- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday14 mins ago
Western Carolina coach Mark Speir took offense to ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit's feelings about FCS teams playing FBS teams.
Four SEC schools – Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Georgia – played FCS schools on Saturday and on GameDay, Herbstreit, an avowed critic of the ability of FBS teams to play FCS schools, expressed his disdain for the practice again. Western Carolina played Alabama, and Speir made this comment after the game, which Alabama won 48-14.
He didn't name Herbstreit, but the direction of the comment was clear given that Herbstreit used to play quarterback at Ohio State.
"A guy had a silver spoon in his mouth all his life, Ohio State, primadonna state quarterback talking about, 'It's an embarrassment,'" Speir said via Al.com. "He ain't ever coached."
Speir complimented Herbstreit's GameDay partner in Lee Corso, who doesn't share Herbstreit's stance.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday39 mins ago
Press conferences can be boring.
It’s usually the same questions about players and plays, so when a middle school student from an all-girls Catholic school came into Oregon’s postgame presser and started talking about “Jesus, girls and Marcus Mariota,” well, it made for Internet gold.
Initially the girl asks Oregon coach Mark Helfrich whether Mariota, the Ducks’ star junior quarterback, is going to come back next season.
“That’s the talk around school,” the girl states.
"What is the talk around school?" Helfrich asks. "How have you broken it down? What do you think he'll do?"
“Well, there’s three things that go on at O’Hara Catholic — or four — OK?" the young lady replies. "There’s Jesus, there’s girls, and there’s Marcus Mariota.”
Of course, the entire press conference starts laughing and Helfrich can't keep a straight face. He does tell her he doesn't know about Mariota's future, but that he's enjoyed the interview.
The only disappointing part about this video is that we never learned what the fourth thing was that goes on at O’Hara Catholic.
For more Oregon news, visit DuckSportsAuthority.com.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Tennessee converted a beautiful fake field goal for a touchdown and one fan was so overcome with joy that he tumbled out of the stands in celebration.
Holder Patrick Ashford threw a strike to Alex Ellis, who ran a go route and got behind Missouri's defenders for the 31-yard touchdown. While you can see the defenders on the perimeter recognize the fake, the middle of the defense didn't, and Ian Simon was too late to get to Ellis.
And as Ellis' momentum carried him out the back of the end zone, he was joined by a fan on the field. A man tried to reach down and pat Ellis and his momentum sent him over the brick wall separating the stands from the field.
We feel for the woman in the black coat who was suddenly in the midst of chaos and had no chance to get out.
Thankfully, the fan who fell out of the stands was uninjured and back in his spot after the fall. The fake gave Tennessee a 10-7 lead and the Vols and Tigers were tied 13-13 at halftime.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Virginia needs to win its last two games to make it to a bowl game and Canaan Severin is doing everything he can to make sure that happens.
Trailing Miami 7-3 late in the first half, Cavs quarterback Greyson Lambert looked Severin’s way on a 3rd-and-10 play from the Hurricanes’ 23-yard line. Lambert fired a strike to Severin up the seam and the junior wideout made a diving one-handed touchdown catch with Miami’s safety heading right toward him.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Severin was able to haul the pass in with his right arm out-stretched and completely avoid the Miami defensive back for a touchdown.
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The touchdown, Severin’s fifth of the season, gave Virginia a 10-7 lead. The Cavs would go on to add a field goal to take a 13-7 halftime lead.
If Virginia holds on, its record would improve to 5-6 with a road game against Virginia Tech next Friday deciding whether or not the Cavs will advance to the postseason.
For more Virginia news, visit CavsCorner.com.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
At what point do we call Florida State seems to have a flair for the dramatic because it's gotten into the habits of making things far more interesting than they should be against weaker opponents.
And Saturday’s 20-17 win against Boston College was yet another example.
Florida State and Boston College were tied late in the fourth quarter when the Eagles put together a stellar drive that put them in field goal range. However, Joey Launceford missed the 43-yarder that would have given Boston College the lead with 4:37 remaining.
Florida State got the ball back, went down the field and the ever-steady Roberto Aguayo knocked in a 26-yard field goal as time expired.
If it feels like you’ve seen this scenario involving Florida State before, well, you have; maybe with a different play and a different margin, but always with the same outcome — a Florida State win.
The Boston College win marked the sixth time the Seminoles either had to rally from a deficit or a tie to seal a victory. And most of those rallies have come in the second half.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Entering Saturday's game at Arkansas, Ole Miss' SEC West-winning scenario wasn't farfetched. If the Rebels beat Arkansas and Mississippi State while Alabama lost to Auburn, Ole Miss would be the SEC West winner.
Plus, the Rebels' standing in the College Football Playoff rankings would be boosted as well. If the Rebels won the SEC Championship Game, a playoff spot would be likely.
Instead, those possibilities are gone. And my, how they disappeared as Ole Miss played its worst game of the season against the Razorbacks in Fayetteville in a 30-0 loss.
The Rebels were never in the game. After a three-and-out on Ole Miss' first possession, Arkansas efficiently drove down the field for a touchdown. Then Bo Wallace fumbled on the next possession. Arkansas kicked a field goal. The Rebels were down 10-0 less than halfway through the first quarter and things spiraled out of control from there.
Wallace's fumble on the second drive was his first of four turnovers. On his second, he was tackled awkwardly and his ankle twisted under the pile. As he was torqued, he dropped the football and Arkansas recovered.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington made one of the more unique catches of the season late in the first half against Colorado.
On a 3rd-and-5 play from the Colorado 39-yard line, Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota looked left toward Carrington, who was being covered by Colorado’s Kenneth Crawley.
Both players went up for the ball, but Crawley jumped too early. The ball then tipped off Carrington’s hands, but as Crawley fell to the ground, he inadvertently kicked the ball back into the air. Carrington was sitting on the ground at this point, and the ball landed gently in his lap for a 29-yard completion.
Three plays later, the Ducks added a 25-yard Matt Wogan field goal to go into halftime with a 30-3 lead and went on to win 44-10.
Carrington, a 6-foot-2, 191-pound redshirt freshman from San Diego, now has 22 catches for 355 yards and a score this season for 10-1 Ducks.
For more Oregon news, visit DuckSportsAuthority.com.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston really wanted to snap the ball and moved an official out of the way to do so.
The Seminoles had just completed a six-yard pass on first down and wanted to hurry to the line on second down after the ball was spotted. But since FSU had substituted, Boston College was allowed by rule the opportunity to substitute as well.
So as the Eagles substituted, an official stood over the ball to ensure that Florida State didn't snap it. Winston didn't want him there, as the play call had him directly under center instead of in the shotgun. So he moved him out of the way rather than waiting for the official to get out of the way himself.
It wasn't a malicious play, however, should it have been a penalty? According to the NCAA rulebook (p. 97), "persons subject to the rules shall not intentionally contact a game official forcibly during the game."
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
The single-game rushing record that last week took 15 years to break has been broken once again.
Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine rushed for 427 yards and five touchdowns on 34 carries against Kansas on Saturday, breaking the record of 408 yards set just last week by Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon.
TCU’s LaDanian Tomlinson set the original record of 406 against UTEP in 1999.
Perine, a freshman, made and surpassed the record on a 42-yard scamper early in the fourth quarter. The Sooners called timeout, got the game ball and celebrated the accomplishment on the field.
Perine was then taken out of the game.
“I really didn’t have [the record] at the forefront of my mind,” Perine said in the postgame television interview with Fox Sports 1. “I just went out there, played the game and we did a really good job up front and on the perimeter with our blocking. And, you know, it just so happens that I came up with the record.”
While many were in awe of Gordon’s performance last week, Perine’s was perhaps a little anticlimactic because of the competition.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Minnesota’s shot at a Big Ten championship is still alive.
The Gophers overcame a 21-7 halftime deficit to storm back and knock off Nebraska 28-24 on the road, forcing a de facto Big Ten West title game with Wisconsin in Madison next Saturday.
With standout running back David Cobb sidelined with a leg injury, Gophers sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner used his arm and his legs to lead the Gophers on a 10-play, 78-yard game-winning touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter. The drive culminated with a two-yard plunge by the 6-foot-4, 237-pound Leidner, who threw for 135 yards while also racking up 110 yards and two scores on the ground.
Nebraska, with 3:25 remaining, took over with a chance to go ahead and quickly worked its way down to the Minnesota 30-yard line. That’s when a wacky sequence ended Nebraska’s chance to pull out the win.
On 3rd-and-9, Huskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. felt pressure and rolled to the right and found De’Mornay Pierson-El inside the five-yard line. Pierson-El leaped to haul the pass in, but as he turned up field toward the end zone, Minnesota’s Briean Boddy-Calhoun stripped the ball from him at the two-yard line.