Purdue's young defense came up with four turnovers and held tailback Russell White to 79 yards Saturday as the Boilermakers built a big halftime lead and cruised past No. 17 California 41-14.
Purdue scored on its first six possessions and opened a 38-3 halftime lead in its season opener. California (1-1) managed to outgain Purdue 376-306 but suffered from three intercepted passes and one lost fumble.Boilermaker fans, who have watched their team post just one winning season since 1980, mobbed the field and pulled down one of the goal posts after the game.
Purdue Coach Jim Colletto had said he was worried about having two dozen underclassmen on his two-deep depth chart.
But his worries were quickly set aside as three first half turnovers were turned into touchdowns. Purdue mixed the precision passing of Matt Pike, who completed 7 of 8 passes for 106 yards in the first half, with the running of Jeff Hill and Arlee Conners, who scored two TDs each.
No. 2 Washington 27, Wisconsin 10
At Seattle, Billy Joe Hobert ran 60 yards for a touchdown and threw for another score, leading No. 2 Washington to an unimpressive 27-10 victory over Wisconsin.
Washington, 2-0, dominated the line of scrimmage and never were threatened by the Badgers.
No. 4 Florida 35, Kentucky 19
At Gainesville, Fla., Shane Matthews threw for 340 yards and four touchdowns, leading No. 6 Florida to a Southeastern Conference victory over Kentucky.
Harrison Houston caught scoring passes of 25 and 23 yards for the Gators, 1-0. Errict Rhett ran for 186 yards and a touchdown.
No. 5 Florida St. 24,
No. 15 Clemson 20
At Clemson, S.C., Charlie Ward hit Kevin Knox with a 9-yard scoring pass with 2:08 remaining Saturday night, lifting No. 4 Florida State to a 24-20 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over No. 15 Clemson.
Ward completed 20 of 39 passes on the evening for 258 yards, but was victimized by four interceptions, including one returned 39 yards for a touchdown by Clemson's James Trapp.
No. 7 Texas A&M 19, Tulsa 9
At College Station, Texas. Greg Hill ran 8 yards for a touchdown and caught a 12-yard touchdown pass, helping No. 7 Texas A&M shake off three lost fumbles and an interception to beat upset-minded Tulsa. The Aggies (3-0) improved their home record since 1989 to 14-0-1.
No. 8 Alabama 17, So. Miss. 10
At Birmingham, Ala., Tommy Johnson scored early on a 73-yard pass off a fake punt and later recovered a fumble that allowed No. 8 Alabama to tie the game and the Crimson Tide went on to defeat Southern Mississippi.
No. 9 Syracuse 31, Texas 21
At Syracuse, N.Y., Marvin Graves threw for a touchdown and set up two other second-half scores with long completions in rallying No. 9 Syracuse to victory over Texas.
Graves, who completed 11 of 18 passes for 284 yards, threw a 58-yard bomb to Qadry Ismail to set up the clinching Syracuse score.
No. 10 Penn State 49, Temple 8
At State College, Pa., third-string quarterback Wally Richardson, only the second freshman to start at quarterback in coach Joe Paterno's 27 years at Penn State, scored one touchdown and passed for another as the 10th-ranked Nittany Lions beat Temple.
No. 11 Nebraska 48, Middle Tenn. 7
At Lincoln, Neb., Lance Lewis and Derek Brown broke loose on runs of 42 and 44 yards in the first two minutes after halftime, sparking No. 11 Nebraska to a 34-point second half and a victory over Middle Tennessee.
No. 12 Colorado 57, Baylor 38
At Waco, Texas, Kordell Stewart threw three touchdown passes and completed 16 of 17 attempts for 251 yards to bring No. 12 Colorado sweet revenge with a victory over Baylor. Stewart only played in the first half.
No. 13 Oklahoma 61, Arkansas St. 0
At Norman, Okla., Cale Gundy and Earnest Williams led a first-half barrage that saw No. 13 Oklahoma score on every possession on its way to a victory over Arkansas State.
LSU 24, No. 18 Miss. St. 3
At Baton Rouge, La., Jesse Daigle threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Wesley Jacob and Robert Davis burst 17 yards for a score five plays later Saturday night, helping Louisiana State score 24 straight second-half points for a 24-3 victory over No. 18 Mississippi State.
No. 19 N.C. State 14, Maryland 10
At College Park, Md., Eddie Goines made a spectacular touchdown catch with 11:31 left and No. 19 North Carolina State beat Maryland despite giving up 501 yards.
No. 20 Tenn. 34, No. 14 Georgia 31
At Athens, Ga., Heath Shuler's second touchdown of the fourth quarter, a 3-yard run with 50 seconds remaining, lifted No. 20 Tennessee to victory over turnover-prone No. 14 Georgia.
The Volunteers (2-0 overall, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) came up with six turnovers in the game, including a big fumble recovery with 14 seconds left after Eric Zeier had completed a 38-yard pass to Andre Hastings to the Vols' 34.
No. 21 Stanford 21, Oregon 7
At Stanford, Calif., Glyn Milburn helped make Bill Walsh a winner in his Stanford homecoming, catching a touchdown pass and running 68 yards for another score in the Cardinal's victory over Oregon.
No. 22 Ohio St. 17, Bowling Green 6
At Columbus, Ohio, Raymont Harris came off the bench to rush for 94 yards and a touchdown as No. 22 Ohio State - playing against another Ohio college for the first time in 58 years - held off Bowling Green, ending the nation's third-longest winning streak.
No. 23 Virginia 53, Navy 0
At Annapolis, Md., Bobby Goodman threw a school-record five touchdown passes and No. 23 Virginia built a 33-point halftime lead en route to a thumping of Navy.
No. 24 Ga. Tech 37, W. Carolina 19
At Atlanta, Shawn Jones passed for one touchdown and ran for two scores as No. 24 Georgia Tech turned a pair of second-half interceptions into a victory over Western Carolina.