- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Those looking for a shootout on the first night of the college football season got their wish when Rutgers faced Washington State in Seattle, but it was a former walk-on running back who stole the show.
The two teams combined for 813 passing yards and seven touchdowns through the air, but Scarlet Knights’ running back Paul James scored the game winning touchdown to seal a 41-38 win for the Big Ten newcomers. The winning score was one of three for the redshirt junior, who finished with 173 yards on 29 carries.
With new offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen’s balanced attack in place, the much-maligned Gary Nova shook off an early interception inside his own 20-yard line to put in a solid performance. The senior completed 16-of-27 passes for 281 yards, two touchdowns and that lone interception.
Nova got off to a hot start when he hit Leonte Carroo, his high school teammate, for a 78-yard touchdown on RU’s first play from scrimmage.
James scored his first two touchdowns in the second quarter – one from 56 yards – to put the Scarlet Knights up 21-10, but then WSU senior quarterback Connor Halliday started to heat up after a rusty first quarter.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Facing a fourth-and-six from near midfield on the road early in the second half at Minnesota, Eastern Illinois head coach Kim Dameron sent out his offense, but opted for an attempted pooch punt by quarterback Jalen Whitlow.
The plan was for the Panthers to pin the Gophers deep in their own territory, but things did not go as planned.
Instead, Whitlow’s punt went three yards. For real. Three whole yards.
Whitlow transferred to Eastern Illinois this offseason after two seasons at Kentucky and his first game with the Panthers was a rough one. Minnesota won in a rout, 42-20, and Whitlow threw for 110 yards and one interception while splitting snaps with senior Andrew Manley. Whitlow also gained 77 yards on the ground on 19 carries.
Whitlow started 15 games in his two seasons at Kentucky, including seven as a true freshman in 2012. With the Wildcats, Whitlow threw for 1,834 yards and eight touchdowns while also running for 663 yards and nine scores on the ground.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Not deleting emails saved Vanderbilt from four timeouts on Thursday night against Temple.
The Commodores wore special jerseys with the words "Anchor Down" (the team slogan) on the back instead of the players names. The letters of the names were in black on the black jerseys and it was a slogan, which is prohibited by NCAA rules. Before the 2014 season, the NCAA instituted a rule that the numbers on players' jerseys must be a contrasting color from the jersey and just recently, South Florida's efforts to put "The Team" on the back of its jerseys was rebuffed.
The numbers on Vanderbilt's jerseys were gold. They were good to go. The contrasting color rule specifically mentions the numbers on a jersey and not the lettering.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Don't let the final score of Ole Miss' 35-13 win over Boise State fool you. It was not a convincing win, at least for the first three quarters.
Hell, those first three quarters – the first half, especially – were the perfect example of why college football should have a preseason. Mind you, we're not advocating for a preseason in college football. But anyone who is in favor of it and doesn't use the first two quarters of Thursday night's game isn't making the best argument possible.
In the first 30 minutes, Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace and Boise State QB Grant Hedrick combined for six interceptions. The teams combined for 13 penalties, including seven Ole Miss false start penalties. It was brutal.
Through three quarters, Ole Miss led 7-6. But finally in the fourth, the Rebels looked like the team that could be a sleeper in the SEC West as Wallace threw three fourth-quarter touchdowns in the span of three drives and three passes to pull away.
The third TD was a simple short pass to Cody Core that Boise's defenders just utterly whiffed on.
College Station furniture store owes customers more than $1 million after A&M's upset of South CarolinaGraham Watson at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
It’s a good thing the Ashley Furniture located in College Station, Texas, because they’re going to owe Texas A&M fans more than $1 million.
The store put out a promotion earlier this month saying it would cover the costs of furniture purchased between Aug. 16 through Aug. 27 if Texas A&M defeated South Carolina by at least 10 points.
The Aggies were a 10-point underdog, but ended up winning 52-28 (24 points for the math challenged).
Store owner Mark Wilks told ESPN that 600 people purchased furniture during the promotional period which totaled more than $1 million. One fan bought $20,000 worth of furniture — now that’s confidence.
The store did take out insurance for the promotion, so all of its debts are covered, the store will just have to pay the insurance 15 percent of what it will reimburse.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
When you play for Eastern Illinois, unless you make some sort of amazing highlight play, you’re probably not going to get a whole lot of publicity – especially when your team is getting trounced on the road at Minnesota.
This is an exception.
Facing a big second half deficit, EIU junior linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill was apparently not too thrilled with the play of Minnesota senior guard Zac Epping, so he gave him a little nudge in a place where no man wants to be hit.
Grugier-Hill was promptly ejected by the officials, and rightly so. Usually that kind of cheap shot comes with some sort of subtlety, but not in this instance.
Even though a starting lineman had a sore groin, Minnesota went on to win the game, 42-20.
For more Minnesota news, GopherIllustrated.com.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Maybe it’s not the player; maybe it’s the system.
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and his offensive staff might not have gotten enough credit for their t utelage while Heisman winner Johnny Manziel was leading the Aggies, but after watching Kenny Hill, a first-year starter, pick apart South Carolina in Williams-Brice Stadium, there has to be something to Sumlin’s method.
Hill, who played poised and confident, set a school record by throwing for 511 yards and three touchdowns while leading the Aggies to an improbable 52-28 upset.
It was a little like the performance Manziel gave during his first start against Florida — but better. In fact, Hill shattered Manziel’s passing yardage record and had a season opener that rivaled the performance Jameis Winston gave against Pittsburgh during his first start.
Of course it wasn’t just Hill alone. He got major help from what might be the best offensive line in the SEC and Malcome Kennedy slid into the role of go-to receiver with 14 catches for 137 yards. Three different receivers — Josh Reynolds, Edward Pope and Ricky Seals-Jones — had touchdown catches while three different running backs handled the load on the ground.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
SEC Network analyst Paul Finebaum predicted before Texas A&M's win over South Carolina that A&M QB Kenny Hill would have a hard time adjusting in his first SEC game.
Hill did not, setting A&M's single-game passing record in the Aggies 52-28 blowout win. Perhaps Finebaum took out the frustration of his missed prediction on the SEC Network's halftime set.
(GIF via MockSession.com)
After Finebaum's mishap, it was clear that the tabletop of the SEC Network set is in four pieces for easy setup, removal and transport. And we'll call the unsecure section a product of a new network. There are bound to be some things go wrong in the first actual game broadcast, and if that was the only thing that went wrong at Williams-Brice (outside of South Carolina's performance), it's a good telecast.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
Now that Tim Tebow is working as an analyst for the SEC Network, we’ll get to see a lot of the former Florida quarterback in our lives.
So far, he’s been a natural on camera, and in the pregame coverage of Thursday night’s game between Texas A&M and South Carolina, Tebow blessed his loyal viewing audience with an impression of Gamecocks’ head coach Steve Spurrier.
Tebow’s impression was prompted by a candid pregame chat between Spurrier and A&M coach Kevin Sumlin on the field while the teams warmed up. Tebow was recruited by Spurrier, so he is certainly familiar with his small talk.
We’ll be waiting anxiously for Spurrier’s response – a response that hopefully includes his own impression of the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
Former Michigan offensive lineman Elliott Mealer played in 26 games in two seasons for Brady Hoke after Hoke was hired away from San Diego State in 2011. Mealer was a backup for Hoke in 2011, but was inserted into the starting lineup at center for his fifth-year senior season under Hoke, so it’s safe to say he knows his former head coach pretty well.
I think this video that Mealer posted onto his Instagram account gives further evidence of that,
That is an extremely accurate impression. For reference, here’s a clip from a recent Hoke press conference.
Pretty well-executed, right? I think so.
Mealer, who currently plays for the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena Football League, had a brief stint with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He was also featured in an episode of ESPN’s E:60, which chronicled a tragic car accident that resulted in the death of his father and girlfriend and the paralysis of his brother.
It’s worth your time.
For more Michigan news, visit TheWolverine.com.
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