Matt Campbell is the king-slaying, miracle-working toast of college football

Matt Campbell is pleading with you. Well, it’s not like he’s desperate. Far from it. But the second-year Iowa State coach wants anyone willing to listen to hear the same message that he implored to his football players after a watershed win Saturday in the first matchup of two ranked teams here since 2002.

NASCAR designed its playoff system to create such incentive to wreck drivers and win. Don’t think it didn’t have this exact scenario in mind.

NASCAR wants fans hating some drivers, albeit a fan threatening Hamlin on pit road after the race and being whisked away by security might be a little more than NASCAR bargained for. It wants reporters nearly getting hit by thrown bottles of soda as they interviewed Elliott crew chief Alan Gustafson by the car afterward.

As long as no one gets hurt — beyond bruised feelings and egos — this system was totally designed for just this type of emotion.

“Certainly, the three‑race format and the pressure to win is so high that you see guys make some pretty desperate moves, pretty high‑risk moves, and you saw a lot of that today,” Busch crew chief Adam Stevens said.

Arizona fell to 0-10-1 and joined the 1943-44 New York Rangers (0-11) as the only clubs in NHL history to open a season with 11 straight defeats.

“I’ve been on a team where we’ve struggled throughout the course of the year,” Brendan Perlini said. “You just have to work hard.”

Perlini, Christian Fischer and Clayton Keller scored for Arizona. Louis Domingue finished with 21 saves

The Coyotes scored the first goal for the eighth time this season when Fischer connected on a power play 10:37 into the game. Fischer drove down the left wing and whipped Christian Dvorak’s rebound past Schneider before colliding with the New Jersey goalie in the crease, which sparked a mini wrestling match between Coyotes and Devils players.
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