AKRON, Ohio -- Mike Holmes returned a blocked field goal 57 yards for a touchdown, highlighting Syracuse's 29-3 win over Akron on Saturday night.
Chandler Jones blocked Igor Iveljic's attempt at the Syracuse 39, allowing Holmes to pick it up at the 43 and go untouched, making it 23-3 in the third quarter.
Ryan Nassib added two touchdowns and 229 yards on 17-for-27 passing as the Orange won their season opener for the first time since 2003. He connected with Aaron Weaver for a 23-yard score on the game's first series and found Van Chew for a 26-yard touchdown five seconds before halftime for a 17-3 lead.
Akron's Rob Ianello, who took over for J.D. Brookhart, lost his head coaching debut after five years as a Notre Dame assistant.
Delone Carter had 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter and rushed for 91 yards for Syracuse.
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The Florida Gators will start Treon Harris at quarterback in Saturday's opener vs. New Mexico State over redshirt freshman Will Grier, coach Jim McElwain said Tuesday.
Baylor University has hired a Philadelphia law firm to independently investigate the university's handling of sexual assault complaints, including one against defensive end Sam Ukwuachu.
Oregon State and former coach Mike Riley face a federal Title IX lawsuit filed by a woman who said she was raped as a result of the coach's failure to correct a sexually violent culture.
James Madison players will wear decals on their helmets during Saturday's season-opening game in memory of the two journalists who were killed during a live television broadcast.
Los Angeles prosecutors have charged a man in connection with the theft of the University of Southern California's copy of O.J. Simpson's Heisman Trophy more than 20 years ago.
Former running back Lawrence Phillips has been charged with first-degree murder in the April death of his cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison.