STARS

—Nick Chubb, Georgia, ran for 222 yards in his return from a gruesome knee injury and scored on a 55-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to clinch the No. 18 Bulldogs’ 33-24 victory over No. 22 North Carolina.

—J.T. Barrett, Ohio State, accounted for a school-record seven TDs — six passing — and 379 yards in the sixth-ranked Buckeyes’ 77-10 win over Bowling Green.

—Kenny Hill, TCU, accounted for five touchdowns and threw for 439 yards after a shaky start in his TCU debut, helping the 13th-ranked Horned Frogs pull away late in a 59-41 victory over South Dakota State.

—Trevor Knight, Texas A&M, threw for 239 yards and accounted for three TDs, including a 1-yard run in overtime to lead the Aggies to a 31-24 victory over No. 16 UCLA in his debut.

—Gage Gubrud, Eastern Washington, threw for 474 yards and five TDs as the FCS Eagles upset Washington State 45-42.

—Tim Barnes, Georgetown, threw four TD passes to help the Hoyas handle Davidson 38-14.

—Brad Kaaya, Miami, threw for four TDs on his 21st birthday, the Hurricanes scored a school-record 42 points in the third quarter and the Mark Richt era began with an easy 70-3 win over Florida A&M.

—Brett Rypien, Boise State, threw for 347 yards and two TDs to help the Broncos cruise to a 45-10 season opening win over Louisiana Lafayette.

—Tyler Jones, Texas State, threw for 418 yards and four TDs in a 56-54 triple-overtime victory over Ohio.


EARLY UPSETS

The first weekend of college football featured some nice upsets.

No. 15 Houston looked every bit ready to compete in the Big 12 — or any other conference for that matter — in a 33-22 victory against No. 3 Oklahoma.

Wisconsin followed with an upset of its own, staving off No. 5 LSU’s desperate last-ditch drive for a 16-14 win in a game that dealt an early blow to the fifth-ranked Tigers’ national title hopes.

South Alabama had the biggest upset of the day, holding off Mississippi State 21-20 when Westin Graves’ 28-yard field goal try smacked off the upright in the final seconds.

A four-touchdown underdog, the Jaguars took down an SEC team for the first time in school history.

Eastern Washington of the FCS had another upset later in the day, knocking off Washington State 45-42 after rolling up 610 yards.


CONNER’S RETURN

James Conner had an emotional return to the field, scoring a pair of touchdowns in his first game since battling cancer to lead Pittsburgh to a 28-7 win over Villanova.

The 2014 ACC Player of the Year sprinted onto the Heinz Field turf in front of a crowd that included his family, the doctors that treated him during his seven-month tussle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and more than 300 friends and family from his hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania.

Conner’s first official carry in 364 days went for minus-1 yard but was met by a standing ovation.


NUMBERS

41_Years since Michigan had beaten a team worse than its 63-3 victory over Hawaii.

72_Years since Richmond had beaten Virginia before a 37-20 victory over the Cavaliers.

100_Career victories for Nebraska coach Mike Riley after the Cornhuskers beat Fresno State 43-10 .

665_Days since Kansas had won a game before beating Rhode Island 55-6.

776_Total yards by No. 6 Ohio State in its 77-10 win over Bowling Green, breaking the school record of 718 set against Mount Union in 1930.


REPLACEMENT FROM THE STANDS

Malcolm Perry marched into the stadium wearing his Navy dress whites. Plucked from the stands at halftime, he wound up in a much different uniform.

Navy found an unlikely replacement after starter Tago Smith was injured, with Perry leading the Midshipmen to a 52-16 win over Fordham.

Listed down on the depth chart, Perry had been sick most of the week. The freshman was OK to play in the junior varsity game Friday.

Perry was sitting with his classmates when Smith went down with a knee injury in the second quarter.

Perry made his debut with 38 seconds left in the third quarter. He later put together a 90-yard drive in the fourth quarter that led to a field goal.