Ohio football learned their bowl fate yesterday, accepting an invite to the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana where the Bobcats will play Louisiana-Monroe on December 28th. The Bobcats and Warhawks both finished the season at 8-4. Louisiana-Monroe is out of the Sun Belt and their best win was back in week one when they upset at the time #8 Arkansas. The Bobcats and Warhawks meet on Power 105 in the Independence Bowl on December 28th. Pre game coverage starts at 11:30 AM with the Bobcat Insider and kickoff at 1.
Some other MAC teams receiving bowls included Northern Illinois to the Orange Bowl against Florida State. Kent State to the Godaddy.com Bowl against Arkansas State. Toledo to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against Utah State. Ball State to the Beff O’Brady’s Bowl against Central Florida. Bowling Green to the Military Bowl against San Jose State and Central Michigan to the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl against Western Kentucky.
The Cincinnati Bengals won their fourth straight game yesterday with a 20-13 win over San Diego. The Bengals laid the first punch in the first quarter on an Andy Dalton to Jermaine Gresham 19-yard touchdown pass. San Diego came right back though in the second with ten unanswered points behind a Demorrio Williams 31-yard interception return. The teams then traded field goals before the half and the Chargers led by three. However, the Bengals took the lead on an Andy Dalton six-yard touchdown run and a Mike Nugent 24-yard field goal. With seconds left on the clock, Phillip Rivers’ heave to the endzone was intercepted by Reggie Nelson to end the game. Cincinnati is now 7-5 and the Bengals will host Dallas on Sunday. The game can be heard on 970 WATH with pre game at 11:30 and kick at 1.
The Cleveland Browns topped the Oakland Raiders yesterday, 20-17. The Browns went up 10-0 in the second quarter on a Brandon Weeden 44-yard touchdown pass to Josh Gordon and Cleveland would not trail the rest of the way. Trent Richardson plowed into the endzone from three yards out to clinch the victory in the fourth quarter. The Browns have now won four of their last seven and will host Kansas City on Sunday at 1.
Elsewhere in the NFL, Pittsburgh ousted Baltimore, 23-20. Denver bested Tampa Bay, 31-23. The New York Jets clipped Arizona, 7-6. New England defeated Miami, 23-16. St. Louis outlasted San Francisco, 16-13 in overtime. Kansas City upset Carolina, 27-21. Houston toppled Tennessee, 24-10. Green Bay topped Minnesota, 23-14. Indianapolis edged Detroit, 35-33. Seattle snuck past Chicago, 23-17 in overtime and Buffalo handled Jacksonville, 34-18.
The Tri-Valley Conference released their all conference football teams yesterday. Among Athens County Teams, the Athens Bulldogs led the way with seven named to the team. Athens’ Joey Burrow, Tanner Wood, John Keifer, Skylar Schwarzel, Tyler McIntosh, Trae Williams and Dakota Thompson were All-TVC Ohio, while Nelsonville-York placed Austin McCulloch, Clint Handa, Joey Young, Isaac Andrews and Zach Mays on the All-Conference team. Also, Gage Miller, Chris Grant, Tyler Smith and Nathan Stover of Alexander were All-TVC Ohio. Athens QB Joey Burrow and LB Tanner Wood were offensive and defensive player of the year while Athens coach Ryan Adams was coach of the year in the TVC-Ohio. In the Hocking, Trimble’s Konner Standley, Jacob Koons, Casey Degarmore, Brett Downs, Jon Stevens and Wyatt Deak were All-Conference as well as Federal Hocking’s Delbert Crum, Peyton Seel, Kyle Jackson, Terrence Mayle and Andrew Smith. Trimble QB Konner Standley was named TVC-Hocking offensive player of the year and Jacob Koons was co-defensive player of the year.
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