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BIG WEST ROUNDUP : 103-Point Turnaround: Fresno State Wins, 55-7

From Staff and Wire Reports

A year ago the score was 73-18. Saturday night it was 55-7.

The difference is last year the Northern Illinois Huskies won at DeKalb, Ill. Fresno State won the rematch at Fresno.

Last year, Northern Illinois quarterback Stacey Robinson ran for 308 yards.

Northern Illinois still has a Stacey at quarterback, only now it’s Stacy McKinney, who had only 57 yards in 18 carries Saturday night.

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Last time, Northern Illinois finished with 806 total yards, and 733 on the ground. This time, Fresno had 638 total yards, 399 on the ground and 239 passing.

Northern Illinois had 188 total yards, seven passing.

Fresno quarterback Mark Barsotti completed 15 of 20 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for two touchdowns.

Ron Rivers rushed for 77 yards in nine carries, and sophomore Anthony Daigle, a transfer from El Camino College, had 69 yards in 14 carries.

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Marty Thompson caught two touchdown passes on plays of 13 and 12 yards and Malcolm Seabron scored on a 55-yard pass play.

McKinney scored the Northern Illinois touchdown on a 17-yard run in the first quarter.

McKinney was sacked five times as the Bulldogs extended their home unbeaten streak to 24 games.

Nevada 50, Nevada Las Vegas 8--Joe King tied a school record with three touchdown catches to lead Nevada at Reno. It was the Bobcats’ 15th consecutive home victory.

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Fred Gatlin passed for 293 yards and the three touchdowns to King as Nevada outgained UNLV, 543 yards to 118, including 412-72 in the air. It was Nevada’s third victory in a row over UNLV.

Nevada held UNLV to 28 total yards and one first down while taking a 20-0 halftime lead on two touchdown receptions by King and two field goals by Rick Schwendinger.

King’s first touchdown catch, a five-yarder, came 5:02 into the game and his second, a 35-yarder from Gatlin, made it 17-0 midway through the second quarter. King’s record-tying third touchdown reception, another 35-yarder, made it 27-0 in the third quarter.

Nevada’s Harry Jackson then recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown and Joe Caspers tackled UNLV quarterback John Ma’ae in the end zone for a safety and a 36-0 lead.

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