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At Least the Matadors Didn't Trip on Field


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Cal State Northridge's trip here wasn't exactly memorable.

The Matadors left Los Angeles for Kansas City about 10 a.m. Friday and bused 3 1/2 hours to Springfield, arriving at about 8 p.m.

And almost without a trainer's trunk carrying medical supplies.

"It was checked in as luggage instead of cargo [at LAX]," assistant coach Jeff Kearin said.

The team finally located the trunk but not before one of the two buses was held back to retrieve it.

Northridge held a walk-through practice at Southwest Missouri State's Plaster Field at about 9 p.m. and some players said they couldn't fall asleep until 1 or 2 a.m.

They didn't get much of a break on the way back, either.

The Matadors were scheduled to leave Springfield for Kansas City at 4 a.m. to take an 8:30 a.m. flight to Los Angeles.

Who was their travel agent, the Marquis de Sade?


Junior linebacker Brennen Swanson's clutch sack of Derek Jensen on Southwest Missouri State's final drive increased his total to 14 1/2, tying him with Ken Wallace for most in a season (1996) by a Matador.

End Dan Lazarovits leads Northridge in career sacks with 20 from 1994-97 and Swanson is second with 18. Wallace, a linebacker, is third with 17 1/2.

"I just keep putting on the pressure," Swanson said. "Eventually, [the sacks] have to happen."


Ethan Beck handled all of the kicking for the Matadors because Manny Marquez stayed home nursing a strained quadriceps.

Beck, a sophomore, kicked six extra points and averaged 37.0 yards on four punts.

Josh Fiske, a backup quarterback, was next in line if Beck went down.


Sophomore Jeremy Golden returned at free safety after a one-game suspension for violating team rules and finished with 12 tackles against the Bears.

Golden, 6 feet and 180 pounds but one of the hardest-hitting Matadors, was forced to bring down 205-pound Maurice Daniels several times. Daniels rushed for 248 yards in 30 carries.

"My neck is trashed," Golden said. "I took a good shot in the second quarter [tackling Daniels]."


Daniels is the most-productive running back against the Matadors this season.

Charles Roberts of Cal State Sacramento held the top spot with 231 yards in the Hornets' 35-21 victory over Northridge on Oct. 17.


Freshman Marcus Brady, in passing for 466 yards, produced the third-highest single-game total in Northridge history behind Aaron Flowers' 500 yards against Eastern Washington in 1996 and 469 against Cal State Sacramento last year.

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