• Schaub strikes Jags with career day

    With turkey day on the horizon, many players gave their fantasy owners plenty to be thankful for in this weekend’s batch of NFL games.  However like anything else in life, in fantasy football great is better than good, and these players stood out on Sunday with some incredible performances:

    1) Matt Shaub, QB, Houston Texans

    What’s better than leading your team to 43 points and a comeback victory at home in overtime? Doing so while throwing for 527 and five touchdowns, which Schaub did on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The nine-year veteran set career highs in yardage and in touchdowns on Sunday, and his 527 yards through the air is good for the second-most passing yards in a single game in NFL history, tying Warren Moon’s 527 against the Chiefs in 1990.

    2) Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans

    Johnson was the main beneficiary of his quarterback’s career day, hauling in 14 catches for 273 yards, including the game-winning 48-yard touchdown in overtime. Johnson’s performance was one to remember, as he too set career highs in catches and receiving yards, managing even to outshine Jaguars’ rookie Justin Blackmon’s seven catches for 236 yards and a touchdown.

    3) Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins

    RG3 was practically flawless against the Eagles’ awful defense on Sunday, completing 14 out of 15 passes for 200 yards and four touchdowns in the Redskins’ 31-6 rout of Philadelphia. In addition to his passing performance, which earned him a perfect passer rating of 158.3, Griffin amassed 82 rushing yards on 12 carries.

  • Dallas Cowboys survive scare thanks to Dan Bailey's Golden Toe

    It took overtime, but the Dallas Cowboys were able to skate by the Cleveland Browns 23-20. Thanks to a pair of clutch Dan Bailey field goals.

    The first came with six seconds remaining in the game, only minute after the Browns scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:07 left. Before that point the Cowboys had the momentum after stuffing Cleveland on the goal-line with less than two minutes remaining, but a nice Josh Cribbs return coupled with a horse collar tackle by John Phillps put the Browns on Dallas’ 17-yard line and in position to win the game.

    The Browns took advantage of the opportunity.

    On the very next play Brandon Weeden made his best throw of the game with a strike over the middle to Benjamin Watson for the go-ahead touchdown. 

    The score put the Browns up by three, but a gutsy last-minute drive led by Tony Romo put Bailey in position for his game-tying kick.

    In overtime each team failed to score on its first possession, making the game a sudden death contest. But Dallas got the ball back and wasn't about to waste another opportunity to win.

    The Cowboys began the drive on Cleveland’s 48, but after a few short slants between Romo and Miles Austin they quickly reached the Browns 20.

    From there, Bailey’s automatic leg ended the game on a 38-yard field goal. Bailey went 3-of-3 on field goal attempts and his teammates didn’t doubt for a second that he’d win them the game.

    “I call Dan Bailey golden toe,” Cowboys safety Danny McCray said. “To me he’s automatic within his range... It was never a worry, we’re pretty sure Dan’s going to make every kick.”

  • Texas Longhorns football commits perform in first round of playoffs

    Plenty of Longhorn commits were in action over the weekend as first round of the Texas High School Playoffs kicked off. Here are the results, with each team’s future Longhorn listed in parentheses.

    · Barbers Hill 31 – Livingston (Chevoski Collins, ’13 ATH) 0

    · Southlake Carroll 65 – Arlington Martin (Kyle Hicks, ’13 RB) 7

    · DeSoto 62 – Harker Heights (Naashon Hughes, ’13 LB, Darius James, ’13 OL) 15

    · Cibolo Steele (Erik Huhn, ’13 S) 49 – San Antonio Marshall 17

    · Dallas Jesuit (Jake Oliver, ’13 WR) 45 – McKinney Boyd 10

    · Lake Highlands (Kent Perkins, ’13 OL) 42 – Plano West 35

    · Celina (Jake Raulerson, ’13 ATH) 58 – Krum 27

    · Alief Elsik 38 – Cypress Falls (Jacorey Warrick, ’13 WR) 10

    · Langham Creek 38 – Eisenhower (Donald Catalon, ’14 RB) 21

    · Denton Guyer (Jerrod Heard, ’14 QB) 42 – Saginaw 14

    · Abilene Cooper (Lorenzo Joe, ’14 WR) 40 – El Paso Americas 14

    · San Antonio Brennan (Derick Roberson, ’14 DE) 42 – Boerne Champion 24

    The week’s most impressive performance went to 2014 quarterback Jerrod Heard of Denton Guyer, who threw for 246 yards and ran for 104 more, accounting for three total touchdowns according to the Denton Record-Chronicle. Denton Guyer will take on Aledo in the second round next Saturday.

    Harker Heights 2013 center Darius James played his first game since breaking his foot in the first game of the season, but it wasn’t enough to stop DeSoto. James and 2013 linebacker Naashon Hughes were both roughed up in 62-15 loss.

    James and Hughes weren’t the only commits to have their high school careers cut short over the weekend though. 2013 running back Kyle Hicks had to watch from the sideline as his Arlington Martin team lost 65-7 to perennial power Southlake Carroll. Hicks injured his knee in the last regular game of the season, and was not healthy enough to play this week.

    The second round of the playoffs will open this Friday.

  • Longhorns shortstop Christian Summers to transfer

    Junior shortstop Christian Summers will transfer, Texas announced Thursday.

    Summers played in 14 games last year, batting .100 with five runs and one RBI while comitting four errors. He hit .182 in 13 games as a freshman in 2010, driving in two runs and scoring another. With the graduation of Jordan Etier, a shortstop who started 63 of the Longhorns' 68 games last year, Summers' departure paves the way for freshman C.J. Hinojosa to assume the role of everyday shortstop.

    A very highly-regarded prospect out of Klein Collins (Houston, Texas), Hinojosa chose to enroll at UT rather than sign with the Houston Astros, who drafted him in the 26th round of this year's MLB Draft. After initially intending to enroll at Texas in the spring, Hinojosa separated his shoulder during his senior season earlier this year but played in both of the Longhorns' fall scrimmages.

  • Women's track coach Bev Kearney placed on administrative leave

    Texas women's track and field coach Beverly Kearney has been placed on administratrive leave while the school looks into issues into the program, the university announced Wednesday.

    "The University of Texas is reviewing issues pertaining to its women's track and field program," the UT women's athletic department said in a statement. "Until this process is completed, head coach Beverly Kearney will be on paid administrative leave."

    Kearney took over as head coach in 1993 and has since led the Longhorns to six NCAA team titles, three indoor and three outdoor, and 44 individual and relay national championships. Her student-athletes have combined to win 18 Olypmic medals, most recently the two gold medals captured by Sanya Richards-Ross in the London Games this summer.

    No further details were offered regarding the women's track and field program or Kearney.

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