Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Saturday's Bests

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Saturday's Bests

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SMSU FALLS

Kerry Joseph passed for 194 yards and three touchdowns as McNeese St. beat Southwest Missouri State 31-2 on Saturday in Springfield, Mo.

Wide receiver Terrence Davis caught all three touchdown passes, scoring on receptions of 36, 14 and 13 yards.

Southwest Missouri (0-1) scored on a safety early in the second half when Tom Proctor and Earenest Grayson forced a McNeese runner out of bounds in the end zone.

McNeese, ranked No. 3 in Division I-AA, limited the Bears to 4 net yards rushing.

The game was the first for Southwest Missouri under new coach Del Miller.

PILING UP THE NUMBERS

Converted defensive back Robert Edwards set a school record with five touchdowns, rushed for 169 yards and four touchdowns and also scored on a 45-yard pass reception, leading Georgia to a 42-23 season-opening victory over visiting South Carolina. He scored on runs of 13, 1, 5 and 58 yards in the second half after the Gamecocks had built a 17-7 lead.

South Carolina quarterback Steve Taneyhill completed 34 of 51 passes for 415 yards and three touchdowns in the Gamecocks' loss to Georgia.

C.J. Williams ran for 151 yards and three touchdowns as Georgia Tech battered Division I-AA Furman 51-7 in Atlanta, giving Yellow Jackets coach George O'Leary his first victory since taking over the program late last season.

Arnold Mickens, who rushed for more than 200 yards in eight successive games last season, picked up where he left off by gaining 233 yards and scoring a touchdown to lead Butler to a 17-7 victory in Indianapolis over Howard Payne. Mickens, who gained 2,255 yards and scored 18 TDs last season after transferring from Indiana, had 43 of Butler's 48 rushing attempts Saturday.

Derrick Taite completed 18 of 26 passes for 296 yards and tied a school record with four touchdowns as Mississippi State beat Memphis 28-18 in Starkville, Miss., spoiling Rip Scherer's debut as coach of the Tigers.

Mike Maxwell threw for 413 yards and two touchdowns to lead Nevada to a 38-14 win over Southwestern Louisiana in Reno, Nev.

Senior Eric Randall set the school's career passing record and ran an error-free offense as Southern University held off Northwestern State 13-7 in a nonconference Division 1-AA game in Baton Rouge, La. Randall threw for 141 yards, completing 17 of 28 passes and running Southern's new no-huddle offense. He surpassed the school record of 5,440 career passing yards by Nathanial Harrison, with a 13-yard pass to Williams in the third quarter.

AIR POWER

So overwhelming was the moment that the typically reserved cadets of the Air Force Academy stormed the field and tore down the goalposts. Usually loquacious coach Fisher DeBerry found himself at a loss for words. Beau Morgan, shrugging off heat exhaustion, ran for one touchdown and passed for one to help Air Force romp over Brigham Young 38-12 and end a losing streak of 12 games to the Cougars. …

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