Penn State is still looking for its first win under coach Bill O'Brien. The Nittany Lions may not get more chances than they had against Virginia.
Cavaliers quarterback Michael Rocco hit Jake McGee on a 6-yard touchdown pass with 1:28 to play Saturday, and Penn State kicker Sam Ficken then missed his fourth field goal of the game -- from 42 yards -- to preserve Virginia's 17-16 victory.
"We just needed to make a play," senior quarterback Matt McGloin said of the final drive, which got Penn State to the Virginia 22. "That's something we practice every day. We got it down the field. Unfortunately, we just couldn't finish."
If not for the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal that led the NCAA to hit Penn State hard with sanctions, including a four-year bowl ban and the chance for its players to transfer without penalty, the Nittany Lions might have won easily. Among the departures: place-kicker Anthony Fera, who made 14 of 17 field goals last season. He went to Texas.
The loss in O'Brien's first road game had to hurt the Nittany Lions as much as their defeat last weekend at home against Ohio. Penn State (0-2) largely stymied Virginia's offense and forced four turnovers in Virginia territory, continually giving its offense opportunities, but McGloin and Co. converted those chances into just three points.
Doing it for the money: Hall of Fame NFL tight end and CBS analyst Shannon Sharpe knows all about struggling
"Taking the kind of shellacking they have, I wish they were getting 1 million dollars a game," Sharpe said. "But because of the financial situation they're in, the football team has to take this type of embarrassment for the other athletic programs to survive."
The school is collecting paychecks totaling $860,000, which will go a long way toward helping the athletic program meet its total budget of $5.1 million.
Savannah State has lost eight of its past 12 games by at least 30 points and has scored just one touchdown in their last six games.
Las Vegas odds makers made the Wildcats 70 ½-point underdogs to Florida State after they opened the season with an 84-0 loss to No. 18 Oklahoma State.
"Our job is to hold everyone under 100," Sharpe joked. "We don't have any business being on the field with Florida State ... or Oklahoma State. But there are only two real money-makers in college, football and basketball. So when you're in the financial situation they're in, you have to do things that you know are probably not right."
No. 1 Tide rolls: AJ McCarron passed for 219 yards and matched his career high with four touchdown passes to lead top-ranked Alabama over Western Kentucky 35-0.
McCarron had two scoring tosses apiece to Christion Jones and Kevin Norwood in a performance that was more about big plays than consistent, muscle-flexing dominance for the top-ranked Crimson Tide (2-0).
Rushing Buckeye: Braxton Miller became the first Ohio State quarterback to rush for three touchdowns in 34 years, and passed for another score in the No. 14 Buckeyes' 31-16 win over the University of South Florida.
A week after setting a school record for quarterbacks with 161 rushing yards in a 56-10 win over Miami (Ohio), Miller finished with 141 yards on 27 carries. His number kept coming up after starting running back Carlos Hyde left with a first-half knee injury.
QBs to spare: There's no quarterback controversy for coach Steve Spurrier at No. 9 South Carolina, even after backup Dylan Thompson threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-10 win over East Carolina. Instead, Spurrier said he now just has two guys who can play the position well.
Spurrier said after the game that injured starter Connor Shaw will start against UAB if he recovers from his bruised throwing shoulder.
"If Connor is 100 percent, he's our guy," Spurrier said. "Now we know if something happens to Connor, Dylan can go in there."
Bulldog party crashers: Aaron Murray hit Marlon Brown for two of his three touchdown passes, the second for the go-ahead score as No. 7 Georgia recovered from a shaky start with 32 second-half points that spoiled Missouri's SEC debut in a 41-20 victory.
The Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0) trailed 17-9 early in the third quarter before turning Missouri's SEC debut into an unsatisfying initiation for the Tigers (1-1, 0-1) and a sellout crowd of 71,004 clad in yellow and waving yellow pompons.
SDSU routs Army: Colin Lockett's 96-yard kickoff return was San Diego State's third touchdown in a span of 2:45 in the third quarter and the Aztecs overwhelmed Army 42-7. Walter Kazee scored twice in the first half for the Aztecs (1-1), who bounced back from an opening loss at Washington.
It was a dreadful opener for Army, which is trying to bounce back from a 3-9 record in 2011. Trent Steelman was intercepted twice and lost a fumble, with two of the turnovers setting up Aztecs scores.
The name stays: Big East commissioner Mike Aresco says there are no plans for the conference to change its name and negotiations are expected to start soon with ESPN on a new TV deal. Aresco shot down speculation the Big East was considering tweaking its name because of its growth to a four time-zone league.
Indiana loses QB: Hoosers quarterback Tre Roberson will miss the rest of the season with a broken left leg suffered in a 45-6 win over Massachusetts.