Saturday, December 31, 2011

Huskies Too Much For Cold-Shooting Ducks

At Seattle:

C. J. Wilcox scored a career-high 24 points as the Washington Huskies (8-5 overall, 2-0 in Pac-12 play) took advantage of Oregon's 32% shooting from the field in their 76-60 Saturday win over the visiting Ducks (10-4, 1-1) 

Chick-fil-A Bowl: Auburn Too Much For Virginia

At Atlanta:

Onterio McCalebb ran for 109 yards and scored two touchdowns (a three-yard run and a 25-yard reception) as the Auburn Tigers defeated the Virginia Cavaliers 43-24 in Saturday's Chick-fil-A Bowl.  Both schools finished the season at 8-5.

Liberty Bowl: Bearcats Hold Off Vandy

At Memphis, Tennessee:

Isaiah Pead ran for 149 yards and a touchdown while Ralph David Abernathy IV's 90-yard kickoff return early in the fourth quarter proved decisive as the Cincinnati Bearcats (10-3) held off a game challenge from the Vanderbilt Commodores (6-7) 31-24 in Saturday's Liberty Bowl contest.

Fight Hunger Bowl: Fighting Illini Snap Six-Game Skid By Beating Bruins

At San Francisco:

In a matchup of schools that fired their head coaches, Terry Hawthorne returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown while Nathan Scheelhaase threw the game-winning 60-yard TD pass to A. J. Jenkins as Illinois (7-6) ended a six-game losing streak on Saturday with a 20-14 win over UCLA (6-8) in the Kraft Foods Fight Hunger Bowl.

Cougs Hold Off Beavers

At Pullman, Washington:

Brock Motum scored 26 points and DaVonte Lacy added 18 as the Washington State Cougars (9-5 overall, 1-1 in Pac-12 play) defeated the visiting Oregon State Beavers (10-4, 0-2) on Saturday despite 21 points from the Beavers' Jared Cunningham.

Sun Bowl: Utes Erase 14-Point Deficit And Take Out Jackets In OT

At El Paso, Texas:

Quarterback Jon Hays threw three touchdown passes, two in the fourth quarter (three yards to Kendrick Moeai, then 28 yards to DeVonte Christopher with 1:32 remaining), then John White ran eight yards in overtime for the game-winning score as the Utah Runnin' Utes (8-5) came back from down fourteen points to force overtime, then defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (8-5) 30-27 in Saturday's Sun Bowl Game.

Meineke Car Care Bowl: Aggies Hold Off Wildcats For First Bowl Win Since 2001; Northwestern Still Seeking First Bowl Win Since '49

At Houston:

Quarterback Ryan Tannenhill threw for 329 yards and a touchdown while running back Ben Malena ran for two more scores as Texas A&M (7-6) held off Northwestern (6-7) 33-22 in Saturday's Meineke Car Care Bowl.  The win was the first in a bowl game for the Aggies since 2001 while the Wildcats, whose last bowl win came in the 1949 Rose Bowl, have lost an NCAA record-tying ninth straight bowl game.

Happy New Year, Jack!

Holt of the Secret Service, our 1941 Columbia Pictures serial, continues with the eighth chapter, "Escape to Peril."

Friday, December 30, 2011

Insight Bowl: Sooners Top Hawkeyes

At Tempe, Arizona:

Blake Bell ran for three touchdowns on Friday night as the Oklahoma Sooners (10-3; #14 in the final BCS rankings) downed the Iowa Hawkeyes (7-6) 31-14 in the Insight Bowl.

Bobcats Top Visiting Vikings

At Bozeman, Montana:

Xavier Blount scored 24 points (making six of eight three-pointers) and Christian Moon added 21 as the Montana State Bobcats (6-7 overall, 1-1 in Big Sky Conference play) defeated the visiting Portland State Vikings (6-8, 0-2) 86-73 on Friday.

Music City Bowl: Bulldogs Hold Off Demon Deacons

At Nashville, Tennessee:

Vick Ballard ran for 180 yards (a career high) and two touchdowns on Friday as the Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-6) held off the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-7) 23-17 in the Music City Bowl.  The victory was the Bulldogs' fifth straight in bowl games.

Pinstripe Bowl: Scarlet Knights Top Cyclones In The Bronx

At New York:

Running back Jawan Jamison ran for 131 yards and two touchdowns as Rutgers (9-4) defeated Iowa State (6-7) 27-13 in Friday's Pinstripe Bowl.

Armed Forces Bowl: Late Rally Carries BYU

At Dallas:

Quarterback Riley Nelson threw three touchdown passes to Cody Hoffman, the third with 11 seconds remaining as the BYU Cougars (10-3) came back to upend the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (8-5) 24-21 on Friday at the Armed Forces Bowl.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Alamo Bowl: RG3 Runs And Throws For TD In Possible Farewell As Bears Outgun Huskies In Offensive Slugfest

At San Antonio:

Running back Terrance Ganaway ran for 200 yards and five touchdowns on Thursday night as the Baylor Bears (10-3; #12 in the final BCS rankings) picked up their school record-tying tenth win of the season as they outlasted the Washington Huskies (7-6) 67-56 in the Alamo Bowl.  

In what may have been his final game in a Bears uniform, quarterback Robert Griffin III threw for one touchdown (11 yards to Kendall Wright) and ran for another (24 yards).

The 123 points scored Thursday night marked an NCAA record for most combined points scored in a bowl game in regulation time.  The 1,377 combined yards of total offense is also a new NCAA single-game bowl record.

Champs Sports Bowl: E. J. Guides Seminoles In Comeback Win Over Irish

At Orlando, Florida:

Quarterback E. J. Manuel threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter (18 yards to Bert Reed; 15 yards to Rashad Greene) as the Florida State Seminoles (9-4) erased a fourteen-point second half deficit and upended Notre Dame (8-5) 18-14 in Thursday's Champs Sports Bowl.

Hot Shooting Ducks Too Much For Cougs In Pac-12 Opener

At Pullman, Washington:

Olu Ashaolu scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Devoe Joseph added 17 points to guide the Oregon Ducks (10-3 overall, 1-0 in Pac-12 play) to a 92-75 road win over the Washington State Cougars (8-5, 0-1) on Thursday night in both schools' Pacific-12 Conference opener.  The Ducks, in winning their fourth straight game, shot 69% from the field as the Cougars' six-game winning run ended.

Huskies Outrun Beavers In Pac-12 Opener

At Seattle:

A 26-point, nine-rebound, four-assist night for Tony Wroten guided the Washington Huskies (7-5 overall, 1-0 in Pac-12 play) to a 95-80 Thursday home win over the Oregon State Beavers (10-3, 0-1) in the Pacific-12 Conference league opener for both schools.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Charles Odum Not Enough: Vikings Drop Conference Opener To Round Out Rough Night For Portland Schools

At Missoula, Montana:

Kareem Jamar scored 17 points while Art Steward and Will Cherry each added 15 as the Montana Grizzlies (8-5 overall, 1-0 in Big Sky action) won their third straight game overall, 75-64 at home over the Portland State Vikings (6-7, 0-1) on Wednesday in the Big Sky Conference league opener for both schools.  Despite 27 points from Charles Odum (hitting eight of thirteen shots), the Vikings have dropped their third straight game.

Zags Too Much For Pilots In Conference Opener

At Spokane, Washington:

Kevin Pangos converted five of this seven three-point shots as he scored 19 points on Wednesday as the Gonzaga Bulldogs (10-2 overall, 1-0 in WCC play) brassknuckled the visiting Portland Pilots (3-11, 0-1) 90-51 on Wednesday night in the West Coast Conference league opener for both teams.  It was the Zags' 17th straight win over the Pilots, who have now lost seven successive contests overall.  It was Gonzaga's fifth straight victory overall.

Holiday Bowl: Horns Top Cal Bears

At San Diego:

Quarterback David Ash threw for a touchdown (47 yards to Marquise Goodwin) and caught a four-yard pass from Jaxon Shipley for another score as the Texas Longhorns (8-5) defeated the California Golden Bears (7-6) 21-10 in Wednesday's Holiday Bowl.  The Longhorns had five takeaways and sacked Cal's Zach Maynard six times. 

Military Bowl: Rockets Win Wild One

At Washington:

Quarterback Terrance Owens threw three touchdown passes, all to Bernard Reedy, the last one with 5:01 second remaining as the Toledo Rockets (9-4) defeated the Air Force Falcons (7-6) 42-41 in Wednesday's edition of the Military Bowl.  After the Falcons' Zach Kauth's 33-yard touchdown run with 52 seconds left, they lined up for the extra point.  However, holder David Baska ran the option, only to see the pitch to kicker Parker Harrington go low, bouncing out of bounds in the end zone.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Belk Bowl: NC State Tops Louisville

At Charlotte, North Carolina:

Quarterback Mike Glennon completed 21 of 33 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns (two to T. J. Graham) as the North Carolina State Wolfpack (8-5) defeated the Louisville Cardinals (7-6) 31-24 in the Belk Bowl played on Tuesday night.

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Boilermakers Hang On For Win

At Detroit:

Raheem Mostert ran back a kickoff for 99 yards and a touchdown, running back Reggie Pegram scored the first three TDs of his career, and the Purdue Boilermakers (7-6) successfully recovered both of their onside kickoff attempts enroute to a 37-32 win over the Western Michigan Broncos (7-6) in Tuesday's Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Independence Bowl: Big First Half Makes Thing Easy For Mizzou

At Shreveport, Louisiana:

James Franklin ran for two touchdowns (both two yards) and threw for another one (eight yards to Jerrell Jackson) as the Missouri Tigers (8-5) manhandled the North Carolina Tar Heels (7-6) 41-24 on Monday in the Independence Bowl.  The game was the Tigers' final football match as members of the Big 12 Conference.  They will join the Southeatern Conference next year.

Sunday, December 25, 2011


From all of us at Bob's House, allow me the opportunity to wish you and yours a very


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Hawaii Bowl: Golden Eagles Top Nevada Wolf Pack

At Honolulu:

Quarterback Austin Davis threw for two touchdowns, including the fourth-quarter game winner to Kelvin Bolden (4 yards) as the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (12-2; they placed 21st in the last BCS rankings) defeated the Nevada Wolf Pack (7-6) 24-17 in Saturday's Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.  The 12 wins were a USM single-season school record as Larry Fedora coached his last game for the Golden Eagles before taking over as North Carolina's head football coach.

Niners Top Seahawks In Bruising Battle; Seattle Eliminated

At Seattle:

Frank Gore ran four yards for a touchdown while David Akers kicked four field goals (increasing his total to an NFL single-season record 42), including the game winner from 39 yards with 2:57 remaining as the San Francisco 49ers (12-3) held on to the number two seed in the National Football Conference playoffs following their 19-17 road win over the Seattle Seahawks (7-8) on Saturday, eliminating the hosts from playoff contention.

No Christmas Break For Jack

"Out of the Past" is the title of Chapter Seven of Holt of the Secret Service, our 1941 Columbia Pictures serial.


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Titans Outlast Visiting Vikes

At Fullerton, California:

Kwame Vaughn scored 27 points (to go with his nine rebounds) while D. J. Seeley added 23 as the Cal State Fullerton Titans (8-3) picked up their fifth straight win on Thursday, outlasting the visiting Portland State Vikings (6-6) 92-86.

Wolf Pack Dominate Pilots

At Reno, Nevada:

Dario Hunt scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds on Thursday as the Nevada Wolf Pack (9-3) made it six wins in a row by handing the visiting Portland Pilots (3-10) their sixth successive setback 78-60.  Olek Czyz added 15 points, Jerry Evans, Jr. 11, and Malik Story 10 for the Wolf Pack.  Kevin Bailey scored 15 points to pace the sagging Pilots.

Ducks Wrap Up Non-Conference Play With Home Win Over Lumberjacks

At Eugene, Oregon:

E. J. Singler scored 12 points while Devoe Joseph added 10 (to go with his eight rebounds) as the Oregon Ducks (9-3) concluded the non-conference portion of their season schedule on Thursday night with a 55-45 home win over Stephen F. Austin (5-7) in the Global Sports Hoops Classic.

MAACO Bowl Las Vegas: Broncos Buck Sun Devils

At Las Vegas, Nevada:

Doug Martin returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and ran for 151 yards (picking up a bowl-record 301 total yards) on Thursday night as the eighth-ranked (BCS) Boise State Broncos (12-1) dominated the Arizona State Sun Devils (6-7) 56-24 in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Poinsettia Bowl: Horned Frogs Come Back Top Top Bulldogs

At San Diego, California:

Quarterback Casey Pachall delivered a 42-yard touchdown pass to Skye Dawson with 4:26 remaining as the Texas Christian Horned Frogs (11-2; ranked #18 in the last regular-season BCS rankings) came from behind to upend the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (-85) 31-24 in Wednesday night's Poinsettia Bowl.  The win was TCU's eighth in a row, ending the Bulldogs' seven game winning streak in the process.

Ducks Top Wandering Panthers

At Eugene, Oregon:

Garrett Sim scored 20 points while Devoe Joseph and E. J. Singler added 19 and 13 respectively as the Oregon Ducks (8-3) defeated visiting Prairie View A&M (4-8) 74-66 on Wednesday night at the Global Sports Hoops Showcase.  The Panthers have not hosted a game since November 15.

Beavers Maul Chicago State

At Chicago:

Devon Collier scored 19 points to lead five players in double figures as the Oregon State Beavers (10-2) smothered the Chicago State Cougars (0-12) 92-66 on the road Wednesday night in the Beavers' final non-conference game.  Roberto Nelson and Jared Cunningham scored 16 and 15 points respectively for OSU.

More Christmas Cheer From Yogi

Here's our pal Yogi Yorgesson (a nom de plume for comedian and songwriter Harry Stewart) with "I Was Santa Claus At The School House (For The PTA)" from 1951.


Time For Some Rockin' Christmas Cheer

From 1959, here's Little Bobby Rey with "Rockin J Bells."

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ducks Smother Eagles' Offense

At Eugene, Oregon:

Garrett Sim and E. J. Singler each scored 13 points on Tuesday night as the Oregon Ducks (7-3) overcame a tough time shooting the basketball and defeated the visiting North Carolina Central Eagles (5-6) 58-45, holding the visitors nearly 38 points below their average.

Beef O'Brady's Bowl: Thundering Herd Come Back To Down FIU

At St. Petersburg, Florida:

Quarterback Rekeem Cato threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns, both, 31 and 35 yards respectively, to Aaron Dobson, while Tyler Warner kicked a pain of field goals, including the game winner from 39 yards out with 5:16 remaining, as the Marshall Thundering Herd (7-6) defeated the Florida International University Golden Panthers (8-5) 20-10 in Tuesday's Beef O'Brady Bowl.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Niners Overcome Power Outages, Batter Big Ben, Smother Steelers

At San Francisco:

In a game delayed twice by power outages at Candlestick Park (20 minutes for the start of the game and 16 minutes in the second quarter) the San Francisco 49ers (11-3) , with Alex Smith throwing a touchdown pass to Vernon Davis (one-yard, third quarter) and Frank Gore running five yards for a fourth-quarter score, defeated the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers (10-4) 20-3 on Monday Night.  The Niners intercepted Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger three times.

Runnin' Utes Top Pilots In Battle Of Struggling Teams

At Salt Lake City, Utah:

Josh Watkins scored a career-high 26 points while Jason Washburn and Cedric Martin added 18 and 11 respectively as the Utah Runnin' Utes (3-8) defeated the visiting Portland Pilots (3-9) 72-67 on Monday. 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Balanced Attack Helps Beavers Throttle Vikings

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Ahmad Starks scored 17 points, while Angus Brandt added 16 and Jarred Cunningham 15 (to go with his career-high eight assists) as the Oregon State Beavers (9-2), with six players scoring in double-figures,  dominated the visiting Portland State Vikings (6-5) 101-68 on Sunday night.

Cavaliers Overcome Sluggish First Half To Overtake Ducks

At Eugene, Oregon:

Mike Scott scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds on Sunday as the Virginia Cavaliers (9-1) came back from a two-point halftime deficit to overtake the home-standing Oregon Ducks (6-3) 67-54.  

Saturday, December 17, 2011

New Orleans Bowl: Ragin' Cajuns Pull Out Last-Second Win

At New Orleans:

Brett Baer, who had missed two extra points and had a 46-yard field goal wiped out by a false-start penalty, connected on a game-winning 50-yarder as time expired on Saturday night as the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (9-4) defeated the San Diego State Aztecs (8-5) 30-29 in the New Orleans Bowl.  It was the Cajuns' first bowl appearance in the top level of college football.

Cajuns' quarterback Blaine Gautier threw for 470 yards and three touchdowns.

Grizzlies Bear Down On Pilots

At Portland, Oregon:

Will Cherry scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half on Saturday night as the Montana Grizzlies (6-5) defeated the Portland Pilots (3-8) 80-65 on the road.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Late TD Lifts Bobcats Past Aggies

At Boise, Idaho:

Quarterback Tyler Tettleton, who threw for two touchdowns, ran for the winning score from one yard out with 13 seconds remaining as the Ohio University Bobcats (10-4) overcame a 10-point second-half deficit to overtake the Utah State Aggies (7-6) 24-23 in Saturday's Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.  The victory capped off the Bobcats' first ten-win season since 1968.

Saint Xavier Wins First NAIA Football Crown

At Rome, Georgia:

Quarterback Jimmy Coy completed 28 of 43 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown and ran for 78 yards on 16 carries and ran for another score as the Saint Xavier (IL) Cougars defeated the Carroll (MT) Fighting Saints 24-20 for their first NAIA national football championship on Saturday.

New Mexico Bowl: Owls Get Bowl Season Going With Dominating Performance Against Wyoming

At Albuquerque, New Mexico:

Bernard Pierce ran for two touchdowns (one yard each) while quarterback Chris Coyer threw for 169 and a touchdowns as the Temple Owls (9-4) picked up only the second bowl win in their history, 37-15 over the Wyoming Cowboys (37-15) in Saturday's New Mexico Bowl as the 2011-12 bowl season commenced.

Time For Another Chapter, Boys and Girls

Time now, friends and neighbors, for "Deadly Doom," Chapter Six of our 1941 Columbia Pictures serial, Holt of the Secret Service.

First D2 Title For Gorillas In 20 Years

At Florence, Alabama:

The Pittsburg State (KS) Gorillas (13-1) defeated the Wayne State (MI) Warriors (12-4) 35-21 on Saturday to win their first NCAA Division II national football championship since 1991.  In the second quarter, as the Warriors' Stefan Terleckyj lined up to attempt a 22-yard field goal, the Gorillas' Paul Robinson blocked the kick and teammate Aries Herrion scooped it up and ran it back 80 yards for a Pitt State touchdown, one of two such scores from blocked kicks.  Gorillas quarterback Zac Dickey passed for 190 yards and ran for 68 more in the victory.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Just Another D3 Title For The Warhawks

At Salem, Virginia:

In a battle of undefeated teams, Levell Coppage ran one yard for a touchdown as the Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks (15-0) defeated the Mount Union Purple Raiders (14-1) 13-10 on Friday night to win their third consecutive NCAA Division III national football championship, and their fourth in five years---all four titles coming at the expense of the Purple Raiders.  The win was the Warhawks' 45th in a row.


Time for more Christmas cheer as Myron Floren sings and plays "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" with the Lennon Sisters on the December 24, 1956 ABC Network telecast of Lawrence Welk's Top Tunes and New Talent.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Vikings Hold Off Roadrunners

At Portland, Oregon:

Michael Harthun scored 22 points points while Lateef McMullan added 15 on Thursday night as the Portland State Vikings (6-4) defeated visiting Cal State Bakersfield (5-4) 91-87.

Beavers Buffalo Bison

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Career-high nights from Ahmad Starks (22 points) and Angus Brandt (21) carried the Oregon State Beavers (8-2) to a 93-72 home win over the Howard University Bison (3-8) on Thursday night.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Beavers Douse Flames

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Roberto Nelson scored 21 points while Jared Cunningham added 16 (to go with his five steals) as the Oregon State Beavers (7-2) crushed the visiting Illinois-Chicago Flames (3-6) 95-53 on Tuesday night.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Time For Christmas Cheer--------The Yogi Yorgesson Way

Here's Yogi Yorgesson (a.k.a. comedian and songwriter Harry Stewart) with his 1949 recording "I Yust Go Nuts At Christmas."


E. J. Helps Carry Ducks Past Vikings

At Eugene, Oregon:

E. J. Singler scored 19 points on Monday as the Oregon Ducks (6-2) held off the visiting Portland State Vikings (5-4).

Monday, December 12, 2011



I meant Tony Sporano.

He wasn't the only NFL head coach who got the boot on Monday.

Three head coaches (including Jacksonville's Jack Del Rio) have been axed so far this season.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Late Rally Carries Cards Past Niners

At Glendale, Arizona:

Quarterback John Skelton replaced an injured Kevin Kolb and threw three touchdown passes (60 yards to Early Doucet in the second quarter, 46 yards to Larry Fitzgerald in the third, and the game-winning three-yarder in the fourth to Andre Roberts) as the Arizona Cardinals (6-7) came back from a 12-point deficit to upend the visiting San Francisco 49ers (10-3) 21-19 on Sunday for their fifth win in their last six starts, keeping their slim playoff chances alive.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Bobcats Devour Pilots In Portland

At Portland, Oregon:

D. J. Cooper had a triple-double on Saturday (14 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, to go with five steals) as Ohio University (7-1) dominated Portland State (3-7) 72-54 on the road.  Walter Offutt and Jon Smith scored 12 and 11 points respectively for the Bobcats.

Ex-Gopher Helps Ducks Top Bulldogs

At Eugene, Oregon:

Former Minnesota Golden Gopher Devoe Joseph scored 18 points in his first game in an Oregon Ducks uniform as the Pac-12 club (5-2) defeated visiting Fresno State (4-6) 74-70 on Saturday.  Garrett Sim, who made all five shots from the field and all four free throws,  added 17 points for the Ducks while E. J. Singler added 14 for Oregon.

Wolverines Top Vikings In High-Scoring Affair

At Orem, Utah:

Holton Hunsaker scored 26 points (converting all 16 of his free-throw attempts in the process) while Isiah Williams added 20, Ban Aird 15, and Geddes Robinson 11, as Utah Valley State (6-5) defeated visiting Portland State (5-3) 93-87 on Saturday.  The Wolverines made 33 of 35 shots from the Charity Stripe.

Broken Record: Navy Beats Army Again

At Landover, Maryland:

Quarterback Kriss Proctor ran for two touchdowns and Alexander Teich ran for another score while Jon Teague kicked a pair of field goals on Saturday as Navy (5-7) defeated Army (3-9) 27-21 in the 112th edition of the football game between the two service academies.  The win was the Midshipmen's tenth straight in the series, which they now lead 56-49-7.

It's RG3!

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, the humble son of two retired Army sergeants, beat out his Stanford counterpart Andrew Luck in winning the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night.  Alabama running back Trent Richardson finished third.

Mr Griffin became the first player from a private parochial school two bring home College Football's top individual honor since BYU's Ty Detmer in 1990.

RG III threw for more than 4000 yards and had a hand in 45 touchdowns for the 9-3 Bears.

Time For More Adventures With Holt Of The Secret Service

And now, boys and girls, time for the fifth chapter of our 1941 Columbia Pictures serial, Holt of the Secret Service.  "Exits to Terror" is the name of this episode.

Vandals Knock Off Beavers In Corvallis

At Corvalls, Oregon:

Deremy Geiger had career highs of 27 points and seven three-pointers on Friday night as the Idaho Vandals (5-4) defeated the Oregon State Beavers (6-2) 74-60 on the road.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Broncos Too Much For Pilots

At Boise, Idaho:

Ryan Watkins scored a career-high 19 points (to go with his nine rebounds) while Derrick Marks added 16 and Westly Perryman 13 as the Boise State Broncos (8-1) dominated the visiting Portland Pilots (3-6) 92-70 on Wednesday night.

Harry Morgan, R. I. P.

Harry Morgan, the veteran actor who appeared in over 100 movies and who co-starred in such television series as December Bride, Pete and Gladys, Dragnet (the 1967-70 version), and M*A*S*H*, passed away on Wednesday at his Los Angeles home at age 96.

His son, who confirmed Mr. Morgan's passing, said that his father had been treated recently for pneumonia.

Harry's best remembered role was that of Colonel Sherman T. Potter, commanding officer of the 4077 Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War on M*A*S*H* from 1975 until the series ended in 1983.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Beavers Turn Grizzlies Into Bear Rugs; OSU Off To Best Start In 31 Years

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Ahmad Sparks led a balanced attack with 16 points while Jared Cunningham added 14, Roberto Nelson 11, and Devon Collier 10 as the Oregon State Beavers (6-1) dominated the visiting Montana Grizzlies (4-4) 71-46 on Sunday night as the Beavers are off to their best start since the 1980-81 season.


Alabama held off Oklahoma State for the number two spot in the final Bowl Championship Series rankings released on Sunday so the Crimson Tide will again take on the LSU Tigers, this time in the BCS National Championship Game, to take place on January 9 in New Orleans.  

In the other BCS bowls, with the participating teams' final BCS rankings included:

Rose Bowl, January 2 at Pasadena, California:

Wisconsin (#10) vs. Oregon (#5)

Fiesta Bowl, January 2 at Glendale, Arizona:

Oklahoma State (#3) vs. Stanford (#4)

Sugar Bowl, January 3 at New Orleans:

Michigan (#12) vs. Virginia Tech (#11)

Orange Bowl, January 4, at Miami:

Clemson (#19) vs. West Virginia (#23)

For the record, Oregon State finished 85th.

As for the other bowls, check it out here.


At San Francisco:

Alex Smith completed 17 or 23 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns (52 yards to Michael Crabtree and 56 to Kyle Williams), David Akers kicked four field goals (36', 19, 28, and 34 yards), and Frank Gore ran for 73 yards to become the team's all-time leader in rushing yards as the San Francisco 49ers (10-2) blanked the visiting Los Angeles Rams (2-10) 26-0 to lock up their first playoff berth and NFC Western Division title since 2002.

Saturday, December 03, 2011


At Stillwater, Oklahoma:

Joseph Randle ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns while Richetti Jones returned a fumble for another score as the third-rated (Bowl Championship Series ranking) Oklahoma State Cowboys belted the visiting #10-ranked Oklahoma Sooners 44-10 to claim the Big-12 Conference championship on Saturday night.  The question is:  Will it be enough for the Cowboys to overtake #2-ranked Alabama when the final BCS rankings come out on Sunday?


At Indianapolis:

Montee Ball carried the ball 27 times for 137 yards and three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 3:45 remaining as the Wisconsin Badgers, ranked #15 in the Bowl Championship Series rankings, came from behind to defeat the #13-ranked Michigan State Spartans 42-39 Saturday night in the inaugural Big Ten Conference Championship Game.  The Badgers will face the Pac-12 Champs Oregon Ducks in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on January 2.  Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson, who competed 17 of 24 passes for 187 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions, was named the game's Most Valuable Player.

Clemson Blasts Hokies, Wins First ACC Title In 20 Years

At Charlotte, North Carolina:

Tajh Boyd completed 20 of 29 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns while Andre Ellington ran for 125 yards and a TD as the 20th-ranked Clemson Tigers (10-3) manhandled the #5-rated Virginia Tech Hokies (11-2) 38-10 on Saturday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Championship Game as the Tigers claimed their first ACC title since 1991.  The win assured Clemson of appearing in a BCS bowl game.  The rankings used here were from the Bowl Championship Series.

Pilots No Match For Billikens

At St. Louis:

Brian Conklin scored 19 points on seven-for-seven shooting from the field as the 23rd-ranked (AP) Saint Louis Billikens (7-1) dominated the visiting Portland Pilots (3-5) 73-53 on Saturday.

Vikings Demolish Visiting Walla Walla

At Portland, Oregon:

Nate Lozeau scored 18 points while Charles Odum added 17 as the Portland State Vikings (5-2) destroyed the visiting NAIA Division II Walla Walla Wolves (1-12) 102-47 on Saturday.

Cougars End Ducks' Winning Streak

At Salt Lake City, Utah:

A 23-point, 12-rebound performance from Noah Hartsock, along with 16 points from Stephen Rogers, who hit four of seven three-point shots, enabled the BYU Cougars (6-2) to end the Oregon Ducks' (4-2) four-game winning streak 79-65 on Saturday.


At Atlanta:

Tyrann Mathieu, named the game's Most Valuable Player, ran back a punt 62 yards for a touchdown, set up another score with a fumble recovery, and came up with another sensational punt return that set up still another TD as the LSU Tigers (13-0; ranked #1 in the Bowl Championship Series rankings) came back from a ten-point deficit and a dreary first quarter to score 42 unanswered points in belting 14th-ranked (BCS) Georgia (10-3) 42-10 in Saturday's Southeastern Conference Championship Game, ending the Bulldogs' 10-game winning streak.  Kenny Hilliard scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) for the Tigers who will play in next month's BCS National Championship Game at New Orleans.


At Houston:

Austin Davis threw for 279 yards and four touchdowns on Saturday as the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (11-2; ranked #24 in the Bowl Championship Series rankings) knocked off the #6-ranked (BCS) Houston Cougars (12-1) 49-28 in the Conference USA Championship Game, handing the Cougars their first loss of the season and ending Houston's hopes of landing in a BCS bowl.

Time For Another Chapter, Boys and Girls

Time now for "Menaced By Fate," the fourth installment in Holt of the Secret Service, our 1941 Columbia Pictures chapter play.

Friday, December 02, 2011


At Detroit:

Quarterback Chandler Harnish threw two of his three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter while Mathew Sims kicked the game-winning 33-yard field goal on the final play as the Northern Illinois Huskies (10-3) came back from a 20-point halftime deficit to defeat the Ohio University Bobcats (9-4) 23-20 Friday to win the Mid-American Conference Championship Game.  The MAC title is the Huskies' first since 1983.


At Eugene, Oregon:

Running back LaMichael James, named the game's Most Valuable Player, ran for 219 yards and three touchdowns as the Oregon Ducks (11-2, ranked #9 in the BCS rankings) defeated the visiting UCLA Bruins (6-7), 49-31 in the inaugural Pacific-12 Conference Championship Game on Friday night.  The win assured the Ducks, winners for their third successive conference crown, of their third straight appearance in a BCS bowl, in this case, next month's Rose Bowl (their second in three years).