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Despite loss, Harvin and Decker played well for Jets

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 18:32
The ex-Viking and the ex-Gopher enjoyed their homecoming, until the end.
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Teddy Bridgewater checks into Vikings' game-winning touchdown

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 17:45
Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater made a last-minute adjustment to set up wide receiver Jarius Wright’s 87-yard game-winning touchdown in the 30-24 overtime victory over the Jets on Sunday. Bridgewater said he sensed an all-out blitz, with the Jets showing cover zero, and checked into a bubble screen to Wright on 3rd and 15 at the Vikings’ 13. “I just saw the look and got us into the right play,” Bridgewater said. Jets head coach Rex Ryan said Bridgewater struggled against cover zero, leaving every receiver in man-to-man coverage, all game but the defense made its move too early. It allowed Bridgewater to adjust the play. “The kid made a nice check to a screen pass, which you know was coming,” Ryan said. “We have to make the tackle.” Wright had key blocks from wide receiver Greg Jennings, tight end Kyle Rudolph and center John Sullivan on the play. Jennings made the initial seal that allowed Wright to spring free after making the catch. “Teddy silent counted and saw what they were going to be in, and we switched to the better call,” Wright said. “I’m glad that I had the chance to be in that situation. “That’s the first time I ever had not only a walk off touchdown, but I did it in [overtime]. So I can say this is one of the happiest moments of my life, and I think God for the opportunity.” Wright’s interview ended abruptly in the locker room. He beamed for the trash can to vomit after the long run. “Just tired,” said Wright after the second longest touchdown reception in overtime in NFL history.
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Vikings' Charlie Johnson, Robert Blanton to undergo MRIs

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 17:10
Vikings left guard Charlie Johnson and safety Robert Blanton will receive MRIs after suffering injuries in the 30-24 overtime victory over the Jets on Sunday. Johnson wore a walking boot on his right ankle and left the locker room in crutches. He said X-rays showed there weren’t any broken bones in his ankle after running back Matt Asiata rolled on top of him in the third quarter. Johnson was carted into the locker room after suffering the injury, walking off the field with assistance and a noticeable limp. “I kind of felt a little grind in my shin, and I had never felt that before; that was what was scary about it,” Johnson said of the injury. “I looked up and everything was pointing the right way, so I’m like, ‘Oh, I’m all right.’ Just as long as nothing was tilted the wrong way, I was fine.” Vladimir Ducasse, who spent his first four seasons with the Jets before signing with the Vikings during the offseason, replaced Johnson at left guard for the rest of the game. Blanton injured his left leg during overtime tacking Jets wide receiver Eric Decker on a 26-yard gain. He missed the remaining four plays, marking the first time Blanton wasn’t on the field this season. Andrew Sendejo replaced Blanton for the final four defensive snaps.
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Gophers finally get attractive bowl game destination

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 16:30
This game will give Jerry Kill's program more national exposure and provides more evidence that the Gophers are trending in the right direction.
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Gophers land Citrus Bowl bid, their first New Year's Day bowl game since 1962

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 15:49
The Gophers will play Missouri. It’s the first time the Gophers have drawn a New Year’s Day bowl game since they defeated UCLA in the 1962 Rose Bowl.
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87-yard touchdown gives Vikings win in overtime

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 15:46
Jarius Wright’s 87-yard catch and run was enough for the Vikings to get to 6-7.
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Sunday shakeup re-opens possibility of Citrus Bowl and Outback Bowl for Gophers

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 14:44
The Big Ten will be sending a team to the Citrus Bowl, after all, and the Gophers could be the team.
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Live College Football Bowl Tracker

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 12:44
The full schedule for the 35 college football bowl games, including the three new College Football Playoff games that will determine the national champion:
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Ohio State in; let the complaining begin

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 12:12
Baylor and TCU get left out of inaugural playoff
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Picking college football playoff field difficult task

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 08:54
Three teams are worthy of that final spot
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Spurs handle Wolves smoothly

Star Tribune Sports - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 22:28
Both teams were in the second game of a back-to-back, but one of them had veteran experience.
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Reusse: Well-traveled Mankato QB enjoying Mavericks' ride

Star Tribune Sports - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 20:14
Good luck brought Ricky Lloyd to Mankato, where his excellence under center has the Mavericks within two wins of a national title.
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