Titans stun Steelers 26-23, RIP Beano Cook, College Football News and Notes, MLB Playoffs, Frys update + Free Play for Friday, October 12, 2012

Titans beat Steelers on final kick

Rob Bironis kicked his fourth field game of the game on the final play of the game as The Tennessee Titans beat Pittsburg 26-23. Matt Hasselbeck was 25-44 for 290 and a score outdueling Ben Roethlisberger (24-40, 363, 1-0) who became the Steelers all-time passing yardage leader in defeat. Pittsburg is now 0-3 on the road this year. Dog and over players cashed their tickets.

Jets offensive lineman Matt Slauson has been fined $10,000 for his peel-block on Texan linebacker Brian Cushing. On the play, Cushing tore his ACL and is done for the year. A peel-back block is deemed to be illegal if initiated to an opponent’s back or the side, according to the NFL rulebook. Slauson was not penalized for the hit during the game.

Slauson’s block …. You make the call

College Football Icon Beano Cook dead at 81

ESPN college football commentator Beano Cook died in his sleep on Thursday. He was 81. Cook was the Sports Information Director at his alma mater Pittsburg before joining ABC Sports in 1966. Cook has been with the four-letter-network since 1986 and will be remembered as one of college football’s biggest advocates. If you are unfamiliar with his work, the video is a must see. RIP Beano.

Beano Cook Tribute

Western Kentucky, Tulsa, and Arizona State were Thursday night winners

It was all chalk on Thursday night with the favorites cashing all three games of the Thursday night triple-header. Western Kentucky overcame a slow start to defeat Troy 31-26. The Hilltoppers are now 11-2 in their last 13 games with their only losses coming to LSU and Alabama. Tulsa used a 20-0 third quarter to put down UTEP in CUSA action. DeAundre Brown led the swarming Golden Hurricane defense with 14 tackles including three sacks in the 33-11 win. Jordan Leslie had 10 catches for 218 yards and a score for the losing Miners. In the nightcap, Arizona State opened up a second half 31-0 can of whup ass on the Colorado Buffalos to win going away 51-17. The Sun Devils improved to 5-1.

In tonight’s NCAAF action, Navy travels to Mount Peasant to face the Chippewas of Central Michigan. The line opened at CMU -2 with the over/under set at 60 and that’s unchanged as of this writing at 6:00 AM EST. Navy is off an emotional rivalry game win over Air Force. The Middies three losses were by an average of 32-6. The Chips are 1-4 against the points this year and 1-5 as a home favorite under Enos. Weather will be clear with temperature at game time projected to be around 41.

Giant comeback, Werth walk-off, Balt in 13, Verlander eliminates A’s

It looked pretty gloomy for San Francisco after the Giants lost the first two games (both at home) of their best-of-five NLDS series with the Cincinnati Reds but …. the 2010 World Champions just chipped away, finally coming away with a 6-4 win in the decisive Game Five to take the series. Buster Posey had the big blow with a grand slam in San Fran’s six-run fith inning. The Giants became the first team in MLB history to come back from 2-0 down deficit in a division series since the MLB went to the format in 1995.

The other NLDS series will go to a fifth game after Jason Werth’s walk-off home run in the ninth gave the Washington Nationals a 2-1 win over St Louis in the nation’s capital. Adam LaRoche also homered for the Nats. The Cards got their run on a Carlos beltran sacrifice fly. Tonight at 8:35 PM EST, Washington and 21-game winner Gio Gonzalez are -132 favorites over the Cardinals and Adam Wainright. The Cardinals have won seven straight elimination games.

The Yankees and Orioles will go to a win or go ho home Game Five after Baltimore beat the Bombers 2-1 in 13 innings. JJ Hardy drove home Manny Machado with a game winning double. A-Rod continues to struggle going one-for-four and is now two-for-16 in the series with nine strikeouts. Today at 5:05 PM EST, CC Sabathia is -200 over the O’s Jason Hammel. The total is 7 and 1/2. The visitor is 14-8 in the series. The Orioles are now 31-10 in one-run games, 17-3 in extra innings but ….. all three losses were to the Pinstripes.

Detroit’s Jason Verlander was lights out in throwing a complete game four-hit shutout as the Tigers eliminated the A’s three games to two with a 6-0 victory in Oakland. Verlander struck out 11 and walked just one in his 122 pitch masterpiece. Austin Jackson ignited a two-run third and a four-run seventh with key hits as Motown moves on the the ALCS.

O’Hern leads Frys after one round

Nick O’Hern fired a 9-under 62 to take the first round lead at the Frys.com Open at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, California. O’Hern was three shots better than Ryder Cup hero Nicolas Colsearts, Jhonattan Vegas, and Duke Ernst. The Frys Open is one of the four final fall events where players can scramble to make the top 125 on the money list and automatically retain their cards for 2013.

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