Ohio State and Oklahoma won their BCS championship game rematches and showed that a couple of former powerhouses from the Sunshine State are not quite ready to return to elite status.
Behind the running of Terrelle Pryor and a ball-hawking defense, the second-ranked Buckeyes beat No. 12 Miami 36-24 on Saturday at the Horseshoe in Columbus.
The last time the teams met was in the 2002 national championship game at the Fiesta Bowl, with the Buckeyes taking a dramatic and controversial 31-24 victory in double-overtime.
In Norman, Okla., Landry Jones bounced back from a sluggish opener and led the 10th-ranked Sooners to an easy 47-17 victory over No. 17 Florida State.
That was a rematch of the 2001 Orange Bowl that brought home the Sooners' most recent national championship, but it quickly turned into a blowout as Oklahoma (2-0) scored touchdowns on its first four possessions.
Jones finished 30 for 40 for 380 yards without an interception. He had 321 yards by halftime, the second-most in a half in Oklahoma history. Ryan Broyles caught 12 passes for 125 yards and a score.
Christian Ponder was just 11 for 28 for 113 yards with interceptions on back-to-back throws in the third quarter for Florida State (1-1).
At Ohio Stadium, Pryor ran for 113 yards and a touchdown and passed for another score and the Buckeyes (2-0) intercepted four of Jacory Harris' passes.
But this one was no work of art, with numerous sloppy plays and bad tackling. Miami returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns.
In what was billed as a Heisman showcase, Pryor completed just 12 of 27 passes for 233 yards but added 20 carries, scoring on a 13-yard run. Harris was 22 of 39 passing for 232 yards and a touchdown but had the four interceptions - three of which could easily have been caught.
The last interception was particularly costly for the 'Canes.
Trailing 26-17 at the half, Miami (1-1) took the second-half kickoff and drove to a first down at the Ohio State 6. But on third-and-goal, Harris' pass over the middle was wide of the mark and intercepted by burly Buckeyes defensive end Cameron Heyward, who rumbled 80 yards. That set up Pryor's touchdown run.
No. 1 Alabama 24, No. 18 Penn State 3
Trent Richardson ran for 144 yards in place of injured Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram to lead Alabama.
The Crimson Tide (2-0) hardly slowed down without Ingram, and a young defense forced freshman Rob Bolden and the Nittany Lions (1-1) into several turnovers to end promising drives.
It was the first time Penn State was held without a touchdown since a 13-3 loss at Wisconsin in 2006. The shutout lasted until the final 10 minutes.
With Ingram sidelined for the second straight game with a knee injury, Richardson pulled a pretty good imitation. He plowed through and sidestepped tackles and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. He also had four catches for 46 yards.
Greg McElroy completed 16 of 24 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns for Alabama.
James Madison 21, No. 13 Virginia Tech 16
Drew Dudzik ran for two touchdowns and threw for another and James Madison stunned Virginia Tech, the Hokies' second loss in six days.
Dudzik scored on second-half runs of 7 and 12 yards as the Dukes (2-0) became only the second team from the Football Championship Subdivision to beat the Hokies. Richmond did it in 1985, a year after the Spiders dropped down from the Football Bowl Subdivision.
The Hokies (0-2) began the season with national championship aspirations, but the offense that was supposed to be their strength did less against the Dukes than against No. 3 Boise State on Monday night. They lost that game 33-30 on a TD with 1:09 remaining.
No. 4 TCU 62, Tennessee Tech 7
Matthew Tucker ran for two touchdowns and Andy Dalton threw for a score while setting another TCU record.
The Horned Frogs stretched their home winning streak to 15 games and Dalton tied Max Knake's school record of 622 career completions with his second against the Golden Eagles, a 24-yard pass to Josh Boyce less than 5 minutes into the game to put TCU (2-0) ahead to stay.
The Horned Frogs scored twice in the final 1:26 of the first half for a 35-7 lead after Tennessee Tech (0-2) fumbled on consecutive offensive plays.
No. 5 Texas 34, Wyoming 7
Garrett Gilbert passed for 222 yards and a touchdown and Texas shook off another slow start to beat Wyoming.
After spending most of the first game against Rice running the ball, Texas opened up its passing playbook against the Cowboys. The result was similar: A methodical win with a few big plays sprinkled for in an offense still trying to find its rhythm.
Gilbert was 22 of 35 with a 45-yard touchdown to freshman receiver Mike Davis in the second quarter. Fozzy Whittaker scored on a 39-yard run.
Texas (2-0) held the Cowboys to 257 total yards.
Wyoming (1-1) played just six days after the death of freshman linebacker Ruben Narcisse, who was killed in a car accident in Colorado on Monday. The Cowboys wore decals with his initials and safety Shamiel Gary wore Narcisse's No. 12 to honor him Saturday night.
No. 6 Nebraska 38, Idaho 17
Taylor Martinez ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns and Nebraska's defense intercepted five of Nathan Enderle's passes and had seven sacks.
DeJon Gomes and Rickey Thenarse each ran back interceptions for touchdowns as the defense carried the Huskers (2-0), whose offense was productive but mistake-prone against the overmatched Vandals (1-1).
Martinez went over 100 yards rushing for the second straight game and Roy Helu Jr. added 107 yards and a touchdown on the ground for Nebraska.
Enderle was sacked five times and threw three of his five interceptions on consecutive possessions in the second quarter. Nebraska converted each of those second-quarter picks into touchdowns to go up 31-3 at half.
No. 8 Florida 38, South Florida 14
Jeff Demps ran for a career-high 139 yards and a touchdown, Justin Trattou returned an interception for a score and Florida pulled away from South Florida in the second half.
The Gators (2-0) overcame a sluggish start for the second consecutive week, took advantage of five turnovers and extended their home winning streak to 13 games.
John Brantley's first TD pass came after an interception. Demps' 62-yard TD run followed a fumble. Mike Gillislee scored after another turnover. Trattou picked off a pass and rumbled 35 yards to the end zone. And the Gators turned Demps' 54-yard kickoff into a field goal.
B.J. Daniels ran for 107 yards for the Bulls (1-1), but also threw four interceptions.
No. 9 Iowa 35, Iowa State 7
Adam Robinson rushed for a career-high 156 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries as Iowa beat Iowa State for the third straight time.
Ricky Stanzi threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score for the Hawkeyes (2-0), who scored touchdowns on four of their first five drives.
Stanzi threw short TD passes to Marvin McNutt and Allen Reisner, and his 1-yard TD plunge gave Iowa a 28-0 lead at halftime.
Jewel Hampton, playing his first game since 2008, added a 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Robinson's 39-yard touchdown run made it 35-0 in the third quarter.
Austen Arnaud threw three interceptions in the third quarter and finished 20 of 44 for 197 yards for the Cyclones (1-1).
No. 11 Wisconsin 27, San Jose State 14
John Clay ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns, and Wisconsin beat San Jose State, but lost receiver David Gilreath early in the game with a concussion.
It was Clay's eighth straight 100-yard rushing game as the Badgers won their 15th straight home opener and improved to 13-0 in nonconference regular-season games under coach Bret Bielema.
Wisconsin (2-0) didn't look much sharper than in its season-opening win at UNLV, but the sloppy performance wasn't nearly as concerning as the injury to Galreath.
The senior took a hard hit near the head during the third quarter and was down on the field for nearly 10 minutes. He was eventually taken away in an ambulance.
No. 14 Arkansas 31, Louisiana-Monroe 7
Ryan Mallett completed 28 of 43 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns as Arkansas came on strong in the second half.
Arkansas (2-0) struggled to move the ball and led only 7-0 at the break, drawing some boos from many of their fans at their home away from Fayetteville. Razorbacks fans filled the building even though it was officially a ULM home game.
Mallett sneaked his way into the end zone to make it 14-0 in the third quarter.
Kolton Browning completed finished 7 of 17 for 74 yards with the one interception for ULM (0-1).
Kansas 28, No. 15 Georgia Tech 25
Jordan Webb threw three touchdown passes and Kansas rebounded from last week's humiliating loss to North Dakota State by beating Georgia Tech.
Capping a tumultuous eight days which included the abrupt retirement of their controversial athletic director, the Jayhawks (1-1) capitalized on a succession of mistakes by the heavily favored Yellow Jackets (1-1) and posted their biggest win since the 2008 Orange Bowl.
Webb, who replaced last week's starter, was 18 for 29 for 179 yards and three TDs. Georgia Tech quarterback Joshua Nesbitt scored touchdowns on runs of 9 and 4 yards, giving him five in two games.
After booing the Jayhawks during their 6-3 loss to North Dakota State, fans flooded the field to celebrate as the final seconds ticked away in this unexpected victory. Georgia Tech, the defending ACC champion, was favored by two touchdowns.
No. 19 LSU 27, Vanderbilt 3
Stevan Ridley scored a 65-yard touchdown and ran for 144 of his 159 yards in the second half for LSU.
It was the Tigers' seventh straight win in this series in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
Russell Shepard scored a 30-yard TD run to put the Tigers (2-0) ahead to stay, and Alfred Blue also had a TD as LSU finished off this victory with 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
LSU has won 11 of 12 against Vanderbilt, and the Tigers have held Vanderbilt (0-2) to 31 points combined in the past six games.
The Tigers came up with six sacks and held Vanderbilt to 135 yards total offense.
No. 20 Utah 38, UNLV 10
Terrance Cain passed for two touchdowns in his first start in almost a year and Shaky Smithson returned a punt 77 yards for a score for Utah.
Eddie Wide ran for two touchdowns and the Utes won their 19th straight at home and their final Mountain West Conference opener before bolting for the Pac-10 next season.
Cain got the start as Utah (2-0, 1-0) didn't want to risk Jordan Wynn's sprained right thumb against the Rebels (0-2, 0-1), who have never won in Salt Lake City. Cain finished 13 for 20 for 207 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown pass to Smithson on the third play of the second half to put the Utes up 24-3.
Smithson added his second touchdown midway through the third with a dazzling return down the UNLV sideline as the Utes capitalized on a bad day for both punt teams.
No. 24 South Carolina 17, No. 22 Georgia 6
Marcus Lattimore rushed for 182 yards and two first-half touchdowns and South Carolina beat Georgia.
The Bulldogs (1-1, 0-1 SEC) played without suspended star receiver A.J. Green and they sure could've used him against the Gamecocks (2-0, 1-0) in the Southeastern Conference opener.
Georgia was outgained by more than 100 yards and held without a touchdown for the first time in three years since its last loss to South Carolina, 16-12, in 2007.
The Bulldogs' best chance to tighten the game came in the third quarter when they drove to the South Carolina 3 while trailing 14-6. But Washuan Ealey fumbled and cornerback Stephon Gilmore recovered to end the threat.
Green was penalized four games by the NCAA for selling a game jersey for $1,000. He did not accompany the team on the trip.