CLEMSON, S.C. — Tajh Boyd threw for three touchdowns and rushed for two and No. 8 Clemson sacked Aaron Murray four times to defeat No. 5 Georgia 38-35 on Saturday.
Boyd had scoring passes of 77 yards to Sammy Watkins, 24 yards to Zac Brooks and 9 yards to Stanton Seckinger. Boyd added touchdown runs of 4 and 2 yards to win the lone matchup of top-10 teams this weekend.
The Tigers took the lead for good, 31-28, on Chandler Catanzaro's 24-yard field goal in the third quarter. Georgia had a chip-shot field goal on its next possession but couldn't get it off after a bad snap.
Two series later, Boyd led a 12-play, 87-yard touchdown drive capped by Seckinger tiptoeing down the sideline to get in.
Georgia's Todd Gurley ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns.
True freshman QB lifts Nittany Lions
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Just a few months removed from playing high school baseball in Virginia, Christian Hackenberg threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns to lead Penn State to 23-17 win against Syracuse. The second freshman quarterback to start a Penn State opener since 1910, he was 22-of-31 with two interceptions.
"This coaching staff has helped me get through this," said Hackenberg, 18, a consensus five-star recruit. "The team has helped me get through this; just really trying to immerse myself in the team and what the coaches are preaching."
Hackenberg hit Eugene Lewis with a deep pass down the middle the receiver turned into a 54-yard score that made it 23-10 with 11:39 left in the game.
"I did the easy part," he said. "I just threw the ball up."
Oklahoma transfer Drew Allen made his first start for the Orange. He completed his first five passes but finished 16-of-37 for 189 yards and two interceptions, including one late that sealed the loss.
"I liked his moxie. I liked his energy, and I liked his fight," first-year coach Scott Shafer said. "He made a couple of good throws, took some shots."
'Pack wins, loses QB
RALEIGH, N.C. — Freshman Matt Dayes ran for 84 yards and three touchdowns as N.C. State used its new no-huddle offense to score the game's first 24 points and beat Louisiana Tech 40-14.
But Wolfpack starting quarterback Brandon Mitchell broke his left foot, is scheduled for surgery today and will miss 4-6 weeks. First-year coach Dave Doeren did not say how the injury happened.
The Bulldogs, under former USF coach Skip Holtz, fumbled four times, twice in the red zone and once after they intercepted a pass at their goal line.
"They're also a new staff," Holtz said. "And they did a much better job of protecting the ball … and giving their team an opportunity to win."
Virginia 19, BYU 16: Kevin Parks' touchdown run with 2:36 left lifted the host Cavaliers. It came one play after safety Anthony Harris intercepted Taysom Hill's tipped pass and flipped the ball to linebacker Henry Coley, who took it to the Cougars 13. "I saw Henry there with his arms open," Harris said. "So I just trusted that he could catch it, and I pitched it to him softly." Only a few minutes earlier, Hill dived 1 yard for BYU's go-ahead touchdown that capped a 92-yard, 11-play drive.
BC 24, Villanova 14: Alex Amidon had 13 catches for 146 yards and a score for the host Eagles. The Wildcats, No. 9 in the I-AA coaches' poll, scored a touchdown on a fake punt in the first quarter and led 14-7 at halftime. But Boston College scored the next 17 points as ex-Florida assistant Steve Addazio won in his BC coaching debut. "Coach Addazio stressed that the first game of the season was going to be very tough," said Amidon, whose 49-yard touchdown catch tied it. "He preached all week that winning the game in the second half was going to be important."
Maryland 43, FIU 10: C.J. Brown, who missed all of 2012 with a torn left ACL, threw for three touchdowns and ran for two for the host Terps. The senior was 15-of-16 and ran for 99 yards while leading Maryland to a 40-10 halftime lead. He finished 20-of-23 for 281 yards with 105 rushing yards before leaving in the third quarter. "Today was a lot of fun," Brown said. "Things came together for us." Florida International was outgained 399-59 while recording only three first downs during the first half. "I didn't recognize the offense, and I didn't recognize the defense early," first-year coach Ron Turner said. "We didn't do it in any phase."
Duke 45, N.C. Central 0: Brandon Connette threw for two touchdowns and ran for one as the host Blue Devils recorded their first shutout since Steve Spurrier's final team beat North Carolina 41-0 in 1989. Starting quarterback Anthony Boone ran for a 1-yard touchdown against the I-AA Eagles. Connette, his backup who was brought in for short-yardage situations, ran 1 yard for a score and threw for scores of 3 and 19 yards.
Ga. Tech 70, Elon 0: Four players ran for first-quarter touchdowns for the host Yellow Jackets. The margin of victory set an ACC record, one more than Florida State over I-AA Western Carolina in 2008. The I-AA Phoenix lost a fumble on the game's second play, and Georgia Tech blocked a punt on its second series. Both led to touchdowns.