AP Sports Wrap From Saturday, Nov 14, 2015
UNDATED (AP) — The top-ranked Clemson Tigers blew an early 14-point lead on Saturday before extending their winning streak to 13 games.
Quarterback DeShaun Watson accounted for three touchdowns and Greg Huegel hit three field goals as the top team in the CFP rankings beat Syracuse 37-27. Watson was 34 of 47 for 360 yards with a pair of touchdowns and one interception. He also ran for 101 yards and a score to help the Tigers improve to 10-0 for their first time since their national championship run in 1981.
Meanwhile, four of the AP's top 10 teams were losers on Saturday.
No. 12 Oklahoma halted Baylor's 20-game home winning streak and likely killed their CFP playoff chances by outscoring the fourth-ranked Bears 44-34. Baker Mayfield was 24 of 34 for 270 yards and three touchdowns for the 9-1 Sooners, who began the game 12th in the CFP. Mayfield also ran for a TD and Sterling Shepard had 14 catches for 177 yards with two touchdowns.
Stanford's national championship hopes were destroyed by Oregon as Vernon Adams threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns in the Ducks' 38-36 win over the seventh-ranked Cardinal. Stanford had a chance to force overtime after Kevin Hogan hit Greg Taboada for a four-yard TD with 10 seconds left, but the Ducks stopped the two-point conversion attempt. Royce Freeman ran for 105 yards and a score and Charles Nelson scored on a 75-yard run on one of the Ducks' three touchdowns of more than 45 yards.
Ninth-ranked LSU suffered its second loss as Alex Collins ran for 141 yards and two touchdowns in Arkansas' 31-14 win at Baton Rouge. Jared Cornelius added a 69-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to help the Razorbacks eliminate the Tigers from the SEC West title. LSU running back Leonard Fournette had 127 yards from scrimmage and scored his 17th touchdown of the season.
Arizona recorded the other top-10 upset as backup QB Jerrard Randall hit Nate Phillips for a 25-yard TD in double-overtime before the Wildcats stopped 10th-ranked Utah on downs to complete a 37-30 victory over the Utes. Arizona quarterback Anu (ah-NOO') Solomon passed for 277 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a season-high 86 yards before leaving the game after a helmet-to-helmet hit with 9:25 left in regulation. Utah's Devontae Booker carried 34 times for 143 yards.
In other top-25 action:
— Ezekiel Elliott was productive in second-ranked Ohio State's 28-3 victory at Illinois, running for 181 yards and two TDs. Elliott helped the Buckeyes expand a 14-3 halftime lead by running for 129 yards and each of his touchdowns in the second half. J.T. Barrett chipped in with 150 yards passing and 74 running after serving his one-game suspension.
— The second-ranked team in the CFP also won as Derrick Henry ran for 204 yards and two touchdowns in No. 3 Alabama's 31-6 stifling of No. 20 Mississippi State. Calvin Ridley grabbed a 60-yard touchdown pass from Jake Coker and Henry ran for a 74-yard TD as Alabama built an insurmountable 21-3 halftime lead. The 9-1 Tide recorded nine sacks and kept the Bulldogs out of the end zone despite Dak Prescott's 300 passing yards.
— Fifth-ranked Oklahoma State is 10-0 after escaping with a 35-31 win at Iowa State on J.W. Walsh's seven-yard scoring strike to Jeff Carr with 3:06 to play. Mason Rudolph completed 24 of 36 passes for 327 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys, who trailed 24-7 and 31-21 before beating the 3-7 Cyclones. Marcell Ateman grabbed a 16-yard scoring pass and finished with career highs of eight catches and 132 yards for the No. 8 team in the CFP.
— Josh Adams set a Notre Dame record by scoring on a 98-yard run before the sixth-ranked Irish completed a 28-7 victory against Wake Forest. Adams started and ran for 141 yards with Notre Dame's leading rusher C.J. Prosise sidelined by a concussion. Andrew Trumbetti scored on a 28-yard interception for the Irish, who are fourth in the CFP.
— Iowa is 10-0 for the first time in program history after LeShun Daniels rushed for a career-high 195 yards and three touchdowns in the eighth-ranked Hawkeyes' 40-35 win over Minnesota. C.J. Beathard threw for 213 yards and ran for two touchdowns as the No. 5 team in the CFP improved to 6-0 in the Big Ten. Iowa will clinch a spot in the conference title game with a victory over Purdue next Saturday.
— Jordan Cronkrite provided a pair of first-half touchdowns and 11th-rated Florida allowed just 44 total yards over the first three quarters of a 24-14 victory at South Carolina. The 9-1 Gators carried a 17-0 lead into the final period, but the outcome was in doubt until Kelvin Taylor ripped off a 53-yard run to set up his one-yard plunge with 2:01 remaining.
— Shaun Nixon had a 42-yard scoring reception and KaVontae Turpin returned a punt 49 yards for another score as 13th-ranked TCU escaped with a 23-17 win over Kansas. Trevone Boykin sat out the second half after suffering a right ankle injury, ending his team-record streak of 24 games with a TD pass.
— Michigan State's offense struggled against Maryland's porous defense, but Riley Bullough scored on a 44-yard interception return to help the 14th-rated Spartans beat the Terrapins 24-7. The Spartans finished the game without quarterback Connor Cook, who left the game at halftime with an apparent shoulder problem that he said isn't serious.
— No. 15 Michigan's Big Ten title hopes are still alive after Jake Rudock (ROO'-dahk) completed 33 of 46 passes for 440 yards and six touchdowns in a 48-41, double-overtime triumph at Indiana. Rudock tossed a scoring pass in each overtime period, but the Wolverines couldn't celebrate until Mitchell Paige bobbled a fourth-down pass at the goal line.
— No. 16 Houston pulled out a 35-34 win over 25th-rated Memphis on backup quarterback Kyle Postma's seven-yard touchdown run with 1:27 remaining. Postma went 21 of 33 for 236 yards and a touchdown after replacing Greg Ward Jr., who left with an apparent ankle injury just before halftime.
— Marquise Williams accounted for four touchdowns and Ryan Switzer had a 78-yard punt return for a score as No. 17 North Carolina clobbered Miami 59-21. Williams ran for 101 yards and three touchdowns and threw for a TD in the Tar Heels' ninth straight win.
— Gabe Marks made a diving 21-yard touchdown reception with 3 seconds to play, sending Washington State to a jaw-dropping 31-27 victory over No. 18 UCLA on Saturday night. Luke Falk returned from a mid-game injury after passing a concussion protocol to engineer a spectacular 75-yard drive ending with a remarkable, physical catch by Marks.
— Backup quarterback Sean Maguire was 18 of 28 for 231 and two touchdowns to help 19th-ranked Florida State turn a 17-7 deficit into a 34-17 win against North Carolina State. Dalvin Cook had 138 yards on 22 carries, including a 30-yard touchdown.
— Marlon Mack rushed for 230 yards and scored three touchdowns to help South Florida beat No. 21 Temple 44-23. Mack caught a 20-yard TD toss and had scoring runs of 57 and 48 yards.
— Keenan Reynolds broke the NCAA record for career rushing touchdowns by reaching the end zone four times in No. 22 Navy's 55-14 thrashing of SMU. Reynolds has 81 TDs after beginning the game tied with Montee Ball for the all-time record.
— No. 24 Northwestern is 8-2 after Justin Jackson ran for 116 yards and scored on a two-yard burst with 4:37 left to lead the Wildcats' 21-14 win over Purdue. Warren Long ran for two TDs and provided 52 of the Wildcats' 250 rushing yards.
Warriors rally to stay unbeaten
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors fell behind by 17 points in the first half of last night's game against Brooklyn before improving to 11-0.
Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry provided 21 of his 34 points after halftime and the Warriors opened overtime on a 10-0 run before beating the Nets 107-99. Andre Iguodala (ihg-oh-DAH'-lah) added 18 points for the Warriors, including a clutch 3-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation after the Nets took a 97-94 lead.
Jarrett Jack scored a season-high 28 and Thaddeus Young added 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets.
In other NBA finals:
— Jamal Crawford poured in 37 points and Blake Griffin added 34 in the Clippers' 101-96 comeback over Detroit. Crawford and Griffin combined for 19 points while the Clippers went on a 22-8 spurt to take an 81-80 lead.
— Jerryd Bayless scored 17 points and held LeBron James scoreless over the final 3:15 of Milwaukee's 108-105, double-overtime win against Cleveland.
— Philadelphia absorbed its 20th consecutive loss as LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 19 rebounds in San Antonio's 92-83 victory over the 76ers.
— Raymond Felton scored 23 points and Charlie Villanueva added 19 to push Dallas past Houston 110-98.
— Phoenix pounded Denver 105-81 behind Eric Bledsoe's 30 points.
— Washington's three-game skid is over after Kris Humphries hit a career-high five 3-pointers while scoring 23 points in the Wizards' 108-99 decision over Orlando.
TOP 25 MEN'S BASKETBALL
UNDATED (AP) — Fifth-ranked Duke is 2-0 after the defending NCAA champs posted their second lopsided win in as many nights.
Grayson Allen finished with a career-high 28 points and Matt Jones contributed all of his career-best 19 points in the first half of the Blue Devils' 113-75 rout of Bryant in the 2K Classic. Freshman Brandon Ingram added 21 points for Duke, which shot 53 percent and hit 13 3-pointers.
The Blue Devils also turned Bryant's 19 turnovers into 24 points.
Second-ranked Kentucky and No. 24 Butler also won on Saturday.
Skal Labissiere scored 26 points, Isaiah Briscoe had a double-double of 12 rebounds and 11 points as the Wildcats thumped NJIT 87-57.
Kellen Dunham scored 24 points and the Bulldogs smashed team scoring records in a 144-71 laugher against The Citadel. The Bulldogs topped program marks for points, points by halftime and points in the second half.
Rangers win again
UNDATED (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens have company atop the NHL's Eastern Conference.
The New York Rangers are 13-2-2 after Dan Boyle scored the deciding shootout goal in a 2-1 victory over Ottawa. Chris Kreider put the Rangers ahead with a power-play goal just 2:31 into the game, but they couldn't get another puck past Craig Anderson until Mats Zuccarello (zoo-kah-REH'-loh) and Boyle beat him in the shootout to give New York its eighth consecutive victory.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 22 shots for his tenth win of the season.
The Rangers and Canadiens currently top the conference with 28 points following Montreal's 6-1 loss to Colorado. Nathan MacKinnon scored twice in a 13 second span of the first period and assisted on Matt Duchene's (doo-SHAYNZ') insurance tally. Duchene and Mikhail Grigorenko each had a goal and two assists to support Reto Berra's 39-save effort.
The Western Conference leaders also have 28 points. Dallas is 14-4-0 after John Klingberg scored at 3:18 of OT to give the Stars a 3-2 win against Minnesota. Marco Scandella tied the game for the Stars early in the third period.
Also on ice:
— Nashville hammered Winnipeg 7-0 as Seth Jones and Craig Smith each a goal and an assist in a game that featured 156 total penalty minutes.
— Patrick Kane's team-high 12th goal was the game-winner as Chicago doubled up St. Louis 4-2.
— Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES' BEHR'-zhur-ahn), David Krejci (KRAY'-chee) and Torey Krug (kroog) scored during an 8:42 span of the second period to lead Boston past Detroit 3-1.
— The Devils won for the 10th time in 13 games after Cory Schneider stopped 21 shots and Mike Cammalleri (kam-ah-LEHR'-ee) had a goal and two assists in a 4-0 shutout of Pittsburgh.
— Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored a power-play goal and assisted on Patrick Marleau's (MAHR'-lohz) overtime goal to lead San Jose past Buffalo 2-1.
— William Karlsson scored twice and Boone Jenner added a goal and two assists as Columbus whipped Arizona 5-2.
— Philadelphia erased a 2-0 deficit and beat Carolina 3-2 on Jakub Voracek's (VOHR'-ah-chehks) goal 37 seconds into overtime.
— Brandon Pirri scored on a penalty shot and netted the lone shootout goal in Florida's 5-4 win at Tampa Bay.
— Los Angeles pulled out a 4-3 win against Edmonton on Nick Shore's goal with 1:37 remaining.
— James Reimer (RY'-mur) turned back 43 shots and Shawn Matthias (mah-TEE'-uhs) notched the eventual game-winner in Toronto's season-high third straight win, 4-2 over Vancouver.
DBacks send Hellickson to Phillies
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona and Philadelphia have pulled of a trade that sends pitcher Jeremy Hellickson to the Phillies for right-handed pitching prospect Sam McWilliams. The 28-year-old Hellickson went 9-12 with a 4.62 earned run average in 27 starts after being traded to Arizona from Tampa Bay last offseason. The 20-year-old McWilliams went 0-2 with a 3.27 ERA in seven starts in the minors.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have activated safety Nate Allen from short-term injured reserve list in time for Sunday's game against Minnesota.
Allen injured his knee in the season opener against Cincinnati. He is expected to start alongside Charles Woodson against the Vikings, with TJ Carrie moving back to cornerback.
Added measures for Sunday's games
NEW YORK (AP) — in the wake of the attacks in Paris the NFL says it will increase security inside and outside its stadiums for Sunday's games. A league statement says it has been told by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI "that there are no known threats against NFL stadiums."
The league says it has been in contact with home teams to reinforce its standard procedures, which include the use of metal detectors and a requirement that all bags brought into stadiums be clear.
Scene set for final round
PLAY DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Derek Fathauer has a one shot lead over Jason Bohn after three rounds of the PGA's OHL Classic. Fathauer shot a second-round 6-under-66 to take the lead at 16-under-par. Russell Knox, Justin Leonard, Harold Varner III and Graeme McDowell share third at 13-under..
LPGA-LORENA OCHOA INVITATIONAL
Park has the lead
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Inbee Park birdied the 16th and 17th holes en route to a 5-under 67 that gives her the lead through three rounds of the LPGA's Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico City.
Park is 10-under as she seeks her fifth win of the year, three shots ahead of fellow South Korean Sei Young Kim.