LINCOLN, Neb. - It took a little bit longer than expected, but the Scott Frost era got underway Saturday at Nebraska, and the result was not what the 362nd straight sell-out at Memorial Stadium expected.
Colorado quarterback Steven Montez threw for three touchdowns and 351 yards, and Laviska Shenault, Jr. had 10 receptions for 177 yards and one touchdown via the air and one rushing score as the Buffaloes beat the Cornhuskers 33-28 in Lincoln, Neb.
The Cornhuskers were supposed to open their season against Akron on Sept. 1, but lightning and a deluge of rain forced the cancellation of Frost's much-anticipated return to his alma mater.
Nebraska (0-1) was poised to win Saturday's game despite three costly turnovers and an injury to starting quarterback Adrian Martinez, who accounted for 304 yards and three touchdowns. Leading 28-27, the Blackshirt defense had Montez backed up with a third-and-24 when Antonio Reed was flagged for unnecessary roughness after hitting a defenseless receiver to give Colorado new life with 1:14 left.
Colorado (2-0) took over on the Nebraska 40-yard line and one play later, Montez hit Shenault in stride for the game-winner.
USD 43, Northern Colorado 28
VERMILLION (AP) - Austin Simmons threw for 462 yards and four touchdown passes, and ran for another score, as South Dakota held off Northern Colorado for a 43-28 victory on Saturday.
The Coyotes (1-1) rebounded from its 27-24 loss at Kansas State for its 16th consecutive home-opening win and 40th opener at the DakotaDome.
Simmons threw all four TD passes in the first half, each to a different receiver, as South Dakota jumped out to a 34-14 halftime lead. Northern Colorado (0-2) rallied back in the fourth quarter when Jacob Knipp threw two touchdown passes to make it 34-28.
But Simmons answered with a 60-yard pass to Shamar Jackson and capped the drive racing into the corner of the endzone from the 2-yard line, stretching the Coyotes' lead to 40-28 with 5:19 remaining. The Bears fumbled the ball away on the ensuing kickoff.
Simmons was 31-of-40 passing and ran for 80 yards on eight carries. Jackson had seven catches for 146 yards and a touchdown. Trystn Ducker had four receptions for 131 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown catch off a screen pass.
SDSU 45, Montana St. 14
BROOKINGS (AP) - Taryn Christion passed for four touchdowns and ran for another and Cade Johnson tied South Dakota State's single-game record with four TD receptions to help the Jackrabbits beat Montana State 45-14 on Saturday night.
Christion was 21-of-29 passing for 319 yards and Johnson finished with nine receptions for 138 yards.
Montana State (1-1) had just 44 total yards and one first down before halftime. The Bobcats, who had eight first-half possessions, went three-and-out seven times with one interception.
Johnson caught scoring passes of 2, 24 and 19 yards and Chase Vinatieri made a 42-yard field goal to give South Dakota State a 24-0 lead at the break and Christion's 1-yard touchdown run capped an 11-play, 75-yard drive to open the third quarter. Johnson added a 7-yard TD catch that capped the scoring early in the fourth.
Montana State had its streak of 42 consecutive games with at least 100 yards rushing snapped, finishing with 29 yards on 23 carries.
Augustana 28, Minnesota State 36
SIOUX FALLS-A 24-point second half from NCAA Division II No. 3 Minnesota State spoiled Augustana University's home opener on Saturday. Kyle Sadler completed 28 of 45 passes for 451 yards and three touchdowns for the Vikings, including eight passes to Sean Engel (95 receiving yards) and seven to Nickel Meyers (132). Rudolh Sinflorant gained 62 yards on 13 carries. Defensively, Kyle Theis, who led the team with 17 tackles, and Alec Blonquist each had a sack. Augustana (1-1) plays Wayne State at 6 p.m. on Saturday in Wayne, Neb.
Sioux Falls 16, Winona State 15
WINONA, Minn.-NCAA Division II No. 15 Winona State's Tanner Gran caught a 39-yard touchdown from Owen Burke in the fourth quarter to beat No. 14 University of Sioux Falls on Saturday. Gabriel Watson rushed for 176 yards and a score on 29 carries. Michael Maxwell led the team with 90 receiving yards. Trevor Coleman recorded a team-high nine tackles for the Cougars. Sioux Falls (1-1) hosts Southwest Minnesota State at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Colorado School of Mines 42, Black Hills State 20
SPEARFISH-Black Hills State University dropped its second NCAA Division II game of the season as Colorado School of Mines ruined the Yellow Jackets' home opener on Saturday. For Black Hills State, Ryan Hommel threw for 172 yards and rushed for 88 more. Eriq Swiftwater led the team with 67 receiving yards. Josh Gurnaby's 10 tackles led the Yellow Jackets, while Austin Goddard and Kolten Johnson combined for the team's only sack. The Yellow Jackets (0-2) play Adams State University at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Alamosa, Colo.
SD Mines 38, Western State Colorado 21
RAPID CITY-The Hardrockers earned their first win of the season on Saturday as it took down Western State Colorado University in a NCAA Division II game. Jake Sullivan completed 23 of 38 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 62 yards. Connor Silveria rushed for two touchdowns and 71 yards, while Isaiah Manley caught six passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. Marken Vilson led the team with eight tackles. The Hardrockers (1-1) host Simon Fraser University (B.C.) at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Presentation 42, Crown College 14
ABERDEEN-A 35-point first half helped Presentation College earn its first win of the season on Saturday. Austin Eggl threw for 151 yards and two scores on 13 completions for the Saints. On the ground, Nathan Jones had 110 yards and Innocent Okoh rushed for 99 yards. Logan Weisser led the team with 75 receiving yards and two touchdowns on five catches. Anointe Marshall, Bryce Fisher and Aaron Butler all had an interception. Presentation (1-2) plays NAIA No. 13 Dickinson State University at 2 p.m. in Dickinson, ND, on Sept. 22.