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Fresno State jumps on Idaho early, often in season-opening 79-13 rout

The Vandals got in trouble early. They suffered a disastrous first half, largely of their own making. They had two of Cade Coffey’s field-goal attempts blocked and returned for touchdowns by Fresno State’s Jaron Bryant, and defensive back Anthoula Kelly intercepted a pair of Idaho passes, one each from Mason Petrino and Colton Richardson.

Jakob Poeltl leads Utah past Fresno State

Larry Krystkowiak had just watched his Utah Utes make one silly mistake after another as feisty Fresno State scored 10 straight points to grab its first lead of the night.

Injury, arrest could jumble Fresno St. at QB

Fresno State quarterback Zack Greenlee was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and drinking in public and released from jail hours later, authorities said Monday. Greenlee, 20, was arrested early Sunday after police responded to a disturbance call about a loud party and officers saw him toss a beer bottle on a nearby yard, Fresno police spokesman Lt. Joe Gomez said. Bulldogs’ linebacker Brandon Hughes, 21, was also arrested and charged with obstructing a public officer. He too was released from jail a short time later. The arrests came before it was announced quarterback Chason Virgil is out for the season with a broken clavicle. – AP

Driphus Jackson leads Rice to Hawaii Bowl win

HONOLULU – Driphus Jackson had his best game of the year by passing for 318 yards and three touchdowns, and Rice completed a remarkable turnaround with a 30-6 victory over Fresno State on Wednesday night in the Hawaii Bowl. The Owls (8-5) started the season at 0-3 and ended it with their second bowl win in the last three years.

Tide refuse to ebb

Blake Sims threw a pair of touchdown passes, T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry each had a couple of touchdown runs, and top-ranked Alabama pulled away in the fourth quarter to win its 24th Southeastern Conference championship with a 42-13 victory over No. 14 Missouri on Saturday in Atlanta. Missouri made it a one-score game in the third quarter, but Alabama (12-1) scored three touchdowns in the fourth to lock up its spot in college football’s first playoff. And if the committee was impressed by second-ranked Oregon’s 51-13 rout of Arizona in the Pac-12 title game, they got another equally dominating performance from their top-ranked team.

Women’s hoop notes: McClard saga confounds

Recruiting on the Division I level never really stops as coaches try to stock their sidelines with the talent to improve or to have players ready to take over for stars who are getting ready to graduate. Gonzaga women’s basketball coach Kelly Graves said he’s amazed at the talent that comes from the Spokane area and North Idaho.

Top 25 football roundup: San Jose State stuns No. 16 Fresno State

After watching two potent offenses march up and down the field with ease in the first half, San Jose State coach Ron Caragher knew he needed to do something bold to get an extra possession in the second. An onside kick to open the half accomplished just that and helped the Spartans get bowl eligible with their first win over a ranked opponent in 13 years.

Fresno State blasts Idaho in record loss

MOSCOW, Idaho – Late on Saturday afternoon, with just a few hundred fans left in the Kibbie Dome, Idaho quarterback Chad Chalich dropped back to pass and was blasted by Fresno State defensive back Dillon Root. The game clock showed one second left. But that didn’t matter to Paul Petrino, who called a timeout.

Carr leads Fresno State over Idaho

Derek Carr threw five touchdown passes as No. 23 Fresno State pounded Idaho 61-14 on Saturday, scoring at least 40 points for the fifth time this season.

Blanchette: Sweeney kept perspective and humor

In his retirement, Jim Sweeney gazed out over the landscape of college football and saw it dotted with his coaching children. Dennis Erickson, Mike Price, Joe Tiller, Jeff Tedford – former players, former assistants, all sending four and five receivers out and chucking the ball with abandon, the horse Sweeney himself had changed to in the midstream of his career. “I’ve got all these disciples out there,” he noted, shifting into a faux regal air. “Wait, maybe you’d better call them apostles.”

Ex-WSU coach Sweeney, 83, dies

FRESNO, Calif. – Former Washington State football coach Jim Sweeney has died at age 83. Fresno State, where Sweeney coached for 19 seasons and retired with a school-record 144 victories, announced his death. No details were provided.