April 24, 2018
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Anna Maria holds off Husson football rally


BANGOR, Maine — Santino Simone threw two touchdown passes and ran for one as Anna Maria College held off Husson University 31-28 in college football action Saturday at the Winkin Complex.

Husson honored nine seniors as they played their final home game.

Eagles QB Kash Keezer ran for three TDs as he tried to spark Husson to its first win of the season.

The game was tied 14-all late in the second quarter until Simone ran 4 yards in the closing minute for a TD that put the AMCATS (2-8) ahead for good. Jamal Mitchell kicked the extra point for a 21-14 edge.

Mitchell added a 24-yard field goal for the only score of the third period and Simone passed 48 yards to Dominique Concepcion for a 31-14 lead in the fourth quarter after another Mitchell PAT.

The Eagles (0-10) started their comeback on the ensuing kickoff, which Audie Murphy returned 50 yards to the AMC 25-yard line.

Keezer’s 16-yard TD run closed the gap to 31-20. After an AMCAT punt, Keezer passed 69 yards that, along with an Anna Maria personal foul, set up the Eagles at the 5-yard line. Ryan Dorso completed the drive with a 4-yard TD run, and Keezer added a two-point conversion to draw Husson within 31-28.

The Eagles tried an onside kick for one last shot, but Anna Maria recovered and closed out the game.

In the first quarter, Anna Maria’s Robert Small had a 27-yard TD run and Simone completed a 3-yard TD pass to Blake Simpson in the second.

Keezer had a 1-yard TD run for Husson in the opening quarter, and Ernest Wiggins caused a safety and Keezer posted a 42-yard TD run in the second quarter.

LSU unanimous No. 1 in AP poll

NEW YORK — LSU was a unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, marking the first time since 2008 a team has received all the first-place votes during the regular season.

The Tigers (10-0), who have been No. 1 since Sept. 25, received all 60 first-place votes from the media panel in the rankings released Sunday. The last unanimous top-ranked team in the regular season was Texas on Oct. 26, 2008.

Oklahoma State (10-0) was No. 2 for the second straight week, but the rest of the top five was scrambled a bit after Boise State and Stanford lost for the first time.

Alabama moved up to No. 3, Oregon jumped two spots to No. 4 and Oklahoma moved to No. 5.

LSU had been sharing first-place votes for the last month and a half with Alabama, Oklahoma and Boise State. But as those teams each took a loss, the Tigers picked up support.

Boise State was the only team other than LSU receiving a first-place vote last week, but after TCU upset the Broncos 36-35 at home on Saturday, the Tigers made a clean sweep.

No. 8 Stanford, which lost 53-30 at home to Oregon, and No. 10 Boise State each fell five spots this week.

The rest of the top 10 had Arkansas at No. 6, Clemson at No. 7 and Virginia Tech at No. 9.

The only other undefeated major college team, Houston from Conference USA, was No. 11.

No. 21 Penn State fell nine spots after it lost its first game following the firing of coach Joe Paterno, 17-14 at home to No. 17 Nebraska.

Four teams dropped out of the rankings after losses: Cincinnati, Auburn, Texas and Georgia Tech.

Cincinnati dropping out leaves the Big East with no ranked teams this week.

The teams entering the rankings this week were No. 19 TCU, No. 23 Florida State, No. 24 Notre Dame and No. 25 Baylor.

All had been previously ranked earlier in the season.

Michigan State is No. 12, followed by Georgia, South Carolina and Wisconsin.

No. 16 Kansas State, Nebraska, Southern California, TCU and Michigan round out the top 20.

Penn State and No. 22 Southern Miss are in the final five, along with three of the newcomers.

The Big Ten and SEC have the most ranked teams with five each.

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