (2-0) needed all of them and more to fend off the Rams (0-2), who scored two touchdowns 53 seconds apart to turn a 34-14 deficit into a 34-28 nail-biter with 2:54 remaining.
No. 12 Ohio State 20, Akron 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Buckeyes forced Akron to punt 14 times, including after 12 consecutive three-and-out series, and pulled away in the second half of a lackluster offensive performance.
Akron (1-1) managed just three first downs and 69 yards on offense - gaining 3 net yards on 19 rushing attempts. The Zips had two first downs the first time they had the ball, then didn't pick up another until 5 minutes remained - with punter John Stec putting his name in the record book.
Stec set a school record for punts, averaging 41 yards.
The Buckeyes (2-0) won their 30th game in a row against another Ohio college, but they turned the ball over five times. The Buckeyes led Akron 3-2 at the half before putting the game away on Brandon Saine's 6-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Todd Boeckman's 13-yard scoring pass to Brian Robiskie in the fourth.
South Carolina 16, No. 11 Georgia 12
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Ryan Succop kicked three field goals, Cory Boyd ran for the game's only touchdown and South Carolina's defense kept the Bulldogs out of the end zone.
Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier, who beat Georgia 11 out of 12 years while he was at Florida, doesn't have high-scoring talent at South Carolina (2-0, 1-0 SEC). So the Gamecocks relied on a stout defense and Succop's accurate right leg to hold off the Bulldogs (1-1, 0-1).
Georgia, coming off an impressive 35-14 victory over Oklahoma State, was held without a touchdown for the first time since a 14-9 loss to South Carolina in 2001.
Succop connected from 41, 35 and 34 yards, the last of those giving the Gamecocks at 16-6 lead with 9:25 remaining.
The Bulldogs drove into South Carolina territory on their next two possessions, but settled for Brandon Coutu's third and fourth field goals. The kicker accounted for all of Georgia's points.
No. 13 UCLA 27, BYU 17
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Chris Markey ran for a late touchdown, Trey Brown returned an interception 56 yards for a score and UCLA's defense held off a second-half rally.
Kahlil Bell also ran for a touchdown in the first half to help the Bruins open the season with two victories and stop an 11-game BYU winning streak.
Ben Olson, who had redshirted at BYU before serving a church mission and transferring to UCLA, passed for 126 yards, but no TDs.
BYU quarterback Max Hall, who also served a mission and is in his first season as starter, threw for 380 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 14 Penn State 31, Notre Dame 10
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - The Nittany Lions bottled up freshman quarterback Jimmy Clausen in his starting debut, Derrick Williams had a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown and Austin Scott ran for two second-half scores.
Anthony Morelli threw for 131 yards and a touchdown, though Penn State's offense looked shaky much of the day.
The Irish were worse, in almost every way. Notre Dame opened the season 0-2 for the first time since 2001, when the Irish lost their first three games. The much-ballyhooed Clausen finished 17-of-32 passing for 144 yards and an interception.
Darrin Walls staked the Irish defense to a 7-0 lead, returning an interception 73 yards for a touchdown, but Notre Dame still hasn't scored an offensive touchdown this season.
No. 16 Nebraska 20, Wake Forest 17
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Sam Keller threw for 258 yards and a touchdown in his first road start at Nebraska and Zackary Bowman had a critical interception in the end zone.
Keller completed 24-of-41 passes for Nebraska (2-0), which lacked the gaudy offensive numbers of last week but withstood its first real challenge of the season and now can focus on next week's visit from No. 1 Southern California.
Wake Forest (0-2) had a prime opportunity to take the lead - or at least tie it - midway through the fourth quarter, when defensive end Zach Stukes smothered Keller and John Russell intercepted the pass at the Nebraska 10. The Huskers took it back three plays later when Bowman stepped in front of Brett Hodges' pass into the end zone with 6:05 to play.
No. 20 Hawaii 45, Louisiana Tech 44
RUSTON, La. (AP) - Colt Brennan passed for 548 yards and four touchdowns and No. 20 Hawaii stopped a 2-point conversion on the final play of the game.
Brennan hooked up with Jason Rivers for a 6-yard touchdown on the second play of OT to put the Warriors (2-0, 1-0, Western Athletic Conference) up 45-38, but Zac Champion answered for the Bulldogs with a 2-yard TD pass to Dustin Mitchell.
Louisiana Tech went for 2 and the win instead of the tying extra point kick and Champion's final pass to Brian Jackson was batted down.
Dan Kelly kicked a 49-yard field goal to tie the game for Hawaii with 1:34 to play. Brennan finished 43-for-61 with an interception.
Champion finished 23-for-36 for 188 yards and Patrick Jackson ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns for Louisiana Tech.
No. 21 Georgia Tech 69, Samford 14
ATLANTA (AP) - Tashard Choice went over 100 yards rushing in the first quarter with a career-long 73-yard touchdown and Georgia Tech scored its most points in a half since 1916.
It was the Yellow Jackets highest scoring game and largest margin of victory since a 70-7 win at Navy on Sept. 8, 2001. Georgia Tech (2-0) hadn't scored that many points in a home game since beating Furman 69-0 in 1921.
Choice, who set a career high with 196 yards rushing in Tech's 33-3 win over Notre Dame last week, did not play after rushing for 110 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter. It was his ninth straight 100-yard game.
Washington 24, No. 22 Boise State 10
SEATTLE (AP) - Redshirt freshman Jake Locker threw for one score and ran for another as resurgent Washington snapped the longest major college winning streak in the country.
Two key defensive plays sealed the win for the Huskies. Roy Lewis broke up a fourth-down pass in the end zone with four minutes left and Vonzell McDowell had an interception at the 2 with 2:40 remaining.
Boise State running back Ian Johnson saw his streak of seven consecutive 100-yard games end. He had 81 yards on 20 carries. Boise State (1-1) is 0-13 in road games against teams from BCS conferences.
Washington is 2-0 for the first time since 2001.
M 47, Fresno State 45, 3OT
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Jorvorskie Lane scored his fourth touchdown in the third overtime, then powered in for the decisive 2-point conversion and the Aggies held on for a victory.
Fresno State quarterback Tom Brandstater, who went 21-for-31 for 260 yards, found tight end Bear Pascoe in the end zone to cut the Aggies' lead to two. On the 2-point conversion try, Brandstater overthrew receiver Marlon Moore in the corner of the end zone.
M a 32-29 lead, Moore caught a Brandstater pass and tried to stretch the ball over the goal line with one hand. He fumbled into the end zone as he stepped out of bounds, and the Aggies recovered the loose ball. The official on the spot ruled that Moore went out at the 1.
M 13. Clint Stitser kicked a field goal to force another overtime.
No. 24 Tennessee 39, Southern Miss 19
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Erik Ainge threw two touchdown passes and Arian Foster ran for two scores for Tennessee.
Ainge completed 23 of 36 for 276 yards, and got a lot of help from his developing receivers. Austin Rogers caught seven passes for 112 yards and Lucas Taylor adding 118 yards on five catches. Josh Briscoe also caught a touchdown.
Jeremy Young went 19-of-36 for a career-high 254 yards for Southern Miss. He also ran for 48 yards on nine carries.
No. 25 Clemson 49, Louisiana-Monroe 26
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Cullen Harper threw a school-record five touchdown passes and Clemson capped a frenzied week with a victory.
The Tigers started 2-0 for the second time in three seasons, following up Monday night's 24-18 win over Florida State with the wipeout of the Warhawks (0-2).
Harper finished 20-of-26 passing for 270 yards and no interceptions. He tied the school's single-game TD pass mark, set by Bobby Gage in 1947 and matched by four other players, in the first half.
James Davis had 68 yards rushing and a 16-yard touchdown run. C.J. Spiller had four receptions for 87 yards.
Calvin Dawson rushed for 121 yards, his seventh straight 100-yard game, for Louisiana-Monroe.
 

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