Trent Richardson ran for 144 yards in place of injured Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, leading No. 1 Alabama to a 24-3 win over No. 18 Penn State on Saturday night.
The host Crimson Tide (2-0) hardly slowed down without Ingram, and a young defense forced freshman Rob Bolden and the Nittany Lions (1-1) into several turnovers to end promising drives.
It was the first time Penn State was held without a touchdown since a 13-3 loss at Wisconsin in 2006. The shutout lasted until the final 10 minutes.
With Ingram sidelined for the second straight game with a knee injury, Richardson pulled a pretty good imitation. He plowed through and sidestepped tackles and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. He also had four catches for 46 yards.
Greg McElroy completed 16 of 24 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns for Alabama.
The traditional powers hadn't met since 1990, also the last time Penn State played a Southeastern Conference team.
It didn't live up to the tradition of classic contests started in the late 1970s with Penn State's Joe Paterno and Alabama's Bear Bryant roaming the sidelines. But the physical, fast Tide played their part as the defending national champions.
Most of the 101,821 fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium stayed put until the end, with some chanting "SEC." The Big Ten vs. SEC matchup was one-sided pretty much from the outset.
Alabama harassed Bolden into two interceptions in his first road start. He was 13-for-29 passing for 144 yards.
No. 24 South Carolina 17, No. 22 Georgia 6: Freshman running back Marcus Lattimore carried 37 times in his first SEC game for 182 yards and two touchdowns to lead the host Gamecocks (2-0, 1-0).
Lattimore, who was considered the country's top high school running back last year, had 50 yards on South Carolina's opening drive that ended with Lattimore's touchdown run. He added a second 2-yard TD run and sealed things during a long, fourth-quarter field-goal drive.
"I'm a little sore," Lattimore said.
The Bulldogs (1-1, 0-1) played without star receiver A.J. Green, penalized four games by the NCAA for selling a game jersey for $1,000.
Georgia was outgained by more than 100 yards and held without a touchdown for the first time in three years since its last loss to South Carolina, 16-12 in 2007.
The Bulldogs' best chance to tighten the game came in the third quarter when they drove to the South Carolina 3 while trailing 14-6. But Washuan Ealey fumbled and cornerback Stephon Gilmore recovered to end the threat.
No. 8 Florida 38, South Florida 14: Jeff Demps has emerged as Florida's top playmaker. Demps ran for a career-high 139 yards and a touchdown, finished with 255 all-purpose yards and helped host Florida (2-0) overcame a sluggish start for the second consecutive week.
After struggling with botched snaps and ball security last week against Miami (Ohio), the Gators punted three times and missed a field goal against South Florida (1-1) in the first half. They scored in the final minute of the half, then rolled after the break.
South Florida's B.J. Daniels, who almost single-handily beat Florida State last year, completed just 5 of 20 passes for 84 yards and a touchdown. He threw four interceptions.
Demps had a 62-yard TD run and a 54-yard kickoff return that led to a field goal.
No. 19 LSU 27, Vanderbilt 3: Stevan Ridley scored on a 65-yard touchdown and ran for 144 of his 159 yards in the second half, and visiting LSU never trailed.
It was the Tigers' seventh straight win in this series in the SEC opener for both teams.
Russell Shepard scored on a 30-yard TD run to put the Tigers (2-0) ahead to stay, and Alfred Blue also had a TD as LSU finished off the victory with 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. The Tigers still had trouble holding on to the ball with three fumbles — all recovered.
The Tigers have held Vanderbilt (0-2) to 31 points combined in the past six games.
No. 14 Arkansas 31, Louisiana Monroe 7: Ryan Mallett completed nine of 11 passes in the third quarter, leading to a touchdown and a field goal, and Arkansas put away Louisiana Monroe after a sluggish first half in Little Rock, Ark.
Arkansas struggled to move the ball and led only 7-0 at the break, drawing some boos from many of their fans at their home away from Fayetteville.
The Razorbacks defense smothered Louisiana Monroe quarterback Kolton Browning, holding him to 2-for-9 passing and the team to 73 yards rushing through the third quarter.