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  • Bulldogs Win WAC Opener Against Aggies, 37-7

    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.

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  • DJRamFan
    Fresno State dominates Big 12 champs in shocking rout
    by DJRamFan
    Sept. 11, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports
    MANHATTAN, Kan. -- In 2001, Fresno State made a run at breaking into the Bowl Championship Series by beating big-name teams.

    The Bulldogs are at it again.

    Fresno State's 45-21 upset of No. 13 Kansas State was its second victory over a team from a BCS conference in seven days -- and their seventh since the BCS was established in 1999.

    With the big payday a BCS bowl guarantees, perhaps it's fitting that coach Pat Hill used a poker metaphor to describe his team's situation.

    "We are still at the main table," Hill said. "We were all in. We picked up all their chips, and now we've got a bigger pile -- and next week we'll go all in again."

    Fresno State (2-0) didn't have to catch many breaks against the Wildcats, either. After giving up an early touchdown on Bret Jones' 42-yard interception return, they dominated the defending Big 12 Conference champions the rest of the game.

    Bulldogs running back Dwayne Wright scored two touchdowns before tearing a tendon in his right knee in the fourth quarter, sidelining him for the season.

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    Bryson Sumlin was originally credited with Wright's second touchdown, but Kansas State officials gave the TD to Wright after reviewing the tape.

    Paul Pinegar threw two touchdown passes to Matt Rivera and ran for another score, and Sumlin added one TD run in Fresno State's biggest win over a ranked team -- and the Wildcats' worst regular-season nonconference loss in 13 years.

    "I've been here for 16 years," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. "You can remember some of the 1-10 and 5-6 (seasons). We never had a football team that just got beat up as badly as we did today."

    The Bulldogs' 45 points were the most given up by the Wildcats in a regular-season nonconference game since a 56-3 loss to Washington in 1991. Fresno State's previous most decisive win over a ranked team was a 44-24 defeat of Oregon State, then ranked 10th, in 2001.

    That season the Bulldogs, from the Western Athletic Conference, also knocked off Colorado and Wisconsin on the road.

    Kansas State (1-1) led 7-0 before it took a snap, but the Wildcats couldn't do much right after Jones' defensive touchdown less than 3 minutes into the game. They had only 2 yards of offense in the first quarter and trailed 31-14 at the half.

    Fresno State's defense, which scored three times in last Sunday's 35-16 win at Washington, held Kansas State star Darren Sproles to 37 yards on 11 carries and forced two key turnovers.

    "We realized that if we stopped him, it would be no contest," said cornerback Richard Marshall, who set up a touchdown with a third-quarter interception. "We knew the only person they have...
    -09-13-2004, 01:24 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
  • DJRamFan
    Pittsburg State 50, NW Missouri State 36
    by DJRamFan
    Saturday, November 27, 2004


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    (11-27) 17:20 PST PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) --

    Chad Miller intercepted the potential game-tying pass in the end zone as Pittsburg State beat Northwest Missouri State 50-36 on Saturday in the NCAA Division II quarterfinals.

    Pittsburg State (13-0) led 43-36, but Northwest Missouri (11-2) was driving for the tying score when Miller intercepted a pass from Josh Mathews to Andre Rector with 4:23 left.

    The Gorillas had taken the lead on a 23-yard TD run by Germaine Race, who finished with 130 yards rushing. After the interception, Pittsburg State put the game away on a drive capped by a 25-yard scoring run by Neal Philpot, who rushed for a game-high 131 yards and passed for 50.

    Northwest Missouri led 23-21 at halftime and opened the scoring in the second half when Mike Tiehen returned a fumble 16 yards for a touchdown.

    Pittsburg State blocked the extra point and Eric Wright returned it for a score, and the Gorillas followed with a 1-yard TD run by Joe Taylor and a 10-yard TD pass from Philpot to Mike Warren to lead 36-29.

    Mathews passed for 290 yards but was intercepted three times. Pittsburg State lost three fumbles, and the game featured three blocked extra points, one blocked punt and a blocked field goal.

    Pittsburg State advanced to the Division II semifinals against North Dakota, which beat Grand Valley State 19-15.
    -11-28-2004, 06:28 PM
  • DJRamFan
    No. 22 Florida 52, Middle Tennessee 16
    by DJRamFan
    Oct. 16, 2004
    AP

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Chris Leak threw three touchdown passes, DeShawn Wynn scored three times and No. 22 Florida rebounded from a home loss to LSU with a 52-16 victory against Middle Tennessee on Saturday.

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    Leak, who was 15-of-33 for a season-low 142 yards in a 24-21 loss to the Tigers, completed 17 of 22 passes for 316 yards against the Blue Raiders (2-4).

    He was rarely pressured, giving him plenty of time to find open receivers. He had TD passes to O.J. Small, Andre Caldwell and Chad Jackson before sitting out the fourth quarter.

    Wynn ran for 81 yards, and Ciatrick Fason added 48 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

    Defensively, the Gators (4-2) gave up more yards than they wanted. But for the most part, they kept Middle Tennessee out of the end zone.

    Clint Marks, who completed 30 of 34 passes for 447 yards with four touchdowns last week against Arkansas State, was hurried all afternoon and threw two interceptions.

    The game went about like expected: a mismatch from the opening kickoff. It was supposed to be played as the season opener but was postponed six weeks because of Hurricane Frances.

    The Swamp was about half empty when the fourth quarter started. The game was considered a sellout even though there were thousands of empty seats. The reasons? The weak opponent, it was the fourth consecutive home game, it was an early start and the Gators already have two losses.

    Nonetheless, Florida was ready from the start.

    The Gators scored on their first four possessions and led 24-3. They also scored touchdowns on all three drives in the third quarter, opening up a 36-point lead.

    After forcing the Blue Raiders to punt to open the third, Leak found Jackson for a 33-yard touchdown that made it 38-13. It was the second one-play scoring drive of the game. Leak had a 62-yard TD pass to Caldwell early in the second quarter.

    Colby Smith hit his third field goal for Middle Tennessee to make it 38-16, but the Gators quickly answered.

    Leak hooked up with Dallas Baker for a 41-yard gain, and then Fason ran 20 yards on the next play to make it 45-16.

    But Leak wasn't done.

    Middle Tennessee - which fell to 0-8 against ranked opponents since joining Division I-A in 1999 - punted for the fifth time, and Leak quickly drove the Gators back down the field. Wynn capped the drive with a 9-yard score. He also has TD runs of 5 and 15 yards.

    The Gators were short-handed on defense, playing without two starters. Linebacker Channing Crowder and safety Jarvis Herring were suspended in July for the Middle Tennessee game after an alleged dispute with police. Reserve running back Skyler Thornton also was suspended for the game, but for another off-the-field...
    -10-16-2004, 03:50 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Northwestern ends 33-year losing streak vs. Ohio State
    by DJRamFan
    Oct. 3, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports
    EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Northwestern players piled on top of each other in the corner of the end zone while students rushed the field, turning it into a purple mosh pit.

    They partied into the night long after Noah Herron's 1-yard touchdown run gave Northwestern a 33-27 upset of No. 7 Ohio State on Saturday night, not even caring when the north goal post held firm. This party was 33 years in the making, and they weren't about to go home early.

    "It's hard to put into words," said safety Jeff Backes, an Ohio native. "I came here with a dream to beat the Buckeyes and it's been 33 years. This is one I will never forget."

    Herron scored three touchdowns, including the winner in overtime, and Northwestern (2-3, 1-1 Big Ten) backed up its pregame trash talk with its first victory over Ohio State (3-1, 0-1) since 1971. The win snapped the Buckeyes' 24-game winning streak in the series, and handed them their first loss in Evanston since 1958.

    "Thirty-three years was long enough," said Northwestern coach Randy Walker, an Ohio native.

    It also was Northwestern's first victory over a top-10 team since beating then-No. 7 Wisconsin in double overtime in Madison on Sept. 23, 2000.

    Ohio State has made it a habit of pulling out the close wins, winning 13 of its last 15 games that were decided by seven points or less. The Buckeyes beat Marshall earlier this season on Mike Nugent's field goal as time expired, and Nugent tied a school record with five field goals to beat North Carolina State two weeks ago.

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    It looked as if the Buckeyes' luck might hold again Saturday after they rallied to score 10 points in the final nine minutes and force overtime. But the normally automatic Nugent misfired, with his 40-yard field-goal attempt sailing wide right on the first overtime possession.

    "It was probably one of the best balls I hit tonight," Nugent said. "I thought it was going to be dead-center."

    Instead, the Wildcats got a second chance to put the Buckeyes away and they made the most of it. On the second play, quarterback Brett Basanez scrambled to the left and up the sideline for a 21-yard gain. Two plays later, Herron bulldozed his way into the end zone for the winning score, setting off pandemonium at the stadium.

    "I wouldn't have requested to be at the end of (the streak)," Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said. "But we are. Unfortunately, that's the case. We have to start trying to get better, starting tomorrow."

    Herron ran for 113 yards, rushed for two 1-yard scores and also caught a 12-yard TD pass. Mark Philmore had 134 yards receiving and a touchdown, the first of his career. Brett Basanez was 24-of-44 for 278 yards, two touchdowns...
    -10-04-2004, 01:14 PM
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