The Toronto Raptors fell to the Milwaukee Bucks, 97-83, in Game 1 of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff matchup on Saturday. It’s the fourth season in a row the Raptors have surrendered the opening game of the postseason.
The Raptors are now 1-11 all-time in playoff Game 1s and have lost each of their last nine, including the first game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in last year’s Eastern Conference Finals. Their only Game 1 victory was in the 2001 Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadephia 76ers, a series they lost in seven games. Six of those 10 Game 1 losses came on their home court.
In a 2014 game against a woebegone Kansas, Perine took the ball 34 times and ran for 427 yards — a 12.5-yard average, with five touchdowns mixed in. The yardage total is a still-standing record for the Football Bowl Subdivision, the college game’s highest level of play. It’s possible it will never be matched, even though the record he was breaking — 408 by Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon against Nebraska — had been set the week prior.
Here’s a video that outlines his destruction of the Jayhawks pretty well:
He’s 5’10 and was listed at 235 pounds during his junior year at OU, after which he declared for the draft. At the NFL Scouting Combine in the winter, Perine out-bench pressed every running back and almost every offensive lineman.
He had 40 catches in three seasons for 321 yards. In the NFL, he’ll be a battering room, not a Le’Veon Bell-style runner and receiver who can line up anywhere and torment either defensive tackles or cornerbacks.
His value is in his ability to take the ball many, many times — an average of 19 per game at OU — and grind out 4 and 5 yards at a time.
He proposed to his now-fiancee, Meg, in February, and he did it via a magic trick.