NW Sports Recap Sept. 1
Mariners Beat Astros 3-1 For 3rd Straight Victory
Joe Saunders pitched neatly into the sixth inning for his first win in a month, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros 3-1 on Saturday night for their third consecutive victory. Kendrys Morales, Nick Franklin and Dustin Ackley each drove in a run for the Mariners, who had lost six in a row before the series against the major league-worst Astros.
They will have Hisashi Iwakuma on the mound when they go for a series sweep. Saunders (11-13) yielded an unearned run and six hits over 5 1-3 innings in his first win since Aug. 4 at Baltimore. The left-hander was 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA in his previous four starts.
Moore Scores 30 As Lynx Rout Storm, 97-74
Maya Moore scored 25 of her 30 points in the first half to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a 97-74 victory over the Seattle Storm on Saturday night. Seimone Augustus had 16 points for Minnesota (22-7), while rookie Rachel Jarry had a career-high 14. Lindsay Whalen added 12 points and Monica Wright had 10. Moore shot 12 for 15 from the field to reach 30 points for the second time in her career. She had 35 against Indiana last Saturday. Tina Thompson tied a season high with five 3-pointers en route to a team-high 18 points as the Storm (15-15) lost for just the second time in seven games. Temeka Johnson had 16 points and Tanisha Wright added 11. Despite the defeat, Seattle clinched a Western Conference playoff berth with San Antonio's loss to Los Angeles.
Portland Thorns Win NWSL Championship
Tobin Heath and Christine Sinclair led the Portland Thorns to the National Women's Soccer League title Saturday night, scoring in a 2-0 victory over the Western New York Flash. Heath scored in the 41st minute off a free kick in front of 9,129 fans at Sahlen Stadium. The Thorns lost defender Kathryn Williamson in the 56th minute when she was given her second yellow card, forcing Portland to play a player short the rest of the way. Former Flash star Sinclair scored in stoppage time. The Flash failed in their bid to win their fourth title across four leagues in four seasons.
Johnson Scores In 14th, As Sounders Beat Crew 1-0
Eddie Johnson scored in the 14th minute to lift the Seattle Sounders to a 1-0 win against the Columbus Crew on Saturday night despite playing down a man for 83 minutes. Johnson gave Seattle (12-8-4) the lead on a header off a 35-yard free kick by Mauro Rosales for his seventh goal. Morales lofted a service to Johnson between two defenders in the middle of the box in a match delayed 94 minutes at the start because of inclement weather. Seattle's Leonardo Gonzales was sent off in the 7th minute when, as the last defender, he pulled down Ryan Finley 40 yards from goal. The Crew (8-13-5) had a header by Konrad Warzycha hit the crossbar in the 79th minute and moments later Seattle's Michael Gspurning made a stretching stop of a Dominic Oduro breakaway.
Washington Routs No. 19 Boise State 38-6
Keith Price threw a pair of third-quarter touchdown passes to become the school's all-time leader, and Washington returned renovated Husky Stadium with a stunning 38-6 blowout of No. 19 Boise State on Saturday, the worst loss in Chris Petersen's tenure as the Broncos head coach. Price was intercepted on his first pass in the Huskies newly renovated home on the shores of Lake Washington. And he was nearly perfect from there, the first step in putting a disappointing 2012 season in the past. Price completed 23 of 31 passes for 324 yards. He found Kasen Williams on a 19-yard TD on Washington's first possession of the second half and his 18-yard strike to Josh Perkins gave Washington a 24-6 lead late in the third quarter. It was Price's 56th career touchdown, passing Cody Pickett as Washington's all-time leader.
Grant, Mason Help Auburn Past Washington St. 31-24
Tre Mason returned a kick 100 yards and Corey Grant scored on a 75-yard run to lead Auburn to a 31-24 victory over Washington State Saturday night in Gus Malzahn's debut as the Tigers coach. Robenson Therezie also picked off two passes, including one in the end zone with less than five minutes remaining, for the Tigers (1-0). They had managed just two interceptions during last season's 3-9 debacle. The Malzahn-versus-Mike Leach matchup of offensive innovators produced plenty of big plays and drama. The Cougars (0-1) had two chances to tie it in the final five minutes, but Therezie's interception and an incompletion on fourth down ended the threats. Grant gained 146 yards on nine carries. Junior college transfer Nick Marshall was 10-of-19 passing for 99 yards in his starting debut. Connor Halliday was 35 of 65 for 344 yards and a touchdown but was also intercepted three times.
E Washington Upsets No. 25 Oregon State 49-46
Vernon Adams passed for 411 yards and ran for 107 and the go-ahead score with 18 seconds left as Eastern Washington upset No. 25 Oregon State 49-46 on Saturday to become the third FCS team to beat a ranked FBS team. Adams overwhelmed the Beavers in a performance in sure to attract attention around the nation. He threw for four touchdowns and ran for two, completing 23 of 30 passes despite leaving the game twice — once with cramping and a second time after taking a hard hit near the sideline. Adams returned, though, and scored on a 2-yard run to put the Eagles up 49-46. It was the first time a team from the Football Championship Subdivision has defeated a ranked team from the Football Bowl Subdivision since James Madison beat Virginia Tech in September 2010. Sean Mannion threw for 422 yards and Brandin Cooks had 13 catches for 196 yards for the Beavers.
No. 3 Oregon Handles Nicholls 66-3 In Opener
Marcus Mariota threw a touchdown pass and ran for two additional scores and the No. 3 Oregon Ducks made easy work of lower-tier Nicholls with a 66-3 victory in the season opener on Saturday. Mariota, who set an Oregon record with 38 touchdowns last season as a redshirt freshman, completed 12 of 21 passes for 234 yards before sitting after the third quarter when the Ducks had built a 45-3 lead. Mariota also ran for 113 yards for his second career game with more than 100 yards rushing. De'Anthony Thomas ran for 128 yards and two more touchdowns for Oregon in the debut of new head coach Mark Helfrich. Helfrich, the team's former offensive coordinator, was promoted when Chip Kelly left the Ducks in January for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.
Oregon DB Mitchell Ejected For Targeting
Oregon junior cornerback Terrance Mitchell was ejected from the season opening game against Nicholls because of targeting. Mitchell was escorted off the field Saturday after he hit Colonels quarterback Beaux Herbert late in the first quarter. The replay showed what appeared to be helmet-to-helmet contact. Under a new NCAA rule this season, players who "target" and contact defenseless players will receive a 15-yard penalty and be ejected. No. 3 Oregon had a 24-0 lead over the Colonels when Mitchell was ejected.
Seattle Keeps Clemons On 53-Man Roster
The Seattle Seahawks will start the season with defensive end Chris Clemons on the 53-man active roster, rather than placing him on the physically unable to perform list. The decision with Clemons was among the surprises as the Seahawks got down to the roster limit Saturday. Clemons has not participated in training camp while recovering from major knee surgery. The Seahawks also terminated the contracts of veteran fullback Michael Robinson, who was a Pro Bowl selection in 2011, defensive back Antoine Winfield, defensive tackle Clinton McDonald and quarterback Brady Quinn. Coach Pete Carroll tweeted that Winfield indicated his intention to retire after being released. Additionally, Seattle traded an undisclosed draft pick to Jacksonville in exchange for defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith, pending a physical.
September 1, 2013