Nov 04, 2019 1:00 AM

Allen leads Broncos by Browns 24-19 in NFL debut

Posted Nov 04, 2019 1:00 AM

DENVER (AP) — Fourth-year quarterback Brandon Allen sparked Denver's stagnant offense, throwing for two touchdowns in his first career NFL start and leading the Broncos past the stumbling Cleveland Browns 24-19 Sunday.

In his first start in 1,402 days, Allen threw a 21-yard pass to Courtland Sutton and a 75-yarder to rookie tight end Noah Fant , and Phillip Lindsay ran nine times for 92 yards and a touchdown.

The Broncos (3-6) didn't truncate the playbook with Joe Flacco (neck) on injured reserve, and Allen threw for 193 yards on 12-of-20 passing.

Allen, who was claimed off waivers from the Rams two months ago, added a wrinkle to an offense that Flacco criticized as too conservative last week by running twice for 16 yards. Denver hasn't seen much mobility in the pocket from its quarterbacks since Tim Tebow's tenure.

Denver's defense stifled Baker Mayfield & Co. all afternoon, forcing the Browns (2-6) to settle for four short field goals and twice stuffing them on fourth down. The first stop came at the Denver 5-yard line and again at the Broncos 28 to get the ball back with 3:19 remaining and the Browns out of timeouts.

Lindsay gained 16 yards on a direct snap to gain the first down and allow the Broncos to go into victory formation.

Nick Chubb was held to 65 yards on 20 carries, and Mayfield finished with 273 yards passing.

Browns receivers Jarvis Landry (six catches for 51 yards) and Odell Beckham Jr. (five catches for 87 yards) were forced to change their colorful cleats at halftime to conform to the league's dress code.

Allen not only gave Denver a jolt, but he stood the pocket to absorb a big hit on the long touchdown to Fant. Left tackle Garett Bolles, who drew two more flags, whiffed on Olivier Vernon and the defensive end crushed Allen just as he got the pass off.

Vernon looked up only to see Fant slipping three tackles before crossing midfield and sprinting down Denver's delirious sideline.

The Broncos, the first team since the Browns in 2010 to play a game without a single quarterback on their active roster who had taken a snap in a regular season game, turned to Allen for his first start since he led Arkansas over Kansas State in the Liberty Bowl on Jan. 2, 2016.

Denver took a 17-12 halftime lead by holding Cleveland to four field goals, and linebacker Todd Davis stuffed Mayfield on a fourth-and-inches sneak at the 5 in the third quarter.

Allen then directed a seven-play, 95-yard drive, which Lindsay capped with a 30-yard touchdown run.

The Broncos stiffened again when Chris Harris Jr. broke up a pass to Beckham on third-and-6 from the 18, but officials flagged safety Justin Simmons for pass interference, giving Cleveland a new set of downs. Mayfield threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Landry on the next snap to pull the Browns within 24-19.

After forcing a punt, the Browns got the ball back at their 12 and quickly and reached the Denver 28, where they used their final timeout on fourth-and-4 with 3:23 left in the game.

Mayfield fired a pass to Landry that Kareem Jackson and Davontae Harris both broke up, giving Denver the ball back.

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Nov 04, 2019 1:00 AM
Eagles use big plays to top Cowboys 41-7

By: Con Marshall

CSC Sports Information

LAS VEGAS, N.M. -- November 2, 2019 -- The Chadron State Eagles made some big plays on all sides of the ball and came away with a 41-7 victory over New Mexico Highlands during a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game in Las Vegas, N.M. on Saturday.

The win was the fourth in a row for the Eagles, who are now 5-4 for the season and 4-4 in the conference. They have scored at least 40 points in each of the victories.

The Eagles didn't get off to a rousing start, leading just 14-0 at halftime. But they had no turnovers, set up their first touchdown with a punt return, blocked a field goal attempt that kept the Cowboys off the scoreboard in the first half and cashed in on two big interception returns.

The Eagles finished the day with 374 yards of total offense, their low for the season, but limited Highlands to 297.

"Offensively, it took us a little longer to figure out what would work against their defense," Head Coach Jay Long said. "It came down to us executing and, with Elijah Myles having another great day to go with big plays by the defense and special teams, we ended up putting 41 points on the board."

Myles, a sophomore tailback from California, finished with 27 carries for 158 yards and has rushed for 514 yards in the last three games. He scored both of the first half touchdowns.

The first was on a two-yard burst the next play after versatile Cole Thurness had returned a punt 38 yards.

The second came on Myles' 19-yard run three plays after linebacker Tyler Lewis had intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned it 44 yards. A 22-yard pass from quarterback Dalton Holst to wide receiver Tevon Wright was included in the quick-strike TD.

Highlands threatened near the end of the first half, but 6-foot-5 Juan Estrada, who normally plays offensive tackle, blocked the Cowboys' field goal attempt.

The Eagles went ahead 17-0 midway in the second period, when freshman Colton Dolder kicked a 21-yard field goal after Holst and Wright had hooked up on a 37-yard pass.

On its next possession, Chadron State used 10 plays to go 78 yards for a two-yard touchdown toss from Holst to Wright after Myles had gained 36 yards on three carries to open the drive.

The Eagles clinched the outcome early in the fourth frame by scoring twice on big time plays that pushed their lead to 38-0. The first occurred when Thurness outran a defender to take Holst's pass 58 yards to the end zone. Less than two minutes later freshman safety Cole Condon stepped in front of Highlands' intended receiver and romped 88 yards to the opposite end of the field for another CSC touchdown.

The latter is the fifth longest interception return in Eagles' history.

The Cowboys, now 1-7 for the season, got their only touchdown with 7:52 left in the game when quarterback Ramone Atkins went the final yard. The 75-yard drive included runs of 19 and 33 yards by Shawntay Mills and an 18-yard pass from Atkins to Darrell McIntyre.

The Eagles wrapped up the scoring on Dolder's 27-yard field goal after alternate running back Priest Jennings had a 21-yard run.

The Eagles will host South Dakota School of Mines this coming Saturday. 


                        CSC            NMHU

First Downs                22               14

Total Net Yards            374              297

Rushes, Yards            36-178           43-121

Passing Yard              196              175

Passing                 12-28-0           9-24-2

Return Yards              179               53

Punts, Ave.               6-36.8            8-43.8   

Fumbles, Lost             0-0               1-0

Penalties, Yards           4-29              5-71


Chadron State     7      7     10      17      ---41

N.M. Highlands     0      0      0       7      ----7


First Quarter

CSC--Elijah Myles 2 run (Will Morgan kick)

Second Quarter

CSC--Myles 19 run (Morgan kick)

Third Quarter

CSC--Colton Dolder 21 field goal.

CSC--Tevon Wright 2 pass from Dalton Holst (Morgan kick)

Fourth Quarter

CSC--Cole Thurness 58 pass from Holst (Morgan kick)

NMHU--Ramone Atkins 1 run (Israel) Farfan kick)

CSC--Dolder 27 field goal


Rushing: CSC--Elijah Myles 27-158, Priest Jennings 6-29, Cole Thurness 1-2, Stevann Brown 1-1, Dalton Holst 1-minus 12. NMHU--James Budget 17-63, Shawntay Mills 7-53, Tevion Thomas 1-5, Ramone Atkins 13-4, Ezekiel Tapia 1-3, Jaylen Morgan 1-0, Gunner Mefford 3-minus 7

Passing: CSC--Dalton Holst 12-28-0, 196 yards, 2 TDs. NMHU--Gunner Mefferd 5-12-2, 131 yards, 0 TDs; Ramone Atkins 4-12-0, 45 yards, 0 TDs.

Receiving: CSC--Tevon Wright 7-11, Cole Thurness 3-75, Brandon Ferguson 1-12, Matt Varga 1-9. NMHU--Emmanuel Lumanze 4-72, J'Juan Mildow 2-71, Darrell McIntyre 1-18, Dillon Glassoway 1-8, Elijah Boyd 1-7.

Kickoff Returns: CSC--0. NMHU--53. Punt Returns: CSC--47, NMHU--0. Interception Returns: CSC--132, NMHU--0

Tackles: CSC--Travis Wilson 3-7, 10; Tyree Fryar 5-2, 7; Noah Kerchal 2-5,7; Cole Condon 4-1, 5; Joel Carpenter 3-2, 5. NMHU--Jacobe Mills 4-3, 7; T.J. Jackson 6-0, 6; Malik Brown, 3-3, 6.