Ameer Abdullah and Imani Cross each ran for more than 100 yards, Taylor Martinez passed for three touchdowns and 18th-ranked Nebraska survived two late turnovers to defeat Wyoming 37-34 on Saturday night in Lincoln, Neb.
The Cornhuskers (1-0), who won their nation-leading 28th consecutive opener, scored on four of five possessions after trailing 14-10 early in the second quarter and then had to hang on as the Cowboys (0-1) made it a game to the end.
“Well, we’re 1-0 and I’m happy we’re 1-0, but obviously we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said. “I just told our team, whether you win the game by three or win 65-0, it’s never as good as you think it is, and it’s never as bad as you think it is.”
Wyoming converted two late Nebraska turnovers into touchdowns to pull to 37-34 with 1:32 remaining. The Cornhuskers recovered the onside kick after Brett Smith’s 47-yard TD pass to Robert Herron.
The Cowboys held on defense, and Wyoming got the ball back on its 6 with 1:07 to play, but time ran out before the Cowboys could even get to midfield.
Nebraska needed all 530 of its total yards as Martinez completed 17-of-22 passes for 155 yards. Abdullah ran for 114 yards and Cross for 105.
The Cowboys generated 602 yards, with Smith completing 29-of-43 passes for 383 yards and four touchdowns. Dominic Rufran caught 11 of his passes for 120 yards, and Shaun Wick rushed for another 101.
The game drew a school-record attendance of 91,185, made possible by a 6,000-seat addition to the east side of Memorial Stadium.
At Montana 30, Appalachian State 6: Jordan Johnson completed his first 12 passes and threw for two touchdowns as the Grizzlies (1-0) rushed for 246 yards in their defeat of the Mountaineers (0-1). Johnson completed 19-of-23 passes for 251 yards in front of a record crowd of 26,293 in the first regular-season night game ever played at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
UTSA 21, at New Mexico 13: Eric Soza’s 11-yard touchdown pass to David Glasco II capped a 99-yard, fourth-quarter drive Saturday that helped the UTSA overcome an early 13-0 deficit and sparked the Roadrunners (1-0) to a season-opening win over the Lobos (0-1). It was Glasco’s second touchdown on the night for UTSA.
At North Texas 40, Idaho 6: Derek Thompson threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns in the Mean Green’s dominating win over the Vandals (0-1). Thompson completed 23 of 27 passes and the Mean Green (1-0) racked up 591 total yards. Chad Chalich threw a quick touchdown pass to Jake Manley in the first possession of the game for the only score by Idaho (0-1).
Eastern Illinois 40, at San Diego State 19: Jimmy Garoppolo threw three first-half touchdown passes and the Panthers (1-0) took advantage of five turnovers to stun the host Aztecs (0-1) in the season-opener for both teams. Taylor Duncan rushed for 92 yards on 20 carries including two back-breaking touchdowns in the second half as the defending Ohio Valley Conference champs — who entered the season ranked 23rd in the FCS coaches’ poll — erased an early deficit and pulled away.
At Air Force 38, Colgate 13: Jon Lee and Broam Hart each rushed for two touchdowns and the host Falcons rolled up 409 rushing yards while downing the Raiders. Lee rushed for 130 yards on just 11 carries and Hart added 101 on 18 attempts as Air Force (1-0) scored 38 consecutive points after allowing an early score. Colgate (0-1) put together an impressive 13-play, 86-yard drive on its first possession, but fizzled the rest of the way.
At Cal Poly 38, San Diego 16: Kristaan Ivory took the first play from scrimmage for an 81-yard touchdown and the Mustangs (1-0) never looked back, defeating the Toreros (0-1) in the non-conference season opener.