UNDATED (AP) — College football’s top statistical performances in Week 1 begins with Colorado’s Shedeur Sanders. His school-record 510 passing yards against TCU were most by a player in his first FBS game since at least 1996 and his 38 completions are tied for the national season high. His four touchdown passes were one more than Colorado threw for as a team on the road in six games in 2022. Oregon scored the sixth-most points by an FBS team since 2000 in its 81-7 rout of Portland State. North Carolina’s nine sacks against South Carolina were its most since at least 2000.
UNDATED (AP) — No. 11 Texas and No. 4 Alabama are set to meet again a year after going down to the wire. The two tradition-rich programs and future Southeastern Conference opponents are set to face off in a potential Top-10 showdown in Tuscaloosa. Alabama won 20-19 last year on a field goal in the final seconds. The close loss was still enough to vault the Longhorns into the Top 25. It gave Steve Sarkisian and Texas a measure of credibility while exposing the Tide’s vulnerability. Alabama had 15 penalties in the game.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor will be without starting quarterback Blake Shapen for at least two to three weeks because of an MCL injury suffered in the season-opening upset loss to Texas State. He will miss Saturday’s home game against 14th-ranked Utah. Shapen completed 21 of 31 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns in the 42-31 home loss to Texas State. Mississippi State transfer quarterback Sawyer Robertson finished the game and is expected to start against the Utes. Baylor coach Dave Aranda says starting safety Devin Lemear is also out two to three weeks with a dislocated elbow.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Deion Sanders already has a big win for Colorado. Shedeur Sanders, the coach’s son, threw for a school-record 510 yards with four touchdowns as the Buffaloes pulled off an opening shocker with a 45-42 win over 17th-ranked TCU, last year’s national runner-up. The game-winner was a 46-yard catch-and-run by freshman running back Dylan Edwards on a fourth-down play with 4:25 left. Edwards caught three TD passes and ran for another score. Two-way starter Travis Hunter, the former top recruit who came with the quarterback and coach from FCS team Jackson State, had 11 catches for 119 yards and an interception.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Quinn Ewers passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as No. 11 Texas overcame a sluggish start with an overwhelming third quarter to beat Rice 37-10 on Saturday in the season-opener for both teams. Texas turned it into a rout in the third quarter. Ewers connected with Georgia transfer Adonai Mitchell for a nine yard score that put Texas ahead 23-3. Another TD pass to J.T. Sanders and Ewers’ own short scamper to the end zone finished the quarter. The Longhorns are favorites to win the Big 12 in their final season in the league before joining the SEC.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Will Howard threw for 297 yards and two scores, added touchdowns running and receiving to pull off a rare trifecta, and led No. 16 Kansas State to a 45-0 rout of Southeast Missouri State. DJ Giddens ran for 128 yards and Treshaun Ward also reached the end zone for the Wildcats, who piled up 588 yards of offense. Kansas State led 38-0 at halftime and was able to give the backups plenty of playing time. Paxton DeLaurent had 213 yards passing for the Redhawks, who managed just 227 yards of offense.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Drew Allar threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start to help No. 7 Penn State beat West Virginia 38-15 on Saturday night in their season opener. KeAndre Lambert-Smith caught two touchdown passes — including a 72-yard dart launched with a simple flick of Allar’s wrist on his second attempt of the game — while Nick Singleton added a rushing touchdown. Malik McClain caught another midway through the fourth quarter for the Nittany Lions, who pulled away after leading 14-7 at halftime. It was the first time the two regional rivals played since meeting every year from 1947 until 1992.
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Andrew Peasley through an 11-yard touchdown pass to John Michael Gyllenborg on a fourth-and-7, and running back Sam Scott punched in the 2-point conversion as Wyoming stunned Texas Tech 35-33 in double-overtime in the season opener for both teams. Tyler Shough, who finished with 338 yards passing and three touchdowns, had given the Red Raiders a 33-27 lead after finding Jerand Bradley for a 15-yard score, but the senior quarterback’s conversion pass failed. Scott’s walk-off score sent the crowd of 26,450 pouring onto the field following a game that was delayed for 78 minutes due to a lightning.
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