Bob Kemp’s Bottom Line

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2017

 TEXANS 31, CARDINALS 21 - FINAL 
        *PRE-GAME: Corey Peters (ankle) has been the Cardinals best defensive lineman this season but is out today ... John Brown (back) is active ... Andre Ellington was not listed on Friday's injury report but is inactive today, which means either he had a late injury or is a healthy scratch - ASU and Saguaro High School alum D.J. Foster is active, presumably replacing Ellington  ... For the Texans, wide receiver Will Fuller rib) is inactive.
        *FIRST QUARTER: Cardinals three first downs on first drive but field goal chance when fake reverse (awful play call) winds up in Clowney sack (appeared to beat RT Wetzel) ... Lee continues excellent run of late with punt downed at one yard line by Baker (10:50) ... Cardinals defense one first down allowed and punt - Pierre TFL - Hopkins lined up some in slot which gets Peterson off him because Peterson rarely shadows slot receivers (8:14) ... Cardinals awful looking three+out drive > Fitz illegal chop block on second play = 2+21 - Gabbert third down pass off hands of Nelson (having an awful season) and fortunate not picked (6:10) ... Texans from own 11 to AZ 5 with five first downs, including penalties on Williams and Bethea - also Williams forced fumble early in drive resulted in Texans recovery - Bucannon missed tackle on 13 yard Miller run to five on final play of quarter.
        *SECOND QUARTER: 2+7, 7 - Miller 7 yard touchdown catch from Savage who beat Bucannon in coverage = HOU 7-0, 14:10 (89 yard drive with two penalties extending drive) ... Cardinals moved ball to Hou 40 but drive blew up when Peterson -4 (bad scheme with Gresham required to block Clowney), Gabbert bobbled snap, then Jaron Brown drop on play that would have been short of first down but would have been good for field goal attempt (8:52) ... Seals-Jones getting targets with Momah out for season and Niklas dropping pass with frequency in recent games ... Fitzgerald thumb injury receiving attention ... Baker great blitz and strip and recovery at Hou 17 ... Fitzgerald OK - 20-yard touchdown pass from Gabbert (perfect thrown to front corner of end zone = 7-7, 7:20 ... Bettcher wisely sending the heat, something I wish he would have done weeks ago = 3+out - Peterson drew off PI on Hopkins (6:15) ... Cardinals offensive line destroyed on 3+out - Wetzel getting whipped at right tackle (4:27) ... Cardinals defense second takeaway in scoring territory - Peterson one handed pick off deflection of Texans TE who was covered closely by Bucannon returned to 15 (2:22) > Gabbert TD to Seals-Jones isolated on corner Joseph = AZ 14-7, 1:51 ... those who followed our training camp reports know that I liked Seals-Jones ... Cards defense bad drive resulting in field goal - Peterson called for illegal contact, Mathieu (in man coverage) allowed 25 yards completion = AZ 14-10, 0:05 
        *THIRD QUARTER: Peterson beat by Hopkins at least twice in opening drive, including 18-yard touchdown - previous play of 34 yards appeared to be Cardinals in zone and mass confusion = HOU 17-14, 11:02 .., Nkemdeche TFL on last drive ... Cardinals 3+out = zero of five on third down ... D.J. Foster first reception - active first time with Cardinals (9:18) ... Cardinals defense forces 3+out thanks to some odd Texans play calling (8:06) ... Ricky Seals-Jones (our training camp favorite) 28 yard td catch - Cardinals overcame 1st+25 situation after terrible chop-block call = AZ 21-17, 4:41 ... Cardinals tackling awful on this drive - Bucannon missed two tackles that resulted in first downs = Texans at AZ 25 to end quarter 
        *FOURTH QUARTER: 3+8, 25 - Reddick whiffs on sack, Bethel beat by tight end for 22 yard gain to three > Foreman easy td and excellent blocking - Nkemdeche shoved back into end zone = HOU 24-21, 13:13 ... Cardinals had ball for 56 seconds - first down on penalty, then punt - Peterson looks shockingly slow when forced to run laterally (took forever for him to get to edge after called run up middle was stuffed) ... Pierre jogs off after injury ... Baker pass breakup forces punt (he's been best player on field) ... Lechler 54 yard punt, Bethel another illegal block = Cardinals start at own 13  (a huge flip in field position) ... TOTAL MELTDOWN - John Brown short one yard of first down on 3+6 (wasn't good throw by Gabbert but still ran route short) > Arians, INEXPLICABLY goes for it on 4th+one with 6:00 remaining and Peterson easily stuffed - next play Foreman runs 34 yards for td (Baker terrible angle took himself out of play) = HOU 31-21, 6:19 ... Gabbert bad throw intended for Golden picked - earlier in drive Veldheer held and still allowed sack to Clowney and Wetzel false start (4:41) ... Cardinals force 3+out (2:57) ... Gabbert picked on two straight possessions = lessens enthusiasm that he should start when Stanton is healthy
        *THE BOTTOM LINE: The Cardinals defense continues to fail in 2017, today allowing touchdown drives of 89, 75 and 74 yards to the Texans-led Tom Savage.
THE LAS VEGAS ANGLE
(ALL LINES FROM WESTGATE)
        *LINE: Texans 2½ (37) Cardinals
        *PREDICTIONS: Texans 17, Cardinals 16
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017

ASU 4o, OREGON STATE 24 - FINAL
        *FIRST QUARTER: Fog fest but no rain (yet) ... ASU 69 yards in four plays for td - first play +34 Wilkins to Darby, +16 run Richards (may have suffered low leg injury) and 23 td Wilkins to Williams = ASU 7-0, 13:44 ... ASU defense 3+out ... What's up with Harry - not on field first offensive series, but was deep to return punt ... ASU another easy drive with Wilkins 32 yard scramble and 15 yard late hit - Wilkins 1 yd td on fade to Hodgers = ASU 14-0, 9:06 ... Harry still not on field on offense - Graham seemed to question maturity when talking about Harry this week - maybe he has been disciplined ... Lucas, who had rough game last week at UCLA, unsportsmankike penalty ... Harry on punt return team but not on offense ... ASU drive stalls after false start on Robertson (2:00) ... ASU sack when Wicker hits QB in end zone on intentional grounding = safety + ASU 16-0, 1:26 ... Oregon State no chance on defense (almost looks like they don't care)
        *SECOND QUARTER: ASU needs to a repeat of last week and not get cute - KEEP RUNNING THE BALL ... Richard walk-in touchdown, 23-0, 14:54 ... Harry was in to start second quarter (must have been some sort of discipline) ... ASU another three and out - Oregon State's performance and seeming lack of effort is impossible to describe ... ASU three+out after pass on first down ... ASU 246- 26 yards edge (9:42) ... Wilkins almost rolled up on while throwing a block - not smart by the quarterback (no way the design of any play has a quarterback blocking) ... Harry left shoulder injury blocking) ... Richard 1 yard td run = ASU 30-0, 4:44 ... 302-26 yards > ASU is executing well, but the lack of effort and lack of pride from Oregon State is embarrassing ... ASU bad defense shows up out of nowhere - wide open receivers and bad tackling = walk-in > ASU 30-7, 0:58 ... why is ASU running trick plays - same them for next week ... Wilkins not accurate today - 4th straight game he has not been sharp ... Harry back in game ... ASU drive ends after Wilkins sacked with 17 seconds remaining ... Sleep Dalton SEVEN YARD PUNT - Lucas hail mary pick to end half
        *THIRD QUARTER: WIlliams one pass interference called and second play at goal line incredibly not called on first drive of second half = UA will attack Williams next week ... Ruiz 45-yard field goal = ASU 33-7, 5:58 ... ASU pass defense leaky since last drive of first half ... 33-7 and Oregon State goes for field goal amid boos for the few fans who are still in attendance = ASU 33-10, 1:33
        *FOURTH QUARTER: Richard third TD = ASU 40-10, 13:38 ... There can't be many teams in college football this season whose opponents have dropped more td passes or had quarterbacks overthrow more wide receivers for tds than ASU - two more today ... Oregon State drives length of field against some ASU reserves = ASU 40-17, 9:02 ... Oregon State recovers onside kick when ASU wasn't in position to defend short kick ... ASU first team defense back on field ... ASU defense no getting run over - Sam knocked back five yards on Nall run + OSU td next play = ASU 40-24, 7:35 ... ASU hands team on this kickoff and OSU pooches it instead ... Harvey drop on third down, a little behind from Manny whose level of play has faded the last four games = three+out ... NT Wren picks off screen pass, fumbles and ball back fo Oregon State ... ASU incredibly has made this a close game - Rhodes two PI penalties - Oregon State to 10 but muffed snap on first down recovered by ASU (2:20) ... ASU three+out again but Oregon State gives ASU the ball back when roughing the kicker (1:54)
        *THE BOTTOM LINE: ASU should have a had a great feeling after cruising to victory, but the sloppy play over the final 20:00 was something Todd Graham can't be proud of
OREGON 48, ARIZONA 28 - FINAL
        *FIRST QUARTER: Hebert, as expected, back at QB for Oregon (they went 1-4 without him) ... UA defense forced punt after opening kick returned to UA 49 (Oregon two false start penalties at home ... UA easy td drive (11 plays, 83 yards) with six first downs (four run and two pass) - Wilson 17 yard td run caps it = UA 7-0, 7:41 ... Flannigan-Fowles injured last week - playing tonight ... UA gets caught in man defense - Hebert 40 yard touchdown run on scramble = 7-7, 5:30 ... Brown and Ellison consecutive drops on perfect throws from Tate = 3+out ... already thin UA DL lost Belknap and Boles on consecutive plays ... UA bad tackling and Young late hit - next play Freeman touchdown run = ORE 14-7, 3:10 ... lots of talk and hits after whistle - coaching staffs don't get along after Oregon got five UA commits to flip after Taggert replaced Helfrich ... Chippy garbage continues - Tate should have been ejected for deliberately stepping on Oregon player - instead he got personal fouls that led to punt
        *SECOND QUARTER: Cruikshank interception that should have been pick six but he taunted at four yard line, then argued with Rich Rod on sideline - 3rd down - Tate to Ellison td = 14-14, 13:13 ... Rich Rod got in Cruikshank's face again after Ellison scored td ... Boles returns from injury - Belknap will not return ... UA 3+out after TFL by Schooler on run and sack by Wilborn ... UA td drive with Tate third down pass to Brown + 15 yards late takedown on Oregon before Wilson great tackle breaking 20-yard run = UA 21-14, 9:08 ... Flannigan-Fowles badly beaten deep by tight end for 39 yard touchdown = 21-21, 6:59 ... After UA punt with 3:24 remaining, Oregon length of field quickly, capped by Freeman untouched on 28 yard run after PI on 3r+19 play = 2:01, ORE 28-21 ... Rich Rod strategical error - Tate picked with 1:20 remaining at UA 32 ... Ore two holding penalties and elected to run out clock, which was odd and something the UA was happy about ... Tate 10 carries for 18 yards
        *THIRD QUARTER: Tate limping slightly after first down run - two first downs and drive ends when Tate overthrew open Brown deep ... UA one of worst tackling drives of season - couldn't get off field on two third downs > Oregon holding penalty nullified td, but Freeman scored again = ORE 35-21, 6:36 ... Oregon hugging the line of scrimmage and daring Tate to beat them with arm - UA three first downs on Oregon penalties (over 100 yards flags) - Green short td = ORE 35-28, 3:47 ... UA allowed +29 on 3rd+14 - Schooler TFL on 3+4, 22 on run play to end quarter
        *FOURTH QUARTER: 40 yard field goal first play = ORE 38-28, 14:55 ... UA bad three+out in 32 seconds, dropped pass, three yard run, Tate no chance on third down pass, then 23 yard punt to midfield ... Freeman 4th touchdown and 49 yard flea-flicker on first play= ORE 45-28, 13:58 ... Boles and Bruno injured on td run ... UA one first down and punt = they're done ... UA changes punters and 19 yards this time after 23-yard punt previously ... UA defense gassed and shorthanded on DL = Oregon scored every possession this half = another field goal + Oregon 48-28, 8:09 ... Tate runs on 4th+23 (5:23)
        *THE BOTTOM LINE: The UA has some significant injury questions heading into next week's ASU game starting with the health of Khalil Tate who was not as mobile after a run in the second quarter when he grabbed the back of his leg. The oft-injured Nick Wilson was injured during the final 90 seconds. And, the UA, down two defensive linemen before the game, lost three more during the game.
THE LAS VEGAS ANGLE
(ALL LINES FROM WESTGATE)
        *LINE: ASU 7 Oregon State (581/2) … Oregon 3 Arizona (77)
        *PREDICTIONS: ASU 30, Oregon State 27 … UA 38, Oregon 35
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IN THE MONDAY SPORTS ZONE 
(THIS PLAN IS TENTATIVE AND SOMEWHAT SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
        *AT THE TOP OF THE SHOW,  THE INTRODUCTION OF THE PIPELINE
        *AT 11:15,  THE LOCAL FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: highlights and analysis of Cardinals-Texans, ASU-Oregon State and UA-Oregon
        *AT 11:30, ASU-OREGON STATE AND UA-OREGON POST GAME: with Todd Graham and Rich Rodriguez 
        *AT 11:45, THE NATIONAL ROUNDUP: A Six Pack of Ripped From The Headlines and From The Scoreboard 
        *AT THE TOP OF THE NOON HOUR, THE LOCAL ROUNDUP: topped by Bruce Arians talks 4th+1 after Sunday's game-turning decision 
        *AT 12:15, THE CARDINALS LOCKER ROOM REPORT: with Blaine Gabbert, Budda Baker and Ricky Seals-Jones 
       *AT 12:30, THE FIRST OF TWO INTERACTIVE SEGMENTS WITH PHONE CALLS AND TWEETS 
        *AT 12:45, AN ASU-UA PREVIEW: with Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic and AZ Central.com
        *AT 1:00, LAST CALL AND THE BOTTOM LINE
        *AT 1:15, THE FINAL INTERACTIVE SEGMENT WITH PHONE CALLS AND TWEETS 
        *AT 1:30, THE CARDINALS MEET THE PRESS: with Bruce Arians the day after Sunday's loss at Houston 
        *AT 1:45, THANKS YOU TIME, SOME SUGGESTED VIEWING AND TODAY IN ROCK HISTORY
       AND, TWO INTERACTIVE SEGMENTS WITH PHONE CALLS (602-260-10-60) AND/OR TWEETS (@SPORTS ZONE 1060 OR TWITTER.COM/SPORTS ZONE 1060) AT 12:30 AND 1:15