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Messi helps PSG leaders Saint-Etienne; Neymar injured

PARIS (AP) - Lionel Messi had three assists in the 3-1 win against the 10-man Saint-Etienne on Sunday to help Paris Saint-Germain to expand its lead in the French league to 12 points, but the victory Star striker Neymar was marred by an injury. (Author: Gardener)

Saint-EtiennePARIS (AP) - Lionel Messi had three assists in the 3-1 win against the 10-man Saint-Etienne on Sunday to help Paris Saint-Germain to expand its lead in the French league to 12 points, but the victory Star striker Neymar was marred by an injury. The Brazilian striker was stretched in the 87th minute after twisting his left ankle under an embarrassing foul by Yvann Macon. Saint-Etienne opened the goal against the course of the game in the 23rd minute of the game in snowy conditions. However, the rebound fell to Denis Bouanga, who defeated the Italian goalkeeper. English goalkeeper Etienne Green delayed PSG's comeback by making it in the 40th. But Saint-Etienne's task was made more difficult at half-time when Kolodziejczak was sent off for tripping Mbappe, who was chasing a through ball from Angel di Maria. Brazil defender Marquinhos equalized with a subsequent Messi free-kick with a header. Despite their numerical superiority, PSG fought for the winning goal. Green played Neymar in the 69th and Messi couldn't convert the rebound. PSG eventually took the lead on lap 79 when Messi found Di Maria rolling into the far corner. In added time, Messi crossed for Marquinhos, who passed Miguel Trauco to head the ball. The game also marked the debut of Sergio Ramos, who is recovering from his injury and making his first French league game for PSG. For me it is important to have helped the team to be here in the squad and to have played 90 minutes. ”On Sunday, Rennes extended its unbeaten streak to 13 games in all competitions and won with a 2-0 win Lorient finished second in the league. Gaetan Laborde scored his ninth league goal with a chip in the 75th before substitute Jeremy Doku doubled the lead with a curling shot in the 78th. Marseille defeated Troyes 1-0 and climbed to fourth place, level on points with third-placed Nice. Spanish midfielder Pol Lirola overcame the offside trap and defeated Troyes goalkeeper Gauthier Gallon in the 74th game. The game was played behind closed doors after the league sanctioned Marseille on October 24 for incidents at the Stade Velodrome when fans threw projectiles at PSG players. Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet started the game a week after being hit in the head with a water bottle thrown from the stands in Lyon. Lyon moved up to seventh place with a 1-0 win in Montpellier. Brazil international Lucas Paqueta headed the crossbar after a volley from Islam Slimani. In the race for Europe Monaco and Strasbourg separated with a 1-1 draw in fourth place, six points behind. French international Wissam Ben Yedder gave Monaco the lead with a penalty at halftime. Strasbourg striker Ludovic Ajorque equalized in the 48th with his own penalty. Brest took a fourth straight win by overtaking Bordeaux 2-1. Jeremy Le Douaron scored twice in the second half after Bordeaux defender Stian Gregersen hit the bar in 43. Ghislain Konan, Ivory Coast international, hit the crossbar in stoppage time.

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Messi provides 3 assists in total, Neymar is missing from PSG victory

Lionel Messi provided three assists in total, but a gruesome ankle injury from Neymar Jr. overshadowed the flawless performance in PSG's win over St-Etienne on Sunday in Saint-Etienne, France. (Author: Gardener)

MessiNov 28 (UPI) - Lionel Messi provided three assists in total, but a gruesome ankle injury from Neymar Jr. overshadowed a flawless performance in a PSG win over St-Etienne on Sunday in Saint-Etienne, France. PSG defender Marquinhos scored twice in the 3-1 win. The Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria also scored in the triumph in Ligue 1. Neymar was stretched off the field in the 84th minute. PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino said the Brazilian striker has twisted his ankle and will have him checked out on Monday. Right winger Denis Bouanga gave St-Etienne a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute. Bouanga shot a right-footed follow-up shot into the net. St-Etienne led with one goal for most of the half-time. Marquinhos equalized in stoppage time in the first half. Messi sent a free kick from around 35 yards to get the result. Marquinhos jumped between a crowd of defenders and shot a header into the post net. Di Maria gave PSG a 2-1 lead against another Messi helper in the 79th minute. Messi sent a quick pass to the left to find the winger in the box. Di Maria tapped the ball down and used his second touch to direct a shot into the long post net. PSG lost Neymar to his ankle injury less than five minutes later. Neymar received a pass in half from PSG at the start of this sequence. The Saint-Etienne winger slipped into the game behind the Brazilian. Neymar's left ankle caught under Boudebouz's leg during the duel. Marquinhos crowned the goal with another PSG goal in the 90th minute. Messi dribbled to the left end line and fired a cross to the right. The pass drifted into the center of the penalty area. Marquinhos ended the game with a header into the left side of the net. PSG welcome Nice in another Ligue 1 game at 3 p.m. EST Wednesday in Paris. St-Etienne will face Brest at 1 p.m. in Ligue 1. Wednesday in Brest, France.

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Messi in assist mode when PSG beat 10-man St Etienne

Lionel Messi set up all three goals when Paris St. Germain took their Ligue 1 lead with a 3-1 comeback win on Sunday at the 10-man St. Etienne expanded to 12 points while Neymar was taken off the field on a stretcher with a possible ankle injury. (Author: Gardener)

MessiSoccer - Ligue 1 - AS Saint-Etienne - Paris St. Germain - Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne, France - November 28, 2021 Paris St. Germains Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi in action with AS Saint-Etiennes Etienne Green REUTERS / Eric Gaillard Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - AS Saint-Etienne - Paris St. Germain - Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne, France - November 28, 2021 Paris St. Germains Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi in action with AS Saint-Etiennes Etienne Green REUTERS / Eric Gaillard ST ETIENNE, France, November 28 (Reuters) - Lionel Messi set up all three goals as Paris St was placed on a stretcher with a possible ankle injury. PSG used Timothee Kolodziejczak's red card at halftime. St. Etienne pushed up and PSG attempted to hit her at break, with Neymar scoring early in the net only to rule out the Brazilian's goal offside. The hosts took the lead on 24 minutes when Kolodziejczak, assisted by a great pass from Wahbi Khazri, shot straight at goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, but Banga followed and shot in from close range. The momentum swung towards PSG a few minutes after half-time. Kolodziejczak was harshly shown the red card for knocking down Kylian Mbappe as the French striker charged on goal and Marquinhos headed Messi's perfectly executed free-kick. Messi was back on the ball 11 minutes from time and whipped a fine pass behind the defense for Di Maria, which ended with a shot into the long goal. Marquinhos headed home again in the last minute after a Messi cross, three minutes after Neymar was carried away from a curvature of the ankle.

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Messi helps PSG leaders Saint-Etienne; Neymar injured

PARIS (AP) - Lionel Messi had three assists in the 3-1 win against the 10-man Saint-Etienne on Sunday to help Paris Saint-Germain to expand its lead in the French league to 12 points, but the victory Star striker Neymar was marred by an injury. (Author: Gardener)

Saint-EtiennePARIS (AP) - Lionel Messi had three assists in the 3-1 win against the 10-man Saint-Etienne on Sunday to help Paris Saint-Germain to expand its lead in the French league to 12 points, but the victory Star striker Neymar was marred by an injury. The Brazilian striker was stretched in the 87th minute after twisting his left ankle under an embarrassing foul by Yvann Macon. Saint-Etienne opened the goal against the course of the game in the 23rd minute of the game in snowy conditions. However, the rebound fell to Denis Bouanga, who defeated the Italian goalkeeper. English goalkeeper Etienne Green delayed PSG's comeback by making it in the 40th. But Saint-Etienne's task was made more difficult at half-time when Kolodziejczak was sent off for tripping Mbappe, who was chasing a through ball from Angel di Maria. Brazil defender Marquinhos equalized with a subsequent Messi free-kick with a header. Despite their numerical superiority, PSG fought for the winning goal. Green played Neymar in the 69th and Messi couldn't convert the rebound. PSG eventually took the lead on lap 79 when Messi found Di Maria rolling into the far corner. In added time, Messi crossed for Marquinhos, who passed Miguel Trauco to head the ball. The game also marked the debut of Sergio Ramos, who is recovering from his injury and making his first French league game for PSG. For me it is important to have helped the team to be here in the squad and to have played 90 minutes. ”On Sunday, Rennes extended its unbeaten streak to 13 games in all competitions and won with a 2-0 win Lorient finished second in the league. Gaetan Laborde scored his ninth league goal with a chip in the 75th before substitute Jeremy Doku doubled the lead with a curling shot in the 78th. Marseille defeated Troyes 1-0 and climbed to fourth place, level on points with third-placed Nice. Spanish midfielder Pol Lirola overcame the offside trap and defeated Troyes goalkeeper Gauthier Gallon in the 74th game. The game was played behind closed doors after the league sanctioned Marseille on October 24 for incidents at the Stade Velodrome when fans threw projectiles at PSG players. Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet started the game a week after being hit in the head with a water bottle thrown from the stands in Lyon. Lyon moved up to seventh place with a 1-0 win in Montpellier. Brazil international Lucas Paqueta headed the crossbar after a volley from Islam Slimani. In the race for Europe Monaco and Strasbourg separated with a 1-1 draw in fourth place, six points behind. French international Wissam Ben Yedder gave Monaco the lead with a penalty at halftime. Strasbourg striker Ludovic Ajorque equalized in the 48th with his own penalty. Brest took a fourth straight win by overtaking Bordeaux 2-1. Jeremy Le Douaron scored twice in the second half after Bordeaux defender Stian Gregersen hit the bar in 43. Ghislain Konan, Ivory Coast international, hit the crossbar in stoppage time.

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Surging Patriots dominate Titans for the sixth straight win

The Patriots are back after a 10-day hiatus and compete against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium. Kick-off is 1 p.m. on CBS. (Author: Gardener)

TitansThe Patriots won their sixth in a row on Sunday, taking advantage of a beaten Tennessee team to clinch a 36-13 win. Mac Jones (23-for-32, 310 yards, two touchdowns), Kendrick Bourne (five catches, 61 yards, two touchdowns) and Nick Folk (five field goals) brought New England to victory. J. Brown and Julio Jones, was led by quarterback Ryan Tannehill (11-for-21, 93 yards, one touchdown, one interception) and running back Dontrell Hilliard (12 carries, 131 yards, one touchdown). The Patriots were inconsistent, missing a few chances in the red zone early on, but still managed to keep Tennessee in check all afternoon. New England took the lead early 16-6 with the strength of three folk field goals (22, 37 and 44 yards) and a shot on goal in the first quarter by Jones against Bourne. Tennessee shortened the lead to 16-13 late in the second on a 68-yard touchdown run by Dontrell Hilliard to make 16-13 at halftime. Another field goal from Folk and another touchdown catch from Bourne (this one goes over 41 yards) make it 26-13 after three. The Patriots piled up in the fourth quarter as Folk started his fifth of the day, a 52-yarder with 6:09 before regular time, to reach 29-13. And Damien Harris delivered New England's first dazzling touchdown of the afternoon with 4:38 to go to make 36-13 and end the scoring. That's six in a row for the Patriots, who will face the Bills on Monday Night Football next week. Damien Harris has just finished another big scoring drive for New England, making it 36-13 with 4:38 to go. It wasn't perfect all afternoon, but it was more than enough for the Patriots approaching first place in the AFC. Huge response from the New England Defense as the Titans found their way back into the field only to take out J.C. Jackson Tannehill in the end zone. Great momentum game for the Patriots who will take over on their own 20. Three quarters through - New England leads 26-13, but Tennessee leads. Not sure if you will ever see a better tip toe on the sidelines than Kendrick Bourne on that 41 yard touchdown reception. Just great body control on the Tennessee sideline and he finished it off for the score. The extra point was good - it's 26-13 with 5:01 to go in the third quarter. Just a well-executed streak for Bourne, who has four catches for 57 yards and a pair of touchdowns. • New England will get the ball back in a battle for field position - the Pats will take the lead on their own 44-yard line at 6:44 in the third quarter. New England Leads, 19-13. Biiiig plays there from the New England Defense, while J. The Patriots get it back on their own 37-yard line. New England has the chance to put some distance between itself and Tennessee on this property. (What are the odds that Nick Folk will win the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week?) A drive that started promisingly missed the end zone. (Sounds familiar?) Folk just turned a 28-yard field goal to 19-13 with 11:13 in the third quarter. It was a streak that started off strong: there was an incredibly well executed bootleg pass game from Mac Jones to Jonnu Smith that ended up taking 20 yards to start the drive. Damien Harris had five and six yard pickups to extend the drive further into the Tennessee Territory. But another failure in the red zone resulted in Folk's fourth field goal of the day. Points are points, sure, but it's another missed opportunity for the Patriots. Two-fourths are on the books at Foxborough and the Patriots are up at 16-13. • The Patriots were on the verge of walking into the locker room with a clean 10-point lead when Dontrell Hilliard took a 68-yard touchdown run less than a minute from time, a run that took the lead to 16-13 shortened. (It was a game that felt like a recall back to last year and early this season when New England struggled with defensive problems by the end of the first half.) All in all, it was an ugly end to the first half for the defense Patriots who had played relatively well by this point in the afternoon. • A couple of other defense notes: Devin Godchaux controls things up front and was the one who forced the fumble in the late second quarter picked up by Kyle Dugger. Tennessee's first touchdown was the first score the Patriots' defense had allowed up to Cleveland's inaugural drive, a run of 20 consecutive possessions. • Jones and the Patriots' offense had one good drive and three that fizzled out in the red zone, saved by Nick Folk Field Goals. A good but not great quarter for the New England offense who moved the ball well between their 20s but struggled to get the ball into the end zone. (Late in the second quarter Jones had Hunter Henry behind the defense but missed the throw.) Ultimately, the Patriots left a few points in the first two quarters which allowed Tennessee to hang out a bit. • Despite the fact that they lost so many players on offense, the Titans don't play scared. Vrabel has shown great confidence in his team, including the fact that he threw himself into fourth place early on, a move that seemed to give his boys some spark. Tannehill made his first eight passes while developing an early scoring drive. You may miss your key characters, but I suspect Tennessee will find a way to stay here this afternoon. • The Titans certainly had their chances in the first half. For a team that had a low margin of error this afternoon, these are the things that could haunt the Titans, especially if that ends a game in a score. • The New England special teams had a solid first half - Nick Folk took advantage of three of his four field goal opportunities (he missed a 53-yarder at the end of the first half) and his extra points chance. The cover units also did well in limiting the Tennessee second leg. • The Patriots get the ball at the start of the second half. That hurts - Hilliard has just cracked a 68-yard run for a touchdown with 37 seconds to go in the first half to 16:13. That felt like a recall back to last year, and earlier this season, when New England struggled with defensive problems at the end of the first half. An ugly end to the first half for the Patriots defense, which had played relatively well in the afternoon. Jones narrowly missed Hunter Henry in that third-down passing game, a throw that would have given the Patriots their first touchdown in the second quarter. However, Folk scored his third field goal of the game, a 44-yarder, to make it 16-6 with 58 seconds remaining in the first half. New England may have a 10-point lead, but it feels like they left a few points here at the beginning. The Patriots just forced a fumble and will take possession of their own 32. Great opportunity here for New England to put a stamp on that. After Tennessee missed a 44-yard field goal that would have made it a one-point game, the Patriots got a gift after the Titans had just paid. It wasn't the perfect response, but Nick Folk's 37-yard field goal was enough to extend New England's lead to 13-6 with 3:04 in the first half. A 38 yard dime from Jones to Meyers (via Byard) was one of the best looking passing games of the season for the Patriots. Tennessee took three early penalties, missed an extra point, and narrowly missed a field goal. Tennessee took three early penalties, missed an extra point, and narrowly missed a field goal. For a team that had low error rates this afternoon, these are the things that are driving Vrabel crazy, especially when it comes to a game with a score. There are 10-6 Patriots with 6:01 remaining in the second quarter. The first offensive attack from New England was a steady, sustained one; This was a little faster as Jones relied on a pair of pass catchers to get the Patriots into goal position. Meyers started the drive with two catches (one for 20 yards, one for 22 yards) that brought New England into Tennessee Territory. Then it was Jonnu Smith with back-to-back catches (21 and 13 yards) who got the Patriots into the red zone. The Patriots eventually settled on a field goal - a 22-yarder from Folk - to get 10-6 in the first half at 9:50 am. Jones is 6-for-8 for 86 yards and a touchdown, while Meyers (2 catches, 42 yards) and Smith (2 catches, 29 yards) have provided most of the offense so far. A 1-yard touchdown pass from Tannehill puts the Titans on the board - those were the first points the New England defense allowed from the Browns' inaugural drive earlier this month. (The Patriots had lost 20 possession of the ball in a row without admitting a point.) The score is 7-6 (the extra point was not good) with 13:42 in the first half. • Bold move by the Titans heading for fourth and inch, but it's the kind of thing Tennessee has to do this afternoon. Respect Vrabel's decision; it seemed to give a little spark to the Titans who put together one of the more formidable offensive attacks against the Patriots over the past month. • Cody Hollister has always been a tough nut to crack in New England. • The Patriots rotated a few linebackers in this sequence. It looked like Van Noy was upset while Hightower had to come out with an equipment problem. Both returned before the end of the journey. End of the first quarter. Pats leads 7-0, but Tennessee drives. Mac Jones is 2-3 for 15 yards and a touchdown pass. It looks a lot like the last few games - squeeze out a steady, controlled drive at the beginning, set the pace and force the opponent to do his or her will. The running game in New England remains so physical and robust - an impressive quality, especially at this time of the year. It paid off there with a fade to Kendrick Bourne for the touchdown - it is 7-0 with 7:37 in the first round. • For a team that had little margin for error, three early penalties for Tennessee didn't help. I tried to write about him earlier this week, but I think I underestimated his abilities. • The Patriots' offensive line was, as expected, left to right: Wynn, Karras, Andrews, Mason and Brown. Great opening sequence for the New England defense aided by the Tennessee early penalty. New England got the ball at 12:34 in the first quarter - we are goalless. New England wins the roll and will defer. Offensive line of Patriots, from left to right in the warm-up exercises: Wynn, Karras, Andrews, Mason, and Brown. Presumably means Onwenu is the first man in an emergency, as well as the extra offensive lineman when New England gets tough. Three or four weeks ago, this was one of the most anticipated games on the Patriots' schedule. This would be a measuring stick competition, the kind of game where you could count on getting some kind of yardstick of where New England stands in the AFC. Not to say the win doesn't matter - every win for the Patriots is now a big one. With that in mind, I think New England will win and cover. As I wrote earlier this week, they're getting the Titans at the right time. I'll say Patriots 27, Titans 13. This has been a wild week when it comes to the Pats Titans line - I don't think I've seen a line for a recent game where the Patriots moved more than one week than this one. New England started somewhere between 2.5 and 3 points, and after it was clear the Titans weren't going to get completely well by the time the game was played (Hello, A. I'm sick of saying New England won't be able to to cover - it turns out I've given the Falcons, Browns and Panthers too much credit in the past few weeks. Unless one of those weird backdoor covers happens, I think New England will win this and cover. What the Over / As for under, I think the Patriots will still score at healthy odds to threaten the current line (44), but a Tennessee offensive that relies on backups won't get them to the last four games in total. Patriots are favorites in their last four games 4-0 against the Spreads. • Patriots are 4-0 in their last four games in November against the Spreads' last four home games vs. t the spread in their last five games as underdogs . Here are the other four games that could have the biggest impact on New England when it comes to the AFC playoff pursuit and who the Patriots fans should stand for. • Steelers (5-4-1) in Bengals (6-4), 1pm: Cincinnati is only half a game behind the Patriots in the AFC playoff race, and while Pittsburgh is not far off the pace, a Steelers wins could theoretically give New England some air to breathe. • Buccaneers (7-3) at Colts (6-5), 1pm: A suddenly emerging Indy team - who have won five of their last six - could ruin their playoff dreams if Tom Brady and Tampa Bay win today at Lucas Oil Stadium. And that's good news for New England, which is a pre-Indianapolis game that gets into the action today. • Chargers (6-4) in Broncos (5-5), 4:05 pm: Both teams are following New England, so it's essentially six out of a dozen and a half others. But when we're forced to choose between the two, Los Angeles feels like the more dangerous team at this point - the Chargers are half a game behind the Patriots. That means a win in Denver would be best for New England. • Browns (6-5) in Ravens (7-3), 8:20 pm: Just call here - if the Patriots win and Cleveland can turn Baltimore upside down, New England will be strengthened. At the same time, the Browns are one of three teams that sit one game behind the Patriots. Tip: Cleveland, if only because New England holds the Browns tie-breaker when things get tough later in the season. • The Patriots did not allow points in 19 direct opponent possessions dating back to the first drive of the Cleveland game on November 7th. C. Jackson enters # 10 on the Patriots' all-time interception list this week with 23 career interceptions. • Kyle Van Noy scored on his first career pick in Atlanta last week. No Patriots player has ever returned an interception for a touchdown in back-to-back games. • Quarterback wins are a seedy stat - soccer is the ultimate team game - but Mac Jones' seven wins are the most in a season from a Patriots rookie quarterback, Jim Plunkett's six in 1971, and Drew's five Exceed Bledsoe in 1993 • On his next start, Devin McCourty will level Hannah with 183 career starts, the third most in team history behind Brady's 283 and Armstrong's 212. In addition, he has 36 career tips in the regular season - together with Roland James for the fourth time in team history. • Matthew Judon leads the Patriots with 10½ sacks and ranks third in the NFL. With one more sack, he will be the only Patriots players to get at least 11 sacks in a single season alongside Tony McGee, Andre Tippett, Chandler Jones, Mike Vrabel, Willie McGinest & Garin Veris. The following players are inactive for tonight's game against the Titans - they're all healthy scratches: LB Ronnie Perkins: The 6-foot-3, 2,487-pound rookie linebacker from Oklahoma has not played a game this season. J. Taylor: The undersized back will face the Titans this afternoon, which likely means New England is feeling fine about the health of Rhamondre Stevenson and Damien Harris. OL Yasir Durant: Another sign that the New England offensive line is a relatively healthy group. Consider the seasonal football conditions this afternoon in Foxborough - expect temperatures in the 30s to 40s with clouds and southwest winds of 5 to 10 mph. It doesn't look like it's going to be a weather game at Gillette today. 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Behind Nick Folk's five field goals, the Patriots beat the Titans (36-13) for their sixth win in a row

Mac Jones (23-for-32, 310 yards, two touchdowns), Kendrick Bourne (five catches, 61 yards, two touchdowns) and Nick Folk (five field goals) brought New England to victory. (Author: Gardener)

Nick Folk'sThe Patriots won their sixth in a row on Sunday, taking advantage of a beaten Tennessee team to clinch a 36-13 win. With the win, New England (8-4) holds 2nd place in the AFC playoff rating. The Patriots hold the Titans (8-4) tiebreaker because of the win on Sunday. Mac Jones (23-for-32, 310 yards, two touchdowns), Kendrick Bourne (five catches, 61 yards, two touchdowns) and Nick Folk (five field goals) brought New England to victory. J. Brown and Julio Jones, was led by quarterback Ryan Tannehill (11-for-21, 93 yards, one touchdown, one interception) and running back Dontrell Hilliard (12 carries, 131 yards, one touchdown). The Patriots were inconsistent, missing a few chances in the red zone early on, but still managed to keep Tennessee in check all afternoon. New England took the lead early 16-6 with the strength of three folk field goals (22, 37 and 44 yards) and a shot on goal in the first quarter by Jones against Bourne. Tennessee shortened the lead to 16-13 late in the second on a 68-yard touchdown run by Dontrell Hilliard to make 16-13 at halftime. Another field goal from Folk and another touchdown catch from Bourne (this one goes over 41 yards) make it 26-13 after three. The Patriots piled up in the fourth quarter as Folk started his fifth of the day, a 52-yarder with 6:09 before regular time, to reach 29-13. And Damien Harris delivered New England's first dazzling touchdown of the afternoon with 4:38 to go to make 36-13 and end the scoring. That's six in a row for the Patriots, who will face the Bills on Monday Night Football next week. Damien Harris has just finished another big scoring drive for New England, making it 36-13 with 4:38 to go. It wasn't perfect all afternoon, but it was more than enough for the Patriots approaching first place in the AFC. Huge response from the New England Defense as the Titans found their way back into the field only to take out J.C. Jackson Tannehill in the end zone. Great momentum game for the Patriots who are about to take on their own 20. End of the third - 3:25 pm. Three quarters through - New England leads 26-13, but Tennessee leads. Not sure if you will ever see a better tip toe on the sidelines than Kendrick Bourne on that 41 yard touchdown reception. Just great body control on the Tennessee sideline and he finished it off for the score. The extra point was good - it's 26-13 with 5:01 to go in the third quarter. Bourne now has four catches for 57 yards and a pair of touchdowns. • New England will get the ball back in a battle for field position - the Pats will take the lead on their own 44-yard line at 6:44 in the third quarter. New England Leads, 19-13. Biiiig is playing through the New England Defense there when J. The Patriots gets it back at their own 37-yard line. New England has the chance to put some distance between itself and Tennessee on this property. (What are the odds that Nick Folk will win the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week?) A drive that started promisingly missed the end zone. (Sounds familiar?) Folk just turned a 28-yard field goal to 19-13 with 11:13 in the third quarter. It was a streak that started off strong: there was an incredibly well executed bootleg pass game from Mac Jones to Jonnu Smith that ended up taking 20 yards to start the drive. Damien Harris had five and six yard pickups to extend the drive further into the Tennessee Territory. But another failure in the red zone resulted in Folk's fourth field goal of the day. Points are points, sure, but it's another missed opportunity for the Patriots. Two-fourths are on the books at Foxborough and the Patriots are up at 16-13. • The Patriots were on the verge of walking into the locker room with a clean 10-point lead when Dontrell Hilliard took a 68-yard touchdown run less than a minute from time, a run that took the lead to 16-13 shortened. (It was a game that felt like a recall back to last year and earlier this season when New England struggled with defensive problems towards the end of the first half.) All in all, it was an ugly end to the first half for the Patriots' defense , which played relatively well up until then. • A couple of other defense notes: Devin Godchaux controls things up front and was the one who forced the fumble in the late second quarter picked up by Kyle Dugger. Tennessee's first touchdown was the first score the Patriots' defense had allowed up to Cleveland's inaugural drive, a run of 20 consecutive possessions. • Jones and the Patriots' offense had one good drive and three that fizzled out in the red zone, saved by Nick Folk Field Goals. A good but not great quarter for the New England offense who moved the ball well between their 20s but struggled to get the ball into the end zone. (Late in the second quarter Jones had Hunter Henry behind the defense but missed the throw.) The Patriots left a few points in the field for the first two quarters, which allowed Tennessee to hang around a bit. • Despite the fact that they lost so many players on offense, the Titans don't play scared. Vrabel has shown great confidence in his team, as evidenced by the fact that he finished fourth early, a move that apparently gives his boys some spark. Tannehill made his first eight passes while developing an early scoring drive. You may miss your key characters, but I suspect Tennessee will find a way to stay here this afternoon. • The Titans certainly had their chances in the first half. For a team that had a low margin of error this afternoon, these are the things that could haunt the Titans, especially if that ends a game in a score. • The New England special teams had a solid first half - Nick Folk took advantage of three of his four field goal opportunities (he missed a 53-yarder at the end of the first half) and his extra points chance. The cover units also did well in limiting the Tennessee second leg. • The Patriots get the ball at the start of the second half. Titans shortened the lead to three - 2:28 p.m. That hurts - Hilliard has just cracked a 68-yard run for a touchdown with 37 seconds to go in the first half to 16:13. That felt like a recall back to last year, and earlier this season, when New England struggled with defensive problems at the end of the first half. An ugly end to the first half for the Patriots defense, which had played relatively well in the afternoon. Jones narrowly missed Hunter Henry in that third-down passing game, a throw that would have given the Patriots their first touchdown in the second quarter. However, Folk scored his third field goal of the game, a 44-yarder, to make it 16-6 with 58 seconds remaining in the first half. New England may have a 10-point lead, but it feels like they left a few points here at the beginning. The Patriots just forced a fumble and will take possession of their own 32. Great opportunity here for New England to put a stamp on that. After Tennessee missed a 44-yard field goal that would have made it a one-point game, the Patriots got a gift after the Titans had just paid. It wasn't the perfect response, but Nick Folk's 37-yard field goal was enough to extend New England's lead to 13-6 with 3:04 in the first half. A 38 yard dime from Jones to Meyers (via Byard) was one of the best looking passing games of the season for the Patriots. Tennessee took three early penalties, missed an extra point, and narrowly missed a field goal. Tennessee took three early penalties, missed an extra point, and narrowly missed a field goal. For a team that had low error rates this afternoon, these are the things that are driving Vrabel crazy, especially when it comes to a game with a score. There are 10-6 Patriots with 6:01 remaining in the second quarter. The first offensive attack from New England was a steady, sustained one; This was a little faster as Jones relied on a pair of pass catchers to get the Patriots into goal position. Meyers started the drive with two catches (one for 20 yards, one for 22 yards) that brought New England into Tennessee Territory. Then it was Jonnu Smith with back-to-back catches (21 and 13 yards) who got the Patriots into the red zone. The Patriots eventually settled on a field goal - a 22-yarder from Folk - to get 10-6 in the first half at 9:50 am. Jones is 6-for-8 for 86 yards and a touchdown, while Meyers (2 catches, 42 yards) and Smith (2 catches, 29 yards) have provided most of the offense so far. A 1-yard touchdown pass from Tannehill puts the Titans on the board - these were the first points the New England defense allowed from the Browns' inaugural drive earlier this month. (The Patriots had lost 20 possession of the ball in a row without admitting a point.) The score is 7-6 (the extra point was not good) with 13:42 in the first half. • Bold move by the Titans heading for fourth and inch, but it's the kind of thing Tennessee has to do this afternoon. Respect Vrabel's decision; it seemed to give a little spark to the Titans who put together one of the more formidable offensive attacks against the Patriots over the past month. • Cody Hollister has always been a tough nut to crack in New England. No wonder he picks up Dugger's punch and holds the ball in place to help Tennessee move the chains. • The Patriots rotated a few linebackers in this sequence. It looked like Van Noy was upset while Hightower had to come out with an equipment problem. Both returned before the end of the journey. End of the first quarter. Pats leads 7-0, but Tennessee drives. Mac Jones is 2-3 for 15 yards and a touchdown pass. It looks a lot like the last few games - squeeze out a steady, controlled drive at the beginning, set the pace and force the opponent to do his or her will. The running game in New England remains so physical and robust - an impressive quality, especially at this time of the year. It paid off there with a fade to Kendrick Bourne for the touchdown - it is 7-0 with 7:37 in the first round. • For a team that had little margin for error, three early penalties for Tennessee didn't help. I tried to write about him earlier this week, but I think I underestimated his abilities. • The Patriots' offensive line was, as expected, left to right: Wynn, Karras, Andrews, Mason and Brown. Great opening sequence for the New England defense aided by the Tennessee early penalty. New England got the ball at 12:34 in the first quarter - we are goalless. New England wins the roll and will defer. Offensive line of Patriots, from left to right in the warm-up exercises: Wynn, Karras, Andrews, Mason, and Brown. Presumably means Onwenu is the first man in an emergency, as well as the extra offensive lineman when New England gets tough. Three or four weeks ago, this was one of the most anticipated games on the Patriots' schedule. This would be a measuring stick competition, the kind of game where you could count on getting some kind of yardstick of where New England stands in the AFC. Not to say the win doesn't matter - every win for the Patriots is now a big one. With that in mind, I think New England will win and cover. As I wrote earlier this week, they're getting the Titans at the right time. I say Patriots 28, Titans 13. This has been a wild week when it comes to the Pats-Titans line - I don't think I saw a line for a recent game where the Patriots moved more than one week as this. New England started somewhere between 2.5 and 3 points, and after it was clear the Titans weren't going to get completely healthy by the time the game was played (hello, A. I'm sick of saying New England won't be able to to cover - it turns out I've given the Falcons, Browns and Panthers too much credit in the past few weeks. Unless one of those weird backdoor covers happens, I think New England will win this and cover. What the Over / As for under, I think the Patriots will still score at healthy odds to threaten the current line (44), but a Tennessee offensive that relies on backups won't get them to the last four games in total. Patriots are favorites in their last four games 4-0 against Spreads. • Patriots are 4-0 in their last four games in November against Spreads' last four home games against a team with a winning road record display under dog. • The Titans are underdogs 5-0 against the spread in their last five games. A rooting guide for the rest of the day for Pats fans - 11:59 a.m. • Steelers (5-4-1) in Bengals (6-4), 1pm: Cincinnati is only half a game behind the Patriots in the AFC playoff race, and while Pittsburgh is not far off the pace, a Steelers wins could theoretically give New England some air to breathe. • Buccaneers (7-3) at Colts (6-5), 1pm: A suddenly emerging Indy team - who have won five of their last six - could ruin their playoff dreams if Tom Brady and Tampa Bay win today at Lucas Oil Stadium. And that's good news for New England, which is a pre-Indianapolis game that gets into the action today. • Chargers (6-4) in Broncos (5-5), 4:05 pm: Both teams follow New England, so it's basically six out of a dozen and a half others. But when we're forced to choose between the two, Los Angeles feels like the more dangerous team at this point - the Chargers are half a game behind the Patriots. That means a win in Denver would be best for New England. • Browns (6-5) at Ravens (7-3), 8:20 pm: Just call here - if the Patriots win and Cleveland can knock down Baltimore, New England will be strengthened. At the same time, the Browns are one of three teams that sit one game behind the Patriots. Tip: Cleveland, if only because New England holds the Browns tiebreaker when things get tough later in the season. Mike Vrabel is in the building - 11:53 p.m. Vrabel on the field nice and early pic.twitter.com/lsGRnBYG2h - Ben Volin (@BenVolin) November 28, 2021 from the first drive of the Cleveland game on November 7th. C. Jackson enters # 10 on the Patriots' all-time interception list this week with 23 career interceptions. • Kyle Van Noy scored on his first career pick in Atlanta last week. No Patriots player has ever returned an interception for a touchdown in back-to-back games. • Quarterback wins are a seedy stat - soccer is the ultimate team game - but Mac Jones' seven wins are the most in a season from a Patriots rookie quarterback, Jim Plunkett's six in 1971, and Drew's five Exceed Bledsoe in 1993 • On his next start, Devin McCourty will level Hannah with 183 career starts, the third most in team history behind Brady's 283 and Armstrong's 212. In addition, he has 36 career tips in the regular season - together with Roland James for the fourth time in team history. • Matthew Judon leads the Patriots with 10½ sacks and ranks third in the NFL. With one more sack, he will be the only Patriots players to get at least 11 sacks in a single season alongside Tony McGee, Andre Tippett, Chandler Jones, Mike Vrabel, Willie McGinest & Garin Veris. All Sane Scratches for Pats - 11:38 AM The following players are inactive for tonight's game against the Titans - they're all healthy scratches: LB Ronnie Perkins: The 6-foot-3, 2,487-pound rookie linebacker from Oklahoma has to play a game this season. J. Taylor: The undersized back will face the Titans this afternoon, which likely means New England is feeling fine about the health of Rhamondre Stevenson and Damien Harris. OL Yasir Durant: Another sign that the New England offensive line is a relatively healthy group. Consider the seasonal football conditions this afternoon in Foxborough - expect temperatures in the 30s to 40s with clouds and southwest winds of 5 to 10 mph. It doesn't look like it's going to be a weather game at Gillette today. The only way to prepare for game day: Jim McBride: Kicker Nick Folk thought his career might be over, and then the Patriots named Nicole Yang: Titans star recipient AJ Brown won't play Patriots Sunday Ben Volin: It's after Thanksgiving So that means the season for the Patriots is now starting expect tricks and a tight, tough game Nicole Yang: Sunday's obvious story is Mike Vrabel vs. Jim McBride: For Patriots recipient coach Mick Lombardi, football isn't just his job - it's part of the Nicole Yang family: Brave NFL - Players open up about their mental health problems in hopes it will help others Andrew Mahoney: Former Patriots Vince Wilfork, Richard Seymour among the semi-finalists The Pro Football Hall of Fame won the Titans (8-3) and cemented a spot near the top of the AFC standings.

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Three observations of LSU Football's 27-24 win over Texas A&M

Damone Clark makes strong arguments for the Butkus Award, LSU offense atones for past defects in the clutch axle drive (Author: Gardener)

LSU Football'sThere is usually plenty of turmoil in the locker room and in some cases a change of coach dominating the headlines from field production. But on Saturday the LSU put all that aside and was able to send this upper class and Ed Orgeron from Death Valley with his head held high. Here were three of the big takeaways from the unforgettable Tigers regular season finale. Damone Clark ends off-season with strong argument for Butkus Award It was another strong performance for the LSU Seniors, who ended the regular season with 10 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for a loss to the Aggies. The highlight of the evening was his two sacks of clinching against quarterback Zach Calzada in the waning seconds of the competition. Clark's turnaround that season was not only one of the best stories on this team, but in the entire SEC. Not only has the senior linebacker dramatically improved his draft stick with his game, but he has made serious progress on the All-SEC, All-American and Butkus Award watchlists. "What a story and to see what kind of football he plays," Orgeron said. "He came up to me a year and a half ago and said what's going on? Still leading the country in tackles, Clark finishes the regular season with 135 tackles, 13 tackles for one loss, 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, four passes defended and an interception. For a player who will no doubt be a high draft pick, Clark still wants more as he follows his team and plays in a bowl game. This LSU offensive knows what it's like to be late in Playing Chances and No Capitalizing The worst cases came in the fourth quarter against Alabama and Arkansas, two winning games that were lost when the offense just couldn't get the ball over the goal line. There wasn't much confidence in that This offense could bring together a triumphant advance, especially when quarterback Max Johnson took a sack in second and fifth, lost six yards and the clock ticked on Jaray Jenkins followed Ines and set the ti gers in Aggie Territory. And four games later, before another third and long game, Johnson Jenkins gave Jenkins an absolute cent on the sideline for a 28-yard score with 20 seconds to go. It's the kind of drive, the kind of momentum that this offense can build in the future, with so many weapons expected in the next season. "It was very special for our boys, especially for coach [Jake] Peetz. He's been through a lot this year and we all have," said Johnson. "It was special to end like this, especially our last game at Tiger Stadium. Our boys fought hard and found a way to win." Perhaps Orgeron put it best after the game, but the way he will remember this team is one that has never given up, even as casualties started to pile up and an enemy locker room was very much possible were. That team devastated ways to lose over the course of the season and managed to find their way in the final on Saturday night. But for Orgeron, the results weren't the most important thing because he wanted to see a team that stuck together. But with a game still pending and Orgeron not in the program, the players who finish 2021 with a bowl win on a different correct note are just another positive sign of beating the mostly-lost season.

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Wake Forest commits Clawson to a long-term contract extension

Wake Forest has signed soccer coach Dave Clawson to a so-called long-term contract extension as Clawson leads the No. 21 Demon Deacons through a historically successful season. The school announced the deal on Friday night, the day before Wake Forest plays at Boston College for the Atlantic Coast Conference title and a trip to the league championship game. (Author: Gardener)

ClawsonFILE - Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson reacts during the first half of an NCAA college football game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N. For the first time since the college football playoff was launched in 2014, the ACC will be absent the elimination format with four teams. Wake Forest has signed soccer coach Dave Clawson to a so-called long-term contract extension as Clawson leads the No. 21 Demon Deacons through a historically successful season. The school announced the deal on Friday night, the day before Wake Forest plays at Boston College for the Atlantic Coast Conference title and a trip to the league championship game. In a statement, Clawson said that Athletics Director John Currie approached him earlier this fall about an extension and "is driving long-term investments in our program and our people." "The continuity of our staff has been a key factor in the success of our program and this is another important step in ensuring we have the resources to compete for championships and maintain and increase the success of our student athletes from the field," said Clawson: Clawson, 54, is in his eighth year with the Demon Deacons (9-2, 6-1 ACC), the year the Demon Deacons had their first 8-0 start of the program established - nine years prior to the founding of the ACC - while Wake Forest culminated their sixth consecutive bowl game for the first time in the Program history and pursuing their first ACC title since 2006. Wake Forest's success is based on the development of prospects over time that is normally associated with a Redshirt year b In a statement, Athletics Director John Currie Clawson called "an elite c oach, director, and program developer." Sign up for the AP's college football newsletter: https://apnews.com/cfbtop25

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Syracuse Football loses 31-14 to Pittsburgh (Brent Ax recap)

That is the question as Syracuse football will have a long time to ponder how it faced a bowl game in front of an alleged crowd of 27,939 fans after a 31-14 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday night at the Carrier Dome. The loss to the Panthers resulted in a 5-7 record for the Orange in 2021, the seventh losing season in nine years since joining the ACC ... (Author: Gardener)

PittsburghThat is the question as Syracuse football will have a long time to ponder how it faced a bowl game in front of an alleged crowd of 27,939 fans after a 31-14 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday night at the Carrier Dome. Pittsburgh Panthers defensive back Judson Tallandier (26) tackles Syracuse Orange wide receiver Courtney Jackson (85) as Jackson reaches over the goal line for a touchdown. The loss to the Panthers resulted in a 5-7 record for Orange in 2021, the seventh losing season in nine years since joining the ACC and the fifth losing season in six years under Syracuse head coach Dino Babers. If you think Babers is going to cost his job, I'm here to give this suggestion cold water. Syracuse Orange defensive back Ja'Had Carter (11) knocks the ball off Pittsburgh Panthers tight end Lucas Krull (7) for an incomplete pass. Either today or Monday, expect a statement from Syracuse AD John Wildhack showing his support for the seventh year with Babers. Wildhack will cite the improvement over a 1-10 season a year ago and the challenging conditions this season brought (and frankly that everyone in college football had to deal with). He will notice the competitive track where SU played five games in a row that were decided by five points or less. The new realities of the transfer portal NIL and the new world of college football will make a cameo. Sean Tucker's record season and football "on track", although the last three losses of the season were all lost by at least 17 points, will be there too. Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) is tackled by Syracuse Orange running back Cooper Lutz (24). Wildhack is also likely to address "direct and honest" conversations with Babers about improving the soccer team in 2022 while not meeting a specific goal or benchmark. Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) looks downfield. If Syracuse won one more game and won a bowl game this season, it wouldn't even be a conversation. Syracuse Orange offensive lineman Airon Servais (68) Syracuse Orange defensive lineman Kingsley Jonathan (9) and Syracuse Orange wide receiver Courtney Jackson (85) before the Senior Day Intructions. So the wind of change will blow from the talks of the SU fans for another off-season. Babers, who was assured that he will return next season, already spoke at his post-game press conference after losing to Pittsburgh in 2022 ) I the first quarter. The Syracuse Orange soccer team will take on the Pittsburgh Panthers at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York, November 27, 2021. Dennis Nett | [email protected] "I think a lot of things are coming back for this 2022 season," Babers said. Six great football players and we win a lot of young people. They have to get stronger based on some of the results of this game, but we have the majority of that football team back with some additions that we can be extremely different and exciting in 2022. ”Syracuse Orange offensive lineman Airon Servais, 68, will presented on Senior Day in the Carrier Dome. The Syracuse Orange soccer team competes against the Pittsburgh Panthers at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N. “I think it was a changeable year. We will change and then adapt and get better in 2022, ”Babers said. That's a fun word to use to describe Syracuse football. And nothing will change for Syracuse football. Perhaps Syracuse football's first offensive attack was a mirage. Because that offense mixed the run (eight plays) and the pass (six plays) well and marched 75 yards in 14 plays to take a 7-0 lead against the Panthers in a 12-yard touchdown strike for Courtney Jackson . It took the next eight drives for the Syracuse offensive to put together another 75 yards. Overall, Syracuse went three-out-of-five and finished 3-of-12 in third place overall. Sean Tucker hit a season low of 29 yards with 13 carries as it appeared that Pittsburgh had intermittently pitted 12 guys and provoked Syracuse to attempt a pass. "Now this soccer team we just played is a good defense," said Babers. Syracuse quarterback Garrett Shrader had his most efficient passing game of the season, completing 17 of 24 passes for 217 yards. However, compare Shrader to ACC quarterbacks like Saturday Heisman candidate Syracuse in Kenny Pickett, Devin Leary from NC State, Sam Howell from UNC, Sam Hartman from Wake Forest, Malik Cunningham from Louisville, and Brennan Armstrong from Virginia, to name a few to call. Syracuse Orange wide receiver Anthony Queeley (14) catches a pass over his doubled, Pittsburgh Panthers defender Marquis Williams (14) tells him. His mobility is out of the question, but Shrader's passing game doesn't stack up. Babers can't fix the offense until he finds a quarterback who can throw the ball consistently with timing, accuracy, and zip. The SU offensive had 242 yards in 54 games against Pitt. 68o \ thanks the fans for the support of the team. At the start of the game on Saturday, Syracuse finished 88th in the country with 25.9 points per game and also 88th in the overall offensive with 377 yards per game. Babers will be returning almost in 2022, but if he's serious about change, he'll have to move on from offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert and bring some life and creativity into a stale offensive approach. Syracuse Orange wide receiver Courtney Jackson (85) catches, drops and wins a pass back in the first quarter. The ACC Network did the viewers of the Pittsburgh-Syracuse game a disservice with the ragged, cheap show it presented on Saturday night. Instead of sending a broadcast team to the Carrier Dome, the ACC network let play-by-play announcer John Schriffen and analyst Rene Ingolia call the game remotely. They are no longer needed because fans and broadcasters are back on site across the entire sports landscape. It's no secret that ESPN is using long distance broadcasts as a cost-saving measure after Covid. At the very least, the network could have approached any number of qualified Newhouse play-by-play candidates, which it often does for ESPN + and ACC Network Extra shows, coupled with a former SU soccer player in the area who acts as an analyst. Syracuse Orange wide receiver Courtney Jackson (85) catches a touchdown pass in the third quarter. Syracuse Orange wide receiver Courtney Jackson (85) catches a touchdown pass in the third quarter. Instead, the network and its ESPN overlords chose the cheap way out. Syracuse football coach Dino Babers takes a break before answering questions about his future. The defense of Syracuse has had a tough time since SU bye week. Syracuse football coach Dino Babers walks on the sidelines during a media break. The orange gave up 41 points in Louisville. SU also surrendered 41 points to NC State, though 14 of those came on a kick-return and pick-six against the Wolfpack. Stopping an offense averaging 43.9 points per game with a likely Heisman finalist at the quarterback didn't seem like a good bet. But the SU defense did enough to position the excitement about the Panthers in 17th place. Syracuse held Pittsburgh without a first down and only 21 yards in the first quarter. The orange drove Kenny Pickett out of his pocket and kept the Panthers' running game at bay. Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) after a catch and run with Syracuse Orange defensive back Eric Coley (34) in pursuit of a competition spark. Syracuse was only two points behind at this point. Mikel Jones led the way with 17 tackles at career height. He will now be "50-50" when he returns to Syracuse while pursuing an NFL draft degree. Syracuse Orange quarterback Garrett Shrader (16) looks for additional yards. Pickett and the Panthers Offensive even played a conservative game plan to save their best stuff for the ACC Championship against Wake Forest, then eventually put the gear in gear and hung up enough for the win. That said, it averaged just 4.64 yards per game, ending up with 209 passing yards. The defense of Syracuse did its job. After receiving a reception from Syracuse Orange, wide receiver Devaughn Cooper (25) stretches for more distance as he is tackled by Pittsburgh Panthers linebacker John Petrishen (0). The lone pop in the Syracuse offensive against Pittsburgh came from wide receiver Courtney Jackson. Jackson caught seven passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns against the Panthers. Jackson opened the scoring with a 12 yard TD reception. He had two previous catches on this opening drive that put the Orange in goal position. His 15-yard touchdown reception from Shrader in the second half came on a beautiful fade route. In a season of upheaval for the Orange Offensive, in which his top target (Taj Harris) hit the transfer portal, Jackson showed that he could be the top dog in the future. If only he had a quarterback who could get him the soccer ball regularly, not just occasionally. Syracuse Orange linebacker Mikel Jones (3) chases Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) in the third quarter. Syracuse Orange linebacker Mikel Jones (3) chases Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) in the third quarter. The Syracuse Orange soccer team takes on the Pittsburgh Panthers at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N. The Syracuse Orange soccer team takes on the Pittsburgh Panthers at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N. 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November 27, 2021.Dennis Nett | [email protected] * Syracuse will replace the Lou Groza Award winning kicker Andre Szmyt next year. Szmyt will be Syracuse's all-time top scorer with 354 career points. * SirVocea Dennis of Syracuse, a CBA graduate, had a solid game for Pittsburgh. The Panthers linebacker had five tackles and came with a fumble recovery. * Syracuse has committed nine penalties for 66 yards. Ax: The Case For And Against Dino Babers, Returning From Syracuse As Football Coach The best and worst of Syracuse football's 31:14 loss to Pittsburgh at the end of the season Orange: Rate Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh football performance

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Wake Forest extends Clawson's long-term contract

Wake Forest agreed to a long-term contract extension with head coach Dave Clawson on Friday as the school is close to winning a spot in the ACC championship game. (Author: Gardener)

Wake ForestWake Forest has agreed to a long-term contract extension with head coach Dave Clawson, the school said on Friday. Clawson will be 49-47 years old in eight years as the head coach at Wake Forest, but he has led the Deacons to five straight bowl games and taken the team to their highest rank - ninth on the College Football Playoff Committee rankings two weeks - - in the program history. It was rumored that Clawson was among the top candidates for the head coaching job at Virginia Tech and was considered a hot commodity in one of the busiest coaching years in recent history. "Earlier this fall, John spoke to me about the university's interest in expanding our relationship and fostering long-term investments in our program and people," Clawson said in a statement. "The continuity of our staff has been a key factor in the success of our program and this is another important step in ensuring we have the resources to compete for championships and maintain and increase the success of our student athletes off the field." The terms of the contract were not made public, but increasing the budget for assistants and support staff was a top priority for Clawson. The school has dramatically modernized its facilities under Clawson, and plans to use a $ 20 million donation from booster Bob McCreary to start building a new football building on campus earlier this fall. Clawson inherited one of the worst roster in the Power 5 when he was acquired in 2014, but after two years of rebuilding, with the Demon Deacons finishing 3-9 each, Wake has blossomed into a consistent winner. This year's Deacons are poised to become just the second 10-winning team in program history and potentially win their first ACC championship since 2006. Confirming his long-term commitment to Wake Forest University, "said Currie, Clawson of longtime Inherited from AD Ron Wellman. Coach Clawson and his staff have made Demon Deacon football an unprecedented success and he truly is one of the elite coaches in the country. Thanks to his leadership, our student football athletes have set a school record with six bowling games in a row at the same time further increases the standard of excellence in the classroom and in the community. "

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