Thursday’s roundup: CMU rolls, Tennessee escapes

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At Mount Pleasant, Jahray Hayes ran for three touchdowns and Central Michigan rolled over Presbyterian, 49-3, in the season opener for both teams on Thursday night.

On the second play from scrimmage, Devon Spalding broke off a 69-yard touchdown run and the rout was on. Spalding finished with 135 yards rushing on just 15 carries.

In the second quarter, Presbyterian punted from its own 7-yard line. A 26-yard return by Emmett Thomas set up a short field, and seven plays later, Hayes punched it in from the 2 for a 14-0 lead.

Hayes added a 12-yard touchdown run and Cooper Rush hooked up with Corey Willis for a 46-yard scoring toss in the third quarter. In the fourth, Hayes scored his third TD on an 8-yard carry and Amari Coleman returned an interception 27 yards for a score. Jonathan Ward added a 45-yard touchdown run.

Presbyterian managed just 126 total yards and six first downs, while CMU amassed 492 yards — including 255 on the ground.

Big Ten

Indiana 34, Florida International 13: Richard Lagow passed for one score and ran for another in the fourth quarter, and Indiana returned two interceptions for touchdowns in its season-opening win in Miami.

It wasn’t as easy as it looked: Indiana trailed 13-12 going into the final quarter.

But Lagow connected with Daniel Friend on a 21-yard touchdown pass to put Indiana on top for good and capped the next Hoosiers drive with a 6-yard scoring run. Tegray Scales ended all doubt with a 16-yard interception return for another score.

Devine Redding rushed for 135 yards and Rashard Fant returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown for Indiana (1-0). It was Indiana’s first time with two interception-return touchdowns in the same game since 1966, school officials said.

Alex McGough completed 23 of 46 passes for 263 yards and three interceptions for FIU (0-1). Alex Gardner had a 1-yard rushing touchdown for the Panthers, who were outgained 486-331.

The game had a little of everything: a safety, a missed field goal, a bad snap on another field goal try, two defensive touchdowns and even an end-around for a 2-point conversion by the Hoosiers.

Top 25

(At) No. 9 Tennessee 20, Appalachian State 13 (OT): Jalen Hurd recovered quarterback Joshua Dobbs’ overtime fumble in the end zone and Tennessee overcame a 10-point halftime deficit.

Tennessee faced third-and-goal from the 2 when Dobbs ran to his right and lost control of the ball as he tried to stretch his arms across the goal line. Hurd won the scramble for the loose ball in the end zone to give the Volunteers their only lead of the night.

Micah Abernathy ended the game by breaking up a pass into the end zone on fourth-and-5 from the 20.

Tennessee’s comeback prevented Appalachian State from producing another shocker nine years to the day after the Mountaineers stunned No. 5 Michigan in one of the greatest upsets in college football history.

The Vols tied it on Dobbs’ 67-yard touchdown pass to Josh Malone with 10:30 left in regulation. Appalachian State’s Michael Rubino, who earlier missed an extra point, was wide right on a 42-yard field goal attempt with 5:24 remaining.

Rubino’s miss wasted a 57-yard punt return by Jaquil Capel that gave Appalachian State the ball at the 28.

Tennessee entered the season with its highest ranking since 2006 after winning its final six games last year, but the Volunteers looked nothing like a Top 10 team Thursday. The Volunteers committed two turnovers and lost linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin to a targeting penalty in the first half as Appalachian State built a 13-3 lead.

Cam Sutton fumbled on a punt return and Appalachian State’s Alex Gray recovered at Tennessee’s 36 to set up the first touchdown, a 5-yard keeper from Taylor Lamb barely four minutes into the game. Appalachian State’s other touchdown came in the second quarter on a 33-yard completion from Lamb to Marcus Cox, who also rushed for 115 yards.

(At) No. 19 Louisville 70, Charlotte 14: Lamar Jackson accounted for a school-record eight touchdowns and 405 offensive yards by halftime for Louisville.

Jackson broke Chris Redman’s 1998 record for combined rushing and passing TDs and he tied Redman’s mark for passing TDs. He seemed poised to add a few more before exiting without taking a snap in the second half.

He completed 17 of 23 passes for 286 yards and rushed 11 times for 119 yards, including a 36-yard TD run on Louisville’s opening drive. Louisville gained 663 yards overall.

Jackson’s performance was an impressive follow-up to his breakout freshman season in which he combined for 2,800 yards and 23 TDs — including 960 rushing to break Louisville season and career marks by a QB. His final game last season was a 453-yard, three-TD combined effort in a Music City Bowl win over Texas A&M that earned MVP honors.


(At) Grand Valley State 45, Tiffin 7: Ollie Ajami scored two TDs for Grand Valley State in its opener.

(At) Ferris State 41, Ohio Dominican 0: Jamel Lockett scored two touchdowns as Ferris State won its opener.

Penn State to mark Paterno anniversary

Penn State’s athletic department on Thursday announced plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Joe Paterno’s first game as coach, a move that sparked backlash on social networks by people critical of Paterno’s role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

The university announced plans Thursday to mark the anniversary when the Nittany Lions host Temple on Sept. 17.

Spokesman Jeff Nelson told The Associated Press that Penn State plans to announce specifics of the commemoration to ticket holders during the week of the game. He declined further comment on the plans.

Paterno coached at Penn State for 46 seasons, becoming college football’s winningest coach. But the coach was fired by the school’s board of trustees shortly after Sandusky, who was his defensive coordinator, was arrested in November 2011 for child sexual abuse. Paterno died in January 2012 of lung cancer.

Extra points

Charleston Southern suspended football Jamey Chadwell one game for violating NCAA social media rules.

Chadwell will sit out the home game against Albany State on Oct. 8, with the school saying that defensive coordinator Chad Staggs will fill Chadwell’s spot.

An assistant coach who was not named by the school also was suspended for a game and will miss the game at Florida State on Sept. 10.

The school said Thursday the violation involved impermissible contact on social media with prospective athletes.

... Indiana suspended six players, including three who were listed as starters on their depth chart. The suspensions were announced shortly before Indiana’s opener.

Presumed starting WR Simmie Cobbs Jr., S Chase Dutra and DT Ralph Green III are serving one-game suspensions for what the team said was “not living up to their responsibilities to the program at different times” since the 2015 season ended. Also sitting out were DBs Noel Padmore and Jake Attar, for the same reason.

Also, the Hoosiers said DB Wesley Green has been suspended indefinitely.

... Florida State University strength and conditioning coach Vic Viloria has been suspended without pay for 30 days by the school, beginning Friday, after being arrested on Aug. 27 and charged with driving under the influence.

... Greyson Lambert is still Georgia’s starting quarterback — at least for the opener — getting the nod over touted freshman Jacob Eason.