Four years of frustration flowed out of every heavy hit and every pinpoint pass when Fresno State finally ended Boise State's domination...
FRESNO, Calif. — Four years of frustration flowed out of every heavy hit and every pinpoint pass when Fresno State finally ended Boise State’s domination of the Bulldogs and the entire Western Athletic Conference.
Paul Pinegar passed for 307 yards and hit Paul Williams for two long touchdowns, and the 20th-ranked Bulldogs decisively snapped Boise State’s 31-game conference winning streak with a 27-7 victory Thursday night.
Williams scored on a 98-yard play, while Wendell Mathis ran for 121 yards and a score for Fresno State (8-1, 6-0 WAC). It was Fresno’s first victory over the three-time defending league champions since Boise State joined the conference in 2001 and promptly began the longest perfect run in WAC history.
The Bulldogs’ blowout win was years in the making: They controlled the ball for more than 40 minutes, racked up 513 yards and shut out Boise State (7-3, 5-1) after Jeff Carpenter’s 67-yard TD run in the opening seconds.
Fresno State won for the 14th time in 15 games since losing to the Broncos last season. Bulldog Stadium’s sellout crowd roared when coaches Pat Hill and Dan Hawkins hugged at midfield after a scoreless second half.
Jared Zabransky was 15 of 32 for 190 yards with two interceptions for Boise State, which finally ran out of offensive ingenuity after winning every WAC game since a loss to Louisiana Tech on Nov. 3, 2001.
Cal unveils plan for stadium renovation
BERKELEY, Calif. — Soon, California will have a state-of-the-art training facility that all the top teams like to brag about in the living rooms of recruits.
The school unveiled pieces of a master plan Thursday that calls for refurbishing Memorial Stadium and building an adjacent high-performance center for use by all athletic programs. The two-story training complex — with a 23,000-square-foot weight room, locker rooms, offices and sports-medicine facilities — is slated for completion in time for the 2008 season. Construction won’t keep the Golden Bears from practicing in the stadium.
“This will be as good as anything anybody’s got for training,” athletic director Sandy Barbour said.
While the major stadium renovations won’t begin until the second phase — probably when the training center is finished in three years — Barbour said some temporary improvements will be made to the stadium, which opened in 1923.
• The NCAA has placed Arizona State on two years’ probation for improper benefits to former player Loren Wade and other irregularities in the athletic department’s operations. The penalty is the same as one already instituted by the Pac-10 and does not punish any of the school’s athletic teams.
• The Navy-Notre Dame series will continue through at least 2016, with the teams returning to Ireland to play in 2012.
• West Virginia center Dan Mozes, who hurt his lower right leg against Cincinnati on Wednesday, does not have a fracture.
• Safety Tony Franklin was among four Virginia players suspended for undisclosed violations of team policy. Franklin, a starter and one of four captains, will miss Saturday’s game against No. 24 Georgia Tech along with nose tackle Kwakou Robinson, reserve receiver Ottowa Anderson and reserve defensive end Vince Redd.
• No. 15 Auburn suspended linebacker Kevin Sears for Saturday’s game against No. 9 Georgia for a violation of team rules.