Mariota, Titans upstaged by Patriots
Local sports news and notes for Saturday, Jan. 13, while remembering the late Keith Jackson, the voice heard during many happy hours spent watching college football and other sports …
IN THE NFL PLAYOFFS
Marcus Mariota's first taste of the pro postseason turned sour in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Mariota and the Tennessee Titans got school by the New England Patriots, losing 35-14 in an AFC divisional playoff game Saturday night.
Mariota led the Titans on an 11-play, 95-yard touchdown drive on the team's second possession, as Tennessee went on top 7-0 and had that advantage going into the second quarter. A 15-yard pass from the former University of Oregon quarterback to wide receiver Corey Davis got the TD.
The Patriots picked them apart the rest of the way.
Mariota got one more TD pass, hitting Davis again, this time from 11 yards, with 1:55 left in the game.
Mariota finished 22 of 37 for 254 yards passing, without an interception, but New England sacked him seven times.
Another ex-Duck, safety Patrick Chung, had five tackles for the Pats.
Former Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks caught three of nine passes thrown his way by Tom Brady, picking up 32 yards.
Jacob Hollister, a tight end from Bend's Mountain View High, saw action for New England and had one reception for one yard.
Patriots punter Ryan Allen, from West Salem High, averaged 42.3 yards (37.3 net) on punt kicks, putting two inside the 20-yard line and one in the end zone for a touchback.
• In Saturday's NFC divisional playoff game, the Philadelphia Eagles held off the Atlanta Falcons, 15-10, at Philly.
Running back LeGarrette Blount, a former Duck, scored the Eagles' only touchdown. He swept to the right on fourth-and-goal from the 1 in the second quarter, putting Philadelphia in front 6-3.
Blount wound u.p with nine carries for 19 yards.
Another ex-UO running back, Kenjon Barner, got into the game, as did former Oregon State center Isaac Seumalo, for Philadelphia.
The Falcons had guard Sean Harlow from Oregon State on the inactive list, and ex-OSU running back Terron Ward caught one pass for no yards.
Two golfers with Oregon ties opened the Web.com Tour season Saturday in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.
The temperature was 77 degrees when rookie Wyndham Clark, the 2017 Pac-12 champion from NCAA runner-up University of Oregon, struck his first tee shot.
At that point, former Jesuit High golfer Scott Harrington, 37, had almost finished.
Harrington, who lives in Phoenix, wound up at 1-par 71, with two birdies and one bogey at Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Club.
Clark, 24, was 1-under through 14 holes when the first of four rounds was suspended because of darkness. He bogeyed his first hole, the 10th, and birdied the par-5 18th to make his turn at even par.
Harrington was tied for 52nd, Clark tied for 13th, three strokes behind the leader in the clubhouse, Matt Ryan, who shot a 65.
The first of 23 regular-season tournaments on the PGA's second-tier level is the first of two in a row in the Bahamas.
No. 23 will be the WinCoFoods Portland Open, which returns to Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club Aug. 16-19. The WinCo is in its usual spot — the top 25 money-winners of the year will get their PGA Tour cards in a ceremony on the 18th green at the Witch Hollow course immediately after the final round in North Plans on Sunday, Aug. 19.
Last year, former NCAA individual and team champion Aaron Wise from coach Casey Martin's Ducks was one of those top 25.
Carolina Panthers followers are wondering what's next for Jonathan Stewart under the team's new offensive coordinator, Norv Turner.
Both men are former University of Oregon football stars, and Turner has worked with numerous top running backs during his lengthy coaching career.
Stewart, who will be 31 in March, is entering the final year of his contract, though, and the Panthers could save $3.75 million by releasing him and his deal, which counts $5.25 million against the 2018 NFL salary cap.
Stewart has been productive for the Panthers, but he had only 680 yards on the ground in 2017, his lowest total since an injury-plagued 2013, and Carolina has Christian McCaffrey, the former Stanford star, in the backfield now.
Stewart could wind up being a situational power back in his 11th season, if he stays in Carolina, with McCaffrey taking more of the featured role as a run-receiving option.
• A former Portland Beavers owner, Abe Alizadeh, continues in his fall from former status as a prominent real estate developer and fast-food mogul in the Sacramento area. On Friday, he pleaded guilty to a $22 million real estate fraud. The 59-year-old faces up to 30 years in prison.
• The Portland Winterhawks will cap a three-game weekend with a 5 p.m. home game (Memorial Coliseum) against Everett. The Silvertips and Portland are top contenders in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division.
• The Trail Blazers finish a four-game trip with a 6 p.m. PT game at Minnesota. The Blazers are chasing the Timberwolves for fourth place in the NBA Western Conference.
Portland is 1-2 on this trip, 22-20 overall, 11-12 against conference foes and 12-10 on the road.
The T-Wolves are 28-16 overall, 22-6 versus teams in the West and 17-6 at home. They've won four games in a row.
The Blazers will be looking to snap a two-game skid that consisted of close losses to Houston and New Orleans.
• No. 8 Oregon plays host to Arizona State in women's basketball at 5 p.m., while No. 22 Oregon State also is at home, playing Arizona at 1 p.m.
A wrestling match follows at Gill Coliseum, with OSU taking on Wyoming at 7 p.m.
Pac-12 women standings:
Arizona State 4-1
Oregon State 3-2
Washington State 1-4
• The Aramco Houston Half Marathon will feature a possible assault on the women's American record by the likes of former UO star Jordan Hasay and Molly Huddle. The 13.1-mile mark is 67 minutes, 34 seconds, set in 2006 by Deena Kastor. Hasay, 26, has finished ahead of Huddle, 33, from Providence, Rhode Island, all 11 times they've competed at any distance. But Hasay vows to compete and knows the race offers the chance to post a very fast time.