Late field goal gives Michigan upset of Washington

Posted: Sunday, September 01, 2002

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Philip Brabbs kicked a 44-yard field goal as time expired to give 13th-ranked Michigan a 31-29 victory over No. 11 Washington in the season opener Saturday, a sensational finish set up by a blunder by the Huskies.

After the Wolverines failed to complete a pass on third-and-10 with six seconds left, Washington was penalized 15 yards for having 12 men on the field despite coming out of a timeout.

Without the flag, Michigan would have faced either a desperation pass or a 59-yard field goal.

Brabbs' first career field goal atoned for two misses in the first half, from 36 and 42 yards out. He was replaced by Troy Nienberg, who missed a 27-yarder with 1:24 left.

Michigan's Chris Perry ran for 120 yards and three touchdowns. John Navarre was 22-of-38 for 268 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

No. 1 Miami 63, Florida A&M 17

MIAMI -- Ken Dorsey became the winningest quarterback at Miami, and the Hurricanes showed they're ready to defend the national championship.

Dorsey threw for 110 yards and three touchdowns as Miami overwhelmed Division I-AA Florida A&M in the season opener.

Dorsey improved to 27-1 as a starter and moved past Gino Torretta (26-2) on the school's career list. The Hurricanes also extended the nation's longest winning streak to 23 games in dominating fashion.

Dorsey played a little more than a quarter, spending part of the first half with his hands on his hips, a towel around his neck and former Miami quarterback Bernie Kosar by his side.

No. 3 Texas 27, North Texas 0

AUSTIN, Texas -- Chris Simms passed for one touchdown and ran for another to lead Texas to a sluggish win over North Texas.

Enjoying their highest ranking to start a season since 1983, the Longhorns drew a crowd of 83,051 -- a record for a home opener -- to Royal-Memorial Stadium hoping to see an offensive juggernaut break out on a run to a national title.

What the fans got was a performance short on razzle-dazzle and full of second-half struggles. They also saw a stellar defensive effort in Texas' first season-opening shutout since 1978.

Simms was 16-of-26 for 186 yards. Running back Cedric Benson, who set a school freshman record with 1,053 yards last season, scored the first touchdown but otherwise struggled for 49 yards on 18 carries.

No. 4 Tennessee 47, Wyoming 7

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Casey Clausen threw for 238 yards and a touchdown, and Cedric Houston and Jabari Davis each ran for two TDs as Tennessee routed Wyoming.

The Volunteers won their eighth consecutive opener and 16th straight non-conference game thanks to a defense that lost three defensive linemen to the NFL last April. Tennessee didn't miss a beat against a Wyoming offense that returned 10 starters from a unit that ranked 15th in the nation last season.

The Cowboys turned the ball over five times and their running game was nonexistent, losing seven yards on the first nine carries. Wyoming finished with 187 total yards, compared with 467 for Tennessee.

The Vols were without injured wideout Kelley Washington, their leading receiver last season. But Clausen played well anyway, going 22-for-33.

No. 5 Florida St. 40, Virginia 19

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Greg Jones ran for 173 yards and two touchdowns as Florida State shook off three first-half turnovers to defeat Virginia.

The Seminoles (2-0, 1-0 ACC) dropped from No. 3 after narrowly defeating Iowa State last week, but they jumped to a 33-0 lead behind Jones, who had his career high in yardage.

Matt Schaub, who completed 19 of 25 passes for 247 yards, threw three fourth-quarter touchdowns to make the score respectable for the Cavaliers (0-2, 0-1).

For the first time in his 14-game career, Florida State quarterback Chris Rix did not throw a touchdown pass. He had 117 yards and was intercepted twice. The Seminoles instead relied on their ground game, which accounted for 397 of their 554 yards.

No. 6 Florida 51, UAB 3

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Ron Zook era at Florida got off to a shining start with a record-setting rout of Alabama-Birmingham.

One game in, Zook has found out what Steve Spurrier knew when he left for the Washington Redskins: It's hard to look bad as a coach when you've got Rex Grossman, Taylor Jacobs and Earnest Graham making plays on offense.

Jacobs, who considered leaving when Spurrier did, got one heck of a reward. With 246 yards, he broke the school single-game receiving record of 237, set by Carlos Alvarez in 1969. The mark had stood as one of the very few not rewritten during Spurrier's 12 seasons as coach.

Colorado St. 19, No. 7 Colorado 14

DENVER -- Bradlee Van Pelt ran 23 yards for a touchdown with 6:20 left, and Colorado State survived a second-half Colorado rally.

The Rams (2-0) dominated the first half, building a 13-0 lead, before Colorado (0-1) bounced back to take a 14-13 advantage.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Colorado's Jeremy Bloom returned a punt 75 yards for a score. Five minutes later, Chris Brown atoned for three earlier fumbles with a 1-yard scoring run, capping an 81-yard drive and giving the Buffaloes a 14-13 lead with 9:39 remaining.

Colorado State countered immediately with a seven-play, 84-yard TD drive. Van Pelt threw an incomplete pass on the 2-point conversion try.

Colorado subsequently drove to the CSU 12, where John Donahoe couldn't pull down Craig Ochs' high pass on fourth down at the goal line with 21 seconds left.

No. 8 Georgia 31, Clemson 28

ATHENS, Ga. -- Backup quarterback D.J. Shockley ran for one touchdown and passed for another as Georgia rallied to escape a major upset.

Billy Bennett kicked a 43-yard field goal with 5:19 remaining to snap a 28-all tie in the renewal of a longtime rivalry. Georgia took advantage of atrocious play by Clemson's special teams.

Fred Gibson returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown. Aaron Hunt missed two field goals, including a 46-yard attempt with 1:43 remaining that would have tied the game for the Tigers. A shanked punt and a long punt return set up two more Georgia TDs.

No. 9 Nebraska 31, Troy St. 16

LINCOLN, Neb. -- DeJuan Groce helped a struggling Nebraska offense by returning two punts for touchdowns and grabbing two interceptions.

Dahrran Diedrick and Jammal Lord each added touchdown runs for the Cornhuskers (2-0). Nebraska's 313 yards of offense was the lowest total since it gained 270 against Notre Dame in the third game of last season.

No. 12 Washington St. 31, Nevada 7

SEATTLE -- Jonathan Smith had two short touchdown runs and Will Derting returned one of his three interceptions for a school-record 98-yard score as Washington State opened with a victory over Nevada.

Jason Gesser, whose Heisman campaign began in July with a poster put up on the side of grain elevator in Dusty, Wash., recovered from a slow start to complete 17 of 29 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown.

No. 15 Oregon 36, Mississippi St. 13

EUGENE, Ore. -- With former quarterback Joey Harrington looking on, Jason Fife opened a new era for Oregon by throwing three touchdown passes.

Onterrio Smith ran for 124 yards on 28 carries for the Ducks, and Fife completed 14 of 26 passes for 166 yards in his first game as a starter.

The Bulldogs were playing without their starting quarterback, Kevin Fant, who was suspended for one game by the NCAA. In his place, redshirt freshman Kyle York made his collegiate debut.

No. 18 Michigan St. 56, E. Michigan 7

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Jeff Smoker threw for 232 yards and three touchdowns as Michigan State opened its season with a win over Eastern Michigan.

Smoker, who turned in one of the best seasons by a Spartans quarterback as a sophomore last year, connected with Eric Knott on two touchdown passes -- including a 30-yarder that gave Michigan State a 28-0 halftime lead.

No. 19 Marshall 50, Appalachian St. 17

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Byron Leftwich threw for 469 yards and four touchdowns as Marshall overcame a sluggish start to beat Division I-AA Appalachian State.

Leftwich, who set a Mid-American Conference record with 4,132 yards passing last season, finished 27-of-41 and ran for a fifth score.

Josh Davis atoned for two fumbles and a dropped ball in the first quarter with a huge second half in the absence of Darius Watts, Marshall's top receiver who was out with a separated shoulder.

Notre Dame 22, No. 21 Maryland 0

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tyrone Willingham's debut as Notre Dame's coach was a dandy -- an efficient if not exciting victory over Maryland in the Kickoff Classic before a crowd of 72,903 at Giants Stadium.

The Irish unveiled their West Coast offense directed by Carlyle Holiday, and it worked well enough to easily handle the Terrapins, who barely resembled their ACC championship team of a year ago.

No. 22 South Carolina 34, New Mexico St. 24

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Lou Holtz tied Bo Schembechler for ninth on the career list with his 234th win as the Gamecocks beat New Mexico State.

South Carolina's largest season-opening crowd of 83,717 didn't see the thumping it expected. But the Gamecocks got 113 yards rushing and a pretty, 44-yard touchdown pass from new quarterback Corey Jenkins to win their third straight opener.

No. 23 Texas A&M 31, Louisiana-Lafayette 7

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Brian Gamble recovered two fumbles and had an interception as Texas A&M set a Big 12 record by forcing 10 turnovers in a win over Louisiana-Lafayette.

The Aggies' ''Wrecking Crew'' defense was completely dominant, holding the Ragin' Cajuns to just 205 yards. A&M had six interceptions, another Big 12 record, and Byron Jones returned one of them 36 yards for a touchdown.

No. 24 Penn St. 27, Central Florida 24

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Zack Mills threw for 194 yards and two touchdowns as Penn State built a big lead and held off Central Florida in the season opener for both teams.

The win was No. 328 for Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno, who leads the career list, and ended two straight losses in season openers by Penn State.

No. 25 North Carolina St. 34, E. Tennessee St. 0

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Greg Golden ran for two touchdowns and Lamont Reid returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a score as North Carolina State beat Division I-AA East Tennessee State.

The Wolfpack improved to 2-0 for the third time in as many seasons under coach Chuck Amato, while the Buccaneers were shut out in their second straight season opener.

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