Sports News-December 5, 2011

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UNDATED (AP) - It will be LSU taking on Alabama for the BCS
championship after the Crimson Tide nosed out Oklahoma State for
the second spot in the latest standings. Alabama finished second in
both the Harris and coaches' polls by a wide enough margin to make
up for the fact that Oklahoma State was ahead in the computer
ratings. That sets up a rematch of two schools that met November 5
in Tuscaloosa, where the Tigers beat the Tide 9-6 in overtime.
     
     UNDATED (AP) - Oklahoma State is slated to take on Stanford in
the Fiesta Bowl after the Cowboys failed to reach the BCS title
game. Oregon will battle Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, Clemson will
take on West Virginia in the Orange Bowl and Michigan goes against
Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl.
     
     EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Mason Crosby's 30-yard field goal
as time expired lifted Green Bay over the New York Giants 38-25
yesterday, keeping the Packers' hopes alive for a perfect season.
Aaron Rodgers led the Packers on a 68-yard scoring drive right
after the Giants knotted the score on Eli Manning's touchdown pass
to Hakeem Nicks and a two-point conversion with 58 seconds left.
Rodgers passed for 369 yards and four touchdowns, two to Donald
Driver.
     
     SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers are NFC West
champions for the first time in nine years following a 26-0 shutout
of the St. Louis Rams. Alex Smith tossed a pair of long touchdown
passes in the second half, David Akers drilled four field goals and
Frank Gore had 73 rushing yards to become the Niners' all-time
leader.
     
     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Tim Tebow (TEE'-boh) passed for a season-best
202 yards and two third-quarter touchdowns to help the Denver
Broncos win their fifth straight game, 35-32 at Minnesota. Matt
Prater kicked two field goals in the final 93 seconds as the
Broncos improved to 7-5, tying them with Oakland for the AFC West
lead.


South Carolina and Nebraska will play in the Capital One Bowl Jan. 2 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.  Both teams accepted their bids yesterday.  It will be the first meeting between the schools since 1987 and first-ever postseason matchup.  The 9-3 Huskers are wrapping up its first year in the Big Ten and has a chance to post ten wins for the third straight season.  Nebraska is making their fourth straight bowl appearance, with their last win coming in the 2009 Holiday Bowl over Arizona.  The 10-2 Gamecocks are also making its fourth straight bowl appearance, but hasn't won a bowl game since Houston in the 2006 Liberty Bowl.  South Carolina won their final three games of the season, including a win over rival Clemson in the regular-season finale.  The Huskers dropped one spot in the rankings yesterday, as they are now 20th in the BCS Standings and 21st in the AP.  South Carolina is ninth and tenth respectively.

Doug McDermott had 24 points to lead Creighton to a 76-66 victory over Nebraska yesterday in Omaha.  Antoine Young had 14 points for the Bluejays and Grant Gibbs finished with eleven.  Bo Spencer led Nebraska with 29 points, Toney McCray had 15 and Jorge Brian Diaz added ten.  Creighton remains undefeated at 7-0 while Nebraska falls to 4-3.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Lincoln SE (BBB-7:30); Nfk High at Omaha Marian (GBB-7:30); Nfk Cath at Laurel/Concord/Coleridge (GBB-7:30); Dordt JV at NECC (W&M BB-6:00).

Tonight:  The Norfolk High boys basketball team visits Lincoln Southeast at 7:30.  Pregame coverage at 7:10 with Panther general Ben Ries on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.

Local Scores:  Creighton 1 South Florida 0 (OT) (NCAA Men’s Soccer Quarterfinals); Nebraska 65 Texas-Pan American 27 (WBB); (3) Notre Dame 76 Creighton 48 (WBB).

NFL Scoreboard:  Houston 17 Atlanta 10; Carolina 38 Tampa Bay 19; Pittsburgh 35 Cincinnati 7; Denver 35 Minnesota 32; New England 31 Indianapolis 24; Kansas City 10 Chicago 3; N.Y. Jets 34 Washington 19; Miami 34 Oakland 14; Tennessee 23 Buffalo 17; Baltimore 24 Cleveland 10; Arizona 19 Dallas 13 (OT); Green Bay 38 N.Y. Giants 35; San Francisco 26 St. Louis 0; New Orleans 31 Detroit 17.

     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
    
     Final  Colorado    4  Detroit   2
     Final  Minnesota   5  Anaheim   3
     Final  Vancouver   5  Calgary   1
    
    
       TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final  ( 7) Baylor          69       Northwestern   41
     Final       Wichita St.     89  (18) UNLV           70
     Final       San Diego St.   64  (24) California     63
    
    
       TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final  ( 1) Baylor       89       Minnesota        60
     Final  ( 3) Notre Dame   76       Creighton        48
     Final  (13) Purdue       60  ( 4) Texas A&M        51
     Final  ( 5) Stanford     93       Fresno St.       59
     Final  ( 6) Maryland     76       American U.      42
     Final  ( 7) Duke         92       Pittsburgh       43
     Final  ( 8) Tennessee    73  (21) Texas            57
     Final  (12) Kentucky     74  (10) Louisville       54
     Final  (15) Georgia      75       Georgia Tech     68
     Final  (17) Ohio St.     69  (18) Oklahoma         63
     Final  (20) Georgetown   58       Rider            51
     Final  (23) Green Bay    75       N. Iowa          67
     Final  (24) Delaware     73       William & Mary   57
     Final  (25) Vanderbilt   70       High Point       54

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