Kentucky 27, Eastern Kentucky 16
The host Wildcats (2-0) scored 17 points in the final 20 minutes to avoid an embarrassing upset against FCS member Eastern Kentucky (0-2). EKU, whose campus in Richmond is about 30 miles from UK’s in Lexington, took a 16-10 lead on a field goal with 4:12 to go in the third quarter. But UK quickly answered with a three-play, 75-yard TD drive that gave the Wildcats the lead for good. Benny Snell Jr. ran for 103 yards and a score to lead UK, which gave up 356 passing yards. Wildcats senior QB Stephen Johnson threw for 224 yards and a score; that was the fourth-highest total of his UK career.
Texas A&M 24, Nicholls 14
The host Aggies (1-1) scored 10 points in the final 7:30 to avoid an upset and down the Colonels (1-1), a FCS program. Nicholls State threw for 264 yards and looked far more interested than the Aggies for much of the game. A&M uses two quarterbacks, and senior backup Jake Hubenak was on the field when the Aggies scored the final 10 points. A&M struggled to run effectively; the Aggies rushed for 195 yards but needed 47 carries (4.1 yards per carry).
Tennessee 42, Indiana State 7
True freshman running back Ty Chandler returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown to get host Tennessee (2-0) off to a fast start against FCS opponent Indiana State (0-2). The Vols led 28-0 at halftime. Tennessee quarterbacks Quentin Dormady (194 yards, two TDs) and Jarrett Guarantano (41 yards and a TD in his first career action) combined to throw three TD passes, and backup running back Carlton Fils-Aime scored twice on his three carries. Indiana State was 0-of-11 on third down.
LSU 45, Chattanooga 10
The host Tigers (2-0) did what they were supposed to – cruise past a FCS opponent. Chattanooga (0-2) drove for a field goal on the first possession of the game, but LSU answered with TDs on each of its first two drives on its way to building a 28-3 halftime lead. There was no doubt about the outcome in the second half. LSU, which was called for 11 penalties, had 454 yards of offense and held Chattanooga to 242. LSU had four TD runs, a TD pass and a TD on a punt return (by D.J. Chark).
Vanderbilt 42, Alabama A&M 0
Kyle Shurmur threw four TD passes as the host Commodores (2-0) crushed their FCS opponent. Vandy led 35-0 at halftime against the Hornets (0-2). Shurmur was 15-of-18 for 202 yards. Alabama A&M finished with just 101 yards and was 2-of-14 on third down. Vandy’s Ralph Webb rushed for 54 yards and a TD, and was one of three Vandy running backs to rush for at least 50 yards.
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