CLEMSON, S.C. — Tajh Boyd threw for three touchdowns and rushed for two others, Clemson’s defense sacked Aaron Murray four times and the eighth-ranked Tigers stung No. 5 Georgia 38-35 Saturday night.
Boyd had scoring passes of 77 yards to Sammy Watkins, 24 yards to Zac Brooks and 9 yards to Stanton Seckinger. Boyd also added TD runs of 4 and 2 yards to win the lone matchup of top 10 teams in college football’s opening weekend.
The Tigers took the lead for good, 31-28, on Chandler Catanzaro’s 24-yard field goal in the third quarter. Georgia had a chip-shot try for a tying kick on its next possession, but couldn’t get if off after Nathan Theus’ bad snap.
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No. 1 Alabama 35, Virginia Tech 10
In Atlanta, Christion Jones became the first Alabama player since at least the 1940s to have two returns for touchdowns, Vinnie Sunseri brought back an interception for another TD, and the top-ranked Crimson Tide overcame a sluggish offensive performance to beat Virginia Tech.
Jones scored on a 72-yard punt return less than 2 minutes into the game, then scooted loose on a kickoff for a 94-yard touchdown that led the Crimson Tide (1-0). For good measure, the junior receiver also hauled in a 38-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter to blow it open against the Hokies (0-1).
At No. 2 Ohio State 40, Buffalo 20
Braxton Miller threw two touchdown passes before fighting leg cramps and Jordan Hall ran for two more scores to lead Ohio State to a victory over Buffalo.
Hall had a career-high 159 yards rushing.
At No. 10 Florida 24, Toledo 6
Mack Brown had a career day, Jeff Driskel was efficient and Florida opened the season with a victory over Toledo.
Brown ran 25 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 12 Louisiana St. 37, No. 20 Texas Christian 27
Terrence Magee ran for two touchdowns after halftime, Zach Mettenberger threw for 251 yards with a key late score and LSU held off TCU in Arlington, Texas.
Odell Beckham’s 75-yard kickoff return set up a 20-yard TD pass from Mettenberger to Jarvis Landry with 6 minutes left.
No. 13 Oklahoma State 21, Mississippi State 3
J.W. Walsh threw for 135 yards and ran for another 125 and a touchdown to lead Oklahoma State over Mississippi State in the Texas Kickoff in Houston.
At No. 14 Notre Dame 28, Temple 6
Tommy Rees threw a pair of 32-yard touchdown passes to DaVaris Daniels, a 66-yard scoring pass to Troy Niklas and Notre Dame had three quick scoring drives en route to a victory over Temple.
The victory by the Irish (1-0) was the 200th career win for coach Brian Kelly, who also received a five-year contract extension through 2017.
No. 15 Texas 56, New Mexico St. 7
David Ash threw four touchdown passes and ran for another as Texas shook off a slow start to roll over New Mexico State.
At No. 16 Oklahoma 34, Louisiana-Monroe 0
Trevor Knight rushed for 103 yards on 13 carries and threw three touchdown passes — two to Jalen Saunders — in his first start and Oklahoma beat Louisiana-Monroe.
Oklahoma gave coach Bob Stoops his 150th career win, putting him seven behind Barry Switzer on the Sooners’ career coaching wins list.
At No. 17 Michigan 59, Central Michigan 9
Devin Gardner ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in the first half as Michigan went on to beat Central Michigan.
It was the highest-scoring opener for the Wolverines (1-0) since 1905, when they beat Ohio Wesleyan 65-0.
At No. 18 Nebraska 37, Wyoming 34
Ameer Abdullah and Imani Cross each ran for more than 100 yards, Taylor Martinez passed for three touchdowns and Nebraska survived two late turnovers to defeat Wyoming. The Cornhuskers, who won their nation-leading 28th straight opener.
At No. 23 Wisconsin 45, Massachusetts 0
Melvin Gordon ran for 144 yards, James White had 143 and Wisconsin’s revamped defense pitched a shutout of Massachusetts in coach Gary Andersen’s debut.