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  • TCU announces its top Gunn for opener vs. Northwestern

    Sept. 1, 2004 wire reports

    FORT WORTH, Texas -- The competition to be Texas Christian's starting quarterback came down to a Tye.


    Coach Gary Patterson had to choose from one of his two quarterbacks that have a combined 15-2 record as starters. Junior Tye Gunn will start Thursday night's season opener against Northwestern.

    "He is the starter because we can't play 12 guys," Patterson said. "We had to make a decision, and we felt like Tye was the guy right now."

    It would have been hard for Patterson to make a bad choice.

    The Horned Frogs have won all eight games started by Gunn, four each in his first two injury-plagued seasons. When Gunn was out for a separated right shoulder and then a groin injury last year, TCU was 7-2 and averaged 32 points a game with Brandon Hassell, who threw for 2,039 yards and 10 touchdowns.

    And Hassell, a senior, won't be stuck on the sideline just because Gunn got the starting nod.

    "We plan to play both quarterbacks each game, every three or four series," Patterson said. "Now, if one of them leads us to three touchdowns in the first three series, then the other guy may not come in until the offense is stopped. But, we'll still use both of them."

    Besides the winning quarterbacks, TCU returns two 1,000-yard rushers. The Frogs were one of just six Division I-A teams that averaged more than 200 yards passing and rushing per game last season.

    After starting last season as a third-teamer, Robert Merrill set a TCU freshman record with 1,107 yards rushing. That broke Lonta Hobbs' record 1,029 yards set in 2002 before he was hampered by a nagging ankle injury most of last season, when he still ran for 659 yards.

    Northwestern will be missing defensive end Loren Howard, who had 29 tackles for losses in starting all 25 games of his career. He injured his left ankle in practice over the weekend and will miss most -- and maybe all -- of the season after surgery.

    "Unfortunately, he has some instability with his ankles. As he said, it's his Achilles' heel," Northwestern coach Randy Walker said. "Loren's a very good player, but I'd be disappointed in our football team or our defense if somehow this diminishes what kind of season we can have. The guys, while disappointed, will certainly rally and play well."

    Howard, just one of the nine returning defensive starters, had offseason surgery on his right ankle that he hurt in Northwestern's loss in the Motor City Bowl. Like the left ankle, it was a non-contact injury when he rolled the ankle while making a cut on the field.

    The Wildcats also have eight starters back on offense. That includes third-year quarterback Brett Basanez, who has started 16 straight games since coming back from a broken leg as a freshman.

    Northwestern shared the Big Ten title in 2000, the only other time it traveled to TCU -- and lost 41-14. The Frogs, opening the season at home for the first time since 1999, won 48-24 in Evanston two years ago.

    While TCU climbed as high as sixth in the Bowl Championship Series rankings last year, it ended the season with a loss to Boise State in the Fort Worth Bowl. That snapped the Frogs' record 13-game home winning streak that dated to a loss to East Carolina on Oct. 30, 2001.

    The Associated Press News Service

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  • DJRamFan
    RB Cobbs, No. 1 in rushing in '03, out for season
    by DJRamFan
    Sept. 29, 2004 wire reports

    DENTON, Texas -- North Texas running back Patrick Cobbs, the NCAA's leading rusher and scorer last season, will sit out the rest of this season because of a knee injury.

    Cobbs sprained ligaments in his left knee against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 11, the second game for the Mean Green (0-4). He missed the past two games.

    Coach Darrell Dickey said there was too much a risk of permanent damage if Cobbs tried to rush his recovery. The school will seek a medical redshirt for Cobbs to return next season as a fifth-year senior.

    Cobbs ran for a school-record 1,680 yards and 19 touchdowns last season with four 200-yard games. His 152.7 yards rushing and 11.5 points per game led the nation.

    After breaking a bone in the thumb on his right hand just before the season, Cobbs had just 1 yard on eight carries in an opening 65-0 loss at Texas to end his streak of nine straight 100-yard games. He had 20 carries for 57 yards against Florida Atlantic before getting hurt on a short run in the third quarter.

    Jamario Thomas ran for a UNT freshman-record 247 yards in his first start at Colorado. Dickey is hopeful that Thomas, since slowed by a hamstring injury, can start Saturday against Middle Tennessee when the three-time defending Sun Belt champion Mean Green open conference play.

    Cobbs has 2,896 career rushing yards. The school record is Ja'Quay Wilburn's 3,120 from 1997-2000.

    The Associated Press News Service

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    -09-30-2004, 01:13 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Injured hip might keep Purdue QB Orton out of Iowa game
    by DJRamFan
    Nov. 2, 2004 wire reports

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton is questionable for Saturday's game against Iowa with an injured left hip.


    Orton was injured in last week's 13-10 loss at Northwestern. He was benched for backup Brandon Kirsch in the third quarter, partly because he was injured and partly because he was ineffective.

    Purdue coach Joe Tiller said Tuesday he is in no hurry to announce a starter for Saturday.

    "We could hold it as long as game time," Tiller said. "We will delay the decision as long as possible."

    Orton said he was feeling much better Tuesday than he was against Northwestern, and he thought he would be ready to go for the game in his home state.

    "You look at the progress I've made from Saturday until now, it's a lot better," he said. "If I can play and help the team, then I'm going to play through some pain. But I'm not going to be out there and hurting the team this week."

    After spearheading Purdue's best start since 1945, the one-time Heisman hopeful's play has fallen off. Orton was just 15-for-33 for 143 yards, a touchdown and an interception last week against Northwestern, Purdue's third straight loss.

    Orton was the prime reason the Boilermakers started the season 5-0, completing nearly 70 percent of his passes for 1,642 yards, 18 touchdowns and two interceptions.

    Over the past three games -- all Purdue defeats -- he has completed just 50 percent of his passes for 591 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.

    "It's been three rough weeks," Orton said. "It seems like everything's kind of falling apart a little bit."

    The Associated Press News Service

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    -11-02-2004, 03:32 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Consistency earns Thompson starting QB role for Sooners
    by DJRamFan
    Aug. 25, 2005
    CBS wire reports

    NORMAN, Okla. -- Experienced backup Paul Thompson beat out touted newcomer Rhett Bomar for the starting quarterback spot in Oklahoma's season opener against Texas Christian.


    Thompson, a 6-foot-4 right-hander, bided his time behind Nate Hybl and Jason White to earn a spot as Oklahoma's top quarterback.

    "We felt as a staff we're going to start Thompson," coach Bob Stoops said Thursday. "We feel that he has earned it to this point."

    Thompson was the backup as Hybl guided the Sooners to the Rose Bowl, and played in 10 games during White's 2003 Heisman Trophy season. He redshirted last season as White returned for a sixth year with the Sooners.

    Of the final two candidates, Thompson was more steady and less prone to mistakes than Bomar, a 6-4 redshirt freshman.

    "I just felt overall that there was a little more, maybe, consistency there to some degree," Stoops said, "but it's still very close when you look at them overall."

    In the Sooners' three open scrimmages, Thompson was 41-for-73 for 453 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions. Bomar, 19 months younger, was 30-for-61 for 359 yards with two touchdowns, but also five interceptions.

    Stoops said Bomar had performed well enough to earn playing time early and late in games.

    In 14 career games, Thompson has completed 31 of 47 passes for 319 yards and four touchdowns, with two interceptions. In 2003, he rushed for 183 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries and some fans thought he should have played in the national championship game as LSU's defense pressured White, who was still recovering from two knee surgeries.

    Thompson starting was delayed a season when White returned for a sixth season, and that gave Bomar and Tommy Grady a chance at winning the job.

    Grady, considered a viable candidate in the spring, missed all of Oklahoma's fall practices due to an intercession class, and he wound up transferring. That left only Bomar between Thompson and the starting job.

    After a closed scrimmage Wednesday, coaches met and decided between the two.

    The Associated Press News Service

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    -08-28-2005, 08:36 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Cardinal Opens Pac-10 Play vs. Oregon
    by DJRamFan
    Stanford returns to action after a bye last week

    Sept. 25, 2005

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    Date: October 1, 2005

    Kickoff: 2:00 pm

    Site: Stanford, CA

    Television: No live television

    Radio: KNEW, 910 am (Tim Roye, Bob Murphy)

    Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm

    Internet: (live audio, live stats)

    The Series: Stanford leads series 43-24-1

    Last Meeting: Oregon 16, Stanford 13, at Stanford, 11/23/04

    Series Notes: Oregon has won last three meetings

    Cardinal Opens Pac-10 Play at Home Against Oregon

    Stanford (1-1) opens the Pacific-10 Conference season on Saturday, October 1 with a home date against Oregon (3-1, 0-1) ... The Cardinal is coming off a bye week after opening the season with a road win at Navy and a home loss to UC Davis ... Stanford will play eight consecutive conference games and the season finale vs. Notre Dame ... The Ducks got off to a 3-0 start and were ranked No. 25 in the nation before losing last Saturday to top-ranked USC, 45-13 ... The Ducks led early 13-0 before the Trojans scored 45 unanswered points ... ...Oregon won its three non-conference games against Houston, Montana and Fresno State while averaging over 40 points scored in those games ... The Ducks have won the last three meetings with Stanford, including a 16-13 win at Stanford Stadium last season.

    Stanford to Honor Hall of Fame Class of 2005

    Stanford's Hall of Fame Class of 2005 will be honored at halftime on Saturday's game against Oregon ... The group of seven individuals and an Olympic Crew will be formally inducted in the Hall of Fame on Friday, September 30 ... The Class includes men's basketball coach Mike Montgomery, currently the head coach of the Golden State Warriors, women's tennis All-American and NCAA champion Sandra Birch, All-American and U.S. Olympic water polo player Doug Burke, football All-American Ed Cummings, baseball All-American Eric Hardgrave, All-American, Olympian and NCAA swimmer Janel Jorgensen, Chuck Evans, one of the school's all-time great football players, and a group of Olympic rowers that includes Conn Findlay, Kurt Seiffert, Kent Mitchell and Ed Ferry.

    Remaining Schedule Includes Five Ranked Teams

    Stanford's remaining schedule includes five teams currently ranked among the nation's top-25 who have combined for a 16-2 record to date ... The Cardinal's final nine opponents have an aggregate record of 25-8 and a winning percentage of .758 ... Among Stanford's future opponents are No. 1 ranked USC (3-0), No. 11 Cal (4-0), No. 14 Notre Dame (3-1), No. 15 Arizona State (3-1) and No. 20 UCLA...
    -09-25-2005, 04:11 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Syracuse trounces BC to force four-way tie for Big East title
    by DJRamFan
    Nov. 27, 2004 wire reports
    BOSTON -- If you can't join 'em, beat 'em.

    Syracuse wasn't able to follow Boston College to the Atlantic Coast Conference or stop the Eagles from leaving the Big East. The one thing the Orange could do was deprive BC of a spot in the Bowl Championship Series and a farewell Big East title.

    "We heard it all week," said defensive back turned running back Diamond Ferri, who scored two touchdowns on offense and one on defense to help Syracuse beat No. 17 Boston College 43-17 on Saturday. "If they want to leave the conference, we wanted to send them out with a loss."

    BC needed a victory for its first outright championship in a league that has been depleted by the defections of Miami and Virginia Tech to the ACC. The Eagles will join them next year but Syracuse, which tried to leave before being bypassed, made sure that they left on a sour note.

    Damien Rhodes ran for a 69-yard touchdown on the game's first play from scrimmage and 107 yards in all before leaving with a leg injury. With star tailback Walter Reyes already injured, the Orange (6-5, 4-2) turned to Ferri, a starting safety and former high school running back from nearby Everett, Mass.

    "That's probably one of the biggest performances I've ever seen in my entire life, in any sport, to be able to come in and play big-time college football like that," Rhodes said of his understudy.

    The Orange, who woke up Saturday morning ineligible for a bowl, moved into a four-way tie with BC (8-3, 4-2), Pittsburgh and West Virginia for first place in the conference. Syracuse has a chance at a BCS game if Pittsburgh loses to South Florida next week; if Pitt wins it would likely earn a Fiesta Bowl matchup with Utah.


    "It gives us a share of the Big East championship. We've had a lot of special things that have happened here, but it's pretty special," Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni said. "I'm just going to enjoy that we're bowl-eligible."

    BC will go to its sixth consecutive bowl game, but it will be a second- or third-tier event like the Insight or Gator. Athletic director Gene DeFilippo said six or more different bowl games could be in play.

    But the Fiesta and Sugar, BC's goals at the start of the day, are out.

    "I suspect at 8-3 we will go somewhere, but who knows where we'll end up," coach Tom O'Brien said. "We need another football game, especially for the seniors. ... For them, we need to play another football game."

    Ferri ran for 141 yards two touchdowns and scored again on a 44-yard interception that made it 36-17 and sealed the victory in the fourth quarter. Perry Patterson was 9-for-16 for 88 yards, adding 48 yards rushing and a touchdown in what could be Pasqualoni's...
    -11-28-2004, 05:20 PM