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Nation: Air Force finds it can pass, rush

By Wire services
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 14, 2003

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Quarterback Chance Harridge showed Air Force can do more than run the ball.

"I've worked really hard at becoming a better passer," Harridge said after throwing three touchdowns to lead Air Force 34-21 over North Texas on Saturday.

Harridge completed 10-of-15 for 156 yards, 13 fewer than his career high. In his previous 20 games, Harridge had 10 TD passes.

"Chance can throw the football and proved that today," coach Fisher DeBerry said. "Folks will have to be conscious of this in preparing for us."

J.P. Waller caught two touchdown passes for Air Force, which entered with the nation's third-best rushing offense. The Falcons managed 271 yards on the ground, after averaging 325 yards the first two games, and scored 28 straight after falling behind 7-6.

"We did an okay job stopping their run," North Texas coach Darrell Dickey said. "What killed us was their play-action passes."

Scott Hall was 9-for-15 for 156 yards with a touchdown pass and TD run for North Texas, which played without leading rusher Patrick Cobbs (bruised thigh). His replacement, Kevin Moore, had 33 yards on 14 carries.

COLORADO ST. 31, WEBER ST. 7: Rahsaan Sanders ran for 123 yards and a touchdown, and Chris Pittman caught two touchdowns for the host Rams. Bradlee Van Pelt threw for 163 yards and a touchdown for Colorado State (2-1), which improved to 10-1 in home openers under coach Sonny Lubick. Pittman had seven catches for 111 yards.

Nick Chournos had 88 yards rushing for I-AA Weber State, which lost its 13th straight road game. The Wildcats are 3-34 all-time against Division I schools, with their last win coming in 1993 against Nevada. The Rams entered eighth nationally in offense with 516 yards per game, but could not get anything going early against the smaller Wildcats. Colorado State had 70 yards in the first quarter and failed to score for the first time in nine quarters this season. Then things started clicking, and Colorado State finished with 494 total yards.

CENTRAL MICH. 42, E. KENT. 41: Jeff Perry passed for three touchdowns and ran for a 2-yard TD with 17 seconds left as as the host Chippewas rallied. Central Michigan trailed 24-7 at halftime. The Division I-AA Colonels were seeking their first win over a Division I-A team since a 1985 victory over Louisville. Their 614 total yards set a Kelly-Shorts Stadium record, as did the combined points.

Perry was 17-for-31 for 206 yards, and freshman Jerry Seymour carried 25 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Eastern Kentucky's Matt Guice was 21-for-27 for 290 yards before an injury forced him out of the game at the end of the third quarter.

CHEYNEY (Pa.) 42, W. VIRGINA ST. 33: The Division II Wolves snapped a 30-game losing streak, taking the lead for good on Chris Smalls' 40-yard interception return in the third quarter. Ron Martin added a 5-yard touchdown run with 1:50 left. West Virginia State is 0-2.


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