Can anybody out there stop Penn State?
The eighth-ranked Nittany Lions, with perhaps their most diverse offense ever, got five touchdowns from five players in the first half Saturday and went on to beat No. 14 Southern Cal 38-14.Kerry Collins threw two touchdowns passes and three running backs each added scores as Penn State took a 35-0 lead before Southern Cal had more than two first downs.
"It was devastating to us how quickly they were on top of us," Southern Cal coach John Robinson said. "We were knocked out of the game so fast."
Penn State (2-0) led 21-0 less than eight minutes into the game. Southern Cal (1-1) didn't cross midfield until the last three minutes of the half and scored only on Quincy Harrison's 68-yard interception return in the third quarter and after an 81-yard drive against Penn State reserves in the fourth quarter.
The Lions beat Minnesota 56-3 last week, with six players accounting for eight touchdowns.
"The more balanced we can be offensively, the more we spread the ball around, the better our whole offense is," receiver Freddie Scott said. "We know what it takes to execute plays. We don't try to make the big play every time."
The Trojans, who lost for a second straight year in Beaver Stadium, seldom managed to stop Penn State's first-team offense. When USC was looking for Bobby Engram or Ki-Jana Carter - Penn State's top receiver and rusher - Collins found Scott, who had six catches for 133 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown.
"I think there's a tendency to overlook Freddie because of Bobby. Everybody's scared to death of Bobby, and they give Freddie a little more room," Penn State coach Joe Paterno said.
Collins finished 18-of-33 for 248 yards.
No. 2 Florida 73, Kentucky 7
The Gators (2-0 overall, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) scored on five of their first six possessions, and Terry Dean threw four touchdown passes.
Kentucky (1-1, 0-1) fell behind 21-0 before making a first down.
The Wildcats played without injured quarterback Jeff Speedy.
No. 4 Florida State 52, Maryland 20
After trailing 20-17 at halftime, the Seminoles ended up looking like their old selves, scoring 35 straight points.
No. 5 Miami 47, Arizona St. 10
In Tempe, Ariz., Frank Costa passed for a career-high 295 yards and four touchdowns and Miami feasted on first-half turnovers to run away from Arizona State.
No. 9 Arizona 44, New Mexico St. 0
Ontiwaun Carter ran for two touchdowns and Richard Dice caught two TD passes as No. 9 Arizona ignored a rainstorm with 31 first-half points in a victory over New Mexico State. The Wildcats' vaunted defense allowed New Mexico State across midfield twice in each half.
No. 10 Wisconsin 56, E. Michigan 0
Brent Moss rushed for 129 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries in the Badgers' blowout of the visiting Eagles (0-2). The senior tailback posted his 12th consecutive 100-yard game.
No. 11 Alabama 17, Vanderbilt 7
The Crimson Tide (2-0, 1-0 SEC) needed 10 points in the final seven minutes to beat the visiting Commodores, who have lost 24 of their last 25 meetings.
No. 12 Auburn 44, NE Louisiana 12
At Auburn, Ala., Patrick Nix threw for 224 yards and a touchdown as No. 12 Auburn defeated Northeast Louisiana, extending the nation's longest winning streak to 13 games.
No. 13 UCLA 17, SMU 10
Sharmon Shah rushed for 158 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter for UCLA (2-0). Shah's 9-yard run with 12:17 left capped a 79-yard, nine-play drive, which came right after SMU (0-2) tied the game. Shah, who carried 24 times, also caught six passes for 52 yards.
No. 16 Texas A&M 36,
No. 15 Oklahoma 14
Corey Pullig threw two touchdown passes and Rodney Thomas scored twice for the Aggies (2-0), who avenged last year's 30-point blowout by Oklahoma.
The Sooners (1-1) stopped A&M's vaunted running game, but Pullig threw TD passes of 12 and 2 yards.
No. 25 Washington 25,
No. 18 Ohio State 16
Napoleon Kaufman ran for a career-best 211 yards and a touchdown, leaving him 78 yards shy of the Huskies' all-time rushing record of 3,091.
Washington (1-1) scored three touchdowns and led 19-0 in the first quarter, then had to hang on to beat Ohio State (1-1).
No. 19 Tennessee 41,
No. 23 Georgia 23
At Athens, Ga., James Stewart ran for 211 yards and four touchdowns as No. 19 Tennessee turned to a time-consuming ground attack to down No. 23 Georgia.
No. 20 Texas 30, Louisville 16
Joey Ellis returned an interception 49 yards with 29 seconds to clinch the win for the Longhorns (2-0), who overcame some costly turnovers.
No. 21 Virginia Tech 24,
Southern Mississippi 14
Bryan Still caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Maurice DeShazo in the fourth quarter as the Hokies (2-0) overcame six turnovers.
N.C. State 29, No. 22 Clemson 12
Handing the Tigers their worst home loss in 14 years, the Wolfpack (2-0, 1-0 ACC) piled up 493 yards and held Clemson (1-1, 0-1) to 183 yards.
No. 24 Stanford 41, N'western 41
Stanford's Eric Abrams missed a 23-yard field goal with 3 seconds left, preserving a tie for the Wildcats (0-1-1). Steve Schnur passed for two Northwestern touchdowns. The Cardinal (0-0-1) hasn't won its opening game s ince 1986.
Tyrone Wheatley, RB, Michigan: Did not play in victory over Notre Dame.
Eric Zeier, QB, Georgia: Completed 30 of 45 passes for 401 yards and 1 TD in loss to Tennessee.
Napoleon Kaufman, RB, Washington: Rushed 32 times for 211 yards, 1 TD in win over Ohio State.
J.J. Stokes, WR, UCLA: Did not play in victory over Southern Methodist.
Tommie Frazier, QB, Nebraska: Completed 5 of 15 passes for 88 yards, 1 TD; rushed 13 times for 84 yards, 2 TDs in vin over Texas Tech Thursday.