- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Long after most of us had gone to bed, the Pac-12 made a lot of us wish we’d stayed up for a little Pacific Time zone football.
While the Oregon-Washington State game was decided by a touchdown (Oregon escaped 38-31), it was the Arizona-Cal finish the stole the evening show.
With no time remaining and Arizona trailing Cal 45-43, Wildcats quarterback Anu Solomon heaved the ball 47 yards to the end zone and into the waiting hands of Austin Hill, who was triple covered. Apparently, none of the Cal defenders thought it might be a good idea to try to knock the ball down.
The touchdown marked the first time Arizona led in the game and capped a 36-point fourth quarter. The Wildcats trailed 28-6 at the half, but outscored the Bears 43-17 in the second half.
Guess this will teach us all to stay up for those late games.
For more Cal news, visit GoldenBearReport.com.
For more Arizona news, visit GOAZCats.com.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Alabama wants everyone to know that it’s not going anywhere.
While much of the nation’s attention has been on teams such as Oregon and Oklahoma, Alabama showed during its 42-21 win against Florida on Saturday that it’s in the hunt for a national championship as much as anyone else.
It also showed it might have a better and more complete team than anyone else, too.
Alabama was not perfect against Florida — it had an astounding four turnovers — but it also kept its composure in the face of those mistakes. The defense was strong, holding the Florida offense to just 200 total yards. And quarterback Blake Sims had the game of his career with 445 passing yards and four touchdowns on 23 completions.
But when the game was tied at 21 in the second half, Alabama turned to its bread and butter — its ground game.
Derrick Henry did yeoman's work juking defenders and pushing the pile. His effort in conjunction with fellow back T.J. Yeldon wore the Florida defense down and ultimately secured the game. Sims only threw for a little more than 100 yards in the second half while the running game did the work.
That’s what makes Alabama so scary.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
The Clemsoning is real, ya’ll.
Every year — the game usually varies — Clemson snatches defeat from the hands of victory and those who have seen this happen time and time again have dubbed it Clemsoning.
This year it was against Florida State.
The Tigers had everything working in their favor — a backup quarterback playing for a Heisman Trophy winner, a defensive line that was playing out of its mind, two gift interceptions and outgaining the Seminoles by nearly 100 yards. But none of those things could outweigh the bad — two missed field goals, a botched snap on the Florida State 1-yard line and a fumble on the Florida State 18-yard line on what should have been the game-winning drive with about a minute and a half remaining.
It was almost like Clemson did everything it could not to win the game. It was like the situation was almost too perfect for Clemson to pull off the big upset and knock Florida State from the national championship picture. And for anyone watching it was almost unbelievable to see.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
East Carolina announced prior to its game against North Carolina on Saturday that star senior receiver Cam Worthy has been suspended two games for a school student code of conduct violation.
According to a release from the school, ECU’s Office of Rights and Responsibilities handed out the suspension during a review hearing prior to the game. The suspension is a result of an argument Worthy had with another male student this past summer.
Worthy has been suspended from all school activities through Oct. 4 .
“Since I arrived at ECU we have always had a strong disciplinary response to any actions by our players,” ECU head coach Ruffin McNeill said in the statement. “Cam is an outstanding young man with an exemplary record as a student and representative of our football program. His family has been involved and fully supportive throughout this process as has our entire football family.”
This is a huge blow to East Carolina. Worthy led the Pirates with 302 receiving yards and had six catches for 224 yards during the upset of Virginia Tech last week.
For more East Carolina news, visit PirateIllustrated.com.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
The “T” has gone missing from Lane Stadium — again.
Virginia Tech fans rolled up to Lane Stadium for Saturday’s game only to see the “T” in Stadium had been pried off the wall.
While Georgia Tech faithful have not claimed ownership of the prank, this is a time-honored tradition by students at the school. According to lore, Georgia Tech students have been stealing the "T" from the Tech Tower on their campus since the 1960s, but in recent years, the prank has been made part of this rivalry when Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech meet in Blacksburg, Va.
Unfortunately, the last time Georgia Tech pulled this prank in 2012, its team lost 20-17 in overtime.
For more Virginia Tech news, visit HokieHaven.com.
For more Georgia Tech news, visit JacketsOnline.com.
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In a week that’s been dominated by the lame off-field antics of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, it’s refreshing to see college football on the horizon.
But before we get to Week 4, let’s take a quick look back at what you might have missed last week.
Vanderbilt got its first win in the Derek Mason Era thanks to a missed 22-yard field goal by UMass. And a Vandy player even gave the sad kicker a hug.
Speaking of the SEC, South Carolina wants the college football world to know its not dead yet.
Texas made the worst coin toss decision in the history of coin tosses.
This QB got hurt...
And this QB got hurt...
And then this young man became a hero...
I think that’s everything. Let’s look ahead to this week:
Kansas State has only itself to blame.
Hosting the highest ranked nonconference opponent since 1969, the Wildcats had a golden opportunity to knock off Auburn, the national championship runner-up, and couldn’t get out of their own way.
The Wildcats left 10 points on the field in the first quarter by throwing an interception in the end zone and missing a field goal. It gifted Auburn a field goal by fumbling the ball at their own 21-yard line.
The Wildcats went on to throw an interception that Auburn turned into points, miss two other field goals, including one from 22 yards out in the third quarter, and Auburn ultimately escaped with a 20-14 win.
It shouldn’t have gone that way. The Kansas State defense played about as well as a defense could play to keep the high-power Auburn offense at bay and give the Wildcats the upset. But the defense could only do so much after the offense continued to come up empty.
By the time the Kansas State offense really got rolling, there were less than 4 minutes remaining in the game and by that point, it was too late. Auburn converted first downs, including a 39-yard pass from quarterback Nick Marshall to D’haquille Williams to seal the victory.
UCLA opens its Pac-12 play against Arizona State next weekend and coach Jim Mora is already being coy with his information.
Quarterback Brett Hundley left last weekend’s game against Texas with an elbow injury, but UCLA has been stingy with the details of that injury and what Hundley’s status would be for the game against the Sun Devils.
“They work every day with our incredible medical staff to get back out there as quick as they can and when they’re ready to go they put them back out there and they go. So, that’s about it,” Mora said when asked about his injured players.
Mora was even coy about his backup quarterback.
After Hundley was injured in the first quarter, Jerry Neuheisel stepped in admirably and led the Bruins to a 20-17 win. He even threw a game-winning touchdown pass and was carried off the field on the shoulders of his teammates. Still, Mora wouldn’t commit to anything.
“Just because Jerry went into that game doesn’t mean he’s our backup quarterback. We’ve never determined who’s No. 2, 3, 4. We’ve got a whole bunch of guys. Next time it could be (redshirt freshman) Asiantii (Woulard). Heck, Asiantii could start the Arizona State game, who knows?"
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday3 days ago
The quarterbacking career of David Ash is over.
Texas coach Charlie Strong announced Wednesday that Ash, who has suffered at least three documented concussions during his time with the Longhorns, came to him this week and told him he couldn’t play football anymore.
Ash, who missed almost all of last season while recovering from a concussion, was the Longhorns’ starter at the beginning of the season. However, he took a hit in the season opener against North Texas and said he felt the effects later on in the evening.
Ash will stay around the program and help out the other quarterbacks.
Sophomore Tyrone Swoopes has started in Ash’s place and is 0-2 with losses to BYU and UCLA.
During Ash’s four seasons with Texas, he completed 385 of 613 pass attempts for 4,728 yards with 31 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.
Following Strong’s announcement, former Texas basketball player Kevin Durant, the NBA’s reigning MVP, sent Ash the following tweet:
Thank you David Ash, you gave your all to the University of Texas. I respect your decision and good luck in the future my brother
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday3 days ago
Louisville freshman backup quarterback Reggie Bonnafon will miss Saturday’s game at Florida International in order to attend his father’s funeral.
Wallace Bonnafon died Monday of heart failure.
"Reggie's a real family guy and had a real close relationship with Wallace, as our staff did,” coach Bobby Petrino told media on Monday. “I would ask that everyone's prayers and thoughts go to Reggie and his family as he works through this."
Bonnafon did not practice on Tuesday and Wednesday Petrino said the Louisville native had returned home to be with his family.
“It's a very tough situation for him and his family, something that caught him a little bit off guard,” Petrino said. “The plans are they're going to have the showing on Friday and the funeral on Saturday, so he's just going to focus on helping his mom and the rest of his family."
Bonnafon has played in the past two games this season. He has completed 14-of-20 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown.
For more Louisville news, visit CardinalSports.com.
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