- Yahoo Sports Staff at Dr. Saturday15 mins 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 to its name. On Friday night, USC blew a 10-point fourth quarter lead on the road at Utah by allowing 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. Saturday29 mins 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. Saturday2 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. Saturday3 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.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Colorado beat Oregon for the first time since 1998 on Saturday, and it did so on a miraculous touchdown catch.
The Buffs led 33-17 early in the third quarter, but the Ducks stormed back to take a 38-33 lead. Colorado, with freshman Steven Montez playing quarterback for the injured Sefo Liufau, heaved one up to Bryce Bobo on a third-and-10 play.
Bobo somehow made a spinning one-handed grab while getting a foot down inbounds to give the Buffs a 41-38 lead.
— Colorado Football (@RunRalphieRun) September 25, 2016
Here’s a closer look:
Bobo’s acrobatic catch was originally ruled incomplete, but the call was correctly overturned after a replay review.
From there, the Buffs were able to hold off Oregon’s high-powered offense. The game was officially put away when Oregon quarterback Dakota Prukop was intercepted in the end zone by Ahkello Witherspoon.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
A woman stationed behind the end zone at Auburn on Saturday night wasn’t too successful when trying to catch a kickoff.
After taking a 12-7 lead over LSU, Auburn kicked off and the ball sailed out of the end zone. The woman moved to snag the ball and this happened.
— Colin Edwards (@CBEdwards12) September 25, 2016
Ouch. We were fearing for her when she didn’t get up for a few seconds after the ball smacked her in the face.
But she’s doing just fine! Ashley Ward, an intern with Auburn’s video department according to her Twitter bio, tweeted that she was OK.
I'm okay!!! https://t.co/YGAJzBaVN9
— ashley ward (@AshLaWard) September 25, 2016
My little sister ladies and gentlemen. (And yes, she's okay haha) https://t.co/uyDPzFiXub
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Tennessee’s losing streak to Florida is officially over.
There was no sign of the streak ending at halftime when the Gators were leading 21-3. But the big lead was just a setup for a memorable comeback as Tennessee reeled off 35-straight points on the way to a 38-28 win.
It’s the first time Tennessee has beaten Florida since 2004 and it positions the Volunteers as the SEC East team to beat through the first quarter of the season.
“That duck is pulling that truck, baby,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said, referencing Florida defensive back Quincy Wilson’s trash talk earlier in the week.
The second-half comeback got off to an inauspicious start as quarterback Josh Dobbs threw an interception on the Vols’ first possession of the half. But a 23-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Jalen Hurd on Tennessee’s next possession ignited the comeback.
Tennessee took a 24-21 lead as Dobbs found Jauan Jennings for a 67-yard touchdown at the beginning of the fourth quarter. And while Tennessee’s offense deserves a lot of credit for kicking it into gear over the final 30 minutes, the defense’s performance can’t be ignored.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Brian Kelly’s seat just got a whole lot hotter.
Notre Dame was a three-touchdown favorite for its home game Saturday against Duke, but allowed the Blue Devils, who have double-digit losses to Wake Forest and Northwestern, to rack up nearly 500 yards of offense in a 38-35 upset.
Notre Dame took a 35-28 lead with 7:46 to go, but Duke quickly tied the game on a 64-yard touchdown pass from redshirt freshman Daniel Jones to Anthony Nash.
Notre Dame’s offense went backwards when it regained possession. DeShone Kizer was sacked by Marquies Price on second down and Kizer threw an ill-advised interception on third down to give the Blue Devils great field position — at Notre Dame’s 45 — to take the lead with 6:47 to play.
That’s just what the Blue Devils did.
Big running back Jela Duncan, who ran for 121 yards in the win, picked up yards in chunks, quickly moving the offense deep into Irish territory while taking time off the clock. A 10-yard burst from Duncan set up first and goal for the Blue Devils. Duke wasn’t able to punch it in, but took valuable time off the clock to set up a chip shot 19-yard field goal from A.J. Reed.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
North Carolina led just one time during Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh — as the final seconds ticked off the clock.
Quarterback Mitch Trubisky hit Bug Howard for a two-yard touchdown to take a 37-36 lead with two seconds to play and give the Tar Heels a hard-fought leg up in the ACC Coastal Division.
During the final drive, Trubisky converted three fourth-and-longs as the Tar Heels rallied from as much as 13 down in the fourth quarter.
Pitt jumped out to a 12-0 lead and fought off a late second-quarter surge by North Carolina to take a 19-16 lead into halftime. After scoring two touchdowns on its first two second-half possessions, Pitt hit a field goal early in the fourth quarter that seemed to all but seal the game.
While Trubisky was playing lights out — he completed 35-of-46 passes for 453 yards and five touchdowns — the North Carolina running game was non-existent. Elijah Hood, T.J. Logan and Trubisky combined for 22 carries for a measly 18 yards.
However, the Tar Heels didn’t seem to need the rushing attack as Trubisky found Howard in the end zone with 5:24 remaining to climb within six points, and then he found Howard again on the final score of the game.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Florida’s Brandon Powell was ejected in the fourth quarter of the Gators’ game vs. Tennessee for throwing a punch.
Well, that’s the reason he was ejected according to the SEC officiating crew. You can decide for yourself if what he did was actually a punch.
That flop by Tennessee defensive back Rashaan Gaulden was worse than what you see by major soccer players attempting to draw penalty kicks. And while Gaulden deserves to be both applauded and ridiculed for his absurd acting, how did the official who was so close to the play not see the blatant dive?
Powell shouldn’t have stuck out his arm, but it can be hard to harness your emotions when your team is in the midst of a second-half collapse. Tennessee scored five-straight touchdowns to turn around what was an early Florida rout. Powell also had just one catch for nine yards before he was forced to make an early exit.
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