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Another busy weekend of spring games. Here are some highlights:
Arkansas: A record crowd of 45,250 showed up to watch as Tyler Wilson threw for 467 yards and two touchdowns and three wide receivers had more than 100 yards as the Red team defeated the White team, 65-0. It was the first game without head coach Bobby Petrino, who was fired earlier in the month.
Notre Dame: Linebacker Kendall Moore and cornerback Lo Wood led the Notre Dame defense to a 42-31 win over the offense on Saturday. Earning points for stops and turnovers, Moore had eight tackles while Wood added seven. Quarterback Everett Golson led the offense with 120 yards and two touchdowns and George Atkinson III had 124 yards rushing.
Ohio State: Braxton Miller threw for 258 yards and Rod Smith had 47-yards rushing, including the game-winning touchdown, as the Scarlet team defeated the Gray team 20-14. There were 81,112 fans on hand to watch Urban Meyer's spring-game debut.
Oklahoma State: Charlie Moore caught nine passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns as the Gray team defeated the Orange 31-21 during the team's annual spring game. Quarterbacks Clint Chelf, Wes Lunt and J.W. Walsh continue to impress as the team looks to replace Brandon Weeden this fall.
Penn State: The Nittany Lions defense forced five interceptions and had eight sacks as the Blue defensive squad defeated the White offensive squad 77-65 in front of 60,000 fans at Beaver Stadium. It was the debut of head coach Bill O'Brien.
Tennessee: Marlin Lane rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns as the Orange team defeated the White 17-14 in front of 34,421 fans at Neyland Stadium. Tyler Bray was 14-of-26 for 157 yards and a touchdown for the White squad.
Paterno family declines honor: The family of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno reportedly turned down an offer by the school to rename the football stadium in honor of the legendary coach. According to Sara Ganim of The Patriot-News, a source close to the Paterno family said the idea of renaming Beaver Stadium was never an option they were interested in pursuing and the idea "was never important'' to the coach, who passed away in January.
Early risers: Notre Dame and Navy kick off their 2012-13 season in Dublin, Ireland at the 51,700-seated Aviva Stadium. CBS announced that it will kick off its 2012-13 college-football television coverage by broadcasting the Sept. 1 contest. The game kicks off at 2 p.m. Dublin time, which is 9 a.m. for viewers on the East Coast. Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson will call the game with Tracy Wolfson on the sidelines.
We rank 'em: We continue our annual preseason College Football Countdown, where we rank all 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in the country. Go to OrlandoSentinel.com/collegegridiron365 daily to find out where your team ranks.
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