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First Down: Most surprising weekend results

- The Washington Times - Monday, December 21, 2009


Saints lose to Cowboys -- And we're down to one unbeaten team in the NFL after Dallas ended New Orleans' hope for a perfect season Saturday night. The Cowboys seemed to have put the game away early as Miles Austin caught seven passes for 139 yards and a score and Marion Barber added two touchdowns on the ground. But New Orleans staged a two-touchdown rally in the fourth quarter before falling 24-17. The Colts, who beat the Jaguars on Thursday, remain the NFL's only unbeaten team at 14-0.

Georgetown loses to Old Dominion -- For those of you who expected the Hoyas' first loss to come when Big East play started, well, the Colonial Athletic Association has a history of defying expectations. "Some might call this an upset," Old Dominion coach Blaine Taylor said after the, um, upset. "But I think we've gotten to the point as a program where games like this are in the cards for us if we do the right things." The 11th-ranked Hoyas, now 8-1, should slip quite a few notches when the AP poll lands Monday. It was the third consecutive win over Georgetown at McDonough Arena for the Monarchs.


1. Richmond 56, No. 13 Florida 53 -- Especially considering the Spiders were coming off back-to-back losses to VCU and South Carolina.

2. Cowboys 24, Saints 17 -- When was the last time Dallas won a meaningful game in December?

3. ODU 61, No. 11 Georgetown 57 -- The Hoyas are not supposed to lose games like this, especially at McDonough.

4. Cubs found a taker for Milton Bradley -- The Mariners became the latest MLB team to take a chance on the troubled outfielder.

5. Wyoming 35, Fresno St. 28 (2OT) -- The Bulldogs were a 10 1/2-point favorite, came in with the nation's leading rusher and couldn't hold on to an 11-point fourth-quarter lead.


"It's disappointing when you lose."

-- Saints coach Sean Payton after his previously unbeaten team fell to the Cowboys on Saturday