- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
As the final seconds ticked down on Colorado State’s 31-17 victory over rival Colorado, coach John McElwain grabbed running back Dee Hart and gave him a big hug.
Were it not for the play of Hart and fellow running back Treyous Jarrells, the Rams probably would have lost the game. Both players rushed for 100 yards in their first games with Colorado State – Hart had 139 yards and Jarrells had 121 — to give the Rams two 100-yard running backs in the same game for the first time since 1996.
What’s most shocking about the Rams running game on Friday was that it didn’t really come together until the beginning of August. Hart left the Alabama program after the bowl game, got into some trouble with the law, graduated and then found himself reunited with McElwain, who used to be the offensive coordinator for the Tide. Jarrells, a junior college transfer from Grossmont Community College in El Cajon, Calif., didn’t join the Rams until the end of the spring.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
Michigan State fifth-year senior running back Nick Hill matched his 2013 touchdown total with this videogame-like play during the second quarter.
Hill took the handoff from quarterback Connor Cook at the 17-yard line, blasted through the line, made one defender miss, pulled off a nice spin move and then broke another tackle to waltz into the end zone. It was definitely one of the more athletic touchdowns of the game (though the Spartans had a lot of athletic plays for scores).
Hill’s touchdown made the score 28-0. He also had an 8-yard rushing TD to make it 35-0. The two touchdowns matched Hill’s touchdown total of his entire career.
For more Michigan State news, visit SpartanMag.com.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
The LAPD announced Friday that it was investigating whether USC cornerback Josh Shaw was involved in a domestic violence incident last Saturday.
Shaw, on the advice of his attorney, has decided not to speak with police anymore.
“We would have like to hear from Mr. Shaw to provide some clarity about the situation, but that is not going to happen,” Capt. John McMahon told the Los Angeles Times. "In light of that our investigation into a possible domestic dispute will continue."
Earlier this week, Shaw admitted he lied about injuring his ankles while jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew, however, didn’t provide any more insight into what actually caused his injuries.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
When Kenny Hill’s record-breaking night against South Carolina concluded with a 52-28, the nicknames started flying.
The most popular nickname for Texas A&M’s new quarterback? Well, Kenny Football, of course.
But Hill wasn’t so quick to embrace the name.
"I don't really like 'Kenny Football,’” Hill said after the game.
That’s fair considering the “Football” moniker was coined for his predecessor Johnny Manziel, or “Johnny Football.” Manziel’s family even trademarked the name so they could make money off it after Manziel left A&M.
But that didn’t stop Manziel from anointing Hill the next “Football” on his Twitter feed.
KENNY FOOTBALL!!! #GigEm
If anything, Hill might command a better nickname since his performance was better statistically than any Manziel, a Heisman Trophy winner, had during his two-season career with the Aggies.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
It’s Friday morning and a perfect time to take a moment to listen to Nebraska coach Bo Pelini rail against the evils of marijuana.
During the Big Red Breakfast on Friday morning, Pelini decided to go on a tangent from the usual celebration of the season opener against Florida Atlantic to tell the 250 people in attendance about the dangers of marijuana in our society.
“Let’s face it, it’s not OK,” Pelini said. “I think everybody that’s our age, my age, hopefully understands that it’s not OK. It’s not good. It’s not good for you. And these kids do it on a daily basis and a yearly basis … and it’s a real problem out there.
“Fortunately for us it is not (an issue) in our program. But I can tell you around college football and college athletics … serious in college. I guarantee you walk into dorms nowadays and it is a horrible problem.”
College Station furniture store owes customers more than $1 million after A&M's upset of South Carolina
It’s a good thing the Ashley Furniture is located in College Station, Texas, because they’re going to owe Texas A&M fans more than $1 million.
The store put out a promotion earlier this month saying it would cover the costs of furniture purchased between Aug. 16 through Aug. 27 if Texas A&M defeated South Carolina by at least 10 points.
The Aggies were a 10-point underdog, but ended up winning 52-28 (24 points for the math challenged).
Store owner Mark Wilks told ESPN that 600 people purchased furniture during the promotional period which totaled more than $1 million. One fan bought $20,000 worth of furniture — now that’s confidence.
The store did take out insurance for the promotion, so all of its debts are covered, the store will just have to pay the insurance 15 percent of what it will reimburse.
Maybe it’s not the player; maybe it’s the system.
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and his offensive staff might not have gotten enough credit for their t utelage while Heisman winner Johnny Manziel was leading the Aggies, but after watching Kenny Hill, a first-year starter, pick apart South Carolina in Williams-Brice Stadium, there has to be something to Sumlin’s method.
Hill, who played poised and confident, set a school record by throwing for 511 yards and three touchdowns while leading the Aggies to an improbable 52-28 upset.
It was a little like the performance Manziel gave during his first start against Florida — but better. In fact, Hill shattered Manziel’s passing yardage record and had a season opener that rivaled the performance Jameis Winston gave against Pittsburgh during his first start.
Of course it wasn’t just Hill alone. He got major help from what might be the best offensive line in the SEC and Malcome Kennedy slid into the role of go-to receiver with 14 catches for 137 yards. Three different receivers — Josh Reynolds, Edward Pope and Ricky Seals-Jones — had touchdown catches while three different running backs handled the load on the ground.
Line judge Allen Andrick left the game between Louisiana-Monroe and Wake Forest after ULM safety Justin Backus plowed into him while trying to avoid tripping over a Wake Forest receiver.
Andrick was on the ground motionless for a few seconds before finally sitting up. Members of the Wake Forest training staff attended to him immediately and were checking the back of his head. Andrick walked off the field under his own power, but did not return.
For more Wake Forest news, visit DeaconsIllustrated.com.
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USC’s bad week just got worse after running back Anthony Brown quit the football team and alleged racism by coach Steve Sarkisian on his way out the door.
Brown posted the following photo on his Instagram account on Thursday and wrote, "Sark treated me like a slave in his Office... Can't play for a racist MAN!!!!! #Fighton."
News of his departure from the program followed shortly afterward.
Sark returns to media to inform us that RB Anthony Brown is no longer on the team. #USC
Sarkisian noted that Brown wanted to switch from cornerback to tailback, but he was injured during fall camp. He said that he thought Brown could help the team and tried to talk him out of quitting. He was surprised to hear of Brown’s allegations.
Brown's IG had a claim saying Sark treated him like a slave. Sark calls accusations "ridiculous."
Let's do this thing, yo!
It’s been a long eight or so months, but the new season is here and with it a new way to crown a champion. College football will forever be changed as the top four teams will compete in the first College Football Playoff this season.
But before we start looking ahead, it’s important to remember how we got here. So, here’s your 2013 refresher:
This guy won the Heisman, but created a lot of off-field drama while doing it (and after doing it). His team also won the national title and many people think it can do it again.
Even though the SEC’s streak of national championships ended, it did have two of the most miraculous plays in college football history courtesy of national championship runner-up Auburn.
Sorry Alabama. And by the way, this play made Chris Davis a rockstar for pretty much the rest of his life.
This trophy is now gone.
And we've replaced it with this.
And, sadly, this guy has moved on to the NFL.
I think that’s everything, so let’s look ahead to this week.