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    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.

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  • DJRamFan
    Rockets Remain Unbeaten In Conference Play
    by DJRamFan
    Toledo registers 456 yards of offense in 30-3 victory over Eastern Michigan.

    Oct. 8, 2005

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Trinity Dawson rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown to help Toledo defeat Eastern Michigan 30-3 on Saturday night.

    Bruce Gradkowski completed 15 of 26 passes for 160 yards for the Rockets (4-1, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) who finished with 456 yards of offense. Gradkowski sat out of Toledo's last game, a 44-14 loss to Fresno State, with a concussion.

    Dawson had a 3-yard touchdown run and Jason Robbins kicked a 35-yard field goal to give Toledo a 10-0 lead after one. The Rockets have outscored their opponents 66-0 in the first quarter this season.

    Jalen Parmele capped a 10-play, 91-yard drive in the third quarter with a 2-yard TD run to make it 20-3. Parmele finished with six carries for 50 yards for the Rockets, who rushed for 295 yards.

    Matt Bohnet completed 14 of 28 passes for 128 yards for the Eagles (3-3, 2-1), who committed two turnovers. Dwayne Harrison had seven carries for 47 yards.

    Andrew Wellock kicked a 21-yard field goal in the second quarter for Eastern Michigan, capping a 13-play, 75-yard drive. The Rockets held the Eagles to 101 yards rushing.

    Robbins kicked a 23-yard field goal in the fourth quarter and Quinton Broussard scored on a 1-yard run.

    Toledo has won its last six meetings with the Eagles and leads the all-time series 23-10.
    -10-09-2005, 02:05 PM
  • DJRamFan
    UNLV Wins At The End
    by DJRamFan
    Aguayo nails a 41-yard field goal as time expires to give the Rebels the 34-31 win.

    Sept. 11, 2005

    LAS VEGAS (AP) - Sergio Aguayo made a 41-yard field goal with no time left to give UNLV a 34-31 win over Idaho in a non-conference game Saturday night.

    Aguayo's kick came after first-year UNLV coach Mike Sanford went for it on 4th-and-8 from the Idaho 40-yard line with 2:01 left. Quarterback Shane Steichen completed a pass up the middle to Casey Flair for 9 yards to keep the drive alive. Three plays later, Steichen completed a 14-yard pass to Greg Estandia on 3rd-and-13 to the Idaho 20 with 38 seconds left.

    The completion set up Aguayo's second field goal of the night.

    Steichen finished 22-of-34 for 250 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed for 104 yards on 17 carries.

    The win ended a six-game losing streak for the Mountain West Conference Rebels (1-1). The Vandals, from the WAC, dropped to 0-2.

    Idaho's Steve Wichman completed 19-of-30 for 390 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Daniel Smith had 141 yards on six receptions.
    -09-11-2005, 01:30 PM
  • 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
    Syracuse Buffaloes Bulls
    by DJRamFan
    Syracuse 31, Buffalo 0

    Sept. 10, 2005

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Damien Rhodes ran for 236 yards and scored four touchdowns, leading Syracuse to a 31-0 victory over Buffalo on Saturday for Greg Robinson's first win as coach of the Orange.

    The Bulls (0-2) were shut out for the third straight game dating back to last season. They lost 38-0 at Connecticut last week in their season opener and also were beaten 29-0 by the Huskies in the 2004 season finale.

    Rhodes' rushing total was 16 yards shy of the school record of 252 yards by Joe Morris against Kansas in 1979 and 5 yards off the Carrier Dome mark set two years ago by Walter Reyes against Central Florida.

    Rhodes gained 216 yards on 19 carries and scored three times in the first half to help the Orange (1-1) take a 24-0 halftime lead. He scored on runs of 27, 50, and 54 yards, the last one alone equaling the Bulls' offensive production for the half.

    Buffalo never seriously threatened to score in the game and finished with 123 yards on offense.

    Syracuse went ahead 7-0 late in the first quarter, despite some early rumbling from the home crowd. The jeers came after 6-foot-4 quarterback Perry Patterson, ineffective in last week's 15-7 loss to West Virginia, had a pass batted away on a second-down play, but the junior quickly regrouped.

    After scrambling 10 yards for a first down, Patterson hit tight end Tom Ferron for 30 yards down the right side. Rhodes followed Ferron's first career catch with a 27-yard touchdown run.

    A year ago, Buffalo threw a scare into the Orange, taking a 10-3 lead in the first quarter before Syracuse scored 34 straight points and won 37-17 at Buffalo. There was no scare on this day - the Bulls drove past midfield only three times and Ben Woods punted 11 times for the second straight week.

    After Buffalo failed to gain a first down after Syracuse's scoring drive, a high snap caused a short punt by Woods and the Orange took over at midfield. On third-and-10, Rhodes broke free over left tackle and raced untouched into the end zone with 12:15 left in the half for a 14-0 lead.

    Ricky Krautman added a 21-yard field goal for the Orange midway through the second quarter before Rhodes struck again.

    After the Bulls moved into Syracuse territory for the first time on runs of 11 and 25 yards by quarterback Stewart Sampsel, Orange safety Anthony Smith made his second interception of the game and Syracuse took over at its own 27.

    Rhodes gained 19 yards on consecutive runs and followed with a 54-yard sprint up the middle on the next play. He scored his final touchdown on a 1-yard run early in the third quarter and sat out the fourth.

    Buffalo defensive tackle Rob Schroeder blocked a field goal attempt by Krautman early in the second...
    -09-11-2005, 01:28 PM
  • DJRamFan
    UConn Edges Scarlet Knights In Shootout
    by DJRamFan
    Cornell Brockington's three-TD performance led the Huskies

    Nov. 25, 2004

    AP Sports Writer

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Dan Orlovsky threw three touchdowns and Connecticut strengthened its postseason bowl credentials with a wild 41-35 victory over Rutgers on Thursday.

    Tight end Dan Murray caught touchdown passes of 32 and 3 yards and halfback Cornell Brockington ran for two more and caught another scoring pass for the Huskies (7-4, 3-3 Big East).

    Chris Bellamy also scored on 2-yard run as Connecticut won its second straight and sent Rutgers (4-7, 1-5) to its fifth straight loss in a season that began with hopes of a first bowl bid since 1978.

    Connecticut now finds itself in good position to go to a bowl in only its third season with a full complement of scholarship players.

    The Big East is in the BCS mix and it has agreements with the Gator Bowl, the Continental Tire Bowl and the Insight Bowl.

    Tres Moses capped a record season at Rutgers, scoring on touchdown passes of 87 and 16 yards. He finished with seven catches for 168 yards.

    Brian Leonard ran for a touchdown and Willie Foster made the game interesting with an 80-yard kickoff return for a score with 2:14 to play.

    The touchdown that closed the gap to 41-35 came just 14 seconds after Orlovsky seemingly sealed the game with a 3-yard TD pass to Murray.

    A 32-yard TD pass to Murray late in the third quarter had snapped a 28-28 tie and given the Huskies the lead for good.

    Connecticut outgained 489 yards to 454 with Orlovsky finishing 19-of-30 for 264 yards and two interceptions.

    Rutgers quarterback Ryan Hart was 26-of-33 for 279 yards and two TDs, including a 13-yarder to Marcus Daniels that tied the game at 21 just before halftime.

    Scarlet Knights backup quarterback Terrence Shawell threw the 87-yard scoring pass to Moses, who set school records for catches (81) and yards (1,056).

    Before a shoulder injury sidelined him for the second half, Brockington staked Connecticut to a 21-7 lead by scoring on runs of 1 and 5 yards and taking a 16-yard screen pass for another tally.

    The score seemed to put Rutgers on the ropes, but Moses resurrected the Scarlet Knights' hopes by hauling in a pass by Shawell and scoring on an 87-yard pass play to cut the lead to 21-14 just 31 seconds after Brockington's catch.

    An interception by cornerback Joe Porter gave Rutgers the ball back at its 41 with 2:33 to play in the half. A 26-yard third-down scramble by Shawell, who was hurt on the play, set up Hart's TD pass to Daniels.
    -11-26-2004, 09:13 AM