No. 20 Texas Tech looks to rebound against Texas


No. 20 Texas Tech looks to rebound against Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Texas coach Mack Brown has seen quarterbacks such as Seth Doege at Texas Tech.

On Saturday, Doege and the No. 20 Red Raiders' receiving corps will challenge a Texas pass defense that's giving up 229 yards a game, while Texas Tech is averaging 358 yards through the air.

Brown thinks Doege, who's thrown for 30 touchdowns and 2,540 yards this season, is one of the nation's best quarterbacks and is similar in accuracy and competitiveness to former Red Raiders signal-callers Graham Harrell and Kliff Kingsbury.

Doege deserves to be in the conversation for the Heisman Trophy, Brown said.

``His name should be right in the middle of that list, in my estimation,'' Brown said. ``He's the No. 7 passer in the country, No. 1 in TD passes. I don't know how you keep that guy out of the Heisman race as you look at it.''

Doege got press as a dark-horse contender for the Heisman before the Red Raiders fell 55-24 at No. 3 Kansas State last week. Going into that game, Doege had thrown 13 touchdowns in wins over West Virginia and TCU.

Against the Horned Frogs he found Alex Torres in the middle of the end zone for a career-best seventh touchdown in the Red Raiders' 56-53 win in triple overtime in Fort Worth.

Texas has won back-to-back games, most recently a slim 21-17 victory at Kansas. Starter David Ash was pulled from the game and backup Case McCoy's one-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Grant with 12 seconds left gave the Longhorns the win.

Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said the defense will be prepared to play against Ash, who was named the starter for Saturday's game earlier his week.

``But we'll prepare for both'' quarterbacks, he said. ``But most of the time, and we'll do it in this game, is prepare for the offense, because you can't run two different offenses.''

Brown said he wouldn't hesitate to turn to McCoy again if circumstances warrant taking Ash out. He called it a ``tremendous situation'' to have two good choices.

``That is no different than any other position except it gets more publicity,'' he said. ``You play the guy that does the best. Throughout the year David has done a great job. Saturday he struggled, and Case did the best.''

Texas has won the last three games against Texas Tech. The Red Raiders last beat the Longhorns in 2008 when Harrell hit Michael Crabtree for a touchdown in the final seconds of the game.

Crabtree was expected to be at Saturday's game. He plays for the San Francisco 49ers, who have an open date Sunday.

Doege wants to see it as just another game, one in which the offense plays well in both halves.

Against the Wildcats, the Red Raiders scored just two touchdowns in the second half. Had Texas Tech won the two teams would be tied for first in the Big 12 and the Red Raiders would still have a shot at a BCS bowl.

``I think there is a little fire burning inside of us after what happened on Saturday because that was such a great opportunity for us,'' Doege said. ``Just because we get hit in the mouth or just because a big-time play turns negative and maybe shifts the momentum, we have to learn to fight back and understand we can still make plays to get us back in the football game.''

The in-state rivalry between the two schools makes the week fun. Longhorns offensive guard Mason Walters was a teammate of Doege's at Frenship High near Lubbock. Doege, though, had knee injuries that kept him from playing his junior and senior years.

The two have remained friends and get together whenever Walters returns to visit his parents.

``We're still buddies,'' Doege said. But ``during this week we're not that close of friends.''

On the Longhorns side, Johnathan Gray has family ties to Texas Tech. His father James Gray was a running back for the Red Raiders in the late 1980s. He still holds the record for career rushing touchdowns (52) and is second in career rushing with 4,066 yards.

The younger Gray, who's gotten a touchdown and 427 yards on 81 carries, will start his first game Saturday,

``I'm going to Texas, they went to Tech,'' Johnathan Gray said. ``It's kind of a rivalry in the house. They talk smack. I just be quiet and wait till the results after the game.''

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NHL Playoffs 2019: When is Capitals-Hurricanes Game 7? how to watch, date, time, live stream, TV channel

The Carolina Hurricanes held serve at home in Game 6, beating the Washington Capitals 5-2 to force a Game 7 in their first-round series of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Hurricanes and Capitals each won three games at home, and with the Capitals hosting the Hurricanes in Game 7 on Wednesday, April 24, the defending Stanley Cup champs seem to have the home-ice advantage. The Capitals last faced a Game 7 in the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals. Andre Burakovsky scored twice and Braden Holtby pitched a shutout to send the Caps to the Stanley Cup Final.

A win over the Hurricanes at Capital One Arena on Wednesday night send the Capitals to the second round to face off against Barry Trotz and the New York Islanders.

The game time for Game 7 on Wednesday has yet to be announced. 

Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game 7 How to Watch:

What: 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Eastern Conference First Round. Game 7: Washington Capitals vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Time: TBD.
Location: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C.
TV Channel: TBD (Channel Finder)
How To WatchStream pregame and postgame coverage Game 7 of Capitals vs. Hurricanes on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app or tune into NBC Sports Washington.
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan FM)

Don't already have the MyTeams By NBC Sports App? Click to download here and stream the Capitals-Hurricanes live!

Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game 7 TV Schedule:

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Tune into Capitals FaceOff Live 90 minutes before Game 7 puck drop, with an extended, 60-minute edition of Caps Pregame Live to follow. After the game, tune in to another extended version of Caps Postgame Live, and Caps Overtime Live, only on NBC Sports Washington.

Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game 7 Injury Report:

Capitals: Michal Kempny (torn hamstring, out for season), T.J. Oshie (broken clavicle, out)

Hurricanes: Andrei Svechnikov (Concussion, day-to-day)

Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game 7 Players to watch: 

Braden Holtby, G, Capitals

Holtby has been stellar in must-win games, but had a poor showing in Game 6. Can he pitch a shutout in Game 7 like he did a year ago? With the defense still figuring itself out, Holtby will need to unleash the beast0

Warren Foegele, F, Hurricanes

Warren Foegele has been a Capitals killer in the playoffs thus far, scoring three times and assisting on two others. If the Hurricanes eliminate the Capitals from the playoffs, it's going to be due in large part to Foegele's efforts.


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Carolina forces Game 7 in controversy-filled win

This series is going seven. The Capitals were not able to close out the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday as a potential game-tying goal in the third period was waved off allowing Carolina to roll to the 5-2 win.

Both teams remain hot at home as the home team has gone 6-0. This game marks the first time the team to score first did not win, however. It also saw the first lead change of the series.

Game 7 will be on Wednesday at Capital One Arena.

Here are six reasons the Hurricanes won.

Warren freakin’ Foegele

Raise your hand if you had Foegele as Carolina’s biggest offensive threat heading into this series.

Foegele was leading the Hurricanes with three goals leading into Game 6 and he scored his fourth in the first period to tie the game at one.

Brett Connolly gave Washington the 1-0 lead just over five minutes into the game, but Foegele tied the game just after a Nic Dowd penalty expired with the Caps trying to clear out the puck. Dougie Hamilton had his shot blocked in the high slot, but Foegele picked it up and fired a shot as he spun around, beating Holtby who was having trouble seeing the puck through all the bodies.

Sebastian Aho gets a stick on Jonas Siegenthaler

Alex Ovechkin gave the Caps the 2-1 lead, but the Hurricanes tied the game less than two minutes into the second period thanks to Aho’s forecheck on Siegenthaler.

Siegenthaler chased down a puck behind the goal line, but was pressured by Aho who got his stick on Siegenthaler’s just as Siegenthaler meant to clear the puck around the boards. Aho picked up the loose puck and found Teuvo Teravainen in the slot for the quick shot and goal.

Two near misses at the end of the second

In Game 4, the Caps dominated the play in second, but gave up a goal late in the period that took the wind out of their sails and proved to be the game-winner for the Hurricanes. We nearly saw a role reversal on Monday as Washington was outplayed in the second frame, but had two great chances in the final 30 seconds in a 2-2 game.

Nicklas Backstrom found John Carlson for a short breakaway. Carlson tried to beat Pert Mrazek 5-hole, but Mrazek stopped it with the pad. A few seconds later, Tom Wilson a Carlson pass that beat Mrazek, but hit the cross-bar to stay out.

A failed clear

It was anyone’s game in the third period when Jordan Staal parked himself right on Braden Holtby’s doorstep and battled with Matt NIskanen. An initial shot was  blocked and Niskanen tried to clear it, but failed as it hit off Brock McGinn. The puck bounced past Niskanen and Dmitry Orlov who came to assist and Staal reached his stick and knocked it beneath Holtby into the net to give Carolina its first lead of the game. That marked the first lead chance in the series.

A controversial no-goal

Washington thought they had tied the game in the third period as Ovechkin came into the crease and knocked a loose puck into the net…at least he thought so. The puck was underneath the pad of Mrazek and Ovechkin caught a piece of the pad as he went for the puck. The goal was waved off immediately.

By rule, a player cannot push the goalie’s pad to push the puck into the net. The contact, whether incidental or not, was enough to have the goal waved off.

Justin Williams

The former Cap and current captain of the Hurricanes was a man possessed on Monday. He was all over Holtby all night long and was a physical pest. He nearly had a goal in the second period when he chipped a breakaway puck over a Holtby poke check, but the goal was waved for a high stick. Williams finally got rewarded in the third period with a deflection goal that bounced through Holtby’s 5-hole and proved to be the knockout punch.