Amp Campbell, who broke his neck in a loss to Oregon last season, returned a fumble 85 yards in the fourth quarter to give Michigan State its first lead as the Spartans paid back the Ducks with a 27-20 victory last night in East Lansing, Mich.
The Spartans, who trailed 17-7 in the opener for both teams, came back with 17 unanswered points, taking a 24-17 lead on Campbell's return of Herman Ho-Ching's fumble. Linebacker Julian Peterson set up the return by stripping the ball from Ho-Ching.
The game marked the return for Campbell, a cornerback who fractured his sixth and seventh vertebrae while attempting a tackle on Oregon's second touchdown of a 48-14 rout last season. He required spinal fusion surgery that night.
A.J. Feeley, in his first start as the replacement for the departed Akili Smith, was 27 of 49 for 343 yards and two touchdowns for Oregon, which was 8-4 last season. Bill Burke was 17 of 30 for 205 yards and two touchdowns for the Spartans.
UNLV 26, NORTH TEXAS 3: In his first game in almost two years, John Robinson coached the visiting Rebels past North Texas, ending the nation's second-longest Division I-A losing streak at 16 games. It also ended the Rebels' 26-game losing streak on the road.
"It was fun for me because the kids never doubted themselves," Robinson said. "We have a sense of relaxation now that the streak is over. This is a great win in terms of finishing off the past."
Robinson coached 12 years in two stints at Southern California (1976-82 and 1993-97) and coached the Los Angeles Rams for nine seasons starting in 1983. Robinson hadn't coached since November 1997, when he was fired by USC.
Robinson started this season with a 104-35-4 record and was 7-1 in bowl games. He won a national championship with USC in 1978.
SYRACUSE 35, TOLEDO 12: Dee Brown ran for 136 yards and two touchdowns and the Orangemen's defense held host Toledo's offense to 66 rushing yards.
DELAWARE 34, WILLIAM & MARY 27: In Newark, Del., Butter Pressey scored on a 19-yard touchdown run in the second overtime period for the Blue Hens.
WESTERN CAROLINA 59, MARS HILL 0: In Cullowhee, N.C., the Catamounts -- who play Maryland on Sept. 11 -- were led by Shawn Snyder, who threw four scoring passes.