Dillon Buechel threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns in his college debut to lead Duquesne in a 35-24 victory against visiting Albany.
Buechel, a Montour graduate, completed passes to eight receivers. Gianni Carter had six receptions, Dave Thomas four and Sean Brady caught four, including a stunning one-handed grab early in the third quarter.
Albany quarterback Will Fiacchi passed for 324 yards and two touchdowns. The Great Danes, trailing by eight, looked to tie the score late in the fourth quarter but Dukes linebacker Rich Piekarski intercepted Fiacchi's pass to clinch the Duquesne victory.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly signed a new five-year contract, saying it signifies that he and school officials are "all in it together." Athletic director Jack Swarbrick said the school would not provide any details of the contract, but said Kelly has "fundamentally changed" and restored the Notre Dame program. Kelly had said four weeks ago that a new deal was "imminent."
Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel ended his day by getting yanked after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for pointing at the scoreboard after a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of Texas A&M's victory against Rice. Shortly before his first touchdown pass of the game, Manziel got into it with a Rice defender, appearing to mimic signing an autograph while getting up from a tackle. He had been investigated for allegedly accepting money for autographs.
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Starting quarterback Brandon Mitchell sustained a foot injury against Louisiana Tech, one that will require surgery and cause him to miss 4-6 weeks.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche is expected to be out four to six weeks because of a torn meniscus in his knee.
Two high-profile programs suspended key players for their season-opening games. Florida suspended five players for its game against Toledo, a group led by cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy. Michigan suspended starting safety Thomas Gordon for one game for an unspecified violation of team rules.duquesnesports