- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Buffalo struggled in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Need any proof? Take a gander at this onside kick, which is perhaps the most inept onside kick you'll ever see.
The Bulls had just scored a touchdown to trail San Diego State 42-17 in the fourth quarter and Tyler Grassman attempted an onside kick. Attempted. As he went to hit the top of the ball to get it to bounce immediately up in the air, he succeeded in kicking the top of the ball. And that's about it. He barely grazed it and the ball rolled over before coming to a stop.
The star of the game was San Diego State's Adam Muema, who had 229 yards rushing on 28 carries.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Duke’s offense already faced a tough task in having to contain Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M offense in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on New Year’s Eve, but now the Blue Devils’ defense will be shorthanded.
Jela Duncan, the team’s leading rusher, will miss the bowl game due to an academic suspension, and on top of that, he’ll reportedly miss all of next season too. The University termed the suspension as a “violation of university academic policy.”
In 13 games this season, Duncan rushed for 562 yards and three touchdowns on 113 rushes. He also had 123 receiving yards.
According to the Durham Herald Sun, the suspension is not NCAA related, but “involved Duncan not meeting Duke standards.”
The Blue Devils will have to lean on Josh Snead and Shaquille Powell to carry the load on the ground.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
The much-anticipated USC letdown against Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl was not to be.
The Trojans jumped on Fresno State early, coasted to a 45-20 victory and capped an improbable 10-win season.
Many thought USC might come into the Las Vegas Bowl uninspired after coach Ed Orgeron quit and the team was playing for its third coach this season. But quarterback Cody Kessler said the team rallied around the seniors and wanted to send them off on a high note. Kessler had a career day throwing for 344 yards and three touchdowns.
USC started the season 3-2, but fired coach Lane Kiffin and rallied to win seven of its next nine games. Prior to the bowl season, athletic director Pat Haden named Washington coach Steve Sarkisian the Trojans’ head coach, which prompted interim coach Orgeron to step down. Clay Helton coached the Trojans on Saturday and he will stay on with Sarkisian as the offensive coordinator.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
When USC knocked off Fresno State 45-20 in the Las Vegas Bowl, it did so with Clay Helton, its third coach of the season, at the helm, but at least one player had another coach on his mind.
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 21, 2013
That’s a nice tribute for Ed “Coach O” Orgeron, who took over the head coaching duties on an interim basis after Lane Kiffin was fired after the fifth game of the year. The team rallied around the long-time assistant, reeling off six of its next eight games to finish the season 9-4. Many players hoped Orgeron would be hired full-time, but the school hired Washington coach Steve Sarkisian instead.
After not getting the job, Orgeron was disappointed and left the program to pursue other head coaching opportunities.
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Colorado State kicks off the bowl season with a fantastic come-from-behind win in the New Mexico BowlGraham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Depending on which side you’re supporting, Saturday’s New Mexico Bowl was either the greatest comeback or the greatest collapse of the early bowl season.
In either case, it was an epic way to start off the 2013-14 bowl campaign.
Colorado State scored 18 points in the final 2 minutes and 50 seconds to beat Washington State 48-45.
While the point margin and time it took for the comeback were impressive, it was nothing compared to how it all went down. The Rams scored, then forced a fumble on Washington State’s next possession, scored, had a two-point conversion on a Statue of Liberty play, recovered a fumbled kickoff and then kicked the game-winning field goal.
And yes, it was as exciting and ridiculous and jaw-dropping and memorable as it all sounds.
When it was all over, Colorado State fans – the masses that had traveled from Fort Collins – rushed the field as players and fans celebrated one of the greatest wins in school history.
New Mexico Bowl starts off with a verbal altercation between Washington State’s QB and Colorado State’s defensive line coach (Video)Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
It’s supposed to be the season of goodwill toward men, but maybe not so much on the football field.
During the first quarter of the New Mexico Bowl between Colorado State and Washington State, CSU defensive line coach Greg Lupfer had some not-so-festive words for WSU quarterback Connor Halliday.
After the Cougars’ first touchdown, Halliday threw up the touchdown signal in front of the CSU bench and was greeted by some verbal jabs. Halliday turned to see who was addressing him and found Laufer, who just kept jawing.
Now, there’s no sound, but if you can read lips, it’s pretty clear Laufer says “ you, you .”
And that was only the first touchdown. Little did Laufer know that Halliday would go on to threw five touchdowns against the CSU defense – in the first half.
UPDATE: Lupfer apologized after the game. Via Colorado State's Twitter feed:
Statement from CSU DL Coach Greg Lupfer: "I am truly sorry for what I said. It was wrong and those words do not represent who I am and..."
— CSU Rams Football (@CSUFootball) December 22, 2013
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Northwest Missouri State jumped out early and held Lenoir-Rhyne at an arm's length for the rest of the game en route to its fourth Division II national title with a 43-28 victory.
After taking a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, Lenoir-Rhyne was never able to get the deficit into the single digits the rest of the game. And twice in the fourth quarter, with the lead at 15 points, Northwest and coach Adam Dorrel elected to keep throwing the football to seal the game. One long pass set up a short touchdown, and another provided the final score when Trevor Adams hit Jason Jozaites for a 17-yard touchdown.
It's Dorrel's first title at his alma mater. He took over the program in 2011 after coach Mel Tjeerdsma, who led Northwest Missouri State to its previous three titles, retired and is now the school's athletic director. Scott Bostwick was originally named Tjeerdsma's successor but he passed away the summer before the season began and Dorrel was named coach.
Boise State quarterbacks Joe Southwick and Nick Patti suspended ‘until further notice’ UPDATE: Southwick sent homeNick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Could Boise State be playing the Hawaii Bowl on Tuesday with just a single quarterback available?
Quarterbacks Joe Southwick, a senior, and redshirt freshman Nick Patti are suspended 'until further notice,' per interim coach Bob Gregory, who declined to reveal if the two would be available for the game on Christmas Eve.
Interim coach Bob Gregory told reporters Friday that, “right now they are suspended for the game,” but later backtracked slightly when asked about their status and said, “they are suspended right now, until further notice.”
Gregory also declined to reveal if the incident was related to something that happened in Hawaii or in Idaho.
If the two quarterbacks are out, that would leave Grant Hedrick as the lone quarterback on the Boise roster. Hedrick replaced Southwick after Southwick suffered a broken ankle against Nevada on Oct. 19. He was able to return for senior day against New Mexico on Nov. 30 where he played the first possession before giving way to Hedrick.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Georgia's Aaron Murray is one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in the history of the SEC. He has thrown for more touchdown passes and yards than anyone in the history of the conference, but his final season was cut short when he tore his ACL on Nov. 23 against Kentucky.
To wish Murray well heading forward as he rehabs his knee in preparation for the NFL Draft, Murray was sent a note of encouragement from Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin.
— Aaron Murray (@aaronmurray11) December 20, 2013
The message is short and sweet, but it's a nice sentiment from Sumlin for a guy who has had a fantastic career.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
If you storm the field following your favorite SEC team's win, you're getting your school fined.
Though we can imagine that Missouri and Auburn are OK with it. Ole Miss? Maybe not so much.
The SEC announced Friday that it was fining the three schools after its fans had rushed the field following wins. Auburn and Missouri were fined $5,000 each while Ole Miss, as a repeat offender, was fined $25,000. The Rebels were fined after a field-rushing in 2012.
“These were some of the most exciting and intriguing games of the college football season and we understand the exuberance of our fans in the celebration of their schools’ victories, but these incidents pose a significant risk of injury and we must always make the health and safety of our student-athletes and fans the top priority,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said in the conference's release.