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SALT LAKE CITY - There was a lot to watch in the world of sports over the weekend: football - both college and the NFL, MLB's World Series with the St Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers, some NASCAR (but I won't go into that), and of course more news that the NBA is still locked out.
Let's look at some of the highlights, and in one case a lowlight, of the weekend.
Wisconsin vs. Michigan St.
Wisconsin was ranked fourth going into this contest against Big Ten foe Michigan St. The Badgers have been mentioned in all of the talk over who will be in the BCS National Title game, but unfortunately for the Badgers the Spartans all but decided that for them. With four seconds to go in the fourth quarter, and the Spartans on the Badgers' 44 yard line, MSU QB Kirk Cousins heaved up a "Hail Mary" pass in the end-zone that got tipped around until WR Keith Nichol caught the ball on the one yard line. The officials called him down but after review the call was overturned because the ball crossed the goal line plane to give the Spartans the touchdown and win. These teams could potentially meet again now that Big Ten has a championship game. Both teams are in the lead for their respective divisions. Wisconsin now hopes that Oklahoma, Alabama, Oklahoma St, LSU and Boise State all lose a game so they can again be mentioned in the talks for a National Championship.
World Series: Texas Rangers vs. St. Louis Cardinals Games 3 & 4On Saturday night the St. Louis Cardinals took a 2-1 lead on the Rangers behind the strong play of slugger and first baseman Albert Pujols. Pujols tied a league record for most home-runs in a game (3), tying Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth. Pujols had three HRs and six runs batted in and scored four of those runs. Those HRs were not barely over the fence either. They were blasts that averaged close to 420 feet. Cardinals won 16-7.
In game five on Sunday night Rangers' pitcher Derek Holland had the best game of the post season. He pitched 8 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball and allowed only two hits. Holland also struck out seven batters and allowed two base-on-balls. The Rangers won game four to tie the series at two games apiece going into Monday night's game five.
Utes lose to CalThe Utes are now 0-4 against Pac-12 opponents after their 34-10 loss to the California Golden Bears. Jon Hays (Utes' QB) and the rest of the Utes' offense could not move the ball on the Bears, allowing 4 sacks, 4 turnovers (Hays accounting for all four, three INTs and one fumble) and punting six times. John White IV did have a positive rush on the final drive for a touchdown, but the starters were still in during garbage time. The Utes' defense is still very good but being put into bad positions it is hard to keep any team out of the end-zone. This brings up a question: will the Utes win a conference game this year? They still have Oregon State this week and Colorado in the weeks to come, but those games don't look so much like gimmes anymore.
BYU stymies ISU
So who didn't see this coming? As predicted the Cougars rolled over the Idaho State Bengals 56-3. The Cougars scored on 8 of their 13 possessions and ranked up a season high of 572 total yards against the FCS foe. Jake Heaps saw action again, and like his other games, threw an interception. Kyle Van Noy, who was named an Independent Player of the Week, had a huge game and seemed to be all over the field, harassing ISU QB Kevin Yost, blocking punts and being a beast. Van Noy was called for a personal foul for a late hit on punter David Harrington, which really made ISU Coach Mike Kramer mad saying in his half time interview on TV that "I did not expect that type of play to happen here," meaning it was a real dirty shot. Van Noy said in the press conference afterwards that he apologized to Coach Kramer and that Kramer accepted the apology and was glad that Van Noy would show the sportsmanship and apologize.
Who is going to get Luck-y?
Stanford University QB Andrew Luck is considered by many to be the first overall pick in next year's NFL Draft, but which NFL team is going to draft him? The Indianapolis Colts (0-7) laid an egg on Sunday in their game against the New Orleans Saints, scoring only 7 points and allowing 62. That is right - 62 points. Coming into the season the Colts were hoping that Payton Manning would be back in the line-up within the first couple of weeks, but those hopes were dashed when he had to have yet another surgery on his neck. Could the Colts use Luck?
Another team that might be vying for the last place spot, so they can draft Luck, could be the Miami Dolphins (0-6). The Dolphins allowed Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos (2-4) to come back in the fourth quarter and overtime to win in Miami. The Dolphins were ahead by 15 points with about 3 minutes to go and allowed Tebow to orchestrate the comeback and eventual win. Do the Dolphins need a QB or do they need a defense?
Others to maybe put on the list:
• The Minnesota Vikings are 1-6 and have arguably the best running back in the league with Adrian Peterson, but Donovan McNabb has left a lot to be desired in a QB, however; is Christian Ponder the answer or would Luck be a better fit?
• The Carolina Panthers are 2-5, but of course they have Cam Newton so they don't need a QB.
• The Philadelphia Eagles have Michael Vick and Vince Young, yet they are only 2-4.
• Finally the Broncos are also 2-4, but Tebow pulled out the win as Kyle Orton looked on from the sidelines.