Graham Watson

  • Texas rallies around embattled coach Charlie Strong, upsets OU 24-17

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 39 mins ago

    If there was any doubt whether Texas had the ability to rally around its embattled coach, Charlie Strong, those doubts were assuaged Saturday with the Longhorns’ performance against rival Oklahoma.

    Texas defeated the Sooners 24-17 to claim their second win of the season and likely quiet the calls for Strong’s job for the next week and perhaps the rest of the year.

    Following the final whistle, players hoisted Strong in the air as he crowd surfed to the cheers of the Longhorn faithful that still believed in the coach and the team even through a season a adversity.


    The win was the biggest in coach Charlie Strong’s Texas tenure and a long time coming. The Longhorns had closes losses against Cal and Oklahoma State that were products of late-game special teams gaffes. But this game, a week after being blown out by TCU, finally showcased the talented team Strong had boasted about since the preseason.

    And a lot of this victory belongs to the Texas defense.

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  • What to Watch, Week 6: Battle of the Pac-12 unbeatens highlight the weekend

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Who would have thought the best game of the weekend would have been between two mostly forgotten Pac-12 teams that are now battling for an early leg up on the College Football Playoff?

    In a season where consistency has been in short supply, this week should give us clarity as to whether the nation’s most consistent team — Utah — can maintain what it’s done so far and essentially punch its own ticket to the postseason.

    It’s early, but that’s just one of many stories we’re looking at as we check out what to watch this week.

    Game of the week: No. 23 California at No. 5 Utah, 10 p.m. ET As mentioned in the opening, this is a key contest in the Pac-12 between the two remaining undefeated teams in the conference. Of the two teams, Utah has been consistent in play. Cal has struggled against teams such as Texas and Washington, but is off to its best start since 2007.

    Cal’s best weapon is its offense and quarterback Jared Goff, who has already posted four 300-yard passing games with 15 touchdowns and just four interceptions. The Cal offense is averaging 43.4 points, which is second in the conference only to USC.

    Of the two teams, Utah has the “easier” path to the Pac-12 title game.

  • Washington upsets USC 17-12 to end Trojans playoff hopes

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    USC’s grand visions of playing in the College Football Playoff were all but dashed Thursday as Washington came into the Trojans home stadium and came away with a 17-12 upset win.

    And it was all about the Huskies defense.

    Aside from holding one of the nation’s most potent offenses to a season-low 12 points, the Huskies also limited quarterback Cody Kessler to 156 passing yards and picked him off twice. USC converted just one of its 14 third-down possessions and finished with three total turnovers.

    It was easily the worst offensive performance for the Trojans this season. The Trojans have now lost back-to-back home games for the first time since 2001, coach Pete Carroll’s first season where he went 6-6.

    Washington took its first lead early in the third quarter after the Huskies executed a double pass that ended with Marvin Hall making a 27-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Perkins.

    The Huskies game-winning score came early in the fourth quarter when Myles Gaskin ran the ball into the end zone from one yard out.

    Doesn't hurt that he got his first signature win as Huskies coach against its former coach, Steve Sarkisian.

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  • Colorado loses second starting linebacker, Kenneth Olugbode out 4-6 weeks

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Colorado s tarting inside linebacker Kenneth Olugbode will miss four to six weeks after suffering a leg injury in last week’s loss to Oregon.

    "He got hit in the leg, it started swelling up, (fluid) had nowhere to go," coach Mike MacIntyre said Tuesday. "They had to take him to the hospital, cut (open) his leg and drain it. He'll be out four to six weeks, and he's an excellent player for us."

    Olugbode’s injury means the Buffaloes have lost both of their starting inside linebackers this season. Addison Gillam was injured during the second game of the season and there’s no timetable for his return.

    Ryan Severson is the likely replacement for Olugbode. Severson leads Colorado with eight special teams tackles.

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  • Former Auburn WR D'haquille Williams punched four guys in fight over sunglasses

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    D'haquille "Duke" Williams, who was dismissed from the Auburn football program Monday, reportedly punched two security guards, a bartender and another patron, according to, in the event that resulted in his dismissal.

    Williams, a wide receiver who had been in trouble several times during his Auburn career, apparently became angry when a member of his party was removed from the bar for wearing sunglasses, a violation of the bar’s dress code.

    Williams tried to use his status as a football player to get the person back into the bar, but was denied. An altercation broke out and police were called to the scene, according to

    Williams, a senior, had 12 catches for 147 yards and a touchdown this season. He was one of the team’s top offensive threats in 2014 with 45 catches for 730 yards and five touchdowns.

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  • Tennessee dismisses WR Pig Howard for undisclosed rules violation

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Wide receiver Pig Howard has been dismissed from the Tennessee football team for an undisclosed violation of team rules, coach Butch Jones announced Wednesday.

    "You try to impact every person that comes in your program," Jones said. "It’s all about choices and decisions. It’s unfortunate, but we have to continue to move forward."

    Howard, a senior, already had missed three games this season — the season opener because of disciplinary reasons and the last two contests because of a concussion.

    Howard was the team’s leading receiver a year ago with 54 catches for 618 yards and a touchdown.

    This season, he has just one catch for eight yards.

    As Howard has struggled to stay in the lineup, the Vols have found receiving replacements in Ethan Wolf, Preston Williams and Josh Malone. However, the Vols passing game still ranks 85 th in the country and 11 th in the SEC.

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  • Miami creates website to lure FSU fan input from its Twitter page

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    As this weekend’s game between Florida State and Miami inches closer, the Miami Twitter page has been bombarded with comments from Florida State fans giving their thoughts about the game and about the Hurricanes.

    So, in order to combat the noise in their Twitter feed, Miami’s social media department gave Florida State fans an outlet for their, um, input.

    We've noticed an influx of FSU fans tweeting at us this week. As such, we encourage you to post here, instead:

    So what happens when you click that site?

    It takes the user to a page where he or she can type pretty much anything they want and when they hit send, the comment gets sucked into a vortex while screaming erupts. At the end, the site gives the user a nice little note: “Thanks for keeping that off twitter. Go Canes!"

    Well, that’s one way to handle it. Giving user a computer virus would have been another, but that would have been mean.

    Not sure that flushing comments down an imaginary black hole is even enough to stop #FSUTwitter.

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  • Ole Miss LB C.J. Johnson suffers torn meniscus, out 4-6 weeks

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    Ole Miss middle linebacker C.J. Johnson suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee during the Rebels' 38-10 loss to Florida last Saturday and underwent surgery Tuesday to repair the damage.

    He’s expected to miss four to six weeks.

    Johnson posted a message on his Facebook page Tuesday morning thanking everyone for their thoughts and prayers.

    “The best thing I love about playing sports is that it challenges your guts and determination,” Johnson wrote on Facebook and later posted to Twitter. “When the game knocked you down you get up and keep fighting.

    “Thank you to all my family and friends who has prayed for me through this difficult time. Hopefully my surgery will go well and I’ll be able to be back with my brothers soon. Thank you for all your support Rebel Nation.”

    Coach Hugh Freeze confirmed the injury and the surgery during his press conference.

    Johnson had 17 tackles, two interceptions and one pass breakup despite missing the season opener because of suspension.

    Terry Caldwell is the favorite to replace Johnson in Saturday’s game against New Mexico State. Caldwell has appeared in five games this season and has made eight tackles and forced a fumble.

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  • Tulsa WR Keevan Lucas out for the season after knee injury

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    Tulsa receiver Keevan Lucas is out for the season after suffering a knee injury during Saturday’s 38-24 loss to Houston.

    Philip Montgomery: #TulsaFB receiver Keevan Lucas is out for the year with a knee injury, as is OL Blake Belcher. Both have had surgery.

    Lucas suffered the injury in the third quarter while attempting to catch a pass in the end zone. Lucas got tangled up with Houston cornerback Adrian McDonald, who was flagged for pass interference.

    Lucas, however, remained on the turf clutching his knee and crying while trainers attended to him. He was helped off the field and ultimately carted to the locker room. He did return in the fourth quarter and watched the remainder of the game from a folding chair in the end zone while his leg was propped up.

    Lucas is second on the team with 26 catches for 409 yards and five touchdowns this season. In his career, he has 2,070 yards and 17 touchdowns.

    With Lucas out, the Golden Hurricane will rely on receivers Keyarris Garrett, Josh Atkinson and slot receiver Conner Floyd to fill the void.

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  • Rutgers hires outside firm to investigate its football program

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    Rutgers University has retained an outside law firm to review the school's football program, according to

    “Rutgers has retained outside counsel with expertise in NCAA infractions to help identify any potential rules violations,” Peter McDonough, Rutgers' senior vice president for external affairs told the website in a statement. “This is an ongoing and rigorous process that helps us to identify any shortcomings, to self-report them as required by NCAA rules and to remedy them as best practices demand.”

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