Joe’s Morning Sports-January 2, 2019
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is going out a winner after Dwayne Haskins passed for 251 yards and three touchdowns in the fifth-ranked Buckeyes’ 28-23 victory over Washington in the Rose Bowl. Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon and Rashod Berry caught TD passes in the first half for the sixth-ranked Buckeyes, who carried a 25-point lead into the fourth quarter. Myles Gaskin ran for two scores and threw for another in the final game before OSU won its final game under Meyer.
Central Florida’s 25-game winning streak is over after Joe Burrow passed for 394 yards and four TDs to lead eleventh-ranked LSU to a 40-32 victory over the eighth ranked Knights at the Fiesta Bowl. A depleted LSU team rolled for 555 yards, easily the most allowed by the Knights this season. Burrow had touchdown passes of 22, 49, 33 and 32 yards, while the Tigers held Central Florida to 250 yards after the Knights entered the game ranked third nationally at 545 yards per game.
Sam Ehlinger ran for three touchdowns and 15th-ranked Texas completed its first ten-win season since 2009 by beating fifth ranked Georgia, 28-21 at the Sugar Bowl. The 6’3, 230-pound sophomore finished with 64 yards rushing on 21 carries and also threw for 169 yards. The Longhorns stretched their lead to 28-7 on Ehlinger’s third TD run, a one-yard burst with 11:49 to play.
Benny Snell Jr. became Kentucky’s career rushing leader by providing 144 yards and two touchdowns in leading the 14th-ranked Wildcats past twelfth ranked Penn State, 27-24 in the Citrus Bowl. Snell scored on runs of two and twelve yards in the second half, then carried for a couple of crucial first downs to help the 10-3 Wildcats run out the clock. Trace McSorley threw for 246 yards and two touchdowns, and the Nittany Lions’ career passing and wins leader also rushed for a team-high 75 yards on 19 attempts.
Safety Jake Gervase picked off a pass in the end zone to preserve a late lead and help Iowa earn a 27-22 win over 18th-ranked Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl. Gervase also batted down an errant fourth-down pass to end the Bulldogs’ final drive at the Iowa 32 with 25 seconds left. The Hawkeyes totaled just 199 yards but turned three takeaways into 17 points and scored on a 75-yard TD pass from Nathan Stanley to Nick Easley.
Former Husker quarterback Zac Taylor seems to be a popular target for NFL teams in need of a new head coach. According to the Omaha World Herald, Taylor is a legitimate candidate for at least three franchises. Taylor, quarterbacks coach of the Los Angeles Rams, will interview with the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos on Saturday, and the Cincinnati Bengals have also requested an interview, which will likely take place Friday. Taylor has been credited as a key cog in the Rams’ explosive offense that produced the two seed in the NFC playoffs. The Rams ranks fifth in the league in passing yards per game. Taylor started every game as Nebraska’s quarterback in 2005 and 2006, winning Big 12 player of the year as a senior. He embarked on his coaching career after a year in the Canadian Football League.
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Final Milwaukee 121 Detroit 98
Final Denver 115 N-Y Knicks 108
Final OT Portland 113 Sacramento 108
Final Philadelphia 119 L.A. Clippers 113
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
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Final Nashville 4 Philadelphia 0
Final Vegas 2 L.A. Kings 0
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Final (10) Virginia Tech 81 Notre Dame 66
Final St. John’s 89 (16) Marquette 69