Colorado State falters down stretch, loses to Arkansas
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.
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.