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No. 7 Virginia claws back to beat Ohio State

No. 7 Virginia claws back to beat Ohio State

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — London Perrantes knew he wasn't playing well, and if he had any doubt whatsoever, coach Tony Bennett let him know.

"I got after him," Bennett said Wednesday night after Perrantes scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half and No. 7 Virginia overcame a sloppy performance and rallied past Ohio State 63-61 on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. "I did, and he responded."

Perrantes, who had three turnovers by halftime, hit three 3-pointers in the second half to spark the Cavaliers' surge.

"I knew I wasn't playing to the best of my ability or even anywhere close," the senior point guard and four-year starter said. "I'm glad he kind of got into me. That's the most I got ripped by him since I've been here and it sparked us all."

Devon Hall added 12 points for the Cavaliers (7-0), who trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half and didn't take the lead for good until Marial Shayok's baseline runner made it 59-57 with 1:58 remaining.

The Buckeyes (6-1) trailed 63-61 when Shayok missed two free throws with 10.5 seconds left. Coach Thad Matta called a timeout with 6.5 seconds to play, but JaQuan Lyle couldn't find an open teammate as the clock ran down and launched a 3-point try that missed badly.

"I hope we take a lot from it because I told them after the game, `We're close, but we're not there yet,'" Matta said.

As the Cavaliers rallied in the second half and the crowd whipped into a frenzy, the Buckeyes hurt their chances with 11 of their season-high 20 turnovers, some of them more caused by carelessness than pressure from Virginia, and they almost all proved costly.

"As great teams do, they capitalized on every mistake we made down the stretch," Matta said.

Jae'Sean Tate led Ohio State with 14 points and Lyle had 12.

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Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence says there should be a college football season

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence says there should be a college football season

Amidst growing momentum in postponing the college football season to the spring, this year's biggest star has isn't mincing words on why there should be a season ithis fall. 

Hours after ESPN reported the Big Ten is looking to postpone fall sports while waiting to see if other Power 5 conferences were going to do the same, star Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence tweeted his reasoning for having a fall season.

Lawrence has been vocal about the need for a 2020 season despite the complications of playing a contact sport during a pandemic.

"Players being safe and taking all of the right precautions to try to avoid contracting covid because the season/ teammates safety is on the line. Without the season, as we’ve seen already, people will not social distance or wear masks and take the proper precautions," Lawrence wrote on his Twitter thread. 

Back in June, Clemson announced 28 members of the athletic department tested positive for coronavirus, producing the highest return of positive tests around the country at the time. 

While those in positions of power continue to lean towards opting out of the fall season due to all the headaches that come with it, Lawerence's outward cry of public support to play next month could have some Power 5 presidents more hestitant than before. 

If anything, Lawrence's passion gives college football fans a glimour of hope in increasingly desperate times. 

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Report: Big Ten, other Power 5 conferences leaning towards canceling 2020 season amid pandemic

Report: Big Ten, other Power 5 conferences leaning towards canceling 2020 season amid pandemic

The likelihood that college football is played this fall is looking bleaker by the day.

The commissioners of Power 5 conferences reportedly had an emergency conference call on Sunday evening to discuss the 2020 season, and the large majority of Big Ten presidents want to postpone the season due to concerns amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to ESPN's Adam Rittenberg.

Earlier this week, the Big Ten halted on moving forward with padded practices until more protocols are in place.

Moments later, reports surfaced that the Big Ten is leaning towards moving forward without a fall football season, and a formal decision could be made as soon as early this week, according to Sports Illustrated's Pat Forde and Ross Dellenger.

The cancelation or postponement of the 2020 college football season seems to be inevitable, multiple sources have told ESPN.

The news doesn't come as a surprise considering the current state of the pandemic in the United States. However, the Big Ten just announced a new, conference-only schedule earlier this week, so the timing is a bit odd.

The Mid-American Conference postponed football and all fall sports on Saturday. If the Big Ten becomes the first Power 5 conference to postpone football, and fall sports as a whole, it will be interesting to see how quickly (if at all) the other major conferences (SEC, ACC, Pac-12, Big 12) follow suit.

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