• December 20, 2014


UTEP’s Showers, Brock fired up for bowl

Quarterback Jameill Showers and linebacker Cooper Brock have helped the UTEP Miners win seven games this season. But a victory in Saturday’s New Mexico Bowl matchup with Utah State would be their biggest.

Lady Crusaders rally to hand Louisiana College its first loss

BELTON — Sometimes it pays to just hang around until good things begin to happen.

As for the UMHB Lady Crusaders, it was a matter of hanging around despite trailing by 18 and grinding out a 94-87 victory over previously unbeaten Louisiana College on Thursday night at Mayborn Campus Center in their final American Southwest Conference game before the Christmas break.

UMHB gets overtime victory

BELTON — Just a sliver of an opening was enough for the Mary-Hardin Baylor men Thursday night.

Jerard Graham buried a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left in regulation to force overtime where the Crusaders overcame Louisiana College 84-77 in an American Southwest Conference basketball game at Mayborn Campus Center.

It was a game that the Crusaders had appeared to have frittered away, but managed to come back in the final minutes of regulation.

Browns' Manziel on horrid debut: "Very humbling"

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Along with being sacked, taunted, embarrassed and generally mistreated Sunday by the Cincinnati Bengals, Johnny Manziel got humbled.

ALLAN MANDELL: Big 12 not safe from Big Ten, SEC raid

After the Big 12 Conference was officially informed last week that it was persona non grata in the inaugural College Football Playoff, league commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he’d “go back to the drawing board,” do some reviewing, on how his 10-school fraternity should move forward.

UMHB holds off Concordia

BELTON — Despite Concordia Texas’ best effort to turn the game into a helter-skelter affair, Mary Hardin-Baylor never got too frazzled and its nerves of steel paid off in the form of a key conference win.

UMHB committed only 13 turnovers and often broke Concordia’s trapping, full-court press for easy buckets, providing the Crusaders with just enough fuel to outrun the Tornados 81-77 Saturday afternoon at Mayborn Campus Center.

Local high school and college roundup

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Hicks leads Temple boys past L.D. Bell

KELLER — Temple coach Quinton Gibson describes Logan Hicks as a rhythm shooter. Hicks found his rhythm quickly on Thursday.

Hicks scored 25 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead Temple to a 57-40 win over Hurst L.D. Bell in an opening-round game of the Keller Timber Creek Classic at Keller High School.

UMHB’s Nelson earns All-American honor

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor tight end Eric Nelson has been named to the American Football Coaches Association’s Division III All-America Team.

Browns expecting some Manziel magic on Sunday

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is going to send in a play from the sideline and then hold his breath.

AP Source: Baylor OC to become Tulsa head coach

Tulsa is close to an agreement to hire Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery as its head coach, a person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press.

UMHB has five players, coach earn regional honors

BELTON — Mary Hardin-Baylor had five players named to the D3football.com All-South Region Team, and Crusaders coach Pete Fredenburg was named NCAA Division III Region 3 Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.

In Vegas, Ohio State isn't a team worthy of top 4

LAS VEGAS (AP) — What if the people who make their living rating teams every day were in charge of seeding the college football playoffs? What if the inaugural playoff season wasn't decided by a group of people with different agendas that might factor into their judgment?

Study: Graduation disparity shrinks for bowl teams

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A study of this year's bowl-bound schools released Monday revealed a narrowing gap between the graduation rates of white and African-American players.

Big 12 likely to take long view after playoff snub

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — Before Big 12 fans demand the conference invite Boise State and Cincinnati and immediately implement a conference championship game, consider this: If Florida State had lost to Georgia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game on Saturday, Baylor would be in the playoff and not playing that tough 13th game would have worked out great.

Florida State's Winston on the Heisman bubble

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has won a national championship, the Heisman Trophy and every single game he's played in college.

ANALYSIS: Names on the jerseys, not schedules, doomed Big 12's Baylor and TCU

WACO — After the on-field celebration had ceased and the last fan had exited McLane Stadium — and Baylor head coach Art Briles had finished making his case for the No. 4 Bears to be a part of the College Football Playoff — a sense of inevitability fell over the press box.

Playoff guide: A peek into how the committee works

The games have been played and the scores are all in the books. All that's left is picking the teams and that will not be easy.

Baylor, Ohio State pass TCU in AP Top 25

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — Baylor and Ohio State jumped past TCU in the final Associated Press college football poll Sunday.

Trinity Valley defends HOT Bowl crown

COPPERAS COVE — As District 8-5A rivals, D’Andre Banks, Phillip Baptiste, Reggie Harris and Quan Patterson have mixed memories of playing at Bulldawg Stadium. Now as Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals, the former stars from Copperas Cove, Killeen and Harker Heights high schools can now boast they helped a team go undefeated and win a championship. 

Bears win share of Big 12, wait for CFP committee's decision

WACO — Baylor fans stormed the field again Saturday and its players hoisted the Big 12 trophy amidst “one true champ” chants from the Bear faithful.

A&M-Commerce routs East Central in D2 Hot Bowl

COPPERAS COVE — The Texas A&M-Commerce Lions showed exactly why they have NCAA Division II’s most prolific scoring offense. 

FSU stays perfect with 37-35 win over Georgia Tech

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — In Jimbo Fisher's mind there is no doubt that Florida State belongs in the College Football Playoff.

No. 1 Alabama routs Missouri 42-13 for SEC title

ATLANTA (AP) — Blake Sims went out for one more snap, then trotted off the field to a standing ovation from the Alabama fans.

Up and down I-35 in Texas, playoff will be settled

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Texans like to think the Lone Star state is the center of the football world. This weekend, the biggest of the college season, it is.