Brock Jensen backed into the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown with 28 seconds left, and North Dakota State upset defending Big 12 champion Kansas State, 24-21, Friday night in Manhattan, Kan.
The senior quarterback led the Bison on an 18-play, 80-yard march that ate up 8½ minutes, helping them convert four third downs along the way, and left the Wildcats with virtually no time left to set up a tying field-goal try.
Jensen threw for 165 yards and two touchdowns for the Bison, the two-time defending FCS national champions who have beaten Colorado State, Minnesota, and Kansas in the last three years. Sam Ojuri added 127 yards rushing on 10 carries for the Bison.
Jake Waters threw for 280 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions for the Wildcats, who built a 21-7 lead by the third quarter before everything fell apart.
Miami 34, Florida Atlantic 6 — Duke Johnson had career highs of 186 yards and 19 carries before departing in the third quarter, receiver Herb Waters an end-around 63 yards for a score, and the Hurricanes beat the visiting Owls.
Johnson left in the third quarter after getting shaken up on the play on which Waters scored, and was checked out on the Miami sideline, with indications that he was being evaluated to rule out a concussion.
Michigan State 26, Western Michigan 13 — Jeremy Langford’s 2-yard touchdown run late in the first half broke a tie and he finished with a career-high 94 yards rushing, helping the host Spartans edge the visiting Broncos.
The Spartans struggled on offense, rotating ineffective quarterback Andrew Maxwell and Connor Cook, and scored two touchdowns on defense.
Arizona 35, Northern Arizona 0 — Daniel Jenkins ran 91 yards for a touchdown, the third-longest rushing play in Arizona school history, and the Wildcats opened their season with rout of the Lumberjacks.
Arizona All-America running back Ka’Deem Carey, the nation’s leading rusher last season, was suspended for the game ‘‘per team policy,’’ the school said.
Texas Tech 41, SMU 23 — Baker Mayfield, believed to be the first walk-on true freshman quarterback to start a season opener for a BCS school, threw for 413 yards and four TDs while running for another score as the Red Raiders beat the host Mustangs in coach Kliff Kingsbury’s debut. Texas Tech has won 15 games in a row against Southern Methodist.
Army 28, Morgan State 12 — Angel Santiago rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns and passed for another score in his second career start, and the Black Knights opened its season with a victory over the visiting Bears.
Houston 62, Southern 13 — Ryan Jackson rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cougars past the Jaguars in Houston. Houston piled up 627 yards of offense — 372 on the ground.
Samford 31, Georgia State 21 — Running back Fabian Truss scored two touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs past the Panthers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.