Oklahoma, Big 12 still looking for Playoff winBrendan Radley-Hiles’ cheap shot on Edwards-Helaire at 13:24 in the second quarter was symbolic of the Sooners’ latest meltdown on the national stage. Oklahoma wasn’t ready for LSU.The Sooners have yet to win a Playoff semifinal in four tries, including in three consecutive seasons. That comes after losing three straight championship games in the Bowl Championship Series era (2003, 2004, 2008). That’s seven missed swings since the program’s last national championship in 2000. The Big 12 is the only Power 5 conference that hasn’t had a team win a semifinal in the six-year history of the Playoff.Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley has lost just three regular-season games in leading three Big 12 championship runs, but a third straight loss to an SEC school in the semifinals will lead to another offseason of questioning the Sooners’ big-boy credentials. After three straight semifinal losses, that criticism is warranted. No. 1 LSU routed No. 4 Oklahoma 63-28 in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Peach Bowl on Saturday.The Tigers (14-0) — behind Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow’s 493 passing yards and eight total touchdowns, advanced to the Playoff championship game in New Orleans on Jan. 13, giving them a chance to match Clemson as the only teams in the modern era of college football season to go 15-0. Oklahoma (12-2) lost in the College Football Playoff for the third consecutive season. MORE: LSU-Oklahoma: Tigers set crush Oklahoma in record-setting blowoutHere are three takeaways from the Tigers’ blowout victory:Burrow, Jefferson set recordsBurrow threw four first-half touchdown passes to Justin Jefferson — scores of 19, 25, 42 and 30 yards — as part of a run in which the Tigers scored touchdowns on seven of eight possessions. It was another remarkable performance with the help of offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger and passing game coordinator Joe Brady. Oklahoma hadn’t allowed a 300-yard passer all season under new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch.Burrow had 403 yards by halftime, a College Football Playoff record. He also broke the Playoff single-game passing record, and he’ll have a chance to make a run at Deshaun Watson’s two-game total of 679 passing yards, set in 2016. He also set the record for “most touchdowns responsible for” in a single Playoff game — in the first half — when he threw his fifth touchdown pass. He added two more passing scores and a rushing touchdown before exiting in the fourth quarter. Burrow finished with 515 total yards of offense.LSU did all that with limited usage from running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who played sparingly because of a hamstring injury, and starting offensive lineman Damien Lewis, who was injured early in the game. The Tigers proved once again this offense is borderline unstoppable with Burrow at the controls.Thing is, LSU played defense, too.Tigers’ defense sets the toneLSU rattled Heisman finalist Jalen Hurts in his final college game. The Tigers forced four three-and-outs and an interception in the first half, and that was enough to break the game open. In a Playoff that features four elite offenses, that’s more than enough to get the job done.LSU did an excellent job of keeping Hurts contained on designed runs, and flushed him out of the pocket on passing plays to force errant throws. Aside from a 51-yard pass play to CeeDee Lamb, LSU did an excellent job of avoiding chunk plays, too.Hurts was 5 of 18 for 101 passing yards in the first half, carrying the ball eight times for 24 yards. He finished completing 15 of 31 passes for 217 yards and an interception, adding 43 rushing yards and two scores on the ground.But Oklahoma couldn’t keep up in the first half, and that led to a 42-14 deficit and the ultimate 63-28 final score.
There was great celebrations today Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) officially opened its new Resource and Outreach Centre in Letterkenny today.The opening was celebrated by local people with disabilities, staff members, volunteers and community supporters during an event which took place at the new Resource and Outreach Centre located in The Glenview Building, Upper Carnamugagh Road, Letterkenny.IWA’s new Resource and Outreach Centre will continue to deliver essential services to people with physical disabilities and others with limited mobility, including educational and training programmes, social and recreational opportunities, and a dedicated information and advice service. Comprising a large multi-functional room, community meeting rooms, therapy rooms, kitchen and dining areas, the new Resource and Outreach Centre will benefit almost fifty existing IWA members from Letterkenny while also catering for the growth of essential services in the area.Speaking at the event today, CEO of Irish Wheelchair Association, Rosemary Keogh explained “Our new Resource and Outreach Centre, in The Glenview Building will work in conjunction with existing IWA services in Malin, Dobhar, Carrigart and Donegal Town, the range of community support services based in The Glenview Building will ensure that people with disabilities living in Letterkenny will receive high quality services which directly impact, enhance and improve the quality of their lives and that of their family members”.She continued “This new and modern Resource and Outreach Centre will open up a world of opportunity for members in Letterkenny and is the culmination of a number of years of hard work, determination and resilience. The transition of services to The Glenview Building began in November 2015, bringing together local people, statutory and voluntary agencies, neighbouring businesses and organisations. I am delighted to see the Resource and Outreach Centre in full operation for the benefit of Letterkenny and the wider community”.Already a hive of activity, the Resource and Outreach Centre has local staff working alongside members and volunteers on a daily basis, five accessible buses on the road seven days a week and over 50 members participating in programmes and initiatives during the day, evenings and weekends which enable them to lead independent, active and fulfilling lives. The Association welcomes all local people, groups, schools and organisations to visit the centre and utilise the amenities available there.For additional information about the range of services and supports provided to people with disabilities from Letterkenny and the surrounding areas please contact Irish Wheelchair Association on 074-9177448 email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.iwa.ieDaniel Mc Brearty who made a presentation to the CEO of the Irish Wheelchair Association, Rosemary Keogh, at the opening of the new IWA centre pictured with Manager of the centre Mary Mc Grenra. Photo Brian McDaidBernie Curran , (Seated Right) Irish Wheel Chair Association Member who had the honour of unveiling the plaque at the opening of the Irish Wheelchair Association Resource and Outreach Centre in Letterkenny located in The Glenview Building, Upper Carnamugagh Road, Included at the unveiling were seated Michael Hickey, National Chairman IWA, back row from left Mary Mc Grenra Centre Manager, Rosemary Keogh CEO of the Irish Wheelchair Association and Chris Hoey Regional Director. Photo Brian McDaidCEO of the Irish Wheel Chair Association, Rosemary Keogh pictured with Mary Mc Grenra manager of the new Irish Wheelchair Association Centre which was opening in Letterkenny on Friday. Also pictured are. Harriet Mc Cafferty , Marcus Hufsky, Hugh Farrell Regional Manager IWA and Owen Mc Fadden. Photo Brian McDaidStaff representatives at the new Irish Wheel Chair Association Centre which opening in Letterkenny on Friday included from left, Harriet Mc Cafferty, Tracy Orr, Pam Deeney Mark Hufsky and Charlotte Mc Laughlin . Photo Brian McDaidJohn Mangan at the opening of the Irish Wheelchair Associations Centre in Letterkenny pictured with Nicole Sheridan, Padraig Mc Laughlin, Anne Marie Gallagher , Cllr Gerry Mc Monocle , Charlie Mc Conalouge T.D. and Chris Hoey Regional Director. Photo Brian McDaidShaun Bartley with CEO of the Irish Wheelchair Association Rosemary Keogh and Manager of the New Irish Wheel Chair Association Centre which opened in Letterkenny on Friday.Photo Brian McDaidDrivers for The Irish Wheelchair Association including Peter Watson, Seamus Mc Devitt, James Mc Monagle and Owen Mc Fadden with Chris Hoey Regional Director at the official opening of the New Centre in Letterkenny.Celebrations as Wheelchair Association open Resource and Outreach Centre in Letterkenny was last modified: October 28th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)