Vereen Leads Cal to 20-13 Victory Over Cougars


Vereen Leads Cal to 20-13 Victory Over Cougars

Nov. 6,2010


PULLMAN,Wash. (AP) Shane Vereen ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns, andup-and-down California snapped a six-game road losing streak that datedto last season with a 20-13 win over Washington State on Saturday.The Bears (5-4, 3-3 Pac-10) wereplaying without quarterback Kevin Riley, who injured his knee in a gameagainst Oregon State last week.Brock Mansion started in his place,completing 12 of 24 passes for 174 yards while throwing twointerceptions against a WSU (1-9, 0-7) defense that ranked at or nearthe bottom of the conference in nearly every defensive statistic.But a staunch defensive effort byCal, which had lost its previous four road games this season by acombined score of 145-61, bailed out the Bears' ineffective offenseagainst a Cougar team that has now lost 16 consecutive conferencegames.Vereen also scored Cal's firsttouchdown, a 2-yard rushing score that was the end result of a 95-yardCal drive early in the second quarter.Washington State managed a 10-7 leadat halftime thanks to a 51-yard field goal by Andrew Furney, theCougars' first halftime lead in a Pac-10 game since 2007.Cal responded early in the third,though, as Jeremy Ross took a fly sweep 27 yards for a touchdown with11:17 left in the third quarter to give the Bears the lead for good.The score followed a 27-yard passfrom Mansion to receiver Marvin Jones, who used a one-handed catch tosteal an interception from WSU safety Deone Bucannon.Another Furney field goal cut the Callead to 14-13 with 1:24 remaining in the third, but the Bears extendedthe lead to seven with a 10-play, 65-yard scoring drive capped byVereen's 1-yard touchdown run that gave the Bears a 20-13 lead - thePAT was blocked - with 5:29 to play.The Cougars had two chances to drivedown the field and tie the game after Cal's final touchdown, but bothseries resulted in three-and-outs and the Bears were able to run outthe clock.Those last-ditch attempts by theCougars were typical of their offensive performance all day. WSUquarterback Jeff Tuel finished just 9 of 25 for 92 yards, and wassacked six times by a California defense that held the Cougars to 194yards of total offense, and just 60 in the second half.Jones caught four passes for 101 yards.

Shanahan wins NFL Assistant Coach of the Year


Shanahan wins NFL Assistant Coach of the Year

Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the presumptive 49ers' next head coach, was announced Thursday as the NFL’s Assistant Coach of the Year.

Dallas’ Jason Garrett was selected as NFL Coach of the Year and Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie was chosen as NFL Executive of the Year in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America.

The 49ers are not allowed to officially hire Shanahan as head coach until the Falcons’ season has concluded. Atlanta plays host to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

Shanahan interviewed with the 49ers on Jan. 5 during the Falcons’ bye week in the playoffs. He is scheduled for a second interview with the club next week, regardless of the outcome of the Falcons’ game Sunday.

Under Shanahan’s direction, the Falcons scored an NFL-best and franchise record 540 points, which tied the 2000 St. Louis Rams for eighth-most in NFL history. Atlanta’s 6,653 total yards ranks No. 13 in NFL history.

The Falcons finished as champions of the NFC South with an 11-5 record and the NFC’s No. 2 seed in the playoffs.

Quarterback Matt Ryan, who was announced this week as the PFWA NFL Most Valuable Player, thrived in Shanahan’s offense. Ryan threw touchdown passes to a NFL-record 13 different receivers and led the league with a 117.1 passer rating.

PFWA names Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie Executive of the Year

PFWA names Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie Executive of the Year

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie was named NFL Executive of the Year, the Pro Football Writers of America announced Thursday.

McKenzie joins Al Davis, who was named Executive of the Year in 2002, as Raiders who have earned the PFWA honor, which was established in 1993.

In 2016, McKenzie’s fifth year as General Manager, the Raiders posted a 12-4 record and advanced to the postseason for the first time since the 2002 campaign. The Raiders had an NFL-high seven Pro Bowl selections, had two players earn first-team All-Pro recognition and DE Khalil Mack was named the PFWA Defensive Player of the Year.

Since being named General Manager by Owner Mark Davis in 2012, four Raiders draft picks have gone on to receive Pro Bowl selections. Mack, the Raiders’ first-round pick in 2014, earned his second straight Pro Bowl nod, while QB Derek Carr, the team’s second-round selection that year, emerged as a Most Valuable Player candidate and has received Pro Bowl invitations in each of the last two seasons. WR Amari Cooper, the team’s first-round pick in 2015, has also earned two Pro Bowl selections after beginning his career with consecutive 1,000-yard receiving campaigns. RB Latavius Murray, a sixth-round pick in 2013, earned a Pro Bowl bid in 2015 and was named an alternate this year.

In addition, 10 players drafted by the Raiders in the fourth round or later since 2013 have started multiple games for the team and six different draft picks have earned All-Rookie honors.

Last offseason, the Raiders signed LB Bruce Irvin, S Reggie Nelson, G/T Kelechi Osemele and CB Sean Smith, securing four of the “top 25 available free agents” according to All seven of the team’s draft picks saw significant action during the season and first-round selection S Karl Joseph was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team. A remarkable seven undrafted free agents, acquired by the Raiders in the weeks following the 2016 NFL Draft, finished the season on the team’s active roster.  

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