College Football Scores 2012: Week 2 Results, Updates and Recap

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 6, 2012

College Football Scores 2012: Week 2 Results, Updates and Recap

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    After an explosive start to the 2012-2013 college football season, complete with upsets and blowouts, we enter Week 2 of what promises to be yet another exciting year.

    We saw Boise State fall out of the AP Top 25 last week after the 17-13 defeat to Michigan State in East Lansing. 

    Alabama moved up to No. 1 in the poll after handling Michigan, 41-14. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson may have seen his Heisman hopes go up in flames with the loss.

    South Carolina won a squeaker against a determined Vanderbilt squad, riding star running back and Heisman contender Marcus Lattimore the entire way.

    Oklahoma State (minus Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, mind you) absolutely obliterated Savannah State, 84-0, behind the quarterback combo of J.W. Walsh and Wes Lunt and running backs Joseph Randle and Desmond Roland.

    What does Week 2 have in store for us?

    Well, more than you can ever imagine, of course, just like any other week in college football.

    Follow along as we at Bleacher Report update the top games of Week 2 after they conclude.

Arizona 59, (18) Oklahoma State 38

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    Oklahoma State's 636 yards of total offense weren't enough to keep pace with Arizona, who lit up the Cowboys in a 59-38 upset.

    The Wildcats won the turnover battle 4-0 and built a substantial lead as a result. While Oklahoma State had no problem moving the ball, costly interceptions ended up being the difference in the game.

    Ka'Deem Carey's four touchdowns helped Arizona cap off an upset that adds to the Pac-12's already impressive day. With the tough win, Arizona gets off to the fast start they wee hoping for and have asserted themselves as a team that can contend on a national level.

    As for the Cowboys, they've exposed themselves. The 84-0 win over Savannah State clearly said more about Savannah State than Oklahoma State. With Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon gone, the Cowboys are going to have to find a way to protect the football and put the ball into the end zone in crunch time.

(7) Georgia 41, Missouri 20

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    This game was very close until the fourth quarter came around. After being down 20-17 with less than four minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Bulldogs rattled off 24 unanswered points.

    Missouri showed well in their SEC debut, but Georgia's athleticism on the defensive side was too much in the end. Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones took the game over, and the Tigers' offensive line had no answer.

    Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray tossed three touchdowns and had 242 yards. He was complemented by Todd Gurley and Ken Malcome's two combined ground scores.

    Missouri's spread attack gave Georgia issues throughout the game, but they didn't have the toughness to hang in. This game was exciting either way.

    The Tigers will look to bounce back against Arizona State next week, while the Bulldogs take on Florida Atlantic.

UCLA 36, (16) Nebraska 30

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    UCLA successfully defended their home turf and pulled the minor upset over Nebraska Saturday evening behind another massive performance from running back Johnathan Franklin.

    Franklin didn't score three touchdowns like he did in Week 1, but he ran for 200-plus yards again. He complemented quarterback Brett Hundley's 305-yard, four-touchdown performance, and the Bruins racked up nearly 700 yards of total offense.

    Nebraska's Taylor Martinez had nearly 300 total yards of offense, including a 92-yard run, but their defense had too many holes to plug.

    The Bruins are now 2-0, and Franklin is opening everyone's eyes with his dynamic ground game.

Louisiana-Monroe 34, (8) Arkansas 31

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    The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks had never defeated a ranked opponent in their program's history before knocking off the eighth-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday.

    The Warhawks took the SEC powerhouse to overtime, and quarterback Kolton Browning won the game on a stunning 16-yard scramble.

    Arkansas couldn't get their offense going after signal-caller Tyler Wilson left the game in the first half. Brandon Allen was just 6-of-20 with Wilson sidelined.

    Wisconsin's loss earlier in the day was surprising, but this is bigger. Arkansas' defense gave up over 500 yards, and that doesn't bode well as they enter their Week 3 tilt against Alabama.

(5) Oklahoma 69, Florida A&M 13

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    The Oklahoma Sooners earned a predictable victory on Saturday over the Florida A&M Rattlers.

    Sooners' quarterback Landry Jones orchestrated the attack, but running back Damien Williams put the bulk of Oklahoma's points on the board.

    He finished with 156 yards and four touchdowns on just 10 carries.

    When Jones did throw the ball, he made finding Kenny Stills a habit. Still hauled in 10 catches for 120 yards and a touchdown.

    Oklahoma is now 2-0 entering a matchup against Kansas State in two weeks.

(3) LSU 41, Washington 3

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    One of Saturday's more intriguing matchups wound up being a showcase for the LSU Tigers.

    The Tigers put the ball in the hands of their backfield against the Huskies. They dominated the trenches, and Alfred Blue was able to run for 101 yards and a touchdown.

    LSU's depth on both sides of the ball is stunning. Blue was one of three ball-carriers to have at least 10 totes, and all three have their own niche in the offense.

    Zach Mettenberger was 12-of-18 for 195 yards and one touchdown. He didn't make many major plays, but he was steady. For a team this talented, that's all they need behind center.

    Huskies quarterback Keith Price couldn't get anything going. He finished 17-of-36 for 157 yards and didn't throw for a score. He threw one pick and was overwhelmed by the Tigers' defense.

    The Tigers will play Idaho next week before beginning SEC action.

(4) Oregon 42, Fresno State 25

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    Don't blink, or you will miss the Oregon Ducks' offense. That always seems to be true, and Saturday night's victorious effort over Fresno State was no different.

    As usual, it was the Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas show in Autzen Stadium. The two ball-carriers combined for over 300 yards of offense and five touchdowns.

    If you're looking for playmakers, look no further than that dynamic tandem.

    The Ducks' offense surrendered 365 total yards, but most of the damage was due to three turnovers. Other than that, this game was not close.

    Oregon welcomes Tennessee Tech to their house in Week 3 as they prepare for their first Pac-12 tilt versus Arizona.

(6) Florida State 55, Savannah State 0

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    This game would have been much worse, but rain and a running clock held the score to 55-0 in the Seminoles favor.

    A blowout is a blowout, but this game didn't live up to the largest spread in college football history. Florida State's shellacking actually left some fans yearning for more.

    'Noles quarterback E.J. Manuel went 11-of-13 for 161 yards and three touchdowns. He was complemented by 167 team rushing yards and eventually replaced by Clint Trickett.

    Despite the predictable outcome, a lot of eyes were watching this game.

    Florida State took care of business. They will welcome Wake Forest to Doak Campbell Stadium in Week 3.

(17) Texas 45, New Mexico 0

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    Texas' quarterback situation became more concrete with David Ash's outstanding performance on Saturday.

    Ash finished with 221 yards and two touchdowns on 16-of-22 passing. He also had 31 rushing yards and a touchdown, including a 49-yard touchdown scamper.

    The Lobos managed to rack up rushing yards in "garbage" time, but the Texas defense was stifling otherwise. They allowed 35 yards through the air and also forced an interception.

    The Longhorns don't have a lot of holes. If Ash steps up, this is a dark-horse squad. We will learn more about this team when they travel to Ole Miss in Week 3.

Wake Forest 28, North Carolina 27

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    Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price scored the game winning touchdown with just over two minutes remaining in the game on a one-yard run.

    Price completed 27 of his 38 passes for 327 yards, but did not throw a touchdown pass. However he did use his legs to get into the end zone twice.

    North Carolina received 106 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries but it was not enough to give the Tar Heels a cushion large enough to hold off Price and the Demon Deacons. 

    Wake Forest is now 2-0 on the year while UNC dropped to 1-1.

(2) USC 42, Syracuse 29

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    Syracuse put up a valiant effort against USC, but the Trojans' passing game was too much for the Orange.

    Matt Barkley tossed six touchdown passes, despite throwing for just 187 yards on te day. He found Marquis Lee in the end zone three times and Robert Woods twice. 

    Silas Redd topped the century mark, picking up 107 yards on 15 carries. The Syracuse offense kept the game from getting out of hand, but the Trojans were alway in the drivers' seat.

    USC is now 2-0 while Syracuse is 0-2.

Toledo 34, Wyoming 31

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    Toledo quarterback Terrance Owens put on a fantastic performance to lead his team to victory over Wyoming.

    Owens completed 25 of 41 passes for 300 yards and four touchdowns. Bernard Reedy caught six of those passes, and recorded 111 yards and two touchdowns.

    The potent offense built enough of a cushion to hold off a late surge from Wyoming, as the Cowboys fell just short of closing an 11-point deficit they faced with less than eight minutes to go in the game. 

    Toldeo is now 1-1 on the year while Wyoming is 0-2.

South Alabama 9, Nicholls State 3

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    There were no touchdowns in this game and little to get excited about. 

    The first quarter went by without any points, and the two teams traded field goals to make the score 3-3 at half time. 

    South Alabama managed a field in both the third and fourth quarters to crawl away from Nicholls state in a game that featured five turnovers.

    South Alabama is now 1-1 while the defeat was the season opener for Nicholls State.

Tennessee 51, Georgia State 13

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    Tennessee's offense could not be stopped as the Volunteers cruised to an easy victory over Georgia State. 

    Quarterback Tyler Bray was nearly perfect on the day, completing 18 of his 20 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns. The Vols racked up 558 yards in total offense.

    Georgia State was never in the game, and the Volunteers' offense continued to get in sync as it prepares for a difficult SEC season.

    Tennessee is 2-0 while Georgia State is still winless in its two games. 

Oregon State 10, (13) Wisconsin 7

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    The Oregon State defense led an incredible upset over No. 13 Wisconsin to the delight of the home crowd in Corvallis. 

    The Beavers' defense held the Badgers offense scoreless for 58:29. Wisconsin finally earned a touchdown with just over 90 seconds remaining in the game, but it was too late for a comeback. Heisman candidate Montee Ball had just 60 yards on 15 carries.

    Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion was able to move the ball just enough for the victory, complete 30 of his 48 passes for 285 yards and one touchdown. 

    Wisconsin is now 1-1 while the Beavers are 1-0.

South Florida 31, Nevada 31

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    South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels delivered a massive performance to lead his team to an incredible victory over Nevada on the road.

    The Bulls fell behind 21-6 in the first quarter, but Daniels finished the game with three touchdowns passes, all for more than 50 yards. Two of them came with less than three minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

    Daniels' 56-yard connection with Andre Davis came with just 38 seconds left on the clock and put his team ahead by one point. He finished the game with 363 yards and no interceptions.

    South Florida is now 2-0 while the Wolfpack dropped to 1-1.

Rice 25, Kansas 24

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    Rice faced a 24-13 deficit early in the third quarter, but came all the way back to win the game at the on a last-second field goal from Chris Boswell. 

    Charles Ross led the Owls' ground attack with 94 yards and and a touchdown on 14 carries. For the Jayhawks, Tony Pierson had 120 yards on 19 carries while Taylor Cox earned 79 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries.

    But the Kansas offense stalled late in the game and failed to put Rice away. This made the Owls' late-game heroics possible.

    Now the Jayhawks and Owls are both 1-1.

Iowa State 9, Iowa 6

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    In a game filled with turnovers, Iowa State edged out Iowa in a low-scoring defensive battle.

    The Cyclones earned a victory despite committing four turnovers, while Hawkeyes' quarterback James Vandenberg threw two costly interceptions, including one on his team's final drive. 

    Neither team had a rusher average more than 3.5 yards per carry, and this certainly would have been an awful game to watch for fans of offensive football. 

    But Iowa State pulled out the hard-fought victory to improve to 2-0, while Iowa suffered its first loss of the season and is now 1-1.

(22) Notre Dame 20, Purdue 17

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    Notre Dame's Tommy Rees has started to make up with the Fighting Irish's fans after his off-field transgressions left him suspended for the first game. 

    The quarterback came in to lead a fourth-quarter drive that resulted in a Kyle Brindza field goal with just seconds on the clock to give Notre Dame a thrilling victory.

    Everett Golson had 289 yards passing and a touchdown when he was pulled, while the Irish got little production from its ground game. On defense Bennett Jackson had two interceptions.

    Notre Dame is now 2-0 while the Boilermakers dropped to 1-1.

Michigan State 41, Central Michigan 7

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    Michigan State continued its fast start with a blowout victory over Central Michigan.

    The Spartans scored all 41 of their points before the Chippewas' intercepted a pass and returned fora  touchdown late in the fourth quarter for their only score. 

    That was the only pockmark on an otherwise perfect performance for Michigan State. The team gained 495 yards in total offense while Le'Veon Bell racked up 70 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. The defense forced three turnovers and held Central Michigan to 245 yards.

    The Spartans are now 2-0 while the Chippewas are 1-1.

(1) Alabama 35, Western Kentucky 0

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    The Alabama defense does not appear to have lost a step from last season. The Crimson Tide shut out Western Kentucky and caused four turnovers.

    Nearly one of every three passes from A.J. McCarron went for a score as he completed 14 of his 19 passes and tossed four touchdown passes. 

    Western Kentucky was held to just 1.6 yards per carry on the ground and no single player gained more than 30 yards. The hard-hitting Alabama defense forced three fumbles.

    There does not appear to be any reason to unseat the Crimson Tide from its No. 1 ranking as they improved to 2-0. Western Kentucky is now 1-1.

(24) Florida 20, Texas A&M 17

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    Florida spoiled Texas A&M's SEC debut by edging out the Aggies in a thrilling contest.

    The Gators trailed 17-10 at the half, but shut out Texas A&M in college station in the final two quarters. Mike Gillislee's second touchdown run of the game early in the fourth quarter put the Gators ahead for good.

    Gillislee finished the game with 83 yards on 14 carries. The Aggies received just 33 yards on 13 carries from Christine Michael, although he did manage to find his way into the end zone. 

    Florida is now 2-0 while Texas A&M is 0-2.

Rutgers 26, Howard 0

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    The Rutgers defense showed it had no plans to let up against an overmatched Howard, and shut out its opponents to lead the Scarlet Knights to victory.

    A balanced rushing attack led the way on offense for Rutgers, but Jawan Jamison was the star performer. The junior running back did not get into the end zone, but he gained 110 yards on just 10 carries.

    On defense, the Scarlet Knights held Howard to just 149 total yards on offense. 

    Rutgers is now 2-0 while Howard is 1-1 on the season. 

(19) Michigan, Air Force 25

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    Michigan survived against Air Force, but it certainly was not easy.

    The Wolverines received 208 yards and two touchdowns in the air from Denard Robinson, and another 218 yards and two touchdowns on the ground from its Heisman Candidate.

    Air Force's Cody Getz also had impressive statistics, completing 10 of his 19 passes for 127 yards while racking up 130 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. The Falcons refused to let Michigan get comfortable, and even closed the gap to just three points in the fourth quarter.

    The Wolverines will be relived to walk away with a win, and both teams are now 1-1.

Indiana 45, Massachusetts 6

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    UMass scored its only touchdown early in the first quarter, and Indiana dominated this game after that. 

    The Hoosiers' Tre Roberson broke off two long scoring runs early in the first quarter and finished the game with 105 yards rushing on just four carries. Indiana racked up 606 yards in total offense during the game.

    Massachusetts struggled to move the ball, averaging just 2.2 yards per carry on the ground. The result of this game was never in doubt after Roberson's second touchdown.

    The Hoosiers are now 2-0 and UMass is still winless in its two games. 

(23) Louisville 35, Missouri State 7

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    Louisville and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater may continue to climb up the rankings after their blowout victory over Missouri State.

    Bridgewater completed 30 of his 39 passes for 344 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

    The Cardinals' offense gained 475 yards in total offense, while the defense limited Missouri State to just 249 yards. Louisville had racked up 18 points before the Bears got on the scoreboard, and the Cardinals shut out their opponents in the second half. 

    Louisville is now 2-0 on the season and Missouri State dropped to 0-2.

Washington State24, Eastern Washington 20

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    While Mike Leach's offense are known for a high volume of passes, it was Eastern Washington who took to the air more often in a losing effort.

    The Eagles' Kyle Padron completed 26 of his 54 attempts in the game for two touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions. Leach's QB Jeff Tuel was efficient with his attempts, completing 20 of his 26 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns.

    Neither team was overly successful on the ground, and the second half featured just one score. The Cougars' 24-14 halftime lead proved to be enough of a cushion to earn a victory, as the Eagles scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter and failed to convert the extra point.

    Both schools are now 1-1.

Cal 50, Southern Utah 31

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    Cal dominated the second half of its game against Southern Utah en route to its first victory of the season. 

    The Bears held a 20-10 lead at halftime, which was cut to 20-17 by the time the fourth quarter started. Jeff Tedford's team responded and put up 30 points in the fourth quarter to seal a victory.

    Southern Utah quarterback Brad Sorensen had four touchdown passes on the day, but his one interception was returned for a touchdown by Cal's Marc Anthony. The Bears also had a punt return for a touchdown by Keenan Allen in the fourth quarter.

    The Bears are now 1-1 while Southern Utah remains winless.

Sacramento State 30, Colorado 28

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    Sacramento State beat Colorado in a back-and-forth thriller to prevent the Buffaloes from earning their first win of the season. 

    Colorado looked to be in control of the game early as they took a 14-0 lead, but the Hornets responded with three unanswered touchdowns and the two teams continued to trade blows to make the score 24-21 in favor of Sacramento State at the half. 

    Hornets' quarterback Garrett Safron passed for 312 yards and two touchdowns, but his defense could not contain Colorado's Christian Powell, who rushed for 147 yards and three scores on 28 carries. 

    Both defenses tightened up in the second half, but the Buffaloes could not keep the Hornets out of field-goal range on their final drive, and are now 0-2. Sacramento State improved to 1-1.

BYU 45, Weber State 13

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    BYU gave the home crowd in Provo little to worry about in its in-state matchup with Weber State. 

    Weber State did not get on the scoreboard until the third quarter when a touchdown made the score 28-6. Any hope of a miraculous momentum shift was immediately erased when the Cougars blocked the ensuing extra point. 

    BYU finished the game with 532 yards in total offense, while limiting the Wildcats to just 255 yards. It was truly a team victory for BYU, as 13 players recorded a reception and 10 players had at least one rushing attempt. 

    The Cougars are now 2-0 while Weber State dropped to 0-2.

UTSA 27, Texas A&M-Commerce 16

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    While University of Texas against Texas A&M would draw headlines, UT San Antonio against Texas A&M-Commerce slid under the radar.

    WAC members UTSA carried a 27-3 lead into the third quarter before Texas A&M-Commerce scored two touchdowns to close the game and make the score more respectable.

    UTSA sophomore running back David Glasco II scored two rushing touchdowns and gained 58 yards on 13 carries.

    The Roadrunners kept their perfect season intact and improved to 2-0.

(15) Virginia Tech 42, Austin Peay 7

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    Virginia Tech found its second game of the season significantly easier as it beat Austin Peay 42-7.

    Coming off a hard-fought overtime victory against Georgia Tech, the Hokies scored 28 unanswered points spread across three quarters to start the game, and this matchup was never close.

    Logan Thomas passed for 212 yards and two touchdowns, while seven different players combined for 187 rushing yards on 28 carries. 

    Virginia Teach is now 2-0 on its quest for a ninth consecutive 10-win season. 

Boston College 34, Maine 3

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    Boston College beat Maine handily in this all-New England contest.

    The Golden Eagles' Chase Rettig passed for 219 yards and three touchdowns, finding a different receiver for each score.

    The Black Bears' offense had a miserable day, turning the ball over three times and gaining just 193 yards. Quarterback Marcus Wasilewski tossed two interceptions and the running game averaged just 1.7 yards per carry.

    Boston College improved to 1-1 after losing to Miami (FL) last week, and the defeat was the season opener for the Maine. 

Miami (OH) 30, Southern Illinois 14

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    Miami (OH) rebounded from its opening weekend blowout loss to Ohio State by defeated Southern Illinois 30-14.

    The Red Hawks' balanced attack was able to wear down the Salukis defense. Quarterback Zac Dysert racked up 226 yards and a touchdown while Spencer Treadwell ran for 73 yards and another score on 16 carries. 

    Southern Illinois' offense sputtered as quarterback Kory Faulkner threw two interceptions and failed toss a touchdown pass. Running back Mika'il McCall accounted for all 14 of the Saulkis' points.

    Miami is now 1-1 while Southern Illinois is still winless.

Illinois State 31, Eastern Michigan 14

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    Illinois State jumped out to an early lead, but Eastern Michigan responded with two unanswered touchdowns to take a 14-10 lead at halftime. 

    But after the break, the Redbirds dominated the game by scoring 21 points in the second half and blanking the Eagles. 

    Illinois State relied on Darrelynn Dunn to be its workhorse, and he responded by recording 129 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries. The defense held Eastern Michigan to just 248 yards of total offense and created five turnovers.

    The Redbirds improved to 2-0 on the season while the Eagles sunk to 0-2.

Tulsa 45, Tulane 10

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    Tulsa steamrolled Tulane at home on Saturday, winning 45-10 and out-gaining Tulane 651-177 in total yards. 

    The Green Wave have now lost their first two games of 2012, while Tulsa can now boast at least one victory this season.

    Tulsa was led by its strong rushing attack, which racked up 364 yards and four touchdowns on 55 total carries. 

    The Golden Hurricane averaged a ridiculous 6.6 yards per carry on Saturday.

(12) Clemson 52, Ball State 27

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    The No. 12 Clemson Tigers scored 45 points in the first half against Ball State at home on Saturday, and went on to win by 25 points, gaining 526 total yards of offense in the process.

    Quarterback Tajh Boyd led the Tigers, throwing for 229 yards and three touchdowns in the blowout victory.

    Horactio Banks stood out for Ball State, rushing for 120 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries on Saturday. 

    Clemson moves to 2-0 on the year while Ball State drops to 1-1.

(9) South Carolina 48, East Carolina 10

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    The No. 9 Gamecocks led 21-0 at halftime and scored in every quarter to beat East Carolina 48-10 at home on Saturday.

    South Carolina moves to 2-0 on the season with the win, and didn't even need injured quarterback Connor Shaw at all. 

    Steve Spurrier's squad forced five ECU turnovers in the win, and rushed for 131 yards as a team.

    Backup quarterback Dylan Thompson was superb, completing 21-of-37 passes for 330 yards and three scores. 

Virginia 17, Penn State 16

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    The Penn State Nittany Lions lost a heart-breaker on Saturday on the road at Virginia. 

    Sophomore kicker Sam Ficken highlighted the troubling loss by missing four field goals and having an extra point blocked. 

    Despite scoring nine fourth quarter points, Penn State lost by a point after giving up a touchdown pass with less than 90 seconds left to play.

    The Lions out-rushed the Cavaliers 121 yards to just 32 and Virginia won despite committing four turnovers.

    This game was mistake-filled and Virginia should be considered lucky to be 2-0 after this weekend. 

Maryland 36, Temple 27

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    Maryland won a hideous game on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia, surviving Temple on the road 36-27 in a matchup that featured seven turnovers and six fumbles. 

    Freshman quarterback Perry Hills stepped up big time for the Terps, throwing for 190 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another score.

    Maryland out-gained Temple by more than 100 yards for the game and severely out-performed them on the ground, rushing for 144 yards in the win, compared to the Owls' 52 rushing yards. 

North Carolina State 10, Connecticut 7

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    The Wolf Pack bounced back from a tough loss to Tennessee with a gutsy win over Connecticut on the road on Saturday.

    NC State survived a late rally from the Huskies to win 10-7. 

    Connecticut will be kicking themselves all week long after turning the ball over four times in the three-point loss at home.

    NC State quarterback Mike Glennon had a strong game under center, completing 15-of-30 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown.

(22) Kansas State 53, Miami (FL) 13

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    The No. 22-ranked Wildcats scored seven touchdowns at home on Saturday to rout the Miami Hurricanes in Manhattan. 

    Miami could not do anything to slow Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, who scored four total touchdowns in the blowout win.

    Running back John Hubert added 107 yards and a touchdown to the Wildcats' impressive effort. 

    Kansas State is now 2-0 at home this season, while the Hurricanes drop to 1-1 on the road. 

Mississippi State 28, Auburn 10

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    The Auburn Tigers are suddenly 0-2 after being dominated on the road by SEC rival Mississippi State on Saturday afternoon.

    The Bulldogs scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second half to take the lead and run away from the Tigers in Starkville.

    Mississippi State rushed for 166 yards in the win and forced five Auburn turnovers to put the 2010 BCS National Champions in a early season hole. 

    Bulldogs quarterback Tyler Russell had a phenomenal day passing, completing 22-of-29 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns. 

    Meanwhile, Auburn quarterback Kiehl Frazier tossed three picks. 

(14) Ohio State 31, UCF 16

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    The No. 14 Buckeyes got a scare from the Central Florida Knights in the first half on Saturday, but ran away on the scoreboard in the second half.

    With the game tied at 10-10 with seconds remaining in the second quarter, sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller scored on a rushing touchdown to put Ohio State up 17-10 at halftime. 

    The Buckeyes would go on to outscore the Knights 14-6 in the second half to win easily.

    Miller finished the game with more than 300 total yards and four touchdowns, three of which came on the ground. 

Minnesota 44, New Hampshire 7

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    Minnesota annihilated New Hampshire at home on Saturday to move to 2-0 on the season.

    The Golden Gophers blowout win was highlighted by their impressive rushing attack, which out-gained New Hampsire 240 to 68 yards.

    Quarterback MarQueis Gray completed 6-of-8 passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns, and also rushed for 109 yards and two additional scores. 

    Chris Setian scored New Hampshire's lone touchdown on a five-yard run in the first quarter. Minnesota opened up the scoring with a safety early in the first quarter.