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    Oct. 24, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State impressed Fresno State coach Pat Hill more than any of those big conference teams he has faced the past couple of seasons.

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    The Broncos extended the nation's longest winning streak to 18 games with a 33-16 victory over Fresno State on Saturday night.

    "This is a better football team than Kansas State or Washington. This is a better football team than Tennessee last year," Hill said.

    Fresno State won at Washington and Kansas State to open this season and lost at Tennessee last year.

    Known more for its wide-open, high-scoring offense, the Broncos used a punishing defense and strong running game to beat the Bulldogs and improve to 7-0 for the first time in school history.

    It was Boise State's 22nd consecutive Western Athletic Conference victory and 23rd home victory in a row, also the longest streak in the country.

    No. 18 Boise State (4-0 WAC) last lost at home in September 2001 against Washington State.

    "The more this thing goes on, the more we need to focus," Boise State coach Dan Hawkins said.

    The Broncos held Fresno State (3-3, 0-3) to just 17 yards rushing on 17 carries.

    Fresno State was averaging 204 yards per game on the ground. It was the Bulldogs' third consecutive conference loss after starting the season 3-0.

    "Seventeen yards rushing? I was looking up at that the whole time," Boise State defensive lineman Alex Gurrero said. "We worked all week on that. It's just huge."

    Offensively, Boise State pounded the running game on a chilly night when heavy rain and hail alternated throughout the game. Lee Marks rushed for a career-high 112 yards, and the Broncos ran 55 times.

    Jared Zabransky added 227 yards passing and did not throw an interception. His 5-yard touchdown pass to Andy Weldon with 4:31 left finally put the game out of reach. Zabransky also ran for a 1-yard TD in the third quarter.

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    Fresno State quarterback Paul Pinegar could not take advantage of a Boise State pass defense ranked 111th in the country. Pinegar threw for 174 yards, but led the Bulldogs on only one sustained scoring drive and his two interceptions led to 10 Boise State points.

    "That was just a phenomenal job by the entire defense," Boise State linebacker Andy Avalos said.

    The Broncos have their sights set on a Bowl Championship Series berth. Boise State was 14th in the first BCS rankings, but the possibility of climbing into serious contention for a BCS game would require a number of losses by teams ahead of them in the rankings. The WAC does not gain an automatic berth into the BCS.

    Boise State would need to be ranked in the top 12 in the final rankings to be considered for a BCS game. A top-six ranking would guarantee a BCS berth.

    The WAC championship is the one thing Boise State can earn on its own and that's what the Broncos are focused on.

    "I'll tell you what, if anyone in this conference wants to catch these guys they'd better plan on coming in here and playing a great game," Hill said.

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  • DJRamFan
    Boise again stands between Fresno and WAC title
    by DJRamFan
    Aug. 14, 2005
    By J. Darin Darst
    CBS SportsLine.com Staff Writer
    Tell J. Darin your opinion!





    Expectations are high at Fresno State this season.

    But as long as Pat Hill is coaching, this year is just like any other.

    "My expectations have always been to win -- that will never change," said Hill, who is entering his ninth season at the school. "Until we finish the job every game for the entire season, we aren't getting the job done. It places a big bull's-eye on my back every year, but we are going to set our goals high and our job is to obtain those. And we haven't done that yet."

    WAC
    Predicted Finish
    1. Fresno State
    2. Boise State
    3. Nevada
    4. New Mexico State
    5. Louisiana Tech
    6. Hawaii
    7. Idaho
    8. San Jose State
    9. Utah State
    Off. player of year:
    Bryson Sumlin, Fresno State
    Def. player of year:
    Korey Hall, Boise State
    Coach of the year:
    Pat Hill, Fresno State

    Fresno State returns eight starters on offense, including quarterback Paul Pinegar and running back Bryson Sumlin. That's good news for a team that finished 9-3, averaged 40 points per game and won its third consecutive bowl game over a team from a BCS conference.

    But the one thing the keeps evading the Bulldogs is a conference title and a chance to play in a major bowl game.

    Fresno State's last conference title was 1999, and a major reason for the drought is Boise State.

    Boise State is 4-0 against Fresno State since joining the WAC in 2001 and has won the past three championships and a record 26 consecutive conference games.


    Boise State QB Jared Zabransky returns after throwing 16 TDs in 2004. (Getty Images)
    "If you are going to win this conference you have to win against Boise," Hill said. "I compare Boise State to BYU in the '70s and '80s; they just didn't lose. Right now we are going through a cycle where Boise State has a very good program. What they've done over the past three years is amazing."

    Fresno State has lost at least two conference games in each of the past four seasons but has knocked off an impressive list of teams from BCS conferences, including Kansas State, Georgia Tech, UCLA, Virginia, Oregon State and Colorado.

    This season's schedule features two more out-of-conference games that could get the Bulldogs closer to achieving their goals -- Sept. 17 at Oregon and Nov. 19 at Southern Calfornia.

    "We have the type of schedule for us to obtain certain goals in Division I. We need to focus and play every game like a Game 7," said Hill. "This team has a lot of potential, but you got to win the WAC. ... You...
    -08-16-2005, 03:24 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Paterno Focuses on One Number: Turnovers
    by DJRamFan
    Win would be will be his 100th since joining the Big Ten in 1993

    Sept. 23, 2005



    College Football Preview: Week 4




    Sorenson's 10 Questions | CSTV.com Heisman Watch
    Road to the BCS, Presented by Allstate | DELL Rivalry of he Week
    Press Conference Video: Tenn. | ND | UTEP | Tulsa | Memphis
    Crystal Ball Video: USC at Oregon | ND at Washington | ACC Showdown


    Top 25 Game Previews ---------------- FRIDAY ----------------- No. 22 Iowa State at Army No. 13 Cal at New Mexico State -------------- SATURDAY ---------------- No. 1 USC at No. 24 Oregon No. 10 Tennessee at No. 3 LSU No. 15 Ga. Tech at No. 4 Va. Tech No. 5 Florida at Kentucky No. 7 Georgia at Mississippi State No. 21 Iowa at No. 8 Ohio State No. 9 Louisville at South Florida No. 11 Purdue at Minnesota Colorado at No. 12 Miami No. 14 Michigan at Wisconsin No. 16 Notre Dame at Washington No. 17 Michigan State at Illinois No. 18 Arizona State at Oregon State Indiana St. at No. 19 Texas Tech Arkansas at No. 20 Alabama Duke at No. 23 Virginia ---------- Team Previews ---------- Air Force Akron Alabama Arizona Arizona St Arkansas Arkansas St Army Auburn BYU Ball St Baylor Boise St Boston College Bowling Green Buffalo California Central Mich Cincinnati Clemson Colorado Colorado St Connecticut Duke East Carolina Eastern Mich Florida Florida St Fresno St Georgia Georgia Tech Hawaii Houston Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Iowa St Kansas Kansas St Kent State Kentucky LSU La Tech Louisville Marshall Maryland Memphis Miami Fla Miami Ohio Michigan Michigan St Middle Tenn Minnesota Mississippi Mississippi St Missouri NC State Navy Nebraska Nevada New Mexico New Mexico St North Carolina North Texas Northern Ill Northwestern Notre Dame Ohio Ohio State Oklahoma Oklahoma St Oregon Oregon St Penn St Pittsburgh Purdue Rice Rutgers SMU San Diego St San Jose St South Carolina South Florida Southern Miss Stanford Syracuse TCU Temple Texas Texas A&M Texas Tech Toledo Troy St Tulane Tulsa UAB UCF UCLA UL-Lafayette UL-Monroe UNLV USC UTEP Utah Utah St Vanderbilt Virginia Virginia Tech Wake Forest Washington Washington St West Virginia Western Mich Wisconsin Wyoming ----------


    CHICAGO (AP) - The numbers are impressive.

    Penn State brings a 3-0 record, a defense that has 12 sacks and an offense that is averaging 35 points, 183.3 yards rushing and 283.7 yards passing per game into Saturday's Big Ten opener at Northwestern. The Nittany Lions' next conference victory will be their 100th since joining the Big Ten in 1993.

    Yet, only one statistic was on coach Joe Paterno's mind this week.

    "We had three turnovers," he said, referring to last week's 40-3 victory over Central Michigan. "But you guys don't even mention the turnovers. You have three turnovers in a ballgame...
    -09-23-2005, 02:09 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Temple's Best Shot at a Victory Could Come Against Western Michigan
    by DJRamFan
    Owls having rough go of it in 2005

    Sept. 23, 2005



    College Football Preview: Week 4




    Sorenson's 10 Questions | CSTV.com Heisman Watch
    Road to the BCS, Presented by Allstate | DELL Rivalry of he Week
    Press Conference Video: Tenn. | ND | UTEP | Tulsa | Memphis
    Crystal Ball Video: USC at Oregon | ND at Washington | ACC Showdown


    Top 25 Game Previews ---------------- FRIDAY ----------------- No. 22 Iowa State at Army No. 13 Cal at New Mexico State -------------- SATURDAY ---------------- No. 1 USC at No. 24 Oregon No. 10 Tennessee at No. 3 LSU No. 15 Ga. Tech at No. 4 Va. Tech No. 5 Florida at Kentucky No. 7 Georgia at Mississippi State No. 21 Iowa at No. 8 Ohio State No. 9 Louisville at South Florida No. 11 Purdue at Minnesota Colorado at No. 12 Miami No. 14 Michigan at Wisconsin No. 16 Notre Dame at Washington No. 17 Michigan State at Illinois No. 18 Arizona State at Oregon State Indiana St. at No. 19 Texas Tech Arkansas at No. 20 Alabama Duke at No. 23 Virginia ---------- Team Previews ---------- Air Force Akron Alabama Arizona Arizona St Arkansas Arkansas St Army Auburn BYU Ball St Baylor Boise St Boston College Bowling Green Buffalo California Central Mich Cincinnati Clemson Colorado Colorado St Connecticut Duke East Carolina Eastern Mich Florida Florida St Fresno St Georgia Georgia Tech Hawaii Houston Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Iowa St Kansas Kansas St Kent State Kentucky LSU La Tech Louisville Marshall Maryland Memphis Miami Fla Miami Ohio Michigan Michigan St Middle Tenn Minnesota Mississippi Mississippi St Missouri NC State Navy Nebraska Nevada New Mexico New Mexico St North Carolina North Texas Northern Ill Northwestern Notre Dame Ohio Ohio State Oklahoma Oklahoma St Oregon Oregon St Penn St Pittsburgh Purdue Rice Rutgers SMU San Diego St San Jose St South Carolina South Florida Southern Miss Stanford Syracuse TCU Temple Texas Texas A&M Texas Tech Toledo Troy St Tulane Tulsa UAB UCF UCLA UL-Lafayette UL-Monroe UNLV USC UTEP Utah Utah St Vanderbilt Virginia Virginia Tech Wake Forest Washington Washington St West Virginia Western Mich Wisconsin Wyoming ----------


    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Take a deep breath, Temple, and try to relax.

    Take a look at the schedule and realize there is no ranked team this week, no team that perennially resides in the upper half of their conference. Neither Miami team (of Ohio or Florida) is rolling into town for another few weeks and a blowout loss could be put on a one-week hiatus.

    The Owls' best chance at victory, maybe its only real chance at victory, is Saturday against Western Michigan, a program not nearly as down in the dumps as Temple's but still pretty woeful. While the Owls haven't had a winning record since 1990, the Broncos lost their final 10 games last season and changed...
    -09-23-2005, 02:08 PM
  • DJRamFan
    The Valley is Happy Again
    by DJRamFan
    Penn State, Paterno vindicated after defeat of No. 6 Ohio State.

    Oct. 8, 2005


    College Football Recaps: Week 6


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    Saturday's Best | Weekend Notes | Quotes
    Live Saturday Photo Gallery


    Top 25 Game Recaps ----- THURSDAY ------ N.C. State 17, No. 24 Ga. Tech 14 ----- SATURDAY ------ No. 1 USC 42, Arizona 21 No. 2 Texas 45, Oklahoma 12 No. 3 Va. Tech 41, Marshall 14 No. 4 FSU 41, Wake Forest 24 No. 5 Georgia 27, No. 8 Tenn. 14 No. 16 Penn State 17, No. 6 Ohio State 10 No. 9 Miami 52, Duke 7 No. 20 UCLA 47, No. 10 Cal 40 No. 11 LSU 34, Vandy 6 No. 13 Florida 35, Miss. St. 9 Northwestern 51, No. 14 Wisconsin 48 No. 15 Texas Tech 34, Nebraska 31 No. 25 Oregon 31, No. 17 ASU 17 No. 18 BC 28, Virginia 17 Minnesota 23, No. 21 Michigan 20 No. 23 Louisville 69, UNC 14 Team Capsules ---------- Air Force Akron Alabama Arizona Arizona St Arkansas Arkansas St Army Auburn BYU Ball St Baylor Boise St Boston College Bowling Green Buffalo California Central Mich Cincinnati Clemson Colorado Colorado St Connecticut Duke East Carolina Eastern Mich Florida Florida St Fresno St Georgia Georgia Tech Hawaii Houston Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Iowa St Kansas Kansas St Kent State Kentucky LSU La Tech Louisville Marshall Maryland Memphis Miami Fla Miami Ohio Michigan Michigan St Middle Tenn Minnesota Mississippi Mississippi St Missouri NC State Navy Nebraska Nevada New Mexico New Mexico St North Carolina North Texas Northern Ill Northwestern Notre Dame Ohio Ohio State Oklahoma Oklahoma St Oregon Oregon St Penn St Pittsburgh Purdue Rice Rutgers SMU San Diego St San Jose St South Carolina South Florida Southern Miss Stanford Syracuse TCU Temple Texas Texas A&M Texas Tech Toledo Troy St Tulane Tulsa UAB UCF UCLA UL-Lafayette UL-Monroe UNLV USC UTEP Utah Utah St Vanderbilt Virginia Virginia Tech Wake Forest Washington Washington St West Virginia Western Mich Wisconsin Wyoming ----------

    By Matt Trogdon
    CSTV.com

    Anyone unaware of the importance of Saturday night's clash between Penn State and Ohio State only needed to glance at the ADT National Championship Trophy on display outside Beaver Stadium. This wasn't a national title game, but it had comparable significance for the Nittany Lions. Forget the fact that the winner would have the inside track to the Big Ten championship. This game would answer the question on everyone's mind since Penn State dropped then-18th-ranked Minnesota a week earlier: are Joe Paterno and his boys in blue for real?

    The Lions provided a "yes," but not without some drama. Penn State upset Ohio State 17-10 behind a stellar second half from its heralded defense. The Nittany Lions held OSU's offense scoreless after halftime, yielding only two first downs in the fourth quarter. The...
    -10-09-2005, 12:54 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Weekend in Review: 'New' BCS still could produce a mess
    by DJRamFan
    Oct. 10, 2004
    By Dennis Dodd
    SportsLine.com Senior Writer
    Tell Dennis your opinion!


    Halfway through the season, the national championship race has some feel, some texture.

    Dodd's Power Poll

    1. Oklahoma
    2. USC
    3. Miami
    4. Florida State
    5. Auburn
    6. Virginia
    7. Purdue
    8. Louisville
    9. Georgia
    10. Texas
    11. Utah
    12. Boise State
    13. Wisconsin
    14. Arizona State
    15. Cal
    16. LSU
    17. Michigan
    18. Tennessee
    19. Florida
    20. West Virginia
    21. Oklahoma State
    22 Minnesota
    23. Navy
    24. Southern Miss
    25. Missouri
    25. UCLA
    Non-BCS Top 10
    1. Louisville
    2. Utah
    3. Boise State
    4. Navy
    5. Southern Miss
    6. Florida Atlantic
    7. UAB
    8. Memphis
    9. Wyoming
    10. Northern Illinois
    And some chaos just in case you forgot the BCS is a week away from weighing in. USC remains No. 1 but lost style (and poll) points in beating Cal. No. 2. Oklahoma handled Texas to creep closer. It's hard to believe Miami is now a heartbeat away at No. 3 considering some of its problems.

    What's it all mean? Refer back to last season when the BCS couldn't make up its mind between LSU, USC and Oklahoma. A similar nightmare scenario is developing.

    Three words: Split national champions. The new BCS that was supposed to lessen that likelihood looks like it is leading down the same path. Remember, there is nothing in the new BCS formula that can pick the "right" teams if there are three or more worthy teams for the two Orange Bowl slots at the end of the season. By leaning more on the human polls this year, the BCS commissioners are hoping the credibility of those rankings will sort things out.

    One of many problems: The computers still count for one-third of the formula, which could just as likely create split champions as prevent it. Last season, LSU, Oklahoma and USC all lost one game before the bowls. The BCS math picked Oklahoma and LSU to play in the Sugar Bowl despite the fact USC was No. 1 in both human polls.

    We'll say it again: More reliance on the human polls this year doesn't necessarily clean things up.

    Here's an early glimpse at this year's potential train wreck: Assume there are these 13 legitimate national championship contenders at this point. Nine of them are undefeated -- USC, Oklahoma, Miami, Purdue, Wisconsin, Virginia, Utah, Arizona State and Auburn. Four have one loss -- Florida State, Michigan, Cal and Tennessee.

    At this point a year ago (using the Oct. 12, 2003 Associated Press poll), there were 14 contenders. But there were only three undefeated teams worthy of title...
    -10-11-2004, 01:36 PM
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