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C’mon man! Ennis stopped them!!

This was the measurement on a 4th down play by Cedar Park against Ennis.

As you can see, the ball does not reach the stick which means Ennis clearly stopped Cedar Park. But the official gave Cedar Park a FIRST DOWN!

C’mon man, this is a state championship game!!!!!!!!

I don’t know if Ennis will survive, Cedar Park has now gone ahead of Ennis, 21-17.

I hate when bad officiating decides a game.

Proud of my boys from Ennis!!

LewP Previews: Your Dec. 20 Viewer’s Guide

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Taking a quick-hit look at the Dec. 20 bowl menu, which on “opening weekend” features five bowl games as the 2014 postseason kicks off.

WHO: Nevada (7-5) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4)
WHAT: The 14th R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
WHERE: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.
WHEN: 11 a.m. ET on ESPN
THE SKINNY: Unless you were on Bourbon Street the night before, what better way to cap off your Saturday morning, and start the 2014 bowl season, than with a little Mountain West vs. Sun Belt action?  After never making a bowl in the first 38 years of the football program’s existence, Louisiana-Lafayette has now qualified for four straight under Mark Hudspeth.  Not only that, but they’ve won their first three appearances — all of which came in this very bowl.  Nevada, meanwhile, has lost its last two bowl games and six of its last eight.  The Ragin’ Cajuns are also playing very well as they head into the postseason, closing out the regular season with a 7-1 burst.  That burst came after a 1-3 start to the season that featured losses to nationally-ranked Ole Miss and Boise State as well as Conference USA runner-up Louisiana Tech. UL-L will prove to be a significant challenge to Nevada, one that Cody Fajardo and the Wolf Pack may not be able to overcome.
THE LINE: Louisiana-Lafayette, +1
THE PREDICTION: Louisiana-Lafayette 31, Nevada 27

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WHO: Utah State (9-4) vs. UTEP (7-5)
WHAT: The 9th Gildan New Mexico Bowl
WHERE: University Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
WHEN: 2:20 p.m. ET on ESPN
THE SKINNY: If you’re a fan of old school football that features copious amounts of defense and pounding yards out on the ground, this game is for you.  Utah State is very stingy defensively, giving up just 20.8 points per game (21st nationally).  USU is also very good against the run (26th, giving up 129.2 ypg); that also happens to be UTEP’s strength offensively (35th, 213.8 ypg).  The Aggies, though, are coming off their worst performance of the season, giving up 50 points and nearly 500 yards in the regular-season finale against Boise State.  Something tells me that it’ll be the Miners who will end up paying the price for that debacle.
THE LINE: UTEP, +10½
THE PREDICTION: Utah State 48, UTEP 17

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WHO: Utah (8-4) vs. Colorado State (10-2)
WHAT: The 23rd Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
WHERE: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nev.
WHEN: 3:30 ET on ABC
THE SKINNY: The first day of bowl action has landed what could be one of the best and most intriguing matchups of the postseason.  Colorado State is coming off its best regular season in over a decade, but will also be without its head coach as Jim McElwain took the Florida job and won’t coach in the bowl game.  Utah, the only Power Five team in action today, began the 2014 season 6-1, but stumbled to a 2-3 finish that eliminated it from contention for a significantly more important bowl berth.  The teams do have one 2014 opponent in common in Colorado, with CSU winning at home 31-17 in Week 1 and the U of U winning 38-34 in Week 14 on the road.  A significant focus for Utah’s defense, one of the best in the country, will be shutting down All-American wide receiver Rashard Higgins.  If the Utes can accomplish that feat — it won’t be easy as Higgins has at least 143 yards receiving in each of the last seven games — it would go a long way in securing their first bowl win since after the 2011 season.
THE LINE: Colorado State, +3½
THE PREDICTION: Utah 27, Colorado State 20

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WHO: Western Michigan (8-4) vs. Air Force (9-3)
WHAT: The 18th Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
WHERE: Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Id.
WHEN: 5:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
THE SKINNY: This game very easily could’ve been called the Turnaround Bowl.  The fact that either team, let alone both, are playing in the postseason somewhat constitutes a minor miracle as Air Force won a mere two games in 2013 while Western Michigan trumped even that with just a single win last season.  This game is also your classic immovable object vs. irresistible force matchup: WMU is 37th in the country in rushing yards given up per game (142.7) while AF, as service academies ofttimes are, is seventh in rushing offense at 272.2 yards per game.  Throw in how the Falcons gain those yards on the ground, and it could be a long day for the Broncos.
THE LINE: Western Michigan, +1
THE PREDICTION: Air Force 37, Western Michigan 24

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WHO: South Alabama (6-6) vs. Bowling Green (7-6)
WHAT: The Inaugural Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
WHERE: Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Ala.
WHEN: 9:15 p.m. ET on ESPN
THE SKINNY: It’s appropriate that South Alabama is appearing in the first-ever Camellia Bowl as the Jaguars, who moved to the FBS level three years ago, are making their first-ever bowl appearance.  Their opponents, meanwhile, are playing in their seventh bowl game the past 12 years.  The Jaguars have struggled to score points all year long, with their 20.2 points per game ranking 113th out of 128 FBS teams.  The Falcons, meanwhile, have struggled to stop the opposition from scoring all season, as its 33.9 ppg (109th nationally) attests.  Whichever trend continues will play a significant role in determining the outcome.
THE LINE: Bowling Green, +3
THE PREDICTION: Bowling Green 38, South Alabama 24

Five-year old boy sent UAB his $1 allowance to try and help save UAB football

When I was young I saved my allowance to buy baseball cards and Nintendo games. One five-year old in Ohio decided to spend his hard-earned allowance to try to save UAB football.

Bennett Williams, from Dublin, Ohio, is an Ohio State fan but adopted UAB as his second favorite team after thinking the logo for the Blazers was pretty cool. When word of UAB shutting down its football program made its way to the young boy, a will to do all he can to save the program led him to write a letter to the school, accompanied by his allowance money (one dollar). Every little bit helps, right?

The letter, as transcribed by Al.com, reads as follows;

“DEAR UAB. I LOVE OHIO STATE, BUT I THINK YOU SHOULD HAVE FOOTBALL, TOO. HERE IS ONE DOLLAR TO HELP! – BENNETT”

The letter did not go unread. UAB athletics department, Reid Adair, replied with thanks to Bennett for his letter and followed up by sending a nice little care package of UAB merchandise.

Bennett’s allowance may not have been enough to save the UAB football program, but it should do plenty to restore your faith in humanity.

5-star WR Christian Kirk commits to Texas A&M, believes he can be a ‘legend’

Texas A&M is still trying to prove it runs this state. And so far, the Aggies are doing just that on the recruiting trail.

The nation’s No. 5 ranked class got stronger on Wednesday afternoon as Texas A&M picked up a commitment from consensus five-star wide receiver Christian Kirk. The Scottsdale (AZ) product announced his decision during a ceremony at his school.

“I’m a real independent guy and I wanted to start something on my own and create my own journey,” he said when asked about leaving the state. “I really believe I can be a legend somewhere else. I trust Coach (Kevin) Sumlin and what he talked to me about.

“It’s definitely the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with, but it’s a blessing.”

Kirk also stated that his relationship with Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen played a major role in his commitment. Allen, who was also a five-star prospect out of Arizona, took over for Kenny Hill as the starter midway through the season.

“Me and Kyle are really close,” Kirk said. “I told him the news last night and he was pumped. We’re two AZ kids ready to take over the SEC. With Malcolm Kennedy graduating, that’s a spot they hope for me to fill. I’m excited to get in there and start working. Hopefully we’re going to put a class together to make a run at a national championship soon.”

Rivals.com ranks Kirk as the No. 3 wide receiver in the 2015 class and No. 29 overall prospect in the nation. He picked the Aggies over fellow finalists Arizona State, Auburn, UCLA and USC.

Kirk is a major get for Texas A&M, especially considering the Aggies lost five-star Cedar Hill wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge in September. Texas A&M now has three wide receivers in its 2015 class. Kirk joins Blinn C.C.’s Damion Ratley and Cy Ridge’s Kemah Siverand.

EJ Holland is the Associate Editor at Dave Campbell’s Texas Football. You can follow him on Twitter @EJSports4. 

‘People Are Awesome 2014′, A Supercut of Amazing Stunts Performed by Humans in 2014

People Are Awesome 2014” is a supercut by People Are Awesome showcasing some of the most amazing stunts performed by humans in 2014. Included in the video are incredible examples of parkour, extreme sports, and feats of skill that have to be seen to be believed. The full list of videos used is included in the video’s YouTube description.

RB DeMarco Murray has hand surgery

IRVING, Texas — Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray had surgery Monday to repair a broken bone in his left hand, coach Jason Garrett said.

Murray, however, has not been ruled out for this week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.

“The biggest question we have to ask ourselves is, is he functional to do his job?” Garrett said. “Can he hold the football? Can he carry it under duress? Can he block? Can he do the things necessary to play the position?

“He’s as strong-willed and as determined an individual as I’ve ever been around, and if anybody has a chance to come back, he does. So let’s take first things first and see how the surgery goes, and we’ll make our best decisions from there.”

Murray suffered a broken fourth metacarpal bone, a source told ESPN.com. The injury occurred late in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys’ 38-27 win against the Philadelphia Eagles.

After the game, Murray said he was “good,” but he did not elaborate about his hand. He had X-rays taken after the game and was examined further Monday.

The fourth metacarpal is the long bone in the hand that runs from the base of the fourth finger to the wrist.

If Murray can’t play against the Colts, the Cowboys would turn to Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar as their top tailbacks. Ryan Williams has spent the year on the practice squad.

“We have a lot of confidence in those guys,” Garrett said. “Obviously we like to give them opportunities in games to spell DeMarco and just to give those guys a shot. I thought last night was a good example of how those guys consistently take advantage of those opportunities. Joseph got a couple of carries and was productive with his. I felt Lance did a really nice job in that game, at the end of the game handling the football and just doing some good things and making some good runs. They weren’t splashy runs but they were real positive runs in critical moments of that ballgame.”

Should Murray miss the game, it would be a serious blow to an offense that has relied heavily on the NFL’s leading rusher. Murray has established career highs in carries (351) and yards (1,687). He needs 87 yards in the final two games to eclipse Emmitt Smith’s single-season team record of 1,773 yards set in 1995. He has an outside shot at 2,000 yards, as well, but those chances took a hit Sunday when he was held to 81 yards on 31 carries.

Murray has 11 100-yard games this season and has scored a career-high 11 touchdowns. Randle has 237 yards on 34 carries and has two touchdowns. Dunbar has 91 yards on 26 carries.

Others have dealt with the same or similar injuries as Murray’s. Smith missed one game in 1999 after undergoing the surgery following a 13-carry, 140-yard and two-touchdown game against the Minnesota Vikings. He had two straight 100-yard games after his return. In 2006, Terrell Owens suffered a similar injury while with the Cowboys. He had a plate and screws implanted into his hand and did not miss a game, thanks to the Cowboys’ bye week. He wore a glove with extra padding on the top of his hand for added protection. In 2011, Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee missed one game with the injury.

Because Murray carries the ball predominantly in his right hand, it might not be much of an issue, but he has lost five fumbles on the season. He missed 11 games in his first three seasons with ankle, foot and knee injuries.

TCU’s Patterson named Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year by football writers

TCU head coach Gary Patterson has been named the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. Patterson was named this year’s coach of the year by the Football Writers Association of America and is the eighth coach to win the award multiple times.

“I’d like to thank the Football Writers Association of America,” Patterson said in astatement released by the FWAA Monday afternoon. “I’m very honored and humbled to be a part of such a great award and the man it represents.”

The award is named after former Grambling head coach Eddie Robinson, the all-time winningest coach in Division 1 history with 408 wins*. Robinson coached Grambling to 17 SWAC titles and nine Black College Football Championships during his coaching career.

Patterson guided TCU to a record of 11-1 and a share of the Big 12 championship in the third year as a Big 12 member for the Horned Frogs. TCU slipped out of the College Football Playoff field, but the success of the season in Fort Worth should not be overlooked. Patterson is known more for his defensive mindset, but this year he and his staff opened things up offensively and used that to their advantage. The ability and will to adapt is something that separates great coaches from the good coaches.

Other coaches to win the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award at twice are Nick Saban, Lou Holtz, Darrell Royal, John McKay and Johnny Majors. The only three-time winners of the award were Woody Hayes and Joe Paterno. Alabama’s Saban was one of the finalists for the award as well. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, Oregon’s Mark Helfrich and Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, Baylor’s Art Briles, Boise State’s Bryan Harsin, and Justin Fuente of Memphis were also finalists for the award this season.

Patterson was named the Home Depot Coach of the Year during last week’s college football awards show. He has also been named the Big 12 coach of the year by the Associated Press and the Big 12.

* Joe Paterno broke the record with 409 wins but was stripped of the record as a result of NCAA sanctions against the Penn State program in 2012.