- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
LSU was thoroughly outplayed for the first half of Saturday night's game against Wisconsin. But thanks to some errant passes by Tanner McEvoy and two key injuries on the Badgers defensive line, the Tigers came back to win 28-24.
It's the 46th consecutive non-conference win for LSU coach Les Miles.
In the first half, Wisconsin DE Konrad Zagzebski was carted off the field after he suffered a neck injury making a tackle. He was taken to a local hospital and ESPN reported that he had movement in his extremeties. Then, Warren Herring, the Badgers' starting nose tackle, went down with an injury.
The absence of the two was noticeable on what proved to be LSU's game-winning drive. With both integral pieces of the Wisconsin line missing, LSU RB Kenny Hilliard gashed Wisconsin on three straight runs up the middle, the last of which was a 28-yard TD.
Hilliard's run was sandwiched between two Tanner McEvoy interceptions. The first was a great play by Jaylen Mills, who saw the route from his safety position and glided over towards the receiver to swipe the ball as McEvoy threw it.
- Jeff Eisenberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
LOS ANGELES — The joy was unmistakable on the faces of Cody Kessler and Steve Sarkisian.
Seconds after Kessler delivered his final touchdown strike of USC's 52-13 season-opening demolition of visiting Fresno State on Saturday night, the junior quarterback ran in the direction of his head coach and the two met in midair for a flying chest bump.
The fun-filled night was just what the Trojans needed at the end of a chaotic, distraction-filled week. Kessler threw for a career-high 394 yards and four touchdowns in less than three quarters of action, leading USC to a therapeutic victory that shifted the focus from everything that went wrong off the field this week to everything that could be possible on it later this season.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Florida State's first game as defending national champions was not an exercise in domination.
Oklahoma State hung with a Seminoles team that looked out of sync at times before a costly fourth-quarter turnover gave Florida State a two-possession lead and ultimately a 37-31 win in Dallas.
After Florida State kicked a field goal to go up 30-24, Oklahoma State had the ball at its own 44-yard-line with just over five minutes left. On the third play of the drive, QB J.W. Walsh, who had been an effective runner for most of the evening, scrambled and flipped over as he was tackled. The ball slipped out of his hand before his elbow hit the ground and Florida State fell on it.
On the second play following the fumble, Heisman-winning QB Jameis Winston threw into traffic to Rashad Greene, who snagged the ball and raced 50 yards for a touchdown and a 37-24 lead.
While Oklahoma State scored with two minutes to go via a Walsh run, it never got the ball back for a chance to win the game.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
If someone had said Texas A&M would be the most talked about team after the opening weekend — for good reasons — few would have seen that coming.
But the Aggies' 52-28 win against South Carolina in Williams-Brice Stadium was one of the most unexpected and impressive victories of the first few days of this college football season, and Texas A&M has suddenly become the team to watch in the SEC (again).
Quarterback Kenny Hill broke two school records by throwing for more than 500 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start. He drew praise from across the country, including his predecessor Johnny Manziel, who dubbed him “Kenny Football,” a name Hill didn’t actually like.
Hill’s effort more resembled the first career game of last year’s Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, and has made Hill a must-watch for weeks to come.
But it wasn’t just the offense that wowed. The defense was especially impressive considering it was one of the worst units in the country a year ago. South Carolina was supposed to have a stellar offense, but it sputtered at times while the A&M defense thrived.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Teams are always trying to come up with new and exciting ways to introduce their teams, but sometimes they try just a little too hard.
Case in point: Eastern Michigan, which thought having its players smash through a concrete brick wall (presumably to match the Eagles' concrete gray field) would be a great way to introduce this year’s team.
Unfortunately, this stunt took three players with sledgehammers nearly 20 seconds to pull off while all 8,748 fans in attendance patiently waited for the first game under coach Chris Creighton to begin.
For the sake of the players, who edged out a 31-28 win against Morgan State, we hope Eastern Michigan just sticks with the fog machine and some techno music next time.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Todd Gurley stole the show Saturday night in Athens.
In Georgia’s convincing 45-21 win over Clemson, the junior running back registered more all-purpose yards (293) than the entire Tigers team gained on offense (291). He ran for 198 yards on just 15 carries, scored on touchdowns runs from 23, 18, and 51 yards, and also returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score.
He put the team on his back in the second half, almost singlehandedly propelling the Bulldogs to a resounding 24-point win. But the final score doesn’t tell the whole story.
In fact, the game was extremely tight most of the way – Georgia led by just three points through three quarters. Clemson’s combination of Cole Stoudt and Deshaun Watson were steady enough to give the Tigers a chance. Clemson even led midway through the second quarter before Gurley’s kickoff return tied things at 21.
Perplexingly, Gurley only touched the ball five times in the first half. Fellow junior Keith Marshall and highly-touted freshman Sony Michel were seeing significant touches, but were not nearly as effective as Gurley.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
Cal has matched last season's win total. And even if the Golden Bears lose every game the rest of the season and have consecutive 1-11 seasons, 2014 is already better than 2013 because of that lone win.
The Golden Bears' 31-24 win over Northwestern Saturday was the first time Cal beat an FBS-level team since topping Washington State on Oct. 13, 2012. Yes, almost two years, and coincidentally, the same day that Georgia State last won a game before winning on Wednesday night against Abilene Christian.
Last season, Cal's only win came against FCS Portland State. And it was by seven. Of its 11 losses, one was against Northwestern, who beat Cal 44-30.
It wasn't even close to that on Saturday. Cal stormed out to an early lead thanks to two touchdown passes by sophomore Jared Goff. Goff, who was Cal's primary QB last season as a freshman, completed 21-34 and finished with 281 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
Northwestern’s offense hasn’t exactly spent its Saturday afternoon lighting up Cal, but it did have this gem of a trick play to get itself back in the game.
After an interception by senior linebacker Colin Ellis put the Wildcats on the 17-yard line, quarterback Trevor Siemian threw a screen pass to Jayme Taylor who threw it back to Simien. Simien, not known for his running ability or athleticism, somehow made a defensive back bite on his one and only move and then stretched out for the touchdown.
There’s no doubt that said DB will be hearing about that play all season.
The entertaining and painfully slow-developing play cut Cal’s lead to 31-21 late in the third quarter.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
It didn’t take long for Tevaun Smith’s awesome catch from earlier Saturday afternoon to get one-upped.
Nebraska wideout Jordan Westerkamp, known for catching the game-winning Hail Mary pass in the Huskers’ win over Northwestern last season, somehow managed to haul in a Tommy Armstrong pass BEHIND HIS BACK during the third quarter against Florida Atlantic.
That’s right – behind his back. You have to see it to believe it.
I’ve really never seen anything like it. FAU defensive back Christian Milstead actually made a great play to dive and tip Armstrong’s pass, but Westerkamp somehow had the concentration to corral the ball behind his back while getting both feet in bounds.
The catch was part of a great day for Westerkamp. The redshirt sophomore has caught seven passes for 125 yards and a touchdown while the Huskers maintain a big lead in the fourth quarter.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
San Diego State is wearing a helmet decal Saturday to honor baseball legend Tony Gwynn, who died of cancer this summer.
Gwynn played basketball and baseball at San Diego State before he played for the San Diego Padres for 20 years. After he retired from the Padres, he was the baseball coach at San Diego State for 12 years. Gwynn was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 and finished with a career .338 batting average and 3.141 hits.
Gwynn was first diagnosed with cancer of the salivary gland in 2010. After numerous cancer treatments, he died on June 16. If you're not incredibly familiar with Gwynn's career, this post by Mike Oz at Big League Stew is required reading.
San Diego State starts its season against Northern Arizona.
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