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FRESNO ST 42, PORTLAND ST 16

9/28/2003

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Backup running back Bryson Sumlin scored
three touchdowns and wide receiver Jaron Fairman, whose father died
earlier in the day, added another as Fresno State routed Portland
State 42-16 Saturday night.

The Bulldogs (3-2) beat the Division I-AA Vikings (2-2) for the
fifth consecutive time, despite giving up 486 total yards,
including 194 rushing yards by Ryan Fuqua.

Fairman scored on a 5-yard end around with 1:42 to play.
Teammates mobbed the redshirt freshman, whose father, James, died
while visiting from Covina, Calif.

Sumlin, a sophomore, ran for 60 yards on 12 carries. He made the
most of his opportunities, scoring on runs of 26, 1 and 3 yards.

A fluke play spotted the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead. Bernard Berrian
fumbled the opening kickoff at the 30-yard line, but teammate
Nathan Ray scooped the ball up and ran 70 yards for a touchdown.

After a blocked punt, Sumlin gave Fresno St. a 14-0 lead when he
broke three tackles and sprinted 26 yards for a touchdown.

Portland State racked up 264 yards of offense in the first half,
but did not score until an 18-yard touchdown pass from Joe Wiser to
Ryan Brown with 2 seconds left.

In the second half, Fresno State pounded the ball with running
back Dwayne Wright and Sumlin.