TAMPA — Junior Allen Sampson burned his former teammates with three touchdowns and senior quarterback Aaron Murray threw for 272 yards and four scores as the Panthers (1-1) routed the Cowboys (0-2) at Cowboy Stadium.
Sampson, who transferred to Plant from Gaither this year, caught six passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns — all in the first half — and scored on a 70-yard punt return.
"There was a lot of emotion, but we treated this like a regular game," Sampson said.
Murray went 12-of-22, throwing touchdowns of 20 and 41 yards to Sampson, 14 to Orson Charles and 33 to DeAndre Queen. Murray scored once as well.
The Cowboys, who played without top running backs Jarvis Giles and Cary White, have been outscored 94-20.
Don Jensen, Times correspondent