September 15, 2002
RENO, Nev. -- Zack Threadgill passed for 410 yards and four first-half touchdowns and Nevada's defense withstood a late rally Saturday as the Wolf Pack upset Brigham Young 31-28.
Nate Burleson caught 12 passes for 213 yards, including a 95-yard scoring play early, to help Nevada beat BYU for the first time in six tries, despite the loss of star running back Chance Kretschmer to a knee injury after a late hit out of bounds on his first carry.
Freshman quarterback Lance Pendleton moved BYU with seven completions on its final drive, but time expired with the Cougars at Nevada's 32.
Threadgill, who was 28-of-37 with one interception, led Nevada to two touchdowns in the last 48 seconds of the second quarter for a 31-14 halftime lead.
Pendleton came off the bench to lead the Cougars to two third-quarter touchdowns, a 30-yard run by Marcus Whalen and a 9-yard pass to Gabriel Reid to cut the margin to 31-28 with 4:09 left in the quarter.
But neither team scored in the final quarter and Threadgill teamed with Burleson on a key drive late that pinned BYU deep in its territory with 2:18 left after the Wolf Pack was stopped on fourth and goal from the 2.
Freshman Matt Milton rushed 21 times for 94 yards for Nevada.
BOISE ST. 35, WYOMING 13: Brock Forsey ran for 155 yards and a touchdown for the visiting Broncos. B.J. Rhode, starting for the injured Ryan Dinwiddie, completed 20-of-29 for 204 yards and ran for a 1-yard score in the third quarter. Casey Bramlet passed for a touchdown and ran for another but also had an interception returned for a touchdown for the Cowboys.
BALL ST. 23, INDIANA ST. 21: Marcus Merriweather's third touchdown, a 6-yard run, put the host Cardinals ahead 23-14 early in the fourth. He rushed for 146 yards. Indiana State scored on a 3-yard pass from Julian Reese to Ryan King with 1:43 to go, but Ball State recovered the ensuing onside kick.
LOUISIANA TECH 53, TULSA 9: Joe Smith rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns and Luke McCown threw for three scores for the host Bulldogs. Tech rushed for 290 yards on 41 carries and held Tulsa to 50 yards on 31 carries in the WAC opener for both. The Bulldogs built a 24-0 lead in the first quarter on Smith's touchdown runs of 33 and 29 yards and Shawn Piper's return of a blocked kick for a touchdown.
KENT ST. 37, CAL POLY-SLO 34: Joshua Cribbs threw a 35-yard touchdown to Derrick Bush with 49 seconds left for the host Golden Flashes. Cribbs was 11-of-22 for 193 yards and two scores and had touchdown runs of 72 and 48 yards. Kevin Cooper's 1-yard run gave the Mustangs a 34-30 lead with 1:08 to go, but a short kickoff gave the Golden Flashes the ball back at their 49, and they scored in five plays.
CENT. MICHIGAN 24, AKRON 17: Kenan Lawhorne ran for two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 9:22 to play, for the visiting Chippewas in the MAC opener for both. Lawhorne also had a 2-yard TD run with 2:01 left in the third to tie it at 17; he gained 133 yards on 30 carries.
E. MICHIGAN 35, SE MISSOURI 32: Troy Edwards threw a 16-yard touchdown to Kevin Walter with 55 seconds left for the host Eagles. Derek Kutz missed a 48-yard field goal attempt as time expired for Southeast Missouri, a Division I-AA team.
TROY ST. 40, SOUTHERN UTAH 15: Freshman Marrio Fraser rushed for 125 yards to lead three players with 100-yard games as the host Trojans gained a school-record 464 yards on the ground against their I-AA foe.
CONNECTICUT 24, BUFFALO 3: Dan Orlovsky threw for one touchdown and ran for another and tailback Terry Caulley ran for 136 yards for the visiting Huskies. Orlovsky was 18-of-24 for 242 yards and connected with Tommy Collins for a 50-yard score in the fourth.
N'WESTERN ST. 34, DELAWARE ST. 14: Derrick Johnese ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns for visiting Northwestern State, which scored 20 points in less than 12 minutes in the second quarter.
HAMPTON 51, HOWARD 2: The host Pirates led 23-0 after one quarter and 44-0 at halftime to win the MEAC opener for both.
NORFOLK ST. 35, SAVANNAH ST. 6: William Smith rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns for host Norfolk State.
WOFFORD 7, S.C. ST. 6: Quarterback Trey Rodgers had a 3-yard touchdown run in the third quarter for visiting Wofford, which blocked the extra point after South Carolina State's touchdown in the seconds quarter.