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Colorado State routs Virginia Tech 88-52

Colorado State routs Virginia Tech 88-52

LAS VEGAS (AP) Pierce Hornung had 18 points and 10 rebounds, leading four players in double figures, as Colorado State crushed Virginia Tech 88-52 in the Las Vegas Classic championship game Sunday night.

The Rams, after a methodical and balanced approach in a first half that gave them a 33-27 lead at halftime, opened the second half on a 12-2 run and went on to outscore the Hokies 55-25.

Dorian Green also scored 18 points for the Rams (10-2), while Greg Smith had 17 and Colton Iverson added 15.

Playing in front of a sparse crowd at the Orleans Arena, the Rams made a statement in winning the title in front of a nationally televised audience. Facing arguably its toughest test of the season, the Mountain West's Colorado State showed no signs of intimidation against the ACC's Hokies (9-3), in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

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Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Giants

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Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Giants

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, November 22, one day before the Washington Redskins play the New York Giants on Thanksgiving Day at FedEx Field.

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Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden press conference and open locker room, 12:30 p.m.; the team will conduct a walkthrough instead of a practice.  

Days until:

—Redskins @ Cowboys Thursday night (11/30) 8
—Redskins @ Chargers (12/10) 18
—Cardinals @ Redskins (12/17) 25

Five Redskins under pressure vs the Giants

RB Byron Marshall—After signing with the team just a week ago, Marshall will have to step into one of the most important roles in Jay Gruden’s offense—third-down back. With Chris Thompson out, Marshall will have to pick up the protection schemes and execute them. He should have no issues running for some yardage on a draw or catching a pass out of the backfield but he now assumes a good chunk of responsibility for keeping Kirk Cousins upright.

WR Jamison Crowder—In the first six games of this season, Crowder caught 19 passes for 149 yards. In his last three games (he missed one with a hamstring injury) he has caught 20 for 271. With Jordan Reed’s status still uncertain, Thompson out, Terrelle Pryor going on injured reserve, and Josh Doctson experiencing up-and-down productivity, Crowder needs to be the rock among the pass catchers. Maybe he can get into the end zone for the first time this year.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan—An undrafted rookie named Chad Wheeler is likely to start at right tackle for the Giants. With the Redskins still reeling from injuries, they have to take maximum advantage of a mismatch like this. Kerrigan will likely be lined up against Wheeler most of the time and he needs to spend the day in Eli Manning’s face.

CB Josh Norman—The guy who is supposed to be the rock of the Redskins’ secondary has not played well in the last two games, both losses in which the team gave up a combined 72 points. Opposing quarterbacks have gone seven for seven throwing into his coverage for 112 yards and a touchdown He doesn’t have Odell Beckham to worry about but Sterling Shepard is a talented receiver and Norman will need to be on top of things to hold him down.

S DeAngelo Hall—The veteran played well in his first game back against Seattle but he has struggled since. He went out of the Vikings game early with a bone bruise on his knee and then he did not play well after coming in to replace an injured Montae Nicholson in New Orleans. It seems likely that Nicholson (concussion) will be out against the Giants and Hall will have to play better. Hall not only needs to help out a reeling defense but he needs to make sure that the coaches have trust in him so that he can maintain a role for the rest of the year.

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