Red­dish 3 lifts Duke to vic­tory

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Sports -

Cam Red­dish hit a 3-pointer with 0.8 sec­onds left to lead No. 1 Duke past No. 13 Florida State, 80-78 on Satur­day. Red­dish caught the ball on the wing off the in­bounds pass and made a wide open 3-pointer to en­sure that Duke (14-1, 3-0 ACC) would win its ninth straight game. He fin­ished with 23 points on 9 of 15 shoot­ing. Duke played the se­cond half with­out star fresh­man Zion Wil­liamson.

LOS AN­GE­LES — The Los An­ge­les Rams are still in the run­ning for Su­per Bowl LIII.

Lit­er­ally.

The Rams gashed a proud Dal­las Cow­boys de­fense for a fran­chise play­off record 273 yards rush­ing in a 30-22 NFC Divi­sional Play­off vic­tory Satur­day at the Los An­ge­les Memo­rial Col­i­seum.

Los An­ge­les ad­vanced to its first NFC Cham­pi­onship Game in 17 years.

The Rams will ei­ther visit New Or­leans or host Philadel­phia next Sun­day at Noon PDT. The Saints and Ea­gles meet in the other NFC Divi­sional Play­off to­day in New Or­leans.

C.J. An­der­son car­ried 23 times for 123 yards and two touch­downs, and Todd Gur­ley II re­turned from knee in­flam­ma­tion for the fist time in a month with 16 car­ries for 115 yards, in­clud­ing a 35-yard touch­down.

In three games as a Ram, An­der­son, signed af­ter Gur­ley was shelved with left knee ten­dini­tis, has rushed for 422 yards and four touch­downs.

On a third-and-seven with 100 sec­onds to play, Rams quarterbac­k Jared Goff joined the party with an 11-yard scram­ble that sealed the club’s first play­off vic­tory since the 2001 NFC ti­tle game vic­tory over Philadel­phia in St. Louis.

De­fen­sively, the Rams held NFL rush­ing cham­pion Ezekiel El­liott to 47 yards on 20 car­ries.

No stop was big­ger than fourth-an­done at the Rams 35 on the play of the fourth quar­ter. Ndamukong Suh clogged the point of at­tack, and Michael Brock­ers and Cory Lit­tle­ton fin­ished the Dal­las tail­back off.

The Rams mounted a 65-yard scor­ing march con­sum­ing half the fourth quar­ter that An­der­son fin­ished off with a one-yard blast on fourth down.

“Big time win for us,” said Rams coach Sean Mcvay, who at age 32 be­came the youngest head coach ever to win an NFL play­off game. “They have a great de­fense that we have tremen­dous respect for.

“But we had a lot of guys who made big plays on de­fense tonight to help us

win this game.”

The Rams mounted two long drives only to have to set­tle for Greg Zuer­lein field goals and trailed 7-3 af­ter the first quar­ter.

A Mar­cus Peters per­sonal foul penalty po­si­tioned the ball at the Rams 29 yard line.

Dal­las quarterbac­k Dak Prescott caught the Rams in their base de­fense, with safety La­mar­cus Joyner cov­er­ing Amari Cooper, and the Cow­boys re­ceiver turned a slant pat­tern into a 29-yard touch­down.

The Rams took a 13-7 lead on a 76-yard drive high­lighted by a 20-yard strike to Brandin Cooks and 16-yard deep cross­ing pat­tern to Robert Woods.

An­der­son car­ried 14 yards to the Dal­las 1, and then car­ried the fi­nal yard with 7:00 let in the first half.

On their next series, a Dal­las penalty on 3rd and 14 led to a 35-yard TD burst by Gur­ley, his first touch­down since Dec. 2 in Detroit.

“It’s kind of crazy, but we ran the ball to­day to set up our pass­ing game,” Woods said. “C.J. and Todd re­ally got us go­ing on the ground, and then Jared put us in the right po­si­tion to make plays.”

KEVIN Reece/spe­cial to the Val­ley Press

rush­ing at­tack — Rams run­ning back Todd Gur­ley II car­ries the ball against the Dal­las Cow­boys in an NFC Divi­sional play­off game on Satur­day at the Los An­ge­les Memo­rial Col­i­seum. The Rams de­feated the Dal­las Cow­boys 30-22.

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