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to be filled:The Alamo Bowl (vs. Pac-12) gets the second pick from Big 12 teams, followed by the Russell Athletic

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Turns out the offensively challenged Los Angeles Rams are capable of getting the ball in the end zone.Case Keenum threw for the teams first touchdown since relocating back to Los Angeles, and Todd Gurley rushed for two more scores Sunday in a 37-32 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The Rams (2-1), who did not have TD in the first two games of the season, also scored on Ethan Westbrooks 77-yard fumble return and Tavon Austins 43-yard reception in the fourth quarter before thunder and lightning caused a 69-minute weather delay with two minutes remaining. When you score points, which we did, youve got a chance, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said.The Rams, who used three field goals to beat Seattle 9-3 in Week 2, saw Keenum complete 14 of 25 passes for 190 yards, two TDs and one interception, which Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander returned 38 yards for a first-quarter touchdown. In addition to throwing a TD pass to Austin for a late 11-point lead, he got the Rams on track early with his 44-yard scoring pass to Brian Quick for the franchises first TD as the L.A. Rams since 1994.Anytime you can get out there and have success early, it kind of settles you down as an offense, Keenum said.The defense did its part, too, holding off Jameis Winstons bid to rally the Bucs (1-2) in the closing seconds.Tampa Bay forced a punt after the lightning delay and drove from its 44 to the Rams 15 in 1:42 before Winston threw two incompletions and was tackled by Robert Quinn after a 10-yard run on the final play. Winston looked tentative and never really took off full-speed on the play, instead apparently still hoping to throw the ball after he crossed the line scrimmage.I was just trying to bait them, get closer to the end zone, Winston said. At that moment Ive got to give somebody a chance in the end zone.Winston threw for 405 yards and three TDs for Tampa Bay (1-2). He threw an interception that set up one of Gurleys two 1-yard touchdown runs, and was stripped by the Quinn on the fumble that Westbrooks returned up the left sideline for a 31-20 lead.Mike Evans 7-yard TD reception trimmed Tampa Bays deficit to 37-32 with 2:15 remaining.Im confident in my defense. Its the best defense in the league, and I believe that, Keenum said. I had no doubts they were going to stop them.WEATHER DELAYOfficials suspended play during the two-minute warning with the Rams facing third-and-11 from their 5. Fans were asked to clear the stands and seek coverage in stadium concourses before the approaching thunderstorm passed directly over the field, dumping heavy rain.DROUGHT ENDSThe Rams scored their first touchdown of the season, driving 75 yards on eight plays following the opening kickoff to take a 7-0 lead on Keenums 44-yard pass to Quick just over three minutes into the game. Gurleys TD, set up by ex-Buc Mark Barrons interception and 7-yard return to the Tampa Bay 22, trimmed Tampa Bays lead to 20-17 just before halftime. With Tampa Bay driving for a possible go-ahead score in the fourth quarter, Quinns sack/strip led to Westbrooks fumble return. It was the NFL-leading 18th fumble Quinn has forced since entering the league in 2012.FILLING INWith RB Doug Martin sidelined with a hamstring injury, Charles Sims made his first NFL pro start for the Bucs and rushed for 55 yards on 13 attempts. The third-year pro, who has been a key component of Tampa Bays passing game since Winston joined the team, also had six receptions for 69 yards.WATCH ME NOWThe Bucs unveiled a new video board system as part of a $140 million renovation of Raymond James Stadium. The system features two 9,600 square-foot boards on the north and south ends of the stadium, as well as four 2,300 square-foot tower walls. 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The Northern Irishman arrived at the course on Wednesday hoping to start, but after hitting a few balls on the practice putting green Clarke advised officials he was not fit to play.The winner of the Big 12 Conferences de facto championship game will get a sweet prize indeed.While Oklahoma or Oklahoma State will be headed to the Sugar Bowl, the Big 12 overall wont have enough eligible teams to fill its seven guaranteed bowl spots.Six Big 12 teams still have their regular-season finales to play Saturday, including the Bedlam rivalry game that will determine the conference champ. All of those teams already have six wins (or more) needed for bowl eligibility.But none of the four teams that ended last weekend, including Texas and Texas Tech at 5-7, have winning records.Seventh-ranked Oklahoma (9-2, 8-0 Big 12) and 11th-ranked Oklahoma State (9-2, 7-1) are both without a loss since September. In the other Big 12 regular-season finales, 14th-ranked West Virginia (9-2, 6-2) hosts Baylor (6-5, 3-5); and TCU (6-5, 4-4) is home against Kansas State (7-4, 5-3).I think our people would be fired up about the opportunity to be in a New Years Day bowl, coach Mike Gundy said Monday about the possibility of returning to the Sugar Bowl, where the Cowboys lost 48-20 last January.We had a great experience. We didnt play as well as we wanted to, he said. We were not a very healthy football team at that time and played a really, really good Ole Miss team.Oklahoma beat Alabama 45-31 in the Sugar Bowl three seasons ago, but last year was in the four-team playoff.The Sooners, with eight wins in a row since losing two non-conference games, were eighth in the CFP ranking last week.You always want to have a chance at the national championship and the playoffs, but it doesnt work every year, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said during the Big 12 coaches teleconference. You do the best you can.A new CFP ranking comes out Tuesday night, but the Sooners were already behind undefeated Alabama and one-loss Ohio State, which beat Oklahoma in September. The defending national champion Crimson Tide and the Buckeyes, even without going to the Big Ten title game, appear to be locked into playoff spots.The winner of the Big Ten championship game -- Wisconsin or Penn State -- will have two losses, but both were also ahead of the Soooners.dddddddddddd So were the potential ACC and Pac-12 champions.With the Big 12 champion headed to the Sugar Bowl, or the runner-up if the champion somehow gets into the playoff, these are the leagues other bowl spots to be filled:The Alamo Bowl (vs. Pac-12) gets the second pick from Big 12 teams, followed by the Russell Athletic Bowl (vs. ACC), the Texas Bowl (vs. SEC), the Liberty Bowl (vs. SEC) and the Cactus Bowl (vs. Pac-12). That would leave the Armed Forces Bowl, with the smallest payout, without a Big 12 team for its game in TCUs home stadium.Some other notes from the final Big 12 coaches teleconference of the season:UNSELFISH MOUNTAINEERSWest Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen has often talked about how unselfish his team is this season. The latest example is freshman running back Martell Pettaway, who had his redshirt pulled in the 11th game because of injuries, then ran 30 times for 180 yards and a touchdown. We had no choice, Holgorsen said. If he was a selfish guy, he wouldnt have been on board with that. ... He took advantage of his opportunity.NOT EVERYBODYOnly the six coaches with games left took part in Mondays call. The leadoff spot held the past three seasons by Texas coach Charlie Strong, who was fired and replaced by Tom Herman, was silent, as were the usual slots for David Beaty of Kansas (2-10), Matt Campbell of Iowa State (3-9) and Kliff Kingsbury of Texas Tech (5-7) .COMING BACKTCU, which got bowl eligible with its 31-9 win at Texas, also had two double-overtime losses and lost at home to Big 12-leading Oklahoma by six points. Coach Gary Patterson said many players will be back next year, along with some that missed this season with injuries. Were going to see how much this group grows up, he said.LIKE THE MULLETHeck, its grown on me through the season. Maybe I wasnt such a fan early on, but Ive come to really like it, Stoops said, chuckling, about Gundys mullet haircut.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25. ' ' '

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