Cameron Richmond made some big catches for some of the best Rodriguez High teams in school history.
The former Mustang is doing the same for Idaho State, whose 40-26 win over Northern Colorado on Saturday gave the Bengals a 3-3 record, their best start since 2005.
While teammate Luke Austin was earning national wide receiver of the week and co-Big Sky Offensive player of the week honors with eight catches for 173 yards and three TDs, Richmond quietly did his part.
He caught five passes for 102 yards, his third 100-yard game of the season, giving him 39 receptions for 488 yards, both team highs. His 6.5 catches per game rank 16th nationally and second in the Big Sky Conference, his 81.3 yards per game are 35th nationally and seventh in the conference, and his 488 receiving yards are 41st nationally and eighth in the conference.
Saturday’s win snapped a three-game losing streak. Not surprisingly, Richmond also had more than 100 receiving yards in ISU’s other two wins, 149 against Dixie State and 152 against Western State.
Fresno State had a bye last week, but Bulldogs tight end Marcel Jensen (Rodriguez) was one of 29 players named to the John Mackey midseason watch list. The award is given annually to the nation’s most outstanding collegiate tight end.
Jensen has caught 14 passes for 226 yards and he’s one of just eight players on the list averaging more than 16 yards per game on the season (16.1).
The Bulldogs are ranked 17th by the The Associated Press, 19th by the USA Today and are fourth in the nation in passing at 374.0 yards and fifth in scoring at 47.4 points per game.
Pacific University pounded Puget Sound 56-14 to improve to 5-0 for the first time in program history which dates back to 1891. Craig Bailey (Fairfield) broke up a pass to help the Boxers, who are 2-0 in the Northwest Conference for the first time since 1951.
Christian Basden (Vanden) played for Humboldt State (0-6) in a 38-21 loss to Western Oregon.
In Arizona’s 38-31 loss to USC, Tra’Mayne Bondurant (Fairfield) had six tackles and a quarterback hurry for the Wildcats (3-2).
Markell Williams (Vacaville) amassed 11 tackles, including three for losses, and one a sack as Sacramento State (3-4) blew a 38-21 third-quarter lead in a 39-38 loss to Northern Arizona. Chris Broadnax (Vanden) also saw action for the Hornets.
Washington State also wasted a third-quarter lead, giving up the final 35 points in falling 52-24 to Oregon State. Deone Bucannon (Vanden) had eight tackles, including one for a loss, for the Cougars (4-3).
Myles Burton (Vanden) had a 53-yard TD run that gave Dixie State a 10-0 lead, but the Red Storm (2-4) couldn’t hold it in a 27-24 loss to Central Washington. Burton rushed 14 times for 108 yards and caught two passes for 15 yards.
Myles Carelock (Vanden, Rodriguez) played for Southern Utah (5-2) in a 17-7 downing of Portland State.
St. Cloud State (5-1) bounced back from its first loss of the season by crushing Minnesota-Crookston 55-6. Damon Treat (Vanden) ran twice for 15 yards, caught four passes for 87 yards with a long of 41, returned three punts for 10 yards and one kickoff for 30 yards.
Quincy Forte (Vacaville) had a 1-yard touchdown run on the final play of the first half to give Eastern Washington a 14-6 lead en route to a 35-14 win over North Dakota. Forte ran nine times for 40 yards and caught one pass for 17 yards for the Eagles (4-2).
Keith Welch Jr. (Fairfield) completed 37 of 66 passes, both of which rank second in school history, but it wasn’t enough to keep Lewis and Clark (1-4) from falling 42-21 to Pacific Lutheran. The former Falcon threw for 311 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, and ran 10 times for 28 yards and a TD. Greg Goodenough (Vacaville Christian) recovered a fumble for the Pios.
In Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s 47-0 walloping of Weber State, Alex Hubbard (Fairfield) returned a kickoff 49 yards and made three tackles for the Mustangs (3-3).
LaRyan King (Vacaville) played for Colorado State (2-4) in a 34-27 loss to San Jose State.
Jason Verrett (Rodriguez) had his first interception of the year, broke up a pass and made two tackles to help Texas Christian (3-3) get past Kansas 27-17.
Devon Damelio (Rodriguez) had a team-high 21 digs as well as 16 kills, five assists and four blocks to help UC Davis outlast UC Irvine 25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-12. She also led the Aggies (10-8) with 15 kills and tied for a team-high 20 digs to go with two assists, five blocks and an ace in a 3-1 loss to Long Beach State.
In Simpson’s 3-0 win over William Jessup, Jazmin Wallace (Fairfield) had two assists and four digs. The Red Hawks (4-12) also fell 3-1 to UC Merced with Wallace getting 13 digs, two assists and a kill, and Alexis Angier (Vacaville) also seeing action.
Lainey Brown (Vacaville Christian, Solano) had 10 digs and a kill for Holy Names (0-18) in a 3-0 loss to Dominican.
Pacific Union (13-6) swept Embry-Riddle 3-0 as Sarah Cusick (Wood) had a match-high 18 digs, eight kills, three aces and a block.
Erica Ramirez (Armijo, Solano) had four saves in recording the shutout as Columbia College (10-2-1) blanked William Woods 3-0.
Sandy Garcia (Solano) took a shot and Alexsa Gonzalez (Solano) saw action for Nyack in a 0-0 draw with Holy Family. The two also played for the Warriors (5-6-2) in losses to Bridgeport (3-2) and Queens (5-0).
Barbara Bakh (Solano) had playing time as University of Mary fell 4-0 to Minnesota-Duluth.
In Northwest Christian’s 1-0 loss to Northwest, Karlie Mast (Solano) and Michelle Giron (Armijo, Solano) both played for the Beacons (3-8-1). Giron also saw action in a 3-0 loss to Evergreen.
Reach Paul Farmer at 425-4646, ext. 264, or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pfarmerdr.