College Football Bowl Games

De'Anthony Thomas returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown to help the Oregon Ducks defeat the Kansas State Wildcats, 35-17, in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. Thomas finished with 15 yards rushing and 60 yards receiving, including a 23-yard catch-and-score in the opening quarter. Marcus Mariota threw for 166 yards and two TDs for number-four Oregon, which won a BCS bowl for the second straight year. He also ran for 62 yards and a score. The Ducks close the season at 12-and-1. Collin Klein tossed for 151 yards, a score and a pair of interceptions for Kansas State, which ends the year 11-and-2 with its third straight bowl loss. He added 30 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in defeat.

Texas A&M and Oklahoma will meet in the Cotton Bowl tonight at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Aggies are led by Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel, who became the first freshman to claim the award. Manziel threw for 3,419 yards with 24 touchdowns against just eight interceptions this season in the Aggies' first year in the SEC. He added 1,181 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground for Texas A&M. The Aggies went 10-and-2 which included an upset at second-ranked Alabama. Oklahoma is powered by its quarterback as well, Landry Jones. The Sooners QB threw for 3,989 yards with 29 TDs and 10 picks this year. OU was also 10-and-2 on the season with its only losses coming to Kansas State and Notre Dame.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

6 days 12 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Sullivan Senior Baseball Player Matt Foster. Matt pitched a no hitter against Union in a game at GCS Ballpark in Illinois Friday night. He struck out 13 batters and walked four while throwing 111 pitches. He also had one hit in the game. Matt is also very good with the bat. His .520 average and 14 runs batted in leads the team.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

3 days 8 hours ago

Early Thursday morning, I received news that vandals had broken in to St. Francis Borgia Grade School in Washington, causing extensive damage to several classrooms and offices. School was closed for the day as the Washington Police Department went about their business of securing what had changed from a school community to a crime scene overnight.

OFF THE CUFF ARCHIVE

SPORTS CORNER

18 hours 3 min ago

Floyd Mayweather Jr., the 38-year-old with the baby face and the unblemished professional boxing record, beat Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night with a unanimous decision in what was considered the highest-grossing bout in history.