Professional Handicapper Kelso Sturgeon

It's a 3-0 NBA Playoff Sunday for Kelso Sturgeon! The Wizards (+4½) get the outright stunner on the road against the Bulls, 102-93 for a 50-Unit winner! Mavericks (+9½) hung tough against the Spurs and got the cover in their 90-85 loss, while the Blazers/Rockets shootout went way over 214½ (242)! Kelso also wins his two big games on the diamond: Personal Best clients walked away with a 50-Unit winner last night with the Red Sox (-170) over the Orioles, 6-5, and Chairman's Club bettors got the money with the Reds (-130) over the Cubs, 8-2!
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Around FCS: Destiny's Darlings?

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - James Madison coach Mickey Matthews has a memory like an elephant when it comes to recalling all of the tough losses he has suffered over the years, so when his No. 1-ranked Dukes win a game like they did on Saturday night over No. 7 Villanova, he sees it as evening an old score.

JMU pulled out its third heart-stopping win of the season on Saturday at Villanova Stadium, when Bosco Williams pulled down a 35-yard Hail Mary pass from quarterback Rodney Landers on the final play of the game to lift the Dukes to a shocking 23-19 victory in a Colonial Athletic Association first- place showdown.

Combined with JMU's 35-32 victory over three-time defending national champion Appalachian State, a game in which the Dukes trailed by 21 points at halftime, and its 38-31 win against Richmond, in which Scotty McGee raced 69 yards for the winning touchdown on a punt return with one second remaining, one begins to wonder if this James Madison club is becoming destiny's darling.

"This group thinks they're going to win," said Matthews.

On a weekend where eight top-25 teams felt the sting of defeat, JMU managed to dodge what looked like a certain upset with its last-play heroics.

"You've got to play to the end," said Matthews. "Maybe we were lucky, but we made a lot of plays in the last two minutes to put ourselves in position to make a play."

That is something the Dukes have done throughout their entire FCS schedule.

The latest fantastic finish reminded me of a conversation I had with Penn coach Al Bagnoli and Villanova coach Andy Talley a few days after JMU's win against Appalachian State last month.

Both of these veteran coaches were impressed by the poise of the Dukes down the stretch.

"Watching the fourth quarter of that game, if you hadn't known better, you would have thought that JMU was the defending champion," Talley said.

Talley learned an unfortunate lesson in just how tenacious the Dukes are on Saturday.

CHANGING WEATHER

The weather forecast in Big Sky country can be daunting this time of year. You never quite know what to expect from hour to hour. The same thing is true of the unexpected Big Sky Conference football race, too.

Weber State was viewed as a middle-of-the-pack team when the season began, but after a 42-14 thrashing on the road of No. 15 Northern Arizona, the Wildcats control their own destiny for a possible league championship. It would be the first for the Wildcats in 40 years.

No. 16 WSU jumped on NAU for 21 points in the first period and never looked back as quarterback Cameron Higgins completed 21-of-28 passes for 334 yards and four touchdowns, and Trevyn Smith rushed for 103 yards and two TDs on 19 carries against the nation's leading run defense. Smith also opened the scoring with a 14-yard catch for another score. The Lumberjacks came into the game allowing just 11 rushing yards per game.

The Wildcats finish their schedule with home games against Portland State and Eastern Washington, and are on the road at Idaho State.

Northern Arizona, meanwhile, probably must beat Montana at Washington-Grizzly Stadium to keep its playoff hopes alive. Montana, which pounded out another impressive win (41-20 over Northern Colorado), still has hopes for keeping its string of 10 consecutive Big Sky titles alive, if someone can beat the Wildcats and force a co-championship.

SOUTHERN SHOWDOWN

The Southern Conference had explored some unprecedented territory the past couple of weeks, with three of its teams ranked in the top four of the FCS poll. Even in the heady days of the "Big Three," (Georgia Southern, Furman and Appalachian State), the league had never experienced that type of acclaim.

But the SoCon also knew that such a feat wouldn't last, with the third and fourth best teams, Elon and Wofford, meeting on Saturday and Wofford traveling to meet No. 2 Appalachian State next Friday. Elon then makes the trip up the mountain to face ASU on Nov. 15.

Wofford took round one of these SoCon showdowns by forging a dominating 55-20 victory at Elon. The Terriers rolled to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter behind their option attack, and stunned the Phoenix in the second quarter for 20 more points, on the way to a 34-13 advantage at the break.

Quarterback Ben Widmyer passed for 143 yards and one touchdown, and rushed for 59 yards and two more scores as Wofford piled up 473 yards of offense. The Terrier defense allowed Elon quarterback Scott Riddle to pass for 263 yards, but they intercepted him three times and forced four Phoenix turnovers.

It will probably take an even better effort for Wofford to win at Kidd Brewer Stadium in an ESPN2 game on Halloween.

Appalachian State prepared for that game by subduing arch-rival and No. 18- ranked Furman 26-14. Furman's defense held ASU quarterback Armanti Edwards to 16 yards rushing, but the Paladins were done in by four turnovers, in addition to 186 passing yards and two TDs from Edwards.

The victory was the 200th career win for Mountaineer coach Jerry Moore. It only seemed appropriate that he would get it against one of ASU's biggest rivals.

CLOSE CALLS

No. 5 Northern Iowa continued its dominance of the Youngstown State series, but things were tougher than expected. The Panthers needed a blocked extra point from Darrell Lloyd and Everette Pedescleaux to preserve a 21-20 victory.

Playing without quarterback Pat Grace, who was out with a knee injury, UNI led 21-14 until YSU's Brandon Summers (15-of-32 for 167 yards and two TDs) fired a 51-yard scoring strike to Donald Jones with 3:55 left.

Zach Davis filled in for Grace and went 17-of-28 passing for 162 yards, with one touchdown and one interception, as the Panthers maintained a share of the Missouri Valley lead along with No. 14 Southern Illinois and idle Western Illinois.

Southern Illinois needed some late work of its own to avoid Missouri State's upset bid. In a similar finish to JMU-Villanova, the Salukis struck for a 51- yard scoring pass from Chris Dieker (19-of-30 for 243 yards passing, two TDs, two interceptions) to Marc Cheatham on the final play of the game to pull out the win.

Larry Warner rushed for 167 yards on 26 carries to fuel the Saluki attack, while Cody Kirby passed for 253 yards and a touchdown in a losing cause for the Bears.

McNeese State wasn't as fortunate as SIU. The No. 11 Cowboys dropped their second Southland contest in three games, losing 38-25 at home to Nicholls State. It was the first win in the last 10 years for Nicholls in Lake Charles

The Colonels limited McNeese State to 11 points in the second half after trailing 24-22 at the break. Chris Bunch tossed touchdown passes of 13 and 58 yards to Antonio Robinson and Ross Schexnayder drilled a 37-yard field goal to give the Colonels a 38-27 lead with 2:23 remaining.

Safety Lardarius Webb was a defensive stalwart for Nicholls State with a team- high six solo tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and two pass breakups. Webb also had 96 yards on returns.

Central Arkansas improved to 7-1 overall and 3-0 to retain the lead in the Southland with a 28-21 decision against Southeast Louisiana. The Bears led 28-0 with 9:21 left in the third period on the strength of two Nathan Brown TD passes and two Brent Grimes scoring runs, but had to hold off a late charge by the Lions.

MEAC MAYHEM

South Carolina State used a big second half at home to take control of the MEAC race with a 35-13 slapping of longtime nemesis Hampton. The Bulldogs broke open a scoreless game in the third period with three Travil Jamison touchdown runs.

Jamison (10 carries, 151 yards) added a fourth TD on a 28-yard scamper to seal the victory early in the fourth quarter. Will Ford added 25 carries for 182 yards and one touchdown as the Bulldogs dominated the Pirates on the ground.

Herbert Bynes threw for 272 yards, and LaMarcus Coker rushed for 109 to lead Hampton, but the Pirates couldn't slow down SCSU's attack.

Morgan State, which improved to 3-1 in league with a 20-3 victory over defending MEAC champ Delaware State, is probably the only team that can still catch South Carolina State, which is now 4-0 in MEAC play.

OVC UPSETS

It has been another crazy year in the Ohio Valley Conference, with preseason title favorite Eastern Illinois sitting a half-game out of last place at 1-3 and upsets occurring on an almost weekly basis.

It was Tennessee-Martin and Southeast Missouri State springing the surprises this week, as the OVC race tightened up.

UTM scored a 31-30 victory over No. 21 Jacksonville State in a rainy, ESPNU- televised game on Thursday night. JSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux (261 yards passing, 53 yards rushing) fired a 66-yard TD strike to James Wilkerson with 4:38 left to make it a one-point game in a contest that see-sawed back and forth all night.

But the normally dependable Gavin Halford missed the extra point, when he had to kick the laces of the ball on a less-than-great hold.

Miguel Barnes rushed for 117 yards on 23 carries, Cade Thompson hit 15-of-24 passes for 275 yards and two TDs and Roren Thomas opened the game with an 85- yard scoring scamper for the Skyhawks, who improved to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in league with the win.

UTM now holds a half-game lead in the OVC standings, just ahead of 4-1 Eastern Kentucky and 3-1 Tennessee State.

No. 19 Tennessee State suffered its first conference loss in overtime, falling 27-20 to Southeast Missouri. The Tigers led 17-3 at halftime, but the Redhawks rallied behind two fourth-quarter TD tosses from Houston Lillard (236 yards passing).

TSU went ahead 20-17 with 29 seconds left on an 18-yard Eric Benson field goal, but Southeast Missouri tied it at the end of regulation on Doug Spada's 37-yard field goal. Lillard hit passes of 22 and 20 yards to Chante Ahamefule to set up Spada's kick.

Matt Schieble won the game with a five-yard TD dash in the first overtime period.

Defending champion Eastern Kentucky pulled itself back into contention with a 20-7 victory over struggling Eastern Illinois, with the Colonels forcing three turnovers and getting 193 yards passing and a touchdown run from quarterback Allan Holland.

10/27/2008 5:23:45 PM