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4/19/2014 1:08 PM(et)
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4/19/2014 8:05 PM(et)
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4/19/2014 7:10 PM(et)
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Kelso Sturgeon has been a professional handicapper for 40 years and has a deep understanding of all facets of the game, be it football, basketball, baseball or horse racing. He's worked as a football scout in the SEC and studied under Hall of Fame coaches like Alabama's Bear Bryant, winner of five national titles and Hank Stram of the Kansas City Chiefs, who won the 1970 Super Bowl. He's been a Regional Sports Editor for the Associated Press, worked as a successful jockey agent and authored several books teaching people how to be a handicapper, including the bestseller, THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SPORTS BETTING. Kelso also understands that to be a successful handicapper means knowing the business of gambling, and to that end he is personal friends with most of the big linesmakers in Las Vegas and gets the daily scoop on what is happening on the other side of the counter. There is no one better qualifed to be your personal handicapper than Kelso Sturgeon.

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Extra Point - Week Eight Review: I-AA Twilight Zone

Usually just winning a matchup between the top teams in The Sports Network Mid- Major Top 10 would suffice as a quality victory, but the Toreros needed to do more with a top 25 overall and ranking and weeks of talk about their ability to beat just about anybody in the nation. And the Toreros lived up to their own billing, as they made quick work Drake in a 37-0 victory that should give enough cushion for the Pioneer Football League title and a berth in the Gridiron Classic game. The Toreros held a 7-0 lead until midway through the second quarter, but built a comfortable 17-0 advantage at the half when JT Rogan ran in from four yards out with 1:10 remaining. Quarterback Josh Johnson, a Payton Award candidate, took over the rest of the way with and eight-yard touchdown run and two touchdown strikes in the second half as the Toreros pulled away. San Diegos defense, which leads the nation with only 7.6 points allowed per game, held Drakes offense to 200 total yards and limited Bulldog running back Scott Phaydavong to 51 yards. The Torero offense used a balance effort (226 rush yards/287 passing yards) to rack up 513 total yards as they won easily in the last test for an undefeated record on playoff selection day.

Best Top 25 Win: No. 14 Northern Iowa 31, No. 5 Youngstown State 23

When it lost at home against North Dakota early in the season, UNI took on an uphill climb to make the postseason that relied on a win or two when it played the underdog role. That victory almost came three weeks ago, but Brian Wingerts gamewinning field goal attempt sailed wide as UNI fell, 28-27, at Iowa State. But the Panthers played well in that game and have looked strong ever since, and that run continued as they notched the necessary big win by going into Youngstown State and leading most of the way in a 31-23 triumph. A touchdown pass from Eric Sanders to Johnny Gray put UNI ahead just over three minutes into the game, and the Panthers raced out to a 17-3 edge in the second quarter before Youngstown State closed within seven points at the half. The Penguins tied the game at 17 on a Marcus Mason run early in the third quarter, but UNI struck back a little over a minute later when Sanders and Gray struck again for a 70-yard touchdown play that capped a 96-yard drive. The Panther defense stepped up with two key interceptions to keep the seven-point edge, and then came through when Youngstown State appeared to have the game tied. The Penguins got in the endzone with 11:02 remaining in the game, but UNIs Mark Huygens blocked the ensuing extra point to maintain a 24-23 advantage Two more key turnovers helped the Panthers gain a 31-23 edge, and they held on when an apparent Youngstown State touchdown was negated by penalty and Dre Dokes picked off his second pass of the day with 1:02 left to seal the win. Sanders threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns, while the Panther defense notched four interceptions and forced five turnovers overall to negate a big day from Mason (172 yards, 3 TD). The Panthers still have work to do for a playoff berth with a 5-2 record and a very tough schedule remaining, but the first step is out of the way after a huge road victory in Youngstown.

Worst Top 25 Loss: South Dakota State 29, No. 4 Cal Poly 28

The Mustangs knew they would be in for a tough game against a South Dakota State team that came in riding high on a three-game winning streak. When Cal Poly scored 28 points and ran away for a 28-6 lead in the third quarter, most people would have expected them to be past the test before a grueling three- game swing at San Diego State, Montana and North Dakota State begins next week. But the walls caved in from there, as it was Cal Polys defense that let down for once and the Jackrabbits rallied for 23 consecutive points in the final 7:55 to shock the Mustangs and put a serious damper on any playoff hopes. Cal Poly took the lead behind a big day from James Noble (168 yards, 2 TD) and 238 rushing yards overall, and was dominating on defense through the first three and a half quarters. South Dakota State took over a possession at its own 30 yard line with 22-point deficit and 9:30 to play, and the Jackrabbit passing game went off from there. Quarterback Andy Kardoes completed a 42-yard pass to Micah Jackson to set up a 14-yard scoring strike to JaRon Harris and subsequent two-point conversion to cut the deficit to 28-14 with 7:55 to play. After holding the Mustangs to a three and out inside the 10 yard line, the Jackrabbits used a short field to strike quickly again as Kardoes and Harris connected for a 12-yard strike to make the score 28-21 with 3:45 to play. Cal Poly did notch a first down on its next possession, but the Jackrabbits used all of their timeouts to get the ball back and seized on a 17-yard punt by Nick Coromelas to start with possession at the Mustang 45 with 2:16 remaining. Kardoes only completed 2-of-6 passes on the final drive, but the Jackrabbits picked up a first down on a pass interference call and Kardoes and Harris hooked up for a third touchdown in just over six minutes to, apparently, tie the score. But the Jackrabbits werent happy with settling for a tie with all the momentum on their side, and won it, 29-28, when Kardoes ran in for a two- point conversion. The Mustangs moved into South Dakota State territory on the final possession, but quarterback Matt Brennan was intercepted in the endzone to complete the Mustang collapse. Cal Poly has expectations as a playoff and championship contender, but couldnt afford to give away any games they should win against a schedule that is brutal over the next three weeks. Now, the Mustangs have to find a way to regroup and win two of the next three games on the road to have any chance at even making the postseason.

Best Game: Northeastern 36, No. 7 New Hampshire 35 (OT)

For a while, this game was impressive enough for the way Northeastern was using the examples from the past couple of weeks and limiting New Hampshires offense. The Wildcats only had seven points until late in the third quarter, and Northeastern was turning in a valiant defensive performance that resulted in six sacks, two interceptions and eight pass breakups. New Hampshire ended a scoring drought that spanned more than a half when Ricky Santos hit David Ball with a 24-yard touchdown pass to make it a 14-7 Wildcat lead with 31 seconds left in the third quarter. But that was just the beginning of the fireworks. Richard Orah intercepted a Santos pass to set Northeastern up at the UNH five, and Maurice Murray finished the short TD drive to tie it at 14 with 10:37 left. A great defensive stop set up another possession start in UNH territory, and the Huskies and Murray capitalized again for a 21-14 lead with 6:46 to play. New Hampshire came up with a response of its own, and Santos finished a 16- play, 78-yard drive with a touchdown run to tie the score at 21 with 2:47 left. Then, things really got interesting. Alex Broomfield broke off a 38-yard run to make it a 28-21 Northeastern lead with 53 seconds left. New Hampshire marched to the Husky 23 on its possession, but had just seven seconds left to play and needed a touchdown. The acclaimed Santos and Ball connection got the job done from there, as they connected for a 23-yard TD with one second left to send the game to overtime tied at 28. The Wildcat offense kept it up in overtime by going right down the field for a touchdown strike from Santos to Mike Boyle, but the Huskies had another surge left in them. On a 4th-and-five, Northeastern scored on a 20-yard pass from John Sperrazza to Kendrick Ballantyne. The Huskies were bold and went for two, and won the game on a pass from Sperrazza to Broomfield. New Hampshires offensive numbers looked good, with Santos completing 41-of-66 passes for 434 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions, and Ball catching 11 passes for 147 yards and three touchdowns. But Northeastern used a balanced offense to record 410 total yards while running 35 fewer plays than the Wildcats, and made enough plays on defense to stay in the game all the way before the offense excelled in the fourth quarter. That got the Huskies in the win column and sent the Wildcats to their second loss in a row, and could end up damaging UNHs playoff hopes in the process.

Plays of the Week: The underdogs took the risk and succeeded, and the two-point conversions that doomed New Hampshire and Cal Poly could have long-lasting implications as both teams now have a lot of work to even make the playoffs after sitting in the top five in the country last week. South Dakota States Andy Kardoes scored on a run to cap a 22-point comeback and send Cal Poly to a 29-28 loss in the final minute of the game, while a pass from John Sperrazza to Alex Broomfield in the first overtime sent Northeastern off the field with a 36-35 victory over New Hampshire.

Number of the Week: 14

I-AA teams have been involved in 14 overtime games over the past two weeks. Home teams hold an 8-6 advantage in those contests, and ranked teams have a 2-2 mark in the extra session in the last two weeks.

Quick Notes: -The short conference races have heated up in the Patriot League and Southland Conference. In the Patriot, Lehigh and Colgate reasserted their place at the top of the league with convincing victories as the Mountain Hawks whipped Bucknell, 38-7, and Colgate beat Fordham, 46-3. But they could face a challenge from Holy Cross, which is already at 3-0 in the league and won its fifth game in a row overall with a 38-28 victory at Lafayette.

-In the Southland, every team now has its name in the victory column after Northwestern State and McNeese State scored their first conference win over the weekend. Texas State moved to 2-1 with a 38-17 victory over Southeastern Louisiana. Sam Houston State is the only team with a perfect mark, but the Bearkats did show some vulnerability with a 38-30 loss in non-conference play against Central Arkansas.

-The race for the Big Sky crown could have all but ended if Montana State lost at Idaho State, but the Bobcats survived a shootout for a 42-35 win at Idaho State. Wide receiver Michael Jefferson scored five total touchdowns in the game, and Montana State won its fourth game in a row and improved to 4-1 in the conference.

-Alabama A & M lost at Arkansas Pine-Bluff, 23-21, and saw a three-game winning streak come to an end. The Bulldogs have a 5-2 record this year, and every game has been decided by seven points or less.

-What do San Diego, Charleston Southern and Princeton have in common? Those three teams are the lone remaining undefeated squads in I-AA after losses by North Dakota State, Harvard and Hampton and Saturday. The Toreros and Buccaneers are 7-0, while the Tigers are at 6-0. Charleston Southern held off VMI, 27-22, on Saturday. San Diego has won 15 in a row overall, while Charleston Southern has a 12-game winning streak.

-While those teams continue to win, Indiana State is happy to finally get in the win column at all. The Sycamores ended I-AAs longest losing streak at 24 by holding off Missouri State, 28-22, for a win in Gateway Conference play. North Carolina A & T, the only remaining winless team in I-AA, now holds the longest overall losing streak at 12 games.

10/22/2006 5:34:56 PM