Senior quarterback Cody Kirby accounted for three touchdowns, Chris Douglas ran for 128 yards and Missouri State routed visiting Eastern Kentucky 31-9 on Friday.
Both teams had to wait an extra day to start their seasons. Lightning delayed the kickoff Thursday night for three hours before officials finally decided to postpone the game.
Eastern Kentucky gained just 35 yards rushing, committed three turnovers and converted only 2 of 15 third downs. Logan O'Connor kicked three field goals for the Colonels' only points.
T.J. Pryor threw for 315 yards, but was 22-for-47 with a pair of interceptions.
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Ninth Bulldog arrested
Georgia safety Alec Ogletree has been suspended for at least one game following a misdemeanor theft charge. University police obtained a warrant following a June incident in which a scooter helmet was reported missing, Chief Jimmy Williamson said. Ogletree is the ninth Georgia football player to be arrested this year.
Thursday's late games
No. 14 USC 49, Hawaii 36: Matt Barkley and Ronald Johnson connected on three touchdowns to make Lane Kiffin a winner in his first game as Southern Cal coach. Barkley passed for 257 yards and tied a school record with five TD passes, and Johnson matched a USC mark with his three TD catches. Johnson also returned a punt 89 yards for a score.
Though USC's offense looked potent as ever, the defense couldn't stop the host Warriors, who gained 588 yards to USC's 524. Maybe knowing he needed as many points as he could get to win, Kiffin decided to go for 2-point conversions after USC's first three touchdowns.
Utah 27, No. 15 Pittsburgh 24 (OT): Utah freshman Brian Blechen intercepted a pass on the first play of overtime, setting up Joe Phillips for a 21-yard field goal that gave the visiting Utes an upset victory. Pittsburgh forced overtime on Dan Hutchins' 30-yard field goal on the final play of regulation despite having to kick the ball three times.
His first attempt went through the uprights, but Utah Coach Kyle Whittingham called a timeout just before the snap and Hutchins had to kick again. Whittingham did the same thing on the re-kick, which was wide and had fans and Utah players celebrating before they learned there was yet another kick to come. This time Hutchins was back on target and tied it at 24.