Dustin Almond threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Young with 7 minutes 47 seconds left and visiting Southern Mississippi made a defensive stand in the final minutes to preserve a 21-17 victory yesterday over mistake-prone Nebraska.
"Our kids believed they were going to win," Southern Miss Jeff Coach Bower said. "We came up here in '99, and turnovers killed us. It was the other way around today."
Southern Miss (1-0) converted four of Nebraska's five turnovers into points and came from behind after seeing its 9-3 halftime lead evaporate quickly in the third quarter.
"This is a game that was there for the taking, and we gave it away," Nebraska Coach Bill Callahan said. "There's nobody to look at but ourselves."
The Golden Eagles became the first nonconference opponent since Washington in 1991 to beat Nebraska (1-1) at Memorial Stadium.
The victory wasn't secure until Southern Miss linebacker Dillon Cleckler chased quarterback Joe Dailey out of bounds short of the first-down marker on fourth and long in the final minute.
Nebraska started its last drive at its 41 with 3:18 left and moved to the Southern Miss 12. Darrell Bennett, who had two fumble recoveries earlier in the fourth quarter, got his right hand in front of Terrance Nunn to break up an end-zone pass, and then Caleb Hendrix made up ground quickly to deflect a ball away from Matt Herian in the corner of the end zone.
Nebraska's fifth turnover came after the Cornhuskers (1-1) had moved inside the Southern Miss 25 with less than five minutes to play. Bennett recovered a fumble after DeMarcus Barner put a ball-jarring hit on Dailey.
* CONNECTICUT 22, DUKE 20: The Huskies scored 16 points in the fourth quarter and Blue Devils kicker Matt Brooks missed a 36-yard field goal attempt with 10 seconds left in East Hartford, Conn.
U-Conn. kicker Matt Nuzie, who missed a 26-yard try and an extra point attempt earlier in the game, made a 21-yarder with 3:40 left to give the Huskies (2-0) the lead for good.
* MICHIGAN ST. 24, CENT. MICHIGAN 7: Quarterbacks Stephen Reaves and Drew Stanton made just enough plays to help the Spartans to the home victory.
Reaves started and was 9 of 19 for 183 yards with a touchdown in his college debut. Stanton was just 1 of 3 for nine yards, but he ran for 38 yards on a fourth and one late in the game for the Spartans (1-1).
Jerry Seymour ran for 164 yards, including a 90-yard touchdown, for the Chippewas (0-2).
* LOUISVILLE 52, ARMY 21: In West Point, N.Y., Stefan LeFors threw for 270 yards and Michael Bush ran for two touchdowns to help the Cardinals spoil the debut of Black Knights Coach Bobby Ross.
Broderick Clark caught six passes for 122 yards as Louisville gained 574 yards, giving Ross a rude welcome back to coaching.
The 67-year-old Ross led Georgia Tech to a national championship in 1990, the Chargers to a Super Bowl in 1995 and last coached the Detroit Lions in 2000. He was lured out of retirement last year to take the helm at Army, coming off the first 0-and-13 season in major college football.
* ALABAMA 28, MISSISSIPPI 7: Brodie Croyle threw two touchdown passes and Ray Hudson rushed for a career-high 116 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns to lift the Crimson Tide over the visiting Rebels. The Crimson Tide, 2-0 for the first time since 1999, has won 21 of the last 22 meetings with Ole Miss in Tuscaloosa and seven straight.
Ole Miss, meantime, dropped its first two games for the first time since 1987 and continued to sputter offensively.
* BOSTON COLLEGE 21, PENN STATE 7: Paul Peterson threw for 199 yards and three touchdowns, and the Eagles beat the visiting Nittany Lions for the second straight year.
Backup running back Andre Callender finished with 114 yards on 27 carries for the Eagles (2-0).
After struggling in the Eagles' opener against Ball State, Peterson was 23 of 31. In the opener, he was 12 of 23 for 135 yards with one interception.
* UCLA 35, ILLINOIS 17: Drew Olson threw three touchdown passes and Maurice Drew rushed for 142 yards to help the visiting Bruins (1-1) snap a six-game losing streak.
Olson completed scoring passes of 41 and 14 yards to Craig Bragg in the first half and threw a 15-yard score to Marcedes Lewis in the fourth quarter as the Bruins snapped a string of losses dating from Nov. 1.
* COLORADO 20, WASHINGTON ST. 12: Lawrence Vickers recovered a blocked punt in the end zone, Joe Sanders returned an interception for a score and the Buffaloes made a late goal line stand for a second straight week to earn an ugly victory in Seattle.
The Buffaloes (2-0) escaped, no question. Washington State (1-1) gained 416 total yards to 117 for Colorado, but the Cougars couldn't overcome a handful of special-teams blunders.
* TEXAS A&M 31, WYOMING 0: Reggie McNeal threw for 298 yards, including an 84-yard touchdown to freshman Kerry Franks, and ran for another score to lead the Aggies.
* AIR FORCE 42, E. WASHINGTON 20: Freshman Shaun Carney threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another, and the host Falcons found the end zone on their first three possessions.
* SYRACUSE 37, BUFFALO 17: Anthony Smith blocked two straight punts in the second quarter, scoring off the first and setting up another touchdown with the second, and the Orange (1-1) overcame a shaky start in Amherst, N.Y.
* WAKE FOREST 31, EAST CAROLINA 17: Cory Randolph threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score in the fourth quarter, helping the Demon Deacons (1-1) to victory in Greenville, N.C.
* CINCINNATI 45, MIAMI (OHIO) 26: In Cincinnati, Richard Hall rushed for 238 yards and three touchdowns, and Gino Guidugli passed for two scores and run for one as the Bearcats (1-1) beat the RedHawks (1-2).
* KANSAS 63, TOLEDO 14: Adam Barmann threw four touchdown passes in a 49-point first half and the Jayhawks (2-0) rolled at home.
* NEW HAMPSHIRE 35, RUTGERS 24: Redshirt freshman Ricky Santos threw for 385 yards and a school-record five touchdowns to help the Division I-AA Wildcats to the road victory.