Gregg Barrios kicked two first-half field goals and Scott Baldwin ran for a last-minute touchdown as No. 7 Nebraska struggled past Baylor, 13-0, in a battle of two of the nation's top defenses last night in Lincoln, Neb.
Nebraska, eighth in the nation a year ago in fewest yards allowed, held Baylor to 164 yards and gave the Bears only two scoring opportunities. It was only the second time in 113 games that Baylor had been shut out. The last time was 24-0 against Texas Christian in 1987.
Baylor, ninth in total defense last season, held Nebraska touchdown-less until Baldwin (92 yards on 14 carries) scored on a two-yard dive with 22 seconds left.
Barrios, a senior, kicked field goals of 37 and 20 yards.
Nebraska has seven starters back on defense, Baylor eight.
Rice 33, Wake Forest 17:
In Houston, Trevor Cobb scored two touchdowns and became the first Owls running back since 1988 to gain more than 100 yards. It was the season opener for both teams.
Donald Hollas, who ranked 12th nationally in total offense last season, completed his first eight passes and combined with Cobb for touchdowns on the Owls' first two possessions en route to a 23-3 halftime lead. He completed 15 of 24 passes for 201 yards and was intercepted twice.
Cobb, who gained 159 yards on 28 carries, scored on a 38-yard run on Rice's first possession.
Wake Forest rallied in the fourth quarter with a nine-yard touchdown run by quarterback Phil Barnhill.
Oklahoma St. 10, Tulsa 7:
In Stillwater, Okla, Gerald Hudson ran for 148 yards and superb defense secured the Cowboys' victory.
Hudson gained his yards on 33 carries in the sweltering heat and scored the game's only touchdown on a nine-yard run in the third quarter.
The Cowboys defense, a weakness in recent years, held Tulsa to 159 yards overall and was especially tough on T.J. Rubley, who completed 12 of 28 passes for 83 yards.
Washington St. 21, TCU 3:
Brad Gossen passed for 238 yards and two touchdowns as the Cougars won in Fort Worth.
Gossen staked Washington State to a 7-3 halftime lead with a 28-yard scoring pass to Clarence Williams and made it 14-3 with a three-yard, third-quarter touchdown toss to Shaumbe Wright-Fair.