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Fresno State QB Ford Childress likely to miss remainder of season

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A 1-3 start just got worse for Fresno State, as head coach Tim DeRuyter announced Sunday night quarterback Ford Childress is likely to miss the rest of the season due to an injury suffered in the Bulldogs’ 49-23 loss to San Jose State Saturday.

From the official release:

Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter announced late Sunday afternoon that junior quarterback Ford Childress will likely miss the remainder of the season due to an internal injury that required surgery Sunday morning.

Childress started and played the entire game for the Bulldogs on Saturday night in a loss at San Jose State. He was 19-of-32 passing in the game for 159 yards with two touchdown passes and one interception. Childress traveled back with the team following the game and was taken to a Fresno hospital upon the teams (sic) return.

Childress, a junior, split time with sophomore Zack Greenlee and freshman Chason Virgil, and earned the start Saturday as Greenlee served a vague suspension.

A Houston native, Childress originally signed with West Virginia out of high school and transferred west after the 2013 season. He is the son of former Texas A&M defensive lineman and College Football Hall of Famer Rob Childress.

Weekend turmoil leaves Fresno State QB situation up in the air

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It was an “interesting” weekend for the Fresno State football program to say the least, especially as it pertains to the quarterback position.

First, freshman Chason Virgil, who made his first start under center in Week 3, sustained a fractured clavicle in the loss to Utah and will be lost for the remainder of the 2014 season. Zack Greenlee, who started the first two games of the year, would have been expected to re-assume his starting role, except he was involved in an off-field situation that puts his status up in the air.

According to the Fresno Bee, Greenlee (pictured) was one of two Bulldog football players arrested very early Sunday morning. Greenlee was charged with public drunkenness, while linebacker Brandon Hughes, who made his first this past weekend too, was charged with obstructing a police officer.

Greenlee, Hughes and a FSU female soccer player were all arrested after police were called to a large party on a noise disturbance complaint. From the Bee:

Greenlee did not take a Breathalyzer test, but an officer saw him drinking from a beer bottle outside, and he later refused to hand over a beverage in a red cup, Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said.

Hughes did not consume any alcohol but continued to communicate with Greenlee despite officers’ requests that he leave the scene, Dyer said.

“[Hughes] was arrested for interfering with the duties of a police officer,” Dyer said. “He was physically subdued and went to the ground. There was some resistance on his part.”

“We’re aware of the incident. We’re gathering details and we’ll withhold further comment until the investigative process plays out,” head coach Tim DeRuyter said. “Discipline will be handled internally. He will practice this week, and Saturday we’ll make another announcement on it.”

Should Greenlee be suspended for this Saturday’s Mountain West opener against San Jose State, former West Virginia quarterback Ford Childress will likely get the call. Redshirt freshman Kilton Anderson finished fourth in a four-man competition this offseason, but would be an option as well.

Oregon announces home date with BYU for 2022

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Say this for Oregon – in a day and age where the most dangerous opponent is one who’s capable of beating you yet doesn’t offer much political capital in victory, the Ducks don’t, uh, duck anybody.

Oregon could have issued a moratorium on playing difficult non-Power Five teams after losing a home-and-home to Boise State in 2008-09, but they did not. The Ducks played Fresno State and Nevada recently, and on Tuesday the program announced it will host BYU on Sept. 10, 2022.

“This matchup fits our scheduling philosophy within the current landscape, which means facing top competition along with our Pac-12 opponents,” Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said in a statement.

The programs have met six times previously in a series that dates back to 1964, but only once since 1990. BYU claimed the most recent meeting, a 38-8 shellacking in the 2006 Las Vegas Bowl, but the all-time series sits square at 3-3.