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Fresno St. slump at Hawaii ends

By wire services
Published October 30, 2005


HONOLULU - Wendell Mathis ran for 229 yards and three touchdowns, including a 78-yarder late in the fourth quarter, to lead No. 22 Fresno State over Hawaii 27-13 on Saturday.

The victory was the first at Aloha Stadium for Fresno State since 1994 and kept the Bulldogs atop the WAC standings with Boise State.

"We knew the road to the WAC championship goes through Hawaii," Mathis said. "We really wanted this one for all the games we played here and lost."

With a few minutes left the Warriors drove to the Bulldogs' 6 and threatened to tie, but couldn't score. Colt Brennan's fourth-and-goal pass was tipped near the goal line with 2:46 left. With Fresno State trying to run out the clock, Mathis burst through the line and sprinted for the final touchdown.

No. 20 TCU 23, San Diego St. 20

SAN DIEGO - Cory Rodgers ran 6 yards for the go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter and David Roach had an interception in the end zone to help the Horned Frogs to their seventh straight win.

Robert Merrill carried 29 times for a season-high 170 yards and two touchdowns for TCU, which is close to winning the Mountain West Conference title in its first year in the league.

With the score tied at 13, Rodgers, a receiver, lined up in the backfield, took a handoff and scored on the third play of the fourth quarter for a 20-13 lead.

BYU 62, AIR FORCE 41: Curtis Brown had career highs with 219 yards rushing and four touchdowns for the host Cougars, helping to guarantee consecutive losing seasons for the Falcons for the first time under coach Fisher DeBerry.

Four touchdowns in the fourth quarter weren't enough to rally the Falcons from a 34-point deficit. Air Force also committed five turnovers and extended what was already a long week for DeBerry, who apologized Wednesday for comments he made about black athletes and recruiting.

MIAMI (OHIO) 41, TEMPLE 14: Josh Betts threw for 379 yards and three touchdowns for the RedHawks in Temple coach Bobby Wallace's final home game. Wallace announced this month he would leave when his contract expires at the end of the season after nine losing years. Martin Nance had six catches for 96 yards and became Miami's all-time leading receiver with 2,818 yards, passing Michael Larkin (2,772).

UTEP 38, RICE 31: Jordan Palmer, the younger brother of Bengals quarterback Carson, threw for 387 yards and three touchdowns Saturday for the visiting Miners, who extended Rice's nation-leading losing streak to 13. Rice drove to the Miners' 3-yard line in the final minute after recovering on onside kick, but John Wall lost 2 yards on fourth down with 57 seconds left.

CENT. MICH. 21, TOLEDO 17: Kent Smith threw two touchdowns and ran for another for the host Chippewas, who have won four in a row for the first time since 1994, the last time they won a conference title.

BOISE ST. 49, NEVADA 14: Sophomore safety Marty Tadman made two interceptions and a clutch fourth-down stop for the host Broncos.

LA. TECH 31, SAN JOSE ST. 14: Matt Kubik threw for 329 yards and two touchdowns for the host Bulldogs, who took the lead for good on Dillard's 15-yard run which made the score 21-14 in the third quarter.