College live blog: No. 1 Clemson kicks off season

Three QBs take center stage tonight — one from the ACC and two from the Big 12 — as the two Power Five conferences kick off the 2020 college football season.

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence leads the No. 1 Tigers against Wake Forest. Texas QB Sam Ehlinger leads the No. 14 Longhorns against UTEP. And Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler — Lincoln Riley’s prized five-star recruit — is the next man up for the No. 5 Sooners as he faces Missouri State.

Here’s how they are doing.

Trevor Lawrence: Lawrence and Clemson went three-and-out on their first possession against Wake Forest. Lawrence missed on his only pass attempt and was sacked for a 16-yard loss. But he got going on the next drive — completing all three of his passes and capping the drive with a 2-yard TD run — as Clemson took a 7-0 lead.

Spencer Rattler: Rattler didn’t waste any time making an impact. Rattler completed his first seven passes, including three TDs, as Oklahoma has jumped out to a 28-0 first-quarter lead against Missouri State — all before either Lawrence or Ehlinger even took a snap. Rattler was 8-of-9 passing for 199 yards in the first quarter as the lead grew to 31-0 after one.

Power 5 live games/upcoming

No. 1 Clemson 7, Wake Forest 0

The Tigers, who have won 11 consecutive meetings with the Demon Deacons, got on the board first on a 2-yard TD run from QB Trevor Lawrence.

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No. 5 Oklahoma 34, Missouri State 0

QB Spencer Rattler has thrown three TD passes, and Seth McGowan has a 1-yard TD run as the Sooners are rolling.

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No. 14 Texas 0, UTEP 0

QB Sam Ehlinger and the Longhorns are a six-TD favorite over the Miners, who beat Stephen F. Austin in their opener last week to match their victory total for each of the past two seasons.

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Florida State 13, Georgia Tech 7

James Blackman got FSU on the board first with a 3-yard TD pass to Keyshawn Helton, and the Seminoles added a first-quarter field goal. The Yellow Jackets finally got on the board thanks to a 19-yard TD run by Jordan Mason midway through the third quarter. FSU has added a field goal.

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Western Kentucky 7, Louisville 0

Gaej Walker scored on a 1-yard run to give the Hilltoppers the early lead.

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Texas Tech 7, Houston Baptist 0

Alan Bowman connected with Erik Ezukanma for an early 7-yard TD for the Red Raiders.

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Coastal Carolina at Kansas, 10 p.m. ET

Coastal Carolina shocked the Jayhawks 12-7 last season in coach Les Miles' second game at Kansas. Can the Chanticleers do it again?

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Power 5 results

No. 10 Notre Dame 27, Duke 13

Notre Dame’s first game as the member of a football conference was a successful one.

Kyren Williams rushed for 112 yards and two scores on 19 carries as the Irish opened the 2020 season with an ACC victory over Duke.

Irish QB Ian Book only threw one TD pass, but it was a big one. Leading only 17-13, Book hit Avery Davis with a 17-yard strike to give Notre Dame a 24-13 lead with 10:58 to play.

[Big Ten inching closer to return-to-play vote]

Notre Dame added a 34-yard field goal from Jonathan Doerer with 5:21 remaining for the final margin.

The Irish also announced some good news about head coach Brian Kelly.

Click here for the AP recap

No. 18 North Carolina 31, Syracuse 6

Javonte Williams’ three fourth-quarter TD runs helped the Tar Heels pull away.

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Louisiana-Lafayette 31, No. 23 Iowa State 14

What an upset! Louisiana-Lafayette scored the game’s final 24 points to pull off the shocker. It’s the Ragin' Cajuns’ first road victory over an AP Top 25 team in school history.

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Arkansas State 35, Kansas State 31

Layne Hatcher threw a 17-yard TD pass to Jonathan Adams Jr. with 38 seconds to play gave Arkansas State the victory.

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[Big 12 opens seasons with a dud]

West Virginia 56, Eastern Kentucky 10

RB Leddie Brown had three first-half TD runs for the Mountaineers, who rolled despite missing 11 players — including three starters — who were suspended for the game for violating team rules. It’s not COVID-19 related.

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Pittsburgh 55, Austin Peay 0

QB Kenny Pickett has a TD pass and TD run as Pitt scored 42 points in the first half on their way to an easy victory.

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COVID-19 updates

Baylor-Houston matchup scheduled

Both suddenly left without an opponent for next week due to COVID-19 cases, two Texas schools have quickly arranged a game for Sept. 19. 

Click here for the Yahoo Sports report

Virginia-Va. Tech Sept. 19 game ppd.

Virginia and Virginia Tech won’t open their seasons against each other. Virginia Tech said Saturday morning that the Sept. 19 rivalry game wouldn’t be played as scheduled because it’s having to suspend practices and workouts for four days due to positive COVID-19 tests within the team.

Click here for the Yahoo Sports report

Memphis’ Sept. 19 game also ppd.

Memphis became the latest football program to pause team activities after a COVID-19 outbreak on Friday, with the program announcing “a number of individuals connected with the Tigers’ football program had tested positive” for the virus.

Click here for the Yahoo Sports report

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