Friday’s Den: Random stuff with the weekend here……..

Pitt 38, West Virginia 31
Pitt scored two TD’s in last 3:41 to pull this game out; the game-winning TD was a pick-6 with 2:58 left.
West Virginia ran for 190 yards, converted 8-16 on third down, but still lost.
Pitt QB Slovis was 16-24/308 passing, 12.4 yards/attempt.

Penn State 35, Purdue 31
Penn State led 21-10 at halftime.
Purdue scored on a 72-yard pick-6 with 8:27 left to take a 31-28 lead.
Nittany Lions scored the game-winning TD on a 10-yard pass with 0:57 left.

 — These were both entertaining games, and with neither team playing exhibition games. Pretty impressive coaching.

— Was talking to a buddy on the phone during the end of the Purdue game; he was saying what happened on each play before I saw it on my TV. I guess DirecTV is kind of slow.

Oklahoma State 58, Central Michigan 44
Cowboys led this game 44-15 at halftime, 51-15 with 12:00 left in third quarter.
Chippewas got the back-door cover on a 54-yard TD pass with 3:15 left.
Central Michigan threw for 424 yards, bad news for the OSU defense.

— Close calls:
Akron 30, St Francis 23, OT
Florida International 38, Bryant 37, OT
Northern Illinois 34, Eastern Illinois 27
San Jose State 21, Portland State 17

Close calls against I-AA teams are red flags going forward, but winning, obviously, is still way better than losing.

— Tennessee 59, Ball State 10— I wanted to watch this game because the great Tom Hart was on the call, but the game was such a hideous mismatch that I turned it off quickly. 

Ball State tried a flea-flicker with its first play; the Cardinals’ QB checked down to a short pass, which was picked off and almost run back for a TD. Things got worse for Ball State, a lot worse.

— Get well soon to White Sox manager Tony LaRussa, 77; he is out indefinitely due to health concerns. He is undergoing additional testing in Arizona now; we wish him well.

— San Francisco Giants on one-run games:
31-17 last year, 17-25 this year.
Giants finished 107-55 last year; they’re 61-68 this year.

— Denver Broncos’ QB Russell Wilson signed a 5-year, $245M contract extension that includes a $50M signing bonus and $160M guaranteed.

Wilson will be 34 in November; he had a 113-60-1 record in Seattle, 9-7 in playoff games, with a Super Bowl win and two conference titles.

— Wilson/Broncos open the season with a Monday night game in Seattle, Wilson’s old home; Denver has lost its last five Monday night games.

— Young man named Jared Bernhardt made the Atlanta Falcons as a WR this week; he has quite a story.

Bernhardt is a great athlete; he is the all-time leader in points (290) and goals (202) playing lacrosse for Maryland for four years- they’re a national power in lacrosse.

After his four years at Maryland, Bernhardt transferred to D-II Ferris State to play football; he was a triple-option QB, throwing for 1,322 yards, 11 touchdowns while running ball for 1,421 rushing yards and 26 TD’s in only 10 games.

Ferris State won the national title that season; Bernhardt got a three-year, $2.6M contract. It seems like down the road, he may have a movie deal coming his way, too.

— Super Bowl champion Rams have 14 undrafted free agents on their 53-man roster; scouting and player development are important parts of having a winning team.

— Utah Jazz traded star Donovan Mitchell to Cleveland Thursday, for three players, three first round draft picks, and two other pick swaps.

Collin Sexton, one of the players Utah required, signed a 4-year, $72M sign/trade deal.

Now we know why Quin Snyder quit as Utah’s coach; they blew up their current roster to build for the future. In the meantime, the next couple years figure to be rough ones. Losing isn’t fun. 

— On Wednesday, Cavaliers were 80-1 to win next year’s NBA title; now they’re 30-1.

— Warriors’ star Steph Curry graduated from Davidson College this week, 13 years after he stopped playing ball there. Curry graduated with a degree in Sociology; he also had his number retired by Davidson, and was inducted into Davidson’s Hall of Fame.

— Sports betting became legal in Kansas this week, the 31st state with legalized sports betting. 

— Phillies’ 18-2 win in Arizona Wednesday was just fourth time since 1999 that a team scored 18+ runs in a game, without hitting any home runs.

— Baltimore Orioles signed free agent 1B Jesus Aguilar to fill the void of Trey Mancini getting dealt to Houston.

— Major league rosters expanded to 28 players Thursday; only one of the two extra players can be a pitcher. This makes for a more equitable situation than when rosters could be expanded to 40 men. Contending teams would expand more than cruddy teams, making it even harder for the lesser teams to win. 

— If the baseball playoffs started today (they do not):
NL: Mets, Cardinals, Dodgers. Wild Cards- Atlanta, Philly, San Diego
AL: New York, Guardians, Astros. Wild Cards- Tampa Bay, Seattle, Toronto

Author: Armadillo Sports

I've been involved in sports my whole life, now just write about them. I like to travel, mostly to Las Vegas- they have gambling there.