Graham Watson

  • Oklahoma claims Big 12 title and probable CFP spot with win against Oklahoma State

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 7 hrs ago

    Oklahoma is the Big 12 champion and perhaps the first team to lock up a spot in this year’s College Football Playoff.

    Oklahoma defeated rival Oklahoma State 58-23 in what ultimately became the de facto Big 12 title game in the final regular season contest for both teams.

    However, Oklahoma had the most to lose since it had climbed to No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings and a loss to the Cowboys would not only have eliminated the Sooners from playoff contention, but probably eliminated the Big 12 as whole.

    But Oklahoma left no doubt with a dominating performance against an Oklahoma State team that was undefeated up until a week ago. After falling behind 10-7, the Sooners scored on back-to-back runs of 68 and 66 yards by backs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon to open up the game early in the second quarter and finished the first half with a 44-20 lead.

    Once the Sooners started to understand the type of offense they were facing, Walsh became ineffective. Most of his passing yards came on underthrown passes that were misjudged by Oklahoma defenders. The Oklahoma State running game mustered just 132 yards against the Sooners stingy front four.

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  • USC clinches Pac-12 South title with 40-21 win against UCLA

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 12 hrs ago

    USC is heading to its first Pac-12 title game courtesy of Saturday’s 40-21 win against rival UCLA.

    Saturday’s game was a de facto Pac-12 South championship game with the winner of the contest heading to Santa Clara to play Stanford for the conference title. The game was close early, with the two teams trading points through much of the first half. However, a 42-yard punt return late in the second quarter gave the Trojans a 20-14 lead and momentum heading into the half.

    UCLA tried to steal that momentum back early with a 1-yard rushing touchdown by Paul Perkins, which gave the Bruins a 21-20 lead. It would be their last lead of the game.

    UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen lost a fumble and threw an interception on the Bruins’ next two possessions and the Trojans turned both mistakes into touchdowns. Rasheem Green picked up the Rosen fumble and ran it 31 yards into the end zone. Darreus Rodgers hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass to complete an eight-play drive following the interception. Rosen’s interception marked his first in 245 passes. He actually threw two on the day and had a couple potential interceptions dropped.

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  • So. Miss defeats La. Tech 58-24 to claim C-USA West title

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 15 hrs ago

    Three years ago, Southern Miss failed to win a game.

    On Saturday, the Golden Eagles became Conference USA West Division champions.

    Southern Miss scored three touchdowns on three Louisiana Tech turnovers in the fourth quarter to blow out the Bulldogs 58-24 and earn a berth in the Conference USA title game. The Golden Eagles will play at Western Kentucky next weekend.

    Southern Miss jumped out to a 24-3 lead late in the second quarter thanks to a balanced passing and rushing attack. But the Bulldogs cut the lead to 24-10 right before halftime to give themselves a chance.

    Louisiana Tech scored first in the third quarter to cut the Golden Eagles lead to a touchdown, but Southern Miss quarterback Nick Mullens answered quickly with a one-yard touchdown pass to Korey Robertson. After that, the wheels fell off for Louisiana Tech.

    The Bulldogs turned the ball over on three consecutive plays and Golden Eagles running back Ito Smith rushed for touchdowns on each subsequent possession. In less than a minute at the start of the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs went from trailing by 14 points to 51-17 deficit.

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  • Reports: Justin Fuente to succeed Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 16 hrs ago

    It appears Memphis coach Justin Fuente has been tabbed as the man to replace Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech.

    Multiple reports surfaced Saturday indicating an announcement would be made next week and that defensive coordinator Bud Foster and running backs coach Shane Beamer, the son of Frank Beamer, would remain on the Hokies’ staff.

    Justin Fuente will be new coach at Virginia Tech. Bud Foster & Shane Beamer will remain on Hokies' staff, source told @espn

    Yahoo Sports’ columnist Pat Forde speculated earlier this week that Fuente would be the Hokies’ choice and that he had been the favorite for awhile.

    Fuente has spent four seasons at Memphis. He won just seven games in his first two seasons before a breakout 10-win season a year ago. The Tigers are 9-3 this season.

    Memphis did say it made a competitive offer to Fuente to get him to stay with the Tigers but did not specifically say how much that deal was worth. Reports did cite the number was more than $3 million.

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  • Illinois announces two-year deal to make Bill Cubit its head coach

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 18 hrs ago

    Bill Cubit has dropped the interim title at Illinois.

    Cubit and the university have agreed to a two-year deal pending approval by the U of I Board of Trustees.

    The agreement extends Cubit’s current contract and will pay him $1.2 million per year.

    Cubit was named interim coach on Aug. 28 after head coach Tim Beckman was fired. Cubit has led the Illini to a 5-6 record. Illinois plays Northwestern for bowl eligibility on Saturday.

    Cubit's two-year deal is definitely a stopgap for the Illini, who are fighting public perception after several football players alleged verbal and emotional abuse at the hands of Beckman. Illinois also is looking for a new athletic director in the wake of those allegations.

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  • TCU's 28-21 2OT win ends Baylor's Big 12 title, CFP hopes

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Baylor’s pursuit of a Big 12 title and a spot in the College Football Playoff is officially over thanks to its rival TCU.

    The Horned Frogs defeated the Bears 28-21 in a double overtime deluge after Baylor running back Devin Chaffin was stopped for no gain on fourth down to end the game.

    Baylor came into the contest needing a win to keep pace with Oklahoma for the Big 12 title. The Bears lost to the Sooners a few weeks ago, but an Oklahoma loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday would have all but handed the Bears the Big 12 title. Now, the Big 12 title and possibly a spot in the College Football Playoff will come down to the Bedlam game Saturday night.

    Baylor had its chances on Friday.

    It scored 14 points on its first two possessions and took a 14-7 lead early. But then the offense became stagnant because of turnovers. Quarterback Chris Johnson, a third stringer who was playing in place of injured starter Jarrett Stidham, had two costly turnovers in the first half, including a fumble that was returned for what would ultimately be the score to force overtime.

    However, in the overtime, both quarterbacks shined.

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  • Hawaii hires former QB Nick Rolovich as its head coach

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Nick Rolovich has been named Hawaii’s new head coach.

    Rolovich was a record-setting quarterback for the Warriors in 2000-01 and was an offensive coordinator under former coach Greg McMackin. He's spent the past four seasons as Nevada's offensive coordinator.

    BREAKING: AD David Matlin welcomes @NickRolovich back to the #HawaiiFB ‘Ohana as the next head football coach.

    "I'm pleased to welcome back Nick Rolovich to the UH ohana," athletic director David Matlin said in a statement. "Nick is a Warrior at heart and someone I know our fans will support. He understands what it means to be a Warrior having played and coached here and what affect a winning program has with this community. I have no doubt we picked the right man for this job. The future is bright for Hawaii football."

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  • Texas Tech uses fake kneel down to score game-winning TD (Video)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    When you really want to beat Texas, you pull out all the stops.

    That’s what Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury did Thursday night when he called a fake victory formation with nearly three minutes remaining. The Red Raiders, who were up 41-38 at the point, pretended to kneel down while receiver Jakeem Grant, one of the team’s smallest players, emerged from the pile with the ball. He ran to the left side and down the sideline 40 yards untouched for the touchdown.

    Texas Tech's victory formation trick play is something for which we can all be thankful.

    What was most baffling about the play was Texas falling for it in the first place, especially with two timeouts remaining.

    The score actually ended up being the game-winning points for Texas Tech, which allowed Texas to score on the next possession. The Red Raiders recovered an onside kick and then did a real kneel down to end the game.

    The Red Raiders won the game 48-45 and finish the regular season with seven wins. Texas falls to 4-7 and still has a season finale against Baylor next week.

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  • What to Watch, Week 13: Let's decide some division races, shall we?

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    We’re going to do a little different format this week simply because there are too many great games this weekend to pinpoint just three.

    It is, as you all know, the weekend that decides several conference championship games and could decide whether teams are in or out of the college football playoff.

    With that said, here’s what to watch in Week 13 (games are Saturday unless otherwise noted):

    No. 15 Navy at Houston, noon ET, Friday: This game won’t only decide the West Division of the American Athletic Conference and home-field advantage in the conference title game, it likely will determine the Group of Five representative in the New Year’s Six Bowl. Navy has dominated the AAC in its first year in the league and one more victory would set the school record for wins and give the program its first 10-1 start since 1905. If it does so — and caps an undefeated regular season conference campaign — it also might earn quarterback Keenan Reynolds a trip to the Heisman ceremony in New York.

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  • FSU official details number of rape allegations against football players

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    A Florida State official said in a deposition that 20 rape claims had been made against Seminole football players in the last nine years, according to the Associated Press.

    Melissa Ashton, the director of FSU's victim advocate program, made the statement last summer during a deposition in the ongoing civil lawsuit filed by former student Erica Kinsman against the university. Kinsman said the university failed to respond to her allegations that former quarterback Jameis Winston raped her.

    The deposition was released as part of an open records request by the Associated Press.

    Ashton also asserted that she thought football players received special treatment at the school and that most of the alleged victims declined to press charges for fear of retaliation.

    A Florida State spokesperson told the Associated Press that the school could not confirm the number of allegations because communications with victims in confidential through the victim advocate program.

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