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College football's Two-minute drill

Players of the day

Le'Veon Bell, RB Michigan State

He rushed for 141 yards — the Spartans' first freshman to surpass 100 in his debut — and two TDs in a 38-14 win over Western Michigan.

Justin Blackmon, WR Kendall Hunter, RB Oklahoma State

Each scored four TDs in a 65-17 win over Washington State. Blackmon, a sophomore, caught three and returned a blocked punt for one. Hunter, a senior, rushed for four as well as 257 yards.

Cliff Harris, CB/KR Oregon

The sophomore became the first Duck to return two punts for TDs (61 and 64 yards) in a 72-0 win New Mexico.

Scotty McKnight, WR Colorado

The senior became the school's all time receptions leader with a 27-yard TD in a 24-3 win over Colorado State. His 168th catch surpassed the record Michael Westbrook set from 1991-94.

Denard Robinson, QB Michigan

The sophomore ran for 197 yards, a school record for a QB, and a TD and was 19-of-22 for 186 yards and a TD in a 30-10 win over UConn.

Comeback of the day

Mark Herzlich, LB Boston College

The 2008 ACC defensive player of the year missed all of last season for treatment for Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. After a 10-year old boy, also an Ewing's Sarcoma survivor, sang the national anthem, the senior linebacker led the Eagles out of the tunnel for their game against Weber State. "I thought I might be nervous," Herzlich said of his charge. "I couldn't run onto the field and start crying. That wouldn't be good. Weber State would have said, 'Let's go at him.' " Playing a part-time role, Herzlich, made five tackles.

Absence of the day

A.J. Green, WR Georgia

The junior, an All-SEC first-team pick last season, sat as Georgia awaits a ruling on his status. The NCAA is investigating if he was one of several players from different schools to attend a party hosted by an agent in Miami. Green said he has never been to Miami.

Obscure game of the day

Appalachian St. 42, Chattanooga 41

Down 35-14 early in the fourth the visiting I-AA Mountaineers tied it in a span of 3:53 thanks to two Mocs fumbles (one on a kickoff). After a punt, Appalachian State quarterback DeAndre Presley hit Matt Cline for a short pass. Cline fumbled, but Presley recovered it and ran 33 yards for a touchdown with 6:05 left. Chattanooga scored with 51 seconds left but missed the two-point conversion.

Debuts of the day

Two ex-quarterbacks at Tampa's Plant High took over programs: Robert Marve, after a stint at Miami, as a junior at Purdue and Aaron Murray as a redshirt freshman for Georgia. How they fared:

Robert Marve

Completions: 31

Attempts: 42

Yards: 220

Touchdowns: 0

Interceptions: 2

Rushing: 10 carries, 44 yards, one touchdown

Result: 23-12 loss to Notre Dame

Quotable: "The second half, I felt like I was rolling. I felt comfortable in our scheme."

Aaron Murray

Completions: 17

Attempts: 26

Yards: 160

Touchdowns: 3

Interceptions: 1

Rushing: Four carries, 42 yards, one touchdown

Result: 55-7 win over Louisiana-Lafayette

Quotable: "I was a little nervous (last) week. But once I got out there and warmed up, it really felt great."

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Number of the day: 3

Players taken off the field on stretchers with neck injuries during Air Force's 65-21 home victory over Northwestern State. Each, however, was released from the hospital Saturday night. Northwestern State safety Lance Lacoste was hurt covering a punt during the third quarter. A diagnosis was not disclosed. Teammate and guard Josh Cunningham was hurt while blocking during the first quarter. The school said he might have sustained a stinger and a concussion. And Air Force cornerback Reggie Rembert had feeling in all extremities after getting hurt while making a first-quarter tackle. He even gave a thumbs-up to the crowd. "It opens your eyes — not that they aren't open already," Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said. "This is a phenomenal sport. But it's a physical game."

This week in college football. SEC, ACC 4X | Big East 7X

Quote of the day

"This means everything."

Calvin Middleton, running back for I-AA Jacksonville State on beating Ole Miss 49-48; the junior caught the winning two-point conversion in double overtime

College football's Two-minute drill 09/04/10 [Last modified: Sunday, September 5, 2010 12:04am]
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