BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — Bowling Green coach Scot Loeffler will miss Saturday's game at Mississippi State because of “a personal health matter,” the school said Friday.
The school gave no details about Loeffler's condition, but did say he was expected to return to the sideline for the Falcons' next game against Akron on Oct.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — College Football Hall of Fame coach Darrell Mudra, who won better than 70% of his games and two national championships in a career spanning the 1950s through the 1980s, has died.
BOSTON (AP) — All that talk about how the Big Ten and Southeastern Conference are making the rest of college football irrelevant?
Well, the Atlantic Coast Conference would like a word.
Winner of two national championships in the past six years — the only league other than the SEC to claim even one — the ACC is off to its best start in nonconference games in at least two decades.
If you want to break through at the top level of college football, it's essential to have skilled players, an established culture and time to get both.
Still, year after year, fans, boosters and administrators expect their team to celebrate a title, no matter how young the program is — even in the rugged Southeastern Conference.
After three weeks, there are 33 unbeaten teams left in major college football and eight of them are playing against each other Saturday.
There is a Pac-12 showdown, with No. 7 Southern California visiting Oregon State.
A top executive at plant-based food company Beyond Meat has been charged with felony battery after a fight outside a college football game in which he was accused of biting a man’s nose.
Doug Ramsey was also charged with making a terroristic threat after the attack Saturday in a parking garage outside a University of Arkansas football game in Fayetteville.
The College Football Playoff is built to expand.
While only three games determine a champion, the current format is seven games: Two semifinals, a title game and four marquee bowls. To convert a four-team playoff into a 12-team version requires four more games and about three more weeks.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — College football coaches are notorious for hyping up their opponents with preposterous accolades.
Still, it was a bit jarring to hear Kent State's Sean Lewis sizing up the reigning national champion Georgia Bulldogs.
Three weeks into the season and there are still more than few teams ranked in The Associated Press college football poll that have a lot to prove.
The AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank was pretty much status quo this week after the first 10 teams swept on Saturday, almost untested.
The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sep. 17, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:
Washington made its season debut in The Associated Press college football on Sunday at No. 18, and Penn State and Oregon moved into the top 15 after all three had decisive nonconference victories.
A weekend filled with blowouts by highly ranked teams kept the top 10 almost unchanged.
Being a good, but definitely not great, quarterback can be a rough ride in college football.
Good enough to start and be successful, but not good enough to satisfy fans that see only a ceiling they wish was higher.
HONOLULU (AP) — Dedrick Parson ran for two first-half touchdowns, Penei Pavihi returned and interception 50 yards for a touchdown and Hawaii beat Duquesne 24-14 Saturday night.
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Miles Hastings threw three touchdown passes, Trent Tompkins ran for two TDs and Ulonzo Gilliam Jr. broke UC Davis' all-time rushing record as the Aggies beat San Diego 43-13 Saturday night to snap a five-game losing streak that dated to last season.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Michael Hiers threw four touchdown passes, the last a go-ahead score with 25 seconds remaining, and Samford defeated Tennessee Tech 33-28 on Saturday.
Hiers hit Chandler Smith on a 26-yard scoring play to cap an 11-play, 75-yard drive.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Aaron Allen capped a 21-point second quarter with an 89-yard scoring strike to Monterio Hunt and Alcorn State turned back McNeese 30-19 on Saturday night.
Niko Duffey and Jarveon Howard added touchdown runs in the second period as Alcorn State (1-2) took a 21-3 lead into halftime.
HAMMOND, La. (AP) — Cephus Johnson III threw two touchdown passes and Carlos Washington Jr. scored two of Southeastern Louisiana's six rushing touchdowns as the Lions beat Central Connecticut 70-6 Saturday night.
ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) — Patrick Shegog threw for one touchdown and ran for another to lead Division II-member Delta State to a 28-17 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Saturday.
The Statesmen also scored on four Nick Herber red-zone field goals and a safety.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — When Saturday's Oklahoma-Nebraska game was scheduled 10 years ago, the intention was to celebrate what once was among college football’s greatest rivalries.
It turned out to be further confirmation the Cornhuskers are just a shell of the program that decades ago battled the Sooners for conference titles year in and year out.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Preston Hutchinson threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more, leading Chattanooga to a 41-14 victory over North Alabama on Saturday.
Chattanooga's only touchdown, not accounted for by Hutchinson, came on a blocked punt in the fourth quarter.
DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) — Coy Williams and Aaron Malone both scored two of Davidson's six rushing touchdowns and the Wildcats breezed to a 56-6 victory over NAIA-member St. Andrews on Saturday.
Williams opened the scoring with a 70-yard touchdown run and added a 1-yard TD plunge as Davidson (2-1) grabbed a 28-0 first-quarter lead.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Ty Keyes completed six passes — three going for touchdowns — and Southern Mississippi beat FCS-level Northwestern State 64-10 on Saturday.
Keyes went 6-for-9 for 192 yards and backup Zach Wilcke threw for a touchdown.
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Gino Campiotti threw for a touchdown, Jordan Mahoney scored on a long interception return and Massachusetts defeated Stony Brook 20-3 on Saturday.
Campiotti's 18-yard pass to Cameron Sullivan-Brown opened the scoring early in the first quarter.
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Zack Annexstad threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and Illinois State's defense came up with two interception-return scores as the Redbirds stymied Eastern Illinois 35-7 on Saturday.
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Darius Hale ran for 114 yards and scored three times and Central Arkansas defeated Idaho State 31-16 on Saturday.
Hale scored on a 2-yard run, caught a 13-yard TD pass from Will McElvain, and scored again on a 1-yard run as the Bears (1-2) built a 28-3 lead.
SAINT CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — Cade Brister threw for 377 yards and three touchdowns and Lindenwood beat NAIA-member Keiser University 37-3 on Saturday night.
The Lions (2-0) were coming off a 21-20 victory over Houston Baptist in their first game as a Division I program.
STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Freshman Beau Allen threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score to power Tarleton to a 41-6 victory over Division II-member Eastern New Mexico on Saturday.
Freshman Deangelo Rosemond had two 1-yard touchdown runs and Allen hit Gabe Douglas for a 28-yard score to lead Tarleton (2-1) to a 24-3 lead at halftime.
ELON, N.C. (AP) — Matthew McKay threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns, Jalen Hampton rushed for 204 yards and Elon held off Gardner-Webb 30-24 on Saturday.
Elon led 20-3 early in the second quarter before Gardner-Webb reeled off 21 straight points for a four-point lead at the break.
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — Grady Cramer threw for 290 yards and four touchdowns and Morehead State beat NAIA-level Kentucky Christian 49-14 on Saturday in the Eagles' home opener.
James Louis ran for 125 yards and scored two touchdowns on his eight carries.
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Holton Ahlers threw two of his three touchdown passes in the third quarter and Rahjai Harris ran for two second-half scores and East Carolina pulled away from FCS-level Campbell over the final two quarters to post a 49-10 victory on Saturday.
MACON, Ga. (AP) — Fred Payton and Ty James connected for two touchdowns, and Mercer beat The Citadel 17-0 on Saturday night.
Payton threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to James early in the third quarter and a 63-yarder eight minutes later in the Southern Conference opener for Mercer (2-1, 1-0).
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Mike DiLiello threw a pair of touchdowns and ran for another and Austin Peay as a team piled up 215 rushing yards in a stifling 28-3 win over Alabama A&M on Saturday.
DiLiello misfired on 15-of-22 passing attempts and threw for just 100 yards but was in command on the ground piling up 72 yards and 11 carries.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Andrew Body threw a pair of touchdown passes in the first half as Texas Southern cruised to a 24-0 victory over Southern on Saturday.
Body's 9-yard touchdown pass to AJ Bennett capped a 10-play, 65-yard game-opening drive for Texas Southern (1-2, 1-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference).
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Dante Casciola threw three touchdown passes and Dayton beat Division II-level Kentucky State 46-3 on Saturday in the Flyers' record-setting performance.
For its effort, Dayton has now scored points in an NCAA-all-division record 500 straight games.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Texas Tech linebacker Bryce Ramirez was carted off in the first quarter Saturday night at No. 16 North Carolina State with an apparent serious leg injury.
Ramirez was injured when teammates tackled Wolfpack running back Jordan Houston, with the pile rolling over Ramirez's left leg that was planted in the turf.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Tommy Schuster connected with Jack Wright on a flea flicker for a 23-yard touchdown with 53 seconds left to help North Dakota beat Northern Arizona 27-24 on Saturday.
DELAND, Fla. (AP) — Blake Stenstrom threw two touchdown passes to Andrei Iosivas, Ryan Butler ran for two scores, and Princeton opened its season with a 39-14 victory over Stetson on Saturday.
The Tigers led 22-14 at halftime before Butler and John Volker added second-half touchdowns.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — DeWayne McBride set career highs with 223 yards rushing and four touchdowns to lead UAB past Georgia Southern 35-21 on Saturday.
McBride's scoring runs of 1 and 31 yards in the first half helped build a 21-0 lead.
EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Bronson Yoder ran for 134 yards and three touchdowns to lead William & Mary to a 34-7 victory over Lafayette on Saturday.
Yoder carried the ball 17 times and scored in the first, third and fourth quarters.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Paxton DeLaurent threw three touchdown passes to lead Southeast Missouri State to a 42-16 victory over Nicholls on Saturday.
LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — Jameson Wang threw two touchdowns — both to William Enneking — and Cornell held off VMI's late rally for a 28-22 win on Saturday in the Big Red's season opener.
Cornell built a 21-2 lead at halftime and extended the margin to 26 points when Wang threw a 3-yarder to Enneking with 48 seconds left in the third.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Christopher Zellous threw for 153 yards and a touchdown and ran for 62 yards to lead Hampton to its third straight win to start the season, beating winless Norfolk State 17-7 on Saturday.
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Nick Howard ran for a pair of touchdowns, Zack Bair had a career day on the ground and Dartmouth opened its season with a 35-13 victory over Valparaiso on Saturday.
The two-time defending Ivy League champions were a preseason pick with Harvard as co-favorites for this season.
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Lew Nichols III ran for 166 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns and Central Michigan dominated Bucknell in a 41-0 win on Saturday.
The Chippewas (1-2) posted their last shutout almost a year to the date when they beat Robert Morris 45-0 at home on Sept.
KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) — Nolan Henderson threw for career highs of 379 yards and four touchdowns as Delaware beat Rhode Island 42-21 in Saturday's only matchup of ranked FCS teams.
Joudon Townsend had a pair of TD catches and a career-high 109 yards receiving for the Fightin' Blue Hens (3-0, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association).
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — Owen Wright scored three touchdowns for the second straight week to spark Monmouth to a 45-6 rout of Georgetown on Saturday, earning the Hawks their first win in three starts this season.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Ben Bryant threw for 337 yards and two touchdowns and Cincinnati scored 14 unanswered points in the second half to beat Miami (Ohio) 38-17 on Saturday for a series lead in the Battle for the Victory Bell.
KENT, Ohio (AP) — Collin Schlee threw two touchdown passes, Marquez Cooper added two on the ground and Kent State scored 28 second-quarter points on its way to its first victory of the season, 63-10 over Long Island on Saturday.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Reece Udinski was 35-of-42 passing for 351 yards and two touchdowns, Leroy Henley had his first career 100-yard receiving game, and Richmond beat Lehigh 30-6 on Saturday.
Richmond (2-1) scored 20 unanswered points in the first half behind Udinski's 236 yards and two touchdowns.