KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- For 52 1/2 of the 60 minutes, Wyoming went nose-to-nose with No. 3 Tennessee and played the Vols to a standoff.
Unfortunately for the Cowboys, those other 7 1/2 minutes were devastating.
The Vols scored four touchdowns during that stretch in the second quarter, and it was enough for a 42-17 victory.
"The second quarter seemed to last 2 1/2 hours," Cowboys coach Dana Dimel said. "That was a long quarter."
Jamal Lewis returned from the knee injury that ended his '98 season to score three touchdowns and gain 159 yards in 25 carries. He also fumbled twice.
Coach Phillip Fulmer said he gave Lewis a game ball and told him three things: welcome back, good game, "and carry it around for the next couple of days."
"I think that game was probably really good for us, having to continue to fight through the fourth quarter," he said. "Obviously Jamal is back, and that's great news for our team."
Tee Martin threw touchdown passes of 55 and 16 yards to Cedrick Wilson and linebacker Eric Westmoreland scored with a fumble recovery.
The Volunteers began defense of their national title with a big day by the defense, which had a school-record 13 sacks, four turnovers and one touchdown.
"I don't think it was the defensive line as much as it was the whole defense," said defensive end Will Overstreet, who had three of the sacks. "We've been talking about getting all of our jobs done all week."
Lewis scored on runs of 25 and 32 yards in the first half, and added a 1-yard TD with 22 seconds left in the game.
Martin hit Wilson with scoring passes of 55 and 16 yards in the first half and a 64-yard play to set up Lewis' last touchdown. Martin was 14 of 21 for 264 yards. Wilson had seven catches for 183 yards.
The Cowboys held the upper hand in the first and third quarters and played the favored Vols to a virtual standoff in the fourth, but could not overcome the second-quarter outburst.
Nebraska 42, Iowa 7
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Nebraska had too much talent and too many bodies. On a hot day, all those bodies made a difference.
Leading just 7-0 after a mistake-laden first half, No. 5 Nebraska returned to form in the second half behind quarterbacks Bobby Newcombe and Eric Crouch and beat Iowa.
Newcombe atoned for three first-half turnovers by running for two touchdowns and passing for one, and Crouch scored three times as the Cornhuskers (1-0) wore down the Hawkeyes (0-1) with their depth and spoiled the debut of Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz.
Newcombe, who won a highly publicized battle with Crouch for the starting job, threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Sean Applegate to get the Cornhuskers going early in the third quarter, then had scoring runs of 1 and 5 yards to stretch the lead to 28-0.
Crouch sprinted 28 yards for Nebraska's first touchdown and scored on fourth-quarter runs of 6 and 21 yards as the Hawkeyes wilted in the heat. It was 85 degrees at kickoff and 92 by the fourth quarter.
Ferentz, a former Iowa and NFL assistant, replaced Hayden Fry, who retired last November after 20 years as coach. Ferentz's first team showed plenty of early zip on defense but none on offense.
Iowa's deepest penetration was to the Nebraska 33 early in the fourth quarter, a drive that ended when Julius Jackson intercepted Kyle McCann's pass, and the Hawkeyes had just 169 total yards.
Texas A&M 37, La. Tech 17
SHREVEPORT, La. -- Randy McCown threw two touchdown passes and No. 6 Texas A&M held down Louisiana Tech's Tim Rattay.
Rattay led the nation in total offense and passing yards last season but it was A&M that went to the passing game for a 30-10 halftime lead.
Rattay was 45 of 65 for 331 yards with two interceptions and two touchdowns. McCown was 17 of 28 for a career-high 252 yards.
The Aggies held Rattay to a career-low 239 passing yards and no touchdown passes in a 28-7 victory at Kyle Field in 1998. It was the only time in Rattay's 25-game career at Louisiana Tech that he failed to throw a touchdown pass.
Miami 57, Florida A&M 3
MIAMI -- It took all of 10 minutes for No. 8 Miami to forget about its Kickoff Classic triumph.
James Jackson ran for two touchdowns and Kenny Kelly passed for two in a 31-point burst over 11:04 of the first half, propelling the Hurricanes past Division I-AA Florida A&M.
The Hurricanes, who beat No. 13 Ohio State, 23-12, in the Kickoff Classic, trailed, 3-0, midway through the first quarter until getting their offense untracked. Miami (2-0) then scored on five straight possessions and got its first team off the field.
Jackson scored on runs of 43 and 7 yards, finishing with 103 yards on 19 carries before leaving with 9 1/2 minutes left before halftime. Kelly was 9-of-15 for 119 yards, including TD tosses of 9 yards to Santana Moss and 3 yards to tight end Bubba Franks.
Wisconsin 49, Murray State 10
MADISON, Wis. -- Ron Dayne rushed for 135 yards and three touchdowns despite sitting out the second half as No. 9 Wisconsin (1-0) pounded Division I-AA Murray State (0-1).
The Badgers' senior tailback got 20 carries as Wisconsin's starters scored on their first six possessions against the undermanned Racers. Wisconsin led, 42-7, at halftime, and coach Barry Alvarez elected to hold Dayne out of the second half.
Dayne's 135 yards gave him 4,698 for his career, moving him ahead of five runners -- including Marcus Allen, Thurman Thomas and Marshall Faulk -- into 14th place on the NCAA's career rushing list.
He needs 1,582 yards in Wisconsin's 10 remaining games to pass Texas' Ricky Williams for the career rushing record. Wisconsin's offensive line, which features four returning starters, had its way with the Racers as the Badgers racked up 265 rushing yards.
Georgia Tech 49, Navy 14
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Phillip Rogers ran for 80 yards and a career-high three touchdowns as No. 10 Georgia Tech beat Navy, enabling coach George O'Leary to enjoy his view from the press box.
The Yellow Jackets (1-0) reeled off 28 straight points after Navy (0-1) forged an early 7-7 tie. Rogers ran for 72 yards and two scores to help Georgia Tech take a 28-7 halftime lead.
O'Leary was forced to watch the game from the press box after being penalized by the NCAA in April for making an improper loan to former running back C.J. Williams. It wasn't the vantage point he preferred, but the Yellow Jackets fared well against a porous Navy defense without him on the sideline.
At least O'Leary stayed dry; a hard rain late in the third quarter drenched everyone on the field and the 30,311 in attendance.
Joe Hamilton completed 12 of 17 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets won a seventh straight road game, their longest streak since an eight-game run from 1950-52.
Virginia Tech 47, James Madison 0
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Redshirt freshman Michael Vick made a spectacular debut as No. 11 Virginia Tech's quarterback before leaving with a bruised leg and the Hokies made their 1,000th game a laugher.
Vick, one of the nation's top newcomers, rushed for three first-half touchdowns, including a dazzling 7-yard scramble that made it 23-0 midway through the second quarter. Vick dove toward the end zone, got hit and upended, his body flipping completely before he landed on his feet a yard into the end zone.
Vick lay on the field for several minutes being attended by trainers before he limped to the sidelines. X-rays showed no break, but there was a lower left leg contusion and Vick will be re-evaluated again, the school said.
The outcome was decided long before then as the Hokies (1-0) spoiled Mickey Matthews' first game as coach, outgaining the Dukes (0-1), 476-210.
Georgia 38, Utah St. 7
ATHENS, Ga. -- Robert Edwards' football career may be over, but his younger brother has a great future.
Freshman Terrence Edwards made an electrifying debut for No. 12 Georgia, catching 10 passes for 196 yards and two long touchdowns as the Bulldogs rolled over Utah State in their season opener.
Sophomore Quincy Carter, who is being touted for the Heisman Trophy, got his campaign off to a good start by throwing for 320 yards and two touchdowns and running for 58 yards and another score.
But Edwards, with his older brother looking on from the sideline, had one of the greatest games ever by a Georgia receiver and lived up to the pregame praise lavished by coach Jim Donnan, who compared the freshman to former Florida star Jacquez Green.Colorado St. 41, Colorado 14
DENVER -- Kevin McDougal ran for 189 yards and two touchdowns, and Colorado State's defense contributed to four scores as the Rams stunned No. 14 Colorado at Mile High Stadium.
The Colorado State defense forced seven turnovers and sacked Colorado quarterbacks Mike Moschetti and Adam Bledsoe nine times.
The Rams, who lost 42-14 to their in-state rivals last year, snapped an eight-game losing streak in the series and spoiled Gary Barnett's debut as Colorado's head coach.
UCLA 38, Boise St. 7
PASADENA, Calif. -- Freshman Cory Paus ignited a stagnant offense and No. 17 UCLA showed a much-improved defense in a 38-7 season-opening victory over outmanned Boise State.
Paus relieved starting quarterback Drew Bennett on UCLA's fourth possession, and completed 12-of-18 passes for 128 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions.
Arkansas 26, SMU 0
DALLAS -- Anthony Lucas caught touchdown passes of 28, 63 and 70 yards and freshman Cedric Cobbs added an electrifying 53-yard touchdown run as No. 18 Arkansas cruised past Southern Methodist.
The Razorbacks scored their three longest touchdowns on one-play drives, thrilling a heavily pro-Arkansas crowd of 51,019. It was the largest crowd to see the Mustangs at the Cotton Bowl since 1978.
Alabama 28, Vanderbilt 17
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Shaun Alexander scored two of his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter as No. 20 Alabama rallied for a victory over Vanderbilt.
Vanderbilt, which usually gives the Tide (1-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) fits, looked ready to upset Alabama for the first time since 1984, leading 17-14 in the fourth quarter.
Alabama, which has won 28 of the last 29 games in the series, finally got moving when Arvin Richard returned a punt 26 yards to the Vandy 21.
Alexander capped the five-play drive with a 3-yard TD that put the Tide ahead for good at 21-17 with 9:59 to go.
Purdue 47, Central Florida 13
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Drew Brees threw for 273 yards and four touchdowns as No. 22 Purdue matched its longest winning streak in 20 years with a season-opening rout of Central Florida.
The victory was the seventh straight for the Boilermakers, who won six in a row each of the past two seasons.
Virginia 20, North Carolina 17
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Todd Braverman, who found out three days ago he had won the Virginia kicking job, made a 50-yard field goal with 27.4 seconds left as the 23rd-ranked Cavaliers (1-0) edged North Carolina (0-1).
Thomas Jones, who rushed for 180 yards last season against the Tar Heels, gained 149 this time on 35 carries to help overcome three interceptions by rookie quarterback Dan Ellis.
N.C. State 10, South Carolina 0
RALEIGH, N.C. -- There was no magic for Lou Holtz in his return to coaching -- just the harsh reality of the long road back for the South Carolina Gamecocks.
The 62-year-old former Notre Dame coach watched the Gamecocks fumble six times in the first half of their opener, wasting numerous scoring chances as No. 24 North Carolina State held on for a victory in torrential rain and high wind from Tropical Storm Dennis.
The Wolfpack (2-0) recorded its first shutout since 1991.