Top performers pave way for big wins
Records, milestones found throughout last week’s best games
Hawaii continues dominant WAC run as Danielson joins elite club
Kanani Danielson had a season-high 24 kills and 10 digs in No. 11 Hawaii's 3-1 (25-21, 25-19, 17-25, 25-21) win against Idaho. UH breezed through the first two sets, but after faltering in the third, Danielson made sure the win came home with the 'Bows. Danielson pounded home three consecutive kills during a 7-1 spurt late in the fourth that put the match away.
The victory helped the Rainbow Wahine move to 17-0 all-time against the Vandals and to 219-4 in WAC matches. Hawaii has never lost a WAC season opener, as it is a perfect 16-0 since joining the league.
The match also served as a milestone in Danielson's stellar career as the senior outside hitter became just the seventh player in program history to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.
Danielson, a two-time first-team AVCA All-American, came back with 19 kills and 11 digs against Utah State on Saturday and now has 1,477 career kills and 1,013 digs. She is the third Hawaii player to reach the milestone in the past decade.
On the season, Danielson is averaging 4.05 kills per set on an impressive .294 hitting percentage. She is also leading the Rainbow Wahine with 2.93 digs per set and is fifth in blocks with 0.75 per set.
Metro State gets first win against Colorado Mines in double overtime
Karisa Price scored with 4:40 left in the second overtime to give No. 6 Metro State a 1-0 win at No. 10 Colorado Mines.
It was Metro State's first win at Mines as the Roadrunners were 0-4-1 in five previous trips to Golden, Colo. CSM reinstated women's soccer in 2006 after dropping it as a sport in the 1980s.
Price, who began the game on the bench, played the majority of the second half and both overtime periods. She provided the Roadrunners with four of their nine shots in the game. Metro State's strong defensive effort held CSM to just seven shots, the second-lowest total for a Metro State opponent this season.
Aubrey Fondy set up the game-winner in the 105th minute. She stole the ball on the left sideline and dribbled into the corner where her crossing pass was deflected out on the endline, forcing a corner kick. Hayley Marsh's corner found Price along in the center of the box as the goalkeeper overran the ball, and Price chested the ball into the net to end the game at 105:20.
It was Price's third goal of the year and first career game-winning goal.
Bronchos get second consecutive victory in a runaway
No. 5 Central Oklahoma captured its second consecutive tournament title, strolling to a 26-stroke victory ahead of No. 3 Abilene Christian in the Dornick Hills Classic. Four Bronchos placed in the top eight.
UCO shot a one-under-par 279 to finish the par-70 Dornick Hills Golf Club course with a three-day 858 total. ACU was second in the 13-team event at 884 followed by St. Edward's (886), Arkansas-Fort Smith (895) and Cameron (897).
Senior Andrew Green paced the Bronchos with the second individual title of his career, shooting a closing even-par 70 to finish at one-under 209 for a three-shot win against West Texas A&M's Ben Hargis. Dillon Rust had UCO's best final round with a two-under 68 to finish third in the medalist race at 213. Baer Aneshansley came in fourth at 216 and Josh Creel tied for seventh at 220.
Paladins rout Presbyterian as Forcier sets Southern Conference and school records
Quarterback Chris Forcier passed for 226 yards and a Southern Conference record seven touchdowns to power Furman to a 62-21 victory against visiting Presbyterian.
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Forcier, the UCLA transfer who missed virtually all of Furman's 2010 campaign with a shoulder injury, completed 12 of 16 passes, including touchdown strikes of 13, 39, 6, 20, 64, 10 and 20 yards in the win. It was the 13th consecutive win for Furman against Presbyterian. Forcier also rushed 11 times for 58 yards and a touchdown, giving him a school-record eight touchdowns on the day.
In all the 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior signal-caller combined to set six Furman and SoCon records, including a string of 20 consecutive completions that began in the Paladins' season opener against Coastal Carolina.
Forcier's record setting performance was keyed in part by a Furman defense that forced four turnovers, including fumbles on PC's first two possessions.
Furman outgained Presbyterian 483-290, rushing for 251 yards and passing for 232. Jerodis Williams paced all rushers with 17 carries for 95 yards.
Kadarron Anderson led Furman's defense with 14 tackles, a sack and two pass deflections. The Paladins finished the game with four sacks.
Stanford earns win vs. California in matchup of ranked teams
Becky Dru scored twice on penalty corners in a two-minute span early in the second period, lifting No. 8 Stanford past No. 12 California 3-2 in a battle of nationally-ranked rivals before a raucous crowd at the Varsity Turf.
Tied 1-1 at halftime, Dru's second-half goals provided Stanford with enough of a cushion to hold off the hard-charging Golden Bears, who squeaked out a late goal with just under two minutes remaining.
A record crowd of 633 fans, made up primarily of students arriving back on campus, packed the bleachers and spilled onto the turf. Those left standing lined the fence behind the north goal, as fans from both schools were treated to the most compelling NorPac regular-season matchup in 10 years.
Stanford and California were meeting as ranked teams for the first time since Nov. 3, 2001, when No. 17 California blanked No. 20 Stanford 2-0 in the NorPac Tournament championship match. In fact, that 2001 matchup represented the first meeting as ranked teams since both schools joined the NCAA in the early 1980s.
In a sport traditionally dominated by East Coast programs, Stanford and California have enjoyed fast starts to the 2011 campaign and continue to gain national respect. But Friday's win keeps Stanford one step ahead.
Boxers end No. 16 Loggers' season-opening win streak at 11 matches
Pacific (Ore.) put together a solid hitting attack to upset No. 16 Puget Sound 3-1 (25-19, 16-25, 25-16, 25-22), handing the Loggers their first loss of the season.
The Boxers finished with a .309 hitting percentage and didn't hit below .212. Alexa Block finished with a match-high 21 kills and added 14 digs for her fifth double-double of the season while Kelsy Takashima added 16 kills and a .519 hitting percentage to go along with four blocks.
Puget Sound never seemed to get in rhythm outside of a second set that saw the Loggers hit .455. They finished with a .140 hitting percentage for the match, led by nine kills from Jackie Harvey and eight from Brynn Blickenstaff.
In addition to snapping's Puget Sound season-opening 11-match win streak, the Boxers captured their first win against the Loggers since the 2007 season and their first under coach Lena Chan.
Pierce sets record as Temple blows out Maryland
In its most impressive win since a memorable 28-24 road upset of No. 14 Virginia Tech in 1998, Temple stunned Maryland 38-7 on Saturday afternoon at Capital One Field. Junior RB Bernard Pierce rushed for a Mid-American Conference and TU school-record five touchdowns while redshirt senior QB Chester Stewart, making his first start of the season, was a perfect 9 of 9 for 140 yards passing.
The win marked the first BCS road win for the Owls (3-1) since 2002 and first win against an ACC opponent in program history.
One week after a heart-breaking loss to Penn State when Temple did not trail until the final 2:42 on the clock, the Owls manhandled Maryland by playing near flawless football.
"I am awfully proud of our program," Temple head coach Steve Addazio said. "We were in a very tough game last week and played a very talented and strong Maryland team ... I am very proud of these young men. We responded well and had a great work ethic this week in practice."
The Owls, who struggled to move the ball the final 30 minutes against Penn State, had no trouble against Maryland, scoring on their first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead with 4:38 left in the first quarter. At the same time, the Cherry and White defense was shutting down the high-powered Maryland offense, not allowing the Terps a first down until their fourth possession.
Pierce, who leads the nation with 12 rushing TDs in four games, ran 32 times for 149 yards, including 108 in the decisive first half. His three first-quarter TD runs were from inside the 10-yard line, with the first two set up by Stewart to senior TE Evan Rodriguez pass plays. Rodriguez, who had a career-high 96 receiving yards on five catches, jump-started the Owls' attack with a 54-yard reception on TU's first play from scrimmage.
Hat trick pushes No. 10 UC San Diego to key win vs. Air Force
Matthew Michalko recorded a hat trick as No. 10 UC San Diego topped No. 20 Air Force 13-6 in Western Water Polo Association play at Cadet Gym.
The easy win served as a bounce-back game for the Tritons after they dropped a 12-10 match to Loyola Marymount a day before. LMU overpowered UCSD in that contest and the Tritons needed five goals in the fourth quarter to bring the final scoreline within two.
UCSD and Air Force each scored three goals in the first quarter, but the Tritons outscored the Falcons 10-2 during the second and third quarters. Harper used a '6 for 6' method to substitute his team and keep the players fresh in the thin air of Colorado Springs, as six new players subbed into the pool for six current players every time the opportunity presented itself. The Air Force Academy is at an altitude of 8,200 feet.
Brian Donohoe, John Butler and Graham Saber each scored a pair of goals to go with Michalko’s hat trick. David Morton stopped seven shots in goal. David Higginson and Daniel Lorch also scored for the Tritons.
Chadron State holds on as Adams State misses last-second field-goal attempt
Jeremy Sondrup caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Gorsuch that gave Chadron State a 14-13 lead with one minute, 38 seconds remaining in the game, and Adams State’s 38-yard field goal try as time expired went wide to the left to give the Eagles a thrilling Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory.
The win wasn’t a thing of beauty, but the Eagles took advantage of timely plays, particularly in crunch time.
Michael Madkins, who scored the game’s first touchdown in the second quarter on a 55-yard run, provided the Eagles a spark with less than eight minutes remaining after an ASC field goal, as he returned the ensuing kickoff 45 yards. Gorsuch, who completed 13 of 25 passes for 113 yards, found Jeff Alcorn on back-to-back gains of 13 and 16 yards that carried CSC to the 22-yard line. He then hit Sondrup for the game-winning TD two plays later.
The Grizzlies didn’t give up, though, and drove 52 yards in eight plays. The surge was highlighted by a 39-yard pass from quarterback Trevor Eggleston to Delton Prescott to convert on 4th-and-14.
ASC gained 17 yards on three quick plays and a penalty, and set up on the far hash for its field-goal try. The kick sailed left and Chadron State, which had the ball for less than three minutes in the final frame, squeaked by for its sixth conscutive win against ACS.
Game information and photos compiled from respective athletic department websites.