- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
It was one of the weirdest coaching decisions you'll see all season and it could have cost Fresno State dearly. But it didn't, and the Bulldogs beat Utah State 24-17 to win the Mountain West Conference title.
With less than two minutes to go and facing a fourth-and-4 at the Utah State 29, Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter eschewed kicking a field goal for a potential 10-point lead and decided to go for it. It didn't work, and Fresno State was stuffed.
This wasn't Nick Saban deciding to go for it with less than a yard to go in the Iron Bowl. In that situation, the odds were in Saban's favor. In this situation, DeRuyter's best bet would have been to take the chance of the potential points, especially since his team was stopped on fourth-and-2 on the Utah State 39 on the previous possession.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
After his team's national title chances slipped away in a 34-24 loss to Michigan State, Urban Meyer consoled himself with some pizza.
Surrounded by family, Urban Meyer eats postgame pizza very quietly in corridor beneath Lucas Oil Stadium.
Surrounded by family, Urban Meyer eats postgame pizza very quietly in corridor beneath Lucas Oil Stadium. pic.twitter.com/80FtTVegWQ
Yes, that looks to be a Papa John's box. Peyton Manning would be proud.
But that's quite a turn of possible events. Many expected that Ohio State would have won its 25th consecutive game Saturday night and that Meyer and the Buckeyes would be hoisting roses to signify a trip to Pasadena along with the Big Ten Conference trophy.
Instead, it was Michigan State that was doing those things. And Meyer was left with pizza in the bowels of Lucas Oil Stadium.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
After his Spartans knocked off undefeated Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game, Mark Dantonio stepped onto the set of Big Ten Network’s post game coverage and was feeling like a million bucks.
When asked how he was going to celebrate the win, Dantonio said he was going to “go in that locker room and dance with my players,” and that he was going to dance to “Type of Way” by Rich Homie Quan. Hilarious.
This won’t be the first time Dantonio has showcased his dance moves to some Rich Homie Quan. After wins over Michigan and Nebraska, behind the scenes cameras also showcased Dantonio showing off his skills. Now Dantonio is introducing the talents of Rich Homie Quan to a brand new audience.
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Stanford’s Shayne Skov timed the snap count and jumped over the line of scrimmage to make a third and goal tackle (GIF)Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Stanford got out to a big lead over Arizona State in the Pac-12 title game, but the Sun Devils were looking to close the deficit to just ten points late in the third quarter. That was until Stanford’s Shayne Skov made an incredible play to keep ASU out of the end zone.
Arizona State trailed 31-14, but quarterback Taylor Kelly led the offense down inside the 10-yard line. Two plays later, the Sun Devils faced a third and goal from the one-yard line when Skov perfectly timed the ASU snap count and leaped over the line of scrimmage to keep Arizona State out of the end zone.
On fourth down Arizona State was again stuffed by the Cardinal on a De’Marieya Nelson rushing attempt.
Stanford’s offense quickly built off the defense’s impressive stand, driving 99 yards for the score that officially put the game out of reach, 38-14.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
The fourth-and-one play was going to be a battle of strengths.
Trailing 27-24 with less than six minutes left in the fourth quarter, Ohio State decided to go for it at the Michigan State 39. It was too far for a field goal. Too short of a field and too dire of circumstances for a punt. Presumably, it was going to be a run play.
And that's what it was. Ohio State entered the game second in the country in rushing offense. Michigan State was first in rushing defense. First beat second. Braxton Miller was stuffed on a speed option play to the right side. Michigan State had the ball back.
The game was over from there, and so was Ohio State's undefeated season, 24 game winning streak and hopes for a BCS Championship berth against Florida State. Those marks went into hiding after the fourth down play and were lost forever when Jeremy Langford subsequently scampered into the end zone from six yards out and a 34-24 Michigan State win.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
There was no doubt Florida State would beat Duke in the ACC title game, it was just a matter of by how much.
The Seminoles won 45-7 to finish 13-0 for the first time in school history and earned a chance to play for a national championship.
Florida State handled Duke the way it’s handled almost every other team on its schedule this season – with relative ease. There was no suspense; the game was never in doubt.
Quarterback Jameis Winston, the Heisman frontrunner, didn’t have a great game, but did little to harm his chances of hoisting the bronze statue next Saturday.
Florida State’s pre-bowl season wrapped up with a nice little bow.
But there’s still excitement on the horizon.
The matchup many wanted to see – Florida State and Auburn – will happen thanks to Michigan State’s 34-24 win against Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship. The victory knocked the Buckeyes from their coveted No. 2 ranking in the BCS standings, sliding Auburn, the SEC champs, into their spot.
Sadly, that game is still a month away, but it’s the last obstacle to what could end up a dream season for the Seminoles, who have proven they're back among college football’s power programs.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Arizona State had won eight of nine games since its only league loss came at Stanford on Sept. 21. When a rematch presented itself in the Pac-12 title game, it was supposed to be different this time around for the Sun Devils – especially in front of the home crowd at Sun Devil Stadium.
Someone forgot to tell Stanford.
The Cardinal was dominant on both sides of the football, racking up 517 total yards of offense while the defense limited the Sun Devils' offense to just 4.5 yards per play en route to an easy 38-14 victory and a trip to the Rose Bowl for the second straight year.
Tyler Gaffney was dominant early, scoring three first-half touchdowns before ending the night with 133 yards on 22 carries. Despite attempting only 18 passes (and completing 12), Kevin Hogan threw for 277 yards and was extremely sharp in one of his more impressive performances of the season.
Just like the first meeting between the teams, Stanford jumped out to an early lead that reached 28-7 in the second quarter. Gaffney got the scoring started on a 69-yard scamper on the Cardinal’s second offense play.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Bob Stoops needed a game-tying touchdown so he turned to his kicker.
Trailing 17-10 in the third quarter, Oklahoma lined up for a field goal to cut the deficit to four. But the Sooners ran a fake, which called for kicker Michael Hunnicutt to run a wheel route to the left. Holder Grant Bothun, a receiver by trade, rolled out with Hunnicutt and completed the pass to him and Hunnicutt crossed the goal line before getting drilled.
Hunnicutt lost the ball on the hit, but the play was upheld on replay review as it was determined his crossing of the goal line was a second act after the catch. That was a play after Brannon Green lost the ball immediately after getting hit when he caught a pass in the end zone and it ended up incomplete.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
Auburn’s miracle season continued without needing divine intervention to help it out this time.
It just needed running back Tre Mason.
Mason rushed the ball 46 times for 304 yards and contributed four touchdowns in a 59-42 win against Missouri that earned Auburn an SEC title and a spot in a BCS bowl that could very well be the national championship game (pending the outcome of the ACC and Big Ten title games).
The win also completed an unbelievable single-season turnaround by the Tigers, who were sitting at home watching this game a year ago after a 3-9 campaign and the dismissal of head coach Gene Chizik.
But all year, especially in the past few weeks, Auburn has seemingly been a team of destiny. Dramatic victories against Mississippi State, Georgia and Alabama put the Tigers into the SEC championship, and their solid running game led them past Missouri.
Behind Mason, Auburn moved the ball at will against Missouri. Of Auburn’s 677 total yards, 525 were on the ground. Auburn only attempted 11 passes. Coming into this game, Missouri had not allowed a team to rush for more than 184 yards and that was last week against Texas A&M.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
As the clock approached game time for the final contest of the season at Floyd Casey Stadium, Baylor had its interests focused about 350 miles north of frigid Waco. If Oklahoma could pull off a road upset over Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Baylor could clinch the Big 12 and a BCS berth with a win over Texas. When the Sooners pulled out a win in the game’s final minute, the Baylor sideline erupted, and the game in Waco took on a whole new meaning.
Of course, Texas had plenty to play for, too. The Oklahoma State loss created a de facto Big 12 Championship Game. The Longhorns had the same Big 12 and BCS aspirations on the line with a victory, but neither team played like that in the first half. In fact, after some sloppy play, both teams limped to a 3-3 tie at halftime.
Baylor, with the home crowd offering a boost, stormed out of the gates in the second half with a renewed sense of urgency. The third quarter started with a 14-play, 77-yard touchdown drive that culminated with a fantastic one-handed touchdown grab by Antwan Goodley on a third-and-9 from the 11-yard line to give the Bears a 10-3 lead.