Nick Bromberg

  • Oklahoma St. apparently mistakenly awarded 1st down in win over Kansas St.

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 hr ago

    Oklahoma State appeared to have gotten a gift in the second quarter of its 36-34 win over Kansas State.

    Trailing 28-13, the Cowboys were apparently given a first down after a third-down conversion that came up short of the yard marker. How the heck did it happen? We'll attempt to explain it here.

    The apparent mistake was first brought up by SB Nation's Bring on the Cats. Oklahoma State was penalized on first down for holding at the Kansas State 45. The penalty meant 1st and 20 from the OSU 45.

    The next play was a sack for a seven-yard loss. On second down, Oklahoma State got four yards. So it was 3rd and 23. The third down play got 19 yards. You can see that 23-19 means there are four yards to go, right? Nope. OSU got a first down. Here's the entire sequence from the Fox Sports 1 broadcast:

    This is what the play looks like from Oklahoma State's play-by-play. It's even confused.

    But Oklahoma State had a 25-yard gain on what would have been fourth down. The first down (and should have been fourth down) play was not an incomplete pass or a two-yard gain.

  • Florida the SEC East favorite? Gators stifle Ole Miss 38-10

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 hrs ago

    Ole Miss' run at the top of the SEC West didn't last very long. And Florida's run at the top of the SEC East this season may be just beginning.

    The Gators defense stifled the Rebels offense and forced four turnovers as Florida won 38-10 to topple the No. 3 team in the country.

    And while Florida's defense was good, it got some assistance from an offense that's looked anemic at times. Quarterback Will Grier, who started despite having the flu, was 17-of-20 passing for 229 yards and four touchdowns while Kelvin Taylor averaged nearly five yards a carry rushing.

    Ole Miss' chances for a win took a big nosedive after a missed field goal while trailing 13-0. The Gators had scored touchdowns on two of their first three possessions and the Rebels had a chance to make it a 10-point game. But Gary Wunderlich's 29-yard field goal was wide right and two possessions later, Florida made it a three-score game with a 77-yard pass from Grier to Brandon Powell.

    It might as well have been six possessions at that point. Ole Miss' offense, led by juco transfer quarterback Chad Kelly, was prolific through the first four games. But it was below average Saturday night.

  • Alabama routs Georgia 38-10

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 7 hrs ago

    The Tide started the week as an underdog at sports books for the first time since 2009. Alabama definitely did not look like an underdog on Saturday against Georgia. In the midst of a driving rainstorm, Alabama controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and got some help from special teams in a 38-10 rout over Georgia in Athens.

    The special teams' help started the rout. After forcing Georgia into its third straight three-and-out in the second quarter, freshman defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick came in unblocked on a punt and not only blocked the punt but scooped the ball up for a touchdown and a 17-3 lead. Following another Georgia punt, quarterback Jacob Coker hit freshman receiver Calvin Ridley for a 45-yard touchdown on Alabama's first offensive play of the series. The score at halftime was 24-3 and Georgia was shellshocked.

    Perhaps non-coincidentally, Alabama running back Derrick Henry got his most work of the season. Henry, who had 67 carries through Alabama's first four games, had 26 carries against Georgia and ran for 148 yards. It was an average of 5.7 per carry.

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  • Louisiana-Monroe QB Daniel Fitzwater dies

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 7 hrs ago

    Louisiana-Monroe announced Saturday that quarterback Daniel Fitzwater died. He was 20.

    Fitzwater died early Saturday, according to the school. The cause of his death is unknown. He transferred to Louisiana-Monroe before the 2015 season.

    “The coaching staff and team are deeply saddened by the loss of a great person in Daniel. Our thoughts and prayers are with Daniel’s family,” Louisiana-Monroe coach Todd Berry said in a statement.

    Fitzwater suffered a knee injury during practice and was set to miss the 2015 season. Before transferring to ULM, he played at Copiah Lincoln Community College for two seasons. He had 44 total touchdowns in those years.

    He went to high school at Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana. His coach at the high school told the Shreveport Times that Fitzwater was an "all-American guy."

    “He was an all-American guy,” Calvary head coach John Bachman told the Shreveport Times.

    “He was talented, smart as a whip and confident in who he was. He loved his family and loved his teammates. It’s just hard to fathom.”

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  • Aaron Golub, legally blind, gets first game action for Tulane

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 8 hrs ago

    Tulane's Aaron Golub got to make history when he took the field in the fourth quarter Saturday.

    Golub, a walk-on long snapper at Tulane, is legally blind. He snapped on Tulane's final extra point of the Green Wave's 45-17 win over Central Florida. He's the first legally blind player to play in an NCAA college football game.

    "It was a great opportunity," Golub said via "I'm happy they gave me a shot. It just felt great."

    Golub joined the team in the spring of 2014. He has no vision in his right eye and limited vision in his left eye. A previous coach once described Golub's vision as if you closed one eye and then had tunnel vision the size of a dime in the other eye.

    Golub said after the game that he treated his game snap just like the thousands of practice snaps he's made over the years.

    According to, Johnson also said that this won't be the only time Golub sees time in a game.

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  • Alabama scores TD on punt block vs. Georgia (GIF)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 9 hrs ago

    Minkah Fitzpatrick will likely never have an easier punt block in his life.

    The Alabama freshman defensive back sprinted in from the left side of Alabama's front on a Georgia punt return to block a punt in the second quarter. And not only did he get the block, he picked the ball up and could have crab-walked into the end zone with it for the touchdown.

    The punt block put the Tide up 17-3 at Georgia. The Bulldogs got the ball back after the touchdown and promptly punted again. Alabama scored once again to make the lead 24-3.

    The Bulldogs started the week as a favorite against the Tide. It was the first time that Alabama wasn't a favorite since 2009, though late money at some sports books pushed the game to a pick-em at kickoff.

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  • Oklahoma forces 5 turnovers in 44-24 win over West Virginia

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 10 hrs ago

    WVU entered Saturday's showdown against Oklahoma plus-9 in turnovers. The trend did not continue in Norman, as the Sooners defense forced five turnovers en route to a 44-24 win over West Virginia.

    Oklahoma had been piling up the points through its first three games. With a new offensive system, a new quarterback in Baker Mayfield and plenty of weapons at the offensive skill positions, the OU offense has been one of the best in the country. The defense, however, still had some question marks. Two weeks ago, Oklahoma gave up 38 points to Tulsa, a team that runs a derivative of Baylor's offense.

    Saturday, the Sooners defense wasn't perfect. But it was opportunistic. The clinching turnover was West Virginia's fourth. Eric Striker, the linebacker more famously known so far this season for his words to Tennessee fans after the Sooners' Week 2 win, sacked West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard and forced a fumble. Jordan Evans picked it up and ran 41 yards for the touchdown for a 41-24 margin.

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  • South Carolina scores TD on dropped Mizzou interception (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 12 hrs ago

    South Carolina QB Lorenzo Nunez was lucky to not throw an interception on this second-quarter play. And not only did he avoid the pick, he got a touchdown pass out of a bad decision too.

    Nunez was escaping pressure as he was rolling right in the second quarter of the Gamecocks' game against Missouri and threw an ill-advised pass into the hands of Mizzou cornerback Aarion Penton. But as Penton jumped for the ball, he didn't catch it. He instead batted it forward into the waiting arms of South Carolina running back Shon Carson.

    You can see what Carson did after he caught the ball.

    The touchdown tied the game at 10-10 midway through the second quarter. Nunez, a true freshman quarterback, is squaring off against Missouri QB Drew Lock, who is also a true freshman. Lock is making the first start of his career in place of the suspended Maty Mauk. The Tigers entered halftime leading 17-10.

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  • HScott Motorsports announces Clint Bowyer to join team for 2016

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Clint Bowyer's temporary Sprint Cup Series home is now publicly known.

    HScott Motorsports announced that Bowyer would drive for the team in 2016 before he moves to Stewart-Haas Racing to replace Tony Stewart in 2017. Stewart announced his retirement from the Sprint Cup Series on Wednesday.

    HScott Motorsports has a technical alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing, which gets its equipment from Hendrick Motorsports. Yes, it's an alliance of an alliance. And the announcement isn't surprising in the slightest. HScott had been mentioned as Bowyer's likely one-year destination when rumors started to swirl that he would replace Stewart in 2017.

    It's not crazy to think Bowyer will be getting some added support from Stewart-Haas in 2016. HScott Motorsports currently fields cars for Justin Allgaier and Michael Annett. Both drivers are outside the top 25 in owners' points.

    Team owner Harry Scott was non-committal when asked about his team's car count in 2016. He's previously said Annett is coming back in 2016. Allgaier could be the odd man out if the team stays at two cars. If the team expands to three, both Allgaier and Annett could stay.

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  • Spread Options: Dr. Saturday's Week 5 picks against the spread

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Oh, it's getting bad. After a 1-7-2 week in Week 4, our record is now at 15-19-6. Blargh. Let's reverse the two-week trend.

    West Virginia at Oklahoma (OVER 59.5), Noon ET: Oklahoma has scored at least 31 points in its first three games of the season. West Virginia has scored at least 41 in its first three games. This is a sneaky candidate to be the highest scoring game in the Big 12 in Week 5. Oklahoma's defense has given up plenty of yards and points so far this season. We think that could continue in one of the 11 a.m. CT games OU coach Bob Stoops loves.

    Minnesota at Northwestern (-3.5), Noon ET: The Gophers are the masters of the close game so far in 2015. Every Minnesota game has been within six points. And its three wins have been within three. The Northwestern defense is the best defensive unit Minnesota has faced all year. We can fully envision a scoreline similar to the 23-17 one that TCU beat Minnesota by in Week 1.


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