Mariota leads first-half surge as Titans top Falcons

By CHARLES ODUM

The Associated Press

ATLANTA — Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans enjoyed a surge in confidence after returning to .500 and a share of the AFC South lead.

For Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons, there is only frustration and despair at the bottom of the NFC South.

Mariota threw three first-half touchdown passes, two to A.J. Brown, and the Titans defense had three fourth-down stops to beat the Falcons 24-10 on Sunday.

Tennessee (2-2) used Mariota’s big first half and strong defense to snap a two-game losing streak.

“If we can continue to get better and ascend, we’ll like where we are at the end of the year,” Mariota said after completing 18 of 27 passes for 227 yards. The Saint Louis School alum still has not thrown an interception this season.

Derrick Henry ran for 100 yards to keep Tennessee’s offense balanced.

The Falcons, held to only a field goal in the second half, were unable to maintain drives despite Ryan’s 397 yards passing.

Ito Smith’s 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter pulled the Falcons (1-3) even at 7-7. Tennessee outscored Atlanta 17-0 the remainder of the half, and the Falcons heard boos as they left the field.

“We’re a quarter way through the season and we have not played to our standard, that’s for sure,” Ryan said.

It was a disappointing loss for Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who is under pressure following a 7-9 finish in 2018.

“It is a tough loss, and we’re as disappointed as our fans are,” Quinn said.

“You better believe we’re going to look at everything. When you’re sitting at 1-3, you want to make sure you’re finding the answers.”

The Falcons were stopped on three fourth-down plays.

Devonta Freeman, who was held to 28 yards on 12 carries, was stopped by Jurrell Casey on a fourth-and-1 run in the second quarter. Ryan was sacked on two fourth-down plays in the second half.

“Those are like turnovers, especially when they’re behind,” said Titans coach Mike Vrabel. “They were going to be going for it and they were aggressive. I thought our guys responded really well.”

Mariota faced growing criticism after managing only one touchdown pass in two straight losses.

Mariota enjoyed a resurgence against the Falcons. He connected with Brown for a 55-yard touchdown pass on Tennessee’s second possession. Brown beat Desmond Trufant and then outran Kemal Ishmael and Deion Jones.

Brown beat Trufant again for an 11-yard scoring catch in the first quarter. Mariota’s 23-yard touchdown pass to Corey Davis late in the half followed the fourth-and-1 stop by Casey on Freeman’s run.

With the game tied at 7, Mariota completed a third-and-15 pass over the middle to Corey Davis for 16 yards. The play kept the drive alive that finished with Brown’s second scoring catch, giving the Titans the lead they would never lose.

“It was a huge momentum shift and something that really got us going,” Mariota said.

The Falcons, who trailed 24-7 at halftime, have been outscored 65-10 in the first half of their three losses.

“I wish I had a clear answer to that, but the fact is that’s the truth,” Quinn said. “… I addressed that last week, but we obviously still have work to do.”

Rainbow Warriors destroy Wolf Pack

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Cole McDonald threw four touchdown passes, including three to Cedric Byrd II, and the University of Hawaii football team beat Nevada 54-3 on Saturday night in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams.
McDonald completed 25 of 30 passes for 312 yards and Byrd had seven receptions for 87 yards. Jason-Matthew Sharsh had nine catches for 123 yards — both career highs — and a score for the Rainbow Warriors (4-1).
UH got off to a fast start and didn’t let up.
Byrd had TD receptions of 36 and 2 yards, Justice Augafa returned a punt blocked by Andrew Choi 2 yards for a score and Miles Reed scored on a 9-yard run to make it 28-0 with 5:33 left in the second quarter. After Brandon Talton’s 36-yard field goal got Nevada (3-2) on the board with 36 seconds left in the first half, Byrd ran 29 yards on a trick play and then had a 7-yard reception to set up a 44-yard field goal Ryan Meskell to give the Rainbow Warriors a 28-point halftime lead.
Hawaii continued to pour it on in the second half. Sharsh caught a 12-yard TD pass on the Rainbow Warriors’ first possession of the third quarter, and Byrd hauled in a 20-yard scoring strike with 2:57 left in the quarter.
UH got a safety early in the fourth on a botched punt snap by Nevada. With the back-ups in, third-string quarterback Justin Uahinui hit Robert Funkhouser for a 14-yard score with 3:42 remaining.
The Rainbow Warriors posted 512 yards of offense while holding Nevada to 203. For the first time this season, UH won the turnover battle, 2-0.
Hawaii, which had lost seven of its last eight against the Wolf Pack, won at Nevada for just the second time in 10 all-time tries. It was the second-highest margin of victory in series history; the Rainbow Warriors lost 73-12 in Honolulu on Dec. 17, 1948.
After a bye week, UH travels to the blue turf in Boise, Idaho, to take on 16th-ranked Boise State on Oct. 12.
Hawaii 7 24 14 9—54
Nevada 0 3 0 0—  3
First Quarter
HAW—Byrd 36 pass from McDonald (Meskell kick), 8:17
Second Quarter
HAW—Byrd 2 pass from McDonald (Meskell kick), 10:40
HAW—Augafa 2 blocked punt return (Meskell kick), 9:11
HAW—Reed 9 run (Meskell kick), 5:33
NEV—FG Talton 36, :36
HAW—FG Meskell 44, :02
Third Quarter
HAW—Sharsh 12 pass from McDonald (Meskell kick), 11:03
HAW—Byrd 20 pass from McDonald (Meskell kick), 2:57
Fourth Quarter
HAW—safety, 9:20
HAW—Funkhouser 14 pass from Uahinui (Meskell kick), 3:42
A—15,137.
HAWNEV
First downs 26 16
Rushes-yards 27-139 36-98
Passing 373 105
Comp-Att-Int 31-36-0 18-31-2
Return Yards 71 87
Punts-Avg. 2-36.0 4-26.6
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 6-70 10-78
Time of Possession 31:12 28:48
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING—Hawaii, Holly 11-63, Byrd 1-29, Keliiliki 5-26, Reed 6-26, McDonald 3-1, Cordeiro 1-(minus 6). Nevada, Taua 17-72, Solano 10-32, K.Moore 1-5, D.Lee 1-4, Neal 6-3, Edwards 0-0, (Team) 1-(minus 18).
PASSING—Hawaii, Uahinui 1-1-0-14, Cordeiro 5-5-0-47, McDonald 25-30-0-312. Nevada, Solano 11-17-1-59, Strong 7-14-1-46.
RECEIVING—Hawaii, Sharsh 9-123, Byrd 7-87, Ward 5-68, Funkhouser 4-36, Smart 3-28, Ealy 1-19, Reed 1-6, J.Johnson 1-6. Nevada, Cooks 5-38, Christian 3-6, Doubs 2-25, K.Moore 2-(minus 3), Humphrey 1-18, Neal 1-8, Lappin 1-5, Melqua.Stovall 1-5, Putman 1-3, Fossum 1-0.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.

2 more cases of rabies in skunks

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Oakland County health officials are confirming two new cases of rabies in skunks found in Southfield and Troy.
The confirmations follow a report last week that a skunk’s carcass also found in Southfield, just north of Detroit, tested positive for rabies. In March, officials said a skunk in Rochester Hills was confirmed to have rabies. Rochester Hills is northeast of Southfield.

Reward offered in cow shooting

NORWOOD TOWNSHIP (AP) — Authorities in northern Michigan are offering a $500 reward for information about the shooting of a cow.
The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office said that sheriff’s deputies responded in July to an animal complaint in which a Holstein cow had been shot. Police say the owner reported he heard gunshots, supposedly coming from a homemade gun range in Norwood Township. Authorities say the $500 is for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shooting.

Detroit mayor being investigated

DETROIT (AP) — An inspector general’s probe into whether Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan gave preferential treatment to a health program involves over 400,000 pages of documents.
The Free Press has sought records, including emails and financial reports, from the city’s Office of Inspector General through a public records request. Detroit’s law department billed the newspaper over $200,000 for documents, but still plans to fight the release.
City officials cite inspector general concerns about details being taken out of context and “misleading the public” in a Sept. 10 letter responding to the records request.

Native American food truck in Michigan serves unique cuisine

By KRISTAN OBENG
Lansing State Journal
AP Member Exchange
LANSING — The multicolored ears of corn often seen hanging on doors in the fall have a tastier use.
Eva Menefee and her husband, Robin, use the colorful corn to make colorful corn soup, which they serve on a food truck called Anishnabe Meejim.
“I make the traditional soup,” Robin, who belongs to the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, told the Lansing State Journal. “I take the kernels off the husk and make it soft and edible to eat.”
There aren’t that many places in Michigan that serve Native American food, such as wild rice soup and Indian fry bread.
“We don’t have (Native American) restaurants,” says Robin.
But he and his wife run a Native American food truck, and they have been bringing Native dishes — and Native culture — to events across Michigan for 35 years.
Anishnabe means “People of the Three Fires,” that is — the Ottawa, the Chippewa and the Potawatomi, the three major tribes in Michigan. Meejim means “the things you eat.”
“Many coming to festivals don’t know about Native American food. They may not want to go outside of their (taste) palates,” says Robin.
One popular Native American creation is Indian fry bread. The Menefees use it in a dishes such as Blanket Dogs, which are “similar to corndogs but better,” Eva explains.
It’s also what makes their Indian Tacos different from other tacos. Robin, who often preps and cooks, wraps up traditional taco fixings into fry bread.
Robin is also proud of his wild rice soup, a cultural favorite that includes root vegetables and spices.
In addition to being well-loved by Native Americans in the Midwest, wild rice also has historical significance to these tribes.
Each time someone orders and tastes wild rice soup, it reminds the Menefees of how important it is that wild rice still exists in Michigan.
Robin says early European settlers contributed to the decline of wild rice beds.
Historian Barbara Barton, the author of “Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan” agrees.
“There is one last large wild rice bed in the lower peninsula, Tawas Lake,” Barton explains. She added there are a few others that are smaller in the state.
After the crop started disappearing, the tribes grabbed canoes and began replanting wild rice, both Barton and Robin Menafee says.
“People with knowledge are teaching the young ones about the (planting) practice to retain the culture,” Robin explains.
The Menefees run their food truck business from May to October while maintaining their day jobs and sometimes don’t get a lot of sleep when trying to juggle their careers with their passion for the food business.
Eva, who is Oneida, is not only a professor at LCC, but she is also an academic adviser and union president.
When the Menefees’ children were younger, Robin had to step back from a position at Michigan State University to focus on the food truck, Eva says.
Robin now oversees a non-profit, the Native American Arts and Crafts Council.

Grand Rapids wants resident to stop recycling trash at home

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man has been sued, fined and jailed for violating city rules with his passion for collecting trash and sorting it for recycling in his backyard.
But Bill Peterson is relentless and continues to gather garbage at his Grand Rapids home, despite the trouble he stirs.
“I can’t in good conscious not do this,” Peterson told the Grand Rapids Press. “If I don’t do it, I don’t know who else will.”
Peterson’s saga with the city has been unfolding for more than 16 years. The city wants him to clean up his backyard and says Peterson is violating city rules by operating a trash sorting and recycling business in a residential neighborhood.
“The city of Grand Rapids should be in favor of all of us recycling,” said Peterson, 68, who has hauled trash in the city for decades. “Telling me to do it someplace else would be like telling a homeless person there’s plenty of space in the penthouse in the Grand Plaza.”
The city in May issued Peterson a zoning violation and set an Aug. 27 deadline for him to cease business operations and clean up his property.
“We have been listening to all opinions and concerns regarding this case and are looking at all options before moving forward,” city spokeswoman Amy Snow-Buckner said in a statement. She declined to discuss Peterson’s case. Meanwhile, Peterson said the practice, which he calls Trailer Trash, is a hobby and doesn’t offer him a profit.
“My grandfather taught me that you don’t throw away something that you might use someday,” Peterson said.
“My wife is literally a child of the Depression. She doesn’t throw things away. Her mother didn’t either. The waste I see tears me up.”
In January 2016, the city sued Peterson in 61st District Court for operating his trash hauling business on a residential property and storing items supporting his business outdoors, court records show. Peterson pleaded no contest and was assessed a $975 fine and placed on probation, according to court documents.

No. 25 Michigan State outlasts Indiana 40-31

By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Matt Coghlin made a tie-breaking 21-yard field goal with 5 seconds remaining, and No. 25 Michigan State beat Indiana 40-31 on Saturday.
After Coghlin’s kick gave the Spartans (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) a 34-31 lead, Indiana tried to lateral its way down the field on its final offensive play, but that resulted in a fumble that Michigan State recovered for a touchdown.
Brian Lewerke threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns for the Spartans, who held off the upset-minded Hoosiers (3-2, 0-2) on a rare day when Michigan State’s defense struggled. Michael Penix Jr. returned for Indiana after missing the previous two games with an undisclosed injury — and he gave the Spartans fits, completing 20 passes in a row during one stretch.
“It definitely feels good to be able to score when we need to and drive down there at the end and get points, when the defense wasn’t having their best day,” Lewerke said. “Which doesn’t happen a lot — but I’m glad we played well today.”
Penix threw for three touchdowns, including an 11-yarder to Whop Philyor that tied the game at 31 with 2:00 remaining. Lewerke immediately led the Spartans back down the field. Darrell Stewart outfought defensive back Jaylin Williams for a 44-yard reception, then Lewerke broke free for a 30-yard run that put the ball at the 1.
Rather than try to score right away, the Spartans ran the clock down and set up Coghlin’s kick.
“Tough way to lose. Proud of our team, how our kids fought,” Indiana coach Tom Allen said. “It’s hard to face them in the locker room knowing how hard they played. Look them in the eyes, and there’s a lot of tears in there. And there should be.”
Elijah Collins gave Michigan State a 7-0 lead with a 4-yard scoring run, but Indiana answered late in the first quarter with a 28-yard TD pass from Penix to Philyor.
Lewerke put the Spartans back ahead with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Stewart in the second, but Penix scored on a 2-yard run to tie it at 14.
Lewerke found Stewart for a 26-yard TD with 33 seconds left in the half.
Penix completed his last seven pass attempts of the first half and his first 13 of the second, but Michigan State held the Hoosiers to a field goal in the red zone to start the third quarter.
Indiana went ahead 24-21 with 14:52 remaining in the fourth on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Penix to Donavan Hale, who appeared to make the catch with one hand while cornerback Josiah Scott was draped all over him.
Michigan State went back ahead 28-24 with 12:12 remaining when Lewerke threw a 10-yard scoring pass to Matt Seybert.
THE TAKEAWAY
Indiana: The Hoosiers had an impressive game plan, throwing quick, short passes and largely negating Michigan State’s pass rush. It wasn’t enough for a win, but Penix is a redshirt freshman and seems to have a bright future.
Michigan State: The Spartans’ offense has been deservedly criticized this year, but this is now back-to-back games with more than 30 points. Lewerke and Co. responded under pressure late in this one.
POLL IMPLICATIONS
The Spartans were barely in the Top 25, and this wasn’t an especially convincing win — but unlike in their previous home game against Arizona State, they were able to prevail in the end.
UP NEXT
Indiana: The Hoosiers are off next weekend before hosting Rutgers on Oct. 12.
Michigan State: The Spartans play at Ohio State next Saturday night.

Chiefs score late, stay undefeated with 34-30 win over Lions

Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson (88) attempts a jump over Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Damien Wilson (54) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Detroit. Hockenson was injured on the play and carted off the field. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT (AP) — Darrel Williams ran for a go-ahead, 1-yard touchdown with 23 seconds left for his second score in the fourth quarter, lifting the Kansas City Chiefs to a 34-30 win over the Detroit Lions.
Detroit drove to the Kansas City 44 on the final drive and Matthew Stafford heaved two passes toward the end zone that were incomplete, ending the game.
The Chiefs (4-0) went ahead for the first time Sunday early in the third quarter when Bashaud Breeland recovered Kerryon Johnson’s fumble and returned it 100 yards, taking advantage of everyone on the field appearing to stop momentarily and the officials not blowing a whistle. The pivotal play stood after review.
The Lions (2-1-1) scored the first 10 points and, after Kansas City pulled into two ties, went back ahead late in the second, third and fourth quarters.
Stafford threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Golladay with 2:26 left to give Detroit a 30-27 lead. The call on the field stood after a review, which showed Golladay got both feet in the end zone. Golladay had a touchdown overturned by review early in the third because he appeared to lose control of the football as he hit the turf.
Kansas City started the winning drive on its 21. Patrick Mahomes converted a fourth-and-8 from his 34 with a 15-yard run to help him finish with a career-high 56 yards rushing and he completed just enough passes to set up Williams for a short run to take the lead for good.
Mahomes was 24 of 42 for 315 yards. The reigning MVP had thrown at least two touchdown passes in 14 straight games, one short of the NFL record set by Peyton Manning.
Stafford was 21 of 34 for 291 yards with three touchdowns, including two to Golladay and one to T.J. Hockenson. Stafford’s second touchdown pass of the game — and first to Golladay — put Detroit up 23-20 and followed a fifth fumble in the third quarter. Johnson had 125 yards rushing on 26 carries.
INJURIES
Chiefs: DE Alex Okafor (hip) and LB Damien Wilson (concussion) left in the fourth quarter.
Lions: Hockenson (concussion) was carted off the field in the third quarter and S Quandre Diggs (hamstring) left in the first quarter.
UP NEXT
Chiefs: Host the Indianapolis Colts.
Lions: Bye week.

Patterson’s 4 TDs helps No. 20 Michigan rout Rutgers 52-0

By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Shea Patterson accounted for three touchdowns in the first half and ran for a fourth score in the third quarter, setting up No. 20 Michigan to rout Rutgers 52-0 on Saturday.
The Wolverines (3-1, 1-1 Big Ten) enjoyed a confidence-boosting win following a humiliating loss at Wisconsin.
“We came out with a chip on our shoulder,” Patterson said.
The Scarlet Knights (1-3, 0-2) have not won a conference game since the 2017 season and have to improve a lot to end the drought this year.
Patterson threw a quick out to Nico Collins on the opening drive and the receiver broke a tackle and sprinted up the sideline for a 48-yard score. On Michigan’s next drive, Patterson had his first of three rushing TDs to match the number of scores the dual-threat quarterback had previously on the ground in his career.
Patterson played two-plus quarters and was 17 of 23 for 276 yards with one TD and one interception.
Michigan had 141 yards rushing, averaging just 3.4 yards per carry with only one sack affecting the total.
“We did a good job in the run game, but in the pass game, we couldn’t get close to the football,” Rutgers coach Chris Ash said.
The Wolverines led 24-0 at halftime and took advantage of Rutgers getting off to a rough start in the second half.
Tre Avery fumbled on the kickoff return to open the second half and Raheem Blackshear was stopped for a loss on a reception on a fourth-and-1 later in the third quarter. The Scarlet Knights were called for a false start twice before punting late in the third.
Michigan showed some mercy by taking Patterson out of the game late in the third and gave Joe Milton some much-needed experience with Dylan McCaffrey out with a concussion.
Milton converted a fourth down with a 1-yard TD run for the sophomore’s first score to put the Wolverines up 45-0 early in the fourth. The strong-armed quarterback connected with Giles Jackson on a 23-yard pass in the end zone.
And, the defense held on for a shutout.
“It should be encouragement to them,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said. “When you’re down and backs are against the wall, you have to come out and fight.”
THE TAKEAWAY
Rutgers: Ash fell to 8-32 in his fourth season. The coach faces a tough task, improving his team enough on both sides of the ball and special teams to compete enough to potentially win Big Ten games.
“We need to be able to play better than what we have,” Ash acknowledged.
Ash has not led the Scarlet Knights to a Big Ten victory since beating Maryland on Nov. 4, 2017.
Michigan: The offense desperately needed a day like that, moving the ball efficiently on the ground and through the air while limiting turnovers to one interception on a pass Patterson underthrew intended for Collins. Next week, however, will be more of a test against No. 14 Iowa.
POLL IMPLICATIONS
Michigan may move back up in the poll a little after plummeting following a 35-14 loss to the Badgers.
UP NEXT
Rutgers: Hosts the Terrapins, who are coming off a 59-0 loss to No. 12 Penn State at home.
Michigan: Plays the Hawkeyes at home.