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Herd receiver makes amends

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September 1, 2002

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Josh Davis fumbled twice and dropped a pass in the first 11 minutes, but his final stats looked much better.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Josh Davis fumbled twice and dropped a pass in the first 11 minutes, but his final stats looked much better.

Davis had 11 catches for a career-high 264 yards as Marshall beat Division I-AA Appalachian State 50-17 on Saturday night. Despite having the most receiving yards since Randy Moss piled up a school-record 288 against Delaware in 1996, Davis wasn't pleased.

"I am still upset with myself. I don't think I had a good game at all," he said. "I guess you could say it was first-game jitters, but I've got to work on that."

It helps to have a teammate like Byron Leftwich, who threw for 469 yards and four touchdowns as Marshall overcame a sluggish start.

Leftwich, who set a Mid-American Conference record with 4,132 yards passing last season, finished 27-of-41 and ran for a fifth score.

In the absence of top receiver Darius Watts, out with a separated shoulder, Davis was the key to a second-half surge that Marshall used to break open a close game. The Thundering Herd scored the final 27 points.

NAVY 38, SMU 7: Quarterback Craig Candeto ran for 153 yards and three touchdowns, sparking the offensive revival the visiting Midshipmen were hoping for with new coach Paul Johnson, and ending a 10-game losing streak.

Johnson brought back the spread offense he used as Navy's offensive coordinator in 1995 and '96 and found an effective leader in Candeto, a junior who had 62 career rushing yards entering the game.

Eric Roberts ran for two touchdowns and helped set up another with a 69-yard reception. He had 72 yards rushing and 96 receiving as the Midshipmen gained 399 yards.

Candeto guided the Midshipmen to four consecutive first-half touchdowns, the first three set up by turnovers.

SAN JOSE ST. 33, ARK. ST. 14: Scott Rislov passed for 174 yards and a touchdown for the visiting Spartans. San Jose State led 14-7 at the half then took advantage of two Arkansas State turnovers to score on three consecutive possessions during the third quarter.

Oscar Rigg had a 1-yard run, and Nick Gilliam kicked field goals of 22 and 29 yards.

Gerald Jones recovered a fumble and ran it back 72 yards for San Jose State's final score in the fourth.

MONTANA ST. 27, ST. MARY'S 24: E.J. Cochrane kicked a 47-yard field goal with three seconds left to lift host Montana State, No. 20 in Division I-AA.

MSU's Nate Cook kicked a 26-yard field goal with 9:14 left to put the Bobcats up 24-21, but St. Mary's answered with a 19-yard field goal.

Ryan Johnson rushed for 216 yards, including a 2-yard score for the Bobcats early in the third. Clint Wilson rushed for 80 yards for St. Mary's. MSU's Thomas passed for 148 yards but was intercepted twice as Montana State won its first opener under third-year coach Mike Kramer.

HAMPTON 31, JAMES MAD. 28: Timothy Frazier threw three touchdowns as visiting Hampton held on, despite converting six first downs and gaining 150 total yards.

The Dukes had 418 yards, including 311 rushing, but were unable to recover from two quick second-quarter touchdowns and a 17-yard Vernon Woodson fumble recovery TD in the third.

Zuriel Smith caught two touchdowns for the Pirates, including a 67-yarder from Frazier with 13:39 left in the second.

W. CAROLINA 23, LIBERTY 3: Manny DeShauteurs rushed for two touchdowns and 91 yards for the visiting Catamounts.

VMI 27, CHARLESTON S. 24: Matt Sharpe kicked a 35-yard field goal with 44 seconds left to lift VMI, breaking a 26-game road losing streak.

R.I. 28, BRYANT 0: Freshman quarterback Jason Davis ran for 72 yards and two touchdowns to lift the host Rams.

N'EASTERN 48, LOCK HAVEN 0: William Griffin ran for 57 yards and two touchdowns for host Northeastern. Northeastern had 263 yards rushing, led by Griffin and Anthony Riley (56).

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