Fri, 9 Dec 2016 01:09:26 UTATLANTA (AP) — Chris Petersen chatted up Nick Saban while they waited to pose with the championship trophy, looking for any bit of insight that might help the College Football Playoff's rookie coach. The four playoff coaches were all together Thursday for a nationally televised awards show at the College Football Hall of Fame, not far from the stadium where Petersen's Washington Huskies will face Saban's defending national champions, the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, in the Peach Bowl semifinal game on New Year's Eve. The other semifinal matches Ohio State, coached by Urban Meyer, against Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers in the Fiesta Bowl. Alabama will be appearing for the third straight year, having beaten Clemson last season in a thrilling title game . The Alabama coach was asked a couple of questions about offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, who is reportedly in line to become the next head coach at Houston. The Broncos sent the game to overtime with a 50-yard hook-and-lateral touchdown in the closing seconds of regulation, and then won it in overtime with another trick play on a 2-point conversion. Petersen might need some similar tactics to knock off the mighty Crimson Tide, which will be playing close to home after going 13-0 during the regular season, capped off by a 54-16 rout of Florida in the Southeastern Conference championship game.
Thu, 8 Dec 2016 06:46:20 UTPrzemek Karnowski added 17 points and Jordan Mathews had 14 for Gonzaga (9-0), which dominated from the opening minutes. Mathews had 14 points as Gonzaga led 47-22 at halftime, after making 64 percent of its shots from the field. [...] the Huskies did have a 17-0 advantage in offensive rebounds at halftime. Washington finished with 29 offensive boards. Washington's shooting picked up early in the second half, but so did Gonzaga's and the Huskies could not make up any ground. Washington ended the home-and-home series in 2006, after Gonzaga won eight of the previous nine games. Fultz came in averaging 22.7 points per game, 13th in the nation and tops by a freshman, while four other Huskies score in double digits. The Huskies seek to end a five-year drought in going to the NCAA Tournament.
Thu, 8 Dec 2016 06:38:22 UTBoth coaches lost their fathers to cancer, so when Verlin donated a "Coach for a Day" package to an auction for Coaches vs. Ike Iroegbu had 16 points and seven rebounds for Washington State (5-4), which scored the first four points of the game, never trailed and led by 18 in the second half. Malachi Flynn added 12 points before getting into foul trouble and the Cougars shot 39 percent from the field. Idaho turned it over 14 times but grabbed 20 offensive rebounds. The Cougars ended a four-game home stand with two wins and two losses, and have three games left before conference play begins. After coming in last place in the Pac-12 last season, the Cougars are looking to put together some momentum before they face Washington to open conference play.
Thu, 8 Dec 2016 04:59:39 UTPlum, the nation's leading scorer at 29.7 points a game, made 10 of 15 shots with four 3-pointers as the Huskies (9-1) hit 100 points for the fifth time, matching the 1981-82 team for the most in a season. Chantel Osahor, the nation's leading rebounder at 14.9, had her ninth-straight double-double with 10 points and 20 rebounds for the Huskies, just a game after setting her career high of 22.
Tue, 6 Dec 2016 21:58:55 UTThe former Washington State and Detroit Lions offensive lineman played before concussion protocol, targeting fouls and rule tweaks intended to make a violent game safer. Utley still misses football and tries to stay as close to it as he can, whether he's attending Cougars games in Pullman, Washington, or Lions games in Detroit or pee-wee games wherever. —Florida State linebacker Derrick Brooks —North Carolina defensive tackle William Fuller Krumrie and McInally were former NFL teammates with the Cincinnati Bengals, and they sat next to each other on the hotel dais during a news conference Tuesday for the new Hall of Famers. Dyko played right tackle next to Utley at guard for three seasons at Washington State. Competing with my wife in the weight room and when we go to the gun range, Utley said. The Mike Utley Foundation works to raise money and support research for the treatment of spinal cord injuries.