Seahawks ride Lynch to 29-3 blowout of 49ers
SEATTLE (AP) — Marshawn Lynch scored on touchdown runs of 14 and two yards and added a seven-yard TD reception in the second half, Seattle flustered Colin Kaepernick into his worst passing game as a starter and the Seahawks dominated the San Francisco 49ers in a 29-3 win Sunday night.
The game was delayed 60 minutes late in the first quarter when thunderstorms blew through the area. The highly-anticipated NFC West showdown was sloppy as opposed to sensational, but Lynch more than did his part.
Lynch finished with 135 total yards, including 98 yards rushing, making up for quarterback Russell Wilson hitting on just two of his first 10 throws with Seattle's receivers struggling to get open. His scoring run on the first drive of the second half gave the Seahawks a 12-0 lead and his TD catch pushed the advantage to 19-3 early in the fourth quarter.
49ers lose NT Williams; Seahawks LT hurts foot
SEATTLE (AP) — San Francisco has lost starting nose tackle Ian Williams to a leg injury suffered in the first quarter against Seattle.
Williams was injured when he was being cut block by J.R. Sweezy midway through the quarter on Sunday night. Williams' left ankle was caught underneath as Sweezy made the block on a 2-yard run by Marshawn Lynch. He was down on the field for a few minutes before being helped off by a pair of trainers, putting very little weight on his left leg.
The 49ers announced later in the quarter that Williams would not return. Williams was replaced in the lineup by Glenn Dorsey, who sacked Seattle QB Russell Wilson on the next series.
Seattle starting left tackle Russell Okung was injured on the final play of the first quarter, suffering a left foot injury. Okung limped off the field and was later taken to the locker room on a cart to be examined.
Wash. ferries to fly Seahawks' 12th man flag
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state ferries are taking Seahawks pride out to sea.
Officials say some vessels in the system will begin flying the 12th man flag on Sunday in honor of the Seahawks' home game. The flags will fly on other home game days as well.
Ferries Division Assistant Secretary David Moseley said in a newsletter that the Seahawks gave the ferry system the flags to use.
TE Mundt makes a splash for No. 2 Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Freshman tight end Johnny Mundt had already impressed his Oregon coaches and teammates with his work ethic.
Against Tennessee, he impressed everyone else, too.
Mundt subbed for absent tight end Colt Lyerla against the Volunteers on Saturday and had five catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns. The Ducks defeated Tennessee 59-14 to remain No. 2 in the Associated Press poll.
Mundt knew on Friday that he was going to start in place of Lyerla, who several players — including Mundt — said had a stomach bug and missed several practices.
Trailing 7-3 to the Vols in the first quarter, Oregon pulled in front with Marcus Mariota's 16-yard pass to Mundt for the freshman's first career touchdown. Mariota found Mundt again with a 17-yard scoring pass early in the second half.
Vols learn they have work to do after Oregon game
Tennessee still has a long way to go before it can end its recent history of frustration against ranked opponents.
After victories over Austin Peay and Western Kentucky gave Tennessee cause for optimism, No. 2 Oregon handed the Volunteers a cold slap of reality Saturday. Oregon's 59-14 victory represented Tennessee's most one-sided varsity loss since 1910 and revealed how much work remains in new coach Butch Jones' rebuilding project.
Jones and the Vols don't have much time to get things corrected. Oregon was the first of five ranked opponents in a six-game stretch, which continues next week when Tennessee visits No. 19 Florida. The Vols have lost 17 straight games against ranked opponents and have dropped their last eight meetings with the Gators.
Longtime college football coach Dunbar dies at 64
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Mike Dunbar, a longtime college football coach who most recently served as Northern Illinois' offensive coordinator, has died following a battle with cancer.
He was 64.
Northern Illinois announced his death Sunday. The school said he passed away two days earlier in his hometown of Dupont, Wash. NIU was his final stop in a 36-year career.
He was diagnosed with cancer shortly after he joined former coach Dave Doeren's staff in February 2012 and stepped aside after the season opener that year to focus on his health.
Dunbar spent 12 years as a head coach, going 83-24-1 at Central Washington from 1987-91 and Northern Iowa from 1997-2000. He was also offensive coordinator at Toledo, California, Minnesota, Northwestern and New Mexico State.
Molina's HR, 4 hits lead Cardinals past Mariners
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yadier Molina broke out of a slump with a home run and three singles as Shelby Miller and the St. Louis Cardinals remained tied for first place in the NL Central with a 12-2 win Sunday over the Seattle Mariners.
Matt Adams also homered as St. Louis won for the seventh time in nine games and kept pace with Pittsburgh. Both teams are 87-62 with 13 games remaining.
Miller (14-9) gave up one earned run and three hits in five innings. He became the first St. Louis rookie to reach 14 wins in a season since Dick Hughes won 16 in 1967.
Molina's second-inning homer off Erasmo Ramirez (5-2) snapped an 0-for-15 skid. Molina scored three times and raised his batting average to .317.