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September 3, 2013

Opening week was a fun one for FCS teams

TERRE HAUTE — The college football season officially is under way and FCS teams had some fun against BCS opponents.

Six FCS teams knocked off BCS foes in the first full week of competition.

Eastern Illinois was one of the winners, beating San Diego State 40-19. Taylor Duncan of Marshall ran the football 20 times, netting 94 yards with a long gainer of 45 yards and scored two touchdowns.

Eastern Washington was a 49-46 winner over Oregon State. Vernon Adams completed 23 of 30 passes for 411 yards and four touchdowns for what should have been the individual effort of the week.

In other games, North Dakota State was a 24-21 winner over Kansas State, Northern Iowa bested Iowa State 28-20, Towson beat Connecticut 33-18 and McNeese State stopped South Florida 53-21.

In another game, Boise State lost to Washington 38-6. And in another one, Illinois edged Southern Illinois 42-34.

Checking out the scores, if you think the Missouri Valley Football Conference will be one of the best in FCS again, you’re right.

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• Luce takes post — Ryan Luce is the new boys basketball coach at Rockville High School, succeeding Dave Mahurin, who resigned.

Luce played basketball at South Vermillion and Southern Indiana and formerly coached boys basketball at South Vermillion before going to Rockville to become athletic director.

He also has been the girls basketball coach at the school and has begun the search for his replacement in that sport.

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• Tom-Cattin’ It — Eastern Greene recently recorded its 32nd straight SWIAC victory in volleyball.

• Former state pole vault champ Drew Volz of Bloomington South has transferred from South Florida to Indiana University.

He has two years of eligibility remaining.

• Southern Indiana signed junior college transfer Gavin Schumann in basketball. He averaged 18.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists for Sinclair Community College in Dayton last season.

• Bobby Petrino got off to a winning start as football coach at Western Kentucky with the Hilltoppers beating Kentucky  35-26. He previously coached at Arkansas and compiled a 75-26 mark in eight seasons of coaching.

• IU has set Oct. 4 for Hoosier Hysteria to introduce the men’s basketball team in Assembly Hall.

• Cincinnati mound ace Bronson Arroyo is on pace to make at least 32 starts for the 10th consecutive season and reach 200 innings for the eighth time in nine years. He will be a free agent after this season.

• Los Angeles set a record for winning games in one month, the Dodgers winning 23 times and building a nice lead in the NL West Division.

• Warren Central is off to a nice start in high school football. Jeff George Jr. is the quarterback. The Warriors thumped Indianapolis Cathedral on Friday.

• Indianapolis officially will make a bid to be the host city for the 2018 Super Bowl.

• The Head For The Hills sprint triathlon recently was run at Patoka Lake Reservoir in Dubois County. Former Indiana State runner Dustin Betz was first across the finish line.

Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at (812) 232-3231, by email at tm_reck@yahoo.com or by mail at 4284 South 5th Street, Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN, 47802.

 

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