Wednesday, December 31, 2008

HAPPY NEW YEAR'S EVE!

TERPS HIT ROADY'S RUNNIN'

MARYLAND 42, Nevada (Wolfpack, 11,962 students, Reno, NV) 35

Evidently it was too cold to play defense…

Talk about incentive. What say we play a little better next year so we get invited to a bowl game where the weather is a wee bit warmer? Who’s with me?

Yesterday’s Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl on the Smurf Turf in Boise, Idaho was played in temperatures in the high thirties. By way of comparison, the temp at game time in Tampa, FL was a balmy 72 degrees…Having said that, host Boise State must have left some of their mojo on the field as the Terps and Wolfpack generated 77 points and 940 yards of offense. Giddy up!

Now mind you, had the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl been played in a warmer more exotic location than Boise, who knows how many Terps would have jumped curfew, been busted and subsequently benched like starting running back Da’Rel Scott? Even in Boise, Scott (#23) and six other potato lover’s found the temptations of Idaho just too much to bear.

Terp coach Ralp Friedgen declined to specify exactly what the players did, but indicated the players had sneaked out a couple of nights before the game. "Five percent of guys thought they didn't need to listen to me, that they could get bed checked and sneak out," Coach Fridge said. "This isn't my first rodeo.” Nor was it his first hospitality banquet which player, no doubt, were hoping would serve as sufficient distraction for their chicanery.

Scott was benched for 2½ quarters for his curfew violation, and then blew up the final 20 minutes of the contest. The newly-inspired and freshly humbled Scott carried 14 times for 174 yards and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Expanded out over a 60 minute game, that’s 42 caries, 522 yards and six touchdowns. Here at T.A.H. we haven’t memorized the Humanitarian Bowl record book, but we wager all of those would have been records.
"I just felt as though I had to run with a purpose," Scott said.

Colin Kaepernick and Nevada's potent "pistol" offense almost kept up with the torched Terps, but Kaepernick played the second half with a sprained right ankle. In spite of a brief third quarter benching to “refocus,” Kaepernick finished 24-for-47 for a bowl-record 370 yards and three touchdowns, and added a 15-yard scoring run that pulled the Wolfpack within a touchdown late in the game.

(Photos by AP Photos/Matt Cilley)

TUESDAY NIGHT HOOPS

No. 6 WAKE FOREST 83, Radford (Highlanders, 9,552 students, Radford, VA) 61 – Jeff Teague scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half as the Deacons shook off a slow start to beat Radford. How slow? So slow that Wake coach Dino Gaudio yanked his entire starting line up six minutes into the game. They got the point and went on a 36-13 run the rest of the half.

Freshman Al-Farouq Aminu added 18 points and 10 rebounds and James Johnson added a double/double (12/12) for undefeated Wake (12-0).

Artsiom Parakhouski had 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting and added 16 rebounds to lead Radford (4-9), which remained winless against nonconference teams from Division I and fell to 0-15 against ACC schools.

No. 16 CLEMSON 98, South Carolina (Gamecocks, 27,272 students, Columbia, SC) 87 – It ain’t football, but it still counts. Terrence Oglesby hit six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 25 points as the Tigers improved to 13-0 for the second time in three seasons at the expense of in-state rival South Carolina.

Devan Downey had a career high 37 points for the Gamecocks (9-2).

MARYLAND 76, Elon (Pheonix, 4,939 students, Elon, NC) 50 – Greivis Vasquez is on a roll. The Terps’ talented point guard scored 10 of his 17 points during a 21-2 second-half run that enabled Maryland to pull away to its sixth straight win.

The Terps (10-2) let a 17-point lead shrink to 40-33 before Vasquez went to work. The junior sank three shots from 3-point range during the surge and had two of his season-high eight assists.

Landon Milbourne scored 14 and David Neal had nine points and a career-best 10 rebounds for Maryland, now 8-0 at home.

TJ Douglas led Elon (4-5) with 14 points and Ola Atoyebi snared 11 rebounds.

GEORGIA TECH 63, Tennessee Tech (Golden Eagle, 8,060 students, Cookeville, TN) 58 – Stumbling about with a hangover from their opening ACC loss to woeful UVA, Georgia Tech struggled and trailed for most of the first half against the Golden Eagles. They finally woke up and got going behind Zachery Peacock’s 15 first half points. He had a season-high 22 for the game. The Jackets Gani Lawal added a career-best 16 rebounds. Iman Shumpert had nine assists and nine points for the Yellow Jackets (8-4).

Tennessee State (3-9) was led by Gerald Robinson Jr. wih 16 points and five assists while Darius Cox added 10 boards.

(AP Photo/Nick Waas, Stanley Leary and Lyn Hey)

T.A.H. THE YEAR IN REVIEW

Happy New Year loyal readers. Grab yourself a bottle a vino, a twelve pack, a half-gallon of ice cream or whatever favorite treat you enjoy while absorbing meaningful information on the Internet, sit back, relax and relive the year that was in both the ACC and some other select destinations in the wide, wide, wacky world of sports.

Jan 1 – ACC loses both bowl games. Thanks GT and FSU. Happy Freakin’ New Year!

Jan 2 – Hoos blow 14 point lead and lose Gator Bowl.

Jan 3 – T.A.H. invites West Virginia to join the ACC. The results are humorous

Jan 4 – Hokies lose Orange Bowl to Kansas.

Jan 10 – UNC beats Clemson in a classic with a buzzer beater.

Jan 12 – J.J. Redick does a good deed and T.A.H. is nice to him as a result. Earth’s axis shifts ever so slightly…

Jan 18 – T.A.H. commemorates the death of Ike Turner with a classic headline: “River Deep, Mountain High, Coke Bad, Ike Dead.”

Jan 29 – Hysterical Hitler “talks” about his beloved Cowboys losing to the Giants.

Jan 31 – Britney shaves her head.

Feb 7 – Duke beats UNC 89-78.

Feb 14 – Run-on sentence of the year and a nifty example of how the equator buggers things up.

Feb 18 – The evil genius of Roger Clemens explained.

Feb 21 – T.A.H. explains Duke’s “injuries” Coach K doesn’t like it.

Feb 24 – T.A.H. explains “the flop,” and Coach K doesn’t like this either.

March 1 – Coach K wins his 800th game.

March 5 – An instant classic: T.A.H. explains why Tyler Hansbrough gets fouled so often. It starts with a Creature Comforts video that is not to be missed.

March 9 - #1 UNC 76, #5 Duke 68

March 9 – Things that make you go hmmm…Tyler Hansbrough does not attempt a single free throw in the win over Duke. Hmmm.

March 12 – The Existential Seth Greenberg winner of the 2007 T.A.H. Darjeeling Limited Coach of the Year Award. Say what?

March 13 – We explain Clemson’s free throw shooting woes. It’s not how many you miss, but when you miss them.

March 15 – The game of the year? UNC v. VA Tech ACC semifinal.

March 17 – Heels beat Tigers in ACC Final. My better is better than your better. My power is more powerful than your power.

March 19 – Yankees honor Hokies.

March 20 – Tyler Hansbrough’s jump shot explained. You saw it here first.

March 21 – Two love songs to Duke, including the classic This Is Why You Suck.

March 23 – Rare Easter Bunny humor

March 23 – Down goes Duke in the NCAA Tourney.

March 27 – The Truth About Duke

March 28 – Carolina Green, how Danny Green made UNC tick.

March 30 – The Tale of Two Shots – UNC heads to the Final Four thanks to two critical jump shots.

April 1 – FSU hot on the recruiting trail with fairly comical results.

April 2 – T.A.H. banned from Duke sports’ message board.

April 6 – Kansas crushes Heels in Final Four. Remember 40 to 12?

April 13 – Boston College wins National Championship in sport we’ve never heard of…Hockey?

April 14 – Happy B’day, sis…Sick of Tyler Hansbrough? Read the answer here

April 16 – No T.A.H. in honor of Virginia Tech.

April 17 – Less angry Kansas fan finally removes Ol’ Roy’s portrait from the Men’s Room.

April 21 – ACC scores in World Eating Championships…burp.

April 27 – The Ballad of Matt Ryan – ACC leads NFL draft

May 7 – Proof: UNC Gets All The Calls after playing hoops with then candidate Obama.

May 22 – FSU catcher sets records (not criminal ones).

May 27 – ACC sweeps NCAA tennis singles titles.

June 9 – Big Browns inexplicable loss in the Belmont explained.

June 9 – Why Things Are: T.A.H. explains why Thoroughbred racehorses are so fragile.

June 17 – Lawson, Ellington, Green to return to Chapel Hill. Heels happy, everybody else says “Crap!”

June 22 – Kentucky court rules that Duke football really does suck.

June 24 – Lone ACC team knocked out of College World Series semi-finals.

June 27 – Four ACC players drafted by NBA.

July 11 – HBO to make documentary of Tabacco Road rivalry.

Aug 1 – Dowecheatemnhowe.

Aug 8 – UVA wins the most ACC championships. Huh?

Aug 27 – Everything you need to know to live a long healthy life.

Aug 28 – ACC athletes excel at Beijing Olympics. Final ACC medal count.

Sept 1 – Maryland supersizes mascot to make Ralph Friedgen look thinner. Not kidding.

Sept 1 – Pre-game paratroopers deliver game ball to wrong stadium. Still not kidding.

Sept 24 – When pep bands clash. Evidently there was a little dust up when the Princeton pep band visited the Citadel. A culture clash so to speak. There are two sides to every story: the Princenton side and the Citadel side.

Sept 25 – The last time Duke won an ACC regular season conference game, Russell Tyrone Jones (Ol’ Dirty Bastard) was still alive…

Sept 28 – Wahoo Nation on suicide watch as Ol’ Dirty Bastard comes back to life.

Oct 10 – a T.A.H. original short film: Dear Coach Friedgen.

Oct 10 – T.A.H. explains things to angry anonymous Canadians.

Oct 13 – Clemson fires Bowden.

Oct 16 – Bankrupt Duke lacrosse scandal prosecutor auctions guitars.

Oct 17 – The Curse of John Paul Jones. Wahoos not amused.

Oct 24 – Coach K endorses Obama…really?

Oct 25 – The greatest ACC basketball game EVER.

Oct 30 – Classes cancelled at UVA when it is announced that Zima is being taken off the market.

Nov 4 – The Suspension of Disbelief or T.A.H. talks politics one day a year.

Nov 6 – KRANKY – Coach K gets mad at fans who don’t show up for yet another game against the Sisters of the Poor State.

Nov 9 – Speaking of cranky, Ol’ Roy fires a shot too.

Nov 13 – The unofficial Hokie injury report. Everybody but Frank Beamer thought it was funny…

Nov 15 – You are never too old to make a free throw, unless you play for Clemson.

Nov 19 – ACC Commish to incoming President of the Free World: Blah, blah, blah.

Nov 22 – Gary Williams like to scream…a lot.

Nov 23 – FSU’s Rolle named Rhodes Scholar. Well done.

Nov 27 – UNC hoops squad as good, or better, than advertised.

Nov 30 – Georgia Tech saves some ACC face.

Nov 30 – Virginia Tech wins Commonwealth Bowl (again).

Dec 1 – Where in the world is Kenny George?

Dec 2 – All-ACC Football team.

Dec 3 – Why the ACC is better than the Big 10. Yes, it’s funny.

Dec 5 – God bless the general public. Did we mean it? Go see for yourself.

Dec 8 – Hokies win second Dr. Pepper Bowl in a row.

Dec 8 – What cra(cc)ppy bowl schedule.

Dec 11—John Daly goes nuts and neither chicken wings or Hooters are involved in any way.

Dec 12 – Orange Bowl officials are smarter than we think.

Dec 13 – Did we mention it was exam week. Hang on.

Dec 15 – Nothing says bowl week like a girl robot.

Dec 15 – Terps win soccer’s College Cup.

Dec 17 – Coach K in one car accident. No one is hurt. Tar Heels make jokes.

Dec 19 – Toly Hansbrough© comments on Tar Heels early season undefeated run.

Dec 19 – “I’m always on time, I might be late for two years in a row, but I’m always on time.”

Dec 19 – Hansbrough breaks UNC scoring record.

Dec 25 – Family Feud kills Santa.

Dec 28 – ACC bowl results.

Dec 30 – ACC continues to drop bowl balls.

BARKLEY BUSTED ON SUSPECTED DUI

Charles Barkley was arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving early Wednesday.
An officer with a law enforcement task force that targets drunken driving saw the former NBA star run a stop sign around 1:30 a.m. in Scottsdale, AZ.

Barkley declined to submit to a breath test but was given a blood test. The results weren’t immediately available.

This is not a big story unless the arresting officer is:

a) white (likely, it’s Arizona.)

b) affiliated with Auburn University (unlikely, see above, but you never know.)

c) a relative of Gene Chizik. (stranger things have happened.)

Stay tuned.

DUCKS AND COWBOYS: NOW THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT!

There are those pundits (as well as fans) who whine and complain that all of these bowls are irrelevant, that no one cares about them, that they are stupid and that other than the BCS Championship game there is no reason to play them. Those people are wrong. So, so wrong.

The ratings for both ACC bowl games on last Saturday were big – 4.0 or better – and higher than a regular season Yankees v. Red Sox game. As usual, seemingly to almost everyone’s surprise, the overwhelming majority of the games are competitive and entertaining. We surmise that’s good games are what fuels the ratings, and it isn’t just a case of post-holiday couch comas and random television viewing.

Does NCAA D1 need a playoff? Of course, but there is room for an eight team playoff and a full calendar of bowl games like last night’s Holiday Bowl in San Diego. The Oregon Ducks and the Oklahoma State Cowboys squared off in a rock-em, sock-em dynamite of a game which ended in a Duck’s 42-31 victory.

The game featured big plays, big hits, lots of offense and dazzling individual performances. What more does a football fan want from a random bowl game on a Tuesday night? How much CSI Cleveland are you going to watch?

Oregon running back Jeremiah Johnson started the highlight reel answering the Cowboy’s opening scores with as good a 76 yard scoring run as one might see any season. The two offenses generated over 1,000 yards and the special teams added a 91 yard kickoff return. OSU wide receiver Dez Bryant set Holiday Bowl records with 13 catches for 168 yards, and he did a big part of that on one leg.

The Ducks’ Jerehiah Masoli had a huge game going 18 for 32 for 258 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 106 yards and three touchdowns. Not to be outdone, the Cowboy’s Zac Robinson was 27 for 50 for 329 yards one touchdown and two interceptions while absorbing several bone-crunching hits. Check out Sports Center today and you will no doubt see the hardest one. It still hurts to watch it.

Robinson added 54 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown of his own. Seriously, the game should have been called the Quarterbacks Holiday (Not!) Bowl.

Just when it appeared safe to glance away from the television or to go get a refill adult beverage, Oregon coach Mike Bellotti inserted LeGarrette Blount into the game. All Blount did was put an exclamation point on the victory with a 29-yard touchdown run during where he hurdled one Cowboy defender and stiff-armed another while scoring the back-breaking touchdown.

All in all, a quality entertainment product and a exclamation point on how entertaining these “meaningless” bowls can be. And after all, it’s sports, and, just in case you have forgotten, sports are entertainment.

As entertainment goes, the Holiday Bowl was just plain fun.

(Photos by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

NICE PARTY DOWN UNDER. Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year January 1, 2009.

Known for its choreographed and themed fireworks displays, this year's show, nicknamed "The Creation Storm", draws hundreds of thousands of people to the harbour foreshore to watch the spectacle.

(Reuters Photos)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

RICE, RICE BABY. Rice's Corbin Smiter (80) loses his helmet as he is hit by Western Michigan's Mario Armstrong (33) during the second quarter of the Texas Bowl NCAA college football game Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 in Houston.

Rice won the game.

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

NEW YEAR'S EVE CRAZY PEOPLE. Racers compete during the New Year's Eve mountain bike race on the slopes above the resort of Villars-sur-Ollon, Swiss Alps on December 31, 2008.

Some 100 (crazy) bikers took part to the 5km long race starting from the top of the mountain.

Check out the fancy numbers.

(Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

CRITICAL BOWL TURNOVERS CONTINUE TO HAMPER ACC TEAMS

Rutgers (Scarlet Knights, 36,988 students, Piscataway, NJ) 29, N.C. STATE 23

In spite of a fumble on the opening play from scrimmage and a Rutgers' fake field goal that resulted in a touchdown, the N.C. State Wolfpack and phenom freshman QB Russell Wilson had a 17-6 halftime lead in the Papajohns.com Bowl. Wilson was 11-for-23 for 186 yards and a touchdown, but he left the game with a strained knee late in the first half and did not return. Game over.

Hyperbole, you say? Wilson's replacements were mostly ineffective and threw three interceptions to aid the Rutgers comeback. To Wolfpack Nation's frustrations, all the interceptions occurred in Scarlet Knight territory, two in the Red Zone – at the one and 20 yard lines – and the other at the Rutgers’ 32. Wilson threw one interception all season. Mix in a third quarter blocked punt and the Wolfpack’s hole kept getting deeper.

Rutgers' Mike Teel passed for 319 yards and two touchdowns, including a 42-yard scoring toss to Kenny Britt to give the Scarlet Knights (8 -5) the lead for good in the fourth quarter.

Teel's pass to Britt with 8:30 to play proved to be the winning touchdown. Britt, a third-team All-American, made a juggling catch as he crossed the goal line and finished with six catches for 119 yards.

Teel, a senior, was the game's MVP. He ended his career on a seven-game winning streak after being booed at home when he was struggling earlier in the season.

(AP Photos/Butch Dill)

MONDAY NIGHT HOOPS

N.C. STATE 62, Loyola (MD) (Greyhounds, 3,501 students, Baltimore, MD) 62 – Ben McCauley had 16 points and North Carolina State got a key defensive stop in the final seconds to hold off Loyola of Maryland on Monday night.

Courtney Fells added 11 points for the Wolfpack (8-2), who twice blew double-digit leads before finally bouncing back from last week's last-second loss to Marquette.

Marquis Sullivan scored 21 points for the Greyhounds (4-8), who had a chance to win while trailing 61-60 in the final 20 seconds. But as Jamal Barney drove the left side, McCauley stepped out and forced him into a tough fadeaway shot that he missed.

VIRGINIA TECH 75, Charleston Southern (Bucaneers, 3,000 students, Charleston, SC) 66 – A.D. Vassallo and Malcolm Delaney each scored 16 points in Virginia Tech's win over Charleston Southern on Monday night.

Charleston Southern (5-6) led 23-15 with 10:36 left in the first half, before Virginia Tech (9-4) scored 10 unanswered points to take over the lead. Virginia Tech had eight steals, while the Buccaneers committed 12 turnovers.

J.T. Thompson added 15 points and Allen had 11 for the Hokies.

Jamarco Warren scored 22 points, with 12 coming on 3-pointers for Charleston Southern.

BOSTON COLLEGE 84, San Francisco (Dons, 8,447 students, San Francisco, CA) 62 – Joe Trapani scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Boston College to its eighth straight win. Tyrese Rice scored 21 points, Corey Raji 16 and Reggie Jackson 13 for the Eagles (11-2), who have one more non-conference game before opening ACC play at No. 1 North Carolina on Jan. 4.

Dior Lowhorn paced San Francisco (7-7) with 18 points and Manny Quezada had 17. The Dons, who played nine of their 10 December games on the road, have lost six of seven.

(AP Photo/Gerry Broome and Michael Dwyer)

BIG EAST UPSET

It promises to be a tough year in the rock-em sock-em Big East with almost half the league residing in the top 20 and a handful hovering around the top ten. Last night #8 Georgetown went to Connecticut and knocked off the #2 Huskies 74-63.

Here, Georgetown's Julian Vaughn, left, and Connecticut's Hasheem Thabeet go for a loose ball during the first half on Monday, Dec. 29, 2008.


(AP Photo/Bob Child)

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

THE VIEWER’S CHOICE. The Today Show and MSNBC asked viewers to vote on the image of the year. There were some great ones, check them out.

Here’s the winner. Photographer Carlos Gutierrez captured lightning bolts crackling around a towering column of ash as southern Chile’s Chaiten volcano began to erupt for the first time in thousands of years. The runner-up was this picture of President-Elect Obama taken on election night.

Here are a few others to wet your appetite. Take a few moments and give it a look, it’s well worth it.
(Photos by Win McNamee/AFP-GettyImages, Mike Blake/Reteurs, Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

MARLEY, IS THAT YOU? A runaway lab zips across the course during the FIS World Cup Women’s slalom event in Aspen, Colorado.

(Photo by Emannuel Dunand/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

NICE SWING. Keep that elbow straight.

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama warms up on the driving range to play golf with friends December 29, 2008 in Kailua, Hawaii. Obama and his family have been in his native Hawaii since December 20 for the Christmas holiday.




(Getty Images/Daylife.com)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

NOTHING SAYS BOWL VICTORY LIKE PINK BALOONS. Missouri players celebrate after they defeated Northwestern in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2008.

Missouri won 30-23.

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Monday, December 29, 2008

SUNDAY HOOPS

VIRGINIA 88, GEORGIA TECH 84, OT – Say what!! While Georgia Tech wasn’t picked to be a league power nobody expected the Wahoos to win their league opener in Atlanta. Virginia Coach Dave Leitao thought he saw a weakness in the Jacket's game - free throw shooting - and he was right. Tech made only 16 of 33 (48.5 percent). Virginia, meanwhile, hit on 17 of 22 (77 percent).

Calvin Baker (#4) scored with 10 seconds remaining in overtime to break a tie and help Virginia to an 88-84 victory over Georgia Tech last night in Atlanta in the ACC opener for both teams.

Mike Scott added two free throws with two seconds left for Virginia (6-4, 1-0 ACC).

Freshmen Sylven Landesberg continues to dazzle leading the Hoos 26 points. Jamil Tucker added 15, Baker had 13 and Mustapha Farrakhan had a season-high 12 off the bench.
Lawal led the Yellow Jackets (7-4, 0-1) with 21 points. Lewis Clinch and Iman Shumpert added 18 points each.

UVA had lost 12 of its previous 13 ACC openers before yesterday.

No. 1 NORTH CAROLINA 97, RUTGERS (Scarlet Knights, 36,988 students, Piscataway, NJ) 75 – Tyler Hansbrough had 26 points and 10 rebounds as the Heels won their school-record 12th straight double-figure victory of the season.

Ty Lawson added 19 points for UNC (12-0) which shot 51.5 percent at home.
The Tar Heels surpassed the previous mark of consecutive blowouts set by the 1992-93 team that went on to win the national championship. No opponent has come within 15 points of this year’s squad.

Freshman Mike Rosario scored 26 points for Rutgers (9-4) (the real University of New Jersey).

FLORIDA STATE 82, Western Kentucky (Hilltoppers, 19,215 students, Bowling Green, KY) 69 – Freshman Chris Singleton was held out of Florida State's starting lineup for the first time Sunday, and he responded with a season-high 18 points to help the Noles beat Western Kentucky in the Orange Bowl Classic.

Toney Douglas scored 27 points for Florida State, who trailed by 5 points in the second half before breaking the game open with a 20-3 run.

FSU (12-2), coming off a tough loss to #3 Pittsburgh a week earlier, remained unbeaten in their seven meetings against Western Kentucky. This is the earliest the Seminoles have ever reached a dozen victories.

(Virginia guard Calvin Baker, right, drives toward the basket against Georgia Tech guard Nick Foreman in the first half during an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, in Atlanta. Virginia beat Georgia Tech 88-84. AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser)


(Western Kentucky guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez, center, is surrounded by Florida State players as he goes up for a shot during the second half of an Orange Bowl Basketball Classic game Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, in Sunrise, Fla. Florida State defeated Western Kentucky 82-69. Florida State players are Jordan DeMercy (2), Ryan Reid (42) and Chris Singleton (31). AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

THREE INJURED HOKIES OUT OF ORANGE BOWL

Linebacker Brett Warren (#33) and defensive end Jason Worilds will not play in Thursday's Orange Bowl, trainer Mike Goforth confirmed Sunday.

Junior Nekos Brown (Thomas Stone) will fill in for Worilds, a sophomore. Redshirt freshman Barquell Rivers replaces Warren, a senior whose Virginia Tech career is now finished.

The Hokies will also miss starting guard Nick Marshman, a senior who was declared academically ineligible last week.

Warren partially tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in a Nov. 13 loss to Miami and possibly worsened the knee during the ACC title game.

Worilds has suffered from multiple dislocations of his left shoulder throughout the season, but the injury became more serious after the Miami game. Worilds wanted to play in the Orange Bowl, although the medical staff decided to no longer give him the option.

(Getty Images)

CANES LOSE THREE TO TRANSFERS, DREAMS

According to ESPN’s Heather Dinich: Running back Shawnbrey McNeal and tight end Daniel Adderley will be granted releases by Miami to transfer to other schools.

Miami coach Randy Shannon said Sunday he isn't sure which schools the players will chose. McNeal, who has an ailing mother and a small child to take care of in his native Texas, is thought to be considering enrolling at TCU.

McNeal's decision to leave was a difficult one, Shannon said.

"He came to me about two or three weeks ago and said he's got some real family problems and feels like he needs to go back home and be closer with his mom," Shannon said. "I think that's been really bothering him because his mom isn't doing very well."

Adderley likely will return to South Carolina, his home state, Shannon said.

McNeal had 13 carries for 62 yards and two touchdowns in seven games this season. Adderley did not record any stats.

Also on Sunday, Shannon said defensive back Anthony Reddick -- who could have sought to play one more season at Miami if he wanted after missing last year with a knee injury, something that plagued him during his five years with the Hurricanes -- will leave with hopes of playing in the NFL next season.

Reddick appeared in all 13 games this season, starting 11, and finished with 67 tackles, second-best on the team.

(AP Photo by John Bazemore)

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

COWARDLY LIONS. Fans hold a signs during a game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions on December 28, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 31-21. The Lions became the first NFL team to go 0-16. Not since 1976, when the Tampa Bay Bucs went 0-14, had a team failed to win at least one game in a full season.
(Photos by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

AND HE BITES, AS NEEDED. Tyler Hansbrough #50 of the North Carolina Tar Heels grabs a rebound against J.R. Inman #15 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the game on December 28, 2008 at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

INDEPENDENCE DAY. Teammates hands steady the Independence Bowl trophy as Louisiana Tech linebacker Quin Harris (37) kisses it following the NCAA college football game in Shreveport, La., Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008. Louisiana Tech defeated Northern Illinois, 17-10.

(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Sunday, December 28, 2008

NOLES LOOK GOOD, CRITICAL TURNOVERS DOOM HEELS AND CANES

West Virginia 31, NORTH CAROLINA 30

Pat White had one more dazzling comeback in him before finishing his record-breaking college career.

Record breaking QB Pat White threw for 332 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown pass to Alric Arnett midway through the fourth quarter that sent West Virginia to a 31-30 win over UNC in the Meineke Bowl. By doing so, White became the first D1 QB to ever win four bowl games in his career.

The senior quarterback was voted MVP of a bowl for the third straight year, helping the Mountaineers (9-4) overcome Hakeem Nicks' big day for the Heels.

Nicks caught eight passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns for Carolina (8-5), but T.J. Yates was intercepted by Pat Lazear with under 2 minutes left to end Butch Davis' hopes of a bowl win in his second year at North Carolina.

The Heels were leading midway through the fourth quarter and had just rejected a WVU fourth down attempt when Shaun Draughn's fumble was recovered by the Mountaineers. White threw a 41-yard pass over the middle to Jock Sanders, picked up nine yards on a running play and then rifled a pass between two defenders to Arnett for the go-ahead touchdown with 7:14 left.

Yates couldn't find the dynamic Nicks on the Tar Heels' final drive, eventually throwing his first interception of the game. As disappointment since all UNC needed was a field goal for the win.

FLORIDA STATE 41, Wisconsin 13

Derek Nicholson and Dakota Wilson returned fumbles for touchdowns, Christian Ponder threw two TD passes and Florida State routed Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl.
The Seminoles (9-4) finished with more than eight wins for the first time since 2004.

Derek Nicholson had two fumble recoveries, including one he returned 75 yards for a first-quarter touchdown. Punter Graham Gano averaged 48.2 yards on five and had three downed inside the Badgers 5 to earn game MVP.

P.J. Hill ran for 140 yards on 15 carries for the Badgers (7-6), but quarterback Dustin Sherer completed only four of nine for 55 yards through the first three quarters. His fumble early in the fourth quarter was returned 51 yards for a score by Watson to put FSU up 35-6.
Ponder completed 18 of 31 passes for 199 yards.

Florida State, playing in its NCAA-leading 27th-straight bowl game, improved coach Bobby Bowden's career record to 21-10-1.

California 24, MIAMI 17

Jahvid Best rushed for a bowl-record 186 yards and two touchdowns, yet the Golden Bears still needed a big defensive play and an unlikely hero to hold off the Hurricanes (7-6).

Cal quarterback Nate Longshore shook off a dismal 10-for-21 performance in his final game with a late scoring pass to Anthony Miller as the Golden Bears won for the fifth time in a school-record six consecutive bowl appearances under coach Jeff Tedford.

Miami stayed in it with strong pass defense and a solid game from Jacory Harris, who went 25-of-41 for 194 yards and two TDs in his second career start while subbing for the suspended Robert Marve. Harris had won 31 straight starts dating back to his high school career in South Florida, but his fourth quarter fumble cost the Hurricanes in their first bowl game under coach Randy Shannon.

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SATURDAY HOOPS

MIAMI 70, St. John's (Red Storm,14,983 students, Queens, NY) 56 – Jack McClinton scored all of his 20 points in the game's first 26 1/2 minutes and James Dews had seven of his nine in a 9-0 second-half run as Miami beat St. John's on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

McClinton matched his season high with five 3-pointers, including two in the second half when Miami retook control of the game. The first was on an inbounds play with 14:21 to play and the second was from about 26 feet and gave the Canes (8-3) a 46-36 lead with 13:46 left.

MARYLAND 72, Bryant (Bulldogs, 3,675 students, Smithfield, RI) 51 – Maryland cruised to their fifth straight victory Saturday, getting 19 points from Greivis Vasquez. The Terps (9-2) were outrebounded 20-15 in the first half and finished with the same number of rebounds (35) as Bryant. Vasquez, a guard, led the Terrapins with six.

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PICTURE OF THE DAY

SIMPLY THE BEST. Head coach Bill Stewart of the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrates with his quarterback Pat White #5 after their 31-30 victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels at Bank of America Stadium on December 27, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

BEST IN SHOW. California running back Jahvid Best lifts the game's MVP trophy after a win over Miami in the Emerald Bowl NCAA college football game in San Francisco, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008.

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PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

LIL WAYNE A SEMINOLE? Carlton Jones #33 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates with fans following the Champs Bowl against the Wisconsin Badgers on December 27, 2008 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

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