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Nation: UNLV ends season with upset victory vs. Colorado State

©Associated Press
December 1, 2002

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Larry Croom figured he needed a big game with starting quarterback Jason Thomas out of the lineup.

He got it.

Croom ran for 222 yards and a touchdown and DeJhown Mandley caught a 29-yard touchdown with 46 seconds left as Nevada-Las Vegas upset Colorado State 36-33 Saturday.

Croom had 146 yards in the second half, scored on a 3-yard run in the first and set up two other scores with runs of 50 yards or more.

"When your No. 1 quarterback goes down, it is up to us to step it up," said Croom, who had 383 yards in his previous 11 games.

The Rams took a 33-30 lead on a 26-yard field goal by Jeff Babcock with 4:06 left, but the Rebels moved 80 yards in eight plays, capped by Mandley's catch from Kurt Nantkes.

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TOLEDO 42, BOWLING GREEN 24: Brian Jones threw for three touchdowns and Trinity Dawson ran for three for the host Rockets, who clinched the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. Toledo plays at Marshall on Saturday in the MAC title game. In the second half, Jones hit Andrew Clarke on a 4-yard score and Dawson scored on runs of 4, 20 and 1 yard as Toledo erased a 24-14 halftime deficit.

NEW MEXICO 49, WYOMING 20: DonTrell Moore ran for 176 yards and three touchdowns and caught two passes for scores for the host Lobos, who are bowl eligible for the second time in 41 years. New Mexico will go to the Las Vegas Bowl or San Francisco Bowl. Wyoming coach Vic Koenning's tenure in Laramie ended after three seasons at 5-29. He was fired Nov. 18 but agreed to coach the rest of the season.

MARSHALL 38, BALL ST. 14: Byron Leftwich threw for 401 yards for the host Thundering Herd to become the MAC's career offense leader. Leftwich was 35-of-42 and has 11,408 yards of total offense, breaking the mark of 11,081 set by Western Michigan's Tim Lester (1996-99).

MIDDLE TENNESSEE 45, UTAH ST. 28: Dwone Hicks ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns for the host Blue Raiders. Hicks surpassed 100 yards for the fifth straight game and 1,000 yards for the third straight season.

SOUTHERN U. 48, GRAMBLING ST. 24: Quincy Richard passed for a season-high three scores and ran for one to lead the Jaguars in the Bayou Classic at the Superdome in New Orleans, ending the Tigers' 10-game win streak.

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