Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 28 Nov 2014 02:11:42 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Men's Basketball Back in Coastal Bend for Corpus Christi Coastal Classic Sports Thu, 27 Nov 2014 4:18:43 PM Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Men's Basketball Back in Coastal Bend for Corpus Christi Coastal Classic

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team returns to the Coastal Bend looking to rebound from a disappointing 52-38 loss to Bradley on Tuesday in Peoria. They will take on Mississippi Valley State on Friday, and then either Radford or North Carolina A&T on Saturday in the Corpus Christi Coastal Challenge.

• Senior guard John Jordan has scored in double figures every game this year. He is averaging 14.8 points and 4.3 assists on the year, and needs three assists for a new school record.

• Newcomer Bryce Douvier has had a strong start to his Islanders career, averaging 12.3 points and 7.3 boards. He sat out last year after transferring from Northern Colorado.

• Sophomore Rashawn Thomas had a season-high nine rebounds at Bradley and is averaging 10.0 points and 6.3 boards.

• A&M-Corpus Christi struggled offensively, scoring just 38 points on 13-of-44 shooting (.295). It marked the fewest points in the Willis Wilson era and the worst shooting game since the Iowa State game last year (.286)

• Texas A&M-Corpus Christi got a boost when junior Viktor Juricek was granted an immediate eligibility waiver from the NCAA. The 6-foot-11 center had two points, three boards and three assists in his debut at SLU.

• The Islanders have not faced any of their potential opponents this weekend. In fact, A&M-Corpus Christi will take on a new foe for its first six games this year.

The Islanders got off to an ice-cold start from the field and never recovered in a 52-38 loss to Bradley on Tuesday night at Carver Arena. The Islanders fell to 2-2 on the season, while the Braves improved to 2-2 in the game.

A&M-Corpus Christi shot just 29.5 percent from the field and 13.3 percent from beyond the arc in the loss. John Jordan led the way with 14 points, four rebounds and four assists in the defeat.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has seen a number of opponents this year that it has never faced in program history, and this weekend will be no exception. The Islanders have not taken on any of their three potential opponents this weekend, and will face new foes in each of their first six contests. The first game against a familiar opponent this season will be Dec. 6 vs. Denver.

A&M-Corpus Christi has had solid success against the conferences that each team comes from. The Islanders are 11-2 against the Southwest Athletic Conference (MVSU), with the last game a loss to Texas Southern in 2007. Against the Mideastern Athletic Conference (NC A&T), A&M-Corpus Christi is 13-5, mostly against Savannah State (8-3). In matchups with the Big South (Radford), the Islanders are 4-1, but have not faced the league since 2006.

Though Sunday's win was the biggest of the Willis Wilson era, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has had its share of high-profile victories in its history. The win over St. Louis was the first over a team currently in the Atlantic 10, meaning the Islanders have defeated teams from every conference except four - the Big Ten (0-9), BIG EAST (0-3), Northeast (never played) and Patriot (never played).

John Jordan entered his senior year on the cusp of breaking a number of different school records and cementing himself as one of the greatest Islanders in program history. The Preseason First Team All-Southland selection is in the school's all-time top 10 of eight major categories and is within striking distance of the school record in six of those (see page 3 chart).

The best point guard in Islanders lore, the Houston native has posted the top three assist seasons in team history, and needs just three more assists to eclipse Brian Evans for the all-time mark. He became the Islanders' all-time leader in free throws made against Our Lady of the Lake, and is now second in school history to Evans in minutes as well.

Jordan's athleticism is nothing short of extraordinary. His running vertical has been measured at 50 inches and he has posted a standing vertical of 38 inches - numbers that put him on par with some of the best jumpers in the NBA. He gained national notoriety with his thunderous slam dunk at St. Louis on Sunday, which was highlighted in the SportsCenter Top 10 and Fox Sports Live's "The 1."

His scoring prowess has improved every year, as he finished 10th in the Southland last year with a scoring average of 14.8 points per game. He did most of the damage with his athleticism, scoring 220 of his 477 points in the paint and adding another 187 from the free throw line, mostly in situations where he was fouled while driving. This year he has finished in double figures every contest, leading the team with a 14.8 point per game average.

Jordan is also an impressive rebounder for a player just 5-foot-10. He was ranked in the Southland's top 20 in rebounding for much of the year in 2013-14. He posted 16 games with five rebounds or more, making him a threat to post the first triple-double in Islanders history.

He may be a newcomer for Islanders fans, but redshirt junior Bryce Douvier is plenty familiar to those within the program. The native of Sedgwick, Kan., sat out last year due to NCAA transfer rules after joining the team from the University of Northern Colorado.

The Islanders found it was worth the wait, as he shined in his debut to the tune of 18 points and eight rebounds. In four games in an Islanders uniform, he has finished in double figures three times, averaging 12.3 points, and he has led the team in rebounds three times, averaging 7.3 per game. He narrowly missed a double-double at SLU, finishing with nine boards.

Last year, while he wasn't able to play in games, he had a big impact on the team during practice. The athletic big man served as a member of the scout squad, running the opposing team's plays in helping the team prepare for the upcoming game. His father, Randy, played professionally in Austria in the 1980s.

One of the most softspoken players on the Islanders roster is junior Brandon Pye. But Pye's game is anything but quiet. He was one of the top three-point shooters in the nation in 2013-14, knocking down 50 percent of his threes on the year.

He isn't the typical outside shooter, though, as Pye is good about picking his spots. Last year, the Mansfield, Texas, native only took more than four three-pointers on one occasion - an 0-for-6 performance from downtown at Minnesota on Dec. 28. In conference action, he was a remarkable 24-for-37 from beyond the arc during Southland play.

So far this season, he has shown more of a willingness to shoot, but also a greater willingness to take mid-range jumpers. In the season opener, he scored 10 points on 5-for-9 shooting, but came up empty on both of his shots from beyond the arc. He knocked down his first three of the season at Georgetown, going 1-for-2 from distance, and added a career-high four steals in the contest.

At SLU, he went 2-for-5 from downtown, and knocked down a pair of key jumpers early in the contest. He and Jelani Currie combined to score the first 10 points for the Islanders against the Billikens, helping A&M-CC build a 10-2 lead.

After a strong freshman campaign, sophomore Rashawn Thomas returns as one of the top big men in the Southland Conference. The Oklahoma City native was named Second Team Preseason All-Southland by the league's coaches headed into his second campaign on the Island.

The big man missed the season opener with a hip injury, but came off the bench at Georgetown to play 17 minutes. He made the most of his time, going 3-for-5 from the field and 6-for-8 from the line for 12 points and added three blocks against the Hoyas.

In the game against SLU, he finished with 10 points, two steals and six rebounds. He was huge down the stretch, though, grabbing four rebounds in the last 2:15 and coldly drilling a pair of free throws. He had a season-best seven rebounds against Bradley, and is averaging 10 points and 6.3 boards in three games.

It is the second straight year he missed the season opener. Last year, he broke his jaw during strength training on the eve of the season opener and missed the first nine games. By the time he was able to return to the court, he had lost over 10 pounds of muscle while his solid food intake was limited. He was also forced to play with a mask until the middle of February.

But those things didn't stop him. In his first game after being cleared to play, he went for 12 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double at Oklahoma. It was the first of two double-doubles for the big man, as he added a 15-point, 12-board performance at Oral Roberts.

In conference play, he really caught fire, as he averaged 11.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in Southland action. During a three-game stretch in February, he was incredible on the offensive end, going 21-for-26 from the floor and averaging 18.3 points.

His physical frame has improved even more in the offseason, as he has stretched to 6-foot-8 and now weighs in at 250 pounds.

Even though the Islanders lost two key seniors along with Jake Kocher, who retired due to injury, A&M-Corpus Christi returns 62 percent of its minutes, 65 percent of its scoring, 82 percent of its assists, 61 percent of its steals and 66 percent of its blocks from a year ago.



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Aggies and LSU Meet on Thanksgiving Sports Wed, 26 Nov 2014 4:33:12 PM Associated Press Aggies and LSU Meet on Thanksgiving

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - The Texas A&M Aggies will play on Thanksgiving for the first time since 2011 when they host LSU, hoping the game stokes a rivalry between the teams.

The Aggies faced their more than century-old rival Texas on the holiday for years in one of the most beloved football traditions in the state. That annual meeting ended in 2011 when Texas A&M left for the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference.

Now they'll play on Thanksgiving again with a team they figure is their most natural rival in their new conference.

"I was told when I came to school here that it was absolutely a rivalry game, and I understand that," LSU coach Les Miles said.

LSU has won the last three games in the series that dates to 1899. The Tigers are the only SEC West team A&M hasn't beaten since joining the league and the Aggies' last win in the series came in 1995.

"LSU is has been a team that we've been trying to beat since we've entered the SEC, so it's a replacement game," Texas A&M cornerback Deshazor Everett said. "We look at LSU as our new rivals now."

Coach Kevin Sumlin said playing on Thanksgiving brings back many good memories for Texas A&M fans eager to get a win on the holiday after falling to the Longhorns in the series' final game in 2011.

"I think it's a great honor," Sumlin said. "Somebody's got to play, why not us? And in a great venue in front of 100,000-plus at night. It's something to be excited about and proud of, and I know our guys are excited to be playing."

It's the first time the Tigers will play on Thanksgiving since 1983. But LSU is no stranger to playing on the holiday in its history, having played 25 times before with the first one coming in a 29-0 loss to Texas in 1899.

Texas A&M and LSU have met once before on Thanksgiving, playing to a 7-7 tie in Houston way back in 1913.

Some of the Tigers have mixed emotions about playing on Thanksgiving. Sumlin said that the game will likely be played on Friday next season when it's at LSU.

"Playing on Thanksgiving is a good deal, but it's a bad deal," LSU cornerback Tre'Davious White said. "You miss that home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving Day. When you come home Friday, there will be leftovers. That's not the same."

Some things to know about the LSU-Texas A&M game:

GOING FOR 15: The Tigers are a win away from reaching eight wins for the 15th-straight season, which is the longest active streak in college football and in school history.

WILL GARRETT PLAY?: Texas A&M freshman defensive end Myles Garrett missed A&M's game against Missouri with an undisclosed injury. Sumlin said he's doing better and he expects him to return on Thursday night. He broke former South Carolina star Jadeveon Clowney's SEC freshman sack record earlier this season and is second in the SEC with 11 sacks. He has 12 ½ tackles for losses, nine quarterback hurries and has 46 tackles.

ENDING THE SKID: LSU has lost two games in a row for just the second time under coach Les Miles. The Tigers have never lost three in a row in his 10 years as coach.

"We are not really desperate for a win," linebacker Deion Jones. "We don't like to lose and we have a bad taste in our mouths. We need a win to get that morale in the locker room back."

LOUISIANA TIGERS: The Aggies have eight players on the roster from Louisiana. It's the most of any state behind Texas. Everett, who is from DeRidder, Louisiana, is a senior who will play his last regular-season game for the Aggies on Thursday.

"It definitely adds to it for me," he said. "I really want to beat the team from my home state so I can go home with bragging rights."

REYNOLDS ROLLING: Texas A&M sophomore receiver Josh Reynolds has 746 yards receiving and leads the SEC with 12 receiving touchdowns, which ties a single-season school record. "What he's doing is pretty amazing, to come in his first year, a junior college kid, overlooked," offensive coordinator Jake Spavital said. "We got a steal out of that one ... he's a comfort zone for our quarterbacks because we know he's going to get open, we know where he's going to be and we know he'll make the play."

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Cowboys Set For Thanksgiving Showdown with Eagles Sports Wed, 26 Nov 2014 3:48:23 PM Associated Press Cowboys Set For Thanksgiving Showdown with Eagles

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Tony Romo still talks about wishing he had been on the field instead of at home following back surgery when the Cowboys lost a playoffs-or-bust finale to Philadelphia last season.

Eleven months and yet another back injury later, the Dallas quarterback will be out there Thursday against Mark Sanchez when these NFC East rivals play on Thanksgiving for the first time in 25 years with the division lead on the line.

No postseason fates will be sealed this time.

Instead, a pair of 8-3 teams in good playoff position at the moment will play the first of two games against each other just 18 days apart.

"I don't think you're going to decide the division right here," Romo said. "But we also understand the importance of it."

Romo will see how his back responds to the first quick turnaround since surgery for a herniated disk last December, followed by two small fractures in his back sustained last month on a sack against Washington. The Cowboys will kick off about 90 hours after Romo rallied them past the New York Giants 31-28 with a late touchdown pass to Dez Bryant.

The 34-year-old Romo has 22 touchdowns and three interceptions since throwing three interceptions in the first half of the opener against San Francisco. He's had a quarterback rating of at least 135 in three of the past four games.

"He doesn't look like he has any back issues," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said.

For Sanchez, the question is more about rust than rest. After missing all of last season with a shoulder injury, he will make his fourth start since Nick Foles went down with a broken collarbone. Sanchez has 985 yards passing and five touchdowns with four interceptions in three starts. In his four games, he's already matched Romo's interception total of six.

"The one thing with Mark that I think everybody forgets is he missed an entire year last year, and he's only played 3½ games for us so far this year," Kelly said. "There's still a growing process for him within our system."

Here are some things to consider in Sanchez's second career start against Dallas. He beat the Cowboys when he was with the New York Jets three years ago:

TIME FOR ROMO: The signature play of Dallas' win at New York was Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s spectacular one-handed catch for a touchdown that will go down as one of the league's best. The signature moments for the Cowboys were Romo having more than 6 seconds to throw without scrambling twice on the winning drive, including the 13-yard score to Bryant with 1:01 remaining.

"It's a huge challenge because you have to know not only what the original route was that your receivers are running, but what they're going to do after Tony bides time for himself," Kelly said. "He has a unique sense in terms of if there's an unblocked guy, he just has a way of making him miss, but he's not looking to run. He's looking to throw the ball down the field, which is dangerous."

RB SHOWDOWN: NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray will try for his 11th 100-yard game of the season for the Cowboys. He has a good chance to replace Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy as the league rushing champ. Murray has 1,354 yards, while McCoy is fourth at 859 after a slow start. "I think the way he finishes runs and how strong he is, that's what makes him an elite back," McCoy said. "I think we have different styles, so I wouldn't want to take anything from his game."

KELLY ON THANKSGIVING: Asked about playing the holiday game, Kelly drew laughs by saying, "Played in high school on Thanksgiving, so it's been awhile." Pushed a little more, Kelly wasn't interested. "We don't really read much into it or wax nostalgic," he said. "It's not like we're going to have a cornucopia and a turkey on the sideline. We're just going to go play football."

BREAKING THE RUT: With a win, the Cowboys will break their three-year rut of 8-8 finishes, and take a big step closer to ending a four-year playoff drought. Their previous winning record came in 2009, when they beat Philadelphia in the playoffs for their only postseason win since 1997. "I just feel like our record is 0-0 and we're trying to go get a win," Romo said.

DO IT AGAIN: The division race has the feel of a championship series with these teams playing twice in three weeks. Dallas plays another Thursday game next week at Chicago, then gets a longer break before going to Philadelphia. The Eagles have a mini-bye before hosting Seattle and Dallas in consecutive weeks. "Yeah, it is a little weird," McCoy said. "But we'll play them anywhere. I'm sure they feel the same way."



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IceRays Helping Metro Ministries Sports Wed, 26 Nov 2014 3:36:16 PM IceRays Helping Metro Ministries

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS - The Corpus Christi IceRays have partnered to provide the first Holiday Hope Drive, collecting new and gently-used items to benefit the residents of Corpus Christi Metro Ministries. All items collected to be presented at the next IceRays home game on Wednesday, December 3 against the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees.

"We are extremely grateful and blessed that a local organization is here for another local organization," said Annie Ramirez, Director of Development at Corpus Christi Metro Ministries. "We have been here now for 32 years, and we are extremely grateful for our new partnership with the IceRays."

The idea began when the IceRays players and staff were given a tour of the facilities on November 11 to show the organization what Corpus Christi Metro Ministries provides. After learning of the backgrounds of the men, women, and children from the Corpus Christi community that reside in the facilities, the IceRays decided to come together to give back and aide those that truly need the help. The visit struck a special chord with IceRays Director of Community Relations, Christine Lanari.

"It was very difficult to see what these community members are going through and their stories," said Lanari. "Especially around the holiday season, you start to realize how much you have and how much help people need. We want to make sure we can really make a difference in the lives of people that need a little extra help and ensure that all community members are able to live comfortably this holiday season."

In addition to the players collecting donations from their local neighborhoods and businesses, fans can get involved by donating any of the items listed below to or before the IceRays game on Wednesday, December 3. Any fan that brings five or more items may purchase their tickets at the door for just $5. Community members may also bring their donations to the IceRays Front Office leading up to the game as well as the week following, and all donations will go directly to Corpus Christi Metro Ministries.

"It's the small things that we often take for granted that mean the world to these people," said Ramirez. "A lot of people come here with just the clothes on their back. We want them to know that they're not just a nameless face, but that they are important."

About Corpus Christi Metro Ministries
Corpus Christi Metro Ministries strives to help create a community free of hunger and homelessness by providing a place to stay for the chronically homeless and hundreds of disadvantaged community members. They have five distinct programs for members of the surrounding area: Gabbard Memorial Health Clinic, Loaves & Fishes Cafeteria, Rainbow House Shelter (for women and children), Rustic House Shelter (for men), and Vineyard Social Services and Employment Assistance.

The IceRays head back on the road Friday, November 27 as they start a two-game set against the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. Coverage begins at 7:15 p.m. on SportsRadio Corpus Christi and with the opening faceoff at 7:30 p.m. Call the front office at 361-814-7825 for season and individual ticket details or check out the pricing and seating chart online at Stay current with the latest team news by visiting In addition, stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/CorpusChristiIceRays), Twitter (@goicerays), and YouTube (IceRays TV).

Corpus Christi Metro Ministries Wish List

Client Needs:
• Detergent
• Infant Care Items
• Twin-Size Bedding
• Pillows
• Knit Caps
• Warm Socks
• Coats (Adult & Child)
• HEB & Wal-Mart Gift Cards
• Diapers
• Gloves
• Travel Hygiene Items

Highest Needs:
• Warm Clothes & Blankets
• Ambassadors
• Operating Funds

Equipment & Supplies:
• Passenger Van
• Pickup Truck - Long Bed
• Storage Unit

• Landscaping & Irrigation
• New A/C Units

• Nurses
• Doctors (min. 2 hrs./mo.)



For more information, please contact:
Collin Schuck, Director of Broadcasting/Media Relations, 856-304-1278



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Isles Fall to Bradley, 52-38 Sports Tue, 25 Nov 2014 9:47:43 PM Associated Press Isles Fall to Bradley, 52-38

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Ka'Darryl Bell scored 12 points and Jermaine Morgan had 10 to lead Bradley to a 52-38 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic on Tuesday night.

Bradley (2-2), which held a slim 22-15 lead at the half, scored six unanswered points to open the second period and was up 47-31 with 5:39 left in the game. The Islanders' Bryce Douvier hit a 3-point jumper to close to 47-38 with 3:29 remaining, but A&M-Corpus Christi could not get another bucket after that.

Neither team had a hot hand as Bradley made just 15 of 42 attempts (35.7 while limiting the Islanders to 13 of 44 (29.5%). The Braves made 19 of 28 free throws with the Islanders hitting 10 of 15 attempts from the line.

John Jordan led A&M-Corpus Christi (2-2) with 14 points.

Bradley will play TCU and the Islanders face Mississippi Valley on Friday.

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College Playoff Rankings: TCU#5, Baylor#7 Sports Tue, 25 Nov 2014 9:22:20 PM Associated Press College Playoff Rankings: TCU#5, Baylor#7

Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State remained the top four teams in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday heading into a weekend when just about all the contenders are facing challenging rivals.

TCU was fifth, Ohio State was sixth and Baylor seventh. The only team in the top eight to change was UCLA, which slipped into the eighth spot.

For the first time, teams from the so-called Group of Five conferences made the top 25. Boise State moved in the rankings at No. 23 and unbeaten Marshall is 24th. The highest ranked team from outside the Big Five conferences is guaranteed one spot in the four New Year's Bowls affiliated with the playoff but not hosting semifinals.

Alabama hosts Auburn on Saturday. Florida State plays Florida; Oregon is at Oregon State and Mississippi State visits Mississippi. TCU plays at Texas on Thanksgiving night and Ohio State hosts Michigan on Saturday. Baylor plays Texas Tech at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium in Arlington, Texas, the site of the national championship game.

Committee chairman Jeff Long said the difference between Nos. 4-7 is still very close.

Long also caused a bit of a stir when on ESPN's rankings show he mentioned how the rankings of teams at the time they played are factored into the committee's decision. Long has said each week the 12-member committee starts with a clean slate and that one week's rankings should have no bearing on the next.

Long later clarified that remark, saying first that no rankings other than the committee's - which started Oct. 28 - are taken into account. He added that a team's previous ranking was something the committee was aware of and not a determining factor.

"Beating a 6-5 team that was in the rankings is going to hold more water than beating a 3-8 or 4-7 team," he said.

Long said there has been debate among the committee members about Florida State and whether the Seminoles' many close calls are a sign of weakness or strength.

Unbeaten Florida State has rallied from a halftime deficit five times and had five one-score games.

"There are others that think about the way they have won and think about that negatively," Long said. "Others think coming from behind makes them a strong team."

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No. 6 TCU Ready For Texas on Thanksgiving . Sports Tue, 25 Nov 2014 5:05:40 PM Associated Press No. 6 TCU Ready For Texas on Thanksgiving .

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - TCU coach Gary Patterson has the same approach to another Thanksgiving night game at Texas, no matter how different the circumstances.

When the Horned Frogs spent the holiday there two years ago, they were the Big 12 newcomer that pulled off an upset victory over the No. 18 Longhorns.

This time, No. 6 TCU (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) is a playoff contender trying to win a conference title while Texas (6-5, 5-3) has a three-game winning streak for first-year coach Charlie Strong.

"For me, I don't ever approach it any differently," Patterson said Tuesday. "We've had enough runs of close-to-undefeated seasons to understand that if you don't keep even keel through all of it, then you get yourself in a lot of trouble."

The Frogs are coming off an open date after playing eight consecutive weeks, five of those against top 20 teams. They have won five in a row since that 61-58 loss at Baylor.

Even though TCU is in its third season as part of major conference, there is still the memory of being a two-time BCS buster before then and before the new four-team College Football Playoff. The Horned Frogs won three consecutive Mountain West titles without a conference loss before the switch, with the 20-13 win at Texas a big boost late in their first Big 12 season.

"In order to let people know you are there, you have to keep winning. We still are trying to prove ourselves to the Big 12," senior safety Sam Carter said. "You can win games, but if you don't win the conference you're not on top. People say 'They had a great year, but it was OK.' ... That's the motto. We're still proving ourselves each week."

Carter had the game-clinching interception in the final 2 minutes at Texas two years ago. The Longhorns won 30-7 last year in Fort Worth, a game that included a 3-hour weather delay in the second quarter.

By time they finished their Thanksgiving game two years ago, the Frogs had played an FBS-high 28 freshmen, plus 28 sophomores, that season. There was only one senior starter on defense.

Patterson on Tuesday recalled "being outside looking in" while being in the Mountain West and other conferences when "everything had to line up just exactly right for us to get where we needed to get."

Just like then, Patterson knows there is really only thing his team can do when trying to win a Big 12 title and possibly enough to impress the playoff selection committee. The same committee that had the Frogs ranked No. 4 just two weeks ago before slipping one spot after a 34-30 win at Kansas.

"Like I told my team, let's take care of what we have to take care of and make somebody else make that decision. Let's don't make that decision for them," Patterson said. "We can win the next two and be 11-1, then they've got to make the decision. Don't give them a way out. That's what we're trying to do."

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NFL Power Rankings- Cowboys #5 Sports Tue, 25 Nov 2014 4:09:14 PM Associated Press NFL Power Rankings- Cowboys #5

NEW YORK (AP) - It's unanimous: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are the top team in the NFL.

The Patriots (9-2) received all 12 first-place votes Tuesday in the AP Pro32 power rankings, which are decided by a media panel that regularly covers the league.

The Patriots have won seven games in a row, almost all of them by comfortable margins.

"The Brady-Belichick Express rolls on toward Glendale," the Tampa Tribune's Ira Kaufman said, referring to the location of this season's Super Bowl.

Green Bay (8-3) moved up a spot to No. 2 after holding off the Minnesota Vikings 24-21 on Sunday.

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers host the Patriots on Sunday afternoon in a matchup of teams that could meet at the Super Bowl.

"The talk about Packers-Patriots being a potential Super Bowl preview isn't overblown," said Jenny Vrentas of The Monday Morning Quarterback.

"Both teams, and both quarterbacks, are playing like the best in the NFL right now."

The Denver Broncos (8-3) moved up from No. 5 to 3 after edging the Miami Dolphins 39-36.

"This defense doesn't look Super Bowl-worthy right now," ESPN's Herm Edwards said of the Broncos, who face AFC West rival Kansas City on Sunday night.

The Arizona Cardinals (9-2) dropped from No. 2 to 4 after losing 19-3 at the Seattle Seahawks.

"(Cardinals) quarterback Drew Stanton has yet to throw a touchdown pass in his three road starts this season," Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News said.

The Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles, tied for first in the NFC East at 8-3, followed at No. 5 and No. 6.

"Terrific performance by Tony Romo, whose four touchdowns get the best of the upset-minded Giants on the road," Newsday's Bob Glauber said.

The Cowboys and Eagles will meet on Thanksgiving at Arlington, Texas.

"They will move the ball," NBC's Tony Dungy said of the Eagles offense. "Can (Mark) Sanchez protect it?"

The Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers (each 7-4) were Nos. 7-9.

The Cincinnati Bengals (7-3-1) and the Chiefs (7-4) were tied for No. 10.

"We'll learn Sunday night against Denver just how good the Chiefs are after last Thursday's stunning loss to Oakland,"'s Alex Marvez said.

The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh, both 7-4 in the AFC North, are tied at No. 12. The Browns, also 7-4, moved up one spot to No. 16.

The AFC North is the first division in NFL history with every team at least three games above .500 at any point in a season.

The Oakland Raiders (1-10), who ended their 16-game regular-season losing streak last week against the Chiefs, moved out of the final spot to No. 31. The Jacksonville Jaguars (1-10) fell to last place.


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Hogs Will Host Our Lady of the Lake Tuesday Sports Mon, 24 Nov 2014 8:26:39 PM TAMUK.COM Hogs Will Host Our Lady of the Lake Tuesday

KINGSVILLE, Texas (Men's Basketball) - Texas A&M University-Kingsville (2-1) closes the home portion of its 2014 schedule on Tuesday, Nov. 25 when it hosts Our Lady of the Lake (1-1) at 8 p.m. inside the Gil H. Steinke Physical Education Center-Kingsville Hampton Inn Court.


The game follows the women's basketball team (0-2) taking on No. 25 St. Mary's University (2-2) at 6 p.m.


Five scorers reached double figures in the Javelinas' slim 82-77 loss to NCAA Division I affiliate University of Texas-Pan American on Saturday. In the exhibition, the Hogs connected on 12 three-pointers, including eight by Don Thomas and DJ Weathers. Weathers finished with 14 points off the Javelina bench.


In the 76-71 victory over St. Mary's, a team that received votes in both the inaugural D2SIDA Top 25 Poll and the National Association of Basketball Coaches Top 25 Preseason Poll, Don Thomas finished with 20 points, six assists and four rebounds and Troy Jones added 16 points, five rebounds and two blocks.


The Javelinas defeated Our Lady of the Lake, 110-64, in the lone meeting in 1984. Following Tuesday's slate, the Blue and Gold will spend Thanksgiving weekend at the Tarleton State University Thanksgiving Classic, taking on Northwest Nazarene University (1-3) on Friday, Nov. 28 at 5 p.m. and Pittsburg State University (1-2) on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. Friday's and Saturday's contests will be the first time that Texas A&M-Kingsville takes on both opponents.


The Javelinas will not return to the SPEC until Jan. 3 when they host Schreiner University at 3 p.m.


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Mallett's Status Unclear for Sunday Sports Mon, 24 Nov 2014 8:22:00 PM Associated Press Mallett's Status Unclear for Sunday

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston quarterback Ryan Mallett is being evaluated for an undisclosed injury and coach Bill O'Brien said Monday more about his status will be known later this week.

O'Brien wouldn't say what the injury was amid reports Mallett has a torn pectoral muscle. O'Brien answered question after question about the quarterback with some variation of: "He's still being evaluated and we'll have more to report toward the end of the week."

"I'm trying to get ready for Tennessee so if there's Tennessee questions then - we're moving on to Tennessee," he said.

Mallett was solid in his first career start in a win over Cleveland on Nov. 16, but he routinely overthrew receivers in a loss to the Bengals on Sunday.

If he can't play Sunday against Tennessee, the Texans will likely go back to veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was benched for Mallett during the bye after Houston started the season 4-5. The only other quarterback on the roster is Tom Savage, a rookie who was taken in the fourth round of the draft.

Mallett was listed on the injury report last week with a chest injury but did not miss practice time. Teammates said they knew something was wrong during the game, but didn't know what the problem was.

"On the last two drives, just saw him kind of grimacing in pain a little bit after a couple of throws," left tackle Duane Brown said. "I didn't know exactly what was going on or the extent of it."

Receiver DeAndre Hopkins said how he played on Sunday makes more sense now that they know he was injured, and he raved about the toughness of the quarterback.

"His second start, the guy wanted it," Hopkins said. "He wanted to win. You could see it in his eyes. He never let (it) show that he was hurt. He never really let us down on the sideline. He was the same Ryan."

The Texans traded for Mallett on Aug. 31, reuniting him with O'Brien, who was the offensive coordinator for the Patriots when he was a rookie in 2011. Mallett didn't see much action in New England as Tom Brady's backup, and didn't take a single snap in two of his three seasons there. He appeared in four games in 2012, but completed just one of four passes for 17 yards with an interception.

Fitzpatrick has thrown for 1,960 yards with 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. The Texans are 28th in the league with just 207.5 yards passing a game.

Despite his benching, the Texans insist that they're confident in Fitzpatrick's ability to lead the team if Mallett has to miss any time.

"Fitz isn't a stranger to the starting lineup or playing in big games," Brown said. "We have all the confidence in the world in him if he's under center. That's just where we are."

Fitzpatrick said it won't be anything new to him if he gets thrust back into the starting job.

"That's what being a quarterback is," he said. "That's what kind of my whole career has been."

He faced a similar situation last year when Jake Locker was injured midway through the season and Fitzpatrick had to step in and finish the year for the Titans.



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Romo Rocks the Big Apple Sports Mon, 24 Nov 2014 8:17:07 PM Associated Press Romo Rocks the Big Apple

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Game on the line, 80 yards away, three minutes to go and two timeouts.

No problem for Tony Romo and the Cowboys in a game that will be remembered for the Dallas comeback and a catch by New York Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. that some are considering the best in NFL history.

Romo capped a game-winning, 80-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant with 1:01 to play and the Cowboys set the stage for a NFC East first-place showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles on Thanksgiving Day by beating the Giants 31-28 on Sunday night.

"He's one of a handful that you have a chance to take it down the field like that," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said after Cowboys (8-3) moved into a first-place tie with Philadelphia. "You don't think that with most of the other quarterbacks. I thought he would tonight."

Actually, Romo made it look easy against a Giants defense that has ranked among the worst in the league all season and failed to put any pressure on him in the final drive. On the game-winning throw, Romo stood in the pocket untouched for about 6 or 7 seconds before finding Bryant, who caught two of his four touchdown passes.

"You're comfortable being in uncomfortable situations - if that makes sense," Romo said after leading his 23rd fourth-quarter comeback and third this season. "That comes through having been through it, experienced it, and then having to go out and figure out a way to win. Once you do that a few times, you start to kind of get that feeling and the team can believe in that."

Now come the Eagles, a 43-24 winner over Tennessee.

"Everybody knows that we won tonight, but when we land in Dallas, that game no longer matters," said Bryant.

The loss was the sixth straight for the Giants (3-8) and ended their hopes of winning the NFC East with five games to go.

The bright spot has been Beckham. No one on either team would stop talking about his one-handed catch of a 43-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning in the second quarter, which gave New York a 14-3 lead.

Beckham's right hand was fully extended in almost a backstroke motion while his legs were almost perpendicular to the field when he caught ball and fell into the end zone.

"That catch? Outstanding! I was like OOF! Some of my work," Bryant said.

Beckham, who had a career-high 10 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns, conceded it was his best catch in a game.

"I hope it is not the greatest catch because with time I hope I can make more," said Beckham, who practices one-hand catches all the time. "It really means nothing. You still go home at the end of the day with a loss, and that's just not a good feeling."

The Giants put themselves in position to win the game when Eli Manning hit third-string tight end Adrien Robinson with a 1-yard TD pass with 3:00 to play to give New York a 28-24 lead.

All the defense had to do was hold. It couldn't, or at least Romo refused to be stopped.

Some things learned from the Cowboys win over the Giants:

NO STOPPING MURRAY: League rushing leader DeMarco Murray posted his 10th 100-yard game this season with 121 on 24 carries. The Cowboys running back has rushed for 1,354 yards.

MORE BECKHAM: Beckham's catch was the talk of the internet. There were photos and tons of comments including this one from LeBron James: "Man I just witnessed the greatest catch ever possibly by Odell Beckham Jr! WOW!!!!"

ELI'S NIGHT: A week after throwing five interceptions in a loss to San Francisco, Eli Manning had a good game, finishing 29 of 40 for 338 yards, three touchdowns and a 112.3 quarterback rating. The problem was he had an interception, a bad throw to an open Preston Parker deep in Dallas territory that safety Barry Church returned 45 yards to set up a go-ahead, 31-yard touchdown pass to Bryant for a 24-21 lead.

COWBOYS DEFENSE: Dallas made some second-half adjustments and limited the Giants to one touchdown and 180 yards, with most of that coming on the TD drive.

GIANTS O-LINE: The Giants shuffled their offensive line, putting Geoff Schwartz at right tackle for the injured Justin Pugh (quad) and starting Adam Snyder at left guard for rookie Weston Richburg, who started the first 10 games. While Manning might have had a little more time to throw, the running game only netted 89 yards. Snyder left the game with a knee injury in the second half and Richburg finished. Schwartz was playing for the first time this season, having missed the first 10 games with a toe injury.

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Baylor Looking Forward to Playing at "Jerry's World" Sports Mon, 24 Nov 2014 8:12:43 PM Associated Press Baylor Looking Forward to Playing at

The Bears (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) get to go inside for their neutral-site game against Texas Tech at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium Saturday. They are coming off a waterlogged home victory over Oklahoma State.

"It's just a great environment. It really is and I think you play with a little more pep in your step, and the controlled environment really does make a difference," coach Art Briles said Monday. "Everything is pretty precise and if you have an accurate QB and you can throw and catch a little bit then it's conducive to that. It's clear and the vision is good."

While Briles said he would stand in the rain any day for a win, he certainly likes what the Bears have done playing at the NFL stadium about 100 miles from their Waco campus. The Bears have averaged 60 points a game while beating the Red Raiders (4-7, 2-6) each of the last three seasons.

After its 49-28 win on a rainy Saturday night along the banks of the Brazos River, defending Big 12 champ Baylor remained in a three-way tie with No. 6 TCU (9-1, 6-1) and No. 11 Kansas State (8-2, 6-1) for the conference lead. The Bears then finish the regular season by capping their first year at McLane Stadium on Dec. 6 against Kansas State.

"All of our focus and energy right now is on Texas Tech," Briles said. "There is no Saturday past this Saturday at Arlington."

This will be the fifth time Baylor and Texas Tech play in the NFL stadium. The Red Raiders are the "home" team this season.

The series had been played on campus sites from its inception in 1929 until 2009, the year the Cowboys' new stadium opened. There was one meeting at Cotton Bowl Stadium in nearby Dallas before moving back to Arlington.

"It's where the Cowboys play. It's always cool to play in that place because of what it brings and who plays there," Bears quarterback Bryce Petty said. "That's where we all want to be, playing on Sundays. You're playing on the same field they are, so you love the whole emotion and the setting."

Briles knows the neutral-site matchups have been good for Baylor, Texas Tech and all the fans in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

"The only flip side is if we weren't doing that one year we would have five conference games at home as opposed to with this we are always going to be 4-4-1. The flip side is you've got five on the road on the other year, but you know every other year you're five at home," Briles said. "I do like it and I think it comes normally at a good time in our schedule."

Instead of being played around Thanksgiving next year, the Bears and Red Raiders will meet the first Saturday in October.

But that's next year, and it will still be nice and dry for their game.

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Cowboys Rally to Beat Giants 31-28 Sports Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:50:58 PM Associated Press Cowboys Rally to Beat Giants 31-28

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Odell Beckham Jr. provided the spectacular, then Tony Romo and Dez Bryant trumped it.

Romo threw two touchdown passes to Bryant, the winner from 13 yards with 1:01 remaining, lifting the Dallas Cowboys to a comeback 31-28 victory over the New York Giants.

Romo threw for two TDs in the third quarter and Barry Church's interception helped turn things in the Cowboys' favor. But the Giants (3-8), trailing 24-21, staged a 93-yard drive capped by Adrien Robinson's first career TD catch. That 1-yard score with 3 minutes remaining could have snapped New York's slide that now is at six losses.

Back came Dallas (8-3) on an 80-yard march in which Romo never was pressured as he searched for receivers. He found Bryant in the back of the end zone to win it, setting up an NFC East showdown with Philadelphia on Thanksgiving Day for first place.

Dallas, which was treated to chants of "Let's Go Cowboys!" in the second half from hundreds of fans in Cowboys garb, is 5-0 on the road. New York, meanwhile, was eliminated from division contention.

Thanks to Beckham's incredible one-handed catch, one of the rookie's two first-half touchdowns, New York built a 21-10 halftime lead.

But Romo hit Cole Beasley with a short pass that he turned into a 45-yard score, and the quarterback's 31-yarder to an uncovered Bryant put Dallas on top for the first time.

Beckham left briefly in the fourth quarter with a back problem, but returned for the next series. He wasn't involved in any key plays on that TD drive to retake the lead, and Beckham finished with 10 receptions for 146 yards.

League rushing leader DeMarco Murray managed his 10th 100-yard game this season with 121 on 24 carries for Dallas.

The Cowboys didn't get much going after falling behind 21-10 until reserve receiver Beasley took a short pass, eluded a tackle by Zack Bowman and sped untouched to the end zone midway in the third quarter.

That made the hundreds of Cowboys fans on hand get loud, and their cheers reached a crescendo when Manning overthrew a wide-open Preston Parker deep in Dallas territory. Instead of a likely New York score, Church ran back the interception 45 yards.

Four plays later, Romo hit an open Bryant and he squeezed into the end zone for the Cowboys' first lead.

Beckham's right-handed stab of Manning's 43-yard rainbow pass could be the catch of the year. The rookie, who regularly practices such receptions, outreached veteran cornerback Brandon Carr at the goal line and tumbled backward into the end zone to make it 14-3.

"I have seen him make catches like that all the time (in practice)," coach Tom Coughlin said.

That catch already was dominating highlight reels by halftime and was his second TD of the game. The 80-yard drive to Beckham's first touchdown marked the second straight week the Giants got into the end zone on their opening possession after going 20 games without doing so.

Dallas' offense hardly was in awe following Beckham's one-hander. Romo guided the Cowboys 77 yards and used a shovel pass to Jason Witten - yes, the tight end used two hands - from the 4 immediately after Beckham's stunner.

So the kid from LSU went right back to overwhelming the Cowboys. He made three catches for 32 yards on New York's next series, including a spin move that would make a figure skater proud. Andre Williams concluded that 80-yard march with a 3-yard run for a 21-10 lead.

In the first half alone, Beckham had eight catches for 125 yards, while Manning went 14 of 16 for 191 yards. But the second half belonged to Dallas.

NOTES: Manning threw five interceptions last week in a loss to San Francisco, but Church's pick was the only one Sunday night. He finished 29 for 40 for 338 yards. ... Murray has rushed for 1,354 yards. ... Romo was 18 of 26 for 275 yards and never appeared bothered by back problems that sidelined him for one of the Cowboys' defeats this year.


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Isles Shock St. Louis 62-56 Sports Sun, 23 Nov 2014 9:40:05 PM TAMUCC.COM Isles Shock St. Louis 62-56

ST. LOUIS - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team earned its signature win in the Willis Wilson era with a 62-56 victory over St. Louis on Sunday at Chaifetz Arena in the opening game of the Corpus Christi Coastal Challenge. John Jordan led a balanced scoring attack for the Islanders (2-1) with 13 points.

The Islanders outscored the Billikens 26-12 over the final 9:53 of the contest to turn an eight-point deficit into a six-point victory. The Billikens, who have advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament each of the last three years, fell to 2-1 on the season after the defeat.

In addition to Jordan's 13, Bryce Douvier, Brandon Pye and Rashawn Thomas each had 10 points, while Ehab Amin made a crucial second-half contribution with nine points in seven minutes. The freshman nailed two triples and finished off a three-point play on his three shots in the game. He also added two steals, while Jordan led the team with three takeaways.

Douvier finished one rebound shy of a double-double with nine boards, while Thomas added six - four of those coming in the final 2:15 of the contest. Jordan, Hameed Ali and Viktor Juricek each dished out three assists to lead the team. Ash Yacoubou led the Billikens with 13 points in the loss.

With the Islanders down 44-36 inside of 10 minutes left, Amin provided the spark that the Islanders needed. He started things with a traditional three-point play, converting a basket and hitting the free throw to cut the deficit to 44-39 with 9:34 left. The next Islanders possession, he drilled a three from the right wing to cut the deficit to four, and then inside baskets by Juricek and Thomas made it a 7-0 run and a tie ballgame. Then, after Yacoubou put the Billikens back up one, Amin came through again, knocking down another triple to put the Islanders ahead 49-48.

St. Louis came back to score four straight points for a 52-49 lead, but the Islanders put up another rally. Thomas started things with a layup inside, and then a Jordan steal led to a Pye three from the top of the key gave the Islanders a 54-52 edge. A Thomas defensive rebound sent him to the line, where he made two free throws to put the Islanders up four with a minute to play.

Thomas came through on the defensive glass once again, snaring the carom after a Yacoubou missed jumper, and then Jordan was fouled. His two free throws pushed the game to a six-point lead, and from then on the Islanders were able to close it out at the stripe. A&M-Corpus Christi, which did not attempt a free throw until the final 10 minutes, went 9-for-14 at the line in the contest.

The Islanders got off to a strong start in the contest. The teams traded baskets to a 2-2 score, but then A&M-Corpus Christi put together an 8-0 run with threes from Jelani Currie and Pye giving the visitors a 10-2 lead. Currie and Pye combined to score the first 10 points for the Islanders in the game. A&M-Corpus Christi was able to push the lead all the way to nine on a Douvier layup that made it 14-5.

But St. Louis was able to slowly chip away. The Billikens cut the lead to 20-16 before a Douvier layup at 4:59 put the lead back at six. From there, though, SLU went on an 8-0 run with half the points coming at the free throw line to gain their first lead of the game, 24-22. Douvier tied the score on another bucket inside, but a Yacoubou three gave the Billikens a 27-24 edge heading to the break.

Out of the locker room, SLU went on an 8-2 run to push the lead to a game-high nine, but Jordan threw down a thunderous dunk to set off a 6-0 Islanders run that cut it back to three. St. Louis responded with a 5-0 run of its own to get the lead back to 40-32, and from there the teams went back-and-forth until Amin sparked the Islanders to the victory.

The Islanders will continue their road contests in the Corpus Christi Coastal Challenge on Tuesday night at Bradley in Peoria, Ill. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Yannis Koutroupis will have the call of the game starting at 6:40 p.m. with the pregame show on NewsRadio 1360 KKTX. For all the latest on Islanders Basketball, be sure to follow the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersMBB) and like the team on Facebook (Islanders Mens Basketball).



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Dalton Leads Bengals Past Texans 22-13 Sports Sun, 23 Nov 2014 9:37:25 PM Associated Press Dalton Leads Bengals Past Texans 22-13

HOUSTON (AP) - Ryan Mallett was unable to build off his impressive starting debut.

Mallett struggled in his second career start, finishing with 189 yards passing and often overthrowing open receivers in a 22-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Andy Dalton threw for 233 yards and a touchdown and A.J. Green had 121 yards receiving to help Cincinnati to the victory.

Mallett wasn't sure why he was so off-target on Sunday after a solid outing in a win over Cleveland last week. He completed just 21 of 45 passes with an interception on Sunday.

"I didn't play well," said Mallett who became Houston's starter after veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched. "I couldn't hit the broad side of the barn from 5 yards away."

It was Dalton's second strong game and he again relied on Green, who is healthy after dealing with a toe injury. Green finished with a career-high 12 receptions for 121 yards against a secondary playing without cornerback Kareem Jackson (knee).

"All day long, they got the ball out of their hands very quickly," J.J. Watt said. "It doesn't matter what you do up front when they get the ball out that quick."

The Bengals (7-3-1) led throughout, but Houston (5-6) cut the lead to 3 late in the third quarter before Cincinnati tacked on two field goals in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

Rookie Jeremy Hill scored on a 2-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter after an interception by Mallett for Cincinnati's only touchdown of the second half.

Houston's only touchdown came on a 60-yard interception return by Johnathan Joseph in the third quarter.

"The crazy thing is even though we weren't able to get anything going, we were never out of the game," Andre Johnson said. "It definitely feels like a missed opportunity."

Rookie Alfred Blue ran for 46 yards filling in for Arian Foster for the second straight game. Foster, who entered the day third in the NFL in yards rushing, has a groin injury.

Top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney had his most extensive action since injuring his knee in Week 1. He's played in two other games since the injury, but his snaps have been limited. He had three tackles, including one for a loss.

He said he still doesn't feel as he did before his injury.

"Some things are holding me back still, but I'm just out here trying to do what I can do," he said.

Giovani Bernard had 45 yards rushing after missing the past three games with an injured shoulder and hip. But Hill still got plenty of carries, running 18 times for 87 yards.

Dalton threw two incompletions in a row to bring out Mike Nugent for a 31-yard field goal to push the lead to 19-13 with about nine minutes left. Nugent added a 49-yard field goal with less than two minutes remaining.

The Texans had a first down at the 8-yard line but their offense stalled after that and they settled for a 25-yard field goal by Randy Bullock to get within 16-13 late in the third.

Joseph, who played his first five seasons with the Bengals, grabbed an interception and dashed 60 yards - high-stepping the last 5 - for a touchdown to cut the lead to 16-10 midway through the third quarter.

Rey Maualuga intercepted Mallett on the first play of the second half to give the Bengals the ball at the Houston 22. Hill had five carries on the next drive capped by a 2-yard touchdown run to make it 16-3 early in the third.

Mohamed Sanu grabbed a short pass from Dalton and dragged A.J. Bouye into the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown that gave the Bengals a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.

Dalton's pass to Green on fourth down from the 1 was incomplete in the second quarter. It didn't matter much though, as Geno Atkins tackle Blue in the end zone on the next play for a safety to make it 9-0.

The Texans had trouble getting things going on offense and they had to punt on their first two possessions before the safety on the third one.

NOTES: Bengals right tackle Andre Smith injured his left biceps in the first quarter and didn't return. Smith said he'll get an MRI, but didn't provide any other details on the injury. ... Johnson had three receptions to pass Randy Moss for 10th on the career list with 985.


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HS Football Regional Round Playoff Schedule Sports Sat, 22 Nov 2014 4:59:21 PM Drew Collins - HS Football Regional Round Playoff Schedule

Here is the high school football regional round playoff schedule for teams from the Coastal Bend.


Division I

Flour Bluff vs. Austin Vandergrift @ SA Alamo Stadium - Friday 7:30PM

Division II

Gregory-Portland vs. Kerville Tivy @ Converse Judson - Friday 7:30PM


Division I

Rockport-Fulton vs. Liberty Hill @ SA Alamo Stadium - Saturday 1PM

Division II

Sinton vs. Wimberly @ SA Alamo Stadium - Saturday 7PM


Division I

Mathis vs. Hallettsville @ New Braunfels - Friday 7:30PM

Division II

Odem vs. Van Vleck @ Victoria - Friday 2PM


Division I

Refugio vs. Thorndale @ SA Farris Stadium - Friday 6PM

Three Rivers vs. Mason @ Buda - Friday 7:30PM


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Islanders Fall in Semifinals of Southland Conference Tournament 3-0 to UCA Sports Sat, 22 Nov 2014 4:05:06 PM Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Fall in Semifinals of Southland Conference Tournament 3-0 to UCA

NATCHITOCHES, La. - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team's season came to a close today with a 3-0 loss (26-24, 26-24, 25-21) to No. 2 seed Central Arkansas (20-10, 14-3) in the semifinals of the Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament at Prather Coliseum. The Islanders finish with a 19-16 overall record, and an 11-5 record in conference play.

Brianna Brink finished an impressive career with six kills in the match. She wraps her career as the all-time career-kills leader in Islanders' history with 1,391 kills.

Brittany Gilpin propelled the Islanders' offense with 11 kills on an impressive .625 hitting and Kelsee Felux put down nine kills. Defensively, Kate Klepetka led the team with 10 digs while Hailey King added nine.

UCA hit .272 in the match and record three service aces. Heather Schnars powered the team with a match-high 16 kills while Amy South dished out 43 assists.

The Islanders and UCA battled back-and-forth in the opening set to a score of nine apiece before the Sugar Bears would take the lead for good. Ashley Phelps accounted for five kills in the set, but she was unable to generate enough momentum to get the Islanders close enough to pressure Central Arkansas as they took the set.

In the second set, A&M -Corpus Christi was able to outhit the Sugar bears by a mark of .263 to .235 thanks to the strong play Felux who had five kills in the frame. The Islanders had a 24-21 lead but Central Arkansas' Heather Schnars ignited the Sugar Bears' offense as she put down the final three kills to propel UCA to the set win.

A&M - Corpus Christi came out strong after halftime, jumping out to an early 6-3 lead. Senior Ashley Phelps and Gilpin helped the Islanders to a match-high nine point lead at19-10. But after a Central Arkansas timeout, the Sugar Bears rallied and reeled off a 15-2 run to end the match. The run included six attacking errors and two of the Sugar Bears' three service aces.

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Finals: Friday Night Fever Area Playoffs Sports Fri, 21 Nov 2014 3:44:33 PM Finals: Friday Night Fever Area Playoffs

The second round, known as area playoffs are underway. KRIS 6 Sports will keep you updated all evening here, or you can follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

Click here for the matchups in the next round - 2014 Regional Playoffs

Thursday, Nov. 20th

Class 2A - Division I
Ben Bolt Ben Bolt23
Thorndale Thorndale56
 Location Map: Judson Stadium, Converse



Friday, Nov. 21st

Class 4A - Division I
Rockport-Fulton Rockport-Fulton27
Canyon Lake Canyon Lake21
 Location Map: San Antonio Alamodome  Listen LIVE:



Class 5A - Division I
Flour Bluff Flour Bluff55
Mission Veterans Mission Veterans28
 Location Map: Flour Bluff Hornet Stadium




Class 5A - Division II

Calallen Calallen0
Sharyland Sharyland28
 Location Map: Javelina Stadium, Kingsville



District 5A - Division II
Gregory-Portland Gregory-Portland28
Roma Roma24
 Location Map: SAC Laredo



District 4A - Division I


Kingsville Kingsville27
Burnet Burnet56
 Location Map: SA Comalander




Class 4A - Division II
Sinton Sinton38
Hondo Hondo9
 Location Map: La Vernia



Class 3A - Division I
San Diego San Diego6
Ingram Moore Ingram Moore22
 Location Map: Mack Laxson Stadium, Pearsall



Class 3A - Division I
Mathis Mathis46
Rice Consolidated Rice Consolidated16
 Location Map: Pirate Stadium, Sinton



Class 3A - Division II
Odem Odem20
Karnes City Karnes City0
 Location Map: Veteran's Memorial Stadium, Beeville



Class 3A - DIvision II

Taft Taft14
Blanco Blanco56
 Location Map: SA South San Stadium



Class 3A - Division II
Hebbronville Hebbronville7
Van Vleck Van Vleck42
 Location Map: Buccanneer Stadium, Corpus Christi



Class 2A Division I
Refugio Refugio58
Johnson City Johnson City0
 Location Map: Eschenburg Field, Floresville



Class 2A - Division I
Three Rivers Three Rivers42
Holland Holland22
 Location Map: Seguin High School



Saturday, Nov. 22nd

Class 4A - Division II
Orange Grove Orange Grove6
Wimberly Wimberly21
 Location Map: Judson Stadium, Converse





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Texas Beats Iowa in 2K Classic Semis Sports Thu, 20 Nov 2014 9:12:29 PM Associated Press Texas Beats Iowa in 2K Classic Semis

NEW YORK (AP) - Jonathan Holmes scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half, Isaiah Taylor added 15 and No. 10 Texas beat Iowa 71-57 on Thursday night in the 2K Classic.

The Longhorns trailed by 12 points in the first half but outscored Iowa 47-27 in the final 20 minutes to advance to the championship game Friday at Madison Square Garden against No. 23 Syracuse or California.

Texas (3-0) didn't take its first lead until early in the second half following Holmes' blistering start out of intermission. Holmes and Taylor helped the Longhorns keep the tempo up and put it away a little over midway through the half.

Aaron White scored 23 for Iowa (2-1), which shot just 29.6 percent.

The Hawkeyes led 30-24 at halftime, but Holmes opened the second with a dunk, then later had a 3-pointer and a three-point play in a 16-second span to tie it at 32.

It was 43-all when Holmes and Taylor combined for the final four baskets in a 13-0 surge that provided the Longhorns a 56-43 cushion with 8:04 remaining.

In its fifth 2K Classic appearance, the Longhorns will have a chance for their first title. They lost to Pittsburgh in the 2010 championship game.


Iowa: Gabriel Olaseni was ejected after being called for a flagrant foul 2 on Taylor with 2:06 left. ... Iowa reached the final of this event here in its only other appearance, beating defending national champion and No. 1 Connecticut in 1999 before losing to Stanford when it was known as the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. ... The Hawkeyes also reached the championship game of the 2013 NIT here, falling to Baylor.

Texas: Holmes had only one basket in the first half, when he crashed hard into the press table behind the baseline. ... Texas scored 85 points in each of its first two games. ... The Longhorns are making the first of two trips in two weeks to the East Coast. They visit reigning champion UConn on Nov. 30.


Iowa: No. 23 Syracuse or California on Friday.

Texas: Against No. 23 Syracuse or California on Friday.

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All-LSC Football Awards Announced Sports Thu, 20 Nov 2014 2:24:26 PM All-LSC Football Awards Announced

RICHARDSON, Texas - Angelo State had eight first-team selections and three individual award winners distinguished Thursday when the annual Lone Star Conference football awards were announced by LSC officials.

The Rams had four players on the top offense and four more on the first-team defense. ASU, the LSC Playoffs Champions, took home individual honors as well with Offensive Player of the Year (J.W. Rollins award) Kyle Washington, Defensive Lineman of the Year Clayton Callicutt, and Coach of the Year Will Wagner.

LSC champion Texas A&M-Commerce had six first-teamers including Defensive Player of the Year (J.V. Sikes award) Toni Pulu and two-time Receiver of the Year Vernon Johnson.

West Texas A&M's Torian Oakley was tabbed Defensive Back of the Year to lead the seven Buff first-teamers, while Carter James claimed Freshman of the Year honors.

Eastern New Mexico's E'lon Spight and Seth Bailey earned Offensive Back of the Year and Linebacker of the Year distinction, respectively.

Midwestern State had four on the top team with Shadow Stokes receiving Offensive Lineman of the Year recognition.

Overall, 110 student-athletes were recognized by the LSC's postseason awards program, with 32 players named to the first team, 32 on the second team and another 46 gaining honorable mention. The all-conference honors were selected by the head coaches of the eight league teams.

Nick Perez Tarleton State OG Jr. Stephenville, Texas
Arthur Fatu West Texas A&M OG Sr. Klein, Texas
Stan Hasiak West Texas A&M OT Jr. Kapolei, Hawaii
Anthony Landry Angelo State OT Sr. Houston, Texas
Shadow Stokes Midwestern State C Sr. Kilgore, Texas
Mark Strange Midwestern State TE Sr. Wichita Falls, Texas
Jeret Smith McMurry WR Sr. Abilene, Texas
Vernon Johnson Texas A&M-Commerce WR Sr. Fort Worth, Texas
Ricky Collins Texas A&M-Commerce WR Sr. Tyler, Texas
Jeremy Watson West Texas A&M WR Sr. Lubbock, Texas
Kyle Washington Angelo State QB Jr. Humble, Texas
Geremy Alridge-Mitchell West Texas A&M RB Jr. Dallas, Texas
Ryan Byrd Angelo State RB Jr. Lake Elsinore, Calif.
E'lon Spight Eastern New Mexico FB Sr. St. Louis, Mo.
Saul Martinez Texas A&M-Commerce PK Sr. Pittsburg, Texas
Anthony Yancy Angelo State RS Sr. Fresno, Calif.


Bernard Afutiti Midwestern State DT Sr. Fontana, Calif.
Charlie Tuaau Texas A&M-Commerce DT Sr. Wahiawa, Hawaii
Toni Pulu Texas A&M-Commerce DE Jr. Provo, Utah
Clayton Callicutt Angelo State DE Jr. Crosby, Texas
Seth Bailey Eastern New Mexico ILB Sr. Texico, NM
Rush Seaver Angelo State ILB Sr. Lampasas, Texas
Charles Moore Tarleton State OLB Sr. Carrollton, Texas
Markus Pierce-Brewster West Texas A&M OLB Sr. National City, Calif.
Torian Oakley West Texas A&M CB Sr. Spring, Texas
Ron Fields Texas A&M-Commerce CB Sr. Sacramento, Calif.
Marqui Christian Midwestern State S Jr. Spring, Texas
Ethan Morriss West Texas A&M S Jr. Sonora, Texas
Devin Figures Tarleton State S Sr. Jefferson, Texas
Kevin Reaves Eastern New Mexico S Sr. Albuquerque, NM
Sam Fowler Angelo State P Jr. Crosby, Texas
Cody Clark Angelo State DS Jr. Austin, Texas

Offensive Player of the Year (J.W. Rollins award): Kyle Washington, Angelo State
Offensive Back of the Year: E'lon Spight, Eastern New Mexico
Receiver of the Year: Vernon Johnson, Texas A&M-Commerce
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Shadow Stokes, Midwestern State
Freshman of the Year: Carter James, West Texas A&M
Defensive Player of the Year (J.V. Sikes award): Toni Pulu, Texas A&M-Commerce
Defensive Lineman of the Year: Clayton Callicutt, Angelo State
Linebacker of the Year: Seth Bailey, Eastern New Mexico
Defensive Back of the Year: Torian Oakley, West Texas A&M
Coach of the Year: Will Wagner, Angelo State

Alex Mitchell West Texas A&M OG Jr. Portland, Ore.
Case Winkler Midwestern State OG Jr. Burnet, Texas
Lucas Love Tarleton State OT Sr. Van Alstyne, Texas
Elwood Clement Texas A&M-Commerce OT Jr. Deptford, N.J.
Austin Carson West Texas A&M C So. San Antonio, Texas
Evan Tooley Eastern New Mexico TE Sr. Truth or Consequences, N.M.
Jacob Johnson Eastern New Mexico WR Sr. Idalou, Texas
Dakarai Pecikonis Angelo State WR Sr. Allen, Texas
Seth Smith Texas A&M-Commerce WR Sr. Ennis, Texas
Clifton Rhodes III Tarleton State WR Sr. Fort Worth, Texas
Tyrik Rollison Texas A&M-Commerce QB Sr. Sulphur Springs, Texas
Dante Taylor Midwestern State RB So. Plano, Texas
Joe Bergeron Texas A&M-Commerce RB Sr. Mesquite, Texas
Zach Henshaw Tarleton State FB Jr. Canyon Lake, Texas
Connor Hollabaugh West Texas A&M PK So. Amarillo Texas
Bubba Tandy Tarleton State RS So. Hopkinsville, Ky.

Alex Tucci West Texas A&M DT Jr. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
John Siliga Angelo State DT Jr. Redlands, Calif.
Anthony Gonzales Tarleton State DE Sr. Copperas Cove, Texas
Travis Stephens Midwestern State DE Sr. Houston, Texas
Carter James West Texas A&M ILB R-Fr. Justin, Texas
Charles Woods Texas A&M-Commerce ILB Jr. Humble, Texas
Patric Youngman West Texas A&M ILB So. Forney, Texas
Benjamin Pedro-Langford Eastern New Mexico OLB Sr. Pago Pago, AS
Davarus Shores Texas A&M-Commerce OLB Jr. Mesquite, Texas
Deantrey Loche Tarleton State CB Sr. Diboll, Texas
Jarred Ross Angelo State CB Sr. Corinth, Texas
Izzy Eziakor Texas A&M-Commerce S Sr. Wylie, Texas
Dayvyon Henry Midwestern State S Sr. Plano, Texas
Steven Baker Texas A&M-Commerce S R-Fr. San Antonio, Texas
Mitchell Henton Midwestern State P R-Fr. Dallas, Texas
Charlie Savedra Eastern New Mexico DS Sr. Socorro, N.M

William Jurek Eastern New Mexico OG Jr. Gonzales, Texas
Jordan DeCorte Texas A&M-Commerce OG Sr. Kailua, Hawaii
Shane Thompson Texas A&M-Commerce OG Jr. Keller, Texas
John Rowell Midwestern State OT R-Fr. Stafford, Texas
Rance Layton Angelo State OT So. Seminole, Texas
Rumzee Fakhouri Texas A&M-Commerce OT Sr. Modesto, Calif.
Will McLane Tarleton State C Sr. San Antonio, Texas
Ma'naima Lang Eastern New Mexico C Jr. Pago Pago, AS
Christian Garcia Texas A&M-Kingsville C Jr. Eagle Pass, Texas

Michael Boyefio Texas A&M-Commerce C Sr. Wylie, Texas
Tyler Hamilton Angelo State C So. San Antonio, Texas
Taylor Peasha Texas A&M-Commerce TE Sr. Herald, Calif.
Bubba Tandy Tarleton State WR So. Hopkinsville, Ky.
Le'Nard Meyers Tarleton State WR Jr. Gatesville, Texas
Statron Jones Midwestern State WR So. Manor, Texas
Talon Smith Angelo State WR Jr. Odessa, Texas
Chris Omigie Angelo State WR Sr. Arlington, Texas
Collin Strahan Tarleton State QB So. Mesquite, Texas
Jeremy Buurma Eastern New Mexico QB Jr. Las Cruces, NM
Chauncey Harris Midwestern State RB Sr. San Antonio, Texas
Shawn Vasquez Texas A&M-Kingsville RB Jr. Brentwood, Calif.
Peter Marquez Angelo State PK Jr. Costa Mesa, Calif.
Kevin Reaves Eastern New Mexico RS Sr. Albuquerque, NM
Shawn Hooks Texas A&M-Commerce RS R-Fr. Longview, Texas
Juan Gonzalez Tarleton State DT Sr. Arlington, Texas
LaPear Willrich West Texas A&M DT So. Giddings, Texas
Ashton Dorsey Texas A&M-Commerce DE Sr. Tyler, Texas
Iosia Iosia West Texas A&M DE Jr. San Francisco, Calif.
Calvin Middlebrooks McMurry DE Jr. San Antonio, Texas
Julian Yearwood Eastern New Mexico ILB Sr. Las Vegas, Nev.
Alex Anderson Tarleton State ILB Sr. Wills Point, Texas
Marc Martinez Tarleton State ILB Sr. Waco, Texas
Daniel Laudermilk Midwestern State ILB Jr. Austin, Texas
Blair Smith Angelo State ILB Sr. Mississauga, Canada
Cole Pitts Texas A&M-Commerce ILB Jr. Alvin, Texas
Trevor Moses Texas A&M-Kingsville ILB Fr. Calallen, Texas
Tyree Barton Texas A&M-Commerce OLB Jr. Beaverton, Ore.
Elliot Peters Eastern New Mexico OLB So. Pago Pago, AS
Kelechi Amushie Texas A&M-Kingsville CB So. Houston, Texas
Traven Johnson Texas A&M-Commerce CB So. Tyler, Texas
Ryan Clapsaddle Angelo State S Jr. The Woodlands, Texas
Elliot Moore West Texas A&M P Jr. Danville, Calif.
Chase Thrasher Texas A&M-Commerce P Jr. Rowlett, Texas
Josh Beal West Texas A&M DS Jr. San Antonio, Texas
Cameron Rogers Texas A&M-Commerce DS So. San Antonio, Texas
Bobby Joe Nielsen Midwestern State DS Fr. Kempner, Texas

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