Las Vegas, NV – This is not the way first year Oregon Ducks head coach Mario Cristobal wanted to begin his tenure. The Ducks were outclassed from the kick-off and were routed in the Las Vegas Bowl 38-28.
A lifeless offensive Oregon team looked unprepared against a Boise State team which looked dominate all game.
The quarter wouldn’t go any better for Boise State. After a 65-yard reception by Cedric WIlson, Rypien would once again be picked off in the end zone. This time, his pass would be returned 100 yards for an Oregon touchdown cutting the Broncos lead 24-14.
Despite being visibly outmatched the entire competition, the Ducks threw their punches and managed to make it interesting in the 4th quarter. Oregon’s first offensive touchdown of the day came on an 8 play drive to reduce the Broncos lead 31-21 with 10:04 left in the game. Ultimately, it wouldn’t be enough for the Ducks.
Eugene, OR – Last Friday afternoon, Mario Cristobal was announced as Oregon’s head football coach, taking over for Willie Taggart who left for a $30 million, 6-year contract as Florida State’s head coach. Cristobal joined the Oregon squad January 2017 when Taggart took the head coach position.
Cristobal encourages his players to be both champions on and off the field 24/7. With the Las Vegas bowl on deck this weekend versus Boise State, he will take over and motivate his players to continue to be relentless, physical and explosive. “There is no rest, if you rest you’re going to be left behind”, says Cristobal. Speaking to the momentum of the team, Cristobal stresses the excitement of the energy in the locker room. With Cristobal’s simple philosophy, “do it every single day as if you’re coaching your own son”, Oregon will put up a tough fight versus the Broncos.
The Oregon duck players collectively put together a petition to promote Cristobal to head coach and hand delivered it to Rob Mullens, Oregon’s athletic director. When the news was announced, the players welcomed Cristobal with a standing ovation.
“He loves us and we love him and we have a lot of respect for him,” offensive line Shane Lemieux said. “The last couple days we’ve all been kind of car salesman like, ‘Man this guy is crazy! He’s the best guy I’ve ever met!’ Everything he does is great.”
Cristobal was previously Oregon’s co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Cristobal is a former Miami player who won two national championships and played in the NFL European league. He spent the last four years under Nick Saban as assistant head coach and offensive line coach at Alabama. From 2007-2012, Cristobal head coached at Florida International.
Tune in this Saturday, December 16 at 12:30PM PST to watch the Boise State Broncos go head-to-head versus the Oregon Ducks in the Las Vegas Bowl on ABC.
The Gauchos last four games have been a showcase of their talent on both sides of the ball out scoring their opponents 223-35. This playoff run has been dominate to say the least.
This year senior class is on its way to being one of the most decorated class in school history. Going into Saturday’s State Championship Division 1-A game versus Pittsburg on December 16 at Hornet Stadium on in Sacramento State.
“It feels great coming back for my senior year getting this regional win and go to State,” said Narbonne quarterback Jalen Chatman.
They now have won 4 CIF City Champions, 1 State Championship in 2015 with this group of seniors.
Going back to Sacramento this year will be a new thing for running back Jermar Jefferson who scored 5 touchdowns and rushed for 226 yards last Saturday night. If Jefferson can have this type performance again Narbonne will be tough to beat.
The Los Angeles City Section has always been a hotbed for talent with college scholarships and NFL talent. Both teams from this year City Section Open Division Championship has reached a State Final.
City Section runner-up Crenshaw Cougars will host Placer for the 4-AA Division at Saturday December 16, at 6pm.
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Los Angeles, Ca – Facing a five-point deficit, Jordan McLaughlin drew a foul on a layup. After sinking the free throw, Oklahoma’s Trae Young missed a pair of free throws, giving USC one last shot with three seconds left on the clock.
USC had a chance to win the game, after trailing by as much as 18, but Jordan McLaughlin’s three-pointer at the buzzer fell short.
It was too little, too late for the Trojans as Oklahoma escaped with an 85-83 win over No. 25 USC in the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic tripleheader at the Staples Center on Friday night.
USC coach Andy Enfield said it was surprising they were down 18 points but at the same time they deserve credit for coming back and having a shot at the buzzer to win the game.
“They have a lot of heart,” Enfield said. “But we can’t get down 18 points.”
USC dropped its third straight game after committing 17 turnovers and being outrebounded by Oklahoma, 45-32.
Oklahoma was led by freshman Trae Young who finished with 29 points and went over 28 points for the sixth straight game. Young leads the nation in scoring.
“It makes it a lot easier when your teammates are as good as mine,” Young said. “When they’re able to knock down shots and make plays on their own it makes it a lot easier on me.”
The Sooners opened both halves draining shots from beyond the arc. Oklahoma made 15 three-pointers, tying a season high.
After knocking down six of their first nine shots from distance, the Sooners jumped out to a 20-9 lead in the first half. USC went on an 8-0 run to climb back into it but the Sooners extended the lead with a 10-0 run.
Oklahoma continued its hot three-point shooting in the second half, draining five its first six shots to extend the lead, 65-50.
Elijah Stewart led the Trojans with 23 points while McLaughlin added 20 points and nine assist.
“We’ve played well at times and we’ve been inconsistent at times,” Enfield said. “We expect to get better in the month of December.”
Torrance, Ca – Dorsey scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to make it a seven point deficit but the San Fernando defense held on in the final minute to defeat the Dons, 28-21, in the L.A. City Section Division I final at El Camino College on Saturday night.
Top-seeded San Fernando used a strong ground game to run away with their eighth City Section title in school history.
Junior running back Trevor Gill rushed for 134 yards while fellow backfield mate Kyle Bryant added 87 yards and a touchdown.
“They both run tough and complement each other,” San Fernando coach Robert Garcia said on his running backs. “They don’t make it about themselves, it’s about the team.”
Dorsey running back Charles Mincy Jr. scored from a yard out on fourth down to give Dorsey a 7-0 lead on the opening drive.
The Tigers answered when quarterback Andrew Frías scored on the keeper from a yard out on fourth down to tie it at 7 in the first quarter.
After San Fernando returned the short punt to the Dorsey seven, Trevor Gill scores on a 7-yard run to give San Fernando a 14-7 lead with just over two minutes in the first quarter.
Dorsey’s offense struggled in the first half, punting three times and losing a fumble.
Andrew Frias threw an 11 yard touchdown pass to Robert Valdez, extending San Fernando’s lead, 21-7, heading into halftime.
San Fernando capped a a 12-play, 70-yard drive with Bryant’s 4-yard touchdown run, giving the Tigers a 28-7 lead in the third quarter.
Dorsey stormed back in the fourth quarter with 70-yard touchdown reception by Dion Bascom. On the Dons next drive, Mincy Jr. turned on the wheels to score on a 67-yard reception. Dorsey cut the lead, 28-14, with 3:24 remaining in the game.
“We’ve been grinding for this since summer,” Bryant said. “It feels really good, especially since everybody was doubting us. They thought the valley didn’t have players like the city does.”
Dorsey was in search of their sixth City title after reaching the Division I finals in back-to-back seasons.
“Playing Garfield in the semifinals really prepared us for this game,” Garcia said. “I used what I learned from every coach I faced and put into my own thing.”
Torrance, CA – Narbonne’s defense came to play on Friday night at El Camino College. Led by its standout linebackers Raymond Scott, Darien Butler and Julian Lewis, the Gauchos were able to contain a Crenshaw offense that was averaging 40 points a game.
All three linebackers are returning starters and two are four-year starters. They locked down Crenshaw en route to a 48-7 victory and their first L.A. City Section Open Division title.
“We have some weapons, we could run or throw,” Narbonne coach Manny Douglas said. “Our strength is our defense. Those linebackers are specimen, they know what they are doing.”
Douglass said they coach on the field and make adjustments, including telling the coaches what to run.
“They talk about what we need to do and make suggestions to us,” Douglas said. “We are just smart enough not to get in the way.”
The No.1 seeded Gauchos won their fourth straight city title and six out of the last seven. In addition, Douglas earned his eighth title overall.
After a Crenshaw punt, Narbonne quarterback Jalen Chatman connected with Steve Jenkins for a 28-yard touchdown to give the Gauchos an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Narbonne running back was Jermar Jefferson scored three touchdowns in the second quarter and had 133 yards by halftime.
“Our line did a great job of moving them,” Douglas said. “Jemar Jefferson did a great job reading blocks, running head up and making plays.”
The Gauchos defense held Crenshaw to seven points and forced seven punts, including two interceptions. The Cougars 6-4 wide receiver Rayshawn Williams was limited to two receptions for 36 yards.
“I feel blessed after winning my first city championship as a freshman and then winning all four years,” Scott said. “Our objective was to shut down their passing game along with the running game and we did that.”
After Crenshaw got on the board, Narbonne put the game out of reach with Jenkins’ 61-yard touchdown reception. Any hopes Crenshaw had of coming back were dashed with a flick of the wrist by Chatman.
The Rutgers commit completed 18-of-26 passes for 245 yards and four touchdowns. Jenkins finished with five receptions for 135 yards and two touchdowns.
“This one feels really good,” Douglas said. “The development of the team and their success is something I’m really proud of.”
Jefferson finished with 187 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns.
“We were disciplined and the O-line blocked great,” Jefferson said. “This feels great. It’s my first one.”
SANTA CLARA, CA — Sam Darnold threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns, and Ronald Jones ran for 141 yards and two scores, in leading the USC Trojans to the 2017 Pac-12 Championship on Friday night.
Wide Receiver Michael Pittman, Jr. had 7 receptions for a Pac-12 Championship Game record 146 yards to make up for Deontay Burnett’s quiet night, and the Trojans defense made a goal-line stand late in the 4th quarter to help seal the 31-28 victory. In winning the conference championship, USC made its case to be considered for a playoff spot, even though it will need a lot of help for that to happen.
The Stanford Cardinal kept the game competitive, pulling within three points of the Trojans on multiple occasions. Bryce Love showed why he is a Heisman trophy candidate, running for 131 yards and a touchdown, including his FBS-leading 12th 50-plus yard run this season, despite still suffering from a lingering ankle injury.
Wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside made two sensational catches to set up Cardinal scores, and Kaden Smith caught two touchdown passes from K.J. Costello. Stanford, however, squandered two opportunities to tie the game or pull ahead.
After recovering a fumble by USC freshman running back Stephen Carr, Costello fumbled, before throwing two incomplete passes to end one drive. On a subsequent offensive possession, Stanford was stopped on 4th and goal at the USC one-yard line. The game was essentially out of reach after the Cardinals’ onside kick went out of bounds with 2:09 remaining in the 4th.
In the end, it was the Darnold and Jones show. Darnold picked up Most Valuable Player honors, and the San Francisco 49ers fans in attendance got a chance to envision what its offense might look like next year, if indeed Darnold declares for next year’s draft and is a potential first overall pick.
But for now, USC will celebrate its first conference championship since 2008. It can also take pride in being the first Pac-12 South representative to win the Championship Game. After this weekend, the Trojans can also start making travel plans for an appearance in a coveted New Year’s Day Bowl Game (most likely the Fiesta Bowl).
Meanwhile, the Cardinal can only think about what could have been. Coach David Shaw defended his decision to go for it on 4th and 1 instead of kicking a game-tying field goal, stating that given the opportunity to “take the lead in the Pac-12 Championship Game . . . there’s no hesitation at all.” Yet senior defensive tackle Harrison Phillips also acknowledged that the defense needed to make a few more plays. But in reality, it was Stanford’s passing game that was a problem.
Other than the stellar catches by Arcega-Whiteside and touchdown receptions by Smith, the passing game was mostly non-existent. Save for this offensive plays, Costello completed just four passes for 25 year day. He repeatedly under threw his receivers and he was almost intercepted on multiple occasions. In the end, the Cardinal can now take some time off to regroup, before finding out which Bowl game it will play in.
Even though the Trojans get to celebrate a win, Head Coach Clay Helton realized that the Cardinal could have won this game. He gave credit to Coach Shaw and his players. “They played their hearts out, absolute hearts out.” Coach Helton added that “failure was not an option,” so for the Trojans’ defense “to hold the line, not once, but twice there in the 1 [yard line]” was key to the win.
Star senior linebacker Uchenna Nwosu also complemented the Cardinal for making his job tough. “I know they studied a lot of tape on me” so he admitting that he had to “find a new way” to make plays on defense. All told, Coach Helton summed it up best when he said: “Nobody will remember the score ten years from now. But they will remember that these kids were Pac-12 Champions.”
Corvallis OR– Jonathan Smith, one of the most successful student-athletes in Oregon State University history, has been named head football coach of the OSU Beavers, Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Wednesday. His appointment is contingent on the completion of all university hiring processes.
“We are very excited about having Coach Smith lead our program,” Barnes said. “We interviewed several qualified candidates and Coach Smith emerged as our top choice. He brings to Oregon State football an impressive plan to build our program. He has a unique perspective on what it means to be a part of Beaver Nation and to be successful for our student-athletes on and off the field.”
Smith is the first OSU graduate to serve as a Beaver head football coach. He returns to Corvallis after a highly successful stint at the University of Washington as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Smith spent the last four years with Washington, helping the Huskies to the Pac-12 Conference 2016 championship, an appearance in the College Football Playoff and ending the year with a No. 4 Associated Press Poll ranking. Washington earned a share of the Pac-12 North division title this season, and is ranked No. 13 in the nation while awaiting its selection to a bowl game.
“I want to thank President Ray and Scott Barnes for their confidence in presenting me this opportunity to return to Oregon State University to be the head coach,” Smith said. “I also want to express my gratitude to Coach (Chris) Petersen for providing me a path to realize my dream as a head coach.”
With Smith as offensive coordinator, the 2016 Huskies narrowly missed setting a school scoring record, averaging 41.8 points, which was tops in the Pac-12 and eighth in the nation.
The 38-year-old Smith molded junior Jake Browning, the first true freshman season-opening starting quarterback in Huskies’ history, into one of the top players at the position in the country. Browning was the 2016 Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and has been among the top candidates for the Heisman Trophy over the last two seasons.
As a student-athlete, Smith was a four-year letterman quarterback at Oregon State from 1998-2001. He joined the program as a walk-on from Glendora, Calif. Smith earned his first start on Oct. 31, 1998 and never relinquished that role for the final 38 games of his career. The two-time team captain led the Beavers to the 1999 Oahu Bowl and the 2001 Fiesta Bowl, where OSU capped an 11-1 season with a dominating 41-9 victory over Notre Dame and a No. 4 final Associated Press ranking.
“Oregon State University is a special place and I have many memories of being a part of Beaver Nation,” Smith said. “I played for some of the best coaches I have ever been around and learned many of the qualities I have utilized in my coaching career.”
Smith left OSU as the school’s all-time leading passer with 9,680 yards — he now ranks third among all Beaver quarterbacks in total passing yardage. At the time of his graduation his records included career touchdown passes (55); single-game passing yards (469 yards vs. the Huskies); and single-season passing yards (3,053 yards in 1999). He still holds the mark for the longest touchdown pass at 97 yards to Chad Johnson in 2000. Smith left OSU ranked No. 3 at the time in conference history for passing yards and total offense.
“I’m in the process of putting together a coaching staff that will share the same vision and goals that I have for this program,” Smith added. “I’m looking forward to working with the young men we currently have in the program and solidifying a recruiting class.”
His honors as a player were numerous while wearing the Orange and Black. He was the Fiesta Bowl Offensive Most Valuable Player, earned Pac-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week multiple times and was a two-time member of the Pac-12 Honorable Mention team.
Smith succeeded as a graduate assistant coach in 2002 and 2003 under both Dennis Erickson and Mike Riley, respectively. He helped the Beavers to the 2002 Insight Bowl and 2003 Vegas Bowls, and in the process assisted in the grooming of longtime NFL quarterback Derek Anderson.
Smith’s first full-time coaching position came at the University of Idaho in 2004, where he served as the quarterbacks coach through 2009. In his final season with the Vandals, the team ranked ninth in the NCAA for total offense (451.4 yards per game); 12th in the nation for passing offense (286.7 yards per game); and 20th in scoring (32.7 points per game). Under Smith, Vandals quarterback Nathan Enderle finished the year ranked No. 5 in the NCAA in passing efficiency.
From 2010-11, he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) powerhouse University of Montana, leading the Grizzlies to the NCAA Division I semifinals in 2011. While Smith was at Montana, the Grizzlies’ offense ranked in the top 20 nationally in multiple categories.
Smith joined Boise State University for the 2012 and 2013 seasons as the Broncos’ quarterbacks coach and helped guide the team to the 2012 Mountain West Conference co-championship and to a victory over the Washington Huskies in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Following the 2013 regular season at Boise State, Smith followed head coach Chris Petersen to the University of Washington to serve as the Huskies’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
A three-year starting quarterback at Glendora (Calif.) High, Smith graduated from high school in 1997 and earned his bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Oregon State in December, 2001.
He and his wife, Candice, have three children, Robert (9 years old), Bella (7) and Charles (3).
2014-2017 – Washington – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2012-2013 – Boise State – Quarterbacks
2010-2011 – Montana – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2004-2009 – Idaho – Quarterbacks
2002-2003 – Oregon State – Graduate Assistant
WELCOME RALLY: Oregon State will host a “Welcome Rally” that is open to the public Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the Club Level of Reser Stadium.
Westwood, CA – The new era in UCLA Football has begun and at very least the Bruins have a new witty smooth talker. Chip Kelly the new UCLA Bruins football coach was greeted Monday afternoon by Booster, Staff, Media, and mascot Joe Bruin with cheerleaders on both sides of the stage.
Down in the Pavilion Club that was set up for this joyous occasion to officially welcome Kelly.
UCLA Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero kicked off the press conference with his opening remarks and then introduced to the room Chip Kelly.
Kelly opening statement was packed with details and quotes from the great John Wooden.
“We going to be quick, but note hurry,” said Kelly in response to few questions and statements today.
Bruins fans will look to hang on one line he said to the key to his success soon.
“I believe football is about three things: I believe it’s about relationships, friendships and championships,” Kelly said.
Kelly has already meet with the team early Monday morning, he gained few new friends after his press conference……So next up CHAMPIONSHIPS….
Guerrero named former NFL and college head coach Chip Kelly as the Bruins’ 17th head football coach. Kelly agreed to a five-year contract worth $23.3M with a $9M reciprocal buyout.
Kelly will began to recruit right away but will allow Jedd Fisch to coach the Bowl game before taking on team first hand.
The Bruins will find out where they will go bowling on selection Sunday December 3, 2017.