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New Orleans Road Woes Continue in Loss to Detroit

iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT, MI) — The New Orleans Saints road losing streak moves up to seven as they lost to the Detroit Lions 24-23.

The Saints blew a 23-10 fourth quarter lead with less than four minutes remaining that saw Lions quarterback Matt Stafford toss two touchdowns.

Stafford threw a short pass to Golden Tate that saw the receiver break past three defenders. Seventy-three yards later the Lions had cut the Saints lead to 23-17.

Drew Brees tried to lead a game clinching drive but was intercepted by Lions defensive back Glover Quin who returned the ball to New Orleans 14 yard line with 3:10 remaining.

The Saints defense held after the interception but on a fourth down were called for defensive pass interference. With second life Stafford found receiver Corey Fuller for the go ahead score.

Head Coach Sean Payton was not pleased after the game that saw his team commit 12 penalties.

“I thought the penalties ended up hurting us,” New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. “I wasn’t happy with how that game was officiated. I’ll leave it at that, and yet that wasn’t the reason in the end.”

The loss leaves New Orleans at 2-4 with a tough matchup next week as they host the Green Bay Packers.

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New Orleans Road Woes Continue in Loss to Detroit

iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT, MI) — The New Orleans Saints road losing streak moves up to seven as they lost to the Detroit Lions 24-23.

The Saints blew a 23-10 fourth quarter lead with less than four minutes remaining that saw Lions quarterback Matt Stafford toss two touchdowns.

Stafford threw a short pass to Golden Tate that saw the receiver break past three defenders. Seventy-three yards later the Lions had cut the Saints lead to 23-17.

Drew Brees tried to lead a game clinching drive but was intercepted by Lions defensive back Glover Quin who returned the ball to New Orleans 14 yard line with 3:10 remaining.

The Saints defense held after the interception but on a fourth down were called for defensive pass interference. With second life Stafford found receiver Corey Fuller for the go ahead score.

Head Coach Sean Payton was not pleased after the game that saw his team commit 12 penalties.

“I thought the penalties ended up hurting us,” New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. “I wasn’t happy with how that game was officiated. I’ll leave it at that, and yet that wasn’t the reason in the end.”

The loss leaves New Orleans at 2-4 with a tough matchup next week as they host the Green Bay Packers.

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Virginia High School Football Player Dies on Field

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(SOUTH HILL, VA) — Another high school football player has passed away after an on-field collision.

After sustaining a hit, Jamond Salley, a junior from Park View High School in South Hill, Viginia, was carried to the sideline. While medical officials began to administer care to Salley on the sideline he fell unconscious and started to suffer seizures.

Salley was transported to Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill; soon after, he was pronounced dead.

“Jamond was a strong student in both academics and as an athlete,” Mecklenburg County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. James Thornton said in a statement. “Members of his family, friends, and teachers have all shared one common trait of Jamond, he was very respectful. He was a student with a big heart and a smile that would instantly capture your attention.”

Salley is the fifth high school football player to die this year from an on-field collision, medical incident or suffering ill-effects duing a conditioning drill.

Officials have not yet detemined the exact cause of death for Salley.

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Virginia High School Football Player Dies on Field

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(SOUTH HILL, VA) — Another high school football player has passed away after an on-field collision.

After sustaining a hit, Jamond Salley, a junior from Park View High School in South Hill, Viginia, was carried to the sideline. While medical officials began to administer care to Salley on the sideline he fell unconscious and started to suffer seizures.

Salley was transported to Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill; soon after, he was pronounced dead.

“Jamond was a strong student in both academics and as an athlete,” Mecklenburg County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. James Thornton said in a statement. “Members of his family, friends, and teachers have all shared one common trait of Jamond, he was very respectful. He was a student with a big heart and a smile that would instantly capture your attention.”

Salley is the fifth high school football player to die this year from an on-field collision, medical incident or suffering ill-effects duing a conditioning drill.

Officials have not yet detemined the exact cause of death for Salley.

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Stamkos Leads Lightning Past Canucks, 4-2

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Center Steven Stamkos scored twice and had one assist as the Tampa Bay Lightning (3-1-1; 7pts) zapped the Vancouver Canucks (3-1-0; 6pts), 4-2 on Saturday night.

Stamkos scored his first goal, :53 seconds into the opening period with an assist from forward Ondrej Palat. His next goal came just over seven minutes later on a back-hand shot, giving Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead.

The Lightning would take the lead for good at 16:48 into the second period on a power play goal from forward Ryan Callahan.

Vancouver received goals from forward Chris Higgins and defenseman Alexander Edler.

Stamkos has five goals and two assists in five games this season.

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Faried Scores 19 Points as Nuggets Defeat Clippers, 104-93

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) — Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried had a team-high 19 points and seven rebounds as Denver (2-4) clipped the Los Angeles Clippers (1-4) in an exhibition game on Saturday night, 104-93.

Shooting guard Aaron Affalo contributed 16 points to Denver’s winning effort, while small forward Danilo Gallinari poured in 12 points in 15 minutes of action.

With the game tied at 51 entering the second half, the Nuggets took the lead for good, scoring five–points to open the third quarter, behind an 18-foot jumper from Gallinari and a three-pointer from Affalo.

Power forward Blake Griffin led the way for the Clippers with 27 points while shooting guard Jamal Crawford had 23 points.

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Kessler Throws School-Record 7 TDs as (22) USC Clobbers Colorado

BananaStock/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Cody Kessler threw for a school-record seven touchdowns to lead No. 22 USC past Colorado 56-28 Saturday.

Kessler was on fire throwing all seven of his touchdowns in the first three quarters to break the record previously set by Matt Barkley in 2011.

“It’s an honor for me to break his record,” Kessler said.”But I’m thankful he (Barkley) set the bar so high and taught me as much as he did.”

Kessler threw three of those touchdowns to receiver Nelson Agholor, who had six catches for 128 yards in the win.

The game was never in doubt for USC (5-2, 4-1 Pac-12), which led 28-0 after the first quarter.

The one bright spot for Colorado (2-5, 0-4) was receiver Nelson Spruce. He caught his 11th touchdown of the season, tying the school’s record.

Javorius Allen ran for 128 yards and a touchdown and has now ran for over 100 yards in five of USC’s first six games. He becomes the first Trojan’s player to do that since Reggie Bush in 2005.

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Kessler Throws School-Record 7 TDs as (22) USC Clobbers Colorado

BananaStock/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Cody Kessler threw for a school-record seven touchdowns to lead No. 22 USC past Colorado 56-28 Saturday.

Kessler was on fire throwing all seven of his touchdowns in the first three quarters to break the record previously set by Matt Barkley in 2011.

“It’s an honor for me to break his record,” Kessler said.”But I’m thankful he (Barkley) set the bar so high and taught me as much as he did.”

Kessler threw three of those touchdowns to receiver Nelson Agholor, who had six catches for 128 yards in the win.

The game was never in doubt for USC (5-2, 4-1 Pac-12), which led 28-0 after the first quarter.

The one bright spot for Colorado (2-5, 0-4) was receiver Nelson Spruce. He caught his 11th touchdown of the season, tying the school’s record.

Javorius Allen ran for 128 yards and a touchdown and has now ran for over 100 yards in five of USC’s first six games. He becomes the first Trojan’s player to do that since Reggie Bush in 2005.

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(2) Florida State Survives (5) Notre Dame

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — Notre Dame’s Everett Golson’s potential game-winning touchdown was intercepted in the end zone as Florida State held on for a 31-27 win in a battle of top-five teams. For the second-ranked Seminoles (7-0), it was their 23rd straight win while the fifth-rated Irish are knocked from the ranks of the unbeatens.

Notre Dame (6-1) jumped on the board early, scoring when Golson found Corey Robinson for a touchdown in the first quarter. The Seminoles responded with a touchdown pass from Jameis Winston at the end of the quarter, starting an exciting contest on the right foot.

Both squads traded scores in the second, with the Irish taking a 17-10 lead into halftime. However, Winston came out of the locker room and immediately led Florida State down the field for the tying score when he found Rashad Greene for a 10-yard strike. After Notre Dame regained the lead on another pass from Golson, Karlos Williams answered with a game-tying touchdown run, making it a 24-24 game after three quarters.

Kyle Brindza would put Notre Dame back on top with his second field goal of the night, but the Irish defense could not hold a potent Seminoles offense. It would be Williams once again, scoring from 1-yard out, that gave Florida State their first lead of the night at 31-30 with under eight minutes to play.

After an Irish drive got stymied, the defense helped Notre Dame get one more chance at an upset. That seemed to have happened when Golson found Robinson for a third touchdown catch with less than 20 seconds remaining. However, an offensive pass interference penalty took the points off the board and forced the Irish in a 4th and goal situation.

With time winding down, Golson scrambled to keep the play alive, but his pass to the end zone was picked off by Jacob Pugh. The Seminoles took a knee on the next play and celebrated their victory.

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Langford Scores 3 TDs in (8) Michigan State’s Destruction of Indiana

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(BLOOMINGTON, Ind.) — Jeremy Langford ran for three touchdowns and Connor Cook threw for three more as No. 8 Michigan State destroyed Indiana 56-17 Saturday.

Indiana (3-4, 0-3 Big Ten) actually took the lead late in the second quarter when Zander Diamont ran for a nine-yard touchdown to make it 17-14. But Michigan State would score 42 unanswered to win its 13th consecutive game against a conference opponent.

Cook completed 24 of 32 passes for 332 yards while Nick Hill ran for 178 yards and a touchdown and Langford ran for 109 yards.

Michigan State (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) had 662 yards of total offense and held the Hoosiers to 11 yards passing in the game.

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio tied Charlie Bachman for the second most wins in school history with 70.

The Spartans will look to continue their winning ways next Saturday when they host in-state rival Michigan.

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