COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY: Alabama’s Young throws four touchdowns


—Bryce Young, Alabama, became the first quarterback in school history to throw four TD passes in his debut as a starter, elevating the top-ranked Tide to a 44-13 rout of No. 14 Miami.

—Ryan Greenhagen, Fordham, tied a Division I record with 30 tackles in a 52-7 loss to Nebraska.

—Ren Hefley, Presbyterian, threw an FCS record 10 TD passes in an 84-43 win over NAIA member St. Andrews

—Tanner Mordecai, SMU, threw five of his school-record seven touchdowns in the first half to help the Mustangs beat Abilene Christian 56-9.

—DeAndre Torrey of North Texas rushed for 244 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-14 game against FCS member Northwestern State.

—Cole Johnson, James Madison, tied a program record with five TD assists in a 68-10 rout of Morehead State.

—Taulia Tagovailoa, Md., threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Terps over turnover-prone West Virginia 30-24.

—Will Levis, Kentucky, threw for career-highs 367 yards and four touchdowns to help the Wildcats blast Louisiana Monroe 45-10.

—Riley Moss, Iowa, returned two first-half interceptions for touchdowns and the No. 18 Hawkeyes beat No. 17 Indiana 34-6.

—Leon O’Neal Jr., Texas A&M, had two interceptions, returning the second 85 yards for a touchdown to help the No. 6 Aggies beat Kent State 41-10.

—Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, threw for 295 yards and four touchdowns to help the No. 8 Bearcats beat Miami of Ohio 49-14.

—Bo Nix, Auburn, passed for 275 yards and three touchdowns in just over a half and the Tigers handed new coach Bryan Harsin a 60-10 win on his debut against Akron.

—Rasheen Ali, Marshall, scored four touchdowns in a 49-7 win over Navy.

—Tyler Badie, Missouri, rushed for 185 yards and scored two touchdowns as the Tigers beat Central Michigan 34-24.

—Sean Tucker, Syracuse, set a career-high 181 rushing yards and a touchdown in a 29-9 win over Ohio.



Georgia coach Kirby Smart knew his defense was super athletic.

He didn’t know they would be this good.

Christopher Smith returned a 74-yard interception for a touchdown and the fifth-ranked Bulldogs put on a defensive effort for the ages, toppling No. 3 Clemson 10-3 in Game 1 for both teams.

The Bulldogs held the Tigers to 2 yards on the ground and fired DJ Uiagalelei seven times to position themselves for a serious college football playoff run.

Uiagalelei was 19 of 37 for 178 yards with one interception. He skipped snaps, was out of sync with his receivers and spent most of the day under heavy duress against a relentless Bulldogs pass rush.



A few weeks before the start of the season, Montana coach Bobby Hauck met with university president Seth Bodnar. His message was clear: the Grizzlies were going to be really good and might even beat Washington in Game 1.

Yes, this Washington. That of the Pac-12 and who should fight for a conference title.

Amazingly, Hauck turned out to be right.

Montana became the first FCS team to upset a ranked FBS team in five years, stunning No. 20 Washington 13-7.

The Grizzlies got the better of their Pac-12 nemesis, earning arguably the biggest win in school history outside of winning two FCS national titles.

Montana is the first FCS team to beat a ranked FBS team since North Dakota State won at No. 13 Iowa 23-21 at the start of the 2016 season, and the fifth time that has happened. Since Appalachia State’s famous upset against No. 5 Michigan in 2007 was Montana’s second victory over Washington, the last in 1920.



23_North Dakota State’s first straight home win with a 28-6 victory over Albany.

25_Straight wins in home opener by No. 12 Wisconsin before a 16-10 loss to No. 19 Penn State.

30_Fordham LB Ryan Greenhagen tackles Nebraska to tie a Division I record last tied Stetson’s Donald Payne against Campbell in 2014.

34_Years since East Tennessee State beat a Power Five schedule before upsetting Vanderbilt 23-3.



Looking very much like a team capable of making another run at a national title, No. 1 Alabama opened its season with a 44-13 rout of No. 14 Miami behind four touchdown passes from Bryce Young on his first start at university.

The Southern California sophomore completed 27 of 38 for 344 yards, joining Cameron Latu on a pair of scoring plays and burying the Hurricanes with a 94-yard touchdown pass to Jameson Williams early in the third quarter.

Young became the first Alabama quarterback to throw four TD passes in his starting debut. Mac Jones and Joe Namath had shared the school record with three kills to start their stints as Tide’s No. 1 QB.


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