Nick Bromberg

  • Quick takeaways from Talladega: 2 of 2016's winningest drivers now absent from the Chase

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 hr ago

    • Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. are tied for the Sprint Cup Series lead in wins. Each has four victories in 2016. Yet Keselowski and Truex aren’t among the eight drivers advancing to the third round of the Chase after their misfortune at Talladega.

    Both Keselowski and Truex had engine failures Sunday. Truex’s came first. Then Keselowski’s happened after he had previously had trash on the grille of his car.

    In a NASCAR that likes to tout the importance of winning, their absence from the final rounds of the Chase may seem glaring. Especially since it’s the first time in the three years of the current Chase format that a driver at least tied for the most wins in the series through 32 races has missed out on the Chase’s final two rounds.

    But that’s what happens in this Chase format. With three races in a round, one bad finish can ruin your championship if you don’t get a win in the round’s other two races. Truex was 13th and 11th over the last two weeks. Another top-15 would have meant easy advancement. Instead, Truex finished 40th.

    • How about Brian Scott? His highest finish of the season was 12th entering Sunday’s race. He finished second.

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  • Joe Gibbs Racing shows why being conservative works in the Chase

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 hrs ago

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    Maybe Talladega was the “lay up” race of the third round?

    Joe Gibbs Racing’s four cars represent half of the eight drivers advancing to the third round of the Chase. And three of those JGR drivers played a survive and advance strategy to perfection Sunday.

    Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth entered Sunday’s race with hefty points advantages over ninth place. Kenseth was up 29 points on ninth, Busch 27 and Edwards 24. With one point being awarded per position, each of the three knew that it would take a big points swing to get knocked out of the Chase.

    The easiest way to be a part of a big points swing at Talladega? Get involved in a crash. So the three teammates ran behind the main pack of cars for the entirety of the day. Kenseth finished 28th, Edwards was 29th and Busch was 30th.

    The strategy to run at the back for most of the race at Talladega isn’t uncommon. Every race features at least a handful of drivers content to ride in the back for 400 of the first 500 miles to avoid any possible pileups. Then, as the laps wind down, it’s time to move to the front.

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  • Michigan moves to No. 2 behind Alabama in AP poll

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 7 hrs ago

    Ohio State’s biggest rival took advantage of the Buckeyes’ loss in the post-Week 8 AP poll.

    Michigan moved up a spot to No. 2 following its win over Illinois on Saturday. Ohio State was No. 2 last week but OSU lost to Penn State. The Buckeyes fell to No. 6.

    No. 1 Alabama once again got all but one of the first-place votes in the poll. The Tide beat then-No. 6 Texas A&M 33-14 on Saturday. The Aggies fell three spots to No. 9.

    Clemson moved to No. 3 while Washington is at No. 4. Louisville rounds out the top five.

    Penn State jumped into the top 25 at No. 24 thanks to the win over Ohio State.

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    Here’s how the entire poll looks. Ohio State remains ahead of undefeated Power Five teams Nebraska, Baylor and West Virginia.

    1. Alabama 2. Michigan 3. Clemson 4. Washington 5. Louisville 6. Ohio State 7. Nebraska 8. Baylor 9. Texas A&M 10. West Virginia 11. Wisconsin 12. Florida State 13. Boise State 14. Florida 15. Auburn 16. Oklahoma 17. Utah 18. Tennessee 19. LSU 20. Western Michigan 21. North Carolina 22. Navy 23. Colorado 24. Penn State 25. Virginia Tech

  • Oklahoma and Texas Tech set offensive records in 66-59 Sooners win

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 21 hrs ago

    Oklahoma and Texas Tech set an FBS record for most combined yards in the Sooners’ 66-59 win Saturday night.

    Each team had 854 yards of offense to total 1,708 yards combined, breaking the record of 1,640 yards set by San Jose State and Nevada back in 2001. And that wasn’t the only record the two teams set.

    • The two teams tied the NCAA record for most first downs (76). Tech had 42 first downs while No. 16 Oklahoma had 34.

    • Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes set the NCAA record for total offense in one game. Mahomes threw for 734 yards and ran for 85 yards for 819 total yards. The previous record was held by former Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday, who had 751 yards of total offense vs. Cal in 2014.

    • Halliday threw an FBS-record 89 passes in that game against Cal. Mahomes came up one short with 88 pass attempts vs. Oklahoma.

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    • Texas Tech wide receivers Keke Coutee and Jonathan Giles each had 10 catches. Coutee had 172 yards and a score while Giles had 167 yards and two touchdowns.

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  • Old Dominion and Western Kentucky get in bench-clearing fight

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 23 hrs ago

    Things got testy between Old Dominion and Western Kentucky in the third quarter Saturday.

    Both benches cleared after Western Kentucky running back Anthony Wales ran for 12 yards on 3rd and 5.

    Not good!

    — Jude Redfield (@JudeRedfield) October 23, 2016

    Brawl just broke out here

    — Chad Bishop (@MrChadBishop) October 23, 2016

    There were so many people on the field that officials apparently couldn’t identify everyone who was assessed a personal foul penalty. Old Dominion safety Jamshyer McUmber was ejected during the fight.

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    “There were multiple fouls for unsportsmanlike conduct.”

    – referee

    — Chad Bishop (@MrChadBishop) October 23, 2016

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  • Auburn runs for 543 yards in 56-3 rout of Arkansas

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    There is no need to worry about Auburn’s offense.

    The No. 21 Tigers ran for 543 yards in a 56-3 win over No. 17 Arkansas on Saturday. It’s the most rushing yards ever in an SEC game for the Tigers and the second-straight week a team from Alabama has run for over 400 on a conference opponent. Rival Alabama ran for 418 yards in a Week 7 demolition of Tennessee.

    Auburn hit that rushing total on 57 carries; an average of 9.5 yards a carry. And while running back Kamryn Pettway was the star with 27 carries for 192 yards and two touchdowns, this was a well-balanced effort. Wide receiverEli Stove started the game with a 78-yard touchdown run and freshman RB Kam Martin added a 51-yard touchdown when the game was well out of reach.

    Auburn’s resurgence has coincided with, or perhaps been because of the transition of offensive play-calling duties from coach Gus Malzahn to offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. The transition happened after Auburn dropped to 1-2 after losses to Clemson and Texas A&M.

    Since then, Auburn has gone 4-0 and run for 1,335 in those four wins. The Tigers had 41 carries for 87 yards in the Week 1 loss to Clemson.

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  • Alabama makes statement, scores yet another defensive TD in 33-14 win over Texas A&M

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Who is going to stop Alabama? It certainly wasn’t Texas A&M.

    The Aggies hung around for the first 35 minutes against the Crimson Tide, and briefly took a 14-13 lead. But after A&M took its only lead of the game, Alabama suffocated the Aggies, scoring 20-straight points to win 33-14.

    Hanging around is probably a bit of an overstatement too. Alabama’s 13-0 lead before A&M got on the scoreboard could’ve been a lot bigger. The Tide had to settle for short field goals on its first two drives and kicker Adam Griffith missed a third.

    The Tide’s second-half close was, predictably, fueled by a defensive touchdown. Defensive lineman Jonathan Allen — who earlier in the game made an incredible sack of Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight —  returned a fumbled exchange between Knight and running back Keith Ford 30 yards for a touchdown for a 26-14 Alabama lead.

    Jackson was injured when he was hit hard on a punt return in the second half.

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  • Martin Truex Jr. to start first at Talladega

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Martin Truex Jr. will lead the field to green Sunday at Talladega.

    Truex posted the fastest lap in the second round of qualifying on Saturday to win the pole for the fourth time in 2016. The performance came after a little drama before qualifying even began. Parts were confiscated from the No. 78 Toyota in pre-qualifying inspection.

    Crew chief Cole Pearn said the problem was because of a misinstalled bolt on the left front of the car. Sunday’s race is an impound race, meaning teams aren’t allowed to make changes from qualifying to the race.

    A 5.5" LF jackscrew was replaced for a 8" that was mistakenly recessed to where a 5.5" is. Common sense/CG doesn't matter at a superspeedway

    — Cole Pearn (@colepearn) October 22, 2016

    From NBC:

    David Gilliland, driving a third car for Front Row Motorsports, failed to qualify.

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  • Alabama DL makes lineman whiff and then jumps over running back for sack

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Maybe Texas A&M needs to start using three people to block Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen. Because two didn’t work.

    Allen made an incredible sack in the first quarter of Saturday’s game vs. the Aggies by making a lineman whiff and then jumping over a running back. Watch the GIF. The description doesn’t do it justice. Watch No. 93.

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    My goodness. This may be the most impressive sack you see all season.

    Allen had 12 sacks in 2015 and entered the game with five in 2016. With moves like that, he’s going to get a bunch more this season.

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  • Lamar Jackson breaks Louisville TD record in win over NC State

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson now has the Cardinals’ single-season touchdown record. Yes, Louisville still has at least six games left in the season.

    Jackson, our favorite for the Heisman Trophy, threw three touchdowns and ran for another in a 54-13 rout of North Carolina State. The touchdowns give him 34 for the season, breaking the previous record of 33 total touchdowns that was held by former Cardinal quarterbacks Dave Ragone and Brian Brohm.

    Jackson’s fourth touchdown came in the first half as well. His 16-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jamari Staples put the Cardinals up 41-0.

    His first core of the game was a lightning-quick 36-yard run. The score came approximately 90 seconds into the game and, well, was a pretty good sign that this wasn’t going to be NC State’s day.

    Jackson finished the game 20-34 passing for 355 yards and three touchdowns. He had 17 carries for 76 yards.

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    He certainly has the pose perfected.

    Incredible shot of Lamar Jackson. Almost … statue-esque.

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