Fresno State uses defense to defeat Nevada 52-36

Fresno State uses defense to defeat Nevada 52-36

RENO, Nev. (AP) Robbie Rouse rushed for 261 yards and two touchdowns and Fresno State tied a school record with three defensive touchdowns in beating Nevada 52-36 on Saturday.

Derek Carr had a pair of first-half touchdown passes for the Bulldogs (8-3, 6-1 Mountain West).

Fresno State's defensive touchdowns came on a 34-yard interception return by Derron Smith, a fumble recovery in the end zone by Tyeler Davidson and a 26-yard fumble recovery and return by Travis Brown, which put Fresno State up 38-21 with 8:45 left in the third quarter.

Rouse had 36 carries and touchdowns runs of 1 and 39 yards.

Stefphon Jefferson rushed for 95 yards and three touchdowns for Nevada (6-4, 3-3), which lost its third consecutive game.

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Wizards, Dwight Howard aren't worried about 'minor' preseason back injury

Wizards, Dwight Howard aren't worried about 'minor' preseason back injury

The Washington Wizards almost made it through the summer to begin training camp free of injuries, but sure enough, media day on Monday was highlighted by the news that starting center Dwight Howard has a sore back and will be limited, at least for the first few days of practice.

Howard, 32, has a history of back issues, though this one shouldn't be lumped in with the rest of them, at least not yet. Howard and the Wizards are describing the issue as minor and not the result of something that happened on the court.

"I've been having to do a lot of traveling with shoe companies and stuff like that in China. Just from training, traveling. You know, airplanes weren't made for tall people," Howard said.

"It kinda sucks flying 15 hours curled up in the fetal position. It's just a minor setback, but it shouldn't take that long for me to get back on the court. I've been feeling great all summer."

Head coach Scott Brooks suggested Howard could miss the team's first practice on Tuesday. The team's first preseason game is next Monday, Oct. 1.

Brooks, however, spoke of Howard's injury more in the context of their first regular season game on Oct. 18.

"We're in no rush. With training camp, you have three weeks to get ready for the first game," Brooks said.

Despite having a detailed injury history, Howard has been quite durable in recent years. He has played at least 71 games in three straight seasons. Last year with the Hornets, he missed only one game.

If Howard is sidelined for any of the Wizards' preseason games, Brooks said the options to replace him in the starting lineup start with Ian Mahinmi, their backup center. He also mentioned Jason Smith and the possibility that power forward Markieff Morris could slide over to the five-spot in a small-ball set.

The Wizards are in good shape health-wise outside of Howard. Otto Porter, Jr., who had a procedure on the outside of his left leg at the end of last season, is 100 percent. John Wall, who missed 41 games last year due to knee injuries, has no restrictions.

Howard signed a free agent deal to join the Wizards in July and represents their biggest offseason acquisition. They may just have to wait a few more days to get him into the mix.


Virginia Tech tumbles out of AP top 25 after shocking loss to Old Dominion


Virginia Tech tumbles out of AP top 25 after shocking loss to Old Dominion

After a season-high seven ranked teams lost, the back half of the AP college football poll got a makeover on Sunday. Five teams entered the Top 25, including No. 17 Kentucky for the first time since 2007 and No. 22 Duke.

At the top it was mostly status quo, with Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and Ohio State staying Nos. 1-4. LSU moved up to No. 5, swapping places with Oklahoma after the Sooners needed overtime to get by Army. Alabama received a season-high 60 first-place votes. Clemson had one.

Kentucky is unbeaten and 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time since 1977. The last time the Wildcats were ranked was Nov. 11, 2007. Kentucky reached No. 8 under coach Rich Brooks that season and upset No. 1 and eventual national champion LSU, but finished unranked.

Duke is ranked for the first time since October 2015, giving the football poll a basketball feel. The Wildcats and Blue Devils were last ranked at the same in September 1957.


1. Alabama 4-0 (60 votes, no change from last week)

2. Georgia 4-0 (No change from last week)

3. Clemson 4-0 (1 vote, no change from last week)

4. Ohio State 4-0 (No change from last week)

5. LSU 4-0 (No. 6 last week)

6. Oklahoma 4-0 (No. 5 last week)

7. Stanford 4-0 (No change from last week)

8. Notre Dame 4-0 (No change from last week)

9. Penn State 4-0 (T-No. 10 last week)

10. Auburn 3-1 (No. 9 last week)

11. Washington 3-1 (T-No. 10 last week)

12. West Virginia 3-0 (No change from last week)

13. UCF 3-0 (No. 16 last week)

14. Michigan 3-1 (No. 19 last week)

15. Wisconsin 3-1 (No. 18 last week)

16. Miami 3-1 (No. 21 last week)

17. Kentucky 4-0 (Not ranked last week)

18. Texas 3-1 (Not ranked last week)

19. Oregon 3-1 (No. 20 last week)

20. BYU 3-1 (No. 25 last week)

21. Michigan State 2-1 (No. 24 last week)

22. Duke 4-0 (Not ranked last week)

23. Mississippi State 3-1 (No. 14 last week)

24. California 3-0 (Not ranked last week)

25. Texas Tech 3-1 (Not ranked last week)


The Atlantic Coast Conference has three ranked teams in the Top 25 for the third time in four regular-season polls. No. 3 Clemson has played mostly as advertised and No. 16 Miami is slowly creeping back up the rankings after a lopsided opening loss to LSU sent the Hurricanes tumbling out of the top 10.

Florida State lasted one week in the rankings and now Virginia Tech is out after maybe the most stunning result of the season so far. The Hokies lost 49-35 at previously winless Old Dominion. Boston College seemed to be emerging as a possible dark horse, but the Eagles also lasted only week. BC lost 30-13 at Purdue on Saturday after being No. 23 last week.

Unbeaten Duke moving in kept the ACC from becoming the first Power Five conference to have a week this season with only two ranked teams.

Two seasons removed from Clemson winning a national title, Louisville's Lamar Jackson winning the Heisman Trophy -- with Clemson's Deshaun Watson as runner-up -- and the ACC finishing with a 9-3 record in bowl games, the conference could use a team or two to separate from the mediocrity. North Carolina State (3-0) and Syracuse (4-0) are the only other unbeaten teams in the ACC, along with Clemson.


Joining Kentucky and Duke, ranked for the first time since October 2015, were two newcomers to this season's rankings and one returner.

-- No. 18 Texas, which started the season ranked No. 23 but lost its opener to Maryland, has its first three-game winning streak in four years.

-- No. 24 California slipped into the rankings for the first time since October 2015 during an off week. The Bears have wins against BYU and North Carolina.

-- No. 25 Texas Tech is in after a convincing victory at Oklahoma State. The Red Raiders were ranked briefly last season.


Exiting the rankings along with Virginia Tech and Boston College were two Big 12 teams and one from the SEC.

-- Oklahoma State, a week after impressing at home, is out.

-- TCU followed up its loss to Ohio State by falling at Texas.

-- No. 22 Texas A&M played Alabama closer than any team so far this season, but it was not good enough to stay ranked.


SEC -- 6 teams (Nos. 1, 2, 5, 10, 17, 23).

Big Ten -- 5 (Nos. 4, 9, 14, 15, 21).

Big 12 -- 4 (Nos. 6, 12, 18, 25).

Pac-12 -- 4 (Nos. 7, 11, 19, 24).

ACC -- 3 (Nos. 3, 16, 22).

Independent -- 2 (Nos. 8, 20).

American -- 1 (13).


No. 4 Ohio State at No. 9 Penn State. The two highest scoring teams in the country.

No. 7 Stanford at No. 8 Notre Dame. First top-10 matchup between Cardinal and Fighting Irish.

No. 20 BYU at No. 11 Washington. The Cougars try to knock off another highly ranked UW on the road after getting Wisconsin.

No. 12 West Virginia at No. 25 Texas Tech. No. 3 in passing yards per game (WVU) against No. 1 (Tech).

No. 19 Oregon at No. 24 Cal. Last time the Ducks and Bears played with both ranked was 2007.