- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday16 mins ago
The calendar didn’t make it to October before the first FBS coach of the season was fired.
According to USA Today,Florida International has parted ways with Ron Turner. The Panthers lost 53-14 to Central Florida on Saturday to fall to 0-4. UCF was 0-12 in 2015 and is coached by former Oregon assistant Scott Frost.
Turner won 25 percent of his games at FIU with a record of 10-30. The team improved in each of his three seasons after going 1-11 in his first year (2013). But with a winless start, topping 2015’s 5-7 record doesn’t look too realistic in 2016.
He took over after the team parted ways with former head coach Mario Cristobal, now an Alabama assistant. Cristobal took the Panthers to bowls in 2010 and 2011 but was fired after a 3-9 season in 2012. FIU’s football program began in 2004 and moved to Conference-USA in 2013.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday30 mins ago
Tennessee defeated Florida for the first time since 2004 and how did fans celebrate?
By burning couches.
— Zackary Peddicord (@PeddiVOL) September 25, 2016
ITS COUCH BURNING TIME IN TENNESSEE pic.twitter.com/TjBgw7es7A
— Old Row (@OldRowOfficial) September 25, 2016
Couch burning in Knoxville, y'all pic.twitter.com/tkLJwh0G62
— TNgooner (@TNgooner) September 25, 2016
https://t.co/PRVUh1pvvg looks like somebody is burning a couch on Lake Avenue next to Pres Court. I miss Knoxville dearly at times like this
— Matthew French (@MattJarFren) September 25, 2016
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Arizona freshman running back J.J. Taylor suffered a broken ankle during Saturday’s loss to Washington and will miss the rest of the season.
Taylor started in place of Nick Wilson, who was sidelined by an ankle injury against Hawaii last week. In Wilson’s stead against the Rainbow Warriors, Taylor rushed for 168 yards and a touchdown. He had 97 yards and a touchdown against the Huskies before his injury.
“Extremely frustrating,” UA coach Rich Rodriguez said following the Washington loss. “I mean, J.J. Taylor breaks his ankle. This guy’s going to be lights out, is lights out, and will be whenever he comes back.”
The Wildcats’ running back position is woefully thin. Orlando Bradford, who was the co-starter at the beginning of the season, is no longer with the program after being charged with multiple felony counts of domestic violence. Zach Green is the Wildcats’ last healthy scholarship running back. He had six carries for 19 yards. Tyrell Johnson, a receiver, had five carries for 16 yards, but had a key fourth quarter fumble. Johnson played running back in high school and prep school, but hasn’t played the position in his two seasons with the Wildcats.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
A 29-year-old Auburn man is in custody after being accused of setting one of the Toomer’s Corner oak trees on fire following Auburn’s win against LSU.
At 13-14 seconds, the guy walks up to the right tree, lights the left side of the toilet paper and walks away. Piece of trash. pic.twitter.com/L40AktdLwy
— Austin Scott (@austingscott) September 25, 2016
Footage from the surveillance cameras on the corner show a man walk up to one of the trees and set fire to the toilet paper hanging from it. The trees are rolled with toilet paper following wins. The man then attempts to walk away, but is noticed by others on the site.
— John Taylor (@johntaylor484) September 25, 2016
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
No. 10 Texas A&M capitalized on a 14-point swing in the third quarter to pull away from No. 17 Arkansas 45-24.
With the game tied 17-17 in the third quarter, Arkansas tried a quarterback sneak on 2nd-and-goal from the 1. The push didn’t get quarterback Austin Allen into the end zone. On third down, Arkansas tried a sneak again. Allen looked like he might have gotten into the end zone on a second effort, but he was ruled short when a review was inconclusive.
Instead of a third time being the charm, Arkansas tried a sweep with wide receiver Keon Hatcher, who lost five yards on fourth down. Two plays later, Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight hit wide receiver Josh Reynolds for a 92-yard touchdown. What could have been a 24-17 Arkansas lead was now in favor of A&M and the Aggies never looked back.
The Reynolds touchdown was one of three straight for A&M to put the game out of reach and give the Aggies a fifth-straight win over Arkansas.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
On the football field, Baylor is still Baylor.
After cruising through its non-conference slate, the 16th-ranked Bears opened Big 12 play in impressive fashion, knocking off Oklahoma State 35-24 at home to improve to 4-0 overall. Seth Russell threw for 387 yards and four touchdowns while the Bears defense, despite being on the field for more than 40 minutes, forced four turnovers and limited the high-powered OSU offense to 20 points below its season average.
The game was sloppy early with the teams turning it over a combined four times — two fumbles, an interception and once on downs — on the first six drives. The game was tied 7-7 after one quarter but the Bears pulled ahead with two Russell touchdown passes to Ishmael Zamora in the second quarter to take a 21-14 halftime lead.
The Cowboys tied things up at 21 midway through the third and Baylor responded quickly when Russell hit Chris Platt for an 89-yard score two plays later. Oklahoma cut the lead to 28-24 with a field goal and had a golden opportunity to go ahead early in the fourth, but the Baylor defense came up with a huge goal line stand to keep the score at 28-24.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Notre Dame and USC are two of the most storied programs in college football, but both are off to disastrous starts in 2016.
Both the Irish and Trojans blew late-game leads to drop to 1-3 records through four games. Notre Dame was a three-touchdown favorite at home, but could not hold a fourth-quarter lead in a 38-35 loss to a Duke team that has double-digit losses to Wake Forest and Northwestern on its ledger. On Friday night, USC blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead on the road at Utah and allowed a game-winning, 93-yard touchdown drive in the final minutes.
It’s the first time both programs have started 1-3 since 2001. For USC, that was the first year under Pete Carroll. The school took a patient approach with Carroll and it paid off in the long run. Will it do the same with Clay Helton? Helton has looked overmatched since Pat Haden removed his interim title late last season.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
The streak is now nine.
Late-game heroics by Stanford quarterback Ryan Burns helped the Cardinal score a game-winning touchdown in the final seconds and claim a 22-13 win against UCLA.
The nine-game winning streak is the longest by any opponent against UCLA since the Bruins joined the Pac-12 in 1928.
UCLA had stifled star Christian McCaffrey and the Stanford offense for the bulk of the game and took a four-point lead into the final two minutes. However, that’s when Stanford seemingly became a different team. With no timeouts, the Cardinal worked downfield methodically for 70 yards and Burns found receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, who managed to get one foot inbounds, with an 8-yard touchdown pass. Burns’ 66 passing yards on the drive accounted for almost half of the 137 he had in the game.
The Cardinal added a late touchdown on the game’s final play when Solomon Thomas picked up a fumble by quarterback Josh Rosen and ran it into the end zone. While the score didn’t have much effect on the game itself, it did make a few gamblers lucky since the original spread at most sportsbooks was -3 for the Cardinal.
The 22 points were the fewest Stanford had scored since the 2015 season opener.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Raise your hand if you know what targeting is.
Oh, nobody? Neither do I.
About five hours after Penn State’s Brandon Smith was ejected for a questionable-at-best targeting call, UCLA defensive back Tahaan Goodman was allowed to stay in the game for this brutal hit on Stanford WR Francis Owusu:
And if that angle isn’t blatant enough, here’s another look:
In what world is that not targeting? We’ve been over this so many times with refs using their own interpretation of the rule.
As I explained earlier in the day, targeting is called when a player “takes aim at an opponent for purposes of attacking with an apparent intent that goes beyond making a legal tackle or a legal block or playing the ball.” Targeting is also called with a player uses the crown of his helmet, makes contact to the head or neck area (with the forearm, first, elbow or shoulder in addition to helmet) or hits a defenseless player.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
LSU missed its first fourth-quarter touchdown of 2016 by a couple seconds.
Quarterback Danny Etling threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver D.J. Chark with no time on the clock to seemingly give LSU a touchdown and a comeback victory over Auburn. But the play didn’t count because the ball was snapped after the clock expired and Auburn hung on for an 18-13 victory.
LSU had one second to get one last chance to score a touchdown after an illegal motion penalty on a fourth-down completion. The penalty happened as LSU scrambled to get set for the fourth-down play as the clock was running. Because the clock was running when the penalty happened, the down was replayed and the clock started on the official’s whistle. It hit zero before the Tigers could snap the ball.
And even if the play counted it would have been scrutinized heavily. Look where the line of scrimmage is and where Danny Etling threw the ball. A player’s entire body has to be across the neutral zone when the ball is thrown and it looks like Etling’s pass would have barely been legal.