The Latest – November 21, 2011 21 Nov 11

Vikings Can’t Complete Comeback
(Minneapolis, MN) — Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer ran for a touchdown and threw for another as the Raiders held off a late Vikings rally to win 27-21 at the Metrodome yesterday. Palmer finished the day with 17-of-23 passing for 163 yards and no interceptions. Michael Bush picked up 109 yards on the ground on 30 carries and a score as Oakland won its second straight to stay on top in the AFC West at 6-and-4. Vikings rookie quarterback Christian Ponder was picked off three times in the loss, including a key pick in the red zone. Ponder threw two fourth quarter touchdowns, ending the contest with 211 yards on 19-of-33 passing. Percy Harvin caught six passes for 73 yards including a 26 yard score to begin the fourth. Adrian Peters ran for a 12-yard touchdown before leaving the game in second quarter with an injured left ankle. The Vikings drop their second straight and fall to 2-and-8 on the year. Minnesota is at Atlanta on Sunday.

Peterson Hurt
(Minneapolis, MN) — Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson twisted his ankle while being tackled early in yesterday’s 27-21. Peterson had rushed for 36 yards on six carries prior to the injury. He underwent X-rays on

the ankle, which turned out not to be broken. Peterson admitted after the game that ankle injuries are tough to come back from, but says he will do all he can to return for next week’s game. He says it was hard watching the game from the sidelines while his teammates lost the game.

Vikings Schedule/Results
(Eden Prairie, MN) — Here is the 2011 schedule and results for the Minnesota Vikings:

Sunday, September 11 – San Diego 24, Minnesota 17 (final)
Sunday, September 18 – Tampa Bay 24, Minnesota 20 (final)
Sunday, September 25 – Detroit 26, Minnesota 23 (overtime)
Sunday, October 2 – Kansas City 22, Minnesota 17 (final)
Sunday, October 9 – Minnesota 34, Arizona 10 (final)
Sunday, October 16 – Chicago 39, Minnesota 10 (final)
Sunday, October 23 – Green Bay 33, Minnesota 27 (final)
Sunday, October 30 – Minnesota 24, Carolina 21 (final)
Sunday, November 6 – BYE WEEK
Monday, November 14 – Green Bay 45, Minnesota 7 (final)
Sunday, November 20 – Oakland 27, Minnesota 21 (final)
Sunday, November 27 – at Atlanta, noon*
Sunday, December 4 – vs. Denver, 3:05pm*
Sunday, December 11 – at Detroit, noon*
Sunday, December 28 – vs. New Orleans, noon*
Saturday, December 24 – at Washington, noon*
Sunday, January 1 – vs. Chicago, noon*

(* – gametime subject to change due to NFL “flex schedule”)

Gophers Have Last Game
(Minneapolis, MN) — The final game of the season for the Golden Gopher football team will come this Saturday when Minnesota hosts Big Ten rival Illinois. The Gophers are only 2-and-9 on the season, while Illinois is 6-and-5. But, the Illini have dropped five consecutive games, including last week’s disappointing loss to Wisconsin. Minnesota beat Illinois last year in Champaign. Kickoff this Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium is 2:30 p.m.

Gopher Football Schedule/Results
(Minneapolis, MN) — Here are results and the remaining schedule for the University of Minnesota football team:

Saturday, September 3rd – USC 19, Minnesota 17 (final)
Saturday, September 10th – New Mexico State 28, Minnesota 21 (final)
Saturday, September 17th – Minnesota 29, Miami (OH) 23 (final)
Saturday, September 24th – North Dakota State 37, Minnesota 24 (final)
Saturday, October 1st – Michigan 58, Minnesota 0 (final)
Saturday, October 8th – Purdue 45, Minnesota 17 (final)
Saturday, October 15th – BYE WEEK
Saturday, October 22nd – Nebraska 41, Minnesota 14 (final)
Saturday, October 29th – Minnesota 22, Iowa 21 (final)
Saturday, November 5th – Michigan State 31, Minnesota 24 (final)
Saturday, November 12th – Wisconsin 42, Minnesota 13 (final)
Saturday, November 18th – at Northwestern 28, Minnesota 13 (final)
Saturday, November 26th – vs. Illinois, 2:30pm

College Playoffs

Here are results from three NCAA playoff football games involving teams from Minnesota from Saturday:

Division II: Minnesota-Duluth 30, Saginaw Valley State (MI) 27 (final – overtime)
Division II: Wayne State (MI) 48, St. Cloud State 38 (final)
Division III: St. Thomas 48, St. Scholastica 2 (final)

High School Football
(Minneapolis, MN) — Here are results from the 2011 Minnesota State Football Semifinals last Thursday and Friday; and championship schedule (all games at the Metrodome):

Class 5-A: Eden Prairie 49, Totino-Grace 7 (final)
Class 5-A: Wayzata 42, Cretin-Derham Hall 0 (final)
CHAMPIONSHIP: Eden Prairie vs. Wayzata, Friday, 7pm

Class 4-A: Bemidji 45, Mankato West 26 (final)
Class 4-A: Rocori 37, Hill-Murray 35 (final)

CHAMPIONSHIP: Bemidji vs. Rocori, Saturday, 2pm

Class 3-A: Fairmont 21, Annandale 9 (final)
Class 3-A: St. Croix Lutheran 58, Providence Academy 29 (final)

CHAMPIONSHIP: Fairmont vs. St. Croix Lutheran, Saturday, noon

Class 2-A: Moose Lake/Willow River 35, Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 14 (final)
Class 2-A: Caledonia 37, Warroad 0 (final)

CHAMPIONSHIP: Caledonia vs. Moose Lake/Willow River, Friday, 4pm

Class 1-A: Mahnomen 32, Sleepy Eye 12 (final)
Class 1-A: Dawson-Boyd 50, Blooming Prairie 27 (final)

CHAMPIONSHIP: Dawson-Boyd vs. Mahnomen, Friday, 1pm

Nine-Man: Edgerton/Ellsworth 48, Ada-Borup 20 (final)
Nine-Man: Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 62, Kittson County Central 22 (final)

CHAMPIONSHIP: Wheaton/Herman-Norcross vs. Edgerton/Ellsworth, Friday, 10am

Gopher Women Win
(Minneapolis, MN) — The University of Minnesota women’s basketball team cruised to an 80-41 win over North Dakota State last night at Williams Arena to claim the championship of a weekend tournament. Minnesota was led by freshman point guard Rachel Banham of Lakeville with 14 points and nine rebounds. NDSU shot only 27-percent for the game. The Gophers will travel this weekend to a tournament in California.

Gopher Men Play Tonight
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Golden Gopher men’s basketball team hosts Mount St. Mary’s tonight for a 7 p.m. at Williams Arena. Minnesota enters the game 3-and-oh, while “The Mount” is 1-and-2. Tickets are still available for the contest.

Beavers Enjoy Win
(Bemidji, MN) — For the first time in 41 years the Bemidji State men’s hockey team beat North Dakota with a 1-0 win yesterday in Bemidji. B-S-U junior Jordan George notched the game’s lone goal, helping goaltender Dan Bakala to the shutout win over the Fighting Sioux. The last Beaver win over U-N-D came on February 7, 1970 and was the only previous victory in the 25-game series. The Beavers improved to 5-8-and-1 overall, while North Dakota moved to 4-7-and-1 with the defeat. This was the lone game on the WCHA men’s slate yesterday.

Beaver Women Also Victorious
(Duluth, MN) — The Bemidji State women’s hockey team notched a historic win themselves yesterday, beating Minnesota-Duluth for only the second time in program history. The final was 4-3 in Duluth. The Beavers are now 2-51-and-2 all-time against the Bulldogs with the other win coming last season.

Big Wrestling Win
(State College, PA) — The defending national championship wrestling team was upset by No. 4 Minnesota yesterday when the Gophers knocked off No. 2 Penn State 23-14 in State College yesterday. Minnesota’s Sonny Yohn and Kevin Steinhaus notched key upset victories in the dual meet win. The Golden Gophers will host North Dakota State on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Tony Stewart Wins Sprint Cup Series Championship
(Homestead, FL) — Tony Stewart has won the Sprint Cup Series championship. Stewart captured the title after winning Sunday’s Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is Stewart’s third title in NASCAR’s top series and first as driver of the number-14 car, previously winning in 2002 and 2005 under Joe Gibbs Racing with the number-20 car. He beat out Carl Edwards and the number-99 car, who finished second in the race and the points. Stewart and Edwards actually tied for the points championship, but Stewart won the tiebreaker by having more wins. Stewart is the first owner-driver to win a Cup title since Alan Kulwicki in 1992. With five wins, all coming in the Chase, Stewart won the title for the first time since ’05, which is the last time Jimmie Johnson didn’t win the Cup.