Bears facing Houston D-lineman J.J. Watt: a case of 'Wheres Waldo?'


Bears facing Houston D-lineman J.J. Watt: a case of 'Wheres Waldo?'

When right tackle Gabe Carimi was selected by the Bears in the first round of the 2011 draft, one of the distinctions on his pedigree was that he had gone against four other No. 1 picks of the draft. He had gone against the best of the defensivelineman class:

Ryan Kerrigan (Washington, 16th) from Purdue, Adrian Clayborn (Tampa Bay, 20th) from Iowa), Ohio States Cameron Heyward (Pittsburgh, 31st).

And J.J. Watt, to Houston at No. 11. From Wisconsin. Like Carimi.

Watt, a leading candidate for NFL defensive player of the year, went against Badgers teammate John Moffett (third round, Seattle) more often in practice, Carimi told But Carimi saw enough of Watt to know that he and the Bears offensive line are looking at with the defensive lineman on Sunday.

He plays a different position than he did in Wisconsin, Carimi said. Houston is in a 3-4 so he plays a lot of inside stuff. Thats where he does a lot of his good plays, on the inside. I dont think it matters or pertains as much. He does line up at defensive end sometimes, five-technique, but a lot of times hell be over Lance Louis.

Watt is already close to making a spot for himself in NFL history. He has 10.5 sacks through eight games plus 10 passes deflected (Charles Tillman has five; team leader Tim Jennings has 12). Since the NFL started tracking pass-breakups in 1991, only 11 players have recorded 10 sacks and 10 passes defensed in a single season.

Watt has become the Texans equivalent of Julius Peppers, a 6-foot-66-foot-7, 290-pound athlete who is moved around for positions of mismatch advantage. Watt will be opposite right guard Louis; he will be over Carimi; he will be over the nose.

Were able to move him around, do some different things with him, inside, outside, nickel, base, said Texans coach Gary Kubiak, so thats been a big plus.

Plus may not be the first word Bears blockers think of watching film of Watt. Of his 10 pass deflections, four have been intercepted and eventually led to scores.

Hes a big guy, he can move, he plays with a lot of passion for the game, said center Roberto Garza. So its good, it will be a good challenge for our guys. Were looking forward to it.

Last-second field goal helps Gophers avoid embarrassment vs. Rutgers


Last-second field goal helps Gophers avoid embarrassment vs. Rutgers

Minnesota got its win over Rutgers on Saturday, just as everyone predicted.

But no one saw the Gophers blowing an 18-point lead and needing a go-ahead field goal with six seconds left to avoid what would've been an embarrassing fall-from-ahead defeat at the hands of the Big Ten's worst team.

Minnesota had a 21-3 lead after a quarter, but Rutgers stormed back behind new starting quarterback Gio Rescigno and took a 32-31 lead with four minutes to go. But Emmit Carpenter sent one through the uprights with six seconds left on the clock to re-grab the lead and give the Gophers a win ... barely.

The Knights entered this one with just 14 combined points in four Big Ten contests, out-scored in those games by a whopping 174-14 margin. And it looked like it would be another blowout loss for Rutgers as Minnesota jumped out to that big lead, getting first-quarter touchdown runs from Shannon Brooks, Rodney Smith and Mitch Leidner.

Rescigno, installed as the new starter this week by head coach Chris Ash, threw his first touchdown toss of the game in the second quarter, but the Knights still trailed by double digits at the break.

Huge plays defined the third quarter. Rescigno hit Andre Patton from 37 yards out in the first minute of the second half before Minnesota added a field goal. When Damon Hayes intercepted Leidner and took it back 55 yards for a score, it appeared Rutgers had come all the way back, but the Knights were unsuccessful on their two-point conversion try, keeping it a one-point Minnesota lead. And then Smith put the Gophers back in front by a full touchdown with a 94-yard return touchdown on the ensuing kickoff.

Rescigno threw another touchdown a few minutes into the fourth quarter but failed again on the two-point conversion, trimming Minnesota's lead to two, and David Bonagura's field goal with four minutes to play gave Rutgers its first lead of the day at 32-31.

But immediately following that kick, the Gophers went on a 13-play, 59-yard drive that chewed almost four minutes off the clock and ended in Carpenter's kick to retake the lead for Minnesota and give it the win.

The Gophers racked up nearly 400 yards of offense, gaining 243 yards on the ground thanks 111 yards from Smith and 87 yards from Brooks.

Rescigno was a mixed bag in his first start, completing 22 of his 38 passing attempts for 220 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Rutgers running back Justin Goodwin had 97 yards rushing.

The win sent Minnesota to 5-2 on the season ahead of next weekend's game at Illinois.

The loss dropped Rutgers to 2-6 on the year, with an 0-5 mark in Big Ten play. The Knights play Indiana in two weeks.

Watch: Kyle Queiro's one-handed interception is absolutely amazing (and he predicted it)


Watch: Kyle Queiro's one-handed interception is absolutely amazing (and he predicted it)

Things are getting a little freaky in the Northwestern secondary.

For the third time this season, a Wildcat defensive back tweeted prior to a game "thanks for the INT" and then hauled in an interception.

The latest is certainly the greatest, though. Kyle Queiro one-upped Michigan defensive back Jourdan Lewis with a jaw-dropping interception of Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow on Saturday. It was a one-handed catch sure to make Odell Beckham Jr. proud.

Take a look:

Goodness gracious.

And here's Queiro's tweet from Friday night calling his shot.

On top of all that social-media prognosticating that's been happening this season for the group of defensive backs, Queiro's pick wasn't even the first highlight-reel interception from Saturday's game.

Montre Hartage had his own one-handed snag of a Lagow pass that was an eye-popper before Queiro's took the top spot.

Check that one out:

Not a bad day for the Northwestern DBs.