Boulder, CU – The Utah Utes came into Folsom Field on a mission to defeat the Colorado Buffaloes and weather. The snow and the Buffaloes could not slow down the Utes who secured a spot in the PAC-12 Championship to represent the South after 30-7 victory.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever been around a team that handles adversity any better than these guys; they’ve got a lot of guts and a lot of toughness,” Kyle Whittingham said.
Utah jumped on Colorado in third quarter with 17 unanswered points on the ice field.
Quarterback Jason Shelley threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns hitting 7 different targets.
In third Shelley threw 47 yard touchdown pass Jaylen Dixon that made the score 17-7.
After Colorado struck light lighting scoring in first quarter on a 7 play Travon McMillian touchdown run for 13 yards the Buffaloes went cold.
In the second half the Utah Defense held Colorado to average of 4.25 plays per possession.
“We’re just inept on offense right now, and that’s the best way to put it,” MacIntyre said. “We’ve got to find a way to move the ball better and get some points. The defense played OK at times, they just got worn down.
“This has been a tough stretch, there’s no doubt about it.”
Colorado quarterback Steven Montez only threw for 84 yards with 13 competitions.
“As an offense, we have to find a way to execute, because the defense is holding us down and they’re holding their own,” said senior receiver Juwann Winfree, who finished with three receptions for 54 yards. “They kept getting stops, and we weren’t doing anything on offense.”
Now Colorado after such a promising start of the season has come to just halt. They played four games in the PAC-12 where just a few things needed to go their way to make this season on a different path.
The Utah Utes win their first-ever South title and a berth in the Pac-12 championship game next weekend against the winner of Saturday’s Apple Cup between Washington and Washington State.
The Buffaloes will finish off the season traveling to Cal on November 24th and try to end on a high note.
Dallas TX – The SMU Mustangs played their final home game Friday night in front of a spirited crowd and many fans hopeful for next season.
SMU (5- 6) lost to the bowl-eligible (7-4) Memphis Tigers 28-18, but there were indeed flashes of greatness on both offense and defense.
Going into Friday night, the two very evenly matched teams were predicted to provide a great duel of passionate programs. The first half was nothing short of a battle it out affair.
Both SMU and Memphis had big plays on offense that led to even bigger defensive plays and non-scoring drives. SMU quarterback Ben Hicks threw the ball 55 times, completing 29 passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver James Proche was on the receiving end of both touchdowns. Proche also had a game-high 12 receptions for 134 yards. Sophomore Reggie Robinson Jr. made seven receptions for 116 yards.
While the ball seemed to be moving for both teams throughout the game, there was a host of overthrown passes and dropped balls. The only first half touchdown came on a 16-yard pass from Memphis quarterback Brady White to Joey Magnifico. SMU settled for a field goal in the first quarter and with Memphis pinned deep on the two-yard line in the second quarter, SMU forced a safety.
Memphis led 7 to 5 at the half and would never surrender their lead. The Tigers’ running back Patrick Taylor Jr., rushed for a nine-yard touchdown on a quick scoring drive, increasing the Tigers lead to 14 to 5 early in the second half. Still SMU managed to only trail Memphis 14 – 12 at the end of the third quarter, after a well-executed 31-yard passing touchdown from Hicks to Proche.
Taylor would rush for a total of 112 yards and two touchdowns. White passed for 226 yards and two more Memphis touchdowns, despite being picked off by the SMU defense twice.
Memphis took over the final quarter with two quick scores, and with just over eight minutes remaining SMU had no room for error. The Mustangs would score again on a short Proche touchdown reception, but they failed on the two-point conversion with six minutes remaining.
The final score read 28 -18. SMU plays at Tulsa next Saturday for their final game of the season.
Los Angeles, CA – With the USC basketball team almost at full strength, the Trojans largest lead was 41 points in the second half.
USC center Nick Rakocevic scored 16 points with 13 rebounds to help the Trojans in a 95-59 win over Stetson Wednesday night in the Hall of Fame Classic at the Galen Center.
“It was a nice team win,” USC coach Andy Enfield said. “We played well on defense, especially in the second half. We shared the basketball. It was nice to have our complement of players back, it helped our depth and rotation.”
USC senior Bennie Boatwright was back in action for the first time this season after offseason knee surgery, scoring 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting. The Trojans improved to 2-1 on the season.
Boatwright said he felt good and got in a rhythm. It has been a tough nine months. I listened to my body, took one day at a time and trusted the process he added.
“I just let the game come to me and played within the flow of the game,” Boatwright, who finished with 16 points in 18 minutes, said. “This team is much different than last year. We play faster. As long as we defend, we’ll be tough to beat.”
USC used a 14-0 run to jump out to a 30-7 lead midway through the first half. The Trojans shot 53.6 percent from the field to take a 39-24 lead at halftime.
“We wanted to start fast and we did,” USC freshman Kevin Porter Jr., who scored 12 points in his first career start, said. “We just had to maintain.”
The Trojans pulled away in the second half, with strong performances by Boatwright and freshman Elijah Weaver who made his debut with nine points.
USC’s next game will be Monday, Nov. 19 against Texas Tech at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. as part of the NABC Hall of Fame Classic.
“The teams we’ll play (in the Kansas City tournament) are excellent,” Enfield said. “We’re excited because they are NCAA Tournament-type teams. This group is a work in progress with an opportunity to get better quickly.”
San Diego, CA – Matt Mitchell dropped 21 points with 5 rebounds and copped a steal to help SDSU (2-0) topple over Texas Southern 103-64 Wednesday night at Viejas Arena.
Jordan Schackel finished second on the stat sheet with 16 points and following him was Jalen McDaniels who had 14 points and nine rebounds.
Devin Watson also had 14 points and eight assists.
The Aztecs (2-0) conclude a brief two-game homestand to open the 2018-19 campaign and will now prepare to open the Maui Invitational in Hawaii against a talented Duke team that opened the season with a 118-84 win against Kentucky and has won its three games by an average of 28 points.
“They’re talented at every position. They’re well-coached,” SDSU coach Brian Dutcher said. “But I want to get them into a close game. I’d like to find a way to get the game close down the stretch. And I think Coach K would like that, too. He’s not served very well by winning all these games by 20 or 30. Now, I know he enjoys it, but when he gets to the ACC, they’re going to have some challenging games. I hope we’re the first one.”
Dutcher will need to strategize how to try to stop Duke’s big three freshmen.
Duke star’s Zion Williams, RJ Barrett, and Cam Reddish have been putting on a show in their first three games all averaging 20 points per game.
The aztecs have much to prepare for.
“I think Duke will be a good test being the number one team in the country,” sophomore Matt Mitchell said when asked how he feels about facing Duke. “It’ll be a test for us to see where we are.”
Mitchell stands at 6-foot-6, 230 pounds and is probably the closest matchup for Zion Williams, who is 6-7, 285.
“We’re giving up some weight but we’ll be close. I think that will be a fun matchup,” Dutcher said.
When asked on going up against the 285 pound Duke freshman Mitchell said, “Like Jordan said, we’ll take it one game at a time. Today it was Texas Southern and next time it’ll be Duke. The game after that is whoever it is and we’ll just take it one game at a time.”
Texas Southern: This was the fourth of six straight road games for the Tigers to begin the season. They lost 104-67 at Gonzaga on Saturday night and 85-73 at Iowa State on Monday night.
San Diego State: The Aztecs, who won their first two games for the first time in four seasons, head into the game against Duke having beaten Arkansas-Pine Bluff by 16 and Texas Southern by 39. The Aztecs will face the Blue Devils for the first time since the 2015 NCAA Tournament, when Duke won 68-49.
Texas Southern: Plays at Evansville on Monday night in a non-bracketed game of the Maui Invitational.
San Diego State: Faces No. 1 Duke on Monday in the opening round of the Maui Invitational. The Aztecs are 0-2 against the Blue Devils.
Los Angeles, CA – The USC basketball team dropped its first loss of the season in a 82-78 defeat to Vanderbilt on Sunday at the Galen Center.
USC got within 76-74 with 14 seconds left in the game on a layup by Derryck Thornton but he missed the free throw on the and one play.
“It was a great game,” USC coach Andy Enfield said. “We had the momentum. Then we had some crucial turnovers and missed shots at the end. The sloppy turnovers and quick shots are not a recipe for success.”
USC took a 69-67 lead on a Jonah Mathews layup before the Vanderbilt went on a 9-2 run to take the lead. Joe Toye, who finished with 16 points, had three free throws to key the Commodores rally.
“I was impressed with our effort,” Enfield said. “We played hard. We turned up the defense in the second half and limited their second shots.”
Vanderbilt took a 38-29 lead with the help of a 9-0 run with two minutes left in the first half. Jordan Usher helped USC trim the lead with two three pointers before halftime as they trailed, 42-36.
Both teams shot under 40 percent from the floor in the first half, Vanderbilt making 36.4 percent and USC making 38.9 percent. Vanderbilt led 28-24 in first-half rebounding.
Nick Rakocevic led the Trojans with 19 points and 18 rebounds while Thornton added 17 points. Freshman Kevin Porter Jr. scored 14 points with four rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 23 minutes.
“I was impressed with our effort,” Rakocevic said. “We played hard. We turned up the defense in the second half and limited their second shots.”
USC (1-1) will look to bounce back when they host Stetson on Wednesday.
COLUMBUS OH — The Buckeyes opened their home basketball season with a huge second half, beating Purdue Fort Wayne 107-67. The Mastodons kept up with Ohio State for the first twenty minutes of play, ending the half trailing 34-41.
C.J. Jackson was the standout shooter for OSU with a career high 25 points in 30 minutes. Jackson was on fire in the second half, hitting three straight from outside the circle. The senior guard drained four of his seven 3-point shots and went 8-11 in field goals.
The first half of the game saw PFW taking and missing shots in a fast paced, back and forth battle. The two teams stayed within five points of each other until Jackson’s first 3-point jumper which gave OSU an 18-23 lead.
Two missed 3’s and a block from OSU forward Kaleb Wesson and the Mastodons were seemingly buried, trailing 20-27. Kason Harrell (PFW) made a three-point play off a foul and brought his team back into the game.
Jackson’s performance was bolstered by the Bucks’ bench, which put up 53 points. Fans can thank Duane Washington Jr. for 20 of those 53. Washington landed six of his nine 3’s and shot 7-11 FGs in only 21 minutes of play.
Washington’s buckets gave the Buckeyes the lead at the end of the half and PFW never came back.
PFW landed 33.8 percent of its field goals and only 22.2 percent of its 3’s, both numbers being dwarfed by the Buckeyes’ 60.7 and 53.6 percents respectively.
Fort Wayne’s John Konchar led the Dons with 13 points and nine rebounds. Harrell also added 13 points.
OSU is 2-0 and goes to Creighton Thursday night while the 1-2 Mastodons can be seen at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum and on Comcast CN81 at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Manchester.
Palo Alto, CA – The Stanford Cardinal (6-4, 4-3) opened the 2018 season with three straight wins, working themselves up into the Top 10 rankings.
But with senior running back Bryce Love (20) struggling with injuries, including one that sidelined him in the fourth quarter against Notre Dame back in late September, the Cardinal had dropped their last four games coming into their home finale against Oregon State.
Many of the questions the Cardinal have faced in response to the shaky stretch may have been answered in their 48-17 blowout of the Beavers (2-8, 1-6).
Stanford showed the type of hard-nosed, physical style of play they have become known for in recent years tonight, with Love and the offense totaling nearly 250 yards on the ground along with three rushing touchdowns from three different ball carriers.
Love lead the Cardinal on the ground with 90 yards and a score on just 11 carries.
With senior wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside (19) out due to an injury suffered against the Washington Huskies last week, the Cardinal needed to find additional support from one of their weapons.
It was the 6 foot 7 inch tight end Colby Parkinson (87) that stole the show for Stanford offensively in this one. The sophomore brought in six catches for 166 yards and four receiving touchdowns.
Quarterback K.J. Costello played one of his most complete games to date as well, completing 23-of-33 attempts with four scores and one interception through the air, along with a 45-yard scamper that moved the Cardinal down within the five-yard line.
Stanford head coach David Shaw touched on the effects of the devastating wildfires burning at both ends of the state after the game, saying “Thoughts and prayers to all those families that are affected by the fires. I know how difficult this week has been.”
And about his team’s success, Shaw was quick to point out those likely playing for the last time at The Farm.
“So excited about our seniors. A lot of our seniors contributed a lot tonight,” he said. “Both up front on the offensive and defensive lines; Bryce Love; Cameron Scarlett; Jake Bailey. Guys came in and just made some great plays for us.”
Despite the lopsided score, Oregon State showed promise on a variety of fronts, as they have throughout this introductory season for first-year head coach and former Beavers quarterback Jonathan Smith.
The Beavers’ Jake Luton (6) totaled over 300 yards passing in their surprisingly tough loss to USC last week and managed to eclipse 200 yards in this one along with two touchdowns and an interception.
Freshman running back Jermar Jefferson (22) has been a standout for the Beavers throughout the season, having eclipsed 1,000 yards on the ground, and produced another impressive rushing performance tonight with 109 yards on 19 attempts.
These statistics were far from enough for Coach Smith or his team, however.
“Score 17 points in this league, you’ll have a tough time winning,” he said. “Credit to those guys. They play hard. They’re well-coached. They’re sound. That locker room is pretty disappointed right now.”
Stanford is now 6-0 this season when forcing a turnover and 0-4 when they do not.
The win gives the Cardinal their eighth straight against the Beavers. They haven’t fallen to OSU at home since 2006.
Oregon State heads to Seattle next to take on the Washington Huskies, while Stanford will head across the Bay for the 2018 edition of the Big Game against the Cal Golden Bears in Berkeley on Saturday.
The last time Cal beat USC, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Leinert were the starting quarterbacks in 2003 and the Trojans hadn’t lost to the Bears at the Coliseum since 2000.
The Golden Bears scored 15 unanswered points en route to a 15-14 victory over USC and ending a 14-game losing streak to the Trojans Saturday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Cal head coach Justin Wilcox, former USC defensive coordinator, said the streak and all that, they don’t really talk about it.
“I didn’t even know about it until somebody brought it up this week,” Wilcox said. “We’re not playing the streak. These guys are competing and playing for each other.”
Despite leading Cal in a majority of statistical categories, USC was shut out in the second half and relinquished a 14-point lead.
USC (5-5, 4-4) suffered its third loss in four games and were eliminated from the Pac-12 South race. The Trojans need a win in their final two games to be bowl eligible.
“I’m sorry for the 5-5 season right now,” USC coach Clay Helton said. “I’ve seen programs across the country have a Rose Bowl, a Pac-12 championship, and then have an off season, and then come right back. Matter of fact, we’re going to compete against one of them [Notre Dame] in about two weeks. Sometimes you have a season that it just doesn’t go your way, but I believe in this coaching staff, I believe in the leadership, I believe in our players most of all.”
In the battle of freshman quarterbacks, J.T. Daniels outperformed his counterpart but Chase Garbers made the plays that mattered for Cal.
Daniels threw a pair of touchdowns to Tyler Vaughns in the first half but was held to just 33 yards in the second half and threw a costly interception.
A bad shotgun snap by center Toa Lobendahn flew over Daniels head before he could recover it in the end zone, giving Cal a safety early in the third quarter.
“A center is going to have a bad snap every now and then,” Daniels said. “Toa would give his life for me. He’s my best friend, he’s a captain and I trust him with my life too. It’s one bad snap.”
On the ensuing drive after the safety, Garbers hit Vic Wharton III for a 29-yard touchdown. Garbers ran for another score with 6:13 left in the third quarter to take a 15-14 lead.
“I’m not going to get over emotional and say the ship is sinking,” Helton said. “For us right now, we’re making too many mistakes across the board. Obviously a tough loss for our team overall. Like I told them it wasn’t one person who lost the game; it was a collective effort. We win together, we lose together.”
Next up for USC is the crosstown showdown at the Rose Bowl with rival UCLA on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
“There’s not going to be falloff from me at this stage,” USC linebacker Cam Smith said. “Two games to look forward to and that’s the last for a lot of us. Every game is important and we’re just going out there and we gotta have a great week of practice and look forward for UCLA.”
Boulder, CU – Colorado has been stuck in quicksand for the last few games looking to unleash their weapons that shined so bright to start the season. The Buffs did strike first on the scoreboard before giving up 31 unanswered points to Washington State.
Washington State (7-1, 5-1 Pac-12) for the second year in a row handled Colorado (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) easily with today final score 31-7 and sitting first place in PAC-12 North.
“It felt real good, because these last three weeks have been super close,” WSU running back James Williams said. “I’m too young to have heart attacks like I’ve been having.”
Washington State Cougars quarterback Gardner Minshew threw for two touchdowns 35/58, 335 passing yards and ran one in as well against the Buffaloes.
“The second half was (typical of Minshew),” WSU coach Mike Leach said. “ … I don’t know what his completion percentage came out, but I know a whole bunch of people would like to have a completion percentage like that one time in their career. This was pretty good.”
Not to be overlooked by the offensive display of the Cougars, is their defense that was flying all over the field. This Washington State’s defense forced three turnovers that kept Colorado from trying to get back into the game.
Colorado quarterback Steven Montez threw for 199 yards, 20/30 passes with no touchdowns. His lack of production was totally due to the Cougars game plan to stop run and make them pass.
“We just do our jobs and stop the run,” Cougar defensive lineman Logan Tago said. “Then when they pass, we’ve got guys on the edge who can affect the quarterback.”
Colorado did take its only lead on the game after Travon McMillian’s big run up the middle netted the Buffs 64 yards in first quarter.
You know that this Washington State team has bought into the culture of coach Leach when the win having fun and during the post game tv interview Minshew put the Mustache on him.
Morgantown, WV – West Virginia University faced off against TCU today continuing its dominance through the Big 12 scheduled it drew this year. While TCU was hoping to keep its post season bowl berth alive. In the end a 47-10 victory that displayed an incredible offensive performance by the Mountaineers of WVU.
Heisman hopeful Will Grier threw for three TD’s and the #7 ranked WVU Mountaineer’s solidified their purpose in the top 10 and possibly even the top 5 for the upcoming week. Behind Grier’s performance however, there was plenty of team members in the supporting role.
“I thought TCU was pretty good on defense, and I still do,” WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said. “I thought they got worn down a little bit, obviously.”
The #7 Mountaineers started off slow as did the Horned Frogs of TCU. Both teams seemed to be trying to figure out each other’s game plan. Holding each other to a 3-3 tie for a little bit. However, once WVU found it’s groove and enforced it’s game plan on the TCU Horned Frogs, it was pretty much a performance that could have placed a few plays in SportsCenter Top 10 Saturday night.
WVU’s Grier rode that grove and threw for three TD’s of 38, 8 and finally 4 yards. This would be the 8th time this season that he had 3 scores in the air for the game. For the game today Grier finished 25 of 39 for 343 yards on what was a very windy day. Gusts of over 25-30 mph made the game on the air interesting at times.
“I have a lot of respect for (TCU coach) Gary Patterson and that team. Controlling the tempo is huge,” Grier said, adding offensive coordinator Jake Spavital “did a great job of mixing it up and just us being on the same page.”
WVY (8-1, 6-1) accumulated 535 yards of total offense v. the Horned Frogs (4-6, 2-5) who are continuing to be stricken by the injury bug. With only two games left, the Mountaineers are pursuing the possible berth in the conference championship.
The next two games with Oklahoma State (AWAY) and finally Oklahoma (HOME) will determine the teams place in the final standings and if it will play for the conference championship. The next two weeks will be a very exciting time in this team history.
The Horned Frogs of TCU (4-6, 2-5) only saw 222 total offense which appears to be a season-low. This will make a 3rd time in the last four games it’s gained fewer than 300. TCU’s in the risk of missing a bowl for just the third time under head coach Gary Patterson who took over the team on 2000. Patterson’s record after today’s loss remains 164-63.