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Around the Nation: Nevada has rarity: a winning streak

©Associated Press
September 22, 2002

RENO, Nev. -- Zack Threadgill threw for 408 yards and four touchdowns to lead Nevada to a 31-21 victory over Rice on Saturday.

Threadgill completed 30 of 36 passes for the Wolf Pack, which has won consecutive games for the first time since 1999.

Threadgill's 31-yard touchdown to Tim Fleming with 3:35 left in the third quarter put the Wolf Pack ahead 24-14, and his 11-yard TD to Nichiren Flowers with 11:58 left made it 31-14.

Nate Burleson had 14 catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns for Nevada, which led 10-0 in the first quarter.

After a field goal by Damon Fine gave Nevada a 3-0 lead, defensive tackle Derek Kennard Jr. forced Owls quarterback Kyle Herm to fumble and Nevada's J.D. Morscheck recovered at the Rice 18. Four plays later, Threadgill hit Burleson from 4 yards for a touchdown.

Rice cut the lead to 10-7 on its next play from scrimmage as Vincent Hawkins ran 80 yards for a touchdown.

Nevada freshman running back Matt Milton had 74 yards in his first start in place of Chance Kretschmer, last season's NCAA rushing leader, who is out for the season after being injured on an out-of-bounds late hit against BYU last weekend.

MIAMI (OHIO) 27, KENT ST. 20: Luke Clemens ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns for the host RedHawks, who got a 7-yard touchdown from Ben Roethlisberger to Michael Larkin to erase their only deficit.

Joshua Cribbs' second score gave the Golden Flashes a 17-14 lead with 12:20 left in the third before Larkin's touchdown catch.

Roethlisberger has thrown at least one TD pass in 15 of the 16 games he has started for Miami.

Cribbs was 19-for-32 for 189 yards and had touchdown runs of 25 and 4 yards for Kent State.

UCONN 37, OHIO 19: Dan Orlovsky threw for one touchdown and ran for one for the host Huskies, who overcame a 19-6 second-half deficit. Freshman Terry Caulley ran for 117 yards on 26 carries and scored twice to help send the Bobcats to their 10th defeat in a row. Running back Chad Brinker, who came back from brain surgery last year, ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns for Ohio.

IDAHO 48, SAN DIEGO ST. 38: Brian Lindgren threw for 382 yards and six touchdowns for the host Vandals. Lindgren completed 29 of 46 passes and San Diego State's Adam Hall went 29-for-49 for 506 yards and five scores. The Vandals tightened defensively in the fourth, holding San Diego State scoreless over the final 12:48.

ARKANSAS ST. 33, LA.-MONROE 21: Danny Smith rushed for 105 yards and three touchdowns and Elliot Jacobs threw for 226 yards for the visiting Indians in the Sun Belt Conference opener for both.

TOLEDO 38, UNLV 21: William Bratton rushed for 81 yards and three touchdowns to lead the host Rockets. Astin Martin added a 25-yard touchdown run and Keon Jackson returned an interception 31 yards for a score for Toledo.

NEW MEXICO ST. 24, N.M. 13: Freshman Paul Dombrowski became the first Aggie quarterback in 24 years to rush for more than 100 yards. Dombrowski, starting in place of injured sophomore Buck Pierce, gained 136 yards on 18 carries and scored once for the visitors.

W. ILLINOIS 29, N. ILLINOIS 26: Quarterback Russ Michna threw for 383 yards and receiver Stacy Coleman had nine catches for 215 yards for the visiting Leathernecks. Freshman Reggie Gray ran a reverse for the go-ahead score with 1:10 left for Division I-AA Western Illinois.

Division I-AA

BUCKNELL 14, CORNELL 3: Albert Marquardt caught six passes for 135 yards and a touchdown for the host Bison.

COLUMBIA 13, FORDHAM 11: Nick Rudd kicked a 37-yard field goal with 10 seconds left for the host Lions, who snapped the Rams' seven-game winning streak.

ALCORN ST. 27, HAMPTON 23: Andrew Burks ran for three touchdowns to rally Alcorn State in the New York Urban League Football Classic in East Rutherford, N.J. Alcorn State scored all its points in the second half.

S.C. ST. 50, SAVANNAH ST. 12: Reese McCampbell connected with Terrance Metcalf on an 80-yard score and Chris Burgess ran 57 yards for another score for the visiting Bulldogs.

PENN 52, LAFAYETTE 21: Stephen Faulk rushed for three touchdowns for the visiting Quakers, who led 38-7 at halftime.

MAINE 42, HOWARD 12: Jake Eaton threw for two touchdowns and ran for one for the visiting Black Bears, who allowed 180 total yards, 42 in the second half.

HARVARD 28, HOLY CROSS 23: Neil Rose was 19-for-22 for 240 yards and three touchdowns for the host Crimson, which extended its winning streak to 10.

COLGATE 30, DARTMOUTH 26: Justin Polk ran for 167 yards and gave the host Raiders their only lead with 2:37 left on his first career touchdown, a 6-yarder.

LEHIGH 31, PRINCETON 24: Chad Schwenk's 12-yard touchdown to Justin Barrasso with 13 seconds left lifted the host Engineers, capping a rally from a 24-7 deficit.

YALE 49, SAN DIEGO 14: Junior quarterback Alvin Cowan set a Yale record, accounting for six touchdowns in his first start. He ran for three touchdowns and had three passing.

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