UCLA secured bowl eligibility with game-winning field goal over Cal

UCLA secured bowl eligibility with game-winning field goal over Cal

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — J.J. Molson hit a 37-yard field goal with four seconds left after backup quarterback Devon Modster led a clutch scoring drive, and UCLA secured bowl eligibility under interim coach Jedd Fisch with a 30-27 victory over California on Friday night.

Modster passed for 191 yards after replacing Josh Rosen at halftime, and he moved the Bruins (6-6, 4-5 Pac-12) into scoring position before Molson drilled the eventual winner.

Jordan Lasley set career highs with 12 receptions for 227 yards and a touchdown as UCLA finished strong for Fisch, who took over last Sunday after Jim Mora was fired late in his sixth season in Westwood.

Cal tied it with 2:22 to play when Jordan Veasy caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Ross Bowers, who passed for 242 yards. Patrick Laird rushed for 178 yards to surpass 1,000 yards on the season, but the Golden Bears (5-7, 2-7) fell short of bowl eligibility in coach Justin Wilcox’s first season, losing seven of their final nine games.

Fisch, the first-year coordinator of the Bruins’ much-improved offense, led UCLA to its fourth win over Cal in the last five meetings between the UC rivals.

The Bruins also went 6-0 at the Rose Bowl this season in their first unbeaten home campaign since 2005.

Rosen, an elite NFL prospect possibly playing his final home game before declaring for the draft, was sacked three times in the first half. He landed roughly on his right shoulder and neck while getting thrown down by Alex Funches late in the first half, and the Bruins apparently decided not to risk his health further.

Rosen passed for 202 yards and hit Lasley and Theo Howard for scores in his 30th career start before watching the second half from the sideline in a track suit. He fell 24 yards short of surpassing Brett Hundley’s school-record 3,740 yards passing in 2012.

UCLA took a 17-9 lead into halftime, making three consecutive scoring drives with plenty of good-looking throws by Rosen.

Cal drove into good field position all night at the Rose Bowl, but repeatedly failed to get into the end zone against UCLA’s porous defense. The Bears also lost starting safety Ashtyn Davis, who was ejected late in the first half for targeting.

Bowers rushed for a score early in the second half to finish a game-tying drive highlighted by Laird’s sprinting hurdle of a UCLA tackler.

Molson’s second field goal put the Bruins up 27-17 with 12:10 to play, but the Bears scored on their next two drives.
After Veasy’s tying score, UCLA took over at its 25 with 2:22 left. Lasley made a key 18-yard catch-and-run on third down to get the Bruins in position to win it.

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UCLA edges Cal 30-27, gets bowl eligible under interim coach (Nov 24, 2017)

UCLA edges Cal 30-27, gets bowl eligible under interim coach (Nov 24, 2017)

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) J.J. Molson hit a 37-yard field goal with four seconds left after backup quarterback Devon Modster led a clutch scoring drive, and UCLA secured bowl eligibility under interim coach Jedd Fisch with a 30-27 victory over California on Friday night.

Modster passed for 191 yards after replacing Josh Rosen at halftime, and he moved the Bruins (6-6, 4-5 Pac-12) into scoring position before Molson drilled the eventual winner.

Jordan Lasley set career highs with 12 receptions for 227 yards and a touchdown as UCLA finished strong for Fisch, who took over last Sunday after Jim Mora was fired late in his sixth season in Westwood.

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Cal tied it with 2:22 to play when Jordan Veasy caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Ross Bowers, who passed for 242 yards. Patrick Laird rushed for 178 yards to surpass 1,000 yards on the season, but the Golden Bears (5-7, 2-7) fell short of bowl eligibility in coach Justin Wilcox’s first season, losing seven of their final nine games.

Fisch, the first-year coordinator of the Bruins’ much-improved offense, led UCLA to its fourth win over Cal in the last five meetings between the UC rivals.

The Bruins also went 6-0 at the Rose Bowl this season in their first unbeaten home campaign since 2005.

Rosen, an elite NFL prospect possibly playing his final home game before declaring for the draft, was sacked three times in the first half. He landed roughly on his right shoulder and neck while getting thrown down by Alex Funches late in the first half, and the Bruins apparently decided not to risk his health further.

Rosen passed for 202 yards and hit Lasley and Theo Howard for scores in his 30th career start before watching the second half from the sideline in a track suit. He fell 24 yards short of surpassing Brett Hundley’s school-record 3,740 yards passing in 2012.

UCLA took a 17-9 lead into halftime, making three consecutive scoring drives with plenty of good-looking throws by Rosen.

Cal drove into good field position all night at the Rose Bowl, but repeatedly failed to get into the end zone against UCLA’s porous defense. The Bears also lost starting safety Ashtyn Davis, who was ejected late in the first half for targeting.

Bowers rushed for a score early in the second half to finish a game-tying drive highlighted by Laird’s sprinting hurdle of a UCLA tackler.

Molson’s second field goal put the Bruins up 27-17 with 12:10 to play, but the Bears scored on their next two drives.

After Veasy’s tying score, UCLA took over at its 25 with 2:22 left. Lasley made a key 18-yard catch-and-run on third down to get the Bruins in position to win it.

THE TAKEAWAY

California: It’s a start, but the finish wasn’t great under Wilcox. Cal lost its final five road games, and it finished with only five victories for the third time in the last four seasons. Still, Wilcox and his coaching staff put down a foundation.

UCLA: The Bruins showed remarkable resilience in a chaotic week and a tumultuous game. While they wait for the announcement of their next coach, they’ll also get the benefit of three weeks of bowl practice to prepare for the future.

UP NEXT

California: Regular season over.

UCLA: A lower-tier bowl game as a reward for a tumultuous season.

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Source: https://www.foxsports.com/college-football/story/ucla-edges-cal-30-27-gets-bowl-eligible-under-interim-coach-112517

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LA Rams HSFB Coach of the Week: Jason Negro, St. John Bosco (VIDEO)

LA Rams HSFB Coach of the Week: Jason Negro, St. John Bosco (VIDEO)

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UCLA pulls Rosen at halftime of regular-season finale vs Cal

UCLA pulls Rosen at halftime of regular-season finale vs Cal

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) UCLA has removed Josh Rosen from its regular-season finale against California at halftime after the star quarterback was sacked three times.

Devon Modster took over for the Bruins (5-6, 3-5 Pac-12) on Friday night in a game they needed to win to secure bowl eligibility.

Rosen was playing his final game at the Rose Bowl if he passes up his senior season to enter the NFL draft as expected. He was 13 of 18 for 202 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, but he also was hit and dropped regularly.

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He was thrown heavily to the ground by Cal’s Alex Funches late in the first half, landing heavily on his right shoulder and neck.

Rosen already had an apparent concussion earlier this season, missing one game.

Source: https://www.foxsports.com/college-football/story/ucla-pulls-rosen-at-halftime-of-regular-season-finale-vs-cal-112517

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Kokomo’s Kyle Wade wins Phil N. Eskew Mental Attitude Award (VIDEO)

Kokomo’s Kyle Wade wins Phil N. Eskew Mental Attitude Award (VIDEO)

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Columbus East’s Josh Major reacts after Class 5A Championship victory (VIDEO)

Columbus East’s Josh Major reacts after Class 5A Championship victory (VIDEO)

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Jordan Bell starts, Steph Curry cooks in Golden State’s rout of the Bulls

Jordan Bell starts, Steph Curry cooks in Golden State’s rout of the Bulls

Curry lights it up with 26-point quarter (1:14)

Steph Curry flips a switch during the second quarter against the Bulls as he drops 26 points on 7-of-10 shooting, increasing his total at the half to 31 points. (1:14)

OAKLAND, Calif. – Surrounded by such a staggering collection of firepower in Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, Stephen Curry’s other-worldly gifts and remarkable resume can sometimes go overlooked, even if just for a moment.

But just as quickly, the Golden State Warriors’ dynamo can go on one of his patented scoring flurries, packed with moon-beam 3-pointers and eye-popping highlights, and remind everyone why he has twice won NBA MVP honors and lifted his franchise to two titles in three years.

On Friday, with Durant (sprained ankle) and Green (rest) both sidelined, Curry dominated the stage, lighting up the struggling, road-weary Chicago Bulls for 33 points – including 26 in the second quarter alone – en route to a 143-94 win, helping the Warriors bounce back from a double-digit defeat in Oklahoma City with a season-high point total.

Curry shot 10-of-18 from the floor, including 4-of-11 from 3-point range, in just under 27 minutes – Curry didn’t play in the fourth quarter. He started slow, with just five points in the first quarter, but he caught fire in the second, when he outscored the Bulls by himself 26-21, while stretching the Warriors lead to 23.

Curry’s 26-point second quarter fell just two points shy of a career-high scoring total for a quarter. (He has twice notched 28 in a single frame.) His 31-point first half marked a season-high for any Warriors player in a single half this season.

Not to be outdone, Klay Thompson, the other half of the Splash Brothers duo, chipped in with 29 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the field, and the Warriors led by as much as 49 while the Bulls dropped to 3-14 and 0-4 on their Western Conference trip. Thompson made 5-of-9 threes and added four rebounds, a steal, and a block.

This matchup had been billed as a revenge game for Jordan Bell, as the Warriors rookie power forward made his first career start against the team that drafted him with the 38th overall pick before trading his draft rights to the Warriors for $3.5 million in cash. Bell scored the game’s first bucket, finished a lob from Zaza Pachulia, and showed a lot of his usual energy after being inactive in four of his past five games. Bell finished with seven points, six rebounds and six blocks in 26:24.

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Zaza Pachulia comes up with a steal, drives downcourt and lobs an alley-oop pass to Jordan Bell, who finishes with an emphatic one-handed jam.

The Warriors entered the night ranked 28th in the NBA in turnovers at 17.1 per game. They got off to a poor start in that area, with plenty of sloppy ball-handling before Curry started scorching the nets. The Bulls led 32-29 after the first quarter. But the Warriors had 36 assists to only 11 turnovers overall, while the Bulls had only 18 assists and 15 turnovers.

Forward Omri Casspi also started for the Warriors, finishing with six points, four assists, and two steals. Nick Young was the seventh player off of Golden State’s bench tonight, but he came through with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field.

Source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/21545058/nba-curry-hot-second-quarter-lifts-warriors-bulls

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Playoffs, semifinals: Zach Charbonnet takes it up the middle for a 38 yard Oaks Christian touchdown (VIDEO)

Playoffs, semifinals: Zach Charbonnet takes it up the middle for a 38 yard Oaks Christian touchdown (VIDEO)

Source: https://www.foxsports.com/west/video/1103302211946

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Falcons rule out Freeman vs. Tampa Bay

Falcons rule out Freeman vs. Tampa Bay

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has been ruled out for the second straight week with a concussion and won’t play against Tampa Bay.

Atlanta (6-4) will rely again on Tevin Coleman and third-stringer Terron Ward when the Falcons (6-4) host Tampa Bay (4-6) on Sunday.

Freeman, the NFL’s highest-paid running back, looked good as he worked on the side during Friday’s practice. Quinn didn’t want to speculate if Freeman, who’s been in concussion protocol twice since preseason, will miss additional time.

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”I’m not going to go to that one,” Quinn said. ”’I’m just not going to go ever against whatever they recommend in any way, shape, or form. What I can say is that it was awesome having him back out on the field – even in a limited fashion – seeing his speed, his quickness, and the way he can catch.”

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Late starters: Chargers eyeing playoff push after 0-4 start

Late starters: Chargers eyeing playoff push after 0-4 start

LOS ANGELES (AP) When the Chargers started the season 0-4, relocation appeared to be no cure for this franchise’s recent history of heartbreakingly close defeats and painful losing seasons.

Coach Anthony Lynn wasn’t a part of those previous teams in San Diego, and his exciting Los Angeles Chargers are on an undeniable upward swing.

The Chargers (5-6) are getting a long weekend off with their families after capping back-to-back victories in five days with a 28-6 road rout of the Dallas Cowboys.

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That Thanksgiving outing was LA’s third game in 12 days overall, but surviving that packed schedule has allowed the Chargers to get a few extra days of rest when they really need it for the playoff push.

”I think it can give us that boost of confidence,” Lynn said Friday after the Chargers returned home. ”Not that we needed confidence, because I feel like this group has always been confident from the very beginning. But it certainly can’t hurt going down the stretch into the fourth quarter (of the season).”

Los Angeles has won five of its last seven games overall, playing its way into the postseason race after that miserable opening month. With just one game remaining against a team with a current winning record, the Chargers have ample opportunity to contend for their second playoff appearance since 2009, when a run of four consecutive AFC West titles ended.

No NFL team has reached the playoffs after starting 0-4 since the San Diego Chargers did it in 1992, but the rampant mediocrity among the teams in the AFC wild-card race suggests the Chargers definitely have a chance.

”By all means, we’re not out of the hole yet,” Lynn said. ”We’re a 5-6 football team, but we are trying to climb our way out of this thing and get back into this playoff picture.”

The threat of relocation hung heavily over the Chargers during the past few seasons, and the franchise was in a 10-30 skid since late 2014 before its current run of outstanding play. This 5-2 surge includes a wacky overtime loss at Jacksonville that easily could have gone the Chargers’ way, but LA bounced back from the type of loss that was all too typical over the previous 2 + seasons.

The Chargers looked great again at Dallas, topping 500 yards of total offense for the first time since October 2015 and thoroughly shutting down the Cowboys’ offense.

Although Philip Rivers (434 yards passing) and Keenan Allen (172 yards receiving) got most of the attention while they carved up the Dallas secondary, Los Angeles’ defense remained increasingly outstanding under first-year coordinator Gus Bradley. The defense has yielded no more than 26 points in any game this season and just 109 total points during the past seven (15.6 per game).

Lynn is a first-time head coach, but he feels his message got through to the Chargers while they were 0-4.

”You just keep emphasizing clarity and communicating with the guys,” Lynn said. ”You know exactly what the expectations, standards are, and just knowing that you’re going to have some down times, and I want you to be the same person in the down times as the up times. I was looking for consistency, and that’s what we were pushing, and I thought the guys responded. They stayed the course. They stayed committed.”

The Chargers’ next two games are at home, starting with a visit from Cleveland. The winless Browns would be a potential trap game for most teams in this position – but probably not for the Chargers, who provided Cleveland with its lone victory last season on Christmas Eve.

The Chargers might have to move forward with their third kicker of the season after Nick Novak was sidelined in Dallas by a back injury, forcing punter Drew Kaser to attempt the last three extra points. Lynn isn’t sure whether Novak will be healthy enough to play next weekend.

Rookie receiver Mike Williams also could miss even more time after injuring his knee and leaving Dallas with a bulky brace. Lynn got some good news when team doctors ruled out an ACL injury, but the Chargers didn’t have a definitive diagnosis on Friday afternoon for Williams, who missed all of training camp and the Chargers’ first five games with a back injury.

”No doubt he was hitting his stride, and we were just talking about him last week, how he’s been doing better and better,” Lynn said of Williams. ”Guys like that are hard to cover. It could set him back some, but that’s the nature of this beast.”

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Source: https://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/late-starters-chargers-eyeing-playoff-push-after-0-4-start-112417

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