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Louisiana-Lafayette’s offense got out to fast start and put up 10 points on its first two possessions. That was all ULL’s defense would need in a 16-3 win over Nevada.
The Ragin’ Cajuns held a Wolf Pack offense that averaged 413 yards and 31 points per game to just 214 yards and three points en route to a fourth straight New Orleans Bowl victory Saturday at the Superdome.
In his final game with the program, ULL senior quarterback Terrance Broadway completed 26-of-31 passes for 227 yards and a score while running backs Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris combined for 169 yards rushing on 29 carries.
Broadway completed his first 14 passes of the game and helped the Cajuns jump out to a 10-0 lead. ULL’s first drive was an effective mix of run and pass that culminated in a 17-yard touchdown pass from Broadway to C.J. Bates.
After forcing a Nevada three-and-out on the Wolf Pack’s first possession, ULL added on to its lead with a 46-yard field goal from Hunter Stover, the first of his three field goals on the day.
The second half was more of the same – a defensive struggle – and neither team scored in the third quarter.
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To boost a defense that allowed 59 points in the Big Ten Championship, Wisconsin will look toward a player who played primarily on offense this season.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, quarterback Tanner McEvoy was working with the first-team defense at linebacker and safety during practice on Thursday. McEvoy, who saw action in 11 games as a running quarterback this season, said he’d play both offense and defense when the Badgers take on Auburn in the Outback Bowl.
“I’ll be going both ways,” McEvoy said. “At the end of practice I had my normal QB package.”
After transferring to Wisconsin last season, McEvoy played safety in 11 games for the Badgers and made three starts. At 6-foot-6 and 222 pounds, McEvoy showed great athleticism and made 27 tackles with one interception.
McEvoy said he returned to the defensive side on Tuesday in efforts to match up with the speed of Auburn’s high-powered offense, which put up 489.2 yards and 35.8 points per game this season. To accomodate the change, McEvoy will change his jersey number from No. 5 to No. 11 or 14 since he shares No. 5 with cornerback Darius Hillary.
The demise of the UAB football program has left the Blazers’ players looking for new teams. Linebacker Jake Ganus, the team’s leading tackler in 2014, has found his.
Ganus tweeted on Friday morning that he would play his final season of college football with the Georgia Bulldogs.
I'm so blessed and honored to be able to finish my college football career at The University of Georgia!! #DawgsOnTop
In his junior season, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Ganus registered 70 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. He also had a 56-yard fumble return for touchdown en route to second team All-Conference USA honors.
According to UGASports.com, Ganus committed to Georgia over Marshall after finding out that “his eligibility would not count” toward Georgia’s mid-year scholarship numbers. He will enroll at Georgia in January.
For more Georgia news, visit UGASports.com.
For more UAB news, visit BlazerSportsReport.com.
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University of Florida Police cited Gators starting quarterback Treon Harris on Tuesday for operating a motor vehicle without a valid license.
According to the Gainesville Sun’s Robbie Andreu, Harris, a freshman, is facing a second-degree misdemeanor charge stemming from the incident.
Court records show that Harris has actually never had a driver’s license, but his attorney, Huntley Johnson, said the quarterback is in the process of getting one.
“I think as soon as he gets his license, the charge probably will be dismissed,” Johnson told the Sun. “That’s the way it’s usually handled in a case like this for a citizen, and he’s a citizen.”
There’s a bit more to the incident, however. Andreu tweeted that two small bags of marijuana were found in the car Harris was driving along with fellow freshman teammates Jalen Tabor and J.C. Jackson.
According to UPD, two small bags of marijuana were found in the car Treon Harris was driving. He was not charged because the car is not his.
According to UPD, two passengers were in the car with Harris, including true freshman cornerback Jalen Tabor and another UF student.
If you don’t have the Longhorn Network, you will be missing out on some quality programming on Christmas.
ESPN announced on Thursday that LHN, its 24-hour University of Texas channel, will air a five-hour special called “BEVO: Home for the Holidays” that solely consists of the mascot roaming at his ranch. For real.
The special will air from 7 a.m. to noon central time and feature “the first-ever BEVO cam” where “fans can watch the longhorn roam his natural habitat.”
The special also features a “festive holiday music playlist.” We can only hope that the playlist was picked by BEVO himself.
“BEVO holds a special place in Texas fans’ hearts, so what better gift for our viewers than to have him join the family at home for the holidays,” said Jill Husak, LHN’s director of marketing, in a release. “Beloved BEVO on his scenic ranch, combined with holiday music, will make the perfect television background when Texas fans gather on Christmas morning.”
Best of all, the program will be completely commercial free, so you won’t miss any of the action.
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Gildan New Mexico Bowl Utah State (9-4) vs. UTEP (7-5) Albuquerque, N.M. Dec. 20, 2014
Utah State’s regular season ended in disappointing fashion. With a chance to earn a spot in the Mountain West title game, the Aggies were blown out 50-19 by Boise State, snapping a five-game winning streak. The Aggies hope to get the bad taste out of their mouths in the New Mexico Bowl against UTEP on Saturday in Albuquerque.
The Aggies have a pretty favorable matchup against the Miners. Utah State’s biggest strength is its defense – particularly its rush defense. Led by brothers Zach (145 tackles) and Nick Vigil (116 tackles) at linebacker, the Aggies allowed just 129.3 yards per game on the ground this season.
This is bad news for a UTEP offense that threw for just 144.3 yards per game – 120th in the nation – and relies primarily on the rushing attack (212.7 yards per game) of sophomore Aaron Jones (1,233 yards, 11 TDs), senior Nathan Jeffery (513 yards, 5 TDs) and senior quarterback Jameill Showers (288 yards, 4 TDs).
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Nick: Utah State 27, UTEP 19: The ghost of Chuckie Keeton wills the Aggies to a victory as the Miners are overmatched and afraid of ghosts.
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Nevada (7-5) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4) New Orleans, La. Dec. 20, 2014
Louisiana-Lafayette will be in familiar territory for its 2014 bowl game.
The Ragin’ Cajuns will head east to the Superdome looking for its fourth straight win for a 10 a.m. local start in the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday against Nevada.
The Cajuns overcame a 1-3 to start to win seven of its last eight games, finishing 8-4 overall and second in the Sun Belt with a 7-1 conference record. Led by dual-threat senior quarterback Terrance Broadway, a three-year starter, and sophomore tailback Elijah McGuire, ULL put up an average of 229.4 yards rushing a game, 23rd in the country.
Broadway threw for 2,073 yards and 12 touchdowns while gaining 634 yards and three scores on the ground. McGuire racked up 1,165 yards and 14 touchdowns on 7.8 yards per carry. Additionally, 238-pound senior Alonzo Harris ran for 737 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Nick: Nevada 33, Louisiana-Lafayette 28: We'll take the mullet over the bench press in this game, as ULL coach Mark Hudspeth will be unable to press his team to victory.
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A reported six-year, $48 million contract offer from Michigan to Jim Harbaugh has only increased the speculation that links the current 49ers coach to the vacant coaching position at his alma mater.
San Francisco still has two games left on its schedule, so the rumors will continue to swirl.
Though it may be stressful for Michigan fans, y ou know the internet is going to have fun with the process. Here’s a great example of that.
This video, created by @MaizeBlueNation matches footage from Harbaugh’s playing days as the Wolverines’ quarterback over the audio from one of those recent Lincoln commercials with Matthew McConaughey.
Anyone who laughed at those weird commercials with McConaughey will certainly get a kick out of this.
For more Michigan news, visit TheWolverine.com.
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Oregon will be without its top cornerback in the College Football Playoff.
Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich confirmed on Thursday that senior Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is out for the Ducks’ semifinal matchup against Florida State in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, though he did not offer specifics on the injury.
Mark Helfrich confirms that Ifo Ekpre-Olomu will not play in the College Football Playoff. #GoDucks
Yahoo Sports’ Rand Getlin reported Wednesday that Ekpre-Olomu suffered a serious knee injury during practice on Tuesday, though his status was unknown at the time.
Ekpre-Olomu, a first-team All-Pac 12 and first-team Associated Press All-American selection, registered 63 tackles, two interceptions and 11 pass deflections for the second-ranked Ducks this season.
In addition to fellow senior starter Troy Hill, senior Dior Mathis and redshirt freshman Chris Seisay will have to step up for the Ducks in Ekpre-Olomu’s absence against Florida State’s passing attack.
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Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers was already on the radar of NFL scouts coming into his senior season. After putting up 63 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and five sacks this year and earning second team All-SEC honors, Flowers gave the scouts plenty of impressive game film to watch.
Athleticism like this video posted by Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema helps, too.
The video shows the 6-foot-3, 270-pound Flowers executing an insane 55-inch box jump.
If this video is any indication, Flowers looks like a guy who will put on a show during the NFL combine.
For more Arkansas news, HawgSports.com.
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