Kevin Verdugo came off the bench to complete 14 of 18 passes and rally visiting Colorado State to a 35-33 victory yesterday over Air Force. It ended the Rams' seven-game losing streak to the Falcons.
Verdugo replaced starter Mike Gimenez with 5:29 left in the third quarter and the Rams trailing, 26-14. He directed three touchdown drives, firing a 14-yard pass to split end Greg Primus for the winner with 1:16 left.
The junior quarterback completed his first 10 passes. His 11th attempt was intercepted by cornerback Carlton McDonald, whose 10-yard return to the Falcons 37-yard line led to quarterback Ron Gray's two-yard, go-ahead touchdown with 3:31 remaining. McDonald earlier blocked two punts to set up a pair of Air Force scores.
Wyoming 38, Temple 23:
Tom Corontzos tossed three second-half touchdowns to break open a tight game in the season opener for both schools in Laramie, Wyo.
At times Corontzos was his own worst enemy, fumbling three times to hamper drives and throwing an interception, but he redeemed himself with the touchdown passes.
Wyoming entered the fourth quarter trailing by 17-14 after Temple's Scott McNair went 58 yards with a screen pass. But a fumble by quarterback Matt Baker on Temple's next series gave Wyoming the ball and Corontzos had his second touchdown pass as he found tight end Gordy Wood from one yard out.
Corontzos's final scoring pass followed another Temple fumble on the Owls' next possession and covered eight yards to Shawn Wiggins to put Wyoming up by 28-17.
Montana 22, Oregon St. 15:
Grady Bennett threw for two touchdowns, ran for a third and executed a perfect 65-yard quick kick as the Grizzlies took a 22-0 lead and held on in the teams' season opener in Corvallis, Ore.
It was the first victory for the NCAA Division I-AA Grizzlies over the Division I Beavers in the 15 meetings of the two schools.
Utah 19, Utah State 0:
Running backs Steve Abrams and Clifton Smith scored in the fourth quarter to power the Utes in Logan.
For three quarters, the only scoring came on 25- and 27-yard field goals by Wayne Lammle.
Two minutes into the final quarter, Utah's Bob Bonifacio intercepted a Kirk Johnson pass and after a clipping penalty was assessed, Utah took possession on its 30. The Utes went the distance in 10 plays, with Abrams going over from the 6.
New Mexico 29, New Mexico St. 12:
Jeremy Leach passed for 300 yards, Andre Wooten ran for 128 more in Las Cruces, extending the Aggies' losing streak to 18 straight, the nation's longest.
Texas A&M 28, Hawaii 13:
Darren Lewis rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown in the first half, and fullback Robert Wilson scored twice in the opening 30 minutes, as the 13th-ranked Aggies won in Honolulu.
The Aggies scored their four touchdowns before halftime, converting a fumble recovery and blocked punt into short scoring drives.