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GameDay Live: Southington At Hall

Hall 22, Southington 6
Southington Blue Knights   0   0    6   0 — 6
Hall Warriors                       8  14   0   0 — 22

LAST SCORING PLAY: Southington's Andrew Walowski scores on a 6-yard run.

GameDay Live: St. Paul At Kennedy

Kennedy 29, St. Paul 14
St. Paul Falcons        0    0   6   8 — 14
Kennedy Eagles        0  15   0  14 — 29

LAST SCORING PLAY: St. Paul's Jordan Rowley scores on a 4-yard run.

GameDay Live: Canes At Simsbury

New Britain 28, Simsbury 6
New Britain Hurricanes    7   0   7   14 — 28
Simsbury Trojans             0   6   0    0 —  6

LAST SCORING PLAY: New Britain's DeV'anti Gardner scores on a 4-yard run.

GameDay Live: Berlin At Plainville

Berlin 21, Plainville 18
Berlin Redcoats                0  15   6   0 — 21
Plainville Blue Devils          6   6   0   6 — 18

LAST SCORING PLAY: Plainville's Kevin Waite scores on a 77-yard run.

Week 9 College Football Picks: Baylor At Oklahoma St., Oklahoma At Kansas St., Michigan St. At Nebraska, More

Penn State is looking to make history on Saturday. (AP photo)
Brad Carroll takes a look at the top college football games of the day
Last Week: 4-3 (spread); 5-2 (overall); 0-0 (upset picks)
Craig Carroll's Week: 4-3 (spread)
This Season: 32-23-1 (spread); 45-11 (overall); 4-2 (upset picks)
Craig Carroll's Season: 31-24-1 (spread)

No. 9 Oklahoma at No. 8 Kansas State, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
The Skinny: Oklahoma is looking to bounce back from its first defeat of the season last week against Texas Tech. Kansas State is looking to take a big step in its quest to play for a national title. It adds up to a game that could go either way when the final whistle sounds. Obviously, the Wildcats will have the nation behind it, but it might not help a Kansas State offense that doesn’t scare anyone. Still, an underdog at home is always a dangerous thing. Oklahoma hasn’t dropped back-to-back Big 12 games since the 1998 season. The Pick: Oklahoma (-13.5) wins it 28-14.

GameDay Live: Middletown At BC

Middletown 29, Bristol Central 12
Middletown Blue Dragons   22   0   0   7 — 29
Bristol Central Rams           12   0   0   0 — 12

LAST SCORING PLAY: Middletown's Devon Carillo scores on a 7-yard run.

GameDay Live: Eastern At Maloney

Maloney 19, Bristol Eastern 0
Bristol Eastern Lancers    0   0   0   0 —  0
Maloney Spartans            12   7   0   0 — 19

LAST SCORING PLAY: Maloney's Karim St. Luce scores on a 63-yard run.

GameDay Live: S. Windsor At Indians

 Newington 41, South Windsor 16
South Windsor Bobcats     0   0   7   9 — 16
Newington Indians            17  14   3   7 — 41

LAST SCORING PLAY: South Windsor tackles Isiah Young for a safety.

College GameDay Rewind Week 8: Who Said Oklahoma Wasn't A Contender? I Did; Plus National Title Picture For Undefeated Teams

Oklahoma lost its chance at a national title Saturday. (AP photo)
Watching Texas Tech knock off Oklahoma late Saturday night left me with a pretty big smile on my face. While it was great, and typically always is great, when a huge underdog knocks off one of the top ranked teams in the country, this had more to do with the Sooners constantly saying to anyone who would listen that they were the best team in the nation.

The constant refrain was Oklahoma wasn’t being given the respect it deserved this season. If you read my College GameDay Rewind column two weeks ago you know what I thought about the team and all the talk. In a nutshell, I said the Sooners had no business even being in the discussion as the best team in the country. I’ve been saying and writing it early in the season as well.

But even with all the talk about being underrated, the Sooners got a ton of respect from the media and pollsters, even picking up first-place votes in the AP poll. Now, finally, nobody has to hear the Sooners talk anymore. They’re done.

NFL Week 7 Winners And Losers: We Name Winners (Tim Tebow, DeMarco Murray, More) And Losers (Tony Sparano, Raiders QB's, More)

  By Craig Carroll  
In this installment of Thoughts & Observations from Week 7 of the NFL season, we break down the top three winners and the top three losers from the week that was. Have your own thoughts? Let everyone know in the comments section below. But, for now, it's time for some winners and losers.

Tim Tebow. (AP photo)
* Tim Tebow: The Denver Broncos quarterback didn't get off to a great start in his first start of the year, in fact, he flat out stunk for three and a half quarters. But then Tebow flipped the script and showed why he can be successful in this league. The guy just knows how to win games. Denver trailed 15-0 until Tebow rallied the team back with two touchdown passes and a two-point conversation in the final 2:44 of the game to force overtime. The Broncos kicked the game-winning field goal to give Denver and Tebow the win. I'm not a Tebow supporter, but like him or not, you can't deny the fact he is a winner and he proved that again on Sunday.

DeMarco Murray. (AP photo)
* DeMarco Murray: With Dallas playing without starting running back Felix Jones, the plan was to have Tashard Choice (who got the start) and DeMarco Murray split the carries. That lasted all of four plays. Murray came in on Dallas's fifth play of the game and took his first handoff 91 yards untouched to the house for a touchdown. Murray took over the game, gashing the St. Louis Rams for big run after big run. Murray ran the ball 25 times for a Cowboys single-game record 253 yards. Anytime time you pass Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett and future Hall of Famer and current NFL rushing king Emmit Smith for a team record, it's an amazing feat. Murray will get his first start this coming Sunday in primetime.

Drew Brees. (AP photo)
* Drew Brees: The Saints passer is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and Sunday night he showed why. Brees completed 31-of-35 passes for 325 yards and five touchdowns, and the Saints set a franchise record for points and victory margin in a 62-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts.. "It was just our night, one of those games that doesn't come along too often," Brees said. "We needed a win like this, especially after the past week and everything we've gone through." The only thing Brees didn't do Sunday night was extend his NFL record for consecutive 350-yard passing games (4) which would have easily been attained if he wasn't pulled in the third quarter. Brees should be in for another big week Sunday against the winless Rams.

Jets Defeat Chargers: We Hand Out Game Balls (Sanchez, Plaxico, Revis) And Game Falls (Leonhard, Mauga)

We're handing out game balls and game falls after the Jets came up with their best victory of the season, a 27-21 win over the San Diego Chargers at home. The Jets are 4-3 heading into the bye week.

The Game Balls
Mark Sanchez. (AP photo)
* Mark Sanchez: The Jets quarterback had one of the better games of his career, throwing three touchdown passes and coming up with big play after big play in the second half. The biggest play, besides the obvious scoring passes, was his one-yard scramble on third-and-one to get the team a first-and-goal from the 10 in the closing minutes. Sanchez dove head first knowing the team needed a first down to force the Chargers to use their three timeouts. The Jets ended up kicking a field goal and gave San Diego the ball back with 1:40 and no timeouts. Philip Rivers couldn't do anything from there. Sanchez was 18-for-33 for 173 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 25 rushing yards. Beyond the stats, Sanchez has the intangibles to lead this team to the Super Bowl. He proved it Sunday.

Plaxico Burress. (AP photo)
* Plaxico Burress: Finally, Burress came to play, scoring three touchdowns after a week of fans and media asking why he is even on the team. He had just 25 yards on four catches, but when you score inside the red zone - the top reason the Jets got Burress in the first place - on catches of 3, 4 and 3 yards, that's all that matters. On top of the obvious high that comes from having that big of a day, Burress needed a performance like this to prove to the team and to himself that he is still the player he was before he went to prison. Hopefully the Jets also realized they have a red zone target and should use it.

Shonn Greene. (AP photo)
* Shonn Greene: This was the first time the Jets were able to run the ball the way they have the past few years, and Greene was the main reason why. Greene ran for 112 yards, including a bunch of big runs that kept the Chargers defense off balance and allowed the Jets to pass the ball more effectively. The Jets ran for 162 yards overall, a performance that was reminiscent of the team's first two seasons under Rex Ryan. Greene rushed 20 times - which he must do every week - with a 5.6 yards per carry average. The running game as a whole rushed for 5.2 yards per carry. Greene's 112 yards was a season-high.

Darrelle Revis. (AP photo)
* Darrelle Revis: I don't know what else to write about Revis that I haven't already. Revis did it again, intercepting a Rivers pass that changed the game and gave the Jets complete momentum. With the Chargers leading 21-17 and a third-and-5 from the Jets' 25, Rivers targeted Antonio Cromartie, but the corner had great coverage and the ball popped in the air. Revis corralled it and ran it back 64 yards to the Chargers' 19. Six plays later the Jets had their first lead of the game. Revis also did the job against the Chargers best receiver, Vincent Jackson, holding him to just one catch for 15 yards. The Chargers offense did nothing in the second half, led, as always, by Revis.

Kyle Wilson. (AP photo)
* Kyle Wilson: The cornerback who studied with Revis this offseason finally had a game to remember for the Jets. Wilson had a huge interception in the fourth quarter, stopping a Chargers' drive right after the Jets took a 24-21 lead. He had great coverage on Jackson, but Rivers thought he had an opening and threw the ball. Wilson made him pay, cutting in front and picking the pass off. He returned it 10 yard to the Chargers' 47. The Jets turned the interception into a field goal and a six-point lead with 1:36 to play. Wilson has been a disappointment since being drafted in the first round out of Boise State, but maybe this was a turning point for the still young player.

GameDay Live: Wilby At St. Paul

 Wilby 60, St. Paul 27
Wilby Wildcats      40   12    0   8 —  60
St. Paul Falcons      7    0   13   7 —  27

LAST SCORING PLAY: St. Paul's Justin Gonzalez scores on an 18-yard pass from Logan Marchi.

GameDay Live: Plainville At NWC

Northwest Catholic 49, Plainville 7
Plainville Blue Devils    7    0   0   0 — 7
NW Catholic Indians    14  14  7  14 — 49

LAST SCORING PLAY: Northwest's Tim Kuhlberg scores on a 9-yard run.

Bristol Native Sean Ware Will Make His Pro Football Debut Tonight

Bristol's Sean Ware makes his debut. (AP photo)
UPDATE: Sean Ware had two tackles in the Calgary Stampeders 25-13 victory over the Roughriders Friday night.

Bristol native Sean Ware will make his professional football debut tonight with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. Ware, who attended Bristol Central High School and later the University of New Hampshire, signed with the Stampeders earlier this season after being released by the Carolina Panthers (of the NFL) during training camp.

"I'm pretty excited; can't wait," Ware told the Calgary Herald.

GameDay Live: Conard At Canes

 Conard 29, New Britain 14
Conard Chieftans             15   0   7   7 — 29
New Britain Hurricanes     0   0   14   0 — 14

LAST SCORING PLAY: Conard's Anthony Lugo scores on a 10-yard run.

GameDay Live: Berlin At Rockville

 Berlin 41, Rockville 0
Berlin Redcoats     20   21  0   0 — 41
Rockville Rams       0     0   0   0 — 0

LAST SCORING PLAY: Berlin's Tyler Bouchard scores on a 74-yard pass from Mitch Williams.

GameDay Live: SHS At Glastonbury

Glastonbury 19, Southington 16 
Southington Blue Knights    3   6   0   7 — 16
Glastonbury Tomahawks      0   0   6   13 — 19

LAST SCORING PLAY: Glastonbury's Devin O'Reilly scores on a 3-yard run.

Week 8 College Football Picks: USC At Notre Dame, Auburn At LSU, Wisconsin At Michigan State, More

LSU takes on Auburn Saturday afternoon. (AP photo)
Brad Carroll takes a look at the top college football games of the day
Last Week: 3-4 (spread); 4-3 (overall); 0-1 (upset picks)
Craig Carroll's Week: 4-3 (spread)
This Season: 28-20-1 (spread); 40-9 (overall); 4-2 (upset picks)
Craig Carroll's Season: 27-21-1 (spread)

No. 20 Auburn at No. 1 LSU, 3:30 p.m., CBS
The Skinny: LSU will be without three players, including Tyrann Mathieu, the team’s best defensive player, as they violated the team’s drug policy. Spencer Ware, the team’s leading rusher, and defensive back Therold Simon are also suspended. While that shouldn’t stop the Tigers from winning the game, it will give Auburn hope in keeping the game close enough to scare LSU on its home field. Mathieu, remember, was getting a lot of Heisman buzz before this incident. The Pick: LSU (-21.5) wins it 30-17.

GameDay Live: Central At Maloney

 Maloney 53, Bristol Central 21 
Bristol Central Rams   14    7   0   0 — 21
Maloney Spartans        13   20  20   0 — 53

LAST SCORING PLAY: Maloney's K'Vone West scores on a 9-yard run.

GameDay Live: Indians At M'chester

 Manchester 58, Newington 35
Newington Indians       7   7   0   21 — 35
Manchester Indians      8  30  8   12 — 58

LAST SCORING PLAY: Newington's Zachary Morris scores on a 10-yard pass from Jon Snyder.

GameDay Live: Farmington At BE

 Farmington 41, Bristol Eastern 0
Farmington Indians            7   21  13  0 — 41
Bristol Eastern Lancers     0    0   0   0 — 0

LAST SCORING PLAY: Farmington's Adam Buono scores on a 15-yard run.

NFL Week 6 Winners And Losers: We Name Winners (Raiders, Bengals, More) & Losers (Harbaugh, Schwartz)

  By Craig Carroll  
In this installment of Thoughts & Observations from Week 6 of the NFL season, we break down the top three winners and the top three losers from the week that was. Have your own thoughts? Let everyone know in the comments section below. But, for now, it's time for some winners and losers.

Carson Palmer is a Raider. (AP photo)
* Oakland Raiders | Cincinnati Bengals: Not only did both teams improve this weekend to 4-2 with wins over Cleveland and Indianapolis, respectively, they also completed a blockbuster deal. The Bengals sent holdout/retired QB Carson Palmer to the Raiders in exchange for possibly two first round draft picks. It's a great deal for both teams, as the Bengals, who have already replaced Palmer with Andy Dalton, got back the best deal possible in a first-round pick in 2012 and no worse than a second-round pick in 2013. That latter pick could switch to a first-round pick based on performance.Oakland also won in the trade, as anytime you can get a franchise quarterback, it's worth giving up on high draft picks. I'm sure fans Raiders fans would trade those picks any day if it meant Palmer could lead them to the playoffs

Alex Smith. (AP photo)
* San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers stand at 5-1 after beating the previously undefeated Detroit Lions, 25-19, in Detroit. The 49ers relied on their best offensive player, Frank Gore, to pound the ball, and Gore answered, carrying the ball 15 times for 141 yards and a touchdown. The 49ers as a team ran the ball 29 times for 203 yards. Still, San Francisco needed a late rally, and on a 4th-and-goal play from the six, QB Alex Smith hit Delanie Walker for the game-winning touchdown. San Fran is a completely different team under new head coach Jim Harbaugh, and it appears they will cruise to an NFC West title.

Michael Turner. (AP photo)
* Michael Turner: The struggling Atlanta Falcons couldn't afford to lose another game, yet alone another division game. So they went back to basics to beat the Carolina Panthers. They ran the ball with their great running back, Michael Turner, who dominated the Panthers Sunday, toting the rock 27 times for 137 yards and three touchdowns giving Atlanta renewed hope going foward this season. Atlanta is in for another tough matchups this week against Detroit and they need Turner to be at his best once again.

Jets Defeat Dolphins: We Hand Out Game Balls (Revis, Ellis, Hunter) And Game Falls (Plaxico, Leonhard, More)

We're handing out game balls and game falls after the Jets saved their season Monday night with a 24-6 victory over the Miami Dolphins. After three straight losing editions, we finally get back to some positives.

The Game Balls
Darrelle Revis. (AP photo)
* Darrelle Revis: The Jets saved their season with a win over the Dolphins, but more specifically, Darrelle Revis saved the Jets season with one big play early in the game. With the Dolphins on the verge of going up 10-0 in the first quarter, which could have been the final nail in the coffin of the Jets season, Revis picked off a pass at the goal line intended for Brandon Marshall and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown. It gave the Jets a 7-3 lead, but more importantly gave the team a much-needed jolt in confidence. Revis added another interception late in the game to complete yet another stellar game for the All-World cornerback.

The Jets O-Line. (AP photo)
* Wayne Hunter: The offensive line as a whole had their best game of the season, giving quarterback Mark Sanchez all the time in the world to pass the ball. They did allow one late sack, but all in all it was a bounce-back performance for a unit that was called out by Santonio Holmes. The one player who stood out the most  was Wayne Hunter, who has shown up in the "game falls" section regularly this season. Hunter went one-on-one for the majority of the game against the Dolphins best defensive player, Cameron Wake, and turned him into a non-factor. Hunter has been bad this season, so hopefully this is a turning point.

* Kenrick Ellis: The rookie defensive tackle from Hampton was activated for the first time this season, and after watching him play Monday night, the question is why hasn't he played sooner. Ellis made a couple of big plays behind the line of scrimmage, recording three total tackles, including two solo. He was the explosive presence in the middle of the line the Jets were hoping for. We'll see if he continues to get playing time.

Calvin Pace. (AP photo)
* Calvin Pace: The Jets linebacker had a big game for a defense that hasn't been able to get pressure on the quarterback. Pace had two sacks against the Dolphins. He added seven tackles as well. Overall, the Jets pass rush was better than it has been this season. In addition to Pace, Aaron Maybin, the former first round draft pick the Buffalo Bills gave up on, had another strip-sack as well for the Jets. The Jets totaled four sacks and had 11 hits on the quarterback with Pace leading the way.

Santonio Holmes. (AP photo)
* Santonio Holmes: The Jets captain needed to play well, especially after calling out the offensive line this week. He responded by catching three passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. The big play, obviously, was the touchdown reception. Holmes collected a short Sanchez pass and ran around the Dolphins defensive backs to score on a 38-yard catch and run. It was the play that put the game away for the Jets, as it pushed the lead to 24-6 with 11 minutes to play in the game.

College GameDay Rewind Week 7: A Football Player Who Could Fly, Say Goodbye To Beckett, And More

The Evil One says to watch out for the flying football player.
This week’s edition of College GameDay Rewind is being written from Long Island, which means it was an Evil weekend for yours truly. Yes, anxiously awaiting my arrival was the Evil One, who also goes by the name Craig Carroll. You all know Craig, the guy with the sharp tongue and masked appearance who spews venom each and every week on our college football web show. Believe me, Craig being heard and not seen is a plus.

Well, actually, after a conversation I had with the fire-breathing man-beast Saturday night, I might take that back. Here’s an actual back-and-forth I had with the Evil One during the Arizona State-Oregon game.