- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Kaelin Clay made sure Utah got off to a good start in a big road game against Michigan.
After the two teams traded a pair of field goals in the first quarter, the Utes forced a Michigan three-and-out and were set to receive a punt early in the second quarter.
With Clay waiting deep, Michigan’s Will Hagerup booted a 46-yard punt without much hang time.
Clay fielded the punt cleanly at the 35-yard line, made the first man miss and was off to the races for a 66-yard touchdown return. Upon reaching the end zone, Clay wanted to pay homage to Michigan great Desmond Howard, so he brought out the classic Heisman Trophy pose.
Clay is a senior who recently transferred to Utah after playing at Mount San Antonio College – a junior college in California. Although I don’t think he’ll be in the running for the award, Clay will most likely never get the chance to play in Michigan Stadium again, so I can’t blame him for pulling out the Heisman pose.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
After throwing a brutal pick-six to give Georgia Tech a 17-16 lead, Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer made a heads-up play in the fourth quarter that put the Hokies in front for the time being.
On the seventh play of the drive that followed the interception, Brewer handed the ball off to freshman tailback Marshawn Williams on a first-and-10 from the Georgia Tech 31-yard line. Williams carried the ball left, then cut back right and fumbled. Several GT players attempted to fall on the fumble, but the ball bounced away and it was none other than Brewer who was Johnny on the spot.
He scooped up the fumble and ran it in from 21 yards out for the go-ahead score.
The Hokies then converted a two-point conversion to increase the lead to 24-17, but the lead would not stand.
The Yellow Jackets tied things at 24 on a 31-yard connection from Justin Thomas to DeAndre Smelter with 3:18 to go. On the ensuring Hokies possession, Brewer threw another bad interception – his third of the day – to give Georgia Tech the ball at the Hokies' 40-yard line.
Seven plays later, Harrison Butker hit a 24-yard field goal as time expired to give Georgia Tech a 27-24 win.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Iowa, known for its conservative run-first offense, opened up its playbook a bit on the road against Pitt.
After taking a couple shots down field and even scoring on a fourth down play-action pass in the first half, the Hawkeyes went deep again on their fourth play of the third quarter.
On a first-and-10 from the 20, backup quarterback C.J. Beathard took a deep drop and fired a strike downfield toward senior wideout Damond Powell. The pass was slightly overthrown, but Powell managed to corral it in smoothly with one hand for a 63-yard gain down to the Pitt 17-yard line.
It is definitely one of the better catches we’ve seen in a few weeks and the fact that Powell hauled the pass in so nonchalantly makes it even more impressive.
The big gain set up a 10-yard touchdown by Mark Weisman that cut into the Panthers' lead and the Hawkeyes went on to pull off the road upset, 24-20.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Florida State dropped some big news late Friday night.
After originally stating that Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston would be suspended for the first half of Saturday night’s game against Clemson, the school announced via a statement from interim president Garnett Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox that Winston would sit for the entire game.
“Based upon the results of our continuing investigation of Tuesday’s incident involving Jameis Winston, we have decided to not play him for the entire game against Clemson on Saturday night,” the statement read.
Michigan had plans to deliver the game ball for its Saturday afternoon contest against Utah via a drone.
No, really. An unmanned aircraft would have brought the ball to midfield before kickoff, but after communicating with the Federal Aviation Administration, Michigan halted those plans.
Bloomberg News is reporting that the school “backed down” from its plans after the FAA explained that a temporary flight restriction was put in place over the stadium during the game.
“The FAA promotes voluntary compliance by educating UAS operators how they can operate safely under current regulations and laws,” the FAA said in a statement.
The FAA does not permit commercial drone flights outside of Alaska, although pilots who fly drones recreationally can do so while following strict safety guidelines. Part of those guidelines includes avoiding large crowds. I think a crowd of over 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium falls under that requirement unfortunately.
Nebraska kicker Mauro Bondi was injured Thursday night when he crashed his motorcycle in Lincoln.
According to the Omaha World-Herald, Bondi suffered a broken collarbone after he “lost control” of his motorcycle “while navigating a curve and then hit the curb.” Bondi told police he was traveling about 45 miles per hour. The 21-year-old was cited for “negligent driving and operating a motorcycle without a valid license.”
The police report states that Bondi was wearing a helmet and his motorcycle was “totaled.”
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini released a short statement about the incident.
"Mauro Bondi was involved in a motorcycle accident on Thursday evening and suffered a broken clavicle in addition to bumps and bruises. We wish him the best for a quick recovery," Pelini said.
While freshman Drew Brown serves as the team’s field goal kicker, Bondi has been the team’s kickoff specialist the last two seasons. Bondi, a redshirt junior, has recorded 12 touchbacks after having 48 touchbacks in 2013.
Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann reportedly made a Jerry Sandusky joke during athletic department meeting
Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann can’t seem to get out of her own way.
In the latest of a long line of questionable incidents since her hire in June 2013, NJ.com is reporting that Hermann made a joke about the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal during a staff meeting last fall.
NJ.com spoke to “more than a half-dozen people inside the Rutgers athletic department,” and school officials “acknowledged Hermann made the Sandusky-related remark” in what was described as a meeting with more than 100 athletic department employees.
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons this week after he stood on a table and yelled an obscene phrase in the student union on FSU’s campus on Tuesday.
Several students saw Winston yell the phrase and instinctively took to social media and tweeted about what they had witnessed. Deadspin caught wind of the tweets and they soon spread across the Internet. A day later, FSU suspended the Heisman-winning quarterback for the first half of Saturday night’s game against Clemson.
Instead of being upset with Winston for being immature, many Florida State fans and students are blaming those who tweeted what they saw for Winston’s suspension.
Some were general with their blame.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
"I have submitted my resignation to Coach (Kliff) Kingsbury effective immediately because I want the best for the Red Raider program, and this will allow them to go in a different direction on defense," Wallerstedt said in a statement. "I love our players and this school and have only their best interest in my heart and mind. I wish Coach Kingsbury every success this season."
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
Several Cincinnati football players have been disciplined by head coach Tommy Tuberville stemming from an incident at an off-campus party where gunshots were fired over the weekend.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, “one player was arrested, a second was cited and two others were found with outstanding warrants.”
“Over the weekend, four members of the University of Cincinnati football program were involved in an unfortunate incident that resulted in one arrest and three citations,” Tuberville said in a statement. “We have higher expectations of everyone within our football program and there will be consequences for those actions.”