Sunday’s Den: Wrapping up a sports Saturday……

— Northwestern (+11) 31, Nebraska 28
Nebraska led 28-17 with 9:00 left in third quarter.
Total yardage: Northwestern 528-465. Teams put on a good show for the fans in Ireland.

When Nebraska scored to make it 28-17, they tried an onside kick, which failed, and the game swung from there.

Cornhuskers are 5-21 in their last 26 games that were decided by 8 or fewer points.

— When September 1 rolls around next week, major league rosters expand from 26 to 28 players, but only one of the two new players can be a pitcher. Teams will be limited to 14 pitchers for the last month of the season.

— When training camp started, Carolina Panthers had a crowded QB room, but they’ve already lost two guys; rookie Matt Corral hurt his foot, is thought to be done for the year. Sam Darnold messed up his ankle Friday night, is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, leaving Baker Mayfield as the #1 QB, with PJ Walker backing him up.

— Utah State 31, UConn (+26) 20— Jim Mora Jr’s Huskies jumped out to a 14-0 lead on the road, easily covered the spread. UConn ran the ball for 245 yards, but completed only 13-33 passes.

— San Francisco Giants are in Minnesota this weekend for first time since 2005; they’re the last major league team to visit Target Field. Giants lost their last three games, outscored 18-3.

— Seattle Seahawks named Geno Smith their starting QB for the season opener against Denver and old friend Russell Wilson.

— Illinois 38, Wyoming 6:
Wyoming completed only 5 of 20 passes. 

Wyoming converted 1-12 on third down.
Illinois outgained them, 477-212.

— Orioles 3, Astros 1— Road team has won the last eight Baltimore-Houston games.

— Why some teams lose more than others:
10 years ago, Jacksonville drafted a punter in the third round; the guy (Bryan Anger) is still in the NFL, but lasted only four years with the Jaguars.

Meanwhile, Seattle took a guy five picks after the Jaguars drafted a punter, a guy named Russell Wilson. Quarterback. Hall of Famer.

Thats why Seattle has won for the last decade, and Jacksonville has mostly lost.

— Nevada 23, New Mexico State 12:
New Mexico State put in freshman backup QB Gavin Frakes in the second half, and he was 9-13 for 143 yards in his college debut. TV analyst Andre Ware was raving about him.

The starting QB threw three INT’s; Aggies turned ball over five times. I’m guessing Frakes is their new starting QB. 

Kid was supposed to go to Princeton, but his dad played ball at New Mexico State, so he wound up in Las Cruces instead.

Toa Tuau ran the ball for 109 yards for Nevada.

— Mike Ford has had an interesting baseball season; this is his 4th year in the major leagues, and he’s been a busy guy.
16 games (29 AB’s) with Seattle
1 game (4 AB’s) with San Francisco
5 games (8 AB’s) with Atlanta
Now, 3 games (11 AB’s) with the Angels.

He also hit .248 with a .380 on-base %age in AAA this year, in 118 AB’s.
He must be very good at packing.

— Ravens 17, Commanders 15— Baltimore has now won 23 consecutive pre-season games (20-3 ATS) but they didn’t cover this game.

— Florida State 47, Duquesne 7— Seminoles win their season opener for first time in six years; of course, they played better teams than I-AA Duquesne those other years.

— San Diego Padres recently signed P Joe Musgrove to a 5-year, $100M contract extension; the problem is, since late June, in 12 starts, he is 0-6, 4.86, not exactly what they had in mind when they gave him $20M a year.

— Titans 26, Cardinals 23— Rookie QB Malik Willis was 15-23/131 passing; he ran the ball four times for 79 yards. Ryan Tannehill is going to start the season as Tennessee’s QB, but you have to think Willis will get the starting nod at some point.

— Vanderbilt 63, Hawai’i 10— Game was only 21-10 at halftime, but Commodores dominated the second half- they ran the ball for 404 yards.

Rough day for the Mountain West, with Hawai’i getting smoked, Wyoming getting pounded- their teams went 1-3 ATS. At least UNLV looked good in their opener, whacking I-AA Idaho State 52-21. Lefty QB Brumfield was 21-25/356 passing, with four TD’s.

UNLV plays the Cal Bears next; that’ll be a much tougher game. 

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.