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This Week in Sports: Sox clinch World Series, Lions lose and a top 10 falls in the Big 12

Boston Red Sox Christian Vazquez and Chris Sale celebrate winning the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Welcome to another weekly roundup in the world of sports. This week, the Boston Red Sox earned their ninth World Series title in franchise history. They picked up a 4-1 series win with their only loss coming in a wild, 18-inning affair. The Detroit Lions tried to move above the .500 mark on Sunday. They welcomed Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks to town but things fell apart late for Stafford and the Lions. The Green Bay Packers were trying to knock off the Los Angeles Rams for the first time this season. The game came down to the wire with a late field goal deciding it. In college football, another top 10 team was on upset alert as the Texas Longhorns visited the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Texas played a great second half to make a comeback, but was it enough? And the Michigan State Spartans tried to put their loss to Michigan behind them when they hosted the Purdue Boilermakers. Brian Lewerke didn’t make the start for the Spartans and Mark Dantonio was forced to start an inexperienced quarterback.

Major League Baseball

The Boston Red Sox won 108 games this year and were the best team in baseball all season long. The Los Angeles Dodgers were trying to avenge their loss in the World Series a season ago.

The series started in Boston on Tuesday where the Red Sox picked up a game one, 8-4 win against Clayton Kershaw and a game two, 4-2 win against Hyun-Jin Ryu the following night.

Game three was one for the ages. It started Friday night and went well into Saturday morning as it ended up being the longest game in World Series history.

The Dodgers scored a run in the third inning and held a 1-0 lead all the way into the eighth inning until ALCS MVP Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a solo home run to tie the game at one. The two teams went scoreless in the ninth and game three headed into extra innings.

In the top of the 13th inning, Boston’s Brock Holt scored from third on a throwing error by the Dodgers’ pitcher. The Dodgers went into the bottom half of the inning needing to score at least one run to avoid going down 3-0 in the series. The Red Sox returned the favor immediately allowing Max Muncy to score on an Ian Kinsler throwing error to tie the game at two.

Nearly two hours later in the bottom of the 18th inning, Max Muncy hit a walkoff homer to end the game and give the Dodgers a 3-2 victory and their first win of the series. The game lasted until nearly 4 a.m. in the eastern time zone.

Saturday night was game four and the Dodgers looked like they were going to tie the series up. They had a 4-0 lead in the sixth inning but the Red Sox scored three, one and five runs in consecutive innings to close out the game and pick up 9-6 win.

The Dodgers’ backs were up against the wall last night as they trailed in the series 3-1 and would have to win three straight games if they wanted to win their first World Series since 1988. That was not to be however as the Red Sox scored two runs in the top of the first to get off to a hot start. The Dodgers answered in the bottom half of the inning with a run but that was all they were going to get off Red Sox starter David Price.

Price went seven innings giving up just three hits and one run. Boston added three solo home runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to close out the Dodgers with a 5-1 win. Price picked up his second win of the series and his first World Series title.

For Boston, it’s their fourth World Series title in the last 14 years and in those series, they are a combined 16-3. They went 11-3 this year in the playoffs on their way to the title. Steve Pearce was named World Series MVP for the Red Sox. In the series, he went 4-for-12 from the plate with three home runs and eight RBI’s. He is just the third first baseman to ever win the World Series MVP.

National Football League

The Detroit Lions came into Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks sitting at 3-3 hoping for a win to get them back into the thick of the NFC North.

The Lions struck first with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones Jr. from Matt Stafford. This would be all the excitement the Detroit fans would get at Ford Field on Sunday though. Russell Wilson took over the game and tossed three touchdowns to three different receivers in the second quarter to give the Seahawks a 21-7 lead at the half.

After a scoreless third quarter, Seattle added another touchdown just 37 seconds into the fourth quarter to build their lead to 28-7. Less than four minutes later, the Lions cut the lead to 14 with another Stafford-Jones Jr. connection for a touchdown.

The Lions had plenty of opportunities to come back in the fourth quarter, but every time it seemed like they were about to turn the game around, what could go wrong did go wrong.

The Lions were driving but with just over seven minutes to go, Stafford was stripped and Seattle recovered. The Lions’ defense held and gave the ball back to their offense. Stafford led the Lions down the field 87 yards, but on first and goal, Stafford threw an interception that iced the game.

Stafford threw for 310 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the 28-14 loss, Kerryon Johnson was held to just 22 yards rushing on eight attempts. Jones Jr. had a big day for the Lions in their loss with seven catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Russell Wilson had about as good of a day a quarterback could have. He had a perfect 158.3 passer rating in the win and threw for 248 and three touchdowns while only having three incompletions in the game.

The Lions are now 3-4 and sit in last place in the NFC North. They’ll travel to Minneapolis to take on the first place Vikings on Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. The Seahawks improve to 4-3 and are currently in second place in the NFC West to the undefeated Los Angeles Rams. They will host the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. on CBS.

The Green Bay Packers visited the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in a game that felt like it was being played at Lambeau Field. About half the fans were wearing green and yellow and cheering for the Packers. Early on, they had a lot to cheer for.

The Packers were up 10-0 until the Rams tackled Aaron Jones in the endzone to get on the board with a safety. The Rams then scored a touchdown on their ensuing drive but failed to add a two-point conversion. The Packers still held a slim lead of 10-8 at the half.

In the third quarter, the Rams came out firing and after an early third quarter Mason Crosby field goal for the Packers, LA scored two touchdowns to grab a 23-13 lead. The Packers didn’t go quietly though, and they came back to make it a three point game with an Aaron Jones 33-yard touchdown run at the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Rams added a field goal but just three minutes later, Aaron Rodgers hit Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 40-yard touchdown to put the Packers back on top 27-26. The Rams were in danger of losing their first game of the season now trailing late. But, with 2:05 remaining, Rams’ kicker Greg Zuerlein hit a 34-yard field goal to put the Rams on top 29-27 and they would hold on to that score to win.

Rodgers had 286 yards passing with a touchdown. His go-to receiver in the game was Devante Adams who caught five balls for 133 yards. Jared Goff tossed three touchdowns for the Rams and had 295 yards through the air. Todd Gurley was the player of the game for both teams. He had 25 carries for 114 yards and added 81 yards and a touchdown on six catches.

The Packers fall to 3-3-1, slipping to third place in the NFC North. They will head to Foxborough, Massachusetts for a Sunday Night Football matchup with the New England Patriots at 8:20 p.m. on NBC. The Rams improve their perfect record to 8-0 will have a tough test when they visit the 6-1 New Orleans Saints on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. on Fox.

Week eight of the season concludes tonight when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots visit LeSean McCoy and the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN.

For a list of all NFL matchups, gameday finals, stats and standings, click here.

NCAA Football

Over the last month in college football, a constant theme has been a top 10 team getting knocked off by a lowly, or even unranked opponent. Last week, it was the No. 2 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes getting knocked off by the Purdue Boilermakers. This week, the No. 6 ranked Texas Longhorns were the latest to be upset.

Texas made the trip north to Stillwater, Oklahoma to face the Oklahoma State Cowboys. OSU jumped out to a big first half lead and after two quarters, led 31-14. The Cowboys’ quarterback Taylor Cornelius took control of the game and threw for four touchdowns in the first half alone.

Texas is a good team though, and the trademark of most good teams is being able to outplay the opponent in the second half. Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger threw a touchdown late in the third quarter, then another one just five minutes later early in the fourth quarter. Those scores helped the Longhorns close the gap to 31-28, three point deficit.

With just under six minutes left in the game, Cornelius put the Cowboys on his back and this time, came through for his team with a 10-yard rushing touchdown to go up by 10. The Longhorns added another touchdown to close the gap back to three with 1:46 left. They had all three timeouts but elected to try for the onside kick. It failed and OSU had the ball at midfield but still had to get a first down to close the game out.

On third down and eight yards to go, the Longhorns knew a run was coming but couldn’t stop Cornelius from running for a game clinching eight-yard first down. Cornelius threw for three touchdowns and 321 yards. OSU receiver Tylan Wallace caught an incredible 222 of those 321 yards on 10 catches and also hauled in two touchdowns. Ehlinger had 283 yards passing and two touchdowns in the Longhorns’ loss.

Texas moves to 6-2 on the year and dropped to No. 15 in the country. It won’t get any easier for them as they travel to West Virginia Saturday to take on the 12th ranked Mountaineers at 3:30 p.m. on Fox. Oklahoma State is now 5-3 and will head to Waco, Texas to face off against the 4-4 Baylor Bears on Saturday at noon on Fox Sports 1.

The Michigan State Spartans were coming off an embarrassing loss to Michigan. The Purdue Boilermakers were coming off their biggest win of the year in their upset of Ohio State. Both teams met Saturday with something to prove.

Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke was a game time decision as he was battling an injury to his throwing shoulder. The Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio decided to go with backup Rocky Lombardi and give Lewerke some rest. Lewerke was dressed in case he needed to make an appearance, but that didn’t happen.

Lombardi put up some big numbers in his debut with 318 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. That was a sight for sore Spartan fan’s eyes as Lewerke only completed five passes for 62 yards the week before.

The game was tied at six late in the second quarter before Lombardi hit Darrell Stewart Jr. for the game’s first touchdown to give the Spartans a 13-6 lead at the half.

In the second half, the Spartans added a field goal late in the third quarter before Purdue’s Terry Wright ran in a one-yard touchdown to close the gap to 16-13. The score would stay that way until a late touchdown pass from Lombardi to Jalen Nailor for 48 yards with under two minutes to play put the Boilermakers away for good.

Nailor led the way for MSU with three catches for 70 yards and a score. Purdue quarterback David Blough had a rough day throwing three picks in the loss. The Spartans pick up their fifth win of the season and move to 5-3. They’ll travel to Maryland on Saturday to take on the Terrapins at noon on ESPN 2. The Boilermakers fall to the .500 mark at 4-4 with the loss. They’ll host the 19th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN 2.

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