UCLA stopped Tennessee’s Montario Hardesty on fourth-and-2 in the closing minutes to make Kai Forbath’s four field goals stand up for a 19-15 win Saturday over the mistake-prone Volunteers at Knoxville, Tenn.
Trailing by six, the Vols (1-1) had a chance to take the lead from UCLA (2-0) after driving 52 yards, but UCLA held fast.
Tennessee got a safety when Dennis Rogan sacked Kevin Prince on the next drive, but an Jonathan Crompton took a sack and threw three incomplete passes after getting the ball back.
On the first play after halftime, Crompton threw his third interception of the day – to Rahim Moore. Forbath kicked a 39-yard field goal four plays later for a 13-10 lead.
Oregon 38, Purdue 36: The Ducks put suspended running back LeGarrette Blount and Boise State in the past by beating the Boilermakers at Eugene, Ore.
Trailing 38-30, the Boilermakers’ Keith Smith found Aaron Valentin with a 15-yard touchdown pass with 1:01 left. But Kyle Adams caught Joey Elliott’s pass to tie it out of bounds as Oregon (1-1) eked out the victory.
Purdue (1-1) closed to within 31-30 early in the fourth quarter on Ralph Bolden’s 22-yard touchdown reception until Oregon’s Kenjon Barner ran 21 yards for a score with 6:42 left.
Blount appeared on the field with his teammates before the game wearing his No. 9 jersey. Coach Chip Kelly suspended Blount for the season last week after he punched Boise State’s Byron Hout following Oregon’s opener.
Wake Forest 24, Stanford 17: Riley Skinner scored on a 1-yard keeper with 2 seconds remaining and the Demon Deacons rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Cardinal at Winston-Salem, N.C.
Skinner finished 18 of 26 for 187 yards with a TD pass for the Demon Deacons (1-1). His 44-yard pass to third-stringer Lovell Jackson with less than a minute left set up his winning score.
Redshirt freshman Andrew Luck was 23 of 34 for 276 yards with two touchdowns to Ryan Whalen for the Cardinal (1-1). They were denied their first 2-0 start since 2004.
Arizona 34, Northern Arizona 17: Nic Grigsby ran for a career-high 207 yards and ripped off the second-longest run in school history, and the Wildcats tuned up for their trip to Iowa with a victory over lower-division Lumberjacks (0-1) at Tucson, Ariz.
Grigsby raced 94 yards to the Lumberjacks’ 1-yard line early in the third quarter. That was 2 yards shy of a school-record 96-yard run by Trung Canidate in 1997.
Grigsby opened the scoring with a 25-yard touchdown run 5 minutes into the game and went 30 yards for another score 6 minutes later.
The Wildcats (2-0) have won four straight games for the first time since 2000.
Oregon State 23, UNLV 21: Oregon State kicker Justin Kahut converted a 33-yard field goal with 7 seconds left to give the Beavers a win over the Rebels in Las Vegas.
Teammate James Rodgers rushed for 166 yards on 26 carries and had 65 receiving yards on 10 receptions, including a 4-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter which put the Beavers (2-0) up 20-7.
Backup quarterback Mike Clausen rallied UNLV (1-1) with two fourth-quarter touchdown passes which give the Rebels a 21-20 lead with 4:16 left.