Sunday’s Den: Wrapping up a busy Saturday……..

Steelers 17, Ravens 10
Game was 7-7 after three quarters, on a cruddy, rainy day.
Rudolph threw a 71-yard TD pass on first play of 4th quarter.
Rudolph is now 8-4-1 as an NFL starter.
Pittsburgh finishes 10-7; they need help to make the playoffs.

Steelers won seven of last eight series games.
Total yardage: Steelers 289, Ravens 224
Backup QB Huntley was 15-28/146 passing in his 9th (3-6) NFL start
Ravens are the #1-seed in the AFC; they have next week off. 

— Texans 23, Colts 19
Houston makes the playoffs, with a rookie QB/rookie head coach.
WR Collins caught nine passes for 195 yards and a TD.
Last seven games, Texans are +7 in turnovers (10-3).
Texans are 8-1 ATS in last nine AFC South road games.

Colts converted only once on 11 third down plays.
Indy ran ball for 227 yards, but threw ball on decisive 4th-and-short play.
Favorites covered nine of Colts’ last ten games.
Colts are 13-15 ATS in last 28 games with spread of 3 or less.

— Troy Aikman came up with a great nugget during this game; apparently Brett Favre was a high school coach in Mississippi after his playing days were done. His team won a state title in his second year on the job, with their only loss that season against a team whose QB was Gardner Minshew.

Kentucky 87, Florida 85- Gators led by 5 with 6:34 left to play.
Alabama 78, Vanderbilt 75- Bama led by 18 midway thru first half.
Tennessee 90, Ole Miss 64- First loss for Rebels, who played schedule #235

Big X
Kansas 83, TCU 81- Jayhawks survived being minus-9 (18-9) in turnovers.
Baylor 75, Oklahoma State 70, OT- Teams combined to shoot 6-35 on the arc.
Cincinnati 71, BYU 60- Teams are in same league, despite being 1,670 miles apart.

Big East
Seton Hall 78, Marquette 75- Kolek scored only 5 points (1-6 from floor)
St John’s 81, Villanova 71- Pitino’s Red Storm is 11-4, vs schedule #33.
Creighton 79, Providence 70- Friars’ F Hopkins is out for the year, big loss.

North Carolina 65, Clemson 55- Tigers shot 1-18 on the arc, at home.
Wake Forest 86, Miami 82 OT- Eight players in this game played 38:00+.
Boston College 95, Georgia Tech 87- Tech led by 16 early in second half.

Upsets of the Day:
LSU (+11.5) 68, Texas A&M 53
George Washington (+11.5) 84, VCU 82
Eastern Michigan (+10.5) 71, Kent State 69 OT
Cincinnati (+9.5) 71, BYU 60
Charlotte (+8.5) 70, FAU 68
Texas-San Antonio (+8.5) 89, Rice 82 OT
Eastern Illinois (+8.5) 90, Little Rock 88
Southern Miss (+7.5) 81, James Madison 71

Baseball Fact of the Day: Francisco Rodríguez holds the record for most saves in one season; he saved 62 games for the 2008 Angels. 

— There were 24 college basketball games Saturday, where the team that won trailed by 10+ points in that game.

Cal 66, UCLA 57- Bruins are in freefall, losing nine of last 11 D-I games.
Arizona State 76, Colorado 73- ASU is 4-0 in Pac-12; they were 6-5 in pre-conference games.
Oregon 89, Washington State 84- Ducks made 14-24 shots on the arc.

Saint Mary’s 68, LMU 64- Gaels won 8 of last 9 games, after a 3-5 start.
Santa Clara 78, Pepperdine 72- Junior F Bal had 28 points, one assist- his job is to shoot.

Sun Belt
Southern Miss 81, James Madison 71- First loss of the season for the Dukes.
Troy 66, Appalachian State 62- Troy in 3-0 in Sun Belt, after a 6-6 pre-conference mark.
Marshall 79, Texas State 75- Bobcats led by 11 points early in second half.

Mountain West
Utah State 77, Colorado State 72- Aggies were 20-23 on foul line, Colorado State 4-11.
Nevada 72, Fresno State 57- Wolf Pack is 14-1; they’re #6 experience team in country.
San Diego State 72, UNLV 61- Aztecs led 25-9 early, coasted home from there.

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.