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AND THE BEAT GOES ON

Most Current Consecutive Losses In Major Bowl Games: Northwestern:

1. 2011 lost to Texas A&M, 33-22
2. 2010 lost to Texas Tech, 45-38
3. 2009 lost to Auburn, 38-35 (OT)
4. 2008 lost to Missouri, 30-23 (OT)
5. 2005 lost to UCLA, 50-38
6. 2003 lost to Bowling Green, 28-24
7. 2000 lost to Nebraska, 66-17
8. 1996 lost to Tennessee, 48-28
9. 1995 lost to Southern Cal, 41-32

Source: World Features Syndicate

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NOW YOU SEE US . . .

Teams Ranked No. 1 Only Once in AP Men's Division I Basketball Polls, 1980-2012:

1. Louisville (March 16, 2009)

2. Tennessee (Feb. 25, 2008)

3. Wisconsin (Feb. 20, 2007)

4. Saint Joseph's (March 9, 2004)

5. Iowa (Jan. 20, 1987)

6. Georgia Tech (Preseason Poll, 1986)

7. South Carolina (Preseason Poll, 1970)

8. Wichita St. (Dec. 15, 1965)

9. Oklahoma St. (Jan. 16, 1951)

Source: World Features Syndicate

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RUN WAY MODELS

Most Success With 3rd Down Conversions When Rushing:

1. 2011 Redskins 66.7 pct.
2. 2010 Patriots 69.6 pct.
3. 2009 Jaguars 63.1 pct.
4. 2008 Lions 66.7 pct.
5. 2007 Browns 64.5 pct.
6. 2006 Giants 59.2 pct.
7. 2005 Dolphins 58.3 pct.

Source: World Features Syndicate

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THROW DOWNS!

Most Success With 3rd Down Conversions When Passing:

1. 2011 Saints 54.7 pct.
2. 2010 Saints 49.9 pct.
3. 2009 Colts 50.0 pct.
4. 2008 Colts 48.1 pct.
5. 2007 Patriots 49.3 pct.
6. 2006 Colts 54.9 pct.
7. 2005 Colts 48.5 pct.

Source: World Features Syndicate

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SPECIAL GUEST STARS

Bowls Where Most Heisman Trophy Winners Played:

1. Rose-x 11 (last 2005)
2. Orange 10 (2004)
3. Sugar 8 (2003)
4. Cotton 8 (2012)
5. BCS Championship 4 (2010)
6. Fiesta 3 (1994)

Note: Recipient Reggie Bush subsequently forfeited his Heisman

Source: NCAA

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MUCH ADO, MUCH ADON'T

How Active NBA Scoring Leaders Fared in First Games:

1. Kobe Bryant 0 points (6 minutes)
2. Kevin Garnett 8 points (16 minutes)
3. Dirk Nowitzki 2 points (16 minutes)
4. Ray Allen 13 points (28 minutes)
5. Paul Pierce 19 points (39 minutes)
6. Tim Duncan 15 points (35 minutes)
7. Vince Carter 16 points (31 minutes)
8. LeBron James 25 points (42 minutes)

Source: World Features Syndicate

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THANKS FOR NUTHIN'

Biggest Shutout Losses in School's First Bowl Games:

1. San Diego St. lost to Hardin-Simmons, 53-0 (1947)
2. Stanford lost to Michigan, 49-0 (1901)
3. Arizona lost to Centre, 38-0 (1921)
4. Ohio St. lost to California, 28-0 (1920)
5. New Mexico lost to Utah, 26-0 (1938)
6. Miami lost to Bucknell, 26-0 (1934)
7. Utah st. lost to San Jose St., 20-0 (1946)

Note: 13 schools were shutout in their first bowl games; Western Kentucky and Louisiana-Monroe are in their first bowls this year.

Source: World Features Syndicate

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UP-DATE

All-Time Records of Schools Moving To Division I Men's Basketball This Year (through 2011-12):

1. North Dakota 1,482-952 (.609)
2. South Dakota 1,209-990 (.550)
3. Seattle 990-889 (.527)
4. Presbyterian 1,082-1,095-2 (.497)
5. SIU-Edwardsville 581-597 (.493)
6. Bryant 642-699 (.479)

Source: NCAA

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A REFLECTION ON PERFECTION

When Major Bowls Had Their Most Recent Matchups of Undefeated and Untied Teams:

1. Rose (2006) Texas 41, Southern Cal 38
2. Orange (2005) Southern Cal 55, Oklahoma 19
3. Fiesta (2003) Ohio St. 31, Miami 24 (two OTs)
4. Sugar (2000) Florida St. 46, Virginia Tech 29

Note: The last time for BCS Championship game was the 2010 season (Auburn 22, Oregon 19)

Source: World Features Syndicate

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WILD, WILD WESTS

Division Records in NFL Wild Card Games, 2002-11:

1. NFC West 5-1
2. AFC East 5-2
3. AFC South 6-5
4. NFC East 5-5
5. NFC South 4-5
6. NFC North 3-4
7. AFC North 3-5
8. AFC West 3-5

Note: Excludes wild card games played between teams in same divisions.

Source: World Features Syndicate

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GOOD . . . ENOUGH?

Multiple BCS Bowl Games . . . But With Losing Records, 1999-2011:

1. Florida St. 1-5
2. Virginia Tech 1-4
3. Michigan 1-3
4. Oklahoma 3-5
5. Alabama 1-2
6. Oregon 1-2
7. Notre Dame 0-3
8. Illinois 0-2
9. Cincinnati 0-2

Note: 14 teams are 0-1 in BCS bowl games.

Source: World Features Syndicate

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TAMED

Only NFL Wild Card Team Losers With 12 Regular Season Wins (2000-11):

1. Steelers (2011) lost to Broncos, 29-23
2. Colts (2008) lost to Chargers, 23-17
3. Jaguars (2005) lost to Patriots, 28-3
4. Chargers (2004) lost to Jets, 20-17
5. Packers (2002) lost to Falcons, 27-7
6. 49ers (2001) lost to Packers, 25-15

Source: World Features Syndicate

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SPECIAL DELIVERIES

Six Athletes Born on New Year's Eve:

1. NBA's Brent Barry (1971)

2. NFL's Hugh McElhenny (1928)

3. Olympian track & fielder Willye White (1939)

4. NBA's Tyrone Corbin (1962)

5. Race driver Tony Kanaan (1974)

6. MLB's Rick Aguilera (1961)

Source: World Features Syndicate

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BIRTH MARKS

Leading NBA Scorers Born on Special Days (through 2011-12 season):

1. Jan. 1 Mike Mitchell (1956) 15,016 points
2. April 1 Mark Jackson (1965) 12,489 points
3. July 4 Horace Grant (1965) 12,996 points
4. Nov. 11 Rudy LaRusso (1937) 11,507 points
5. Dec. 25 Eric Gordon (1988) 3,729 points
6. Dec. 31 Tyrone Corbin (1962) 9,766 points

Source: World Features Syndicate

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