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FAU Future Opponents -- Week 1

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FAU Future Opponents -- Week 1

How – briefly – Owls future opponents did in Week 1:

K-State escapes with victory

By JEFFREY MARTIN, The Wichita Eagle

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The first play of the first game of the new era of Kansas State football was a pass thrown by Dylan Meier, a pass Illinois State safety Tom Nelson intercepted Saturday at Snyder Family Stadium.

The second series was a three-and-out resulting in a punt. The initial first down was registered with 5:15 remaining in the first quarter.

Things never got much better, even though the Wildcats managed to escape the Division I-AA Redbirds' upset bid with a 24-23 triumph. The loss extended Illinois State's consecutive losses to I-A opponents to 14 games; the Redbirds' last win came in 1991, a 25-3 win against Akron.

Clearly, Ron Prince's debut wasn't the rousing success he was hoping for, but – as Prince and several players explained afterwards – it was still a win.

"Obviously, our goal coming in was to play well and win," Prince said. "I don't think we did the first."

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Cowboys open with 52-10 win over Missouri State

STILLWATER, Okla. - Bobby Reid threw four touchdown passes – doubling his 2005 season total – and Mike Hamilton rushed for 155 yards to lead Oklahoma State past Missouri State 52-10 Saturday.

Freshman Perrish Cox returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown to give the Cowboys (1-0) a quick lead over their NCAA Division I-AA foe – one year after they struggled to beat another I-AA team, Montana State, by five points in the opener. Barry Sanders is the only other player in school history to return the season opening kickoff for a touchdown. The Heisman Trophy winner did it twice – in 1987 against Tulsa and 1988 against Miami (Ohio).

Oklahoma State, which averaged 324.8 yards of offense per game last season, had 346 yards by halftime and finished with 443 yards, posting scoring drives of 63, 99 and 72 yards.

The 42-point winning margin was the largest by the Cowboys in a season opener since 1984, when they beat Arizona State 45-3. Oklahoma State scored more than 50 points for the first time in 21 games, dating to September 2004.

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Gamecocks Shut Out Bulldogs In Season Opener, 15-0
Steve Spurrier records career win No. 150

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Wide receiver Syvelle Newton threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Cory Boyd after a lateral from quarterback Blake Mitchell early in the fourth quarter to seal the Gamecocks' 15-0 win over Mississippi State.

Ryan Succop knocked in three field goals and was the team's leading rusher midway through the third quarter after converting a botched punt for a first down with a 16-yard run. He also averaged 50 yards on five punts.

It wasn't until the Bulldogs failed on fourth-and-1 at the Gamecocks' 45 that South Carolina showed life. The pass on the next play to Boyd, who slipped undetected out of the backfield down the right side of the field with 13:43 left, was South Carolina's longest play of the game and made up for an apparent touchdown that had been overturned by the NCAA's new instant replay rule.

Mississippi State's defense rattled South Carolina from the opening play when linebacker Quinton Culberson picked off Mitchell at the 26. But the Bulldogs' Adam Carlson missed a 38-yard field goal attempt and Mississippi State never threatened to score again.

The Bulldogs' deepest foray into Gamecocks territory after the first quarter was the South Carolina 45 - the scene of their ill-fated fourth-and-1.

Both offenses were brutalized in the first half, earning just four first downs apiece.

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Warhawks Topple Alcorn State in Opener

Kinsmon Lancaster rushes and throws for scores in 24-6 win

MONROE, La. – ULM soared to their first victory as the Warhawks, 24-6 over Alcorn State at Malone Stadium Thursday night before a crowd of 18,106. Quarterback Kinsmon Lancaster led the way with his first 100-yard passing game and accounting for two touchdowns.

The game was a roller coaster, up and down struggle for the Warhawks in the beginning. After recovering from some offensive miscues and posting a defensive effort that forced five turnovers, the Warhawks picked up the victory by scoring 14 points in the second half.

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Thunderbirds Roll Past Orediggers

CEDAR CITY, Utah ? Southern Utah was hoping for a solid performance in its season-opener against Montana Tech Saturday night. The Thunderbirds got it, and then some, as they rolled to a 34-0 win over the 10th-ranked team in NAIA.

Wes Marshall completed 21 of 25 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns as the offense piled up 469 yards, its most since finishing with 563 in the 2004 season-finale against Idaho State. Meanwhile, the Thunderbird defense limited the Orediggers to 114 yards, 35 on the ground and 79 through the air.

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Cajuns Drop Season Opener
Early mistakes spot No. 8 Louisiana State a quick lead

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana?s Ragin? Cajuns football team saw its five-game winning streak snapped Saturday evening at Tiger Stadium as No. 8 Louisiana State posted a 45-3 victory in the 2006 season opener for both teams.

Two quick mistakes cost the Cajuns 14 points and created a deficit in which UL would not recover.

LSU built a 14-point lead in the game?s first 5:14.

The Tigers struck on their opening drive. JaMarcus Russell hit Brandon LeFell with a 58-yard touchdown pass on third-and-six. The Cajuns were never set in their coverage and LeFell ran straight past the secondary and was untouched on Russell?s deep ball.

Jerry Babb was intercepted on the next drive and his pass was returned 20 yards for a touchdown by cornerback Jonathan Zenon.

The Cajuns had run only five offensive plays.

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ASU Defeats Army 14-6 in Season Opener

JONESBORO, Ark. ? Reggie Arnold rushed for 140 yards and scored a 17-yard touchdown in his first-ever collegiate football game to lead Arkansas State (1-0) past Army (0-1), 14-6, Saturday night in Indian Stadium.

Army got on the scoreboard first courtesy of a 26-yard field goal by Austin Miller in the first quarter with 8:19 showing on the clock. Arnold, a 5-9, 217-pound redshirt freshman, found his way into the end zone with 3:52 left in the second quarter for the score. Kicker Josh Arauco?s extra point put the Indians on top, 7-3.

?Reginald Arnold stepped up big with 140 yards rushing on 25 carries for a 5.6-yard average,? said ASU Head Coach Steve Roberts. ?That?s just a heck of an effort for a freshman. I was very, very pleased with him. He held onto the football. He probably got a little tired. He broke some tackles and ran the football very hard.?

Despite a few mistakes, ASU appeared to dominate the game with tough defense and a solid offensive performance behind the efforts of the Indians? two quarterbacks, Travis Hewitt and Corey Leonard. The 6-1, 210-pound Hewitt started the ball game and Leonard, a 6-1 196-pound redshirt freshman came in on the Indians? third possession.

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Raiders Begin Stockstill Era with Victory

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee relied on a bend-but-don't-break defense to defeat Florida International, 7-6, to kick off the Rick Stockstill era Thursday night at Floyd Stadium.

The Blue Raiders (1-0, 1-0) allowed a 17-play, 80-yard drive on the opening series of the game, but kept the Golden Panthers (0-1, 0-1) off the scoreboard the rest of the night.

Julian Reams, who rushed for a game-high 80 yards, capped the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run with 7:12 left in the first quarter. But Chris Patullo missed the extra point attempt, which proved to be the difference in the contest.

Middle Tennessee scored with one minute remaining in the first half to take a 7-6 lead it would not relinquish.

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Haugabook Passes Troy Past Alamaba State

TROY, Ala. – The unveiling of the new offense did just as it was expected for the Troy University Trojans in the 2006 season opener as junior quarterback Omar Haugabook threw for four touchdowns in a 38-0 victory over Alabama State.

The new offense proved successful as Troy had a total of 429 yards on 77 plays, gathering 24 first downs with a total of five touchdown passes.

?Everything turned out good for the Trojans tonight,? head coach Larry Blakeney said. ?I had no idea what things were going to look like for Troy or ASU, but it was fun to watch.?

With the new offense, Haugabook set a Troy Division I record for touchdown passes in game with four. The previous was set at three by four former quarterbacks. Sophomore Julian Foster was the last Troy quarterback to set the record with three against Florida Atlantic.

Haugabook finished with 20 completions in 32 attempts for 171 yards and one interception before leaving the game with dehydration.

Junior Gary Banks also set a new Troy Division I record for touchdown receptions in a game with three. Jason Samples set the previous record with two against Middle Tennessee on Nov. 20, 2004.

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Texas Hammers Mean Green In Season Opener

Austin, Texas - Limas Sweed caught two touchdown passes to lead No. 2 Texas to a 56-7 victory against North Texas on Saturday.

The Longhorns (1-0) extended their series record against the Mean Green to 9-0, and 3-0 in the Darrell Dickey era. North Texas (0-1) is now 36-52-3 in season openers.

The crowd of 85,123 is the second largest to ever see a North Texas team play. LSU set the record last season with 88,887.

Sweed caught two touchdown passes from Texas quarterback Colt McCoy in the game, including a 60-yard toss to start off the game. Sweed had five catches in the game for 111 yards, while McCoy went 12-for-19 for 178 yards. Texas held the edge in total offense (410 to 95) and first downs (27 to 6).

North Texas quarterback Woody Wilson had a 12-yard touchdown throw to Brandon Jackson in the third quarter. Wilson came into the game at the end of the first quarter and went 5-for-6 for 65 yards. Maurice Holman and Germaine Dawson led the Mean Green defense with nine and eight tackles, respectively.

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FIU – See Middle Tennessee entry above
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