New QB helps Ohio State roll over FAU

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Justin Fields threw four touch­down passes and ran for a score in his first game for Ohio State and the fifth-ranked Buck­eyes rolled over FAU 45-21 on Satur­day in the sea­son opener.

Fields, the five-star trans­fer from Ge­or­gia, made it look easy early, en­gi­neer­ing touch­downs on Ohio State’s first four drives. De­spite some oc­ca­sional rookie mis­takes that caused the Buck­eyes’ of­fense to sput­ter in the sec­ond and third quar­ters, Fields fin­ished 18 for 25 for 234 yards and a 51yard touch­down run.

Tight end Jeremy Ruck­ert caught two touch­down passes, and Bin­ji­men Vic­tor and Chris Olave also had scor­ing grabs.

Mean­while, Florida Atlantic had trou­ble gen­er­at­ing any­thing good un­til putting to­gether a 75-yard drive in the fourth quar­ter for its first touch­down of the game.

Chris Ro­bi­son fin­ished 22 for 34 for 178 yards for the Owls. FAU was held to just 22 yards on the ground by a re­vamped Ohio State de­fense that was com­ing off a down sea­son.

SATUR­DAY’S GAMES

No. 2 Alabama 42, Duke 3: Tua Tago­v­ailoa threw for 336 yards and four touch­downs as Alabama over­came a slug­gish start to blow out Duke in the Chick-fil-A Kick­off Game in At­lanta.

Tago­v­ailoa, whose sopho­more sea­son ended with a bit of a thud, put his tight ends to good use. The left-han­der hooked up with Miller For­ristall on a 27yard touch­down pass and then went to Ma­jor Ten­ni­son for a 1-yard score.

No. 13 Wash­ing­ton 47, Eastern Wash­ing­ton 14: Ja­cob Ea­son threw for 349 yards and four touch­downs in his first game in nearly two years, and No. 13 Wash­ing­ton opened the sea­son with a home win over Eastern Wash­ing­ton.

Tak­ing his first snaps since the 2017 sea­son when he lost the start­ing job at Ge­or­gia to Jake Fromm, Ea­son showed no rust, carv­ing up one of the top FCS pro­grams in the coun­try with a de­but that will only in­crease the hype around the former No. 1 re­cruit in the coun­try.

No. 15 Penn State 59, Idaho 7: Sean Clif­ford com­pleted 14 of 23 passes for 280 yards and two touch­downs to lead Penn State over Idaho at home.

Mak­ing his first ca­reer start, Clif­ford chipped in 57 rush­ing yards on seven car­ries and hooked up with re­ceiver KJ Ham­ler for scor­ing strikes of 36 and 21 yards.

No. 21 Iowa State 29, North­ern Iowa 26, 3OT: Shel­don Croney Jr. scored from a yard out in triple over­time and Iowa State ral­lied to beat North­ern Iowa at home.

La’Michael Pettway had a pair of touch­down catches for the Cy­clones (1-0), who barely sur­vived the sea­son’s first ma­jor up­set af­ter en­ter­ing the year ranked for the first time since 1978.

No. 24 Ne­braska 35, South Alabama 21: Ne­braska scored two de­fen­sive touch­downs and one on special teams, bail­ing out a slug­gish of­fense and leading the Corn­huskers to a home vic­tory over South Alabama.

The five-touch­down fa­vorite Huskers led only 14-7 at half­time and to­taled just 66 yards in the sec­ond half. But their de­fense had five take­aways, the big­gest one Eric Lee Jr.’s 38-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn for a touch­down, and JD Spiel­man ran back a punt 76 yards to make it a three­touch­down game early in the third quar­ter.

No. 25 Stan­ford 17, North­west­ern 7: K.J. Costello threw a 2-yard touch­down pass be­fore get­ting knocked out of the sea­son opener on a late hit and Stan­ford went on to beat North­west­ern at home. Costello com­pleted 16 of 20 passes for 152 yards.

FRI­DAY’S GAMES

No. 18 Michi­gan State 28, Tulsa 7: Kenny Willekes re­cov­ered two fum­bles, in­clud­ing one in the end zone for a touch­down, and No. 18 Michi­gan State man­han­dled Tulsa at home.

No. 19 Wis­con­sin 49, South Florida 0: Jonathan Tay­lor rushed for 135 yards and scored a ca­reerbest four touch­downs, help­ing No. 19 Wis­con­sin open the sea­son with a rout of South Florida at Tampa, Fla.

ADAM CAIRNS Colum­bus (Ohio) Dis­patch/TNS

Ohio State quar­ter­back Justin Fields (1) runs for a 51-yard touch­down dur­ing the first quar­ter Satur­day against Florida Atlantic at Ohio Sta­dium in Colum­bus.

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