T25 FOOTBALL-FINAL SCORES
Trojans, Crimson Tide, Ducks impressive early...'Dawgs shake off scare from Buffalo
UNDATED (AP) — The No. 1-ranked Southern California Trojans are exiting their two-year postseason ban with a vengeance. Opening a season with sky-high expectations, the top-ranked Trojans scored on a 75-yard pass play from Matt Barkley to Marqise (mar-KEES') Lee and routed Hawaii 49-10 in the second half. Lee also has returned a kickoff 100 yards for a TD.
Matt Barkley kicked off his Heisman Trophy campaign with 377 yards passing and four touchdowns as the Trojans senior signal-caller. Silas Redd rushed for 57 yards and a touchdown on a team-leading nine carries in the Penn State transfer's debut at USC, which led 35-0 at halftime and coasted to its 15th consecutive season-opening victory.
Robert Woods caught six passes for 42 yards and two TDs.
In other AP Top 25 action on the first Saturday of the college season:
— Second-ranked Alabama also opened impressively. The Crimson Tide opened defense of its national championship by routing eighth-ranked Michigan 41-14 in the first regular-season meetings between these traditional powers. AJ McCarron threw two TD passes. C.J. Mosley returned an interception 16 yards for a touchdown.
— Kenny Hilliard rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns and No. 3 LSU opened its season with a 41-14 victory over North Texas.
— Fourth-ranked Oklahoma started slowly but beat UTEP 24-7. Landry Jones threw two touchdown passes and Damien Williams ran 65 yards for another score in the fourth quarter.
— The fifth-ranked Oregon Ducks opened a 50-10 halftime advantage and coasted past Arkansas State 57-34. Marcus Mariota tossed three TD passes. DeAnthony Thomas scored three touchdowns and collected 119 yards total offense.
— Sixth-ranked Georgia shook off a slow start and beat visiting Buffalo 45-23. Bulldogs freshman tailback Todd Gurley made quite a splash, rushing eight times for 100 yards and two touchdowns and scoring a third TD on a 100-yard kickoff return. Aaron Murray threw three scoring passes. Georgia was favored by more than 37 points but led just 24-16 at halftime before pulling away.
— Lonnie Pryor, James Wilder Jr., and Debrale Smiley combined for seven rushing touchdowns to lead No. 7 Florida State to a 69-3 win over Murray State.
— Tyler Wilson set the school record for yards passing in a season opener, finishing 19 of 27 passing for 367 yards and three touchdowns to lead 10th-ranked Arkansas to a 49-24 win over Jacksonville State.
— West Virginia's highest-scoring season opener in school history came at an opportune time. The 11th-ranked Mountaineers clobbered visiting Marshall 69-34 in the final scheduled game between the state's only Bowl Subdivision teams. WVU's Geno Smith threw for 323 yards and four touchdowns.
— Montee Ball rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown, and No. 12 Wisconsin needed a big defensive play to survive a fourth-quarter scare from Northern Iowa in a 26-21.
— Andre Ellington rushed for 231 yards, DeAndre Hopkins set a school record with 13 receptions and No. 14 Clemson opened the season with 26-19 victory over Auburn.
— Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown both rushed for more than 100 yards and combined for three touchdowns, leading No. 15 Texas to a 37-17 win over Wyoming.
— Taylor Martinez threw for a career-high 354 yards and matched his high with five touchdown passes to lead No. 17 Nebraska to a 49-20 victory over Southern Mississippi.
— No. 18 Ohio State trounced Miami of Ohio 56-10 in Urban Meyer's first game as the Buckeyes' coach. Braxton Miller set a school rushing record for quarterbacks with 161 yards and he threw for 207 more. Miller ran for a touchdown and had two TD passes.
— Jeremy Smith and Desmond Roland ran for three touchdowns apiece, Wes Lunt completed all 11 of his passes in a brief first outing as the new starting quarterback and No. 19 Oklahoma State overwhelmed Savannah State 84-0.
— Collin Klein threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns, John Hubert ran 95 yards for a fourth-quarter score and No. 22 Kansas State pulled away late to beat Missouri State 51-9. This game was tied 9-9 early in the second quarter before K-State piled up 42 unanswered points.
— Mike Gillislee had a career-high 148 yards rushing and two touchdowns in leading No. 23 Florida past Bowling Green 27-14. Gillislee scored on runs of 15 and 38 yards in the second quarter.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-PENN STATE-OHIO
Disappointment in Happy Valley
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The new era at Penn State is off to a disappointing start.
The Nittany Lions let an 11-point halftime lead slip away and lost 24-14 to visiting Ohio.
Bobcats quarterback Tyler Tettleton accounted for three second-half touchdowns to hand Bill O'Brien a loss in his debut as the Nittany Lions head coach.
Penn State players had their names on the back of their uniforms for the first time and blue ribbons on the back of the helmets to show support for victims of child sexual abuse.
It was the school's first game since the NCAA's landmark sanctions including a four-year bowl ban for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OHIO STATE
Urban Meyer a winner in Columbus debut
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Braxton Miller rushed for 161 yards, a record for an Ohio State quarterback, and threw for two scores and 207 yards as the 18th-ranked Buckeyes beat Miami (Ohio) 56-10.
Meyer, who won two national titles at Florida, is unbeaten in 11 openers. He had worked as a TV analyst a year ago after stepping down from the Gators job due to health and family considerations.
He was hired last November to revive the beleaguered Buckeyes after Jim Tressel resigned under pressure.
O's fumble away opportunity...Eight in a row for the Athletics
UNDATED (AP) — The AL East-leading Yankees rallied for three runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and held on for a 4-3 victory over Baltimore, dropping the Orioles three games back in the division race. The Yanks scored the deciding run on an error by J.J. Hardy, who leads major league shortstops in fielding percentage.
The Yankees win is just their fourth in 11 games. The Birds' loss is just their second in eight games.
Also in the AL:
— Coco Crisp hit a leadoff home run and finished a triple shy of the cycle and the surging Oakland Athletics beat the Boston Red Sox 7-1 for their season-high eighth straight win.
— Max Scherzer allowed four hits in eight scoreless innings, and the Detroit Tigers pulled within a game of first place with a 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central.
— Jeanmar Gomez and three Cleveland relievers combined on an eight-hitter to beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 and the Indians snapped a six-game losing streak. The win was Cleveland's sixth in 34 games since July 27.
— Mark Trumbo hit a two-run single in the eighth inning that helped hand Felix Hernandez his first loss in nearly three-months as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 5-2. Hernandez is 13-6 after losing for the first time since June 12, a span of 14 starts.
— Matt Joyce homered and had three RBIs to help lead the Rays past the Blue Jays 5-4 in Toronto. Tampa Bay starter Jeff Niemann left in the fourth inning with tightness in his right arm, bringing an early end to his comeback from a broken right leg. Niemann hadn't pitched since May 14.
— Justin Morneau drove in two runs and Minnesota rookie Cole De Vries beat the Kansas City Royals again 3-1 in the first game of a doubleheader. Joe Mauer hit a grand slam and Chris Parmelee added a three-run shot and the Twins outlasted the Royals 8-7 to complete the sweep.
In the NL:
— St. Louis rallied from an early 4-0 deficit to outscore Washington 10-9 to end a four-game losing streak. David Freese homered, drove in three runs and had a go-ahead single in the ninth inning. Matt Holliday also homered for the Cards.
— Cliff Lee took advantage of some rare run support, throwing seven scoreless innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies past slumping Atlanta 5-1. The Braves have suffered three straight losses and only four wins in their past 14 games, rekindling memories of their historic collapse last season. Jimmy Rollins hit his 16th homer for the Phils, who've won three straight to move within seven games of the last wild card spot in the NL.
— Xavier Nady (NAY'-dee) had a three-run double in helping the NL West-leading Giants beat the Cubs 5-2 in Chicago's Wrigley. The veteran outfielder was promoted from Triple-A Fresno when major league rosters expanded Saturday. San Francisco retained their 4 ½-game lead over the Dodgers in the division race.
— Josh Beckett pitched 6 2/3 strong innings for his first victory since being traded to the Dodgers and Andre Ethier (EE'-thee-ur) hit a tie-breaking home run in the sixth inning to help Los Angeles beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1. That ends the Dodgers' eight-game skid against the D-Backs.
— Cincinnati second baseman Wilson Valdez's error on a routine grounder with two outs in the ninth inning lifted the Houston Astros to a 2-1 win over the Reds.
— Corey Hart homered to lead off the ninth inning and lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
— Kelly Shoppach (SHAHP'-ihk) hit a go-ahead two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning lifted the New York Mets to a 5-3 victory over the Miami Marlins.
— Jhoulys Chacin (joh-LEES' cha-SEEN') pitched seven strong innings, Dexter Fowler hit his first career grand slam, and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 9-1.
Williams and Federer into the fourth round...Fish survives 75 unforced errors
NEW YORK (AP) — Three-time champion Serena Williams charges into the fourth round of the U.S. Open with a 6-4, 6-love victory over 42nd-ranked Ekaterina Makarova (mah-KAH'-roh-vuh) in Arthur Ashe Stadium. The fourth seed won the final eight games of the match. The Russian upset Williams at the Australian Open in January.
Second seed Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH'-kuh rahd-VAHN'-skuh) also advances to the round of 16, defeating 30th seeded Jelena Jankovic (yeh-LAY'-nuh YANK'-oh-vihch) 6-3, 7-5.
Doubles specialist Andrea Hlavackova is in the fourth round of a Grand Slam singles tournament in her U.S. Open debut. The 82nd-ranked Czech collapsed to the court after beating Maria Kirilenko 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
Former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic (ee-VAH'-noh-vich) ended 19-year-old American Sloane Stephens' run at the U.S. Open for the second consecutive year, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2.
Top-ranked Roger Federer and third-seeded Andy Murray advance to the fourth round on the men's side. Federer handled 25th-seeded Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 while Murray needed nearly four hours to dispose of unseeded Feliciano Lopez 7-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6.
Sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') of the Czech Republic beat No. 27 Sam Querrey of the United States 6-7, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.
The 23rd-seeded Mardy outlasted a hobbling 16th-seed Gilles Simon (see-MOHN') of France 6-1, 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 to win a third-round that ended at 1 a.m. this morning in the East.
The 11th seed Nicolas Almagro, 12th seed Marin Cilic (CHIHL'-ihch) and 15th seed Milos Raonic were among the other seeded men's winners.
PGA-DEUTSCHE BANK CHAMPIONSHIP
McIlroy holding narrow advantage
NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Rory McIlroy has a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Deutsche (DOY'-cheh) Bank Championship. The PGA Championship winner fired a second straight 5-under-par 65.
Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST'-hy-zehn) is alone in second place after signing for a 65 of his own.
Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore carded 68s and are two back with 36 holes to play at TPC Boston.
A-half dozen golfers are just three off the pace.
Still no deal
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL and its on-field officials' union failed to reach an agreement when they met this morning. That development makes it even more likely that replacement officials will work the league's first week of regular-season games. There are no new talks scheduled.
The league locked out the referees in early June, then hired replacements, whose work in exhibition games has been heavily criticized.
In 2001, the NFL used replacements for the first week of the regular season before a contract was finalized.
Stenhouse races to fourth Nationwide win
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. used a late push from runner-up Brad Keselowski to pass Kevin Harvick and win the Nationwide race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday night. It's his fourth Nationwide Series win.
INDYCAR-GRAND PRIX OF BALTIMORE QUALIFYING
Power on pole
BALTIMORE (AP) — Defending champion Will Power has captured his second consecutive Grand Prix of Baltimore pole. The Australian earns another point in his bid to clinch his first IndyCar Series championship this weekend.
Power now holds a 37-point advantage over second-place Ryan Hunter-Reay (ray). He can wrap up the points title if he extends his lead to 54 after Sunday's race.
FORMULA ONE-BELGIAN GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING
Button has the pole for F1 race
SPA, Belgium (AP) — British driver Jenson Button will start Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix from the pole after turning in the fastest qualifying time.
Defending champion Sebastian Vettel will start 11th.
Button overcame balance problems to take his first pole of the season, the eighth of his career, and his first for McLaren.
U.S. Women's soccer team needs new coach
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — After leading the U.S. women's soccer team to two Olympic gold medals and its first spot in a World Cup final in more than a decade, coach Pia Sundhage (PEE'-uh soond-HAHG'-duh) is stepping down.
It was announced just a few hours before the Americans kicked off their "victory tour" to celebrate their gold medal at the London Olympics.
Sundhage leaves with an 88-6-10 record.
The news doesn't come as a total surprise. There is no major tournament until the Women's World Cup in 2015, and Sundhage has expressed a desire to coach in her native Sweden.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TEXAS TECH/GILLISPIE
Red Raiders coach in hospital after scare
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie said he experienced what felt like a "stroke or a heart attack" before being hospitalized Friday.
Gillespie said in an interview for a story published in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Saturday that he called 911 early Friday morning after experiencing severe pain. The 52-year-old Gillispie says it's "the worse I've ever felt."
University Medical Center spokesman Eric Finley told The Associated Press that Gillispie would stay at the hospital Saturday night and is in satisfactory condition.