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  • Syracuse 37, Buffalo 17

    Sept. 11, 2004

    AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) Anthony Smith blocked two straight punts in the second quarter, scoring off the first and setting up another touchdown with the second, and Syracuse overcame a shaky start to beat Buffalo 37-17 on Saturday night.

    The Bulls (0-2) coming off their second consecutive 1-11 season and regarded as one of the worst teams in Division I-A, had Syracuse (1-1) reeling early and were threatening to hang a defeat on the Orange that would have made last week's season-opening 51-0 loss at Purdue an afterthought.

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    Instead, after J.J. Gibson returned a fumble by Syracuse fullback Greg Hanoian 57 yards for a touchdown to give the Bulls a shocking 10-3 lead early in the second quarter, the Orange defense clamped down and led a 24-point surge before halftime.

    That spoiled the night for a school-record-crowd of 29,013, just short of capacity at Buffalo Stadium, who turned out hoping for an upset over the most high-profile team to visit Buffalo in the school's modern era.

    And it was Smith who led the way. With the Bulls pinned back at their 10, he took advantage of a bad snap, blocked a punt by Ben Woods near the goal line, and then pounced on the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.

    Buffalo was unable to gain a first down after the ensuing kickoff, and Smith rose to the occasion again, making a diving block of another Woods punt. This time, Kellen Pruitt caught the ball and returned it 13 yards to the 1.

    It was the fourth career block for Smith, one off the school record held by David Tyree, and marked the first time a Syracuse player had blocked two kicks in a game since Michael Dresner blocked two punts against West Virginia in 1996.

    After getting tackled for a loss on first down, Walter Reyes scored on a 3-yard run to put Syracuse ahead 17-10 with 7:14 left in the second quarter.

    Reyes, touted for the Heisman Trophy after gaining 1,347 yards scoring 21 TDs last year, finished with only 59 yards on 17 carries, his second subpar game in a row. Still, he moved past Floyd Little into fourth place on the school's career rushing list with 2,713.

    After the Bulls went three-and-out, Damien Rhodes scored on a nifty 46-yard up the middle, the longest run of his career. A 38-yard field goal by Collin Barber gave Syracuse a 27-10 halftime lead.

    Kelvin Smith returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown midway through the third to give Syracuse a 37-10 lead.

    Buffalo linebacker Ollice Ervine recovered a fumble in the end zone by Syracuse quarterback Xzavier Gaines with 4:21 left for the game's final points.

    Prior to the game, former Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner jogged around the field carrying an American flag and country singer Lee Ann Womack sang the national anthem to commemorate the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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  • 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, 12:28 PM
  • HUbison
    Bisons Pound Southwest Baptist, 47-14, in Season Opener
    by HUbison
    Bisons Pound Southwest Baptist, 47-14, in Season Opener

    BOLIVAR, MO. – Harding scored the first 26 points of the game and cruised past Southwest Baptist 47-14 at Plaster Stadium on Saturday in the opener of the 2005 season for both teams. The Bisons have won nine of their last 10 season openers, including their last four straight.

    Harding’s 47 points were the most scored by the Bisons in a season opener since a 58-10 victory over Austin College in 1972. The 33-point margin of victory was its greatest in an opener since a 39-0 win at Lane College in 1992.

    Southwest Baptist dropped its second straight opener to Harding. The Bisons won last season’s meeting 17-10 in Searcy.

    Harding controlled the game on both sides of the ball. Senior quarterback Adam Lybrand threw three touchdown passes, connecting with Blake Smith on a 17-yard screen pass and hooking up twice with senior Reid Smith. Lybrand finished the game 8-of-14 for 177 yards. Reid Smith led the team with three catches for 95 yards. Junior tailback Kyle Wess, making his first career start, carried eight times for 87 yards and a 19-yard touchdown.

    The Bisons rolled up 467 yards of total offense, rushing 40 times for 190 yards and completing 13 passes for 277 yards.

    The Bison defense forced five turnovers, including four interceptions. Scott Dutile, Jeremy Fairrow, Rocky Hall, and Craig Quattlebaum each picked off passes for Harding. Southwest Baptist had 335 yards of total offense, led by junior tailback Moine Nicholson, who rushed 26 times for 119 yards an a touchdown.

    Even the Bisons’ mistakes turned into positives. Blake Smith fumbled at the SBU 1-yard line late in the first quarter, but on the next play the Harding defense stuffed Maurice Jefferies in the end zone for a safety.

    Junior kicker Ben Davis added a career-long 37-yard field, and redshirt freshman Moala Lolohea scored from five yards out on his first career carry. SBU’s Rony Santil caught an 8-yard touchdown pass just before the break to cut Harding’s halftime lead to 26-7.

    Harding scored 21 unanswered points to open the second half. Wess’ scoring run opened the floodgates. With 5:35 left in the third quarter, Reid Smith hauled in his second touchdown pass, and Hall followed up with a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the fourth.

    The Bisons return to First Security Stadium in Searcy next Saturday to take on Missouri Southern at 6 p.m. It will be Harding’s first game on the new Pro Play artificial surface.

    Notes: Harding is 13-3 in non-conference games since joining the NCAA in 1997 and have won six straight … Harding has won five of its last six openers on the road … Saturday’s opener on Aug. 27 tied the earliest that the Bisons have opened a football season … Harding is now 6-2 in August and has won its last five … the last time Harding opened on Aug....
    -09-08-2005, 10:46 AM
  • DJRamFan
    UCLA Cooks Rice For Dinner
    by DJRamFan
    Olson and Drew lead Bruins to 63-21 victory.

    Sept. 10, 2005



    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Drew Olson threw for three touchdowns and Maurice Drew scored twice to help UCLA open a big early lead, and the Bruins went on to a 63-21 victory over Rice on Saturday night.

    The Bruins (2-0) scored the first seven times they had the ball - including Drew's 66-yard punt return for a touchdown - to pull out to a 49-14 lead by halftime.

    Rice, losing its season opener and seventh game in a row dating back to last year, simply could not stop the Bruins' versatile offense. UCLA had 299 yards in the first quarter, and had amassed 408 yards by halftime before going mostly with reserves in the second half.

    Olson and Drew each went to the sidelines after playing the first series of the third quarter, which also was the first time in the game the Bruins had to punt.


    UCLA's Maurice Drew. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)



    Olson finished 18-of-25 for 296 yards, with no interceptions. He threw scoring strikes of 39 and 10 yards to Junior Taylor, and connected with Brandon Breazell for an 11-yard touchdown.

    Drew rushed for 95 yards on 11 carries, including a 4-yard TD run in the first quarter after a 23-yard scoring run by Rice's Joel Armstrong briefly pulled the Owls into a 7-7 tie.

    Drew's long punt return for a TD, with the Bruins springing him with good blocks, was his second in as many games.

    UCLA immediately set the tone against the Owls.

    After the Bruins lost 2 yards on a screen on their first play of the game, Chris Markey sliced off tackle on a 51-yard dash down to the Owls' 39. On the next play, Olson hooked up with Taylor on a 39-yard scoring play.

    That drive, starting from the UCLA 10 after the 2-yard loss, took one minute, 13 seconds - and signaled what was to come.

    Michael Pitre made it 21-7 on a 6-yard run late in the first quarter, Markey scored on a 2-yard run early in the second. Linebacker Christian Taylor added a fourth-quarter touchdown when he picked up a fumble at the Rice 4 and ran it into the end zone, and Kahlil Bell capped the UCLA scoring with a 22-yard scoring run .

    A 1-yard run by Marcus Rucker and a 4-yard run by Tommy Henderson accounted for the Owls' other touchdowns.

    Fullback John Wall was Rice's leading rusher, with four carries for 58 yards. Armstrong was 5-of-8 for 32 yards in the air, and carried six times for 25 yards.

    The game was the third between the schools, with UCLA winning all three. The last time the teams met was in 1966 at Rice Stadium, when the Bruins won 27-24.

    The Owls lost for still another time in California. They've won just one of 14 trips, beating Stanford in 1957 and tying USC in 1947.
    -09-11-2005, 12:32 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Tulsa Storms to 34-17 Win Against Southern Miss
    by DJRamFan
    Hurricane improves to 3-3 on the season and 2-1 in C-USA West

    Oct. 8, 2005





    Hattiesburg, Miss. - The Hurricane came away with its first C-USA road win in its first try with a 34-17 victory over the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in front of 28,375 and a national CSTV television audience at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

    Tulsa out-gained the home team, 475 to 169. The Tulsa defense showed dominance most of the game, and the Hurricane offense took off on its last second quarter possession and kept going. Tulsa's domination included a whopping 42:23 to 17:37 advantage in possession time, while the defense forced four turnovers.

    Tulsa improved to 3-3 on the season and 2-1 in Conference USA, while Southern Miss dropped to 2-2 and 1-1 in league play. It was the first win in three tries at the Hattiesburg stadium, and knotted the series to 2-1-1.

    Miscues hurt the Hurricane in the first half as two interceptions resulted in 14 Southern Miss points, but in the second half it was turnovers by the Golden Eagles that gave the Hurricane the advantage. Tulsa's defense had four second-half turnovers and one stop on downs and held USM to only 70 second-half yards, while the offense converted 17 points on those turnovers.

    Southern Miss took the opening kickoff 57 yards in 11 plays, but had to settle for a 27-yard field goal. Tulsa's first possession ended abruptly, as Jasper Faulk intercepted a Paul Smith pass and went 48 yards for a score.

    Tulsa took its next possession to the 21-yard line, but the Hurricane missed the 31-yard field goal attempt.

    Tulsa put its first points on the scoreboard just before the half on a 98-yard 14-play drive. The Hurricane scored with 0:26 left in the first half. Smith threaded the needle with a TD strike to Garrett Mills covering three yards to cut USM's lead to three points, 10-3.

    The 98-yard drive was the longest for the Hurricane since Nov. 1, 1997, when the Hurricane scored on a 99-yard drive against Utah.





    At the intermission, Tulsa held more than a 10-minute advantage in possession time, 21:03 to 8:57, as well as holding a 139-yard edge in total offense, 238 to 99 yards. Tulsa gained 136 yards through the air and 102 rushing yards.

    Southern Miss capitalized on another Hurricane miscue on Tulsa's first second half possession, as the Golden Eagles took an interception 28 yards to the Tulsa five-yard line. Two players later, the Eagles scored on a one-yard run for a 17-7 lead with just over three minutes gone in the second half.

    On Tulsa's next possession the Hurricane went 11 plays and 80 yards in 5:14 to cut Southern Miss' lead back to three points, 17-14. Paul Smith took the quarterback sneak for the final yard of the drive.

    Tulsa's defense responded in the second...
    -10-09-2005, 01:00 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, 08:21 AM
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