Vernon Adams was not awed by Oregon State. The Beavers won't soon forget the Eastern Washington quarterback.
Adams did everything Saturday in Corvallis, Ore., passing for 411 yards and running for 107 and the go-ahead score with 18 seconds left as the Eagles upset No. 25 Oregon State 49-46 to become the third FCS team to beat a ranked FBS team.
"Watching it live, it was really impressive," Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin said. "He wasn't afraid of the situation."
The junior from Pasadena played with panache, throwing for four touchdowns and running 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.
"It's just having swagger," he said. "Coming out here and not being nervous. Just come out here and play your game."
Adams scored on a 2-yard run to put the Eagles up 49-46 on their final drive. 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. The first FCS team to beat a ranked team was Appalachian State, over Michigan in 2007.
Former Foothill High-Pleasanton star Sean Mannion threw for 422 yards and Brandin Cooks had 13 catches for 196 yards for the Beavers, who two seasons ago were similarly surprised by lower division Sacramento State and stumbled to a 3-9 finish.
Getting the ball back in the final seconds, Mannion led the Beavers down the field, but Trevor Romaine's 52-yard field goal attempt was wide right.
Asked if he thought his team overlooked the Eagles, coach Oregon State Mike Riley was thoughtful.
"I don't. I don't," he said. "I think that would be a discredit to that kid playing QB and all the plays they made."
A full half for Manziel
Johnny Manziel's day began late because of the NCAA and ended early because of his mouth.
In between he looked like Johnny Football at his best.
After serving his first-half suspension, the Heisman Trophy winner threw three TD passes, scrambled for 19 yards -- and, well, acted up -- while No. 7 Texas A&M rolled over Rice, 52-31, in College Station, Texas.
Manziel was sitting out because of what the school called an "inadvertent" violation of NCAA rules involving signing autographs.
His first touchdown came on a 23-yard pass to Mike Evans on A&M's second drive of the half. But just before that, Manziel got into it with a Rice defender, appearing to mimic signing an autograph while getting up from a tackle.
Coach Kevin Sumlin said he didn't see that exchange but would have "done something about it" if he did.
Manziel ended his day by getting yanked after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for pointing at the scoreboard after a TD pass in the fourth quarter.
"A foolish penalty at the end," Sumlin said.
Manziel, who was replaced by starter Matt Joeckel on A&M's last drive, wasn't made available to the media after the game.
Manziel was one of more than a half-dozen players serving suspensions.
Cornerbacks Deshazor Everett and De'Vante Harris, defensive tackle Kirby Ennis, defensive end Gavin Stansbury and linebacker Steven Jenkins, all starters, sat out for Texas A&M. Everett returned in the second half, then was ejected for a targeting penalty, and he'll miss the first half of next week's game against Sam Houston State, too. Backup safety Floyd Raven was also suspended for this game.
The suspensions of Harris, Stansbury, Jenkins and receiver Edward Pope are for two games and were announced just minutes before kickoff, meaning they'll be back for top-ranked Alabama on Sept. 14.
New deal for Kelly
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has been rewarded for getting the Fighting Irish to the national championship game in January with a new five-year deal.
Kelly said the contract signifies to him that he and the university officials are "all in it together."
The contract announcement came on a day when Notre Dame beat visiting Temple 28-6, giving Kelly 200 career wins. Tommy Rees threw two 32-yard touchdown passes to DaVaris Daniels and a 66-yard scoring pass to Troy Niklas.
Happy returns for Tide
Christion Jones became the first Alabama player since at least the 1940s to have two returns for touchdowns, Vinnie Sunseri brought back an interception for another TD, and the top-ranked Crimson Tide overcame a sluggish offensive performance to beat Virginia Tech 35-10 in Atlanta.
Jones scored on a 72-yard punt return less than 2 minutes into the game, then took a kickoff back 94 yards for a touchdown. He also hauled in a 38-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter to blow it open against the Hokies, who largely shut down AJ McCarron and Alabama's highly touted offense.
Petrino wins in debut
Keshawn Simpson ran for two 3-yard touchdowns and Antonio Andrews added his own 3-yard score as Western Kentucky beat Kentucky 35-26, making coach Bobby Petrino a winner in his debut.
The Hilltoppers outgained Kentucky 487-419 in total offense and held the ball for 35 minutes.
The loss ruined Kentucky coach Mark Stoops' debut.
Clemson wins top-10 tilt
Tajh Boyd threw for three touchdowns and rushed for two others, Clemson's defense sacked Aaron Murray four times and the host and eighth-ranked Tigers stung No. 5 Georgia 38-35.
Boyd had scoring passes of 77 yards to Sammy Watkins, 24 yards to Zac Brooks and 9 yards to Stanton Seckinger. Boyd also added TD runs of 4 and 2 yards to win the lone matchup of top 10 teams in college football's opening weekend.
MacIntyre eager to start
Understandably, Mike MacIntyre is a little anxious for his Colorado Buffaloes debut Sunday.
Then again, the new CU coach has never lost to Colorado State, going 2-0 against the Rams when he was in charge at San Jose State.
This is an entirely different situation as MacIntyre begins his bid to turn around a team coming off a program-worst 1-11 campaign.
"You've done all this work and now you want to see them play and they want to play so that's the fun part of it," said MacIntyre, who takes over for Jon Embree. "You get the butterflies, and you get the excitement. That's one of the great things about coaching, and it's one of the great things about playing. You kind of feel alive for that moment, for sure, and it's always a lot of fun."