Good morning. Breakfast is served.
It’s December 6th — 341 down, 25 to go.
And 11 till the very first bowl game.
YESTERDAY: The Heisman Trophy finalists were announced, and D’Onta Foreman didn’t make the cut. But Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson did. The Colts manhandled the Jets on Monday Night Football, 41-10. And speaking of manhandling, Klay Thompson put up 40 points in the first half and 60 in all in the Warriors’ 142-106 cakewalk over the Pacers. And Thompson played only 29 minutes.
TODAY: The Texas men play at Michigan (8 p.m., ESPN2, 104.9). And the AP’s All-Big 12 team will be released.
TOMORROW: The Big 12’s all-conference team will be announced. And Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden will hold their weekly live chat, at 11 a.m. here on Bevo Beat.
Dec. 6 has a sports history. On this date, Pete Rozelle died, at the age of 70 (1996); after leading the Canadiens to two Stanley Cups, goalie Patrick Roy was traded to Colorado for five players (1995); Jerry Rice caught his NFL-record 101st touchdown pass (1992); Miami’s Vinny Testaverde won the Heisman Trophy (1986), 11 years to the day after Ohio State’s Archie Griffin picked up his second Heisman in a row (1975); Martina Navratilova was shocked by 19-year-old Helena Sukova in the Australian Open semifinals, snapping her 74-match winning streak; and the great Honus Wagner died, at the age of 81 (1955).
Dec. 6 also holds a special place in Longhorns history — Dec. 6, 1969, “The Big Shootout” game between No. 1 Texas, which had won 18 straight games, and No. 2 Arkansas, which had won 15 in a row. The Longhorns, trailing 14-8 and facing a fourth-and-3 at its own 43 with 4:47 left in the game, had one of the most important plays in program history when James Street hit Randy Peschel for 44 yards down the left side. Texas scored the go-ahead touchdown two plays later.
Today’s sports birthdays: Johnny Manziel (24), NFL kicker Robbie Gould (34).
Trivia question: It’s a two-parter, on Jerry Rice’s NFL-record 101st touchdown catch on Dec. 6, 1992 — (1) Which quarterback threw the pass, and (2) whose previous record of 100 touchdown catches did he break? (Answer’s at the end of Breakfast.)
Top of the menu: Big 12 football.
The last weekly batch of Big 12 awards — which have gone each week this season to the conference’s offensive, defensive, special teams and newcomer of the week — came out on Monday, to Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine (239 yards, 1 TD), West Virginia safety Marvin Gross Jr. (7 tackles, 2 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception), Oklahoma State returner Barry J. Sanders (138 all-purpose yards, with a 56-yard kick return) and West Virginia running back Justin Crawford (209 yards).
Would it surprise you to know that in the big picture, only one other school had more overall individual awards this year than the 5-7 Texas Longhorns?
For those counting at home, here’s how many weekly awards each Big 12 school has won this season:
10 — Oklahoma State (RB Justice Hill was a three-time newcomer winner)
9 — Texas (Shane Buechele won newcomer honors three times)
8 — TCU (super returner KaVontae Turpin was a two-time special teams winner)
7 — West Virginia (including the league’s only four-time winner, Justin Crawford, who had three special teams awards and one for offense)
6 — Baylor (three different Bears won defensive honors)
6 — Kansas State (return man Byron Pringle was honored twice)
5 — Oklahoma (three different Sooners won offensive honors, but none of them were Baker Mayfield)
4 — Texas Tech (and three of those went to QB Patrick Mahomes II)
3 — Iowa State (one for defense, one for special teams, one for newcomer)
3 — Kansas (two of those were special teams)
Six different Longhorns made up those nine awards. Three came after the season-opening 50-47 win over Notre Dame — Tyrone Swoopes, who scored three touchdowns out of his 18-Wheeler package, including the game winner in overtime, was offensive player of the week; defensive tackle Chris Nelson, who led UT in tackles in his first career start, was the defensive player of the week; and Shane Buechele, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in his Longhorns debut, was the league’s top newcomer. Buechele earned his second newcomer nod one week later after a 244-yard, four-touchdown game against UTEP, and got his third award after throwing for 291 yards and two scores in the win over Baylor. Devin Duvernay was the top newcomer after the win over Iowa State, when he scored on a 75-yard pass, and D’Onta Foreman picked up offensive honors after rushing for 250 yards and two touchdowns against Baylor. Foreman’s second offensive award came after his herculean 341-yard day against Texas Tech that included three touchdowns, and sophomore punter Michael Dickson was special teams player of the week out of the same game.
The AP’s all-conference team will be announced on Tuesday, and the Big 12’s own all-conference team will be revealed on Wednesday.
What’s being written out there about the Longhorns?
There was hope that Foreman might garner an invitation to NYC for Saturday night’s Heisman ceremony, but he didn’t. That means he didn’t finish among the top five vote-getters, only the fourth time since 1992 that a running back has failed to crack the top five on the ballot. Our advance of Tuesday night’s Texas-Michigan men’s game paints a contrast in youth (Texas’) against experience (Michigan’s). And we peeked ahead to this weekend’s Austin Regional of the NCAA volleyball tourney, with a look at the Longhorns’ advantage of fighting for a Final Four berth at home as opposed to on the road.
AROUND THE BIG 12: If the Big 12 wants to fix its CFP problem, then it should start with fixing its own defenses first, wrote the Dallas Morning News’ Kevin Sherrington. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Mac Engel wrote about the changing power structure in DFW hoops — TCU’s on the rise, SMU’s on the decline. Lots of news coming out of Baylor on Monday. In basketball, the Baylor men moved up to No. 4 in the country and the women are No. 3. Heck, our own AP Top 25 voter, Kevin Lyttle, put the Baylor men at No. 1 on his ballot this week. The Waco Tribune-Herald wrote about the Lady Bears’ biggest strength: Depth. And on the scandal front, the group of boosters known as Bears for Leadership Reform are calling for the school to conduct yet another top-to-bottom investigation of all of the sexual assaults and problems that have rocked the school. Up in Oklahoma, Sooners Baker Mayfield and Dede Westbrook both scored invitations to Saturday’s Heisman Trophy ceremony, with Mayfield one of the top three finishers. Here’s The Oklahoman’s coverage of Monday’s announcement. And Jenni Carlson revisited what she’s calling the best play from Bedlam — when Samaje Perine took a knee instead of scoring a touchdown. And the paper also addressed rumors that Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy could be a candidate for the opening at Baylor, which won’t be going after Western Kentucky’s Jeff Brohm, who was hired Monday by Purdue. The Kansas men can give Bill Self his 600th coaching victory Tuesday night against Missouri-Kansas City. And the Kansas City Star broke down the good and bad of KU star Carlton Bragg’s game.
OPPOSITION RESEARCH: Here’s a Detroit News story on D.J. Wilson, Michigan’s best defensive player. And the Ann Arbor News wrote about Michigan’s freshman point guard, Xavier Simpson, and the weight on his shoulders heading into tonight’s Texas game.
AROUND THE FORTY ACRES:
Football: Charlie Strong’s name has surfaced as a candidate for the open Cincinnati job. Here’s the Cincinnati Enquirer’s story on UC’s search. And, as expected, LSU running back Leonard Fournette is jumping into the NFL Draft, which could affect D’Onta Foreman’s positioning. Or vice versa.
Volleyball: The Austin Regional is this weekend at Gregory Gym. Friday’s semifinals are Texas vs. BYU at 3 p.m. (ESPNU) and Creighton vs. Michigan at 5:30. Saturday’s final pits Friday’s winners (7 p.m., ESPNU) for a berth in next week’s Final Four in Columbus, Ohio.
On Dec. 6, 1973: House Minority Leader Gerald Ford (R-Mich.) was confirmed by a U.S. House of Representatives vote as Vice President, about a week after he was confirmed by the Senate. He replaced Spiro T. Agnew, who had resigned that October. Eight months later, Ford would become President upon the resignation of Richard Nixon.
On Dec. 6, 1967: The very first human heart transplant was performed in the United States, in Brooklyn.
On Dec. 6, 1884: The Washington Monument was completed.
Trivia answer: On Dec. 6, 1992, Jerry Rice’s 12-yard touchdown catch from Steve Young was his 101st career touchdown, breaking Steve Largent’s old mark of 100 touchdown catches.
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