November 24, 2014

Green Bay wins Gulf Coast opener

Green Bay Phoenix logo 2The Green Bay Phoenix held East Carolina (2-2) without a point for the first 7:48 and jumped out to a 7-0 lead.  After  ECU hit a three-pointer, the Phoenix (2-1) went on a 10-0 run to go in front 17-3 and were never tested, rolling to a 66-49 victory in the Gulf Coast Classic opener in Estero, Florida.

Senior Greg Mays scored a team-high 15 points and senior Keifer Sykes added 12 to lead the Phoenix.

Green Bay scored 10 of the first 12 points after halftime to extend its lead to 21 and the Pirates could get no closer than 12 the rest of the afternoon.

Green Bay advanced to the semifinals on Tuesday (5pm CST) against the winner of the Fresno State-Evansville game.

Green Bay out-rebounding the Pirates 37-23 and held the opposition to just 31.9% from the field.  The Phoenix shot 55.3% from the field in the victory.


New policy for Paul Bunyan’s Axe

Paul Bunyan's Axe

Paul Bunyan’s Axe

The Wisconsin Badgers currently have possession of Paul Bunyan’s Axe.  If the Minnesota Gophers can pull off the upset over the Badgers on Saturday, they won’t have the chance to sprint across the field to the Badger sideline to take back the Axe.

The two schools decided to change policy after an incident in Minneapolis last season almost led to a brawl.  Minnesota players circled the goal post near their student section in an attempt to block the Wisconsin players from using the axe to hack away at the goal post, which is part of the tradition.  That’s when things got ugly.

Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen approached the UW administration about a change.  Athletic Director Barry Alvarez approved that change.

Now, the Axe will be on the field for the pregame coin toss, then taken inside the stadium.  It will be handed over to the winning team after the game and the players can then come back out onto the field after the game to celebrate with their fans.

Also at stake in Saturday’s game is the Big Ten Conference West Division title and a trip to the Big Ten Championship game.  It’s a winner-take-all scenario for both teams, who are tied atop the Big Ten’s West division entering play.

Kaminsky is Big Ten Player of the Week

Frank Kaminsky

Frank Kaminsky

Wisconsin Badger senior center Frank Kaminsky is the Big Ten’s Co-Player of the Week after averaging 23 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks and 1.5 steals a game in Badger victories over Green Bay and Boise State.

Kaminsky scored 20 points and pulled down 15 rebounds with 7 blocked shots in the win over Green Bay.  He poured in 26 points on 11 of 13 shooting, including four three-pointers, pulled down five rebounds and 3 blocks in the win over Boise State.

Kaminsky ranks second in the Big Ten in both rebounds (10.3rpg) and blocks (2.8 bpg).  He earned his third career Big Ten Player of the Week award, sharing the honor with Ohio State’s Shannon Scott.

Gordon named Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Week

Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon

After a rough first half, Melvin Gordon exploded in the second half to help lead the Wisconsin Badgers to a 28-24 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday.  Today, Gordon was named the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Week.

Gordon recorded 264 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns to lead Wisconsin to the win.  He rushed for 200 yards on 31 carries, matching the Big Ten and school record for most rushing yards in a season of 2,109 yards set by former Badger Ron Dayne in 1996.

Gordon also became the fastest player to reach 2,000 yards in NCAA history, doing so on his 241st carry of the season.

It’s the fourth Offensive Player of the Week award of his career and third this season.

Gordon loses single game record

Just seven days after Melvin Gordon set the FBS single-game rushing record (408 yards), Oklahoma freshman Samaje Perine bested Gordon with 427 yards on 34 carries as the Sooners racked up a 44-7 win over Kansas.

Gordon earned his 408 yards on just 25 carries, while it took Perine 34 carries for his record performance.

Eddie Lacy is strong in Packers win over the Vikings (Video)

Eddie Lacy

Eddie Lacy

Minnesota had just scored a touchdown and converted a two-point conversion, crawling to within three points of the Green Bay Packers.  After Mike Neal’s late hit on quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on the two-point try, the Vikings would be kicking off from the 50-yard line.  At that point, an on-side kick made perfect sense.

Instead, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer decided to pin the Packers deep, challenging his defense to stop the Packers ground attack, get the ball back and try to tie or win the game.  Neither of the final two scenario’s took place because the Packers never gave the ball back.

The Vikings couldn’t stop Eddie Lacy and the Packers offensive line.  When the Packers got the ball back, Lacy rushed five straight times for a total of 27 yards and the Packers salted away the victory. [Read more…]