Woodson Finishes Hall of Fame Career, Raiders Can’t Send Him Out Victorious

The Oakland Raiders traveled to Kansas City on Sunday to take on the division-rival Chiefs looking to finish the ’15-’16 season with a non-losing record for just the third time since losing Super Bowl XXXVII.  Future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson played the final game of his career in the same venue that hosted his first professional contest 18 years prior.

Kansas City took the opening drive of the game 80 yards in just over four minutes to start the scoring off at 7-0 after Alex Smith found Jeremy Maclin with a 25-yard strike.  Smith was 4 of 5 for 65 yards on the drive.

After a Raiders punt, the Chiefs drove 87 yards in 12 plays to get on the board again.  Alex Smith found Chris Conley for 16 yards, bringing the Chiefs to the Oakland 21-yard line.  On the next play Jeremy Maclin took an end around 18 yards to the Oakland 3-yard line before Spencer Ware put the Chiefs up 14-0 after the extra point.

On the next drive Derek Carr found rookie Clive Walford with a 19-yard strike to bring the Raiders into the red zone before the drive stalled and Sebastian Janikowski tacked on a 29-yard field goal to get the Raiders on the board at 14-3.

Just before the half T.J. Carrie picked off Alex Smith near midfield before Derek Carr handed the ball right back to Kansas City with an interception of his own, but one play later David Amerson picked off Alex Smith and returned the interception for six points, getting the Raiders back in the game at 14-10 after a Janikowski extra point.

Kansas City blocked a Marquette King punt out of the back of the end zone with 9:04 to go in the 3rd quarter for a safety, building their lead to 16-10.

Kansas City wet up 23-10 when Alex Smith found Demetrius Harris with a 15-yard strike after a spectacular catch by the tight end with 7:03 to go in the 3rd quarter.

Ben Heeney kept the Raiders in the game with a 3rd down sack with around a minute to go in the 3rd quarter.

Carr was sacked for a huge loss on second down to close out the 3rd quarter and effectively kill the Raiders next drive.

Carr found Seth Roberts for a first down on 3rd and long but Oakland’s drive stalled with a punt four plays later.

Kansas City then put their 10th straight win on ice with an 8-minute drive.  The Chiefs connected on the field goal try before a holding call moved the attempt in the wrong direction.  A miss-communication on the ensuing attempt led to a fake field goal that was unsuccessful.

Oakland took over from their own 28-yard line with 3:15 to go in the game.

Carr hit Michael Crabtree with a 31-yard touchdown strike to give the Raiders one last chance  at 23-17, but the ensuing onside kick was unsuccessful.

Oakland then forced a Chiefs punt with 1:40 to go and no timeouts to keep their hopes of an 8-8 season alive, but the Raiders could do nothing with the opportunity and finished the season at 7-9.

Carr finished the game completing 21 of 33 passes for 194 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Latavius Murray had 11 carries for only 31 yards.

Rookie Clive Walford paced the Raiders with 4 receptions for 46 yards.  Crabtree had 3 for 34, Murray caught 4 passes for 25 yards, Roy Helu Jr. had 2 receptions for 23 yards, while Seth Roberts and Amari Cooper each recorded 20 receiving yards.

Shelby Harris recorded the Raiders only sack, while T.J. Carrie and David Amerson each recorded an interception.

RB commit Robert Mahone discusses recruitment, Boise State

Boise State running back commit Robert Mahone took some time out of his day to dish to Bronco Nation on a wide variety of topics.
The 5’11”, 190lb back contacted me from his home in Prosper, TX for a quick Q&A for the Bronco Nation faithful.
When are you expecting to move to Boise?
Robert Mahone: “I plan on moving up there July 2nd or 3rd… looking forward to it.”
What Boise State player do you try to model your game after?
RM: “Honestly, I don’t really try to model my game after anybody, I just do me, but I look up to Doug Martin and Jay Ajayi in terms of what they accomplished and where they are at.”
Your film reminds a lot of people of Reggie Bush, do yo think that is a good comparison?
RM: “Yes, I think me and Reggie Bush are similar, good comparison.”
You pushed back your commitment before picking Boise State, what was going through your mind at that time?
RM: “Just wanted to make sure I was making the right decision and didn’t really want to rush things.”
What are your individual and team goals for you time at Boise State?
RM: “My goal is to get an eduction and be the best back to come to Boise State. I plan on playing in huge bowl games and the college football playoffs. I want to be known as “That Guy” and get an opportunity at the NFL.”
What is your relationship with Coach Harsin like?
RM: “Good, he’s a great coach and man, he checks on me, we talk almost daily.”
What is your relationship with Lee Marks like?
RM: “Great, we talk almost daily also, great man and coach also.”
When do you expect to move to Boise?
RM: “July 2nd or 3rd.”
What are you goals for your first year on campus?
RM: “I just plan to learn the offense and be the best I can be, hopefully break some freshman and conference records.”
Mahone is an incredible pick up for the Broncos and an extremely underrated prospect. He has great vision of the entire field and the endurance to keep separation from defenders for the length of the field once he has created it, to go along with 4.5 second 40-yard dash speed.
The back can move linebackers back at the point of attack, cut runs back inside on a dime, and also has the athletic ability and requisite awareness to hurdle tacklers who try to engage him low in space. He also knows when to follow blocks when the safe bet is the best one.
He is very smooth when changing direction in traffic. If there is one glaring hole in his game it is that he has a tendency to carry the ball away from his body at times rather than always keeping it high and tight.
You can follow Robert Mahone on Twitter @RobertMahone4 and check out his Hudl highlights here.
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Deandre Pierce breaks his silence, commits to Boise State

Boise State landed a commitment from Long Beach, CA defensive back De’Andre Pierce late Monday evening. The corner originally silently committed back in September but called me tonight after breaking that silence online by changing his Twitter bio.

I asked De’Andre about no longer choosing to remain silent, ” I’m not that kind of guy. I told the coaches, I didn’t think it was anybody else’s business.”

When I asked the Broncos newest commit what Boise State player he tries to model his game after he responded: “I would probably have to say Donte Deayon. I didn’t know much about the team until I got the offer in the summer, (Donte’s) tenacious which is what I love.”

Winning is very important to De’Andre: “It’s everything, looking at that team in the last decade they’re the highest winning team since 2000, my high school, Long Beach Poly, all we do is win, to be able to do it at the next level is even better for me.”

The California product said his team goal is “without a doubt to go undefeated and win the MWC,” “I just want to play in a New Years Six bowl all four years.”

Pierce has a great relationship with the Boise State coaches, “I talk to Harsin every Monday through Twitter… I try to talk to him twice a week, every week.”

De’Andre says he will report to school the first week of July and tries to model his game after Josh Norman, “… the corner for the Carolina Panthers, he’s dominating every matchup…I would say Josh Norman is the best corner in the NFL right now.”

Pierce is high school teammates with fellow Boise State commit Emmanuel Fesili.

You can follow De’Andre Pierce on Twitter @its_rayray4.

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Carr hands the game away in the 2nd half, Raiders lose 34-20

The Kansas City Chiefs traveled to Oakland on Sunday to take on the Oakland Raiders in an AFC West showdown of teams vying for one of the two AFC wild card spots as the regular season hits it’s home stretch.

Oakland got on the board early in the first quarter after a 9-play, 80-yard scoring drive capped by a Latavius Murray 1-yard touchdown run to start the scoring off at 7-0 after a Sebastian Janikowski extra point.  Murray ripped off a 35-yard run on the drive before fumbling out of bounds on the same play.  The Central Florida product had four carries on the drive for 50 yards and the score.

Kansas City responded on their next possession with a 9-play, 56-yard touchdown drive of their own.  Alex Smith rushed up the middle for 3 yards to even the score at 7 after the extra point.

After Oakland turned the ball over on downs on their next possession and Malcom Smith forced a Jeremy Maclin fumble that was recovered by the ageless-wonder Charles Woodson, the teams traded punts for their next 7 combined possessions.  Woodson then forced and recovered another fumble, this time of Travis Kelce and took the ball 38 yards to the Kansas City 36 yard line.

Four plays later Carr threaded a beautiful pass between two defenders to Michael Crabtree for a touchdown to give the Raiders a 14-7 lead heading into the locker room after a Sebastian Janikowski extra point.

The Chiefs tied the game at 14 after a 9-play 80-yard drive to open the second half when Spencer Ware rumbled up the middle from 10 yards out with 9:16 remaining in the 3rd quarter.

Derek Carr hit Lee Smith from 5 yards out to give the Raiders a 20-14 lead with 2:12 to go in the 3rd quarter, but Janikowksi missed the extra point off the left upright to leave the score 20-14.  The scoring drive spanned 7:04, and saw the Raiders drive 83 yards on 13 plays.

The Raiders were driving to perhaps put the game away when Carr overthrew a wide open Michael Crabtree with room to work before being intercepted on the next play.  The Chiefs took the turnover all the way to the Oakland 2-yard line before Jeremy Maclin scored two plays later to tie the game at 20.  The Chiefs botched the extra point to keep the score 20-20 with 11:17 to go in the game.

Carr drove the Raiders to midfield before throwing another interception with under 9 minutes to play that the Chiefs returned deep into Oakland territory.  Jeremy Maclin again scored two plays later to give the Chiefs a 26-20 lead with 7:57 remaining.  The Chiefs again botched the extra point, giving the Raiders a window of hope after handing the game back to the Chiefs.

Carr then completed three straight passes, 2 to Seth Roberts, and 1 to Amari Cooper, good for 3 straight 1st downs to keep the Raiders hopes alive before being sacked for a big loss on 2nd and 10.  Janikowski hit the ensuing field goal attempt off the left upright to leave the Oakland in a 26-20 hole with 5:36 remaining in the game.

The Raiders then forced a Chief’s 3-and-out to keep their hopes alive with 4:45 remaining in the game.

On the ensuing drive Carr then threw a pass off of Cooper’s hands that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown to put the game on ice with 3:14 remaining.

Carr finished the game completing 31 of 48 passes for 283 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions.  He was sacked 4 times.

Latavius Murray carried the ball 20 times for 86 yards and one touchdown.

Amari Cooper paced the Raiders with 4 receptions for 69 yards.  Fellow rookie Clive Walford had 5 catches for 53 yards.  Seth Roberts had 4 grabs for 51 yards while Michael Crabtree hauled in 5 passes for 45 yards and 1 score.

Khalil Mack had 2 sacks for the Raiders, while rookie Mario Edwards Jr. added another.  Fellow rookie Ben Heeney combined for a sack with DT Dan Williams.

Q&A With Boise State 6’3″ 190lb JUCO WR Commit Cedrick Wilson Jr.

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6-foot-3, 190lb Coffeyville C.C. (Coffeyville, Kansas) product Cedrick Wilson Jr. committed to play for Head Coach Bryan Harsin and the rest of the Boise State coaching staff last Tuesday, November 24th at 8:44 PM MST.

The JUCO product enters a receiving corps that that will only lose two seniors at season’s end in Shane Williams-Rhodes and Terrell Johnson.

Wilson Jr. had a very productive season for the Ravens this year, posting 66 receptions for 1,045 yards and 17 touchdowns per The Idaho Statesman’s Chad Crippe.

The wideout has two season’s of eligibility remaining and played quarterback in high school.

HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT YOUT BOISE STATE COMMITMENT?

Cedrick Wilson Jr.- “I feel like I have made the correct decision. And (I) can’t wait to be a Bronco.”

WHAT NFL PLAYER DO YOU TRY TO MODEL YOUR GAME AFTER?

CWjr- “Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green are what I try to be like the most.”

WHAT BOISE STATE PLAYER DO YOU TRY TO MODEL YOUR GAME AFTER?

CWjr- “I have never seen anything about Boise State, I’m from Tennessee.”

WHO WAS YOUR PRIMARY RECRUITER?

CWjr- “Coach Brown.”

WHAT ARE YOUR INDIVIDUAL GOALS FOR YOUR TIME AT BOISE STATE?

CWjr- “My (individual) goal would have to be breaking the record for single season touchdowns.”

WHAT ARE YOUR TEAM GOALS FOR YOUR TIME AT BOISE STATE?

CWjr- “Team goal is to win.”

WHEN DID YOU KNOW THAT BOISE STATE WAS THE SCHOOL FOR YOU?

CWjr- “After I came on the visit and meet with Coach Adams my position coach, that’s how I knew it was for me.”

WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH COACH HARSIN LIKE?

CWjr- “It’s good right now, we haven’t really got to hangout much but he seems like a great head coach from the little I got to be around him on my visit.”

Wilson’s father, Cedrick Wilson Sr. played his college ball at Tennessee and spent 7 years in the NFL with the 49ers and Steelers, winning a Super Bowl with Pittsburgh in 2005-2006.

Wilson Jr. is the second WR in the 2016 recruiting class for the Broncos, joining Arizona product Julian Carter.

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Corona, CA Safety Christian Prado dishes on his recruitment 

 Corona, California safety Christian Prado took some time out of his day to dich on his recruitment and more:Robert J Pfeifer: How’s it going Christian?

Christian Prado: “Great, our season came to an unfortunate end a few weeks ago and I’ve been right back in training, grinding for next season.”

RJP: What school’s are recruting you right now?

CP: “University of San Diego, Cal Lutheran, Eastern Washington, Sacramento St.”

RJP: What NFL player do you try to model your game after?

CP: “I try to model myself after Charles Woodson because his versatility and physical toughness make him a major threat in the secondary.”

RJP: What college player do you try to model your game after?

CP: “Jalen Mills because he is a savage when you run a route his way and (he) is not afraid to hit you in the mouth in press coverage.”

RJP: Who has helped you the most through this whole process?

CP: “Jordan Cambell, Elideo Calbido, and Jesse Halberstadt of Winner Circle Athletics who prepare me to ball out at these college showcases as well as send my film out and contact coaches to advance my recruiting opportunities.”

RJP: Who is your favorite NFL team?

CP: “My favorite NFL team is the Oakland Raiders.”

RJP: Who is your favorite college team?

CP: “My favorite college team is the University of Miami.”

RJP: When do you expect to announce your commitment?

CP: “I expect to announce my commitment mid senior year after the connections I make this offseason with colleges and how I perform this upcoming season.”

You can follow Chrisitian Prado on Twitter @ThePrado27.

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Corona, CA OLB Elijah Hines dishes on his recruitment

  
Corona, California OLB Elijah Hines took some time out of his day to dish on his recruitment and more:

Robert J Pfeifer: You currently hold one offer, what school is it from?

Elijah Hines: “Kentucky Christian University.”

RJP: What other schools are recruiting you?

EH: “Western New Mexico, Humboldt, Avila University, Sac St.”

RJP: Who has helped you the most through this whole process?

EH: “My head coach Steve Hill has helped me a lot with my recruitment…. My head coach has been a great mentor for me throughout the process, helping me get in contact with the right coaches & schools…. Also my family, linebacker coach, & teammates have pushed me & motivated me throughout the process.”

RJP: How are you feeling about the offer?

EH: “It’s a blessing!!! I thank God & everyone who helped me throughout this process, I worked hard for this & I pray more come.”

RJP: What is your favorite NFL team?

EH: “My favorite NFL team is the Seahawks because there defense plays with passion & intensity.”

RJP: What is your favorite college team?

EH: “My favorite college team is USC because most of there team is from California.”

RJP: What NFL player do you try to model your game after?

EH: “I’ll have to say Bobby Wagner is who I try to be like. He’s quick, athletic & student of the game.”

RJP: What college player do you try to model your game after?

EH: “Su’a cravens is probably who I would look up to in college because he’s a true definition of an outside linebacker.”

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Frisco, Texas WR Bubba Ogbebor dishes on his recruitment, Boise State

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Frisco, Texas 3-star wide receiver Bubba Ogbebor took some time out of his evening last Friday to call me and dish on his recruitment, Boise State and more for the Bronco Nation faithful.

The 6’2″, 185lb receiver runs a 4.5 second 40-yard dash and at one point had the Broncos among his top 3 schools along with Texas Tech and Kansas. The senior is averaging 4.75 catches, 77.1 receiving yards, and 1.375 touchdowns per game this season for Heritage High School. We could be seeing a major announcement from the wideout very soon.

Q: ARE YOU PLANNING ON VISITING BOISE BEFORE YOU COMMIT?

Bubba Ogbebor: “Yes sir, I actually just talked to coach Adams and we plan on setting up a visit the 2nd week of December…” “(Coach Adams) is a good guy, he’s more in-tuned with young people because he’s closer to our age… he’s really hip, he just knows.”

Q: WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON YOU TEAM’S PERFOMANCE SO FAR THIS SEASON?

BO: “I think were really inconsistent, sometimes the offense would have a good day, and the defense wouldn’t stop them…” “but I think we had a pretty decent season, 5-5, it’s whatever, just move on.”

Q: HOW ABOUT YOUR THOUGHTS ON YOUR OWN PERFORMANCE THIS SEASON?

BO: “I think I did good this season I reached most of the goals that I wanted, I had 60 receptions… I think I did good and hit most of my goals this season…” “My goal was to become more of a complete receiver… I can run any route, I can beat any type of coverage.”

Q: HOW MANY OF YOUR TEAMMATES DO YOU THINK WILL BE ATTENDING D-1 SCHOOLS?

BO: “Me, my friend RB Kene Nwengwu and one of our lineman Nico Russoloini…” “Me and Kene really have an interest of going to school together, we’re really close, but I’m not going to go to a school because we’re really close, it’s a nice idea but it’s not an end-all-be-all.”

Q: WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BOISE STATE’S SEASON SO FAR?

BO: “They’re having a productive season, I can’t wait to go on a visit and actually see the environment for myself, all they do is win…” “Last year I watched them in the Fiesta Bowl against Arizona, that really stuck out to me, they beat Arizona… that really stuck out to me, I would like the chance to compete and play in those type of bowl games, that really excites me.”

Q: WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BRETT RYPIEN’S SEASON?

BO: “His season’s solid, not the most flashiest number’s, he’s solid that’s what the quarterback does, just a pretty solid job all together… I fell like the Boise State’s QB really gets across to his’ players and he’s in total control of what he’s trying to do on the field.”

Q: BOISE STATE IS ON PACE TO HAVE 3 RECEIVERS RECORD OVER 500 RECEIVING YARDS THIS SEASON, IS THAT BALANCE ATTRACTIVE TO YOU?

BO: “Yes,  it shows how more than one receiver contributes to the offense, it shows they spread the ball, I like to be a part of an offense that spreads the ball…. that appeals to me a lot.”

Q: ARE THERE BOISE STATE PLAYERS YOU TRY TO MODEL YOUR GAME AFTER?

BO: “If there’s one person on the team I like it would have to be Thomas Sprebeck… he really does his job and is a good blocker, he’s one person on that team that I really like and respect.”

Q: ARE THERE NFL PLAYERS YOU TRY TO MODEL YOUR GAME AFTER?

BO: “I’ve been watching Stefon Diggs, and AJ Green, I love AJ Green.”

Q: ARE YOU LEANING TOWARD A DATE FOR YOUR COMMITMENT?

BO: “No, I don’t really have a timeframe in mind… I feel like once I have all the information I need and once I’m done with the whole process I will commit to one school.”

Q: IS IT TRUE THAT YOU HAVE A TOP 3 OF KANSAS, TEXAS TECH, AND BOISE STATE?

BO: “Yes Sir… If I did choose Boise State, I love their coaching staff, they breed winners, they know how to win… I feel like they have a family there, they’re a close-knit family, that would really stick out to me if I did pick Boise State.”

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Colorado State football recruiting: Catching Up With Commit Nicho Garcia

Nicho Garcia is a junior college offensive lineman verbal commit for the Colorado State Rams and we catch up with him as his senior season is wrapping up.

Robert J Pfeifer: How are you feeling about your Colorado State commitment?

Nicho Garcia: “Really good, I’m pretty solid with them 100%, I’m really solid with what Coach Bobo is trying to do with the program, and Coach Friend being a really good O-line coach. Plus one of my coaches I had last year is one the coaching staff there now, so it’s just the perfect time with the new stadium being built too, it’s kind of exciting.”

RJP: What coach recruited you?

NG: “Coach Walter Vaughn, assistant D-line coach.”

RJP: How do you like the renderings of the new stadium?

NG: “It;s awesome, it’s gonna be definitely the best in the MW in my opinion. It’s huge.”

RJP: What are your team and individual goals while at Colorado State?

NG: “Team wise I would love to give it a run for the MW Championship. My individual goals are to come out swinging and fight for the #1 job, coming from a JUCO I’ve had some development and I’m ready to battle it out.”

RJP: Do you think your time at a JUCO give you a competitive edge?

NG: “I do believe so, I’ve gotten a lot stronger, gained a lot of weight, my IQ grew so much on the field. Especially in the conference of Junior College I play in, going up against other D1 ends every week”

RJP: What NFL player do you try to model your game after?

NG: “I’m a big fan of J.R. Sweezy, I always look up to his highlights.”

RJP: What CSU player do you try to model your game after?

NG: “I would say ex-CSU player Weston Richburg, he’s a bully!”

RJP: Favorite Food?

NG: “Chinese food.”

RJP: Favorite Music?

NG: “Goodfellas.”

RJP: Favorite TV show?

NG: “Breaking Bad.”

RJP: Favorite thing to do in your free time other than football?

NG: “Hanging out with friends playing NBA2K or Madden.”

 

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Nevada Football Recruiting: Catching up with commit Alec Simpson

California linebacker Alec Simpson is wrapping up his senior season, so we caught with the Nevada commit to see what he has been up to over the past few months.

Robert J Pfeifer: “How are you feeling about your Nevada commitment?”

Alec Simpson: “I’m very solid to Nevada, 100% committed.”

RJP: “What are your goals for your team while in college? What are your individual goals?”

AS: “To win a mountain west championship with my team and individual goals are to do my job successfully every down for my teammates in order to win games.”

RJP: “What NFL player do you try to model your game after? What Nevada player?”

AS: “Clay Matthews most definitely and Matthew Lyons at Nevada because he can play inside and on the line as well. I model Clay Matthews because he has a nose for the football and can rush the passer. Same thing with Matthew Lyons, and he plays with heart, it shows.”

RJP: “Favorite Food?”

AS: “Chicken Quesadilla.”

RJP: “Favorite Movie?”

AS: “We Are Marshall.”

RJP: “Favorite TV Show?”

AS: “Two and a Half Men.”

RJP: Favorite Pastime other than Football?”

AS: “Love to snowboard and surf.”

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