SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Zach Adkins' 51-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter snapped a tie to lift Northwestern State to a 23-17 victory over Missouri State Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.
Adkins was 24-for-37 for 233 yards and rushed for a touchdown late in the third quarter to tie the score at 17. Shakeir Ryan's game-winning TD catch from Adkins was one of his six receptions in the contest.
Demons' coach Jay Thomas made a good first impression in his debut, leading the Southland Conference school to its first road-win since 2011.
The Bears' Kierra Harris rushed for a touchdown early in the third quarter to give the Missouri Valley Conference representative the lead. Austin Witmer's 42-yard field goal stretched the Bears' advantage to 17-10, but it would be their last score.
This is the first time the Demons and Bears have played each other in 24 years.
Texas receivers coach Jay Norvell has become the fifth assistant coach to leave the program this offseason, sources have confirmed. He has taken a similar role at Arizona State.
Texas defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn will not return next season because of his alleged involvement in the NCAA recruiting violations levied against Ole Miss, according to multiple reports.
ESPN Big 12 reporter Jake Trotter breaks down Barry J. Sanders' decision to transfer from Stanford to Oklahoma State and what kind of impact he can make for the Cowboys.
Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee joins The Paul Finebaum Show to discuss Jim Harbaugh and the likelihood of this happening again.
Going against a backup quarterback, the Huskies spanked the Cougars 45-10 in last season's Apple Cup.
The Pac-12 is supplying 49 players for the NFL combine, and the focus figures to be on the quarterbacks led by Cal's Jared Goff.
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