Butler (8-1) prepares for Tennessee; Kennesaw State (3-7) looks to bounce back against Youngstown State

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The Butler University Bulldogs must feel confident as they are coming off their most dominant win of the season in a 93-51 victory over the Kennesaw State Owls, Monday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Senior Roosevelt Jones who had 19 points in the victory leads the Bulldogs, as they will travel to Knoxville, Tennessee to take on the Tennessee Volunteers on Sunday the 14.

Jones is averaging 11 points, five rebounds, and five assists per game on the season.

Butler’s leading scorer this season; Kellen Dunham (16) will be heavily relied on against the Volunteers this weekend in an attempt to stretch the Volunteers defense.

A sharpshooter, Dunham is shooting 48% from beyond the three-point line, and 86% from the free throw strike.

For the Owls, Kennesaw State stretch-forward Orlando Coleman will be counted on to provide both scoring and defense as they take on an undersized Youngstown State lineup.

The Owls take a sufficient break as they face the Youngstown State Penguins on Wednesday, December 17.

Coleman is averaging nine points, six rebounds, and two assists per game.

With minimal production coming from the inside, Kennesaw State guards Yonel Brown and Nigel Pruitt will continue to be relied on to provide a spark on the offensive end.

The Brown and Pruitt back court combo combines for 23 points per game thus far.

College Football Playoff; The top 4 teams

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Written by Chip Bouchard

1. Alabama – The Alabama Crimson Tide are coming off another dominant performance by defeating the Missouri Tigers in the SEC Championship game 42-13. Led by Heisman trophy candidate wide receiver Amari Cooper (pictured above), and senior quarterback Blake Sims, coach Nick Saban has the Tide peaking at the right point. Sims finished the regular season with 32 total touchdowns, connecting with Cooper on 14 of them. The Tide will face the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Sugar Bowl on January 1.

2. Oregon – At no. 2 come in the Oregon Ducks. The Ducks avenged their loss to the Arizona Wildcats back on October 2 by defeating the Wildcats in the Pac-12 Championship game 52-14. Coach of the year candidate Mark Helfrich has his team playing arguably better than anyone in the nation at this point. Quarterback and team leader Marcus Mariotta (pictured above) seemingly has the Heisman Trophy wrapped up with his astronomical season of 52 total touchdowns and only two interceptions. The Ducks will take on the nation’s reigning national champion, and lone undefeated Florida State Seminoles on January 1 in the Rose Bowl.

3. Florida State – Coming off a hard fought ACC Championship game, the Florida State Seminoles still find themselves undefeated. Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston (pictured above) may have hit his stride as he threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-35 win over Georgia Tech, his first game without an interception since week six. The battle tested Seminoles have also found a resurgence in their ground game behind true freshman tail back Dalvin Cook. Cook has ran for a combined 321 yards in his last two games, including his 177 yard performance in the ACC Championship game. The Seminoles will take on the high powered Oregon offense in Pasadena, California at the Rose Bowl.

4. Ohio State – The Ohio State University snuck into the college football playoff, but not without making some noise. The Buckeyes defeated the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship game 59-0. Third string quarterback Cardale Jones stepped in for the injured JT Barrett and played outstanding. Buckeye fans could exhale as they watched Jones throw for 257 yards and three touchdowns, all to wide receiver Devin Smith (pictured above). The Buckeyes will take on the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Lousiana.

Winston throws 4 interceptions in Florida State victory

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This Saturday in Tallahassee, Florida, the Florida State Seminoles defeated the Florida Gators 24-19.

Winston being the first player in the FBS this season to throw 3 interceptions in the first quarter, also set a new mark this year by being the first quarterback to win while throwing 4 interceptions in a game.

Winston was under duress the entire game as he completed just 12/24 passes for 125 yards.

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Behind true freshman running back Dalvin Cook’s 144 yard performance, the Seminoles managed to claw their way back from a 9-0 deficit.

The momentum swung in the Seminoles direction when senior linebacker Terrance Smith intercepted Florida quarterback Treon Harris, and returned it 94 yards for a touchdown with 1:12 remaining in the first quarter.

Florida’s Harris also struggled in the game, completing 13/32 passes for 169 yards and 2 interceptions.

Florida State would score the next 14 points by a pair of Nick O’Leary receiving scores.

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The Seminoles finish the regular season unscathed at 12-0 and will face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the ACC Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Cross and Cathedral grind out Decatur Central in Sectional Final

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INDIANAPOLIS—Tonight at Arsenal Tech High School, the Cathedral Irish erupted in the third quarter to put away the Decatur Central Hawks 59-14.

Led by senior running back Caleb Cross, the Irish pounded the Hawks as they ran for four touchdowns in a 35 point third quarter.

Cross’s 80-yard score with 9:13 left in the third swung all the momentum in favor of the Irish, and they would not let up from there.

Quarterback Max Bortenschlager scored twice in the quarter, once on the ground, and once on a 28-yard pass to John Preston.

When head coach Rick Streiff was asked about his junior quarterback, he had nothing but good remarks, “Well, he’s managing the game, and that’s really kind of what we do, we ask him to manage the game, and he’s done a nice job of it all year”.

Bortenschlager finished 3-9 for 65 yards and one score, but more importantly, no turnovers.

Decatur would fall behind in the second half, but quarterback Tommy Stevens and wide receiver Connor Ray were not at fault.

Stevens opened the game with a 10-yard touchdown scamper to take an early 6-point lead, finding Ray three times on the drive for 24 yards.

The two would hookup 14 times on the night, including a 10-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

But with minimal protection, Stevens was under duress and was sacked 11 times on the night.

Stevens would finish 28-43 for 304 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, while Ray reeled in 14 balls for 133 yards.

The Irish continue look to continue their dynasty, as their fifth consecutive state championship is in sights.

 

Cathedral Irish 59, Decatur Central Hawks 14

Cathedral      0          10        35        14        —        59

Decatur          6          0          8          0          —        14

1Q

Decatur — 10 yd run by Stevens (2pt conversion FAILED) 1:15

2Q

Cathedral — 29 yd pass from Bortenschlager to Dotson (Alerding point after GOOD) 11:55

Cathedral — 27 yd FG by Alerding 7:52

3Q

Cathedral — 2 yd run by Bortenschlager (Alerding point after GOOD) 10:40

Cathedral — 80 yd run by Cross (Alerding point after GOOD) 9:13

Cathedral — 8 yd run by Cross (Alerding point after GOOD) 5:50

Cathedral – 28 yd pass from Bortenschlager to Preston (Alerding point after GOOD) 3:30

Decatur – 10 yd pass from Stevens to Ray (2pt conversion SUCCESSFUL) :50

Cathedral – 1 yd run by Christopher (Alerding point after good) :14

4Q

Cathedral — 48 yd Interception returned by Braun (Alerding point after GOOD) 11:43

Cathedral — 7 yd run by Christopher (Alerding point after GOOD) 6:24

Team statistics                                   Cathedral        Decatur

First downs                                               10                    14

Rushes-Yards                                       32-363             31- -4

Rushing TDs                                             5                      1

Passing yards                                          65                    304

Passing TDs                                             1                      1

Passing Comp-Att-Int                          3-9-0               28-43-2

Fumbles-Lost                                          2-0                   2-0

Penalties-Yards                                    6-49                 6-65

Florida State moves to 9-0

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Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles rallied again this past week to beat the Virginia Cavaliers 34-20 at Doak Campbell Stadium, in Tallahassee, FL.


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Early in the game, the Seminoles found themselves down 13-7. The 7th game this season in which they have trailed.

Turnovers plagued Winston once again as two of his passes were intercepted by Virginia defenders in the first quarter. This raises his total to 11 on the season, 1 more than all of 2013 combined.

Led by Jameis Winston and Rashad Greene (pictured above), the ‘Noles put up 21 points in the second quarter including a 22-yard strike from Winston to Greene.

Greene would also earn ACC Wide Receiver of the Week honors.

Senior running back Karlos Williams led the ‘Noles ground game totaling 79-yards and two touchdowns.

The Seminoles take on the University of Miami at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, November 15, primetime at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.