USC's Barkley racks up big numbers in Week 1
Southern California's Matt Barkley needed just one throw to show why he is a favorite for the Heisman Trophy.
Michigan's Denard Robinson dug himself a big hole in less than a half.
Barkley opened his senior season with a 75-yard touchdown pass to Marqise Lee and the top-ranked Trojans rolled past Hawaii 49-10 on Saturday night. Barkley threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns, cementing his early status as the player to beat in the race for college football's top individual prize.
Robinson was pounded by Alabama's defense in a 41-14 rout of the Wolverines. Robinson completed just 11 of 26 passes and threw two interceptions, including one that was returned 16 yards late in the first half to put the Crimson Tide ahead 31-0.
Some other highlights from the opening weekend of college football:
RUSH TO JUDGMENT: — Clemson's Andre Ellington and Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell had the most memorable running games of the opening week. But the best effort of Week 1 belonged to Air Force's Cody Getz.
Ellington (231 yards on 26 carries) and Bell (210 yards on 44 carries) led the Tigers and Spartans to nationally televised victories. But Getz, who had just 102 yards in all of 2011, picked up 218 yards on just 17 carries and scored three touchdowns in the first half as Air Force blew out Idaho State 49-21.
TOP PERFORMANCES: — Getz's big day helped Air Force rack up 484 yards on the ground, the best of any team in the opening week. Illinois was tops in rushing defense by allowing minus-6 yards in a 24-7 win over Western Michigan, while Western Kentucky let up just 11 yards passing in a 49-10 win over Austin Peay.
AGGIE AIR SHOW: — New Mexico State's future is uncertain, since WAC football is dissolving after this season and the Aggies have nowhere to land. Realignment could cost the nation a chance to watch the high-powered sophomore duo of Andrew Manley and Austin Franklin. Manley threw for 367 yards — 236 of them to Franklin — and three touchdowns in New Mexico State's 49-19 romp over Sacramento State.
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