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Nation: Air Force earns rare win at BYU

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Published September 28, 2003

PROVO, Utah - For the first time in 21 years, Air Force had something to celebrate on the way home from Brigham Young.

Chance Harridge ran for two touchdowns and passed for one and Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry got his first win at BYU as the Falcons beat the Cougars 24-10 Saturday, Air Force's first win in Provo since 1982.

Harridge ended the game with a touchdown from inside the 1 as time expired. The late touchdown irked Cougar fans and a few let DeBerry know it as he left the field.

DeBerry, who had been 0-7 in Provo, said he wasn't taking any chances even with two seconds remaining.

"I wasn't trying to run it up if that's what you mean. I felt the safest thing for us to do by goodness was to try to get it in there," said DeBerry, in his 20th season as Falcons coach. "By gosh, nobody needs to call me the things I was called. Maybe I need to be a little bit tougher. I didn't appreciate that."

The ugly scene in the tunnel couldn't overshadow the accomplishment for DeBerry. The last time Air Force won in Provo was 1982, when DeBerry was an assistant to Ken Hatfield.

Trailing 17-10, the Cougars had the ball with 4:05 left, but Rey Brathwaite lost 10 yards on third and 1. Beck's fourth-down pass was way off target and the Cougars turned the ball over at their 19.

W. MICHIGAN 39, OHIO 32: Phil Reed rushed for 115 yards and three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter, for the visiting Broncos.

Scott Mayle caught a 51-yard touchdown from Fred Ray to pull Ohio within 31-26, then scored on a 23-yard reverse to put the Bobcats ahead 32-31 with 8:58 left.

Reed's 1-yard touchdown run with 7:29 left and a two-point conversion gave WMU the winning margin. The Bobcats had the ball with 57 seconds left and drove to the WMU 34 before Ray's pass was intercepted in the end zone by Kevin Ford with five seconds left.

UTAH 28, COLORADO ST. 21: Cornerback Arnold Parker returned a fumble 80 yards for a touchdown with 1:33 left for the visiting Utes.

Moments later, linebacker Corey Dodds had an interception and the Utes ended a five-game losing streak to the Rams.

CSU quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt, benched in the second quarter after four straight series that ended on turnovers, returned and rallied the Rams to two fourth-quarter touchdowns to tie it at 21.

NEW MEXICO 24, N.M. ST. 17: The host Lobos converted three turnovers into 17 third-quarter points to spark a rally.

The game between the state's only two Division I schools drew 44,075, the largest crowd to watch a college game in New Mexico.

Ronshay Jenkins had touchdown catches of 39 and 72 yards in the second quarter for the Aggies.

TROY ST. 33, MARSHALL 24: DeWhitt Betterson rushed for 114 yards, including the go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter, for the host Trojans.

Betterson scored from 3 yards to give Troy State a 20-17 lead.

Derrick Ansley then picked off Stan Hill and ran 70 yards for a touchdown and a 26-17 lead.

AKRON 38, BUFFALO 21: Bobby Hendry ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns the visiting Zips.

Hendry, who was held to 31 yards in the first half, scored all of his touchdowns and rushed for 92 yards in the third quarter.

Buffalo extending the nation's longest losing streak to 15.

SAFETY MARK: Host North Texas tied an NCAA Division I-A record by scoring three safeties in its 44-23 win over Louisiana-Lafayette.

Nose tackle Brandon Kennedy tackled running back Travis Smothers in the end zone in the first quarter. Then on consecutive possessions to open the second half Louisiana-Lafayette had an intentional grounding call in the end zone and a punt snap sail beyond the boundary.

UNT tied the record Arizona State set against Nebraska in 1996.

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