Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Chippewas Hold Off Hilltoppers

At Detroit:

Quarterback Ryan Radcliffe threw for 253 yards and three touchdowns, including the game winner of 11 yards to Cody Wilson with 5:11 remaining, giving the  Central Michigan Chippewas a 24-21 win over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in Wednesday's Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

Both teams finished the season at 7-6.  The defeat spoiled the Hilltoppers' bowl debut since joining college football's top flight in 2009.


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Tuesday, December 25, 2012


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Monday, December 24, 2012

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl: Defensive Performance Sparks Mustangs Past Bulldogs

At Honolulu:

Defensive end Margus Hunt forced two fumbles that set up field goals and sacked opposing quarterback Derek Carr in the end zone for a safety as the SMU Mustangs (7-6) dominated the Fresno State Bulldogs (9-4) 43-10 in Monday's Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.  Taylor Reed and Hayden Greenbauer returned interceptions of 69 and 83 yards respectively for Mustang touchdowns.

Jack Klugman, Starred As Oscar Madison In TV's "The Odd Couple," And In Title Role In "Quincy M.E.," R.I.P.

Jack Klugman, the veteran character actor best remembered for his portrayal of the slovenly sportswriter Oscar Madison in the 1970s TV adaptation of The Odd Couple, then played a crusading forensic pathologist in Quincy, M.E., passed away on Monday at his home in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles at the age of 90.

Mr. Klugman (who had survived an earlier throat cancer scare) had a vocal cord removed in 1989 due to cancer and his voice was reduced to a gravelly whisper.

On The Odd Couple, Jack won two Emmy awards for his role as slovenly Oscar, while Tony Randall won one for his role of fussbudget Felix Unger.

On Quincy, Jack played the title role of a crusading pathologist who worked in the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Jack Klugman appeared in numerous motion pictures.  He played Juror #5 in the film adaptation of the live television play "12 Angry Men."

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Pilots Top Braves In Vegas

At Las Vegas:

In Las Vegas Classic consolation-game action on Sunday, Ryan Nicholas (who grabbed 12 rebounds) and Derrick Rodgers each scored 12 points as the Portland Pilots (7-7) defeated the Bradley Braves (8-4) 57-55.

Seahawks Blast Sluggish Niners, Lock Up Playoff Berth, Still Have Shot At Divisional Title

At Seattle:

Quarterback Russell Wilson threw for four touchdowns while Marshawn Lynch ran for two other scores on Sunday night as the Seattle Seahawks (10-5)--still unbeaten at home--locked up a playoff berth with a 42-13 home domination of the San Francicsco 49ers (10-4-1).  This prevented the Niners from locking up the NFC West Division title.  The Seahawks can still win the divisional title next Sunday by defeating St. Louis at home, provided the Niners fall at home to Arizona.

Beavers Top San Diego To Stretch Winning Streak To Five

At Las Vegas:

In Saturday action from the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic, Eric Moreland and Roberto Nelson each netted 20 points as the Oregon State Beavers (9-2)  defeated San Diego 86-79 (6-7).  The victory was the fifth' consecutive for the Beavers.

Vikings Fall To Wildcats In OT

At Portland, Oregon:

Five players----Gelaun Wheelwright and Jordan Richardson with 14 points apiece; Scott Bamforth, 13; and Kyle Tresnak and Davion Berry with 12 each----scored in double figures on Saturday as the Weber State Wildcats (6-3 overall, 2-0 in Big Sky play) defeated the home-standing Portland State Vikings 73-69 (3-6, 1-1) in overtime.

Pilots Fall In Las Vegas Classic

At Las Vegas:

In Saturday action from the Las Vegas Classic, Pierce Hornung scored 24 points as the Colorado State Rams (9-2) defeated the Portland Pilots (6-7) 70-53.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

MAACO Las Vegas Bowl: Late FG Carries Broncos Past Huskies

At Las Vegas:

Michael Frisina kicked the game-winning field goal with 76 seconds remaining as the Boise State Broncos (#19 in the Bowl Championship Series standings, #20 in the Associated Press poll, #15 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings; 11-2), playing what may have been their final* game as a member of the Mountain West Conference, defeated the Washington Huskies (7-6) 28-26 in Saturday's Maaco Las Vegas Bowl.

*Scheduled to join the Big East Conference (as a football-only member) on New Year's Day.

New Orleans Bowl: Ragin' Cajuns Hold Off Pirates

At New Orleans:

Quarterback Terrence Broadway threw for 316 and a touchdown and ran for 108 yards and another score while Alonzo Harris carried the ball 21 times for 120 yards and two TD's (runs of 6 and 68 yards) as Louisiana-Lafayette (9-4) defeated East Carolina (8-5) 43-34 in Saturday's New Orleans Bowl.

Ducks Back On Winning Track; Dominate Houston Baptist

At Eugene, Oregon:

Tony Woods scored 14 points while E.J. Singler added 13 as the Oregon Ducks (10-2) manhandled visiting Houston Baptist (4-7) 91-50 on Saturday.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl: UCF On Top Over Ball State

At St. Petersburg, Florida:

Quarterback Blake Bortles threw for three touchdowns and ran for another score as the Central Florida Knights (10-4) downed the Ball State Cardinals (9-4) 38-17 in Friday's Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.  The game was the Big East-bound Knights' final gridiron clash as a member of Conference USA.

SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl: Kyle Van Noy's Two Defensive TDs Spark Cougars

At San Diego:

Kyle Van Noy scored two defensive touchdowns (a fumble return and an interception return of 17 yards) as the BYU Cougars (8-5) defeated the San Diego State Aztecs (9-4) 23-6 in Thursday's edition of the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, a battle of two former Western Athletic and later Mountain West Conference rivals.

Vikes Claim Conference Opener

At Portland, Oregon:

Lateef McMullan scored 20 points as the Portland State Vikings (3-5 overall, 1-0 in Big Sky play) opened Big Sky Conference play on Thursday night with a 63-49 home win over the Idaho State Bengals (1-8, 0-1).

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Four In A Row For The Beavers

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Eric Moreland and Roberto Nelson each netted 14 points on Wednesday night as the Oregon State Beavers (8-2) picked up their fourth straight victory, 69-53  over visiting Howard (3-9).  Mike Phillips scored 15 points to pace the Bison.

Ducks Drop Triple-Overtime Thriller In El Paso

At El Paso, Texas:

Konner Tucker converted a three-point shot with fourteen seconds remaining in the third overtime period on Wednesday as the UTEP Miners (4-5), helped along by Julian Washburn's 23 points and John Bohannon's 21, knocked off the visiting Oregon Ducks (9-2) 91-84.  Damyean Dotson scored 20 points to pace the Ducks.

Pilots Make It Three Straight

At Portland:

In an opening round game played on Wednesday night for the Las Vegas Classic, Kevin Bailey scored 27 points while Riley Barker added 16 as the Portland Pilots (6-6) notched their third straight win, 74-64 over North Florida (3-8).

Monday, December 17, 2012

Pilots Top Visiting Roadrunners

At Portland, Oregon:

A 21-point, nine-rebound night from Ryan Nicholas, along with 18 points from Kevin Bailey, lifted the Portland Pilots (5-6) to a 69-51 Monday night home win over Cal State Bakersfield (4-7).

Hoops: Ducks Still On Cusp Of AP Top 25

The Oregon Ducks are just barely outside the Associated Press (media) top 25 men's college basketball poll that was released on Monday.  The Ducks would be ranked #26 (just behind North Carolina State).

Oregon would be ranked #28 in the latest USA Today/Coaches poll, which also was released on Monday.

Still no support in either poll for the Beaver State's other three men's basketball teams.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Aggies Ground Rockets

At Boise, Idaho:

Game Most Valuable Player Kerwynn Williams ran for 235 yards and three touchdowns as the Utah State Aggies (#22 in the Bowl Championship Series standings, #18 in Associated Press media poll, #20 in the USA Today/Coaches poll; 11-2) dominated the Toledo Rockets (9-4) 41-15 in Saturday's Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.  It was the Aggies' first bowl victory since 1993.  Utah State will likely end a season nationally-ranked for the first time since 1961.

Niners Jump Out To Big Lead, Hold Off Pats Rally, Clinch Playoff Berth

At Foxborough, Massachusetts:

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw for four touchdowns on Sunday night, two of them to Michael Crabtree, one of them (a 38-yarder) which 6:25 remaining in the fourth quarter which turned out to be the game winner as the San Francisco 49ers (10-3-1) raced out to a 28-point second half lead, survived a New England comeback which had tied the game, then defeated the Patriots (10-4) 41-34 on the road to clinch their second straight playoff berth.  The Niners can lock up the NFC West Division title and assure themselves of at least one home playoff game with a win next Sunday night at Seattle.

Beavers Pull Away From Chicago State

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Roberto Nelson scored 20 of his career high-tying 34 points in the second half on Sunday while Devon Collier added 25 as the Oregon State Beavers (7-2) defeated the visiting Chicago State Cougars (3-9) 87-77.

Ducks Top Visiting Huskers

At Eugene, Oregon:

Tony Woods, who converted 7 of 11 shots from the field, scored 14 points as the Oregon Ducks (9-1) downed the visiting Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-3) 60-38 on Saturday.

Vikings Hold Off Visiting Bruins (George Fox, That Is)

At Portland, Oregon:

Michael Harthun scored 16 points while Renaldo Parker added 15 as the Portland State Vikings (2-5) held off  visiting George Fox (NAIA; 5-4 overall) 85-74 on Saturday, despite 25 points from the Bruins' Sean Atkins.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

New Mexico Bowl: Stunning Comeback Carries Arizona Past Sister's Alma Mater

At Albuquerque, New Mexico:

In the opening game of the 2012-13 college football bowl season, quarterback Matt Scott threw a pair of short touchdown passes in the final 46 seconds as the Arizona Wildcats (8-5), who trailed by 17 points as the fourth quarter commenced, came back to upend the Nevada Wolf Pack (7-6) 49-48 in Saturday's New Mexico Bowl.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Easy Win For Pilots

At Portland, Oregon:

Kevin Bailey scored 22 points while Tanner Riley added 18 as the Portland Pilots (4-6) ran roughshod over Portland Bible as home on Friday, 95-66.  Breen Weeks scored 21 for the visiting Wildcats from the NCCAA.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Hoops: Ducks On Cusp Of Making AP Poll

The Oregon Ducks are just on the outside of the Associated Press men's college basketball poll released this past Monday.  They would be ranked tied for #26 with Pittsburgh.  The Ducks would be ranked 28th in the latest USA Today/Coaches poll.

Still no support for Oregon's other three men's collegiate basketball programs.

Beavers Win Tough One Against Vikings In Portland

At Portland, Oregon:

Devon Collier scored 23 points while Joe Burton added 20 as the Oregon State Beavers (6-2) held off the home-standing Portland State Vikings (1-5) 79-74 on Wednesday night.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Niners Back On Winning Track; Hold Off Stubborn Dolphins

At San Francisco:

Touchdown runs from Frank Gore (one yard), Anthony Dixon (one yards) and Colin Kaepernick (50 yards; he completed 18 of 23 passes for 185 yards) plus a pair of field goals from David Akers (30 and 37 yards) carried the San Francisco 49ers (9-3-1) to a 27-13 Sunday National Football League home win over the Miami Dolphins (5-8).

Ducks Bury Hapless Bengals

At Eugene, Oregon:

Damyean Dotson scored 12 points while Arsalan Kazemi, Dominic Artis, and Tony Woods each added 11 as the Oregon Ducks (8-1) annihilated the visiting Idaho State Bengals (1-6) 87-35 on Saturday.

Beavers Too Much For Grambling

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Roberto Nelson scored a season-high 26 points on Saturday as the Oregon State Beavers (5-2) demolished the visiting----and woeful----Grambling State Tigers (0-6) 85-54.

Pilots No Match For Coach Cal's Cats

At Lexington, Kentucky:

Alex Poythress  and Archie Goodwin each scored 15 points as the Kentucky Wildcats (6-3) smothered the visiting Portland Pilots (3-6) 74-46 on Saturday.

Broken Record

At Philadelphia:

Keenan Reynolds ran eight yards for the game-winning touchdowns on Saturday as Navy (8-4) defeated Army (2-10) for the eleventh consecutive year 17-13.

The victory won the Midshipmen the Commander-in-Chief's trophy.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, Matriarch Of Journalism Family, Rupert's Mom, R.I.P.

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, the 103-year-old mother of media magnate Rupert Murdoch, passed away on Wednesday at her estate near Melbourne, Australia.

Jazz Legend Dave Brubeck, R. I. P.

Dave Brubeck, the pianist and composer who helped made jazz popular once again during the 1950s and 1960s, and who was best remembered for recording the first jazz album to sell a million copies ("Time Out") and the still identifiable single from the album ("Take Five"), passed away on Wednesday at Norwalk, California while en route to a cardiology appointment.

Mr. Brubeck would have celebrated his 92nd birthday this Thursday.

Runnin' Rebels Outlast Pilots In Portland

At Portland, Oregon:

Anthony Bennett scored 18 points on Tuesday as the #21-ranked (AP Poll) UNLV Runnin' Rebels outgunned the Portland Pilots 68-60 on the road, despite a 15-point, 19-rebound night from the Pilots' Ryan Nicholas.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Hooops: Ducks Still Unranked Still Garner Support In Media, Coaches Polls

The Oregon Ducks, while still unranked, did receive support in both the latest Associated Press (they would be ranked #29) and USA Today/Coaches (they would be ranked #29) rankings, both out on Monday.

Still no support for Oregon's three other Men's Division I college basketball teams. 

It's Notre Dame Vs. Bama For BCS Crown; Ducks To Take On K-State In Fiesta Bowl; Beavers Get Longhorns In Alamo Bowl

Here is the line-up for the upcoming bowl games (all Bowl Championship Series contests in all caps), all times Pacific:

Saturday, December 15:

New Mexico Bowl at Albuquerque, New Mexico:

Nevade (7-5) vs. Arizona (7-5) @ 10:00 AM (ESPN)

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, at Boise, Idaho:

Utah State (10-2) vs. Toledo (9-3) @ 1:30 PM (ESPN)

Thursday, December 20:

Poinsettia Bowl at San Diego:

BYU (7-5) vs. San Diego State (9-3) @ 5:00 PM (ESPN)

Friday, December 21:

Beef O'Brady's Bowl at St. Petersburg, Florida:

Central Florida (9-4) vs. Ball State (9-3) @ 4:30 PM (ESPN)

Saturday, December 22:

New Orleans Bowl:

East Carolina (8-4) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4) @ 9:00 AM (ESPN)

MAACO Las Vegas Bowl:

Boise State (10-2) vs. Washington (7-5) @ 12:30 PM (ESPN)

Monday, December 24:

Hawaii Bowl at Honolulu:

Fresno State (9-3) vs. Southern Methodist (6-6) @ 5:00 PM (ESPN)

Wednesday, December 26:

Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl at Detroit:

Central Michigan (6-6) vs. Western Kentucky (7-5) @ 4:30 PM (ESPN)

Thursday, December 27:

Military Bowl at Washington:

San Jose State (10-2) vs. Bowling Green (8-4) @ 12:00 Noon (ESPN)

Belk Bowl at Charlotte, North Carolina:

Cincinnati (9-3) vs. Duke (6-6) @ 3:30 PM (ESPN)

Holiday Bowl at San Diego:

Baylor (7-5) vs. UCLA (9-4) @ 6:45 PM (ESPN)

Friday, December 28:

Independence Bowl at Shreveport, Louisiana:

Ohio (8-4) vs. Louisiana-Monroe (8-4) @ 11:00 AM (ESPN)

Russell Athletic Bowl at Orlando, Florida:

Rutgers (9-3) vs. Virginia Tech (6-6) @ 2:30 PM (ESPN)

Meineke Car Care Bowl at Houston:

Minnesota (6-6) vs. Texas Tech (7-5) @ 6:00 PM (ESPN)

Saturday, December 29:

Pinstripe Bowl at The Bronx, New York:

West Virginia (7-5) vs. Syracuse (7-5) @ 12:15 PM (ESPN)

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at San Francisco:

Navy (7-4) vs. Arizona State (7-5) @ 1:00 PM (ESPN 2)

Alamo Bowl at San Antonio, Texas:

Texas (8-4) vs. Oregon State (9-3) @ 3:45 PM (ESPN)

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Tempe, Arizona:

Texas Christian (7-5) vs. Michigan State (6-6) @ 7:15 PM (ESPN)

Monday, December 31:

Music City Bowl at Nashville, Tennessee:

North Carolina State (7-5) vs. Vanderbilt (8-4) @ 9:00 AM (ESPN)

Sun Bowl at El Paso, Texas:

Southern California (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (6-7) @ 11:00 AM (CBS)

Liberty Bowl at Memphis, Tennessee:

Iowa State (6-6) at Tulsa (10-3) @ 12:30 PM (ESPN)

Chick-fil-A Bowl at Atlanta:

Louisiana State (10-2) vs. Clemson (10-2) @ 4:30 PM (ESPN)

Tuesday, January 1:

Gator Bowl at Jacksonville, Florida:

Mississippi State (8-4) vs. Northwestern (9-3) @ 9:00 AM (ESPN 2)

Heart of Dallas Bowl at Dallas:

Purdue (6-6) vs. Oklahoma State (7-5) @ 9:00 AM (ESPNU)

Outback Bowl at Tampa, Florida:

South Carolina (10-2) vs. Michigan (10-3) @ 10:00 AM (ESPN)

Capital One Bowl as Orlando, Florida:

Georgia (11-2) vs. Nebraska (10-3) @ 10:00 AM (ABC)


Stanford (11-2) vs. Wisconsin (8-5) @ 2:00 PM (ESPN)


Florida State (11-2) vs. Northern Illinois (12-1; first-ever BCS appearance for Mid-American Conference school) @ 5:30 PM (ESPN)

Wednesday, January 2:


Florida (11-1) vs. Louisville (10-2) @ 5:30 PM (ESPN)

Thursday, January 3:


Oregon (11-1) vs. Kansas State (11-1) @ 5:30 PM (ESPN)

Friday, January 4:

Cotton Bowl at Arlington, Texas:

Texas A&M (10-2) vs. Oklahoma (10-2) @ 5:00 PM (FOX)

Saturday, January 5:

BBVA Compass Bowl at Birmingham, Alabama:

Pittsburgh (6-6) vs. Ole Miss (6-6) @ 10:00 AM (ESPN)

Sunday, January 6: Bowl at Mobile, Alabama:

Kent State (11-2) vs. Arkansas State (9-3) @ 6:00 PM (ESPN)

Monday, January 7:


#1 Notre Dame (12-0) vs. #2 Alabama (12-1) @ 5:30 PM (ESPN) 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Late OT FG Sinks Niners

At St. Louis:

Greg Zuerlein, whose 53-yard field goal sent the game into overtime, kicked the game-winning 54-yarder with 26 seconds left in the extra period as the St. Louis Rams (5-6-1) knocked off the visiting San Francisco 49ers (8-3-1) 16-13 on Sunday.

Dominating Home Win For Ducks

At Eugene, Oregon:

Five players----Carlos Emery with 16 points, Arsalan Kazemi (who also had 13 rebounds) and Daymen Dotson 11 each, and Dominic Artis and E.J. Singer 10 apiece----each scored in double-figures as the Oregon Ducks (7-1) dominated visiting Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-6) 80-59 on Saturday.

Cougs Down Visiting Pilots

At Pullman, Washington:

Brock Motum scored 29 points on Saturday night while Royce Woolridge added 20 as the Washington State Cougars (5-3) defeated the visiting Portland Pilots (3-4) 72-60.

Lions Top Vikings (NOT Detroit Vs. Minnesota, Either)

At Los Angeles:

Loyola Marymount (4-4), with five players (led by Ashley Hamilton, who scored 19 points) scoring in double-figures, defeated the visiting Portland State Vikings (1-4) 66-56 on Saturday.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Beavers Annihilate Visiting Privates---Uhhhh----Colonels In Regular-Season Finale

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Markus Wheaton made 12 receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown as the Oregon State Beavers (#15 in the Bowl Championship Series standings, #16 in the Associated Press media poll, and #17 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings; 9-3), who piled up 683 yards of total offense, set a single-game school scoring record as they destroyed Nicholls State, an FCS school from Thibodeaux, Louisiana (1-10), 77-3 on Saturday.

The contest was originally scheduled to be the season opener for both teams on September 1, but Hurricane Isaac bore down on the Colonels' Louisiana campus.

Saturday's game was the regular-season finale for both schools.

The Beavers, who reversed last year's 3-9 campaign, are likely to play in a bowl game later this month.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Jayhawks Hold Off Pesky Beavers

At Kansas City:

Ben McLemore scored 21 points and Travis Releford added 20 points as the Kansas Jayhawks (#10 in the Associated Press poll; 6-1) outlasted the Oregon State Beavers (4-2) 84-78 on Friday.  Ahmad Starks paced the Beavers with 25 points.

Ducks Soar Past Roadrunners

At Eugene, Oregon:

Arsalan Kazemi scored 20 points on Thursday night as the Oregon Ducks (6-1) manhandled visiting Texas-San Antonio (3-3) 95-78.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ducks Get Some Support In Media, Coaches Polls

This past Monday, the Oregon Ducks received their first votes in both the Associated Press (media) and USA Today/Coaches men's basketball poll, though they stayed out of the top 25 in both rankings.

The Ducks would be rated 31st in the AP poll and 38th in the coaches' rankings.

No support this week in either poll for any of Oregon's other three men's Division I collegiate basketball teams.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Pilots Hold Off D3 Pioneers

At Portland, Oregon:

Ryan Nicholas and Kevin Bailey each scored 12 points on Tuesday as the Portland Pilots (3-3) held off visiting Division III Lewis and Clark (3-1) 78-73.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Farewell, Speedo

Earl Carroll, the doo-wop singer best remembered as the lead vocalist with The Cadillacs who recorded their legendary 1955 hit "Speedo," which became "Mr. Earl's" nickname, passed away on Sunday at a New York City nursing home at the age of 75.

Mr. Carroll had suffered a stroke and had battled against diabetes.

Here is the Cadillacs 1955 hit recording of "Speedo."

Rest in peace, Speedo.

Lucille Bliss, Voice of Crusader Rabbit and Smurfette, R. I. P.

Lucille Bliss, the voice actress best remembered for being the voice of Crusader Rabbit on the same named pioneering 1949 television cartoon series and Smurfette on the 1981-92 NBC (and Hanna-Barbera-produced) animation series The Smurfs, passed away on November 8 at Costa Mesa, California at the age of 96.

Aftermath Of Civil War Game: Ducks Stay #5 In BCS Rankings; Beavers At #15

In the aftermath of Oregon's road domination of Oregon State in Saturday's Civil War contest, the Ducks remained at #5 in the Bowl Championship Series standings released on Sunday.  Despite the lopsided defeat, the Beavers only dropped down a spot in the BCS standings to #15.  With their win over Southern California, top-ranked Notre Dame clinched a berth in January's BCS National Championship Game.  Alabama, Georgia, and Florida remained second through fourth in the BCS standings.

Associated Press media poll:  Oregon at dropped a spot to #6 while Oregon State remained steady at #16.

USA Today/Coaches poll: Both teams remained right were they were, the Ducks at #4 and the Beavers at #17.


At Toronto:

Ricky Ray (who had played on two previous championship teams at Edmonton) threw two touchdown passes while Chad Kackert, named the game's Most Valuable Player, picked up 195 all-purpose yards as the Toronto Argonauts won the 100th Grey Cup Final, 35-22 over the Calgary Stampeders.

The victory was the sixteenth such title for the Argos, more than any other team.

A Pair Of Pick-Sixes Help Lift Niners Past Saints

At New Orleans:

Interception returns for touchdowns from Ahmad Brooks (50 yards) and Donte Whitner (42 yards) helped guide the San Francisco 49ers (8-2-1) to a 31-21 Sunday NFL road win over the New Orleans Saints (5-6).

Pilots Should Have Made That Left Turn At Albuquerque

At Albuquerque, New Mexico:

Alex Kirk scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the New Mexico Lobos (6-0) defeated the visiting Portland Pilots (2-3) 69-54 on Sunday.

Joltin' Joe Leads Beavers To Home Win

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Joe Burton scored a career-high 21 points as the Oregon State Beavers (4-1) defeated the visiting Montana State Bobcats (1-3) 78-65 on Sunday.

Cowboys Too Much For Vikings---And It Ain't Dallas Vs. Minnesota, Either!

At Stillwater, Oklahoma:

Markel Brown scored 23 points while Le'Bryan Nash added 20 on Sunday as the #20-ranked (AP Poll) Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-0)dispatched the visiting Portland State Vikings (1-3) 81-58.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Cashmere Wright's Three-Point Shooting Helps Sink Ducks

At Las Vegas:

Cashmere Wright scored 17 points on Saturday night, 15 of them on five three-pointers as the Cincinnati Bearcats (#22 in the Associated Press poll; 6-0) defeated the Oregon Ducks (5-1) 77-66 to win the championship game of the Global Sports Classic.

Ducks Take Advantage Of Beavers Second-Half Boo-Boos, Win 116th Civil War Game; Still With Shot At BCS Bowl

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Kenjon Barner ran for 198 yards and two touchdowns as the Oregon Ducks (#5 in the Bowl Championship Series standings and Associated Press  poll, #4 in the USA Today/Coaches poll; 11-1 overall, 8-1 in Pac-12 play) broke open a close game and won the 116th edition of the Civil War Game running away from the home-standing Oregon State Beavers (#14 in the BCS, #16 in the AP poll, #17 in the Coaches rankings; 8-3, 6-3) 48-24 on Saturday.  

With Stanford's road win over UCLA, the Ducks' chances of playing for the Pac-12 title evaporated.  Still, Oregon still has a slim outside shot of playing for the BCS National Championship.  It appears, though, that the Ducks will likely gain an at-large berth for a BCS bowl.

The victory was the Ducks' fifth straight over the Beavers.

De'Anthony Thomas ran for three Oregon touchdowns (2, 5, and 29 yards). 

Ducks Remain Unbeaten After Knocking Off Runnin' Rebels In Vegas

At Las Vegas:

Damyean Dotson scored 19 points as the Oregon Ducks (5-0) knocked off the UNLV Runnin' Rebels (#18 in the AP poll; 2-1) 83-79 Friday night in the semifinal round of the Global Sports Classic.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Farewell, J. R.

Larry Hagman, the actor best remembered for his portrayal of businessman J. R. Ewing on the long-running original version of the television serialized dramatic series Dallas and who reprised the role in the recent cable TV revival, passed away on Friday afternoon at a Dallas hospital following a bout with cancer at age 81.

The son of legendary Broadway star Mary Martin, Mr. Hagman also played the role of Captain, then Major, Tony Nelson on the 1965-70 sitcom I Dream of Jeannie, in which he subsenquently married (and became master of) the sexy genie played by Barbara Eden.

But it was as one of the sons of Southfork Ranch (and Ewing Oil) patriarch Jock Ewing (played by the late Jim Davis) that Larry gained world-wide fame (or infamy).  Best remebered was the 1980 episode in which J. R. was shot.  Months later, it was revealed that it was J. R.'s mistress, played by Mary Crosby, who committed the foul deed.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pilots Top Vikings In Rose City College Basketball Derby

At Portland, Oregon:

Tanner Riley made all eight shots (including all four three-pointers) from the field and all three free throws for a career-high 23 points as the Portland Pilots (2-2) downed the visiting Portland State Vikings (1-2) 81-60 on Wednesday.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ducks Top Gamecocks To Stay Unbeaten

At Eugene, Oregon:

Tony Woods scored a career-high 17 points while E. J. Singler and Dominic Artis added 11 and 10, respectively, as the Oregon Ducks (4-0) remained unbeaten on Monday with their 67-45 home win over Alabama's Jacksonville State (3-2)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Colin Kaepernick Looks Like Seasoned Veteran, Aldon Smith Looks Like Hall-of-Famer As Niners Blow Out Bears

At San Francisco:

In his first NFL start at quarterback, playing in place of the injured Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick completed 16 of 23 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns (three yards to Vernon Davis, 10 yards to Michael Crabtree) while Aldon Smith registered five sacks (increasing his total for the season to a league-leading 15) as the San Francisco 49ers (7-2-1) blew out the visiting Chicago Bears 32-7 (7-3) on Monday night.

Ducks Fall Three Spots In BCS; Beavers Hold Steady

Following their home overtime setback at the hands of Stanford, the Oregon Ducks dropped three spots to #5 in the Bowl Championship Series standings that were released on Sunday night.  Notre Dame becomes the new #1 team in the country (first time in the BCS Era, first time overall since 1993), followed by three Southeastern Conference schools---Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.  The Ducks, who were #1 in both the Associated Press media and USA Today/Coaches polls, fell to #5 and #4, respectively.

After their Saturday annihilation of visiting California, the Oregon State Beavers remained steady in the BCS standings, remaining at #15.  They dropped a spot to #16 in the AP poll, while remaining at #17 in the coaches' rankings.

Pilots Fall To Bobcats In Bozeman

At Bozeman, Montana:

Antonio Biglow scored 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including four three-pointers, as the Montana State Bobcats (1-1) downed the visiting Portland Pilots (1-2) 83-64 on Sunday.

Argos To Host Stampeders In Grey Cup Final

Both games were played on Sunday as the Canadian Football League's Grey Cup semifinals took place.

At Montreal:

Ricky Ray threw for 399 yards and a touchdown while Marcus Bell picked off a pair of passes as the Toronto Argonauts knocked off the Montreal Alouettes 27-20 on the road in the East Division Final.

At Vancouver, British Columbia:

Kevin Glenn threw for three touchdowns as the Calgary Stampeders locked up a spot in the 100th Grey Cup Final with a 34-29 West Division Final road win over the defending champions British Columbia Lions.

This coming Sunday will mark the 100th edition of the Grey Cup Final, as the Toronto Argonauts battle the Calgary Stampeders at Toronto's Rogers Centre.

It will be the third time that the Argos and Stamps have met in the title game (Calgary won in Vancouver in 1971 by a score of 14-11, Toronto won at Winnipeg in 1991 by a 36-21 score).

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Beavers Devour Cal Bears

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Quarterback Sean Mannion threw for 325 yards and four touchdowns while running back Terron Ward ran for 128 yards and two scores as the Oregon State Beavers (#15 in the Associated Press poll, #17 in the USA Today/Coaches poll; 8-2 overall, 6-2 in Pac-10 play) demolished the visiting California Golden Bears (3-9, 2-7) 62-14 on Saturday.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Ducks (Who Blow Chance To Move To Top Of BCS Rankings) Knocked Off At Home In OT By Stanford; May Have Seen BCS Title Game Hopes Go Up In Smoke; Door Open For Notre Dame And SEC Team

At Eugene, Oregon:

Jordan Williamson kicked a 37-yard field goal on overtime as the Stanford Cardinal (#13 in the most recent Bowl Championship Series rankings, #14 in the Associated Press media poll and #13 in the USA Today/Coaches' counterpart; 9-2 overall, 7-1 in Pac-10 play) knocked off the previously-unbeaten Oregon Ducks (#2 in BCS, #1 in both the AP and coaches' polls; 10-1, 7-1) 17-14 on the road Saturday night, severely damaging the Ducks' chances of playing in the BCS Championship game.  With a win at UCLA (who knocked off USC to win the Pac-12's South Division title) next week, the Cardinal can lock up the North Division crown and host the conference title game with a trip to the Rose Bowl on the line.

Notre Dame (11-0), currently ranked third in the BCS  standings, now have a chance to climb to the top of those rankings after their earlier Saturday beat-down of Wake Forest at home.

With top-ranked (BCS) Kansas State knocked off at Baylor,  the Ducks had a shot to move to the top of those BCS standings, only to see those plans gone awry.

Friday, November 16, 2012

E. J. Leads Way As Ducks Thump Vandy

At Eugene, Oregon:

E. J. Singler scored 22 points on Friday as the Oregon Ducks (3-0) dominated the visiting Vanderbilt Commodores (1-1) 74-48.

Beavers Bounce Back, Bounce Boilermakers, Win Third-Place Game

At New York City:

Devon Collier scored a career-best 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds on Friday as the Oregon State Beavers (3-1) defeated the Purdue Boilermakers (1-3) in the 66-58 in the third-place game of the 2K Sports Classic.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Pilots Top Bengals In Low-Scoring Affair

At Portland, Oregon:

The Portland Pilots (1-1), in their home opener,  nosed out the visiting Idaho State Bengals (0-2) 51-48 on Thursday.  Junior forward Ryan Nicholas scored a game-high 22 points for the victorious Pilots.  Portland's defense limited the Bengals to 40% shooting from the floor.

Crimson Tide Hold Off Beavers Rally

At New York City:

Rodney Cooper connected on a three-point shot with 12.2 seconds remaining as the Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0) held off the Oregon State Beavers (2-1) 65-62 in a semifinal match of the 2K Sports Classic tournament on Thursday. Trevor Lacey scored 20 points to pace the Crimson Tide while Devon Collier came off the bench to score 21 for the Beavers.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Ducks Top Vikings In Eugene

At Eugene, Oregon:

Freshman point guard Dominic Artis scored 16 points, while Carlos Emory added 15 and Damyean Dotson 12 (to go with his six rebounds) as the Oregon Ducks (2-0) defeated the visiting Portland State Vikings (1-1) 80-69 on Monday night.

Cut Ties

I wonder if the foundation will now change its' name.

You The Man, Ahmad: 33-Point Night Carries Beavers

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Ahmad Sparks scored a career-high 33 points on Sunday night as the Oregon State Beavers (2-0) defeated the visiting New Mexico State Aggies (0-1) 71-62 in action from the 2K Sports Classic.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

2012 Grey Cup Playoffs: Argos, Stamps Get Home Wins, Gets Als, BC Lions On Road Respectively

The Canadian Football League's Grey Cup playoffs commenced with two games played on Sunday.

At Toronto:

Quarterback Ricky Ray threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Toronto Argonauts defeated the visiting Edmonton Eskimoes 42-26 in the East Division semifinal game.  The Argos will travel to Montreal to face the Alouettes in next Sunday's East Division final.

At Calgary, Alberta:

Drew Tate threw for 363 yards and two touchdowns--- one of them, a 68-yarder to Romby Bryant with 19 seconds remaining---as the Calgary Stampeders pulled out a 36-30 West Division semifinal home win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.  The Stamps will travel to Vancouver for next Sunday's West Division final against the British Columbia Lions.

The winners of next Sunday games will play in the 100th Grey Cup Final at Toronto's Rogers Centre on November 25.

Ducks Climb Up To #2 In BCS, Top Media, Coaches Polls; Beavers Drop After Road Defeat, Still In Top 20

Following their Saturday road win at California, combined with Texas A&M's victory at Alabama, the Oregon Ducks climbed up a spot to #2 in the Bowl Championship Series standings that were released on Sunday.  The Ducks trail only Kansas State while Notre Dame moved up to #3, with Alabama now at #4 and Georgia at #5.  The Ducks now top both the Associated Press media poll (garnering 45 of a possible 60 first-place votes) and the USA Today/Coaches poll (44 of the 59 available first-place votes).

Following their tough road defeat at Stanford, the Oregon State Beavers dropped five place to #16 in the BCS standings, two spots to #15 in the AP poll, and five places to #17 in the coaches' poll.