1st Down: The Cleveland Browns weren’t too keen upon allowing another late comeback. Playing division rivals Pittsburgh on Thursday Night Football, the Browns kept their foot on the gas to win 29-17 in the end by turning around a 14-13 halftime deficit with a strong closing half. Nick Chubb had 113 yards and a touchdown while QB Jacoby Brissett had 220 yards passing and two TD’s on 21-31 in the air. Wideout Amari Cooper was very strong, too, catching seven balls for 101 yards and a TD. The game was a bit closer than it appears, as the Steelers had kicked a field goal with 1:48 left to get it within six before the Browns recovered a fumble in the end zone as time expired. No collapse this time around!
2nd Down: Staying on the gridiron, there were three college football games on Thursday night, including one that could play a big factor in recruiting in a particular region as West Virginia smashed Virginia Tech 33-10 on the road. The Mountaineers improved to 2-2 on the season as JT Daniels (203 yards passing and a TD) and the offense dominated the ball and the Hokies on the evening. Coastal Carolina, meanwhile, also went on the road to win comfortably, knocking off Georgia State to move to 4-0 on the year with a 41-24 win. The Chanticleers found Jaylen Brown twice in the opening three minutes for 103 yards worth of TD’s, and that set the tone for a romp. Illinois also won on the night, beating UT Chattanooga 31-0 at home.
3rd Down: The United States are, unsurprisingly, out in front by a wide margin after the first day of the Presidents Cup, taking a 4-1 lead over the International team at Quail Hollow. The one bright spot for the visitors was coming from three holes down to Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns after seven to win the match. Si Woo Kim and Cameron Davis were the pair that got the job done for them in that match, but it’s a long, long road back as the familiar story rolls on at the lopsided competition.
4th Down: The Boston Celtics have officially announced head coach Ime Udoka’s punishment, levying a one-year suspension that will see him miss time on the bench for the entirety of the 2022-23 for the defending Finalists and Eastern Conference champs. Udoka was involved in a consensual relationship within the office, and he has since apologized for it, but the team have moved to rectify the situation with this punishment. Joe Mazzulla will indeed be the interim coach for the team as fellow assistant Joe Hardy departed for Utah back in June.