Published on NewsOK Modified: August 30, 2014 at 8:55 pm •  Published: August 30, 2014


—Todd Gurley, Georgia, ran for 198 yards and three touchdowns, returned a kickoff 100 yards for another score in the 12th-ranked Bulldogs' 45-21 victory over No. 16 Clemson.

—Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska, ran for a career-high 232 yards and eclipsed 3,000 yards for his career in the No. 22 Cornhuskers' 55-7 rout of Florida Atlantic.

—Everett Golson, Notre Dame, threw a pair of TD passes and became just the third quarterback in school history to run for three scores in a game in the No. 17 Irish's 48-17 rout over Rice.

—Jacobi Owens, Air Force, rushed for 233 yards in his debut to help the Falcons beat Nicholls 44-16.

—Sean Mannion, Oregon State, passed for 328 yards and a TD, and rushed for another score in the Beavers' 29-14 victory over Portland State.

—Anthony Boone, Duke, matched a career high with four touchdown passes and the Blue Devils opened the season by routing Elon 52-13.

—C.J. Brown, Maryland, ran for three touchdowns and threw for another as the Terps cruised past James Madison 52-7.

—Jordan Howard, UAB, rushed for 179 yards and two TDs in a 48-10 win over Troy.



Blake Sims took a seat on the bench next to Jake Coker after leading Alabama to a score and the two chatted for a few minutes before it was time for the offense to go back on the field.

Conversation was the only thing Sims and Coker shared at the Georgia Dome. The quarterback job, Sims had that all to himself.

The fifth-year senior played well enough in his first career start to keep playing, getting plenty of help from Amari Cooper, T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry, and the second-ranked Crimson Tide held off West Virginia 33-23.

Sims was 24 for 33 for 250 yards, added 42 running, threw one interception in the fourth quarter, and took every meaningful offensive snap.



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