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Boise State makes early statement in college football season

Monday, September 13, 2010  
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By Jay Taft
RRSTAR.COM
Posted Sep 08, 2010 @ 07:44 PM

No. 3 Boise State still hopes to throw a nice big wrench into the BCS national title picture, and its 33-30 win over recent-ACC power Virginia Tech on Monday night kept the Broncos on path to do so.

No. 4 TCU’s 11-point victory over Oregon State kept the Horned Frogs in line to do the same.

The two nonautomatic qualifiers have a long way to go, but if they each run the table it will make for some pretty interesting fodder when it comes time for the BCS to select its national-championship contenders.

I’m one who’s hoping they both do it. If not just to add another wrinkle into the college football landscape, but also to help shove the entire BCS system out the door.

RVC volleyball off to huge start

Rock Valley’s volleyball team is off to another booming start, following up last season’s national-tourney-qualifying effort.

The 14-1 Golden Eagles, led by front-liner Natalie Olsen and back-row specialist Alexis Cleaver, went 38-6 overall and 12-0 in the conference last year, and return much of their core group.

On Tuesday, RVC rolled over Milwaukee Area Technical College, their biggest rival from a year ago, 25-4, 25-14, 25-7.

NIU women start hot as well

RVC is not the only hot-starting volleyball team in the area. After a 3-0 win over Illinois-Chicago to take first place at the UIC Invitational on Saturday, the Northern Illinois volleyball team is 8-0 for the first time in program history.

"To be 8-0 at this point is a very positive thing for our group,” ninth-year head coach Ray Gooden said in a release. "It helps us put our name in a special place in a program that has a lot of history and pride.”

The Huskies have already won two tournaments in achieving the longest winning streak since 2001.

Hayes returns to Golden Eagles

For the third time in his coaching career, Bob Hayes has returned to the campus of Rockford College as head tennis coach of both the men’s and women’s programs.

Hayes first came to Rockford College in 1991 as head coach of the men’s team. In 1995, he left to focus on other business opportunities. He returned in 2002, spending the next four years as head coach of both the Regents’ men’s and women’s programs.

Barr back at QB for WIU

Western Illinois quarterback Matt Barr (Belvidere), making his first start since his Week 4 injury last year, connected on 15 of 30 passes for 230 yards and two TDs in leading the Leathernecks to a 45-0 win over Valparaiso in last Thursday night’s season opener.

He also rushed for 71 yards on seven carries while helping the offense rack up 569 total yards.

Western heads to Purdue for a Saturday showdown at 11 a.m.

This story appeared at http://www.rrstar.com/sports/college/x863085252/Boise-State-makes-early-statement-in-college-football-season on September 8, 2010.

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