Agostini: Reading time, two minutes

September 13, 2013 

Reading time, two minutes:

• Stopping Fresno State's Isaiah Burse (Modesto Christian) is possible — if a historic flood devastates Boulder.

• Fresno State-Colorado is postponed, possibly until Dec. 7. More time for the Bulldogs to prepare for Boise State next Friday night.

• Burse returned two punts for touchdowns against Cal Poly. ESPN almost ran them on a continuous loop this week.

• Burse did everything that night except choose the uniforms. ... Wait a minute, he was a game captain and did choose the Bulldogs' white helmets, red jersies and white pants.

• He got fashion help from defensive lineman Andy Jennings (Pitman High).

• Nevada's quarterback today is a game-day decision, which means the choice might be backup Devin Combs (Oakdale, Modesto Junior College).

• Combs, the replacement for the injured Cody Fajardo, may receive his first start against a bully — five-touchdown favorite Florida State at home in muggy Tallahassee.

• Two months away but already anticipated: The Harvest Bowl between powerhouses Turlock and Pitman on Nov. 8.

• MJC rattled off a school-record 104 plays on offense last week at Merced. I got tired just reading about it.

• Good genes: Pirates offensive lineman Joe Vargas is the grandson of the late Tom Moore, the power source of the Modesto Relays for decades.

• A message to Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy: You're a man! You're 40! And your program is dirty!

• USC Athletic Director Pat Haden said Lane Kiffin wasn't on the hotseat before the season. Then why are his pants on fire?

• Fans chanted "Fire Kiffin" during the loss to Washington State. There were unconfirmed reports that even Traveler quit.

• Three distinct no-no's if you're the Texas Longhorns: Do not lose to Oklahoma, do not slouch when the band plays "The Eyes of Texas," and never give up 550 yards on the ground to BYU.

• Texas coach Mack Brown is running out of assistants to fire.

• Replacing Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was Greg Robinson (ex-Pacific assistant).

• Yes, Katy Perry fans, Pacific played football back in the day.

• The NFL waffled before fining the Packers' Clay Matthews for his felony assault against Colin Kaepernick. Matthews might have skated if he had not called himself "awesome."

• No one ever has called Kaepernick "corny" until he inspired a corn maze near Patterson.

• The 49ers attained Anquan Boldin for a sixth-round draft pick. On the street, this is cause for an arrest.

• Happy 84th, Arnold Palmer.

• Twelve NFL games last week were decided by seven or fewer points. Did Roger Goodell outfit his teams with restrictor plates?

• If the Athletics win the AL West, they must extend a sincere thank-you to the Pirates (swept the Rangers this week).

• The Dodgers might clinch the NL West against the Giants this weekend. Methinks the angst comes more from the Giants fans than the players.

• Cal football in a nutshell: The Bears had the team but not the quarterback the last six years. Today, they have the QB (Jared Goff) but not the team.

• Burse carried the Crusaders to a 2009 state title. Former coach Pat Hill threw him into the Fresno State lineup without a redshirt year.

Why? Because he envisioned those pass catches and punt returns.

Bee staff writer Ron Agostini can be reached at or (209) 578-2302. Follow Ron via Twitter, @modbeesports.

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