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SPORTS
December 20, 2009
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI (7-5) VS. MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE (9-3) When: Tonight, 5:30 PST. Where: New Orleans. About Southern Mississippi: The Golden Eagles are in the New Orleans Bowl for the second straight season. Receiver DeAndre Brown, who suffered a broken leg in last year's 30-27 overtime win against Troy, has five touchdowns in his last five games. About Middle Tennessee State: The Blue Raiders are riding a six-game winning streak. Quarterback Dwight Dasher has accounted for 3,580 total yards and 32 touchdowns.
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SPORTS
December 20, 2009 | By Chris Foster
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
December 17, 2009 | By Chris Foster
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.
SPORTS
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
SPORTS
December 16, 2009 | Wire Reports
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.
SPORTS
December 15, 2009 | By Chris Foster
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.
SPORTS
December 15, 2009 | By Chris Foster
UCLA's EagleBank Bowl game preparations were interrupted Tuesday . . . by the players. The Bruins resurrected the most visible of UCLA football traditions after finishing stretching exercises. Coach Rick Neuheisel called his team into a huddle, exhorted them by barking, "Let's have a great effort today!" then watched as the players bolted over the practice field wall and took off, ending practice. The tradition is known as "Wall Day," an event Neuheisel thought he had ended last spring.
SPORTS
December 7, 2009
Rk. Team (1st-place votes) Rec. Pts. Prv. 1. Alabama (105) 13-0 2,841 3 2. Texas (6) 13-0 2,721 2 3. Texas Christian (3) 12-0 2,579 4 4. Cincinnati 12-0 2,467 5 5. Florida 12-1 2,395 1 6. Boise State 13-0 2,358 6 7. Oregon 10-2 2,130 8 8. Ohio State 10-2 2,081 7 9. Penn State 10-2 1,800 9 10. Georgia Tech 11-2 1,787 11 11. Iowa 10-2 1,772 10 12. Virginia Tech 9-3 1,569 12 13. Louisiana State 9-3 1,384 14 14. Brigham Young 10-2 1,349 13 15. Miami 9-3 1,173 17 16. Pittsburgh 9-3 995 15 17. Oklahoma State 9-3 839 20 18. West Virginia 9-3 730 25 19. Oregon State 8-4 722 16 20. Nebraska 9-4 631 22 21. Stanford 8-4 625 23 22. Utah 9-3 511 24 23. Wisconsin 9-3 409 ...
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