Sam Cooper

  • Stanford shocks Notre Dame on last-second field goal

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 11 hrs ago

    As Notre Dame milked away the clock while it looked to take a lead over Stanford in the final minute, Cardinal head coach David Shaw curiously decided not to use his timeouts to give his offense more time.

    The decision paid off.

    After the Irish took a 36-35 lead with 30 seconds to go, Kevin Hogan and the Stanford offense quickly marched into Notre Dame territory – using all three of their timeouts in the process – to set up for a game-winning 46-yard field goal from Conrad Ukropina as time expired to give the Cardinal a dramatic 38-36 victory.

    Ukropina’s clutch kick gave the No. 9 Cardinal its 10th win of the season and kept the team’s College Football Playoff hopes alive while simultaneously crushing No. 6 Notre Dame’s chances of reaching the final four.

    While Heisman candidate Christian McCaffrey got most of the hype coming into the game, it was Hogan – in his final game at Stanford Stadium – who stole the show. Hogan threw for 269 yards and four touchdowns while completing 17-of-21 throws. His favorite target was another senior, 6-foot-4 wideout Devon Cajuste, who put up a career-high 125 yards on five huge catches.

    Nonetheless, the touchdown stood and Notre Dame was back in front.

  • 75 teams have clinched bowl berths, 5-win teams needed to fill spots

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 14 hrs ago

    With bowl games in Orlando and Tucson added this season, there will be a record 41 bowl games played this season. That calls for 80 teams to fill all of those slots.

    Coming into this weekend’s set of games, 71 teams already sealed bowl berths while 14 additional five-win teams had a chance to clinch bowl eligibility.

    Only four teams – Washington, Tulsa, Indiana and Virginia Tech – were able to take advantage of that opportunity.

    Here’s how it went down:

    From Friday's games:

    Nebraska (5-7): The Huskers hung tough with No. 4 Iowa, but were doomed by four interceptions from Tommy Armstrong in a 28-20 loss. Nebraska, at 5-7, still has a chance for postseason play. We’ll get to that later.

    Washington (6-6): The Huskies blew out in-state rival Washington State (who played without starting quarterback Luke Falk) 45-10 in an impressive home win in the Apple Cup to improve to 6-6.

    Missouri (5-7): In what was Missouri’s final regular season game under head coach Gary Pinkel, the Tigers failed to get much going offensively in a 28-3 loss to Arkansas in Fayetteville. Like Nebraska, Missouri dropped to 5-7, but still could find itself playing in the postseason.

    From Saturday's games:

  • Michigan State destroys Penn State, sets up date with Iowa for Big Ten title

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 15 hrs ago

    Michigan State left no doubt.

    The Spartans needed a win over Penn State Saturday to clinch the Big Ten East division and keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive. They did so emphatically.

    Michigan State's defense forced four Penn State turnovers while the offense carved up an overmatched PSU defense in a blowout 55-16 win.

    In the first half, it looked like the Spartans could be in for a tough one. MSU led 13-3, but Penn State was driving in the final minutes of the half. Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg hit tight end Kyle Carter for a first down to the MSU 23, but Carter was stripped. Spartans safety Demetrious Cox picked up the loose ball and sprinted 77 yards for a touchdown to give the Spartans a 20-3 lead.

    Penn State was able to cut the lead to 20-10 at halftime, but the second half was completely dominated by Michigan State.

    Connor Cook, who returned after missing the Ohio State game with a shoulder issue, threw two third quarter touchdowns to increase the lead to 34-10. The offensive line completely wore down the undermanned Penn State defense the rest of the way and the Spartans cruised to a blowout victory.

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  • Michigan State center Jack Allen scores rushing TD (Video)

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 15 hrs ago

    Michigan State had a comfortable lead over Penn State in the fourth quarter, so Mark Dantonio allowed a senior to have some fun in his final home game.

    After Penn State fumbled on a kickoff, the Spartans, leading 48-16, had first-and-goal from the PSU nine-yard line and put an unusual ballcarrier in the backfield: offensive lineman Jack Allen.

    Allen, a starting center who is listed at 6-foot-2 and 296 pounds, took the carry and showed that linemen are great athletes, too. Watch this:


    Just look at that stiff arm!

    This isn’t the first time Allen has found the end zone in his MSU career. In April’s Green-White spring game, Allenscored a four-yard touchdown.

    Everyone had OL Jack Allen scoring the first TD of the @MSU_Football game, right? Right!

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  • Cal, Hawaii to open 2016 season in Australia

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 21 hrs ago

    It’s official: California and Hawaii will open the 2016 season in Australia.

    Cal announced Saturdaythat the two teams will square off on Aug 27, 2016 at ANZ Stadium (capacity: 83,500) in Sydney. It will be the first college football game played in Australia since games were played in Melbourne in 1985 and 1987 and the first-ever college football game held in Sydney.

    Cal To Open 2016 Season In Australia #GoBears #CalFamily #Cal #BearsDownUnder

    “It is a great day for college football and all the fans of our sport. It shows the popularity college football is gaining, and we’re ready to help further introduce the sport to many more fans.”

    For more Cal news, visit

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  • Iowa holds off Nebraska 28-20, finishes regular season undefeated

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Iowa is another step closer to a College Football Playoff berth.

    The Hawkeyes used a strong defensive effort and a big game from senior running back Jordan Canzeri to cap off a perfect 12-0 regular season (the first in program history) in a 28-20 win over Nebraska.

    The Iowa defense forced four Nebraska turnovers – all on interceptions from Tommy Armstrong Jr. – and Canzeri scored on second half runs of 29 and 68 yards to help the No. 4 Hawkeyes take care business Friday afternoon in Lincoln.

    The Hawkeyes offense struggled, compiling only 250 total yards and going 0-of-9 on third down conversions, but the team’s defense picked up the slack.

    The game was tied 7-7 late in the first half when the Iowa defense made perhaps its biggest play of the game. With Nebraska backed up deep in its own territory, Iowa brought a blitz. Feeling the pressure, Armstrong went to check the ball down, but Hawkeyes defensive end Parker Hesse got his hand on the ball and tipped it to himself for a pick-six.

    After Hesse’s big play, which gave Iowa a 14-7 lead, the Hawkeyes would not trail for the rest of the game.

    For more Iowa news, visit

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  • Toledo loses chance for New Year's Six bowl, MAC title in loss to WMU

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    No. 24 Toledo cost itself a shot to win the MAC and play in a New Year’s Six bowl in a brutal home loss to Western Michigan on Friday.

    Ohio’s upset victory over Northern Illinois on Tuesday night opened the door for the Rockets to win the MAC’s West division with a win over WMU, but the Broncos played the role of spoiler in a 35-30 decision.

    Things were back-and-forth to start, but late in the second quarter – on Zach Terrell’s second touchdown pass to Corey Davis of the quarter – the Broncos took a lead they would never relinquish.

    WMU led 25-21 at halftime and opened up a two-score lead when freshman Jamauri Bogan punched it in on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line, extending the lead to 32-21 midway through the third.

    Toledo then put together a long drive, but stalled deep in WMU territory, settling for a Jameson Vest 19-yard field goal to cut the lead to eight, 32-24.

    Instead, the 9-2 Rockets will settle for a trip to a mediocre bowl game while wondering what could have been. Western Michigan finishes with a 7-5 record.

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  • Western Kentucky clinches C-USA East with win over Marshall

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    In just its second season as a member of Conference USA, Western Kentucky will play for the league title.

    Behind a huge performance from senior quarterback Brandon Doughty, the Hilltoppers’ offense trounced through the Marshall defense in a 49-28 win that clinched the C-USA’s East division.

    Doughty made easy work of the Thundering Herd secondary, throwing for 370 yards and five touchdowns on the afternoon. Additionally, Doughty became the first quarterback in FBS history to throw for 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in consecutive seasons.

    Junior running back Anthony Wales also had a big game for WKU, totaling 131 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. In all, the WKU offense racked up 546 yards, while Marshall could only muster 273 yards against a tough Hilltoppers defense.

    The Hilltoppers set the tone early by scoring on just their third play from scrimmage – a 35-yard touchdown pass from Doughty to Nicholas Norris – but the second quarter was when WKU really turned it up.

    Wales opened the quarter with a 15-yard touchdown run and before the half came to a close, Doughty had thrown for three more scores – two to tight end Tyler Higbee and another to Taywan Taylor.

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  • Baltimore shooting suspect arrested at home of Colorado football players

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    A man wanted on suspicion of first-degree attempted murder was taken into police custody Tuesday following a lengthy standoff with the Boulder, Colo., SWAT team. According to the Boulder Daily Camera, the suspect, 24-year-old Donte Faison of Baltimore, had been staying at the home of members of the Colorado football team.

    The standoff lasted six hours, but “ended peacefully” as Faison was taken into custody “without incident.”

    From the Daily Camera:

    Baltimore police officials said Faison is wanted on suspicion of first-degree attempted murder in connection with a nonfatal shooting on Nov. 15 in the 100 block of North Broadway Street in Baltimore.

    Officials said Faison doesn’t have a criminal history as an adult.

    Colorado athletics said Faison is a “childhood acquaintance of a CU football player.” The school declined to identify the player who knows Faison or the other players who live in the house.

    No Colorado players were arrested, police said.

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  • Baylor QB Jarrett Stidham out for regular season with ankle injury

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Baylor will be without freshman quarterback Jarrett Stidham for the rest of the regular season, the school confirmed Wednesday to the Dallas Morning News.

    Stidham, who filled in as starter for the last three games for the injured Seth Russell, suffered a “broken bone in the back of his ankle” in the Bears’ win over Oklahoma State over the weekend. He was injured just before halftime and was replaced by sophomore third-stringer Chris Johnson, who led the team to a 45-35 win.

    Chip Brown of Scout first reported that Stidham would miss the rest of the season. According to coach Art Briles, Stidham could be back for Baylor's bowl game.

    For more Baylor news, visit

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