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  • Rams Getting Ready For League-Leading TCU

    CSU begins game-week preparations for TCU.

    Oct. 31, 2005

    Colorado State University football coach Sonny Lubick said Saturday night's game with league-leading TCU is the next step in a series of critical games for his Rams' team.

    TCU, ranked No. 20 nationally in both major polls, leads the Mountain West Conference with an 8-1 overall record and perfect 6-0 league record. CSU enters the game 5-3, 4-1.

    "They are right where they deserve to be," Lubick said of the Horned Frogs. "They are the best team in the league right now."

    Colorado State is coming off a 35-25 win at New Mexico Friday night, a game in which the Rams trailed 22-5 at one point, and later in the game scored 23 unanswered points. CSU erased a 25-12 deficit using a stifling defense that caused four turnovers and limited the Lobos to just 47 total yards in the final half, after surrendering 304 yards in the first half.

    "I did feel at halftime that we thought we could play them better than we did in the first half," said Lubick. "We didn't give up big plays in the second half."

    "It was an excellent defensive effort in the second half. The defense was outstanding. We gave the offense the field position they needed to get the ball in the end zone."

    The Rams scored 17 of the team's 35 points following the four turnovers behind the passing of Justin Holland to wide receiver David Anderson, and the timely rushing of Kyle Bell.

    Holland threw a pair of scoring passes to Anderson, the last which put CSU ahead to stay in the fourth period. Holland now has 20 touchdown passes in 2005, tying the school record also held by former stars Moses Moreno and Matt Newton.

    Anderson, meanwhile, became the leading receiver in school history with 193 receptions and 3,234 yards. Bell rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown in the game.

    Saturday's game looms large for both teams. TCU, with a win, would clinch the school's first outright conference title since 1958. A CSU victory would put the Rams atop the conference standings with two games to play.

    "We have three more games. Regardless of what happens this week, we have two more games. We're still fighting like heck. But it's not the end all, win or lose."

    CSU's football program received more good news Monday when cornerback Robert Herbert was named the conference defensive player of the week and kicker Jason Smith was the special teams player of the week. Herbert made six tackles, forced a fumble, returned an interception 30 yards to set up a touchdown, and had three pass deflections. Smith made four field goals in his first starting appearance for CSU.

    Saturday's game kicks off at 6 p.m. CT/5 p.m. MT. There is no television coverage of the game available either live or taped delay. The game can be heard on the Colorado State Sports Network, which includes KCOL (600 AM) in Fort Collins, and KNUS (710 AM) in Denver. The broadcast is also available online at, by clicking on the Yahoo icon on the website front page.

    Rich Bircumshaw calls the play-by-play, Erik Olson is the analyst and Brian Roth provides sideline reports. Kevin McGlue is the game producer.

    Following Saturday's game, the Rams return home to face San Diego State Nov. 12. CSU Director of Athletics Mark Driscoll said today the school will have special events planned for the game, which begins at 1 p.m. Driscoll said the school will honor 14 departing seniors and the 2005 Sports Hall of Fame inductees, and honor law enforcement and military personnel as part of "Spirit of America Day," at the stadium.

    Driscoll also said five individuals who will be inducted into the school's hall of fame, and two current coaches who will receive hall of honor awards, will be honored during the game as well. Plus, the school annually recognizes law enforcement and military personnel as part of the "Spirit of America" activities.

    Colorado State is offering several ticket specials for the final home game, including:
    Buy one ticket and receive a second one free with the purchase of a Mountain Dew soft drink can; the cans can be presented at the CSU ticket office at the McGraw Athletic Center, or game day at the stadium;
    Youth Dollar Day; fans 17 years of age and younger receive a $1 ticket to the game when accompanied by an adult with a full-priced ticket;
    Group ticket discounts, $20 per ticket for fan groups of 25 or more.

    The easiest way to purchase tickets to the game is online at, or by calling 1-800-491-RAMS. Fans can also purchase tickets in person at the athletic box office on the first floor of the McGraw Athletic Center. Tickets to all CSU games are available at any King Soopers and City Market grocery store locations throughout the state of Colorado.

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  • DJRamFan
    Chippewa Football Hosts Ohio: Game Notes
    by DJRamFan
    CMU kicks off three-game homestand this weekend.

    Oct. 12, 2005

    Complete Release in PDF Format
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    The Match-Up
    Central Michigan University plays the first of three-in-a-row at Kelly/Shorts Stadium this weekend, hosting Ohio on Homecoming Weekend in Mount Pleasant. The Chippewas have rallied to win two straight games on the road and even their record at 3-3. Ohio is 2-3 after last weekend's 38-14 loss at Bowling Green. The Bobcats have alternated wins and losses each week this season.

    The CMU-Ohio Series
    CMU leads the all-time series, 17-4-2, but Ohio has won each of the past two match-ups. The Chippewas posted a record of 13-0-1 against Ohio from 1981-94, including 10 straight wins from 1981-90. The teams last met in 2001, with the Bobcats claiming a 34-3 win in Mount Pleasant on Homecoming.

    The Coaches
    Brian Kelly is in his second season as the head coach at Central Michigan University. He guided the Chippewas to a 4-7 record in 2004. Kelly arrived in Mount Pleasant after a successful 13-year stint at Grand Valley State University which saw him lead the Lakers to back-to-back NCAA Division II national championships in 2002 and 2003. (For a more extensive Kelly bio, see page 12.) Frank Solich is in his first season as the head coach at Ohio. In six seasons at Nebraska, Solich was twice named Big XII Coach of the Year (1999 and 2001) and led his teams to six consecutive bowl games. He is 60-22 as a collegiate head coach.

    Homecoming Notes
    CMU is 49-27-1 all-time in Homecoming games, but has lost six straight. The Chippewas' last Homecoming win was a 46-7 decision over Kent State in 1998. CMU has played Ohio twice on Homecoming, winning 42-18 in 1982 and falling 35-3 in 2001. From 1966-82, CMU won 17 straight Homecoming contests.

    Homecoming Weekend Special Events
    A pair of special events are taking place this weekend at Kelly/Shorts Stadium in conjunction with Homecoming festivities. Prior to kickoff on Saturday, the CMU athletics department will recognize nearly 100 former players from the 1940s, '50s, and '60s. Saturday is also Take a Kid to the Game Day at Kelly/Shorts. Children under the age of 12 will be admitted to the game free with a paid adult. Games and inflatables will also be set up on The Island before the game for kids to enjoy.

    Long Stay at Kelly/Shorts
    The Chippewas kick off a three-game homestand this weekend, hosting Ohio, Toledo and Northern Illinois on Oct. 15, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, respectively. The stretch marks the longest homestand for CMU since a three-gamer in 1996. That season, CMU defeated Akron (42-0) and Eastern Michigan (41-36) before falling to Ball State (24-17).

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    -10-12-2005, 03:50 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Georgetown Football Looks for 2-0 Patriot League Start
    by DJRamFan
    Hoyas travel to Holy Cross to take on the Crusaders on Saturday at 1 p.m.

    Sept. 7, 2005

    Georgetown at Holy Cross
    Saturday, September 10, 2005
    1 p.m.
    Fitton Field (23,500)
    Worcester, MA

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    Tickets $11- adults, $8 - senior citizens, $5 - children

    Radio/Net Broadcast
    Today's game can be heard through the Holy Cross athletics web site in conjunction with Bob Fouracre (play-by-play) and Tom Kelleher (color analyst) will be on the call.
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    Battle for 2-0
    Saturday's matchup features the best offense against the best defense from week one. Georgetown held down Bucknell on their way to a 19-16 overtime road win, while Holy Cross scored eight touchdowns on their way to a 56-21 home win over non-conference foe Sacred Heart. The Hoyas held the Bison to only 274 yards (50 yards passing), while the Crusaders totaled a league-high 437 yards of total offense.

    In the preseason, the league coaches voted these two teams to finish in the bottom of the Patriot League. Saturday allows one of these teams to prove the voters wrong and improve to 2-0. This game will mark the first league game for Holy Cross, but provides an opportunity for the Hoyas to match the most Patriot League wins they have ever had in a single season.

    Both teams forced four turnovers of their opponents last weekend, however the Hoyas committed three of their own, while the Crusaders stayed mistake free. Georgetown forced four fumbles, all in the second half and overtime, led by two from junior Alex Buzbee. Meanwhile, Holy Cross would pick off three Sacred Heart passes in the win.

    Last week, each team was recognized with league player of the week honors, as Georgetown sophomore kicker Eric Bjonerud earned the special teams and Holy Cross' Steve Silva took home the offensive.

    Last season, the Crusaders edged the Hoyas in overtime, 19-16 at Harbin Field in both team's season finale. The win widened Holy Cross' lead in the series to 10-7 and continuing a five game winning streak against Georgetown. All-time, the Hoyas are 5-4 in Worcester, having last won there in 1999, also marking the last time the Hoyas beat the Crusaders.

    Saturday's game is also Holy Cross' homecoming, meaning that the Johnny Turco Memorial Trophy is on the line, presented annually to the most outstanding player in the game.
    -09-07-2005, 03:15 PM
  • DJRamFan
    I-AA Wrapup: Shakedown Saturday
    by DJRamFan
    Changes in the elite are emerging

    Oct. 3, 2004

    By David Coulson, Senior Columnist,
    Special to from

    As a youngster, I used to watch reruns of Star Trek every day after school. And I always wondered what it would be like to have Scotty's transporter in my house.

    Just think about how cool it would be to quickly beam yourself from one place to another.

    I could have used that device on Saturday to keep track of some great matchups in I-AA football -- matchups that will have obvious repercussions on the NCAA playoffs in the next month and a half.

    I would have started my journey by beaming to Tubby Raymond Field for the Delaware-Maine showdown in the Atlantic 10. As it was, I had to settle for watching the No. 4 Blue Hens and No. 8 Black Bears play a instant classic on my trusty, though less flashy VCR.

    This was a game that many thought would be a defensive struggle, but instead the two teams combined for 81 points and 954 yards of total offense.

    Delaware, which had showed almost no offensive consistency this season, jumped to a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter and had beaten its best scoring output of the season by the middle of the second period with a 27-7 advantage.

    Maine, which usually likes to control the ball on the ground behind big, senior tailback Marcus Williams, was forced to almost completely abandon its rushing attack and came charging back behind the arm of sophomore quarterback Ron Whitcomb.

    Whitcomb completed 22-of-40 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns, two of the scoring aerials to Christian Pereira (nine catches for 143 yards).

    When Whitcomb connected with Pereira on a 10-yard scoring strike early in the fourth quarter, the Black Bears pulled within 37-35 and Mike Mellow's 21-yard field goal finally gave Maine the lead with 7:12 to play, 38-37.

    But Saturday was the day that Delaware quarterback Sonny Riccio finally arrived. Much was expected when Riccio transferred last spring from Missouri to fill the void left by the graduation loss of I-AA.Org offensive player of the year Andy Hall.

    Riccio struggled in his first three games as a Blue Hen, games that included a loss to New Hampshire and two unimpressive wins over Towson and Division II West Chester.

    But Riccio hit 33-of-51 passes for 415 yards and a 28-yard touchdown and added a 12-yard scoring run against Maine. And he led Delaware on a clutch drive that resulted in a last-minute, game-winning touchdown.

    As soon as the gun sounded in Newark, Del., I would have been ready to say: "Scotty, beam me to Carbondale, Ill. for the Southern Illinois-Northern Iowa showdown."

    It looked for a half like it would be another week for the curse...
    -10-04-2004, 11:58 AM
  • DJRamFan
    It's Lobos-Aggies For The 96th Time
    by DJRamFan
    One of the nation's oldest rivalries resumes Saturday as the undefeated New Mexico Lobos meet the New Mexico State Aggies for the 96th time. Kickoff is 6:05 p.m. Mountain Time from University Stadium in Albuquerque. KRQE-TV will televise the game on a delayed basis unless advance ticket sales warrant a live broadcast. An overflow crowd of 40,000 is expected by Saturday evening.

    New Mexico is 2-0 for the first time since 1998 after getting past Missouri 45-35 last Saturday in Columbia. It was the Lobos' second win in six days as they defeated UNLV last Monday 24-22.

    The victory at Mizzou is the 42nd in head coach Rocky Long's career at UNM, pushing him past Roy Johnson as the school's all-time leader. It also put a halt to a pair of dubious streaks: Since 1997, UNM had lost 15 straight road games against non-conference opponents outside the state of New Mexico and UNM had dropped 12 consecutive contests to Big 12 teams on their home turf dating to 1983.

    The Lobos have won seven straight regular-season games (7 of 8 overall if you include the Emerald Bowl loss to Navy) and four in a row at University Stadium.

    New Mexico State is 0-2 following a 39-0 loss at Colorado. The Aggies were held to 181 yards of total offense. Through two games, NMSU has minus-12 yards rushing while allowing 11 sacks. The Lobos have led the Mountain West Conference in sacks five straight seasons and in rushing defense four of the past five years.

    The New Mexico-New Mexico State series dates to Jan. 1, 1894. The schools played six games - from 1894-1911 - before the territory of New Mexico became a state in 1912. The 95 total games makes UNM-NMSU the 35th-longest series in the NCAA record book. Wisconsin-Minnestota is the all-time leader at 114 games.

    The Lobos are trying to start 3-0 for the first time under head coach Rocky Long. Dennis Franchione's 1997 UNM team began 6-0.

    New Mexico was picked to finish 2nd in the MWC in 2005. New Mexico State 6th in its inagural year in the Western Athletic Conference.

    MOORE 55 STEPS FROM THE RECORD BOOK - Senior TB DonTrell Moore needs 55 yards rushing Saturday to become the Lobos' career leader, a record that has stood for 27 years. Moore's 39-game career has produced 3,808 yards, which is already ranks No. 1 in the Mountain West Conference. Former Lobo Mike Williams gained 3,862 yards in 45 games between 1975-78.

    THIRD STRAIGHT RECORD FOR SEASON TICKETS; PRORATED TICKET AVAILABLE - As of Monday morning, a school-record 17,213 season tickets had been sold in 2005. It's the third consecutive year UNM has established a record for season tickets. To put that number in perspective, the Lobos averaged just 15,822 fans per game in 1991. A total of 15,729 season tickets were purchased in 2004. A prorated four-game season ticket is available through this Friday. Prices...
    -09-12-2005, 03:04 PM
  • DJRamFan
    D-II Notebook: Week 4
    by DJRamFan
    Sept. 16, 2005

    By Brad Dopke

    Special to from College Sports Report

    As odd as it seems, we are going to see a few games sprinkled about D-II that will have huge impact on the playoffs. True, this is only the fourth week of football for the Division, but already a few teams find themselves in a win or else scenario when it comes to post-season hopes.


    It's been a while since a rep from the WVIAC made an appearance in the postseason, but that is looking to change this year. Monte Cater has his Shepherd Rams playing awesome football right now, and with wins over Virginia State (24-6), Shippensburg (34-32) and Slippery Rock (24-7), Shepherd could easily find itself in the midst of a playoff run.

    However, first things first, as Glenville State will be awaiting the undefeated Rams this Saturday. Glenville's only loss to date was a one-point decision to Millersville in the second week. Seeing at how top heavy the PSAC is, it seems that Glenville's only hopes for the post-season is by running the table in the WVIAC.

    There is another game in the Northeast region with huge playoff bearing implications when Bentley visits Merrimack on Saturday night. Like Glenville, Bentley will have to win out and capture the Northeast Ten title if it is to see any play in the post-season. However, the Falcons have tasted tough competition in the conference with a 33-24 win over Southern Connecticut.

    Merrimack was lucky to slip past an improved Bryant club in overtime, 41-40. Still, the Warriors have an awesome weapon in receiver Elfren Quiles, who leads the Division in receptions per game with 20 for 307 yards in just two games.

    Northeast Leaders: East Stroudsburg leads the Division in passing with a whopping average of 422 yards per game. Meanwhile, Edinboro has done it with defense, holding opponents to just 59 yards rushing in two games. Ironically, offense topped defense, as ESU defeated Edinboro 23-21 earlier this year.


    Expect plenty of fireworks when Delta State travels to North Alabama for a crucial Gulf South showdown. DSU (2-1) knows how to play on the road, having opened the season at Pitt State with a decisive 44-31 win. Although the Statesmen fell to I-AA Texas State the following week, they were tied 25-25 going into the fourth quarter before dropping a 32-25 decision.

    There is a key match up within that contest that will pit Delta State's talented quarterback Scott Eyster against UNA's Division II leading defense. Seven points is all North Alabama has surrendered for the season while DSU has topped 40 twice in three games.

    Presbyterian gave...
    -09-16-2005, 03:53 PM