SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22,2002 SPORTS THE HAYS DAILY NEWS B1 Passing game too much for Fort Hays QB leads Chadron State past Tigers in RMAC play By NICK SCHWIEN HAYS DAILY NEWS Brad Smith thought maybe his starting quarterback was lacking a little bit of confidence. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Chadron State (Neb.) College sophomore QB Shawn Eisenreich found it against the Fort Hays State University football team. Eisenreich and junior receiver Michael Wahlstrom led a potent passing attack as the Eagles grabbed a 52-23 win in both teams' Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener Saturday afternoon at Lewis Field Stadium. The Eagles are the defending conference champ and were ranked 25th in the nation in this week's poll. "We talked all along since the season started about how we needed to get the new quarterback on track," Smith said. "He just seemed to come into his own. Experience-wise, reading defenses, he just seemed to come into his own today." Eisenreich completed 24-of-39 attempts for 335 yards and two touchdowns, and Wahlstrom caught 14 passes — a new Chadron State school record — for 235 yards and both TDs. "They did a nice job playing catch between him and the quarterback," said ; FHSU coach Tim O'Connor. "The quarterback was 24-of-39. They did a nice job. We ZACH LONG / Hays Dally News Fort Hays junior receiver Beau Rebel drops a pass in the end zone as he is hit by Chadron State sophomore cornerback Mitch Barry in Saturday's game at Lewis Field Stadium. Barry was called for pass interference on the play, setting up the Tigers' first touchdown. z b isf E . c o M blew a couple coverages in the secondary that killed us. "When you play a team that good, you can't give them any opportunities. And that's exactly what we did. We gave them every opportunity." The passing attack started on the Eagles' first drive of the game. On third-and-12 from the CSC 29, Eisenreich found Wahlstrom open for a 37 r yard strike and a first down. On the next play, Wahlstrom caught a 34-yard pass over the middle to put Chadron State (2-1 overall, 1-0 RMAC) ahead 7-0 with 9:05 to play in the first quarter. "They've been-putting the ball in the air, spreading it out," said FHSU junior free safety Brent Riedy. "We knew they would do it." Wahlstrom caught all four of ^Elsenreich/s quarter,. the second period. But it was a 16- yard run by junior • tailback Austin Forster with 5:53 to play before halftime that gave the Eagles a 14-0 lead. Fort Hays (1-2, 0-1) got a good kickoff return from freshman Jamall Games, who took the ball 41 yards to the CSC 39. Five plays later, FHSU pulled within 14-7 after a 4-yard run by senior quarterback Dustin Demel. But Chadron State would get two big breaks right before halftime. A personal foul on the Tigers, then a pass interference call in the end zone on FHSU eventually moved the Eagles down to the 2-yard line. Senior Cory Hegwer, a 275- pound defensive tackle, lined up in the backfield and plunged into the end zone for the TD, giving Chadron State a 21-7 lead with ... We just didn't do a very good job defensively. Not a very good job defensively," O'Connor said. Chadron State increased the lead to 38-7 in the third quarter on a 16-yard interception return by junior defensive back Marvin Jackson, a field goal by freshman kicker Bryan Lee and Wahlstrom's second TD catch, a 16-yarder. FHSU got within 38-16 with 10:42 to play in the game. But another rushing touchdown by the Eagles, and an 86- yard fumble return by Chadron State sophomore cornerback Mitch Barry gave the Eagles a 5216 lead. "We came out with the expectations that we had to start getting the offense on track," said Smith,, whose Eagles racked up 463 yards jbf^total offense. "And right away, :*the* confidence started building?: ^Wfdid a great job ! on the first dri?* ve, and it gave us the confidence we needed. Shawn got confidence, and that's what we needed. Once he got on track, he threw a nice ball." It was the most yards FHSU has given up this year. In a 38-7 loss to Emporia State University in the season opener, the Tigers allowed 457 total yards. "They just picked us apart on defense," said FHSU junior linebacker Tony Crough. "They have a good quarterback that throws it well, and some great receivers. They're tough. They just found their spots and found a way to get the ball to them." The 29-point loss came on the heels of a 37-29 win. over Wash burn University last Saturday. "It's a tough conference opener against the defending conference champioii i '';b!C)gftii^ l saj s d. , Royals score run in bottom of 9th to slip past Cleveland, 3-2 Royals 3 Indians 2 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Michael Tucker's two- out single in the ninth scored Chuck Knoblauch with the winning run as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Cleveland Indians 3-2 Saturday night. Knoblauch led off the inning with a double off Terry Mulholland (3-2) and moved to third on Carlos Beltran's sacrifice bunt. Mike Sweeney and Joe Randa were intentionally walked around Raul Ibanez's popup to second before Tucker delivered the game- winning hit. Jason Grimsley (4-6) gave up a hit in 1% scoreless innings to earn the victory. Bill Selby homered twice for his first career mul- tihomer game for Cleveland. Selby, who started because Milton Bradley was a late scratch with a strained muscle on his left side, homered in the sixth and seventh innings off Royals rookie right-hander Runelvys Hernandez. Sweeney's infield single in the fifth scored A.J. Hinch to give the Royals a 1-0 lead. Hinch led off the inning with a single and Knoblauch walked. Hinch advanced to third on Beltran's fly to deep center. The Royals tied the score in the seventh when Sweeney and Ibanez singled with two outs, pulled 1 off a double steal and Sweeney scored on Mark Womers' wild pitch. . ' Cleveland's Cliff Lee, in his second major.league start, allowed one run and four hits in five innings. Hernandez gave up two runs and 10 hits in 6% innings. / Cleveland's Jim Thome, who had two singles, has reached base in 48 consecutive games — the longest streak in the AL this season. / Tigers' Parker hangs on for win at home meet By NICK SCHWIEN HAYS DAILY NEWS Daryn Parker was in pursuit. Then the Fort Hays State University junior became the pursued. Parker pulled away late in Saturday's 10-kilometer race in the North Central Pre-Regional m'eet at the FHSU course, then held on for the win ahead of University of Colorado-Colorado Springs freshman Levi Burthall. "He attacked first, then I didn't want him to lead the rest," said Parker, who won the gold in 32 minutes, 8 seconds. "I didn't want it to come down to a sprint at the end because I didn't know what he had left. I just decided to go for it, turn it into a mile race instead of a 200-meter race." Parker led a dominating performance by the FHSU men, pacing the team to a first-place finish in the team standings with 26 points. Colorado Springs was next with 44, followed by Minnesota State University-Mankato with 56. Denver's Regis University was fourth with 119. "Throughout the run, I could tell he wasn't struggling too much," said Burthall, who finished in 32:23. "I knew he was strong, stronger than me today." It was Parker's first time running a 10-kilometer race this year, but it fit right into his training. "It's a little more conducive to our training," he said. "Our training is more geared toward the longer distances. "We started our Phase 2 training Monday I had a pretty good workout, and my legs were sore after that. Then 1 just kind of coasted the, rest of the week, did- n't work too hard. I started resting up for the longer distances." Junior Dale Dexter, competing in his first race of the year, ran with Parker and, Burthall for much of the race before falling slightly back to finish third in .32:48. Dexter missed the first two meets of the year with hamstring problems. "It was so nice having Dale up there with me," Parker said. "Dale helped pull, and I tried to help pull him," Junior Matt Fouts, who — along with Dexter — took a red- shirt last year, finished fouEth in 32:59, moving up on the leaders throughout the race. "I was really pleased," said FHSU coach Jim Krob. "When Dale gets into condition, he's going to be tough. For the first meet, he ran well. Him and Parker and Fouts, those guys can'run.-'- The meet gave rtirihers a chance to compete on the course before the NorthV'Central Regional Championships: — the qualifying meet for the NCAA Division II National Championships — on Nov. 9. The number of teams that competed Saturday was smaller than the number that will compete in November, but other schools got a chance to see the Tigers run and were impressed, • > "I knew Fort Hays would be good," Burthall said. "It was real ly nice to get to run against themi They have a really-solid team/It was a privilege to run against them." ' ! '^ • • TIGERS / SEE PAGE B5 • Meet results'are In Scoreboard, page B4. ',.:•. '• . ' MARK COLSON/Hay* Dally N«w Fort Hays junior Daryn Parker, left, leads the pack in Saturday's race at the FHSU course. Hot on his heels are Levi Burthall of Colorado-Colorado Springs, middle, and Tiger junior. Dale Dexter. Parker took first, .with Burtha second and Dexter third. ' .', ' r Wildcats stop USC MANHATTAN (AP) — Ell Roberson came off the bench to throw one touchdown pass and run for another score, leading No. 25 Kansas State, to a 27-20 win over No. 11 Southern Cal on Saturday night. Roberson, who lost the starting job during fall practice, replaced Marc Dunn to start the second quarter as the Wildcats withstood the Trojans' fourth-quarter comeback. Kansas State (4-0) earned its first home win against a ranked nonconference opponent. The Wildcats had not played a ranked nonconference opponent in the regular season since losing 56-3 at then-No. 8 Washington in September 1991. The Trojans (2-1) were the first ranked nonconference team to visit Manhattan since then-No. 17 Iowa beat the Wildcats 45-10 in September 1988. Carson Palmer, who came in averaging 273 yards passing for Southern Cal, was held to 186 yards on 18 of 47 passing. He didn't lead the Trojans on a scoring drive until the fourth quarter, when his 9-yard pass to Keary Colbert cut the Wildcats' lead to 27-13 with just over 10 minutes left. Sultan McCullough's 25-yard TD run with &% minutes left pulled the Trojans to 27-20. Roberson led the Wildcats back down- field to the Trojans' 12-yard line, but his fumble into the end zone was recovered for a touchback by Southern Cal's DeShaun Hill. Palmer got the Trojans as far as Kansas State's 33-yard line with just over a minute left, but was sacked for a 5-yard loss by Tank Reese and Melvin Williams. He then threw too long for Colbert on fourth-and-15. Roberson ran 1 yard for a touchdown in the second quarter to put Kansas State up 10-0. He added a 9-yard, scoring pass to James Terry on the first play of the fourth quarter, followed by a 2-point run, for a 27-6 lead. Terence Newman returned a of plays late;in':the second quflrtfeK -1 With less 'than a minute to go, Roberson was sacked and stripped at his own 12 by Troy Po- lamalu. Defensive tackle Mike Patterson picked up the ball at the 3-yard line and ran it in to cut Kansas State's lead to 10-6. But Henry Bryant blocked David Davis' point-after try, and Newman picked up the ball in the open field and returned it 90 yards for the two points. Jayhawks suffer loss LAWRENCE (AP) — Josh Harris had 236 yards in total offense and. scored three touchdowns, and Joe Alls rushed for a career-high 161 yards in Bowling Green's 39-16 victory over Kansas on Saturday night. Linebacker Mitch Hewitt scored a defensive touch- "• down for the second straight game for the Falcons (3-0), who made it two in a row against Big 12 schools following their 51-28 victory against Missouri. In the past two seasons under coach Urban Meyer, the Falcons pf the, Mid-American Conference are 5-0 against schools from BCS- ''affiliated leagues. Harris was 7-of-18 for 138 yards passing and rushed 15 times for 98 yards, including scoring runs pf 9 and 2 yards, the junior quarterback also caught a touchdown pass from Alls, his second TD re cepfion in two games. The Falcons, who'd averaged almost 450 yards and 46 points their first two games, punted on their first three possessions and had just 15 total yards in a scoreless first quarter. . • Then they got on track, compiling 149 yards and a season-high 22 points in the second period and scored the first two times they got the ball in the third, taking a 36-9 lead on'Harris' short run. They finished with 503 total yards " Kansas (1-3) took a 9-7 lead with 8:32 left in the half on Johnny Beck's^-yard field goal after Bill Whittemore's 1-yard plunge into the end zone was wiped out by penalty, .Epur .minutes later, 'Alex Glantzis knocked the ball loose as Whittemore went 1 back to pass from his own end son? and Hewitt fell on it for the go-ahead TD.
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