Ohio State and Oklahoma won their BCS championship game rematches and showed that a couple of former powerhouses from the Sunshine State are not quite ready to return to elite status.
Behind the running of Terrelle Pryor and a ball-hawking defense, the second-ranked Buckeyes beat No. 12 Miami 36-24 on Saturday at the Horseshoe in Columbus.
The last time the teams met was in the 2002 national championship game at the Fiesta Bowl, with the Buckeyes taking a dramatic and controversial 31-24 victory in double-overtime.
In Norman, Okla., Landry Jones bounced back from a sluggish opener and led the 10th-ranked Sooners to an easy 47-17 victory over No. 17 Florida State.
That was a rematch of the 2001 Orange Bowl that brought home the Sooners' most recent national championship, but it quickly turned into a blowout as Oklahoma (2-0) scored touchdowns on its first four possessions.
Jones finished 30 for 40 for 380 yards without an interception. He had 321 yards by halftime, the second-most in a half in Oklahoma history. Ryan Broyles caught 12 passes for 125 yards and a score.
Christian Ponder was just 11 for 28 for 113 yards with interceptions on back-to-back throws in the third quarter for Florida State (1-1).
At Ohio Stadium, Pryor ran for 113 yards and a touchdown and passed for another score and the Buckeyes (2-0) intercepted four of Jacory Harris' passes.
But this one was no work of art, with numerous sloppy plays and bad tackling. Miami returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns.
No. 1 Alabama 24,
No. 18 Penn St. 3
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Trent Richardson ran for 144 yards in place of injured Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram to lead Alabama.
The Crimson Tide (2-0) hardly slowed down without Ingram, and a young defense forced freshman Rob Bolden and the Nittany Lions (1-1) into several turnovers to end promising drives.
It was the first time Penn State was held without a touchdown since a 14-9 loss to Michigan in 2007. The shutout lasted until the final 10 minutes.
With Ingram sidelined for the second straight game with a knee injury, Richardson pulled a pretty good imitation. He plowed through and sidestepped tackles and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. He also had four catches for 46 yards.
Greg McElroy completed 16 of 24 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns for Alabama.
James Madison 21,
No. 13 Va. Tech 16
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Drew Dudzik ran for two touchdowns and threw for another and James Madison stunned Virginia Tech, the Hokies' second loss in six days.
Dudzik scored on second-half runs of 7 and 12 yards as the Dukes (2-0) became only the second team from the Football Championship Subdivision to beat the Hokies. Richmond did it in 1985, a year after the Spiders dropped down from the Football Bowl Subdivision.
The Hokies (0-2) began the season with national championship aspirations, but the offense that was supposed to be their strength did less against the Dukes than against No. 3 Boise State on Monday night. They lost that game 33-30 on a TD with 1:09 remaining.
No. 4 TCU 62,
Tenn. Tech 7
FORT WORTH (AP) — Matthew Tucker ran for two touchdowns and Andy Dalton threw for a score while setting another TCU record.
The Horned Frogs stretched their home winning streak to 15 games and Dalton tied Max Knake's school record of 622 career completions with his second against the Golden Eagles, a 24-yard pass to Josh Boyce less than 5 minutes into the game to put TCU (2-0) ahead to stay.
The Horned Frogs scored twice in the final 1:26 of the first half for a 35-7 lead after Tennessee Tech (0-2) fumbled on consecutive offensive plays.
No. 5 Texas 34, Wyoming 7
AUSTIN (AP) — Garrett Gilbert passed for 222 yards and a touchdown and Texas shook off another slow start to beat Wyoming.
After spending most of the first game against Rice running the ball, Texas opened up its passing playbook against the Cowboys. The result was similar: A methodical win with a few big plays sprinkled for in an offense still trying to find its rhythm.
Gilbert was 22 of 35 with a 45-yard touchdown to freshman receiver Mike Davis in the second quarter. Fozzy Whittaker scored on a 39-yard run.
Texas (2-0) held the Cowboys to 257 total yards.
Wyoming (1-1) played just six days after the death of freshman linebacker Ruben Narcisse, who was killed in a car accident in Colorado on Monday. The Cowboys wore decals with his initials and safety Shamiel Gary wore Narcisse's No. 12 to honor him Saturday night.
No. 6 Nebraska 38, Idaho 17
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Taylor Martinez ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns and Nebraska's defense intercepted five of Nathan Enderle's passes and had seven sacks.
DeJon Gomes and Rickey Thenarse each ran back interceptions for touchdowns as the defense carried the Huskers (2-0), whose offense was productive but mistake-prone against the overmatched Vandals (1-1).
Martinez went over 100 yards rushing for the second straight game and Roy Helu Jr. added 107 yards and a touchdown on the ground for Nebraska.
Enderle was sacked five times and threw three of his five interceptions on consecutive possessions in the second quarter.
No. 7 Oregon 48,
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — LaMichael James ran for 134 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown, in his first game back after a one-game suspension and Oregon scored the last 45 points.
James had only 27 yards at halftime after being targeted by the Volunteers' defense for the entire first half. He started picking up momentum after the break, rushing for 25 yards on five carries in the Oregon's first second-half drive. He broke several tackles on the 72-yard touchdown run on the first play of the subsequent drive for the Ducks (2-0).
James, who rushed for a Pac-10 freshman record 1,546 yards in 2009, returned to the field after serving his suspension for an offseason misdemeanor harassment charge.
Tennessee (1-1) went up 13-3 in the first half after an hour-long delay for lightning but fell apart after James' long run. Tauren Poole finished with 162 yards on 23 carries for the Vols.
No. 8 Florida 38,
South Florida 14
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Demps ran for a career-high 139 yards and a touchdown, Justin Trattou returned an interception for a score and Florida pulled away from South Florida in the second half.
The Gators (2-0) overcame a sluggish start for the second consecutive week, took advantage of five turnovers and extended their home winning streak to 13 games.
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