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.