College Football Scores Week 1: Top Plays, Moments from Saturday's Early Games

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent ISeptember 1, 2012

DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 01:  Navy's Trey Miller being tackled by Notre Dame's Everett Golson during the Notre Dame vs Navy game at Aviva Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland.(Photo by Barry Cronin/Getty Images)
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Minutes into the first Saturday of the 2012 college football season, tears began flowing from eyes like they were bursting out of an open fire hydrant—the power and the glory of football is back! 

So when Ohio State's Devin Smith went up and made this insane grab, I was instantly reminded why I'm such a diehard fan in the first place. 

If this isn't one of the catches of the season, then this is going to be the year of the catch. This grab is so amazing that it has to be described like a skateboard trick. I'd call it an "inverted aerial 360 one-hander."

Smith has to be pleased with the early returns for the new Urban Meyer offense. As the game nears the end of the third quarter, that is his lone catch of the game, but it is already 25 percent of his touchdown total from a season ago. 

The Buckeyes are cruising in Urban Meyer's debut. They lead Miami (Ohio) 35-10, and scored 35 unanswered points after Miami kicked a field goal to start off the scoring. The above miraculous grab was the Buckeyes' first score of the season.


Heisman Statement

Speaking of people named Smith, Heisman hopeful Geno Smith had an absolutely huge day today.

In just over three quarters of action, the WVU quarterback went 32-of-36 for 323 yards and four TDs. Oh, and he also ran for 64 yards and a touchdown. He's certainly showing why some people have him pegged as the best player in college football.


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Notre Dame 50, Navy 10

Playing in Ireland, the Fighting Irish dismantled Navy, and it was pretty clear there is a huge gap in talent between these two programs.

Notre Dame was dealing with several suspensions for this game, which included star running back Cierre Wood. No problem for the Irish in this game; Theo Riddick and George Atkinson both rushed their way to two touchdowns. 

This game was also the starting debut of sophomore quarterback Everett Golson. He had a very solid outing, going 12-of-18 for 144 yards with one touchdown and one interception. 

However, the most notable event from this game may have come when the Jungle Bird jigged his way onto the field. You may remember this guy from the last U.S. Open. 


Penn State Gets Back to Football

It has been a long and ugly offseason for Penn State football. For their players and fans, this had to be a sight for sore eyes. 

Quarterback Matthew McGloin delivered that six-yard pass to Bill Belton for the game's opening score. They added another score to take a 14-3 lead into halftime over Ohio. 

However, the Bobcats stormed back in the second half, shocking the Nittany Lions with 21 unanswered points and an upset victory. That's definitely not the start the Penn State faithful were hoping for.