UCLA 45, BOWLING GREEN 17
OHIO 41, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 38
KENTUCKY 37, MIAMI 13
KENT STATE at WASHINGTON
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COLLEGE PARK, MD -- Roman Henby and Antawain Littleton II scored two touchdowns apiece to lead Maryland past Buffalo Saturday at Maryland Stadium.
The Terrapins built a 17-0 lead before UB scored on Al-Jay Henderson’s 19-yard run at 3:03 of the second stanza. It was the Bulls only touchdown of the day. Maryland added two more TDs after intermission before Buffalo closed scoring with a 34-yard Alex McNulty field goal to cap an 11-play, 80-yard drive.
➤ Maryland owned a 446-268 advantage in total yards, although the Bulls had two more first downs (18-16).
➤ Nearly half of the Terrapins 149 yards rushing came on one play -- Henby’s 70-yard touchdown run just 39 seconds into the second half.
➤ Buffalo sophomore Cole Snyder completed 18-of-35 passes, good for 160 yards. Justin Marshall led UB receivers with four catches for 52 yards, while Ron Cook Jr. logged 15 carries for a total of 33 yards. The Bulls averaged 2.8 ypc.
PASADENA, CA -- Bowling Green led 17-7 early in the second quarter, but UCLA tallied the game’s final 38 points as the Bruins posted a 45-17 victory Saturday at the Rose Bowl.
Overall, UCLA rolled up 626 yards while holding the Falcons to 162. Special teams, however, contributed to BGSU’s first two scores. Charles Rosser’s 11-yard return of a blocked punt opened scoring. However, the Bruins quickly responded with Dorian Thompson-Robin’s 68-yard scamper. Later in the period, Patrick Day recovered a muffed UCLA punt reception. That set up a Mason Lawler field goal.
Matt McDonald hit Christian Sims at 13:43 of the second quarter for Bowling Green’s final points.
➤ McDonald completed 17-of-34 attempts, totaling 125 yards, with one TD.
➤ BGSU rushers averaged just 1.5 ypc.
➤ D.J. Taylor intercepted one Bruins pass, returning it 24 yards on the play.
➤ Sami Sir punted nine times on the day. Davion Daniels and Joseph Sipp Jr. led BGSU with 10 tackles each.
➤ Thompson-Robinson led the UCLA offense, throwing for 298 yards (2 TDs, 1 INT) and running for 87 more (68 on one play).
➤ The Bruins averaged 6.0 yards per pop when running the football.
➤ With the Pasadena area sweltering in 100 degree heat, Saturday's game started at 11 a.m. Students are also not due back for classes yet, further contributing to the lowest Bruins crown since UCLA moved to the Rose Bowl in 1982.
ATHENS, Ohio--The Ohio football team (1-0) opened the 2022 season Saturday evening (Sept.3), defeating Florida Atlantic (1-1), 41-38, at Peden Stadium. The night also brought new career highs for redshirt junior quarterback Kurtis Rourke, who registered 345 passing yards (surpassing his 308 yard record) and threw four touchdown passes (beating his previous record of three).
Florida Atlantic led 17-10 midway through the first quarter, but Ohio tallied the game's next 24 points. The Bobcats were in front 41-21 in the fourth quarter before FAU two TDs within two minutes. After forcing a Bobcat punt, the Owls went on one final drive. That trip ended with Ohio twarting four straight pass attempts from the FAU 41.
The Bobcats' Sieh Bangura led all rushers with 23 carries for 114 yards. James Bostin and Tyler Walton both had six catches, combining for a total of 200 receiving yards and a TD. Sam Wiglusz' five catches included two scores and Miles Cross caught one TD.
Ohio's Ben Johnson tied for game high honors with 15 tackles. Eddie Williams had 15 of his own for FAU.
Florida Atlantic quarterback N'Kosi Perry completed 24-of-42 pass attempts, totaling 364 yards with five touchdowns. JeQuan Burton and Jahmal Edrine combined for 14 catches, 220 yards and three TDs.
By MIKE SMITH
LEXINGTON, KY -- As Miami head coach Chuck Martin pointed out this week, the margin for error when facing a ranked SEC team is small.
He turned out to be all-too-right as No. 20 Kentucky used just over a minute of the second half to score 14 points and break open a close game that ended with UK owning a 37-13 season-opening victory.
Miami and the 'Cats were locked at 10-all until Kentucky's Matt Ruffalo hit a 25-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter. When play resumed, freshman Baron Brown returned the kickoff 100 yards for Wildcat touchdown. Two plays later, Miami fumbled, and Kent Keidron Smith pounced on it at the MU eight-yard line.
After an incomplete pass, UK quarteback Will Levis hit Chauncey Magwood for a touchdown. With barely over a minute gone in the period, Kentucky was suddenly up 27-10.
Levis, who Martin earlier this week said could be a first round NFL selection next spring, had a big night. Kentucky managed just 50 yards of rushng (1.9 ypc), but Levis completed 21-of-32 passes for 303 yards and three TDs with one interception. Senior Tayvion Robinson, formerly with Virginia Tech, recorded six catches for a total of 136 yards to lead all receivers.
Miami did somewhat better, on the ground, totalling 111 yards. Fifth of those came from Tyre Shelton, who averaged 7.1 ypc and scored MU's only touchdown (22 yards) to open the RedHawks opening drive.
As expected, much of Miami's production was provided by junior QB Brett Gabbert. He completed 20-of-28 passes totaling 166 yards. He also rushed 10 times (28 yards) and took some hits while throwing. One of those forced him out of the game with just under eight minutes remaining. His availability going forward is important, especially since former backup A.J. Mayer transferred out during the offseason. Freshman Aveon Smith is next in line and replaced Gabbert to finish Miami's final drive.
➤ MU kicker Graham Nicholson was perfect against UK, hitting his PAT and two field goals (27- and 48-yards).
➤ Both teams had one turnover. Miami's fumble led to a quick UK touchdown. Meanwhile, RedHawk freshman Eli Blakey picked off a Levis pass at the goal line to halt an early Kentucky drive.
Blakey's pick turned out to be a limited reprieve. When Miami couldn't pick up a first down, it was forced to put from deep in its own territory. That boot was partially blocked, and Ruffolo hit a 34-yard field goal despite failing to get a first down.
➤ Miami defense recorded four sacks. Ryan McWood led the RedHawks "D" with a game-high 11 tackles.
➤ Seven players made their first starts in a Miami uniform: Blakey, Wise, John Brekke, Devon Dorsey, Miles Marshall, Yahsyn McKee and Caiden Woullard.
SEATTLE- The Golden Flashes dropped the opener of the 2022 season on Saturday night, falling 45-20 to the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium.
Collin Schlee threw for 178 yards and a score and ran for 51 more yards in his first collegiate start. The Maryland native connected with Devontez Walker on a 47-yard touchdown strike in the first quarter to get Kent State on the board. Schlee's favorite target on the night was Dante Cephas. The all-conference wideout in 2021 picked up where he left off last season, grabbing six passes for 106 yards on Saturday night.
The Flashes out rushed the Huskies 147-132, with the Flashes spreading the wealth between four ball carriers. Marquez Cooper busted into the endzone from two yards out on a direct snap out of the wildcat. Freshman Gavin Garcia had 30 yards rushing and a 52-yard kick return in his college debut.
Washington's Michael Penix junior was tremendous in his Husky debut, tossing for 375 yards and four touchdowns and proved too much for the Golden Flashes. Kent State did get a trio of forced fumbles by the defense and special teams. JoJo Evans popped one of those balls loose and led the defense with seven stops.