Brian Calhoun, a transfer from Colorado, rushed for a career-best 258 yards and a school record-tying five touchdowns on 43 carries in Wisconsin's 56-42 win over Bowling Green yesterday in Madison, Wis.

Calhoun, a Milwaukee area native, spurned the Badgers for the Buffaloes in 2002 but soured on Gary Barnett's program after running backs coach Eric Bieniemy left for UCLA following his freshman year and he balked at moving to wide receiver after his sophomore season.

Calhoun returned home and sat out last year while awaiting his chance to join the long list of premier running backs at Wisconsin.

The wait was well worth it.

Nobody in the proud program's history ever rushed for more yards in his debut, and his five scores tied the school mark set by Billy Marek in 1974 and tied by Anthony Davis in 2002, both against Minnesota.

Calhoun scored on runs of 20, 5, 5, 1 and 9 yards.

* ILLINOIS 33, RUTGERS 30: The Fighting Illini rallied from a 20-point deficit and Pierre Thomas's two-yard touchdown run in overtime gave Illinois a home win in Ron Zook's first game as coach.

Trailing 27-10 when the fourth quarter began, the Illini (1-0) tied the game at 27 when Tim Brasic hit running back E.B. Halsey with a swing pass and he ran in from 13 yards out with 1 minute 13 seconds to go.

* AIR FORCE 20, WASHINGTON 17: A 13-point fourth quarter rally by the Falcons spoiled the debut of Tyrone Willingham as coach of the Huskies.

Quarterback Shaun Carney scored on a one-yard run with 34 seconds left, and Air Force came from behind to win.

* MICHIGAN STATE 49, KENT STATE 14: Jehuu Caulcrick rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns and the Spartans had 685 total yards -- second-most in school history -- on the way to beating the Golden Flashes in the first meeting between the schools.

Drew Stanton completed 22 of 29 passes for 297 yards and two touchdowns with one interception for Michigan State (1-0). Stanton, who sat out the fourth quarter, also rushed for 60 yards on 10 carries.

* EAST CAROLINA 24, DUKE 21: In Greenville, N.C., James Pinkney ran for two touchdowns and threw for a score to help Skip Holtz win his debut as the Pirates' coach.

Aundrae Allison had 10 catches for 164 yards and a score for ECU, which won its season opener for the first time since beating Duke, 38-0, in 2000. Zach Baker added two interceptions and a fumble recovery to lead a solid defensive effort that made the Blue Devils work for every yard.

* PENN STATE 23, SOUTH FLORIDA 13: Alan Zemaitis returned a fumble 16 yards for a score and Tony Hunt rushed for a touchdown and set up another score with a long run as the Nittany Lions' new-look offense clicked early before struggling late in the home win.

* COLORADO 31, COLORADO STATE 28: Mason Crosby kicked a 47-yard field goal with four seconds left to lift the Buffaloes to a come-from-behind win over the Rams, the team often condescendingly referred to as Colorado's little brother.

The teams combined for 20 points -- two touchdowns and two field goals -- over the frantic final 2:32 in Boulder, adding yet another fantastic chapter to one of the most underrated rivalries in the country.

* KANSAS STATE 35, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 21: Thomas Clayton ran for 177 yards and two scores to lead the host Wildcats to their 16th straight win in a season opener, over Florida International in the Golden Panthers' first game as a full member of Division I-A.

Allen Webb passed for 161 yards and two scores for the Wildcats, but also lost a fumble and threw one interception.

* OKLAHOMA STATE 15, MONTANA STATE 10: Donovan Woods threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help the Cowboys hold off the Division I-AA Bobcats in Mike Gundy's first game as Oklahoma State's head coach. The Cowboys (1-0) struggled with the spread offense Gundy has implemented since taking over for Les Miles, but used a two-quarterback system to win their 10th straight home opener.

* NEBRASKA 25, MAINE 7: Jordan Congdon kicked four field goals and the host Cornhuskers had 11 sacks and scored a defensive touchdown to make up for an uninspired offensive effort against the Division I-AA Black Bears.

* ALABAMA 26, MIDDLE TENNESSEE 7: Brodie Croyle threw for 210 yards and a touchdown, and Tim Castille ran for two scores to lead the Crimson Tide to a home victory.

* ARKANSAS 49, MISSOURI STATE 17: Peyton Hillis ran for 135 yards and three touchdowns, leading the host Razorbacks to their highest rushing output in 30 years.

Freshman Felix Jones ran for 137 yards for Arkansas -- including an 80-yard score on his second college carry -- and De'Arrius Howard added 120. The Razorbacks rushed for 483 yards, their most since running for 501 against Air Force in 1975.

* MISSISSIPPI STATE 38, MURRAY STATE 6: Omarr Conner threw two of his career-high four touchdown passes to freshman Keon Humphries, and the Bulldogs rolled to victory at home. Jerious Norwood rushed for 123 yards on 16 carries for the Bulldogs (1-0), who outgained the Racers 482-229 and avoided losing to a Division I-AA team for the second straight season.

Conner was 17 of 24 for 233 yards in 21/2 quarters with touchdowns.