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Taylor misses Heisman Trophy finalist listSubmitted: 12/09/2019
MADISON -
Wisconsin Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor was not named as one of the four finalists for the Heisman Trophy.

Taylor finished his junior season in Madison with 2,118 all-purpose yards and 26 total touchdowns. He became the only player in FBS history to reach the 6,000-yard mark during his junior season.

Taylor will play in Wisconsin's Rose Bowl game against Oregon and has not announced whether he plans to come back for his senior season.

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, Ohio State defensive end Chase Young and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts will go to New York for the Heisman ceremony this Saturday.




Story By: Andrew Goldstein

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GREEN BAY - GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) " Slowing down led to a huge day for Aaron Jones.

After a 20-15 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Jones credited Green Bay Packers running backs coach Ben Sirmans with teaching him to take his time and let plays develop. Jones said thanks to Sirmans' help, he was able to run wherever he wanted against Washington.

Jones rushed for a season-high 134 yards and a touchdown on just 16 carries, Aaron Rodgers threw for 195 yards and a score and the Packers did enough to put away the Redskins.

Jones had his third 100-yard rushing game of the season and hauled in six passes for 58 yards.

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INDIANANAPOLIS - The No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers lost the Big Ten Championship game to No. 1 Ohio State, 34-21, after leading 21-7 at the half.

Quarterback Jack Coan had two first-half rushing touchdowns.

Running back Jonathan Taylor finished the game with 20 carries for 148 yards and a touchdown.

Ohio State scored 24 unanswered points in the second half to pull ahead for good.

Wisconsin will find out its bowl assignment Sunday.

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SAN FRANCISCO - SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) " Jimmy Garoppolo threw two long touchdown passes and the San Francisco harassed Aaron Rodgers all night, leading the 49ers to a 37-8 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Garoppolo connected on a 42-yard touchdown strike to Deebo Samuel in the second quarter and a 61-yarder to George Kittle in the third to get San Francisco (10-1) off to a resounding start to a grueling three-game stretch.

Following the game against the first-place Packers (8-3), the Niners will travel to Baltimore (8-2) and New Orleans (9-2) the next two weeks in a stretch that will go a long way to determining whether San Francisco will be able to hold off Seattle (9-2) in a tight NFC West race.

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GREEN BAY - GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP)  Preston Smith and Green Bay's defense stopped Christian McCaffrey at the goal line as time expired and the Packers defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-16 on a snowy Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Aaron Jones scored three rushing touchdowns for the second time this season to lead Green Bay (8-2), which improved to 5-2 all-time against the Panthers at home.

The Panthers got the ball back with 2:25 left on their own 11-yard line, trailing by eight. Quarterback Kyle Allen drove Carolina down the field, including completing a 12-yard pass to D.J. Moore on fourth-and-10 with 56 seconds left. The Panthers also benefited from an offsides penalty with 13 seconds remaining to convert another fourth down. After Allen threw an incompletion to McCaffrey, the Packers stopped him just short of the end zone as time expired. A brief replay review upheld the call.

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CARSON, CALIFORNIA - CARSON, Calif. (AP) " Just when the Los Angeles Chargers' season looked lost, they put together their best game of the year against one of the league's top teams.

Melvin Gordon scored two touchdowns and the defense held Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers to one of his worst outings as the Chargers dominated the Packers on Sunday, winning 26-11.

"For whatever reason we do better when it's a little bit 'the Chargers don't have a chance.' I don't know why. I don't think anyone gave us a chance in this one," said Philip Rivers, who got his first win over Green Bay. "I wish we did better when everyone thought we were really good like the beginning of the season. All three phases did a heck of a job."

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GREEN BAY - GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith was cited a month ago for possessing marijuana or synthetic marijuana, as well as speeding.

The Journal Sentinel reports that the citations stem from a Sept. 29 traffic stop while Smith and two other teammates were returning to Green Bay from a trip to Chicago.

The Racine County Sheriff's Office says the 27-year-old Smith was pulled over after deputies clocked him going 81 mph in a 60 mph construction zone.

No drugs were found on any of the players, but a search found three hollowed-out cigars filled with marijuana and a vaping cartridge inside a duffel back in the rear of the SUV. Smith was the only one cited.

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KANSAS CITY - KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) " Aaron Rodgers threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Aaron Jones on a big night for the Green Bay running back, and the Packers held off backup quarterback Matt Moore and the Kansas City Chiefs 31-24 on Sunday night.

Jones, who briefly left with a shoulder injury, had seven catches for 159 yards and added 67 on the ground " a big chunk of them in the closing minutes, when the Packers (7-1) sealed the win.

It was their first at Arrowhead Stadium since Nov. 4, 2007.

With reigning league MVP Patrick Mahomes out with a dislocated kneecap, Moore took the reins of the Chiefs' high-powered offense and fared quite well. He threw for 267 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the ex-high school coach's first NFL start in more than two years.

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GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers gave the rest of the NFL its first true glimpse of what Matt LaFleur's offense can look like with Aaron Rodgers at the helm.

And it was scary.

Rodgers had his best game by far under the new Packers coach, throwing for 429 yards and five touchdowns and running for another as Green Bay beat the Oakland Raiders 42-24 on Sunday.

Rodgers completed 25 of 31 passes to eight different targets and finished with the first perfect passer rating of his career, leading LaFleur's offense to a season high in points.

''A lot of times that ball leaves his hand, I'm always like in awe. So, yeah, he's pretty good,'' LaFleur said of the two-time MVP.


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CHAMPAIGN, IL - The plan was for Wisconsin to roll into a showdown with Ohio State next week unbeaten, with a defense putting up historic numbers and a Heisman Trophy contender at running back.

Illinois had other plans.

James McCourt kicked a 39-yard field as time expired and the Illini pulled off the biggest upset of the college football season, knocking off No. 6 Wisconsin 24-23 on Saturday.

"Our program, we needed to get a signature win. I was just hoping today was the day, and the day came," said Illini coach Lovie Smith, the former Chicago Bears coach who entered the game 11-31 overall and 4-26 in the Big Ten since taking over Illinois in 2016.

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GREEN BAY -  It took Mason Crosby 13 seasons to perform his first Lambeau Leap.

The 35-year-old kicker nailed a 23-yard field goal as time expired and jumped into the crowd with a boost from long snapper Hunter Bradley after he finished off a rally for the Green Bay Packers, who benefited from some questionable officiating to edge the Detroit Lions 23-22 on Monday night.

''That was fun, yeah,'' Crosby said of leaping into the crowd. ''That feeling, once you get up in the stands, the energy in there and teammates and everyone's around, that's something I'll always remember. That was great.''

Aaron Rodgers, in his second straight game without top target Davante Adams, completed 24 of 39 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns, including a beautiful 35-yard throw to Allen Lazard for the second-year pro's first career score.

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