College Football Today: September 7, 2013

Georgia running back Todd Gurley (3) runs the ball after losing his helmet after being hit during the first half of an NCAA football game against the South Carolina, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Georgia running back Todd Gurley (3) runs the ball after losing his helmet after being hit during the first half of an NCAA football game against the South Carolina, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

STARS

—Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, threw for 426 yards and three TDs and ran for another score in less than three quarters to give the No. 7 Aggies a 65-28 win over Sam Houston State.

—Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, threw for 397 yards and four TDs to help the No. 8 Cardinals rout Eastern Kentucky 44-7.

—Aaron Murray, Georgia, threw for 309 yards and four TDs to lead the 11th-ranked Bulldogs over No. 6 South Carolina 41-30.

—Lache Seastrunk, Baylor, ran for 150 yards and three TDs in the No. 23 Bears’ 70-13 rout over Buffalo.

—De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon, ran for 124 yards and three TDs, helping the second-ranked Ducks start fast and manhandle Virginia 59-10.

—Devin Gardner, Michigan, threw four TD passes, including a victory-sealing connection to Drew Dileo with 4:18 left, leading the No. 17 Wolverines to a 41-30 win over No. 14 Notre Dame.

—Joe Southwick, Boise State, threw five TD passes in a little over a half as the Broncos pounded overmatched Tennessee-Martin 63-14.

—Zach Mettenberger, LSU, passed for school-record five TDs to help the ninth-ranked Tigers overwhelm UAB 56-17.

—Jared Goff, California, passed for 485 yards and two TDs to give coach Sonny Dykes his first win at Cal while leading the Golden Bears to a 37-30 win over Portland State.

—J.W. Walsh, Oklahoma State, completed his first 10 passes threw for 326 yards and four TDs in the No. 13 Cowboys’ 56-35 win over UTSA.

—C.J. Brown, Maryland, threw for two TDs and ran for two more in a 47-10 rout of Old Dominion.

—Sean Mannion, Oregon State, threw for 372 yards and four TDs and the Beavers rebounded from a stunning loss in their season opener with a 33-14 victory over Hawaii.

—Travis Wilson, Utah, had two long TD runs and threw for three more scores, all in the first half, in the Utes’ 70-7 win over Weber State.

—Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State, scored on a fumble return and an interception return in a 21-6 victory over South Florida.

—Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois, passed for 312 yards and four TDs to lead the Illini to a surprise 45-17 win over Cincinnati.

—Zach Zenner, South Dakota State, tied a school record with 295 yards rushing and had a career-high four TDs in a 35-28 win over North Dakota.

—Ross Metheny, South Alabama, threw for 290 yards, ran for another 75 and accounted for four first-half TDs in a 41-39 win over Tulane.

—Vernon Adams, Eastern Washington, threw for 298 and had four of his five TD passes in the first quarter in a 43-14 win over Western Oregon

—Chuckie Keeton, Utah State, matched his own school record five TD passes and threw for 360 yards in a 52-20 rout over Air Force.

—Eric Kordenbrock, VMI, passed for a school-record four TDs in a 34-27 win over Glenville State.

—Billy VandeMerkt, St. Joseph’s, threw for 404 yards four TDs in a 34-31 victory over Valparaiso.

—Matt Johnson, Charlotte, threw for five TDs in a 47-7 victory over Chowan.

—Steward Butler, Marshall, ran for 151 yards and three TDs on nine carries in a 55-0 rout over Gardner-Webb

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CANES RISING

As Miami began to celebrate its biggest win in years, Hurricanes coach Al Golden threw his right arm skyward and sprinted over to the Florida sideline for the traditional postgame handshake.

He offered congratulations.

He probably could have offered thanks.

Stephen Morris threw two first-quarter touchdown passes to put Miami ahead, and Florida gave the ball away on four red-zone trips to make sure the Hurricanes stayed there. Miami knocked off the 12th-ranked Gators 21-16, almost certainly ensuring that the Hurricanes — dogged for the last 26 months by a still-unresolved NCAA probe — will return to the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2010.

Duke Johnson added a 2-yard touchdown run and a 21-9 lead with 3:29 left for Miami (2-0), which has won four straight dating to last season, the longest such streak for the Hurricanes since 2008.

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SHOWDOWN SET

Johnny Football and the rest of No. 7 Texas A&M’s offense look as if they’re ready for next week’s rematch with top-ranked Alabama.

The defense might be a different story.

Johnny Manziel threw for 426 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score in less than three quarters in Texas A&M’s 65-28 win over Sam Houston State.

The Heisman Trophy winner played about a quarter more than he did last week when he sat out the first half serving a suspension for what the school called an “inadvertent” violation of NCAA rules involving signing autographs.

Manziel started and even got to speak to the media after the game. That didn’t happen last week, either, when he also got a late benching for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. It was the first time Manziel spoke to the media since SEC media day.

He said the support of the Aggies made this difficult period easier to deal with.

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NUMBERS

15 -Years since Duke last opened a season 2-0.

25 – Points scored by Utah in its 70-7 win over Weber State.

27 – Wins by No. 4 Clemson with no losses against FCS opponents after the Tigers rolled over South Carolina State 52-13.

49 – Career touchdowns by Towson’s Terrence West, breaking Jason Corle’s 1999 school record.

72 – Career rushing touchdowns by Wyoming’s Brett Smith, surpassing the previous record of 70 set by quarterback Casey Bramlet from 2000-03. Smith also is one TD pass from tying Bramlet’s school record.

718 – Total yards by Youngstown State in its 67-13 win over Morehead State, a school record.

781 – Total yards by Baylor in its 70-13 win over Buffalo to break a school record.

115,109 – Attendance for Michigan’s game against Notre Dame, an NCAA record.

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LEGAUX HURT

Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux suffered what appeared to be a serious leg injury against Illinois.

Legaux was hit by a pair of Illini players as he dropped back to pass midway through the fourth quarter. Information about the injury was not immediately available but it appeared to involve his left leg.

Legaux stayed on the turf for several minutes before being driven off on a cart. His teammates gathered around him on the field before he was carted away.

Legaux left with the Bearcats trailing 31-17.

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MILLER INJURED

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has a sprained left knee that sent him to the sidelines against San Diego State.

It may not prevent him from playing next week, however.

Considered one of the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy, Miller left the third-ranked Buckeyes’ game after being pinned between tacklers.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Miller could have returned and may be ready to play next week against California.

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HARMON’S JERSEY

Michigan unretired Tom Harmon’s No. 98 jersey and allowed quarterback Devin Gardner to wear it against Notre Dame.

Gardner wore No. 98 — with a Michigan Football Legend patch — Saturday night for the 17th-ranked Wolverines.

Harmon became Michigan’s first Heisman Trophy winner in 1940. He ran for 2,134 yards, connected on 100 passes for 1,304 yards and 16 touchdowns and scored 237 points. He also played defense, kicked and punted for the Wolverines.

Michigan unretired four numbers last season, honoring former President Gerald Ford (No. 48), Bennie Oosterbaan (No. 47), Ron Kramer (No. 87) and the Wistert brothers, Albert, Alvin and Francis, all of whom wore No. 11.