CLEMSON, S.C. — Senior quarterbacks Aaron Murray of Georgia and Tajh Boyd of Clemson are poised to put on an aerial display tonight.
Murray has led the No. 5 Bulldogs to the past two SEC East titles. Boyd helped the No. 8 Tigers reach the ACC title game in 2011 and 11 wins in 2012, their most in 31 years.
"I imagine a lot of people will really enjoy this game," Georgia coach Mark Richt said.
Maybe not the defenses.
Murray, a graduate of Plant High, threw for 3,893 yards and 36 touchdowns a year ago. He can join Hawaii's Timmy Chang and Boise State's Kellen Moore as the only players with four 3,000-yard seasons.
Boyd has excelled at Clemson's high-speed offense over the past two seasons. He finished with 3,896 yards and 36 touchdowns last season.
The two were called out by defensive end Jadeveon Clowney as "scared" to face the South Carolina All-American. Murray and Boyd were depicted in a recent ESPN feature as fearful sleepers filled with nightmares of Clowney.
"I thought it was kind of funny," Boyd said. "They had Aaron with the slick hair. At least my guy had a helmet on."
Penn St.: True freshman Christian Hackenberg, a consensus five-star recruit, will start at quarterback against Syracuse today, espn.com reported.
Walk-on freshman QB propels Texas Tech
DALLAS — Baker Mayfield, believed to be the first walk-on true freshman quarterback to start a season opener for a BCS school, threw for 413 yards and four touchdowns to lead Texas Tech to a 41-23 win over SMU.
The Red Raiders, in Kliff Kingsbury's coaching debut, led 20-16 entering the fourth. But Mayfield, starting with Michael Brewer out with a sore back, ran for an 11-yard score and hit Jakeem Grant and Reginald Davis for scores of 3 and 22 yards, respectively, to make it 41-16. He finished 43-of-60.
North Dakota St. 24, Kansas St. 21: Brock Jensen's 1-yard run with 28 seconds left capped an 18-play, 80-yard, 8½-minute drive that lifted the visiting Bison, the two-time defending I-AA champs.
No. 24 USC 30, Hawaii 13: Nelson Agholor, a grad of Berkeley Prep, caught a touchdown pass for the visiting Trojans. But USC, a 23-point favorite, scored only one touchdown on three trips inside the Hawaii 5-yard line, and neither Trojans quarterback shined in his half of play. Cody Kessler was 10-of-19 for 95 yards and a touchdown, Max Wittek 5-of-10 for 77 yards.
Ole Miss 39, Vandy 35: Jeff Scott's 75-yard run with 1:07 left lifted the visiting Rebels. The Commodores took a 35-32 lead on Steven Scheu's 34-yard catch with 1:30 left. But Scott's score was the game's fourth lead change. Said Rebels coach Hugh Freeze: "We stole one."
Fresno St. 52, Rutgers 51 OT: Derek Carr threw his fifth touchdown pass on the first play of overtime for the host Bulldogs, who then stopped a two-point conversion. Carr was 52-of-73 (the completions are a Mountain West record) for 456 yards. Kyle Federico missed a 43-yard field goal on the final play of regulation for Rutgers.
Women's soccer: Dagny Brynjarsdottir scored twice to lift visiting Florida State, No. 3 in the coaches' poll, past No. 8 Florida 3-0.