NEW ORLEANS — Ross Metheny threw for 290 yards, ran for another 75 and accounted for four first-half touchdowns as South Alabama held on to beat Tulane 41-39 on Saturday.
Tulane (1-1) had a chance to tie the game late after Nick Montana threw a touchdown pass to Ryan Grant with 1:19 remaining, but Montana threw an incomplete pass on the two-point conversion attempt. South Alabama (1-1) then ran out the clock after a failed onside kick.
The Jaguars raced to a 28-7 lead early in the second quarter behind Metheny with scores on four of their first five possessions, which included a 35-yard touchdown run by Metheny in the opening minute. Metheny then threw a 14-yard TD to Shavarez Smith, a 30-yarder to Davin Hawkins and ran for a 12-yard score.
Montana, who took the Green Wave 82 yards on their final drive, threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns.
North Carolina 40, Middle Tennessee 20
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Romar Morris scored twice to help North Carolina run out to a big lead and beat Middle Tennessee.
Bryn Renner threw for 339 yards and a touchdown for the Tar Heels (1-1), who led all day to regroup after a loss at highly ranked South Carolina. North Carolina scored the first 23 points, had 511 yards and never let the Blue Raiders (1-1) get closer than 13 points after halftime.
Jordan Parker ran for a touchdown and Jared Singletary returned a fumble for a score early in the fourth quarter that brought Middle Tennessee to within 26-13. But the Blue Raiders committed four turnovers, had their offense go dormant in the first half and struggled to consistently slow the Tar Heels’ no-huddle spread offense.
Renner found Quinshad Davis for an 18-yard touchdown shortly after Singletary’s return to retake momentum, helping UNC win its third straight home opener.
Middle Tennessee quarterback Logan Kilgore, who started despite a shoulder injury suffered last week against Western Carolina, threw three interceptions. Kilgore threw for 211 yards on 21-for-35 passing, while Parker ran for 109 yards.
Marshall 55, Gardner-Webb 0
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Steward Butler ran for 151 yards on nine carries and scored three times, as Marshall blew out Gardner-Webb.
Butler had scoring runs of 9, 46, and 13 yards and Marshall (2-0) amassed 224 yards on the ground, compared to 67 for Gardner-Webb. Leading 34-0 at halftime, the Thundering Herd added three touchdowns in the third quarter and were scoreless in the fourth.
Rakeem Cato added 230 yards through the air for the Thundering Herd, including one touchdown running and one throwing. Blake Frohnapfel capped off the scoring with a third quarter throw to his twin brother Eric.
Gardner-Webb (1-1) turned the ball over six times, three fumbles and three interceptions. The Runnin’ Bulldogs had 184 yards of total offense and gave up 509 yards to Marshall.
Marshall scored 52 points a week ago against Miami (Ohio), 38 coming in the second half.
Louisiana Tech 27, Lamar 14
RUSTON, La. — Tevin King ran for 182 yards, and Louisiana Tech pulled away from Lamar with a pair of late scores to get the win.
The Bulldogs (1-1) never trailed against the Cardinals (1-1), but Lamar kept the contest close as Louisiana Tech won its home opener.
The Bulldogs amassed 273 yards rushing while limiting the Cardinals to 90.