MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Ron Coluzzi booted a 27-yard field goal as time expired to cap a fourth-quarter rally and give Central Michigan a 24-21 over New Hampshire on Saturday.
Central Michigan (1-1) found its offensive stride late, erasing a 14-point deficit to spoil New Hampshire's attempt at winning its season opener against an FBS foe.
Cooper Rush replaced Kater and had 326 yards passing and three touchdowns. Two of Rush's touchdowns came in Central Michigan's fourth-quarter rally.
Rush connected with Titus Davis on a play-action pass for a 97-yard touchdown to tie the game at 21-21 before the Chippewas got the ball back and drove 66 yards for the winning field goal.
Justin Mello caught five passes for 117 yards and one touchdown to lead the Wildcats.
USC athletic director Pat Haden spoke Tuesday about the decision to fire head coach Steve Sarkisian, calling it "very difficult," while also defending his handling of the situation.
Steve Sarkisian has been plagued of late by apparent substance-related circumstances, including arriving to team facilities appearing intoxicated Sunday, according to sources.
Steve Spurrier, the visor-slinging, slick-talking "Head Ball Coach" who is the second-winningest coach in Southeastern Conference history, announced his resignation on Tuesday.
Florida Gators quarterback Will Grier has been suspended for the year after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance found in a supplement, coach Jim McElwain announced Monday.
Tennessee defensive tackle Shy Tuttle will miss the rest of the season with a broken fibula and torn ankle ligament.
Former NFL safety Tyler Sash died from an accidental overdose after mixing two powerful pain medications, and a history of injuries was a contributing factor, a medical examiner said.