Throwing a no-hitter is an accomplishment in and of itself. When you are able to do it in the Major Leagues, it takes on added significance. With that being said, what Justin Verlander did on Sunday was truly special as he recorded the third no-hitter of his career in a 2-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. The Houston Astros ace struck out 14 men and only allowed one man on base- Cavan Biggio in the very first inning- to become one of just six pitchers to have thrown three or more no-no’s. Only Sandy Koufax, with four, and Nolan Ryan, a ridiculous seven, are able to boast more than the veteran ace. It’s his second no-hitter in Toronto as well, following up one he threw of the Detroit Tigers there in 2011. His other one came in 2007. This one came after he had several close calls as well, so it’s even more sweet as a result of that. The surging Astros had only got their two runs on the board in the top of the ninth inning when Abraham Toro hit a home run to give them the victory in his home country of Canada.
It’s never good news when a player goes down to injury, and it’s especially a bad sight when it’s a young kid looking to make his name. USC starting QB JT Daniels, unfortunately, became the latest such to get the devastating news as he has been ruled out for the Trojans for the remainder of the season after he tore his right ACL in their opening victory over Fresno State on Saturday, a 31-23 win. Due to the injury, true freshman Kedon Slovis had to step up, and he did a commendable job, going 6-8 in the air for 57 yards (and an interception). The fortunate part is that Daniels will be eligible to redshirt, so that is some good news for him and the team as well in a tough time for him.
When Jalen Hurts decided to transfer out of Alabama so that he could join the Oklahoma Sooners, a lot of eyebrows were raised. The senior had gone 26-2 as a starter and had won two national titles for the Crimson Tide, yet he was passed over for up-and-comer Tua Tagovailoa, leading to Hurts deciding to make a change for his senior season. It paid off on the first night of the 2019 season for him, as he led the no. 4 Sooners to a 49-31 win over Houston in Norman. The way he did so was astonishing, to say the least. Hurts scored six touchdowns in all in the game, three on the ground and three on the air. Furthermore, he racked up 332 yards passing and 176 yards rushing. He was 20-23 through the air as well, showing an efficiency that is befitting of a Sooners QB, a school that has produced two straight Heisman winners in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Might we be looking at the third in a row?