Shai McKenzie could not have asked for a better debut at Virginia Tech.
The Washington High School graduate who is the second team running back for the Hokies, rushed for 106 yards on just nine attempts and scored on a 39-yard run in the third quarter to help Virginia Tech knock out William & Mary Saturday.
McKenzie was one of the most sought after recruits in Pennsylvania even though he missed most of his senior season with a knee injury. He recovered quickly and played so well in practice that head coach Frank Beamer decided not to redshirt him.
Virginia Tech had a 20-9 lead in the third quarter when McKenzie broke off his touchdown run to make it 27-9. The Hokies ran the ball 42 times for 222 yards.
South Fayette graduate Christian Brumbaugh, William & Mary’s No. 2 quarterback, played late and went 1-for-2 passing for 9 yards.
Kelly has four tackles in debut: Jaylin Kelly, a Washington High School graduate, had four tackles for Youngstown State in a 28-17 loss to Illinois Saturday. The sophomore is a starting outside linebacker for the Penguins.
Wes Lunt threw Lunt threw three late touchdowns for Illinois. The second was a 15-yarder to running back Josh Ferguson that put Illinois up for good 21-17.
Rawlins produces for Dukes: Chavas Rawlins, a graduate of Monessen, had four receptions for 42 yards in Duquesnes’ 39-28 loss to Buffalo.
Joe Licata threw for three touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter, to help Buffalo rally past Duquesne.
Top 25 Results
Auburn 45, Arkansas 21: Jeremy Johnson passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and Nick Marshall returned from suspension with a 19-yard scoring run to lift No. 6 Auburn to a 45-21 opening victory over Arkansas.
Ohio State 34, Navy 17: Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns in his college debut, and the Buckeyes got their 25th consecutive regular-season victory.
Nebraska 55, Florida Atlantic 7: Ameer Abdullah ran for a career-high 232 yards, Tommy Armstrong Jr. passed for a career-high 271 yards and two TDs, and No. 22 Nebraska defeated Florida Atlantic 55-7.
Stanford 45, UC Davis 0: Ty Montgomery returned his first career punt for a touchdown and caught five passes for 77 yards and another score, and No. 11 Stanford tuned up for a date with No. 15 Southern California next week by routing UC Davis 45-0.
Missouri 38, South Dakota State 18: Maty Mauk threw for 178 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 24 Missouri past South Dakota State 38-18 in the season opener for both teams.
Notre Dame 48, Rice 17: Everett Golson threw touchdown passes of 75 and 53 yards and ran for three more scores in his return after missing the 2013 season for academic impropriety, leading No. 17 Notre Dame to a 48-17 victory over Rice.
UCLA 28, Virginia 20: UCLA scored three defensive touchdowns before Brett Hundley led them on a critical second-half scoring drive and the No. 7 Bruins escaped Virginia 28-20 in the opener for both teams.
Georgia 45, Clemson 21: Todd Gurley ran for 198 yards and three touchdowns, returned a kickoff 100 yards for another score, and No. 12 Georgia gained some early style points in the national race with a 45-21 victory over No. 16 Clemson.
Marshall 42, Miami of Ohio 27: Rakeem Cato threw three touchdowns all in the first half and ran for one more to lead Marshall to a 42-27 victory over Miami (Ohio) in a season opener.
Maryland 52, James Madison 7: C.J. Brown ran for three touchdowns and threw for another as Maryland cruised past James Madison 52-7 in both teams’ season opener.
Nevada 28, Southern Utah 19: Cody Fajardo threw for 303 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score to lead Nevada to a 28-19 win over Southern Utah in the season opener.