Heisman hopeful feels crunch

Published October 15, 2006

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Western Michigan held Garrett Wolfe, the nation's leading rusher, to 25 yards and got three field goals from Nate Meyer to beat Northern Illinois 16-14 on Saturday.

Wolfe, trying to make a run at the Heisman Trophy, had been averaging 223.8 yards. But he ran 3 yards in the first 20 minutes against the Broncos and finished with a 1.4-yard average on 18 carries.

Wolfe was held scoreless for the first time since last year.

Despite their domination of Wolfe, the Broncos had to rally from a 7-0 deficit.

Meyer made three of his four field-goal tries, including a 40-yarder with 5:18 left that gave Western Michigan a 16-7 lead. Western's only touchdown came on a 2-yard scoring pass from Ryan Cubit to redshirt freshman Matt Stevens.

Wolfe's 25 yards were his lowest rushing total since running for 24 against Maryland in his 2004 college debut. Until Saturday, he had 11 consecutive 100-yard games and 11 consecutive games in which he scored a touchdown.

Arkansas State 26, Memphis 23: A 53-yard pass from Arkansas State quarterback Corey Leonard to Patrick Higgins with seconds left gave the Indians the victory in Memphis.

Leonard took the snap with six seconds left, rolled left and heaved the ball into a crowd in the end zone. Higgins came out with the ball, sending the Indian squad onto the field in celebration.

Officials reviewed the play and confirmed the touchdown reception, snapping Arkansas State's 10-game losing streak in the series.

Hawaii 68, Fresno State 37: Colt Brennan picked apart host Fresno State's defense, throwing for 409 yards, and matched a season-high five touchdowns in Hawaii's victory in Fresno.

Hawaii's defense forced two first-quarter fumbles that later resulted in touchdowns. Ikaika Alama-Francis recovered Dwayne Wright's fumble at the Bulldogs 24. Four plays later, Nate Illaoa scored his second TD on a 5-yarder. Adam Leonard picked up another fumble and Brennan hit Ian Sample for a 3-yard TD.

Southern Miss 31, Houston 27: Jeremy Young threw two touchdowns and rushed for another as host Southern Miss held off a rally in Hattiesburg.

SMU 31, Marshall 21: Justin Willis threw for 208 yards and four touchdowns off the bench in his first game back from suspension as SMU won in Dallas. Willis, who started SMU's first five games but was benched after getting in an off-campus fight, completed 20 of 23 passes after replacing Corey Slater in the second quarter.

San Jose State 21, Utah State 14: Patrick Perry's 3-yard touchdown run with just under four minutes remaining lifted host San Jose State to a come-from-behind win. Quarterback Adam Tafralis passed for 252 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Spartans, who won their fourth straight and are off to their best start since 1987.

Wyoming 31, Utah 15: Redshirt freshman Karsten Sween threw for 202 yards and ran in a touchdown for host Wyoming in Laramie. It was the Cowboys' first victory over Utah since 1999.

Tulsa 31, E. Carolina 10: Paul Smith rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another as Tulsa won in Greenville, N.C. Smith finished 15-for-21 through the air for 124 yards with on interception. He also finished with 42 yards on nine rushes.

Troy 24, La.-Monroe 19: Justin Brooks ran for two touchdowns and Omar Haugabook passed for a career-high 246 yards as host Troy won its Sun Belt opener.

Idaho 24, La. Tech 14: Steven Wichman threw for 238 yards and Jayson Bird scored two rushing touchdowns to lift Idaho over host Louisiana Tech in Ruston.

Postponed: Saturday's game between Miami of Ohio and host Buffalo was postponed until today by an unusual fall storm that dumped nearly 2 feet of snow. The snow knocked out power and transportation systems.


B-CC wins homecoming

DAYTONA BEACH - Jesus Cortez's first-quarter extra-point kick put Bethune-Cookman ahead, and his late field goal provided some insurance points as the Wildcats posted a 10-6 homecoming victory over Winston-Salem.

Cortez's point-after came after Coyla Dailey scored from the 4 on an option pitch with 2:11 left in the first quarter. His run highlighted an 80-yard, 17-play drive that consumed most of the first-quarter clock.

S.C. State 28, FAMU 21: DeShawn Baker and Will Ford combined for 285 rushing yards and three touchdowns as South Carolina State beat Florida A&M in Tallahassee. South Carolina State took a 21-0 lead and beat Florida A&M for the fourth straight time. Albert Chester threw two second-half touchdowns to Willie Hayward and another to Ronald Wright for the FAMU scores.

Jacksonville 28, Dayton 21: Senior running back Jerry Brant rushed for a career-high 224 yards on 35 carries and a touchdown and the Dolphins defense scored a fourth-quarter touchdown in a homecoming win.