Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Let’s Go Bowling

Louisville 24
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 Mike Glennon threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns and David Amerson returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown as North Carolina State defeated Louisville 31-24 in the Belk Bowl.

T.J. Graham made the most of his final game at NC State with seven catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns, including a 65-yard score on a nifty catch-and-run, as the Wolfpack (8-5) overcame a series of special teams blunders to hold off a late charge from the Cardinals (7-6).

Amerson had two more interceptions to give him 13 for the season, the most in the country, while setting a new ACC record.

Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, who threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another, nearly brought the Cardinals back from a 21-point deficit, but his final heave on fourth-and-23 was picked off by Amerson with 41 seconds left.

Louisville used a fake punt and recovered an onside kick to get back in the game after falling behind 31-10.
Bridgewater threw a pair of 2-yard touchdown passes to close the gap to 31-24 with 3:55 left in the game.

The Cardinals had once last chance to send the game into overtime after stopping NC State on fourth-and-2. However, on a third-and-12 Dontae Johnson sacked Bridgewater for an 11-yard loss setting up Amerson's clinching interception.

Tuesday Night ACC Basketball

DARION ATKINS (Jim Daves/UVa Media Relations)
#23 VIRGINIA 69,  MD Eastern Shore 42 – Senior Senior forward Mike Scott scored 17 points and had six rebounds, and freshman forward Darion Atkins had career highs with 13 points and seven rebounds to lead Virginia to victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore Tuesday night (Dec. 27) at John Paul Jones Arena.

The victory was the ninth in a row for the Cavaliers and improved their record to 11-1 on the season. Virginia is ranked No. 23 in this week's Associated Press poll and No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. The loss dropped Maryland-Eastern Shore's record to 3-10.

Virginia's nine-game winning streak is the longest for the Cavaliers since 2001-02 and UVa is 11-1 for the first time since the 2000-01 season. The Cavaliers have won their last eight home games.

Sophomore guard Joe Harris added 10 points for Virginia and sophomore forward Akil Mitchell tied his career highs with nine points and nine rebounds for the Cavaliers.

Senior guard Hillary Haley was the only player to score in double figures for Maryland-Eastern Shore with 11 points.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

T.A.H. Goes All Griswold

Yes, the executive staff of T.A.H. and the entire vaunted Research Department is taking a Christmas vacation.  

We will try to update T.A.H., but don’t hold your breath as there are still ports of call in this hemisphere with limited internet access.  Tomorrow we are bound for several of those places.

Have a great holiday, and the normal T.A.H. daily publishing schedule will resume on January 2nd or 3rd.  

Let’s Go Bowling

Missouri (Tigers,  33,805 students, Columbia, MO) 42, NORTH CAROLINA 24 – Underdog  North Carolina scored on their first possession to take an early lead, but Missouri scored on their first five possessions of  the first half.

Game over.

James Franklin's hard running and timely passing led Missouri to an easy win in its final game as a member of the Big 12. It also gives the Tigers plenty of hope heading into their new home in the Southeastern Conference.
Franklin ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, and the Tigers easily beat North Carolina 41-24 in the Independence Bowl on Monday night.

Missouri (8-5) ends the season on a four-game winning streak for the first time since 1965. The Tigers will join the SEC next fall and showed one reason they should be a factor immediately: The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Franklin, a sophomore who generally did as he pleased in both the running and passing games.

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Franklin has just started to realize his potential.

Franklin, named the game's offensive Most Valuable Player, rushed for 142 yards and threw for 132 despite less than ideal conditions in the cold and rain at Independence Stadium. He led the Tigers to 31 first-half points -- an Independence Bowl record.

For North Carolina (7-6), a season that started with a promising 5-1 record ends with a lopsided loss. The Tar Heels lost five of their final seven under interim coach Everett Withers, who leaves to become defensive coordinator at Ohio State under Urban Meyer.

The Heels  had the ACC's second-best rushing defense, giving up just 106.2 yards per game. But the Tigers found plenty of running room with Franklin and Kendial Lawrence, repeatedly gashing the Tar Heels for big gains.

Picture Of The Day

Quarterback Drew Brees #9 and the offensive line of the New Orleans Saints pose after the game for a photo after Brees threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to running back Darren Sproles #43 and broke Dan Marino’s single-season passing record in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Falcons 45-16. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Day ACC Basketball

SMITH (Eugene Tanner/AP Photos)
Hawaii (Rainbow Warriors, 13,952 students, Honolulu, HI) 75, CLEMSON 68 – Zane Johnson made six 3-pointers and finished with 27 points as Hawaii beat Clemson on Sunday in the fifth-place game of the Diamond Head Classic.

Vander Joaquim added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Hawaii (7-5).

Andre Young scored 14 points to lead the Tigers (7-6).

Johnson finished 8 of 14 from the field, with four of his 3-pointers coming over the first 13 minutes of the second half.

The Rainbow Warriors went on a 9-0 run to start the second half for a 40-34 lead. They also went on a 10-3 spurt for a 59-48 advantage with 5:43 remaining.

Clemson (7-6) used full-court pressure late to make it interesting. The Tigers scored six in a row to get within 69-64 with 35 seconds left.

Hans Brereton added 10 points and Jeremiah Ostrowski had eight assists for Hawaii, which made 15 of 25 shots in the second half.

Let’s Go Bowling

#22 Southern Miss 24
Nevada 17

Future UNC coach Larry Fedora wins final game at Southern Miss.
(Eugene Tanner/AP Photos)

ACC Football Links

FEDORA (Eugene Tanner/AP Photos)
Virginia Tech's kicker has been suspended indefinitely for the Allstate Sugar Bowl after he was charged with a felony for armed breaking and entering.

Playing in the ACC as opposed to the Big East does matter to some recruits.

Maryland has hired its offensive coordinator, but is defensive coordinator Todd Bradford the next man out?

Mike Locksley's ability to recruit might be more valuable than his ability to run the offense.

Did BC finally find some stability at its coordinator position?

Player development has been critical to Clemson's success this year.

The Independence Bowl will be an audition for the Tar Heels and for their new coach, Larry Fedora.

What can FSU gain from a bowl win over Notre Dame? Coley Harvey has the answers.

Georgia Tech is hoping to change its label with a bowl win.

What were the top five individual moments of the season?

Pictures Of The Day

 A competitor dressed up as Santa Claus jumps into the sea during the 102nd Barcelona Traditional Christmas Swimming Cup at the Old Harbour of Barcelona on December 25, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. The Copa Nadal is organised by the Barcelona Swimming Club. It was launched in 1908 and has only been suspended three times, in 1936, 1937, and 1938, because of the Spanish Civil War. The Christmas Cup involves swimming across some 200 metres of open water in Barcelona harbour.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images Europe)
The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders perform at half-time of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles.  (Photo by Mike Stone/Reuters)
Cheerleaders perform during the Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors during the season opener at Oracle Arena on December 25, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Santas take part in the annual race in downtown Belgrade, Serbia.  (Photo by Ivan Mulutinovic/Reuters)
San Francisco 49ers fans yell during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field December 24, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. San Francisco won 19-17.(Photo by Jay Drowns/Getty Images)

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