UNLV, which last week snapped a 16-game losing streak, got an improbable gift last night when Kevin Thomas returned a fumble 99 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the game to lift the Rebels to a 27-24 victory over Baylor in Waco, Tex.
Baylor, with a first down at the UNLV 8-yard line, led 24-21 with less than 20 seconds left. UNLV had no timeouts.
Darrel Bush, whose nine-yard touchdown run with 6 minutes 6 seconds to go had given Baylor the lead, took a handoff and tried to score again. Linebackers James Sunia and Tyler Brickell converged on Bush, forcing a fumble at the 1. Thomas picked up the ball and ran for the score.
MARSHALL 63, LIBERTY 3: Chad Pennington passed for four touchdowns and ran for another in little more than a half to lead Marshall to the rout in Huntington, W. Va.
OKLAHOMA ST. 46, TULSA 9: First-time starter B.J. Tiger threw for 162 yards and added 70 yards rushing as the Cowboys beat in-state rival Tulsa in Stillwater, Okla.
COLORADO 63, SAN JOSE ST. 35: Mike Moschetti passed for a school-record 465 yards for host Colorado. Moschetti broke the passing record of 457 yards set by Koy Detmer against Missouri in 1996. Colorado's 767 yards established another school mark, eclipsing the 758 Colorado had against Northeast Louisiana in 1995.
KENTUCKY 45, U-CONN. 14: Dusty Bonner threw for four touchdowns and ran for one as host Kentucky beat Division I-AA Connecticut.
MICH. ST. 51, E. MICH. 7: Bill Burke passed for two touchdowns and Michigan State held Eastern Michigan to 130 yards in East Lansing.
LOUISVILLE 58, CHATTANOOGA 30: Frank Moreau rushed 19 times for a career-high 188 yards and four touchdowns as host Louisville defeated Division I-AA Chattanooga.
OKLA. 49, INDIANA ST. 0: Josh Heupel set school records with five touchdown passes and 31 completions for host Oklahoma.
TEXAS TECH 38, LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 17: James Easterling rushed for 114 yards and two scores for visiting Texas Tech.
MISS. ST. 13, MEMPHIS 10: Pig Prather's interception with 48 seconds left sealed host Mississippi State's win.
LSU 52, NORTH TEXAS 0: Rondell Mealey ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns for host LSU.