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Dunn’s 2 100-yard returns lift Utah 49-27 over Cal Berkeley

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POSTED October 28, 2012 9:42 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Reggie Dunn had all the right moves for Utah in setting a school record with two 100-yard kickoff returns in a 49-27 victory over California on Saturday night.

His only problem was deciding which one he liked more.

“I liked the second one better,” Dunn said before quickly correcting himself. “No, the first one because it sparked team and the crowd.”

That it did, as put Utah on the board on its opening possession before a “blackout” crowd of 45,017.

Reggie Topps’ 17-yard fumble return for a touchdown gave Utah a 14-3 lead with 2:13 left in the first quarter. The Utes led 28-6 at halftime after a 5-yard TD run by freshman quarterback Travis Wilson.

Like that, it was over.

So was a four-game losing streak for Utah (3-5, 1-4 Pac-12), which kept alive hopes of being bowl-eligible for the 10th straight year.

“After losing four in a row, we had to win this game,” said Dunn, who had a 100-yard kickoff return in 2010 against Iowa State.

Dunn credited his blockers on the first after he brought the kick out of the end zone, cut left, then took a step back to the middle before getting an escort into the other end zone.

He wasn’t sure Cal would give him an opportunity for a second.

“I wanted them to kick it to me again real bad,” he said.

He made them pay on the opening play of the fourth quarter.

He took the kickoff up the middle, cut sharply left, then right, evaded a tackle by Steve Williams at the Cal 12-yard line and cut back left again for the score that put Utah up 49-13.



Sac State defeats Cal Poly 35-29


SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Garrett Safron threw for 303 yards and four touchdowns to lead Sacramento State to a 35-29 victory against Cal Poly on Saturday night.

Safron completed 31 of 38 passes for the Hornets (6-3, 4-2 Big Sky). Morris Norrise had 97 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches.

Deonte Williams rushed for 168 yards on 22 carries for the Mustangs (7-1, 5-1). Cal Poly had 387 yards on the ground.

With Sacramento State holding a 28-23 lead, Safron hit Norrise with a 32-yard touchdown pass with 3:09 to play, culminating a four-play, 59-yard drive. Andre Broadous hit Willie Tucker for a 44-yard TD to get Cal Poly within six points, but the Hornets recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran the last 2:10 off the clock.



McDonagh leads Portland State past UC Davis 49-21

DAVIS  (AP) — Kieran McDonagh accounted for three touchdowns, D.J. Adams rushed for 139 yards and a score, and Portland State exploded in the second half Saturday for a 49-21 victory Saturday over UC Davis.

McDonagh completed 12 passes for 250 yards, including a 68-yard TD to Justin Lilley, and added 57 yards rushing, including scoring runs of 23 yards in the second quarter and 6 yards in the third. Adams followed with a 4-yard score for the Vikings (3-5, 2-3 Big Sky), who outscored UC Davis 35-7 after halftime.



San Jose State squeaks past Texas State 31-20


SAN JOSE  (AP) — De’Leon Eskridge was a workhorse for the Spartans on Saturday, recording 25 carries for a career-high 134 yards, scoring his only touchdown of the afternoon on a 32-yard run with 5:23 remaining to put San Jose State up for good in a 31-20 win over Texas State.

San Jose State (6-2, 2-1 WAC) was up 24-20 before Eskridge gave them some breathing room over a pesky Texas State (3-4, 1-1) squad. Spartans quarterback David Fales was 26 of 38 for 376 and two touchdowns. The 571 total yards for the Spartans offense was a season high.

Texas State led 20-17 heading into halftime before Fales found David Freeman on a 78-yard touchdown strike on their second possession of the third quarter to put San Jose State up 24-20.



Fresno State tops New Mexico 49-32

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Davante Adams’ juggling catch and run for an 89-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter completed Fresno State’s comeback from a 21-point deficit Saturday, sparking the Bulldogs to a 49-32 win over New Mexico.

Adams finished with nine catches for 198 yards and two scores — the second of which gave Fresno State a 28-24 lead. Derek Carr overcame a slow start to finish with 416 yards and four touchdowns for the Bulldogs (6-3, 4-1 Mountain West).

Kasey Carrier ran for 136 yards and a pair of scores on 19 carries for the Lobos (4-5, 1-3), but all but 20 of the yards came in the first half.

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