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November 22, 2012

Sports briefs


Phoenix Staff Reports

Redskins hold off Cowboys

ARLINGTON, Texas – Robert Griffin III threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns, helping the Washington Redskins beat the Dallas Cowboys 38-31 on Thursday.

The Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor made the Cowboys (5-6) look like an overmatched college team during the decisive second quarter in his first trip to Texas as a pro.

Griffin was 8 of 8 for 178 yards with three touchdowns to key the first 28-point quarter in 13 years for the Redskins (5-6). The rookie became the first Washington quarterback to throw four touchdown passes in consecutive games.

Tony Romo lost for the first time in six starts on Thanksgiving, despite a career-high 441 yards and three second-half touchdowns, including a career-long 85-yarder to Dez Bryant.



Texans top Lions in OT

DETROIT – Shayne Graham’s 32-yard field goal with 2:21 left overtime lifted the Houston Texans to a 34-31 win over Detroit on Thursday after the Lions’ coach made a costly mistake in regulation.

Detroit kicker Jason Hanson had a chance to get Jim Schwartz off the hook, but his 47-yard field goal attempt on the fifth possession of the extra period hit the right upright.

Schwartz threw a challenge flag when Houston’s Justin Forsett scored on an 81-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Replays showed Forsett was down near midfield, but Schwartz negated the automatic review by challenging the play and was called for unsportsmanlike conduct.



TU cruises past Jackson State

TULSA – James Woodard scored 27 points, had 11 rebounds and dished out four assists to lead Tulsa in an 86-66 victory over Jackson State on Wednesday night.

Woodard was 10 of 18 from the field including three 3-pointers for Tulsa (4-1), which never trailed the Tigers at any point in the game.

Scottie Haralson scored 16 points for the Hurricane and Shaquille Harrison added 12.

Tulsa led 35-30 at the break but sprinted out of the locker room to go on a 9-0 run before the Tigers were able to score their first basket at the 16:39 mark. Jackson State (0-2) cut the Hurricane’s double-digit lead with 10:49 remaining at 53-51 but Tulsa finished strong, outscoring the Tigers 33-15 the rest of the way.

Kelsey Howard scored 25 points and had nine rebounds while teammate Christian Williams had 23 points. Each hit five 3-pointers in the loss for Jackson State.



Defense sparks TCU over Texas

AUSTIN, Texas – Matthew Tucker scored two touchdowns, Jaden Oberkrom kicked two field goals and TCU’s defense forced four turnovers in dumping No. 18 Texas 20-13 Thursday night to get the Horned Frogs their biggest win of their first season in the Big 12.

Tucker scored on runs of 1 and 2 yards and the Horned Frogs (7-4, 4-4) dominated the line of scrimmage, running the ball 48 times and passing just 10. TCU had two interceptions inside their own 10 to kill Texas (8-3, 5-3) drives and picked up a fumble by Longhorns quarterback David Ash to set up Tucker’s second touchdown.

Ash was relieved by Case McCoy, who led a late touchdown drive before an interception by Sam Carter in the final two minutes sealed the win for the Horned Frogs.