Watch Ohio State football’s Garrett Wilson run for 62 yards on first career carry at Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Prior to Saturday night, Ohio State football had only used receiver Garrett Wilson’s blazing speed in the passing game.

That changed on the first play against Penn State.

The sophomore lined up wide on the right side, the opposite end from Jeremy Ruckert and Luke Farrell in the Buckeyes’ double-tight formation. Then he came streaking across at the snap, took the handoff from Justin Fields and raced away on a jet sweep. Ruckert’s big block on the edge helped free him up.

The result was a 62-yard gain down to the Penn State 13-yard line. Master Teague covered that span on two carries, and the Buckeyes took a very early 7-0 lead.

Wilson totaled 129 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions in a season-opening victory over Nebraska. The sophomore had never taken an OSU handoff, however, before Saturday.

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Russell Wilson sets another Seahawks record, passing Matt Hasselbeck for career completions

Russell Wilson entered Sunday’s game against the Cardinals already holding 22 Seahawks franchise records, including most touchdown passes in a career and most yards passing in a career.

He needed just one play to set another Sunday night at Arizona.

Wilson’s 34-yard completion to Tyler Lockett on the first play of the game was the 2,560th completion of his career, breaking a tie with Matt Hasselbeck.

The play was memorable all the way around, as Lockett dived to make the catch with his left hand while closely covered by perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson.

Wilson set the record on 303 fewer attempts than Hasselbeck, who had 4,250 in his Seattle career. Wilson’s pass to Lockett was the 3,947th of his career.

Wilson entered the game with 31,236 passing yards and 246 touchdowns, having long ago moved into first in team history in those categories.

He improved the touchdowns record to 249, with his three scoring throws also giving him 22 in the first six games of the season.

That is the most in NFL history in the first six games of the year, tied with the 22 of Peyton Manning in 2013, the year that Manning set the all-time NFL record with 55 in a season.

Tom Brady had 21 in 2007, and Brett Favre had 20 in 1996.

Hyde shines as Carson leaves with foot injury

Chris Carson left the game in the first half with a foot injury after gaining 34 yards on five carries, all in the first quarter.

He was listed as questionable to return.

Fortunately for Seattle, Carlos Hyde was active for the first time in three games, having missed the past two with a shoulder injury.

In playing 16 snaps in the first half, Hyde turned in what was already his best day of his first season with Seattle. He had 37 yards on five carries, including a 24-yard scamper down the sideline for a touchdown, his first score as a Seahawk.

Hyde signed as a free agent in the offseason to handle the kind of role he did early against Arizona — to give the team depth in case of injury.

But he hadn’t been used much in the first three games, with just 57 yards on 16 carries.

Seattle also had Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas active for the game, giving the team depth to weather some injuries.

No surprises among inactive players

Seattle’s six inactive players for Sunday’s game included no surprises.

Two were already known with safety Jamal Adams (groin) and offensive lineman Mike Iupati (back) already declared out. Another inactive player also dealing with an injury is defensive tackle Anthony Rush (knee).

Seattle made three other players healthy scratches to get down to the needed 48 — offensive lineman Kyle Fuller, receiver Penny Hart and tight end Luke Willson.

With Adams out, Ryan Neal got his third straight start at strong safety, and with Iupati out Jordan Simmons got his second straight start at left guard.

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49ers set to face Russell Wilson at start of the ‘you’re dead’ stage of his career

Steve Young spoke several years ago about the few NFL quarterbacks who had achieved a mastery of the position.

The 49ers’ Hall of Fame QB said they had reached a point where they had played long enough — and remained skilled enough — that one of the most difficult jobs in sports became easy for them: While others toiled, they toyed with opponents.

“I always laugh at Peyton Manning — he’s pointing at protections, but I think sometimes he’s pointing at someone like, ‘You’re dead. I’m coming after you,’” Young said in 2014. “You just pick people out because you’re the master of everything on the field.”

This brings us to Seattle’s Russell Wilson, 31, who in his ninth season appears to have reached the “you’re dead” stage of his career.

The six-time Pro Bowler who threw 66 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions the previous two seasons was brilliant before 2020. But as he readies to face the 49ers on Sunday, his first six games suggest he has achieved a Manning level of mastery.

Consider: Wilson is on pace to throw for 5,040 yards, which would rank 12th in NFL history, as well as 59 touchdowns, which would break Manning’s record of 55 set in 2013, when he was 37.

When asked Wednesday whether Wilson was better than ever, it was notable what Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said to explain how he’d reached another level: Everything Carroll discussed involved Wilson’s mind.

In Week 5 against the Vikings, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson capped a comeback from a 13-0 halftime deficit by leading a last-minute 94-yard drive, throwing a touchdown pass with 15 seconds left. Seattle won, 27-26.

In Week 5 against the Vikings, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson capped a comeback from a 13-0 halftime deficit by leading a last-minute 94-yard drive, throwing a touchdown pass with 15 seconds left. Seattle won, 27-26.

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“The position is so complex and calls for so much … and he is just in absolute command of what we’re doing in all aspects,” Carroll said. “He can fix plays. Fix protections. Adjust calls. Read things and change from one to thing another with such freedom. It’s just because of he’s capable of it and he owns it. This is the best he’s been.”

Wilson is a leading MVP candidate after leading the Seahawks, who own the NFL’s 32nd-ranked defense, to a 5-1 record. Wilson leads the NFL in passer rating (119.5), ranks second in yards per attempt (8.6) and is fourth in completion percentage (71.2).

In the season opener at Atlanta, he completed 31 of 35 passes, and his 88.6 completion percentage was the third-highest in NFL history (minimum 30 attempts). In Week 3 against the Cowboys, he became the only QB in league history with 14 touchdown passes in the season’s first three games. In Week 5 against the Vikings, he capped a game-winning, 94-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds left.

On Sunday night, in a 37-34 overtime loss at Arizona, he had the third-highest passing-yardage total of his career (388) and most rushing yards (84) since 2018.

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Everything Zach Wilson said on “ESPN College Football Playoff Top 25”

Zach Wilson joined Kirk Herbstreit, Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, and Joey Galloway on the ESPN College Football Playoff Top 25 show to discuss his outstanding start to the 2020 season. If you missed the interview, here is everything Zach Wilson said on the show:

Rece Davis: Zach, you guys have really played well. Your schedule got turned upside down, you were supposed to play six P5 opponents over the course of the season. What’s it been like making sure that you maintain the proper intensity level dealing with the schedule you’re facing now?

Zach Wilson: Just not taking football for granted. We’re just excited to be here, excited to play no matter who wants to step up and play us. We’re happy to be here and we’ll play whoever. We had a great schedule in line and our AD and coach have done a great job getting us another schedule. We’re just happy to be playing football this year.

Rece Davis: We just had a really big discussion about how to evaluate teams and how important it is to use the eye test this year instead of just strength of schedule and things of that nature. From your perspective, what’s the best way to evaluate BYU this year?

Zach Wilson: You’ve gotta look at the execution overall, not necessarily who you are playing on offense or defense, just the consistency of the team. Honestly, about the strength of schedule, you look at the teams that we’ve played this year and some of the teams we played last year, we had some losses against teams that we should have beaten, we were just inconsistent. The consistency of the team this year is one way to look at just how much more dominant we’ve been. I’ve excited for what we have to come.

Rece Davis: I talked a little bit about last year, you had to play through some injuries. How would you describe where you are as a quarterback both from a physical standpoint and a mental standpoint compared to prior years?

Zach Wilson: Last year just felt rushed, rushed probably was the biggest thing. The offseason flew by, I didn’t have a lot of time to train and get healthy. I was so looking forward to this year because it was finally the first time that I felt like my arm was 100% and I had some time to train, get some speed back, and work with the receivers. Physically and even mentally, your confidence shoots through the roof when you feel like you went from being on a leash last year to getting held back and now this year, you can let it rip and make any throw on the field.  That mentality just changes having high confidence and being healthy.

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Jesse Palmer: Watching you play, the ball never touches the ground. You are making all the throws, your accuracy has been off the charts, I think you’re completing 78% of your throws and you’re in

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The University of Pittsburgh acquires August Wilson trove

The University of Pittsburgh has acquired the archive of the late playwright and Pittsburgh native son August Wilson, a trove that contains recordings, letters, artwork, poetry, unpublished work and notebooks

NEW YORK — The University of Pittsburgh has acquired the archive of the late playwright and Pittsburgh native son August Wilson, a trove that contains recordings, letters, artwork, poetry, unpublished work and notebooks.

The August Wilson Archive will reside in a state-of-the-art home in Hillman Library’s renovated Archives & Special Collections, the university said Thursday. Processing the collection — more than 450 boxes of materials — will start in early 2021.

“This acquisition is about more than bringing August Wilson back home to Pittsburgh,” said Chancellor Patrick Gallagher in a statement. “This archive deftly puts the experiences of Black Americans beneath an intimate magnifying glass and unpacks themes of injustice and inequity that are just as relevant today as when Wilson’s first play debuted.”

Wilson died in October 2005 at the age of 60. He is renowned for the characters he put on stage in an ambitious 10-play cycle, nine of them set in Pittsburgh, that recounted the struggle of Blacks in America. He won two Pulitzers and a Tony and is best known for his plays “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,″ ”Fences″ and “The Piano Lesson.”

Highlights of the archive include hundreds of writing tablets and notebooks which contain drafts of dialogue, poetry, artwork and other writing. There are also draft scripts and correspondence with friends and collaborators, including director Lloyd Richards and Claude Purdy, a close friend and colleague who was crucial to Wilson’s later success.

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49ers RB Jeff Wilson, Jr. enjoying career day against Patriots

Raheem Mostert is on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Tevin Coleman is on injured reserve with a knee issue and the San Francisco 49ers are still finding ways to gash the New England Patriots defense on the ground.

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is without his top two running backs, but the team’s offensive mastermind designed a game plan to take control of Sunday’s matchup with the Patriots with a multi-faceted rushing attack.

Fourth-string running back Jeff Wilson, Jr. made a surprise start and set a career high with 92 rushing yards in the first half, including 16 yards on a touchdown run that gave the 49ers a three-score lead with less than a minute to go before halftime.

Wilson bumped that total up to 112 yards with a seven-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, but suffered an ankle injury while being tackled into the end zone that forced him to exit the field with a trainer. After walking off the field on his own power, Wilson was spotted by television cameras riding a cart back to the locker room for further evaluation.

  • FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – OCTOBER 25: Brandon Aiyuk #11 of the San Francisco 49ers is tackled by Jonathan Jones #31 and Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots during their NFL game at Gillette Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

  • FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – OCTOBER 25: Jeff Wilson #30 of the San Francisco 49ers dives with the ball during a game against the New England Patriots on October 25, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

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  • FOXBOROUGH, MA – OCTOBER 25: Fred Warner #54 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates with teammates after an interception against the New England Patriots in the first half at Gillette Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

  • FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – OCTOBER 25: Lawrence Guy #93 of the New England Patriots tackles Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers during their NFL game at Gillette Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

  • FOXBOROUGH, MA – OCTOBER 25: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers escapes the tackle of Ja’Whaun Bentley #51 of the New England Patriots in the first half at Gillette Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

  • FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – OCTOBER 25: Jakob Johnson #47 of the New England Patriots fumbles against the San Francisco 49ers during their NFL game at Gillette Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

  • San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo passes against the New England Patriots in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – OCTOBER 25: Kyle Juszczyk #44 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes with the ball for a four-yard touchdown against the New England Patriots during

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