College football is officially back. The 2018 season kicked off on Saturday afternoon with a meeting between the UMass Minutemen and Duquesne Dukes. Sure, it wasn’t a marquee matchup like we will receive next weekend, but it has not been short on excitement.
After the UMass defense came away with an interception courtesy of Bakhari Goodson on the third play of the game, Minutemen quarterback Andrew Ford found the endzone for the first touchdown of the season.
Ford came away from center with the play-action, before rolling to his left and uncorking a beautiful 32-yard strike to Brennon Dingle in the corner of the endzone.
It was just how they drew it up.
Check out the first touchdown of what is many to come throughout the year below.
Andrew Ford's first pass of the 2018 season is a 32 yard touchdown to Brennon Dingle!
UMass is out to a quick 7-0 lead. pic.twitter.com/0rIjOy2Tgl
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Two more games take place at 7:00 p.m. ET — North Carolina A&T vs. Jacksonville State on ESPN and Hawaii vs. Colorado State on CBS Sports Network — while Wyoming vs. New Mexico State caps off the night on ESPN 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET.
When Week 1 officially kicks off the following week, fans will get their first taste of five new commentary teams from ESPN — Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, and Olivia Dekker, who will cover Western Kentucky at Wisconsin; Adam Amin, Rod Gilmore, and Quint Kessenich, who will cover BYU at Arizona; Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, and Molly McGrath, who will cover Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech; Kevin Brown and Andre Ware covering Central Michigan at Kentucky; and Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, and Dawn Davenport who will cover Eastern Illinois at Arkansas.
The top team of Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor will work three games over Labor Day Weekend beginning with Northwestern at Purdue, then heading to Orlando for Alabama vs. Louisville, and ending with the ACC clash between Virginia Tech and Florida State.
Chris Fowler will join Herbstreit and Taylor for Alabama-Louisville and Virginia Tech-Florida State.