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Bengals hang with Steelers, but come up short in 4th quarter


Andy Dalton on a rollout

CINCINNATI, OHIO — The first sellout crowd of the season at Paul Brown Stadium, 63,262, witnessed a classic AFC North Division game between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. There was good defense, some scoring and several big plays.

The veteran Steelers beat the Bengals, 24-17.

Rashard Mendenhall scored two rushing touchdowns for the Steelers including the game winner of 9 yards late in the third quarter.

With the loss, the young Bengals 5-game winning streak comes to an end.

Cincinnati rookie quarterback Andy Dalton had a decent game of 15 for 30 for 170 yards, 2 TD’s and 2 interceptions. But he handled all of the Steelers schemes on defense better than expected.

With the two touchdowns on Sunday, Dalton now has 14 overall, the most of any NFL rookie quarterback in his first nine games since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. Dalton did not suffer any sacks. The Steelers usually feast on rookie quarterbacks.

With the win, Pittsburgh is 7-3 and the Bengals fall to 6-3.

Top pass receivers in the game for Pittsburgh includes Antonio Brown 6 catches for 86 yards and Mike Wallace 6 catches for 54 yards. For Cincinnati, Andrew Hawkins 5 receptions for 56 yards and A.J. Green 2 for 36 yards and 1 touchdown.

On the ground, the Bengals Cedric Benson led all ball carriers with 57 yards on 15 carries.



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Ex-Huskers star signs with AFL’s Omaha team


Eric Crouch (courtesy of Nebraska athletics)

Eric Crouch, who won the 2001 Heisman Trophy with the Nebraska Cornhuskers, has signed a contract with the Omaha Nighthawks of the AFL.

During his Heisman season, he was unbelievable, completing 105 of 189 passes for 1,510 yards and 7 touchdowns. On the ground, He ran for 1,115 yards and 18 TD’s.

The 32-year-old Crouch was a third-round pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2002. He was on the roster of three NFL teams, but never played a game, Green Bay, Kansas City and Los Angeles Rams.  He last played in 2006 in the Canadian Football League, with the Toronto Argonauts.

Crouch has seen action with the Hamburg Sea Devils and Team Texas.


compiled from staff,  Nebraska news, AFL & Omaha Nighthawks news


Dayton football coach Chamberlin named finalist for FCS Coach of the year

Rick Chamberlin (courtesy of Dayton athletics)

After leading the Dayton Flyers to a 10-1 season and the Pioneer Football League championship, head football coach Rick Chamberlin, has been named to the Eddie Robinson Award finalist list.

Eddie Robinson (courtesy of Grambling athletics)

The award honors the nation’s premier coach and all Football Championship Subdivision conferences are represented among the 20 finalists.

Eddie Robinson was the long-time coach of the Grambling Tigers. He posted a 408-165-15 from 1941-1997. He sent over 200 players to play in the AFL and NFL and they include Buck Buchanan, Willie Brown, Charlie Joiner, James Harris, Willie Davis and Doug Williams who succeeded Robinson as the head coach of one of America’s most-historic black colleges. Coach Robinson died on April 3, 2007 at age 88.

Rick Chamberlin is a former player and 1980 graduate of UD. He has been with the university for 30 years. In each of the three seasons since he was named head coach after the retirement of his mentor, Mike Kelly, the Flyers have won 9 or more games. Coach Chamberlin’s 28 wins, as of this season, make his three year record at Dayton the most successful coaching start in Flyer history.

Coach Chamberlin is in good company for the award; some of the other candidates include: Rob Ash, Montana State; Al Bagnoli, Penn; Reggie Barlow, Alabama State; Kerwin Bell, Jacksonville; K.C. Keeler, Delaware; Jimmye Laycock, William & Mary; Trent Miles, Indiana State; Jerry Moore, Appalachian State and Joe Walton, Robert Morris.

Nearly 175 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and others will select the award recipient. The Robinson Award, in its 24th year, will be presented at the national awards banquet on Thursday, January 6 in Frisco, Texas, the night before the national championship game.

Info courtesy of Dayton athletics

NFL great George Blanda dies at age 83


The NFL lost one of its most popular players and one of its all-time greats as well.

George Blanda, the ageless Hall of Fame quarterback and kicker who played 26 years, died on Monday at age 83.

He has always been remembered for his fantastic run of late-game heroics for the Oakland Raiders. He was a close personal friend of team owner Al Davis.

What is remarkable about George Blanda’s career is that he retired one month shy of his 49th birthday before the 1976 season, playing longer than any other player in pro football history.

George Blanda (NFL & Oakland Raiders photo)

Blanda spent 10 seasons with the Chicago Bears, part of one year with the Baltimore Colts, seven with the Houston Oilers and the last nine of his career with the Raiders.

He scored 2,002 points in his career, kicking 335 field goals and 943 extra points, running for nine touchdowns and throwing for 236.

A very prolific passer, Blanda threw for 19,149 yards and 165 touchdowns in seven seasons for Houston. He was the American Football League Player of the Year in 1961 and holds the AFL single-game passing record of 464 yards on October 29, 1961, against Buffalo, and was chosen the league’s all-time place kicker.

Blanda threw for 26,920 yards in his career and held the pro football record for interceptions with 277 until Brett Favre passed him up in 2007.

He also retired with the most points in history until that total was bested by several players in recent years.

compiled from staff, NFL & Oakland Raiders news

Entertainment: Arena Football League Returns

By Richard K. Long

MSN Entertainment Writer

Believe it or not, The AFL is returning from the dead.

The league has set up a partnership with the NFL Network.

The indoor league will launch its regular season April 2 with a live prime-time game. Weekly featured matchups are scheduled for Friday nights in prime time throughout the 18-game season.

Playoff games will occur in August culminating in the Arena Bowl Championship-August 20-23 on the NFL Network.

The 15-team league has one Ohio entry, the Cleveland Gladiators. The league previously included the Columbus Destroyers, before the team suspended operations in 2009.