THE SEC REPORT

LSU wins a big one, A&M loses a big one and Georgia gets upset

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Born with a comic book in one hand and a remote control in the other, Cory DLG is the talent of Conroe's very own Nerd Thug Radio and Sports. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio show at www.nerdthugradio.com!

Last Weekend

LSU won a heavyweight fight against Florida that felt in doubt most of the game with Florida driving to tie before throwing an interception in the end zone during the fourth quarter. Texas A&M bowed to the Crimson Tide as Kyle Field wasn't enough of an advantage to help tilt things back in the Aggies favor. The Bulldogs fell to an underdog, how on earth did South Carolina pull that off?

Stars of Last Weekend

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the running back of the LSU Tigers, had 134 yards on only 13 carries and scored 2 touchdowns. Toted the rock in a big spot, Clyde crushed it in a big game.

John Rhys Plumlee, running back of Ole Miss, for the second week in a row went off, notching 143 yards on 23 carries with 2 touchdowns. Reader may think I'm a fan but honestly, I'm just impressed.

Tua Tagovailoa, quarterback of Alabama, played amazingly in the first big game of the season for Alabama, putting four touchdowns on the board.

Games to watch this weekend

We're in the heart of conference play and there are lots of teams looking to capitalize on the altered landscape after both Georgia and Florida lost. Missouri now controls their own destiny into the SEC championship game and travels to Vanderbilt to play their first game in first place of SEC-East. Florida comes to South Carolina who just managed the upset against Georgia in overtime, can they steal another game? Texas A&M goes to Ole Miss after losing a rough game against the king of the SEC, Alabama.

Players to watch this weekend

Kellen Mond, quarterback of Texas A&M, they've lost enough to no longer be ranked but they still have a season to finish and at 3-3 things could go either way. It's up to Kellen Mond to lead the Aggies to something better than a .500 season.

Kelly Bryant, quarterback of Missouri, they woke up Sunday morning the leaders of their division in the SEC. All they have to do is play good football and keep winning.

Joe Burrow, proved himself last weekend against Florida and even more so in the press conference afterwards where he sounded like a leader and someone who wanted to keep winning football games. This guy is impressing me every week.

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Houston leads the series 1-0

Astros get a late rally to take ALWC Game 1 from Twins

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With a fresh slate in front of them, the Astros entered Target Field on Tuesday needing thirteen wins to get their second World Series win in franchise history. First, they needed to take two of three in the ALWC (American League Wild Card) round against the Twins. As with most playoff series openers, it shaped up to be a fierce pitching matchup. Here is a rundown of the game:

Final Score: Astros 4, Twins 1.

Series: HOU leads 1-0.

Winning Pitcher: Framber Valdez.

Losing Pitcher: Sergio Romo.

Greinke allows a run then gets the early hook

After stranding Michael Brantley on second base after a double in the top of the inning, the Twins put early pressure on Zack Greinke in the bottom of the first. They took advantage of Greinke struggling to find the zone, getting a one-out single, then back-to-back walks to load the bases. With some stellar defense behind him, though, he would escape unscathed.

After loading the bases in the first, Greinke retired the next seven in a row, not allowing a baserunner until two outs into the third when he would walk Max Kepler. That proved costly, as Nelson Cruz would drive him in on a long RBI-double, putting the Twins ahead 1-0. He would get the next batter out, then tossed a 1-2-3 fourth, but would get the early hook with his pitch count rising and the top of Minnesota's order coming back around in the fifth. Greinke's final line: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 79 P.

Valdez takes over then the Astros tie it up

One reason they were quick to take Greinke out early is that they were willing to use Framber Valdez, who took over in the bottom of the fifth. He would struggle against his first two batters, walking both before sitting down the next three to keep it a one-run game heading to the sixth.

The Twins also dipped into their bullpen starting in the top of the sixth, with another scoreless inning by Houston's bats. The Astros would tie the game and get on the board in the top of the seventh, getting back-to-back two-out singles by Josh Reddick and Martin Maldonado to set up an RBI-single by George Springer, before Maldonado would run into the third out trying to advance to third.

Astros blow it open in the ninth and take Game 1

The game remained tied 1-1 into the ninth with Minnesota going inning-by-inning with relievers while Valdez was dealing for Houston. In the top of the ninth, the Astros started the inning with back-to-back singles to threaten to go ahead. After outs in the air by the next two batters, an error by the Twins loaded the bases instead of recording the third out, keeping Houston alive and bringing Jose Altuve to the plate.

Altuve would get the go-ahead RBI, working a walk to put the Astros in front 2-1 for their first lead of the game. That brought Michael Brantley to the plate, still with the bases loaded, and would drive in two of them with a two-RBI single to push the lead to 4-1.

Houston would ride the hot hand into the bottom of the ninth, sticking with Framber Valdez to bring it home. He would maintain the lead and get the win, erasing two one-out singles to finish the Houston victory, putting them a win away from advancing to the ALDS.

Up Next: Game two of this best-of-three will start an hour earlier on Wednesday, with a 12:08 PM Central start. With Framber Valdez being used in Game 1, the Astros are expected to start Jose Urquidy in Game 2, while the Twins will send Jose Berrios to the mound.

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