With middle linebacker Colin McCarthy inactive due to an ankle injury, Will Witherspoon, normally the starting weakside linebacker, moved to the middle in place of McCarthy. Zach Brown, a 2012 second-round draft pick out of North Carolina, was in the starting lineup for the first time in his career on the weak side. Late in the first quarter, he notched his first sack of the season and 26th sack of his career when he dropped Philip Rivers for a two-yard loss.
INACTIVES: Tennessee’s seven inactives for the game were quarterback Rusty Smith, defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks, running back Javon Ringer, linebacker Colin McCarthy, tackle Mike Otto, guard Deuce Lutui and safety Al Afalava.
KERN BOOMS 63-YARD PUNT: In the second quarter, punter Brett Kernbooted a 63-yard punt. It was his longest punt since a 64-yarder at Cleveland on Oct. 2, 2011.FIRST SACK FOR MARTIN: In the second quarter, rookie defensive tackle Mike Martin, a third-round pick from Michigan, recorded his first career sack, dropping Philip Rivers for a four-yard loss.
CAREER-LONG RUN FOR LOCKER: In the second quarter, Jake Locker gained 20 yards on a run, converting a third-and-nine from the Titans 15-yard line. The run set a new career long for Locker.
WASHINGTON EXTENDS CATCH STREAK: With a 16-yard reception in the second quarter, Nate Washington extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one reception to 64, including all 50 games he has played with the Titans.
BIRONAS EXTENDS FIELD GOAL STREAK: With a 23-yard field goal in the second quarter, Rob Bironas extended his streak to 18 consecutive field made goals, tied (Al Del Greco, 1995-96) for the fifth-best streak in franchise history.
BIRONAS EXTENDS ANOTHER STREAK: Rob Bironas’ 23-yard field goal extended another streak of his. It marked his 12th consecutive game with a field goal, which is tied (Bironas in 2008, Gary Anderson in 2003, Al Del Greco in 1998) for the third-longest streak in franchise history.
VERNER INTERCEPTION: In the second quarter, cornerback Alterraun Verner recorded his fifth career interception, picking off a Philip Rivers pass intended for Malcom Floyd.
MORGAN GETS HIS FIRST SACK OF SEASON: Late in the second quarter, Derrick Morgan recorded his fifth career sack, taking down Philip Rivers for a five-yard loss on third down.
THREE SACKS IN FIRST HALF: The Titans recorded three sacks in the first half, getting one from Mike Martin, Derrick Morgan and Will Witherspoon. It was their highest sack total in a half since getting five in the first half at Dallas on Oct. 10, 2010.
HEAVY HEART FOR JOHNSON: Running back Chris Johnson started the game after learning earlier in the morning his 100-year-old great grandmother had passed away.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dante Rosario made the most of Antonio Gates’ absence.
The tight end had three touchdown catches for the first time in his NFL career and San Diego’s defense harassed Jake Locker all afternoon as the Chargers beat the Tennessee Titans for the ninth straight time, 38-10 Sunday.
Before the game, the Chargers (2-0) retired Junior Seau’s No. 55. Seau, the hard-hitting, first-pumping leader of the Chargers for 13 seasons, committed suicide May 2.
With Gates inactive due to sore ribs, the Chargers turned to Rosario, who signed as a free agent in March. He responded with TD catches of 11, 4 and 15 yards from Philip Rivers. Rosario had only five career scoring catches coming in, his last in 2009. He had a game-winning touchdown catch against San Diego in the 2008 season opener while with Carolina.
San Diego’s winning streak against the Titans (0-2) dates to 1993, when the franchise was still the Houston Oilers.
Rivers was 24 of 32 for 284 yards. Malcom Floyd had six catches for 109 yards and Rosario four catches for 48 yards.
Rosario hurt his right calf in the second quarter and went to the locker room but later returned.
Rivers appeared to have his fourth TD pass of the afternoon, a 6-yarder to running back Ronnie Brown early in the fourth. But after review, Brown was ruled down inside the 1. Jackie Battle leaped over the pile on the next play to give the Bolts a 31-10 lead.
Battle added another 1-yard scoring run later in the quarter.
It was a rough day all around for the Titans, who were held to 212 yards of total offense. Tennessee’s Chris Johnson had only 17 yards on eight carries. He was coming off a career-low 4 yards on 11 carries in a 34-13 loss to New England.
Locker was 15 of 30 for 174 yards.
San Diego moved 71 yards on its first possession and appeared to score on a 7-yard pass from Rivers to Floyd. Floyd was so sure it was a score that he started to slam the ball over the crossbar before noticing the official called it incomplete. Coach Norv Turner challenged, but the call was upheld. After Curtis Brinkley was thrown for a 4-yard loss, Rivers found Rosario for an 11-yard TD.
The Titans struggled early. On their third play from scrimmage, Locker was hit by Shawn Phillips and threw a wobbly pass that was intercepted by Eric Weddle, giving the Chargers the ball on the Titans 31. Six plays later, Rosario caught his second TD pass from Rivers for a 14-0 lead.
On the Titans’ next possession, Locker stumbled as he was being chased by Donald Butler on third-and-9 from the Titans 12 and had to throw the ball away underhanded to avoid a sack.
Tennessee didn’t get its first first down until its third drive. The Titans finally scored on their fourth possession, settling for Rob Bironas‘ 23-yard field goal after a promising drive stalled to make it 17-3. Locker scrambled for 20 yards on third-and-9 and the Titans got 15 more yards when Vaughn Martin was whistled for a late hit.
San Diego’s Nate Kaeding, who tied his career best with five field goals in an opening win against Oakland, kicked a 26-yard field goal on the Chargers’ third drive.
Rosario’s third TD catch came late in the third quarter.
Tennessee’s only touchdown came on a 15-yard pass from Locker to Kendall Wright late in the third quarter to make it 24-10. The score came three plays after a 71-yard kickoff return by Lavelle Hawkins.
LEDBETTER, Ky. – Hoping to build on one of its best tournament scores in program history, Austin Peay State University women’s golf team will travel a short distance into Kentucky, Monday and Tuesday, to participate in the fourth annual Drake Creek Invitational at the Drake Creek Golf Club in Ledbetter, Ky.
The two-day, 54-hole event will see 36 holes played on Monday and 18 on Tuesday on the par-72, 6,178-yard layout.
The Lady Govs are coming off a 935 total at GolfWeek Program Challenge, the third lowest score in school history. The Lady Govs fired a final-round 306, the Lady Govs’ lowest round since Fall 2010.
In addition to host Murray State and the Lady Govs, two other Ohio Valley Conference schools will be participating in the event-Belmont and Tennessee State. In addition, three Missouri Valley Conference teams also will be in the 11-team field-Drake Northern Iowa and Southern Illinois. Rounding out the field are: Arkansas State, Central Arkansas, Columbia and Jackson State.
“Caledonia was an extremely beautiful but difficult golf course,” APSU interim coach Chelsea Harris said. “I think we should be very well prepared for Drakes Creek. I think it will be a little easier golf course and am expecting little lower scores.
“I expect them to play a little better because the course is a little more open and the fairways are a little bigger, but at the same time our expectations need to be realistic.”
The Lady Govs will take three seniors, one junior and one freshman to represent the Lady Govs. Seniors Lauren Bond and Tabitha Beard along with freshman Jessica Cathey earned exemptions for the tournament after their solid play in South Carolina. Senior Holly Batey and junior Tala Mumford earned their berths through a two-day qualifier this week. Sophomore Meghan Mueller will play as an individual. Junior Rachel Deaton will sit out this tournament recovering from illness.
Harris would love to see a repeat from South Carolina.
“I think they were really motivated,” she said. “I think they were excited to be playing one of the Top 10 courses in the country. With it being the first tournament of the year, they were excited to get going.
“After that first tournament, I think they are excited about getting back out there and seeing if they can build on what they did.”
Here are the final scores of the 33rd Annual Mayor’s Golf Classic at Swan Lake Golf Course.
Hunter Richardson won by two stroke over Brian Balthrop.
33rd Annual Mayor’s Golf Classic at Swan Lake Golf Course Final Scores
Hunter Richardson 70 73 143
Brian Balthrop 70 75 145
Jeff Chandler 75 71 146
Morgan Montgomery 73 74 147
Tyler Guy 74 73 147
Chase McKay 73 75 148
Todd Greene 72 77 149
Bill Sites 74 76 150
Payton Williams 75 76 151
Jamie Webb 73 79 152
Cleve Guinn 78 76 154
Nicholas Lee 77 80 157
Josh Black 78 80 158
Bobby Yingling 78 81 159
Chuck Wallace 79 77 156
Justin Burney 81 75 156
Chip Turner 81 75 156
Haskell Fink 79 78 157
Grant Moffett 82 78 160
Rick Richardson 82 80 162
Dustin Smith 80 88 168
David Saldana 88 83 171
Weston Sartain 85 88 173
Daniel Baggett 83 93 176
Nathan Clark 87 91 178
Justin Seay 87 93 180
Kevin Kauffman 91 82 173
Eric Jinnette 90 84 174
David Sheron 92 83 175
Cory Morris 89 88 177
David Campeau 89 89 178
Collin Welker 92 91 183
Jamie Holland 97 86 183
Daniel Tenholder 95 89 184
Mike Hyams 91 94 185
Josh McWhirter 96 94 190
Sunny Mitchell 99 97 196
Bruce Chim 95 116 211
Steve Blackwell 71 73 144*
Harold Hensley 73 71 144
Brad Van Kirk 71 73 144
Ray Johnson 74 71 145
Richard Ashbrook 70 76 146
Bob Cartwright 74 72 146
Greg Guinn 75 73 148
The Mark Black 77 73 150
Marcus Sartain 77 74 151
Bruce Walker 73 78 151
Jeff Whitlow 75 77 152
Bill Wilkinson 75 79 154
John Ignacio 75 82 157
Dennis Kolb 77 80 157
Tommy Shearon 77 84 161
Mike Bell 77 88 165
Johnny Harris 77 92 169
Mark Black 80 71 151
Ted Crozier, Jr. 79 78 157
George Dixon 79 78 157
Ronnie Seay 79 82 161
Jim Mashburn 79 83 162
Terry Trificano 80 83 163
Bob Bracy 82 82 164
Jeff Campeau 84 80 164
Mickey Phillips 83 83 166
Ernie Briggs 83 86 169
Harold Gabhart 83 87 170
Bob Vail 85 79 164
Ed Lewis 87 79 166
David Phillips 87 83 170
Farrell Swindell 85 87 172
Freddy Wyatt 90 82 172
Artie Mayor 94 79 173
Sam Maxwell 91 84 175
Blaine Hodge 93 89 182
Terry Griffin 91 95 186
Bob Cassidy 90 100 190
Wayne Sinks 95 95 190
Don Bradley 94 97 191
Roger Gardner 95 98 193
Morris Van Why 103 94 197
* Won on fifth play-off hole
SAN DIEGO — Before the San Diego Chargers play their home opener, they’ll honor Junior Seau one more time.
The Chargers (1-0) plan to retire Seau’s No. 55 before hosting the Tennessee Titans (0-1) on Sunday.
No. 55 will join Lance Alworth’s No. 19 and Dan Fouts’ No. 14 as the only retired numbers in the team’s 53-year history.
Seau, the hard-hitting, fist-pumping emotional leader of the Chargers for 13 of his 20 NFL seasons, committed suicide on May 2.
“It shook a lot of us,” kicker Nate Kaeding said. “It certainly impacted everybody in this organization. It will be a good opportunity for all of us players and the organization as a whole to go out and remember Junior again. He certainly meant a lot to this community.
“I’m an Iowa boy and that was really the only thing I knew about San Diego before I came out here was Junior Seau,” Kaeding said. “I think nationwide his name was kind of synonymous with the Chargers and the town. It will be a good way to go out and remember him again.”
The Chargers hosted a memorial service at Qualcomm Stadium nine days after Seau killed himself in his home in suburban Oceanside.
“When I think about it, I think back to his memorial service; the people that came out and just the warmth and how much he meant to so many people,” coach Norv Turner said. “I was fortunate to spend a few years with Junior, one here and one in Miami. He’s just a special, unique person. If you got to spend time with him, you know what I’m talking about. It’s very fitting that we would honor him at our home opener.”
The Chargers, who’ve missed the playoffs the last two seasons, needed a 24-hour extension to get a sellout and avoid a local TV blackout.
The Bolts will also try to play better than they did in a season-opening 22-14 victory at Oakland on Monday night.
San Diego had to settle for five field goals from Kaeding – tying his career-best – and its running game wasn’t much of a factor.
“I think scoring touchdowns, more than anything, and being better on third down,” quarterback Philip Rivers said when asked what the Chargers needed to improve on. “But the objective is to win, and so however that presents itself on Sunday, we’ve got to do whatever it is in this game to find a way to win.”
The Chargers scored one touchdown on five trips inside the 20-yard line at Oakland.
Given the alternative, though, Turner was OK with that.
“I was really excited about what we did inside the 20, because in our first five games last year, I think we had six turnovers inside the 20,” Turner said. “We scored every time we were down in there. We had good shots at touchdowns.”
San Diego’s only touchdown came on Rivers’ 6-yard pass to Malcom Floyd in the second quarter for a 10-3 lead.
“I think we’re going to be a real good red-zone team,” Turner said. “Each time we’ve been in the red zone, we’ve scored. We’re going to get down there and score a bunch of touchdowns. In this game, kicking field goals was a lot better than not getting points.”
The Titans definitely know they have to play better. They lost 34-13 at home to the Patriots on Sunday, when Chris Johnson was held to a career-low 4 yards on 11 carries.
San Diego has beaten the Titans eight straight times, a streak that started in 1993 when they were still the Houston Oilers.
Titans coach Mike Munchak was approaching the end of his Hall of Fame career as a guard with the Oilers the last time they beat the Chargers, in 1992 in Houston. The last time the franchise won in San Diego was 1990.
Munchak said he doesn’t try to use it as motivation.
“We obviously haven’t beaten them in a while, but as far as these guys are concerned, that means absolutely nothing come Sunday. … If you turn the film on, we know what kind of team we’re going to play. I have seen these guys play quite a bit on TV. We know their quarterback quite a bit. We know what he’s capable of and what a great player and competitor he is, so we know that we’ve got to take care of our own business. We know we’ve got to play much better than we did last week, especially now that we have to go on the road and deal with the crowd noise, so I think we’ll be highly motivated because we have no choice.”
Titans quarterback Jake Locker expects to play after hurting his left shoulder against the Patriots.
Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt, sidelined after a serious knee injury in the third game last year, is back from his one-game NFL suspension handed down after his DUI arrest on July 20.
“He’s big. He’s physical. He’s a vertical threat. He’s just a guy who can do a lot of different things,” Locker said of Britt. “He’s dangerous once he has the ball in his hands, and he breaks tackles, makes guys miss and can create short easy throws into long explosive plays.”
Titans defensive end Kamerion Wimbley will try to re-introduce himself to Rivers. Last year with Oakland, Wimbley sacked Rivers four times in a Raiders victory at San Diego.
He said the familiarity with the Chargers will be a bonus.
“Playing against them twice a year definitely helps out. I think that they’re a good team. They’re obviously one of our toughest opponents when I was in that division,” Wimbley said. “Some of the coaches we had in Oakland actually coached over there with those guys so we know there’s alto of really good really talented players, explosive players special teams they’re not going to give up. … We just feel like it’s a very competitive team.”
Wimbley could be matched up against undrafted rookie left tackle Mike Harris, who had a strong game in protecting Rivers against the Raiders. Harris is starting in place of Jared Gaither, who’s been out since late July with back spasms.
Wimbley said Harris moves well for his size.
“I mean, it’ll be interesting to see what happens when we go up against them. We’ll see if his inexperience plays a factor in the game.”
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Only three golfers were able to break par on Saturday, at the 33rd Annual Mayor’s Golf Classic being played at Swan Lake Golf Course, with Brian Balthrop and Hunter Richardson leading the Open Division at one-under 70 – while Richard Ashbrook tops the Senior Division with a first round 70.
Of the three, Richardson had the most interesting scorecard of the opening round with six birdies, and five bogies to go with seven pars.
“I had three three-putts on the front side, but birdied holes eight, nine and 10 to get to two-under,” Richardson said. “I thought after that run I was doing alright, but I got into a birdie, bogie rut and could never get out of it.
“The course is playing a little tough, but I think this (round of) 70 is the best round I’ve had out here since they put in the new greens. Other than the three holes I three putted, I putted spectacular.”
Balthrop had a much steadier opening round, with three birdies and two bogies to get to his opening round of 70.
He would open his round with a birdie on the first hole and then run off the straight pars, before carding two straight to go over-par for the first time in the round.
Balthrop would remain one-over par until a birdie four on the 14th hole evened his scorecard, while a two on the par-three 16th got him back under par for the first time since his fifth hole of the day.
There are eight golfers within five shots of Balthrop and Richardson heading into Sunday’s final round, with Todd Greene in third place two shots back, followed by three golfers, Morgan Montgomery, Jamie Webb and Chase McKay thee shots back after first-round 73’s.
Tyler Guy and Bill Sites had 74’s, while Payton Williams and Jeff Chandler had 75’s on Saturday.
In the senior division, Ashbrook was the lone golfer to break par – despite opening up his round Saturday with back-to-back bogies.
“I go off to a slow start, but I putted well today,” Ashbrook said. “There greens are really smooth and fast. They are the fastest I’ve ever seen them and I play out here a lot.
“I made several long birdy putts that were 10- to 15-footers downhill that could have very easily turned into bogies, because they could have rolled 10 foot by, but they hit the hole and jumped in.”
Steve Blackwell and Brad Van Kirk are just a shot back of Ashbrook with even-par rounds of 71, with Bruce Walker and Harold Hensley three shots back after opening round 73’s.
The Classic will conclude Sunday, with the first tee time getting off at 7:30 a.m., while the final group of the day tees it up at 11:30 a.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Michael German threw for 203 second-half yards and two touchdowns to lead Tennessee State to a 34-14 season-opening Ohio Conference victory over Austin Peay Saturday afternoon, in the first game played at Hale Stadium since 1998.
The game also was the first of the 2012 Sergeant York Trophy series—one of only two traveling trophy series in the country. The four Tennessee OVC schools compete for the trophy.
The victory improved Tennessee State to 3-0 on the season while the Govs fell to 0-3. It was APSU’s first season-opening OVC loss in the last three years.
APSU led 17-14 at halftime but it was all TSU in the second half. The Tigers limited the Governors to just three third-quarter yards and in the process turned around the game’s momentum.
The Tigers scored on its first possession of the third quarter to take the lead, using a 15-yard penalty to help set up the score. Penalties led to the Govs’ undoing. They were penalized 10 times for 120 yards and the penalties contributed to both the first two second-half scoring drives. The second TD, early in the fourth quarter, allowed the Tigers to gain game’s control.
German finished the game 27 of 36 for 318 yards and three TDs. His favorite target, Travis James, had nine catches for 109 yards and a TD.
As good as James was he took a backseat to APSU senior Devin Stark, who had nine catches for 124 yards and two TDs, both in the first half.
In the first half, the Govs relied on the running of Wesley Kitts, the passing combo of Jake Ryan-to-Stark and a stubborn defensive front that would not allow the Tigers to establish their running game. Kitts got the Govs going early with a 44-yard run.
Although penalties and a sack prevented the Govs from scoring, it allowed APSU to establish field position. After TSU was unable to move the ball a second straight possession, it helped set up APSU’s first TD drive along with a roughing-the-punter against TSU.
The 10-play 63-yard drive was culminated on a spectacular one-handed 20-yard catch in the right corner of the end zone to put APSU up, 7-0, with 5:12 left in the half.
TSU responded by driving 49 yards in 11 plays, settling for a Jamin Godfrey 43-yard field goal.
Later in the quarter, TSU took advantage of a APSU personal foul penalty to set up a Michael German to Travis James 27-yard scoring play to put TSU up 9-7 after Godfrey had his extra point clank off the left upright.
However, the Govs came right back with their season’s best drive, going 75 yards on 12 plays as they mixed four runs with seven pass completions, three to Stark. The last one was in the end zone to give APSU a 14-9 lead, an advantage it took into intermission.
APSU outgained TSU 204-133 in the opening half, but it was a 301-164 second-half advantage for the Tigers. The second-half dominance also was reflected in time of possession. After both teams held the ball 15 minutes apiece in the first half, TSU held a 19:25 to 10:35 in the final half.
APSU did not force a turnover during the day while TSU came away with two Ryan interceptions.