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Nov 12, 2015
Several Oklahoma players this week compared the finishing stretch the Sooners will play to a high school football playoff run. Oklahoma starts the stretch at Baylor at 7 p.m. Saturday.
OU football journal: Jordan Thomas says ‘playoffs have already started’
By Ryan Aber | Nov 12, 2015Several Oklahoma players this week compared the finishing stretch the Sooners will play to a high school football playoff run. Oklahoma starts the stretch at Baylor at 7 p.m. Saturday. “This is what you live for,” Sooners center Ty Darlington said. “This is what you play for right here. This is like high school playoffs. I feel like I'm back in high school and it's one at a time. The next one doesn't matter without the first one and we can't look past or look ahead to anything. Even though we know there are gonna be some big ones coming, this one is so huge, and there's not gonna be anything more important than this game. “And I guarantee you, they will get our absolute best shot with all the preparation and intensity and focus that we can muster. Cornerback Jordan Thomas said there's been a different feel in practice this week. “In reality in the Big 12, the playoffs have already started with these last three games with us, Baylor, TCU and Okie State,” Thomas said. “This is the playoffs. There's no need to get anyone fired up for these practices. We're out there flying around and having fun. But also, we're focused.” STOOPS: BLOCKING TO BLAME FOR KICK RETURN WOES Last season, Alex Ross was one of the nation's top kick returners. He averaged 31.2 yards per return, had two return touchdowns and earned All-America honors from some outlets for his kick return prowess. This season, he's averaging 17.5 yards per return and has yet to have a return longer than 28 yards. “Blocking,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said when asked about the reason for the struggles. We're teaching the same schemes that have been so successful for us not just last year, for several years. “We just haven't been able to execute it quite as well on the field with the players. We continue to push it and try and work it.” STRIKER NAMED LOTT SEMIFINALIST Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker is one of nine semifinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, recognizing college football's top defensive player who exemplifies integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity. The award is named after hall of famer Ronnie Lott. Striker has 40 tackles, seven sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery so far this season. Striker is one of two Big 12 players on the list of semifinalists. Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah is the other. Other semifinalists include Duke's Jeremy Cash, Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun, Temple's Tyler Matakevich, Penn State's Carl Nassib, Ohio State's Joshua Perry, Florida State's Jaylen Ramsey and Notre Dame's Jaylon Smith. The award winner will be announced Dec. 13 at the Lott IMPACT Trophy Award Banquet at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif. The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation will make a $25,000 donation to the general scholarship fund of the winner's university and $5,000 to each of the schools of the runners up.
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Associated Press | Nov 4, 2015Good evening! Here's a look at AP's general news coverage today in Pennsylvania. For questions about the state report, contact the Philadelphia bureau at 215-561-1133. Ron Todt is on the desk. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with updates. UPCOMING TOMORROW: PENN STATE ABUSE HARRISBURG — The embattled state attorney general has been ordered to answer questions under oath at a closed-door court hearing sbout any leaks by prosecutors or a judge of secret grand jury material from the child sexual abuse investigation of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. By Mark Scolforo. UPCOMING: Updates from 1 p.m. EST hearing. AP Photos. PENNSYLVANIA PORN SCANDAL HARRISBURG — Facing criminal charges, stripped of her law license and threatened with removal by the Legislature, Pennsylvania's attorney general seems to have decided that if she's going down, she's taking others with her. By Marc Levy. UPCOMING: 700 words. AP Photos. OTHER TOP STORIES: TRAFFIC STOP-SHOT IN BACK HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania police officer on trial in the shooting death of an unarmed motorist has told jurors that she believed the man had a gun and she feared for her own safety. By Mark Scolforo. SENT: About 430 words. PENN STATE-ABUSE BELLEFONTE — A Pennsylvania judge is demanding that the attorney general attend a closed-door hearing to be questioned under oath about any leaks by prosecutors or a judge of secret grand jury material from the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse investigation. PHILADELPHIA'S NEXT MAYOR PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia's next mayor says he wants to get universal prekindergarten in place by next fall. With: PHILADELPHIA-VOTING LOTTERY — Casting a ballot has made one Philadelphia woman $10,000 richer. Bridget Conroy-Varnis headed home from her South Philadelphia polling place on Tuesday with the five-figure prize from The Philadelphia Citizen's election lottery. BILL COSBY-PROSECUTOR ELECTION PHILADELPHIA — A career prosecutor involved in the re-investigation of a decade-old sexual-assault claim against Bill Cosby has been elected district attorney in suburban Philadelphia, a result that could lead to charges being filed in the case. Democrat Kevin Steele on Tuesday defeated Republican Bruce Castor, the ex-prosecutor who had declined in 2005 to bring charges against Cosby. MOVED. 500 words. HEROIN_BEYOND NARCAN CAMDEN, N.J. — It's a truth addicts and health providers know well: Naloxone can reverse heroin overdoses, but it can't cure the addictions that cause them. In a small but growing number of places, people who land in hospitals after being revived by the drug are being guided toward long-term treatment. That's largely because decision makers have heard so many stories about people being brought back from the brink — sometimes repeatedly — and then turned loose to use again. Geoff Mulvihill and Michael R. Sisak. SENT: About 830 words. DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY-PRESIDENT PITTSBURGH — Law school dean and legal scholar Ken Gormley will become the new president of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in July. By Joe Mandak. SENT: About 450 words. With: HEROIN_BEYOND NARCAN-TIMING. BUSINESS: KRAFT-HEINZ DOWNSIZING IOWA CITY, Iowa — Kraft Heinz says it will close seven factories in North America over the next two years as part of a downsizing that will shed 2,600 jobs. The company said Wednesday it will close U.S. manufacturing facilities in Fullerton and San Leandro, California; Federalsburg, Maryland; Campbell, New York; Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania; and Madison, Wisconsin. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: About 300 words. With: —KRAFT HEINZ-DOWNSIZING-PENNSYLVANIA — Kraft Heinz will close a plant in the Lehigh Valley with about 400 employees as part of its North American downsizing. EARNS-CHESAPEAKE ENERGY OKLAHOMA CITY — Chesapeake Energy slashed its spending plans for the second time this year after posting third-quarter losses of $4.6 billion as it wrote down the value of its oil and natural gas fields. Natural gas prices have been almost halved in the past year and shares of Chesapeake have fallen even faster, giving up another 8 percent Wednesday. COMCAST-DATA CAPS NEW YORK — Comcast is further expanding its Internet data caps to new markets in 5 Southern states. Also moving: PHARMACEUTICALS-SETTLEMENT — State authorities have reported a $54 million settlement with two drug companies to close an investigation into Medicaid overcharges. CHOP-MOUNT SINAI PARTNERSHIP — The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and New York's Mount Sinai Health System are partnering to offer expanded pediatric care in New York City. EXCHANGE: EXCHANGE-SENSORY CLASSROOMS PITTSBURGH — Evie Cole has a harder time making it through a school day than the typical 8-year-old. Since age 3, Evie has grappled with a combination of developmental delays, an intellectual disability and a form of epilepsy that triggers a few minor seizures daily, said her mother, April Cole, 36, of Kennedy. The effects frequently cause Evie to become so overwhelmed and fidgety that she can't focus and risks distracting her classmates. Evie and students like her are finding solace, however, in a new addition this year to Montour School District's Burkett Elementary School in Robinson: a sensory classroom. There, in a dimly lit, colorful space, Evie can use toys, furniture and stimuli designed to help children dealing with the likes of autism, severe stress or difficulty with motor skills ranging from balance and hand-eye coordination to speech and vision. Natasha Lindstrom, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. SENT: About 930 words. IN BRIEF: PENNSYLVANIA SENATE- RESCHENTHALER— A Republican is claiming victory in a Pittsburgh-area state Senate election, giving the party its largest Senate majority in more than 60 years. OIL TRAINS — A Pennsylvania senator is asking two freight railroad companies to reduce the speed of trains carrying flammable crude oil. RAZOR BLADE IN CANDY — State police say a 16-year-old western Pennsylvania girl who reported finding a razor blade in her Halloween bubble gum made up the incident and self-inflicted a cut in her mouth which took 23 stitches to close. CONGESSMAN'S SON-FRAUD CHARGES — Jurors are to resume deliberations Thursday in the federal bank and tax fraud trial of a veteran Philadelphia congressman's son. CRASH-PASSENGER KILLED — A central Pennsylvania man accused of driving more than 100 mph before an accident that killed his passenger has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide. PARKING LOT-PEDESTRIAN KILLED — Police say it appears an 87-year-old woman run down by an elderly driver in a suburban Pittsburgh parking lot was the victim of a "tragic accident." CROSSING GUARD STRUCK — Police say a driver ran a stop sign and hit a school crossing guard after saying glare from the sun obscured his view. SCHOOL SECURITY GUARD FIRED — A western Pennsylvania school security guard who allegedly "initiated aggression" against a student has been fired and could face criminal charges. SCHOOL SHOOTING THREAT — A 15-year-old former student is facing juvenile court charges for allegedly threatening to "shoot people up" at a western Pennsylvania high school football game. STUDENT SHOT-ROAD RAGE — A western Pennsylvania man will spend two to five years in prison for shooting a western Pennsylvania university student in a road-rage dispute. WIFE KILLED — A man has been ordered to stand trial in central Pennsylvania in the stabbing death of his estranged wife. INFANT DEATH — A northeastern Pennsylvania father has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment in the death of his infant son last year DECAPITATED CAT — State police plan to charge a 17-year-old boy western Pennsylvania boy with animal cruelty for decapitating a cat with a hatchet. CHILD CUSTODY-BURGLARY — State police say a Pennsylvania man took $700 from his estranged wife's bedroom during a child-custody exchange. TRAIN CRASH ESCAPE — Authorities say a woman jumped to safety just before a freight train slammed into her car in Pennsylvania. The crash happened early Wednesday near Depot Street in Bridgeton. SPORTS: FBN--STEELERS-MIDWAY POINT PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger doesn't want to talk about the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers' season. Good idea. Between injuries to Roethlisberger, Maurkice Pouncey and Le'Veon Bell, a team with playoff expectations is sitting at .500 behind unbeaten Cincinnati. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m. FBN--EAGLES-OFFENSE PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles are hoping a week off will help them rejuvenate an inconsistent offense that has started slow in almost every game this season. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: About 500 words by 6 p.m. EST. BKN--SIXERS-BUCKS MILWAUKEE — Forward Jabari Parker is scheduled to make his return from a left ACL injury when the Milwaukee Bucks host the Philadelphia 76ers. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CT. FBC--T25-TEMPLE-WHAT'S NEXT PHILADELPHIA -- Temple was the talk of college football for a week. Now that "GameDay" and Notre Dame have left town, the Owls have to regroup and refocus on an AAC title. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 600 words. By 5 p.m. AP Photos. Also moving: CONSOL ENERGY PARK — Consol Energy Inc. won't renew its naming rights deal with minor league baseball's Washington Wild Things. ___ If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to email@example.com. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-836-9477. 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Nov 4, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 4, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.3) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I Mustang 35, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 41, Norman 13 Class 6A-II LAWTON 30, Choctaw 17 Class 5A ALTUS 49, Northwest 6 Class 3A INOLA 34, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kingfisher 49, CENTENNIAL 8 HERITAGE HALL 52, Purcell 14 Class 2A Vian 38, PANAMA 12 Class A Quinton 22, WARNER 20 Class B ALEX 56, Geary 42 Waukomis 48, POND CREEK-HUNTER 44 Friday's Games Class 6A-I BROKEN ARROW 35, Edmond Memorial 20 Owasso 28, PC NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 24, Putnam City 21 Southmoore 48, NORMAN NORTH 38 Tulsa Union 45, EDMOND NORTH 17 JENKS 56, Yukon 13 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 42, CLAREMORE 14 SAND SPRINGS 28, Bixby 24 PC West 34, ENID 28 PONCA CITY 28, Sapulpa 23 Stillwater 34, LAWTON IKE 26 Tulsa Washington 40, MUSKOGEE 14 Class 5A Ardmore 28, DUNCAN 7 DEL CITY 38, Chickasha 24 Collinsville 34, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 8 Deer Creek 21, GUTHRIE 20 TULSA KELLEY 28, Durant 17 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Guymon 8 Lawton MacArthur 44, EL RENO 12 McGuinness 28, PIEDMONT 10 Pryor 24, TULSA NOAH 20 Shawnee 42, TULSA HALE 7 Skiatook 35, NOBLE 20 CARL ALBERT 45, Southeast 12 COWETA 28, Tahlequah 27 Tulsa Edison 21, GROVE 14 McALESTER 46, Tulsa Memorial 13 Class 4A Bristow 28, TECUMSEH 14 Cascia Hall 24, CLEVELAND 10 CLINTON 28, Elk City 27 Glenpool 20, McLOUD 13 Harrah 28, ADA 24 Metro Christian 30, SALLISAW 20 VINITA 28, Miami 22 Muldrow 27, BROKEN BOW 20 ELGIN 28, Newcastle 21 Oologah 38, TULSA McLAIN 13 Poteau 48, TULSA CENTRAL 8 FORT GIBSON 21, Stilwell 14 Wagoner 41, CATOOSA 10 ANADARKO 42, Weatherford 13 CACHE 28, Woodward 14 Class 3A Beggs 28, CHECOTAH 24 LINCOLN CHR. 42, Berryhill 35 Blanchard 35, MOUNT ST. MARY 7 DOUGLASS 42, Bridge Creek 12 SPERRY 21, Dewey 14 IDABEL 28, Heavener 13 John Marshall 24, BETHANY 21 VERDIGRIS 35, Kellyville 12 Little Axe 28, BETHEL 20 Locust Grove 56, JAY 18 CUSHING 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 31, DICKSON 13 Meeker 42, COMANCHE 12 Morris 35, OKMULGEE 34 Perkins 40, BLACKWELL 12 Plainview 34, MADILL 13 Roland 28, EUFAULA 7 Seminole 42, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seq. Claremore 31, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 27 Spiro 26, VALLIANT 16 JONES 38, Star Spencer 8 LONE GROVE 35, Sulphur 21 HILLDALE 49, Tulsa Rogers 14 WESTVILLE 36, Tulsa Webster 22 Victory Christian 35, STIGLER 28 Class 2A Alva 32, PERRY 14 TISHOMINGO 21, Atoka 20 Chisholm 14, HENNESSEY 7 Coalgate 28, MARIETTA 21 HASKELL 35, Colcord 27 Commerce 26, CHELSEA 21 DIBBLE 28, Frederick 22 Hartshorne 42, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 27, Henryetta 20 ANTLERS 35, Hugo 12 Hulbert 24, CHOUTEAU 8 SALINA 21, Kansas 20 DAVIS 35, Kingston 14 Lexington 27, HOBART 13 Luther 35, OCS 20 WASHINGTON 35, Mangum 14 Okemah 40, HOLDENVILLE 6 Okla. Christian Aca. 31, NEWKIRK 7 TULSA UNION JV 35, Oklahoma Union 12 NOWATA 48, Pawhuska 8 TONKAWA 28, Pawnee 7 ADAIR 42, Rejoice Christian 22 Walters 35, LINDSAY 34 Wellston 38, CROOKED OAK 24 STROUD 30, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 21, LIBERTY 18 Wyandotte 49, CANEY VALLEY 6 Class A FAIRLAND 21, Afton 12 CARNEGIE 27, Apache 20 MOORELAND 45, Beaver 6 Community Christian 28, WILSON 13 MINCO 42, Elmore City 12 THOMAS 21, Fairview 20 KETCHUM 45, Foyil 6 Hollis 28, CORDELL 21 Hominy 26, MORRISON 21 Kiefer 42, DRUMRIGHT 7 CRESCENT 28, Okeene 12 CASHION 48, Oklahoma Bible 14 MOUNDS 27, Porter 13 Ringling 21, HEALDTON 7 Rush Springs 32, EMPIRE 12 Savanna 35, GORE 7 Sayre 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Snyder 21, HOLLIS 14 Stratford 35, WYNNEWOOD 13 QUAPAW 28, Summit Christian 7 Talihina 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 27 HOOKER 26, Texhoma 20 Velma-Alma 49, CENTRAL MARLOW 6 CROSSINGS CHR. 41, Watonga 27 Wayne 42, KONAWA 7 BARNSDALL 33, Yale 12 Class B CADDO 44, Arkoma 28 WOODLAND 44, Covington-Douglas 38 Cyril 38, ALLEN 34 Garber 46, WELCH 0 DEWAR 34, Keota 32 Kremlin-Hillsdale 40, CANTON 8 Maud 44, STROTHER 30 Maysville 52, BRAY-DOYLE 6 LAVERNE 44, Merritt 20 DAVENPORT 54, Oaks 8 Porum 42, GANS 36 Seiling 56, RINGWOOD 6 DEPEW 30, South Coffeyville 28 Turpin 34, PIONEER 24 Waurika 52, MACOMB 6 Weleetka 46, HAILEYVILLE 0 Wetumka 48, CANADIAN 42 Class C SHATTUCK 44, Balko 14 COYLE 42, Bluejacket 18 Cave Springs 40, SASAKWA 20 Cherokee 38, BOISE CITY 34 DC-LAMONT 54, Copan 8 CORN BIBLE 42, Duke 36 Fox 56, BOKOSHE 6 Grandfield 52, TEMPLE 6 TIMBERLAKE 44, Medford 28 Midway 40, PRUE 12 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Paoli 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 36, Ryan 20 Thackerville 52, BOWLEGS 6 Tipton 42, SW COVENANT 18 Tyrone 28, SHARON-MUTUAL 24 Independent U.S. Grant 28, CAPITOL HILL 22 Saturday's Games Class 2A Chr. Heritage 48, NORTHEAST 12 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 1, 2015
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The biggest football game in Temple history was on the verge of turning into the Owls' greatest victory. DeShone Kizer refused to let Temple make history at Notre Dame's expense.Kizer hit Will Fuller with a 17-yard touchdown pass with 2:09 left in the game, KeiVarae Russell picked off a pass to end the last threat and No. 9 Notre Dame escaped with a 24-20 victory over No. 21...
No. 9 Notre Dame survives No. 21 Temple, 24-20, with late TD
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Nov 1, 2015PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The biggest football game in Temple history was on the verge of turning into the Owls' greatest victory. DeShone Kizer refused to let Temple make history at Notre Dame's expense. Kizer hit Will Fuller with a 17-yard touchdown pass with 2:09 left in the game, KeiVarae Russell picked off a pass to end the last threat and No. 9 Notre Dame escaped with a 24-20 victory over No. 21 Temple on Saturday night. It was the third time this season Kizer has led Notre Dame (7-1) from behind in the fourth quarter, first against Virginia in his memorable debut and then against Southern California. "It all comes with experience. When you go out there and you do it once or twice, that's how it's going to end up being," said Kizer, the redshirt freshman who took over for the injured Malik Zaire at Virginia. "We know how to go about a fourth-quarter comeback now." The Owls (7-1) took a 20-17 lead with 4:45 left on a 36-yard field goal by Austin Jones. But Kizer came right back with a long scoring drive, capped by the TD to his star receiver who hails from Philadelphia to make it 24-20. "They were crowding me and DeShone just threw a perfect ball," said Fuller, who went to Roman Catholic High School. Then the Notre Dame defense stepped up. Temple's P.J. Walker went deep down the right side, but Russell cut underneath the throw and made a diving pick. Not until the very last play, when Kizer dropped the ball, picked it up and then threw it away to kill the clock, did the Irish get to celebrate. Kizer finished with 299 yards passing and a 79-yard touchdown run. "He got the game ball," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. The Fighting Irish had chances to distance themselves from the Owls, but four red-zone trips produced only 10 points in the first three quarters against a defense that ranked eighth in the country. "I knew that those were probably going to put us in a position where it would be a dog fight in the second half," Kelly said. The Owls entered the fourth quarter down seven. All they could have wanted. After a targeting penalty in the end zone by Notre Dame's Elijah Shumate gave Temple a new set of downs, the Owls got it down to the 1 on fourth down. Coach Matt Rhule decided to go for it and Jahad Thomas made a crisp cut to turn the corner and tie the game at 17 with 10:51 left. "I thought they had tremendous poise," Rhule said of his players. "I thought they were excited to be there, excited for the moment." And there it was: Temple, laughingstock for so long, leading the most famous college football team in the world on Halloween night in front of a national television audience. The Owls fans were making noise and dreaming big. With 5:12 left in the game and Temple in field-goal range, security at Lincoln Financial Field started lining up metal parade barricades behind the end zone to keep the Temple student section from rushing the field. Soon afterward, Jones' boot gave Temple its first lead of the second half. A result that just a few years ago would have been unimaginable, Temple beating Notre Dame, was just an Owl stop or two from becoming a reality. Notre Dame would not let it happen. Temple came in 7-0 for the first time in school history, playing as a ranked team against a ranked team for the first time ever. This was an unprecedented weekend for college football in Philadelphia. ESPN "GameDay" drew a big and loud crowd to Independence Mall. The Phillie Phanantic was the guest picker, using Lee Corso as his straight man. At the start, it looked as if Temple wasn't ready for the big stage. The Irish marched 74 yards on their first drive with Kizer, Fuller and C.J. Prosise doing most of the work against a Temple defense that is the team's strength. Kizer finished with a 4-yard keeper to make it 7-0. Trouble for Temple? Nope. The Owls settled in and got a field goal and a red-zone interception of Kizer by Praise Martin-Oguike. Temple marched 94 yards for a touchdown, Walker hitting Brandon Shippen from 12 yards out to make it 10-7 with 6:17 left. A few minutes later, the lead was gone. Several Temple defenders converged on Prosise, but Kizer kept the ball and found a wide-open lane to sprint 79 yards for a touchdown. Another red-zone interception by Temple, this time by star linebacker Tyler Matakevich on a deflected ball, kept the score 14-10 Irish going into halftime. ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP ___ Online: www.collegefootball.ap.org
Oct 30, 2015
Rarely in college football can it be said with a high degree of certainty that a school is playing the biggest football game in program history.This is one of those times.No. 21 Temple hosts No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday night in the first game the Owls have ever played featuring two ranked teams.Temple is also 7-0 for the first time in school history. And the ultimate stamp of authenticity:...
Temple time: No. 21 Owls take big stage against No. 9 Irish
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Oct 30, 2015Rarely in college football can it be said with a high degree of certainty that a school is playing the biggest football game in program history. This is one of those times. No. 21 Temple hosts No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday night in the first game the Owls have ever played featuring two ranked teams. Temple is also 7-0 for the first time in school history. And the ultimate stamp of authenticity: ESPN's "College GameDay" is setting up shop in Philadelphia this weekend for Temple. Temple! A program that was an FBS outpost for decades. Temple football was so bad at one point it was essentially kicked out of the Big East. Now, Temple is playing the game of the week on Halloween Night at a sold-out Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the Eagles. "People are stopping me on the street. They're excited. I just think it's a small window of all the great things happening at Temple," coach Matt Rhule said. Notre Dame (6-1) is right at home on the big stage. The Fighting Irish spend much of the season being their opponent's marquee game, playing in prime time with high stakes. "We just have to stay within ourselves. We know they're going to be really hyped, they're going to be really into it. We just have to come in and play our game," Notre Dame running back C.J. Prosise said. The Irish are heading down the stretch thinking playoffs. Their only loss came at Clemson on a soggy night when they couldn't convert a last-minute 2-point conversion to tie. If they can avoid another loss, the College Football Playoff selection committee will have to consider the Fighting Irish for the final four. But what about Temple? Yes, it sounds crazy, but the Owls have already beaten Penn State. If they can do the same to Notre Dame and continue winning when they return to American Athletic Conference play, they will have be part of the discussion when it comes time for playoff bids. Picture this: Undefeated Temple hosting undefeated AAC rival Memphis on Nov. 21. The 16th-ranked Tigers have already nudged their way into the national conversation with a victory against No. 19 Mississippi. The way things have been going for Temple, why not dream big? "I want us to enjoy each and every moment," Rhule said. "I'm not concerned at all we won't be ready to play the game. I'm not concerned that the moment will be too big. Now are we good enough to hang with Notre Dame? That's the concern." Here are some other things to know about Temple's time to shine: GROUND AND POUND: Temple takes it slow offensively. The Owls lean heavily on tailback Jahad Thomas, who leads the American in rushing (117.43) and they are 13th in the nation in time of possession per game (33:11). Keep away seems like a solid idea against Notre Dame for two reasons. The Fighting Irish offense is fourth in the country in yards per play (7.31). It is in Temple's best interest to keep Prosise, receiver Will Fuller and quarterback DeShone Kizer on the sideline. The second reason is run defense has been a problem for the Fighting Irish. They rank 101st in the nation in yards allowed per rush at 4.79. HOMECOMING: Fuller played at Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia and will have a large rooting section. He said his mother has 100 tickets for the game. "I don't think I know all of them — but people that know me," Fuller said. Fuller is among the many who never would have dreamed Temple would be involved in a huge game. "No, growing up, it was always the Eagles. I don't think college football was really that important in Philadelphia," he said. The junior has become one of the best receivers in the country, averaging nearly 21.9 yards per catch with eight touchdowns. TACKLE MACHINE: Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich leads the Owls in tackles, just as he has done each of his first three seasons. He leads all active FBS players with 420 tackles and is on pace to become the seventh major college player with four 100-plus tackle seasons. ___ AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org ___ AP Sports Writer Dan Gelston in Philadelphia contributed to this report. ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAp
Oct 28, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 28, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita 13 Class 3A JONES 42, Bethel 8 TULSA ROGERS 31, Okmulgee 14 Class 2A Oklahoma Chr. 34, CHR. HERITAGE 27 Washington 28, WALTERS 14 Class A Quinton 40, HILLDALE JV 12 RINGLING 35, Central Marlow 0 Class B Alex 56, MAYSVILLE 6 Class C WEBBERS FALLS 52, Bokoshe 6 FOX 48, Thackerville 20 Friday's Games Class 6A-I OWASSO 38, Edmond North 14 BROKEN ARROW 38, Edmond Santa Fe 21 Jenks 40, EDMOND MEMORIAL 13 TULSA UNION 35, Mustang 21 SOUTHMOORE 42, Putnam North 10 Westmoore 35, YUKON 28 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 35, PONCA CITY 10 Bixby 28, MUSKOGEE 14 Claremore 27, SAPULPA 20 PC WEST 35, Lawton Eisenhower 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 44, Sand Springs 13 Stillwater 28, ENID 17 CHOCTAW 49, U.S. Grant 12 Class 5A Ardmore 52, NORTHWEST 6 ALTUS 28, Duncan 7 Durant 35, NOBLE 28 CHICKASHA 28, El Reno 22 TAHLEQUAH 40, Grove 20 CARL ALBERT 27, Guthrie 21 PIEDMONT 30, Guymon 16 Lawton MacArthur 44, DEL CITY 30 McAlester 42, SHAWNEE 13 COLLINSVILLE 21, Pryor 14 COWETA 28, Tulsa Edison 14 SKIATOOK 20, Tulsa Kelley 13 Tulsa Memorial 41, TULSA HALE 6 McGUINNESS 38, Western Heights 12 Class 4A Ada 34, TECUMSEH 13 Broken Bow 24, STILWELL 10 Catoosa 28, MIAMI 14 WAGONER 44, Cleveland 14 Clinton 26, WOODWARD 20 WEATHERFORD 17, Elgin 7 CACHE 31, Elk City 28 Harrah 27, BRISTOW 14 ANADARKO 35, Newcastle 7 Sallisaw 20, MULDROW 14 METRO CHR. 35, Tulsa Central 8 Tulsa McLain 20, CASCIA HALL 14 Tuttle 36, GLENPOOL 7 Class 3A Blanchard 17, DOUGLASS 14 MADILL 28, Bridge Creek 20 MANNFORD 35, Centennial 8 Cushing 42, BLACKWELL 14 Dickson 29, COMANCHE 6 IDABEL 27, Eufaula 13 BEGGS 20, Heavener 7 Heritage Hall 42, KINGFISHER 13 Hilldale 38, CHECOTAH 20 LOCUST GROVE 42, Inola 21 WESTVILLE 23, Jay 12 John Marshall 34, MEEKER 28 BERRYHILL 48, Kellyville 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 44, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 14 Lone Grove 41, MARLOW 26 BETHANY 28, Mount St. Mary 14 Pauls Valley 28, LITTLE AXE 27 SEMINOLE 28, Purcell 7 Sperry 21, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Star Spencer 42, CAPITOL HILL 14 Stigler 40, SPIRO 6 Sulphur 35, PLAINVIEW 34 ROLAND 48, Valliant 8 Verdigris 28, DEWEY 7 Victory Christian 45, MORRIS 6 Class 2A Alva 28, PAWNEE 21 HULBERT 36, Caney Valley 6 PAWHUSKA 20, Chelsea 14 ADAIR 40, Chouteau 6 TONKAWA 21, Crescent 7 Davis 35, COALGATE 14 LEXINGTON 28, Dibble 27 HOBART 18, Frederick 14 Hartshorne 35, OKEMAH 16 Haskell 42, KANSAS 6 Hennessey 35, NEWKIRK 0 WEWOKA 28, Holdenville 16 PANAMA 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 28, ATOKA 20 LUTHER 40, Millwood 36 Northeast 35, CROOKED OAK 34 Nowata 28, WYANDOTTE 24 COMMERCE 30, Oklahoma Union 6 CHISHOLM 42, Perry 0 Prague 34, CHANDLER 28 COLCORD 27, Salina 22 Stroud 21, HENRYETTA 13 Tishomingo 28, HUGO 20 Vian 42, ANTLERS 14 WYNNEWOOD 30, Wellston 8 Wilburton 26, POCOLA12 Class A Carnegie 21, MANGUM 20 Cashion 49, WATONGA 14 Central Sallisaw 42, SAVANNA 6 Crossings Christian 32, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 20 Drumright 40, YALE 8 Fairland 24, BARNSDALL 16 WARNER 20, Gore 14 Healdton 27, WARNER 13 APACHE 28, Hinton 20 Hooker 27, FAIRVIEW 24 Ketchum 30, AFTON 22 ELMORE CITY 28, Konawa 6 Minco 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 20 Mooreland 32, TEXHOMA 12 KIEFER 36, Morrison 8 HOMINY 38, Mounds 6 OKEENE 35, Oklahoma Bible 32 TALIHINA 42, Porter 7 Quapaw 34, FOYIL 14 Rejoice Christian 48, SUMMIT CHR. 8 BEAVER 14, Sayre 13 HOLLIS 34, Snyder 6 Thomas 44, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 7 Velma-Alma 28, RUSH SPRINGS 14 STRATFORD 48, Wayne 14 Class B GEARY 42, Allen 24 MAUD 36, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 48, PORUM 12 ARKOMA 42, Canadian 40 Davenport 52, WESLEYAN CHR. 6 Depew 38, GARBER 28 Dewar 44, WELEETKA 30 KEOTA 56, Gans 6 WETUMKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 48, RINGWOOD 12 CYRIL 56, Macomb 8 WAUKOMIS 40, Pioneer 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 34, MERRITT 24 Seiling 46, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 28 WAURIKA 56, Strother 8 Turpin 46, CANTON 0 REGENT PREP 40, Watts 12 OAKS 56, Welch 6 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28, Woodland 24 Class C TYRONE 28, Balko 24 Bluejacket 56, IMMANUEL CHR. 6 MIDWAY 48, Bowlegs 12 COYLE 52, Copan 6 Corn Bible 44, CEMENT 8 TIMBERLAKE 42, Covington-Douglas 28 DC-Lamont 60, BUFFALO 14 Duke 34, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 22 Grandfield 54, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 46, PRUE 0 Sasakwa 30, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Sharon-Mutual 26 Shattuck 28, WAYNOKA 24 DESTINY CHR. 54, Temple 8 Tipton 56, RYAN 6 Independent KC Christ Prep 21, TULSA NOAH 14 OKC Patriots 48, WRIGHT CHR. 44 Saturday's Game Independent Claremore Chr. 40, CORNERSTONE CHR. 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 22, 2015
The American Conference — the beleaguered, forgotten, left-for-dead American — is the big winner so far among leagues in the 2015 college football season. The American has three of the nation’s 14 unbeatens remaining. All three are ranked in the AP top 25 — Memphis 18th, Houston 21st and Temple 22nd. And below those three, Navy is off to a 4-1 start, and East Carolina and Cincinnati have had...
College football predictions: The American Conference riding high
Berry Tramel | Oct 22, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3889790[/img] The American Conference — the beleaguered, forgotten, left-for-dead American — is the big winner so far among leagues in the 2015 college football season. The American has three of the nation’s 14 unbeatens remaining. All three are ranked in the AP top 25 — Memphis 18th, Houston 21st and Temple 22nd. And below those three, Navy is off to a 4-1 start, and East Carolina and Cincinnati have had notable victories. Memphis beat Ole Miss last week. Temple beat Penn State. East Carolina beat Virginia Tech. Cincinnati beat Miami. The American is a respectable 7-14 against Power 5 conference teams plus Notre Dame and Brigham Young. That’s better than the ACC, which is a horrid 4-10 against that caliber of competition. The American is 4-3 straight up against the ACC. The updated standings, of Power-5 (plus Notre Dame and BYU) against each other: SEC 5-2, Independents 5-3, Big Ten 10-9, Pac-12 5-5, Big 12 4-4, ACC 4-10. Add in the American, and the standings are: SEC 8-3, Independents 8-3, Big 12 7-5, Pac-12 6-5, Big Ten 11-10, American 7-14, ACC 7-14. The strong showing by the American makes it likely that its champion will get the major bowl berth afforded to the Group of Five conferences without an automatic berth. It’s even conceivable that Memphis, if it can win out, could at least demand consideration for a national semifinal berth. At 13-0, with wins over Ole Miss, Houston, Cincinnati, Temple, Navy and whoever represents the American East in the conference title game, Memphis would at least have an argument. Let’s get to the predictions: Texas Tech at Oklahoma: Sooners 48-35. Red Raiders have played well in two straight trips to Owen Field, a 41-38 upset win in 2011, a 38-30 loss in 2013. Kansas at Oklahoma State: Cowboys 42-10. Jayhawks showed some life against Texas Tech last week, drawing within 23-20 late. Kansas State at Texas: Wildcats 23-19. Big 12 upset special.K-State historically has played great against the Longhorns, but can the ‘Cats recover from a 55-0 beatdown by OU last week? Iowa State at Baylor: Bears 69-14. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to see Baylor in a real road game. Tennessee at Alabama: Crimson Tide 28-16. The Volunteers can physically match up with Bama, which is a big improvement. Texas A&M at Ole Miss: Aggies 29-27. Don’t look now, but the Rebels haven’t played well since beating Alabama. Struggled with Vanderbilt, lost to Florida and Memphis. Western Kentucky at LSU: Tigers 45-27. Don’t sleep on the Hilltoppers. They’re not bad, at 6-1 and averaging 51 points a game. Missouri at Vanderbilt: Tigers 19-6. Sleepy season for Mizzou. In a bad way. Kentucky at Mississippi State: Bulldogs 23-20. Mark Stoops has lost two conference heartbreaks, to Florida and Auburn; otherwise, UK might be the East Division favorite. Auburn at Arkansas: Razorbacks 26-17. Gus Malzahn returns to his roots, when he was head coach of high-flying Springdale High School, just down the road from Fayetteville. Northwestern at Nebraska: Cornhuskers 21-14. Nebraska just scrambling to make a bowl game, but the Wildcats have slumped, too. Wisconsin at Illinois: Badgers 26-14. Wisconsin needs help to win the Big Ten West. Notably, two losses by Iowa, which has an easy schedule. Ohio State at Rutgers: Buckeyes 41-14. Urban Meyer does funny things with his quarterbacks. Indiana at Michigan State: Spartans 49-24. Awful loss for IU and Kevin Wilson last week. Gave up 24 straight points in the final 18 minutes and lost to Rutgers 55-52. That’s no way to make a bowl game. Penn State at Maryland: Nittany Lions 25-10. Old Eastern rivalry, which doesn’t resonate much in the Big Ten. California at UCLA: Bruins 38-31. If UCLA is going to salvage its season, it has to start here. Utah at Southern Cal: Utes 34-17. Can you believe that USC is favored? Pay attention people. Pay attention. Washington at Stanford: Cardinal 27-17. Someone better beat Stanford and Utah soon, else both Pac-12 divisional races will be over before November. Colorado at Oregon State: Buffaloes 36-23. Glory, glory hallelujah. Colorado is not the worst team in the Pac-12. Washington State at Arizona: Wildcats 42-35. Mike Leach has the Cougars playing well. Rich Rodriguez can’t say the same about UofA. Florida State at Georgia Tech: Seminoles 26-10. Unbeaten ‘Noles have two road games after this — at Clemson, at Florida. Virginia at North Carolina: Tar Heels 33-14. Is UNC the worst one-loss team among the Power-5? Let’s see. Duke, Pitt, OU, Notre Dame, Stanford, Cal, Florida, Alabama, Texas A&M. I’ll vote for the Tar Heels. Duke at Virginia Tech: Blue Devils 30-14. You know, that David Cutcliffe might have a future in this business. Clemson at Miami: Hurricanes 27-21. Upset special. Miami has some talent, it just hasn’t produced a complete game. Could happen against the Tigers. North Carolina State at Wake Forest: Wolfpack 26-22. Wonder if this is any kind of in-state rivalry at all? Boston College at Louisville: Cardinals 20-10. The greatest argument against expansion to 14-team conferences is games like this and NC State-Wake. Pittsburgh at Syracuse: Panthers 22-14. Pitt is quietly having a solid season. Wagner at Brigham Young: Cougars 78-0. I’ll cut BYU some slack, since it has all kinds of scheduling problems. But Wagner is the team that lost to Columbia two weeks ago, ending the Lions’ 24-game losing streak. Connecticut at Cincinnati: Bearcats 41-14. How good is the American? Cincy is a solid team. Beat Miami. And UC is 0-2 in the American. Memphis at Tulsa: Tigers 51-21. Justin Fuente makes his return to Tulsa. You’d think Fuente could make some recruiting inroads at Union High School. Houston at Central Florida: Cougars 48-14. Two programs going in opposite directions quite rapidly. SMU at South Florida: Bulls 46-24. Mustangs’ only victory came against North Texas, and Dan McCarney now is out of a job at UNT. Temple at East Carolina: Pirates 33-24. Game could decide the American’s East Division. Tulane at Navy: Midshipmen 41-20. The eternal question. Why can Navy win and Army can’t? Utah State at San Diego State: Aggies 37-31. Great win for Sallisaw’s Matt Wells and his offensive coordinator, Josh Heupel, last week in routing Boise State. Fresno State at Air Force: Falcons 28-26. The truth about the Mountain West Conference this season; there are no standout teams. Hawaii at Nevada: Rainbows 25-23. Hawaii has won just once on the Mainland since October 2011. New Mexico at San Jose State: Spartans 28-20. I sometimes forget that Bob Davie still coaches the Lobos. Wyoming at Boise State: Broncos 63-7. Boise State will be plenty mad after melting down against Utah State. Last week: 28-12. Season: 289-74.
Oct 21, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 8
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 21, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I WESTMOORE 28, Edmond Memorial 27 Southmoore 49, EDMOND NORTH 13 Class 6A-II STILLWATER 30, Putnam West 28 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 44, Chickasha 14 TULSA EDISON 24, Tahlequah 22 Class 3A CENTENNIAL 21, Blackwell 18 Seminole 35, STAR SPENCER 12 Class A Community Christian 42, KONAWA 8 Class C Temple 48, CEMENT 14 Friday's Games Class 6A-I JENKS 42, Broken Arrow 28 Norman North 45, PC NORTH 20 Owasso 38, MUSTANG 34 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Putnam City 28 Tulsa Union 50, MOORE 7 Yukon 28, NORMAN 24 Class 6A-II MIDWEST CITY 34, Choctaw 24 LAWTON EISENHOWER 33, Enid 14 LAWTON 27, PRIME PREP (TEXAS) 21 SAND SPRINGS 31, Muskogee 20 CLAREMORE 37, Ponca City 13 BARTLESVILLE 41, Sapulpa 12 Tulsa Washington 28, BIXBY 24 Class 5A ARDMORE 35, Altus 34 Carl Albert 30, DEER CREEK 27 Coweta 34, GROVE 20 Del City 45, EL RENO 17 McGuinness 48, GUYMON 7 TULSA KELLEY 35, Noble 21 DUNCAN 42, Northwest 14 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Piedmont 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 34, Shawnee 31 Skiatook 41, DURANT 14 GUTHRIE 49, Southeast 6 PRYOR 28, Tulsa East Central 14 McALESTER 44, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 4A Anadarko 50, ELGIN 13 ADA 28, Bristow 14 Cache 31, CLINTON 28 Cascia Hall 38, CATOOSA 10 TUTTLE 52, McLoud 13 Metro Christian 28, BROKEN BOW 17 TULSA McLAIN 28, Miami 27 Muldrow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 Oologah 42, CLEVELAND 20 Poteau 32, SALLISAW 13 Stilwell 42, TULSA CENTRAL 38 HARRAH 34, Tecumseh 14 Wagoner 49, VINITA 14 Weatherford 35, NEWCASTLE 12 ELK CITY 28, Woodward 21 Class 3A Berryhill 42, DEWEY 14 Bethany 24, BLANCHARD 20 CUSHING 48, Bethel 7 Checotah 35, OKMULGEE 7 LONE GROVE 49, Comanche 14 JOHN MARSHALL 21, Douglass 20 HILLDALE 44, Eufaula 12 Idabel 42, VALLIANT 7 SPERRY 21, Jay 14 Jones 35, PAULS VALLEY 10 Kingfisher 28, PERKINS 24 Lincoln Christian 56, KELLYVILLE 7 PURCELL 21, Little Axe 18 SULPHUR 28, Madill 21 HERITAGE HALL 52, Mannford 7 Meeker 48, BRIDGE CREEK 12 BEGGS 35, Morris 6 Plainview 21, MARLOW 20 STIGLER 28, Roland 24 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Claremore 20 Seq. Tahlequah 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 Spiro 22, HEAVENER 16 VICTORY CHR. 35, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tulsa Webster 28, VERDIGRIS 20 Westville 42, INOLA 13 Class 2A Adair 49, HULBERT 7 HARTSHORNE 21, Antlers 14 DAVIS 42, Atoka 6 NOWATA 52, Caney Valley 6 STROUD 35, Chandler 28 Chouteau 28, GORE 14 MILLWOOD 35, Chr. Heritage 17 KINGSTON 34, Coalgate 20 Colcord 42, KANSAS 14 OKLAHOMA CHR. 48, Crooked Oak 12 WALTERS 31, Healdton 14 Hennessey 33, OKC PATRIOTS 12 Henryetta 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DIBBLE 27, Hobart 22 MARIETTA 36, Hugo 30 Lexington 26, FREDERICK 20 PRAGUE 31, Liberty 24 WASHINGTON 35, Lindsay 28 Luther 56, WELLSTON 18 Newkirk 21, PERRY 14 WILBURTON 28, Panama 27 Pawhuska 34, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 CHISHOLM 40, Pawnee 0 VIAN 54, Pocola 6 HASKELL 42, Salina 7 ALVA 28, Tonkawa 24 U.S. Grant 34, NORTHEAST 30 OKEMAH 32, Wewoka 28 Wyandotte 42, CHELSEA 28 Class A Afton 35, QUAPAW 7 DRUMRIGHT 42, Barnsdall 6 THOMAS 35, Beaver 8 HOOKER 44, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cordell 48, SNYDER 7 Crescent 30, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 7 Crossings Christian 21, CARNEGIE 17 VELMA-ALMA 26, Empire 12 KETCHUM 34, Fairland 28 Fairview 27, TEXHOMA 18 REJOICE CHR. 48, Foyil 12 MANGUM 32, Hinton 16 Hollis 41, APACHE 20 Hominy 44, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Kiefer 40, MOUNDS 7 Mooreland 49, SAYRE 0 Okeene 34, WATONGA 28 CASHION 48, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 RINGLING 50, Rush Springs 6 PORTER 35, Savanna 12 Stratford 48, ELMORE CITY 8 Talihina 38, QUINTON 7 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Warner 12 WILSON 35, Central Marlow 6 WAYNE 21, Wynnewood 14 MORRISON 34, Yale 8 Class B SEILING 56, Canton 8 GEARY 48, Cyril 34 Davenport 52, WELCH 6 Garber 44, WOODLAND 20 DEWAR 48, Haileyville 0 Keota 60, CADDO 12 LAVERNE 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 30, STROTHER 24 ALEX 56, Maud 6 Maysville 42, ALLEN 28 PIONEER 40, Merritt 20 DEPEW 58, Oaks 12 CANADIAN 44, Porum 24 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Ringwood 12 South Coffeyville 54, WATTS 6 TURPIN 42, Waukomis 34 Waurika 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 Weleetka 56, GANS 6 ARKOMA 36, Wetumka 28 Class C Boise City 34, BALKO 20 CAVE SPRINGS 30, Bowlegs 22 Cherokee 54, SHARON-MUTUAL 8 GRANDFIELD 50, Corn Bible 12 Coyle 56, MEDFORD 6 DC-Lamont 42 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 16 FOX 52, Midway 6 TIPTON 42, Mt. View-Gotebo 12 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 6 BLUEJACKET 52, Prue 6 Ryan 28, SASAKWA 16 Shattuck 60, BUFFALO 16 DUKE 42, SW Covenant 34 Timberlake 58, COPAN 12 Waynoka 42, TYRONE 36 THACKERVILLE 38, Webbers Falls 28 Independent Casady 24, ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 20 FW ALL SAINTS 34, Holland Hall 21 WESLEYAN CHR. 48, Immanuel Christian 24 REGENT PREP 56, Life Christian 6 Tulsa NOAH 28, DALLAS HSAA 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Word of Life (Wichita) 8 Wright Christian 42, CLAREMORE CHR. 34 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 14, 2015
As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 7
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 14, 2015As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of excitement, too, with Cushing at Heritage Hall in a rematch of the Class 3A title game, and two of the west's best 6A-I teams in doing battle with potentially big playoff stakes on the line when Southmoore hosts Mustang. Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the Week 7 picks: Last week's record: 142-31 (82.1 pct.) Overall record: 835-218 (79.3 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A MUSKOGEE 28, Claremore 14 JENKS 45, Edmond Santa Fe 14 TAHLEQUAH 21, Enid 20 LAWTON 35, Lawton Eisenhower 7 Moore 28, PC NORTH 27 SOUTHMOORE 41, Mustang 38 EDMOND MEMORIAL 35, Norman 12 SAND SPRINGS 34, Ponca City 7 Putnam City 38, YUKON 34 MIDWEST CITY 36, Putnam West 24 BIXBY 44, Sapulpa 12 Stillwater 27, CHOCTAW 24 Tulsa Union 49, OWASSO 21 BROKEN ARROW 42, Westmoore 20 Class 5A Altus 44, CHICKASHA 12 Carl Albert 24, McGUINNESS 21 Deer Creek 42, GUYMON 14 Duncan 24, EL RENO 20 SHAWNEE 30, Durant 16 Guthrie 27, WESTERN HEIGHTS 24 McALESTER 50, Noble 21 DEL CITY 56, Northwest 12 COWETA 28, Pryor 20 Skiatook 42, TULSA MEMORIAL 14 Southeast 21, PIEDMONT 20 GROVE 21, Tulsa East Central 14 Tulsa Kelley 44, TULSA HALE 6 Class 4A TUTTLE 27, Ada 24 Bristow 40, McLOUD 12 POTEAU 45, Broken Bow 14 OOLOGAH 34, Catoosa 17 Cleveland 28, MIAMI 24 CACHE 27, Elgin 20 METRO CHR. 40, Fort Gibson 7 CLINTON 34, Newcastle 6 Sallisaw 28, SALLISAW 22 GLENPOOL 30, Tecumseh 26 MULDROW 20, Tulsa Central 14 WAGONER 38, Tulsa McLain 13 CASCIA HALL 28, Vinita 20 ELK CITY 31, Weatherford 24 Class 3A Beggs 21, TULSA ROGERS 14 Berryhill 40, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Bethany 38, DOUGLASS 35 PURCELL 21, Bethel 14 KINGFISHER 31, Blackwell 12 Blanchard 35, BRIDGE CREEK 0 PAULS VALLEY 40, Centennial 12 Checotah 44, MORRIS 7 HERITAGE HALL 41, Cushing 28 LINCOLN CHR. 56, Dewey 13 STIGLER 28, Eufaula 24 ROLAND 40, Heavener 10 VICTORY CHR. 31, Hilldale 28 Idabel 35, SPIRO 13 JAY 30, Inola 28 Jones 24, SEMINOLE 20 Keys (Park Hill) 33, KELLYVILLE 21 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 20 Marlow 28, MADILL 21 MEEKER 42, Mount St. Mary 6 Okmulgee 42, CAPITOL HILL 20 Perkins 24, MANNFORD 16 Plainview 42, COMANCHE 6 WESTVILLE 28, Seq. Claremore 27 VERDIGRIS 33, Sperry 16 LITTLE AXE 28, Star Spencer 24 COALGATE 41, Valliant 14 Class 2A Chelsea 21, CANEY VALLEY 14 Chisholm 42, TONKAWA 6 PAWHUSKA 28, Commerce 23 LUTHER 63, Crooked Oak 12 Davis 44, HUGO 13 WASHINGTON 35, Dibble 14 VELMA-ALMA 28, Frederick 7 ADAIR 42, Haskell 20 LINDSAY 35, Hobart 6 CHANDLER 49, Holdenville 14 COLCORD 28, Hulbert 27 Kansas 26, CHOUTEAU 20 Kingston 42, ATOKA 6 WALTERS 28, Lexington 22 ANTLERS 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 31, TISHOMINGO 26 MILLWOOD 48, Northeast 6 Okemah 22, HENRYETTA 16 ALVA 28, Oklahoma Christian 24 WYANDOTTE 42, Oklahoma Union 14 Panama 35, POCOLA 14 Pawnee 34, NEWKIRK 7 HENNESSEY 49, Perry 6 Stroud 21, PRAGUE 18 Tulsa NOAH 28, SALINA 14 CHR. HERITAGE 27, Wellston 20 WAYNE 30, Wewoka 22 HARTSHORNE 34, Wilburton 16 Class A CORDELL 21, Apache 20 Carnegie 35, HINTON 7 Cashion 38, CROSSINGS CHR. 21 HEALDTON 45, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 36, KETCHUM 14 WYNNEWOOD 28, Elmore City 8 Fairview 38, SAYRE 12 PORTER 42, Gore 7 Hollis 34, MANGUM 20 KIEFER 28, Hominy 7 Hooker 28, BEAVER 16 Minco 49, KONAWA 6 Morrison 33, BARNSDALL 13 Mounds 28, YALE 20 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 24, OKEENE 20 FAIRLAND 28, Quapaw 27 SAVANNA 40, Quinton 14 Rejoice Christian 32, AFTON 24 Ringling 44, EMPIRE 6 WILSON 21, Rush Springs 20 Stratford 49, COMMUNITY CHR. 14 Summit Christian 38, FOYIL 34 Texhoma 56, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Thomas 28, MOORELAND 21 TALIHINA 34, Warner 14 CRESCENT 20, Watonga 14 Class B Alex 54, WAURIKA 8 Allen 38, MAUD 34 Arkoma 42, HAILEYVILLE 12 STROTHER 36, Bray-Doyle 16 WELEETKA 44, Caddo 18 KEOTA 56, Canadian 6 MAYSVILLE 48, Cyril 8 Depew 52, WELCH 6 DEWAR 56, Gans 12 SEILING 46, Laverne 42 DAVENPORT 58, OKC Patriots 12 Pioneer 54, RINGWOOD 8 PC-Hunter 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 12 Turpin 50, MERRITT 14 GARBER 56, Watts 6 Waukomis 54, CANTON 8 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 58, Wesleyan Chr. 8 Wetumka 34, PORUM 30 OAKS 40, Woodland 28 Class C Boise City 42, WAYNOKA 38 THACKERVILLE 54, Bokoshe 6 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 46, Cement 0 Cherokee 34, TIMBERLAKE 20 Copan 30, IMMANUEL CHR. 22 Covington-Douglas 42, PRUE 8 DC-Lamont 34, COYLE 30 Destiny Christian 56, PAOLI 6 TIPTON 48, Duke 28 Fox 58, CAVE SPRINGS 12 Grandfield 52, RYAN 6 BLUEJACKET 44, Medford 16 WEBBERS FALLS 38, Midway 20 Sasakwa 40, BOWLEGS 18 BALKO 32, Sharon-Mutual 28 SW COVENANT 48, Temple 12 Tyrone 54, BUFFALO 20 Independent REGENT PREP 44, Claremore Christian 34 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 30, TULSA WASHINGTON 27 NORMAN NORTH 42, Edmond North 13 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 27, Ardmore 22 Collinsville 35, TULSA EDISON 21 Class 4A Anadarko 42, WOODWARD 14 Class 3A LONE GROVE 44, Dickson 28 JOHN MARSHALL 34, Sulphur 20 Class B Geary 56, MACOMB 6 Independent Dallas St. Marks 28, HOLLAND HALL 21 Fort Worth All Saints 24, CASADY 20 *Home team in CAPS
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Jordan Lucas realizes he and most of his teammates won't get an opportunity like this again.The Penn State senior safety was still in high school the last time Penn State played a No. 1 opponent. The Nittany Lions lost to Alabama then and haven't fared well against the country's best since. They're 3-12 against ranked teams since the 2010 loss at Bryant-Denny Stadium —...
Penn State looking forward to rare showdown with No. 1 team
By TRAVIS JOHNSON, Associated Press | Oct 13, 2015STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Jordan Lucas realizes he and most of his teammates won't get an opportunity like this again. The Penn State senior safety was still in high school the last time Penn State played a No. 1 opponent. The Nittany Lions lost to Alabama then and haven't fared well against the country's best since. They're 3-12 against ranked teams since the 2010 loss at Bryant-Denny Stadium — a pattern the Nittany Lions will try to turn around on their trip to Columbus this weekend to face Ohio State. "It's the opportunity of a lifetime," Lucas said. "Ohio State is the top team in college football right now. I'm sure they feel like they have a target on their back and teams want to take them down and that's a great challenge." It's one head coach James Franklin made special mention of at a team meeting on Sunday. Although Franklin usually refuses to put any opponent on a pedestal, he thought it necessary considering the rare circumstance and the momentum his team has built since a humbling loss to Temple on Sept. 5. Then, quarterback Christian Hackenberg was sacked 10 times and his team was embarrassed by the Owls. But Penn State's offense has improved since, protecting Hackenberg for large stretches where he's found receivers downfield. The junior quarterback has completed 56 percent of his passes over the last three games and hasn't thrown an interception in 93 attempts. He's had help on the ground where running backs Nick Scott and Mark Allen have found holes to run through with Akeel Lynch and Saquon Barkley out. Barkley was consistently explosive, averaging nearly 9 yards per carry, before suffering a right ankle injury against San Diego State. And while he's questionable to return this weekend — Franklin didn't update his status Tuesday — the Nittany Lions can rely on another constant. A defense that's leading the country with 25 sacks and is in the Top 10 in tackles for loss (53) and turnover margin (plus-8) has afforded the offense time and space to grow. "I think we're resilient," Franklin said. "I think we have found ways to be successful each week, different ways of doing it. We're getting better." Ohio State plans to black out Ohio Stadium — an opposite take on Penn State's White Out — and will debut new, all-black uniforms. With five straight home games, and the season-opener played in Philadelphia where Penn State fans made up a majority of the crowd, tackle Andrew Nelson is looking forward to being the bad guys for once. "I think that's something that we're definitely all embracing," Nelson said. "Obviously we know that we're hated by the Ohio State community but we have a great opportunity this weekend to go in there and play with the best of our ability." Lucas doesn't believe aesthetics will play much of a role, however. He's concerned with keeping Ohio State's play makers out of the end zone. Four Buckeyes, including multi-talented Braxton Miller, are averaging more than 12 yards per catch while running back Ezekiel Elliott has 22 runs of 10 or more yards and 10 touchdowns. "They have a lot of different weapons so everybody has to be accounted for," Lucas said. "They have a veteran offensive line. They have a good quarterback and they have athletes on the perimeter . (we have to) make sure we play mistake-free football." Nelson, who was on the 2013 team that was thrashed 63-14 in Columbus, knows what mistake-filled football feels like. He knows what it took to close the gap last year when Penn State bounced back from a 17-point halftime deficit to force double overtime where the Buckeyes won at Beaver Stadium. "We can move the ball on them offensively and we can definitely stick with this team," Nelson said. "We don't fear anybody."
Oct 7, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 7, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 50, NORMAN 7 PC WEST 42, Capitol Hill 7 Owasso 42, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Yukon 21 Class 5A McGuinness 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 55, Bridge Creek 12 Heritage Hall 48, PERKINS 8 Class A Crossings Christian 35, OKEENE 7 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 41, PONCA CITY 14 Choctaw 34, LAWTON IKE 21 Edmond Memorial 31, PUTNAM CITY 20 Jenks 49, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton 28, STILLWATER 24 Midwest City 35, ENID 6 BARTLESVILLE 48, Muskogee 14 MUSTANG 50, Norman North 38 EDMOND NORTH 28, PC North 24 Sand Springs 30, SAPULPA 7 TULSA UNION 48, Southmoore 42 Tulsa Washington 44, CLAREMORE 6 Class 5A Chickasha 42, NORTHWEST 12 Coweta 24, MAIZE SOUTH, KAN. 21 ALTUS 42, Del City 35 ARDMORE 38, El Reno 10 COLLINSVILLE 28, Grove 7 GUTHRIE 30, Guymon 13 Lawton MacArthur 34, DUNCAN 17 McAlester 28, SKIATOOK 24 CARL ALBERT 44, Piedmont 10 TULSA KELLEY 24, Shawnee 21 Tahlequah 21, PRYOR 20 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA EAST CENTRAL13 DURANT 35, Tulsa Hale 14 NOBLE 42, Tulsa Memorial 34 DEER CREEK 41, Western Heights 14 Class 4A ANADARKO 34, Cache 10 Catoosa 38, VINITA 14 Clinton 21, ELGIN 14 Elk City 34, NEWCASTLE 7 TULSA CENTRAL 22, Fort Gibson 18 Glenpool 44, BRISTOW 12 TECUMSEH 28, McLoud 24 Metro Christian 42, MULDROW 21 CASCIA HALL 21, Oologah 20 Sallisaw 29, BROKEN BOW 21 POTEAU 49, Stilwell 6 Tulsa McLain 28, CLEVELAND 24 Tuttle 38, HARRAH 35 Wagoner 35, MIAMI 13 Woodward 31, WEATHERFORD 16 Class 3A CUSHING 48, Centennial 8 MADILL 28, Comanche 14 Dewey 27, KELLYVILLE 7 PLAINVIEW 24, Dickson 14 Douglass 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 SEQ. CLAREMORE 29, Jay 21 JONES 35, Little Axe 14 Locust Grove 56, KEYS (PARK HILL) 14 Mannford 20, BLAKCWELL 13 SULPHUR 35, Marlow 28 Meeker 21, BLANCHARD 14 KIEFER 44, Morris 6 HILLDALE 38, Okmulgee 8 Pauls Valley 24, BETHEL 12 Purcell 33, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 26, IDABEL 22 Seminole 28, KINGFISHER 27 BERRYHILL 30, Sperry 7 STORUD 20, Spiro 8 Stigler 36, HEAVENER 13 CHECOTAH 27, Tulsa Rogers 20 LINCOLN CHR. 49, Tulsa Webster 7 EUFAULA 38, Valliant 6 Verdigris 21, INOLA 20 Victory Christian 45, BEGGS 28 Westville 41, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 21 Class 2A Adair 56, COLCORD 14 Antlers 24, WILBURTON 18 COALGATE 28, Atoka 7 Caney Valley 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 14 OKEMAH 42, Chandler 35 Chisholm 35, ALVA 14 SALINA 20, Chouteau 16 Chr. Heritage 42, CROOKED OAK 6 LUTHER 56, Dibble 20 PANAMA 48, Foyil 8 Hartshorne 22, VIAN 16 Haskell 42, HULBERT 14 Hennessey 28, PAWNEE 12 WEWOKA 34, Henryetta 28 KINGSTON 40, Hugo 8 PAWHUSKA 20, Kansas 12 Lindsay 41, LEXINGTON 14 Marietta 28, KONAWA 7 Millwood 56, WELLSTON 12 TONKAWA 24, Newkirk 14 Nowata 42, CHELSEA 6 Oklahoma Christian 48, NORTHEAST 8 CASHION 44, Perry 12 Pocola 20, LIBERTY 14 Prague 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DAVIS 34, Tishomingo 14 Walters 30, HOBART 20 Washington 35, FREDERICK 20 COMMERCE 42, Wyandotte 14 Class A Afton 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Apache 21, SNYDER 14 Barnsdall 20, MOUNDS 18 TEXHOMA 24, Beaver 22 FAIRVIEW 42, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 Central Sallisaw 44, GORE 6 WYNNEWOOD 28, Community Christian 14 MORRISON 27, Drumright 24 WAYNE 30, Elmore City 28 REJOICE CHR. 34, Fairland 26 Healdton 32, RUSH SPRINGS 13 Hinton 35, CENTRAL MARLOW 7 HOLLIS 35, Carnegie 12 Ketchum 34, QUAPAW 20 Mangum 26, COLCORD 14 STRATFORD 28, Minco 27 Mooreland 30, HOOKER 13 Okla. Christian Aca. 38, CRESCENT 21 QUINTON 31, Porter 6 Ringling 28, VELMA-ALMA 18 Savanna 34, WARNER 13 THOMAS 49, Sayre 14 Watonga 38, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 30 Wilson 28, EMPIRE 27 HOMINY 48, Yale 8 Class B LAVERNE 56, Canton 8 Davenport 58, DEPEW 6 Dewar 52, CADDO 6 Garber 60, WESLEYAN CHR. 14 GANS 34, Haileyville 20 Keota 54, WETUMKA 8 PIONEER 46, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 24, BRAY-DOYLE 16 Maud 34, CYRIL 18 GEARY 42, Maysville 38 WAUKOMIS 44, Merritt 20 Oaks 52, WATTS 6 ARKOMA 42, Porum 12 TURPIN 54, Ringwood 6 Seiling 42, POND CREEK-HUNTER 34 South Coffeyville 40, MEDFORD 28 ALEX 58, Strother 6 Waurika 40, ALLEN 28 WOODLAND 50, Welch 12 Weleetka 56, CANADIAN 6 Class C CHEROKEE 42, Balko 20 BOISE CITY 52, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, WEBBERS FALLS 28 BLUEJACKET 44, Claremore Christian 34 Corn Bible 48, TEMPLE 20 Coyle 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 24 Destiny Christian 54, BOWLEGS 8 Fox 46, SASAKWA 0 Midway 48, BOKOSHE 12 GRANDFIELD 54, Mt. View-Gotebo 6 TIPTON 28, OKC Patriots 24 COPAN 36, Prue 16 DUKE 48, Ryan 18 Thackerville 56, PAOLI 6 DC-LAMONT 50, Timberlake 44 Tyrone 32, WORD OF LIFE (WICHITA) 28 Waynoka 46, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Independent Casady 28, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 IMMANUEL CHR. 38, Eagle Point Christian 28 Holland Hall 21, FW COUNTRY DAY 17 Life Christian 42, CEMENT 22 WRIGHT CHR. 56, Regent Prep 6 U.S. GRANT 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Saturday's Game Independent OSD 58, Iowa Deaf 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy says Jeff Carr will backup Chris Carson at running back against Kansas StateOct 3, 2015
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy clarified his running back situation Saturday prior to kickoff against Kansas State in a radio interview with Dave Hunziker. "If Chris (Carson) can't play, then we'll use Jeff Carr," Gundy said. "We haven't had Rennie (Childs) much this week." Carson, OSU's starting tailback, suffered what appeared to be a right ankle injury in the second quarter at...
Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy says Jeff Carr will backup Chris Carson at running back against Kansas State
Kyle Fredrickson | Oct 3, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3858573[/img] STILLWATER — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy clarified his running back situation Saturday prior to kickoff against Kansas State in a radio interview with Dave Hunziker. "If Chris (Carson) can't play, then we'll use Jeff Carr," Gundy said. "We haven't had Rennie (Childs) much this week." Carson, OSU's starting tailback, suffered what appeared to be a right ankle injury in the second quarter at Texas last week and did not return. Here's a slow-motion replay of his final run in Austin. A social media report surfaced Thursday that indicated Childs suffered an injury in practice and would be held out against KSU per an unnamed source. Gundy appeared to confirm that report Saturday. Carr — a 5-foot-7, 168-pound true freshman from Temple High School (Texas) — has been primarily used on special teams with six kick returns for 152 yards. Carr has also carried the ball 10 times for 51 yards. Carr was a late addition to the Cowboys' 2015 signing class, but was among the players Gundy was most impressed with when speaking with reporters back in February. “I'll be honest with you, the running back, Jeff Carr from Temple, Texas, I'm as excited as I've ever been about a running back,” Gundy said. “He could very well come in here — he stays healthy, from what we hear about him and his temperament — in a couple years everybody is going to want to know where he was and why a lot of people didn't recruit him.” As a senior at Temple, Carr tallied 179 carries for 1,710 yards. His highlight tape featured a number of impressive runs showcasing elite lateral movement. Here are the full OSU running back statistics through four games this season. Carson — 65 carries, 274 yards, 4.2-yard average, 3 touchdowns Childs — 42 carries, 192 yards, 4.2-yard average, 1 touchdown Carr — 10 carries, 51 yards, 5.1-yard average Raymond Taylor — 3 carries, 76 yards, 25.3-yard average, 1 touchdown
Oklahoma State football notebook: Social media report puts Rennie Childs’ availability against Kansas State in questionOct 1, 2015
Should Childs and Chris Carson be unable play, it would likely usher true freshman Jeff Carr into the starting role.
Oklahoma State football notebook: Social media report puts Rennie Childs’ availability against Kansas State in question
By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 1, 2015Oklahoma State running back Rennie Childs was projected to play an increased role on Saturday when the Cowboys host Kansas State, as starting tailback Chris Carson suffered what appeared to be a right ankle injury in the second quarter at Texas last week. However, it now appears Childs' health status might be in question. Cowboys Ride For Free, a SB Nation blog, reported Thursday that Childs suffered an injury and will be held out of the Kansas State game per an unnamed source. An OSU team spokesman declined to comment on the situation. Should Childs and Carson be unable play, it would likely usher Jeff Carr into the starting role. Carr — a 5-foot-7, 168-pound true freshman from Temple High School (Texas) — has been primarily used on special teams with six kick returns for 152 yards. Carr has also carried the ball 10 times for 51 yards. Although Carr was a very late addition to the Cowboys' 2015 signing class, he certainly impressed OSU coach Mike Gundy. “I'll be honest with you, the running back, Jeff Carr from Temple, Texas, I'm as excited as I've ever been about a running back,” said Gundy following signing day in February. “He could very well come in here — he stays healthy, from what we hear about him and his temperament — in a couple years everybody is going to want to know where he was and why a lot of people didn't recruit him.” Another potential replacement is walk-on junior Raymond Taylor, who scored on a 76-yard touchdown run against UTSA on Sept. 19. FIVE OKLAHOMANS ARE ON KSU'S ROSTER When OSU welcomes KSU to Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, it will be a homecoming of sorts for five Wildcats. That's how many Oklahoma natives are on their roster: senior safety Dante Barnett (Tulsa), freshman defensive end Joshua Little (Oklahoma City), sophomore defensive back Cre Moore (Broken Arrow), freshman defensive back Darreyl Patterson (Lawton) and freshman running back Justin Silmon (Tulsa). Barnett, a starting safety, is not expected to play because of a shoulder/collarbone injury. RUDOLPH, COACHES REFLECT ON SCRAMBLING TOUCHDOWN PASS After Mason Rudolph rushed for a 21-yard touchdown in the season opener, the OSU quarterback said he was no Zac Robinson. Last Saturday against Texas, on one play in particular, Rudolph looked more like another former college quarterback known for his scrambling abilities: Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel. Facing third-and-8 on the Texas 17-yard line, Rudolph stepped into the pocket, shed a sack and spun around. He looped back to the right side of the line of scrimmage, shedding another sack, before stopping and floating a ball into the end zone. Receiver Brandon Sheperd grabbed the jump ball for a touchdown. "We had a good play call and it just kind of broke down," Rudolph said. "They gave us a coverage we didn't really expect. I stepped up and was able to find Sheperd and he did a good job of extending the play himself finding open space. "It's cool to score like that, but really anytime you score, it's good." Here's what coaches had to say about the play. Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich: "We definitely didn't draw it up that way. I would like to see him go through his progression a little bit faster and use his tailback on the check down, personally. But I'm glad he did what he did in retrospect.” Gundy: "He tried to do too much and he ended up making a play ... sometimes that works for you. It's hard to coach, because when he comes off the field it's hard to say, 'Hey, don't do that.' Because you got a touchdown. The ball should have been in a different location earlier in the play or he wouldn't have been in that situation.” QUOTABLE Kansas State redshirt freshman offensive lineman Dalton Risner on the playing atmosphere at Boone Pickens Stadium: “I have never played there, so this will be new for me. We have just been hearing from the players about crowd noise and the sound of the guys beating the pads on the side. We practiced with crowd noise during practice and have been getting ready for that. It is going to be a battle, but we have so much confidence and we know we are going to get in there and get the job done.”
Sep 30, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Sep 30, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A LAWTON 49, Enid 20 SOUTHMOORE 44, Owasso 38 TULSA WASHINGTON 48, Sapulpa 18 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Yukon 24 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 56, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 2A HENRYETTA 40, Beggs JV 8 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, BIXBY 27 SAND SPRINGS 35, Claremore 17 Edmond Santa Fe 21, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton Ike 28, CANYON CREEK, TEXAS 14 Moore 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 Mustang 41, PC NORTH 14 JENKS 56, Norman 7 MUSKOGEE 24, Ponca City 17 BROKEN ARROW 45, Putnam City 16 CHOCTAW 38, Putnam West 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Stillwater 13 Tulsa Union 49, NORMAN NORTH 28 Class 5A Altus 34, LAWTON MACARTHUR 31 Ardmore 48, CHICKASHA 8 Carl Albert 42, GUYMON 6 Collinsville 20, TAHLEQUAH 13 Deer Creek 24, McGUINNESS 20 DEL CITY 28, Duncan 21 TULSA MEMORIAL 35, Durant 17 Guthrie 38, PIEDMONT 7 Noble 41, TULSA HALE 12 EL RENO 45, Northwest 6 Pryor 28, GROVE 21 Skiatook 27, SHAWNEE 24 WESTERN HEIGHTS 44, Southeast 30 COWETA 28, Tulsa East Central 13 McALESTER 14, Tulsa Kelley 7 Class 4A Ada 49, McLOUD 13 Anadarko 35, CLINTON 14 TUTTLE 30, Bristow 6 Broken Bow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 WAGONER 34, Cascia Hall 17 Cleveland 28, CATOOSA 21 ELK CITY 38, Elgin 13 Harrah 42, GLENPOOL 35 OOLOGAH 40, Miami 20 Muldrow 31, STILWELL 7 WOODWARD 35, Newcastle 10 METRO CHR. 28, Poteau 27 Tulsa Central 27, SALLISAW 22 Vinita 37, TULSA McLAIN 33 Weatherford 20, CACHE 13 Class 3A Bethany 49, BRIDGE CREEK 7 SEMINOLE 48, Bethel 14 HERITAGE HALL 56, Blackwell 6 PERKINS 42, Centennial 12 VICTORY CHR. 35, Checotah 28 Cushing 24, KINGFISHER 16 Douglass 44, MEEKER 34 Eufaula 21, SPIRO 20 Hilldale 37, MORRIS 7 Idabel 28, STIGLER 24 Inola 34, SEQ. CLAREMORE 6 Jones 41, PURCELL 14 TULSA WEBSTER 30, Kellyville 13 WESTVILLE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 48, SPERRY 14 Little Axe 38, U.S. GRANT 12 Locust Grove 54, DEWEY 7 PLAINVIEW 44, Lone Grove 41 DICKSON 35, Madill 34 BLANCHARD 21, Marlow 20 JOHN MARSHALL 50, Mount St. Mary 7 BEGGS 28, Okmulgee 6 Pauls Valley 27, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 32, TULSA ROGERS 12 Seq. Tahlequah 35, JAY 13 Sulphur 40, COMANCHE 8 HEAVENER 20, Valliant 6 BERRYHILL 28, Verdigris 12 Class 2A Alva 28, NEWKIRK 13 HASKELL 42, Chelsea 7 Chisholm 35, WATONGA 6 MORRISON 27, Chr. Heritage 20 Coalgate 18, HUGO 14 Colcord 35, CHOUTEAU 20 Commerce 40, CANEY VALLEY 7 MILLWOOD 56, Crooked Oak 6 Davis 34, MARIETTA 22 LINDSAY 32, Dibble 14 LEXINGTON 20, Elmore City 16 WALTERS 28, Frederick 21 WASHINGTON 35, Hobart 7 STROUD 38, Holdenville 13 ADAIR 52, Kansas 8 Kingston 44, TISHOMINGO 12 VIAN 35, Liberty 6 LUTHER 56, Northeast 6 Okemah 28, PRAGUE 24 Oklahoma Christian 42, WELLSTON 7 NOWATA 33, Oklahoma Union 6 HARTSHORNE 27, Panama 22 WYANDOTTE 21, Pawhuska 20 PAWNEE 28, Perry 14 ANTLERS 28, Pocola 16 Salina 31, HULBERT 21 HENNESSEY 34, Tonkawa 18 Wewoka 38, CHANDLER 34 ATOKA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A MOORELAND 30, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cashion 49, OKEENE 7 RUSH SPRINGS 32, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 42, QUINTON 14 Cordell 42, CARNEGIE 35 CROSSINGS CHR. 21, Crescent 14 HEALDTON 38, Empire 13 Fairview 28, BEAVER 24 AFTON 35, Foyil 8 TALIHINA 42, Gore 0 HOLLIS 44, Hinton 13 Hominy 41, BARNSDALL 20 Hooker 35, SAYRE 14 Ketchum 28, REJOICE CHR. 24 Kiefer 49, YALE 6 STRATFORD 56, Konawa 7 Mounds 22, DRUMRIGHT 16 Oklahoma Bible 28, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 21 Quapaw 21, BAXTER SPRINGS, ARK. 17 MANGUM 34, Snyder 24 FAIRLAND 28, Summit Christian 14 THOMAS 21, Texhoma 14 Velma-Alma 42, WILSON 7 Warner 22, PORTER 14 COMMUNITY CHR. 28, WAYNE 27 MINCO 32, Wynnewood 28 Class B Alex 60, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Allen 54, STROTHER 8 KEOTA 52, Arkoma 6 Caddo 42, GANS 22 DEWAR 56, Canadian 6 WAURIKA 58, Cyril 12 GARBER 54, DC-Lamont 48 Geary 40, MAUD 28 Maysville 48, MACOMB 8 Merritt 52, CANTON 6 Pioneer 48, SEILING 44 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, LAVERNE 40 Porum 38, HAILEYVILLE 34 DAVENPORT 48, South Coffeyville 12 Turpin 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 6 WELCH 28, Watts 22 Waukomis 60, RINGWOOD 12 OAKS 42, Wesleyan Christian 28 WELEETKA 50, Wetumka 20 DEPEW 44, Woodland 34 Class C WAYNOKA 46, Balko 42 Boise City 34, MELROSE N.M. 28 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Bokoshe 0 Bowlegs 28, PAOLI 22 MEDFORD 50, Copan 20 Corn Bible 48, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 28 BLUEJACKET 34, Covington-Douglas 24 Grandfield 56, DUKE 6 COYLE 48, Regent Prep 8 BUFFALO 56, Sharon-Mutual 44 CHEROKEE 34, Shattuck 28 FOX 60, SW Covenant 14 RYAN 34, Temple 20 Thackerville 56, MIDWAY 8 Timberlake 54, PRUE 8 Webbers Falls 36, SASAKWA 16 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 56, Cement 6 HOLLAND HALL 28, Dallas Greenhill 7 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 60, Destiny Chr. 48 CLAREMORE CHR. 54, Eagle Point Chr. 6 CASADY 35, Fort Worth County Day 14 Immanuel Christian 38, LIFE CHR. 8 TULSA NOAH 34, Lighthouse Christian 21 Saturday's Games Independent Mississippi Deaf 48, OSD 28 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 25, 2015
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The Oklahoman's Week 4 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 25, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 133-37 (78.2 pct.) Overall record: 422-120 (77.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Lawton 35, PC West 20 Class 3A Heritage Hall 56, CENTENNIAL 6 Class 2A Colcord 28, TAHLEQUAH JV 21 Millwood 35, OCS 28 Wellston 42, NORTHEAST 28 Class C Ryan 44, CEMENT 20 Independent Osd 60, KANSAS DEAF 22 CAPITOL HILL 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, CLAREMORE 21 Broken Arrow 50, YUKON 17 Choctaw 28, ENID 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 24, Ed. Memorial 21 MUSTANG 35, Edmond North 14 Jenks 49, PUTNAM CITY 21 Midwest City 44, LAWTON IKE 6 Muskogee 28, SAPULPA 21 OWASSO 35, Norman North 34 TULSA UNION 56, PC North 12 BARTLESVILLE 27, Sand Springs 24 Southmoore 38, MOORE 20 Tulsa Washington 42, PONCA CITY 21 STILLWATER 55, U.S. Grant 6 Westmoore 35, NORMAN 7 Class 5A DUNCAN 28, Chickasha 14 COLLINSVILLE 35, Coweta 20 ARDMORE 42, Del City 38 ALTUS 44, El Reno 16 Grove 28, TULSA NOAH 21 Guymon 35, SOUTHEAST 28 Lawton MacArthur 55, NW CLASSEN 8 McAlester 42, DURANT 20 GUTHRIE 14, McGuinness 10 DEER CREEK 35, Piedmont 10 Shawnee 28, NOBLE 21 Tahlequah 21, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 20 Tulsa Edison 31, PRYOR 28 SKIATOOK 49, Tulsa Hale 0 TULSA KELLEY 20, Tulsa Memorial 14 CARL ALBERT 42, Western Heights 14 Class 4A Broken Bow 27, TULSA CENTRAL 22 Cache 21, NEWCASTLE 14 Cascia Hall 35, MIAMI 24 Catoosa 28, TULSA McLAIN 13 WEATHERFORD 27, Clinton 20 ANADARKO 35, Elk City 28 ADA 24, Glenpool 17 HARRAH 42, McLoud 14 WAGONER 28, Oologah 21 Poteau 30, MULDROW 20 Sallisaw 14, FORT GIBSON 7 METRO CHR. 44, Stilwell 16 Tuttle 35, TECUMSEH 7 CLEVELAND 42, Vinita 35 Woodward 28, ELGIN 20 Class 3A HILLDALE 24, Beggs 21 Berryhill 28, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 14 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Bridge Creek 22 MARLOW 28, Comanche 13 SULPHUR 27, Dickson 21 Heavener 20, EUFAULA 17 Idabel 42, CHECOTAH 28 Jay 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 27 John Marshall 30, BLANCHARD 14 Kingfisher 42, MANNFORD 14 Lincoln Christian 49, VERDIGRIS 6 LONE GROVE 48, Madill 14 BETHANY 35, Meeker 28 TULSA ROGERS 30, Morris 12 BLACKWELL 20, Pawnee 16 CUSHING 32, Perkins 20 DOUGLASS 34, Plainview 22 Purcell 21, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seminole 28, LITTLE AXE 21 Seq. Tahlequah 22, INOLA 18 Sperry 20, KELLYVILLE 12 ROLAND 21, Spiro 14 Star Spencer 20, BETHEL 18 Stigler 34, VALLIANT 6 DEWEY 16, Tulsa Webster 14 Victory Christian 48, OKMULGEE 14 LOCUST GROVE 49, Westville 21 Class 2A Adair 42, SALINA 14 PANAMA 26, Antlers 20 PAWHUSKA 20, Caney Valley 13 Chandler 48, HENRYETTA 28 Chelsea 22, OKLAHOMA UNION 18 HASKELL 35, Chouteau 16 Hartshorne 34, LIBERTY 7 Hennessey 28, ALVA 21 Hollis 30, HOBART 14 ATOKA 14, Hugo 13 Hulbert 28, KANSAS 7 Lindsay 42, FREDERICK 16 Luther 44, CHR. HERITAGE 31 KINGSTON 34, Marietta 12 CHISHOLM 35, Newkirk 7 Nowata 21, COMMERCE 6 Okeene 34, CROOKED OAK 28 WARNER 21, Pocola 20 Prague 28, WEWOKA 27 Stroud 21, OKEMAH 14 Tishomingo 24, COALGATE 20 Tonkawa 26, PERRY 21 Vian 28, WILBURTON 14 Walters 34, DIBBLE 20 Washington 49, LEXINGTON 13 Wyandotte 35, AFTON 34 Class A KIEFER 49, Barnsdall 7 Beaver 42, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Carnegie 34, SNYDER 28 Community Christian 21, ELMORE CITY 20 Cordell 40, HINTON 28 Crescent 42, CRESCENT 35 Crossings Chr. 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 HOMINY 21, Drumright 7 Empire 20, CENTRAL MARLOW 14 FOYIL 14, Fairland 7 VELMA-ALMA 24, Healdton 21 Ketchum 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 APACHE 34, Mangum 24 Minco 35, WAYNE 21 Mooreland 38, FAIRVIEW 18 Morrison 28, MOUNDS 7 WATONGA 29, Okla. Christian Aca. 23 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Porter 12 Quinton 28, GORE 6 Rejoice Christian 21, QUAPAW 7 TEXHOMA 24, Sayre 14 Stratford 48, RUSH SPRINGS 8 Talihina 28, SAVANNA 7 Thomas 27, HOOKER 20 RINGLING 42, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 35, KONAWA 0 Class B ALLEN 52, Bray-Doyle 6 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Canton 12 Davenport 54, WOODLAND 8 Depew 48, WATTS 0 Dewar 58, WETUMKA 12 Gans 34, CANADIAN 28 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 30, Garber 24 CADDO 56, Haileyville 12 Keota 60, PORUM 6 WAUKOMIS 42, Kremlin-Hillsdale 26 LAVERNE 38, Laverne 30 ALEX 60, Macomb 6 MAYSVILLE 34, Maud 30 Oaks 40, WEBBERS FALLS 20 MERRITT 32, Ringwood 28 TURPIN 44, Seiling 34 CYRIL 28, Strother 20 Waurika 42, GEARY 36 WESLEYAN CHR. 38, Welch 20 Weleetka 44, ARKOMA 28 Class C Bluejacket 42, COPAN 6 Boise City 48, ROLLA, KAN. 0 BALKO 44, Buffalo 8 THACKERVILLE 38, Cave Springs 28 Cherokee 64, WAYNOKA 18 COV.-DOUGLAS 48, Claremore Chr. 30 Coyle 54, TIMBERLAKE 6 Fox 50, BOWLEGS 0 DUKE 48, Life Christian 0 Medford 42, WRIGHT CHR. 34 Mt. View-Gotebo 34, TEMPLE 26 OKC Patriots 38, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Paoli 28, MIDWAY 24 DC-LAMONT 50, Prue 0 Sasakwa 28, BOKOSHE 16 SW Covenant 48, CORN BIBLE 42 GRANDFIELD 44, Tipton 24 SHATTUCK 64, Tyrone 30 Independent Casady 31, DALLAS ST. MARKS 28 Holland Hall 35, TRINITY VALLEY 27 Regent Prep 48, IMMANUEL CHR. 20 *Home team in CAPS
OSU football: With growing momentum in the Lone Star State, might Oklahoma State be closing the gap on having more Texas-born talent than the Longhorns?Sep 25, 2015
OSU travels to Austin this Saturday with 66 native Texans on its roster — more than any other Football Bowl Subdivision program outside the Lone Star State.
OSU football: With growing momentum in the Lone Star State, might Oklahoma State be closing the gap on having more Texas-born talent than the Longhorns?
By Kyle Fredrickson | Sep 25, 2015AUSTIN, Texas — When offensive tackle Zach Crabtree committed to Oklahoma State back in May 2012, those close to the Mansfield, Texas, native might have questioned the decision. Even his high school coach, Jeff Hulme, who was only half-joking when prodding Crabtree about his college choice: “You're a Texas boy. Why would you leave the state of Texas? You were raised here. You've never been outside the state of Texas. What are you doing?” “I wanted to be a Cowboy,” Crabtree said. “I love this place.” He's not alone. OSU travels to Austin this Saturday with 66 native Texans on its roster — more than any other Football Bowl Subdivision program outside the Lone Star State. According to a Rivals database, though, only 19 of those players received recruiting interest from the Longhorns. From that group, only two received Texas scholarship offers: true freshmen defensive linemen Darrion Daniels and Louis Brown. Some of the Cowboys' most notable Texas talents barely caught a whiff of interest from the Longhorns. “I didn't talk to them at all,” Crabtree said. “They didn't really stick out their neck or anything for me,” said safety Tre Flowers, of Converse, Texas. “I never got offered by Texas,” said Emmanuel Ogbah, of Houston. That last one probably stings for Texas fans. It also begs an interesting question: Might OSU be closing the gap on having more Texas-born talent than the Longhorns? The answer depends on how you define success. Ogbah is the lone player from either team who is considered a sure-fire first-round prospect in this upcoming NFL Draft. However, Texas holds a decided edge in recent years compared to OSU in that category. From 2010 to 2015, 17 native Texans on the Longhorns' roster have been selected. The Cowboys had six native Texans drafted in that same span. But in terms of wins and losses, the Cowboys hold the advantage. From 2011 through three games this season, with a starting roster composed of mostly Texas-born players, OSU has won 40 games. The Longhorns have won 32. “Right about the time (Texas) started recruited me was when Colt McCoy was leaving,” said quarterback J.W. Walsh, of Denton, Texas, who received interest but no scholarship offer from the Longhorns. “They still kind of had that Texas-of-old in them. But you could definitely tell OSU was on the rise.” The Cowboys' recruiting message of an on-the-rise program to Texas prospects continues today, as OSU coach Mike Gundy says 100 percent of recruiting resources are somehow used in the state. Even then, Texas high school players who receive scholarship offers from the Longhorns remain difficult to land. “We offer 30 of them, and 28 of them nine months later, we're off their radar if Texas offers,” Gundy said. That is little concern to Gundy and the coaching staff, though, as the program prides itself in discovering and developing under-recruited Texas talent. Of its six native Texans selected in the NFL Draft since 2010, none received scholarship offers from the Longhorns out of high school, according to Rivals. “We like the players that we have here,” Gundy said. “Sometimes we take players that other people don't think are up to par to play at this level, for whatever reason.” It all adds up to what should be an emotional matchup 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. “I know it means a little bit more,” defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said. “You love to say, ‘Hey, you play all of them like they're the same.' But it's just not. I know that a lot of them are going to be juiced up because of that. What we've got to do is make them realize that can't effect what's happening between your ears.” OVERALL RECORDS 2011-PRESENT OSU: 40-15 UT: 32-23 2006-2010 UT: 50-15 OSU: 44-21 RIVALS RECRUITING CLASS RANKINGS 2015 UT: 12 OSU: 38 2014 UT: 20 OSU: 27 2013 UT: 24 OSU: 36 2012 UT: 2 OSU: 32 2011 UT: 3 OSU: 28 TEXAS NATIVES SELECTED IN NFL DRAFT OSU 2015: None 2014: 1-8 Justin Gilbert (The Woodlands) 2013: None 2012: 6-190 Markelle Martin (Wichita Falls) 2011: 4-115 Kendall Hunter (Tyler) 2010: 1-6 Russell Okung (Fort Bend), 1-24 Dez Bryant (Galveston County), 5-137 Perrish Cox (Waco) TOTAL: 6 UT 2015: 1-32 Malcom Brown (Brenham), 5-144 Mykkele Thompson (San Antonio), 6-200 Quandre Diggs (Angleton) 2014: None 2013: 1-15 Kenny Vacccaro (Brownwood), 3-78 Marquise Goodwin (Lubbock), 4-103 Alex Okafor (Dallas) 2012: 4-119 Keenan Robinson* (Plano), 6-204 Emmanuel Acho (Dallas), 7-215 Kheeston Randle (Beaumont) 2011: 2-34 Aaron Williams (Austin), 3-95 Curtis Brown (Gilmer), 4-103 Sam Acho* (Dallas), 5-164 Chykie Brown (Houston) 2010: 1-4 Earl Thomas (Orange), 2-43, Sergio Kindle* (Dallas), 3-84 Jordan Shipley (Temple), 4-131 Roddrick Muckelroy (Longview) TOTAL: 17 * Player born outside Texas, but played high school football in the state. Football Bowl Subdivision schools outside Texas with the most native Texas 1. Oklahoma State: 66 2. Oklahoma: 45 3. Kansas: 43 T4. Louisiana Monroe: 37 T4. Tulsa: 37 6. New Mexico State: 30 7. New Mexico: 26 8. Kansas State: 25 9. Iowa State: 22 10. Louisiana Tech: 21 Oklahoma State players who received recruiting interest from Texas (via Rivals): WR Marcell Ateman, QB J.W. Walsh, S Deric Robertson, LB Justin Phillips, S Kenneth Edison-McGruder, CB Miketavious Jones, LB Kris Catlin, LB Josh Mabin, DT Motekiai Maile, LS Kaleb Smith, DT Ben Hughes, OL Johnny Wilson, OL Jaxon Salinas, DE Victor Irokansi, DT Vili Leveni, DT Vincent Taylor, DT Eric Davis (17) Oklahoma State players who received scholarship offers from Texas (via Rivals): DT Darrion Daniels, DE Louis Brown (2)
Sep 17, 2015
You can be certain Urban Meyer will warn his Ohio State players about the attack of the MAC when they host Northern Illinois on Saturday and Western Michigan next week.The Mid-American Conference has won at least one game a season, and 21 in all, against the Big Ten over the last 10 years.Maryland was the latest to lose, falling 48-27 to Bowling Green last week, and there are seven more Big...
MAC sees chance for glory, dollars when it takes on Big Ten
By ERIC OLSON, Associated Press | Sep 17, 2015You can be certain Urban Meyer will warn his Ohio State players about the attack of the MAC when they host Northern Illinois on Saturday and Western Michigan next week. The Mid-American Conference has won at least one game a season, and 21 in all, against the Big Ten over the last 10 years. Maryland was the latest to lose, falling 48-27 to Bowling Green last week, and there are seven more Big Ten-MAC matchups this season. Meyer's top-ranked Buckeyes are five-touchdown favorites over the Huskies this week, but his first head coaching job was in the MAC, and he understands how its teams relish opportunities against the big boys. The MAC's wins are more than just a feel-good story for the 13-team league that shares the same geographic footprint as the Big Ten. They help enhance the MAC's image and potentially its bottom line. "Where we are in the food chain, all our nonconference games are important," said MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, who also celebrated Toledo's 16-12 stunner over Arkansas of the Southeastern Conference last Saturday. "We have to do well from the start of the season to the end of the season if we want to gain national notoriety. When you step up and play the real high-profile programs and teams, that goes a long way if you have success in those games." The end game for the MAC is to have the College Football Playoff committee deem its champion the best among the Group of Five conference winners. The highest-ranked champion is guaranteed a New Year's Six bowl berth and the considerable sum of money that goes with it. Boise State's appearance in the Fiesta Bowl last season netted the Mountain West an additional $6 million in bowl revenue, to $23.5 million. The MAC had five teams go to bowls and divided $14.1 million among its members. The league's high point in football came in 2012 when Northern Illinois made it to the Orange Bowl under the old BCS system. "This is a league that has high expectations," Steinbrecher said. "We believe the teams at the top end of our league can compete with most folks in the country." No two conferences have played more games against each other than the Big Ten and MAC. The Big Ten's all-time record in the matchups is 261-47-2, according to the sports website mcubed.net. The MAC beat the Big Ten three times last season. Bowling Green's Matt Johnson was the pride of the MAC this week after throwing for 491 yards and six touchdowns against Maryland. His only scholarship offers coming out of high school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, were from Falcons, Miami (Ohio) and Temple. Johnson ranks among the top high school passers in his state's history, but he stands only 6-feet — too short for the big time, he was often told. Penn State, 85 miles from his hometown, had no recruiting contact with him other than through form letters. Johnson said he doesn't dwell on being snubbed by bigger schools, but winning does send a message. "You naturally get that feeling that, yeah, we weren't recruited by you guys, but that doesn't mean we can't play with you guys," Johnson said. "You just get that re-assurance after a win. It's big for not only your program but for the MAC as a whole to show that we can play up with these Power Five schools." Meyer said he enjoyed mining for players when he was head coach at Bowling Green in 2001-02. He challenged himself to find under-recruited players who showed great potential. He said he suspects that's the same strategy used by Northern Illinois, his opponent this week. "I would imagine they probably redshirt most of their linemen and let them develop because they're a really big, physical team," Meyer said. "That's kind of what we did at Bowling Green. You redshirt your linemen. You go places and try to find kids an inch too short but have great speed." Minnesota defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys said the Gophers will be lectured about not taking Kent State lightly this week. Claeys and the other Minnesota assistants were with Gophers head coach Jerry Kill at Northern Illinois from 2008-10. "You had every kid in that conference told he ain't good enough to be in the Big Ten," he said. "And so they play with a chip on their shoulders and you've got to be ready to play or you'll be in for a long day. You'll see their best when you play a MAC school and you're in the Big Ten." ___ AP Sports Writer Dave Campbell in Minneapolis and College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo in Columbus, Ohio, contributed. ___ Online: AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org
Sep 16, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 ...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 16, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, SPRINGDALE, ARK 28 SILOAM SPRINGS, ARK. 31, Claremore 27 Deer Creek 34, YUKON 27 MUSTANG 38, Edmond Memorial 24 SOUTHMOORE 35, Edmond Santa Fe 14 BARTLESVILLE 28, Enid 7 Guthrie 27, SAND SPRINGS 24 Lawton 35, SAPULPA 14 Lawton Mac 44, LAWTON IKE 17 Midwest City 34, DEL CITY 32 FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 24, Muskogee 20 JENKS 34, Owasso 10 PUTNAM CITY WEST 28, Putnam City 27 CHOCTAW 27, PC North 14 Shawnee 35, PONCA CITY 31 Stillwater 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, T. East Central 14 Tulsa Union 24, BROKEN ARROW 21 NORMAN NORTH 42, Westmoore 28 Class 5A Ada 28, DURANT 14 Altus 32, ELK CITY 24 Cache 24, CHICKASHA 17 TULSA KELLEY 20, Coweta 14 Dalhart, Texas 35, GUYMON 13 CARL ALBERT 21, Duncan 18 WESTERN HEIGHTS 35, El Reno 27 ARDMORE 22, Gainesville, Texas 14 CATOOSA 27, Grove 13 McAlester 28, PRYOR 12 Noble 42, PIEDMONT 24 COLLINSVILLE 28, Skiatook 27 Tahlequah 21, SALLISAW 14 Tulsa Central 42, NORTHWEST 7 TULSA EDISON 45, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Memorial 48, TULSA NOAH 12 SOUTHEAST 35, U.S. Grant 22 McGUINNESS 28, Weatherford 21 Class 4A Blanchard 21, NEWCASTLE 20 CUSHING 20, Cleveland 17 Clinton 34, PLAINVIEW 21 VINITA 28, Dewey 14 WAGONER 42, Fort Gibson 21 OOLOGAH 28, Glenpool 20 Hilldale 35, TULSA McLAIN 12 Locust Grove 49, STILWELL 20 BRISTOW 20, Mannford 13 SEMINOLE 28, McLoud 20 NOWATA 21, Miami 14 CASCIA HALL 27, Millwood 22 Muldrow 30, HEAVENER 14 HARRAH 35, Perkins 21 Poteau 28, CAMPUS, KAN. 6 METRO CHR. 41, Seq. Claremore 16 BROKEN BOW 24, Seq. Tahlequah 20 MEEKER 42, Tecumseh 21 WOODWARD 34, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tuttle 35, ELGIN 13 Class 3A Adair 35, VERDIGRIS 14 BERRYHILL 28, Beggs 21 TONKAWA 16, Blackwell 14 SULPHUR 28, Bridge Creek 21 TULSA WEBSTER 35, Capitol Hill 12 WYNNEWOOD 34, Centennial 14 Chandler 48, LITTLE AXE 28 Checotah 21, EUFAULA 20 Comanche 27, FREDERICK 21 HERITAGE HALL 49, Davis 26 Haskell 21, SPIRO 7 EVANGEL CHR. (LA.) 35, Idabel 20 GRAVETTE, ARK. 28, Jay 18 Jones 35, HENNESSEY 21 Kellyville 20, LIBERTY 14 BETHANY 27, Kingfisher 14 Kingston 28, MADILL 13 PURCELL 30, Lexington 20 Lone Grove 38, SANGER, TEXAS 31 WASHINGTON 34, Marlow 21 Mount St. Mary 20, DICKSON 16 Okemah 42, MORRIS 14 LINCOLN CHR. 41, Oklahoma Christian 20 LINDSAY 28, Pauls Valley 27 Prague 30, BETHEL 18 Roland 27, OKMULGEE 7 VICTORY CHR. 48, Shiloh Christian 28 Sperry 21, INOLA 20 DOUGLASS 40, Star Spencer 21 Stigler 20, HENRYETTA 16 HUGO 27, Valliant 7 Vian 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 12 Westville 42, KANSAS 7 Class 2A Alva 28, HOBART 14 Antlers 34, ATOKA 12 DRUMRIGHT 21, Caney Valley 6 Chouteau 20, PORTER 14 Chr. Heritage 30, TALIHINA 24 HARTSHORNE 35, Coalgate 7 Commerce 42, COLCORD 12 Holdenville 28, WELLSTON 21 CASHION 42, Luther 35 Marionville, Mo. 28, WYANDOTTE 14 HULBERT 21, Mounds 14 OKEENE 20, Newkirk 7 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 35, Northeast 28 Oklahoma Union 28, FAIRLAND 8 HOMINY 22, Pawhuska 16 STROUD 30, Perry 12 QUINTON 13, Pocola 7 Ringling 20, MARIETTA 0 Salina 22, CHELSEA 6 CHISHOLM 28, Thomas 27 Tishomingo 32, HEALDTON 28 Walters 35, SNYDER 13 PANAMA 21, Warner 14 Wayne 28, DIBBLE 21 STRATFORD 38, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 22, SAVANNA 16 PAWNEE 28, Yale 6 Class A REJOICE CHR. 35, Barnsdall 7 CORDELL 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 CARNEGIE 34, Central Marlow 8 Central Sallisaw 42, FOYIL 16 APACHE 44, Crossings Christian 34 HINTON 21, Empire 14 Fairview 28, WATONGA 21 KETCHUM 42, Gore 8 Hollis 48, BEAVER 6 Hooker 35, SYRACUSE, KAN. 12 Mangum 30, SAYRE 6 Mooreland 35, CRESCENT 14 Morrison 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 16 MINCO 42, Rush Springs 6 COMMUNITY CHR. 38, Summit Christian 12 Texhoma 24, VEGA, TEXAS 20 Velma-Alma 28, ELMORE CITY 6 KONAWA 21, Wilson 20 Class B ALEX 42, Allen 14 DEWAR 56, Arkoma 6 CADDO 44, Canadian 6 Cyril 50, BRAY-DOYLE 16 DAVENPORT 54, Garber 8 Geary 42, STROTHER 12 Keota 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 Maud 54, MACOMB 8 Maysville 48, WAURIKA 28 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 42, Merritt 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Pioneer 34 WELEETKA 48, Porum 0 Ringwood 34, CANTON 14 OAKS 44, South Coffeyville 20 LAVERNE 56, Turpin 44 WOODLAND 38, Watts 18 SEILING 56, Waukomis 6 COYLE 64, Welch 12 DEPEW 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, GANS 6 Class C DESTINY CHR. 48, Bokoshe 8 WEBBERS FALLS 54, Bowlegs 6 Cherokee 48, TYRONE 0 TIPTON 48, Corn Bible 12 Covington-Douglas 42, COPAN 16 DC-Lamont 54, MEDFORD 8 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Midway 12 SHARON-MUTUAL 38, Mt. View-Gotebo 28 FOX 54, Paoli 0 CLAREMORE CHR. 48, Prue 0 THACKERVILLE 56, Sasakwa 6 Shattuck 48, BOISE CITY 34 SW Covenant 28, RYAN 24 Temple 44, DUKE 6 BLUEJACKET 50, Timberlake 14 Waynoka 38, BUFFALO 26 Independent Arlington Oakridge 31, HOLLAND HALL 21 EAGLE POINT CHR. 28, Cement 20 WRIGHT CHR. 42, Life Christian 14 OKC PATRIOTS 28, SeeWorth Aca. 8 CASADY 21, Trinity Valley 14 Saturday's Games Independent Immanuel Chr. 34, CORNERSTONE CHR. 22 OSD 40, Louisiana Deaf 28 *Home team in CAPS
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Associated Press | Sep 12, 2015Good afternoon! Here's a look at AP's general news coverage today in Pennsylvania. For questions about the state report, contact the Philadelphia bureau at 215-561-1133. Ron Todt is on the desk. Pennsylvania editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or email@example.com. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with updates. TOP STORIES: VIEWING HARRISBURG HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania state government's budget season is typically hectic, with raucous rallies echoing through the Pennsylvania Capitol, lobbyists packing the corridors and top lawmakers and governor's aides rushing to closed-door meetings. This year's is starkly different, two-and-a-half months into an entrenched stalemate between freshman Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and leaders of the Legislature's huge Republican majorities. The Capitol is empty and quiet. By Marc Levy. SENT: About 750 words. PENNSYLVANIA DEMOCRATS-CHAIRMAN GETTYSBURG — Marcel Groen, the longtime leader of Montgomery County Democrats, is expected to be elected Saturday as the state party chairman — ending months of uncertainty over its leadership. UPCOMING: About 250-300 words following state committee meeting. CHALLIS-INSPIRED CHARITY FRAUD PITTSBURGH — A former high school baseball coach has pleaded guilty to charges in what authorities said was the theft of $91,000 from a charity for terminally ill children that he founded in the memory of a player who made national headlines in his courageous effort to play sports while dying of cancer. SENT: NewsNow. UPCOMING: About 250 words by 3 p.m. EDT. POPE-PHILADELPHIA-CAMPGROUND PHILADELPHIA — Officials say a plan to establish an expensive campground for papal pilgrims in a large Philadelphia park has been scrapped. SENT: NewsNow. UPCOMING: About 200 words by 3 p.m. EDT. GOP 2016-REPUBLICANS AND THE POPE WASHINGTON — To some Republican presidential candidates, it's better to be with the popular pope than against him. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have deep policy differences with Pope Francis, but the senators will break off campaign travel to attend his address to Congress later this month, a centerpiece of his eagerly anticipated visit to the United States. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a devout Catholic, will attend Mass with Francis in Washington. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, another Catholic candidate, plans to attend one of the pope's East Coast events. By Julie Pace. SENT: About 920 words. EXCHANGE: EXCHANGE-SPOTTING STUDENT TRAUMA PITTSBURGH — When Grace Enick, now 25, was in a Christian elementary school, no one noticed her behavior after she was raped in second grade. "All I wanted was for someone to ask me what was wrong," she said. No one did. In recent years, educators have become more aware that some students are carrying emotional baggage that can interfere with their ability to learn. They may be dealing with trauma from exposure to street violence, domestic violence, drug addiction, sexual abuse, poverty and homelessness, or grief over a parent's death or illness or unsettled feelings over their parents' divorce. While some of the traumas are more prevalent in poor, urban communities, neither wealth nor suburbia provides a shield. Mary Niederberger / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. EXCHANGE-AMISH LANDLORDS LANCASTER — Jacob King used to be a carpenter, like a lot of other young Amish men in Lancaster County. But the sluggish economy in 2009 and the saturation of wood-working businesses got King thinking about putting down his hammer and finding another way to make a living. Real estate investing was an idea buzzing around the Plain community, and it seemed like a good time to get in the market. King jumped in. He has joined hundreds of other Amish and Mennonites in Lancaster County who have become house-flippers, commercial real estate owners and, most of all, landlords in recent years. Susan Baldrige, LNP newspapers. EXCHANGE-RACETRACK WINNERS PITTSBURGH — Out-of-state racehorse owners are collecting millions of dollars in purses funded by Pennsylvania tax revenue, a Tribune-Review investigation found. A little more than 10 years since the Legislature legalized gambling — a move driven in part by horse racers trying to save what was then a dying industry — prizes for winning horse races in Pennsylvania have never been higher. That has drawn horse owners and purse winners from around the world, including the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, a Saudi prince and business people. Most of the top harness-racing partnerships include at least one person or company from out of state. Together, those partnerships won about $50 million since 2013, and $31 million of the winnings went to partnerships with no one from Pennsylvania. Mike Wereschagin, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. EXCHANGE-STUDENT MUSIC PROGRAM PHILADELPHIA — Seated in a circle behind their 15 African drums last spring, the Laura Waring School kids smiled when Mary Schumacher, their music teacher, said, "OK, we're going warp speed, right?" She set a blistering pace. Her young drummers stayed right with her. Then, each child took a turn on the lead, drumming out his or her own beats that the other kids echoed, call-and-response style. The '50s-era public school classroom, on Green Street near 18th in Spring Garden, rocked with hard-driving rhythm, intense furrowing of young brows and satisfied grins all around at the end. The little drummers of Waring are a big miracle at a time when chronically cash-strapped Philadelphia public schools have been stripped of their music and arts programs and turned into creativity deserts that offer no artistic stimulation to young minds hungering for it. Dan Geringer, Philadelphia Daily News. EXCHANGE-THRILL-SEEKERS SCRANTON — After jumping out of an airplane more than 42,000 times, world-record-holding skydiver Don Kellner needs only the essentials. Wearing cargo shorts and sneakers — the right shoe worn down from trailing his foot during landings — and a single kneepad over his right knee, he straps a parachute snugly over his shoulders and through his legs. Kellner, 79, of Butler Twp., claimed the Guinness World Record for greatest number of descents in 1990, and has held it ever since. He is part of an elite group of Northeast Pennsylvanians who live by a similar code, whose work fuels their passion for adventure sports. A construction superintendent by day, Kellner owns and operates Above the Poconos Skydivers at the Hazleton Municipal Airport with his wife, Darlene, and daughters, Barbara and Tammy. Open only on the weekends, the small business serves thrill-seekers like Mr. Kellner who plow through the work week to get to their adrenaline fix. Jon O'Connell, The (Scranton) Times-Tribune. IN BRIEF: POLICE RECRUIT SHOT — A judge has denied a request for separate trials for three western Pennsylvania defendants charged in the shooting death of a Johnstown Regional Police Academy recruit a year ago. CASINO WORKER SLAIN — A judge has rejected motions to suppress statements and dismiss a homicide charge against a man accused of shooting his former girlfriend as she drove to work at a western Pennsylvania casino. SPORTS: FBH--HIGH-SCORING GAME DUBOIS — Journey Brown ran for 722 yards and 10 touchdowns and Meadville outscored DuBois 107-90 in a high school football game Friday night. Brown broke the Pennsylvania yardage record and fell short of the national high school record of 754 yards set by John Giannantonio for Netcong, New Jersey, in a 1950 game against Mountain Lakes. BBN--BREWERS-PIRATES PITTSBURGH — The Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates continue a four-game series on Saturday. Zach Davies (1-0, 3.97) starts for Milwaukee against Jeff Locke (7-10, 4.56). Game begins at 7:05 p.m. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. BBN--CUBS-PHILLIES PHILADELPHIA — Dan Haren (9-9) pitches for the Cubs against Phillies rookie Jerad Eickhoff (1-3). By Aaron Bracy. With hometown lead on losing team. Game starts 7:05 FBC--TEMPLE-CINCINNATI CINCINNATI — Temple tries to build upon its upset of Penn State when the Owls face Cincinnati in an early American Athletic Conference game. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: Game starts at 8 p.m. FBC--PITTSBURGH-AKRON AKRON, Ohio — Pittsburgh plays its first game since losing star running back James Conner to a season-ending injury when the Panthers visit the Zips. Game time 6 p.m. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. FBC--BUFFALO-PENN STATE STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State tries to bounce back from a season opening loss with a game at home against Buffalo. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos developing from game starting at noon. ___ If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. 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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Buffalo, New York, will always be a special place for Akeel Lynch.In high school, the Penn State junior running back decided to move south from his family's home in Toronto to chase his dream of playing American football. That dream involved Lynch as a chain-moving back in a prolific offense, something he has yet to be at Penn State.Lynch will get another chance to...
Penn State looking for offensive stability against Buffalo
By TRAVIS JOHNSON, Associated Press | Sep 11, 2015STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Buffalo, New York, will always be a special place for Akeel Lynch. In high school, the Penn State junior running back decided to move south from his family's home in Toronto to chase his dream of playing American football. That dream involved Lynch as a chain-moving back in a prolific offense, something he has yet to be at Penn State. Lynch will get another chance to jumpstart the lame duck Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium against the Bulls, the team that offered him his first scholarship — a team Lynch believes will crowd the line of scrimmage as Temple did to limit running room on early downs. "As running backs, you want to do as much as you can with any carry, especially on a first or second down," Lynch said. Really, anything would help. Penn State's offense managed just 3.3 yards per play on first and second downs in the season-opening loss to the Owls and quarterback Christian Hackenberg was sacked six times and intercepted once on first and second-down passes. As a result, nearly a quarter of the Nittany Lions' total plays were called facing third-and-long situations. They converted just one of them. Lynch is capable of big plays. He had a 42-yard touchdown run on Penn State's second drive. Speedster Brandon Polk chipped in two big gains on sweeps. But chances for those big, early-down runs are rarer if the offense can't find a healthy rhythm that includes more than 11 completions, ideally some down the field, Franklin said. "The more efficient we are on first down allows us to take more shots on second down and be aggressive," Franklin said. "What happens is, you get to a point where you want to stay out of a third-and-long so you don't take the shots, well, it becomes a vicious cycle." One Lynch hopes to help end against his former adopted hometown's team. ___ SHUFFLING LINE After playing arguably the worst game in program history last week, Penn State's offensive line won't look the same against the Bulls. If Franklin isn't willing to start struggling junior college transfer Paris Palmer at left tackle, he'll likely move right tackle Andrew Nelson to the left side with senior center Angelo Mangiro — who played every spot except left tackle last season — filling Nelson's spot. Wendy Laurent has practiced with the first team at center this week. ___ MIDDLEMEN With Nyeem Wartman-White lost for the season, Penn State will turn to a handful of player to play in the middle of Bob Shoop's defense. Junior Gary Wooten and sophomore Jason Cabinda could see the most time at the mike linebacker spot with Cabinda splitting duties on the weak side. True freshmen Jake Cooper and Manny Bowen will both likely play after burning their redshirts out of necessity last week. Expect Buffalo quarterback Joe Licata to work the middle of the field where the Nittany Lions are susceptible without their best coverage linebacker. ___ HOME SWEET HOME? Penn State will play the next five games at Beaver Stadium and won't leave the Keystone State until its Oct. 17 game at Ohio State. But wins aren't as automatic as they once were at the massive stadium. Penn State hasn't won back-to-back games at Beaver Stadium since the final two weeks of the 2012 season and is 8-6 at home since. ___ BLITZING BULLS Buffalo managed just one sack against FCS opponent Albany in Week 1 and although Penn State's offensive line is reeling, the Bulls' pass rush isn't on the level of Temple's. The Bulls will likely start underclassmen Solomon Jackson and Demone Harris at defensive end and they'd be foolish not to send help in the form of a linebacker. Senior Okezie Alozie is the best candidate and could be in for a big game if the Nittany Lions don't pick him up as they failed to do against Temple's Tyler Matakevich. ___ THE OTHER QB Now in his second year in the program, Trace McSorley has had plenty of time to learn Penn State's offense and offers a different skillset than Hackenberg. A mobile quarterback adept at running offensive coordinator John Donovan's preferred scheme, McSorley could see his first action if Hackenberg continues to take hits or if the game gets out of hand.
Sep 9, 2015
Bob Stoops, a weary nation of SEC haters is placing its hopes in your hands.Stoops and his No. 19 Oklahoma Sooners are at No. 23 Tennessee on Saturday. After the Southeastern Conference set another record by packing 10 teams into the latest AP Top 25, Oklahoma's trip to Knoxville represents the best chance for the league to be fed at least a small portion of humble pie this week.Getting worked...
SEC haters can rally around Stoops, Striker & Oklahoma
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Sep 9, 2015Bob Stoops, a weary nation of SEC haters is placing its hopes in your hands. Stoops and his No. 19 Oklahoma Sooners are at No. 23 Tennessee on Saturday. After the Southeastern Conference set another record by packing 10 teams into the latest AP Top 25, Oklahoma's trip to Knoxville represents the best chance for the league to be fed at least a small portion of humble pie this week. Getting worked up about early season college football rankings is up there with analyzing exhibition NFL games on the list of things sports fans do but should not. But the SEC making up 40 percent of the best teams in the country, according to the 61 members of the media who vote in college football's oldest rankings, was a bit startling. Count Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker among those with SEC fatigue. Striker gave a colorful quote Tuesday to reporters in Norman about all the praise the SEC gets and added: "I don't understand why." Striker and the Sooners beat Tennessee at home last season and took down Alabama in the Sugar Bowl to end the previous season. As for the rankings, history suggests that early in the season teams with a recent history of success tend to get the benefit of the doubt from voters. The SEC has a lot of those teams right now. One game won't change any minds on either side of the current SEC debate — Overrated or Overpowering? But safe to say there will be a lot more Sooners fans on Saturday around the country than normal. ___ Reaching into the Twitter bag for questions. Q: Please inform us who doesn't belong? — @jake_hawg34 asked about the 10 ranked SEC teams. A: While there is plenty of reason to be optimistic about Tennessee's future under Butch Jones, the Vols are getting a lot of traction out of beating Iowa. Big Ten team's should be so lucky. Last week in a victory against Bowling Green, the Volunteers allowed 11 plays of at least 20 yards. Mississippi State went from unranked to ranked on the strength of a victory against Southern Miss, owner of four victories in the previous three seasons. And yes, I'm still skeptical about Missouri, though to be fair the Tigers have earned their benefit of the doubt with two straight East titles. Q: Most impressive team this past weekend? — @NateBair A: Texas A&M is the obvious choice, but how about a little love for Temple? Understandably, what's wrong with Penn State was the theme coming out of the Owls' upset. Then again it is possible Penn State won't face another defense that good until it goes to Ohio State in mid-October. Plus, Temple's offense, awful last season, was efficient against a stout D. West Virginia smothering Georgia Southern was also noteworthy. Q: Is it too early to panic in Austin? — @tricerapops A: Yes, though feel free to be worried. Charlie Strong has taken a slash-and-burn approach to restoring Texas. The problem is at places such as Texas (Michigan, USC, etc.) the negativity around a program can build up fast and create a toxic environment that makes it impossible for a coach and team to thrive. The Longhorns need to show progress fast or risk slipping into a permanent state of dysfunction. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Utah State (plus 13 1/2) at No. 24 Utah Utes have won 13 of 14 against the Aggies ... UTAH 24-14. MARQUEE MATCHUPS No. 7 Oregon (plus 3 1/2) at No. 5 Michigan State Ducks-Spartans II figures to be another high-scoring affair with both teams looking shaky in pass defense last week. .... MICHIGAN STATE 42-33. No. 19 Oklahoma (minus 1) at No. 23 Tennessee Score one for the SEC haters ... OKLAHOMA 34-27. No. 14 LSU (minus 4 1/2) at No. 25 Mississippi State The Bulldogs snapped a 14-game losing streak against LSU last year ... MISSISSIPPI STATE 24-17. No. 20 Boise State (minus 2 1/2) at BYU Even with QB Taysom Hill out, the Cougars represent one of the Broncos' toughest tests ... BOISE STATE 24-20. WEIRD ROAD TRIPS No. 13 UCLA (minus 29) at UNLV Last year, Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, coached by Tony Sanchez, beat St. John Bosco High School from Bellflower, California, with QB Josh Rosen, 34-31. Now Rosen starts for the Bruins and Sanchez coaches the Rebels ... UCLA 45-14. No. 21 Missouri (minus 10 1/2) at Arkansas State Red Wolves get a rare Sun Belt home game against an SEC team ... MISSOURI 31-14. No. 22 Arizona (minus 11 1/2) at Nevada Wildcats had a hard time shaking UTSA in opener ... ARIZONA 28-21. PLUCKY UNDERDOG? No. 9 Notre Dame (minus 12 1/2) at Virginia Irish hoping versatile C.J. Prosise can become top tailback ... NOTRE DAME 28-14. Appalachian State (plus 17 1/2) at No. 12 Clemson Mountaineers have one of the most experienced teams in the nation ... CLEMSON 38-17 MISMATCHES No. 10 Georgia (minus 20 1/2) at Vanderbilt ... BEST BET, GEORGIA 42-13. No. 11 Florida State (minus 28) at South Florida ... FLORIDA STATE 41-10 Tulane (plus 28 1/2) at No. 15 Georgia Tech ... GEORGIA TECH 38-7. Ball State (plus 29 1/2) at No. 16 Texas A&M ... TEXAS A&M 52-14. Fresno State (plus 29) at No. 17 Mississippi ... OLE MISS 38-7. Toledo (plus 21½) vs. No. 18 Arkansas at Little Rock ... ARKANSAS 42-17. TWITTER REQUESTS South Carolina (minus 7) at Kentucky Wildcats go for two straight over the Ball Coach ... UPSET SPECIAL, KENTUCKY 31-24. Cincinnati (minus 6 1/2) at Temple Owl power ... TEMPLE 28-23. San Diego State (plus 13 1/2) at California The Bears' schedule is ferocious. If they have any chance to go bowling, this is a must-win ... CALIFORNIA 45-35. Minnesota (minus 6) at Colorado State Tricky trip for Gophers ... MINNESOTA 24-21. Washington State (plus 2) at Rutgers Two fan bases waiting for their teams to implode ... RUTGERS 34-31. ___ Last week's record: 14-2 straight; 10-7 vs. spread Upset specials: 1-0. ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP ___ AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.org
Sep 9, 2015
After a month-long delay, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors officially approved the football districts for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Wednesday. Here is each district: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe U.S.
2016-2017 high school football districts
Jacob Unruh | Sep 9, 2015After a month-long delay, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors officially approved the football districts for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Wednesday. Here is each district: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe U.S. Grant* Jenks Norman Westmoore Yukon District 2 Edmond North Moore Mustang Norman North Owasso Putnam City North Southmoore Tulsa Union Class 6A Division II District 1 Choctaw Deer Creek Enid Lawton Midwest City Putnam City Putnam City West Stillwater District 2 Bartlesville Bixby Capitol Hill* Muskogee Sand Springs Sapulpa Tulsa Washington Ponca City Class 5A District 1 Altus Ardmore Del City Duncan El Reno Lawton MacArthur Southeast Western Heights District 2 Carl Albert Guthrie Guymon Lawton Eisenhower McGuinness Northwest Classen Piedmont Woodward District 3 Coweta Durant Glenpool McAlester Noble Shawnee Tulsa East Central Tulsa Edison District 4 Collinsville Claremore Pryor Skiatook Tahlequah Tulsa Hale Tulsa Kelley Tulsa Memorial Class 4A District 1 Cache Chickasha Clinton Elgin Elk City Heritage Hall Newcastle Weatherford District 2 Ada Bethany Blanchard Cleveland Harrah Tecumseh Tulsa Central Tuttle District 3 Cascia Hall Catoosa Grove Miami Oologah Tulsa McLain Vinita Wagoner District 4 Broken Bow Fort Gibson Hilldale Metro Christian Poteau Sallisaw Stilwell Tulsa Rogers Class 3A District 1 Blackwell Centennial Chandler Kingfisher Mount St. Mary Oklahoma Christian Perkins District 2 Bethel Douglass Jones Little Axe McLoud Prague Star Spencer District 3 Anadarko Bridge Creek Comanche John Marshall Lexington Marlow Purcell District 4 Dickson Lone Grove Madill Pauls Valley Plainview Seminole Sulphur District 5 Berryhill Dewey Mannford Sequoyah-Claremore Sperry Tulsa Webster Verdigris District 6 Beggs Bristow Checotah Cushing Kellyville Morris Okmulgee District 7 Inola Jay Keys Lincoln Christian Locust Grove Sequoyah-Tahlequah Westville District 8 Eufaula Heavener Idabel Muldrow Roland Stigler Class 2A District 1 Alva Chisholm Hennessey Newkirk Pawhuska Perry Tonkawa District 2 Christian Heritage Crooked Oak Luther Meeker Millwood Northeast Stroud District 3 Community Christian Dibble Frederick Hobart Lindsay Walters Washington District 4 Atoka Coalgate Davis Kingston Marietta Stratford Tishomingo District 5 Haskell Henryetta Holdenville Okemah Vian Wewoka District 6 Antlers Hartshorne Hugo Panama Spiro Valliant Wilburton District 7 Chouteau Colcord Holland Hall Kansas Ketchum Salina Victory Christian District 8 Adair Caney Valley Chelsea Commerce Nowata Oklahoma Union Wyandotte Class A District 1 Beaver Fairview Hooker Mooreland Okeene Texhoma Thomas District 2 Cordell Hinton Hollis Mangum Merritt Sayre Watonga District 3 Apache Elmore Cityl Empire Healdton Ringling Rush Springs Velma-Alma District 4 Crossings Christian Konawa Minco Oklahoma Christian Academy Wayne Wellston Wynnewood District 5 Cashion Crescent Drumright Morrison Oklahoma Bible Pawnee Yale District 6 Hominy Kiefer Liberty Mounds Porter Summit Christian Woodland District 7 Afton Barnsdall Fairland Foyil Hulbert Quapaw Rejoice Christian District 8 Central Sallisaw Gore Pocola Quinton Savanna Talihina Warner Class B District 1 Canton Laverne Seiling Shattuck Turpin District 2 Cherokee Garber Pioneer-Pleasant Vale Ringwood Waukomis District 3 Alex Burns Flat-Dill City Carnegie Cyril Geary Snyder District 4 Bray-Doyle Central Marlow Fox Ryan Waurika Wilson District 5 Allen Caddo Macomb Maud Maysville Strother District 6 Canadian Dewar Haileyville Weleetka Wetumka District 7 Davenport Depew Prue Oaks South Coffeyville District 8 Arkoma Cave Springs Gans Keota Porum Watts Class C District 1 Balko Boise City Buffalo Kremlin-Hillsdale Sharon-Mutual Timberlake Tyrone Waynoka District 2 Cement Corn Bible Duke Grandfield Mountain View-Gotebo Southwest Covenant Temple Tipton District 3 Bluejacket Copan Covington-Douglas Deer Creek-Lamont Medford Pond Creek-Hunter Regent Prep Welch District 4 Bokoshe Bowlegs Coyle Midway Paoli Sasakwa Thackerville Webbers Falls *-Will not compete as part of district.
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 142-36 (79.8 pct.) Overall record: 158-38 (80.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A PUTNAM CITY 28, Choctaw 27 Del City 56, LAWTON EISENHOWER 42 Edmond Santa Fe 28, MOORE 21 Class 5A Elk City 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A Nowata 35, VINITA 20 Class 3A LOCUST...
The Oklahoman's high school football picks for Week 2
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 9, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 142-36 (79.8 pct.) Overall record: 158-38 (80.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A PUTNAM CITY 28, Choctaw 27 Del City 56, LAWTON EISENHOWER 42 Edmond Santa Fe 28, MOORE 21 Class 5A Elk City 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A Nowata 35, VINITA 20 Class 3A LOCUST GROVE 54, Adair 42 Okmulgee 28, U.S. GRANT 22 STAR SPENCER 42, SeeWorth Aca. 20 Class 2A COMMERCE 21, Afton 14 Poteau JV 27, POCOLA 22 Class B Geary 48, BRAY-DOYLE 16 DEPEW 52, Osd, 42 Class C CHEROKEE 44, Buffalo 22 Friday's Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 27, COPPELL, TEXAS 20 MIDWEST CITY 21, Carl Albert 20 BARTLESVILLE 24, Cascia Hall 21 Claremore 20, ROGERS, ARK. 14 EDMOND MEMORIAL 21, Edmond North 17 Jenks 35, TULSA UNION 32 Lawton 27, LAWTON MAC 24 OWASSO 28, Muskogee 8 Mustang 45, STILLWATER 13 DEER CREEK 27, Norman 10 Norman North 42, YUKON 24 GUTHRIE 31, Ponca City 27 PC NORTH 34, Putnam West 31 Sand Springs 30, ENID 13 BIXBY 33, Tulsa East Central 12 SAPULPA 42, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Washington 49, TULSA CENTRAL 8 SOUTHMOORE 35, Westmoore 28 Class 5A ALTUS 28, Anadarko 27 NOBLE 42, Chickasha 31 Collinsville 24, CATOOSA 21 McALESTER 35, Coweta 28 Duncan 28, SHAWNEE 17 ARDMORE 35, Durant 13 WOODWARD 27, El Reno 12 Grove 20, JAY 6 LIBERAL, KAN. 33, Guymon 14 Northwest 20, NORTHEAST 16 Oologah 28, SKIATOOK 24 WEATHERFORD 38, Piedmont 14 STILWELL 28, Tahlequah 27 McGUINNESS 24, Tulsa Kelley 21 TULSA EDISON 42, Tulsa Memorial 35 Wagoner 34, PRYOR 20 Western Heights 49, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 4A Ada 34, MADILL 16 GLENPOOL 27, Beggs 22 STROUD 35, Bristow 7 IDABEL 42, Broken Bow 28 Cleveland 28, MANNFORD 6 Elgin 14, MARLOW 13 Harrah 27, JONES 23 Heritage Hall 42, CLINTON 28 FORT GIBSON 28, Hilldale 21 CACHE 24, Hobart 22 Metro Christian 21, OCS 7 TUTTLE 28, Newcastle 12 Perkins 27, McLOUD 16 Sallisaw 35, STIGLER 14 Spiro 20, MULDROW 13 SEMINOLE 32, Tecumseh 14 Tulsa McLain 21, TULSA NOAH 20 Van Buren, Ark. 30, POTEAU 14 Verdigris 35, MIAMI 7 Class 3A Bethel 21, OKEMAH 12 Blanchard 28, CASADY 24 JOHN MARSHALL 55, Centennial 6 Colcord 28, WESTVILLE 21 Comanche 17, TISHOMINGO 14 Cushing 30, BERRYHILL 26 EUFAULA 36, Hartshorne 34 KINGFISHER 28, Hennessey 27 CHECOTAH 21, Henryetta 6 LINCOLN CHR. 35, Holland Hall 17 LONE GROVE 49, Hugo 7 Inola 22, SALINA 20 Kellyville 34, CANEY VALLEY 8 Keys (Park Hill) 35, LINCOLN, ARK. 17 Kingston 35, VALLIANT 7 Lexington 28, BRIDGE CREEK 8 Lindsay 34, DICKSON 6 Little Axe 49, CROOKED OAK 6 CHANDLER 44, Meeker 34 HASKELL 28, Morris 8 CHR. HERITAGE 28, Mount St. Mary 24 BLACKWELL 21, Newkirk 14 DEWEY 30, Pawhuska 16 Plainview 28, PAULS VALLEY 24 ROLAND 35, Seq. Tahlequah 14 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 17, Sperry 14 DAVIS 28, Sulphur 21 TULSA ROGERS 42, Tulsa Webster 14 Vian 21, HEAVENER 14 Victory Christian 56, LIGHTHOUSE CHR. 6 Washington 28, PURCELL 21 Class 2A Atoka 31, HOLDENVILLE 28 FOYIL 21, Chelsea 20 FAIRVIEW 28, Chisholm 24 Crescent 20, PERRY 14 Dibble 27, RUSH SPRINGS 22 Elmore City 33, MARIETTA 20 Frederick 28, MANGUM 21 Hulbert 38, WARNER 34 WYANDOTTE 30, Kansas 18 Ketchum 21, CHOUTEAU 20 WEWOKA 35, Konawa 14 SUMMIT CHR. 14, Liberty 7 Luther 35, PRAGUE 28 ALVA 28, Oklahoma Bible 14 BARNSDALL 22, Oklahoma Union 16 Panama 34, CENTRAL SALLISAW 24 Pawnee 21, HOMINY 20 WILBURTON 20, Quinton 13 COALGATE 14, Savanna 12 Talihina 28, ANTLERS 21 Tonkawa 22, MORRISON 17 Walters 35, EMPIRE 20 Wellston 14, YALE 7 Class A Apache 34, WILSON 12 Cashion 42, MOORELAND 14 Community Christian 28, CARNEGIE 21 Cordell 32, CENTRAL MARLOW 18 MOUNDS 20, Gore 16 Hinton 26, SAYRE 20 HOLLIS 34, Hooker 14 QUAPAW 14, Humboldt, Kan. 12 Minco 34, CROSSINGS CHR. 28 DRUMRIGHT 20, Porter 14 KIEFER 35, Rejoice Christian 14 Snyder 45, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 Stratford 42, HEALDTON 6 BEAVER 35, Syracuse, Kan. 7 Texhoma 28, BOOKER, TEXAS 24 Thomas 28, OKEENE 7 Wayne 44, OKLAHOMA CHR. ACA. 6 Wynnewood 21, VELMA-ALMA 20 Class B Alex 58, CYRIL 8 WETUMKA 38, Caddo 32 PIONEER 42, Canton 12 Davenport 56, WATTS 8 Dewar 52, PORUM 6 ARKOMA 42, Gans 34 CANADIAN 44, Haileyville 16 Kremlin-Hillsdale 34, RINGWOOD 28 Laverne 36, WAUKOMIS 18 ALLEN 42, Macomb 20 GARBER 38, Oaks 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, TURPIN 28 Seiling 48, MERRITT 12 MAYSVILLE 52, Strother 6 MAUD 34, Waurika 28 Welch 36, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 24 KEOTA 44, Weleetka 36 Woodland 50, WESLEYAN CHR. 34 Class C DC-LAMONT 54, Bluejacket 48 Boise City 42, TYRONE 6 Bokoshe 30, BOWLEGS 24 Cave Springs 44, PAOLI 12 DUKE 42, Cement 8 REGENT PREP 56, Copan 6 Grandfield 52, THACKERVILLE 24 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 36, Medford 28 Midway 42, SASAKWA 38 Mt. View-Gotebo 48, SW COVENANT 20 COYLE 60, Prue 6 BALKO 44, Rolla, Kan. 14 Ryan 38, CORN BIBLE 12 SHATTUCK 56, Sharon-Mutual 20 Tipton 42, TEMPLE 34 Waynoka 50, TIMBERLAKE 38 FOX 56, Webbers Falls 6 Independent LIFE CHRISTIAN 48, Eagle Point Chr. 20 WRIGHT CHR. 34, Immanuel Christian 16 DESTINY CHR. 44, OKC Patriots 24 Saturday's Games Class 3A Douglass 28, Millwood 27 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 4, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 16-2 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 Broken Arrow 21, OWASSO 20 EDMOND SANTA FE 31, Edmond North 17 Enid 27, PONCA CITY 20 Jenks 42, BIXBY 13 Lawton Ike 34, FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 28 McAlester 20, MUSKOGEE 14 Midwest City 16, TULSA...
Week 1 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 4, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 16-2 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 Broken Arrow 21, OWASSO 20 EDMOND SANTA FE 31, Edmond North 17 Enid 27, PONCA CITY 20 Jenks 42, BIXBY 13 Lawton Ike 34, FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 28 McAlester 20, MUSKOGEE 14 Midwest City 16, TULSA WASHINGTON 13 WESTMOORE 28, Moore 27 CLAREMORE 17, Pryor 10 PUTNAM CITY 30, Putnam North 28 LAWTON 44, Salina, Kan. Central 14 CHOCTAW 28, Sapulpa 20 TULSA UNION 38, Southlake Carroll 35 DEER CREEK 34, Stillwater 27 MUSTANG 31, Yukon 20 Class 5A Altus 35, VERNON, TEXAS 20 Anadarko 45, CHICKASHA 14 Ardmore 21, ADA 20 Carl Albert 30, EL RENO 6 Fort Gibson 42, TAHLEQUAH 16 Guthrie 28, DUNCAN 24 GUYMON 21, Hugoton, Kan. 14 John Marshall 49, NORTHWEST 12 McGuinness 28, SHAWNEE 27 Miami 17, GROVE 13 Noble 21, TECUMSEH 7 SKIATOOK 42, Piedmont 10 Poteau 27, DURANT 7 WEATHERFORD 35, Southeast 20 TULSA EDISON 21, Tulsa Kelley 20 Tulsa Memorial 34, TULSA CENTRAL 6 Wagoner 28, COWETA 27 Western Heights 44, U.S. GRANT 12 Class 4A Berryhill 21, GLENPOOL 17 IOWA PARK, TEXAS 28, Cache 7 Cascia Hall 27, HOLLAND HALL 10 SALLISAW 33, Catoosa 20 Cushing 38, BRISTOW 7 HENNESSEY 28, Elgin 6 Kingfisher 24, WOODWARD 12 McLoud 40, BETHEL 10 Metro Christian 28, TULSA NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 27, Pauls Valley 24 HARRAH 32, Seminole 28 Stilwell 36, SPIRO 31 Tulsa McLain 28, MANNFORD 6 Tuttle 34, BLANCHARD 18 BROKEN BOW 30, Valliant 8 Vinita 24, JAY 6 Class 3A Adair 48, SPERRY 8 HEAVENER 28, Atoka 24 Bethany 35, MARLOW 20 PERRY 17, Blackwell 14 Checotah 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 14 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Crooked Oak 12 NOWATA 28, Dewey 6 KINGSTON 28, Dickson 7 BEGGS 21, Eufaula 14 Henryetta 21, MORRIS 20 Idabel 42, HUGO 8 Inola 35, CHELSEA 12 Kiefer 42, KELLYVILLE 14 WESTVILLE 28, Lincoln, Ark. 24 Lone Grove 35, MARIETTA 7 TISHOMINGO 17, Madill 14 SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 21, Okemah 14 CHANDLER 48, Okmulgee 28 MEEKER 27, Prague 22 LINDSAY 21, Purcell 20 Sanger, Texas 42, PLAINVIEW 34 Seq. Claremore 26, PERKINS 20 HILLDALE 28, Stigler 12 Verdigris 27, PAWHUSKA 6 Victory Christian 49, KANSAS 7 Wynnewood 35, SULPHUR 12 Class 2A COLCORD 28, Afton 8 THOMAS 31, Alva 7 Antlers 21, SAVANNA12 Barnsdall 33, CANEY VALLEY 6 Central Sallisaw 17, POCOLA 14 STRATFORD 34, Coalgate 12 MINCO 44, Dibble 16 WELLSTON 22, Drumright 14 Electra, Texas 28, FREDERICK 20 WYANDOTTE 42, Fairland 12 Haskell 27, KETCHUM 22 Hobart 10, MANGUM 7 Hulbert 33, PORTER 12 Morrison 30, PAWNEE 14 Mounds 18, LIBERTY 6 CHISHOLM 28, Okeene 14 Quapaw 20, OKLAHOMA UNION 12 Oklahoma Chr. 35, RINGLING 18 Stroud 28, COMMERCE 6 LUTHER 42, Tonkawa 7 TALIHINA 45, Wilburton 16 WALTERS 35, Wilson 0 Class A Beaver 35, STANTON CO. KAN. 6 Cashion 56, YALE 6 SNYDER 28, Central Marlow 7 HOOKER 20, Elkhart, Kan. 14 ELMORE CITY 31, Empire 12 Healdton 17, WAYNE 12 Hinton 28, WATONGA 20 Hollis 30, WELLINGTON, TEXAS 17 Konawa 14, QUINTON 7 COMMUNITY CHR. 24, Okla. Christian Aca. 17 FAIRVIEW 28, Oklahoma Bible 14 CROSSINGS CHR. 34, Rejoice Christian 28 APACHE 35, Rush Springs 12 CORDELL 35, Sayre 7 BOOKER, TEXAS 28, Texhoma 21 SUMMIT CHR. 22, Warner 20 Class B Alex 56, CADDO 6 Allen 42, WETUMKA 28 Bluejacket 52, WELCH 6 ARKOMA 54, Bokoshe 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 46, Bray-Doyle 0 WAUKOMIS 38, Buffalo 8 STROTHER 42, Canadian 12 Depew 56, HAILEYVILLE 6 OAKS 44, Gans 16 Garber 48, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34 Laverne 48, BOISE CITY 28 CYRIL 34, Life Christian 6 Merritt 40, CORN BIBLE 18 CHEROKEE 50, Pioneer 0 TIMBERLAKE 34, Ringwood 32 Sasakwa 28, MACOMB 20 SEILING 46, Sharon-Mutual 36 South Coffeyville 56, CLAREMORE CHR. 6 TURPIN 34, Tyrone 14 RYAN 30, Waurika 24 Webbers Falls 40, PORUM 12 DAVENPORT 56, Weleetka 32 DEWAR 52, Woodland 6 Class C Balko 34, MOSCOW, KAN. 6 SW COVENANT 48, Destiny Christian 34 WAYNOKA32, Duke 20 TIPTON 28, Fox 24 WRIGHT CHR. 42, Midway 38 Regent Prep 42, PRUE 8 Shattuck 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 Thackerville 38, TEMPLE 34 Wesleyan Christian 34, COPAN 12 Saturday's Games Class 3A Lincoln Christian 35, Davis 21 (at Choctaw) Jones28, Vian 13 (at Choctaw) *Home team in CAPS
Aug 20, 2015
It wouldn’t be fair to compare Jeff Carr to Tyreek Hill, OSU’s diminutive Bedlam star who was dismissed from the team last December for assaulting his pregnant girlfriend. Not fair, but let’s do it anyway.
Tramel: Has Oklahoma State found another mighty mite?
By BERRY TRAMEL | Aug 20, 2015STILLWATER — Mike Gundy got a call at home a few days before signing day last February. Was told that a tailback from Temple, Texas, might be interested in being a Cowboy. So Gundy grabbed one of his sons, had him pull up the prospect on the computer and right then and there, two generations of Gundys decided Jeff Carr was good enough to play Big 12 football. Even if he was only 5-foot-6. Six months later, the Gundys’ reputation for talent evaluation hasn’t taken a hit. Four true freshmen are expected to play immediately for the 2015 Cowboys — flanker Jalen McCleskey, safety Kenneth Edison-McGruder, defensive tackle Darrion Daniels and the tailback who had no major offers until the final week of recruiting. “We’re going to give him maybe 12-15 plays that we think work to his advantage and not force feed it all to him early,” Gundy said. “But we’d like to have him up and running by the middle of October. We’ll just have to see how it goes. He’s done really well to this point.” It wouldn’t be fair to compare Carr to Tyreek Hill, OSU’s diminutive Bedlam star who was dismissed from the team last December for assaulting his pregnant girlfriend. Not fair, but let’s do it anyway. Hill was listed at 5-foot-8, was a sprint champion in track and played both tailback and wide receiver, effectively, for the Cowboys. Carr probably isn’t that tall, probably isn’t that fast and probably isn’t that versatile. Probably. “He’s fast, man; he sure looked fast today,” State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said after a Thursday scrimmage. The comparisons to Hill are natural. Hill was listed at either 5-8 or 5-9 on OSU rosters, which means he most likely was 5-7. Carr’s been listed anywhere from 5-6 to 5-9 in recruiting literature, and OSU lists him at 5-7. Let’s go with the mean and make it 5-7 1/2, then subtract an inch because everyone fudges. Carr’s probably about 5-6 1/2. Which makes him about 10 1/2 inches shorter than his quarterback. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. As far as I’m concerned, the shorter the better for OSU tailbacks. Barry Sanders was 5-8. Dantrell Savage was 5-8. Kendall Hunter was 5-7. “Jeff, he really finds his way in there, working through the tackles,” said 6-foot-4 QB Mason Rudolph. “He’s done an awesome job so far. Jeff’s a real quiet dude, but he’s really come in, gotten after it, soaked up all the teaching and all the instruction from the coaching. He’s done an awesome job. He’s done well.” Carr’s height helped hide from more than defensive lines. Recruiters were slow to migrate his way, even though Temple made Texas’ Class 5A-I state championship game last December. Size had to be the reason; same with McCleskey, who arrived on campus in June weighing 147 pounds. “It’s interesting,” Gundy said. “Those were two guys, weren’t as heavily recruited as other players in our class and other classes in our conference, and they end up being the guys that look like they’re going to compete in the first game. They were very, very lightly recruited. They made plays in high school.” Hill became a triple threat for OSU. Vertical, on deep passes. Horizontal, on sweeps and screens. And runs straight up the middle. The Cowboys won’t ask Carr to do that, at least not yet and maybe never. “I think you could move him around,” Yurcich said. “You have to be careful with him, because he’s so young. We have to teach him the base, then grow as we go with time. But he’s a guy that’s very good in space. Could you motion to empty (the backfield) with him? I’m sure you could. He could line up at receiver and be just fine. He’s got a nice set of hands. He’s a smart guy … he could pick it up. So eventually, you could do those sorts of things. But again, you have to be very careful with what you’re asking him to do, because of his youth.” This OSU offense looks promising. Improved offensive line. The quarterback of its dreams. Lots of playmakers. Tyreek Hill would have made it even better. But Jeff Carr is a nice consolation prize, no matter how tall, or short, he may be. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
PERRIN – Derek Ray has built a life around overcoming obstacles.The Perrin senior plows past offensive tackles on the gridiron and soars over hurdles on the track, but the biggest hindrances have seemed to always come not on the field of play, but in life itself.Yet Ray has never wavered, choosing instead to push through life's tragedies rather than allow them to defeat him – whether they be...
Perrin's senior defensive end perseveres through life's tragedies
Clint Foster, Associated Press | Jul 26, 2015PERRIN – Derek Ray has built a life around overcoming obstacles. The Perrin senior plows past offensive tackles on the gridiron and soars over hurdles on the track, but the biggest hindrances have seemed to always come not on the field of play, but in life itself. Yet Ray has never wavered, choosing instead to push through life's tragedies rather than allow them to defeat him – whether they be the untimely deaths of both parents, a crippling back injury or a learning disorder. "I'm not one to give up," Ray said. "I just go forward. There's no point in dwelling on things. "When something hits you, you can either sit and rot about it or you can go past it. If someone hit your truck and totaled it, would you just sit there and dwell on it and never buy a new vehicle? You're going to have to buy a new vehicle eventually. It doesn't help to just sit there and look at a wreck. If something hits you in life and totals your life, you can't dwell on it. Most people want to and a lot of people do, but that's not going to get you anywhere." Disaster first struck Derek at the tender age of 8, when his mother Charlene died suddenly in her sleep from what officials believe was a massive heart attack. Derek and his father, John, were left alone in there home in Temple, Texas. After a time, Derek's father remarried but a void remained in his life – a void he tried to fill with alcohol. "He was a good guy before it, he just got a sickness," Derek explained of his father. Just as Derek was preparing to attend high school in nearby Salado, his father's addiction began to spiral out of control. Derek went to live with his aunt and uncle, Lori and Jackie Vick, in Perrin while his father entered rehab for the first time. Midway through his freshman year, Derek's father got out of rehab and called him home to Temple, where he finished his first year of high school in Salado. Derek ran track for the Eagles that spring and made it all the way to the regional finals, but he wasn't done facing hurdles. All the while, Derek's struggles with dyslexia grew, making it harder for him to succeed in school. By the time sophomore year rolled around, Derek's father had lost his job and sunk back into alcoholism. Derek took it upon himself to go to work and help support the family, paying many bills out of his own pocket. He stopped competing in all sports to give himself more time to earn money in what he referred to as his darkest time. But Derek's extended family refused to allow this to go on for long. "Eventually my grandparents, aunt and uncle all showed up at my dad's door and told my dad, 'You're not well and he's not well. We need to take him and put him where he can progress.'" The Vicks got custody of Derek and moved him back up to Perrin to finish his sophomore year. Not long afterward, in July between his sophomore and junior years, Derek received a fateful phone call that his father was found dead in his home. Derek had been bracing himself for such bad news for quite some time. "At that time, I knew it was happening. I was prepared, because he had scares before," he said. "He tried, but he hit rock bottom again and started digging. There was no recovery. With how he was acting and what he was doing, he started getting real sick all the time. I used to live with my friend and I told him, 'It's only a matter of time. I know he's going to pass away. But there's nothing I can do. I can't help him, he won't listen to me or anyone else.' I was just waiting for the day. I knew it would at least free him from it." It was around this time, too, that Derek was just coming off a severe back injury. While working in the high jump one day during track season, Derek missed the mat five times. "They had like a foot-high mat, not regulation, but they made us jump on it," he said. "I hit the concrete twice and then I cleared the height, but landed on my legs, then the next three times I hit the ground with the bar under my back. "We never got it checked out until recently. They believe I compressed my back to where I didn't have a disc between my lowest vertebrae and my tailbone. I played football with it through junior year and tried half of basketball, but someone knocked me on my back again against Throckmorton. It caused it to flare up again and I couldn't run anymore. Then Newcastle kept elbowing me in the back and it flared it up even worse. "My aunt and uncle made me do physical therapy and I just got released June 16. If I was older, I would have had to have surgery to fix it, but since I'm around 18, I should be able to decompress it and do just about anything – I'll just have a weaker back. My physical therapist didn't recommend that I play football, but I'm going to anyways." In the true spirit of Texas, Derek refuses to let anything keep him down. It's just how he's wired. But it wasn't as though he got that way without some help. Derek credits his best friend Kody with always being there for him, helping him through some of his toughest times, keeping him focused on his goals and steering him away from fruitless vices like drugs to fulfill him. Keeping the memory of his parents alive is also a huge motivator Derek in how he lives his life. "You've just got to know they wouldn't want you to sit there stuck in the past. They'd want you to grow up, be strong and work for your life," he said. "You can't dwell in sadness or depression, no matter how bad you want to. You have to just work on getting up and going through it. "I do everything based on my mom. She was a very kind woman. She was always there for you. I used to have a neighbor that was paralyzed from the waist down because he was hit by a semi on a bike and then the hospital dropped him. But that was my mom's best friend, she did everything for him and he would have done anything for us. I want to be like that, so I base my life on that. My letter jacket has her name on it." Derek went on to explain that he further commemorated his mother on his 18th birthday by getting her first and last name tattooed down his biceps. Words escaped him as he revealed his cherished ink. Although Derek always carries the memory of his parents with him, he said he has also found much-needed escapes in the sports he loves. "I just like to hit in football," he said. "I don't really focus on my personal things in football. I just usually zone out, see the ball and hit. That's all." But Derek said where he finds the most peace is when running hurdles on the track – a sport that seems to mirror his own life experience better than any other. His cathartic approach has helped him post a personal-best time of 15.2 in the 110 hurdles. "I just focus. Everyone always says you jump over hurdles, but I always correct them and say you run over hurdles," he said. "I was taught when you get into the starting blocks, you want to be completely relaxed. It's the same with life: you don't want to be tense in life, you want to relax and move with the motions. You have to be comfortable enough knowing you're not going to hit it and get as close as possible to that hurdle and get over it going as fast as possible." With a great many life hurdles behind him and almost certainly more on the horizon, Derek said the most important lesson he's learned is to never be afraid to accept help when you need it – especially from your family. "When people want to help you, don't push them away," he advised. "At times, I tried pushing people away and it put me in a worse spot. My grandparents, aunt and uncle all wanted to help me and I let them be my counselors. I knew I could trust them. Trust in your family no matter what and they'll help you through it. "I'm very grateful [to my family]. My aunt and uncle put a roof over my head and feed me. I owe them everything." In just over a month, Derek will tackle yet another hurdle as the Perrin Pirates appear to be on the cusp of a memorable season led by a potentially ferocious defense. Armed with lessons learned and bearing the scars of a lifetime of testing fire, Derek couldn't possibly be more prepared what lies ahead – both on the gridiron and in life far beyond. ——— ©2015 the Mineral Wells Index (Mineral Wells, Texas) Visit the Mineral Wells Index (Mineral Wells, Texas) at www.mineralwellsindex.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003183
Jun 9, 2015
Oklahoma State’s running back depth chart is deepening.A position of concern in mid-winter, the Cowboys have added options, including one Tuesday, in preferred walk-on Dedrick Scrivens. A two-star Texas prospect out of McKinney’s Boyd High School, Scrivens announced via Twitter that he’d be attending OSU. “Honored and blessed to say I’ll be furthering my […]
Oklahoma State adds a new RB to the mix in Dedrick Scrivens
John Helsley | Jun 9, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2015/06/Scrivens.jpg]3697462[/img] Oklahoma State's running back depth chart is deepening.A position of concern in mid-winter, the Cowboys have added options, including one Tuesday, in preferred walk-on Dedrick Scrivens. A two-star Texas prospect out of McKinney's Boyd High School, Scrivens announced via Twitter that he'd be attending OSU. "Honored and blessed to say I'll be furthering my education and football career at Oklahoma State University! #gopokes," Scrivens said via his social media post. Scrivens reportedly held offers from Cincinnati and South Alabama, yet decided to join the Cowboys backfield, where opportunities will exist in the near future. Rennie Childs returns as an experienced junior, with competition coming from newcomer Chris Carson, who arrived this week from Butler Community College. OSU also added Jeff Carr out of Temple High in Texas, a back who is considered a bit of a project who needs to add bulk and strength. Now Scrivens joins the mix, after a productive final two seasons at Boyd High, when the 5-foot-8, 190-pounder rolled up 3,937 yards of total offense and 56 touchdowns. He ran for 371 yards and four touchdowns in a win over Coppell and had two more 200-plus rushing games. As a preferred walk-on, Scrivens will be added to the team, yet won’t be on scholarship.
LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — Big Mo could be a no-show at New York Jets minicamp.Star defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson has stayed away from the team during voluntary workouts while looking for a new contract, and is uncertain if he'll attend the Jets' three mandatory practices next week."I guess we'll see," Wilkerson said Friday night. "That's something my agent and I will discuss this weekend. That...
Jets' Wilkerson uncertain whether he'll attend minicamp
By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., Associated Press | Jun 5, 2015LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — Big Mo could be a no-show at New York Jets minicamp. Star defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson has stayed away from the team during voluntary workouts while looking for a new contract, and is uncertain if he'll attend the Jets' three mandatory practices next week. "I guess we'll see," Wilkerson said Friday night. "That's something my agent and I will discuss this weekend. That decision will be made sometime this weekend." Wilkerson spoke to the media for the first time since the end of last season at his charity bowling event at Jersey Lanes. He is also running a youth football camp on Saturday in Linden, and at some point during the next few days, he and agent Chad Wiestling will sit down and decide whether Wilkerson will report to the team's facility with the rest of his teammates on Tuesday. If he skips all three days, he could be fined more than $72,000, according to the NFL's collective bargaining agreement. "Again, it's a business," Wilkerson said, "and I've got to go about things how I feel is the right way." Wilkerson is entering the final year of his rookie deal after the team exercised its fifth-year option. He is due to make $6.9 million this season, but is seeking a long-term deal with the team that drafted him in the first round out of Temple in 2011. General manager Mike Maccagnan has said a few times during the offseason that he'd like the Jets to be able to sign Wilkerson to a deal, but it has to make sense for both sides. "I guess it takes a long time," Wilkerson said. "It's new to me. Hopefully something will get done." After New Orleans defensive end Cameron Jordan got a new contract last week that included $34 million in guarantees, Wilkerson raised some eyebrows by writing on Twitter: "Yup. I see how this works." Wilkerson declined to say why he has opted to not show up for organized team activities, which are voluntary workouts that most players attend. He has been working out on his own in several places, including in Atlanta with personal trainer Chip Smith. "I'm good, been staying in shape, working out, doing what I'm supposed to do," Wilkerson said, adding that the toe injury that hampered him late last season is healed. Wilkerson has been keeping up on new coach Todd Bowles' defense by talking with several of his teammates, as well as reviewing the playbook loaded on his iPad. While he has stayed away from the facility, he has maintained communication with his teammates — a handful of whom were at his Strikes For Scholarships event, including linebackers David Harris and Demario Davis, defensive tackles Sheldon Richardson and Leger Douzable. and safety Jaiquawn Jarrett. Wilkerson was born in nearby Elizabeth and went to Linden High School, but is not concerned about the possibility that he could be traded and forced to leave his hometown if contract talks turn sour. Those rumors intensified after the Jets drafted Southern California defensive end Leonard Williams with the No. 6 overall pick, but Wilkerson didn't think it affected his situation. "I welcomed him to the team through Instagram," Wilkerson said. "He was the best available pick. I'm looking forward to working with him and playing with him in the trenches." While he doesn't consider this an eye-opening experience, Wilkerson does expect good things to happen to good players who are also good people. "You work hard on the field, do what you've got to do on and off the field," Wilkerson said, "and that's how you're supposed to be rewarded." ___ AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Mar 9, 2015
OSU lost its starting tailback from last season and added three assistants with strong influence on the run game in 2015
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys open spring football with retooled run game
By Kyle Fredrickson | Mar 9, 2015STILLWATER — The first day of Oklahoma State spring football practice was met with light rain and heavy optimism. Still riding the momentum of Bedlam and Cactus Bowl victories, the Cowboys return a wealth of experience across the roster. OSU must replace just 19 lettermen from a year ago — a stark contrast from the 33 lettermen lost entering the 2014 season. With sophomore quarterback Mason Rudolph in the lead, OSU will feature 11 additional returning starters on offense to go along with eight on defense. But any way you slice it, there’s one area of uncertainty that stands alone this spring: the Cowboys’ retooled run game. Starting tailback back Desmond Roland fulfilled his eligibility and three of OSU’s four new assistant coaches — Marcus Arroyo (running backs), Greg Adkins (offensive line) and Jason McEndoo (tight ends/fullbacks) — are tasked with finding and developing the right pieces to make the Cowboy rushing attack flourish. In 2014, OSU ranked No. 102 in rush yards per game: 136.62. For coach Mike Gundy, improvement starts up front. “In all positions, other than offensive line, I’m really comfortable with our football team,” Gundy said. The good news for Adkins, OSU’s third offensive line coach in three years, is there are a plethora of options. Of the 13 offensive linemen on the spring roster, five made at least one start last season. And two transfers — Brandon Pertile (Mesa CC, Ariz.) and Victor Salako (UAB) — also enter the mix. But a new coach doesn’t play favorites. Consider spring an open tryout. “I’m ultimately in charge of putting the best five football players on the field at that position,” Adkins said. “Regardless of what they’ve done in the past, what they have done in high school or whatever it might be.” McEndoo joins the Cowboys’ staff after 12 seasons as the offensive line coach at Montana State. That expertise will be key in Stillwater, as McEndoo says he’ll work “hand-in-hand” with Adkins. “One of the things Coach Gundy wants here is to be able to run the ball,” McEndoo said. “Tight ends are going to be an intricate part of that, and fullbacks, also.” Now, to a bigger question: Who carries the ball? Junior Rennie Childs is the springtime frontrunner. As the third option behind Roland and since-dismissed Tyreek Hill last season, Childs tallied 78 carries, 314 rushing yards and three touchdowns. “Rennie has a choice now to step up,” Gundy said. “He’s got to make those plays. We have to trust him to carry the ball 20 times a game. He has to be physical. He has to be reliable. And he’s going to have every opportunity to take that.” But the OSU run game will need more than one featured tailback. The spring contenders include junior Raymond Taylor (a walk-on from Kansas State who carried the ball 18 times last season), redshirt freshman Sione Palelei (a Louisiana native who returns from a season-ending injury) and first-year transfer Todd Mays (E. Mississippi JC). The Cowboys must wait until summer workouts for 2015 signees Chris Carson (Butler CC, Kan.) and Jeff Carr (Temple HS, Texas) to arrive on campus. It’s up to Arroyo, one-year removed from calling plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to put the right parts in place. “I have not coached running backs specifically at any time,” Arroyo said, “and I’m more excited about it than probably anything.” Arroyo certainly did his homework before arriving in Stillwater. In discussing the rich history of OSU running backs, he rattled off the names of Barry Sanders, Thurman Thomas, Dantrell Savage, Kendall Hunter — and even Bob Fenimore. “This is Tailback-U,” Arroyo said. “And to get back to those 2,000-yard categories and 35 touchdowns, that’s where we’re headed.”
Oklahoma State filled a major need by signing running back Chris Carson on Wednesday.Carson had previously committed to his homestate Georgia Bulldogs. He played for Butler (Kan.) Community College last season, where he ran for 994 yards and nine touchdowns. The Cowboys kicked standout Tyreek Hill off the team after he was arrested following a domestic violence incident, and Desmond Roland was...
RB Carson a big addition for Oklahoma St.
By CLIFF BRUNT, Associated Press | Feb 4, 2015Oklahoma State filled a major need by signing running back Chris Carson on Wednesday. Carson had previously committed to his homestate Georgia Bulldogs. He played for Butler (Kan.) Community College last season, where he ran for 994 yards and nine touchdowns. The Cowboys kicked standout Tyreek Hill off the team after he was arrested following a domestic violence incident, and Desmond Roland was a senior, leaving the team thin at running back. Darrion Daniels, a defensive tackle from Dallas, is the star of the recruiting class. His father, Tony, played football for Texas Tech and the Green Bay Packers. The Cowboys also got late commitments from offensive lineman Marcus Keyes of Port Allen, Louisiana, and running back Jeff Carr of Temple (Texas) High School.