Tatum Bell ran for a career-high 182 yards as Oklahoma State defeated Nebraska, 24-21, yesterday in Stillwater, Okla., for the Cowboys' first victory over the Cornhuskers since 1961.
Josh Fields passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, and his second touchdown pass to John Lewis -- a 17-yarder in the fourth quarter -- sealed the victory for the Cowboys (3-4, 1-2 Big 12).
When the game ended, Oklahoma State fans raced onto the field and tore down both goal posts as the Cowboys ended a 24-game losing and 35-game winless streak.
"The staff challenged them to meet Nebraska's physical style of play, and they did," Oklahoma State Coach Les Miles said of his players. "It is a great start for the rest of the season. It puts us in a position for bowl goals."
Freshman David Horne, playing in just his third game, led Nebraska (5-3, 1-2) with 125 yards rushing on 24 carries. His two-yard score in the fourth quarter pulled the Cornhuskers to 17-14.
Rashaun Woods caught 11 passes for 134 yards, including a five-yard touchdown in the third quarter that put Oklahoma State ahead for good. It was his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season.
Nebraska, which fell out of the Associated Press top 25 earlier this year for the first time since 1981, has lost five straight road games since defeating Kansas, 51-7, on Nov. 3, 2001.
"I think we had some excellent individual performances, but it's been a tough go in terms of getting everyone on the same page and playing good football as a unit," Nebraska Coach Frank Solich said.
With the loss, the Cornhuskers face the prospect of their first losing season since 1961, when they went 3-6-1 under Bill Jennings. Four of the Huskers' final five opponents are Texas A&M, No. 8 Texas, No. 17 Kansas State and defending Big 12 champion Colorado.
"We have a chance to be a good team, but if we continue to play like this, it's going to be a long year," Nebraska safety Philip Bland said.
* MINNESOTA 28, MICHIGAN ST. 7: Terry Jackson became the first Minnesota player to rush for 200 yards in consecutive games, leading the Golden Gophers past the host Spartans for their best start since 1961.
Minnesota (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten) dominated after giving up a touchdown on the game's first drive and won at Spartan Stadium for the first time since 1976. Michigan State (3-4, 1-2) has won only one of its last five games.
* CALIFORNIA 17, UCLA 12: The California defense finished off a spectacular day by keeping UCLA out of the end zone during a fourth-quarter goal-line stand as the Golden Bears won at home.
UCLA (4-3, 1-2 Pacific-10), which got a safety on the game's final play as Cal (5-3, 2-2) ran out the clock, had first and goal twice during the pivotal series, but it ended with Cal's Jamaal Cherry blocking a 22-yard field goal try by Chris Griffith.
* WEST VIRGINIA 34, SYRACUSE 7: Rasheed Marshall ran for two touchdowns and passed for a third, and Avon Cobourne became the fifth Division 1-A rusher with four 1,000-yard seasons as the Mountaineers (5-2, 2-0 Big East) routed the visiting Orangemen (1-6, 0-3), who had their streak of 15 straight winning regular seasons snapped.
* MARSHALL 24, TROY STATE 7: Byron Leftwich passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Thundering Herd (5-1) at home. Leftwich completed 23 of 35 passes for 275 yards.
* HOUSTON 56, ARMY 42: Nick Eddy threw three touchdown passes and Chris Robertson ran for three scores, helping the host Cougars (3-4, 1-3) snap a 14-game Conference USA losing streak. Army (0-7, 0-5) has lost 19 straight on the road.
* FLORIDA 30, AUBURN 23: Throwing off his back foot just as he was hit, Rex Grossman connected with Taylor Jacobs for a 25-yard touchdown in overtime to lift the Gators (5-3, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) to a victory at home after they had blown a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter.
* TEMPLE 38, CONNECTICUT 24: Tanardo Sharps rushed for a career-high 223 yards, including a late touchdown to lead the Owls (3-4) past the host Huskies (2-5), who rallied from a 30-10 halftime deficit.
* KENTUCKY 29, ARKANSAS 17: Jared Lorenzen threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns, and the visiting Wildcats (5-2, 1-2 SEC) took advantage of third-quarter mistakes by the Razorbacks (3-3, 1-3).
* TEXAS A&M 47, KANSAS 22: Dustin Long threw for a school-record 399 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Aggies (5-2, 2-1 Big 12) past the host Jayhawks (2-6, 0-4).
* SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 23, CINCINNATI 14: Etric Pruitt returned an interception 44 yards for a touchdown and Joe Henley added a safety late to lead the Golden Eagles (5-2, 3-0 Conference USA) at home. The Bearcats fell to 2-5, 1-2.
* COLORADO ST. 28, UTAH 20: Bradlee Van Pelt ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to lead the Rams (6-2, 2-0 Mountain West) in Salt Lake City. The Utes (2-5, 0-3) lost their fifth straight.
* CLEMSON 31, WAKE FOREST 23: Bernard Rambert ran for two second-half touchdowns and the Tigers' defense created five turnovers -- including a game-saving fumble -- helping Clemson (4-3, 2-2 ACC) rally at home to beat the Demon Deacons (4-3, 2-2).
* STANFORD 16, ARIZONA 6: Michael Sgroi kicked three field goals, and Chris Lewis threw 12 yards to Alex Smith for the game's only touchdown to lead the host Cardinal (2-4, 1-2 Pac-10) past the Wildcats (3-4, 0-3).
* IVY LEAGUE: Cameron Atkinson rushed for 174 yards and a touchdown as Princeton held off a second-half rally to defeat Brown, 16-14. . . . Ari Confesor caught four touchdown passes from Brian Hall, but it wasn't enough as Dartmouth's Brian Mann ran for two touchdowns and passed for two as the Green Wave beat Holy Cross, 44-36. . . . Kevin DeSmedt had two rushing touchdowns and Penn (4-1, 2-0) scored 31 unanswered points in the second half to defeat Columbia, 44-10. . . . Shawn Brady threw two touchdown passes to lead Northeastern (6-1) to its first win over Harvard, 17-14. . . . Fourth-string quarterback Kyle Keating, starting because of injuries to Lehigh's first three signal-callers, threw two touchdowns to lead the Engineers (5-2) past Yale, 14-7.