BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Robert Brown rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown, and Laron Scott returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score to help Georgia Southern pull away in the second half to beat Samford 31-17 on Saturday night.
Jerick McKinnon finished with 80 yards rushing on 12 carries for the Eagles. He scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter and an 18-yard TD run in the fourth.
Brown, who finished with 20 carries, broke a 7-7 tie in the third quarter when he scored on an 8-yard run. After a field goal by Samford, Scott gave Georgia Southern a 21-10 lead on his kick return.
In the season opener for both teams, the Eagles totaled 263 yards rushing and held Samford to 61 yards on the ground.
Dustin Taliaferro completed 24 of 39 passes for 277 yards and a touchdown, but also had two interceptions for the Bulldogs.
Running back Devontae Booker had 124 combined yards and a touchdown and Utah spoiled Jim Harbaugh's Michigan coaching debut, beating the Wolverines 24-17 on Thursday night.
ESPN 300 running back Elijah Holyfield, the son of former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, has decided to stay home and attend Georgia, he announced Friday.
Arizona star linebacker Scooby Wright will have an MRI after injuring his left knee in the first quarter of the Wildcats' season-opening 42-32 win over UTSA on Thursday night.
Miami reserve linebacker Al-Quadin Muhammad has been suspended for the season opener against Bethune-Cookman on Saturday for a violation of team rules, a source confirmed to ESPN.com
Trevone Boykin threw for 246 yards and a touchdown and ran for 92 yards and another score to help No. 2 TCU outlast Minnesota 23-17 on Thursday night.
All-American defensive end Shawn Oakman and safety Orion Stewart have been suspended for Baylor's season opener Friday against SMU for a violation of team rules, a school spokesman told ESPN.com.