Published: Sep 02, 2012 12:50 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 02, 2012 6:32 AM EDT

STARS

-Marqise Lee, Southern Cal, returned a kickoff 100 yards for a TD and caught 10 passes for 197 yards in the top-ranked Trojans' 49-10 rout over Hawaii.

-Matt Barkley, Southern Cal, kicked off his Heisman Trophy campaign with 377 yards passing and four TDs in a 49-10 win over Hawaii.

-Andre Ellington, Clemson, rushed for 231 yards in the No. 14 Tigers' 26-19 victory over Auburn.

-Taylor Martinez, Nebraska, threw for a career-high 354 yards and matched his high with five TD passes to lead the No. 17 Cornhuskers to a 49-20 victory over Southern Mississippi.

-Tyler Wilson, Arkansas, set the school record for yards passing in a season opener, finishing 19 of 27 passing for 367 yards and three TDs to lead the No. 10 Razorbacks to a 49-24 win over Jacksonville State.

-Marcus Murphy, Missouri, scored on punt returns of 72 and 70 in Tigers' 62-10 season-opening rout of Southeastern Louisiana.

-Mike Gillislee, Florida, had a career-high 148 yards rushing and two TDs to help the No. 23 Gators edge Bowling Green 27-14.

-Montee Ball, Wisconsin, rushed for 120 yards and a TD in the No. 12 Badgers' 26-21 win over Northern Iowa.

-Geno Smith, West Virginia, threw for 323 yards and four TDs to lead the No. 11 Mountaineers to a 69-34 win over Marshall.

-Braxton Miller, Ohio State, rushed for 161 yards, a record for an Ohio State quarterback, and threw for two scores as the 18th-ranked Buckeyes ushered in the Urban Meyer era with a 56-10 win over Miami (Ohio).

-Robert Marve, Purdue, passed for a career-high 295 yards and matched a career best with three TDs in a 48-6 win over Eastern Kentucky.

-Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada, ran for 145 yards and scored his third TD with 36 seconds remaining to help the Wolf Pack spoiled the reopening of Memorial Stadium by beating California 31-24.

-Chase Rettig, Boston College, completed 32 of 51 passes for 441 yards and two TDs in a 41-32 loss to Miami.

-Steele Jantz, Iowa State, threw for 281 yards and two TDs and ran for another in the Cyclones' 38-23 win over Tulsa.

-Damon Bullock, Iowa, ran for 150 yards and scored on a late 23-yard TD run to lead the Hawkeyes to an 18-17 victory over Northern Illinois.

-Connor Getz, Air Force, ran for 218 yards and three TDs in the Falcons' win 49-21 over Idaho State.

-Kevin Yost, Idaho State, threw for 355 yards passing and two TDs in 49-21 loss to Air Force.

-B.J. Daniels, South Florida, threw for 265 yards and three TDs a 34-13 victory over Chattanooga.

-Ryan Nassib, Syracuse, threw for 470 yards and threw four second-half TDs in a 42-41 loss to Northwestern.

-Todd Gurley, Georgia, ran for 100 yards and three TDs on just eight carries in the No. 6 Bulldogs' 45-23 win over Buffalo.

-Gio Bernard, North Carolina, had 203 all-purpose yards and three first-half TDs in the Tar Heels' 62-0 win over Elon.

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PENN STATE SUPPORT

They came to Happy Valley, 90,000 strong, to chant and cheer and stand by their team in a new era of Penn State football.

By the end, as the Nittany Lions trudged off the field, a battered fan base would need at least another week to celebrate.

Hours after fans made their cathartic drive to Beaver Stadium, handmade signs and banners attached to their RVs, they quietly sang their alma mater - with the lyrics, "May no act of ours bring shame."

But in a clear display of coach Bill O'Brien's challenge ahead, the new, short-handed Nittany Lions wore down in the second half, and Ohio, from the Mid-American Conference, upset Penn State, 24-14. It was a sad ending for a devoted fan base that came ready to rock the house, after scandal rocked the program.

O'Brien led the charge in the first home opener without Joe Paterno since 1949, his players behind him, storming the field as more than 97,000 fans kicked off a new chapter in the program's tarnished history with a raucous and sustained ovation.

Paterno's widow, Sue, her daughter, Mary Kay, attended the game, arriving about 15 minutes before the noon kickoff and came in through an employee entrance relatively unnoticed.

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NUMBERS

9 - School-record rushing touchdowns by Oklahoma State in its 84-0 win over Savannah State.

13 - School-record receptions by Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins against Auburn.

23 - Straight openers won by No. 23 Florida, second-longest streak in the nation.

27 - Consecutive openers won by Nebraska, the longest streak.

30 - Points by Duke in the second quarter of its 46-26 rout of Florida International.

33 - Straight road losses by Idaho State.

44 - Completions by Syracuse's Ryan Nassib, blowing by the school record of 29 he'd shared with Marvin Graves and Andrew Robinson.

109 - Years since Cal had lost to Nevada at home before the Wolf Pack won 31-24 in the reopening of Memorial Stadium.

557 - Yards rushing yards by Georgia Southern in its 58-0 rout of Jacksonville.

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TIDE ROLLS

Dee Milliner and that Alabama defense showed they can still dominate.

Even after sending three starting defenders from last year's national championship team to the NFL as first-round draft picks, the second-ranked Crimson Tide threw around eighth-ranked Michigan while pounding Denard Robinson in a season-opening 41-14 victory.

C.J. Mosley returned an interception 16 yards for a touchdown for the Tide. AJ McCarron, no longer with third overall draft pick Trent Richardson to hand the ball off to, threw two touchdowns as Alabama won its 11th consecutive season opener.

Milliner, the primary nickelback last season now in a starting role, deflected four passes in the first half, and had an interception after shoving intended receiver Roy Roundtree to the ground and into the Alabama sideline. That set up a touchdown for the Crimson Tide, which shot out to a 31-0 lead.

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IRISH IN DUBLIN

Notre Dame's trip to Ireland could not have gone much better.

The Fighting Irish eased in their new quarterback, showed they have a couple of capable replacements for their suspended star running back and even got a touchdown from a 300-pound defensive lineman.

Theo Riddick and George Atkinson both ran for two scores and defensive end Stephon Tuitt returned a fumble 77 yards for another TD as Notre Dame routed Navy 50-10 in its season opener in Ireland.

A crowd of 49,000, mostly visiting Americans, filled Dublin's Aviva Stadium for the first U.S. college game in Ireland since 1996, when the same two teams played in the Emerald Isle Classic.

It was no classic, regardless of the enthusiasm of the fans, who did the wave even as both sides sent in substitutes in fourth-quarter garbage time.

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COACHING DEBUTS

-Bill O'Brien, Penn State. Nittany Lions lost 21-14 to Ohio in first game without a Paterno on the coaching staff since 1949.

-Urban Meyer, Ohio State. The Buckeyes rolled 56-10 over Miami (Ohio).

-Jim McElwain, Colorado State. Became the first Rams' coach in 42 years to win in his opener by beating rival Colorado 22-17.

-Bob Davie, New Mexico. The Lobos beat Southern 66-21 in his first stint on the sidelines in a decade.

-Danny Rocco, Richmond. Spyders lost 43-19 to Virginia.

-Larry Fedora, Miami. Tar Heels scored their most points in 17 years with a 62-0 win over Elon.

-John L. Smith, Arkansas. Razorbacks rolled to a 49-24 win over Jacksonville State.

-Kyle Flood, Rutgers. His team won 24-13 to spoil the debut of Tulane coach Curtis Johnson.

-Norm Chow, Hawaii. The former USC assistant was routed 49-10 by his former team.

-Charlie Weis, Kansas. Jayhawks rolled to a 31-17 victory over South Dakota State.

-Paul Chryst, Pittsburgh. His Panthers were stunned 31-17 by FCS Youngstown State.