NCAAF podcast with Michelle Richardson: Michigan State suffers first loss of season; Cincinnati stays perfect; Wake Forrest loses first game

Michigan State Spartans running back Connor Heyward (1) takes a leap of faith over the Purdue Boilmakers safety Marvin Grant (4) during the first half on Sat Nov 6, 2021 at West Lafayette (AP News photo)

On the NCAAF podcast with Michelle:

#1 Purdue Boilermakers (6-3) upsets No.3 Michigan State Spartans (8-1) with a 40-29 win on Saturday the Boilermakers quarterback Aidan O’Connell threw for 536 yards and three touchdowns. The loss was the Spartans first loss of the season Boilermakers and running back Kenneth Walker carried for 146 yards and one touchdown.

#2 Nov 6. Cincinnati Bearcats remain undefeated (9-0) with a 28-20 win Saturday against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. There were two fumbles near the goal line and Cincinnati was able to keep things in check for the win. Bearcats quarterback Desmond Ridder 15-23 for 274 yards and two touchdowns.

#3 The No. 10 Wake Forrest Demon Deacons (8-1) dropped their first game of the season to the North Carolina Tar Heels (5-4) 58-55. Wake Forrest had a 48-34 going into the fourth quarter. UNC rallied for 24 points in the fourth quarter getting a three point win in the end.

Michelle’s Final Thoughts

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NCAA Football podcast with Michelle Richardson: Oklahoma holds off Nebraska 23-16; Michigan State blows past Hurricanes; plus more

Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Spencer Rattler (17) lead the Sooners to a 23-16 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers 23-16 on Sat Sep 18, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the NCAA Football podcast with Michelle:

#1 Number 3 Oklahoma Sooners defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers 23-16 on Saturday. The Sooners just got by the Cornhuskers in the first quarter the Sooners outscored the Cornhuskers 7-3 after that the Cornhuskers matched the Sooners in the second quarter a 0-0 shutout, in the third quarter the Sooners outscoring the Cornhuskers 9-6 and in the four quarter a 7-7 score.

#2 Michelle how shocked were you to see #1 Michigan State Spartans defeat #2 Miami Hurricanes 38-17. The Spartans quarterback Payton Thorne was 18-31 for 261 yards and threw a lot of touchdowns four of them in the win.

#3 No.1 Alabama Crimson Tide defeated No.11 the Florida Gators 31-29 in a close contest. The Gators scored six in the fourth quarter but came up short by two to tie it and the Crimson Tide remain perfect at 3-0. Alabama quarterback Bryce Young went 22 for 35 for 233 yards and three touchdowns.

Michelle’s Final thoughts

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NCAA Football podcast with Michelle Richardson: Don’t call him Neon Deion call him coach; Buckeyes shocked by Ducks; Mich St blows out Youngstown

Oregon Ducks quarterback Anthony Brown (13) threw for 236 yards against the Ohio State Buckeyes in NCAA action on Sat Sep 11, 2021 in Columbus (photo from Yahoo Sports)

On the NCAAF podcast with Michelle:

#1 Former NFL great and Hall of Famer and current head coach at Jackson State Deion Sanders insists that everyone call him coach that includes media, alumni, fans, and especially his players. Sanders said that doctors, nurses, and other have earned their title and so has he. Sanders even walked out on a media scrum when a reporter who refused to to address him as coach. Is Sanders correct on insisting that he be called coach?

#2 Michelle, how surprising is it that the Ohio State Buckeyes ranked #3 lost to #12 Oregon 35-28. The Ducks quarterback Anthony Brown threw 17 for 35 for 236 yards and two touchdowns. The Ducks scored for 14 points in each of the second and third quarters and the Buckeyes just couldn’t get any offense going.

#3 For Michigan State Spartans (2-0) no contest on Saturday as they upended Youngstown State Penguins (1-1) 42-14. The Spartans quarterback Payton Thorne was throwing all day the only time he got any rest was when his back up Anthony Russo came in at the end of the game to give him a rest. Thorne was 15 for 21 for 280 yards and had four touchdowns.

Michelle’s Final Thoughts

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Fighting Illini comes to the Bay Area to face the Cal Golden Bears photo: Josh Imatorbhebhe of the Illinois Illini makes a 83 yard catch against the Michigan State Spartans, Imatorbhebhe and the Illini battle the Cal Bears at Levi Stadium on Mon Dec 30th for the Red Box Bowl

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-With the Redbox Bowl in basically their own backyard, the California Golden Bears will have the home field advantage, but do not tell that to their opponents, the Fighting Illini of Illinois.

During the 2019 season, the Fighting Illini went 3-2 on the road, including a 37-34 victory over the Michigan State Spartans that came after the Fighting Illini entered the fourth quarter trailing 31-10 when the final stanza began.

Josh Imatorbhebhe was on the receiving end of an 83-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Peters to cut the Spartans lead down to 31-17.

Reggie Corbin then cut the lead down in half, as he scored on a six-yard run just three minutes after the Peters to Imatorbhebhe touchdown pass.

The Fighting Illini defense got in on the act, as they tied up the game, when Sydney Brown returned an interception 76 yards to get them within one.

After Michigan State kicked a field goal to increase their lead up to four points, Peters and the Fighting Illini got the ball back for one final drive.

The Fighting Illini then converted a fourth-and-17, then got another first down when the Spartans were called for pass interference in the end zone on another fourth down possession.

Peters then gave them the lead for the first time on the afternoon, as he found Daniel Barker for a five-yard touchdown pass with five seconds remaining in the game to give the Fighting Illini their sixth win of the season and bowl eligible for the first time since the 2014 season.

This was the biggest comeback in school history, and the 27 points scored by them in the fourth quarter were the most by an opponent in the 96-year, 544-game history of Spartan Stadium.

In all, the Fighting Illini went 3-2 away from Memorial Stadium.

Lovie Smith, who is in his fourth year in Champaign as head coach leads the team to their first bowl game since the 2014 Zaxbys Heart of Dallas Bowl, where they lost to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 35-18.

As for coming to bowl games in Northern California, this is not the Fighting Illinis first trip to the Bay Area.

The Fighting Illini came to the area in 2011, where behind Nathan Scheelhaase went 18-for-30 for 139 yards passing with a touchdown and an interception. Scheelhaase was also the leading rusher, as he gained 110 yards on 22 carries and the Fighting Illini defeated the UCLA Bruins 20-14 at AT&T Park.

Overall, this is the eighth trip to California in a bowl game for the Fighting Illini, as they are 3-2 in the Rose Bowl, 0-1 in the Holiday Bowl and 1-0 in what was then known as the Kraft Hunger Bowl, now known as the Redbox Bowl.

A graduate transfer from Big 10 rival Michigan, Peters started 10 games for the Fighting Illini and led them in passing, as he went 130-for-238 with 1,611 yards passing with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Corbin was the leading ground gainer, as he carried the ball 129 times for 691 yards and six touchdowns.

Imatorbhebhe led the team in receptions with 33, yards with 634 and nine touchdowns.

NCAAF podcast with Michelle Richardson: Tagovailoa will be out for rest of season; Wolves get big win over MSU; Penn State goes over Indiana

espn photo: Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is carted off the field after getting a dislocated hip and a bloody nose. Tagovailoa will be out for the rest of the season.

On the NCAAF podcast with Michelle:

#1 The Alabama Crimson Tide’s Tua Tagovailoa will be out for the rest of the season due to a dislocated hip and he got a bloody nose in the Tide’s game with Mississippi State. Alabama won it 38-7. What will the loss of Tagovailoa mean for the Crimson Tide?

#2 Penn State picked a big win over the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday with a 34-27 win. The Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford threw for 178 yards, 11-23 and one touchdown.

#3 Michigan improved to 8-2 with a 44-10 win over Michigan State and the Wolverines quarterback Sean Patterson threw for 384 yards, 24-33, and four touchdowns.

Michelle’s Final Thoughts

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NCAAF podcast with Michelle Richardson: Buckeyes come away with easy win; Pittsburgh wins 4th straight game; Michigan State’s Dantonio has 7-hour deposition photo: Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins, who carried for 121 yards, contributed to the Buckeyes’ landslide win Friday at Northwestern.

On the NCAAF podcast with Michelle:

#1 The Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields threw four touchdowns and running back J.K. Dobbins ran for 121 yards as the No. 4 ranked Buckeyes crushed Northerwestern in a laugher 52-3 on Friday night.

#2 Pittsburgh (5-2, 2-1) edged Syracuse (3-4, 0-3) 27-20 when Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns. Pickett even used a trick play in one of his touchdowns. The win was Pittsburgh’s fourth consecutive.

#4 Michigan State University head coach Mark Dantonio, who had a seven-hour deposition for wrongful termination issues regarding the recruiting of Austin Robertson, who is in prison for sexual assault. Six MSU players have entered a transfer portal and MSU is in a state of dysfunction are 4-3 this season.

Michelle’s Final Thoughts

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NCAA National Championship Game podcast with Michelle Richardson: Texas Tech-Virginia duel it out in what could be one for the ages

photo from The Texas Tech Red Raiders Jarrett Culver (23) celebrates during the second half of Saturday’s Final Four against Michigan State Spartans in a ten-point 63-53 win to advance to the National Championship on Monday night.

On the NCAA National Championship Game podcast with Michelle Richardson:

#1 It’s the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Virginia Cavaliers for the NCAA National Championship to wind down the NCAA season. Michelle sets this one up

#2 The Red Raiders got a hefty ten-point win over the Michigan State Spartans 61-51 and Matt Mooney led Texas Tech with 22 points for the win.

#3 Virginia just gets by the Auburn Tigers 63-62. How badly did the official miss Virginia’s double dribble and if they caught it would that have put the Tigers in the cat bird seat?

Michelle’s Final Four thoughts

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That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast with Barbara Mason: Final Four–Who’s going to win it all?; Stanford eliminated by Norte Dame women; plus more

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Barbara Mason is filling in for Amaury Pi Gonzalez:

#1 The Final Four is amongst us and taking a look at each game this coming Sunday. Taking a look at Auburn-Virginia, Auburn has been the surprise — do you see this game being a real contest?

#2 Texas Tech-Michigan State is the next game on Sunday. The Red Raiders gave it their all when they beat Gonzaga last Sunday and the Spartans are one the winningest and high-ranking teams in the Tournament.

#3 The Stanford Women (31-5) and Notre Dame (34-3) battled it out, but after giving it their all all season long, the Cardinal could not withstand and lost to the Fighting Irish 84-68.

#4 The Oakland A’s started the 2019 season with two loses in Tokyo to the Seattle Mariners. Since that trip, it looks like the A’s have shaken off the jet lag and have been on track winning taking three of four from the Angels since coming back to Oakland and a win over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night to open another four-game series.

#5 The San Jose Sharks’ troubles continue after they dropped their eighth loss in nine games to the Western Conference first place Calgary Flames on Sunday. The win secures the Flames for first place and what was worse was that it was done on the Sharks’ home ice.

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March Madness podcast with Michelle Richardson: Michigan State edges Duke 68-67; Texas Tech advances over Gonzaga; plus more

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On the March Madness podcast with Michelle:

#1 The Michigan State Spartans battled the Duke Blue Devils today and got a 67-68 win. Michelle, it was a game that was a nail biter right down to the end.

#2 The Texas Tech Red Raiders got a 75-69 win over Gonzaga on Saturday. The Red Raiders are looking forward to the next step in the big dance.

#3 Biggest time of the year for the NCAA. Michelle talks about what was the most exciting part of March Madness.

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Michigan State’s offense quiet again in frustrating Redbox Bowl loss to Oregon

By Morris Phillips

SANTA CLARA — Six is by no means a magic number. Just ask Coach Mark Dantonio and Michigan State, they’ll tell you.

But six is Michigan State’s number, they earned it, and with their 2018 football season concluded, they have to live with as well.

It’s not a comfortable union.

The Spartans, blessed with the nation’s top-rated run defense, stymied Oregon and quarterback Justin Herbert for three quarters only to see the Ducks squeeze a fourth quarter touchdown out of an afternoon stuck in neutral, then make it stand up in their 7-6 victory in Monday’s Redbox Bowl at Levi’s Stadium.

The Spartans loss marked the third time in their final four games they got a whale of an effort defensively, only to see their offense sputter to the extent they managed just two field goals all game. In each case, the MSU offense was put in position to make winning plays late only to fail miserably on all three occasions.

“Never got that bust-out play,” Dantonio said. “You’re not going to win many games scoring six points.”

Not only did the Spartans fail to register any big-gainers, they made far too many mistakes, especially in their kicking game which had two, fourth quarter shots at a kicking a potential, game-winning field goal only to flub both.

Other than play lights out defense for three quarters–and hold the Ducks 30 points below their 37 points per game average–the finest moment for Michigan State may have come in the postgame presser in which Dantonio and four of his players maintained a united front and declined to point any fingers pitting their stout defense against the anemic offense.

“We’ve had ups and downs this season, but that’s what you’re gonna have in life. You have to take the lows with the highs,” said MSU linebacker Andrew Dowdell.

Knowing the Redbox Bowl matchup would lean heavily towards both defenses, the Spartans spent the five weeks of preparation revamping their offensive scheme in hopes of cooking up a couple of difference-making touchdowns.

With junior quarterback Brian Lewerke back from injury–and playing his first full game since October 20 against Michigan–the Spartans ran their offense at much faster tempo and frequently utilized bubble screens and short passes designed to go for big yardage if the Ducks failed to tackle one-on-one.

But the Ducks did tackle, and Lewerke’s 18 incompletions on 40 pass attempts didn’t get the Spartans moving consistently enough. In the end, Michigan State punted too often (seven times), failed to convert a pair of fourth down opportunities, and saw a 50-yard field goal attempt with 1:43 remaining in the game turn into the follies when Lewerke mishandled the snap.

“The ball kind of hit my hand on top of the ball. I tried to make something happen. That’s what happens,” Lewerke recounted.

Dantonio admitted afterwards injuries throughout the season on the offensive side of the ball weighed heavily on his club. Besides Lewerke’s absence, the receiving corps was thinned, and without a true number one on the outside, the remaining pass catchers lacked quickness and failed to get separation from opposing secondaries.

All that adversity combined meant too much pressure fell on prolific tailback LJ Scott. On Monday, Scott drew plenty of attention from the Ducks, who limited him to 86 yards on 24 carries.

To Oregon’s credit, they stayed the course. And that wasn’t an easy feat with their standout quarterback and top NFL prospect Justin Herbert bumping his head far too often with the game with the Spartans’ defense.

“We felt like it was going to be that kind of game just watching them on defense,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said. “We kept battling and battling. You take a victory whether it be one point, two points or 50 points.”