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BEEF O’BRADY’S BOWL: Central Florida hammers high-scoring Ball State, 38-17

(courtesy of Beef O'Brady Bowl)

Conference USA member Central Florida, one of Ohio State’s 2012 opponents, beat Ball State of the Mid-American Conference on Friday night in the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl, 38-17.

The game took place at St. Petersburg, Florida at Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball.

Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles threw three touchdowns and ran for another in the contest.

(courtesy of UCFAthletics.com)

Bortles completed 22 of 33 passes without an interception.

Ball State, which finishes the season at 9-4, had high hopes of winning 10 games for only the third time in school history, but its usually high-scoring offense was held to a season-low point total by a swarming, speedy Knights defense. The Cardinals saw their six-game winning streak come to an end.

Bortles, who led the Knights to a 10-4 record, passed for 272 yards to become the first QB to throw for 3,000 yards since 2002. A solid runner, he also led the team on the ground, rushing nine times for a career-best 80 yards.

Cardinals quarterback Keith Wenning was 22 of 34 passing for 217 yards and two touchdowns.

(courtesy of ballstatesports.com)

 

 

Info compiled from Central Florida University, Ball State University & Beef O’Brady’s Bowl news

AL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS: Rangers beat Tampa Bay; advances to ALCS

 

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

In 2010, the Texas Rangers won the AL West for the first time since 1999 and then beat Tampa Bay in five games and New York in six to earn the franchise’s first-ever AL pennant.

This year, Texas defeated Tampa Bay with three straight wins after dropping the first game in Arlington, Texas.

The Rangers were led in the deciding game of this series by Adrian Beltre, who hit three homers and starting pitcher Matt Harrison, who earned the win in a 4-3 win in St. Petersburg, Florida.

They clinched the best-of-five American League divisional series 3-1 and moved the Rangers to the American League championship series against Detroit or New York on Saturday.

Texas is trying to become the first AL team other than the Yankees to repeat as league champions since Toronto in 1992-93.

Info compiled from MLB & the Texas Rangers

Doran Grant will become a Buckeye

(clipart by gloryman courtesy of Clker.com)

Blue-chip defensive back Doran Grant recently chose Ohio State over Michigan State during the Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The 5 feet 11 inch, 178 pound Grant, from Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s, the same high school that has produced Jerome Lane (Pittsburgh Panthers), Marcus Johnson (Dayton Flyers), Frank Stams (NFL ) and LeBron James (NBA), is considered one of the top three prospects in Ohio by Bucknuts.

Grant had offers from at least 25 schools, but wanted to play for Ohio State and Jim Tressel.

With Ohio State losing both starting cornerbacks in Chimdi Chekwa and Devon Torrence to the NFL, Grant should get a chance to start immediately. He is an exceptional cover corner.

Grant is the 20th member of the 2011 class.

compiled from staff, radio, TV & internet reports

2010 BEEF ‘O’ BRADY BOWL: Louisville 31 Southern Mississippi 28

Beef 'O' Brady Bowl (by St. PetersburgBowl.com via Wikipedia Commons)

Justin Burke threw two touchdown passes and Jeremy Wright scored on a 95-yard kickoff return to give the Louisville Cardinals the 31-28 win over the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in the Beef ‘O’ Brady Bowl in St. Petersburg, Florida at Tropicana Field.

Burke tossed scoring passes of to Cameron Graham and Josh Chichester.

Wright’s kickoff return made it 28-28 early in the fourth quarter, and Chris Philpott’s 36-yard field goal gave the Cardinals the lead with 6:30 remaining.

Louisville ups its record to 7-6 on the season.

Austin Davis threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns to become the career TD pass leader at Southern Mississippi with 53, moving ahead of Brett Favre and Lee Roberts.

The Eagles end the season at 8-5.

SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI GAME NOTES:

* This was the program’s ninth consecutive bowl appearance.

* Louisville is no stranger to Southern Miss. The two teams used to play every year when both were members of Conference USA. The teams kept playing even after the Cardinals left for the Big East in 2005. The Golden Eagles played at Louisville a year ago, losing in a thrilling contest, 25-23. The two teams will meet in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

* The Golden Eagles defensive front seven has been the team’s strength, they’re ranked 13th nationally against the run.

* Southern Miss’ run game with freshman Kendrick Hardy and an offensive unit that averages 203.4 rushing yards a game.

* The Golden Eagles lost three games in 2010 by a combined eight points.

* DE Cordarro Law is the defense’s top playmaker, leading the team in sacks with six and tackles for loss with 11 1/2. Law has four sacks in the last four games.

LOUISVILLE CARDINALS GAME NOTES:

* The Cardinals were happy to be in a bowl game. No one expected them to do anything under first year coach Charlie Strong, the former defensive coordinator at Florida. The team was picked to finish last in the Big East after being 4-8 in 2009 and three bowl-less seasons under Steve Kragthorpe.

* The Cardinals opened the season at 3-3, a bowl wasn’t even in the future. But despite a tough schedule in the Big East, they endured. The Cardinals knocked off eventual league champion Connecticut and won at improving Syracuse and scored a win against Rutgers to end at a bowl-eligible 6-6.

* Louisville runs the football most of the time with running back Bilal Powell who averages 120.9 yards a game.

* The offensive line is one of the best in the Big East.

* Louisville lost five games by a total of a touchdown or less.

* WR Doug Beaumont led the team in receptions per game and is also a threat on punt returns, ranking ninth in the country with an average of 15.3 yards.

compiled from Beef ‘O’ Brady Bowl, Louisville & Southern Mississippi athletics news

AL DIVISION SERIES: Lee outduels Price as Texas wins 5-1 over Rays

Cliff Lee always thrives in October. That is the reason that he is the most coveted pitcher when the MLB trading deadline approaches each year

Wednesday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Florida, Lee shutdown the power-hitting lineup of the Tampa Bay Rays while out-pitching their ace, David Price in leading the Texas Rangers to a 5-1 win in game one of their playoff series.

Cliff Lee Texas (MLB)

The left-handed Lee matched a postseason best with 10 strikeouts, allowing five hits, only one after the second inning. There was a dominating stretch in the game where Lee retired 16 of 17 batters before surrendering a homer to Ben Zobrist in the seventh inning.

Texas, in the playoffs for the first time in 11 years, stopped a nine-game postseason losing streak that began in 1996.

The American League West champions got homer-power from Nelson Cruz and Bengie Molina.

David Price, a 19-game winner for the Rays, allowed five runs, nine hits, struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings. Just like Cliff Lee, he walked no batters.

compiled from staff & MLB news

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