Jameis Winston did not want to talk about not talking during sexual assault case investigation (VIDEO)Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday32 mins ago
Following Florida State's demolition of Duke in the ACC title game Saturday night, ESPN sideline reporter Heather Cox had the opportunity to ask FSU quarterback Jameis Winston about the sexual assault case investigation that had hung over Winston and Florida State for the past month.
On Wednesday, Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs announced that Winston would not be charged in the incident from December of 2012 after his office did not have enough evidence to charge Winston after concluding its investigation.
Winston handled the first questions from Cox well. There was no sign of annoyance and he quickly spun the answers about Florida State's goals as a team. But when Cox asked him about his silence during the investigation -- Winston declined to reveal his side of the story throughout the month -- Winston simply walked off.
If he didn't want to answer the question, that was the right move. Standing there silently with an odd stare would have been awkward as would have been suddenly snapping and not answering cheerfully. And Winston's teammates were celebrating behind and all around him anyway, he had a built-in excuse of wanting to get to the celebration.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
It was one of the weirdest coaching decisions you'll see all season and it could have cost Fresno State dearly. But it didn't, and the Bulldogs beat Utah State 24-17 to win the Mountain West Conference title.
With less than two minutes to go and facing a fourth-and-4 at the Utah State 29, Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter eschewed kicking a field goal for a potential 10-point lead and decided to go for it. It didn't work, and Fresno State was stuffed.
This wasn't Nick Saban deciding to go for it with less than a yard to go in the Iron Bowl. In that situation, the odds were in Saban's favor. In this situation, DeRuyter's best bet would have been to take the chance of the potential points, especially since his team was stopped on fourth-and-2 on the Utah State 39 on the previous possession.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
After his team's national title chances slipped away in a 34-24 loss to Michigan State, Urban Meyer consoled himself with some pizza.
Surrounded by family, Urban Meyer eats postgame pizza very quietly in corridor beneath Lucas Oil Stadium.
Surrounded by family, Urban Meyer eats postgame pizza very quietly in corridor beneath Lucas Oil Stadium. pic.twitter.com/80FtTVegWQ
Yes, that looks to be a Papa John's box. Peyton Manning would be proud.
But that's quite a turn of possible events. Many expected that Ohio State would have won its 25th consecutive game Saturday night and that Meyer and the Buckeyes would be hoisting roses to signify a trip to Pasadena along with the Big Ten Conference trophy.
Instead, it was Michigan State that was doing those things. And Meyer was left with pizza in the bowels of Lucas Oil Stadium.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
The fourth-and-one play was going to be a battle of strengths.
Trailing 27-24 with less than six minutes left in the fourth quarter, Ohio State decided to go for it at the Michigan State 39. It was too far for a field goal. Too short of a field and too dire of circumstances for a punt. Presumably, it was going to be a run play.
And that's what it was. Ohio State entered the game second in the country in rushing offense. Michigan State was first in rushing defense. First beat second. Braxton Miller was stuffed on a speed option play to the right side. Michigan State had the ball back.
The game was over from there, and so was Ohio State's undefeated season, 24 game winning streak and hopes for a BCS Championship berth against Florida State. Those marks went into hiding after the fourth down play and were lost forever when Jeremy Langford subsequently scampered into the end zone from six yards out and a 34-24 Michigan State win.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Bob Stoops needed a game-tying touchdown so he turned to his kicker.
Trailing 17-10 in the third quarter, Oklahoma lined up for a field goal to cut the deficit to four. But the Sooners ran a fake, which called for kicker Michael Hunnicutt to run a wheel route to the left. Holder Grant Bothun, a receiver by trade, rolled out with Hunnicutt and completed the pass to him and Hunnicutt crossed the goal line before getting drilled.
Hunnicutt lost the ball on the hit, but the play was upheld on replay review as it was determined his crossing of the goal line was a second act after the catch. That was a play after Brannon Green lost the ball immediately after getting hit when he caught a pass in the end zone and it ended up incomplete.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell might have thrown the worst and best passes of his career in the span of three throws.
The one on the bad end of the spectrum ultimately didn't cost his Sooners. The other one won them the game.
Bell found Jalen Saunders in the back right corner of the end zone with 19 seconds left for the go-ahead score in Oklahoma's 33-24 upset of Oklahoma State in Stillwater. Saunders was one-on-one with his defender and Bell lasered a throw into his mitts as Saunders got his feet down before going out of bounds.
Just before Oklahoma's drive that covered 66 yards in 1:27, Oklahoma State thought it might have had the drive that won the Big 12 title after Desmond Roland ran it in from a yard out with 1:46 left to take a 24-20 lead. All Oklahoma State had to do was win the game and the Big 12 title and a Fiesta Bowl berth was theirs.
- Nick Bromberg at From the Marbles21 hrs ago
You know, the joke was based in some truth.
Host Jay Mohr joked at Friday night's Sprint Cup banquet that he hoped that Danica Patrick wasn't uncomfortable being close to the stage because she's not used to being up front.
Patrick didn't laugh and neither did boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. After the joke, Mohr tried his best to smooth things over but it may not have worked very well.
While she qualified on the pole for the Daytona 500 and ran up front for most of the race, that was the only time that Patrick did that in 2013. She didn't lead any more laps or finish in the top 10 the rest of the season.
And let's be honest, that joke works for any number of drivers who were near the back of the pack in the Sprint Cup Series next season. It's not something that can only be used against her.
Patrick will be in Mohr's role on Tuesday when she co-hosts the ACAs -- a country music awards show -- with Trace Adkins. The bet here is that Patrick will be performing some jokes about country music singers in her time on stage.
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- Nick Bromberg at From the Marbles23 hrs ago
The Sprint Cup Series gathered in Las Vegas Friday night to toast Jimmie Johnson's sixth championship. Jay Mohr hosted the banquet and cracked some great jokes about Danica Patrick, Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon. But the night belonged to Johnson and company who were back at the head table after a two-year absence.
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ESPN's David Pollack brings up Alabama's kicking game on Twitter and Cade Foster and AJ McCarron respondDr. Saturday1 day ago
During Friday night's MAC Championship game between Bowling Green and Northern Illinois, David Pollack, an analyst for ESPN, tweeted praise upon Mathew Sims, the kicker for Northern Illinois.
Sims had just drilled a 51-yard field goal and Pollack couldn't help mentioning the Iron Bowl in the process.
There is def one part of NIU's game that Bama wished they had, a FG kicker. This kid has a BOOT. He can make it from 60+.
That's in obvious reference to Alabama's kicking issues against Auburn. Cade Foster missed three field goals and Adam Griffith came up short on that fateful 58-yarder that Auburn returned for the 34-28 win.
Foster was o-2 when Nick Saban decided to go for it on fourth-and-one with just over five minutes left instead of kicking a 30-yard field goal. Alabama came up short.
Foster saw Pollack's tweet and offered a response. So did his quarterback AJ McCarron, who defended his teammate in the days following the loss on Twitter too.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Maybe this is a precursor to Saturday BCS chaos?
Northern Illinois was removed from BCS bowl contention and Jordan Lynch's chances at the Heisman were dashed, after the Huskies were handled by Bowling Green 47-27 in the MAC Championship Friday night at Ford Field.
The previous two years in the title game, Northern Illinois had faced early deficits, only to come back from both and win each game. When it got behind early this Friday, there was no coming back.
Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson tossed his fourth touchdown pass of the first half to Alex Bayer with 13 seconds left in the second quarter to put the Falcons up 31-13 heading into the break.
The Huskies and quarterback Lynch drove down the field for a touchdown to start the third quarter but a missed field goal on their next possession kept the deficit at 11. And With Bowling Green up 34-20 in the fourth, Johnson found running back Travis Greene for a 6-yard touchdown and a 40-20 lead. There was not nearly enough time for an NIU comeback.