Raiders Get Past Cowboys in OT on Thanksgiving
The Dallas Cowboys playing on Thanksgiving Day is a holiday tradition, but as of late, them losing on the holiday is the tradition, and the Las Vegas Raiders continued that run on Thursday afternoon. Daniel Carlson's 29-yard-field goal gave the Raiders a 36-33 overtime win over the Cowboys, which was a field goal that was set up by Anthony Brown's pass interference penalty. Scoring was aplenty in this game, but so was penalties, as the 28 combined calls between the two teams were the most in an NFL game since the 2016 season. Carlson connected on a career-best five field goals, while Derek Carr had 373 yards passing in the win, including a 56-yard score to DeSean Jackson. It was the Raiders' fourth appearance and first win on Thanksgiving since the 1968 season, as they moved over .500 to 6-5 on the year. Dak Prescott had 375 yards throwing and two touchdown passes, including 209 passing yards in the fourth quarter to rally his team and force overtime. Although, the Cowboys dropped to 7-4 on the season and now hold a two-game lead on the Philadelphia Eagles atop the NFC East.
The other two Thanksgiving contests included Cairo Santos hitting a 28-yard field goal as time expired to give the Chicago Bears a 16-14 win over the winless Detroit Lions. And Josh Allen had four touchdown passes to power the Buffalo Bills to a 31-6 rout of the shorthanded New Orleans Saints.
Ole Miss Takes Egg Bowl From Mississippi State
The ninth-ranked Ole Miss Rebels needed a rally, but they got just that with 21 straight points on Thursday night for a 31-21 win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Egg Bowl. Snoop Conner ran in for two touchdowns during the rally, while Matt Corral threw for 229 yards and a rushing score in the Rebels' 10th win of the season. The road team trailed, 6-3, for the longest time, before that rally pulled them ahead, 24-6, early in the fourth quarter. They finished with 388 yards of total offense, including Dontario Drummond catching 13 passes for 133 yards. Will Rogers finished with 336 yards passing and a touchdown pass to Jaden Wally in the fourth, but they could not overcome that late rally despite their 420 total yards of offense.
Iona Stuns Alabama; Michigan State Gets Another Big Win
The unranked Iona Gaels improved their perfect season on Thursday with a stunning upset, as they moved to 6-0 on the year with a 72-68 win over the 10th-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. The win comes in the opening round game of the ESPN Events Invitational, as Nelly Joseph and Walter Clayton Jr. got clutch free throws late to seal the win. Both of those players finished with 15 points apiece, while Tyson Jolly had 13 points, Elijah Joiner with 12, and Quinn Slazinski scored 11 in the upset victory. The Tide suffered their first loss of the season despite Jaden Shackelford's 19 points, and the team reportedly held a long meeting after the loss. And the Michigan State Spartans continued their run at the Battle 4 Atlantis, pulling away late for a 64-60 win over the 22nd-ranked UConn Huskies. A.J. Hoggard had the go-ahead free throws with 30.3 seconds left, helping the Spartans score the game's final nine points for the victory. This win comes after Marcus Bingham's late dunk helped them to a win over Loyola Chicago in the final seconds on Wednesday. Gabe Brown led the Spartans with 16 points on Thursday, as their 14-point first half lead went away after shooting 32% in the second half. Although, they hung on just enough to hand the Huskies their first loss of the season, despite Adama Sonogo's 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Tyrese Martin added 16 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
Other key scores saw the sixth-ranked Baylor Bears set up a matchup with those Spartans in the Battle 4 Atlantis finals with a 69-61 win over VCU. The fourth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks moved to 4-0 with a 71-59 win over North Texas. And the 24th-ranked USC Trojans are now 5-0 with a 70-55 rout of Saint Joseph's.