Thanks to a phantom tackle, No. 16 Colorado remained unbeaten Saturday.
Trailing 14-3 in the first half and then leading 29-14 early in the fourth quarter, Colorado needed a goal-line stand to avoid the potential of overtime and a possible loss to a 21 1/2-point underdog.The defensive stand in the final minute preserved the Buffaloes' 29-21 victory Saturday, although no one was quite sure who made the key hit on the stand.
Mike Moschetti threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Javon Green early in the fourth quarter, capping a 26-point flurry and giving the Buffaloes (2-0) a 15-point lead.
Fresno State (0-1) made it 29-21 on Jaime Kim-brough's 4-yard run with 6:56 left, then used a blocked punt by Justin Johnson to set up a last-minute scoring chance at the Colorado 2-yard line.
But quarterback Billy Volek, trying to sneak across from the 1-foot line on third down, fumbled and Colorado end Nick Ziegler recovered with 22 seconds left.
COLORADO ST. 26, NEVADA 14: In Reno, Nev., Frank Rice scored two touchdowns as Colorado State beat Nevada Saturday.
Damon Washington rushed for 82 yards on 24 carries for Colorado State (2-1), which handed Nevada (0-2) its first loss in a home opener since 1982.
Rice, a wide receiver, ran 19 yards on a reverse for the Rams' first score and later caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Eslinger. Eslinger, who completed 13-of-26 passes for 119 yards, also passed 9 yards to Jose Ochoa for Colorado State's other touchdown.
WYOMING 17, MONTANA ST. 9: At Laramie, Wyo., Marques Brigham ran for a career-high 151 yards and Wyoming held off a fourth-quarter rally en route to a 17-9 win over Montana State on Saturday.
Wendell Montgomery added 96 yards receiving and Kofi Shuck had a 20-yard touchdown catch for Wyoming (1-0), which looked sloppy against the Division I-AA Bobcats (1-1).
Despite committing two turnovers and dropping several passes, the Cowboys outlasted Montana State in the first meeting between the two teams since 1950.
OKLAHOMA 10, TCU 9: At Fort Worth, Texas, Oklahoma scored a touchdown and field goal in the final 2:20 Saturday to beat Texas Christian and put a stunning damper on what appeared to be a rousing upset for new Horned Frogs coach Dennis Franchione.
Sooners quarterback Patrick Fletcher threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Chris Blocker with 2:20 left and, after Oklahoma (2-0) covered an onsides kick, Jeff Ferguson booted a winning 40-yard field goal with five seconds to play.
In a night punctuated by rain, gusting winds and bizarre plays, it was a typically strange interception-fumble that doomed the Horned Frogs (1-1) in the end.
TULSA 35, OKLAHOMA ST. 20: At Tulsa, Okla., John Fitzgerald directed Tulsa's spread offense almost flawlessly Saturday, throwing three touchdown passes and scoring once on the ground in the upset of Oklahoma State.
The Golden Hurricane, 2-0 for the first time since 1991, had a 35-0 lead in the third quarter. Tulsa frustrated Oklahoma State (1-1) in the first half with quick-hitting passes, then ran the ball effectively to seal the victory.
Fitzgerald had 221 yards passing at halftime and wound up 23-of-36 for 259 yards. Wes Caswell had eight catches for 94 yards, while Damon Savage caught seven balls for 81 yards and a touchdown.
Tulsa's Reggie Williams, who had 11 yards at halftime, finished with 142 on 19 carries and scored once.
TULANE 31, SMU 21: At Dallas, Texas, Shaun King passed for 344 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score Saturday night as Tulane defeated SMU 31-21.
King, who completed 19 of 28 passes for Tulane, which started 2-0 for the first time since 1975.
King also hit JaJuan Dawson with a school-record 94-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, a 36-yarder to P.J. Franklin in the third quarter and scored on an 8-yard run.
Dawson had seven catches for 173 yards by halftime for Tulane and finished with eight catches for 178 yards.
Tulane running back Toney Converse had 107 yards on 21 carries.
PURDUE 21, RICE 19: At West Lafayette, Ind., Rice won the statistical battle, but Purdue won the game.
Drew Brees passed for 250 yards and two touchdowns as the Boilermakers held off the Owls 21-19 Saturday. Rice pulled within two points on Chad Richardson's 23-yard TD pass to Jason Blackwell with 3:58 left, but the Owls failed on the 2-point conversion when Michael Hawthorne broke up the pass.
Purdue (1-1) then ran out the clock, moving from its 20-yard line to the Rice 19 as time ran out.
IDAHO 17, SAN JOSE ST. 12: At San Jose, Calif., Joel Thomas rushed 23 times for 104 yards and Idaho rallied from a nine-point, second-half deficit for a 17-12 victory over San Jose State on Saturday night.
Idaho (2-0) took advantage of the Spartans' mistakes to rally from a 12-3 deficit late in the third period.
The Vandals drove 45 yards for a touchdown following a 10-yard punt by San Jose State's Tim Morgan. The score came with 2:08 left in the third quarter on a 14-yard pass from Ed Dean to Jeffrey Townsley.
NO. 24 OREGON 33, UTEP 26: At El Paso, Texas, Herman Ho-Ching scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns and No. 24 Oregon struggled from behind to beat Texas-El Paso 33-26 on Saturday night.
Ho-Ching, Oregon's leading rusher with 117 yards on 13 carries, revived an offense that had been dominated by UTEP's defense. He rushed for TDs of 3 and 31 yards and took a screen pass 50 yards for another score.
AIR FORCE 52, UNLV 10: At Las Vegas, quarterback Blaine Morgan scored a career-high three touchdowns and threw for another to lead Air Force to a 52-10 victory over UNLV.
The Falcons (2-0, 1-0 in WAC) outgained the Rebels (0-2, 0-1) 482 yards to 273 yards in total offense. It was the worst loss in UNLV history since the Rebels were beaten by Air Force 65-17 in 1996.
Qualario Brown rushed for 78 yards on 10 carries to lead the Falcons. He also caught three passes for 51 yards.