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I'm from Houston, a graduate of the University of Texas, a fan of the Houston Astros and Houston Texans. But this blog will be about the "greater sports", whatever that means.
The dismantling of Oklahoma by Louisiana State was not only record breaking for a playoffs game, but record breaking for a bowl game, and really, any game. Former Sportsman of the Week Joe Burrow was in full video game mode as the numbers piled up. But it was his receiver Justin Jefferson that also rewrote the record books. Jefferson caught nearly half of Burrow's passes (14) for an astounding 224 yards and 4 TDs in the Chick-Fil-a Peach Bowl. As the Tigers eased their way to a coasting 49-14 halftime lead, it was Jefferson's ability to beat his man that enabled LSU to rest most of their wounded or hurt players for the title game against Clemson in 2 weeks. LSU won the game 63-28 and demonstrated their invincibility for the National Championship game. Jefferson (with Burrow) will be a big task for Clemson to solve, and he is our Sportsman of the Week!
Single season records are very hallowed in the major sports and none may be more difficult to attain than one that relies on your entire team being good. There have been 50+ Super Bowl winning teams, but no wide receiver has caught more passes in a single season than the New Orleans Saints Michael Thomas. With 136 yards on 12 catches (and a TD), Thomas was the difference in pushing the Saints towards a first round bye with a 38-28 road victory over the Tennessee Titans. At 12-3, the Saints stayed in position to earn the top seed in the NFC. It was Thomas' ninth game with 10 or more catches, tenth game with 100 or more yards, and seventh game with at least one receiving TD. For the season, 145 catches sets the single season record of Marvin Harrison. This to go with 1,688 yards, perhaps the most amazing thing about that statistic is his longest for the year is below 50 yards. All of this with one full game to go and set the bar even higher for the next great. For this week, Thomas is the Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week, his second time to be so honored!
The Army/Navy Game remains one of the longest running traditions in American sports. And its 120th edition did not lack luster. The President of the United States attended. Navy, which had recently dominated over the last 20 years found themselves on a three game skid with a class of Midshipmen not tasting victory. Never Fear. Malcolm Perry is here. And how. The Navy QB (which in this case, means guy who ran after it was snapped to him), ran for a record 304 yards on 29 carries. That's called unstoppable. By record-breaking, Perry set a single season Navy rushing record (1804), single season yards record (2831) and had the most rushing yards in the history of the series. He was the best player on the field and now gears up for the Liberty Bowl against Kansas State. Will he lead Navy to their fifth bowl victory in seven years? Our Sportsman of the Week has the desire and the talent.
The San Francisco 49ers were on nobody's radar to start the NFL season and suddenly they're on a very short list to make Super Bowl LIV. One of the most balanced teams on offense and defense seems to be able to match up with any team and just won't lose. Thanks to their leader and QB Jimmy Garoppolo. The former backup to Tom Brady now has his own team. And it looks better than Brady's New England Patriots. Jimmy G lit up the NFC rival New Orleans Saints in their house for 349 and 4 TDs on 26-35 passing as the Niners won at the gun and overtook the Saints for the top seed in the NFC. Winning is nothing new to Garoppolo as he is now 19-4 as a starting QB. And it's not like he inherited a loaded San Francisco roster as without him last year they went 4-12. Is he the next great 49ers Super Bowl legend to join Joe Montana and Steve Young? Check back in February. But Jimmy Garoppolo is the Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!
The college football season is hitting its regular season climax, with a round of great rivalry games on Thanksgiving weekend, now followed by the Conference Championships this weekend. And Ohio State is smack dab in the middle of it, led by their Heisman Trophy candidate running back J.K. Dobbins. Dobbins sliced through the statistically stout Michigan Wolverine defense for 211 rushing yards on a workman-like 31 carries. With OSU leading most of the game, there was no reason not to feed the monster. And 4 of the 31 carries ended with him untackled as he crossed the goal line as the Buckeyes pummeled their rival 56-27. Dobbins also added 2 catches for 49 yards as if his running wasn't unstoppable enough. Dobbins now turns to a rematch with Wisconsin then the College Football Playoff. Dobbins will be a big part of their success, and is the Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!