IR­ISH LOSE FULLER TO THE NFL DRAFT

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south bend, ind.» Notre Dame will be with­out its top wide re­ceiver as well as its top rusher from 2015 when next sea­son starts.

Will Fuller, a ju­nior from Philadel­phia, said Sun­day he is join­ing Fight­ing Ir­ish run­ning back C.J. Pro­sise in en­ter­ing the 2016 NFL draft. Pro­sise, a se­nior from Peters­burg, Va., with a year of el­i­gi­bil­ity left, an­nounced his de­ci­sion to en­ter the draft Satur­day.

Fuller and Pro­sise played key roles this sea­son for Notre Dame, which fin­ished 10-3 af­ter los­ing 44-28 to Ohio State in the Fi­esta Bowl. Fuller had an 81-yard touch­down re­cep­tion against the Buck­eyes.

“My heart truly wanted to re­turn to Notre Dame, but it has also been a life­long dream to play in the NFL,” he said.

Fuller led the Ir­ish in re­ceiv­ing this sea­son with 62 catches for 1,258 yards and 14 TDs.

W.Va. wins Cac­tus Bowl

B phoenix» Ari­zona State’s point-af­ter con­ver­sion chart called for the Sun Devils to go for two af­ter scor­ing a goa­head touch­down late in the fourth quar­ter.

In­stead, they kicked the ex­tra point to take a six-point lead, making it eas­ier for West Vir­ginia to pull out a wild 4342 vic­tory in the Cac­tus Bowl, which ended at 12:30 a.m. MST on Sun­day.

“We were sup­posed to go for two and we didn’t,” Ari­zona State coach Todd Gra­ham said. “Mis­man­age­ment there, and that is my re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

The Cac­tus Bowl made up for its late start with an as­sault on the record book. The Sun Devils (6-7) and Moun­taineers (8-5) com­bined for 1,196 to­tal yards, and the 950 yards pass­ing were the most in the Cac­tus Bowl’s 27-year history.

Skyler Howard shred­ded Ari­zona State’s de­fense, pass­ing for a Cac­tus Bowl-record 532 yards and five touch­downs — in­clud­ing a 15-yard TD toss to David Sills with 2:19 left.

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