Bears notes: O-line performs well amidst shakeup

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Bears notes: O-line performs well amidst shakeup

The Bears offensive line went through a few changes this week thanks to injuries. And for the most part, the line had a solid outing.

Jay Cutler was sacked just once and that was when he fumbled and the Bears rushed for 132 yards in their 23-17 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The Bears had to make some switches on the offensive line, including moving Gabe Carimi to right guard. And all things considered, the offensive line was fine.

We didnt give up a lot of sacks and things like that, coach Lovie Smith said. We did what we needed to do to stay in the game. We just needed to get some help in other places.

Cutler said the line was OK. They could still anchor a little better. But they are giving me time.

While the Bears running game got off to a slow start, it ended up producing. Matt Forte and Michael Bush combined for 105 yards, an average of 3.8 yards per carry.

They played well, given the switch around, and Gabe playing guard and Ed (Williams) having to be in there, Forte said. They played very well.

But for Roberto Garza, the offensive lines adjustments were of little consolation.

At the end of the day, you want to win the football game, he said. Thats all that matters. We didnt do enough.

SO CLOSE, YET

Major Wright hoped he had caused a turnover in overtime, hoped that he had jarred the ball loose from Seattle receiver Sidney Rices hands before Rice got into the end zone. But it wasnt to be, as officials ruled Rice and the ball broke the plane before Wright knocked the ball loose and knocked out Rice for a moment.

I thought we had a chance, Wright said. But at the end of the day, the refs made a call. They came out and made a call.

Rice said he and quarterback Russell Wilson had practiced the route all week and he knew he scored.

I definitely knew I was in. They just made me stay down because I got a little dinged up, Rice said. I had a couple concussions before. They just wanted to make sure I was all right.

QUICK HITS

-- Safety Chris Conte left the game early due to the flu, and was replaced by Craig Steltz. Safety Major Wright said Conte said he wasnt feeling well early.

It was probably the second series. He said he felt dizzy, light headed, was throwing up. I thought, Wow, I didnt know.

-- Entering Sunday, Jay Cutler was 25-0 when he had a 100-plus passer rating. Cutler had a 119.6 passer rating in Sundays loss to Seattle.

-- The Bears recorded their 300th takeaway since 2004 when Brian Urlacher stripped Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch in the first quarter on Sunday. Cornerback Kelvin Hayden recovered the fumble.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

This week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Fremd senior Grace Tworek. 

Tworek has led the Vikings on and off the court this season. Last week, the Harvard commit put up a career-high 29 points in a win over Wheeling. 

Learn more about Tworek's success in the video above. 

Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

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Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

CSN will have two Missouri Valley Conference games with local teams on Saturday. 

The first game tips at 3 p.m. live on CSN as Evansville heads to Loyola. The second game tips at 7 p.m. and is also live on CSN as Drake will play at Illinois State.

Loyola (13-7, 3-4) is coming off of a tough road loss in double overtime to Northern Iowa. The Ramblers have been led by senior Milton Doyle this season as the former Marshall star is one of the better guards in the Valley.

Evansville (10-10, 1-6) has dropped five straight games as they're struggling to gain any momentum in conference play. Senior guard Jaylon Brown is having an outstanding season for the Purple Aces as he's putting up 21.2 points per game.

The second matchup has Drake (6-13, 4-3) traveling to Illinois State. The Bulldogs have won three of four games and junior guard Reed Timmer is dangerous while former Saint Viator product Ore Arogundade is having a solid sophomore season. 

Illinois State (15-4, 7-0) is leading the Valley after a huge win over Wichita State as they've won eight straight games. The Redbirds are hoping to make a run to an NCAA tournament bid with another home win.