GREELEY, Colo. -- James Tabary threw for 206 yards and the McNeese defense held off a late charge by Northern Colorado to open the season with a 17-14 victory on Saturday afternoon.
McNeese led 17-0 after three quarters but managed just 16 yards in the final stanza as Northern Colorado rallied. Jacob Knipp hit Patrick Stephens on a 27-yard scoring strike to make it 17-7 with 5:58 remaining. Two plays later Sherand Boyd Jr. intercepted Tabary, flipped the ball back as he was being tackled and Michael Walker ran the ball into the end zone to close the gap to 17-14.
The Bear defense held on the next possession but so did the McNeese defenders and Northern Colorado ran out of time and downs.
McNeese opened the game with a 66-yard drive that led to a 2-yard scoring plunge by Justin Pratt. Gunnar Raborn added a 27-yard field goal and Gabe Foster returned an interception 49 yards for a 17-0 lead.
Knipp led Northern Colorado, throwing for 261 yards and one score.
Nebraska has added a home game against FCS-level Bethune-Cookman on Oct. 27, making up for the Cornhuskers' Sept. 1 date against Akron that was cancelled because of severe weather in Lincoln.
Former Minnesota offensive lineman Nick Connelly died Wednesday, four months after he was diagnosed with cancer.
Emmanuel Acho details the hole DE Nick Bosa's injury leaves in the Buckeyes' defense and how the offense must step up.
A hamstring injury to Miami starting safety Jaquan Johnson last week will keep him out of the Hurricanes' game against FIU Saturday along with receiver Ahmmon Richards who'll miss his third consecutive game with a knee injury.
Ohio State standout DE Nick Bosa, who has four sacks in three games this season, had surgery to fix a core muscle injury and will not play against Tulane on Saturday.
Cal linebacker Cameron Goode will miss the rest of the season with a lower-body injury, coach Justin Wilcox announced Wednesday.
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