November 24, 1996 in Sports

Cozza, Sweeney Lose Finales; Ralston Wins

Associated Press
 

Carm Cozza ended his 32-year career Saturday with his usual stoicism and some dry wit following a 26-21 loss to Harvard at Cambridge, Mass.

“One thing I know in the 32 years I’ve played against Harvard, I never had any luck,” Cozza said.

His 303rd and last game as Yale’s coach was one in which his team nearly erased a 26-7 deficit.

Later at San Jose, Calif., Carl Dean passed for 372 yards and three touchdowns as San Jose State defeated UNLV 31-28, giving retiring coach John Ralston a victory in his last game.

Ralston, who coached Stanford to Rose Bowl victories in 1970 and 1971, finished 11-34 in four seasons at San Jose State and 97-82-4 in 17 seasons.

At San Diego, San Diego State defeated Fresno State 31-21, spoiling the final game of retiring Bulldogs coach Jim Sweeney.

Sweeney, who coached his final 19 seasons at Fresno State, finished with a 32-year record of 200-154-4.

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