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Brees leads Saints in comeback against Texans, 40-33 The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees couldn’t stay angry with Jimmy Graham for long. A miscommunication on what initially looked like a critical interception wound up setting the stage for the veteran quarterback and young tight end to hook up on a pair of big plays in a dramatic 40-33 comeback victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday. “I love the fact that we can have something happen on the field that’s a negative ... and instead of him getting down like some young players might and having that affect what happens later on, he comes out and make a couple huge catches,” Brees said of the 6-foot-6 Graham, a second-year pro and converted basketball player out of Miami. “He’s

mentally tough, physically tough, he wants to be great and he wants me to be able to trust him and have confidence in him, which I do to the utmost.” Brees was intercepted twice, but made up for it with 370 yards passing and three second-half touchdown passes, including a 27-yard strike to Graham as the Saints (2-1) began to claw back from a 26-17 fourth-quarter deficit. Then on third-and-10 with the Saints trailing 33-32 in the waning minutes, Brees found Graham over the middle for a 23-yard gain on which the tight end absorbed two heavy hits as he went down. Graham stood up and flexed both biceps while officials threw a flag for a late hit that put the Saints deep in Houston territory. Mark Ingram then capped the

eight-play, 93-yard drive with his first career TD on a 13-yard run that vaulted New Orleans ahead for good. Graham blamed himself for Danieal Manning’s interception of Brees earlier in the fourth quarter, which gave Houston the ball on the Saints 42 and set up James Casey’s diving 20-yard touchdown catch from Matt Schaub. As Houston was marching for that score, Brees told Graham to expect more passes to come his way. “It meant a lot to me, being such a young player, that Drew has so much faith in me,” said Graham, who led New Orleans with 100 yards receiving on four catches.

Gerald Herbert / The Associated Press

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New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) runs as Houston Texans outside linebacker Mario Williams (90) prepares to takcle Graham on Sunday.

GOLF

Lady Tigers finish 11th, post 32-over par score at tournament

Morgan Wampold Sports Contributor

LSU women’s golf coach Karen Bahnsen said it would be difficult for the Lady Tigers to repeat last season’s results at the Mason Rudolph tournament, where they posted a record-setting 21-under par victory in Franklin, Tenn. Her prediction proved correct as the Lady Tigers posted a 32-over par combined three day score and finished 11th at the tournament Sunday. Changes to the course terrain

and the inexperience of some players took some adjusting, according to Bahnsen. “You couldn’t get as close to the hole as easily because the greens were firmer and the course was very wet,” Bahnsen said. The first round concluded with the Lady Tigers posting a 15-over par, putting them in a 4-way tie for eighth place. Though none of the players made even par in the first round, freshman Madelene Sagstrom and senior Tessa Teachman led the pack with 3-over pars for the day.

The end of the second round showed a drop to 12th place for the Lady Tigers, who ended the day with a tournament total of 27-over par. Sophomore Lindsay Gahm led the team in the second round, posting an even par and tying for 26th place. Sagstrom finished with a 7-over par, followed by Teachman, who posted an 8-over par in the round. Sagstrom’s 2-under par finish in the third round brought the team to 11th place with a 32-over par total for the tournament. Ernst added to the team total with a 1-under par in the third round.

Coach Bahnsen said Sagstrom’s score in the final round helped the team total. “I think she did great in the third round, and she helped the team a tremendous amount,” Bahnsen said. Sagstrom tied for 20th place with a 5-over par tournament total and Ernst placed in a three-way tie for 30th place with an 8-over par total. Bahnsen said the Lady Tigers performed well despite the challenges they faced this weekend. “It was a tough tournament, but they didn’t let the frustration get to

them. Everyone contributed and everyone fought,” Bahnsen said. UCLA, last year’s NCAA Champion, placed first overall with a 9-over par total. UCLA had four players place in the top 20 for the tournament. Lindy Duncan of Duke and Jennifer Kirby of Alabama tied for first place individually with an overall score of 4-under par.

Contact Morgan Wampold at mwampold@lsureveille.com

The Daily Reveille - Sept. 26, 2011  
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