Monday, November 23, 2009

Monday Morning Meissnervations











Computer problems at home have forced a bit of a scramble to get everything together. So here, in catch-up mode, is what's happening.

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This year's Civil War football game, the 113th edition, will feature something it never has before: The winner goes directly to the Rose Bowl game on New Year's Day. The Oregon State Beavers did their part Saturday, dismantling the Washington State Cougars 42-10 in front of just 16,167 frozen fans in Pullman, Washington while in the desert, the Oregon Ducks beat the Arizona Wildcats in double-overtime 44-41.

The Beavers rolled to their win, scoring touchdowns on their first three possessions. Damola Adeniji caught an 11 yard touchdown pass to start the scoring 4 minutes into the game. Pat Rooney got Washington State on the board 3 minutes later with a 29 yard field goal, then Jacquizz Rodgers scored on a 10 yard run with 1:41 left in the opening quarter. Justin Kahut converted both times, putting Oregon State up 14-3.

Joe Halahuni stretched the lead with a 10 yard touchdown catch, with Kahut adding the PAT 4:53 into the second quarter, putting the Beavers up 21-3. The Cougars took advantage of some undisciplined OSU play, scoring with 14 seconds left in the half, on a 1 yard run by Dwight Tardy. Rooney's PAT cut the Beaver lead to 21-10 at the half.

Oregon State regrouped and dominated in the second half. Markus Wheaton scored on a 10 yard run and with Kahut's PAT with 2:10 remaining in the third, the Beavers led after three, 28-10.

Two more scores in the final period wrapped it up for Oregon State. Jacquizz Rodgers blew through a hole up the middle for a 39 yard touchdown run with 12:20 left, then Jovan Stevenson scampered in from 4 yards out with 6:31 to go. Kahut kicked two more PATs and Oregon State had the win, 42-10.

Sean Canfield led the Beavers with 22-of-29 passing for 231 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Ryan Katz, in mop-up duty, was 4-of-7 for 53 yards. Jacquizz Rodgers rushed 24 times for 165 yards and 2 touchdowns, Jovan Stevenson and Markus Wheaton added rushing touchdowns and Damola Adeniji caught 5 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown. Justin Kahut kicked 6 points after. For Washington State, Kevin Lopina was 15-of-32 passing for 133 yards, Dwight Tardy rushed 10 times for 37 yards and a touchdown, while Pat Rooney kicked a field goal and a PAT.

Oregon State, now ranked #16 in the AP poll and #18 in the USA Today Coaches poll, had 31 first downs, were 7-of-12 on 3rd down, 2-of-2 on 4th down and rushed for 283 yards. The Cougars had 13 first downs, were 3-of-14 on 3rd down, 1-of-1 on 4th down, rushed for just 59 yards and passed for 133. The Beavers had the edge in total offense by a huge margin, 567 to 192.

Oregon State improves to 8-3 overall, 6-2 in the Pac-10. They have won 4 straight and 6 of their last 7. Washington State falls to 1-10 overall, and 0-8 in conference. The Cougars have lost 8 straight, have allowed 40+ points in 5 straight games and have been outscored 173-6 in the first quarter. WSU has not led a game in regulation this season and in their only win this season(September 19th against SMU), tied the game with 28 seconds left in regulation, then won with an overtime field goal.

The Beavers next play on Thursday, December 3rd in Eugene, against the Oregon Ducks. Kickoff is set for 9:00pm EST, with the game being heard on http://www.kpam.com/ and the Beaver Sports Network. The game can be seen on ESPN.

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders are headed to the Grey Cup in Calgary next Sunday, after beating the Stampeders in the West Final yesterday, 27-17, in front of a sell out crowd of 30,945 at Mosaic Stadium in Regina.

Calgary built a 10-0 lead in the first half. Sandro DeAngelis kicked a 47 yard field goal with 3:14 gone in the first. Then, with 11:18 to go 'til the half, Joffrey Reynolds scored on a 17 yard run, with DeAngelis adding the convert. The Riders then found their offense, scoring 10 points of their own. Chris Getzlaf caught a pass from Darian Durant on a backside screen and went 11 yards for the major score. Luca Congi converted with 6:48 left, then added and 18 yard field goal with 2:19 remaining, tying the game at halftime, 10-10.

Saskatchewan, plagued by big troubles in the 3rd quarter all season long, put this one away in the third. Durant hit Andy Fantuz on a slant pattern for a 10 yard touchdown and Congi converted, giving Saskatchewan a 17-10 lead with 2:36 gone. The Stamps responded and appeared headed for the tying score. However, the drive stalled and DeAngelis came on for a 47 yard field goal attempt. The kick missed, but the Riders conceded the single point and, with 7:33 left, they led 17-11. Saskatchewan took the ball and drove for the back-breaking score on a 6 play, 71 yard drive. Rob Bagg did the honors, catching a 17 yard touchdown pass and with the Congi convert, the Riders led 24-11 through three quarter time.

In the 4th, Congi added a 43 yard field goal with 2:04 gone, putting Saskatchewan on top 27-11. Calgary would come back to score on a Henry Burris to Jeremaine Copeland 4 yard touchdown pass with 1:21 left. The 2-point conversion pass was intercepted and the Riders ran out the clock, clinching their second Grey Cup appearance in three years, with the 27-17 win.

Darian Durant led Saskatchewan with 18-of-25 passing for 204 yards and 3 touchdowns, Ryan Getzlaf, Andy Fantuz and Rob Bagg caught touchdown passes, Luca Congi kicked 2 field goals and 3 converts, Rey Williams had 10 tackles and James Patrick intercepted 2 passes. For the Stampeders, Henry Burris was 22-of-34 passing for 278 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 inreceptions. Joffrey Reynolds rushed for a touchdown, Jeremaine Copeland caught a touchdown pass and Sandro DeAngelis kicked a field goal, a convert and a single.

The Riders will meet the Montreal Alouettes in the Grey Cup game next Sunday at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alberta. The Als earned their 7th Grey Cup berth since 2000, by pounding the BC Lions yesterday, 56-18. In their previous six appearances, Montreal's only win came in 2002. Saskatchewan beat Winnipeg to win the 2007 Grey Cup. The Alouettes have beaten the Riders twice this season, 43-10 in Regina in week #3, and 34-25 in a week #8 matchup in Montreal. Kickoff for the Grey Cup next Sunday is 6:30pm EST. You can hear the game on http://www.620ckrm.com/ beginning at 5:30pm EST.

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The NFL took the field for week 11 action yesterday. Baltimore wrapped up week 10 last Monday by blanking Cleveland 16-0. Week 11 started on Thursday with Miami beating Carolina 24-7.

In yesterday's action, Philadelphia beat Chicago 24-20(How you Bears fans like Jay Cutler now?), Oakland beat Cincinnati 20-17(Bruce Gradowski 2 TD passes in his first start), New England beat the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets 31-14 and San Diego blasted Denver 32-3(San Diego now leads the AFC West while Denver has lost 4 straight, after starting 6-0).

Arizona held off St. Louis 21-13, Jacksonville topped Buffalo 18-15(Jags scored 8 in 4th to win), Green Bay beat San Francisco 30-24 and the New York football Giants ended a 4 game slide, by beating Atlanta with an OT field goal, 34-31.

Detroit edged Cleveland 38-37(Who thought this would be the most entertaining game of the weekend, with these two sad sacks combining for 75 points and 912 yards total offense?), New Orleans beat the daylights out of Tampa Bay 38-7(Bucs drove 95 yards on their first possession to grab the lead, then proceeded to suck), Kansas City got an OT field goal to Beat Pittsburgh 27-24(How often does a team get 512 yards total offense and lose?), Indianapolis stayed unbeaten with a 17-15 win over Baltimore, Minnesota rolled over Seattle 35-9(Brett Favre 22-of-25 passing for 213 yards and 4 touchdowns) and Dallas tripped Washington 7-6(The whole country was saddled with this bore-fest).

The Monday Night game this week is Tennessee vs Houston(The second game this week between one city's team, and the team that city used to have).

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The Tampa Bay Lightning split two games over the weekend and went 1-1-1 to end their road trip, losing Thursday at Anaheim in overtime 4-3, Saturday at Carolina 3-1 and winning on a Steven Stamkos overtime goal in Atlanta on Sunday, 4-3.

Teemu Selanne scored at 6:25 and Ryan Getzlaf (PPG) at 18:12 of the first for Anaheim. Bobby Ryan scored (PPG) at 6:52 of the second, then the Lightning finally got untracked with second period goals by Joel Halpern at 7:23 and Steven Stamkos 18 seconds later. Marty St. Louis tied the game with a power play goal at 1:38 of the third, but the Ducks won on a Scott Niedermayer goal 52 seconds into overtime. Mike Smith had 27 saves for Tampa Bay, Joel Hiller 24 for Anaheim.

Marty St. Louis scored a power play goal at 15:18 of the first Saturday, but Carolina responded with goals by Tuomo Ruutu(PPG at 2:35 of the 2nd), Joni Jokinen(at 13:46 of the 2nd) and Chad LaRose(15:37 in the 3rd). Mike Smith had 27 saves for the Lightning and Manny Legace made 21 saves for the Hurricanes.

On Sunday in Atlanta, the game was scoreless after one. Stephane Veilleux scored at 5:45 of the second and Ryan Malone at 19:36, putting Tampa Bay up 2-0 through 40 minutes. Tobias Enstrom scored for the Thrashers (at 5:29) and Kurtis Foster (at 9:20 on the power play) to leave the Lightning's lead at 2 goals, 3-1, halfway through the third. Then, Vyacheslav Kozlov scored at 15:37 and Evander Kane at 17:29, tying the game 3-3, forcing overtime. There, Steven Stamkos' team-leading 15th goal of the season at 2:56 won the game for Tampa Bay. Antero Niittymaki made 28 saves for the Lightning, Ondrej Pavalec 40 for Atlanta.

Tampa Bay is now 9-5-7 for 25 points, second in the Southeast. They trail Washington by 6 points, and lead Atlanta by 2, Florida by 3 and Carolina by 10.

The Lightning stay busy to close out November. They host Toronto Wednesday at 7:00pm, the Rangers Friday at 7:30pm, travel to Dallas Saturday at 8:30pm and return home to host Colorado on Monday at 7:30pm. All games can be heard on 620 WDAE radio and seen on Sun Sports, except for the Dallas game, which airs on WTOG, CW44.

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And Jimmy's new word this week: "Hi!"

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Have a great week everybody!

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