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NFL Capsule: Panthers at Chargers

NFL Capsule: Panthers at Chargers

CAROLINA (4-9) At SAN DIEGO (5-8)

Sunday, 4:05 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Chargers by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Carolina 6-7; San Diego 6-7

SERIES RECORD - Panthers lead 3-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Chargers No. 21; Panthers No. 25

LAST MEETING - Panthers beat Chargers 26-24, Sept. 7, 2008

LAST WEEK - Panthers beat Falcons 30-20; Chargers beat Steelers 34-24

PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (11T), PASS (17)

PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (21), PASS (12)

CHARGERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (27), PASS (19)

CHARGERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (4), PASS (22)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Second-year Carolina coach Ron Rivera faces former employer. Was inside linebackers coach from 2007 until being promoted to defensive coordinator after Ted Cottrell fired following eighth game of 2008 season. ... Scott Turner, son of Chargers coach Norv Turner, is Carolina's offensive quality control coach. ... Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski followed Rivera from San Diego to Carolina; was Chargers' tight ends coach from 2005-06, 2009-10. ... Teams ``switched'' defensive backs coaches before season, with Steven Wilks going from Chargers to Panthers and Ron Meeks from Panthers to Chargers. ... Former Chargers assistant GM Marty Hurney fired as Carolina's GM after 1-5 start. ... Norv Turner 112-121-1 overall in head coaching stints with Washington, Oakland, San Diego. ... Panthers looking for first back-to-back wins since last December. ... Panthers LB Luke Kuechly making strong push for defensive rookie of year by leading NFL with 131 tackles. ... Panthers held Falcons to 35 yards rushing. ... Panthers QB Cam Newton coming off huge game vs. Falcons, completing 23 of 35 passes for 287 yards with two touchdowns; ran for 116 yards. Completed 72-yard scoring run with somersault into end zone before getting to feet, pretending to rip open shirt like Superman. ... By comparison, Chargers RB Ryan Mathews has no 100-yard games this season. His best was 95 yards in loss at Cleveland. ... Newton leads Panthers with 640 yards rushing; Mathews leads Chargers with 685 yards. ... Newton became first in NFL history with 250-plus yards passing, 100-plus yards rushing, a passing TD and a rushing TD in game. ... Dante Rosario, now backup TE for Chargers, caught game-winning, 14-yard TD pass from Jake Delhomme as time expired to lift Panthers to win at San Diego in 2008 season-opener. Rosario has five receptions since three-TD performance in win vs. Tennessee Sept. 16. ... Chargers TE Antonio Gates hasn't caught TD pass in four games, leaving him one shy of matching Lance Alworth's team record 81. ... Chargers WR Robert Meachem, signed as free agent to help replace Vincent Jackson, hasn't been thrown a pass in three straight games. Meachem fell out of favor after dropping potential TD pass in 7-6 loss at Cleveland on Oct. 28. ... Chargers expecting third straight TV blackout in Southern California and fourth this season.

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Did Anthony Cowan deserve the technical foul that ended his night vs. Ohio State?

Did Anthony Cowan deserve the technical foul that ended his night vs. Ohio State?

Anthony Cowan was handed a technical foul late in the second half of Maryland's matchup with Ohio State that resulted in his disqualification.

Cowan, with four personal fouls at the time, was hammered on a layup attempt with 3:54 left in the contest against the Buckeyes. He had cut the Buckeyes' lead to 64-59 and thought he was headed to the free-throw line for an and-1. He was not. 

After no whistle was blown, Cowan reacted, kicking his foot in the air in disbelief. He was then given the technical. which was his fifth and final foul. Maryland didn't have its star point guard for the final 3:54 of a tight game. 

Cowan had picked up his third foul with 7:08 left in the game and then No. 4 exactly two minutes later. 

Twitter lit into the officiating that played a major factor in a very important conference game between the two squads.

Maryland ended up losing the matchup to the Buckeyes 79-72, but it didn't lose ground in the conference standings.

Penn State lost Sunday afternoon, too, so Maryland (22-5, 12-4 conference) didn't lose any ground in its quest to win the Big 10 regular-season championship for the first time. With four games to go, the Terps still hold a two-game lead over the Nittany Lions, Michigan State, Iowa and Wisconsin in the conference standings. Those teams are all tied at 10-6. 

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Maryland doesn't lose any ground in Big 10 standings after loss to Ohio State

Maryland doesn't lose any ground in Big 10 standings after loss to Ohio State

Maryland suffered a frustrating loss to Ohio State on the road Sunday in a game that featured their best player fouling out thanks to a more than questionable technical foul. 

The bad news for the Terps? They missed a chance to gain ground on Baylor, Gonzaga and San Diego State, who all lost on Saturday, for a top seed in the NCAA tournament. 

The good news is that Penn State lost, too, so Maryland didn't lose any ground in its quest to win the Big 10 regular-season championship for the first time. With four games to go, it still holds a two-game lead over Penn State, Michigan State, Iowa and Wisconsin in the conference standings. 

For the Terps to lose this regular-season title, it would have to be a monumental collapse over the next few weeks.

But the schedule still features some tough games so it isn't over quite yet. Maryland must shake off this most recent loss in Columbus and refocus on a 13-13 Minnesota team. The Terp's final three opponents after that are Michigan State at home, Rutgers on the road and Michigan in College Park. 

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