Month: October 2021

Houston beats No. 19 SMU on late kick return

So much for overtime.

Houston’s Marcus Jones returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown with 17 seconds left to give the Cougars a 44-37 win over No. 19 SMU. The loss knocks the Mustangs from the ranks of the undefeated and paves the way for Houston to go to the AAC title game.

SMU’s Blake Mazza kicked a game-tying field goal with 30 seconds left to seemingly send the game to overtime. But the Mustangs kicked deep and kicked it to Jones. He then ran over 100 yards for the game-winning score.

SMU had a chance to tie the game on a Hail Mary — the Mustangs already won a game with a Hail Mary earlier this year — after Houston’s squib kick was returned to the Cougars’ 34. But the pass fell incomplete.

Houston QB Clayton Tune was 27-of-37 for 412 yards and four touchdowns. His TD pass

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SMH at SMU; guest picker Ken Jeong gives College GameDay hangover

Welcome to the sixth edition of the 2021 report card, where you will find a more light-hearted look at each weekend in college football. Grades are handed out where it’s deemed appropriate.

There is no grading on a curve here, so failing marks have zero chance of being reversed and passing ones are handed out less frequently. (Again, reminding people that emails and complaint tweets will be deleted).

Last week’s failing grades went to Colorado State’s confused field goal unit. Passing grades went to Kansas’ shameless promotion in their near upset of Oklahoma and Mike Leach with the take of the year concerning candy corn and gummy bears.

The Week 9 analysis of how fans, teams, players and coaches fared:

Scouting report fail

Houston cornerback Marcus Jones had eight kickoff and punt return touchdowns in his career entering Saturday’s game against SMU. Everyone had to know that stat. The coaches,

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Orioles’ Trey Mancini wins AL Comeback Player of the Year, Ryan Mountcastle named AL Outstanding Rookie in Players Choice Awards

From the moment he stepped back onto the field in spring training to mark the beginning of his comeback from colon cancer, Orioles star Trey Mancini has been warmly welcomed by his peers.

Their admiration for his return to play after missing all of 2020 for chemotherapy and treatment earned him American League Comeback Player of the Year in the 2021 Players Choice Awards, while fellow Orioles first baseman Ryan Mountcastle was named the league’s Outstanding Rookie. The winners were announced during Wednesday night’s “SportsCenter” broadcast.

“It means the world. I’m so honored and humbled to receive this award,” Mancini said on ESPN. “When I got my diagnosis, I wasn’t totally sure that I’d be playing baseball again, so to be able to come back and play a whole season and receive this award means everything to me.”

Mancini, 29, played an entire season this year despite not having stepped

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Here’s What Kevin Durant Said About Nets’ Teammate Kyrie Irving That Everyone Is Talking About

The Brooklyn Nets fell to 2-3 on the new season after losing to the Miami Heat 106-93, and dropping another game by double-digits. 

They also lost their second out of three games on their home-court. 

After the game, Kevin Durant who had 25 points and 11 rebounds, said something about Kyrie Irving that has the NBA Twitter world talking (see clip below from ESPN’s SportsCenter on Twitter). 

“Yeah, we do miss Kyrie,” Durant said laughing. “He’s a part of our team.” 

The quote states the obvious, but hearing those words come out of Durant’s mouth is still interesting. 

They are missing one of the best players in all of basketball, and until New York City lifts their vaccine mandate, or Irving gets vaccinated, they will continue to play without the seven-time All-Star. 

Technically, he could be a part-time player and only play games on the road, but the Nets have

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