•No. 25 West Virginia 31 Coastal Carolina 0
All preseason Big East hype was surrounding the Pittsburgh Panthers and star sophomorerunning back Dion Lewis. Whatever hype was left was distributed between Cincinnati’snew head coach Butch Jones and West Virginia’s senior running back NoelDevine.
Devine didn’t have the type of day one would expect, but he paced the Mountaineer offense.Devine finished with 111 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.
The Mountaineers defense played a fair game as well, recovering a forced fumble andintercepting a Chanticleer pass. Coastal Carolina avoided a sack the entire game, but surprisinglycould not put points on the board. But that’s what will happen if you can’t move your offenseinto the red zone.
West Virginia had its first shutout since 2005; the first one at home since 1997.
•Kentucky 23 Louisville 16
This young football rivalry featured two new head coaches, Kentucky’s Joker Phillipsand Louisville’s Charlie Strong. Many expected this blue-grass battle to be competitivethroughout, but it was all Kentucky early.
The Wildcats outgained Louisville 269-103 in total yardage through to the break, hitting thelocker room with a 20-6 lead.
The Cardinals’ resurgence fell short. Only one of their three possessions in the fourth quarterwent for points–a field goal with 4:44 remaining.
Phillips’ Wildcats’ victory over Louisville keeps the Governor’s Cup with Kentucky for thefourth straight year.
•Michigan 30 Connecticut 10
Connecticut’s usual stingy defense was embarrassed throughout the first half of the Huskies’matchup with Michigan.
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson personally answered head coach Rich Rodriguez‘s quarterback questions upon leading theWolverines with 131 rushing yards and a score on the ground, as well as going 8 of 9 for 71yards through the air in the first half.
Connecticut needed a Dave Teggart field goal to get on the scoreboard, and endMichigan’s 21 unanswered points. This came on the Huskies’ fifth drive (the previous fourended with two punts, a missed field goal and a fumbled punt).
Michigan was forced to punt following Teggart’s field goal, and on the ensuing drive, theHuskies traveled 76 yards on 10 plays, culminating in a two-yard Jordan Todmantouchdown run. The Wolverines headed to the locker room with a 21-10 lead.
The game was Robinson’s first as a starter, and he didn’t let the maize-and-blue faithful down.Robinson finished with 383 total yards and two scores.
Husky running back and USC transfer DJ Shoemate fumbled on the Michigan 3 yardline when Connecticut was in the midst of a comeback, down fourteen. The fumble endedConnecticut’s drive, and Michigan closed out the scoring with a 11 yard touchdown pass fromRobinson to Vincent Smith.
•Syracuse 29 Akron 3
After splitting snaps with Greg Paulus and starting eight of Syracuse’s games lastseason, quarterback Ryan Nassib finally had the team to himself.
In the Orange’s season opener against Akron, Nassib passed for 229 yards, completing 63.0% ofhis passes for two touchdowns and an interception.
The Orange’s star running back Delone Carter finished with 90 yards and a score, butaveraged fewer than four yards per carry.
Akron’s offense was colorless, gaining just 168 total yards, despite not turning the ball overonce. The Zips did, however, commit ten penalties and punt the ball ten times.
The Orange won their season opener for the first time since 2003, with a large help from theirspecial teams. Syracuse’s Mike Holmes returned a blocked field goal 57 yards for atouchdown.
•South Florida 59 Stony Brook 14
South Florida had not scored 59 points since they played Charleston Southern fiftyweeks ago. The majority of the Bulls’ points did not come from one particular source.
South Florida’s quarterbacks BJ Daniels and Bobby Eveld combined to go 24-35 for 382 yards and three scores, without an interception.
The Bulls also gained 180 yards on the ground with three scores from three separate players.
South Florida also returned an interception for a score, as well as a blocked punt. Kicker EricSchwartz added a 37-yard field goal in the second quarter.
The only spot that USF looked bad was with five fumbles. The Bulls lost two, but had they beenplaying a Big East foe then the opposition would have more than likely taken advantage of themiscue.
Stony Brook turned the ball over four times and gained less than half as many offensive yards asSouth Florida. The Seawolves were led by Miguel Maysonet and Edwin Gowans, who combined for 126 rushing yards and a touchdown on 27 carries.