ATLANTA — Junior quarterback Richard Cue tossed three touchdowns – including a 72-yarder to Lennel Elmore – as South Carolina State opened its season with a 33-6 victory over Georgia State at the Georgia Dome.
Cue was 19 for 29 through the air for 300 yards and Elmore had three catches for 117 yards for the Bulldogs
Georgia State’s Donald Russell rushed 12 times for 120 yards. Panthers quarterback Kelton Hill was limited to 76 yards through the air.
CENTRAL FLORIDA 56, AKRON 16
In Akron, Ohio, Blake Bortles passed for 168 yards and three touchdowns as Central Florida ruined Terry Bowden’s coaching debut at Akron.
CONNECTICUT 37, MASSACHUSETTS 0
In East Hartford, Conn., Chandler Whitmer threw for 219 yards and Connecticut scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams to beat Massachusetts spoiling the Minutemen’s debut as a bowl
Connecticut’s defense dominated the game, holding UMass to only 59 yards of offense and limiting the Minutemen to three first downs. UMass did not have an offensive snap in UConn territory.
Lyle McCombs rushed for 82 yards and a first-quarter touchdown.
LOUISIANA STATE: School officials have confirmed that the No. 3 Tigers will play their opener against North Texas in Tiger Stadium on Saturday night, marking a victory of sorts for the Baton Rouge area after it was struck by tropical weather from Isaac.
NOTRE DAME: Allen Pinkett’s controversial comments about Notre Dame have cost him the chance to broadcast the Fighting Irish’s season opener Saturday.
Pinkett, the former Fighting Irish running back and current radio analyst, said Wednesday on The McNeil and Spiegel Show that Notre Dame needs a few “bad citizens” in order to win.
BIG EAST: New commissioner Mike Aresco says the conference wants to add a 14th member for football, and is planning to have a championship game after next season.