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Colburn leads Fresno past Illinois

| December 4, 2010 8:00 PM

Ryan Colburn threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns to help Fresno State beat Illinois 25-23 on Friday night to end the regular season the way it started, with a home victory over a team from a major conference.

The Bulldogs (8-4) overcame a 318-yard rushing night from the Illini (6-6) to earn their 17th win since 2000 against a team from a BCS conference to tie Utah for the most by any school from a non-automatic qualifying conference. Fresno State also beat Cincinnati of the Big East in the season opener.

Nathan Scheelhaase ran for 131 yards and a touchdown and also throw a TD pass, and Mikel Leshoure added 142 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Illini.

Miami (Ohio) 26, No. 24 Northern Illinois 21: At Detroit, Austin Boucher threw a touchdown pass to Armand Robinson with 33 seconds left and Miami of Ohio won the Mid-American Conference championship with a victory over Northern Illinois (10-3).

The RedHawks (8-4) won the MAC for the first time since 2003 and their conference-best 15th title overall.

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