Kevin McDougal's 32-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter gave No. 15 Colorado State its first lead and the Rams held on for a 23-16 victory over No. 23 Michigan State in the Black Coaches Association Classic on Saturday.
The Rams, who once trailed 16-0, increased their winning streak to 10 games. Michigan State has lost 10 of its last 12 against ranked opponents and is 7-34 in such games since 1988.McDougal, one of two 1,000-yard rushers in the Rams' backfield, completed the comeback with a burst off tackle with 11:29 left in the fourth quarter. Ryan Eslinger, making his first start at quarterback, was 3-of-3 for 44 yards in the go-ahead drive.
Eslinger, a senior who had attempted just 27 passes before this season, was 13-of-26 for 205 yards and one touchdown with one interception.
Bill Burke, making his first start at quarterback for Michigan State, was 11-of-21 for 73 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Freshman Ryan Van Dyke was at quarterback for the Spartans' final series.
Colorado State, which led the nation in turnover margin last year with a plus-27, forced two Spartans fumbles in the fourth quarter to protect the lead.
NO. 4 NEBRASKA 56, LOUISIANA TECH 27: At Lincoln, Neb., there was a new coach, but it was same old story for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
The Frank Solich era opened with No. 4 Nebraska beating Louisiana Tech in the Eddie Robinson Classic, although the Bulldogs made a record-setting impression in defeat.
Wide receiver Troy Edwards broke the NCAA all-divisions record for receiving yards by catching 21 passes for 405 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Tim Rattay rocked the Huskers by completing 46-of-68 passes for 590 yards - all record numbers against Nebraska. Edwards had TD catches of 94, 80 and 52 yards in the second half.
Nebraska set no records in its first game in 26 seasons without Tom Osborne as coach, but Bobby Newcombe made an impressive debut at quarterback. He ran for two touchdowns and passed for one as the Huskers scored TDs on all five first-half possessions in taking a 35-6 lead.
Newcombe finished 9-of-10 for 168 yards and carried 12 times for 12 yards.