OSU holds on for exciting Sugar Bowl win
After nine straight bowl losses to SEC teams, Ohio State finally got off the schneid, topping Arkansas 31-26 in one heck of a Sugar Bowl. Elsewhere in sports, another NFL coach got the boot and two college hoops squads stayed perfect at home. We wrap up a busy Tuesday in today's About Last Night.
Sugar Bowl: What. A. Game. Trailing 31-13 late in the third quarter, Arkansas suddenly woke up and started playing, reeling off 13 unanswered points. A fumble, a blocked punt and an interception later, Ohio State managed to hang on for the win, 31-26, over the Razorbacks. The victory snapped the Buckeyes' 0-9 skid in bowl games against SEC teams. Coach Jim Tressel made all five players who were suspended for part of next year pledge to return for next season before he would allow them to travel to New Orleans, but like a Jonas Brothers promise ring or a New Year's resolution, that won't mean much in the face of temptation. When asked whether he'll keep his promise and return, MVP QB Terrelle Pryor muttered an utterly unconvincing "alright." See you at the draft, kid.
NFL: Tom Cable is out in Oakland, despite leading the Raiders to their best record in eight years. That's like breaking up with your super-hot boyfriend just in case Ryan Reynolds gives you a look post-divorce.
Women's college basketball: The No. 3 Blue Devils finished on an 8-0 run to put away the 11th-ranked Wildcats 54-48. Duke wasn't exactly on point, shooting just 26.5 percent from the field and turning the ball over 17 times, but it did enough to best Kentucky, which matched a season high with 22 turnovers and a season low with just 48 total points.
Men's college basketball: No. 15 Notre Dame upset No. 9 UConn to extend its home unbeaten streak to 10-0. Irish guard Ben Hansbrough put up a team-high 21 points and held UConn's leading scorer Kemba Walker to just 19 points, snapping Walker's 11-game stretch scoring 20 or more points.
NBA: You know a team's getting whooped good when the coach pulls his starters early to save 'em for another game they might actually win. With Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobli and Tony Parker watching from the bench, the Knicks sealed up a 128-115 win at Madison Square Garden, foiling the Spurs' bid for a 30th win.
Speaking of butt-whoopings, the Bulls were so far ahead of the Raptors the United Center faithful got a taste of big-man back-up -- and crowd fave -- Brian Scalabrine, the human champagne bottle (if he's poppin' off, the celebration has begun). Chicago's 111-91 victory was its 14th in 16 games.