The Cincinnati Bengals easily disposed of the Oakland Raiders 34-10, Sunday. With the victory, the Bengals have won 3 consecutive games. Raiders QB (fmr. Bengals) Carson Palmer struggled and frankly was beaten up throughout the game. The Bengals defense sacked Palmer four times, and hit him countless other plays. Meanwhile, Bengals QB Andy Dalton fired 3 TD passes. Two of those pass were thrown to WR Mohammed Sanu, and the other to TE Jermaine Gresham. Cincinnati RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis had a TD and over 100 yards rushing.
There were also extra-curricular activities involved, in which a couple of frustrated Raiders brawled with Bengals OL Andrew Whitworth in the 4th Quarter. All three players were ejected from the game.
Rutgers leaves to join Big Ten, along with Maryland from the ACCFirst, Boston College, Miami, and Virginia Tech left the Big East in 2003. After the shake-up, Cincinnati, Louisville, and South Florida joined the Big East. Last year, West Virginia left the BE for the Big 12. Pittsburgh and Syracuse will join the ACC from the Big East, next year. Now, Rutgers will join the crowd leaving the Big East, this time for the Big Ten. There are already rumors that Connecticut, is likely ACC replacement for Maryland. While there will be new teams to replace the ones leaving (including San Diego State, Boise State, and Houston) there are talks that these additions may not be followed through. This is combined with the fact that the Big East will lose its automatic bid for the BCS next year.
Will Cincinnati be in the Big East for long? Time will only tell. If Louisville ends up staying in the Big East, then UC will probably stay. But if Louisville bolts for the Big 12 or ACC, UC will probably follow.
With the top two teams going down Saturday (Kansas State and Oregon), Notre Dame is the new #1 team, after blowing out Wake Forest 38-0. Alabama is back to #2, as they took care of Western Carolina, 49-0. Georgia moves to #3, Florida to #4, and Oregon to #5 after losing to Stanford in overtime. K-State dropped from #1 to #6 after losing to Baylor 52-24. Ohio State is #4 in the AP Poll but is excluded from the BCS Rankings (NCAA Violations). OSU and ND are the only undefeated teams remaining.This Week:
The Buffalo Bills defeated the Miami Dolphins 19-14 in Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY. Leodis McKelvin returned a punt for a 79 yard touchdown to give the Bills a 7-0 lead. Marcus Thigpen responded for the dolphins with a 96 yard kickoff return. Both returns happened in the first quarter, for the first time since 2000. The Dolphins have not had an offensive play for more than 20 yards in two games. Bills K Rian Lindell had 4 field goals, while Dolphins K Ryan Tannehill threw for one TD and two INT’s. Buffalo and Miami both now have 4-6 records, tied in the AFC East.
WR Thomas Johnson of the Texas A&M Aggies football team, was declared missing since Monday. Johnson, a freshman, was found safe in Dallas. Johnson was last seen leaving College Station,TX Monday. Dallas is 180 miles away from College Station. A news conference is scheduled for today.
College basketball was under way Monday, as the Xavier Musketeers defeated the Butler Bulldogs 62-47. The game was featured during ESPN’s 24-hour college basketball broadcast. Xavier improves to 2-0. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Bearcats easily beat the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils 102-60 to improve to 2-0 as well.
The Pittsburgh Steelers narrowly defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 16-13 on Monday Night Football in overtime. It was a bittersweet victory, however, as the Steelers lost QB Ben Roethlisberger to a shoulder sprain in the 2nd half. 2nd string QB Byron Leftwich replaced Big Ben for the remainder of the game. The game started well for the Chiefs who took their first lead in the entire season (during regulation) with a rushing touchdown by RB Jamaal Charles. After a Ryan Succop field goal, KC held a 10-0 lead. Pittsburgh responded with 13 points, including a WR Mike Wallace TD catch from Roethlisberger. Chiefs QB Matt Cassel led his team on late 4th quarter drive, with the score 13-10 Pit. The result was a field goal (Succop) that sent the game to overtime. But Cassel couldn’t continue the magic as the former New England Patriot threw a disastrous interception in Kansas City territory. K Shaun Suisham won the game for the Steelers with a short field goal. Steelers improved to 6-3, while Chiefs fall to 1-8.