December 2005 in sports

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31 December 2005 (Saturday)[edit]

  • NFL Week 17
  • NCAA College Football
    • Meineke Car Care Bowl: NC State 14, South Florida 0: The ACC's Wolfpack shuts out the Big East's Bulls for the first time since the USF program began in 1997.
    • AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Tulsa 31, Fresno State 24: Golden Hurricane QB Paul Smith scored the winning touchdown for the C-USA champions over the WAC Bulldogs.
    • Houston Bowl: TCU 27, Iowa State 24: Peter LoCoco's 44-yard field goal was the margin of victory for the MWC Champion Horned Frogs in their win over the Cyclones, who were the Big 12 representatives. On January 3, 2006, three days after their triumph in Houston, TCU's freshman kicker, Kasey Davis, is found shot to death in the parking lot of an apartment complex.
  • NCAA College Basketball
    • (21) Ohio State 78, LSU 76: In, what is called by same, the best comeback of the year thus far, the Buckeyes keeps their perfect record intact going to 10–0. The disappointing loss for the Tigers sends them to 7–4. The winning shot was taken by Matt Sylvester, who also made the shot in March of last year that ended Illinois' bid for a perfect season. Ohio State trailed by 15 points with just over 5½ minutes left and was down by 10 with 2½ minutes to go, but managed to come back and get the win. They are one of eight undefeated teams left.
    • Arizona 96, (7) Washington 95 (2 OT): Unranked traditional powerhouse Arizona pulls off a gutsy win in a Pac-10 thriller that lasted 50 minutes, two overtimes. With 5.1 seconds to go Kirk Walters made a free throw to give Arizona the lead. It ended Washington's best start to a season since 1975 and also ended the longest current home-winning streak, at 32 games. The new leader is Gonzaga at 30. Washington is another undefeated team to fall, as they go to 11–1. Arizona improves to 9–3, and 2–0 in the Pac-10.
    • (14) Oklahoma 68, Alabama 56: The Crimson Tide lose yet another chance to beat a ranked team as they fall to the Sooners and Kevin Bookout's 18 points and 8 rebounds. They were bouncing back from an upset loss to West Virginia the previous week, and now move to 8–2, likely holding on to their top 15 spot, if not moving up. Alabama's season has been disappointing, as they now move to 6–5.
    • (1) Duke 102, UNC-Greensboro 69
    • (10) Louisville 58, Miami (FL) 43
    • California 68, (11) UCLA 61
    • (3) Villanova 75, Temple 53
    • (8) Gonzaga 102, St. Joseph's 94
    • Pittsburgh 73, (24) Wisconsin 64

30 December 2005 (Friday)[edit]

  • NFL
  • NCAA College Football
    • Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl presented by Bridgestone: Virginia 34, Minnesota 31: The ACC Cavaliers, the replacement for the SEC who didn't field enough teams who had six wins, needed a 39-yard field goal by Connor Hughes with 1:08 left to beat the Big Ten's Golden Gophers at The Coliseum in Nashville.
    • Vitalis Sun Bowl: UCLA 50, Northwestern 38: In the sole Big Ten-Pac 10 matchup this bowl season, the Bruins defeated the Wildcats thanks to two on-side kick returns for touchdowns by Brandon Breazell and three touchdown passes by Drew Olson after he had a bad first quarter, throwing three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns in an anomaly, considering that Olson threw a total of three pickoffs in the regular season.
    • Independence Bowl: Missouri 38, South Carolina 31: The Big 12 Tigers roared back from a 28–7 deficit thanks to four Brad Smith touchdowns to beat the SEC Gamecocks in Shreveport, Louisiana.
    • Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: LSU 40, Miami (FL) 3: The ACC's Hurricanes scored the first three points, but the SEC's Bayou Bengals scored the final forty points thanks to 282 yards rushing in the last game using the "Peach Bowl" name, as beginning next year, the game becomes the "Chick-fil-A Bowl." The post-game was marred by a fight between players from both sides.
  • Cricket

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22 December 2005 (Thursday)[edit]

  • Cricket:
  • NCAA College Football
    • Pioneer Pure Vision Las Vegas Bowl: California 35, BYU 28: Marshawn Lynch had 194 yards rushing and three touchdowns as the Bears of the Pac-10 edged the Cougars from the MWC.
    • San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: Navy 51, Colorado State 30: Reggie Campbell tied an NCAA bowl record with five touchdowns — three rushing, two receiving — as the independent Midshipmen sailed to victory in the inaugural game over the MWC's Rams.
  • NFL: Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy's son James, is found dead. The cause is apparently suicide
  • NCAA Men's College Basketball
    • (3) Villanova 98, La Salle 57: In the first matchup of undefeated teams in the Big 5 of Philadelphia since Temple and Villanova were both 6–0 in 1981, and the only Big 5 matchup that pitted two 7–0 (or better) undefeated teams against each other, Villanova's Allan Ray and Randy Foye combine for 41 points to crush La Salle. The Wildcats, not surprisingly, have gone to 8–0, while the surprisingly successful Explorers fall to 7–1.
    • West Virginia 92, (7) Oklahoma 68: In a game that was close until fairly deep into the 2nd half, the Mountaineers scored 19 of the game's final 22 points, to, in his words, "embarrass" coach Kelvin Sampson. The Sooners, ranked in the top 10 in the country, fall to 6–2, while currently unranked West Virginia improves to 7–3 behind Kevin Pittsnogle's 25 points.

21 December 2005 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • NCAA College Football
    • GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Alabama: Toledo 45, UTEP 13: Bruce Gradowski throws five touchdown passes and Trinity Dawson rushes for 132 yards to lead the MAC's Rockets in a rout of the C-USA Miners.
  • Men's College Basketball: (1) Duke 70, St. John's (NY) 57: In the now annual game between the two schools, the Blue Devils win fairly easily to claim their 4th 11–0 start in the last 5 years. The Red Storm, however, are on the slide, losing their last three in a row (making them 5–4). J. J. Redick led Duke with 18 points.

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  • Football: The draw for the groups of the 2006 World Cup takes place in Leipzig, Germany. Group E (Italy, Ghana, USA, Czech Republic) and Group C (Argentina, Côte d'Ivoire, Serbia & Montenegro, Netherlands) are widely regarded as the competition's Groups of Death. Hosts Germany will open play against Costa Rica in Group A while Brazil, the defending World Champions, head up Group F. (

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