USC’s offense shows little life in Cotton Bowl loss to Ohio State

first_imgThree minutes into the Cotton Bowl, nothing was going right for the Trojans.On the third snap, redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold had tossed a perfect pass to Deontay Burnett for 16 yards, only to watch the ball fly into the air and into Ohio State arms as the receiver crashed to the ground. In a minute and 12 seconds, quarterback J.T. Barrett marched his offense neatly into the end zone, walking one yard to score the first touchdown of the game.It was a pattern the team continued throughout the game, as the Trojans’ offense continuously shot itself in the foot on the way to a 24-7 loss. Despite a lights out performance by the defense, the game descended into a bloodbath in the second quarter and grinded to its sullen conclusion as the Trojans fought back for too little, too late.“The name of the game was turnovers,” head coach Clay Helton said. “We just didn’t finish today.”J.T. Barrett is dragged down – Katie Chin | Daily TrojanThe wheels came off in the second quarter, as Ohio State notched a field goal to take a 10-0 lead, then pinned the Trojans deep on the punt. Backed up into his own end zone, Darnold tried a quick fake — shifting his hips and head to the right, then pivoting back and throwing blind to his left — and instead threw the ball straight to a defender. He took off at a dead sprint, trying to cut off the defender, but it was long gone. The Buckeyes took a 17-0 lead, and the USC fans in the stands began to deflate.It was an off-kilter and off-brand night for the USC offense. Junior running back Ronald Jones II, a Dallas native who entered the game charged to play in his hometown, only carried the ball 12 times for 42 yards on the half. While the offense leaned heavily on the passing game, Darnold threw 12-for-22, taking three sacks as he notched 170 yards. In eight drives, the offense didn’t make its way into the red zone once.The defense stood as tall as possible throughout the first half. The unit held Ohio State to 237 yards, limiting Barrett to 71 passing yards. Rasheem Green and Uchenna Nwosu each notched a sack, while John Houston and Isaiah Langley led at the half with six tackles apiece.“It doesn’t matter if our [offense] makes a mistake, we have to play calm,” Green said. “It doesn’t matter if the field’s short or the field’s long, we have to do our job.”The pressure of holding down the line after two fumbles and a pick-six was a weight too heavy for the defense to bear. Barrett gashed the Trojans on the ground, sprinting for a 23 yard touchdown to put the Buckeyes up 24-0. Although the defense forced several three-and-outs, they were answered by rickety offensive drives that ended with the same dismal march of the kicking unit onto the field. Punter Reid Budrovich did little to help the Trojans, averaging under 35 yards per kick and sending one out of bounds for a penalty.A rare bright spot came in the dwindling minutes of the second quarter, when K.J. Hill muffed a punt for Ohio State, sending the USC special teams unit scrambling. For a moment, it was almost a slap-stick scene, as the ball bounced and skittered across the grass, slipping out of the hands of several tumbling Trojans.USC’s defense celebrates after making a play – Katie Chin | Daily TrojanMarvell Tell finally flopped onto the ball on the 15-yard line, pounding it into the turf as he shouted in excitement, and the offense lined up in the red zone for the first time. The touchdown came easily, set up by a pass to Daniel Imatorbhebhe and clinched by a one-yard rush from Jones. With points on the board and the lead cut to 17 points, a small sense of hope seemed to inflate the student section in the final two minutes of the half.That hope grew when the Trojans forced a three-and-out, headlined by a brutal sack by Green to drag Barrett back six yards. But a strong kick from Ohio State pinned the Trojans on their six-yard line to attempt a full-field drive in 59 seconds. Darnold botched a pass, and Helton elected to run the ball and the clock to finish the half.The second half stood as a testament to the defense, which shut out the Buckeyes offense and held a team that averages over 500 yards a game to a measly 277. Linebacker Cameron Smith finished the night with 10 tackles, while Nwosu roped up Barrett again to finish with two sacks and four solo tackles.“It was just it being our last game together,” Nwosu said. “As a team, as a brotherhood and as a family, we just had to fight together. No matter what the scoreboard says, play like it’s 0-0.”But a lack of offensive killed any chance of a comeback, as Darnold and the Trojans continued to stall at midfield and fail to find the red zone. The offensive line struggle to hold the Ohio State defensive line, which consistently swarmed Darnold on blitzes, barely giving the quarterback time to scan the field before he took pressure. By the end of the night, Darnold took nine sacks.“I told him in there in front of the team, I thought he was a warrior tonight,” Helton said. “To get off the ground that many times and make the plays that he did, he showed his true class and character.”And even when the Trojans glimpsed the chance to score, it remained out of reach. In the fourth quarter, Chase McGrath’s field goal attempt ricocheted off the right post, sending the kicker to the ground as he grabbed his head in frustration. A pass interference call in the end zone gave Darnold another chance in the end zone, only for a blitzing lineman to swat the ball from his hand for yet another fumble.“Whenever you turn over the ball that much, it’s hard to win games,” Darnold said. “It’s just the little things. There was a lot of stuff where we shot ourselves in our foot.”USC and Ohio State players get into a scuffle in the fourth quarter – Katie Chin | Daily TrojanThe game ended, almost fittingly, with a fight. As Darnold scrambled towards the sideline on the team’s final drive, he took a hard hit out of bounds, resulting in a personal foul. But Aca’Cedric Ware flew at the defender with a push, and several Buckeyes followed.Darnold held back one Ohio State player, but soon a scrum of players formed, shouting and shoving on the sidelines. Jamel Cook earned an ejection from the game for coming off the bench and taking a swing at another player before the two teams were dragged apart.“Tempers are going to flare in that situation, especially when your quarterback’s over there,” Helton said. “There’s nobody that’s maybe more loved on this football team than Sam. And it was just in the heat of the game, both sides. Unfortunate, but it is what it is.”The end of the game marked the end of a stumbling season for a team stocked with talent that fell just short of its expectations. It left many uncertainties for the team, headlined by the questions surrounding the fate of Darnold, who still insists that he hasn’t decided whether or not to declare for the NFL Draft.But as the team trudged to the locker room, recording its second blowout loss in as many seasons on this field, one thing was certain — AT&T Stadium is not a good place to be a Trojan.last_img read more

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Sammy scores her first US win

first_img Tags: England teams, Roehampton Golf Club, Sammy Fuller, USA college golf, Women’s Golf 21 Sep 2018 Sammy scores her first US win England international Sammy Fuller has just won her first tournament on the US women’s college circuit, less than a year after she had a kidney removed.Fuller, a student at Keiser University in Florida, shot four-under par over three rounds on the Palmer course at PGA National and won by 12 shots.The 19-year-old from Roehampton, Surrey, established a three-shot lead over the first 36 holes and finished with a bogey-free round of three under.“This was a great achievement for Sammy, especially after having a kidney removed earlier this year,” commented her father, Ashley.The PGA National has always been a good hunting ground for Fuller who won five straight Honda Junior Classics there.She has recently returned to her US university after a successful summer’s golf when her results included finishing runner-up in the English women’s match play championship. Fuller, who first played for England as a 14-year-old, was on duty this summer in the Women’s Home Internationals.Image copyright Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Pitt, Savage sacked 21-10 by Georgia Tech

first_imgPittsburgh Panthers wide receiver Devin Street (15) can’t hang onto the intended pass under pressure form Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defensive back Demond Smith (12) in the second half of their NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Atlanta. Georgia Tech won 21-10. (AP Photo/David Tulis)by Charles OdumAP Sports WriterATLANTA (AP) – The sacks total continues to climb against Pittsburgh and quarterback Tom Savage.Pitt, last in the ACC in sacks allowed, again struggled to protect Savage as Georgia Tech turned up the defensive pressure in its 21-10 win over the Panthers on Saturday night.Jeremiah Attaochu had two of Georgia Tech’s season-high five sacks. Robert Godhigh ran for two touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets.Pitt (4-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) was held without a first down in the first quarter and managed only 55 total yards in the first half. Savage threw a 12-yard scoring pass to Tyler Boyd on the Panthers’ first possession of the second half, cutting Georgia Tech’s lead to 14-10.Savage completed 25 of 37 passes for 233 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The senior completed each of his four passes on the Panthers’ lone touchdown drive.An ineffective running game and inability to protect Savage made it difficult for Pitt to maintain the momentum. The Panthers were held to minus-5 yards rushing on 21 carries.“It’s frustrating losing,” Savage said. “It doesn’t matter if we win 3-0, our offense will be satisfied.“We’ve just got to find a way to win.”Pitt trailed 14-3 at halftime.“Just put it on me,” Savage said. “I’ve got to find a way to put the ball in the end zone and give my receivers a chance.”Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald had a season-high 11 tackles, one sack and forced two fumbles. He had a career-high six tackles for losses.Pittsburgh added a freshman starter to an already inexperienced offensive line. Left tackle Dorian Johnson made his first start, becoming Pitt’s first true freshman offensive lineman to start since Joe Thomas in 2006.Johnson started ahead of redshirt freshman Adam Bisnowaty, who played as a backup.Pitt coach Paul Chryst said an injury to Bisnowaty forced Dorian Johnson into the lineup for the difficult matchup against Attaochu.“Dorian was challenged tonight, but he did some good things,” Chryst said. “He did some things where he got beat. I need to do a better job of helping him on some of those things.”Pitt began the day last in the ACC with its average of 3.43 sacks allowed per game. The Panthers have allowed 29 sacks.Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said he was aware Pitt “had a couple of freshmen tackles.” Johnson said he saw an opportunity for Attaochu.“Jeremiah is a pretty good pass rusher,” Johnson said, adding Attaochu “was kind of caving in” the pocket.“He’s a handful to block one on one,” Johnson said. “He plays with a big motor. He plays hard and he’s quick off the ball.”Georgia Tech (6-3, 5-2) overcame two lost fumbles for its third straight win.Linebacker Jabari Hunt-Days had a sack and three tackles for losses. Defensive tackle Euclid Cummings had 1.5 sacks. Attaochu, who had 10 sacks in 2012, made the biggest impression on Savage.“He’s a great player,” Savage said. “He’s fast and he did a great job.”Vad Lee’s 42-yard pass to DeAndre Smelter set up Godhigh’s second touchdown run, from 11 yards, with less than 3 minutes remaining.David Sims had a touchdown run for Georgia Tech.Lee completed 5 of 10 passes for 84 yards – with exactly half of the production coming on the late pass to Smelter. Lee had 17 carries for 44 yards.Savage led Pitt on a final long drive after Godhigh’s second scoring run. Savage’s final pass was intercepted by safety Jemea Thomas at the Georgia Tech 4 with 33 seconds remaining.Sims had 18 carries for 94 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but lost two fumbles. Godhigh had six carries for 89 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.Pitt netted only 1 yard on its first three possessions as Georgia Tech’s defense produced a series of tackles for losses on third downs.Attaochu’s first sack of Savage ended the Panthers’ first possession on three downs. Hunt-Days tackled running back James Conner for a loss of three yards on Pitt’s second series.On Pitt’s third series of plays, Attaochu again broke through the line to hit Savage just as the quarterback was trying to unleash a third-and-8 pass. The wobbly short pass was caught by center Artie Rowell. Georgia Tech declined the ineligible receiver penalty.Chris Blewitt kicked a 44-yard field goal in the second quarter for Pitt.The teams were playing for the first time since 1976.last_img read more

Smile

first_imgBy Kathy MieleI walked into the living room where all of my guys were hanging out on the couch. I held up my camera and said, “Smile!”“Whoa…” Alex held his hand over his face. “What are you doing?”“I’m trying to get some candid shots of the three of you,” I explained.“Walking into a room shouting ‘Smile’ isn’t candid,” Steven reminded me.“Fine.” I snapped a quick shot of them.“Come on!” Max cried.I hit review on my camera. “Well, that was an awful picture,” I said as I pressed the delete button.“Why the interest in candid shots all of a sudden?” Steven asked.“I’m glad you asked.” I pointed to the table next to the couch that was filled with framed photos of the boys. “Haven’t you noticed that all the photos we have around the house are when the boys weren’t even in their teens yet?”Steven picked up a picture of both boys on the play gym of our old house. Their heads were sticking out between the slats of the tower. “What were they, 4 and 8 in this shot?”“Exactly!” I said. “If someone came into our house right now they’d think we have little kids. Not two guys in their 20s.”“Who’s coming into our house that wouldn’t know who we are?” Alex asked.“Good point,” Steven said.“That’s not the point,” I countered. “What’s wrong with wanting to have some updated photos around the house?”“Ah, I can find something wrong with it,” Max said.“What?”“We’d have to spend hours posing for pictures,” he said. “You know how you get when you start picture-taking.”All three began to laugh.“What’s that supposed to mean?” I asked.The boys looked at Steven, making him the spokesperson for all three. “You start yelling,” he reminded me. “Smile! Look this way! Quit making that face!” The boys were nodding in agreement. “That’s the reason we stopped taking pictures, don’t you remember?” he asked.By this time I’d put the camera down on the table and Max had picked it up. He snapped a shot of me with my hands on my hips looking annoyed as I listened to Steven explain why we don’t take photos anymore.“Hey! Give me that!” I tried to get the camera out of Max’s hand but he’d already hit the review button and was showing Alex and Steven the shot. “That’s a keeper,” he said as he handed it back to me.I cringed as I took a quick peek before hitting delete. “Fine, I won’t take any pictures today,” I agreed. “But this isn’t over.”The three of them were high-fiving each other as I left the room. I quickly turned around and snapped the picture. “Perfect!” I said. “Now I have a picture with a fun story behind it!”last_img read more