Tag: Win

TCU Overcomes 31-Point Deficit To Win Alamo Bowl In Triple-Overtime (Video)

TCU Completes 31-Point Comeback In 3OT Alamo Bowl Win Over Oregon – Sports Illustrated

After trailing Oregon 31-0 at halftime of the Alamo Bowl, the TCU Horned Frogs staged an incredible rally, scoring 31 unanswered points of their own to match the largest comeback in bowl-game history, force overtime, and eventually go on to win a 47-41 thriller.

Trailing by three late in the fourth and looking to cap off an incredible second half performance, the Horned Frogs drove the field effectively but were stopped at Oregon’s five yard-line and forced to kick a field goal. The kick tied the game at 31, and more chaos ensued.

TCU’s Bram Kohlhausen found Emanuel Porter in the back of the end zone on the first drive of overtime, followed by an extra point for a 37-31 lead. The Ducks responded on the following drive, with Jeff Lockie finding Royce Freeman on a critical fourth-and-four for a first down. The play set up Freeman’s third rushing touchdown and tied the game.

Oregon received the ball next, but was unable to gain positive yardage on their first set of downs. Aidan Schneider kicked a 44-yard field goal for the 41-38 lead, positioning TCU to win it with a touchdown. Two incomplete passes and a big stop by the Ducks forced a 46-yard attempt by TCU’s Jaden Oberkrom to tie things at 41.

In the third overtime, TCU ran the ball successfully with Aaron Green on its first two plays and scored a touchdown on an option-style run by Kohlhausen along the right side of the field to take a 47-41 lead. But the Horned Frogs could not convert the two-point try that followed, leaving the door open for Oregon.

And that was where it ended, with the Ducks coming up incomplete on fourth-and-eight, following a muffed snap on third down by Lockie.

Kohlhausen, quarterbacking the Horned Frogs in place of suspended Trevone Boykin, completed 28 of 45 passes for 351 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for two scores and added 45 yards on the ground. Aaron Green led TCU with 101 rushing yards and a touchdown.

After a strong start, Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams was injured in the second quarter and replaced by Lockie, who completed 7 of 16 passes for 36 yards. Freeman carried 26 times for 130 yards and three scores for the Ducks.

The Horned Frogs at one point scored 37 unanswered points, and with the win completed the largest comeback in FBS play this season, surpassing Rutgers’ 25-point comeback win over Indiana. It was the first triple-overtime bowl game since Penn State’s 26-23 win over Florida State in the 2006 Orange Bowl.
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Gators Prove They Can Still Beat Mediocre Teams With 28-20 Win Over ECU In Otherwise Pointless Bowl Game

Florida Tops ECU In Birmingham Bowl – Bleacher Report

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In a game that meant very little in an afterthought of a bowl game, the Florida Gators played with a passion they’d not showed since the Georgia game.

The result was a resounding 28-20 win over East Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl that was fueled by a great defense that has dominated much of the season, even in a frustrating 7-5 campaign.

With the game on the line and the Pirates driving for a chance to tie the game, Vernon Hargreaves III stepped in front of a Shane Carden pass and intercepted a ball in the end zone to preserve the win. Though the Gators’ D was on the field for 101 plays, they kept rising to the occasion.

UF forced three turnovers, returning an interception for a touchdown and turning away the ECU touchdown. They carried a sputtering offense that did very little once Treon Harris got hurt and turned the ball over three times in the second half.

Bring on the Jim McElwain era.

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GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Pound Democrats Nationwide; Win In Bluest Of Blue States

Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Run Away With Huge Election Wins In Blue States As GOP Solidifies Majority In Governors’ Mansions, Including Liberal Maryland, Illinois And Massachusetts – Daily Mail

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Republicans danced Tuesday night to the tune of a new U.S. Senate majority, but governor’s mansions will also be redder in 2015 than they were this year.

Stunning upsets in Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts – three of America’s more liberal-dominated states – left political consultants and commentators shaking their heads.

The strong GOP showing – they won at least six races in states with Democratic governors – will be seen as a repudiation of Barack Obama, who said in October that while he wouldn’t be on the ballot, his policies would be.

It also will cast doubt on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s ability to galvanize Democratic voters in states she would need to win in order to claim the presidency in 2016.

Clinton stumped for Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in October, carefully controlling events by limiting reporters’ access while playing to half-empty auditoriums.

Brown lost big to political newcomer Larry Hogan, known in real estate but not in Annapolis, in a 6-point upset that also brought first lady Michelle Obama out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to buck up Brown as his campaign flagged.

Maryland’s incumbent governor, Martin O’Malley, is also a potential 2016 presidential candidate. His stock fell Tuesday, too, as Democrats saw him surrendering the keys to the governor’s mansion to a Republican.

That sleeper race was one of Tuesday’s biggest shockers. Brown led in nine of the last 10 opinion polls covering the race, slipping behind just days before the election – and then only in a poll commissioned by Hogan’s campaign.

In June, Hogan faced a seemingly insurmountable 18-point deficit.

Five months later, he thanked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, for helping him seal the deal.

Christie, he told wildly cheering supporters, ‘was so excited that we had the biggest upset in the entire country, that he wanted to fly his helicopter down here to be with us tonight.’

He framed his victory as the ‘largest mandate for change in Maryland in 63 years.’

‘Tonight countless Democrats crossed over,’ he said, ‘and affirmed the wisdom of John F. Kennedy who said, “Sometimes party loyalty demands too much”.’

In Massachusetts, state Attorney General Martha Coakley crashed and burned at the hands of former state cabinet member Charlie Baker, who won in every county except those in the western part of the state plus Boston and the elite playground islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

Coakley earned the sobriquet ‘Martha Croakley’ after losing a special election in 2010 that was called to fill a U.S. Senate seat after the death of Ted Kennedy. That seat had been in Democrats’ hands for ages, but then-unknown Republican Scott Brown trounced her.

Brown appeared to have failed in a bid to return to the Senate in a New Hampshire race on Tuesday, in a race he lost by less than one-half of one percent. He has not, however, conceded the race.

That’s one thing he and Coakley have in common: On Tuesday night, trailing by one and one-half percentage points, she sent her supporters home and said she wouldn’t admit she had lost.

Baker trailed all summer in the polls but held a consistent if narrow lead through October.

Christie, the pugnacious Garden State loudmouth who may fancy himself a presidential contender in just a few short months, also stumped for Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who squeaked by Democratic former Gov. Charlie Crist by about 1 per cent of the votes cast.

President Obama, too, had a hard night at the polls as Americans saw evidence that his 39 per cent approval rating has rendered his coattails too short to grasp.

He personally campaigned for Democratic challenger Mary Burke in Wisconsin, only to see her fall to incumbent Gov. Scott Walker by a 7-point margin – in a state where every Democratic incumbent in the U.S House won another two-year term.

During an October 28 rally, cameras caught people leaving in droves as the president spoke.

In Obama’s adopted home state of Illinois, incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn lost by 5 points to Bruce Rauner. He, too, hadn’t conceded the race by the time Rauner delivered his victory speech.

‘There are a lot of votes still to be counted,’ Quinn said. ‘I don’t believe in throwing in the towel when there are that many votes still to be counted.’

But Rauner was romping, crediting his outreach to black pastors – a constituency that helped Obama launch his political career – with delivering crucial margins in nearly every county statewide.

‘Are you ready for a new direction? Are you ready to bring back Illinois?’ he asked a capacity crowd at his victory party.

‘This election is about bringing back our great state. This is a victory for our taxpayers who need to have a lower tax burden. This is a victory for our workers who deserve to have a booming economy.’

‘This victory is for our students, our children, who deserve the best schools in America. And this is a victory for our citizens who deserve a government without corruption.’

The win changes the political landscape in Illinois with an injection of Republicanism for the first time in a dozen years.

In Connecticut, Vermont and Colorado, incumbent Democratic governors held on in races that were too close to call.

Democrats’ only bight spot all night came in Pennsylvania, as Republican Gov. Tom Corbett lost his job to Democrat Tom Wolf.

Another closely watched race turned into a Republican landslide as Greg Abbott, the paraplegic state Attorney General, trounced state Sen. Wendy Davis by 20 points.

Davis is a freshly minted feminist icon known for filibustering an anti-abortion bill in pink sneakers.

Abbott had pulled away in recent days, enlarging a 6-point lead to an 18-point spread in the last two weeks – since Davis ran a controversial TV ad making a wheelchair the center of attention.

He won big on Tuesday, despite reports that his name never appeared on touch-screen voting machines in at least one polling place.

In her concession speech, Davis told her supporters to be disappointed, but not discouraged.

Accusations surfaced Tuesday afternoon that in the Lone Star State’s third-most populous county, Abbott’s name isn’t on at least one touch-screen ballot machine. Instead, an Instagram photo of a Bexar County machine shows, the Republican slot is taken by David Dewhurst, the 2012 failed GOP candidate for lieutenant governor.

Logan Churchwell, communications director at the conservative True the Vote organization, told MailOnline that his group had confirmed Bexar County has received ‘additional complaints’ and that ‘they are currently investigating how widespread the matter is.’

‘I think it’s a photoshopped deal but we are checking,’ Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen told the San Antonio Express-News.

The image, which shows clunky block-like sections of the video template out of place, could reflect a ham-fisted Photoshop attempt, a Republican campaign consultant in Washington told MailOnline.

‘Or,’ he said, ‘it could be that the voting machine’s software is messed up. If it’s pulling in candidates from two years ago, who knows what else is wrong in those computers?’

The campaign operative insisted, though, that Abbott would win Tuesday.

‘Not even the Democratic Party could buy enough votes or stuff enough ballot boxes to save Wendy Davis at this point,’ he said.

WOAI reporter Jocelyn Tovar posted the Instagram photo after she interviewed the woman who snapped it. It’s unclear how that voter could have edited the image so fast, and without leaving the polling place.

‘I don’t have time for that,’ the woman told her. Tovar posted a second photo on Twitter, showing the same kind of digital goof.

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Tea Party Candidates Win U.S. House, Senate Primaries (Videos)

Tea Party-Backed Candidate Sasse Wins GOP Senate Primary In Nebraska – Fox News

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Tea Party favorite Ben Sasse won the Republican nomination for an open Senate seat in Nebraska Tuesday night, after a heated and costly primary battle that drew heavy national attention.

Sasse, a university president, was able to hold off former state treasurer Shane Osborn and dark horse candidate Sid Dinsdale, who had begun to surge in recent weeks. Sasse grabbed 49 percent of the vote with Dinsdale finishing second and Osborn finishing third, according to preliminary returns.

“We were never doing this because we need another job,” Sasse told supporters Tuesday night. “We were only going to do this if we were going to talk about big, bold conservative ideas.”

The win makes Sasse a huge favorite in November’s general election, where he’ll face Democrat Dave Domina, an Omaha attorney. The winner will replace Republican Mike Johanns, who didn’t seek a second term.

Sasse, the president of Midland University, had steadily gained the backing of some of the most influential conservative groups and figures. His victory is a huge win for the Tea Party, as the movement has struggled to gain traction this year in the primaries.

Osborn had the backing of allies of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and ran an aggressive campaign. Further scrambling the race, Pinnacle Bank President Dinsdale had sought to capitalize on the Sasse-Osborn fight and had climbed in the polls.

In recent weeks, big names gravitated to Sasse’s side, including Sarah Palin and Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. Sasse also has the backing of the Club for Growth, the Tea Party Patriots, the Senate Conservatives Fund and FreedomWorks.

“Ben Sasse won this race because he never stopped fighting for conservative principles,” said Matt Hoskins, executive director of the Senate Conservatives Fund, which spent more than $1.2 million to help Sasse.

Cruz said Sasse’s win “is a clear indication that the grassroots are rising up to make D.C. listen.”

Sasse focused on his conservative credentials, opposition to abortion, support for gun rights and goal of repealing and replacing the health care law.

In one 30-second ad, Sasse’s two young daughters, Alex and Corrie, talked about how much their dad opposed the Affordable Care Act. “He wants to destroy it,” said one daughter. “He despises it,” said the other.

However, Sasse advised former Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt’s firm as the group reached out to businesses and organizations in 2010 to explain and implement the new law. Osborn recently began running a 30-second TV ad linking Sasse to writings and speeches from several years earlier commenting on elements that would become part of the law firmly opposed by most Republicans.

Outside groups and the candidates have spent millions on the race in which the GOP winner is widely expected to prevail in November. The National Republican Senatorial Committee, the party’s campaign operation, remained neutral.

The Tea Party movement has struggled in earlier contests, with their favored candidates losing to establishment favorites in Texas, North Carolina and Ohio.

Looking ahead to upcoming primaries, the Tea Party’s chances to upset incumbents have been diminishing in Kentucky, Kansas, Idaho and Mississippi.

In Nebraska’s GOP primary for governor, Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts narrowly defeated Attorney General Jon Bruning. Term limits prevented Republican Gov. Dave Heineman from running again.

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Tea Party-Backed Mooney Wins In W.Va. – The Hill

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Former Maryland Republican Party Chairman Alex Mooney won the Republican nomination for West Virginia’s 2nd district Tuesday night, delivering the Tea Party a win.

Mooney was taking 33 percent support to 20 percent support each for former U.S. International Trade Commissioner Charlotte Lane and pharmacist Ken Reed when the Associated Press called the race.

Democrats believe Mooney’s victory gives them the best shot at picking up the seat, open thanks to Rep. Shelley Moore Capito’s (R-W.Va.) run for Senate.

Though she held the district for eight terms, it’s the least conservative of the state’s three districts and Democrats are enthusiastic about attorney Nick Casey, who easily won the party’s nomination Tuesday night.

Democrats believe the main attack Mooney’s opponents used against him in the primary – that he’s a political opportunist and carpetbagger, having moved to the district from Maryland to run after considering a run for former Rep. Roscoe Bartlett’s (R-Md.) seat last cycle – remains potent in the general.

And they see his conservative support, which helped him through the primary, as a liability in the general.

Lane was initially considered the frontrunner for the nomination, but a number of national conservative groups – including the Senate Conservatives Fund and Citizens United – backed Mooney and invested about $80,000 in ads boosting him in the final weeks of the race.

SCF executive director Matt Hoskins said the group spent $90,000 on the race and congratulated Mooney in a statement, pledging to help him win in November.

“Alex Mooney started out as the underdog, but won this race because he ran on conservative principles,” Hoskins said. “He will fight for common sense West Virginia values in Congress.”

Mooney had argued he was the true conservative in the race, touting his pro-gun, anti-abortion rights positions in his campaign ads.

The final advertising push from outside groups, along with Mooney’s more than 2-to-1 cash advantage over Lane, boosted his message in the final weeks and helped him overcome those carpetbagging attacks from his rivals.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee declared in a memo that their Democratic candidates are “poised to run winning races in every district in the state,” but West Virginia’s 2nd remains their best shot at a pickup this cycle.

In West Virginia’s 3rd district, they’ll be fighting hard to defend Rep. Nick Rahall, one of Democrats’ most vulnerable incumbents, who will face state Sen. Evan Jenkins in the general.

National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Ian Prior declared Rahall’s primary would be the “last election he ever wins,” but Rahall did handily defeat his challenger, taking 65 percent of the vote with about two-thirds of the precincts reporting.

In West Virginia’s 1st district, Democrats are fronting state Auditor Glen Gainer, but he has a slim shot at taking down sophomore Rep. David McKinley (R).

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Win For Little Sisters Of The Poor As USSC Issues Injunction Against Contraception Mandate

Supreme Court Issues Injunction Against Contraception Mandate – Townhall

This afternoon, the Supreme Court issued an order for an injunction against forcing private businesses to apply for an exemption to Obamacare’s contraception mandate.

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The Little Sisters of the Poor – a Catholic group that cares for the old and infirm – have challenged Obamacare’s contraception mandate on the grounds that it violates religious liberty. The Supreme Court is considering the case, and while the case is under consideration, it has issued a temporary order that businesses will not have to provide contraception coverage, or to follow the Obama Administration’s “guidelines” to fill out the paperwork required to provide contraception coverage indirectly.

As Buzzfeed’s Chris Geidner reported:

The unsigned order of the court “should not be construed as an expression of the Court’s views on the merits” of the case, currently on appeal before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Filed with Justice Sonia Sotomayor, she referred the request to the entire court. She had issued a temporary injunction on Dec. 31 while considering the nuns’ request for an injunction during the appeal. There were no filed dissents to the continued injunction.

There’s no timeline for when SCOTUS will issue its final ruling.

As Fox News detailed, the Little Sisters of the Poor case represents a nightmare for the Obama Administration:

For an administration seeking to win a skeptical public over to ObamaCare, the Justice Department could not have picked a more sympathetic foe for a Supreme Court fight than The Little Sisters of the Poor.

The administration is fighting back against a lawsuit filed by the non-profit, which does not meet ObamaCare’s classification of a “religious employer” because it hires and tends to people of all religious and ethnic backgrounds.

Supporters say The Little Sisters of the Poor epitomize service by caring for the elderly poor and those deemed “worthless” by society. In the United States, it runs 30 homes where hundreds of its employees provide nursing and end of life care.

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Florida State Seminoles Come From Behind To Win BCS National Championship

BCS National Championship 2014 Final Score: Seminoles Complete Incredible Comeback In Wild Title Game, 34-31 – SB Nation

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The thing Florida State did wrong on their first potential game-winning touchdown in Monday’s national title game? They didn’t let Jameis Winston work his magic.

The Heisman winner struggled all game until it mattered most, driving the Seminoles 80 yards down the field in a breathtaking 66 seconds with a 6-for-7 passing performance, culminating with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin to take the 34-31 lead. That turned out to be the final score.

The Seminoles broke Oklahoma’s FBS scoring record on that final scoring play as well, finishing the season with 723 points, surpassing the Sooners’ 716.

Florida State took the lead on their first drive of the game, as Jameis Winston completed three passes en route to Roberto Aguayo’s 35-yard field goal. After the two teams traded punts (including a rare Seminole three-and-out from the goal line), Auburn went to work.

The Tigers started with the ball on the Seminoles’ 25-yard-line, and Nick Marshall found C.J. Uzomah for a crucial first down. Three plays later, Nick Marshall hit Heisman finalist Tre Mason for the 12-yard touchdown, making the score 7-3. It was the first time Florida State trailed since September 28, when they were down 3-0 to Boston College in the first quarter.

Auburn struck again on their first drive of the second quarter. Tre Mason opened the possession with his 23-yard run, and Florida State was called for unsportsmanlike conduct on the next play, which was a rush for a loss. On the ensuing play, Marshall found Melvin Ray wide open over the middle for the 50-yard touchdown, making the score 14-3.

After another Florida State three-and-out, Auburn drove down the field before Cody Parkey’s missed 33-yard field goal attempt. On the next Seminole drive, Jameis Winston fumbled, giving the ball away. The Tigers capitalized, capping off their next drive with Marshall’s four-yard run to make it 21-3.

Florida State finally woke up on the next drive, with a sense of urgency as the half drew to a close and a blowout loss approaching as a possibility. Karlos Williams rattled off a group of strong runs, and Winston found Rashad Greene for a 12-yard gain near the red zone. On third-and-seven, Winston escaped the pocket and ran down the left sideline for 21 yards before being knocked out of bounds at the three. On the next play, Devonta Freeman burst through for the touchdown to make it 21-10.

The Seminoles struck first in the second half as well, taking the ball from their own nine down the field (helped by Winston’s 24-yard completion to Kelvin Benjamin) and leading to Aguayo’s 41-yard field goal. Those ended up being the only points of the third quarter, as the Tigers entered the final period with a 21-13 lead.

Early in the fourth quarter, Marshall finally made a mistake, lofting the ball to the right side. P.J. Williams leaped for the great interception, swinging momentum back in favor of the Seminoles. Winston and Devonta Freeman moved down the field with ease, and the quarterback (finally with time in the pocket) found Chad Abram for the 11-yard score. Unsportsmanlike conduct was called, preventing Florida State from going for the game-tying two-point conversion, and Aguayo hit the long extra point attempt to make it 21-20.

Auburn burned clock and moved down the field on their next drive, with Tre Mason moving over the 125-yard mark on the game. The 13-play drive took off more than six minutes of game time, ending in Parkey’s 22-yard field goal and a 24-20 Tiger lead with less than five minutes to play.

Jameis Winston didn’t even get a chance. On the kickoff, Levonte Whitfield shot straight out of a cannon, dashing 100 yards straight to the end zone, giving Florida State their first lead since 3-0 in the first quarter, and Auburn the ball back, suddenly down three points.

With more than four minutes left on the clock, Auburn went right to work, unafraid to continue running the ball. Marshall found Coates for an incredible 15-yard completion on third-and-11 to extend the drive, and found Coates again for 17 yards to establish position in Seminole territory. Two plays later, Mason burst up the middle, barreling through defenders en route to the 37-yard touchdown.

Florida State got the ball back with more than a minute to play, and quickly moved down the field thanks to a huge completion from Winston to Rashad Greene — to the tune of 49 yards. The Seminoles found themselves on the Auburn 10-yard-line, with 20 seconds left to play and a touchdown necessary to win it all. Winston threw the ball over the middle to Greene, and Chris Davis was called for pass interference, giving the Seminoles the first down. On the next play, Winston found Benjamin in the end zone, taking the lead with 17 seconds left to play.

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Sooners Roll Tide To Win Sugar Bowl

SEC-Ya, Sooners Roll Tide To Win Sugar Bowl – KFOR

Oklahoma used big plays on offense and defense and kept Alabama in check in a 45-31 upset of the 3rd-ranked Crimson Tide to win the Sugar Bowl on Thursday night at the Superdome in New Orleans.

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Alabama struck quickly at the start, going 75 yards in just 1:49 on a short T.J. Yeldon scoring run after a big 53 yard pass from A.J. McCarron to Amari Cooper.

But the Sooners showed they had some striking power themselves, when starting QB Trevor Knight just missed a wide-open Jalen Saunders on what would’ve been a TD pass, but the ball deflected off Saunders and Alabama got the interception.

However, McCarron threw an interception to the Sooners Gabe Lynn on the first play after Alabama’s oskie, and OU wasted no time in tying the score.

On the 1st play after the turnover, Knight threw a strike to LaColtan Bester for a 45 yard touchdown play and the game was tied 7-7.

Alabama kicked a short field goal for a 10-7 lead before the Sooners came up with perhaps their best drive of the season.

OU went 78 yards in 13 plays, taking up more than 5-minutes off the clock with Knight hitting Saunders from 8 yards out for the score and OU led 14-10 after the opening period.

In the quarter, OU had 161 total yards to 149 for Alabama and the Tide was held to just 18 yards rushing. The Sooners also converted 4-of-4 on 3rd down plays in the opening 15-minutes.

Alabama regained the lead early in the second quarter, with McCarron throwing deep to DeAndrew White for a 67-yard touchdown to put the Tide back on top, 17-14, with 14:03 to play in the first half.

OU’s defense helped them dominate the rest of the half.

The Sooners scored touchdowns on the first play of two possessions after Alabama turnovers.

Geneo Grissom recovered an Alabama fumble and rumbled 20 yards upfield before the last Crimson Tide player with a chance made a touchdown-saving tackle at the OU 35.

Knight then struck again, finding Saunders on a deep pass for a 43-yard touchdown, with Saunders making a great over-the-shoulder catch to give the Sooners a 24-17 lead with 2:59 to play in the first half.

On the next Alabama possession, McCarron didn’t handle an OU blitz and he threw it right to Sooners freshman CB Zach Sanchez, who returned the oskie 43 yards to the Tide 13 yard line.

On the very next play, Sooners WR Sterling Shepard raced 13 yards around right end for the shocking 31-17 lead and the pro-Alabama crowd inside the Superdome was absolutely shocked.

To top off the impressive first half, Alabama rolled down the field kicker Cade Foster was wide on a 32-yard FG try and the Sooners danced to the locker room with the lead…with massive applause from their delirious fans.

In the first half, OU scored 21 points off Alabama turnovers, more than the 20 the Crimson Tide had allowed all season off turnovers.

The Crimson Tide gave up 42 points in an early-season game to Texas A&M and 34 in their regular season finale, their lone loss to Auburn.

Other than that, Alabama hasn’t allowed more than 17 points in any one game this season.

And yet, OU never punted in the opening half and scored 30+ points in a 1st half for the first time since the West Virginia game in 2012.

OU’s 31 first half points were the most a Nick Saban-coached Alabama team has ever surrendered.

Oklahoma’s momentum didn’t last into the third quarter, and Alabama inched closer.

The Sooners had the ball on four possessions, and only gained 28 total yards as ‘Bama cut their 14-point halftime deficit in half on Derrick Henry’s 43 yard touchdown jaunt with 8:49 left in the period.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Sooners doubled their lead, with Knight passing to Bester for a gain of 34.

That set up the next Sooner touchdown, as Knight rolled right and spotted Shepard in the back of the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown to make it 38-24 Oklahoma with 10:44 to play.

Alabama got back within seven midway through the quarter, with McCarron dumping off a short pass to Henry, who zipped 61 yards through poor OU tackle attempts to cut the Sooner lead to 38-31 with 6:22 to play.

Oklahoma took over the ball and moved the ball downfield, converting a critical 3rd and 9 with a pass from Knight to Clay for a gain of 10 yards.

Knight found Roy Finch for a gain of 15, then Brennan Clay gained 12 yards on a run.

The Sooners then got a critical pass interference penalty on Alabama on 3rd and 8 that kept OU’s drive alive with just under 3 minutes to play.

OU’s drive stalled, though, and they had to punt to Alabama with just under a minute to play.

Alabama took over on their own 15-yard line, and on the first play of the drive, the Sooners clinched it.

Eric Striker rushed in from McCarron’s blindside, sacking him and knocking the ball loose.

Grissom scooped it up at the nine-yard line, and returned it, stretching the ball over the goal line for a touchdown with 47 seconds left to put Oklahoma on top 45-31, and sending the Sooner fans into delirium.

On the ensuing kickoff, a squib kick ricocheted off an Alabama player and OU recovered.

Trevor Knight took a knee on the final play and the Sooners had won 45-31, for their first Sugar Bowl win since 1972.

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Red Sox Win First World Series In Fenway Park Since 1918

Home At Last: Red Sox Win World Series Title At Fenway – USA Today

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The Boston Red Sox brought joy back to their city Wednesday night.

The Red Sox, for the first time since 1918, won the World Series in front of their fans, pounding the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-1, in front of a raucous sellout crowd of 38,477 at Fenway Park.

BOX SCORE: Red Sox 6, Cardinals 1

It is the Red Sox’s third World Series championship in the last 10 years, but perhaps no title has ever meant more to this city.

At last, they were able to witness the beloved 2013 World Series championship with their own eyes.

Strangers hugged and squeezed one another in the stands. They danced along the aisles. They cheered until their lungs burned.

And, yes, there were tears.

Tears of joy. Tears of elation. Tears of memories from that horrific April 15 afternoon when two bomb blasts brought the Boston Marathon and city to its knees.

Through a surprising worst-to-first campaign, the Red Sox helped provide the people of Boston some measure of joy and happiness and on this gorgeous autumn evening, gave them a championship to forever remember.

Boston Strong.

“If there was a moment in time that galvanized us,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said, “it was the Marathon bombing. We took it upon ourselves to have a positive impact on a city, and the individuals who were suffering.

“They get it. They get there’s a place in our city, that we represent something significant, and guys embraced that and relished that. We knew this was a moment that this group has a chance to not only to be special, but to do something special.”

This isn’t the most talented team the Red Sox had in the last 10 years. There are no Cy Young or MVP candidates. No one won more than 15 games. Not a single player hit more than 30 homers.

Yet, no one played more like a team, knowing they now had a purpose, believing it was destiny they would win the World Series.

“The story was already written,” Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes maintained all season. “We’re just playing it out.”

It was only fitting that the final chapter was laid out Wednesday for all of their fans to see, celebrating one of the most memorable seasons in the annals of Red Sox history.

It was fitting that John Lackey, the man reviled in this city for his past struggles, was the one getting a standing ovation and tipping his cap to the fans after brilliantly handing over a 6-1 lead to this bullpen in the seventh inning.

And it was only fitting that David Ortiz, the man who delivered the most famous words in this city back in April, and gave a pep talk in the middle of Game 4, carried the team on his back with his .688 batting average, making him an overwhelming choice for his first World Series MVP award.

“Nobody expected this,” Ortiz said, “but we never stopped believing.”

Yes, in the legendary words of Ortiz, “This is our [bleeping] city.”

Oh, and how this was their night, one that will be cherished forever.

“We wanted to get back to what Boston is known for,” Farrell said. “In our minds, you associate winning with the city of Boston.

“Our fans have appreciated the way we’ve gone about playing the game. They’ve witnessed guys that care for one another. And, in return, the way they’ve demonstrated their appreciation, the energy that they create in here, we fed off that.

“We’ve been in this together all of the way, and it’s exceeded anything I’ve ever experienced.”

Boston Strong.

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Jets Silence Patriots With 28-21 AFC Divisional Playoff Win

Jets Silence Patriots With 28-21 AFC Divisional Playoff Win – New York Daily News

The Jets talked all week leading up to their playoff game in New England. Sunday, they made one of the biggest statements in franchise history.

After a week filled with trash talk and personal insults, the Jets stunned the No. 1 seed Patriots in a 28-21 divisional playoff victory that pushed them to a second consecutive straight AFC Championship Game.

Rex Ryan, who said on Monday this game was a matter of him vs. Bill Belichick, outcoached Bill Belichick with a defensive game plan that stymied Tom Brady. He celebrated the biggest victory of his two years with the Jets by running into the end zone after Shonn Green’s 16-yard TD capped the scoring and the upset.

But it was the defense that made the win possible.

The sixth-seeded Jets sacked New England’s Superman five times and picked him off to help set up next week’s road showdown against the Steelers. The Jets defeated the Steelers on the road in Week 15.

Mark Sanchez (16-for-25; 194 yards) threw three touchdowns and outplayed Brady, the likely league MVP.

After sleepwalking through much of the third quarter, the Patriots came alive late in the frame to cut into a 14-3 halftime deficit. Brady engineered an 8-play, 80-drive capped by Alge Crumpler’s 2-yard touchdown with 13 seconds remaining in the third quarter. The Patriots’ decision to go for the 2-point conversion paid off when Sammy Morris took a direct snap into the end zone to get the home team to within 14-11.

But the Jets answered with a quick – and incredible – touchdown drive to gain back the momentum.

Sanchez hit Jerricho Cotchery for a 58-yard strike before he threw a 7-yard TD pass to Santonio Holmes to push the Jets lead to 21-11 two minutes into the fourth quarter.

Holmes, with a catch that ranks right up there with his Super Bowl winning catch two years ago, made a spectacular diving grab over Kyle Arrington and got his knee and foot in bounds.

Sanchez overcame a sluggish start with a pair of second-quarter touchdown passes to LaDainian Tomlinson and Braylon Edwards to help the Jets hold a 14-3 halftime lead. Ryan’s defense confused Brady with a blend of blitzes and coverage. In the first half, the Jets sacked Brady three times, picked him off and held the Patriots to 2-of-7 on third downs (29 percent) to take a double-digit lead.

In a surprising move, Belichick benched Wes Welker at the start of the game for his subtle jabs at Ryan earlier in the week.

The Patriots marched down to the Jets 28 on their first drive before Brady was intercepted for the first time in 12 games. Brady had thrown 339 passes without a pick before David Harris caught the overthrown pass intended for BenJarvus Green-Ellis. It was only Brady’s fifth interception of the season – and the 11th turnover by the Patriots.

Alge Crumpler chased down Harris and saved a touchdown on the play. The Jets took over at the Patriots 12, but lost eight yards on the first two plays from scrimmage. Gang Green squandered a golden scoring opportunity when Nick Folk missed a 30-yard field goal to keep the game scoreless.

The Patriots marched down the field again on the ensuing drive. Brady’s 28-yard completion to Crumpler helped New England get inside the Jets 10. But Crumpler dropped a perfectly thrown pass in the endzone before the Patriots settled for Shayne Graham’s 30-yard field goal late in the first quarter to take a 3-0 lead.

The Jets trailed only by a field goal after the first quarter despite getting outgained 104-36 and only having two first downs.

Ryan’s defense confused Brady early with three sacks three minutes into the second quarter. Shaun Elllis had a pair of sacks and Drew Coleman, playing with a sore knee, came free on a corner blitz for a sack.

Sanchez completed 3 of 4 passes on the Jets’ first scoring drive, including a 7-yard touchdown to Tomlinson to give the Jets a 7-3 edge less than five minutes into the second quarter. Sanchez kept the drive alive by escaping pressure on 3rd and 6 and finding Edwards for 37 yards.

The Jets took advantage of a critical Patriots’ miscue late in the first half to extend their lead.

On 4th and 4 from the Patriots 38, Patrick Chung dropped a direct snap on a fake punt attempt that gave the Jets great field position at the New England 37 with just over a minute to go before halftime. Tomlinson ripped off runs of 16 and 6 before Sanchez found Edwards on a quick slant for a 15-yard touchdown to give the Jets a 14-3 lead with 33 seconds left before intermission. Edwards spun away from Pro Bowler Devin McCourty and also took safety Brandon Meriweather into the endzone to give the Jets a double-digit lead.

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