- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
A promotion spotted on Michigan's campus offering two free tickets to Saturday's Minnesota-Michigan game with the purchase of two Coca-Cola products has been canceled because of what the school terms a "miscommunication."
A sign advertising the deal was first spotted by a member of the Michigan Daily, the university's student paper.
Yes, this is real. $150 face value for $3. pic.twitter.com/CFDfSuxgEm
After the tweet was shared throughout Twitter and the rest of the internet, Michigan issued a statement to MLive.com.
"Coke is a great partner of ours and had purchased a limited block of tickets for the Minnesota game for a Coke retail activation aimed at Michigan students," the athletic department wrote in a statement to MLive on Monday night. "Due to a miscommunication in the approval process, this promotion should not have run as is. As a result, it is being pulled immediately. "However, all purchases to date will be honored by Coke."
For Demarcus Robinson's sake, let's hope this was an accidental retweet.
Per SB Nation's Alligator Army, Robinson, a Florida WR, retweeted a tweet asking Twitter users if they wanted to see a new QB at Florida. QB Jeff Driskel was 9-28 passing for 93 yards a touchdown and two interceptions on Saturday in a 42-21 loss to Alabama.
Oh boy. pic.twitter.com/7O8efjdH4Z
The retweet is no longer on his account. Robinson must have quickly recognized his social media mistake because this tweet is on his page from after the time when the retweet would have happened.
Robinson is Florida's leading receiver. He has 23 catches for 353 yards and three TDs. His reception total is almost double the total of Clay Burton, Florida's second-leading receiver (12).
An Army player channeled a different type of football on Saturday to get a penalty.
He was unsuccessful.
In the final minute of the Black Knights' game against Wake Forest on Saturday, there was a group pileup of sorts on the field. A Wake Forest player moved his arm to keep Army LB Stephen Ricciardi away from the fray after Ricciardi got up.
With the referee in close proximity, Ricciardi went for the flop, dramatically heaving himself towards the ground for a flag. After a few seconds of contemplation, the referee quickly qaived Ricciardi off. There was no penalty.
Embellishing contact to get a call is part of sports, especially soccer, where diving and flopping have become a regular and hotly debated tactic. And when the embellishment is incredibly exaggerated like Ricciardi's, no matter the sport, the embellisher deserves whatever jokes are made at his expense. We imagine he'll be hearing a lot about the flop from teammates the rest of the season.
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After playing most of the game against Florida State, the starting QB job at Clemson is Deshaun Watson's.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Sunday that Watson would start in week five against North Carolina.
"He will get the opportunity to start this week," Swinney said. "I just think that's where we are. He was the player of the game. He played great. He took care of the ball and made some big plays. Really proud of him. You never know until you see them in that situation. We know we have something special in that young man."
Senior Cole Stoudt, who started for Clemson against Georgia and South Carolina State, started against Florida State. But he wasn't incredibly effective in his brief time under center against the Seminoles, rushing four times for 24 yards and completing 3-5 passes for 40 yards.
Watson, who was set to receive some playing time during the game anyway, took over on Clemson's fourth drive of the game and played the rest of the way. He was 19-28 passing for 266 yards and ran the ball 12 times for 30 yards.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles1 day ago
Apparently eliminations are needed when a bunch of Chase drivers attempt to eliminate themselves in a single race.
Issues struck a bunch of Chase drivers including Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., all three Joe Gibbs Racing drivers and Kurt Busch during Sunday's race at New Hampshire. Couple that with a mediocre performance from Carl Edwards and a strong run from Aric Almirola and the battle for 12th in the points standings at Dover is suddenly a close one.
After Dover, the third race of the Chase, the 16-driver Chase field will be whittled down to 12. Thanks to the New England craziness, nine drivers are within 10 points of 12th place either way.
Let's start with Gordon, who isn't among that group. The four-time champion, perhaps the most consistent driver in 2014, was having another solid day Sunday planted in the top 10. All hope of a top-10 finish went away with eight laps to go when Gordon had a flat right-front tire heading into turn one and slammed the wall.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles1 day ago
New Hampshire has been very kind to Joey Logano.
Statistically, Logano hasn't been great at the one-mile track (his average finish entering the race was 19.3), but it's the site of Logano's first Sprint Cup Series win and now his latest one as he pulled away from Kevin Harvick on multiple late race restarts to win on Sunday.
He's now guaranteed to advance to the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup along with last week's winner and Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski after next week's race at Dover.
The race featured 15 cautions, the second-most in New Hampshire history, and after Logano took the lead from Harvick under green with more than 20 laps to go, he held on to it over the course of three restarts.
Logano got to the front with a strategy call that looked iffy at the time. Track position is always a dominant theme at New Hampshire and the first half of the race had largely been a green-flag affair. On lap 247, some 30 laps after the leaders last pitted, Logano's crew chief Todd Gordon called him down to pit road for four tires.
A tailgate before Nebraska's game against Miami got unruly in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday.
According to police, 13-17 people were arrested at a tailgate at the Indian Center near Memorial Stadium. An officer was also taken to the hospital with a head injury.
Three law enforcement departments had to clear 3,000 people from the site. The craziness begain when a bus wanted to get to the place it had reserved at the tailgating spot and people who were already there objected.
About 4 p.m., witnesses said, three Windstar buses with HereForBeer.com tried to make their way to a spot they'd reserved on the northwest side of the property. But the tailgaters who were already packed into that area didn't like it.
The crowd began throwing beer cans and bottles, many of which were full, at the buses, climbing on the buses, kicking them, denting them and ripping off the license plates. Witnesses said some in the crowd were chanting, "Flip the bus! Flip the bus!"
Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine did an OK job assuming lead back duties in Keith Ford's absence.
Who are we kidding? It was more than OK. In Oklahoma's 45-33 win at West Virginia on Saturday night, Perine became the first Oklahoma freshman RB to run for over 200 yards since Adrian Peterson did it in 2004.
Perine finished the night with 34 carries for 242 yards and four scores.
Ford, Oklahoma's leading rusher through the first three weeks of the season, was hurt during the Sooners' week three win over Tennessee. In his place stepped Perine, who had nearly the same amount of carries (32) as Ford did (34) in Oklahoma's three blowout wins.
With the game tied 24-24 at halftime, Perine became the focus of the Oklahoma offense in the second half. Three of his four TDs came in the final minutes and his night was capped off with a 19-yard score that extended Oklahoma's lead to 45-27 and the game out of reach for West Virginia.
Jameis Winston took part in pregame warmups before Saturday night's game against Clemson in full pads.
A short time later, however, Winston was seen on the sidelines without his pads.
From the look on FSU coach Jimbo Fisher's face in this video, it did not seem to be a team decision to allow Winston to warm up in his pads.
Unless Winston did something during warmups, it's hard to imagine why there would be a look of disgust on Fisher's face. If Winston did in fact choose to wear the pads himself, it's an incredibly poor decision. But at the same time, we haven't come to expect good decisions from Winston outside of games during his tenure at Florida State.
BYU's undefeated season continues after the Cougars defeated Virginia 41-33 on Saturday.
Virginia's trip to Provo, Utah, was a potential trap game for the Cougars after the Cavaliers defeated Louisville in week three. Plus, The Cavaliers got the Cougars at Virginia last year, winning 17-14.
There was no Virginia win this season.
The Cavaliers led at halftime but BYU scored 14 points in the third quarter to take control of the game. Both touchdowns were on the ground. One was courtesy of QB Taysom Hill on a tackle-breaking 15-yard run and the other was from RB Jamaal Williams, who scored from two yards out.
Virginia tried to answer in the fourth quarter, but with the exception of the Cavaliers' final score, which came with 1:48 left in the fourth quarter, the next score after every Virginia one was by BYU.
Hill finished with 187 yards passing and 72 yards rushing.
BYU's schedule is one of the most favorable of anyone's to go undefeated. While the Cougars' schedule isn't easy -- trips to Central Florida and Boise State aren't guarantees -- they now have potentially the best shot of anyone in college football to go undefeated.