KNOXVILLE, TENN. The Tennessee Volunteers looked far from the third-best team in the country Saturday.
The third-ranked Volunteers struggled with UAB all game and weren't assured of a victory until Darrell Hackney's fourth-down pass sailed over the head of Blazers receiver Lance Rhodes in the end zone with less than four minutes left.
Tennessee (1-0) then took over at their own 12 and ran out the clock on the 17-10 victory.
"I'm not taking away from the fact that we got a win today, but it's hard to feel great about it because I thought we'd play better than we did on both sides," Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer said.
Hackney, who dodged defenders all day, was 27-of-38 for 282 yards with one interception. But it was the one pass he didn't complete that he was thinking about after the game.
Coach Watson Brown said this week he thought Tennessee was physically one of the best teams he had seen since arriving at UAB, but the Blazers (0-1) made the Vols' offense and defense look suspect.
"I don't feel like this was a moral victory," Brown said. "Would I have been surprised if they beat us good? No. But I'm not surprised we played them good."
No. 4 Michigan 33, Northern Illinois 17
Ann Arbor, Mich. - Mike Hart ran for 117 yards and a touchdown and had a 34-yard TD reception for Michigan.
Michigan's Chad Henne was 20-of-31 for 227 yards and two TD passes. Jason Avant had nine receptions for 127 yards and a score. Hart had 27 carries and ran for more than 100 yards for the sixth time in his last eight games. He even caught four passes for 49 yards.
No. 6 Ohio State 34, Miami (Ohio) 14
Columbus, Ohio - Ted Ginn Jr. caught a 42-yard touchdown pass, and Donte Whitner returned an interception 26 yards for a score for Ohio State.
Justin Zwick completed 17 of 23 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown with one interception, tailback Antonio Pittman gained 100 yards on 14 carries, and Ginn had five catches for 75 yards and his score.
No. 10 Florida 32, Wyoming 14
Gainesville, Fla. - Chris Leak completed 26 of 34 passes for 320 yards and three touchdowns, leading Florida to a victory over Wyoming in Urban Meyer's debut with the Gators. The offense sputtered at times, but made several big plays and scored touchdowns on three passes from Leak to Chad Jackson.
No. 11 Iowa 56, Ball State 0
Iowa City, Iowa - Drew Tate threw two first-half touchdowns, and Iowa scored on each of its possessions in the first half in rolling over a Ball State team depleted by the suspension of 13 players.
Ga. Tech 23, No. 16 Auburn 14
Auburn, Ala. - Georgia Tech intercepted Brandon Cox four times in the second half, and P.J. Daniels ran for 111 yards and a TD for the Yellow Jackets.
No. 19 Cal 41, Sac. St. 3
Berkeley, Calif. - Marshawn Lynch rushed for 147 yards and a score for California. Heralded freshman DeSean Jackson caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Nate Longshore on Cal's opening drive.
No. 22 Bos. Coll. 20, BYU 3
Provo, Utah - Quinton Porter passed for 232 yards and two touchdowns in his first game in nearly two years, and B.C. spoiled the debut of BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall.
N. Dame 42, No. 23 Pitt 21
Pittsburgh - Brady Quinn lead touchdown drives on five of underdog Notre Dame's first six possessions in a rout that was over by halftime. Quinn was 18-of-27 for 233 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 25 Virginia 31, W. Mich. 19
Charlottesville, Va. - Marques Hagans threw one touchdown pass and ran for another score, and mistake-prone Virginia did most of its scoring in the first 171â2 minutes.