Chargers Fall to Ravens, No. 1 Kansas Beaten for First Time, Army Demolishes Houston

Jonathan Grant | December 23rd, 2018

The Los Angeles Chargers and the Baltimore Ravens met in Carson, California on Saturday in what was a huge game for both teams. The Chargers were still in the hunt for a playoff bye, however, they would have to win out to keep hopes alive of that. The Ravens, meanwhile, we just looking to keep their heads above water and claw their way in. Thanks to a sound defensive performance and a great showing from QB Lamar Jackson, the Ravens got the win and might just be the sneaky underdog come the playoffs. Jackson, who now has five wins in six games as the team’s starter, threw for 204 yards- the first time he’d thrown for more than 200 in a single game- and had a touchdown on 12-22 passing. On the other side of the ball, the Ravens defense shut down a Philip Rivers that had been on fire previously. He would complete 23 of his 37 passing attempts, but they only added up to 187 yards. He was picked off twice in the 22-10 loss, once again showing just how good this Ravens defense can be against even the best teams in the NFL.

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Kansas Jayhawks coach Bill Self says that the loss in Tempe to Arizona State on Saturday “can be a positive,” provided that his team learns from the defeat. The Jayhawks came into the game as the no.1 team in all of college basketball with a 10-0 record, but they ran into a hungry Arizona State team that were 8-2 ahead of the meeting. Something had to give, and the crowd helped play a part in it as the Sun Devils improved to 6-0 at home on the season and handed Kansas its very first loss, which could see them knocked out of that spot at the top of the rankings. Rob Edwards was the star of the night for ASU despite having just 15 points, leading the team, thanks to his two free throws made with 6 seconds left to put the game to bed. Jayhawks’ forward Dedric Lawson led all scorers with 30 points total, and he missed just three shots total in the entire game. What a night that was, only to see his team fall short.

Elsewhere, on Saturday afternoon, Army was making history in the aptly named Armed Forces Bowl. The Black Knights raced out to a 14-0 advantage of the Houston Cougars, and they never, ever looked back. In fact, they would make history with the 70-14 win, tying the all-time record for a Division I bowl victory. Army had over 500 yards of total offense, never punted the ball, and scored on every possession. QB Kelvin Hopkins, Jr. had five TD’s all on his own in the demolition job in Fort Worth.

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