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GOTCHA: Oregon’s Vernon Adams is sacked by Michigan State’s Chris Frey, left. The game between the No. 7 Ducks and No. 5 Spartans was not over at press time. Go to tampabay.com/sports.
GOTCHA: Oregon’s Vernon Adams is sacked by Michigan State’s Chris Frey, left. The game between the No. 7 Ducks and No. 5 Spartans was not over at press time. Go to tampabay.com/sports.
Published Sept. 13, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It wasn't a pretty day for No. 1 Ohio State.

It made mistakes here and there, but that didn't matter much. The Buckeyes started slow, then put up a flurry of points late and beat Hawaii 38-0 Saturday.

Ezekiel Elliott scored three touchdowns on short runs, two in the first half and one in the second, and it was more than enough against the Rainbow Warriors, who went into the game as a six-touchdown underdog.

"We did not execute well," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said.

Cardale Jones started again at quarterback for the Buckeyes and was 6-of-9 for 82 yards in the first half. He finished with 100 yards passing. He also fumbled twice in the backfield but recovered each one. The offensive line was called for three penalties, and a 46-yard field goal was botched when holder Cameron Johnston mishandled the snap.

"It wasn't a performance that I wanted," Jones said.

Elliott scored on runs of 1 and 3 yards in the first half, and he added a 1-yard touchdown with about nine minutes left for a 24-0 lead. He finished with 101 yards on 27 carries.

J.T. Barrett replaced Jones for the final three series of the second quarter, but Jones returned to start the third. Barrett completed 8 of 15 passes for 70 yards plus one carry for 7 yards.

Meyer said he is struggling to figure out how to best use two talented quarterbacks. "I'm evaluating how we're doing that and what's the best opportunity to go down the field and score," he said.

Hawaii quarterback Max Wittek threw for 67 yards and had two interceptions. Rainbow Warriors running back Paul Harris, a Columbus native, ran for 46 yards on 14 carries.

The Hawaii defense was stingy and disruptive in the first half, and sacked Jones twice in a row in the second quarter. Still, coach Norm Chow was not pleased with the overall performance.

"We made enough mistakes to last a season," Chow said.

No. 3 TCU 70, S.F. Austin 7: Trevone Boykin threw for 285 yards and four touchdowns in a little more than a half, Aaron Green ran for two scores and the Horned Frogs overwhelmed their Division I-AA opponent. The Horned Frogs won their 14th straight home opener under Gary Patterson since losing to I-AA Northwestern State in his Amon Carter Stadium debut as head coach in 2001. The Lumberjacks dropped to 0-9 against Big 12 teams.

NO. 22 ARIZ. 44, NEVADA 20: Nick Wilson ran for 194 yards and three touchdowns and Anu Solomon passed for 264 and two scores for the visiting Wildcats.

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Mich. 35, Oregon St. 7: Jim Harbaugh was a winner in his home debut as Wolverines coach thanks in large part to De'Veon Smith's 126 yards rushing and three touchdowns. UM made the most of some breaks in the pivotal second quarter against the Beavers, who gave up 35 straight points after scoring first. Perhaps fittingly, Smith wears No. 4, just as Harbaugh did as Michigan's quarterback in the mid 1980s. Harbaugh wore a navy blue cap with a maize block M much like the one his coach and mentor, Bo Schembechler, wore on the same sideline. Did Harbaugh take a moment to enjoy his first game as coach at Michigan Stadium? "Yeah, I did," he said before quickly stopping himself from sharing too much of his thoughts. "It's mainly about the players, the coaches and their families."

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Bowling Green 48, Maryland 27: Matt Johnson threw for a career-high six touchdowns, including two to Roger Lewis, leading the Falcons, who won their first road game against a Power Five school since 2008 and their second overall against a Big Ten foe in as many seasons.

Wis. 58, Miami (Ohio) 0: Joel Stave threw for 236 yards and three scores, and the Badgers' dominating defense had three interceptions to win Paul Chryst's home debut as head coach.

Iowa 31, Iowa State 17: C.J. Beathard passed for three touchdowns, including the tie-breaker to Riley McCarron with 2:14 left, for the visiting Hawkeyes.

Penn State 27, Buffalo 14: True freshmen Brandon Polk and Saquon Barkley each ran for touchdowns as the host Nittany Lions recovered from a sluggish start.

N'western 41, East. Ill. 0: Redshirt freshman Clayton Thorson threw his first career touchdown pass and ran one in for the second straight game to lead the host Wildcats. Thorson completed 11 of 16 for 152 yards, including a throw to Austin Carr who ran in his first collegiate touchdown off a pass to complete a 44-yard play early in the second half.

SHE'S GOOD: April Goss finally got her chance and kicked her way into history. A four-year member of Kent State's team, Goss converted the extra point in the first half against Delaware State, becoming the second woman to score in a major college game. Katie Hnida kicked a pair of extra points for New Mexico in 2003. According to STATS LLC, Goss, a soccer player in high school before deciding to try football, appears to be the only woman currently on a Division I roster.