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Loyola cruises to victory at Providence

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Loyola cruises to victory at Providence

Friday, Sept. 16, 2011Posted: 11:45 p.m.

By Tim O'Brien
YourSeason.com

Running the no-huddle offense for Loyola, senior quarterback Malcolm Weaver isnt picky.

If an opposing defense is going to allow him to pass in the pocket, he plans on taking advantage through the air. As was the case Friday in Loyolas League Blue opener against Providence, it was the ground game that set the tone.

Weaver and William Palivos rushed for two touchdowns each in Loyolas 32-6 road win in New Lenox.

We couldnt capitalize passing on the goal line so we stuck to running, Weaver said with a smile. It worked so well take it.

Weaver finished 17 of 28 passing for 152 yards while rushing for 47 yards on 10 carries. Palivos ended with 15 carries for 122 yards for Loyola (4-0, 1-0).

Looking to open the scoring though, it was Weaver throwing an interception (just his second of the year) in the end zone on Loyolas first possession. Providence was unable to capitalize on a three-and-out.

Weaver and his Ramblers teammates responded, scoring on the teams next three possessions. Will Kushwa drilled a 27-yard field goal, Palivos ran it in from five yards out, and Weaver found the end zone on a two-yard keeper. Providence answered with 13 seconds left in the first half on an Andy Hoffmeister score for a 16-6 halftime deficit.

Youve got to have a short term memory, Weaver said. You cant put your head down (after the interception). I shook it off, and we came back and played some good ball.

The offensive momentum carried over into the second half as Weaver (7-yard run) and Palivos (32-yard run) again reached the end zone in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

The no huddle offense causes a little bit of a problem, Providence coach Mark Coglianese said. Loyola executes so well, and they got us back on our heels. Theyve got several guys who can make plays. They are definitely not a one-man team (Weaver).

Providence (3-1, 0-1) was never able to get into an offensive rhythm as the typically run-heavy Celtics were forced to throw. Hoffmeister finished with 63 yards on 14 carries. Quarterback Chris Salazar completed 15 of 29 passes for 143 yards with an interception.

Kris Dunn out 4-6 weeks with knee sprain

Kris Dunn out 4-6 weeks with knee sprain

The Bulls season has gotten off to a rocky start, losing their first three games of the campaign. Part of that can be attributed to injuries to star Lauri Markkanen, and things just got a whole lot worse.

Point guard Kris Dunn will miss the next four to six weeks with an MCL sprain in his left knee.

Dunn played in his first game against the Mavericks on Monday night after missing the first two games for the birth of his son. Dunn scored nine points with seven assists and four rebounds.

Cam Payne has been filled in for Dunn in the first two games and will be tabbed to do so for the next month or so

Power Rankings Roundup: People are pretty apathetic about losing to the Patriots

Power Rankings Roundup: People are pretty apathetic about losing to the Patriots

While the notion of a "good loss" is more coachspeak than anything of real substance, it looks like NFL media agree. 

After a close loss to the Patriots -- about three feet close, to be exact -- Power Rankings makers aren't blaming the Bears too much. In fact, shoutout to our mothership, Big NBC Sports, for actually *raising* the Bears in their latest rankings. Thanks guys! 

Here's what they're saying: 

Ours: #17, down 4 -
You can do worse than barely losing to the Patriots, but what on earth has happened to Chicago's defense?

NBCSports: #10, up 1 - 
Bears went toe-to-toe with the Patriots and made it to the later rounds before taking one on the chin. No shame in that.

NFL.com: #11, N/A - 
The opportunities were there for the Bears, who took it to the Patriots in the first half Sunday. The second half was a different story, as Chicago was stuck in catch-up mode.

Washington Post: #16, down 1 - 
The Bears came up a yard shy of a tying TD on the Hail Mary against the Patriots. This was a far less egregious loss than falling to Brock Osweiler and the Dolphins a week earlier. But it was still a loss.

ESPN: #13, down 1 - 
Need more from: RB Jordan Howard. Howard is averaging only 3.46 yards per rush, which ranks 41st out of 47 qualifying running backs. Bears running backs as a whole rank 30th with 1.45 yards after contact per rush, and Mitchell Trubisky has led the team in rushing in two of the past three games.

Sports Illustrated: #18, N/A - 
The Bears were 3-1 before starting a four-game tour of the AFC East. They need to take care of business against the Jets and Bills to keep pace in a tough NFC North.

Sporting News: #16, down 1 - 
Mitchell Trubisky and the offense have become a fun, unpredictable and mostly explosive roller-coaster ride, but the defense is showing it has plenty of leaks behind Khalil Mack.

FanSided: #17, down 2 - 
Mitchell Trubisky and those special teams were a disaster on Sunday.

Bleacher Report: #15, N/A - 
The problem is the Bears also have five tough divisional games remaining, including two with the Vikings. A date with the Rams also looms. However, if the Bears take care of business in the first four games mentioned, they will need to go just 3-3 in their remaining six matchups to go 10-6 and (presumably) make the playoffs.