13) Virginia Tech 17, North Carolina 10:
— Hokies (+6) held UNC QB Howell to 208 PY, picked off 3 of his passes.
— Tech held Tar Heels scoreless in first half.
12) Michigan State 38, Northwestern 21:
— Spartans ran ball for 326 yards; Walker had 264 himself.
11) Charlotte 31, Duke 28:
— 49ers scored winning TD with 0:33 left, after Duke scored with 1:44 left.
— Duke ran ball for 352 yards, outgained Charlotte 580-478.
10) South Dakota State 42, Colorado State 23:
— Bad loss for Rams and Mountain West Conference. Jackrabbits are a I-AA team
9) Toronto 11, A’s 10— I’ve been an A’s fan since 1965, when I was five years old; long time. This is the worst, most catastrophic loss I can remember. A’s led 8-2 in 8th inning; if you’re a playoff team, you don’t blow 8-2 leads in the 8th inning in September. Right now, their bullpen is a dumpster fire, a total disaster.
8) Major league teams that shift the most defensively: Dodgers/Mets. Last year, Atlanta shifted the least, but this year, they’re #3 in shifts.
7) Mariners 6, Arizona 5 (10):
— Seattle improves to 12-5 in extra innings.
6) Giants 3, Dodgers 2 (11):
— Trea Turner’s throwing error allowed winning run to score.
— Giants take over first place in NL West.
— These teams will both be in the playoffs, but they’re jockeying to avoid playing in that one-game play-in Wild Card game.
5) Astros 6, Padres 3:
— Big night for St Louis, which gained ground on Reds/Padres in Wild Card race.
4) Mets 6, Washington 2 (10):
— Mets went 2-13 during their Dodger/Giant stretch, now they’re 5-1 in 16-game Washington/Miami stretch.
3) Angels 3, Rangers 2— Pedro Martinez was on MLB Network couple days ago, claiming that the Angels are helping Shohei Ohtani avoid pitching against the better teams, to make his record look better. Interesting thing for a Hall of Famer to say.
2) I’m hoping Boise State-Central Florida becomes an annual rivalry game; that was a fun game to watch Thursday night.
1) There have been some people besmirching Bill Belichick’s record since Tampa Bay won the Super Bowl last winter; Belichick has won six Super Bowls as a head coach, couple more as an assistant with the Giants. He is one of the three or four best coaches, ever.
But there is this set of facts:
— Belichick’s record with Brady at QB: 219-64 regular season, 30-11 playoffs
— Belichick’s record without Brady at QB: 61-72 regular season, 1-1 playoffs