One yard heartbreak: Northwestern tops Wisconsin 13-7 on Senior Day

first_imgMan oh man…… 4 steps + Knee down.. Possessed & secured tight.. No bobble.. BUT. Reversed????— Jazzy (@JazzPeavy) November 22, 2015UW (8-3, 4-2 Big Ten) had two more chances. Stave dropped back again, but the Northwestern front seven, which had pressured him all game, got in his face once again. Stave was sacked for a loss of 10 yards and was shaken up badly. Clearly disoriented, he wandered in the backfield for a moment too long, and it looked like the clock would run out.Running back Dare Ogunbowale made the heads up play to spike the ball with six seconds remaining. Stave left the game. Backup quarterback Bart Houston entered. Senior wide receiver/safety Tanner McEvoy was open on a slant route in the end zone, but couldn’t corral Houston’s low throw.The scoreboard showed two seconds left, but the game was over. A game which the Badgers assumed they had won three times was a loss.The first case of misfortune came in the third quarter, when senior wide receiver Alex Erickson streaked down the center of the field and returned a bouncing Northwestern punt 74 yards for a touchdown to put Wisconsin up 13-10.The celebration would not last long.The refs deemed that when Erickson waved off his teammates from touching the ball, he was signaling for a fair catch. Therefore, the ball was downed at the Wisconsin 22-yard line. It started the cruel trend of retraction that would eventually cause heartache and frustration.Regardless of Wisconsin’s turnovers — two brutal interceptions from Stave, who also lost a fumble, a muffed punt by Erickson and a fumble by McEvoy — and it’s stagnant offense (the Badgers finished with -26 rushing yards), UW was still very much in the game.“We did not play well offensively, but I give them credit for continuing to play and give us a chance at the end,” UW head coach Paul Chryst said.Getting off to a slow start on Senior Day has plagued Wisconsin for three consecutive years now. Against Penn State in 2013, UW allowed a touchdown less than two minutes into the game. Last season against Minnesota, Wisconsin trailed 17-3 in the first half before coming back to win 34-24.There was no comeback this time, and the slow start devolved into a game-long struggle.Northwestern’s defensive front had its way with the Wisconsin offensive line all day. Stave was sacked six times, with four of those instances coming in the first half.“Going into it we knew that was going to be one of the challenges and we didn’t rise up to that,” Chryst said.Whenever Northwestern took over in UW territory, which it did six times Saturday, the top-ranked scoring defense (points allowed) in the nation stepped up.Tanner McEvoy finished with a career-high five receptions for 57 yards and made two tackles at safety. Jason Chan/The Badger HeraldIt was a career day for many guys on the defensive unit. Vince Biegel (14), Joe Schobert (13), Jack Cichy (11), Alec James (seven), Chikwe Obasih (seven) and Conor Sheehy (five) all either tied or set career highs in tackles.The loss, senior safety Michael Caputo said, was a tough one to handle.“It hurts for a lot of guys,” Caputo said. “It shows how emotionally invested this team was and we left it all on the field. We went down fighting. It just didn’t go our way.”The Badgers allowed 209 yards (just 62 in the second half) of total offense and let only Northwestern sophomore running back Justin Jackson (139 yards on 35 carries, one touchdown) beat them.It also helped Northwestern only converted on two of its four field goal chances. Kicker Jack Mitchell missed on attempts from 27 and 35 yards out to keep it a one possession game.The only significant offense UW exhibited before the final drive was a five-play sequence that began with 10:41 left in the third quarter. On a 2nd-and-9 from the UW 36, Stave hit Peavy on two consecutive receptions for a combined 58 yards, with catches of 16 and 42 yards, respectively.Two plays later, Corey Clement, whose status for the game was questionable as he recovers from sports hernia surgery, stiff-armed a Northwestern defender near the goal line for his fourth touchdown of the season and UW only trailed by a field goal after Clement’s nine-yard run.Clement, a junior, rushed 10 times for 34 yards, but said he could’ve played more snaps. He added that the loss coming on Senior Day, was especially painful.“It sucks. After the game everyone and our seniors were just down,” Clement said. “Everyone wants to do their best and I want them to leave with the best memory possible so that you can look back on it … It sucks basically, I felt as if we won three times.”The final drive for Wisconsin started at its own 26-yard line with 1:47 remaining in the game. After an incompletion, Stave completed four of his next five passes to take Wisconsin to the Northwestern 23.Then, Stave hit tight end Troy Fumagalli over the middle for what was orignially called a touchdown, but the replays clearly showed Fumagalli’s knee down at the one-yard line. UW would have three chances (not counting the spike) to find the end zone, but came up short.The Badgers needed seven at the end of the game largely due to Stave’s final turnover, which came in the final eight minutes and proved to be his most costly. He made a terrible read on a throw across the middle deep in his own territory, and the Wildcats’ Anthony Walker intercepted it and Northwestern was in business at the Wisconsin 20-yard line.Mitchell pushed a 37-yard field goal through the uprights and Northwestern went up 13-7, which would hold as the final score.Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald empathized with his opposition.“I’ve been on the other side of those games and I feel for those kids from Wisconsin because that’s a tough way to end up on the short end,” he said.The “short end” is a lot tougher to handle when it means only one yard away. In a matter of seconds, the Wisconsin football team’s emotions went from jubilation to devastation, from euphoria to despair and ultimately, from the tantalizing feeling of winning to the reality of losing.And it happened three times.For the better part of the first 58 minutes of Saturday’s 13-7 loss to Northwestern (9-2, 4-2 Big Ten) on Senior Day at Camp Randall Stadium, the Wisconsin offense was abysmal. It had committed five turnovers. None of that mattered, though.Senior quarterback Joel Stave led his team to the brink of victory disguised as the one-yard line. Stave took the shotgun snap and rolled out of the pocket to his right. Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Jazz Peavy, who finished with career-highs in receptions (five) and receiving yards (88), created separation in the corner of the end zone.The ball struck him in the chest and his arms enveloped the ball. One, two, three feet hit the ground. The referee signaled touchdown and the party was on.But then came the review, which determined Peavy bobbled the ball and didn’t complete the process of a catch.“The whole time I knew that was a catch,” Peavy would say after the game.This was the Wisconsin TD that was overturned— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) November 21, 2015last_img read more

Volleyball: Matchup with Nebraska is Badgers chance to rebound in Big Ten race

first_imgEven the University of Minnesota’s squad may have found it hard to believe that last Wednesday’s shocking 3-0 sweep over then-No. 1 University of Wisconsin would end in the commanding fashion that it did.In last Monday’s polls, the Badgers earned their first No. 1 ranking in program history, but let it slip through their grasp less than 48 hours later. Last Wednesday night’s high-powered matchup featured something that every sports fan lives for: the classic No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle. But the UW Field House’s gold medal-type stage quickly faded to bronze as the Badgers found themselves struggling to compete with a Gophers team in complete control.Volleyball: No. 1 Badgers lose to close rival No. 3 Gophers in sweepIt’s all but guaranteed that the University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team will lose their newly acquired No. 1 ranking after Read…Last Wednesday’s result was a major shift in the landscape of the 2016 college volleyball season. We learned one big development: Move over University of Nebraska, because there’s a new kid on the block in the Big Ten, and it’s Minnesota.Over the last decade, the college volleyball national championship has historically run through the Big Ten, and after last Wednesday night’s result in Madison, the Big Ten runs through Minnesota. Until Wisconsin or Nebraska can make a significant statement in the next few weeks, there is a mile between the Gophers and the rest of the conference.Despite the crushing loss to Minnesota at home last week, Wisconsin showed a lot of heart in their most recent game on the road against the University of Michigan. Last Saturday night, UW marched into Ann Arbor looking to answer with a convincing rebound, and did just that in another tight 3-2 win.Wisconsin came out of the gates firing to take command of the game early and win both the first and second sets 25-20, 25-18 respectively. In surprise swing in momentum, the Wolverines fought back to grab the next two sets 25-17, 25-20 and force a fifth set.In another sudden turn of events, it appeared as though the Badgers were about to surrender a 2-0 lead on the road and lose a second consecutive game for the first time in over a year. The Badgers, however, managed to recalibrate themselves and showed the Wolverines they were nowhere near out of fight by stealing the final set 15-13 to win the game 3-2 overall.With a win over then-No. 23 Michigan in Ann Arbor already pocketed, the Badgers have a pivotal shot at redemption quickly approaching. A brutal three-game stretch that may have originally been seen as a curse for the Badgers, is now starting to show signs of becoming a blessing after last Saturday’s resurgence.After the stunning sweep by Minnesota, there is no better opportunity for Wisconsin to climb right back into the national championship conversation than with a road win over defending national champion and current No. 3 Nebraska.The Cornhuskers only have one loss on the season so far and the circumstances surrounding their lone stumble should come as a confidence booster for the Badgers heading into Friday night. Ohio State University is the only team who has managed to expose Nebraska this year, and the Buckeyes did so in an impressive fashion by defeating UN 3-1 at home.No. 2 Badgers blanket Scarlet Knights to improve to 5-0 in Big Ten play DH fmsThe No. 2 University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team won their eighth straight game Wednesday night against Rutgers University in Read…As Wisconsin fans surely remember, the Badgers have already dealt with the Buckeyes this year. Almost a month ago, the Buckeyes came into Madison as the No. 19 team in the country for UW’s Big Ten opener, but were dominated in a 3-0 sweep by the Badgers.While the whole “who-beat-whom” argument simply flies out of the window the second that each team takes the court to face the other, it never hurts to go into a game with the confidence that a victory against a tough team like Nebraska is well within the cards.The Wisconsin volleyball team has rolled through their early Big Ten Schedule this season, but the last three games have highlighted some struggles. Yet, the Badgers have still managed to escape this stretch with a 2-1 record, with the single loss coming to the No. 1 team in the nation. This is exactly why the Badgers will have a defining moment under the lights in Lincoln, Nebraska, this Friday night.last_img read more

Women’s soccer: Badgers look to cage Tigers in first round of NCAA Tournament

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team (12-3-4, 6-2-3 Big Ten) will travel to Tennessee to take on the Memphis Tigers (17-3, 7-2 AAC) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday.The Badgers are one of six teams from the Big Ten invited to the NCAA Tournament, joining Penn State, Rutgers, The Ohio State, Minnesota and Northwestern. Wisconsin, along with every other Big Ten team, was overlooked as a top four seed in this year’s tournament.But the Badgers should not be counted out to make a deep November run. Before dropping their last two contests, including a 3–2 overtime loss in the Big Ten Tournament, Wisconsin ran off a seven-game stretch without a defeat.Women’s hockey: Badgers defense dominates Minnesota StateThe Wisconsin Badgers (11-1-0, 5-1-0 WCHA) swept an away series this weekend against the Minnesota State Mavericks (4-5-1, 2-5-1 WCHA) Read…The main storyline this year on offense has been Lauren Rice’s emergence in the scoring game, excelling especially on the set piece. Though she went through a midseason dip in production, the forward pulled it together to lead the Badgers with seven goals and two game-winners in the Badgers’ final three regular-season games. Rice was third in the Big Ten with four game-winning scores for the year.But forward Dani Rhodes has seemingly taken back the reins on the Badger offense shooting 12 shots over the last two games for two goals. Though Rhodes, an aggressive player, will at times sacrifice quality for quantity of looks as only three of these 12 shots were on goal.Memphis will certainly be up for the challenge as the Tigers have won their past five decisions on route to an American Athletic Conference championship.Men’s Basketball: Happ’s triple double paves way for 85–63 Badger victory in season openerUniversity of Wisconsin men’s basketball team took down the Coppin State Eagles without any trouble to open up the 2018-19 Read…The forward duo of Clarissa Larisey and Samantha Murphy will lead the way for a potent Memphis attack. Larisey leads the team with 12 goals while Murphy sits just behind her at 11. But Murphy has been the more efficient scorer, racking up similar production to Larisey despite trailing her 37 to 73 in shot attempts.Wisconsin will look to advance past the Tiger’s Friday at 7 p.m. The match will stream online via the Memphis Tiger Network.last_img read more

Men’s tennis: Wisconsin closes out regular season with home matchups against Northwestern, Illinois

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team (9-10, 3-6 Big Ten) will close out its regular season this weekend. The Badgers will first take on the Northwestern Wildcats (13-12, 4-5) Friday afternoon, followed by a matchup with the Illinois Fighting Illini (14-7, 8-1) Sunday afternoon.The Badgers are coming off a weekend where they dominated Michigan State, 6–1, followed by a tough 5–2 loss to Michigan. Both matches came on the road.The Badgers have now won two of their last three matches, putting them in ninth place in the Big Ten.Men’s tennis: Badgers split weekend matchups against Indiana, PurdueThe University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team (8-9, 2-5 Big Ten) fell to Indiana (10-9, 4-3) Friday afternoon before narrowly Read…The Badgers now hope that freshman Jared Pratt continues his stellar play. Pratt has won six straight individual matches, the best streak of any Badger this season.In a stacked Big Ten conference, the Badgers have held their own against numerous powerhouse teams, earning at least one point in each match this season.Northwestern, who is currently ranked eighth in the Big Ten, is coming off a tough weekend of losses to The Ohio State University and Penn State, two of the top teams in the Big Ten.Illinois, however, is trending in the opposite direction. At second place in the Big Ten, the Fighting Illini recently won seven straight matches before losing to The Ohio State University last weekend.In road matchups against both teams last season, the Badgers lost to Illinois before beating Northwestern. In the win, the Badgers were led by now-senior Osgar O’Hoisin, who picked up wins in both the doubles and singles frame. They’ll look to him again this weekend, as he teams up with Pratt in the doubles competitions.Men’s tennis: Badgers fall to ranked Ohio State, Penn State over weekendThe University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team (7-8, 1-4 Big Ten) fell in back-to-back matches over the weekend, losing by Read…“Really excited to close the regular season at home with Senior Day on Sunday. We have some exciting Big Ten matchups in Northwestern and Illinois,” Head Coach Danny Westerman said. “It will be great to play in front of our fans one last time at home.”Both matches will be played at Nielsen Tennis Stadium, with Friday’s battle against Northwestern starting at 3 p.m. and Sunday’s match against Illinois starting at 2 p.m. The Badgers will look for wins to move up in the standings as they head into the Big Ten Tournament, which starts next Thursday in Michigan.last_img read more

Women’s Basketball: No. 19 Iowa, Purdue sweep Badgers in weekend contests as regular season nears close

first_imgThe 2019-2020 season is coming to an end for the University of Wisconsin’s women’s basketball team (11-15, 3-12 Big Ten) and the Badgers have fallen off dramatically as conference play continues to demand consistently elevated play. The case of peaking too early — or possibly the illusion of a peak developed from poor competition — has made for a disappointing slide down the stretch.Women’s Basketball: Badgers primed for breakout seasonAfter taking over during 2016-2017, University of Wisconsin-Madison women’s basketball Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis had a lot of work on Read…After battling for a close contest in the Kohl Center for 40 minutes in a wire-to-wire game against the Purdue Boilermakers (17-10, 8-7), Wisconsin was thoroughly overwhelmed by the Iowa Hawkeyes (21-5, 12-3) on the road just three days later. The level of competition, combined with a lack of momentum, produced a result which reflects upon the primary troubles of the year for Wisconsin — rebounding, ball security and three-point shooting.The Badgers were dressed in pink Thursday for the Pay4Kay Think Pink game which is put on in support of breast cancer awareness. Wisconsin fell behind early as the Boilermakers found traction in the painted area from the tip. The lead changed hands multiple times, but Purdue emerged on top 14–11 after the first quarter.Wisconsin shot 40% from the three-point line on Thursday, and committed only seven turnovers to remain in the game throughout all four quarters. The Badgers made the Boilermakers earn any advantage, and thus remained close as the halftime buzzer sounded. Despite the improvements made to production from deep and overall ball security, the Boilermakers never allowed the Badgers to seize a steady lead.Women’s Basketball: Badgers need win in ‘prove it’ games with Big Ten schedule nearing closeTo say that the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (10-10, 2-7 Big Ten) has gotten off to a rocky Read…Ultimately, the Badgers’ inability to make a critical stop late in the fourth quarter would be enough for Purdue to secure a 62–59 victory. The game ended in a loss, but showed signs that the Badgers retained their competitive will — a necessary mindset heading into Sunday’s challenge in Iowa City.The No. 19 Hawkeyes, coming off of a blowout loss of their own in College Park, had other plans for the visiting Badgers. Iowa leapt out to a double digit advantage in the first 10 minutes of the game and never looked back — cruising to a 97–71 victory that looked in hand nearly from the jump. The Badgers quickly succumbed to the Hawkeyes’ relentless offensive rebounding and scoring prowess, yet the Badgers still battled for all four quarters of the contest. Standout forward Imani Lewis posted yet another double-double with 17 points and 12 boards on the night. Women’s Basketball: Badgers collapse late, fall to Nebraska at homeSaturday’s contest between the University of Wisconsin-Madison women’s basketball team (10-10, 2-7 Big Ten) and the visiting Nebraska Cornhuskers proved Read…Lewis’ stat line put her into a tie for fifth in Badger history in season double-doubles. Iowa had four players in double figures and were led by Kathleen Doyle’s 22 point outing. The nation’s No. 19 ranked team led by 13 at half and never let off the gas — winning the final frame by another ten points to near 100 total for the game.The Badgers, losers of 10 of their last 12 contests, now return home to face the leaders of the Big Ten, the Maryland Terrapins. Tip-off is Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Coaching can make difference in football

first_imgWith the emergence of Colorado and Washington State as legitimate Pac-12 contenders, it is clear as ever how important coaching is in college football. The strength of a conference can be directly tied to the prowess of its head coaches, and right now the Pac-12 is undergoing a power shift.All it took for the Big Ten to return to national prominence was an infusion of coaching talent. Add Jim Harbaugh, Urban Meyer, Paul Chryst, Mike Riley and James Franklin in the last few years and the conference is significantly better than it was just five years ago. Overnight, the conference has been rebranded from an also-ran to this year’s strongest contender to the SEC in terms of national dominance.Hopefully, the same will be true for the Pac-12 as well. The trajectory of a program is determined by the man at the helm. A bad hire can have rapidly drastic consequences, as is the case of Oregon. Mark Helfrich appears to follow the same pattern as Larry Coker at Miami and Frank Solich at Nebraska — great assistants without the skillset to keep a program dominant. In just two years the team has gone from a national-title favorite to battling for a .500 season.In contrast, Chris Petersen at Washington took an underperforming and somewhat poorly coached, yet loaded Washington roster and turned it into a juggernaut within three years. Mike MacIntyre has turned in an arguably more impressive performance at Colorado, building up a dormant program into a respectable foe in only four seasons.The upper echelon of decision-makers in the conference would be sorely lacking if Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham wasn’t mentioned. No coach consistently develops prospects into talented team players, while dominating the junior college recruiting pipeline. The fact that graduate transfer defensive tackle Stevie Tu’ikolovatu was a rotational player at best at Utah and is now an integral part of the USC defensive line speaks to the excellence in coaching and developing Whittingham and his staff possess.The coaching talent continues down the Pac-12 conference, with standouts at both Arizona schools and unique offensive minds at the northern California universities. While Gary Andersen has struggled thus far at Oregon State, his track record is impressive and he looks to be in the nascent stages of a building a program that brings back memories of Riley’s best years as the coach of the Beavers.All of this coaching talent bodes well for the conference as a whole. After losing tremendous coaches to other jobs in Riley at Oregon State, Harbaugh at Stanford and Kelly at Oregon, the Pac-12 teams have done a good job of reloading and creating a more competitive atmosphere.For USC, the problem with is the playing field has been leveled. It appears that Oregon and Stanford’s days as the pride of the conference are over, and one would have hoped that USC would have been better prepared to reassume that mantle. There is still some hope, as USC probably has the most talented and dynamic quarterback in the Pac-12, which it hasn’t had in quite a while.However, over the grand scheme, coaching will determine if USC rises to the top or stays a notch below. The location and brand of Trojan football will always bring in top flight recruits, but only coaching and development will dictate whether or not USC is a playoff contender or on the fringe of competing for a Pac-12 South title.The jury is still out on Clay Helton’s coaching prowess. Ignoring his in-game coaching decisions, which have improved of late, his most important attribute might be what he can do from March to September in terms of coaching his players up. The team is more disciplined and more fundamentally sound than in years past, and if Helton can build on that and harness the immense raw talent he has at his disposal, USC could be elevated as a program — and he could as a coach as well.UCLA football is dealing with its own coaching issues. Their season may be a case study in what happens when a questionable offensive coordinator gets the keys to a Ferrari. It crashes and burns when the driver attempts to turn it in an off-road vehicle.  The Bruins this season are a testament to how important coordinators are as well.Hopefully, USC takes notice to the team across town and continues to coach and scheme to its players’ strengths instead of whatever is going on at UCLA. The Trojans no longer control their own destiny this season, but they have a chance to determine the fate of the program for years to come. Coaching will be the lead navigator. The hope is they follow the roadmap laid out by Washington, Utah and Colorado.Those programs are quality brands with excellent captains. USC, with the right person behind the wheel, has the chance to be a Bugatti, leaving everyone behind in the dust.Jake Davidson is a senior majoring in accounting. His column, “Davidson’s Direction,” runs Mondays.last_img read more

Other sports can shine as football hits its bye week

first_imgAs the panic of a weekend without USC football begins to set in, remember that even though it may not seem like it, there’s more to life than what happens in the Coliseum on Saturdays. If you are like me, you might even be glad there’s no football game this weekend. It allows you to rest up after coming out of what is the most terrifying time of any semester — midterm season.Even though USC’s team isn’t playing this week, if you must satiate your hunger for the gridiron, there are plenty of other games to watch, including No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 6 Texas A&M or No. 17 Arkansas vs. No. 21 Auburn.Beyond the college football world, however, this break gives other USC sports a chance to shine. The other three major fall sports — women’s volleyball, women’s soccer and men’s water polo — are all nationally ranked and definite national title contenders.If for no other reason, there are more incentives to go to the non-revenue sports than the football games. I’ve been attending football games for three years, and two weeks ago I caught my first t-shirt that they launched into the crowd.If you are one of the first 100 students to go to the women’s soccer game on Thursday, you get a pair of USC socks. These incentives are unfortunately what is needed to be provided in order for most of the people I know to feel like it’s a game worth attending.Women’s soccer is an extremely popular sport in the United States (for good reason) and the USC team is exciting to watch and dominating at their level of competition. The Women of Troy (11-3) are ranked No. 5 in the country and leave no doubt with their victories.All 11 of the team’s wins have come by two or more goals and they have held their opponents scoreless on 10 occasions. As someone who isn’t a soccer fan, I still find those numbers incredibly excitingUSC players have earned weekly conference honors six times and the team isn’t slowing down anytime soon, continually expressing how driven it is to win a national title this year. Women’s soccer isn’t the only sport that has its eyes on the prize this fall, though.Maybe land sports aren’t your thing and that’s fine, too. The men’s water polo team probably deserves the most publicity of any team given their historic and consistent domination of the competition.The second-best team in the country, the Trojans have lost only once this season. Sitting at 15-1, it would be easy to assume that their opponents have been cupcake teams, but that isn’t the case. The Trojans haven’t yet had to face their biggest rival, defending national champion top-ranked UCLA, but they have played (and defeated) six teams that were ranked in the top-20 when they played them. This impressive statistic includes five wins over teams in the top 10. In addition to their spectacular team success, there have been five weekly Pac-12 awards given to USC players.The women’s volleyball team has one of the most dynamic young players in the conference in freshman outside hitter Khalia Lanier who just this week was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week. Ranked No. 25 in the country, the team has suffered some disappointing losses this year, but hosts two critical matches this weekend as they face Cal on Thursday night and No. 14 Stanford on Sunday. The Women of Troy have defeated five ranked teams this season proving there is always the chance for an exciting upset.Even though the football season is back on the right track, no one should expect to see the team ranked anywhere near the top 10 before the end of the season. The other teams representing USC, however, are on track to add to our already impressive collection of national titles. So if you want to see a truly successful team, check out a sporting event outside of the Coliseum.Hailey Tucker is a junior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Tucker Talks,” runs Thursdays.last_img read more

Matt Leinart inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

first_imgFormer USC quarterback Matt Leinart was named to the College Football Hall of Fame Monday, making the three-time All-American the 43rd Trojan to receive the honor. Leinart was a focal point of USC’s early-2000s dynasty under Pete Carroll and led the program to two national championships, winning the 2004 Heisman Trophy in the process.He captained the Trojans for two years and racked up 99 career touchdowns and more than 10,000 passing yards. USC went 37-2 when Leinart started under center, and he was named MVP of the Rose Bowl (2004) and Orange Bowl (2005) during his time at Troy. In his Heisman-winning campaign, Leinart also won the Walter Camp Player of the Year, AP Player of the Year and Manning awards — and he took home the Unitas Golden Arm Award and Pop Warner Award in 2005.As his trophy cabinet reflects, Leinart set numerous records throughout his three years at USC, including 16 program marks and two NCAA records.He was inducted into the USC Hall of Fame in 2007 and named to the Pac-12 All-Century Team in 2015.After his Trojan career, Leinart was drafted in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft and spent seven seasons at the professional level. He now works as a college football analyst for Fox Sports.Leinart was selected alongside 12 other Hall of Fame inductees this year (nine players), including decorated head coach Steve Spurrier, as well as former Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning, Georgia Southern tailback Adrian Peterson and New Mexico’s Brian Urlacher.Leinart’s entry into the Hall of Fame establishes his legacy in the history of college football. He joins many fellow Trojans in the halls in Atlanta, including current Athletic Director Lynn Swann and Heisman winner O.J. Simpson.Leinart joined the other members of the 2017 Hall of Fame class for an induction ceremony in New York City on Dec. 5. Following the event, he thanked his coaches, fans and teammates for their support and commitment throughout his four years as a Trojan.“Everything I achieved in college was solely because I had the greatest teammates in the world,” Leinart wrote in an Instagram post.last_img read more

10 fun facts about Duke

first_imgSyracuse (23-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) is in the Sweet 16.Improbably, the Orange made the NCAA Tournament. And now, they’ve won their last three tournament games, including two upset wins over No. 6 TCU and No. 3 Michigan State to advance to the final 16 of the NCAA tournament.A familiar foe awaits in No. 2 seed Duke (30-7, 13-5). Duke crushed Syracuse, 60-44, when the two teams met at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 24. The pair will meet again in Omaha, Nebraska with a spot in the Elite Eight on the line.Here’s 10 fun facts about the Blue Devils.1. KrzyzewskivilleNamed after head coach Mike Krzyzewski, this area outside Cameron Indoor Stadium is one of Duke’s most famous traditions. It all started in 1986 when students camped out two nights before a Duke-North Carolina game in tents and waiting to get in.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNow, Duke has a Line Monitor Committee of Student Government that chooses the tenting games for each season. Tenting begins in early January, and there are rules for how many people must be in the tent at one time. One tent can hold no more than 12 spots. If the committee catches you violating the rules, your tent is out, and you won’t be able to get in to Duke’s next home game in 9,000-seat Cameron Indoor.2. You can’t see meIn 2012, researchers at Duke found a way to hide a small object from all waves that can be seen by the human eye, creating the first perfectly invisible cloak. It’s only worked so far on small objects, per a press release.3. Leaping lemurs!Excluding Madagascar, Duke’s Lemur Center is the largest and most diverse collection of Lemurs in the world. The center is home to more than 240 rare Lemurs. The Lemurs are the world’s most endangered mammal, with 91 percent of 103 known species threatened. They are held for research, preservation and visitation, and tours are offered year round.4. Familiar foesDuke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim have been coaching for a long time. Krzyzewski has been at Duke for 38 seasons and has 1,099 wins. Boeheim is the longest tenured coach in the NCAA with 42 seasons at Syracuse and has tallied 926 wins. The two both have three gold medals, coaching together on the U.S. Men’s Basketball team in 2008, 2012, and 2016.5. Burning the benchesCourt storming isn’t allowed in Cameron Indoor Stadium. So Duke students found a different way to celebrate victories: burning benches. This tradition started during a Duke-Louisville National Championship in 1986, according to the Duke University Library. When the Blue Devils lost to Louisville, students took their anger out on the benches.Now, it’s a tradition that every win over UNC is followed by a bonfire on Abele Quad.6. Tobacco roadEveryone knows the rivalry Duke has with North Carolina, it’s one of the fiercest in all of college hoops. But North Carolina State is also a part of the three-school “Tobacco Road” rivalry. These three schools are separated by less than 25 miles, with UNC and Duke just 9.8 miles apart. The rivalry is named after tobacco because North Carolina is the nation’s leading tobacco producer.And no, before you ask, Syracuse and Duke are not rivals.7. The best NBA coach that never wasIn his time as both Duke head coach and United States national team coach, Krzyzewski has coached 105 NBA players. He’s never coached in the NBA himself, but as of 2016, Krzyzewski has coached more NBA players than 90 percent of the coaches in NBA history, according to Elias Sports Bureau research.8. It’s all about the tobacco, againDuke was established by the Methodists and Quakers in 1838. The university is named after the father of the tobacco industry, James B. Duke. He later gave the school $40 million in 1924 to help with the endowment.9. Duke weddingsMuch like the demand for basketball games, the demand to have a wedding in Duke’s iconic Chapel is high. Since weddings can only be booked one year in advance in the Chapel, couples will often camp out the night before the first day of a busy month to ensure they are the first ones to sign up for popular dates.10. Secret societiesThe Old Trinity Club is the most visible secret society on the campus today. Members can be spotted wearing black graduation gowns and sunglasses some days of the year. They hold their arms in the air and shout out “Eruditio et Religio,” Latin for Duke’s motto: “Erudition and Religion.” Comments Published on March 21, 2018 at 10:07 pm Contact Anthony: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse 2-3 zone derailed by Florida State’s 3-point shooting

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 5, 2019 at 11:42 pm Contact Charlie: | @charliedisturco Commentscenter_img Syracuse knew that Florida State struggled with success from beyond the arc. The Seminoles were, after all, ranked 239th in 3-point percentage. The 2-3 zone, at least theoretically, fit in perfectly with SU’s game plan of forcing FSU to keep the ball around the perimeter.But on Tuesday night, an inconsistent-shooting Florida State team found its groove. The Seminoles constantly passed the ball around to space the floor. It didn’t matter where — in the corner, on the wing, at the top of the key or in transition — Florida State kept on shooting and kept on connecting. The end result was a 50-percent performance from 3. The Seminoles (17-5, 5-4 Atlantic Coast) used their season-long 3-point shooting woes and turned it into a positive in an 80-62 statement win over Syracuse (16-7, 7-3) inside the Carrier Dome.“We didn’t guard it as well as we needed to for sure,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “… Whenever you give up that many 3s, your defense needs to be better.”Florida State came out of the gate firing. Three of its first four baskets were from beyond the arc, and one even bounced off the rim and through the hoop. It foreshadowed how the night would go for both teams: FSU couldn’t miss, and SU’s 3-point defense came sparse.Players said after the game that they expected Florida State to struggle from 3 following its season-long trend. The zone has often been successful, and Syracuse entered Tuesday winners in nine of its last 11. It was the same 2-3 zone that held Duke to 20.9 percent from 3 and Pittsburgh to a combined 28.1-percent clip over two games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe defensive success, especially limiting opposing offenses from hoisting open 3s, normally led to transition buckets for Syracuse. Long rebounds turned into outlet passes. Other times, a couple of misses shifted momentum in SU’s favor.It was a different story on Tuesday. The Seminoles “were a little more comfortable” than in other games, FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton said. Mfiondu Kabengele, who entered shooting 33 percent from 3, did not miss any of his four attempts. Terance Mann, himself, added a perfect 2-for-2 performance from beyond the arc.“We didn’t really know they were going to shoot that well,” said Elijah Hughes, who scored 17 points. “But they did.”Knowing that previously Florida State has struggled from 3 — they shot 9.1 percent against Pittsburgh — led to defensive lapses. Shooters were often left open, Frank Howard said, and they made the SU defense pay.With just under eight minutes left, Kabengele snuck behind the Syracuse defense and trailed out toward the left wing. He stood a couple feet beyond the arc and caught a Trent Forrest pass before firing. It swished.Boeheim called a timeout as the Florida State lead grew to 10. But it didn’t help. An Oshae Brissett pass bounced right off Buddy Boeheim’s hands and out of bounds. A full-court press ensued and Florida State pushed transition.Forrest again found Kabengele, this time him trailing alone down the right wing. Hughes tried running over to block the shot, but it was no use. Another swish. Kabengele’s back-to-back 3s pushed the game out of reach, Florida State now ahead of Syracuse by 13.It didn’t matter whether it was Mann, who’s shooting 41 percent from 3 on the year. Or M.J. Walker, who opened the game with a pair of 3s and converts at a 37 percent clip. Or even Kabengele, the 6-foot-10 forward entered off the bench and had never made more than two 3s in a game in his career. Florida State could not miss.“We weren’t really too concerned about them shooting 3s,” said sophomore Brissett, who scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. “We knew they could shoot, but we weren’t really up on them like we would be with other teams.“They had a lot of guys in today that don’t usually hit like they do. It’s unfortunate.”last_img read more