Week one results
UNDATED (AP) — Top-ranked Alabama scored two touchdowns on special teams and once on defense to overcome a sluggish performance by the offense.
Christion Jones became the first Crimson Tide player since at least the 1940s to have two returns for touchdowns, doing it by halftime of a 35-10 win against Virginia Tech in Atlanta. Jones scored on a 72-yard punt return less than two minutes into the game before running back a kickoff 94 yards for another TD.
Vinnie Sunseri brought back an interception 38 yards for another TD to help the Crimson Tide overcome an ineffective performance by quarterback AJ McCarron, who was just 10-of-23 for 110 yards.
Alabama carried a 28-10 lead into intermission despite compiling just 97 total yards in the first half.
Earlier Saturday, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') ended his day the way he began it: on the bench.
The reigning Heisman Trophy winner sat out the first half as punishment for his involvement in signing autographs. Three touchdown passes later, Manziel was pulled by coach Kevin Sumlin following an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for pointing at the scoreboard after a TD pass in the fourth quarter.
Manziel completed six of eight passes for 94 yards, and ran six times for 19 yards as the seventh-ranked Aggies clobbered Rice 52-31. Matt Joeckel (JOH'-kul) threw for 190 yards and a touchdown to help A&M build a 28-21 halftime lead.
Clemson won a battle of top-10 teams.
Tajh Boyd threw for three touchdowns and rushed for two more as the eighth-ranked Tigers downed No. 5 Georgia 38-35. Sammy Watkins had six receptions for 127 yards, including a 77-yard scoring grab.
Georgia's Todd Gurley ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns.
In other top-25 finals on the first Saturday of the college football season, Braxton Miller threw for two touchdowns and Jordan Hall ran for two others as second-ranked Ohio State doubled up Buffalo 40-20. Miller finished with 178 passing yards and had to leave the game twice because of leg cramps.
Marcus Mariota threw for one TD and ran for two others as third-ranked Oregon clobbered Nicholls 66-3. Mariota completed 12 of 21 passes for 234 yards before sitting once the Ducks built a 45-3 lead in the third quarter.
No. 10 Florida cruised past Toledo 24-6 as Mack Brown ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. Jeff Driskell was 17-of-22 for 153 yards and a TD, while the Gators' defense held the Rockets to two field goals and 205 total yards.
Terrence Magee ran for a pair of second-half touchdowns and No. 12 LSU rolled up 448 total yards in a 37-27 win over No. 20 TCU. Zach Mettenberger threw for 251 yards and hit Jarvis Landry for a six-yard scoring pass with six minutes left to put the Tigers ahead by 10.
Oklahoma State backup quarterback J.W. Walsh accounted for 260 yards of total offense to lead the 13th-rated Cowboys to a 21-3 win against Mississippi State. Walsh threw for 135 yards and ran for another 125 and a TD after relieving starter Clint Chelf on the Cowboys' third series.
Fourteenth-ranked Notre Dame scored two touchdowns in its first six plays and beat Temple 28-6, giving Brian Kelly his 200th career coaching victory. Tommy Rees threw for 346 yards and three first-half touchdowns.
David Ash shook off a pair of second-quarter interceptions to throw for four touchdown passes and run for another in leading 15th-ranked Texas to a 56-7 thrashing of New Mexico State. After falling behind 7-0, Texas scored 35 points on 15 snaps and finished with a school-record 715 total yards, with Ash accounting for 434.
Trevor Knight was fantastic in his first start as No. 16 Oklahoma hammered Louisiana-Monroe 34-0. Knight threw for three touchdowns and rushed for 103 yards on 13 carries to help Bob Stoops get his 150th career win.
No. 17 Michigan pounded Central Michigan 59-9 as Devin Gardner ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in the opening half. Fitzgerald Toussaint rushed for 57 yards and two touchdowns in the Wolverines' highest-scoring opener since 1905.
Ameer Abdullah and Imani Cross each ran for more than 100 yards and Taylor Martinez passed for three touchdowns as 18th-ranked Nebraska rallied to beat Wyoming 37-34. The Huskers scored on four of five possessions after trailing 14-10 early in the second quarter, then survived two late turnovers to win their nation-leading 28th consecutive opener.
Unranked Washington handed Boise State its worst loss under coach Chris Peterson, a 37-6 thrashing of the 19th-ranked Broncos. Keith Price completed 23 of his 31 passes for 324 yards and became the Huskies' all-time leader in scoring passes with a pair of third-quarter TDs.
No. 21 UCLA clobbered Nevada 58-20 as Brett Hundley passed for 274 yards and two touchdowns. Hundley also ran for a pair of TDs, and Jordan James rushed for 155 yards and a score.
Northwestern's offense was too much for No. 22 Cal as Treyvon Green ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns on just 16 carries to lead the Wildcats' ground game in a 44-30 win at Berkeley. Trevor Siemian passed for 276 yards and a TD.
No. 23 Wisconsin rolled over Massachusetts 45-0 behind Melvin Gordon's 144 rushing yards, including a 70-yard TD.
Eastern Washington is the third FCS team to beat a ranked FBS team following a 49-46 comeback against No. 25 Oregon State. Vernon Adams threw for 411 yards, ran for 107 more and scored the go-ahead touchdown on a two-yard scamper with 18 seconds left.
Bucs overtake Cards...Tigers, Braves stretch lead.
UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates are in sole possession of first place in the National League Central after knocking off the second-place Cardinals for the second straight night.
Russell Martin belted a three-run homer while the Pirates were scoring five times in the third inning of a 7-1 rout of the Redbirds. A.J. Burnett opened the scoring with an RBI single in the second and limited St. Louis to a run and four hits in seven innings.
The Bucs are one game ahead of the Cardinals and 3 ½ games in front of Cincinnati.
Brandon Phillips was 3-for-5 with a solo homer, two RBIs and three runs scored as the Reds thumped Colorado 8-3. Ryan Ludwick also had three hits and two RBIs to support Greg Reynolds, who scattered seven hits in eight innings for his first major league victory since 2011 with the Rockies.
Detroit's lead in the AL Central is up to a season-high 8 ½ games following a 10-5 rout of second-place Cleveland. Omar Infante (ihn-FAHN'-tay) homered twice and had five RBIs as the Tigers improved to 15-3 against the Indians this season.
The Indians got within 6-5 in the eighth before Austin Jackson laced a two-run triple and scored on a squeeze bunt.
Atlanta's lead in the NL East is up to 15 games, and the magic number is down to 13 following the Braves' 5-4, 11-inning win against Miami. B.J. Upton smacked a two-run homer in the sixth and capped his four-hit night with a walkoff single that gave the Braves their sixth consecutive win.
The New York Mets helped Atlanta increase its lead as rookie Zach Wheeler held the Nationals to a pair of runs and five hits over 6 2/3 innings of an 11-3 win at Washington. Eric Young, Daniel Murphy and Juan Lagares (lah-GAHR'-ehs) each had three hits, scored twice and had two RBIs.
Boston's lead in the AL East is 4 ½ games over Tampa Bay.
Jake Peavy held his former team to two runs and five hits in seven innings as Boston whipped the Chicago White Sox 7-2. Jacoby Ellsbury was 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored for the Red Sox.
The Rays wasted Alex Cobb's complete-game five-hitter in a 2-1 loss at Oakland. Coco Crisp was 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three RBIs to back Sonny Gray, who helped Tampa Bay to five hits while fanning seven in 6 2/3 innings.
The Athletics remain two games behind AL West-leading Texas.
The Rangers were 2-1 winners over Minnesota, thanks to Leonys Martin's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. Rangers starter Matt Garza settled for a no-decision after yielding just one run and three hits while striking out nine in seven innings.
The Dodgers still enjoy a 10 ½-game edge in the NL West. Pinch-hitter Mark Ellis singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning to give Los Angeles a 2-1 comeback win against San Diego. Brian Wilson worked the eighth for his first victory as a Dodger.
The Diamondbacks blew a 3-0 lead before Eric Chavez lined a game-ending single in the bottom of the ninth to lift Arizona over San Francisco 4-3. Willie Bloomquist had three hits and an RBI for the D-Backs.
Also in the majors, Ivan Nova fired a three-hitter in his first career shutout as the Yankees beat Baltimore 2-0. Robinson Cano (kah-NOH') provided the runs with a first-inning double and a solo homer in the eighth to help the Yanks climb past the Orioles and Cleveland in the wild-card race, 4 ½ games behind Oakland.
Starlin Castro hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 victory over Philadelphia. Cole Gillespie drove in two runs with a single and a sacrifice fly as the Cubs improved to 4-16 at home since the All-Star break.
Toronto scored three times in the bottom of the eighth to beat Kansas City 4-2. The game was tied 2-2 until Brett Lawrie and Rajai Davis walked with the bases loaded.
The Los Angeles Angels beat Milwaukee 6-5 on Hank Conger's two-run homer with two out in the top of the ninth.
Joe Saunders allowed an unearned run and six hits in 5 1/3 innings as Seattle topped Houston 3-1.
Morneau goes to Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have added another power hitter to their roster, getting first baseman Justin Morneau (mor-NOH') from the Twins for outfielder Alex Presley and either a player to be named or cash.
Morneau will be eligible for the postseason should the Pirates make it there for the first time in 21 years. He's hitting .259 with 17 homers and 74 RBIs in the final year of his contract.
Tebow and Young looking for work
UNDATED (AP) — Two high profile quarterbacks appear to be looking for work.
Tim Tebow was cut by the New England Patriots, ending his 12-week stay with the team. The former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback played in just three of New England's four preseason games. Tebow tweeted "I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback."
Vince Young went on Twitter to thank Green Bay for giving him an opportunity and wished the team well this season. He was vying to be a backup to Aaron Rodgers for the Packers.
Young struggled Thursday in the final preseason game against the Chiefs, going 14 of 30 for 144 yards with two fumbles. That followed a strong showing the previous week against the Seahawks.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
- The Cincinnati Bengals have picked Josh Johnson as their backup quarterback, waiving John Skelton.
- Danny Watkins, a firefighter before the Philadelphia Eagles drafted him 23rd overall in 2011, has been released.
- The Carolina Panthers released former second-round draft pick Jimmy Clausen, a move that leaves them with only two quarterbacks on the roster.
- Veteran backup running back Lance Ball is among the Denver Broncos' cuts. Ball had a 69-yard gain on a screen pass in Denver's exhibition finale Thursday.
— The Pittsburgh Steelers cut their leading rusher from last season. Jonathan Dwyer ran for 623 yards a year ago, but lost the battle for a job after the Steelers acquired former first-round pick Felix Jones.
American scores a big upset
NEW YORK (AP) — There were two major upsets in the women's bracket during Saturday's play at the U.S. Open. One was authored by a 23-year-old American who hadn't won a Grand Slam match before this summer.
Pittsburgh native and 81st-ranked Alison Riske has advanced to the fourth round by dismantling seventh seed Petra Kvitova (kvih-toh-vuh) 6-3, 6-love. Riske won the last eight games against Kvitova, who was in bed with a fever on Friday.
Sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK'-ee) was the other upset victim, falling to Camila Giorgia 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Giorgi hit 46 winners to 13 for Wozniacki.
Other third-round winners on the women's side include second seed Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh), who dropped a first-set tiebreaker before advancing. No. 13 Ana Ivanovic ee-VAH'-noh-vihch) also won in three sets, and Simona Halep knocked out Maria Kirilenko 6-1, 6-love.
In the men's bracket, second seed Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') dropped just 10 games in joining fourth seed David Ferrer (feh-REHR'), Richard Gasquet (gas-KAY') and Milos Raonic into the fourth round. No. 7 Roger Federer also moved into the fourth round for the 13th straight year, losing just five games in beating Adriano Mannarino in just 81 minutes.
No. 22 Philipp Kohlschreiber eliminated 13th seed John Isner in four sets.
GOLF-DEUTSCHE BANK CHAMPIONSHIP
NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Sergio Garcia had a good start and a great finish today in the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Garcia opened with five birdies in seven holes, and then knocked in an 18-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole at the TPC Boston for a 7-under 64. He's minus-13 through 36 holes, one shot ahead of Roberto Castro and Henrik Stenson.
Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur) and PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner are three shots back.
First-round co-leader Phil Mickelson birdied his final two holes for an even-par 71 that leaves him five shots back.
Tiger Woods has six shots to make up.
Tseng surges to top
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Yani Tseng (YAH'-nee sheng) is the leader through three rounds of the LPGA Safeway Classic in Portland. Tseng fired a 9-under-par 63 for an 18-under total, three shots ahead of second-round leader Pornanong Phatlum and Suzann Pettersen.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-SHAW CHARITY CLASSIC
Mediate still on top
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Rocco Mediate (MEE'-dee-ayt) remains the leader with one round remaining in the Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary.
Mediate is 15-under in the Champions Tour event after following Friday's 63 with a 7-under-par 64. He's one stroke ahead of Bobby Clampett and four better than Tom Pernice (pur-NEES') Jr., David Frost and Michael Allen.