New QB helps Ohio State roll over FAU
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.
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.
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.
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.