Sports: Lions Lose to Vikings; Spartans beat DePaul
The Lions comeback fell short on Thanksgiving, as they lost to the first place Vikings, 30-23. Case Keenum threw for two touchdowns and ran for a score all in the first half as the 9-2 Vikings took a 27-10 lead and took a huge step toward winning the NFC North. Minnesota takes a three-game lead over the second-place Lions. Detroit (6-5) made mistakes in every phase of the game and Minnesota took advantage. Matthew Stafford was 20 of 35 passing for 250 yards and two touchdowns. The Lions gained less than 50 yards rushing. Keenum was 21 of 30 for 282 yards with both TD passes to Kyle Rudolph that gave the Vikings a 20-3 lead late in the second quarter. The Lions rallied to pull within four points early in the fourth quarter on Matthew Stafford’s second TD pass to Marvin Jones. Matthew Stafford continued to play after appearing to injure his right ankle, but the Lions didn’t have a first down on either of their final two drives. Detroit blocked three Kai Forbath kicks, but the big one didn’t count. A field goal attempt late in the game was blocked and run back for a touchdown but an off-side penalty called that one back. Detroit got the ball back, down a touchdown, but Xavier Rhodes ended Detroit’s comeback hopes with an interception at the Detroit 37 late in the game. The Lions are still in the Wild-Card playoff picture, and have five games left. Next Sunday, they visit the Atlanta Falcons.
MSU will take on Connecticut in the second round of the PK80 Tourney tonight in Portland. Matt McQuaid hit six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 20 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 4 Michigan State, playing without preseason All-American Miles Bridges, beat DePaul 73-51 win. Bridges was out due to a sprained left ankle sustained last Sunday against Stony Brook, but McQuaid made up for the absence of the Spartans star. MSU vs. UConn….tonight at 11pm on 95.3 WBCK. The Spartans also play on Sunday in the final day of the tournament. The Michigan Wolverines host UC Riverside on Sunday at 4pm at Crisler Center.
The Western Bronco basketball team will host Northwood on Saturday.
The Red Wings head to New York to play the Rangers tonight. The Wings are in third place in the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. The Rangers are 6th in the Metropolitan division.
The Pistons are 11-6 and ties for second place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference and play in Oklahoma City tonight.
The WMU Bronco football team plays at Toledo today at 11:30am.
Big 10 Football
The Wolverines host No. 8 Ohio State on Saturday. Michigan is due for an upset. The Wolverines have lost five straight and 12 of 13 to the rival Buckeyes and even though the next matchup is at the Big House, they’re double-digit underdogs. Hear it at 11am on 104.9 the Edge.
No. 21 Michigan State is a double-digit favorite against Rutgers.
Our radio broadcast comes your way at Saturday at 2:30pm on 95.3 WBCK.