IRISH LOSE FULLER TO THE NFL DRAFT
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.