San Mateo Sets Rushing Record in Win

College of San Mateo set a single game rushing record of 463 yards en route to a season opening 21-14 victory at defending Golden Gate Conference champion Chabot College in Hayward Saturday night.

The Bulldogs will play their first home game Saturday at 2 p.m. against College of the Sequoias, which defeated San Jose City College, 54-0, in their opener.

Seven players contributed to CSM's rushing milestone, headed by sophomore quarterback Kevin Linnell (Kennedy H.S., Fremont), who gained 103 yards on 13 carries (7.9 average) and scored a TD. He also completed six of ten passes for 54 yards.

Sophomore running back Sean Connor (Franklin, Seattle) gained 96 yards on 15 carries (6.4 average) and freshman Ryan Fumuina (San Leandro) ran for 92 yards on seven carries (13..1 average).

Sophomore Delbeccio Ben (Terra Nova) had the most all purpose yards, 149. He rushed for 34 (seven carries), caught a pair of passes for 43 yards, and returned three kickoffs for 72 yards.

The previous CSM rushing record was 403 yards in 1984, also against Chabot.

Adding 97 yards passing, San Mateo totaled 560 yards against the Gladiators.

San Mateo took a 14-0 halftime lead on second quarter TD runs of 10 yards by Linnell (10 yards) and 12 yards by soph E. J. Boganey. But penalties (15 for 126 yards against CSM) and a few long plays let Chabot stay in the game until the end.

Interceptions by sophomores Ryan Battle and Justin Cain thwarted the Gladiators. San Mateo’s only sack was recorded by 6-4, 315-pound nose guard Ray Hisatake, who played in his first ever football game after attending Westmoor High, which does not have a team.

San Mateo had a nearly 200-yard advantage over Chabot, which totaled 361 yards.


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