17 West Virginia 40, Tennessee 14
Will Grier got his Heisman Trophy campaign off to an impressive start, throwing for 429 yards and five touchdowns as No. 17 West Virginia defeated Tennessee in Charlotte, N.C., in a game delayed for more than an hour at halftime by lightning.
Tim Jordan ran for 118 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown for Tennessee, which lost in Jeremy Pruitt’s debut as coach. Pruitt won six national championships as a defensive coach, including one last year at Alabama, but his Vols had no answer for Grier and the high-powered Mountaineers offense.
After season-opening losses the past two seasons against ranked Washington, Rutgers’s third-year coach, Chris Ash, started with a victory for the first time in his tenure.
“It’s been three years to get there,” Ash said. “But opening the season 1-0 is great.”
Raheem Blackshear and Jonathan Hilliman had two touchdowns apiece, leading Rutgers past visiting Texas State, 35-7.
The freshman quarterback Art Sitkowski had an up-and-down day for Rutgers, going 20 for 29 for 205 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. The second interception was returned 51 yards for a touchdown by Kordell Rodgers, making the score 21-7 midway through the third quarter.
Gunther Johnson threw for 369 yards and four touchdowns, and Georgetown’s defense forced four turnovers as the Hoyas rolled past host Marist, 39-14, in a season opener.
Linebacker Kyle Johnson returned an interception 32 yards for a score as a stingy Air Force defense limited Stony Brook’s offense to 75 total yards, helping the Falcons to a 38-0 victory at home in a game delayed twice by lightning. Stony Brook quarterback Joe Carbone completed 5 of 16 passes for 30 yards.
Kenny Pickett threw for two touchdowns and ran for one more, and Pittsburgh breezed past visiting Albany, 33-7, in a season opener.