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:
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."
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."
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