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Penn State Loses to Ohio 24-14; Top-Ranked USC, Alabama, LSU Win

September 02, 2012

Pennsylvania State University lost to Ohio University 24-14 in its first game since the school’s football program was rocked by a child-abuse cover-up scandal as college football began a new season.

In other games involving teams ranked by the Associated Press Writers’ Poll, it was No. 1 University of Southern California 49, Hawaii 10; No. 2 Alabama 41, No. 8 Michigan 14; No. 3 Louisiana State 41, North Texas 14; No. 6 Georgia 45, Buffalo 23; No. 7 Florida State 69, Murray State 3; No. 10 Arkansas 49, Jacksonville State 24.

No. 19 Oklahoma State’s 84-0 win over Savannah set a record for the largest point spread in college football history, according to Las Vegas-based Pregame.com. Notre Dame routed the U.S. Naval Academy 50-10 in a game played in Dublin, Ireland.

At Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, A.J. McCarron completed 11 of 21 passing attempts for 199 yards and two touchdowns in the Crimson Tide’s win over the Wolverines. C.J. Mosley added six points with a 16-yard interception return.

Denard Robinson ran six yards for a touchdown and completed a 44-yard pass to Devon Gardner for Michigan’s second score.

USC’s Matt Barkley completed 24 of 39 passing attempts for 351 yards and four touchdowns and Marqise Lee took a kickoff return 100 yards for a score at Los Angeles Coliseum. Silas Redd, who left Penn State after the National Collegiate Athletic Association levied sanctions in connection with the child-abuse scandal, carried nine times for 57 yards and one touchdown.

Punt Return

At Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Kenny Hilliard carried 13 times for 141 yards and two touchdowns for LSU. Odell Beckham scored on a 70-yard punt return.

At Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania, Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, completing 31 of 41 pass attempts for 324 yards as the Bobcats (1-0) rallied from a 14-3 halftime deficit.

Matthew McGloin was 27-of-48 passing for 260 yards and two touchdowns for the Nittany Lions (0-1), who allowed 499 yards on defense.

“I’ve got to coach better, we’ve got to play better and we’ve got a long way to go,” new Penn State coach Bill O’Brien said in a televised interview. O’Brien was hired in January following the Nov. 6 firing of Joe Paterno.

84-0 Beating

In Stillwater, Oklahoma, No. 19 Oklahoma State, the defending Big 12 champions, scored touchdowns on their first five possessions for a 35-0 lead in the first quarter before completing the 84-0 win over Savannah State.

Oklahoma State (1-0) was favored by 67.5 for the biggest point spread in recorded college football history, according to R.J. Bell, chief executive officer of Pregame.com. The previous record involved Hawaii which was favored by 60 over Northern Colorado on Sept. 1, 2007.

The Tigers (0-1), who earned $385,000 for showing up, will meet No. 7 Florida State on Sept. 8. The Seminoles routed Murray State yesterday at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida.

At Aviva Stadium, in Dublin, Theo Riddick and George Atkinson III both ran for two touchdowns for Notre Dame. Everett Golson, making his first start at quarterback for the Fighting Irish, threw for a touchdown, and Stephon Tuitt returned a fumble 77 yards for another score.

Trey Miller threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Shawn Lynch for Navy, while Nick Sloan kicked a 26-yard field goal.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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