Illinois stuns No. 6 Wisconsin 24-23 on last-second FG

first_img 10 months ago Chile’s president rolls back subway fare hike amid protests Written By Associated Press Television News COMMENT Last Updated: 20th October, 2019 19:37 IST Illinois Stuns No. 6 Wisconsin 24-23 On Last-second FG The plan was for Wisconsin to roll into a showdown with Ohio State next week unbeaten, with a defense putting up historic numbers and a Heisman Trophy contender at running back. 10 months ago Alabama’s Tagovailoa leaves game with ankle injury 10 months ago Air Asia launches Agartala-Kolkata flight service SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV First Published: 20th October, 2019 19:37 IST FOLLOW US WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago Altuve’s HR in 9th sends Astros to World Series WATCH US LIVE The plan was for Wisconsin to roll into a showdown with Ohio State next week unbeaten, with a defense putting up historic numbers and a Heisman Trophy contender at running back. Illinois had other plans. James McCourt kicked a 39-yard field as time expired and the Illini pulled off the biggest upset of the college football season, knocking off No. 6 Wisconsin 24-23 on Saturday.“Our program, we needed to get a signature win. I was just hoping today was the day, and the day came,” said Illini coach Lovie Smith, the former Chicago Bears coach who entered the game 11-31 overall and 4-26 in the Big Ten since taking over Illinois in 2016.“Against the No. 6 team in the country, we played them toe-to-toe,” Smith said. “We saw so much fight. We learned an awful lot about ourselves. We’re pumped up. One of the best wins we can possibly have at this stage in our program.”Tony Adams picked off a pass by Jack Coan for the Illini (3-4, 1-3 Big Ten), who were 30 ½-point underdogs, at midfield with 2:33 remaining that set up the winning drive.Dre Brown’s tackle-breaking 13-yard run got Illinois (3-4, 1-3) to the Wisconsin 25 with 34 seconds left and then the Illini set up McCourt to attempt a winner. The junior kicker was down the middle with the field goal to give Smith the most significant victory for Illinois in years.“No matter if it’s an extra point or a game-winner you kind of have to take the approach that every kick is the same because if you take a different approach you might get thrown off or something might be a little different,” said McCourt, who missed a 40-yard attempt in the first quarter.Fans rushed the field when it was over and “Jump Around” — a signature song at Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium — blared through the speakers at Memorial Stadium. “It was amazing,” Adams said. “It was an amazing feeling.”After the first six weeks of the college football season produced few surprises at the top of the rankings, there have now been major upsets in consecutive weeks. Last week it was then-No. 3 Georgia losing at home to South Carolina in double overtime. Wisconsin becomes the second-highest ranked team to lose to an unranked foe this season. This was even more stunning.The Badgers had not trailed this season, allowing only 29 points with four shutouts in six games. Illinois lost to Eastern Michigan earlier this season and has not even been bowl eligible since 2014. Instead, the Badgers (6-1, 4-1) blew a nine-point lead in the final 9:46 of the fourth quarter on Saturday.Illinois beat a ranked team for the first time since 2011 and knocked off a ranked Big Ten team for the first time since 2007 when the Illini beat No. 1 Ohio State in November on their way to a Rose Bowl appearance. The last time Illinois beat a ranked Big Ten team at home was October 2007, a 31-26 victory against No. 5 Wisconsin.Heisman contender Jonathan Taylor rushed 28 times for 132 yards and one touchdown for Wisconsin, but he also lost a fumble in Illinois territory in the fourth quarter to help fuel the comeback.“We had two drives late in the game that ended in turnovers,” Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said. “It’s always hard to win on the road, and that made it even harder. We just have to move on and learn from this.”Coan was 24 of 32 passing for 264 yards and a touchdown, but his second turnover of the season came at a crucial time. He sailed a pass on third-and-5 that Adams grabbed to give Illinois a short field against the No. 1 defense in the nation.Illinois had cut Wisconsin’s lead to 20-14 late in the third quarter on a 43-yard touchdown run by Reggie Corbin. Wisconsin had opportunities to pad its lead but settled for a field goal after a first-and-goal from the 3 and then Taylor fumbled at the Illinois 25.After the fumble, the Illini ripped off a 75-yard touchdown drive, capped by Brandon Peters’ 29-yard pass to Josh Imatorbhebhe to make it 23-21 with 5:53 left.Wisconsin: Put aside the College Football Playoff implications. The Badgers’ loss also twists the Big Ten West race, with No. 20 Minnesota, No. 23 Iowa and Wisconsin all yet to play each other.Illinois: The Illini pulled the stunner despite losing top receiver Ricky Smalling (right leg) early in the game and star defensive end Oluwole Betiku (undisclosed injury) early in the second half. Betiku ranks fourth in the nation in sacks last_img read more

Dodgers face St. Louis Cardinals and a hot Matt Holliday

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Each of the past two years, the Dodgers’ season has ended in St. Louis. Friday, they will make their first trip of 2015 to the Gateway city.The Dodgers and Cardinals are again in first place in their respective divisions, and a third consecutive postseason matchup isn’t hard to imagine.St. Louis usually features a team of homegrown talents whose cast changes relatively little from year to year. Yadier Molina is still the catcher. Adam Wainwright is still an ace, though he is out for the season with a torn Achilles.Maybe the most intriguing player on the 2015 Cardinals is a familiar one to Dodgers fans. Outfielder Matt Holliday has come a long way since he muffed a fly ball in the bottom of the ninth inning of a 2009 playoff game at Dodger Stadium. Holliday’s .320 batting average is the highest it’s been since 2008, when he played for the Colorado Rockies. His .433 on-base percentage would be the highest of his career over a full season.Last year, Holliday surpassed 1,080 RBIs for his career. He’s averaged 25 home runs a season for the past 11 years, a level of consistency — and health — few hitters achieve.McGwire compared Holliday to two of the best he’s ever coached, Pujols and Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, in terms of his mental approach to the game.“Matt’s very strong mentally,” McGwire said. “I can’t emphasize enough how this game is a mental grind. The stronger ones do survive, and the stronger ones you see throughout their career, the numbers are always there.”Also … Hector Olivera played in his first extended spring training game in Glendale, Ariz., and reportedly hit a long home run in his fourth at-bat. … Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Wednesday there is no set timetable for Olivera to be transferred to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. … Yasmani Grandal served as the designated hitter for Triple-A Oklahoma City, one day after he was ejected after being called out on strikes. Grandal is on the seven-day concussion disabled list and expected back Saturday. … Corey Seager went 6-for-6 with six RBIs in the game for Oklahoma City. Seager, a 21-year-old shortstop, had a home run, two doubles and three singles in the game — a triple shy of the cycle and one hit shy of tying a Pacific Coast League record. … Julio Urias underwent cosmetic surgery Thusday to remove a benign tumor from his left eye. The 18-year-old pitcher isn’t expected back in a game for another 4-5 weeks. Urias was born with a benign tumor on the eye, which does not affect his vision. He chose to have the surgery, and the time off will allow him to delay reaching his innings limit until later this season.center_img Holliday, 35, set a National League record Wednesday by reaching base in 43 straight games to begin the season. He has a hit in 31 of those games; in the other 12 he’s either been hit by a pitch or drawn a walk.“He’s always been a very good on-base guy,” said Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire, who held the same position in St. Louis from 2010-12. “He’ll take the walks. He knows how to work the count. He uses the whole field. Once in a while he’ll tap into his strength and hit homers. He’s just really good.”The Cardinals placed first baseman Matt Adams on the disabled list with a strained quad Thursday, which has been reported as a potential season-ending injury.That makes Holliday an even more central focus for opposing teams. He’s batted third in every game this season.“Really he’s just coming into his own, to tell you the truth,” McGwire said. “He’s always had really good numbers, but he’s the main focus there. He’s been surrounded by some really good hitters. Albert (Pujols) was there. (Carlos) Beltran was there, just to name a couple.”last_img read more