Florida A&M coasts past Texas Southern
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Ryan Stanley ran for a touchdown and threw for another score to help Florida A&M beat Texas Southern 29-7 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
Stanley was 19-of-32 passing for 217 yards, Ricky Henrilus had 81 yards rushing and Brandon Norwood added three receptions for 63 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown catch, for the Rattlers.
Stanley’s 9-yard touchdown run with 2:53 left in the first quarter capped a nine-play, 74yard drive and put Florida A&M up 7-0. On the Rattlers’ next possession, Devin Bowers scored on a 6-yard run to make it 13-0. Norwood’s touchdown catch made it 20-0 going into halftime.
TSU had only 202 total yards and 10 first downs as Florida A&M controlled the ball for nearly 39 minutes. SOUTH FLORIDA 42 SAN JOSE ST. 22
Quinton Flowers threw two touchdown passes and D’Ernest Johnson had two TD runs in a dominant second quarter that helped the visiting No. 19 Bulls overcome an early 16-point deficit to beat the Spartans in the first game under new coach Charlie Strong.
The Strong era got off to a rough start with South Florida being held to 22 yards in the opening quarter, the Bulls’ defense allowing two early TD passes by Josh Love and two ineffective punts setting up two scores for San Jose State.
But the tide turned when Josh Black stuffed Malike Roberson for a 1-yard loss on fourth-and-1 from the South Florida 33 in the closing minute of the first quarter with San Jose State leading 16-0.
It took less than nine minutes for the Bulls to turn that big early deficit into a lead with help from a pair of interceptions off deflected passes by Love. COLORADO ST. 58, OREGON ST. 27
Linebacker Tre Thomas scored on a 44-yard interception return to lead a defense that forced five turnovers, Nick Stevens passed for 334 yards and three touchdowns, and the Rams opened their new on-campus stadium with a rout of the Beavers at Fort Collins, Colo.
Colorado State moved into its new digs this season after nearly five decades of playing down the road at Hughes Stadium, and a raucous crowd of 37,583 fans was on hand at the $220 million facility.
Oregon State fumbled twice and had three interceptions on the way to losing its 14th consecutive road game. Beavers quarterback Jake Luton was 27-of-47 passing for 304 yards and two scores but had the three interceptions. BYU 20, PORTLAND ST. 6
Tanner Mangum completed 16 of 27 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown, and Squally Canada had 13 carries for a career-high 90 yards and a score to help the Cougars beat the Vikings at Provo, Utah, in the season opener for both teams.
From wire reports
South Florida defensive lineman Kirk Livingstone (94) celebrates his sack of San Jose State quarterback Josh Love in the second quarter of the Bulls’ 42-22 victory Saturday.