Dr. Saturday

  • Temple takes control of AAC East with big win over USF

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 hr ago

    South Florida had the chance to take sole possession of first place in the AAC East Friday night in Philadelphia, but Temple had other ideas.

    The Temple offense ran all over the USF defense, putting up 528 yards in a 46-30 win. The Owls totaled 319 yards on the ground, including 210 yards and two touchdowns from sophomore Ryquell Armstead. The win gives the Bulls their first conference loss of the season and moves Temple to the top of the division standings with matching 3-1 AAC records.

    The game was back and forth for much of the first three quarters until the Owls took a 27-23 lead on a 42-yard Armstead run with 3:53 to go in the third. The Owls defense forced a three-and-out on USF’s ensuing possession, and then blocked Jonathan Hernandez’s punt, setting up a short field.

    Two plays later, Jahad Thomas waltzed in from nine yards out, and in less than four minutes, the Owls went from a three-point deficit to an 11-point lead, 34-23.

    After a Temple field goal, USF was able to cut the lead to 37-30 on a Marlon Mack touchdown run with 8:42 to go. The Bulls then forced a punt and regained possession at their own 13-yard line with five minutes to play.

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  • Maryland DB William Likely out for season

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 4 hrs ago

    Maryland will be without one of its best players for the rest of the season.

    The program announced Friday night that senior defensive back William Likely suffered a torn ACL. The injury, which occurred during last weekend’s loss to Minnesota, presumably ends the career of Likely, who developed into one of the most dangerous kick returners in the country during his time with the Terps.

    “In the short time I’ve been here at Maryland, I understand and have a great appreciation for the significant impact Will Likely has had on our football program,” said D.J. Durkin, Maryland’s first-year head coach. “Will was one of the first people I met with when I accepted this job and it was quickly apparent how much he meant to his teammates and Maryland football. He will continue to play a vital role in our program as we lean on him for his leadership and experience. I am confident Will has the work ethic, drive and focus to overcome this injury and continue his football career at the next level.”

    As a sophomore in 2014, Likely registered 83 tackles, six interceptions and two special teams touchdowns. Overall in his career, Likely totaled six return touchdowns — four on punts, two on kickoffs.

  • Restraining orders prevent 3 more Minnesota players from home games

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 8 hrs ago

    Three additional Minnesota players have been served with restraining orders preventing them from playing in games at the Gophers’ TCF Bank Stadium effective immediately.

    According to KMSP in Minneapolisand the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, an attorney for defensive backs Ray Buford, KiAnte Hardin and Dior Johnson said the three received restraining orders Friday. They were suspended from the team along with defensive lineman Tamarion Johnson in September for what was termed a violation of team rules.

    The four players were named in a sexual assault investigation. Prosecutors declined to file charges on Oct. 3, citing insufficient evidence and the players were then reinstated to the team. The four were named in the investigation into the incident, which allegedly happened in the early morning hours after the Gophers’ season-opening game vs. Oregon State on Sept. 1.

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  • Notre Dame AD: Brian Kelly 'will lead this team out of the tunnel' in 2017

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 9 hrs ago

    Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick has no plans to go through a football coaching search this offseason.

    The Fighting Irish are 2-5 after consecutive losses to North Carolina State and Stanford. But Swarbrick said coach Brian Kelly is not in danger of losing his job.

    “Brian will lead this team out of the tunnel opening day next year,” the AD said to ESPN.

    Kelly was hired after the 2009 season and the 2-5 start is Kelly’s worst as the Irish coach. He has a career 57-28 record at Notre Dame.

    The Irish made a coaching change after a home loss to Duke to fall to 1-3, firing defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.The Irish gave up an average of 41.3 points in those three losses.

    The offense has struggled too. Notre Dame couldn’t do anything with the ball vs. NC State and the team head-scratchingly called 26 pass plays. The 10-3 Wolfpack win was played in driving rain and wind courtesy of Hurricane Matthew.

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  • What to Watch: Time to sort out some division races

    Dr. Saturday 12 hrs ago

    The second half of the season is officially beginning and this is when the conference races start to sort themselves out. There are several games on this week’s slate that will impact the winners and losers of divisions, especially in the SEC West and the Pac-12 South.

    Here’s a look at what to watch in Week 8:

    Game of the week: No. 6 Texas A&M at No. 1 Alabama, 3:30 p.m. ET

    Alabama is taking on its third ranked opponent in as many weeks, but Texas A&M might be the most formidable of the trio.

    Like Alabama, Texas A&M is undefeated but it hasn’t played a team nearly as talented as the Tide, especially on defense. Alabama has scored eight touchdowns on interception and fumble recovery returns and has three punt returns for touchdowns. The 11 non-offensive touchdowns are more than the Tide had all of last year.

    That’s not good news for A&M quarterback Trevor Knight, who struggles with his accuracy. Also not good news, the fact that the Tide lead the nation in rush defense, which is where the Aggies offense excels. Running back Trayveon Williams is averaging about 117 yards per game and Knight is averaging 84. Knight also leads the team in rushing touchdowns with nine.

  • North Carolina G Caleb Peterson out for season after back surgery

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 14 hrs ago

    North Carolina will be without a longtime offensive line starter for the rest of 2016.

    The school said Thursday that guard Caleb Peterson would miss the remainder of the season because of a back injury. He’s set to undergo surgery Friday in Dallas.

    A senior, Peterson missed North Carolina’s last two games vs. Virginia Tech and Miami. He had started 30-straight games at left guard for the Tar Heels before the Virginia Tech game and had 42 career starts. He was an all-ACC second team selection in 2015.

    Peterson’s injury means North Carolina will play the rest of the season without its starting guards. John Ferranto was slated to start at right guard but tore a pectoral muscle before the season began.

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    A third starter could miss Saturday’s game vs. Virginia as well. Jon Heck, the team’s right tackle, is listed as questionable on the UNC injury report. The News and Observer saidHeck “appears unlikely” to play Saturday.

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  • Mike Leach fined by Pac-12 after sign-stealing comments

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 15 hrs ago

    Mike Leach has a little less money following his Monday comments about Arizona State and sign stealing.

    The Pac-12 has fined Leach $10,000 and issued a reprimand for what he said about ASU. Leach said he believed the Sun Devils still stole signs and that he heard rumors the team has equipment at Sun Devil Stadium to enhance the practice.

    “Conference rules prohibit Pac-12 member institutions from disparaging each other and discrediting other institutions,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement.

    Arizona State coach Todd Graham responded to Leach’s comments by referencing the integrity of ASU’s program. The conversation about sign-stealing was a sequel to the discussion the two publicly had in 2015 when Leach first leveled accusations of sign-stealing against Arizona State.

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    Arizona State and Washington State play Saturday night.

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  • Boise State remains undefeated despite turnovers, crazy finish

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 21 hrs ago

    Boise State remained undefeated after squeaking by BYU 28-27 on Thursday, but the game was not without its last-second drama.

    On BYU’s final series, the Cougars drove from their own 8-yard line to get in range for a 44-yard field goal, which they opted to take on second down with 15 seconds remaining. Boise State blocked the kick and thought it had the game won, but BYU recovered the block and because it was only second down, it still had two plays and 10 seconds remaining.

    Unfortunately for BYU, it was not able to recreate the magic it had in this game last year when it beat the Broncos with a Hail Mary as time expired, but both teams tried their best to make the game equally as entertaining.

    BYU forced five Boise State turnovers, including two pick-sixes that helped give the Cougars a lead in the first half. However, the BYU offense wasn’t much help. Quarterback Taysom Hill completed 21 of 42 passes for 187 yards and one rushing touchdown. Hill looked good on the final drive, but he took an ill-advised sack that ultimately pushed the field goal back.

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  • BYU tried the worst fake punt from its own end zone

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    BYU tried what could easily be called the worst fake punt of the 2016 season on Thursday when it tried to fool the Boise State defense from inside their own end zone.

    This is the worst fake punt of all time. End of discussion. pic.twitter.com/oa6exx8RBB

    — Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) October 21, 2016

    Coach Kalani Sitake justified the move by saying at halftime “on film, we thought we had it.” Well, they didn’t have it, not even close to having it, the play failed miserably and Boise State should have had the ball on the 1-yard line were it not for a unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that backed the Broncos up to the 17.

    However, in a strange twist of events, that penalty actually seemed to turn the game in BYU’s favor. Boise State couldn’t get its offense started and missed the ensuing field goal. After BYU did little on offense, the Cougars defense grabbed its second pick-six of the game to take the lead 17-14. And then, BYU forced a fumble on Boise State’s next possession.

    There’s no doubt that was exactly how BYU coach Kalani Sitake saw that working out.

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  • Virginia Tech takes control of ACC Coastal with 37-16 win against Miami

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Virginia Tech took control of the ACC Coastal Division on Thursday night with a 37-16 win against Miami.

    The game started as a defensive duel with both teams trading field goals in the first quarter, but Virginia Tech settled in and took a 16-3 lead before Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya found Braxton Berrios in the end zone with 19 seconds remaining before halftime.

    But the second half was all Virginia Tech. The Hokies scored on their second and third possessions, and while Miami did get a touchdown in the quarter, it either punted or turned the ball over on downs on five of their six second-half possessions. Much of that was because of Virginia Tech defensive front, which notched seven sacks in the contest.

    Virginia Tech rebounded from last week’s upset loss against Syracuse and now hold wins against North Carolina and the Hurricanes, two of the top contenders for the division crown. The Hokies will travel to Pitt next week.

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