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Florida State Remains Undefeated With Win Over Florida

Florida State Remains Undefeated With Win Over Florida

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fl.) -- With a 24-19 victory over their in-state rival Florida Gators, the Florida State Seminoles remained the only undefeated team in college football.

Quarterback Jameis Winston struggled Saturday afternoon, throwing four interceptions while completing 12 of 24 passes. He did throw two touchdowns to tight end Nick O'Leary to lead the Seminoles to their 28th straight victory.

"He goes out there and something good happens, he lets it go," O'Leary said. "Something bad happens, he lets it go. Just does everything the same and moves on and keeps playing his best."

Florida State's defense carried the team, holding Florida to 282 total yards and interception Gators quarterback Treon Harris twice. One key interception came when Terrance Smith picked off an errant pass from Harris inside the Seminoles 10 yard line.  Smith found a convoy of blockers and raced 94 yards for a touchdown. The Gators were leading 9-0.

"Our defense was tremendous tonight," said Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher. "They just keep fighting and finding ways."

The Seminoles (12-0) head to the ACC title game to face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-2) on December 6 in Charlotte.  

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Oregon Flies High In The Civil War

Oregon Flies High In The Civil War

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(CORVALLIS, Or.) -- Marcus Mariota took the Ducks to new heights Saturday as he led Oregon to a 47-19 victory over Oregon State. 

Mariota proved once again why he is one of the top quarterbacks in the country by passing for 367 yards and four touchdowns. The Heisman hopeful also ran for a pair of touchdowns. 

"All week we prepared, just picking up the tempo," Mariota said. "We wanted to play fast and played well tonight."

The Ducks racked up 565 yards of offense on the Beavers as they captured a seventh straight victory in the Civil War rivalry. 

Oregon now heads to the Pac-12 championship to face the Arizona Wildcats. The Wildcats are the only team to defeat the Ducks, handing them a 31-24 loss in Eugene back on October 2. 

"We're just going to continue to approach it just like any other game," Mariota said. 

 

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Alabama Wins Highest Scoring Iron Bowl

Alabama Wins Highest Scoring Iron Bowl

iStockphoto(TUSCALOOSA, Al.) -- Alabama survived a barnburner against hated rival Auburn with a 55-44 victory in the Iron Bowl.

Amari Cooper stole the show as he caught three touchdown passes Saturday night to a comeback win for No. 1 ranked Alabama. Cooper also tied his own school record by racking up 224 yards receiving on 13 catches.

"He's done a great job all year," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said about his star wide receiver. "He's made a lot of big plays when we needed them."

Crimson Tide quarterback Blake Sims struggled early, throwing three interceptions, but Saban maintained his faith in the senior signal caller who finished the night passing for 312 yards and four touchdowns. 

"The guy's been a great competitor for us all year," Saban said. "Blake did a fantastic job."

Alabama (11-1) will face Missouri (10-2) on December 6 in the Georgia Dome for the SEC title. 

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(16) Georgia Tech Take Down (9) Georgia, 30-24 in Overtime

(16) Georgia Tech Take Down (9) Georgia, 30-24 in Overtime

Thinkstock(ATHENS, Ga.) -- In what might be the program's best win of the year, 16th ranked Georgia Tech defeated 9th ranked Georiga 30-24 in overtime.

This was the Yellow Jackets' first win over Georgia since 2008 and only the second in the last 14 seasons.

"I have a lot of respect for Georgia's program," said Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson. "That makes it even that much more impressive for us to be able to come in here and get a win."

While Yellow Jackets' quarterback Justin Thomas had a tough game, completing just 6 of 16 passes for 64 yards and one touchdown, the running game powered Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Running back Zach Laskey carried the ball 26 times for 140 yards while scoring three touchdowns while teammate Synjyn Days ran for 94 yards on just 16 carries.

"We kind of felt like we had them where we wanted," Laskey said. "So this year it was special, especially for the seniors."

With the win, Georgia Tech improved to 10-2 while Georgia now sits at 9-3.

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J.T. Barrett Injury Spoils Ohio State’s Win over Michigan

J.T. Barrett Injury Spoils Ohio State’s Win over Michigan

Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Despite a win over their arch rival, Ohio State players, coaches, and fans had bittersweet celebration as Buckeyes starting quarterback J.T. Barrett suffered an ankle injury during their 42-28 win over Michigan.

Barrett, who is a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate, had to leave the game after hurting his ankle early in the fourth quarter.

It has been announced that Barrett will in fact miss the rest of the season with a fractured ankle.

Barrett was thrust into the starting role at the start of the season after an injury to quarterback Braxton Miller knocked him out for the entire season.

As his replacement, Barrett flourished as he led the nation with 42 total touchdowns entering the game.

Taking his place will be backup Cardale Jones. He will make his first start of the season during the team's biggest game of the season  in next Saturday's Big Ten championship game.

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Raptors Guad DeMar DeRozan Out Indefinitely with a Torn Adductor Longus

Raptors Guad DeMar DeRozan Out Indefinitely with a Torn Adductor Longus

Ronald Matinez/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- The Eastern Conference's best team will be without one of their best players for the foreseeable future as guard DeMar DeRozan will be out indefinitely with a torn tendon in his left groin.

At 13-3, the Raptors hold the best record in the Eastern Conference, with DeRozan being the team's leading scorer.

Now in his sixth NBA season, all with the Raptors, the 25-year-old DeRozan is averaging 19.4 points on the season.

While there is no exact timetable for his return, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the injury could keep him out of action up to 12 weeks if it is determined he needs surgery.

DeRozan has missed just 11 games over five seasons before this injury, so now the Raptors must spread their offense around even more than they already do with Kyle Lowry, Terrence Ross, and Jonas Valanciunas.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/29/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/29/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 College Football: (3) Florida State 24 (12-0) - Florida 19 (6-5) 

(19) Ole Miss 31 (9-3) - (4) Mississippi State 17 (10-2)

(6) Ohio State 42 (11-1) - Michigan 28 (5-7)

(7) Baylor 48 (10-1) - Texas Tech 46 (4-8)

(10) Michigan State 34 (10-2) - Penn State 10 (6-6)

(12) Kansas State 51 (9-2) - Kansas 13 (3-9)

(14) Wisconsin 34 (10-2) - (18) Minnesota 24 (8-4)

(16) Georgia Tech 30 (10-2) - (9) Georgia 24 (9-3)

(21) Clemson 35 (9-3) - South Carolina 17 (6-6)

(22) Louisville 44 (9-3) - Kentucky 40 (5-7)

(25) Utah 38 (8-4) - Colorado 34 (2-10)

NHL: New York Rangers 5 (11-8-4, 26pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 2 (8-12-3, 19pts)

Top 25 College Basketball: (9) Wichita State 75 (4-0) - Tulsa 55 (3-3)

Old Dominion 73 (5-1) - (14) VCU 67 (4-2)

(19) Michigan 91 (5-1) - Nicholls State 62 (0-4)

 

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Ohio State Senior Missing

Ohio State Senior Missing

American Football Field Yard Lines iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Oh.) -- Ohio State senior defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge has been declared missing by the Columbus police.

Karageorge has was last seen Wednesday and his last known contact was with his mother via a text message. According to a missing-persons report filed with police, he was complaining to his mother about concussions he has suffered.

In the report, his mother had said that he had had several concussions and a few instances of being confused.

Sophia Karageorge, his sister, told The Columbus Dispatch that he was last seen at his apartment around 2 a.m. Wednesday. She also said that his roommates described him as upset and that he went to take a walk.

The 6'5" 285lb, 22-year-old was a walk-on for the Buckeye football program. He also wrestled for the school.

 

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Stanford Crushes No.8 UCLA’s Playoff Dream

Stanford Crushes No.8 UCLA’s Playoff Dream

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(PASADENA, Ca.) -- Stanford rectified a lackluster season as they took apart No. 8 UCLA, Friday, with a 31-10 victory.

The Cardinal were led by senior quarterback Kevin Hogan who put forth a splendid effort, completing 16 of 19 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns. 

"We wanted to finish the season strong and show that we had fight in us," Hogan said. "It's tough for all the seniors to go out with a season like this."

The Cardinal (7-5) didn't have nearly as much on the line as the Bruins (9-3) did. Stanford not only crippled any chance UCLA had of making the playoffs for the college football championship, it took away the Pac-12 South title and gave the rights to the Arizona Wildcats. 

"We had higher expectations than that," said UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley. "To put a performance together like that, it's shocking." 

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Western Kentucky Upsets Marshall’s Perfect Season

Western Kentucky Upsets Marshall’s Perfect Season

iStockphoto(HUNTINGTON, W.V.) -- Marshall's attempt at a perfect season fell flat as they lost 67-66 to Western Kentucky in overtime Friday.

The No.24 Thundering Herd allowed a Conference USA record eight passing touchdowns to Hilltoppers' quarterback, Brandon Doughty. Marshall lost in overtime when Doughty found Willie McNeal for the game winning two-point conversion. 

The two teams combined to throw 15 touchdown passes; another Conference USA record.

The loss puts Marshall at a huge disadvantage towards playing in either the Fiesta, Peach or Cotton bowl games. The College Football Playoff selection committee chooses one team from outside of the "Power Five" conferences to play in one of the preeminent games.  Before the loss sent Marshall's record to 11-1, the Thundering Herd trailed Boise State in the committee's rankings. 

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A’s Trade Josh Donaldson to Blue Jays

A’s Trade Josh Donaldson to Blue Jays

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Ca.) -- Friday, the Oakland Athletics traded third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays for third baseman Brett Lawrie.

Donaldson, 29, is considered one of the best players in baseball.  He has a WAR (Wins Above Replacement) rating second only to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout.

The A's also acquired right-hander Kendall Graveman, left-hander Sean Nolin and minor league shortstop Franklin Barreto.

"We addressed a lot of areas we thought we needed filled from our organizational standpoint," said Billy Beane, general manager of the Athletics.

Lawrie, 24, is considered a promising talent, but has been unable to remain healthy. A player with plus power, average and on-base skills, Lawrie has played in only 345 games the last four seasons, with a high of 125 in 2012. 

Oakland appears to be in a rebuilding phase after going all-in last season by acquiring pitchers Jon Lester, Jeff Samardzjia and Jason Hammel.  The team fell flat in the playoffs losing in the Wild Card to the Kansas City Royals.

The A's have also acquired designated hitter Billy Butler and first baseman Ike Davis this offseason.

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Rice Wins Appeal, is Reinstated

Rice Wins Appeal, is Reinstated

(NEW YORK) --  Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice won his appeal of an indefinite suspension from the NFL and has been reinstated into the league.

The 27-year-old Rice is now free to sign with any NFL team.

"I would like to thank Judge Barbara Jones, the NFL Players Association, my attorneys, agents, advisors, family, friends and fans -- but most importantly, my wife Janay," Rice said in a statement released by the NFLPA on Friday. "I made an inexcusable mistake and accept full responsibility for my actions.

"I am thankful that there was a proper appeals process in place to address this issue. I will continue working hard to improve myself and be the best husband, father and friend, while giving back to my community and helping others to learn from my mistakes."

Rice received an indefinite suspension from the league on Sept. 8 when it was found he violated the NFL's personal conduct policy after a video surfaced of him hitting his then-fiancée Janay Palmer.

Rice was originally suspended two games by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for the incident. That prompted Rice to appeal the indefinite suspension saying the NFL couldn't suspend him a second time for conduct the league already knew about.

Rice has played in six NFL seasons, all with the Ravens. During that time he's rushed for 6,180 yards and 37 touchdowns while also catching 369 balls for 3,034 yards and six touchdowns.

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Civil War Preview

Civil War Preview

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(EUGENE, Ore.) -- Second-ranked Oregon (10-1) will travel to Oregon State (5-6) in the 118th edition of the Civil War on Saturday.

The Ducks hold a 61-46-10 advantage in the all-time series and have a 29-9-1 (.756) mark vs. the Beavers since 1975, including wins in six straight.

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is coming off a three touchdown pass game in their 44-10 win over Colorado last weekend and has thrown a touchdown in all 37 games of his career.

"Somebody was talking to me the other day about how easy he makes it look sometimes," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said. "What he's doing is really difficult. His decision making, competitiveness, his command of the team is so outstanding. It's great to be around him because he makes you want to work harder as a coach. The other guys feed off of him."

Oregon is averaging 45.8 points per game and are allowing just 23.6 points on the defensive front.

"The Civil War's always a big game. We always talk about taking one game at a time. But we understand it's a huge part of this community and a huge part of this state," Mariota said. "To play in it, it's truly special."

The Beavers are averaging 26.3 points per game and fell to Oregon 36-35 last year.

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Report: Former Bills Star Contemplated Suicide

Report: Former Bills Star Contemplated Suicide

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- One of the star members of the Buffalo Bills four consecutive AFC Championship teams, Darryl Talley, is suffering from chronic depression and has contemplated suicide.

Talley tells the Buffalo News that he believes the ill effects he is experiencing are a result of incurring numerous severe hits from his playing days as a linebacker. 

Now 54, Talley stated "When you go through the s--- that I’ve gone through, you start to wonder: Is this really worth it? Is it worth being here, worth being tortured anymore?"

He continues to explain that one of the the reasons he continues to fight the depression is the desire to see his grandchildren grow up. 

Talley was one of the named plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed against the NFL which claimed that the league hid evidence that playing the game posed risks to players’ mental health.

The NFL initially settled the lawsuit for $675 million over 65 years.  A federal judge later removed the cap on the settlement after seeing that the more than 20,000 players could qualify for treatment. 

 

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Seattle Stymies San Francisco

Seattle Stymies San Francisco

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO, Ca.) -- The Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers 19-3 Thursday with a dominating defensive effort.

Cornerback Richard Sherman reasserted himself as he intercepted Colin Kaepernick twice and could have had a third if not for a drop.

"The second one was pretty entertaining," Sherman said. "I was laughing the whole time because I told their sideline 'if they throw it my way, I'd end the game.'" 

Quarterback Russell Wilson was efficient, completing crisp passes and methodically moving the ball against the 49ers.  He completed 15 of 22 passes for 236 yards. Wilson also completed the only touchdown of the game to running back Robert Turbin who took the ball in from 13 yards out.

The Seahawks are now 8-4 and appear to be returning to the form that led them to a championship run last season. 

"These guys have really joined together and really recaptured what it was that we played with last year," said head coach Pete Carroll. "It took us some time to figure it out, but we have.

For the second straight week the Seahawks have defeated a division opponent by the score of 19-3. They beat up on the previously 9-1 Arizona Cardinals who were under the charge of new starting quarterback Drew Stanton.

"There is no question, in the last two weeks that we have elevated our game," Carroll said.

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No. 5 TCU Races Past Texas

No. 5 TCU Races Past Texas

iStockphoto(AUSTIN, Tx.) -- Trevone Boykin and the Horned Frogs carved up the Texas Longhorns on Thanksgiving Thursday 48-10.

Boykin finished the day completing 20 of 34 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 50 yards and another touchdown.

TCU's defense befuddled Longhorns quarterback Tyrone Swoopes all day as they intercepted the Texas signal caller four times. Defensive lineman Terrell Lathan also capitalized on a Swoopes fumble; scooping up the loose ball and running it back 40 yards for a touchdown.

The Horned Frogs are 10-1 as they prepare to host their regular season finale against Iowa State.  TCU is currently No. 5 in the college football playoff selection poll.  While they continue to put up impressive scoring and defensive efforts they will likely have to hope Alabama, Oregon, Florida State or Mississippi State stumbles in one of their final games to make it to the final four.

This has been a tough season Charlie Strong in his first year as head coach of the Longhorns. The team will finish 6-6 as he attempts to turn around a program that has fallen into mediocrity. 

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LSU Defeats Texas A&M 23-17

LSU Defeats Texas A&M 23-17

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(COLLEGE STATION, Tx.) -- LSU and Texas A&M held an old school football game of running and defense that saw the Tigers end victorious 23-17.

Tigers tailback Leonard Fournette summoned memories of Hershcel Walker barreling over a defensive back when he charged through Aggies senior defensive back Howard Matthews for a 22-yard touchdown run. 

Fournette finished the night with 146 yards on 19 carries and the touchdown. 

The entire LSU offense found it's groove on the ground as the team ran for 384 yards. Quarterback Anthony Jennings contributed with 119 yards and running back Terrance Magee added 74 yards. 

The game wasn't without some controversy. As Texas A&M was attempting to mount a comeback Aggies quarterback Kyle Allen lofted up a bomb that was intercepted by Tigers DB Jalen Collins. Allen heaved the ball downfield believing his team had a free play when an LSU defensive lineman appeared to jump offsides.

"That's part of what we do," said Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin. "When we have someone in the neutral zone our center snaps it and we have a free play. We try to take advantage of that."

The officials did not throw a flag and LSU came away with the interception. 

LSU finishes their season at 8-4 and Texas A&M at 7-5.

 

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Scoreboard Roundup 11/27/14

Scoreboard Roundup 11/27/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Philadelphia Eagles 33 (9-3) - Dallas Cowboys 10 (8-4)

Detroit Lions 34 (8-4) - Bears 17 (5-7)

College Basketball Top-25: (2) Wisconsin 68 (6-0) - Georgetown 65 (4-1)

(5) North Carolina 78 (4-1) - (22) UCLA 56 (4-2)

(11) Kansas 76 (3-1) - Rhode Island 60 (3-1)

(20) Michigan State 77 (4-1) - Rider 45 (2-3)

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Eagles Route the Cowboys, 33-10

Eagles Route the Cowboys, 33-10

Rob Carr via Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- In a game between two of the top teams in the NFC East, the Philadelphia Eagles proved to be better on Thanksgiving as they easily defeated the Dallas Cowboys 33-10.

The Eagles struck first in the game as quarterback Mark Sanchez commanded the team to a 7-0 in their first possession in furious fashion, and never looked back.

Sanchez completed 20 of 29 passes for 217 yards and one touchdown through the air while adding another on the ground. It was his first game of the season without a turnover.

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy had arguably his best game of the season on Thursday, as he carried the ball 25 times for 159 yards and a touchdown.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and running back DeMarco Murray each failed to get into a rhythm during the game. Romo completed 18 of 29 yards for 199 yards and two interceptions. He snapped his streak of 38-straight games with at least one TD pass.

Murray was held to a season-low 73 yards.

With the win, the Eagles now sit at 9-3 on the season and hold sole possession of first place in the NFC East over the Cowboys who fell to 8-4 with the loss.

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Lions Defeat the Bears, 34-17

Lions Defeat the Bears, 34-17

Leon Halip.Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Megatron simply could not be stopped on Thursday as the Detroit Lions improved to 8-4 on the season after taking down the Chicago Bears 34-17.

Johnson dominated the game as he caught 11 passes for 146 yards two touchdowns. He also crossed the 10,000 receiving yards mark for his career, and became the fastest player in NFL history to do so.

"Guys still believe in what we got going here," Johnson said. "We had a good week of practice -- it was a very short week, but we were very detailed in what we did on the field, coaches taking care of us. It's our part to come out here and do our job on the field."

Lions running back Joique Bell also had a great day, as he carried the ball 23 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns. He was the only Lion with a rushing attempt.

The Lions defense also handled the Bears run game. The team carried the ball eight times for a grand total of 13 yards, good for just 1.6 yards per attempt.

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler completed 31 of 48 passes for two touchdowns and two interceptions.

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