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Nation: Kicking woes trip up UTEP

Associated Press
Published November 28, 2004

TULSA, Okla. - Ashlan Davis got Tulsa going with another dramatic kickoff return, and the Golden Hurricane got a little extra push from Brandon Diles to upset UTEP.

Davis extended his NCAA record with his fifth kickoff return for a touchdown this season and Tulsa beat UTEP 37-35 Saturday for its first win against a ranked opponent in more than eight years.

In the second quarter, Davis fielded a high kick from Reagan Schneider at the 26 and ran it in for the score. Schneider missed a 56-yard field goal with 3:01 to play and Michael LeDet made his third interception with 28 seconds left to end the Miners' final possession. Schneider went 0-for-4 on field goals.

BOISE STATE 58, NEVADA 21: Jared Zabransky passed for 244 yards and three touchdowns to lead the visiting Broncos to their 22nd straight win. Safety Cam Hall returned one interception 52 yards for a touchdown and another 64 yards to set up a late score for Boise State, which claimed its third consecutive WAC title with its record 26th straight league win dating to 2001. Boise State still has a chance to play in the BCS if California loses Saturday to Southern Mississippi.

FRESNO ST. 62, SAN JOSE ST. 28: Paul Pinegar threw three touchdowns and visiting Fresno State set an NCAA record by scoring two touchdowns in an eight-second span. After Wendell Mathias scored on 2-yard run with 13:21 left in the first half, Jaron Fairman recovered an onside kick on the Spartans' 33. Stephen Spach caught Pinegar's pass on the next play to make it 28-7 at 13:13. Utah had the record with two scores in 10 seconds against Air Force in 1995.

GRAMBLING 24, SOUTHERN 13: Ab Kuuan rushed for 126 yards and three touchdowns, lifting visiting Grambling in the Bayou Classic. Kuuan, who carried 18 times, scored all his touchdowns in the second half as the Tigers handed the Jaguars their first conference loss. Southern can play for the SWAC title on Dec. 11 if Alabama State, which is in the title game, defeats Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday.

I-AA PLAYOFFS: Erik Meyer threw a 45-yard touchdown to Eric Kimble with 1:49 left to help visiting Eastern Washington beat top-ranked Southern Illinois 35-31 in the first round. In Greenville, S.C., former Florida starter Ingle Martin threw four touchdowns to lead Furman 49-7 over Jacksonville State. Martin's touchdown passes gave him a school record 21 for the season, surpassing the mark of 19 set by Furman coach Bobby Lamb in 1984.

Big 12

TEXAS TECH 31, OKLAHOMA ST. 15: Sonny Cumbie, the nation's leading passer, had a season-low 281 yards but threw for three touchdowns to lead host Texas Tech. Jarett Hicks caught his second TD pass of the game, a 14-yarder, midway through the fourth quarter to make it 24-15 for the Red Raiders. Taurean Henderson sealed the win with a 6-yard TD run. The Cowboys have dropped four of six after a 5-0 start. Cumbie, who came in averaging 394 yards passing, was 31-of-46 with an interception.

MISSOURI 17, IOWA ST. 14 (OT): Adam Crossett kicked Iowa State out of the conference championship game. Crossett's 25-yard field goal in overtime, the first of his college career, gave Missouri the lead and A.J. Kincade's interception preserved the win. Missouri salvaged a sweet ending to a disappointing season by breaking a five-game skid and keeping Iowa State from winning the North outright. The Cyclones tied Colorado for first, but Colorado advances to Saturday's title game against No. 2 Oklahoma because it beat Iowa State.

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