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Kretschmer Out for Season

September 19, 2002|From Times Wire Services

Nevada running back Chance Kretschmer, who led the NCAA in rushing last season, suffered a season-ending knee injury Saturday against Brigham Young and has surgery scheduled Monday.

Kretschmer tore his anterior cruciate ligament on his first carry against BYU when he was hit late out of bounds by two defenders. The Cougars were called for a 15-yard personal foul. The play was one part of what Nevada players and coaches said was a dirty game.

"I'll just say this, I can only coach my team, but I'll tell you what, that shot on Chance Kretschmer was three yards out of bounds and was uncalled for," Nevada Coach Chris Tormey said.

Kretschmer, a sophomore, is not eligible for a medical redshirt this season from the NCAA.

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Wyoming linebacker Jon Aimone's playing career is over after he suffered the latest in a series of neck stingers in Saturday's loss against Boise State. Doctors said Aimone would risk permanent damage if he were to play again.

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Oklahoma backup quarterback Brent Rawls, already sidelined because of a thumb injury, could be out for six weeks because of a concussion. Rawls was hurt when he fell out of the back of a pickup truck last weekend.

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Louisiana Monroe Coach Bobby Keasler resigned after starting his fourth season 0-3. Keasler went 8-28 with the Indians, who have not had a winning season since moving to Division I-A in 1994. Defensive coordinator Mike Collins was named the interim coach.... Auburn will play its fourth game in 18 days tonight when it travels to Starkville, Miss., to play Mississippi State in a Southeastern Conference game. The game will also be a test of a new conference rule--thought to be directed toward Bulldog fans--against artificial noisemakers. Bulldog fans traditionally ring cowbells throughout a game. Officials have been instructed to penalize the home team five yards for the first infraction and 15 yards for each additional offense.

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