Columbia, Mo. Joe Alls scored on a two-yard run with 3:40 to go as Bowling Green upended Missouri 20-13 Saturday night in the opener for two teams with new coaches.
Missouri was flat in Gary Pinkel's debut, gaining only 71 yards in the first half and 234 overall. Pinkel spent the previous 10 years at Toledo, which beat Bowling Green 51-17 in his final game there before signing a five-year deal at Missouri.
Bowling Green, which hasn't had a winning season since 1994, won a nonconference game on the road to open the season for the first time since 1983. Last year, the Falcons lost their three nonconference games by a combined score of 107-37.
New Bowling Green coach Urban Meyer, 36, coached wide receivers at Notre Dame the past five seasons. He's the second-youngest head coach in Div. I.
Missouri quarterback Darius Outlaw threw two interceptions, both by Janssen Patton. Patton's pickoff with 1:37 to go at the Bowling Green 31 clinched the victory.
Alls had 107 yards on 17 carries. Outlaw was 18-for-39 for 158 yards.
No. 3 Oklahoma 44,
Air Force 3
Air Force Academy, Colo. Quentin Griffin ran for a career-best 201 yards and quarterback Nate Hybl had mixed results for the second straight week for Oklahoma. Hybl, making his second career start, was 14-of-31 for 161 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw an interception inside the Air Force 20 but was aided by Griffin and an overwhelming defense. The defending national champion Sooners (2-0) forced four turnovers and held Air Force to 249 total yards en route to their 15th straight victory.
No. 4 Nebraska 42, Troy State 14
Lincoln, Neb. Dahrran Diedrick rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns in his first start and Nebraska held Division I-A newcomer Troy State to 165 yards. The Huskers (2-0), who fell behind 7-0, allowed just two yards of offense in the second half and sacked Brock Nutter eight times. Eric Crouch and Thunder Collins also scored for Nebraska, which had 457 yards of offense. Crouch rushed for 48 yards and passed for 109 yards.
No. 5 Texas 41,
New Mexico State 7
Austin, Texas Chris Simms threw two touchdown passes and Texas narrowly missed a season-opening shutout. Simms fought through an erratic night but connected with Montrell Flowers on TD passes of 9 and 10 yards. Simms finished 17-of-37 for 182 yards. Walter Taylor rushed for 113 yards for New Mexico State.
Southern Miss 17, Oklahoma State 9
Hattiesburg, Miss. Jeff Kelly passed for 277 yards and a TD as Southern Miss spoiled Les Miles' coaching debut with OSU. Kelly was 22-of-36. The win gave coach Jeff Bower, a former OSU assistant, a second victory over the Cowboys.
Texas A&M; 38, McNeese State 24
College Station, Texas Quarterback Mark Farris ran for two touchdowns and passed for another to rally Texas A&M; from a 16-point deficit. Two early turnovers by Farris helped the NCAA Division I-AA Cowboys take a 16-0 lead.