Adam Ickes blocked Josh Cummings's 46-yard field goal attempt as time ran out yesterday, allowing host Nebraska to hang on for a 7-6 victory over Pittsburgh that kept Coach Dave Wannstedt's Panthers winless.
Cummings kicked field goals of 38 and 27 yards in the third quarter to pull the Panthers (0-3) within a point, then missed a 49-yarder that would have given them the lead with 11 minutes 19 seconds left.
With seven seconds remaining and Cummings setting up for a game-winning attempt, Mike McGlynn's snap deflected off holder Adam Graessle's helmet and into the hands of Cummings, who smartly threw incomplete to an open area of the field. The clock stopped with a second left, and Cummings was given another chance on third down.
This time Cummings's kick was stuffed by Ickes for Nebraska's second block of the game. The Cornhuskers improved to 3-0.
* UC DAVIS 20, STANFORD 17: Jon Grant threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Blaise Smith with eight seconds left and the visiting Aggies stunned the Cardinal to spoil Coach Walt Harris's home debut.
Harris, brought in to replace Buddy Teevens after three straight losing seasons, is off to a rough start at Stanford (1-1). He became the first Cardinal coach to lose to a non-Division I team.
The Aggies (1-2), who are in the third year of a four-year transition from Division II to Division I-AA, were not intimidated by the Pacific-10 environment, keeping Stanford's offense out of the end zone all game and allowing just 180 yards.
* WYOMING 29, AIR FORCE 28: Quarterback Corey Bramlet dove in from the 1-yard line to cap a 65-yard drive with 1:25 left, and Deric Yaussi made the deciding extra point to lift the visiting Cowboys.
Bramlet completed passes of 29, 4 and 19 yards to Michael Ford on the deciding drive. Wyoming (2-1, 1-0 Mountain West) had a chance to win because the Falcons (2-1, 1-1) had missed an extra point earlier.
* VANDERBILT 31, MISSISSIPPI 23: Jay Cutler threw for 314 yards and ran for another 58, leading the host Commodores to a 3-0 start for the first time since 1984.
Jeff Jennings ran 24 times for 103 yards and three touchdowns, the last with 1:26 left to make it an eight-point game.
Ole Miss fell to 1-1, 0-1 in the SEC.
* ALABAMA 37, SOUTH CAROLINA 14: Kenneth Darby rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown, and the Crimson Tide ran through gaping holes and missed tackles for 338 yards rushing.
It was a rare road win for Alabama Coach Mike Shula. Since he took over in 2003, the Crimson Tide (3-0, 1-0 SEC) had only beaten Mississippi State and Kentucky away from Tuscaloosa.
* DUKE 40, VMI 14: In Durham, N.C., Justin Boyle ran for a career-high 113 yards and two touchdowns, and Zack Asack threw for another score in his Blue Devils debut.
A week after getting embarrassed at home by Virginia Tech, Duke (1-2) took out its frustration on the Division I-AA Keydets (1-2), who have lost 14 of their last 15 games.
* PENN STATE 40, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 3: In State College, Pa., Michael Robinson threw three touchdown passes and ran for another to lead a well-balanced attack for the Nittany Lions (3-0).
* WASHINGTON 34, IDAHO 6: Louis Rankin rushed for 115 yards on 19 carries, including a 48-yard touchdown, and the host Huskies (1-2) ended an eight-game losing streak and gave Coach Tyrone Willingham his first win at the school.
* BAYLOR 20, ARMY 10: Shawn Bell completed 20 of 30 passes for 205 yards and one touchdown as the visiting Bears improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1996.
* MISSOURI 52, TROY 21: Marcus Woods had a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown as the host Tigers had a big day on special teams.
* INDIANA 38, KENTUCKY 14: Chris Taylor ran for a career-high 176 yards and Blake Powers threw four touchdown passes as the Hoosiers, at home, ended a three-game losing streak to the Wildcats.
* KANSAS 34, LOUISIANA TECH 14: Brian Luke threw three touchdown passes, and the Jayhawks scored twice off interceptions in a 66-second span in the fourth quarter to win at home.
Wearing red uniforms for the first time in 58 years, the Jayhawks snapped out of a funk and a 7-7 halftime tie to post their first 3-0 start since 1997. Louisiana Tech fell to 0-2.
* WAKE FOREST 44, EAST CAROLINA 34: Chris Barclay ran for 210 yards and tied a school record with four rushing touchdowns as the Demon Deacons (1-2) won at home.
* WISCONSIN 14, NORTH CAROLINA 5: In Chapel Hill, N.C., Brian Calhoun rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns in Wisconsin's penalty-prone win.
Calhoun carried the ball 38 times and continued his impressive start, giving him 471 yards so far in his first season.
* MISSISSIPPI STATE 21, TULANE 14: The Bulldogs (2-1) spoiled the Green Wave's hurricane-delayed season opener, using Jerious Norwood's late 17-yard touchdown run in a game played in Shreveport, La.
The Division I-A team most affected by Hurricane Katrina, Tulane (0-1) played its first game nearly 350 miles from home.
* MINNESOTA 46, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 7: Laurence Maroney rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns and caught another score to lead the Golden Gophers (3-0) at home.
The loss dropped the Owls to 0-3.
* RUTGERS 17, BUFFALO 3: In Amherst, N.Y., Ryan Hart threw a pair of touchdown passes and Brian Leonard rushed for 121 yards to lead the Scarlet Knights (2-1).