What You May Have Missed This Weekend In Sports
By Joel Deering and RahimAli Merchant
As we continue to go throughout the 2018 sports seasons, history continues to be made. What history was made this past weekend you ask? No worries, we’ve got covered in our weekly segment of “What You May Have Missed This Weekend in Sports.” Let’s get you all caught up!
Baker Mayfield Leads the Browns to First Victory in 635 Days
This technically didn’t happen over the weekend, but I thought it was important enough to put on this list. After what seemed like endless amounts of losses, the Cleveland Browns finally won a game on Thursday night. Tyrod Taylor got off to a bad start. Then he got injured, which led to rookie QB Baker Mayfield entering the game. Mayfield played like the number one overall pick in the draft and led his team to their first win in 635 days!
Bills Dominate Vikings
One of the biggest shockers of the weekend in my opinion. All of our writers picked the Vikings to win this game, but they were terrible. The Bills dominated the entire game, winning 27-6. Rookie QB Josh Allen showed off his potential by scoring 3 total TDs. He even hurdled a defender!
Drew Brees Breaks Brett Favre’s Record
Drew Brees continues to show us why he’s one of the all time great NFL QBs. In a win over the Falcons, Brees broke Brett Favre’s record for career completions (6,300). It would have been a spoiler for Brees if the Saints lost this one, but they were able to pull off the win in OT.
Lions Finally Get A 100 Yard Rusher
70 games. That’s how long the Detroit Lions went without a 100 yard rusher. In their win over the Patriots last night, RB Kerryon Johnson ran for 101 yards, finally giving the Lions a rushing attack they’ve long missed. The last time they had a runner rush for 100 yards was back in 2013 when Reggie Bush did it on Thanksgiving.
Jimmy G Could Be Done For the Season
If it wasn’t bad enough losing to the Chiefs, the 49ers likely lost Jimmy G for the season after he suffered a knee injury. Right now the talk is that it’s an ACL tear, which is never good. After giving Garoppolo a big contract, that’s a devastating loss for this team. Jimmy G is gone, and their playoff hopes along with him.
Scott Frost’s Historically Bad Start
This season already started off bad for Scott Frost and Nebraska, but it only got worse. Frost and the Cornhuskers lost to Michigan 56-10, giving them an 0-3 start. This is the first time since 1945 a Nebraska head coach has started 0-3.
Old Dominion Upsets Virginia Tech
Old Dominion, primarily a basketball school, upset No. 13 Virginia Tech by beating them 49-35. This was Old Dominion’s first-ever win over a Power 5 team. It was the biggest upset (+29) by an FBS team over an ACC opponent in the last 40 seasons.
Several more unranked teams pulled off upsets over ranked teams this past weekend. Kentucky beat No. 14 Mississippi State, Texas Tech beat No. 15 Oklahoma State, and Purdue (winless before this game) beat No. 23 Boston College. It was quite the weekend for upsets in college football.
Texas Turning Their Season Around
Texas was another unranked team, now formally unranked, to beat a ranked team. They beat No. 17 TCU 31-16. This was Texas’ second win over a ranked team in a row. After starting their season off with a loss, Texas is now winners of three straight and seem to be on the right track.
He’s Back! And He’s Greattttt!
Sunday marked the 80th Tour victory of Tiger Woods’ career. He had a dominant performance and proved that he’s still got it. It was the FedEx Cup at East Lake in Atlanta, Georgia. Woods could’ve won another $10 million bonus if it wasn’t for a clutch closing birdie by Justin Rose. Woods totaled with 11 over par and it’s a great site to see him back to winning. This was Tiger’s first in five years.
Timberwolves Extend KAT
The Minnesota Timberwolves gave their young star, Karl Anthony-Towns, a fat contract extension. KAT got a five-year, $190 million extension from his team. This contract not only means he’s sticking around for a while, but it means Jimmy Butler won’t be around much longer.
Heat and Cavs Pursuing Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler wants out of Minnesota. He wants to go to the Clippers, Nets or Knicks, but he may not get his wish. Two teams who have shown a lot of interest in acquiring Butler are Miami and Cleveland. Cleveland obviously needs a star after losing LeBron James, and Miami always seems to be looking for someone. Where will Butler land?