Graham Watson

  • Utah's offense comes alive in 45-10 thrashing of Colorado State

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 46 mins ago

    For one game, Utah showed flashes of the team coach Kyle Whittingham hopes he has in the future.

    The Utes defeated Colorado State 45-10 in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, a surprising score considering the Utes offense had been pretty cold for most of the season.

    But it scored a Las Vegas Bowl record 24 points in the first quarter and the defense, which has been steady all season, never gave Colorado State a chance to find rhythm and get back into the contest.

    The 45 points were the most the Utes had scored in a game since scoring 59 against Fresno State on Sept. 6. They also scored 56 in the season opener against FCS opponent Idaho State.

    Most of Utah offensive struggles stemmed from incinsistent quarterback play, but Travis Wilson was steady, especially while running the read option, something he hadn’t done a lot of because of past head injuries. But he accounted for 91 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns — more rushing touchdowns that he had the rest of the season combined — in his best rushing game of the season.

    Receiver Rashard Higgins, an All-American, did manage 109 yards, but he was held out of the end zone for only the third time this season.

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  • Camellia Bowl: Will Bowling Green or South Alabama break their losing streak?

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Raycom Media Camellia Bowl South Alabama (6-6) vs. Bowling Green (7-6) Montgomery, Ala. Dec 20, 2014

    This is not a good matchup, especially considering the way these teams finished their respective seasons.

    South Alabama won just one of its final five games, and Bowling Green lost three straight to end the season, including a 51-17 defeat to Northern Illinois in the Mid-American Conference Championship game.

    What’s going to hamper South Alabama in this game is its inability to score. During that five-game stretch, the Jaguars averaged just 19 points per game. Overall, they ranked 113th nationally in scoring offense with 20.2 points per game and 87th with 372.8 yards a game.

    Those numbers are unfortunate considering Bowling Green’s defense has been one of the worst in the country, allowing 33.9 per game. The Falcons have allowed more than 40 points six times this season.

    However, Bowling Green has the ability to put up points quickly, but it’s had trouble in the last month finding consistency at quarterback. Sophomore James Knapke has been the team’s go-to quarterback most of the season, but was replaced in the MAC Championship by freshman Cody Callaway, who didn’t fare much better.

  • Pitt fires athletic director Steve Pederson after coach Paul Chryst bolts for Wisconsin

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    On the same day coach Paul Chryst left Pittsburgh to take the head coaching job at Wisconsin, athletic director Steve Pederson learned that he would not be around to hire the next coach.

    Pitt and Pederson parted ways in what chancellor Patrick Gallagher called a mutual decision on Wednesday.

    "With major decisions to be made about the future of football, I thought it was in the best interest of the University of Pittsburgh for Chancellor Gallagher to assemble his own team," Pederson said in a statement. "I am a Pitt and City of Pittsburgh fan, and want what is best for everyone moving into the future."

    While Pederson helped guide Pitt through conference realignment and secure a spot in the ACC, his struggles with finding a consistent football coach ultimately cost him his job.

    In 2010, Pederson forced out Dave Wannstedt following an 8-5 season and hired Mike Haywood, who had turned Miami-Ohio into Mid-American Conference power. However, Haywood lasted just 16 days before he was fired following a domestic dispute at his home on New Year’s Eve.

    For more Pittsburgh news, visit Panther-lair.com.

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  • Wisconsin officially makes Paul Chryst its next coach

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    After more than a week of speculation and flirtation, Paul Chryst is Wisconsin’s new coach.

    Chryst, who had spent the past three seasons as Pitt’s head coach, was Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator before taking the Pitt job. He’s also a graduate of Wisconsin.

    Chryst was 19-19 with the Panthers.

    “It’s a bit overwhelming to be able to come back to a place where you grew up, went to school and coached, where you have so many ties personally and professionally,” Chryst said. “This job has everything that we, as a family, and me, personally, are looking for. The bar has been set at a high level here and it didn’t just happen. I look forward to the challenge of continuing that tradition of success.”

    Chryst had two coaching stints with the Badgers, but is best known for his time from 2005-11. During that time, Chryst was responsible for orchestrating six of the school's 10-best offensive performances. During the 2011 season, the Badgers, which boasted quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Montee Ball, averaged 44.1 points per game, which was sixth-best in the country, a school record and the third-best mark in the Big Ten since 1916.

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  • Tennessee lands former Alabama RB Alvin Kamara

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Former Alabama running back Alvin Kamara has landed at Tennessee.

    The Vols announced they had signed Kamara, a former four-star prospect, out of Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College.

    Kamara spent the 2013 season at Alabama, but never saw the field. He was suspended twice and left home from the Sugar Bowl because of an unspecified disciplinary reason. Kamara announced via Twitter last January that he was leaving the Alabama program, but maintained that it was not because of the behavioral issues that landed him in hot water with Saban and his staff.

    Kamara rushed for 1,211 yards and 18 touchdowns in nine games with Hutchinson this season. Hutchinson is the same junior college that produced former Tennessee star receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.

    Freshman Jalen Hurd led the Vols in rushing with 777 yards and three touchdowns, but as a team Tennessee struggled to rush the ball. It ranked 100 th in the country and 13 th in the SEC in rushing with just 135 yards per game.

  • West side of Texas A&M's Kyle Field will implode on Sunday

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    The west side of Texas A&M’s Kyle Field, which includes the press box and second and third decks, will be imploded on Sunday to make way for the final phase of the stadium’s $450 million remodel.

    The new west side will include new luxury suites, upper decks, seats for fans, a state-of-the-art broadcasting facility for television media, and a Hall of Champions.

    The west side also will have a mosaic of fan photos that have been collected by the university’s marketing department.

    The implosion, which will happen around 8 a.m., will be streamed live and fans will be allowed to watch from near Reed Arena.

    This implosion will begin the final push toward making Kyle Field the largest on-campus stadium in the state of Texas with a seating capacity of 102,512. All of the stadium construction should be complete for the start of the 2015 season.

    For more Texas A&M news, visit AggieYell.com.

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  • Auburn will wear No. 31 helmet decals during Outback Bowl to honor Jakell Mitchell

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Auburn players will wear a No. 31 decal on the back of their helmets during the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 to honor teammate Jakell Mitchell, who was murdered early Sunday morning.

    According to Mitchell’s girlfriend, Mitchell got into an argument with a man during a party at the Tiger Lodge apartment complex when another man pulled at a gun and shot multiple times.

    Mitchell, 18, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at East Alabama Medical Center.

    Markale Hart is currently accused of the fatal shooting and is being held in Lee County Detention Center on $500,000 bail. Hart has asked for his bail to be reduced so he can be moved to Tallapoosa County because his family fears for his safety. According to Hart’s attorney, Anwar Taylor, Hart and his family have received death threats. Hart has two children ages 1 and 4 months.

    If Hart does bond out, he is facing a possible probation revocation for a 2012 burglary second-degree conviction.

    That apartment complex is the same complex where two former Auburn players died in a shooting in June of 2012.

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  • Ole Miss OL Aaron Morris suffers ACL tear, will miss bowl game

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Ole Miss offensive lineman Aaron Morris will miss the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl after tearing the ACL in his left knee.

    Coach Hugh Freeze said Morris suffered a partial tear prior to the regular-season finale against Mississippi State, but wanted to play through the injury. However, Morris and the coaching staff ultimately decided to have the surgery before the bowl game so Morris, a junior, could be ready for the 2015 season.

    This is the second time Morris has torn his left ACL. He missed most of the 2013 season after the first injury.

    Morris started 11 of 12 regular season games this season.

    For more Ole Miss news, visit RebelGrove.com.

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  • Auburn WR Sammie Coates declares for the NFL draft

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Auburn receiver Sammie Coates announced Monday he has decided to forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL draft.

    Coates, who graduated from Auburn on Saturday, said he didn’t look at his NFL evaluation and instead made his decision because he had obtained his degree.

    "If I wouldn't have graduated, it wouldn't have even been a thought," Coates said.

    Coates’ final game will be against Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1.

    In the past two seasons, Coates has amassed 72 catches for 1,619 yards and 11 touchdowns. ESPN’s Mel Kiper listed Coates as a late-first to mid-second round pick, but he is not listed among his top 10 receivers.

    "He's got a bright future. I'm real proud of him," coach Gus Malzahn said.

    Coates is the first of the Tigers’ two main receivers to declare for the draft. Auburn is still waiting for junior D'haquille “Duke” Williams to make his decision.

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  • Report: Houston to hire Ohio State OC Tom Herman as coach

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman is expected to be the next coach at Houston, according to a report by Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.

    Herman has spent the past three seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Buckeyes and won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant. Herman became a hot name during this offseason after turning backup quarterback J.T. Barrett into a Heisman contender and helping win the Big Ten title with third-stringer Cardale Jones.

    Houston becomes the third AAC team to hire an offensive coordinator as its head coach. SMU hired Clemson’s Chad Morris and Tulsa hired Baylor’s Phillip Montgomery.

    Houston fired coach Tony Levine after finishing 7-5 this season.

    For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.

    For more Houston news, visit CougarsDen.com.

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