September 21, 2014

Royals take a step closer to postseason play with a win over Detroit to avoid a sweep

Nori Aoki triples in two runs to help KC get past Detroit (photo/MLB)

Nori Aoki triples in two runs to help KC get past Detroit (photo/MLB)

Nori Aoki hit a two-run triple, and the Royals were able to beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 to avoid a sweep Kansas City pulled to within 1.5 games of Detroit for the division. The Royals also maintained their position for a wild card with a 1.5 game lead over Seattle.

Aoki’s tiebreaking triple in the fourth scored Omar Infante and Mike Moustakas, making it 4-2 and chasing Rick Porcello from the game.  Alex Gordon added an RBI double in the seventh for Kansas City, snapping an 0-for-14 slump.

Jeremy Guthrie pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the second and was pulled after 81 pitches in the sixth inning, giving up one earned run.
Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland held the Tigers scoreless.

Davis motors the Chiefs run game as Smith throws three TDs in win over ‘Phins

Joe McKnight high steps into the endzone in the third quarter (photo/NFL)

Joe McKnight high steps into the endzone in the third quarter (photo/NFL)

Alex Smith led touchdown drives of 62, 76 and 66 yards in a three of four possessions as the Chiefs took leads of 14-0 and 21-10.  Knile Davis, filling in for the injured Jamaal Charles ran for 132 in helping Kansas City to their first win of the season, 34-15 over Miami.

Smith went 19 for 25 for 186 yards, and hitting scoring passes of 11 and 4 yards to Joe McKnight, and 20 yards to Travis Kelce.  Davis rushed for a career-high on 32 carries, and he scored on a 21-yard run.

Miami’s Lamar Miller rushed for 108 yards and Ryan Tannehill struggled against a pass defense ranked last in the NFL. He went 21 for 43 for 205 yards.

Dallas matches their biggest comeback in franchise history to beat the Rams after falling behind 21-0.

St. Louis Rams Lance Kendricks jumps into the arms of teammates after catching a touchdown pass in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on September 21, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Rams Lance Kendricks jumps into the arms of teammates after catching a touchdown pass in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on September 21, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Terrance Williams scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter, and Bruce Carter returned an interception 25 yards for a TD on the next snap, as the Dallas Cowboys beat the Rams 34-31.

The Rams jumped out to a 21-0 lead including a pick six of their own off Tony Romo, when Janoris Jenkins stepped in front of a pass and cruised 25 yards to put the Rams up three scores.

Austin Davis went 30 for 42 for 327 yards with three touchdown passes including two in the first quarter. A one-yarder to Lance Kendricks on the opening drive and then a 51 yard pass on the first play of the second quarter to Brian Quick.

The Rams have a bye week, then Shaun Hill will be back as starting quarterback.

This loss tied the second-largest lead blown ever by the Rams who fall to 1-2.

Mizzou suffers first loss of the season as Indiana scores a touchdown late after Baggett gave Tigers the lead

Marcus Murphy is helped up off the field by Indiana's Collin Rahrig after the final play of the game.

Marcus Murphy is helped up off the field by Indiana’s Collin Rahrig after the final play of the game.

4th Quarter Recap

The Tigers answered the Indiana scored with a 71 yard drive capped by a one yard pass from Maty Mauk to tight end Sean Culkin. The score was set up thanks to a 19-yard pass from Mauk to Bud Sasser. Mauk had three defenders closing in and he threw off his back foot. Sasser made a great play to come back on the ball, giving the Tigers a first down at the 11.

Mizzou put together what looked like it could be the game winning drive late when Andrew Baggett kicked a 40 yard field goal with 2:20 to play.  That put the Tigers up 27-24 and gave them just their second lead of the game.

Indiana didn’t quit.  Nate Sudfeld was saved on a third down pass when pass interference was called.  The Hoosiers were just 1 of 14 on third down conversions, but that penalty kept their drive alive.  Sudfeld then hit running Tevin Coleman for a 44 yard pass and with a facemask penalty, it gave IU the ball at the Mizzou seven.  Two plays later, D’Angelo Roberts scored the game winner from three yards out.

The Tigers gained 498 yards of offense, but also committed ten penalties including five false starts.

[Final Stats]

Mizzou offense stalls and a long Indiana touchdown pass late in the third has Hoosiers thinking upset

Indiana holds a 24-17 lead after three quarters (photo/Emily Dayton)

Indiana holds a 24-17 lead after three quarters (photo/Emily Dayton)

Third Quarter Recap

Maty Mauk got picked off on his first pass, a check down to Marcus Murphy that wasn’t even close.

IU took over at the Mizzou 25 and a sack by Shane Ray on Nate Sudfeld eventually forced the Hoosiers to attempt a 41 yard field goal that went wide right.

The Tigers were forced to punt in what looked to be a three and out, but Harold Brantley took the snap and gained ten yards on fourth and four, getting a first down off the fake, but the Tigers had to punt after three more plays.

Mizzou’s offense stalled in the third quarter and for the game up to this point have had ten runs that have netted a no gain or a loss in yards.

Sudfeld hit J-Shun Harris for a 32 yard touchdown pass after Tevin Coleman broke a 39 yard run.