San Diego State coach Chuck Long was asked this question yesterday after giving Notre Dame a scare: Which team was better - the Fighting Irish or Cal Poly, which beat the Aztecs a week earlier?
"That's a tough question," Long said, chuckling a bit. "It's hard to say who's better. They both beat us."
That might say as much about Notre Dame's play in a 21-13 come-from-behind home victory as the Fighting Irish's four turnovers and struggles to establish a running game against a makeshift San Diego State defensive line.
San Diego State (0-2), a 21-point underdog, appeared to be on the verge of an upset early in the fourth quarter.
Brandon Sullivan was inches away from a 4-yard touchdown run and a two-score lead for the Aztecs. But safety David Bruton jarred the ball loose and recovered it in the end zone to help the Irish (1-0) avoid an embarrassing loss.
Moments after the crucial fumble, Jimmy Clausen threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate. The Irish avoided losing back-to-back season openers at home for the first time since 1887-88.:
California 66, Washington State 3: : Jahvid Best ran for 200 yards and three touchdowns and the visiting Golden Bears (2-0, 1-0 Pacific-10), who will play at Maryland on Saturday, handed the Cougars (0-2, 0-1) the biggest loss in the history of the program, which dates to 1894. Best, making his first career start, rushed 14 times for an average of 14.3 yards. He had runs of 80 and 86 yards. Cal produced 505 yards.:
Michigan 16, Miami (Ohio) 6: : Host Michigan's first win for new coach Rich Rodriguez was far from easy. Brandon Minor's 15-yard touchdown run with 8:12 to go finally put away the RedHawks (0-2), helping the Wolverines (1-1) to a lackluster victory.
Connecticut 12, Temple 9 (OT): : Donald Brown rushed for a career-high 214 yards and scored the winning touchdown in overtime to lead the visiting Huskies (2-0) over the Owls (1-1).
Air Force 23, Wyoming 3: : Kyle Halderman's 74-yard run set up quarterback Shea Smith's 1-yard touchdown plunge and Ryan Harrison kicked three field goals to lead the visiting Falcons (2-0) over the Cowboys (1-1), who had five turnovers.