December 23, 2009 |
Allen Bradford would have preferred a more traditional ascent to the No. 1 spot on USC's tailback depth chart. Bradford went from No. 3 to No. 2 after senior Stafon Johnson suffered a season-ending throat injury in a freak weightlifting accident in September. On Tuesday, with Joe McKnight's status for the Emerald Bowl undetermined, Bradford rose to No. 1. For now. After a windy midday practice at City College of San Francisco, Coach Pete Carroll said Bradford was on track to start Saturday against Boston College.
December 22, 2009
MAACO LAS VEGAS BOWL OREGON STATE (8-4) VS. BRIGHAM YOUNG (10-2) When: 5 PST. Where: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas. About Oregon State: The Beavers were aiming for their first Rose Bowl berth since the 1964 season but lost out to Oregon. About Brigham Young: Max Hall is a finalist for the Manning Award, which goes to the nation's top quarterback. Prediction: Oregon State 35, Brigham Young 31. -- Orlando Sentinel
December 20, 2009 |
UCLA's running game has been elusive this season, though that's not so much a description of its running backs' shiftiness and effectiveness. The Bruins have struggled to generate a consistent ground game all season. Their current tailback, Chane Moline , is a plodder. Their fastest tailback, Johnathan Franklin , has had fumble issues. UCLA had fewer than 100 yards rushing as a team in six of 12 games, and lost four of those games. The Bruins go once more into that breach against Temple in the EagleBank Bowl on Dec. 29. The Owls rank 19th in the nation in rushing defense, giving up 108.8 yards per game, and UCLA ranks 98th in rushing offense, averaging 116.2 yards per game.
December 19, 2009
Matt Szczur caught two touchdown passes, ran for 159 yards and had 68 yards receiving, leading Villanova to its first Football Championship Subdivision title with a 23-21 victory over Montana on Friday night at Chattanooga, Tenn. No. 2 Villanova (14-1) won the title in its first championship game appearance. Top-seeded Montana (14-1) was making a record 17th consecutive appearance in the playoffs. Andrew Selle threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Jabin Sambrano to pull Montana to within 23-21 with 1 minute 7 seconds left, but the onside kick attempt went out of bounds and Villanova made a first down before running out the clock.
December 17, 2009 |
UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince tested his throwing arm, tossing passes in drills Wednesday during practice. "It was a step forward," Prince said. It was the first time Prince had thrown passes in drills since suffering an AC sprain and mild separation in his right shoulder. "It's not perfect," Prince said, "but it's better." Prince injured the shoulder in the USC-UCLA game on Nov. 28. Whether he can play against Temple in the EagleBank Bowl on Dec. 29 remains to be seen.
December 16, 2009
Bruins' bowling While the EagleBank Bowl will mark Temple's third bowl-game appearance in 112 years, it will be UCLA's eighth bowl appearance this decade -- under five different coaches ( denotes interim coach): Year Coach Bowl Result 2007 DeWayne Walker Las Vegas Bowl lost to Brigham Young, 17-16 2006 Karl Dorrell Emerald Bowl lost to Florida State, 44-27 2005 Karl Dorrell Sun Bowl defeated Northwestern, 50-38 2004 Karl Dorrell Las Vegas Bowl lost to Wyoming, 24-21 2003 Karl Dorrell Silicon Valley Bowl lost to Fresno State, 17-9 2002 Ed Kezirian Las Vegas Bowl defeated New Mexico, 27-13 2000 Bob Toledo Sun Bowl lost to Wisconsin, 21-20
December 16, 2009 |
Alabama will bring a lineup powered by a record number of Associated Press All-Americans to the national championship game. Six players on the top-ranked Crimson Tide, including Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram , made the AP All-America team released Tuesday. Ingram was a unanimous choice, as was linebacker Rolando McClain . Defensive tackle Terrence Cody was voted to the team for the second consecutive season. Cornerback Javier Arenas , guard Michael Johnson and kicker Leigh Tiffin also were on the squad.
December 15, 2009 |
UCLA quarterback Richard Brehaut quickly came up with three benefits in getting to handle the first-team offense while starter Kevin Prince rests his injured right shoulder. "Reps, reps, reps," said Brehaut, a freshman. "All these extra practices, where I get to run the first team, are going to help me and get me ready for spring practice." It has given Brehaut a chance to put a positive finish on a rocky season, even if Prince heals in time to play against Temple on Dec. 29. "The more snaps he gets, the more he seems comfortable," Coach Rick Neuheisel said.