Friday, September 4
Obarski's late field goal sends Bengals past Colts 9-6
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tom Obarski made a 28-yard field goal with 2:49 left in Thursday night's preseason finale and the Bengals defense kept Indianapolis out of the end zone for a 9-6 victory.
Cincinnati won for the third time in four weeks, while the Colts, at 1-3, finished with their 12th consecutive non-winning preseason.
The game was marred by a fan who was injured at halftime. Colts chief operating officer Pete Ward said a woman was hit by falling debris when the retractable roof opened. Ward said she walked to a nearby first-aid station.
But with both teams' biggest stars sitting out, the game was devoid of excitement.
The Bengals took a 6-0 halftime lead on two Mike Nugent field goals.
Indy got inside the Cincinnati 10-yard line three times in the second half, but got only two field goals from Adam Vinatieri — before Obarski won it.
Fan at Colts-Bengals game injured by falling debris
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A woman was injured when she was hit by falling debris at Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday night.
Colts chief operating officer Pete Ward confirmed that at least one person was hurt in the incident. He said she walked to a nearby first-aid station.
The injury occurred while the roof was opened at halftime of the traditional preseason finale between Indianapolis and Cincinnati.
Ward said that at least one person was hurt and that he did not have any additional details.
Lucas Oil Stadium, the Colts' home field, hosted the Super Bowl in February 2012. The fan accident is the second in two years.
In September 2013, a railing collapsed in the lower bowl of the stadium and two men fell into a tunnel near the field.
Fales throws for 2 TDs, Bears beat Browns 24-0
CHICAGO (AP) — David Fales made his case to be Chicago's third-string quarterback, throwing two touchdown passes, and the Bears closed out the preseason with a 24-0 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.
The Bears (3-1) head into their first season under coach John Fox with some big holes and a long list of injuries, particularly at receiver.
Fales completed 14 of 18 passes for 131 yards with Jay Cutler getting the night off and backup Jimmy Clausen recovering from a concussion.
The defense had seven sacks and three takeaways, helping Chicago prevail on a night when both teams held out almost all their top players.
Ohio dominates Idaho, 45-28
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Derrius Vick completed 13 of 16 passes for 192 yards with two touchdowns to help lead Ohio to a 45-28 victory over Idaho in the season opener for both teams on Thursday night.
Brendan Cope had 129 yards receiving on four catches, including a game long 65-yarder, and a touchdown. Daz'mond Patterson added 84 yards rushing and a score for the Bobcats.
Ohio scored the first three touchdowns, highlighted by a 29-yard interception return by Jovon Johnson, to take a 21-0 lead late in the first quarter. Idaho cut the lead to 38-28 late in the fourth on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Matt Linehan to Deon Watson, but that's as close as the Vandals would get.
Linehan finished with 285 passing, a touchdown, and two interceptions for the Vandals.
The game was just the fourth meeting all-time between the schools, and the first since 1976.
Stony Brook against Toledo canceled
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The season opening contest between Stony Brook and Toledo was canceled due to severe weather on Thursday night.
The first-half weather delays totaled three hours and, after a shortened halftime, the game was stopped just before the third-quarter kickoff. It was called off after midnight.
According to a Toledo release, "The game will not be replayed and is officially listed as 'no contest.' Stats from the game will not count."
Toledo held a 16-7 lead after two quarters.
KENT STATE-ILLINOIS PREVIEW
After turmoil cost its coach his job, Illinois ready to play
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is about to open its football season and, after months of turmoil, the team says it couldn't be more ready to go play.
That turmoil led to the firing of coach Tim Beckman last week over his alleged interference in player medical decisions. He's denied wrongdoing.
Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit becomes interim coach as Illinois gets ready to face Kent State on Friday.
Cubit doesn't expect much to change. Illinois' offense will still be his and it will still revolve around quarterback Wes Lunt.
Offensive lineman Teddy Karras believes the adversity could give the team a boost.
Kent State coach Paul Haynes agrees. He says teams facing trouble tend to unite.
No. 25 Vols again face QB returning from injury in opener
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For the second straight year, Tennessee is beginning its season by facing a veteran quarterback coming back from injury.
The 25th-ranked Volunteers hope they handle Bowling Green's Matt Johnson as well as they contained Utah State's Chuckie Keeton a year ago.
After leading Bowling Green to a Mid-American Conference title in 2013, Johnson injured his hip in the Falcons' 2014 opener and missed the rest of the season. Johnson says he's back at 100 percent and eager for Saturday's season opener at Nashville's Nissan Stadium.
In last year's season opener, Tennessee trounced Utah State 38-7. Keeton threw two interceptions and didn't get Utah State beyond midfield until the third quarter in his return from a knee injury that had ended his 2013 season prematurely.
HALL OF FAME-DEVELOPMENT
Framework set for development near football Hall of Fame
(Information in the following story is from: The Repository, http://www.cantonrep.com )
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The governing board of a northeast Ohio port authority has unanimously approved an agreement that sets the framework for the first phase of development near the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Repository newspaper in Canton reports Tuesday's approval sets the structure for the project's first phase. That includes the $80 million reconstruction of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, conversion of Don Scott field into youth football fields, and improvements to the parking lot at McKinley High School. The plans are all part of the proposed "Hall of Fame Village."
An attorney for the Stark County Port Authority, Sam Simmerman, says work needs to start in order to meet deadlines to have the first phase completed prior to next year's Hall of Fame enshrinement.