Colorado State fal­ters down stretch, loses to Arkansas

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports -

Arkansas quar­ter­back Nick Starkel, in his first start in a Ra­zor­backs uni­form, led his team on two fourth-quar­ter touch­down drives, break­ing a 34-all tie and send­ing Arkansas to a 55-34 win over Colorado State on Saturday.

The Ra­zor­backs (2-1) earned their first vic­tory over an FBS op­po­nent this sea­son and only the sec­ond in coach Chad Morris’ 15 games dat­ing to last year.

Starkel, who trans­ferred from Texas A&M in the off­sea­son, was named quar­ter­back Mon­day af­ter en­ter­ing and play­ing well in the sec­ond half of Arkansas’ loss to Ole Miss last Saturday. He went 20 for 35 for 305 yards with three touch­downs against the Rams.

Colorado State (1-2) ral­lied from a 14-point, first half deficit and tied it at 34 when back-up quar­ter­back Pa­trick O'Brien scram­bled and found Dante Wright for a 75-yard touch­down pass near the end of the third quar­ter. O'Brien en­tered for starter Collin Hill dur­ing the Rams’ first drive of the sec­ond half when it ap­peared Hill tweaked his leg.

SATURDAY’S GAMES

North­west­ern 30, UNLV 14: Hunter John­son threw his first ca­reer touch­down pass and ran in an­other to lead North­west­ern past UNLV. Drake An­der­son ran for 141 yards and a touch­down to help the Wild­cats win their home opener.

Wy­oming 21, Idaho 16: Trey Smith rushed for 152 yards and two scores, in­clud­ing an 80-yard dash early in the fourth quar­ter that gave Wy­oming a home win, the Cow­boys’ sev­enth straight vic­tory dat­ing to last sea­son.

It was the first 100-yard game for Smith, a grad­u­ate trans­fer from Louisville. On his in­sur­ance touch­down, he bounced off a defender at the line, shook a would-be an­kle tack­ler a few yards down­field, re­gained his balance, then won a footrace down the right side­line.

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