DES MOINES, Iowa -- Grant Kraemer threw for 284 yards and a touchdown and Drake held off a late Morehead State rally to beat the Eagles 30-28 in a non-conference game for the Pioneer League teams.
Trailing 30-8 to start the fourth quarter, Austin Gahafer threw touchdown passes of 34-yards to Jake Raymond and 15-yards Jake Sutherland. Lawson Page's 3-yard touchdown run with 1:03 cut the lead to two but the 2-point conversion failed.
Drake (2-2) controlled the onside-kick attempt and ran out the clock.
Terry Wallen's 82-yard punt return for a touchdown gave Drake a 16-8 lead at with 9:55 before halftime.
Gahafer was 26 for 50 for 330 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
Former Alabama assistant coach Billy Napier will be coming back to Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.
Duke dodged trouble in the short term when its starting quarterback went down.
The No. 18 Texas Longhorns travel to Kansas State Saturday with one thing on their minds: change. That idea sounds pretty good to Kansas State right now as well.
The schedule forces Michigan State to take a step back this week. If the Spartans want to remain in the rankings, they can't afford to take an even bigger step back.
South Carolina will be the next team to see if it can stop or at least slow Kentucky running back Benny Snell when the Gamecocks and Wildcats clash Saturday in Lexington, Ky.
Florida coach Dan Mullen understands he may get less than a welcoming reception when the Gators visit No. 23 Mississippi State on Saturday.