HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Jack Abraham threw for four touchdowns and Southern Mississippi beat Jackson State 55-7 on Saturday night in a season opener for both teams.
Abraham threw for 242 yards for the Golden Eagles. Quez Watkins had 138 yards receiving and three touchdowns plus a punt return for a score. Tate Whatley ran for another score and Parker Shaunfield kicked two field goals.
Abraham threw a pair of touchdowns to Watkins in the first quarter and the Golden Eagles followed that with 27 more unanswered points on Shaunfield's 46- and 29-yard field goals, Watkins' 81-yard punt return, a 26-yard fumble return for a score by Xavier Marion and a short scoring pass from Abraham to Jordan Mitchell to take a 41-0 lead at halftime.
Jackson State never threatened, scoring just once at the close of the third quarter.
After being out the first four games of the season, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said he expects running back Dexter Williams to play this week against Stanford.
LSU jumped over Oklahoma, but the top 10 remained mostly unchanged in the AP college football poll. In the bottom half of the poll, five teams entered the Top 25 on Sunday, including No. 17 Kentucky for the first time since 2007.
Tennessee linebacker Quart'e Sapp says he would never disrespect his team, coaches, family or fans by refusing to enter a game -- an allegation made by Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt.
Virginia Tech has dismissed defensive end Trevon Hill from the team.
Both Urban Meyer and James Franklin's squads came away with a victory over the past two seasons when the electrifying Ohio State-Penn State rivalry game was played.
Ohio State AD Gene Smith has denied a report that the Buckeyes are looking to make Ryan Day the coach-in-waiting behind Urban Meyer.
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