Sunday, September 25
Rockies tagged with 82nd loss in 14-1 rout by Dodgers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Every time Chad Bettis turned around, the Dodgers had runners on base. And they kept scoring.
The Rockies lost 14-1 on Saturday night, their 82nd defeat of the season and third in a row that assured the team of its sixth straight losing season.
"It was not a pretty night," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said.
Bettis (13-8) gave up seven runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings, struck out three and walked four. The right-hander has been having one of his best seasons, with career highs in wins, starts (31) and innings (179 1/3), but he struggled from the second inning on and fell to 6-6 on the road.
Colorado's run came on Pat Valaika's first major league homer in the eighth off Jesse Chavez. Valaika, from nearby Valencia, was making his first big-league start.
10-man Whitecaps tie Rapids 3-3 on own goal
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The 10-man Vancouver Whitecaps took advantage of Colorado's late own goal to tie the Rapids 3-3 on Saturday.
Whitecaps striker Erik Hurtado's header rebounded off the crossbar, deflected off Rapids defender Marc Burch and just over the line in the third minute of stoppage time.
Shkelzen Gashi scored twice for Colorado, making it 3-2 midway through the second half. Badji also scored for Colorado (12-5-12).
Pedro Morales and Kendall Waston also had goals for Vancouver (9-14-8). Watson was sent off with a red card for bringing down Badji on a breakaway in the 56th minute.
Colorado holds off Oregon 41-38
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Steven Montez threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start and Colorado held off Oregon 41-38 Saturday, the Buffaloes' first victory over the Ducks since joining the Pac-12 in 2011.
Ahkello Witherspoon intercepted Dakota Prukop's pass to Darren Carrington in the end zone on Oregon's final drive to preserve the win for Colorado (3-1).
The Buffaloes had retaken the lead following a controversial 31-yard touchdown from Montez to Bryce Bobo. After review, the officials ruled Bobo had control of the ball in his right hand when his right foot came down in the end zone — but the crowd at Autzen Stadium booed in disagreement.
The Buffaloes led from the start and went up 33-17 following Montez's 48-yard TD pass to Devin Ross to open the second half.
But Kani Benoit scored on a 3-yard touchdown to pull Oregon (2-2) within 33-31. Troy Dye's interception on Colorado's subsequent possession led to Prukup's 18-yard go-ahead TD pass to Carrington late in the third quarter.
Smith, Brooks help Minnesota run past Colorado State 31-24
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rodney Smith rushed 17 times for 99 yards and two touchdowns to help Minnesota wear down Colorado State on the way to a 31-24 victory Saturday.
Shannon Brooks, the team's leading rusher last year, returned from a broken foot that kept him out of the first two games and netted 85 yards and a score on 13 carries for the Gophers (3-0).
Freshman Collin Hill, making his second start at quarterback for the Rams (2-2), cut Colorado State's deficit to seven points with a 15-yard toss to Michael Gallup with 6:24 remaining. The Gophers followed with a three-and-out, but Hill's fourth-down pass at the Minnesota 45 around the 2-minute mark was broken up by Adekunle Ayinde to quash the comeback.
Mitch Leidner's underthrow toward the sideline was intercepted near midfield by Braylin Scott in the final minute of the first half, but Wyatt Bryan missed a 46-yard field goal as the clock expired to preserve a 17-7 lead for the Gophers.
The Rams were worried enough about the speed of Minnesota's outside rush that coach Mike Bobo put wide receivers on the scout team at defensive end for a better test in practice this week for his blockers. On the first play from scrimmage, defensive tackle Steven Richardson charged into the backfield for a 10-yard sack.
AIR FORCE-UTAH ST
Air Force beats Utah State 27-20 in Mountain West opener
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Jacobi Owens scored on a 1-yard TD run with 5:06 left in the fourth quarter and Air Force opened the Mountain West Conference season with a 27-20 win over Utah State Saturday night.
Air Force's Haji Dunn Junior set up Owens' score when he sacked Kent Myers, forced the fumble and recovered it at the Utah State 14. Owens capped the short drive by breaking a tackle and spinning into the end zone to make it 24-13.
The Falcons (3-0, 1-0) then forced a four-and-out to quickly take the ball back and made it a 14-point lead on Luke Strebel's field goal with 2:57 left.
The Aggies (2-2, 0-1) cut the deficit back to one score with 33 seconds left after a 12-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. But Ryan Reffitt recovered the onside pooch kick to secure the win.
Utah State tried a fake field goal on fourth-and-goal from the 18 but on the first play of the fourth quarter but came up 6 yards short of the end zone.