COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK Van hopes to reverse his fortunes against WSU pass attack

first_imgUSC offensive tackle Drew Radovich (sore back) participated in Friday’s walk-through and should be able to start today against Oregon in Eugene. Offensive tackle Sam Baker (hamstring) and offensive guard Chilo Rachal (sore calf) also will start. Injury update Boise runs over Fresno Jeremy Avery led Boise State’s dominant running game with a career-high 124 yards and three touchdowns, and the Broncos avenged their only conference loss in the last half-decade with a 34-21 victory over Fresno State in Fresno. D.J. Harper had a career-best 153 yards and a score for the five-time Western Athletic Conference champion Broncos (7-1, 4-0), whose sole loss in their last 44 WAC games was a 27-7 defeat in Fresno in 2005. Boise State controlled its latest trip to the Central Valley with 282 yards from its relentless ground game. With Ian Johnson sidelined by a bruised kidney, the Broncos’ freshman ball-carriers patiently wore down the young Bulldogs. Clifton Smith returned a punt 65 yards for a score for Fresno State (5-3, 4-1), which hoped to signal its return to the national stage with another win over last season’s BCS darlings.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From staff reports It was bad, and Rodney Van knows it. Washington State picked on Van mercilessly, and UCLA’s cornerback was beaten for three touchdowns, and several other big plays before he was yanked from the game. By himself. Today in Pullman, Wash., Van believes he can exact a measure of revenge when the Bruins face Washington State. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I’m playing with a little chip on my shoulder this game,” Van said. “That’s definitely what it is. It’s not a chip to the point where it’s going to distract me from our goal as a team, but there is a little chip. I have to perform. I have to prove myself again, to myself.” Unlike a year ago, when Van was a starting cornerback, most of his snaps today will be when UCLA is employing its nickel package (five defensive backs), which is expected to be a lot since the Cougars like to spread out defenses and throw the ball. “I’ve been in the film room a little more this week,” Van said. “The team that beats you the baddest … every year every player has a game they probably wish they could have back, and that was my game.” Washington State junior receiver Brandon Gibson scored two touchdowns against Van last season at the Rose Bowl, and Van should get a shot at stopping him. Gibson missed the game at Oregon two weeks ago because of a heel injury, but he is expected to play. The quarterback who picked on Van, Alex Brink, is also back. Brink threw for 405 yards in the meeting. last_img

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