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Christian studies: A series-by-series look at Ponder's effort versus Chicago

Posted by: under Quarterbacks, Vikings, Bears, Leslie Frazier, Adrian Peterson, Chris Kluwe, Leslie Frazier, Percy Harvin, Phil Loadholt Updated: December 11, 2012 - 9:18 AM

There wasn’t a lot to ask. And there wasn’t a lot to explain. So during Sunday’s obligatory postgame session at Mall of America Field, Christian Ponder was barely on the podium for 4 minutes when reporters ran out of questions and the second-year quarterback ran out of explanations.

Why belabor the issue? For a Vikings team that has so many things to be encouraged about, Ponder remains the biggest concern.

As Mark Craig wrote after the game:

In the critical game that could have defined his season and established the arc that his young career will follow, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder was ... A nonfactor.

Which is what made Sunday’s feel-good 21-14 win over Chicago feel so awkward. The Vikings won a game in which they failed to pass for 100 yards. They won a game in which top tight end Kyle Rudolph went without a catch.

They somehow won a game without needing their quarterback to produce like all NFL quarterbacks are supposed to.

So just what are we to make of Ponder’s performance against the Bears? He certainly was not a driving force in the Vikings’ season-salvaging upset. But he also didn’t lose the game, either. And for now, that’s a big deal to the Vikings coaching staff and a point they made sure to get across after two inexplicable interceptions in Green Bay in Week 13 delivered the most upsetting and agonizing of the team’s six losses.

Ponder’s final stats Sunday against Chicago: 11-for-17, 91 yards, no touchdowns, one interception.

Here’s a possession by possession look at what the second-year QB did and didn’t do.


Series 1

Began: At Vikings 20

Ended: With an Adrian Peterson 1-yard touchdown run

Duration: 6 plays, 80 yards, 3:07

Ponder stats: 1-for-1, 11 yards

Most notable Ponder play: The Vikings only asked Ponder to throw once on the game’s opening series -- on third-and-9 from the Chicago 28. Ponder responded by hitting Michael Jenkins with a bullet underneath the coverage. Jenkins caught the pass at a standstill 5 yards short of the first down, but split between Kelvin Hayden and Lance Briggs on his run after the catch to pick up the first down.

Just a thought: At this stage, the Vikings’ game plan should not be too difficult to understand. It’s hand the ball to Peterson until someone figures out how to stop him. Peterson carried the ball on five of the six plays. On the first snap, the Vikings used not one, not two, but three tight ends, all on the right side of the line to clear the way for what turned out to be the game’s biggest play – by yardage and significance. Peterson went 51 yards with that handoff, the immediate tone-setter in a game in which the Vikings needed to alleviate the pressure on Ponder. Mission: accomplished.

Series 2

Began: At Chicago 5

Ended: With a Peterson 1-yard touchdown run

Duration: 3 plays, 5 yards, 1:07

Ponder stats: Zero passes

Most notable Ponder play: Josh Robinson’s interception and 44 yard return to the Bears 5 provided the Vikings a gimme scoring drive. On third-and-goal and from the 1, Ponder simply turned, stuck the ball in the gut of the NFL’s best back and watched Peterson ram over Nick Roach and Chris Conte for his second score.

Just a thought: This time, offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave didn’t try to get overly cute with his play calling in close. Peterson, Peterson, Peterson. Touchdown. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Just like that, the Vikings had a 14-0 lead before Ponder had even thrown his second pass. That’s a nice formula to keep a struggling quarterback from pressing.

Series 3

Began: At Vikings 16

Ended: At Vikings 16 with Chris Kluwe out to deliver a 50-yard punt

Duration: 4 plays, 0 yards, 2:29

Ponder stats: 1-for-1, 13 yards

Most notable Ponder play: On a second-and-8 play from the 31, the Bears blitzed and sent six rushers. End Corey Wootton looped right around right tackle Phil Loadholt to apply the heat. Ponder, in a panic as he was being sacked by Wootton, tried to throw the ball away even with his right arm grabbed. It was an absolutely inexplicable decision. From a guy who’s praised as brilliant in the classroom, Ponder’s brain too often short circuits in the heat of competition. Fortunately, officials ruled Ponder down for a 14-yard sack. And his silly throw actually traveled a yard forward and would have been incomplete. But with a 14-0 lead and the directive to avoid tide-turning mistakes at all costs, Ponder once again provided evidence that his decision making can be dangerously suspect.

Just a thought: Two plays before that near disaster, Ponder’s second completion of the day was a slant bullet to Jerome Simpson against Hayden for a 13-yard gain. Good throw, good catch.


Series 4

Began: At Vikings 9 (with 1:02 left in the first quarter)

Ended: At Vikings 43, with Kluwe on to deliver a 54-yard punt

Duration: 5 plays, 34 yards, 2:18

Ponder stats: 0-for-1, 0 yards

Most notable Ponder play: Ponder’s only throw of the series was a first-and-10 short toss to Jarius Wright. But the rookie couldn’t hold on to the pass as he was being hit by linebacker Geno Hayes. Incomplete.

Just a thought: On third-and-8 from the Vikings 40, Julius Peppers quickly beat Loadholt and Ponder took off. He picked up 3 yards but never had the chance to set in the pocket and make a throw downfield.

Series 5

Began: At Vikings 13

Ended: At Bears 48, with Kluwe out to punt for the third consecutive series

Duration: 8 plays, 39 yards, 3:58

Ponder stats: 3-for-4, 28 yards

Most notable Ponder play: Peterson already had 16 carries midway through the second quarter when the Vikings dialed up their first deep shot. Fortunately, Bears linebacker Lance Briggs couldn’t yank Ponder down despite coming through untouched on the snap. Ponder then delivered a pump fake to his right and threw deep back to Devin Aromashodu on a post. The Vikings kept Aromashodu around this season with a belief he could deliver on what receivers coach George Stewart calls “moment of truth catches.” In this instance, Aromashodu had what could have been a 45-yard TD grab bounce off his right shoulder pad. With Charles Tillman providing solid coverage, Aromashodu appeared to stumble a bit an instant before the ball arrived. And instead of going up to get a catch that would have given the Vikings a 21-0 lead, his inability to deliver in the moment of truth cost the Vikings.

Just a thought: Wright had two receptions on the drive, the first a 13-yarder on a nifty little play stolen Wright from the Percy Harvin Collection. Wright also had a 16-yard grab to convert on third-and-2. Again, like Harvin so often did, Wright motioned into the backfield, then used his quickness to gain separation from Briggs. Easy pitch and catch.

Series 6

Began: At Vikings 23

Ended: At Chicago 20, after a Ponder interception

Duration: 4 plays, 16 yards, 1:20

Stats: 1-for-2, 2 yards, interception

Most notable Ponder play: Want evidence that Ponder’s poise needs improving and his mechanics need sharpening? Look no further than his interception on a deep ball to Wright. It’s hard to fault Ponder for liking the mismatch he saw with Wright streaking down the middle of the field with a linebacker (Nick Roach) closest in coverage. But with no pocket to step up into, Ponder was leaning backwards when he put way too much air and not enough oomph under his long ball. Safety Major Wright looked like a catcher camping under a pop foul when he made the pick. Ponder needed the ball about 8-10 yards further down the field to hit Wright in stride. But that’s hard to do when you’re throwing off your back foot with little assertiveness. Justifiably, the boos began.

Just a thought: After Alshon Jeffery’s TD grab pulled Chicago within 14-7, the Vikings could have used a steadying scoring drive to finish the half. But as has been the trend all season, they were shaky in the final 2 minutes of the first half. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier tried to find a positive spin on Ponder’s interception, noting that it was “like a punt.” But it came on first-and-5, not exactly the time you’re looking for a punt equivalent.


Series 7

Began: At Vikings 11

Ended: At Vikings 19, with Kluwe out to deliver a 55-yard punt

Duration: 4 plays, 8 yards, 2:24

Ponder stats: 0-for-1

Most notable Ponder play: Ponder’s incompletion on an overthrown pass to tight end John Carlson was negated by a defensive holding penalty. His only official throw, on third-and-11 toward Michael Jenkins, never had a chance. Neither Loadholt nor Peterson laid a finger on Wootton coming off the edge and both players wound up barking at each other for the entire walk back to the sideline.

Just a thought: Two false start penalties on Loadholt put the brakes on this drive. No other way around it. In Loadholt’s defense, the first flag probably should have been on Charlie Johnson.

Series 8

Began: At Vikings 20

Ended: At Vikings 34

Duration: 4 plays, 14 yards, 2:35

Ponder stats: 2-for-2, 21 yards

Most notable Ponder play: A checkdown to Peterson on the first play of the drive went for 14 yards. Nothing fancy. Still effective.

Just a thought: Peterson was stopped for a loss on two consecutive plays as the Bears continued to load up against the run with little respect for the Vikings’ passing attack. At this point, the Vikings are fully one-dimensional.  Those losses put the Vikings in an unwinnable third-and-17 situation with Ponder throwing only 4 yards past the line of scrimmage to connect with Jenkins on a meaningless completion.


Series 9

Began: At Vikings 1 (with 0:48 left in the third quarter)

Ended: At Bears 41, with Kluwe again out to punt

Duration: 12 plays, 58 yards, 6:35

Ponder stats: 3-for-5, 16 yards

Most notable Ponder play: After Zack Bowman downed a Chicago punt at the 1, you could feel the anxiety elevate at Mall of America Field. And yet Ponder’s best series of the day was kept alive first thanks to his 8-yard completion to Jenkins on third-and-7 from the 4. It came out of a shotgun with Jenkins beating Tillman on a slant just a yard beyond the sticks. Ponder looked at ease on the throw. One more third down completion – again to Jenkins for 10 yards on third-and-6 – allowed the Vikings to eat up valuable time while flipping the field. Kluwe’s punt was eventually downed at the Chicago 3, a huge swing in field position at a key point in the game.

Just a thought: Amazingly, this may have been the Vikings’ most important drive all day. And it ended with a punt with the quarterback throwing for only 16 yards on the possession. Ponder drew raves from the coaching staff for converting those two key third downs. Again, that tells you where the Vikings’ passing attack is if they are so enthusiastic about celebrating such tiny victories.

Series 10

Began: At Vikings 23

Ended: At Vikings 30, with yet another Kluwe punt

Duration: 3 plays, 7 yards, 0:37

Ponder stats: None

Most notable Ponder play: With a 14-point lead and less than 5 minutes to play, Ponder had one chore and one chore only: stick the ball in Peterson’s gut and don’t drop the ball.

Just a thought: After taking a 14-0 lead early in the first quarter, the Vikings punted on seven of their next eight possessions. Lucky for them, Harrison Smith’s interception return touchdown late in the third quarter provided enough cushion to divert attention away from the continuing offensive struggles.

Series 11

Began: At Chicago 48

Ended: At Vikings 49

Duration: 3 plays, minus-3 yards, 1:48

Stats: Three rushes, minus-3 yards

Most notable Ponder play: Three kneel downs, a seventh win secured.

Just a thought: Ponder’s day had few fireworks. But there were no fatal errors either. And so the Vikings will celebrate any time they can end the game in “Victory” formation. That said, if this chase of a playoff berth is to become serious, eventually the Vikings will have to discover something, anything in the passing game to aid their cause.


Cleveland 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Washington 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee 11/30/14 12:00 PM
San Diego 11/30/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Oakland 11/30/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
New Orleans 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Carolina 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Arizona 11/30/14 3:05 PM
New England 11/30/14 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Denver 11/30/14 7:30 PM
Kansas City
Miami 12/1/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
Dallas 12/4/14 7:25 PM
Chicago 109 FINAL
Boston 102
Golden State 106 FINAL
Charlotte 101
Dallas 106 FINAL
Toronto 102
Milwaukee 104 FINAL
Detroit 88
New Orleans 91 FINAL
Atlanta 100
LA Clippers 102 FINAL
Houston 85
New York 78 FINAL
Oklahoma City 105
Orlando 83 FINAL
Indiana 98
Sacramento 104 FINAL
San Antonio 112
Phoenix 97 FINAL
Denver 122
Memphis 112 FINAL
Portland 99
Minnesota 120 FINAL
LA Lakers 119
NY Rangers 3 FINAL
Philadelphia 0
Chicago 4 FINAL
Anaheim 1
NY Islanders 2 FINAL
Washington 5
Winnipeg 1 FINAL(OT)
Boston 2
Montreal 1 FINAL
Buffalo 2
Detroit 5 FINAL(SO)
New Jersey 4
Carolina 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 2
Vancouver 5 FINAL
Columbus 0
Ottawa 2 FINAL
Florida 3
Edmonton 3 FINAL(OT)
St. Louis 4
Minnesota 5 FINAL(OT)
Dallas 4
Tennessee 67 FINAL
Kansas 82
Eastern Ill 40 FINAL
NC Central 65
New Orleans 65 FINAL
Texas A&M 87
Radford 65 FINAL
NC A&T 57
Butler 64 FINAL
Georgetown 58
Prairie View 71 FINAL
Brown 81
Southern U 63 FINAL
Northern Ariz 70
Santa Clara 44 FINAL
Rhode Island 66
IUPU-Ft Wayne 67 FINAL
Dartmouth 68
Wright State 59
Texas-El Paso 77 FINAL
Xavier 73
Penn State 88 FINAL
Bucknell 80
James Madison 56 FINAL
Ohio State 73
Yale 66 FINAL
Providence 72
Lamar 59 FINAL
Texas Southern 71
Miss Valley St 66 FINAL
TX A&M-CC 75
Missouri State 55 FINAL
Alaska-Anchorage 51
Minnesota 66 FINAL
Georgia 62
Oklahoma 56 FINAL
Wisconsin 69
Stephen F Austin 83 FINAL
Austin Peay 62
Norfolk State 72 FINAL
St Francis-NY 70
Middle Tennessee 51 FINAL
Cincinnati 69
Char Southern 47 FINAL
Florida State 58
Princeton 65 FINAL
San Diego 75
Drake 46 FINAL
Valparaiso 66
Rice 74 FINAL
Washington St 76
USC Upstate 79 FINAL
Cal State Fullerton 64
Rider 54 FINAL
Georgia Tech 61
High Point 59 FINAL
Clemson 62
Emerson 50 FINAL
Hartford 83
Savannah State 71 FINAL
Jacksonville St 74
Monmouth 56 FINAL
Maryland 61
South Alabama 75 FINAL
Miami-Florida 87
Boise State 54 FINAL
NC State 60
Vanderbilt 65 FINAL
Rutgers 68
Gonzaga 73 FINAL
St Johns 66
Holy Cross 48 FINAL
Syracuse 72
Bradley 49 FINAL
TCU 57
Alabama State 91 FINAL
TX-Pan American 79
Delaware State 72 FINAL
Wake Forest 65
Tennessee St 58 FINAL
Saint Peters 66
North Carolina 75 FINAL
Florida 64
Memphis 72 FINAL
Indiana State 62
Hofstra 86 FINAL
Jackson State 56
Samford 64 FINAL
Louisiana Tech 77
Cleveland State 68 FINAL
Marshall 59
UT Martin 64 FINAL
Nebraska 75
SE Louisiana 61 FINAL
Tulane 71
Creighton 68 FINAL
Ole Miss 75
Murray State 61 FINAL
Portland 64
North Texas 73 FINAL
Arkansas 89
UNC Greensboro 79 FINAL
Indiana 87
Michigan State 79 FINAL
Marquette 68
Western Mich 79 FINAL
San Jose St 60
Stetson 62 FINAL
Northern Colorado 82
Texas-Arlington 81 FINAL
Montana State 104
Pacific 64 FINAL
Colorado State 75
Miss State 75 FINAL
Saint Louis 50
La Salle 56 FINAL
Virginia 64
North Dakota 53 FINAL
Utah 90
UAB 76
Baylor 54 FINAL
Illinois 62
Long Beach State 70 FINAL
Washington 80
Mercer 60 FINAL
UC Santa Barbara 65
Texas A&M 17
(6) TCU 48 FINAL
Texas 10
Northern Ill 31 FINAL
Western Mich 21
Nebraska 37 FINAL
Iowa 34
Western Ky 67 FINAL
(19) Marshall 66
So Florida 0
Houston 35 FINAL
Akron 24 FINAL
Kent State 27
Ball State 41 FINAL
Bowling Green 24
Buffalo 41 FINAL
Massachusetts 21
Toledo 52 FINAL
Eastern Mich 16
Arkansas 14 FINAL
(17) Missouri 21
Navy 42 FINAL
South Alabama 40
(13) Arizona State 35 FINAL
(12) Arizona 42
Stanford 31 FINAL
(9) UCLA 10
(21) Colorado State 24 FINAL
Air Force 27
Virginia 20 FINAL
Virginia Tech 24
East Carolina 49 FINAL
Tulsa 32
North Texas 11:00 AM
TX-San Antonio
Old Dominion 11:00 AM
Fla Atlantic
(16) Georgia Tech 11:00 AM
(8) Georgia
Kentucky 11:00 AM
(24) Louisville
So Carolina 11:00 AM
(23) Clemson
West Virginia 11:00 AM
Iowa State
Rice 11:00 AM
Louisiana Tech
Michigan 11:00 AM
(7) Ohio State
Purdue 11:00 AM
Illinois 11:00 AM
Cincinnati 11:00 AM
NC State 11:30 AM
North Carolina
Syracuse 11:30 AM
Boston College
Louisiana 11:30 AM
Utah 12:00 PM
Texas State 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Idaho 1:00 PM
Appalachian St
Wyoming 2:00 PM
New Mexico
New Mexico St 2:00 PM
Arkansas State
UAB 2:30 PM
Southern Miss
(4) Miss State 2:30 PM
(18) Ole Miss
Notre Dame 2:30 PM
(10) Michigan State 2:30 PM
Penn State
(22) Minnesota 2:30 PM
(14) Wisconsin
(5) Baylor 2:30 PM
Texas Tech
Florida 2:30 PM
(1) Florida State
Rutgers 2:30 PM
San Jose St 2:30 PM
San Diego St
Tennessee 3:00 PM
Kansas 3:00 PM
(11) Kansas State
Connecticut 3:00 PM
BYU 3:30 PM
ULM 5:00 PM
Ga Southern
Middle Tennessee 6:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Hawaii 6:00 PM
Fresno State
Wake Forest 6:00 PM
Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
(15) Auburn 6:45 PM
(2) Alabama
(3) Oregon 7:00 PM
Oregon State
Utah State 9:15 PM
(25) Boise State
Washington 9:30 PM
Washington St
Nevada 9:30 PM
UCF 12/4/14 6:30 PM
East Carolina
Northern Ill 12/5/14 6:00 PM
Bowling Green
(12) Arizona 12/5/14 8:00 PM
(3) Oregon
(19) Marshall 12/6/14 2:00 AM
(11) Kansas State 12/6/14 2:00 AM
(5) Baylor
Iowa State 12/6/14 2:00 AM
(6) TCU
Oklahoma State 12/6/14 2:00 AM
(20) Oklahoma
Hamilton 11/30/14 5:00 PM
Michigan 76 FINAL
Washington St 64
Green Bay 71 FINAL
Georgia Tech 50
Eastern Kentucky 71 FINAL
Western Carolina 62
Florida Atlantic 57
Fordham 74 FINAL
Incarnate Word 42
Furman 63 FINAL
Florida State 94
Illinois State 44 FINAL
Miami-Florida 95
Eastern Michigan 74 FINAL
Cal State Fullerton 78
George Washington 74 FINAL
NC State 66
Ohio State 55 FINAL
Wichita State 70
Western Ky 69 FINAL
Tulane 64
La Salle 71 FINAL
Long Island 66
Binghamton 51 FINAL
St Johns 67
UNC-Asheville 52 FINAL
NC Central 55
North Florida 55 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 41
Akron 73 FINAL
Belmont 58
Miss Valley St 46 FINAL
Liberty 80 FINAL
Penn State 68
Colgate 44 FINAL
(21) Rutgers 60
Mercer 80 FINAL
Saint Louis 75
Northeastern 72 FINAL
No Dakota State 79
(10) Maryland 80 FINAL
James Madison 64
Villanova 46 FINAL
Arizona State 51
Tulsa 87 FINAL
Buffalo 77
Boston College 90 FINAL
Brown 80
Wyoming 63 FINAL
Iowa State 84
Weber State 100 FINAL
New Mexico St 97
Texas Tech 53 FINAL
Purdue 69
Washington 81 FINAL
Hartford 70
Fla Gulf Coast 86 FINAL
Clemson 61
Drake 69 FINAL
TX-San Antonio 61
UNC Greensboro 64 FINAL
Navy 71
(15) Nebraska 71 FINAL
Northern Iowa 58 FINAL
Hofstra 61
Austin Peay 71 FINAL
Southern Miss 80
(17) Iowa 67 FINAL
Arkansas 77
Cal-Irvine 54 FINAL
Bowling Green 62
Samford 56 FINAL
Georgia State 61
Siena 78 FINAL
Denver 62
Abilene Christian 88 FINAL
George Mason 86
Towson 49 FINAL
Rhode Island 60
Howard 55 FINAL
St Marys-CA 80
Houston 67 FINAL
Idaho State 73
Texas Southern 71
East Carolina 61 FINAL
Wisconsin 43
Sam Houston St 67
Minnesota 54 FINAL
Vanderbilt 71
Kent State 47 FINAL
TX A&M-CC 57
Montana 55 FINAL
Princeton 80
(9) Kentucky 92 FINAL
Oklahoma 88
Arizona 65 FINAL
FIU 58
Northern Ky 52 FINAL
Grand Canyon 45
Stetson 57 FINAL
Marist 50
American Univ 59 FINAL
Gonzaga 56
Loyola Marymount 66
Oral Roberts 38 FINAL
NC A&T 47
Stony Brook 42 FINAL
(8) Duke 72
Colorado State 76
(5) Stanford 54 FINAL
(11) North Carolina 70
Monmouth 82 FINAL
Wagner 59
Portland 59 FINAL
Nevada 84
Stephen F Austin 62 FINAL
UC-Riverside 90
Alcorn State 33 FINAL
Rice 61
Lafayette 61 FINAL
(12) Louisville 102
Florida 81 FINAL
Georgetown 73
Miami-Ohio 51 FINAL
Oakland 65
SE Missouri St 62 FINAL
Southern Ill 78
Florida A&M 46 FINAL
SMU 77
Northern Colorado 67 FINAL
Nebraska Omaha 58
Montana State 66 FINAL
CS-Northridge 78
(22) Syracuse 63 FINAL
(1) South Carolina 67
Dartmouth 74 FINAL
Cal Poly 61
Utah State 43 FINAL
(13) Baylor 99
Toledo 64 FINAL
Virginia 62
Christian Brothers 39 FINAL
Arkansas State 79
South Florida 67 FINAL
Illinois 61
Coll of Charleston 24 FINAL
(3) Connecticut 85
Wake Forest 65 FINAL
Charlotte 58
San Jose St 87 FINAL
(14) California 110
Central Michigan 73 FINAL
Oregon 67
Fresno State 93 FINAL
San Diego 88
Boston U 49 FINAL
New Mexico 56
Missouri State 59 FINAL
Colorado 87
Ole Miss 52 FINAL
Utah 38
Prairie View 58 FINAL
Hawaii 72
Army 61 FINAL
UC Santa Barbara 39
Cincinnati 52 FINAL
Creighton 63
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2014 preseason     
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Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
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Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
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