Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 6 hrs ago
The ACC said Sunday that the contact Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston made with an official during Saturday's game against Boston Collegewas believed to be incidental and insignificant by the center judge who Winston contacted.
"The center judge's positioning, which was due to the experimental year of having an eighth official, combined with the late substitution and by rule the need to allow the defense to matchup, led to contact between himself and the player," ACC coordinator of officials Doug Rhoads said in a statement. "The official believed the contact was incidental and insignificant and did not rise to the level of unsportsmanlike conduct and automatic disqualification."
If you haven't seen the incident, here it is. According to the NCAA rulebook, intentionable and forcible contact with an official is punishable with a 15-yard penalty and ejection. Winston was not flagged on the play.
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Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 13 hrs ago
There was drama in Hawaii while you slept.
Trailing 35-31 with a second left, Hawaii had time for one more play against UNLV from the Rebels' 20-yard-line. Ikaika Woolsey dropped back to pass and found Marcus Kemp just inside the goal line.
It was close, as you can see, but Kemp was indeed inside the end zone before he was pushed out by the defender. The plays was upheld upon review and the Warriors won 37-35.
It's a great way to end the home season for Hawaii too. The Warriors, at 4-8, aren't going to a bowl game (neither is 2-10 UNLV) and play at Fresno State to end the year on Saturday.
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Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 17 hrs ago
Lewis Hamilton got his 11th win of the season Sunday at Abu Dhabi and clinched the 2014 Formula 1 championship.
The points leader entering the race, Hamilton needed to finish second if teammate Nico Rosberg won the race to clinch the title. But as the race unfolded, Rosberg faded from the front and Hamilton would have been the champion had he cruised home in fifth or pushed for the win.
He pushed for the win.
Rosberg, who started on the pole, had a terrible start and it allowed Hamilton, who started second, to sprint away into the first corner with the lead. Rosberg never got close again, and a brake issue derailed any chances he had of finishing the race in the points. As Rosberg's car slowed over the last half of the race, he ended up 14th and a lap behind Hamilton.
The title is Hamilton's second of his career. He won his first in 2008 in a driving rainstorm at Brazil, snatching positions at the end to finish fifth and a point ahead of Massa, the race winner, in the season standings.
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Only Arkansas now stands in the way of Missouri's second-straight SEC East title.
If you were filling out a comment card about Missouri's season, the phrase you'd probably write first would be "ugly, but effective." And the theme continued Saturday night during the Tigers' 29-21 win over Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn., as Missouri's offense sputtered for much of the game after an opening touchdown drive.
But as soon as quarterback Maty Mauk hit Jimmie Hunt on a 73-yard touchdown pass to give Missouri a 23-13 lead, the Tiger offense was reinvigorated.
Early in the fourth quarter, Mauk had Hunt in single coverage and threw a jump ball for his receiver, who reached over the Tennessee defender and snagged it before holding off another on his way to the end zone. On Mauk's next pass after a Tennessee punt, he hit Bud Sasser for a 35-yard gain. The two passes netted Mauk 108 yards of passing. His previous 22 throws had gained 109 yards.
Five plays after finding Sasser, Mauk hit him again for a 13-yard touchdown and the Tigers final score of the night.
The Tigers sacked Dobbs five times and Tennessee finished with just 53 total rushing yards and two turnovers.
Western Carolina coach Mark Speir took offense to ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit's feelings about FCS teams playing FBS teams.
Four SEC schools – Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Georgia – played FCS schools on Saturday and on GameDay, Herbstreit, an avowed critic of the ability of FBS teams to play FCS schools, expressed his disdain for the practice again. Western Carolina played Alabama, and Speir made this comment after the game, which Alabama won 48-14.
He didn't name Herbstreit, but the direction of the comment was clear given that Herbstreit used to play quarterback at Ohio State.
"A guy had a silver spoon in his mouth all his life, Ohio State, primadonna state quarterback talking about, 'It's an embarrassment,'" Speir said via Al.com. "He ain't ever coached."
Speir complimented Herbstreit's GameDay partner in Lee Corso, who doesn't share Herbstreit's stance.
For more Alabama news,via TideSports.com.
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Tennessee converted a beautiful fake field goal for a touchdown and one fan was so overcome with joy that he tumbled out of the stands in celebration.
Holder Patrick Ashford threw a strike to Alex Ellis, who ran a go route and got behind Missouri's defenders for the 31-yard touchdown. While you can see the defenders on the perimeter recognize the fake, the middle of the defense didn't, and Ian Simon was too late to get to Ellis.
And as Ellis' momentum carried him out the back of the end zone, he was joined by a fan on the field. A man tried to reach down and pat Ellis and his momentum sent him over the brick wall separating the stands from the field.
We feel for the woman in the black coat who was suddenly in the midst of chaos and had no chance to get out.
Thankfully, the fan who fell out of the stands was uninjured and back in his spot after the fall. The fake gave Tennessee a 10-7 lead and the Vols and Tigers were tied 13-13 at halftime.
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Entering Saturday's game at Arkansas, Ole Miss' SEC West-winning scenario wasn't farfetched. If the Rebels beat Arkansas and Mississippi State while Alabama lost to Auburn, Ole Miss would be the SEC West winner.
Plus, the Rebels' standing in the College Football Playoff rankings would be boosted as well. If the Rebels won the SEC Championship Game, a playoff spot would be likely.
Instead, those possibilities are gone. And my, how they disappeared as Ole Miss played its worst game of the season against the Razorbacks in Fayetteville in a 30-0 loss.
The Rebels were never in the game. After a three-and-out on Ole Miss' first possession, Arkansas efficiently drove down the field for a touchdown. Then Bo Wallace fumbled on the next possession. Arkansas kicked a field goal. The Rebels were down 10-0 less than halfway through the first quarter and things spiraled out of control from there.
Wallace's fumble on the second drive was his first of four turnovers. On his second, he was tackled awkwardly and his ankle twisted under the pile. As he was torqued, he dropped the football and Arkansas recovered.
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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston really wanted to snap the ball and moved an official out of the way to do so.
The Seminoles had just completed a six-yard pass on first down and wanted to hurry to the line on second down after the ball was spotted. But since FSU had substituted, Boston College was allowed by rule the opportunity to substitute as well.
So as the Eagles substituted, an official stood between Winston and his center to ensure that Florida State didn't snap it as the line was already set. Winston didn't want him there, as the play call had him directly under center instead of in the shotgun. So he moved him out of the way rather than waiting for the official to get out of the way himself.
It wasn't a malicious play, however, should it have been a penalty? According to the NCAA rulebook (p. 97), "persons subject to the rules shall not intentionally contact a game official forcibly during the game."
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said he didn't think his quarterback realized what he had done.
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Yes, the final score looks like a blowout, but Indiana gave Ohio State a serious scare on Saturday.
The Buckeyes clinched the Big Ten East with a 42-27 win over the Hoosiers, but the game wasn't in control until there were less than five minutes left in the fourth quarter, when the Buckeyes picked off Indiana quarterback Zander Diamont and scored one play later.
Heck, Ohio State was even trailing late into the third quarter after Indiana running back Tevin Coleman, perhaps the most underappreciated player in college football,ran 90 yards for a touchdown to give Indiana a 20-14 lead with 7:17 to go in the third.
But three possessions after Coleman's TD run, the game became the Jalin Marshall show.
Then, in the fourth quarter, he scored three more touchdowns, all on passes from J.T. Barrett. A six-yard touchdown made it 28-20. Then a 15-yard touchdown after Diamont's interception made it a two-score game with a sweet one-handed catch.
Not only had the upset hopes of Indiana been swiped, but they were thrown on the ground and stomped.
Nate Gerry could have simply gone out of bounds to give Nebraska good field position. He didn't, and he ended up giving the Huskers a two-touchdown lead.
Minnesota lined up to kick a 30-yard field goal to cut Nebraska's lead to 14-10 in the second quarter, but the kick was blocked by Nebraska's Randy Gregory. After a brief moment of hot potato, the ball ended up in Gerry's hands and he took off down the left sideline, evading a couple of Minnesota players and waiting for his blocks to break free and score.
The return gave Nebraska a 21-7 lead, though Nebraska ended up losing the game 28-24 after only scoring a field goal in the second half.
For more Nebraska news, visit HuskerOnline.com.
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