Adrian Peterson ran for 146 yards and two touchdowns and Oklahoma held off Nebraska's comeback bid to win 31-24 yesterday, giving the Cornhuskers back-to-back home losses in the same season for the first time since 1968.
Peterson, coming off an ankle injury that limited him for a month, scored a 36-yard touchdown on his first carry. He added a two-yard touchdown run in the second quarter as Oklahoma broke out to a 24-3 lead.
Nebraska put together two straight touchdown drives in the second half to pull within a touchdown before the Sooners escaped with their first win in Lincoln since 1987.
The Huskers, who lost 34-31 to Texas Tech here on Oct. 8, dropped consecutive home games for the first time since losing three in a row 37 years ago.
Oklahoma (5-3, 4-1 Big 12) won its third straight and extended its regular season winning streak over North Division opponents to 12. The Sooners haven't lost to a North team since a 20-10 defeat at Nebraska in 2001.
Nebraska (5-3, 2-3) has lost three of its last four after a 4-0 start. For the first time in 40 Oklahoma-Nebraska games, neither team came in ranked.
* BOISE STATE 49, NEVADA 14: Sophomore safety Marty Tadman had two interceptions and a clutch fourth-down stop as the Broncos' defense stifled the visiting Wolf Pack. The victory extended Division I-A's longest current home winning streak to 29 games and marked the 30th straight league win for the Broncos (6-2, 3-1 Western Athletic Conference) while dealing the Wolf Pack (4-3, 3-1) its first conference loss.
* COLORADO 23, KANSAS STATE 20: Mason Crosby kicked a 50-yard field goal with six seconds left, lifting the visiting Buffaloes to victory and giving them sole possession of the Big 12 North lead. The Buffaloes (6-2, 4-1 Big 12) won despite committing 116 yards in penalties.
* CENTRAL MICHIGAN 21, TOLEDO 17: Kent Smith threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead the host Chippewas to victory. The win is Central's first over Toledo in 11 tries, and it puts the Chippewas (5-3, 4-1) even with the Rockets (6-2, 4-1) at the top of the Mid-American Conference West Division standings.
* KANSAS 13, MISSOURI 3: Jon Cornish scored on a 10-yard run after Aqib Talib intercepted Brad Smith's ill-timed pitch, helping the host Jayhawks beat the Tigers for the third straight year. The Tigers (5-3, 3-2 Big 12) drove to the Kansas 36 with about five minutes left, but Smith's pass was intercepted at the 1 by Theo Baines and the Jayhawks ran out the clock.
* CINCINNATI 22, SYRACUSE 16: Linebacker Kevin McCullough returned a fumble for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter and the Bearcats sent the Orange to its sixth straight loss.
It was the first win on the road this season for Cincinnati (4-4, 2-2 Big East) and its first win in four games at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse is 1-7, 0-5.
* MICHIGAN STATE 46, INDIANA 15: Drew Stanton passed for 244 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Spartans to the home victory.
The win keeps bowl hopes alive for the Spartans (5-3, 2-3 Big Ten), who ended a three-game losing streak. Michigan State needs to win one of its last three games to be eligible for a bowl.
The loss hurts postseason chances for the Hoosiers (4-4, 1-4 Big Ten), who haven't been to a bowl since 1993 -- the longest drought in the Big Ten.
* N.C. STATE 21, SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 17: Freshman Andre Brown ran for 248 yards and two touchdowns, and Marcus Stone threw the go-ahead touchdown pass to lead the Wolfpack (3-4) to the home victory.
* WAKE FOREST 44, DUKE 6: Chris Barclay ran for 68 of his 204 yards on his first carry, broke the Demon Deacons' career rushing record and helped the visitors to their first winning streak of the season. In the third quarter, Barclay took a handoff and gained 19 yards to move in front of James McDougald, who totaled 3,811 yards on the ground from 1976 to '79. The Demon Deacons (4-5, 3-3 ACC) won their sixth in a row against the Blue Devils.
* BYU 62, AIR FORCE 41: Curtis Brown had career highs with 219 yards rushing and four touchdowns for the Cougars, which guaranteed consecutive losing seasons for the Falcons for the first time under Coach Fisher DeBerry. John Beck passed for 383 yards and three touchdowns and host BYU (4-4, 3-2 Mountain West) gained 684 yards while beating Air Force for the second straight year. The Falcons are 3-6, 2-5.
* GEORGIA TECH 10, CLEMSON 9: P.J. Daniels rushed for 100 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to give the host Yellow Jackets (5-2, 3-2 ACC) the victory. Clemson (4-4, 2-4) had been the only Division I-A team without a lost fumble this season, but that streak ended in the first half.
* IOWA STATE 42, TEXAS A&M 14: Todd Blythe set an Iowa State record with four touchdown catches and Stevie Hicks rushed for 122 yards and two more scores as the Cyclones (5-3, 2-3 Big 12) routed the host Aggies.