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Apr 24th

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Big-time backs to meet in Bowl

Big-time backs to meet in Bowl

SHREVEPORT (AP) — A couple of All-American running backs figure to play prominent roles in deciding whether Boston College or Arizona bounce back from disappointing regular-season finales.

Andre Williams and the Eagles go for their first bowl victory in six years, while Ka'Deem Carey and the Wildcats seek a second consecutive eight-win season at the AdvoCare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, La. on New Year's Eve.

According to Boston College coach Steve Addazio, Williams will be "ready to roll" after suffering an undisclosed injury early in the third quarter of a 34-31 loss at Syracuse on Nov. 30.

Williams, who battled a shoulder problem earlier in the season, was named a Heisman Trophy finalist but didn't help his chances by ending up with 29 yards and a touchdown against the Orange. The senior had piled up 897 yards – including a 339-yard effort against North Carolina State on Nov. 16 -- over his previous three contests for the Eagles (7-5).

"The only opportunity we really missed is being able to get that eighth win against Syracuse," Williams said. "I really wasn't worried about Heisman polls."

With the 16th 2,000-yard season in NCAA history, Williams ranks ninth all-time for single-season yardage with a nation-best 2,102 in 2013. He needs 84 yards against Arizona (7-5) to move past Iowa State's Troy Davis for fourth on that list.

Williams has averaged 6.4 yards per carry and run for 17 touchdowns on the way to winning the prestigious Doak Walker Award as the country's top running back.

Arizona's Carey, a Walker Award finalist, ranks second nationally behind Williams (175.2) with an average of 156.0 rushing yards per game, and this will mark the first time in the modern era (since 1980 when AP selected two first-team running backs) the AP's All-American running backs face off in a bowl.

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Saints open playoffs with first-round game with Eagles

Saints open playoffs with first-round game with Eagles

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees couldn't quite suppress a smirk as he deadpanned the Saints' prescription for playing better on the road, which is where they'll be for the ...

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Different quarterback, same ending for Cowboys

Different quarterback, same ending for Cowboys

ARLINGTON (AP) — There are no moral victories in the NFL, no matter what Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said in the past.

And there are certainly none with the playo...

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Cowboys confident behind Orton

Cowboys confident behind Orton

IRVING — So what if Tony Romo can't play? Kyle Orton's got this.

That's the feeling inside Valley Ranch, where the Dallas Cowboys have thrown their full support behind the...

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Tigers to continue post-season streak

BATON ROUGE (AP) — The last time LSU didn't make it to a bowl game, Vadal Alexander was about to turn 6 years old.

"Tells you how great this program is," said LSU's starti...

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All district teams

All district teams

With the high school football season behind us, it's time to recognize the All-District players from our Webster Parish high school teams.

All four of the Webster Parish h...

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Saints road woes continue

Saints road woes continue

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The road has been cruel and unmerciful to the New Orleans Saints all season.

But never more so than in Sunday's 17-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

This ...

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