Thursday night, NCAA College Football kicked off across the Nation. Four of the top-ranked teams in the country started off their season, while the rest will follow with their season openers as we head into Labor Day weekend.
The second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes displayed why they’re ranked so high, beating Marshall 45-7. The Buckeyes haven’t lost a home opener since 1978. Led by last year’s Rose Bowl MVP, Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State took an early 14-0 lead and never looked back. Pryor finished with 247 yards passing and three touchdown passes. Running back Brandon Saine added 103 yards rushing and two touchdowns of his own.
The 13th-ranked Miami Hurricanes also rolled easily through their opening game against Florida A&M led by quarterback Jacory Harris’ 210 yards and three touchdown passes. Also adding to the offensive onslaught was receiver Leonard Hankerson who caught six catches for 115 yards and was on the receiving end of two of Harris’ touchdown passes. The Hurricanes defeated Rattlers by a score of 45-0.
The game of the night, however, came between the 15th-ranked Pitt Panthers and the Utah Utes. The game started out slow and evenly matched with both teams failing to score in the first quarter. Pitt found their way onto the scoreboard first early in the second quarter thanks to running back Dion Lewis’ three-yard touchdown run. Utah seemed to steal the momentum after that, taking a 14-7 lead into halftime behind the two touchdown connections made between quarterback Jordan Wynn and receiver Jereme Brooks.
In the second half, Utah seemed to struggle to keep that momentum going. Although their defense in the red zone was stellar, forcing the Panthers into field goals on multiple occasions. The Pitt Panthers would not give up, though, and came back from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter finalized by a field goal to tie the game as time expired. After both coaches called timeouts just before the snap, forcing kicker Dan Hutchins to attempt not one but three game-tying field goals. Hutchins missed the second, and it appeared Utah had pulled off the upset. However, a timeout was called and the stage was set again. Luckily for Pitt, Hutchins made the one that counted, sending the game into overtime.
Pitt’s momentum was quickly halted as on the first play of overtime; Tino Sunseri’s pass was intercepted by Brian Blechen.
Six plays later, Joe Phillips kicked the field goal to give the Utah Utes an opening day upset of the Pitt Panthers.