Quick look at college football …
—Christion Jones, Alabama, became the first Crimson Tide player since at least the 1940s to have two returns for touchdowns and had another score receiving in the top-ranked Tide’s 35-10 win over Virginia Tech.
—Vernon Adams, Eastern Washington, had 518 total yards and accounted for six touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 18 seconds left, as the Eagles upset No. 25 Oregon State 49-46 on Saturday to become the third FCS team to beat a ranked FBS team
—Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois, threw for career-best 416 yards and two TDs to lead the Illini to a 42-34 win over Southern Illinois.
—Tommy Rees, Notre Dame, threw a pair of 32-yard TD passes to DaVaris Daniels and a 66-yard scoring pass to Troy Niklas in the No. 14 Irish’s 28-6 victory over Temple.
—Marcus Mariota, Oregon, threw for 234 yards and TD and ran two more scores in the No. 3 Ducks’ 66-3 rout over Nicholls.
—J.W. Walsh, Oklahoma State, threw for 135 yards and ran for another 125 and a TD to lead the No. 13 Cowboys to a 21-3 win over Mississippi State.
—Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin, ran for 144 yards and a score in a 45-0 win over Massachusetts.
—James Franklin, Missouri, threw for 318 yards and three TDs before coming out early in the third quarter, helping the Tigers take command after early struggles and whip Murray State 58-14.
—Devin Gardner, Michigan, ran for two TDs and threw for another in the first half in the No. 17 Wolverines’ 59-9 win over Central Michigan.
—Brandon Allen, Arkansas, was 15-of-22 passing for 230 yards and three TDs as the Razorbacks opened the Bret Bielema era with a 34-14 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette.
—Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois, threw for 275 yards and three TDs in the Huskies’ 30-27 upset victory over Iowa.
—Alex Amidon, Boston College, had 13 catches for 146 yards and a TD in a 24-14 win over Villanova its first game under coach Steve Addazio.
—C.J. Brown, Maryland, celebrated his return from injury with a marvelous performance, throwing for three TDs and running for two more scores to lead the Terps over Florida International 43-10.
—Dominique Williams, Wagner, had 162 yards rushing and scored the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter in a 28-21 win over Georgetown.
Johnny Manziel’s day began late because of the NCAA and ended early because of his mouth.
In between he looked like Johnny Football at his best.
After serving his first-half suspension, the Heisman Trophy winner threw three TD passes, scrambled for 19 yards — and, well, acted up — while No. 7 Texas A&M rolled over Rice, 52-31.
Manziel was sitting out because of what the school called an “inadvertent” violation of NCAA rules involving signing autographs.
His first touchdown came on a 23-yard pass to Mike Evans on A&M’s second drive of the half. But just before that, Manziel got into it with a Rice defender, appearing to mimic signing an autograph while getting up from a tackle.
Coach Kevin Sumlin said he didn’t see that exchange, but would have “done something about it” if he did.
Manziel ended his day by getting yanked following an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for pointing at the scoreboard after a TD pass in the fourth quarter.
TIDE SLOW ROLLS
With everyone focused on a three-peat, Nick Saban reminded his Alabama players of someone who did it twice — Michael Jordan.
If they’re going to follow MJ’s lead, they’ll need to play with a lot more passion than they showed in the season opener.
Better get to it.
Next up, it’s Johnny Football.
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 rather dismal offensive performance to beat Virginia Tech 35-10.
Saban sure wasn’t happy with what he saw — especially with Texas A&M and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel looming on the schedule after an off week.
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 sparked the Crimson Tide to a win that could’ve been much tougher to start its quest for an unprecedented third straight national title.
24 – Years since Duke’s last shutout before a 45-0 rout of North Carolina Central.
173 -Yards of interception returns by Georgia Tech in its 70-0 win over Elon, a school record.
200 – Career victories for Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly after the Irish rolled over Temple.
Mack Brown had tears in eyes before the game and a smile on his face after.
In between, he ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns — and vomited on the sideline.
Not a bad start for Brown or No. 10 Florida, which beat Toledo 24-6.
Brown ran 25 times, equally his carries from all of last season.
He was making his first career start, in the lineup in place of Matt Jones, who missed the opener while recovering from a viral infection. He is expected to return next week at Miami, but Brown certainly stated his case to get some carries the rest of the season.
North Carolina State turned to Brandon Mitchell as its starting quarterback in the season opener against Louisiana Tech only to lose the Arkansas transfer to an early left foot injury.
Mitchell directed the Wolfpack to touchdowns on the first two possessions before he was hurt when he was stopped on a third-and-1 keeper on his third series. Mitchell headed to the locker room and returned to the sideline on crutches and wearing a protective boot.
Coach Dave Doeren said Mitchell could miss 4-6 weeks.