HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL – SECTIONALS

Pendleton Heights 3 Richmond 0

Hagerstown 3 Centerville 0

Hagerstown defeated Centerville in the first round of sectionals by the

scores of 25-19 25-11 25-19. Regan Tinkle had 14 kills and Jessica Swimm

had 10; Ashley Vinson had 10 digs and 19 service points; Alexis Ellis had 7

block kills; and Hallie Rogers had 30 assists, 9 kills, and 12 service

points. The Lady-Tigers raise their overall record to 23-4. Hagerstown will

play Northeastern Saturday morning at 11:00 at Cambridge City.

Centerville-Kate Wilson had9 kills and Kelsee Troutwine had 6 kills.

Morgan Toschlog had 17 digs and Skyler Murray had 13 assists.

Centerville finished 20-10 on the season.

 

Lincoln 3 Union County 0

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL – FRIDAY

Richmond at Kokomo

Northeastern at Hagerstown

Lincoln at South Decatur

Centerville at Knightstown

Tri at Union County

Union City at Winchester

Franklin County at Harrison, Ohio

Franklin at Eaton

 

IHSAA BOYS TENNIS TEAM STATE FINALS

October 12-13, 2018

[ Quarterfinals, Friday, 3 pm ET at Carmel HS, Carmel, Ind. ]

Floyd Central (22-1) vs. Center Grove (20-4)

Carmel (17-0) vs. Homestead (21-1)

[ Quarterfinals, Friday, 11 am ET at Center Grove HS, Greenwood, Ind. ]

North Central (Indianapolis) (15-2) vs. Culver Academies (18-4)

Columbus North (14-3) vs. Park Tudor (18-4)

[ Semifinals, Saturday, 10 am ET at North Central HS, Indianapolis, Ind. ]

[ State Championship, Saturday, 2 pm ET at North Central HS, Indianapolis, Ind. ]

 

MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

IU East 7 Cincinnati Clermont 2

IU EAST RELEASE

CENTERVILLE, Ind. – Denis Herrera scored five times to lead the Indiana University

East men’s soccer team to a 7-2 win over non-conference foe University of Cincinnati

Clermont on Thursday, Oct. 11.

Herrera had his first two goals in the opening period as the Red Wolves led 2-1 at

the intermission.

Indiana University East is 4-9-0 overall and 0-4-0 in River States Conference

action, while UC Clermont is 4-8.

Herrera scored his final three goals late in the second half in five minutes.

Brandon Bates gave the Red Wolves a 3-1 advantage at 70:21.

Nathan Dove scored three minutes after Bates to put the Red Wolves on top 4-1.

Herrera now has 11 goals on the season. His five goals surpassed the previous school

record of three, which he and Hassan Abdulah established back in September against

Lincoln Christian University.

Bates now has four goals with all of them in home contests. He has one goal in the

last two matches.

Dove picked up his third goal of the fall.

Herrera, Kevin Mendoza and Barou Yoplo each had one assist.

Gianluca Marchetti had five saves for the Red Wolves.

The Red Wolves remain at home as they face Ohio Christian University on Saturday,

Oct. 13. The River States Conference match gets underway at 3:30 p.m.

 

NFL SCOREBOARD

Philadelphia 34 NY Giants 13

 

NBA PRESEASON

Toronto 134 New Orleans 119

Utah 132 Sacramento 93

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Boston 4 Edmonton 1

Colorado 6 Buffalo 1

Columbus 5 Florida 4

New Jersey 6 Washington 0

NY Rangers 3 San Jose 2

Pittsburgh 4 Vegas 2

Los Angeles 3 Montréal 0

Toronto 5 Detroit 3

Vancouver 4 Tampa Bay 1

St. Louis 5 Calgary 3

Nashville 3 Winnipeg 0

Minnesota 4 Chicago 3

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL FRIDAY

Texas Tech 17 TCU 14

Appalachain State 35 Arkansas State 9

Georgia Southern 15 Texas State 13

 

TOP HEADLINES

Wentz throws 3 TD passes, Eagles look Super vs. Giants

Breathe a little easier Philadelphia and surrounding areas. The Eagles are back and looking super.

Just goes to show you what a little urgency, some big plays – and a timely game against the New York Giants can do for the defending Super Bowl champions.

Carson Wentz threw a season-high three touchdown passes and the Eagles got an early lift from their defense and special teams in beating the struggling Giants 34-13 on Thursday night, avoiding their first three-game losing streak since the 2016 season.

“It’s a big win for us,” said Wentz, who finished 26 of 36 for 278 yards and no interceptions. “NFC East and the conference. It’s huge. Being 3-3 is better than 2-4. This is more like who we are. We can build from this.”

The win put the Eagles into a first place tie with Washington (2-2) in the NFC East with Dallas (2-3) a half game back. The Giants are fading fast.

Wentz sandwiched touchdowns passes of 13 and 1 yard to Alshon Jeffery around a 10-yarder to tight end Zach Ertz to help the Eagles build a 31-6 lead. They beat the Giants (1-5) for the fourth straight time and seventh in eight games.

Corey Clement scored on a 1-yard run and Jake Elliott added field goals of 33 and 30 yards.

“This is finally the game where we played like the Philadelphia Eagles,” said Ertz, who was limited to seven passes for 43 yards. “We’re finally the Eagles again.”

Rookie halfback Saquon Barkley scored on a 50-yard run and rushed for 130 yards in one of the few bright spots for the Giants’ offense, which was booed repeatedly in losing at home for the third time. Aldrick Rosas had field goals of 33 and 21 yards.

Steelers WR Brown to fight civil lawsuits

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is planning to fight a pair of lawsuits filed against him stemming from an incident at a Florida apartment complex last spring.

Ophir Sternberg is seeking damages against Brown, claiming that objects thrown by Brown from the 14th floor of an apartment building came close to striking Sternberg’s father and Sternberg’s 22-month-old son in April. The lawsuit claims Sternberg’s son was “extremely traumatized” by the event.

A second lawsuit filed by the owner of the apartment building is seeking more than $15,000 in damages from Brown.

Brown told police that the incidents occurred after a gun and $80,000 were stolen from the apartment. Brown said in a statement on Thursday the lawsuits contained “false claims” against him.

“The facts will soon come out that prove my innocence,” Brown said. “My focus will remain on football and I will not let the cases serve as a distraction.”

 

Fixer says he made cash payment in college hoops scheme

 A government witness at a college basketball corruption trial testified Thursday that he made a secret $40,000 payment to the inner circle of a North Carolina State recruit through an assistant coach at the school.

Testifying in federal court in Manhattan, self-described recruitment facilitator Thomas “T.J.” Gassnola told a jury he delivered the money in cash to the coach, Orlando Early, on a trip to Raleigh, North Carolina, in 2015. He said the coach told him he was going to give it to a personal trainer for highly-touted point guard Dennis Smith Jr. as a way to get it to Smith’s family.

Business manager Christian Dawkins, former amateur coach Merl Code and former Adidas executive James Gatto have pleaded not guilty to defrauding various colleges by concealing the use of under-the-table payments of up to $100,000 from Adidas in exchange for commitments to programs that were seen as a path to big NBA paydays. Their lawyers haven’t disputed payments were arranged in violation of NCAA rules, but they argue the schools never suffered any harm.

Gassnola, 46, a former Adidas consultant who has pleaded guilty, continued to drop some notable names in basketball during his second day on the witness stand.

He said that while working under the direction of Gatto, he paid out $15,000 in cash in 2015 to try to lure DeAndre Ayton to an Adidas school only to see him sign with Nike-sponsored Arizona. Ayton attended Arizona for his freshman season before being drafted No. 1 in the NBA by the Phoenix Suns.

 

Brewers going with lefty Gio Gonzalez in Game 1 of NLCS

Gio Gonzalez will start for the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell announced his rotation on Thursday. Gonzalez was 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA in five starts for the Brewers after being acquired in a deal with the Washington Nationals.

The Brewers have chosen Wade Miley to start in Game 2 on Saturday, meaning that Milwaukee will open the NLCS with two straight lefties.

The Dodgers will line up the same way. They had already picked ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw as their starter for the opener.

Manager Dave Roberts on Thursday night said lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu will be his Game 2 starter.

Brewers right-hander Jhoulys Chacin will go in Game 3 on Monday in Los Angeles against Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler.

Roberts said he will turn to left-hander Rich Hill to start Game 4.

 

Cardinals agree to 1-year deal with veteran Adam Wainwright

Adam Wainwright is staying with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinals agreed to a one-year deal with the veteran right-hander Thursday, bringing Wainwright back to the only major league team he’s pitched for. The 37-year-old Wainwright has been with St. Louis since making his big league debut in 2005.

“Adam represents everything we think of when asked to describe a winning player, and a winning teammate,” Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said in a statement. “His value to our team stretches far beyond the box score, and he showed by season’s end that he is still ready and able to compete.”

Wainwright made just eight starts this season because of hamstring and elbow problems, going 2-4 with a 4.46 ERA, but he pitched four times in September as the Cardinals made an unsuccessful bid for a postseason spot. After his final start Sept. 28, he sounded like someone who wanted to try to keep pitching.

“If you had asked me that question about two months ago, I would have already checked out on you,” Wainwright said at the time. “But the way I’m feeling right now, if that is my last start, it would be kind of hard to walk away knowing the way I’m feeling right now.”

A three-time All-Star, Wainwright is fifth on the Cardinals’ career list with 148 wins and second with 1,623 strikeouts. He was a closer for the Cardinals when they won the World Series in 2006. St. Louis also won a title in 2011, but Wainwright did not pitch that year.

Wainwright went 20-9 with a 2.38 ERA in 2014, but he’s posted a 4.54 ERA over the four seasons since.

 

AP Source: Cubs fire hitting coach Chili Davis

A person with knowledge of the situation says the Chicago Cubs have fired hitting coach Chili Davis after one season.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the move has not been announced.

Chicago won 95 games in a franchise-record fourth straight playoff season, but its offense was inconsistent. The Cubs finished fourth in the National League in scoring but managed one run or zero in 39 regular-season games. They scored just two runs over 22 innings in losing the NL Central tiebreaker game against Milwaukee and the NL wild-card game to Colorado.

Davis was hired last October to replace John Mallee as part of a shake-up to manager Joe Maddon’s staff. Davis spent the previous six seasons as a hitting coach with Oakland and Boston.

 

Pac-12 commissioner: Errors made in replay review procedure

The Pac-12 will make immediate changes to how video replay reviews are handled after Commissioner Larry Scott admitted procedural mistakes were made when a targeting foul was not called during last month’s Washington State-Southern California game.

Scott responded Thursday to a report on the review by Yahoo Sports that cited an internal conference document . The document showed a replay official at the stadium believed he and officials working at the league’s review command center had been overruled by a Pac-12 executive on a targeting call against Washington State linebacker Logan Tago on Sept. 21 at USC.

“We mixed administrative oversight and leadership with real-time replay-review calls, made by experts, on the field, in the stadium and in the command center,” Scott said at Pac-12 basketball media day in San Francisco. “Moreover, we’ve allowed for ambiguity about who’s got the final call and who makes the ultimate decisions in replay review.”

The report said the replay official at the game and the command center agreed that, in addition to the roughing the passer foul that was called on the field, a targeting penalty should also be enforced. That would have resulted in the ejection of Tago. The report said a “third party” did not agree and the targeting call was removed.

Scott acknowledged the third party was Woodie Dixon, the Pac-12’s general counsel and senior vice president of business affairs who also oversees football. Dixon and director of officials David Coleman oversee the command center though they are not necessarily there during games; Dixon often attends games on Saturdays.

 

Nebraska’s Frost took step to stop migration to Oregon St.

First-year Nebraska coach Scott Frost said Thursday the transfers of three of his former players to Oregon State raised his suspicions, though he stopped short of leveling a tampering charge against the Beavers.

Linebacker Avery Roberts, quarterback Tristan Gebbia and receiver Tyjon Lindsey all transferred from Nebraska to Oregon State in the last two months. It was part of the reason Frost listed Oregon State as one of the schools Greg Bell couldn’t transfer to as a condition of granting the running back’s scholarship release last week.

The Cornhuskers’ previous staff has deep ties to Oregon State, and former Huskers assistant Trent Bray returned there to coach linebackers this season. Former director of football operations Dan Van De Riet has gone back to Oregon State in the same role. Mike Riley, the coach Frost replaced, was a longtime Oregon State head coach who now is a consultant for the Beavers.

“There’s no doubt in my mind those kids were probably in touch with some people they formerly knew that were here,” Frost said Thursday.

It’s against NCAA rules for representatives of a school to contact a player from another school about transferring. Frost’s decision on Bell was made 10 days before NCAA transfer rules change. Starting Oct. 15, athletes will no longer have to ask for permission to transfer from their current schools and schools cannot block transfers.

“If someone is contacting our kids while they’re still our kids and trying to get them to transfer, I’m not going to be a big fan of that continuing to happen,” Frost said. “And I’m not saying it did happen.”

 

Matthews scores 2 and helps Maple Leafs beat Red Wings 5-3

 Auston Matthews heard the short list of NHL greats he joined by scoring nine times in the first five games of the season.

Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Marleau, Mario Lemieux and Mike Bossy are the only other players in league history to pull off the feat.

“Nice,” Matthews said after scoring twice for a league-leading nine goals to help Toronto beat Detroit 5-3 Thursday night.

Matthews is the third player in franchise history to score in the first five games of a season.

“He had a fast start last year, too, unfortunately he got injured,” Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. “He’s a big man. He’s really worked hard on his body. He’s worked hard on his skating and all parts of his game. With and without the puck, he’s better.”

Morgan Rielly had a goal and an assist, giving him 12 points to surpass Bobby Orr’s strong start during the 1973-74 season. Among defensemen, Rielly trails only Harry Cameron, who had 15 points in the Toronto Arenas’ first five games of the 1917-18 season.

“I’m not going to address personal stuff,” Rielly said. “I think it’s more important to move on.”

Nick Jensen gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead midway through the first period and scored a second goal midway through the third to pull them within a goal.

“It’s never as sweet when you get the goals but you don’t get the win,” he said.

 

Burgoon has 1st-round lead at CIMB Classic, Thomas 3 behind

Justin Thomas birdied four of his last five holes for a 6-under 66 and was three strokes behind first-round leader and fellow American Bronson Burgoon at the CIMB Classic on Thursday.

Burgoon’s 63 on the par-72 TPC Kuala Lumpur West Course gave him a one-stroke lead over Austin Cook. Two other Americans, Scott Piercy and Billy Horschel, and Taiwan’s C.T. Pan were another stroke back after 65s.

Thomas was in an eight-way tie for sixth, including 2012 champion Nick Watney, Kevin Chappell and Paul Casey.

“You have to play well here every day or at least get a round like today … it’s what could end up winning me this golf tournament,” Thomas said.

“Not having my best stuff and getting around here in 6-under is huge. I just didn’t take advantage of a couple opportunities and let a couple go, but kind of found something there those last five holes and was able to at least make a good round.”

Burgoon, ranked 162nd, had eight birdies and an eagle. His only bogey came on the par-4 13th.

“I drove it well and I putted pretty good, so it was kind of boring golf, but that’s always a good thing,” Burgoon said. “I chipped in for eagle out of the bunker on my ninth hole, which kind of boosted me, then I kept going.”

Burgoon’s best result last season was tied for second at the John Deere Classic. He finished tied for 53rd at the Safeway Open last week.

 

Hataoka fires 7-under 65 to lead in South Korea

Nasa Hataoka of Japan fired a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the KEB Hana Bank Championship on Thursday.

Danielle Kang and Charley Hull were two shots back on a chilly, windy, damp day at the Sky 72 Ocean Course.

Sung Hyun Park, the U.S. LPGA Tour’s top-ranked player, was among a handful of players three shots back.

Park could have been closer but took a double-bogey 5 on the par-3 17th.

Hataoka was matter-of-fact about the tough conditions.

“As a professional golfer, I believe that we need to be able to play solid and under any condition, including very strong winds,” she said.

She had eight birdies through 16 holes to reach 8 under, but then dropped a shot at 17.

The 19-year-old Hataoka was ranked in triple digits just a year ago but has climbed to No. 14 in the LPGA rankings – the top Japanese.

She won her first LPGA title in June at the NW Arkansas Championship in her second season on the tour, and is aiming to represent Japan in the Tokyo Olympics.

“This season, a lot of different elements are coming together for me so that I can play a stronger game,” she explained. “For instance, my shots are more solid and my putting has improved greatly.”

 

TOP 25 GAME NOTES

#22 SOUTH FLORIDA AT TULSA

  • USF leads Tulsa 2-0 all-time in this series, winning one-score games in both 2014 and 2017. USF jumped out to a 21-7 first-quarter lead last season before reaching the red zone just one time during the next three quarters of play.
  • USF ran for 365 yards last week against UMass, the most rushing yards by a Group of 5 team in a road game this season. That was the Bulls’ third road game since last season with 350+ yards on the ground. Army is the only team in the FBS with more such games (four).
  • Blake Barnett has thrown for 1313 yards through five games, the most by a USF quarterback through five team games since Marquel Blackwell in 2001 (1329). There are four quarterbacks in the FBS averaging 260+ yards passing with at least four rushing touchdowns this year: Kyler Murray, McKenzie Milton, D’Eriq King and Barnett.
  • Jordan Cronkrite ran for 302 yards against UMass last week, the second 300-yard rushing performance in the FBS this season (Arizona State’s Eno Benjamin, 312 vs. Oregon State). This was the first 300-yard game by an AAC rusher since the conference was formed in 2013.
  • Tulsa is the only team in the FBS to have two players with at least 90 rushes this season (Corey Taylor II and Shamari Brooks). The team is averaging 206.8 yards per game on the ground; of the 41 teams in the FBS averaging 200+ yards rushing, Tulsa ranks last in yards per carry (3.9).

 

TENNEESEE AT #21 AUBURN

  • Auburn holds a 28-21-3 all-time series lead over Tennessee and has won each of the last six meetings. The last time these teams played in 2013, Nick Marshall and Tre Mason combined for 331 rushing yards and five scores on the ground en route to a 55-23 Tigers victory.
  • Before the bye week, Tennessee held No. 2 Georgia to 190 passing yards, the lowest total Georgia has had in a game this season. After allowing Will Grier and WVU to throw for 429 yards in the first game of the season, the Volunteers have allowed just 121.0 yards per game through the air since.
  • Jarrett Guarantano threw for two touchdowns against No. 2 Georgia, his first career game with multiple touchdowns and no interceptions. He has eight passing TDs since 2017; all active SEC passers with at least as many pass attempts since last season have more than twice as many touchdown passes.
  • Auburn has failed to rush for 100 yards in each of its last three games. Before this stretch, no Auburn team in the Gus Malzahn era had ever failed to reach 100 rushing yards even in back-to-back games.
  • JaTarvious Whitlow’s 414 rushing yards this season are already the most by an Auburn freshman since Michael Dyer ran for 1093 yards in 2010. He is the only freshman in the SEC leading his team in rushing.

  

MINNESOTA AT #3 OHIO STATE

  • Ohio State leads Minnesota 44-7 all-time in this series and has won 26 of the last 27 matchups. In the last meeting (2015), the Gophers were held to 33 rushing yards – they have had more in every game since. The Gophers threw for 281 yards that day – they’ve thrown for more yards in just two games since.
  • Bryce Williams and Mohamed Ibrahim, two freshmen for the Golden Gophers, have combined for 127 carries and 569 rushing yards this season. Overall, 70.5 percent (146/207) of Minnesota’s carries have gone to freshmen this season – that is the highest mark in the country.
  • Ohio State threw for 455 yards against Indiana last week. The Buckeyes topped that mark once last season (474 vs. UNLV). Aside from that game, OSU had not had more passing yards in a game since 1997, when they threw for 459 against No. 2 Penn State.
  • Dwayne Haskins leads the FBS with 25 touchdown passes this season. He and J.T. Barrett IV (2014) are the only Big Ten quarterbacks in the last 10 years to reach even 20 passing touchdowns through six team games in a season — Barrett had 20.
  • In his last three games, Parris Campbell has 24 catches for 349 yards and four touchdowns. The last Ohio State receiver to reach all of these totals in a three-game span was David Boston in 1998, who in the last three games of his college career caught 26 balls for 485 yards and four touchdowns.

  

#14 FLORIDA AT VANDERBILT

  • Florida leads the all-time series over Vanderbilt 39-10-2, and has won 26 of the last 27 meetings. Florida has gone into halftime against Vanderbilt tied or trailing in two of the past three meetings, however. In the past four seasons, Florida has run for 11 touchdowns and thrown for none against the Commodores.
  • Florida has beaten ranked opponents in consecutive games for the first time since the 2008 Tim Tebow-led Gators closed out their season with three straight wins over No. 23 Florida State, No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Oklahoma.
  • Lamical Perine ran for two scores against No. 5 LSU last week, his third career multi-touchdown game. His first two came in back-to-back weeks last season against Vanderbilt and LSU. Of his 13 career touchdowns, 11 have come in SEC games.
  • Through six games, Vanderbilt has outscored its opponents 151-144. That is the Commodores’ best point differential through as many games since 2013, when they ended the season 9-4 (their last .500+ season).
  • Ke’Shawn Vaughn led all rushers with 79 yards on nine carries in Vanderbilt’s loss to No. 2 Georgia last week. He has averaged 7.0 yards per carry against ranked opponents this season, the second-best mark by an SEC rusher (Rakeem Boyd, Ark. — 7.3; min. 15 carries).

 

 PITTSBURGH AT #5 NOTRE DAME

  • Notre Dame leads Pitt 48-21-1 all-time in this series, first played in 1909. DeShone Kizer threw five touchdowns and ran for another score the last time these teams met in 2015. Notre Dame won a triple-overtime thriller, 29-26, the last time the game was played at Notre Dame in 2012.
  • Pitt seniors Qadree Ollison and Darrin Hall have combined for 910 rushing yards. Seniors have accounted for 925 of 1223 rushing yards for Pitt this season (75.6 percent); Purdue (81.9) and Stanford (78.8) are the only Power 5 teams with a higher percentage of their rushing yards from seniors.
  • In each of Notre Dame’s three games since Ian Book took over, the Fighting Irish have had at least 270 passing yards after reaching that total in just one game last season. The last time Notre Dame did this in more straight games was in 2014 (five straight).
  • Miles Boykin has 19 catches for 261 yards and three touchdowns in his last two games. The last Notre Dame receiver to reach all of these totals in a two-game span was Michael Floyd, who caught 20 passes for 261 yards and five touchdowns from October 16-30, 2010.
  • Ian Book’s 73.3 completion percentage ranks third in the FBS (min. 100 attempts) behind Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa (75.2) and Colorado’s Steven Montez (75.2). Book has nine TD passes and one INT; only five quarterbacks in the FBS have better TD/INT ratios (min. 100 attempts).

 

 #2 GEORGIA AT #13 LSU

  • Georgia and LSU are meeting for the first time since 2013 (44-41 Georgia win), and the first time in Baton Rouge since 2008 (52-38 Georgia win). The Tigers lead the all-time series, 16-13-1, and are one of just two teams to have faced Georgia 15 or more times and have a winning record (Alabama, 39-25-4).
  • Georgia had season highs of 560 total yards and 341 passing yards in last week’s 41-13 home win over Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs have scored at least 35 points in each of their first six games for the first time in school history.
  • Jake Fromm has an 18-2 (.900) record as a starting quarterback, second best among active FBS players with at least 15 starts (Jalen Hurts, Alabama — 26-2). Georgia is 15-0 when Fromm starts and throws 25 or fewer passes.
  • LSU has lost six of its last seven games versus AP Top 5 opponents, winning only against No. 3 Ole Miss in 2014 (10-7). The Tigers haven’t beaten a team ranked as high as No. 2 since a 9-6 overtime victory at No. 2 Alabama in 2011.
  • Joe Burrow had thrown 197 career passes without an interception before getting intercepted twice in the fourth quarter of last week’s 27-19 loss at Florida. Burrow’s 53.9 percent completion percentage for the year is the second lowest among SEC QBs (minimum 15 Att/Team G; Nick Fitzgerald, MissSt — 49.6).

  

#10 CENTRAL FLORIDA AT MEMPHIS

  • UCF and Memphis will meet for the 13th time. UCF has won each of the last 11 meetings dating back to 2005, including last season’s AAC Championship Game, a double-overtime thriller that featured 1479 total yards between the two teams, the fourth most of any FBS game in the last 20 seasons.
  • UCF defeated SMU, 48-20, to extend its longest active win streak to 18 games. The Knights are averaging 48.6 points per game (6th in FBS) and allowing just 17.4 points per game (19th in FBS), joining Alabama, Appalachian State, Clemson and Georgia as the only teams to rank in the top 20 in both scoring offense and scoring defense.
  • McKenzie Milton threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns in the win over SMU, his 19th straight game with a passing touchdown. That marks the third-longest streak by a UCF QB since the school joined the FBS in 1996, behind only Ryan Schneider (28 games) and Daunte Culpepper (22 games).
  • Memphis routed UConn, 55-14, behind 41 points in the first half. The Tigers are averaging 3.55 points per drive in regulation, the fourth most in the nation; only Alabama (3.97), Oklahoma (3.91) and UCF (3.75) are averaging more.
  • Darrell Henderson tallied 174 yards and three touchdowns against UConn. Through six games, Henderson has 934 rushing yards, the most by a Memphis rusher through six team games since DeAngelo Williams in 2005 (1083), and 12 rushing touchdowns, the most by a Tiger since Williams in 2004 (12).

 

 #7 WASHINGTON AT #17 OREGON

  • Washington and Oregon will meet for the 111th time in program history, but just the fourth time when both teams are ranked in the top 20 (1990, 1995 and 2013). The Huskies look to win three in a row against Oregon for the first time since winning five straight from 1989 to 1993.
  • Washington beat UCLA, 31-24, its first victory over the Bruins in Pasadena since 1995. The Huskies had the ball for 38:09, their longest time of possession since the 2016 Pac-12 Championship Game vs. Colorado (38:34).
  • Myles Gaskin rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns in the win over UCLA, his eighth career game with 100+ yards and two or more scores. That’s the second-most such games by any Washington player in the last 20 seasons, behind only Bishop Sankey (nine).
  • Oregon is coming off a bye week after defeating Cal on September 29, 42-24, for its first ranked win since beating No. 11 Utah in November 2016. The Ducks are seeking to beat ranked opponents in back-to-back games for the first time since beating No. 7 Stanford and No. 22 USC in November 2015.
  • Freshman running backs Travis Dye (115 yards) and CJ Verdell (106 yards) combined for 221 rushing yards in the Ducks’ win over Cal, becoming the first duo of freshmen in program history to each rush for 100 yards in the same game.

  

MICHIGAN STATE AT #8 PENN STATE

  • Michigan State and Penn State will meet for the 33rd time. The Spartans lead the all-time series, 16-15-1, and have won four of the last five, but Penn State holds a 14-8 advantage since joining the Big Ten in 1993.
  • Michigan State lost, 29-19, to Northwestern last week despite outgaining the Wildcats, 425-381. Since the start of 2016, the Spartans have lost seven games in which they’ve outgained their opponents, the fifth-most losses in that span (Miami Ohio, 10; Arkansas State, 8; Missouri, 8; Southern Miss, 8).
  • Brian Lewerke has thrown an interception in each of the Spartans’ five games this season, the longest streak by a Spartan quarterback since Drew Stanton threw a pick in five straight in 2006.
  • Penn State had a bye week coming off of its 27-26 loss to Ohio State. Since 2016, Penn State is 3-5 in games decided by three points or fewer; only Eastern Michigan and Western Kentucky have more such losses in that span (six each).
  • Trace McSorley passed for 286 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 175 yards in the loss to Ohio State, his first career 100-yard rushing game. He’s the first Penn State quarterback to throw for 250 yards and rush for another 100 yards since Zack Mills did so in October 2001 — also against OSU.

 

#22 TEXAS A&M AT SOUTH CAROLINA

  • Texas A&M travels to face South Carolina for the fifth time in a series that began in 2014. Texas A&M has beaten the Gamecocks in all four previous meetings, its second-longest active streak against an SEC opponent; the Ags have not lost to Arkansas in their seven meetings since joining the SEC.
  • The Aggies defeated No. 13 Kentucky, 20-14, in overtime last week, their first win over a ranked opponent since beating No. 9 Tennessee on October 8, 2016. Texas A&M held Kentucky to just eight first downs on the afternoon, the fewest it had allowed since September 29, 2007, against Baylor (seven).
  • Trayveon Williams tallied 138 rushing yards and a touchdown in the win, his fourth 100-yard game this season; only Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor has more (five). With 100 yards and a touchdown against the Gamecocks, Williams would become the first Aggie since Johnny Manziel in 2012 to reach those marks in three straight games.
  • South Carolina defeated Missouri, 37-35, despite being outrushed, 286-128. That -158 rushing yard differential was the Gamecocks’ largest deficit in a win since the 2014 Capital One Bowl against Wisconsin (-176).
  • Bryan Edwards caught seven passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns against Missouri, giving him five receiving touchdowns through five games this season. He’s the first Gamecock receiver to catch five or more touchdowns through five team games in a season since Kenny McKinley in 2007.

 

 BAYLOR AT #9 TEXAS

  • Baylor and Texas will meet for the 108th time, with Texas holding a 77-26-4 advantage in the all-time series. This will be the fourth time in six meetings that either team is ranked in the top 10, the first time that has happened since a top-10 Texas squad took on unranked Baylor five times in the six meetings from 2004-09.
  • Baylor held on at home to beat Kansas State, 37-34, on a field goal with eight seconds left. The 12-play, 76-yard drive to set up the game-winning field goal marked the Bears’ first game-winning drive ending in the final minute since an 18-play, 83-yard drive set up a 19-yard field goal to beat Iowa State in 2016.
  • Jalen Hurd caught 11 passes for 135 yards in the win over Kansas State, his second straight 100-yard game. He has 42 catches through the first six games of his Baylor career, the most by any Bears player through six games of a season since Terrance Williams had 47 in 2012.
  • Texas defeated Oklahoma, 48-45, in the highest-scoring edition of the Red River Rivalry. The Longhorns are 5-1, their best start since starting 6-0 in their run to the national title game in 2009, and are ranked in the top 10 for the first time since September 2010.
  • Sam Ehlinger threw for 314 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another 72 yards and three touchdowns. He’s the first Texas player to account for five touchdowns in a game since Tyrone Swoopes did so against Kansas in 2015, and the first to do so against a ranked opponent since Vince Young in October 2005 against No. 24 Colorado.

 

MISSOURI AT #1 ALABAMA

  • Alabama and Missouri will be meeting for the sixth time (the Crimson Tide lead 3-2), but the first time in Tuscaloosa. Missouri will be looking for its first-ever win against a team ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll (0-14 all-time).
  • Missouri has held its opponent to under 200 rushing yards in each of its last 12 games, going 9-3 over that span. Only Clemson (20) and Fresno State (17) have longer active streaks in the FBS.
  • Drew Lock has thrown for at least 200 yards in each of his last 15 games, the second-longest active streak in the FBS behind UCF’s McKenzie Milton (16).
  • Alabama has scored 45+ points in all six games thus far, tied for the third-longest streak to start a season by any FBS team since 1980. Oregon (2013) and Baylor (2015) had seven-game streaks to start a season, while Hawaii also did so in six straight to open the 2007 campaign.
  • Tua Tagovailoa has thrown at least two touchdown passes with no interceptions in all six games, the second-longest streak to start a season by any FBS QB in the last 20 years. He trails only Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, who had a seven-game streak to open his 2014 Heisman season.

  

#6 WEST VIRGINIA AT IOWA STATE

  • WVU leads the all-time series with Iowa State, 5-1. The Cyclones are 4-2 in their last six games against AP Top 25 opponents after losing 20 straight against ranked foes prior to that.
  • West Virginia is one of six FBS teams to score at least 35 points in every game this season, along with Alabama, Appalachian State, Georgia, Houston and UCF. This is the first time in school history the Mountaineers have scored 35+ points in each of the first five games of a season.
  • Will Grier is the second QB in Big 12 history to throw for 300+ yards and 3+ touchdowns in five straight games to start a season, along with Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell in 2007 (seven straight).
  • Iowa State won at No. 25 Oklahoma State last week and has now won its last three road games against AP Top 25 opponents. That’s the fourth-longest active streak in the FBS behind Ohio State (7), Oklahoma (7) and Clemson (4).
  • Brock Purdy finished with 318 passing yards and 84 rushing yards last week despite not starting the game. He was the first FBS QB to come off the bench and have 300+ passing yards and 75+ rushing yards since Arizona’s Brandon Dawkins did so against Arizona State on November 21, 2015.

  

#16 MIAMI FL AT VIRGINIA

  • Miami (FL) leads the all-time series with Virginia, 9-6, and has won three straight. A win on Saturday would give the Hurricanes the longest winning streak by either team in series history.
  • Miami came back from 20 points down to defeat Florida State last week, 28-27. It was the Hurricanes’ biggest comeback win since they rallied from 23 down to beat Florida on September 6, 2003.
  • Lawrence Cager has just 12 receptions this year, but six of them have gone for touchdowns. He’s the only player in the FBS who has had at least half of his receptions go for touchdowns this year (minimum 10 total receptions).
  • The Cavaliers may need to do a better job of protecting the ball if they want to beat Miami. They have had at least one turnover in each of their last 14 games, the second-longest active streak in the FBS behind South Alabama (15).
  • Olamide Zaccheaus has had five 70+ yard TD receptions in his career, tied with Oklahoma’s Marquise Brown and Baylor’s Chris Platt for the most of any active FBS player.

  

#15 WISCONSIN AT #12 MICHIGAN

  • A series that was long dominated by Michigan has shifted lately in favor of Wisconsin. Wisconsin went 3-29 against Michigan over the 40-season stretch from 1965-2004, but the Badgers have gone 5-3 against the Wolverines since then.
  • Last week’s 221-yard game for Jonathan Taylor was his fifth 200-yard rushing game in just 19 career contests. Since 2000, the only other FBS players to have at least five 200-yard rushing games within the first 20 games of their careers are North Texas’ Jamario Thomas and Northern Illinois’ Garrett Wolfe.
  • Badger QB Alex Hornibrook has won his last 10 true road starts. In the past 10 years, only two Power 5 QBs have won 11 or more consecutive road starts: Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield won 14 in a row from 2015-17, while Alabama’s AJ McCarron won 12 straight from 2011-13.
  • Don’t expect a big day from Hornibrook against the Michigan defense, however — the Wolverines have held their last 37 opponents to under 300 passing yards, the longest active streak in the FBS.
  • Zach Gentry caught seven passes for 112 yards in last week’s win over Maryland, the most receiving yards by a Michigan tight end in a game since Jerame Tuman had 126 against Colorado on September 13, 1997.

 

 #19 COLORADO AT USC

  • USC is a perfect 12-0 all-time against Colorado. It is the only series between current Pac-12 opponents in which one team has never beaten the other.
  • Steven Montez is the first Pac-12 QB to have a completion percentage of 75.0 percent or higher through his team’s first five games of a season (minimum 100 attempts) since Cal’s Aaron Rodgers in 2004 (75.2).
  • Laviska Shenault Jr. has had at least 10 catches for 100 yards in four of his five games this year. He’s the fourth Power 5 player since 2000 to do that in four of his first five games of a season, along with Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree (2007), West Virginia’s Tavon Austin (2012) and Cal’s Chad Hansen (2016).
  • The Trojans have won 18 straight home games, the longest streak by a Pac-12 team since Oregon won 21 in a row from 2008-11.
  • USC is the only FBS team that has both a true freshman leading the team in passing yards (JT Daniels) and a true freshman leading the team in receiving yards (Amon-Ra St. Brown) this season.

 

SPORTS EXTRA

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

1853 – John Morrissey wins boxing title, when Yankee Sullivan leaves ring after 36th round to slug Morrissey’s fans.

1907 – Chicago Cubs beat Detroit Tigers four games to 0 with one tie in fourth World Series.

1916 – Boston Red Sox beat Brooklyn Dodgers, four games to one in 13th World Series.

1920 – Cleveland Indians beat Brooklyn Dodgers, five games to two in 17th World Series.

1920 – Man O’ War’s last horse race and win.

1923 – New York Giants’ Casey Stengel’s home run beats New York Yankees 1-0 in the World Series (#20).

1948 – Casey Stengel takes over as New York Yankees’ manager.

1967 – Saint Louis Cardinals beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3 in 64th World Series as Lou Brock steals a record 7 bases in one World Series.

1968 – (to October 27) The Games of the XIX Olympiad are held in Mexico City, Mexico.

1968 – Norma Enriqueta Basilio Satelo lights Olympic flame.

1972 – Goalie Billy Harris fails in first New York Islanders’ penalty shot.

1974 – First time Washington Capitals are shut out as they are beat 6-0 by Minnesota North Stars.

1977 – “Throwaway Game” Catfish Hunter loses World Series 6-1 resting New York Yankees’ pitchers.

1982 – Milwaukee Brewers’ Paul Molitor gets World Series record five hits (World Series #79).

1986 – California Angels, within one pitch of pennant victory lose to Boston Red Sox.

1987 – Minnesota Twins beat Detroit Tigers for American League pennant.

1989 – Herschel Walker is traded from Dallas Cowboys to Minnesota Vikings for 12 players.

2003 – Michael Schumacher wins the 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship in Suzuka, Japan, beating Kimi Räikkönen to the title.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1907      At Detroit’s Bennett Park, right-hander Mordecai ‘Three Finger’ Brown throws a 2-0 shutout, beating the Tigers to capture the World Championship for the Cubs. Although Game 1 ended in a 3-3, 12-inning tie, Chicago becomes the first club to sweep a Fall Classic when the team wins the next four games.

1916      In front of record crowd of 43,620 fans at Braves Field, Red Sox right-hander Ernie Shore three-hits the Robins in Game 5 of the World Series, 4-1, to capture the team’s fourth World Championship in the 13-year history of the Fall Classic. Boston, as it did last season, plays its Fall Classic home games in their crosstown National League rival’s larger ballpark, which allows more fans to attend the game than if the contest had held at Fenway Park.

1920      At Cleveland’s League Park, the Indians’ hurler Stan Coveleski blanks the Robins, 3-0, to win the 1920 World Series. The Tribe, en route to the franchise’s first World Championship, wins the best of nine series five games to 2.

1923      In front of the largest crowd in baseball history, 62,430 fans are on hand to see Casey Stengel hit his second home run of the World Series. The round-tripper proves to be the difference when Giants hurler Art Nerf outduels Yankees’ starter Sam Jones in Game 3 of the Fall Classic, 1-0.

1929      The A’s, trailing 8-0 during Game 4 of the World Series, erupt for ten runs in the seventh inning off three Cub pitchers en route to a 10-8 victory. Chicago’s Hack Wilson becomes one of the goats of the game when he loses two balls in the sun in center field.

1948      The Yankees surprise their fans and a skeptical press when they name Casey Stengel to replace Bucky Harris as the team’s manager. In his previous stints as the skipper with the National League’s Braves and Dodgers, the ‘Old Perfesser’ had never finished higher than fifth place.

1949      Vin Scully, working his first broadcast ever, does the play-by-play when Maryland defeats Boston University at Fenway Park, 14-13. The football assignment marks the start of a 67-year career in the broadcast booth for the Hall of Fame baseball announcer, who becomes the iconic voice of the Dodgers.

1954      Although a group comes forward to keep the team in Philadelphia, the American League owners approve the sale of the A’s to Arnold Johnson, a Chicago businessman, who will shift the team to Kansas City next season. The last-minute deal to keep the franchise in the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ includes Charlie Finley, who will eventually buy the team after it goes to KC, moving it to Oakland in 1968.

1958      Willie Mays makes his first appearance in New York since the Giants moved to San Francisco when his barnstorming NL All-Stars beat Mickey Mantle’s American League All-Stars, 6-2. Before the game, the ‘Say Hey Kid,’ who thrills the Yankee Stadium crowd of 21,129 with a 4-for-5 day at the plate, bests ‘The Mick’ in a home run hitting contest, 2-1.

1963      At the last game featuring major-leaguers played at the historic Polo Grounds, the Latin stars from the National League beat their AL peers, 5-2, in the first and only Hispanic Major League All-Star Game. The postseason exhibition, in which Twins first baseman Vic Power, a native of Puerto Rico, is honored as the number-one Latin American player during a pregame ceremony, includes future Hall of Famers Luis Aparicio, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, and Juan Marichal.

1965      Larry Bowa, who did not make the baseball team during his first three years in high school, is signed by Philadelphia as an amateur free agent. The persistent infielder, who made the C. K. McClatchy squad as a senior, will be given the Phillies’ starting shortstop position in 1970 by Phillies’ skipper Frank Lucchesi, who likes the 24 year-old’s fiery personality.

1967      Lou Brock becomes the third player in major league history to accomplish a trio of thefts in a World Series contest. The three stolen bases during the Cardinals’ 7-2 victory over Boston in Game 7 gives the speedy St. Louis left fielder a total of seven for the series, establishing a new Fall Classic mark.

1967      Boston’s Impossible Dream comes to an end when Cardinals’ ace Bob Gibson throws a three-hitter, his third complete game in the Fall Classic, beating the Red Sox, 7-2. The team’s slogan for the season, based on the hit song from the musical “Man of La Mancha,” became popular as the ninth-place team from last year won the AL flag on the last day of the campaign in a pennant race involving four teams and came up one game short from being the World Champions.

1969      Al Weis’s timely ninth-inning hit, combined with the two-hitter tossed by Jerry Koosman and Ron Taylor, enable the Mets to even the Fall Classic with the Orioles at one game apiece. New York will win the next three games, all played at Shea Stadium, to finish their amazing season with a World Championship.

1972      After clinching the pennant with a 2-1 victory in Game 5 of the ALCS, Blue Moon Odom and Vida Blue give new meaning to the term the Swingin’ A’s when the starting pitcher and the game’s closer begin to brawl in the clubhouse. Odom, who left after five innings having allowed a run on two hits, takes exception to the universal choke sign made by Vida Blue, when the reliever used the gesture to answer his own question, “How come you starters can’t finish what you begin.”

1972      In Game 5 of the ALCS, the A’s clinch their first American League pennant since 1931 by beating Detroit at Tiger Stadium, 2-1. Oakland’s Blue Moon Odom goes the first five innings, giving up one run on two hits, and the ill starter is then replaced by Vida Blue, who shuts down the opponents the rest of the way for a four-inning save.

1982      In Game 1, Brewers’ leadoff batter Paul Molitor becomes the first player to collect five hits in a World Series game. The third baseman’s 5-for-6 Fall Classic performance helps Milwaukee rout the Cardinals, 10-0, the largest shutout margin since the Yankees blanked the Bucs 12-0 in 1960.

1983      At Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, the Orioles even the series at a game apiece as they defeat the Phillies, 4-1. In a battle between rookie pitchers, Mike Boddicker throws a three-hitter, besting Charles Hudson as John Lowenstein paces the Birds’ offense with three hits, including a fifth-inning home run.

1986      At Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, the Orioles even the series at a game apiece as they defeat the Phillies, 4-1. In a battle between rookie pitchers, Mike Boddicker throws a three-hitter, besting Charles Hudson as John Lowenstein paces the Birds’ offense with three hits, including a fifth-inning home run.

1986      The Angels are one strike away from playing in the World Series, when Dave Henderson, who had earlier watched Bobby Grich’s fly ball bounce over the center field fence off the heel of his glove giving California the lead, hits a two-run homer off of Donnie Moore to put the Red Sox ahead, 6-5. California will tie the game in the bottom of the frame, but Boston will prevail, scoring the deciding run in the 11th inning on a Henderson sac fly.

2001      Tom Kelly retires as the Twins’ skipper. During his 15-season tenure, the longest among current managers, he won two World Series titles and compiled a record of 1140-1244 for the small market team.

2003      With his team having lost three consecutive playoff games and on the brink of elimination in the NLCS, Marlins starter Josh Beckett sends the series back to Chicago when he strikes out 11 Chicago batters and gives up just two hits en route to tossing a 4-0 shutout at Pro Player Stadium. Florida will complete their stunning comeback by winning the final two games at Wrigley Field, including the infamous Game 6 that will make Steve Bartman an instant villain in the Windy City.

2003      Thirty-five years after creating controversy with his rendition of the song, Jose Feliciano sings the Star-Spangled Banner at the Marlins’ NLCS game against the Cubs at Pro Player Stadium. The singer’s nontraditional gospelized version of the national anthem sung before the start of Game 5 of the 1968 World Series at Tiger Stadium caused such a flap that some radio stations stopped playing his records on the air.

2005      The White Sox’ 2-1 victory, tying the ALCS at one game apiece with the Angels, will be best remembered for Doug Eddings’s controversial call which appears to signal the third out of the ninth inning has been made, but A.J. Pierzynski takes first base as the home plate ump belatedly rules the catcher had trapped the swinging strike. Chicago will take advantage of the incident when pinch runner Pablo Ozuna steals second and scores the winning run on Joe Crede’s double.

2007      In a move commended by environmentalists, the Devil Rays, which had decided to phase out all free parking, will still extend its offer to all vehicles transporting four or more passengers. The decision exemplifies Tampa Bay’s continued approach to the greening of Tropicana Field and its team operations.

2009      The Phillies rally for three runs in the top of the ninth, beating the Rockies 5-4 in Game 4 of the division series to advance to the NLCS. For the second consecutive night at Coors Field, Huston Street, Colorado’s very reliable closer, gives up runs in the final frame and takes the loss.

2009      The Cubs file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Wilmington, Delaware. The anticipated short-term move will allow the club’s owner, the Tribune Company, to sell the team in an $845 million deal to the family of TD Ameritrade Holding Corp.’s founder, Joe Ricketts.

2010      The Rangers, behind the complete-game effort by Cliff Lee, beat Tampa Bay, 5-1, in the decisive Game 5 of the ALDS at Tropicana Field for the team’s first playoff series victory in franchise history, the last major league club to accomplish the task. Texas, who will take on the Yankees for the AL flag, lost their three previous playoff appearances with first-round losses to the Bronx Bombers in 1996 and 1998-99.

2012      Twice within a strike of reaching the NLCS, the Nationals suffer the worst collapse ever in a winner-take-all baseball postseason game when they are stunned by the visiting Cardinals. After his team takes a 6-0 advantage in the third inning and clings to a two-run lead with two outs in the ninth, Washington’s closer Drew Storen gives up four runs in the final frame, resulting in the eventual devastating 9-5 loss at Nationals Park.

2013      Anibal Sanchez becomes the second person in postseason history to strike out four batters in an inning when he whiffs Jacoby Ellsbury, Shane Victorino (who gets on base on a passed ball), David Ortiz, and Mike Napoli in the first frame of Detroit’s 1-0 ALCS victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The 29 year-old right-hander, who matches Cubs right-hander Orval Overall’s total in Game 5 of the 1908 Fall Classic, is also the first Tiger hurler to accomplish the feat in franchise history, including the regular season.

2013      For the first time in baseball history, two playoff games on the same day end with the score of 1-0. In Game One of the ALCS, the Tigers blank Boston at Fenway Park with the contest’s lone run scoring on Jhonny Peralta’s sac fly in the sixth, and Jon Jay’s fifth-inning sacrifice fly at Busch Stadium provides the only tally the Cardinals will need to take a 2-0 game advantage to Los Angeles in the NLCS.

2015      The Cubs homer six times en route to an 8-6 victory over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field in the Game 3 of the NLDS. Chicago’s sextet of round-trippers, that included long balls from Kris Bryant, Starlin Castro, Dexter Fowler, Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, and Jorge Soler, marks first time in postseason history that one team has recorded that many home runs in one game.

 

ON THIS DAY IN SPORTS-OCTOBER 12, 1963

DALLAS-Texas laid claim to the No. 1 ranking among the nation’s college football teams today by toppling Oklahoma, king of the hill the last two weeks, with a decisive 28‚7 victory in the Cotton Bowl. Texas was in the No. 2 spot behind the Sooners prior to the game. The Sooners had moved from third to first by whipping Southern California, then the front-runner.

The annual classic, which sends Longhorn and Sooner fans into a New Year’s Eve spirit, was played before a capacity crowd of 75,504. The sellout was the 18th in a row in the rivalry. The ground power of Coach Darrell Royal’s Texans nearly drove Oklahoma off the field at the start. Texas showed no mercy in rolling up 102 yards on the ground in the first period. With Duke Carlisle, Tommy Ford, Phil Harris, Tony King and others carrying the ball, Texas totaled 239 yards over land in the game.

Oklahoma, which dominated the top spot in the early 1950’s, bowed to the Longhorns for the sixth straight time. Royal, once an assistant to Coach Bud Wilkinson of Oklahoma, has lost only once to his former boss since taking over at Texas. That occurred during his first season at Texas, in 1957.

Royal’s forces were unstoppable today. Taking the opening kickoff, Texas moved to a score before Oklahoma even got its hands on the ball. The hero of that strong move was Carlisle, a powerful running quarterback, who disdained the pass for a fake in which he either kept the ball or pitched back. Five times on the opening drive of 68 yards in 13 plays, Carlisle kept and chose to run through big holes in the Oklahoma line. Twice he picked up 14 yards. He went 2 yards for the first touchdown on a fourth-and-goal situation. Tony Crosby kicked the first of his four conversions, and Texas was off and running.

The Longhorns held a 21‚0 lead late in the third period before the Sooners scored. Texas, a slight underdog, pushed around a defense that was supposed to have been hard to move. Carlisle picked up 83 yards and Ford 78 to lead the ground-gainers. Oklahoma’s big fullback, Jim Grisham, ran for 73.

“I didn’t feel safe until we led, 21‚7, and had the ball on our last touchdown drive,” Royal said later.

Darrell Royal’s Longhorns finished 11‚0 by defeating Navy and Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach in the Cotton Bowl, 28‚6. It was the first of Texas’s three national titles under his direction. Royal developed the wishbone offensive formation, still widely used in college football, in 1968.