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  • DJRamFan
    Bulldogs Win WAC Opener Against Aggies, 37-7
    by DJRamFan
    Fresno State hosts Utah State on homecoming next Saturday.

    Oct. 9, 2005

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Paul Pinegar threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and later ran for another score, leading Fresno State to a 37-7 win over New Mexico State on Saturday night.

    The Bulldogs (3-1, 1-0 Western Athletic) built an early 17-0 lead and coasted the rest of the way on a soggy night, keeping the Aggies (0-6, 0-2) winless under first-year coach Hal Mumme.

    A steady rain began 10 minutes before kickoff and continued much of the night. A crowd of only 8,312 fans showed up, but many left at halftime when Fresno State led 20-7 and only a few hundred watched the second half.

    With the turf slippery, the Bulldogs relied on the legs of running backs Bryson Sumlin and Wendell Mathis, who each rushed for 105 yards, and the right foot of kicker Clint Stitser, who made three field goals.

    Pinegar added a 1-yard TD run on the first play of the fourth quarter. He finished with 112 yards passing, completing 10 of 19 passes.

    The Aggies managed only 195 total yards, including 105 on the ground, and for another week New Mexico State struggled.

    Fresno State's Emanuel Sanchez hit NMSU's Joey Vincent to force an early fumble that was recovered by Awan Diles, setting up the Bulldogs' first TD. Four plays later, Pinegar threw a TD pass to Adam Jennings.

    Pinegar added a 19-yard TD pass to Jaron Fairman with 13 seconds remaining in the first quarter. In between the scoring plays, Stitser made a 38-yard field goal.

    The Aggies trimmed the margin to 17-7 when Royal Gill threw a 3-yard TD pass to freshman A.J. Harris on a crossing pattern in the second period. That play capped a 10-play, 70-yard drive.

    But the Bulldogs led 20-7 after Stitser's 28-yard field goal just before halftime.

    Mathis added the final score, darting untouched into the end zone on a 6-yard run with 5:56 remaining.
    -10-09-2005, 01:56 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Rockets Win Third Straight
    by DJRamFan
    Three touchdown passes by Bruce Gradkowski paces Toledo in a 38-15 win over Buffalo.

    Oct. 22, 2005

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Bruce Gradkowski threw for 186 yards and three touchdowns to lead Toledo to a 38-15 win over Buffalo on Saturday night.

    Quinton Broussard and Trinity Dawson both rushed for 119 yards for the Rockets (6-1, 4-0 Mid-American Conference). Broussard also had a 10-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

    Buffalo's Drew Willy completed 18 of 31 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown. He also threw an interception and was sacked four times.

    Willy found Chad Upshaw for a 6-yard TD pass and Andrae Smith sacked Gradkowski in the end zone to record a safety to help the Bulls take a 12-10 lead in the second quarter.

    The Rockets bounced back right before halftime. Gradkowski finished off a 5-play, 67-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Steve Odom to make it 17-12 Toledo with 44 seconds remaining in the quarter.

    Gradkowski tossed a 70-yard TD pass to Andrew Hawkins in the third to give the Rockets a 24-12 lead.

    Gerr McGroarty kicked two field goals for Buffalo (0-7, 0-4), which had three turnovers.

    Richard Davis finished off the scoring with a 7-yard scoring run with 28 seconds left in the game for Toledo, which tied a school record with its 17th straight home victory.

    The Rockets also won 17 straight from 1999-2002 and 1969-71. Toledo is 34-1 in its last 35 games at the Glass Bowl.

    Buffalo's Steven King also had 22 carries for 67 yards.
    -10-23-2005, 04:24 PM
  • Nick
    Rams pull even in San Fran.
    by Nick
    Rams pull even in San Fran.
    By Greg Beacham
    Associated Press
    Sunday, Oct. 03 2004

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- There was nothing wrong with the St. Louis Rams' offense
    that a trip to San Francisco couldn't fix.

    Marc Bulger passed for 186 yards, Marshall Faulk rushed for 121 more and St.
    Louis sent the woeful ***** to their first 0-4 start in 25 years with a 24-14
    victory on Sunday night.

    Isaac Bruce had seven catches for 100 yards as the Rams (2-2) got their
    ninth victory in 11 games against their longtime rivals. This one was out of
    reach early: St. Louis built a 24-0 halftime lead, and the sellout crowd booed
    San Francisco off the field while heading for the exits.

    Shaun McDonald caught a touchdown pass and Joey Goodspeed and Steven Jackson
    had 2-yard scoring runs for the Rams, who met little resistance while scoring
    on all four of their first-half drives.

    The Rams rushed for just 108 yards in their previous two games, both losses
    to teams that missed last season's playoffs. Coach Mike Martz was criticized
    for failing to maintain a balance in his pass-heavy schemes.

    But during four sophisticated drives consuming more than 20 minutes, Martz
    called 19 running plays and 18 passes in the first half. Running the ball was
    easy and fun for Faulk, who had his fifth 100-yard rushing game against the
    ***** -- but so was passing, catching, blocking and tackling.

    Tim Rattay, who missed the *****' previous two games with a separated
    shoulder, was 31-of-47 for 299 yards and two touchdowns, while tight end Eric
    Johnson had career highs of 10 catches for 113 yards.

    But despite three lengthy fourth-quarter drives, the ***** are winless after
    four games for the first time since 1979, the year Bill Walsh took over the
    franchise and led its transformation into a five-time Super Bowl champion.

    Last week, the ***** were shut out for the first time since 1977 in a 34-0
    loss to Seattle. After three more scoreless quarters against the Rams, they
    avoided another goose egg on Curtis Conway's 9-yard TD catch with 13:33 to play.

    Rattay, who passed for 134 yards in the fourth period, added an 18-yard TD
    pass to rookie Rashaun Woods with 16 seconds left.

    The ***** were an NFL-worst minus-7 in turnover differential entering the
    game, and they quickly padded their lead with a fumble and an interception in
    the first 16 minutes.

    After St. Louis went 80 yards on its opening drive, Rattay lost the ball on
    a hit by Tommy Polley late in the first quarter. Leonard Little recovered at
    the San Francisco 11, setting up McDonald's short TD catch.

    Jerametrius Butler picked off Rattay's pass down...
    -10-03-2004, 10:38 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Aztecs Fall To Lobos 47-24
    by DJRamFan
    Jeff Webb finished with nine catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns.

    Oct. 22, 2005

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - New Mexico's Kole McKamey threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Lobos beat San Diego State 47-24 Saturday night.

    New Mexico (5-3, 3-2 Mountain West) won their fifth straight over the Aztecs (3-5, 2-3).

    The Lobos used a nine-play, 89-yard drive to go up 40-10 in the third quarter when McKamey hit Hank Baskett for his second TD reception.

    New Mexico scored on its first five possessions and limited San Diego State to 115 yards total offense as they took a 30-3 lead into halftime.

    Following a 19-yard pass play from McKamey to Baskett, McKamey hit Travis Brown for a 17-yard TD on New Mexico's opening drive.

    Moore had 4-yard touchdown run and Kenny Bird kicked a 39-yard field goal to put New Mexico up 16-0 after one quarter.

    In the second, two more New Mexico touchdowns bookended San Diego State's only points of the half, Garrett Palmer's 43-yard field goal.

    Baskett scored on a 10-yard pass from McKamey, and McKamey scored on a one-yard keeper.

    The Aztecs managed only five first downs to 20 for the Lobos in the first half.

    San Diego State wide receiver Jeff Webb finished with nine catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
    -10-23-2005, 04:23 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Turnovers Bite Huskies at Michigan
    by DJRamFan
    No. 4 Michigan 33, Northern Illinois 17

    Sept. 3, 2005

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan made Northern Illinois pay for its mistakes, using turnovers to turn a competitive game into a lopsided win.

    Mike Hart ran for 117 yards and a scored two touchdowns, and the fourth-ranked Wolverines took advantage of five Northern Illinois giveaways to beat the Huskies 33-17 on Saturday.

    A season after leading the nation by losing only one fumble, the Huskies lost four fumbles and threw an interception while the Wolverines turned it over only once.

    "If you win the turnover battle, statistics say you win 79 percent of the time," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "If the turnovers were 1-1, the score would've been much different."

    The Wolverines led just 14-10 early in the second quarter before scoring 19 straight points in the opener for both schools.

    The Huskies ran for 211 yards and threw for 200, but they were doomed by the turnovers and a blocked field goal.

    "I honestly thought we had a shot if we didn't turn it over," said coach Joe Novak, who has built Northern Illinois into a mid-major power after it lost 23 straight from 1996-98.

    Michigan's Chad Henne was 20-of-31 for 227 yards and two TD passes. Jason Avant had nine receptions for 127 yards and a score. Hart had 27 carries and ran for more than 100 yards for the sixth time in his last eight games. He also caught four passes for 49 yards.

    The Wolverines scored TDs on their first three drives, missed a field goal on their fourth and led 27-10 at halftime after converting 8 of 10 third downs.

    "Offensively, we played as well in the first half as any team since I've been at Michigan," said Carr, in his 11th year as head coach.

    Adrian Arrington, Michigan's promising No. 3 receiver, was carted off the field with ice packed on his right ankle after he returned a kickoff early in the second quarter. Carr said he's going to miss some time, but didn't elaborate.

    Garrett Wolfe had 17 carries for 148 yards and a TD for the Huskies, but his fumble in the second quarter was the first of their turnovers.

    "With my fumble, everything started to turn around," he said. "The game started to go downhill for us."

    Phil Horvath was 17-of-25 for 200 yards with an interception and a fumble.

    Northern Illinois had some success against the Wolverines' high-powered offense, but not when it counted most on third downs.

    Michigan opened with a 14-play drive - converting four third downs - ending with Avant's leaping 4-yard catch in the corner of the end zone.

    The Huskies responded with a 16-play possession, but they missed their first of many opportunities...
    -09-05-2005, 09:21 AM