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December 30, 2003 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Sleepy town. Sparse crowd. Soggy field. Sluggish team? UCLA had better hope not, because its Silicon Valley Classic opponent is sure to be lively and loaded for bear. Forget the widening gulf between the Bruins and No. 1 USC for a moment. The Trojans are so far ahead as a program, their taillights aren't even visible. Somebody else is gaining on UCLA, and that somebody will be looking for the passing lane tonight at Spartan Stadium. Fresno State, a program with lofty aspirations and impudence to match, believes the time has come to show anyone paying attention that it is big-time.
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December 31, 2003 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
What was a rumpled cap is now a regal crown. What has been a middling Fresno State team is for the moment basking in the glow of a landmark victory. And what has been a UCLA team struggling to find itself is no closer to an answer. The sweat-stained hat Fresno State Coach Pat Hill has worn since the first day of camp can take an honored place on his office shelf. It is marked with his team's regular-season scores under the bill and the score of the Silicon Valley Classic on the top. Fresno State 17, UCLA 9. The Bruins just want to cover their heads.
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SPORTS
December 31, 2003 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
What was a rumpled cap is now a regal crown. What has been a middling Fresno State team is for the moment basking in the glow of a landmark victory. And what has been a UCLA team struggling to find itself is no closer to an answer. The sweat-stained hat Fresno State Coach Pat Hill has worn since the first day of camp can take an honored place on his office shelf. It is marked with his team's regular-season scores under the bill and the score of the Silicon Valley Classic on the top. Fresno State 17, UCLA 9. The Bruins just want to cover their heads.
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December 30, 2003 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Sleepy town. Sparse crowd. Soggy field. Sluggish team? UCLA had better hope not, because its Silicon Valley Classic opponent is sure to be lively and loaded for bear. Forget the widening gulf between the Bruins and No. 1 USC for a moment. The Trojans are so far ahead as a program, their taillights aren't even visible. Somebody else is gaining on UCLA, and that somebody will be looking for the passing lane tonight at Spartan Stadium. Fresno State, a program with lofty aspirations and impudence to match, believes the time has come to show anyone paying attention that it is big-time.
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December 29, 2003 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Milliseconds before the high-tech boom went bust, someone thought launching the Silicon Valley Classic would be a good idea. Like an Internet stock worth a fraction of a cent, it has barely hung on for four years, more curiosity than opportunity. Nevertheless, UCLA gratefully accepted an invitation to face de facto Silicon Valley home team Fresno State on Tuesday night in front of a small crowd expected to contain only a sprinkling of UCLA fans. All of which raises a question.
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November 24, 2003 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
UCLA Coach Karl Dorrell and his assistants will hit the recruiting trail this week, and you can bet their sales pitch to potential Bruins won't be, "Sign with us, and maybe you'll get a chance to play in the Silicon Valley Classic!" The emphasis will be on the future, the program Dorrell is building, the offense he expects to mature. It will be on the finer points of higher education that UCLA can offer. Any emphasis on the present might be risky.
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December 29, 2003 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
It might be a bit early in the morning for undivided attention, but the Bruins ought to digest everything they can when Bill Walsh speaks today at their breakfast. Walsh, who coached the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl victories in the 1980s, is the architect of the West Coast offense, the sophisticated scheme that UCLA Coach Karl Dorrell brought to Westwood this season. Few college teams employ the offense, and the Bruins have had difficulty mastering it. UCLA ranks No. 109 among 117 NCAA Division I teams in total offense.
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December 30, 2003 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Bruin receiver Craig Bragg grew up in the shadow of Spartan Stadium, dreaming that the ovations he could hear from blocks away on Saturdays someday would be for him. Eventually, though, he became so good he didn't even consider San Jose State, instead going to UCLA and becoming the team's top receiver. And, yes, he has heard his share of ovations. Now he's home, and his return should boost Silicon Valley Classic attendance by a couple of hundred friends and relatives. He can't wait to display the form that has resulted in 68 receptions for 994 yards this season, boosting him to fourth on UCLA's career lists with 152 catches and 2,291 yards.
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December 2, 2003 | Mike DiGiovanna
The Silicon Valley Classic board of directors will meet today to determine whether UCLA's football season -- or Washington's -- will be extended for one more game, against either Fresno State or Tulsa of the Western Athletic Conference in San Jose on Dec. 30. With Washington State committing to the Holiday Bowl, Oregon to the Sun Bowl, California to the Insight.
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December 31, 2000 | From Associated Press
Fresno State is worried about more than Air Force's running game in the Silicon Valley Classic. The Falcons have proved they're effective with the pass as well. Senior quarterback Mike Thiessen threw for 1,687 yards this season, the most for Air Force since 1969. In addition to 13 touchdown passes, he ran for 713 yards and 10 touchdowns. Receiver Ryan Fleming had 52 receptions for 930 yards--a 17.
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December 30, 2003 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Bruin receiver Craig Bragg grew up in the shadow of Spartan Stadium, dreaming that the ovations he could hear from blocks away on Saturdays someday would be for him. Eventually, though, he became so good he didn't even consider San Jose State, instead going to UCLA and becoming the team's top receiver. And, yes, he has heard his share of ovations. Now he's home, and his return should boost Silicon Valley Classic attendance by a couple of hundred friends and relatives. He can't wait to display the form that has resulted in 68 receptions for 994 yards this season, boosting him to fourth on UCLA's career lists with 152 catches and 2,291 yards.
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December 29, 2003 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
It might be a bit early in the morning for undivided attention, but the Bruins ought to digest everything they can when Bill Walsh speaks today at their breakfast. Walsh, who coached the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl victories in the 1980s, is the architect of the West Coast offense, the sophisticated scheme that UCLA Coach Karl Dorrell brought to Westwood this season. Few college teams employ the offense, and the Bruins have had difficulty mastering it. UCLA ranks No. 109 among 117 NCAA Division I teams in total offense.
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December 29, 2003 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Milliseconds before the high-tech boom went bust, someone thought launching the Silicon Valley Classic would be a good idea. Like an Internet stock worth a fraction of a cent, it has barely hung on for four years, more curiosity than opportunity. Nevertheless, UCLA gratefully accepted an invitation to face de facto Silicon Valley home team Fresno State on Tuesday night in front of a small crowd expected to contain only a sprinkling of UCLA fans. All of which raises a question.
SPORTS
November 24, 2003 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
UCLA Coach Karl Dorrell and his assistants will hit the recruiting trail this week, and you can bet their sales pitch to potential Bruins won't be, "Sign with us, and maybe you'll get a chance to play in the Silicon Valley Classic!" The emphasis will be on the future, the program Dorrell is building, the offense he expects to mature. It will be on the finer points of higher education that UCLA can offer. Any emphasis on the present might be risky.
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December 31, 2001 | LARRY STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fresno State, the darling of college football after starting the season with victories over Colorado, Oregon State and Wisconsin, can still end up looking pretty good with a victory over Michigan State today in the Silicon Valley Classic. The No. 20-ranked Bulldogs (11-2) of the Western Athletic Conference are favorites over the Spartans (6-5) of the Big Ten. There already have been plenty of dramatic bowl games, and this could be another one. Both teams feature high-powered offenses.
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December 16, 2003 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Tailback Tyler Ebell isn't happy. He isn't healthy. And he isn't talking to the media. Teammates say Ebell is disgruntled with his diminished role one year after he rushed for 994 yards and 10 touchdowns in nine games. He has rushed for 501 yards and two touchdowns in 114 carries, slightly fewer yards and carries than freshman Maurice Drew.
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