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Osweiler following Manning's path, not living in his shadow

DENVER (AP) — Brock Osweiler wanted to follow Peyton Manning's path, not live in his shadow.

And that, he said, was the reason for his remark that drew so much ire back in Denver last spring.

Osweiler swears he meant no disrespect to Denver when he said at his introductory news conference in Houston that he chose the Texans over the Broncos in free agency because they gave him the "best opportunity to be successful."

Osweiler returns to Colorado tonight as the Broncos host the Texans in a game pitting two 4-2 division leaders.

Osweiler is coming off his best game as a Texan, leading Houston back from a 14-point deficit for a 26-23 win in overtime against the Colts last week.

Siemian is coming off his first loss, 21-13 at San Diego, where he was still compromised by a sprained left shoulder that had sidelined him the week before.


AP Top 25: Ohio State slips, Penn State in, Houston out

Ohio State dropped four spots to No. 6 in The Associated Press college football poll after its first loss of the season, and Penn State moved into the rankings for the first time since 2011 after upsetting the Buckeyes.

Alabama is No. 1 again, receiving all but one of the 61 first-place votes from the media panel on Sunday. Michigan moved up to No. 2, Clemson is No. 3 and Washington No. 4.

Colorado moves into the poll, at No. 23.

Louisville moved up to No. 5 ahead of the Buckeyes, who blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead and lost 24-21 against Penn State on Saturday night. The Nittany Lions entered the rankings at No. 24.


Rapids tie Dynamo 1-1 to finish unbeaten at home

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Colorado wasn't able to steal the Supporter's Shield but Shkelzen Gashi's second-half goal allowed the Rapids to join an elite group with a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo as the MLS regular season wrapped up Sunday.

The Rapids became the fifth team in league history to go unbeaten at home when Gashi slotted Marlon Hairston's cross inside the post in the 67th minute.

Colorado (15-6-13) needed a win and loss by FC Dallas to finish with the best record in the league. Dallas closed with a scores draw at the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Rapids, second in the Western Conference, have a first-round bye in the playoffs

Houston (7-14-13), last in the West, took the lead in the 20th minute as Andrew Wenger pounced on a loose ball and slipped it in for his sixth goal.

Despite out-shooting the Dynamo 20-8, including 5-2 on target, it wasn't until Gashi notched his second goal that the Rapids could notch their own bit of history, finishing 11-0-6 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.


Fresno State fires coach DeRuyter after 3 years of decline

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Fresno State fired coach Tim DeRuyter on Sunday after the Bulldogs dropped to 1-7 in his fifth season.

After winning the Mountain West title in each of his first two seasons at Fresno State, DeRuyter's teams struggled once star quarterback Derek Carr left for the NFL.

Athletic director Jim Bartko says DeRuyter is a "class individual," but says the results on the field weren't what Fresno State had hoped.

Offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau has been named the interim head coach. The Bulldogs host Air Force on Friday night.