Tom Corontzos passed for 200 yards and two touchdowns Saturday as Wyoming opened Western Athletic Conference play by grounding Air Force 24-12.
Both of Corontzos' scoring passes came in the first half, when he accumulated 163 of his passing yards.Wyoming (4-0 overall, 1-0 in the WAC) stalled time and again in the second half, though, and led by just 17-12 late in the game.
Then, with 2:29 left and his team on its own 45-yard line, Corontzos handed off to wide receiver Shawn Wiggins on an apparent reverse. But Wiggins pulled up and passed 34 yards downfield to wide receiver Robert Rivers.
Three players later tailback Jay Daffer banged into the end zone from five yards out to cap the scoring.
Air Force (2-2, 1-2) struggled with its kicking and passing games in the first half and found itself down 17-0 following Conrontzos' second touchdown pass with 6:39 left in the second quarter. But it launched an 80-yard drive that featured a 30-yard reverse by receiver Jason Crandall.
Fullback Jason Jones then brought Air Force to Wyoming's 2-yard line with carries covering four, eight, 18 and five yards. From the 2 halfback DeShawn Durham went through the left side and into the end zone.
Air Force's last score came on a seven-yard interception return by Shanon Yates midway through the fourth quarter and pulled the Falcons to within 17-12. But an attempted two-point conversion run failed when quarterback Rob Perez slipped down coming out of the backfield.
Colorado St. 38, UTEP 20
At Fort Collins, Colo., Brian Copeland ran for 142 yards and a touchdown and set up another score with a 55-yard dash, leading Colorado State to a Western Athletic Conference decision Saturday over Texas-El Paso.
The Rams (3-1 overall and 2-0 in WAC play) spotted UTEP a 13-0 lead barely three minutes into the game, then rallied for touchdowns on four straight possessions. Fullback Todd Yert scored twice, and tailbacks Copeland and Tony Alford also scored - all on 1-yard runs.
Texas Tech 34, New Mexico 32
At Albuquerque, Lin Elliott kicked a 37-yard field goal with 24 seconds left and Texas Tech survived six fumbles and a three-touchdown fourth quarter rally by New Mexico for a win.
Elliott's field goal and the overall brilliance of freshman backup quarterback Robert Hall were the difference.
Akron 48, Cal-Fullerton 17
At Akron, Ohio, Jeff Sweitzer rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns and passed for two more and Akron's defense shut down a potent passing attack as the Zips beat Cal State-Fullerton.
Sweitzer broke tackles and dragged defenders into the end zone with him to breathe life into a Zip offense which lay dormant early as Fullerton's Paul Schulte passed for 187 first-quarter yards and a 10-0 lead.
Fresno St. 42, New Mexico St. 3
At Fresno, Calif., fullback Lorenzo Neal rushed for a career high 102 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead Fresno St. to a victory against New Mexico St. in the Big West Conference opener for both teams.
Jimmie Mitchell led New Mexico St. with 132 yards rushing on 21 carries. The Aggies turned the ball over five times, three of those leading to Fresno St. touchdowns.
New Mexico St. fell to 0-4 overall and 0-1 in conference.
San Jose St. 47, UNLV 13
At Las Vegas, San Jose State's Sheldon Canley ran for a school record 253 yards and scored three touchdowns to power the Spartans to a 47-13 Big West Conference victory over Nevada-Las Vegas.
Canley, who carried 43 times, broke the old record of 228 yards by Johnny Johnson Jr. against Utah State in 1988.
Long Beach St. 28, Pacific 7
At Long Beach, Calif., Todd Studer threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns Saturday, lifting Long Beach State over Pacific in a Big West Conference game and giving George Allen his first victory as a college coach in 34 years.
Long Beach State, which opened the season with three straight road defeats, improved to 1-3 overall and 1-1 in conference. Pacific dropped to 1-3 and 0-2.
Long Beach State played before 5,366 - its largest home crowd since 1983.
Montana 45, McNeese St. 22
At Missoula, Mont., wide receiver Mike Trevathan caught three touchdown passes in the first half to lead Montana to a victory over McNeese State of Louisiana in an intersectional Division I-AA game.
Nevada-Reno 20, Montana St. 14
At Bozeman, Mont., Nevada-Reno quarterback Fred Gatlin hit tight end Scott Benning with a 14-yard, fourth-quarter scoring strike to lead the Wolfpack to a 20-14 Big Sky Conference win Saturday over Montana State.
Nevada, ranked 13th among NCAA Division I-AA schools, improved to 2-0 in the league and 3-0 overall, while the Bobcats fell to 1-1 and 2-2.
Gatlin's pass gave Nevada its first lead of the game and was the Wolfpack's only touchdown.
N. Arizona 31, E. Washington 24
At Flagstaff, Ariz. Charles McKinzie rushed for 131 yards and scored one of Northern Arizona's three first-half touchdowns as the Lumberjacks beat Eastern Washington in a Big Sky Conference game.
It was the first loss of the season for the Eagles, whose record fell to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in league play.
Boise St. 34, Boston U. 21
At Boise, Idaho, Tailback Chris Thomas ran for 99 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Mike Virden threw two long scoring passes as Boise State built a 27-0 halftime lead and held on to defeat Boston University.
N. Iowa 44, Idaho St. 10
At Pocatello, Idaho, Northern Iowa's Jay Johnson passed for 305 yards and one touchdown, as well as running in one of his own, as the Panthers pummeled Idaho State.
The first half started as a defensive struggle for ISU, which was able to amass only 112 total yards.
Dixie 34, Scottsdale CC 7
Ninth-ranked Dixie College defeated Scottsdale Community College.
Rebel Freshman Kalin Hall had one 93-yard kickoff return, a six-yard run and a 30-yard run for three touchdowns.
Dixie quarterback Jeff Lindstrom was 12 of 28 for 152-yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
The Rebel defense held the Arichokes to 242 yards.