Lillard scores 28 as Blazers beat Kings 109-105
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 26 of his 28 points in the second half, helping the Portland Trail Blazers edge the Sacramento Kings 109-105 in a preseason game on Sunday night.
Lillard had 18 during the third quarter, when the Trail Blazers (4-2) opened a 19-point lead. Reserve Mo Williams added 17 points for Portland.
Patrick Patterson scored 27 points for Sacramento (3-2), and Isiah Thomas had 15. Ben McLemore scored 21 of his 23 in the second half.
Portland outrebounded Sacramento 54-40, led by Nicolas Batum's 11 boards.
Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge (sore right knee) and Sacramento forward DeMarcus Cousins (rest) rested. Cousins is the Kings' leading scorer this preseason at 21.3 points per game.
Alabama and Florida State top 1st BCS standings
Alabama and Florida State hold the top two spots in the first BCS standings of the season. Oregon was a close third behind second-place Florida State.
The Seminoles (.9348 BCS average) are coming off their biggest win of the season, a 51-14 victory at previously unbeaten Clemson.
The Ducks (.9320) have only played one team that was ranked at the time, but could get a boost in the next two weeks with games against UCLA and at Stanford.
Ohio State is a more distant fourth, followed by Missouri in the standings released Sunday night.
The top two teams in the final standings after the end of the regular season play in the Rose Bowl for the national title in January.
Pushed into a starting role, RB Marshall excels
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Byron Marshall is playing like a starter while De'Anthony Thomas is sidelined.
The running back for No. 2 Oregon ran for 192 yards and three touchdowns against Washington State on Saturday night.
Marshall has four straight games with more than 100 yards rushing, bringing his average to 106.57 yards, good for 21st in the nation.
He credits a simple philosophy for his success. He says "If you're not getting better, you're getting worse."
Marshall, a 5-foot-10 sophomore, has rushed for 759 yards and nine touchdowns on 111 carries. He called his performance against Washington State the best game he's ever had.
Thomas hurt his right ankle on the opening kickoff in Oregon's 55-16 victory over California back on Sept. 28, slipping on slick turf from a driving rain.
Oregon assistant complains about Cougars' tactics
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti complained following the No. 2 Ducks' 62-38 victory over Washington State about the Cougars leaving in their starters and throwing for two late touchdowns.
Aliotti's called out Washington State head coach Mike Leach, calling the tactic "low class." Oregon pulled its starters in the fourth quarter of Saturday night's game.
Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday played the entire game, completing 58 of 89 passes for 557 yards and four touchdowns. He also threw four interceptions.
His attempts broke the FBS-level record of 83 set by Drew Brees for Purdue on Oct. 10, 1998 against Wisconsin. Halliday's total attempts and completions also broke the Pac-12 records set by Arizona's Matt Scott last season, and his total yards set a Washington State record.
Former Washington football coach Don James dies
SEATTLE (AP) — Don James, the longtime University of Washington football coach who led the Huskies to a share of the national championship in 1991, died Sunday. He was 80.
The university said James died at his home from the effects of pancreatic cancer.
James was 178-76-3 as a head coach at Kent State and Washington, counting three forfeit victories with the Huskies. After going 25-19-1 in four seasons at Kent State, he was 153-57-2 at Washington from 1975-92 and led the school to a six-pack of Rose Bowl appearances.
His 1991 team topped the coaches' poll, while Miami was the national champion in The Associated Press' media poll.
James played quarterback at the Miami (Fla.), graduating in 1954 with a degree in education.
Seattle to bring in Robinson for physical
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks will bring former Pro Bowl fullback Michael Robinson in for a physical on Monday after Derrick Coleman suffered a hamstring injury against Arizona.
The team confirmed the talks with Robinson on Sunday. Coleman had been serving as the Seahawks fullback for most of the season, but left the game in the first half last Thursday against the Cardinals with a hamstring injury. After the game coach Pete Carroll had no immediate word on the severity of Coleman's injury.
Robinson was Seattle's starting fullback from 2010-12, but was cut at the end of training camp. He was set to make $2.5 million in base salary if he was on Seattle's roster to start the regular season. Robinson had a workout with Tennessee in early September but was not signed.