Adams overwhelmed the Beavers in a performance in sure to attract attention around the nation. He threw for four touchdowns and ran for two, completing 23 of 30 passes despite leaving the game twice – once with cramping and a second time after taking a hard hit near the sideline.
Adams returned, though, and scored on a 2-yard run to put the Eagles up 49-46. It was the first time a team from the Football Championship Subdivision has defeated a ranked team from the Football Bowl Subdivision since James Madison beat Virginia Tech in September 2010.
Sean Mannion threw for 422 yards and Brandin Cooks had 13 catches for 196 yards for the Beavers.
NO. 2 OHIO STATE 40, BUFFALO 20
In Columbus, Ohio, Braxton Miller threw two touchdown passes before fighting leg cramps and Jordan Hall ran for two more scores to lead Ohio State over Buffalo.
The Buckeyes, striving for a crisper start from coach Urban Meyer’s debut in 2012, led 23-0 after the first quarter before the Bulls made things interesting.
Joe Licata threw two TD passes and linebacker Kahlil Mack returned a Miller interception 45 yards to make it 30-20.
Miller was sidelined a second time with cramps and sub Kenny Guiton tossed a 21-yard TD pass to Chris Fields.
Hall had a career-high 159 yards rushing, scoring on runs of 37 and 49 yards.
NO. 3 OREGON 66, NICHOLLS STATE 3
In Eugene, Ore., Marcus Mariota threw a touchdown pass and ran for two additional scores and Oregon made easy work of lower-tier Nicholls State.
Mariota, who set an Oregon record with 38 touchdowns last season as a redshirt freshman, completed 12 of 21 passes for 234 yards before sitting after the third quarter when the Ducks had built a 45-3 lead.
Mariota also ran for 113 yards for his second career game with more than 100 yards rushing.
De’Anthony Thomas ran for 128 yards and two more touchdowns for Oregon in the debut of new head coach Mark Helfrich.
NO. 14 NOTRE DAME 28, TEMPLE 6
In South Bend, Ind., Tommy Rees threw a pair of 32-yard touchdown passes to DaVaris Daniels, a 66-yard scoring pass to Troy Niklas and Notre Dame had three quick scoring drives en route to a victory over Temple.
The victory was the 200th career win for coach Brian Kelly, improving his overall record to 200-68-2 and at Notre Dame to 29-11. The Owls, picked to finish ninth in the 10-team American Athletic Conference, fell to 2-76 all-time against ranked opponents.
Rees was 16 of 23 passing for 346 yards, registering his fourth career 300-yard passing day as the Irish improved to 11-0 under Kelly in games when they have no turnovers.
NO. 15 TEXAS 56, NEW MEXICO STATE 7
In Austin, Texas, David Ash threw four touchdown passes and ran for another as Texas shook off a slow start to roll over New Mexico State.
Ash threw two interceptions in the second quarter and the Longhorns’ new up-tempo offense stalled as the Aggies took a 7-0 lead. Ash then connected on touchdown passes of 54 and 66 yards to John Harris and Daje (Johnson in the final two minutes of the first half.
In the third quarter, Ash turned a scramble into a 55-yard touchdown and passed to Malcolm Brown for a 74-yard score. After falling behind, Texas scored 35 points and finished with a school-record 715 total yards with Ash accounting for 434.
Andrew McDonald was 32 of 46 passing with one touchdown, but also had two turnovers for the Aggies.
NO. 16 OKLAHOMA 34, LOUISIANA-MONROE 0
In Norman, Okla., Trevor Knight rushed for 103 yards on 13 carries and threw three touchdown passes – two to Jalen Saunders – in his first start and Oklahoma blanked Louisiana-Monroe.
Oklahoma gave coach Bob Stoops his 150th career win, putting him seven behind Barry Switzer on the Sooners’ career coaching wins list.
Louisiana-Monroe crossed midfield only twice and recorded only nine first downs and 166 yards of offense.
NO. 17 MICHIGAN 59, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 9
In Ann Arbor, Mich., Devin Gardner ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in the first half as Michigan went on to crush Central Michigan.
It was the highest-scoring opener for the Wolverines since 1905, when they beat Ohio Wesleyan 65-0. They will face a tougher test against Notre Dame next week.
Gardner was 10 of 15 for 162 yards with a 16-yard TD pass to Jeremy Gallon and two interceptions. He ran for a 22-yard score midway through the first quarter when Michigan led by just four points and had a 4-yard TD on the ground late in the first half.
NO. 18 NEBRASKA 37, WYOMING 34
In Lincoln, Neb., Ameer Abdullah and Imani Cross each ran for more than 100 yards, Taylor Martinez passed for three touchdowns and Nebraska survived two late turnovers to defeat Wyoming.
The Cornhuskers, who won their nation-leading 28th consecutive opener, scored on four of five possessions after trailing 14-10 early in the second quarter and then had to hang on as Wyoming made it a game to the end.
The Cowboys converted two late Nebraska turnovers into touchdowns to pull within 37-34 with 1:32 left. Nebraska recovered the onside kick after Brett Smith’s 47-yard TD pass to Robert Herron.
Wyoming’s defense held, and the Cowboys got the ball back on their 6 with 1:07 to play, but time ran out.
NO. 23 WISCONSIN 45, MASSACHUSETTS 0
In Madison, Wis., Melvin Gordon ran for 144 yards, James White added 143 and Wisconsin’s revamped defense pitched a shutout of Massachusetts in coach Gary Andersen’s debut.
Gordon and White padded their totals by each running for touchdowns of at least 51 yards for the Badgers, who didn’t stray far from their trademark rushing attack with the defensive-minded Andersen now pacing the sideline.
Joel Stave overcame a slow start at quarterback to connect with Jared Abbrederis for two long touchdown passes in the second half.