NCAAFB podcast with Michelle Richardson: TSU’s Christian Abercrombie in critical condition following head injury; Ohio State scores 2 TDs for late win; Cardinal get beat on home turf 38-17

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On the NCAAFB podcast with Michelle:

#1 Tennessee State linebacker Christian Abercrombie suffered a head injury against Vanderbilt is in the hospital in critical condition

#2 The Ohio State Buckeyes got two touchdowns late in the game against Penn State for a 27-26 win.

#3 No. 8 Notre Dame got a 38-17 win over No.7 Stanford Cardinal. Cardinal running back Bryce Love injured his ankle. The ankle gave Love the same problem in the 2017 season.

Michelle does the NCAAFB podcast each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

OSU Buckeyes overthrow Cardinal 79-70 in 2nd round of PK80

Ohio State University forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) tries to dribble around Stanford University forward Michael Humphrey (10) in a college basketball game during the PK80-Phil Knight Invitational between the Stanford Cardinal and Ohio State Buckeyes on November 24, 2017, at Moda Center in Portland, OR. (Photo by Brian Murphy/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

By Alexandra Evans

The Stanford Cardinal men’s basketball team returned to the court at the Moda Center to face the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second round of the PK80 Invitational tournament in Portland but it was all for not as the Buckeyes got a nine point victory over the Cardinal at 79-70.

OSU exceeded Stanford for the first eight minutes until Reid Travis took a shot to give them a 7-6 lead. The Cardinal would keep their lead over the Buckeyes for the remainder of the half, until the last 45 seconds when OSU made a three pointer to tie the score 32-32.

The Buckeyes then managed to come back and keep a lead over the Cardinal, which gradually increased as the second half progressed. The closest Stanford came to catching OSU was after Oscar da Silva jumped to make a basket, putting the score at 70-65 with 45 seconds left.

OSU, now 5-1, put up a 79-71 win and will go on to face Butler University in the finals.

Stanford freshman Daejon Davis put up a career-high 15 points before fouling out of the match in the second half; Travis (who also fouled out) and da Silva tied for second with 14 points each.

“One thing I liked best, when I looked into their eyes, I didn’t feel a sense of defeat at any point. There was a belief and a confidence that we were going to find a way to get it done,” Jerod Haase, Stanford’s coach, said following the match.

Stanford is now 3-4 and prepared to make a comeback this Sunday (their opponent is TBD).

Bears get declawed by Guiton and the Buckeyes, lose 52 – 34

by Kahlil Najar

BERKELEY – Kenny Guiton threw three of his four touchdown passes in the first six minutes of the game and the Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0) trampled over the Cal Bears (1-2) 52-34. Guiton went 21 for 36 and threw for 276 yards and four touchdowns including two to Devin Smith who went for a total 149 yards including a school-record 90 yard bomb for Ohio State’s first touchdown. Cal’s freshman phenom Jared Goff threw for 371 yards and connected on three touchdowns to three different receivers.

On his performance tonight, Goff sighed and said, “I felt like we had a good chance to make some plays early on. We kind of fell behind the eight ball there going down 21-0. That kind of hurt. But I was proud of the way we fought back. We never quit.”  That never quit attitude was echoed by Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer, “I never felt comfortable with the win until there was three minutes left. I’m happy we faced them early because they’re going to be really good down the road.”

On the ground the Bears were not able to muster one rusher over 100 yards while Ohio State’s Jordan Hall ran for 170 yards and nabbed three touchdowns of his own to help the Buckeyes extend their winning streak to fifteen games.

After a quick three and out from the Bears, Guiton and the Buckeyes only needed two plays and 32 seconds to give them a 7-0 lead on the 90 yard touchdown catch by Devin Smith. Thirty seconds later after another fast three and out, Ohio State took over at their own 27 yard line and Guiton found Devin Smith open again this time for a 47 yard strike to bring the score to 14-0. Cal tried to get back into the game and stop the bleeding but Jared Goff was hit hard by OSU linebacker Ryan Shazier and jarred the ball lose and Ohio State was able to recover the ball on the Cal 23. It took OSU six plays to score again on a one-yard pass to Chris Fields to make it 21-0 Ohio State after only six minutes.

Goff showed his composure on the Bears next possession as he escaped a ferocious pass rush from Ohio State and found a wide open James Grisom for a 61 yard touchdown to put the Bears on the board and make it 21-7. After both teams exchanged turnovers, Ohio State charged down the field and Drew Basil connected on a 39 yard field goal. The first quarter ended with a 42 yard pass from Goff to Chris Harper to give Cal their second touchdown of the quarter and make it a 24-14 Ohio State lead.

In the first quarter alone both teams combined for 38 points and 445 yards of offense. The second quarter saw both offenses slow down as Ohio State grabbed one touchdown and the Bears connected on two field goals to keep the game close at 31-20 at halftime.

Ohio State broke it open in the third when they scored three touchdowns, two of which belonged to Jordan Hall who was able to grab the scores deep in Cal territory but was also able to slow the game down by keeping the ball on the ground. Cal scored one more time in the fourth on a Daniel Lasco one-yard run to bring the final score to 52-34.

The game wasn’t without it’s dramatics as towards the end of the first half Sonny Dykes called for a fake punt on fourth and seven and Cal Quarterback Jared Goff snuck in for punter Cole Leininger and connected on a 11 yard pass to Stefan McClure.

Defensively, the Bears have allowed at least 500 yards of offense every game this year. Dyke’s addressed the issue and said, “We’re a very young football team…we just got to group up. We’ve got to improve. That falls on us as coaches to coach better and bring our players along and put them in a good position to be successful.”

The Bears don’t have much time to get regroup and get ready as they head up to Oregon to take on the Number Two Ducks in Eugene.