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Cavs fumble away chance for victory

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published August 23, 2002

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Cecil Sapp ran for 178 yards and Colorado State recovered a fumble at its 1 with 10 seconds left Thursday for a 35-29 victory over Virginia in the Jim Thorpe Classic.

Reserve freshman quarterback Marques Hagans fumbled on what could have been the winning drive for Virginia in the earliest opener in Division I history.

Jeff Babcock kicked five field goals, including a 46-yarder that put the Rams ahead with 4:07 to play.

With 8:16 left and the score 29-29, the Rams began the winning drive, at one point facing first and 32 at their 4 after a high snap and clipping penalty.

Three plays after the field goal, Colorado State's Dexter Wynn picked off a pass and returned it to the Virginia 5. Babcock kicked his fifth field goal to make it 35-29 with 2:20 left.

Hagans, who unexpectedly shared duties with junior Matt Schaub, drove the Cavaliers 81 yards in two minutes but fumbled on a scramble with 10 seconds left.

Wisconsin gets rematch

MADISON, Wis. -- Bernard Berrian's 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at Camp Randall Stadium last year was a pivotal moment for two programs.

The dynamic score helped Fresno State come back from a 10-point halftime deficit to beat Wisconsin 32-20, and it propelled the Bulldogs toward unprecedented national attention.

The Badgers went on to finish 5-7 and missed a bowl game for the first time since 1995.

The Bulldogs return to Madison tonight, but Badgers coach Barry Alvarez said vengeance isn't on his mind.

"I have never really been much for that, and quite frankly I hear too much about last year," Alvarez said. "I have already said that the fact we didn't go to a bowl game is enough motivation for me and my players."

ARKANSAS: Center Josh Melton had arthroscopic knee surgery and will miss 2-3 weeks.

FORT HAYS ST.: A mysterious illness has sent four players to the hospital and sickened 21 others and two coaches. The four players, who were not identified, were in fair condition. Dr. Randy Cook said they were being treated for an unusual form of pneumonia. The cause was not known. Players began complaining of flu symptoms last weekend. Those hospitalized had coughing, muscle pain, chills, high fevers and a loss of appetite, Cook said.

GEORGIA: The mother of a former student testified her daughter called her after an alleged rape and said she had been treated "like a dog." The woman testified at the trial in Athens of Brandon Williams, who is charged with rape, aggravated assault and aggravated sexual battery. Basketball players Tony Cole and Steve Thomas also face charges. The players, all 21, are suspended pending the outcome of the case.

MARYLAND: Tailback Bruce Perry will miss the first four to eight weeks of the season because of a groin injury. Perry suffered a third-degree tear during warmups before Tuesday's scrimmage.

PENN ST.: Yaacov Yisrael, who started every game last season at safety, will miss the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee.

TOWSON: The Tigers will leave the Patriot League and join the Atlantic 10 beginning in 2004.

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