KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) -- Derek Cassidy thows for a pair of touchdowns and runs for another, leading Rhode Island to a 27-24 win over Monmouth University in the season opener for both clubs today (Saturday).
Cassidy completed 18 of 31 passess for 257 yards.
He began the scoring for the Rams with 10:20 left in the first quarter when he found Tolbert Evans in the corner of the end zone for a 26 yard scoring toss.
Rhode Island -- who held the Hawks to a lone field goal in the opening half -- took a 17-3 lead into the halftime break.
Cassidy upped the Rams' advantage to 14-3, capping a 10-play, 55 yard drive by Rhode Island with a 3-yard scamper off left tackle.
Monmouth's running back David Sinisi finished with 138 yards on 21 carries to pace all rushers.
Will Grier threw four touchdown passes to four receivers -- all in the first half -- and No. 25 Florida downed third-ranked Mississippi 38-10 on Saturday night.
Leonard Fournette highlighted his SEC-record third straight 200-yard game with a 75-yard touchdown run, and No. 9 LSU overcame Eastern Michigan 44-22 on Saturday night.
An officiating error led to an Oklahoma State touchdown Saturday in the Cowboys' 36-34 win over Kansas State.
Texas A&M receiver Ricky Seals-Jones, who was ejected for targeting midway in the second quarter of Saturday's game, took to Twitter late in the game, retweeting a tweet that questioned the call.
Florida State running back Dalvin Cook exited in the first quarter of the Seminoles' 24-16 win over Wake Forest with a left hamstring injury. He is day-to-day.
As if things weren't going bad enough at Texas, the Longhorns appear to have players on Twitter during lopsided losses and jabs at their coach accidentally being sent from other nearby teams.