Graham Watson

  • Young fan asks Oregon coach Mark Helfrich about Marcus Mariota's future, hilarity ensues

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 hrs ago

    Press conferences can be boring.

    It’s usually the same questions about players and plays, so when a middle school student from an all-girls Catholic school came into Oregon’s postgame presser and started talking about “Jesus, girls and Marcus Mariota,” well, it made for Internet gold.

    Initially the girl asks Oregon coach Mark Helfrich whether Mariota, the Ducks’ star junior quarterback, is going to come back next season.

    “That’s the talk around school,” the girl states.

    "What is the talk around school?" Helfrich asks. "How have you broken it down? What do you think he'll do?"

    “Well, there’s three things that go on at O’Hara Catholic — or four — OK?" the young lady replies. "There’s Jesus, there’s girls, and there’s Marcus Mariota.”

    Of course, the entire press conference starts laughing and Helfrich can't keep a straight face. He does tell her he doesn't know about Mariota's future, but that he's enjoyed the interview.

    The only disappointing part about this video is that we never learned what the fourth thing was that goes on at O’Hara Catholic.

    For more Oregon news, visit DuckSportsAuthority.com.

  • Florida State continues to live on the edge with 20-17 win against Boston College

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 hrs ago

    At what point do we call Florida State seems to have a flair for the dramatic because it's gotten into the habits of making things far more interesting than they should be against weaker opponents.

    And Saturday’s 20-17 win against Boston College was yet another example.

    Florida State and Boston College were tied late in the fourth quarter when the Eagles put together a stellar drive that put them in field goal range. However, Joey Launceford missed the 43-yarder that would have given Boston College the lead with 4:37 remaining.

    Florida State got the ball back, went down the field and the ever-steady Roberto Aguayo knocked in a 26-yard field goal as time expired.

    If it feels like you’ve seen this scenario involving Florida State before, well, you have; maybe with a different play and a different margin, but always with the same outcome — a Florida State win.

    The Boston College win marked the sixth time the Seminoles either had to rally from a deficit or a tie to seal a victory. And most of those rallies have come in the second half.

    That’s not a knock on those teams, it’s just fact.

    For more Florida State news, visit Warchant.com.

  • Oklahoma's Samaje Perine breaks single-game rushing record with 427 yards

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 8 hrs ago

    The single-game rushing record that last week took 15 years to break has been broken once again.

    Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine rushed for 427 yards and five touchdowns on 34 carries against Kansas on Saturday, breaking the record of 408 yards set just last week by Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon.

    TCU’s LaDanian Tomlinson set the original record of 406 against UTEP in 1999.

    Perine, a freshman, made and surpassed the record on a 42-yard scamper early in the fourth quarter. The Sooners called timeout, got the game ball and celebrated the accomplishment on the field.

    Perine was then taken out of the game.

    “I really didn’t have [the record] at the forefront of my mind,” Perine said in the postgame television interview with Fox Sports 1. “I just went out there, played the game and we did a really good job up front and on the perimeter with our blocking. And, you know, it just so happens that I came up with the record.”

    While many were in awe of Gordon’s performance last week, Perine’s was perhaps a little anticlimactic because of the competition.

    That said, Tomlinson’s record came against a 5-7 UTEP team that finished the season ranked 100 th nationally against the run.

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  • RB Tevin Coleman sets Indiana single-season rushing record (Video)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 10 hrs ago

    Indiana running back Tevin Coleman has quietly made Hoosier history.

    Coleman’s 90-yard touchdown run in the third quarter against Ohio State gave him 143 yards on the day, which also gave him the Indiana’s single-season rushing record.

    Coleman only needed 128 yards on Saturday to best Vaughn Dunbar’s record of 1,805 set in 1991.

    The touchdown was Indiana's longest touchdown run in 102 years and it was the longest run against Ohio State since 1960.

    Coleman was the nation’s second-leading rusher heading into the weekend, but has received relatively little fanfare because Indiana has struggled to win this season and because Coleman is in a conference with Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, who also is having a record-breaking season.

    Still, Coleman deserves a lot of credit for the numbers he’s been able to put up this season, especially since he’s essentially the entire offense for the Hoosiers and he’s still managed to find ways to best defenses and put up great results.

    Coleman has rushed for at least 122 yards in every game but one so far this season.

    For more Indiana news, visit Peegs.com.

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  • What to Watch, Week 13: Division races are heating up

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    It’s hard to believe that there are only two full weekends of college football remaining.

    It seems like only yesterday we were championing Texas A&M as the next great SEC challenger and calling quarterback Kenny Hill the next Heisman winner. Now, A&M has four losses and Hill isn’t even the starter anymore.

    Time sure does fly, but even with two weeks remaining very little is solved. So many conferences have division titles up for grabs and while some of that might get solved this weekend, a lot of it will be left to the final week of the year.

    Sadly, this weekend doesn’t have a lot of marquee games. Several SEC teams are taking their FCS breaks and there are a lot of other ranked teams playing some of the weaker teams in their respective conferences.

    Still, we’ve tried to highlight the better games this week for your viewing enjoyment.

    Here’s what to watch in Week 13:

    [More Week 13:College football picks against the spread]

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  • Georgia Tech and Florida State will play in the ACC Championship

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Georgia Tech is going to the ACC championship.

    Thanks to Duke ‘s 45-20 loss to North Carolina (the Tar Heels are bowl eligible now, by the way), the Yellow Jackets are the outright winners of the ACC Coastal Division. They had clinched a share of the division title last week after Duke lost to Virginia Tech, but they needed the Blue Devils to drop one of their two final games to win the division outright.

    That actually seemed like a bit of a pipe dream considering the Blue Devils' final two contests were against two teams without winning records — the Tar Heels and Wake Forest. But North Carolina jumped on Duke early, forced turnovers and never relinquished the lead.

    Georgia Tech is now headed to the ACC title game for the third time in the past six years, and this year’s trip might be the most entertaining.

    Georgia Tech’s offensive style also is built around ball control and time of possession. If Florida State gets into a deep hole against Georgia Tech, it might not have enough possession time to get it back.

    Also, the Georgia Tech defense has been great at forcing turnovers and turning those turnovers into points, especially in the past four games.

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  • Kansas State's win against WVU was the best thing for the Big 12

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Kansas State’s 26-20 win against West Virginia on Thursday was what was best for the Big 12 Conference.

    The win not only strengthens — and might even improve — the No. 12 Wildcats ranking, it also strengthens TCU’s win against.

    While it might appear that another loss for West Virginia only diminishes Baylor’s hopes of ever surpassing TCU in the College Football Playoff rankings, it actually makes that Dec. 6 contest against Kansas State that much more important for the Bears — and for Kansas State.

    While no one has been talking about the possibility of Kansas State winning the Big 12, it’s still possible. If the Wildcats were to win out and TCU were to lose at least one of its final two contests, the Wildcats would be the conference champions and might even claim a spot in the College Football Playoff.

    However, in this scenario, a two-loss Kansas State team isn't as attractive as some of the other possible two-loss teams out there, and would still be below and one-loss teams remaining.

    For more Kansas State news, visit GoPowerCat.com.

    For more TCU news, visit PurpleMenace.com.

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  • The Kent State-Buffalo game is officially canceled and will not be rescheduled

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    The Mid-American Conference game between Kent State and Buffalo has officially been canceled due to extreme weather conditions in Buffalo and will not be rescheduled, the league office announced Thursday evening.

    The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but issues with Kent State’s equipment truck, which was reportedly stalled 15 miles away from the stadium, caused the game to be rescheduled for Friday afternoon. However, as the weather in Buffalo has gotten worse, the conference feared for the safety of the players and compromising the efforts of safety workers.

    While Buffalo is 4-6, two of those wins are against FCS teams. The conference already has five bowl eligible teams to fill its five primary bowl slots, but, according to Buffalo spokesman Jon Fuller, the Bulls might have been granted a bowl spot had it gotten to six wins and the conference had a spot it needed to fill.

    That, however, is now not an option.

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  • WVU receiver Kevin White (almost) had an amazing touchdown catch (Video)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    West Virginia receiver Kevin White almost had an amazing touchdown catch during the second quarter of Thursday's game against Kansas State.

    Note: Almost.

    Quarterback Clint Trickett overthrew his initial receiver and the ball landed in the hand of Kansas State’s Dante Barnett, who seemingly made the catch, rolled over and allowed the ball to fly out of his hands, into the air and toward White. White alertly snatched the ball out of the air and dove into the end zone for what looked like an unbelievable score (and a tie game).

    However, upon closer review, Barnett never actually had the ball. The nose of the ball hit the ground before Barnett was able to secure it, negating one of the best plays of the year.

    That said, we still have to give props to White for his awareness and concentration.

    Unfortunately for West Virginia, things went from bad to worse when kicker Josh Lambert missed the ensuing field goal try.

    For more Kansas State news, visit GoPowerCat.com.

    For more West Virginia news, visit WVSports.com.

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  • Heisman Watch: Will Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon keep momentum going?

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    It’s been five years since a running back has won the Heisman Trophy, but Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon is trying to change that.

    With his record-breaking performance against Nebraska last week, he definitely opened the eyes of voters and launched himself into one of the top spots for the award with Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. Now, can he keep it up and knock down more records on his way to New York?

    If he does and Mariota continues to play well, this might be one of the closest Heisman races in recent memory.

    Here’s a look at Dr. Saturday’s Heisman Poll heading into Week 13:

    Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin: There’s not much that can be said about Gordon’s record-breaking 408-yard performance against Nebraska last week, which was punctuated by the fact that he only played three quarters. That was Gordon’s showcase game and he made the most of it. But things don’t get easier this weekend against an Iowa defense that is allowing just 147.8 rushing yards per game.