Boykin leads No. 5 TCU to a 40-10 win over West Virginia

FORT WORTH, Texas — Trevone Boykin leaped over defenders and threw from the hip for touchdowns. The TCU quarterback even slapped hands with West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen after going out of bounds on one of his nifty scrambles.

“It’s probably the most respect that you can give someone in that time and moment,” Boykin said after the fifth-ranked Horned Frogs won 40-10 on Thursday night for their 16th consecutive victory.

In their last game before the first weekly College Football Playoff rankings this season, TCU (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) made quite an impression. As did Boykin (472 total yards, four touchdowns) and Josh Doctson (11 catches, 183 yards and two touchdowns) on Heisman Trophy voters tuning into the midweek game.

“I keep telling you just appreciate Trevone Boykin and Josh Doctson,” coach Gary Patterson said. “They’re pretty special people.”

Boykin was 32 of 47 for 388 yards and three touchdowns and ran 11 times for 84 yards, with a 2-yard keeper for a score when he hurdled a defender at the goal line.

He broke TCU’s record for total offense at 12,041 yards, breaking the previous record 11,925 held by Andy Dalton, the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback who led TCU to an undefeated season and Rose Bowl victory during the 2010 season.

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Michael Hutchinson stops 45 shots as Jets beat Blackhawks 3-1

WINNIPEG – Michael Hutchinson has no problem rising to the challenge of playing the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Winnipeg Jets back-up goaltender made a career-high 45 saves Thursday in a 3-1 victory over the reigning Stanley Cup champions, improving his career record against the Blackhawks to 4-0-1.

“It’s just one of those teams that sometimes you have it where things just go your way,” Hutchinson said.

The victory halted Chicago’s four-game winning streak (6-4-0).

The Jets (6-3-1) held a 2-1 edge heading into the third period on goals by Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd, both set up by centre Bryan Little.

Mark Scheifele padded the lead at 8:04 when he took a pass from rookie Nikolaj Ehlers and beat goalie Corey Crawford on the short side.

Scheifele heaped praise on Hutchinson, who is 4-0 this season and has a .949 save percentage and 1.75 goals-against average backing up starter Ondrej Pavelec.

“He was awesome all night. That’s about it,” Scheifele said. “He was unbelievable for us tonight. He kept us in it, especially in that first period. He had an awesome game.”

Patrick Kane scored the game’s first goal, his sixth of the season, 1:26 into the match on a power play.

Crawford was riding four straight wins and a pair of shutouts into the game. He stopped 28 shots in defeat.

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Spartans Final Four-bound after 76-70 OT win over Louisville

Coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans capped an improbable run to the Final Four with an overtime win.

Senior guard Travis Trice scored 17 points and the seventh-seeded Spartans clamped down on defense to pull out a 76-70 victory over fourth-seeded Louisville in a thrilling NCAA Tournament East Regional final Sunday.

The Spartans (28-11), who were nearly counted out of the tournament conversation in February, won for the 12th time in 15 games. It’s a run that included them knocking off second-seeded Virginia last weekend and third-seeded Oklahoma in the regional semifinal on Friday.

Michigan State advances to face the winner of the South Regional final between Duke and Gonzaga.

Wayne Blackshear had 28 points for the Cardinals (27-9) in a game that featured 11 lead changes.

It’s the ninth Final Four appearance for the Spartans, and first since 2010, when they lost 52-50 to Butler in the national semifinals. Izzo has led them to seven Final Fours including the 2000 national championship.

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