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© St. Petersburg Times, published September 10, 2000


Tomlinson, TCU defense dominate

RENO, Nev. -- TCU hit Nevada from every direction.

LaDainian Tomlinson ran for 176 yards and three touchdowns, and TCU had 15 sacks and two long touchdown returns as the Horned Frogs opened the season with a 41-10 victory Saturday.

"The defensive line took control from the get go," TCU coach Dennis Franchione said. "I've never seen 15 sacks before."

The Horned Frogs sacked David Neil1 12 times in the first half, and held Nevada to 11 yards rushing for the game.

"I've never coached a team that gave up 15 sacks," Nevada coach Chris Tormey said.

"I didn't know it was that many," added Neill, a junior who threw for 3,000 yards in each of his first two seasons. "I don't think I've ever been this tired after a game."

Defensive ends Aaron Schobel, who sat out the second half with an injury, and Joe Hill each had three sacks in the first half.

LaTarence Dunbar scored on a 95-yard kick return and Lavar Veale on an 85-yard punt return to help TCU stretch its winning streak to six games -- the Frogs' best since 1984.

Tomlinson passed the 100-yard mark midway through the second quarter, including scoring runs of 1 and 8 yards, then added a 43-yard touchdown run to put TCU ahead 41-10 before leaving the game in the third quarter.

He moved ahead of Andre Davis into second place on TCU's career rushing list with 3,281 yards, 468 behind Tony Jeffery, and broke Jeffery's school record with his 35th career touchdown.

W. ILLINOIS 24, BALL ST. 14: Frisman Jackson threw a 14-yard touchdown to Walter Mitchell with 4:43 left as Division I-AA Western Illinois extended the host Cardinals' losing streak to 19.

COLORADO ST. 41, ETSU 7: Cecil Sapp, making his first career start, ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns for the host Rams, who scored 27 points in the second quarter.

MIAMI (OHIO) 34, E. MICHIGAN 17: Eddie Tillitz returned two punts for touchdowns for visiting Miami in a Mid-American Conference game. Tillitz had a 53-yard punt return in the first quarter and gave the RedHawks a 27-10 lead with an 82-yard return with 1:55 left in the third.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN 17, AKRON 7: Robbie Mixon ran for 164 yards on 42 carries and caught three passes for 101 yards for the host Chippewas in the MAC opener for both. Mixon caught an 86-yard touchdown from Pete Shepherd late in the first quarter, and added a 2-yard touchdown in the third.

AIR FORCE 31, BYU 23: Mike Thiessen tied a school record with four touchdown passes, two each to Ryan Fleming and Qualario Brown, and host Air Force used an uncharacteristic aerial attack.

The Falcons capitalized on three BYU turnovers in the fourth quarter to hold off the Cougars, who had cut the deficit to 28-23 with 8:31 left. Air Force, which runs the wishbone, had more passing yards than rushing yards (203-186).

MONTANA 45, IDAHO 38: Drew Miller threw for 505 yards and five touchdowns, including a 7-yard score to Jimmy Farris with 19 seconds left.

LOUISVILLE 52, GRAMBLING ST. 0: Dave Ragone threw four first-half touchdown passes, to lead the host Cardinals, who had 10 sacks. Michael Josiah tied a school record with four sacks.

CONNECTICUT 37, COLGATE 7: Ryan Tracey threw for 327 yards and two touchdowns for the host Huskies, who won their first game as a I-A team after losing last week.

TOLEDO 51, WEBER ST. 0: Brandon Hefflin returned a fumble recovery 68 yards for a touchdown, part of a three-touchdown second quarter for the host Rockets.

MEMPHIS 28, LA.-MONROE 0: Travis Anglin and Darche Epting scored two touchdowns each for the host Tigers, who surrendered 176 yards of offense.

N. ILLINOIS 52, ILLINOIS ST. 0: Michael Turner and Thomas Hammock each ran for two touchdowns for the host Huskies.

Division I-AA

JAMES MADISON 38, LIBERTY 7: Robert Carson caught an 11-yard pass for one touchdown and ran 31 yards for one for James Madison, which plays this Saturday at South Florida. The host Dukes had 321 yards rushing; quarterback Charles Berry was 7-for-12 for 130 yards passing.

HAMPTON 26, HOWARD 24: Montrell Coley rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns for Hampton in the 30th New York Urban League Classic in East Rutherford, N.J.

S.C. ST. 42, SAVANNAH ST. 26: The host Bulldogs, led by second-string quarterback Avery Bowden's two touchdowns, scored 42 second-half points.

N.C. A&T 16, TENNESSEE ST. 14: Marsay Winder's 3-yard touchdown run with 3:35 left lifted the Aggies in the second Riverfront Classic at Cincinnati.

GA. SOUTHERN 57, J.C. SMITH 12: Adrian Peterson ran for 162 yards and three touchdowns for Georgia Southern, ranked No. 1 in the USA Today and Sports Network polls.

YOUNGSTOWN ST. 33, EDINBORO 0: Jeff Ryan passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as host YSU, ranked No. 3 by USA Today, outgained Edinboro 423-133.

VILLANOVA 51, MILLERSVILLE 14: Brian Westbrook broke host Villanova's scoring record with a 93-yard kickoff return to open the game. The junior scored a career-high four touchdowns and has 262 points, beating kicker Mark Kiefer's record of 241.

TEXAS SOUTHERN 19, JACKSON ST. 15: Adam Lamb threw for 259 yards and J.B. LaCombe kicked four field goals as visiting Texas Southern upset the No. 15 team in I-AA.

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