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Still Perfect: (2) FSU Erases 17 Point 3rd Quarter Deficit vs. Louisville

Still Perfect: (2) FSU Erases 17 Point 3rd Quarter Deficit vs. Louisville

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- No. 2 Florida State rallied from a 17 point third quarter deficit to beat No. 25 Louisville 42-31 Thursday night.

Florida State (8-0, 5-0 ACC) has now won 24 straight.

It looked early like there was no stopping the Cardinals, especially running back Michael Dyer. Dyer had two second quarter touchdown runs, the second giving Louisville a 14-0 lead. Will Gardner then threw an 11 yard touchdown to Gerald Christian to put the Birds up by 21.

But the second half was a different story. After a Louisville field goal made it 24-7, Florida State scored 21 unanswered points, 12 coming off the arm of Jameis Winston, to take the lead. The Cardinals regained the lead on Dyer's third touchdown dash of the day, but Seminoles freshman running back Dalvin Cook's 38-yard touchdown run with 3:46 remaining put FSU up for good.

"We've been there before," Winston said. "Being down is nothing when you've got heart and you persevere. Personally, we play better when we're down, honestly."

Dyer finishes the day with 134 yards rushing and those three touchdowns for Louisville (6-3, 4-3 ACC).

Winston completes 25-of-48 passes for 401 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in the loss.

Next up for the second-ranked 'Noles: a visit from Virginia next Saturday.

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Knicks Spoil James’ Return to Cleveland

Knicks Spoil James’ Return to Cleveland

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- LeBron James' first game back in Cleveland as a member of the Cavaliers didn't have a fairy tale ending.Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 25 points to help the New York Knicks beat the Cavaliers 95-90 Thursday night, ruining James' homecoming.With 2:58 left in the game, the Cavaliers went on a 8-2 run to cut the Knicks' lead to three. But Anthony's jumper with 25.9 seconds to play made the score 92-87, ultimately sealing the deal for New York.James finished the game with 17 points on 5-for-15 shooting while also grabbing five rebounds and dishing out four assists. Kevin Love had a team-high 19 points and 14 rebounds in his first game as a Cavalier.James, who left the Cavaliers for Miami in the summer of 2010, re-signed with his home-state squad this summer. Since then, the team has acquired a multitude of new faces including Kevin Love, Mike Miller, and Shawn Marion.Before the game, thousands of fans gathered in downtown Cleveland to celebrate King James' return. There was a free concert featuring Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons in a parking lot across from Quicken Loans Arena.Tickets for the game were selling for more than $10,000 a pop on the secondary market and celebrities such as a Michael Strahan, David Beckham, and Justin Bieber all attended.James will now have to wait until Nov. 10, when New Orleans comes to town, to get another chance for his first win in Cleveland this season.

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Scoreboard Roundup 10/29/14

Scoreboard Roundup 10/29/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- College Football - Top 25: (2) Florida State 42 (8-0) - (25) Louisville 31 (6-3)

NFL: New Orleans Saints 28 (4-4) - Carolina Panthers 10 (3-5-1)

NBA: Washington Wizards 105 (1-1) - Orlando Magic 98 (0-2)

New York Knicks 95 (1-1) - Cleveland Cavaliers 90 (0-1)

Minnesota Timberwolves 97 (1-1) - Detroit Pistons 91 (0-2)

Dallas Mavericks 120 (1-1) - Utah Jazz 102 (0-2)

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (7-3-1) - Philadelphia Flyers 3 (4-4-2)

Boston Bruins 3 (6-6-0) - Buffalo Sabres 2 (2-8-1) - Overtime

New Jersey Devils 2 (5-3-2) - Winnipeg Jets 1 (4-5-1) - Shootout

Pittsburgh Penguins 4 (6-2-1) - Los Angeles Kings 0 (6-2-2)

St. Louis Blues 2 (5-3-1) - Anaheim Ducks 0 (8-3-0)

Minnesota Wild 4 (6-3-0) - San Jose Sharks 3 (6-4-2) - Shootout

Florida Panthers 2 (3-2-3) - Arizona Coyotes 1 (3-5-1)

Chicago Blackhawks 5 (6-3-1) - Ottawa Sentators 4 (5-2-2) -Shootout

Colorado Avalanche 5 (3-4-4, 10pts) - New York Islanders 0 (6-4-0, 12pts)

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Bruins Lose Krug for 2-3 Weeks

Bruins Lose Krug for 2-3 Weeks

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(WILMINGTON, Mass.) -- The Boston Bruins' blueline takes another hit.Torey Krug will miss two to three weeks with a broken finger, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Wednesday morning.Krug broke the finger after getting slashed during his final shift in the Bruins loss to Minnesota Tuesday night.Krug joins a growing list of injured Boston defensemen. The B's are already without captain Zdeno Chara for four to six weeks with a left knee injury and Kevan Miller, who has a dislocated right shoulder.Despite the growing list of injuries, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron is staying upbeat.“For us, with our system, it’s about not just about the defensemen, but really the whole aspect of all the guys on the ice and playing a good system,” Bergeron said. “And that’s what we need to have.”The Bruins (5-6-0, 10pts) re-called defensemen David Warsofsky and Joe Morrow from their AHL affiliate in Providence to pick up the slack.

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Bumgarner Does It Again, Giants Win World Series

Bumgarner Does It Again, Giants Win World Series

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday pitched five innings of scoreless relief on two days' rest to lead the San Francisco Giants to their third World Series title in five seasons.

Bumgarner inherited a one-run lead when he came into the game in the fifth inning and maintained it until the end, as the Giants nipped the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 7 of the Fall Classic.

"This is as good as it gets, World Series Game 7," Bumgarner said. "It's a pretty stressful one at the same time. We're just thankful for the opportunity and we're blessed to have the success that we've had." 

The Giants took a quick two-run lead in the top of the second when Michael Morse and Brandon Crawford hit sacrifice flies off Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie. The Royals answered back in the bottom half of the inning. Alex Gordon doubled home Billy Butler and then scored on an Omar Infante sac fly to tie the game.

Guthrie pitched into the fourth inning, where he allowed two singles and was relieved by Kelvin Herrera. Herrera allowed an RBI single to Morse to give the Giants the lead for good.

Giants starting pitcher Tim Hudson lasted only 1 2/3 innings, allowing three hits, two runs and one walk, while striking out one, before being relieved by Jeremy Affeldt. 

Affeldt pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless ball to earn the win before giving way to Bumgarner.

Bumgarner threw 68 pitches, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out four en route to winning the series MVP. The performance dropped his career World Series ERA to a record-low 0.25.

"That first inning that he came out I could tell he was just trying to get loose a little bit," Giants catcher Buster Posey said of Bumgarner's performance. "But after that it was like he was in Game 5. I mean he was just hitting his spots, moving it both sides of the plate, throwing the breaking ball. It's gotta be one of the greatest performances in postseason history."

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Royals Stomp Giants, Force Game 7

Royals Stomp Giants, Force Game 7

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Royals made sure early on their season wouldn't end Tuesday night.The Royals exploded for seven runs in the second inning, chasing San Francisco Giants starter Jake Peavy out of the game, in route to a 10-0 smashing of the Giants to force a Game 7 in the World Series.The Royals' bats, which were mainly held at bay the last three games in San Francisco, came to life in Game 6.All nine Kansas City starters had at least one hit, and seven of them had at least one RBI in the win.

"Guys stepped up in a big way tonight," Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain said.Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura pitched seven innings of shutout ball, allowing three hits and five walks, while striking out four.Peavy only lasted 1 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and five runs, ballooning his career World Series ERA to 9.58 in three starts.The do-or-die Game 7 is Wednesday night in Kansas City.Tim Hudson takes the mound for the Giants. He'll be opposed by Jeremy Guthrie.

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World Series Game 6 Preview

World Series Game 6 Preview

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, MO) -- The Kansas City Royals title hopes are on the brink with a tough matchup against the San Francisco Giants' Jake Peavy in game six of the World Series.

The Royals are nicked up but that won't slow them down according to outfielder Lorenzo Cain.

"I'll be ready to go. We're all dealing with stuff right now," said Cain, who has been playing through leg pain. "I've done the best I could to stay healthy and just stay on the field."

Even though the Royals smacked four runs in against Peavy in game 2, hitting coach Dale Sveum explained to MLB Network that the pitcher will prove to be a tough matchup the second time around.

"He's not going to give in, he's going to keep the ball down," Sveum explained. "He still knows how to pitch. He competes as well as anybody. He's just a guy you are going to have to get up in the zone and be patient on."

For the Royals, they will send out Yordano Ventura; a young pitcher that manager Ned Yost believes is ready for the moment."

"His confidence is just staggering," Yost said. "You walk in that clubhouse and he looks you square in the eye with that glint that says, 'I'm ready for this.'"

Ventura may have the confidence, but as Giants manager Bruce Bochy explains, his team has got the experience.

"They're not going to change anything, they're not going to put any added pressure on themselves," Bochy said. "They've been through so much with their history in the postseason."

Youthful exhuberance versus established experience.  Game six at Kaufman Stadium should be an entertaining game for any baseball fan.

 

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ESPN: Lions’ Fairley Out 4-5 Weeks

ESPN: Lions’ Fairley Out 4-5 Weeks

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(DETROIT, MI) -- After a scary collision with teammate Ndamokung Suh, Nick Fairley's season appeared to be over.

The young defensive tackle's knee bent awkwardly as he attempted to make a tackle against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and needed assistance off the field.

According to a report from ESPN Chicago's Michael C. Wright, Fairley has a sprained MCL and PCL in his knee and will be out four to five weeks - much less than what was feared.

This is good news for both the Lions and Fairley.  The young nose tackle has been an integral part of the improved Lions defense this season. The Lions are holding opponents to less than 300 yards per game.

As for Fairley, the Lions declined a team option that would have kept him under contract through 2015.  He would have been set to enter free agency this coming offseason and a severe knee injury would have hurt his market.

 

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Redskins Upset Cowboys in Overtime

Redskins Upset Cowboys in Overtime

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(DALLAS,TX) -- Colt McCoy just got his first start as a quarterback in the NFL since 2001; he made the most of it. McCoy got the nod over Kirk Cousins and helped lead the Washington Redskins to a 20-17 overtime upset over the Cowboys in Dallas.

With sharp passes and smart decisions, McCoy was 25-30 for 299 yards while methodically moving the ball against the Cowboys defense. McCoy also showed his legs were still fresh as he scored a touchdown from seven yards out to break a 10-10 tie in the fourth quarter.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo suffered an injury in the third quarter and was forced to the locker room. Backup Brandon Weeden entered and tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jason Witten in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 17-17.

After receiving an injection in the locker room, Romo returned, but a drive he began to lead stalled at the Dallas 32.

The game entered overtime and McCoy led a nine-play, 58-yard drive that set up a go ahead field goal by Kai Forbath.

Romo tried to counter, but the Redskins defense made several plays to break up contested passes and in the end, the Cowboys simply ran out of downs.  

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Idzik Shoulders Blame for Jets Season

Idzik Shoulders Blame for Jets Season

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, NJ) -- In a season that has left fans irate, Jets General Manager John Idzik addressed the media and accepted the blame for a New York team off to a 1-7 start.

In his mid-season press conference, Idzik took accountability for the dissapointing start.

"It starts with me," Idzik stated. "My performance as General Manager, everything falls under me."

Idzik's hand picked quarterback Geno Smith has dramatically regressed in his second season.  In the worst start ever by a Jets quarterback, Smith completed two of eight passes for five yards and had three interceptions.

When asked who would start at quarterback this week against the Kansas City Chiefs, Idzik deflected the responsibility to head coach Rex Ryan, simply stating it was "an organizational decision... everyone has a card in that game" and that Ryan would answer that question.

In a later press conference Ryan announced that he would go ahead with Mike Vick.

In spite of the terrible performances, Idzik maintained support for Smith.

"He is still a New York Jet," Idzik said when asked if Geno would see the field again this season. "We are still trying to develop Geno Smith."

The Jets general manager remained adamant that this is a long-term plan.  It remains to be seen if anyone will be left when the season is over to execute it.

 

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Mississippi Falls to 7th in AP Poll

Mississippi Falls to 7th in AP Poll

Football Texture/iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- Following a 10-7 loss at 24th ranked Louisiana State, the Mississippi Rebels fell to 7th in the latest Associated Press poll, which was revealed on Sunday. Ole Miss (7-1) had been ranked third in the nation before suffering its first loss of the season on Saturday night.

Both Mississippi State (7-0) and Florida State (7-0) remained unbeaten over the weekend and stayed at 1 and 2 in the poll respectively. Alabama (7-1) replaced Ole Miss as the number three team in the country while Auburn (6-1) and Oregon (7-1) finished out the top five.

Coming off a bye week, the Notre Dame Fightin' Irish (6-1) moved up one spot to sixth, followed by the Rebels. Michigan State (7-1) remained eighth while Georgia (6-1) and TCU (6-1) each stayed in the top-10.

The biggest jump in the poll was LSU (7-2), which moved up to 16th in the poll. Southern California, which had been ranked 20th, fell out of the top-25 after a loss to Utah over the weekend.

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Brady, Roethlisberger Each Lead Romps

Brady, Roethlisberger Each Lead Romps

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Both Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger had big days on Sunday, leading their teams to impressive routs. Brady and the New England Patriots easily handled the Chicago Bears 51-23 while Roethlisberger's Pittsburgh Steelers dominated in a 51-34 win over Indianapolis.

Brady tossed five touchdown passes in the romp over Chicago, continuing an impressive stretch of four straight wins. The Patriots quarterback was 30-for-35 in the win for 354 yards. New England (6-2) scored on all five possessions in the first half, leading 38-7 at halftime.

"I love coaching Tom. I've been fortunate to have him the whole career since he's been here," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "He does a great job of executing the team game plan."

Meanwhile, Big Ben outdid Brady by throwing for six touchdowns, a franchise record, in a big momentum win over the Colts. The Pittsburgh quarterback also set a franchise mark with 522 passing yards while picking up his 100th career victory.

"We just felt like they couldn't stop us because we were just clicking," said Roethlisberger. "It was one of those nights that players talk about when things feel like they're going right."

The Steelers improved to 5-3 on the year and won consecutive games for the first time all season.

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Saints March Past Packers at Home

Saints March Past Packers at Home

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Drew Brees threw for three touchdowns while Mark Ingram ran for 172 yards and another score, helping the New Orleans Saints rout Green Bay 44-23 on Sunday night. The loss snapped the Packers (5-3) four-game winning streak while pulling the Saints (3-4) into a tie atop the NFC South.

"All we talked about all week long is just coming together as a team and playing a complete game as a team," said Brees. "It was a perfect representation of that."

Green Bay jumped on top early when Aaron Rodgers hit Randall Cobb on a 70-yard touchdown strike just two minutes into the first quarter. The Saints quickly countered with touchdown of their own, courtesy of Brandin Cooks' four-yard run. Both teams each converted three field goals in the first half, heading into halftime tied at 16-16.

The second half featured a little more defense, both teams scored on every possession in the first, but only from the Saints. After New Orleans turned the ball over on downs, the defense picked off Rodgers inside the redzone. Four plays later, Brees connected with Cooks on a 50-yard touchdown pass to put the Saints up 23-16. 

Brees would also find Jimmy Graham and Josh Hill in the end zone, giving New Orleans a 37-16 lead before the Packers finally scored in the fourth quarter. The Saints quarterback finished the game with 311 yards on 27-of-32 passing. 

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Bumgarner’s Gem Lifts Giants to World Series Lead

Bumgarner’s Gem Lifts Giants to World Series Lead

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Madison Bumgarner tossed a complete game shutout and Brandon Crawford had three RBI's as the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night. With the victory, the Giants are one win away from their third World Series title in five years.

"He was on early in the game and didn't have any stressful innings," said manager Bruce Bochy. "This guy was right on tonight. He was strong all night and when this guy is on, it's fun to watch."

Bumgarner finished the game with no walks and eight strikeouts, giving up just four hits in the game. The 25-year-old became the first pitcher to toss a complete game shutout in the World Series since Josh Beckett did it for the Florida Marlins in 2003.

The Giants ace was aided by a strong effort from his offense. Despite a solid six innings of work by Kansas City's James Shields, San Francisco struck for a run in the second and another in the fourth. Crawford drove in both runs before adding another RBI to his day in the eighth. Juan Perez tripled in the eighth as well, driving in two insurance runs.

San Francisco can clinch their third championship in five years when the series returns to Kansas City on Tuesday night.

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Cardinals Fly High on Late Bomb

Cardinals Fly High on Late Bomb

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PHOENIX, AZ) --  The Arizona Cardinals won in dramatic fashion, 24-20 over the Philadelphia Eagles.

For the majority of the game it was a defensive struggle.

The fourth quarter proved to be the most exciting as the offenses began to gain steam. After tieing the game at 17 with 9:01 to go, the Eagles methodically moved the ball on a 13-play seven minute drive down to the Cardinals three. Cody Parkey lined up for the go-ahead field goal and gave Philadelphia a 20-17 lead.

With 1:21 remaining in the fourth quarter Carson Palmer heaved a pass up to rookie John Brown.  Brown was screaming past two Eagles defenders reached out and caught the ball.  After a quick stumble, Brown regained his momentum and raced to the endzone for a 75-yard touchdown. 

The Eagles mounted a quick rally driving the ball 64 yards to attempt several throws into the Cardinals endzone.  On the final play with one second remaining, pressure in his face, Foles threw up a pass to rookie Jordan Matthews.  Matthews caught the ball but was shoved out by safety Rashad Johnson.

The Cardinals move to 6-1 and hold a firm grasp on the NFL West.

 

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Jets Commit Six Turnovers, Turn To Vick

Jets Commit Six Turnovers, Turn To Vick

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With a three-and-out and three interceptions to open the game the Geno Smith era in New York may soon be over.

As the clock ticked under five minutes to go in the first quarter the Jets handed the reigns to Mike Vick.  That would still not be enough as New York lost to the Bills 43-23 and committed six turnovers on the day.

"I made the move to go to Mike and I think we responded," Rex Ryan said. "There was a lot of good things we did with Mike in there."

With Vick under center New York pulled close as Nick Folk hit a 55-yard field goal to narrow the gap to 24-17.

Turnovers continued to haunt the Jets throughout the day. Vick commited three turnovers of his own that killed any momentum New York had built.

"We have to take care of the football better," Ryan stated.

Buffalo stormed away in the second half though as Kyle Orton tossed a pair of touchdowns to Scott Chandler and rookie wideout Sammy Watkins.  Orton finished the day completing 10 of 17 passes with four touchdowns - the first time in his career he had done so.

When asked who would start next week for the Jets when they travel to Kansas City, Ryan deferred only saying, "we'll look at that later."

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Falcons Collapse in London, Lose to Lions 22-21

Falcons Collapse in London, Lose to Lions 22-21

Leon Halip/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The Atlanta Falcons led at halftime over the Lions 21-0. When they looked up at the clock as the game was over, the score favored Detroit 22-21.

The Falcons suffered a defensive breakdown with 4:38 to go in the third quarter as Golden Tate ran past two Atlanta defenders and caught a 59-yard bomb from Matt Stafford, closing Atlanta's early lead to 21-10.

On the ensuing drive, with pressure in his face quarterback Matt Ryan threw a terrible inteception to Lions cornerback Cassius Vaughn. 

"In my mind, that kind of cost us the ball game," Ryan said. "I was trying to throw the ball away and I never saw him."

The Falcons defense remained stought and held the Lions to a field goal. The Lions would score another touchdown in the fourth quarter when Matt Stafford found Theo Riddick on a five yard completion. The score was now 21-19 after Detroit missed a two point attempt to tie the game.

The Falcons would try to run the clock out with a poorly executed drive. With less than two minutes to go the Falcons commited a holding penalty that would stop the clock at 1:55.  On the next play, Matt Ryan attempted a screen to Julio Jones, who dropped the ball.  Atlanta would punt the ball inside Detroit's ten yard line.

Detroit would march down the field with little resistance.  Settling at Atlanta's 25 yard line, Detroit lined up for a field goal and newly signed kick Matt Prater pushed the ball wide right.  Atlanta ran on the field in celebration only to find out a whistle had blown. The Lions were called for a delay of game penalty: the kick was negated.  Prater got a second chance and drilled it though the uprights.

That's football. He missed it and there was a delay of game penalty," Mike Smith, Falcons head coach said after the loss. "Thought we were going to squeak one out. Obviously we didn't."

 

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Jose Aldo Retains Featherweight Title at UFC 179

Jose Aldo Retains Featherweight Title at UFC 179

Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil) -- Jose Aldo earned a unanimous decision to retain his UFC featherweight title, beating Chad Mendes on Saturday night at UFC 179 in Brazil. The bout had been a rematch of the 2012 title fight that also saw Aldo emerge victorious.

"I think every fight is the toughest fight of my career," Aldo (25-1) said. "I think I deserved to win. He hit me a few times but I him a lot more. But congratulations to Chad Mendes. I have respect for him, his whole team, his family."

Both fighters scored takedowns in the first round and had chances to finish early. Instead, the five-round bout went the distance and provide fans with a thrilling 25 minutes of action. Aldo, who knocked out Mendes in the first round their previous meeting, was awarded at 49-46 decision by all three judges.

"He rung my bell for sure," Mendes (16-2) said. "I was rushing to get my wits back. I've got to be honest, I was just going so hard that I didn't know what the hell was going on."

After winning the first three rounds, Aldo seemingly attempted to coast to another victory. Mendes did not allow the champion to go that easily, opening up a cut under the left eyebrow of his opponent in the fourth round. However, it would prove to do little damage as Aldo was able to win the final round to secure his title defense.

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(13) Ohio State Holds Off Penn State in Double Overtime

(13) Ohio State Holds Off Penn State in Double Overtime

Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- After blowing a 17-point lead in the second half, 13th-ranked Ohio State survived in double overtime, beating Penn State 31-24 on the road on Saturday night. 

The Buckeyes (6-1) held a 17-0 lead at halftime, thanks to a running score from Ezekiel Elliott and a touchdown pass from J.T. Barrett to Jeff Heuerman. However, the offensive production stalled in the second half. Penn State (4-3) began their rally on the defensive end when Anthony Zettel picked off a pass from Barrett and ran it back 40 yards for the score.

The Nittany Lions inched closer in the fourth quarter when quarterback Christian Hackenberg hit Saeed Blacknall for a 24-yard pass, making it a 17-14 game. Sam Ficken then tied the game with a field goal late, leaving just nine seconds on the clock. Both teams scored touchdowns in the first overtime, sending the game to another extra frame.

In the second overtime, Barrett scampered into the end zone from four-yards out to put Ohio State ahead 31-24. Penn State had a chance to tie the game, but Joey Bosa sacked Hackenberg on fourth-and-5 to seal the victory.

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(13) Ohio State Holds Off Penn State in Double Overtime

(13) Ohio State Holds Off Penn State in Double Overtime

Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- After blowing a 17-point lead in the second half, 13th-ranked Ohio State survived in double overtime, beating Penn State 31-24 on the road on Saturday night. 

The Buckeyes (6-1) held a 17-0 lead at halftime, thanks to a running score from Ezekiel Elliott and a touchdown pass from J.T. Barrett to Jeff Heuerman. However, the offensive production stalled in the second half. Penn State (4-3) began their rally on the defensive end when Anthony Zettel picked off a pass from Barrett and ran it back 40 yards for the score.

The Nittany Lions inched closer in the fourth quarter when quarterback Christian Hackenberg hit Saeed Blacknall for a 24-yard pass, making it a 17-14 game. Sam Ficken then tied the game with a field goal late, leaving just nine seconds on the clock. Both teams scored touchdowns in the first overtime, sending the game to another extra frame.

In the second overtime, Barrett scampered into the end zone from four-yards out to put Ohio State ahead 31-24. Penn State had a chance to tie the game, but Joey Bosa sacked Hackenberg on fourth-and-5 to seal the victory.

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