Texas Tech rallies to edge Minnesota in bowl game

Updated 29 December 2012
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Texas Tech rallies to edge Minnesota in bowl game

HOUSTON: Texas Tech’s D.J. Johnson returned an interception 39 yards and Ryan Bustin made a 28-yard field goal as time expired to give the Red Raiders a 34-31 comeback victory over Minnesota on Friday in college football’s Meineke Car Care Bowl.
In the day’s other bowl games, a field goal in overtime gave Virginia Tech a 13-10 win over Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl and Ohio cruised to a 45-14 win over Louisiana-Monroe in the Independence Bowl.
Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege found Eric Ward on a short pass, and he outran a defender for a 35-yard scoring play to tie the game 31-31 with just more than a minute remaining, setting up Bustin’s winning field goal.
Minnesota’s Michael Carter intercepted two of Doege’s passes in the fourth quarter before the tying score, but the Golden Gophers couldn’t convert either of the turnovers into points.
Texas Tech got their third straight bowl win to wrap up a month that began with coach Tommy Tuberville’s abrupt departure for the job at Cincinnati. Texas Tech has hired Kliff Kingsbury to replace him, but interim coach Chris Thomsen led the team against Minnesota. Kingsbury watched from a suite.
In Orlando, Florida, Virginia Tech’s Cody Journell kicked a 22-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime to help the Hokies beat Rutgers.
Virginia Tech won its third straight game to avoid its first losing season since 1992.
Rutgers had a chance to tie it in overtime, but Nick Borgese missed a 42-yard field goal attempt.
Virginia Tech trailed 10-0 at halftime, then rallied in the final 30 minutes thanks to some timely turnovers and offense. Quarterback Logan Thomas struggled in the first and finished with a pair of interceptions, but also had 192 yards passing.
Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum, selected the most valuable player of the game, picked off Gary Nova’s pass early in the fourth quarter to set up the tying score — Thomas’ 21-yard pass to Corey Fuller with 10:56 left as steady rain began to fall.
Rutgers had opened the scoring when Virginia Tech center Caleb Farris sent his second snap of the night sailing past Thomas and into the end zone. Thomas tried to run it out of play, but he was swarmed and lost the ball as he was tackled. It was recovered by Khaseem Greene for the touchdown.
In Shreveport, Louisiana, Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns while Beau Blankenship ran for four scores as the Bobcats easily beat Louisiana-Monroe.
Chase Cochran caught three passes for 162 yards and a touchdown as Ohio won their second straight bowl game. Blankenship’s four rushing touchdowns set an Independence Bowl record. He added 104 yards rushing.
Tettleton was especially sharp in the first half, completing 9 of 14 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns as Ohio built a 24-7 lead.
Louisiana-Monroe struggled in its first bowl game after 19 seasons in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Kolton Browning completed 21 of 39 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw three first-half interceptions.


LeBron’s 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers blocks a dunk by Terry Rozier of the Boston Celtics during Game Seven of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 27, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP)
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LeBron’s 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

  • In the first close game of the series — and the lowest-scoring — James played all 48 minutes and had 12 of his points in the fourth quarter for his sixth straight Game 7 win.
  • The NBA Finals begin Thursday at either Houston or Golden State.

BOSTON: With another Game 7 victory at stake, LeBron James would not miss. He would not sit out. And he would not be denied an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals.
The four-time league MVP scored 35 points with 15 rebounds and nine assists on Sunday night, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-79 win over the Celtics and eliminating Boston from the Eastern Conference finals in the decisive seventh game.
In the first close game of the series — and the lowest-scoring — James played all 48 minutes and had 12 of his points in the fourth quarter for his sixth straight Game 7 win.
The NBA Finals begin Thursday at either Houston or Golden State. The Rockets host the seventh game of the West finals on Monday night.
Jayson Tatum scored 24 for Boston, which was looking to return to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010. Al Horford scored 17 points and Marcus Morris added 14 with 12 rebounds for the Celtics, who led 72-71 with six minutes remaining before the Cavaliers scored 15 of the next 17 points to pull away.
James and Horford embraced after the buzzer, then the Cavaliers donned NBA Finals hats and Eastern conference championship shirts before shuffling off the court to receive their trophy.
It’s not the one they want.
James had to do it without Kevin Love — Cleveland’s only other all-star — who sustained a concussion in Game 6 and was replaced in the lineup by Jeff Green. Making his first start since the first-round opener against Indiana, Green scored 19 points and added eight rebounds — the star of James’ starless supporting cast.
The Celtics have had more time to get used to their injuries: Gordon Hayward has been out since the first game of the season, and Kyrie Irving has been sidelined since March. With the rookie Tatum and second-year Jaylen Brown, Boston established itself as the team of the future in the East.
But the present still belongs to James.
And, for now, that means Cleveland, too.

TIP-INS
Cavaliers: Shot just 2 of 17 from 3-point range in the first half. They made three of their first 22 shots before James and Green connected on back-to-back attempts midway through the third quarter.
Celtics: Paul Pierce, whose number was retired by the Celtics this season, cheered the team on from courtside. ... Rapper 21 Savage was also at the game. ... Boston was 7 for 39 from 3-point range, with Terry Rozier missing all 10 of his attempts.