- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday41 mins ago
As the final seconds ticked down on Colorado State’s 31-17 victory over rival Colorado, coach John McElwain grabbed running back Dee Hart and gave him a big hug.
Were it not for the play of Hart and fellow running back Treyous Jarrells, the Rams probably would have lost the game. Both players rushed for 100 yards in their first games with Colorado State – Hart had 139 yards and Jarrells had 121 — to give the Rams two 100-yard running backs in the same game for the first time since 1996.
What’s most shocking about the Rams running game on Friday was that it didn’t really come together until the beginning of August. Hart left the Alabama program after the bowl game, got into some trouble with the law, graduated and then found himself reunited with McElwain, who used to be the offensive coordinator for the Tide. Jarrells, a junior college transfer from Grossmont Community College in El Cajon, Calif., didn’t join the Rams until the end of the spring.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Florida International, apparently unhappy with the way the team has been covered, has barred Miami Herald writer David J. Neal from having a credential to Saturday's game.
Neal has been covering FIU since 2011. The Panthers play Bethune-Cookman, an FCS school, Saturday evening.
No explanation was given by FIU, but Neal’s access to FIU coaches and athletes had been dwindling for months, to the point where he was no longer permitted to attend football practice or conduct interviews. Last week, when Neal attempted to write a story on the FIU women’s soccer team, he was told no one was allowed to talk to him.
“It’s unprecedented for any local team to refuse to credential our beat reporter without reason,” Miami Herald Executive Editor Aminda Marqués Gonzalez said of the four pro and two college teams the Herald covers on a regular basis. “The team does not get to choose who covers the program.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Jeff Brohm’s head coaching debut was a gem.
Nearly seven months after being promoted from offensive coordinator when Bobby Petrino left Western Kentucky in January, Brohm’s Hilltoppers racked up a school record 702 yards of total offense in a 59-31 rout of Bowling Green, the defending MAC Champions.
Led by senior quarterback Brandon Doughty, the Hilltoppers came out quickly and put the Falcons’ defense on its heels. By the 8:36 mark of the second quarter, WKU was up 21-0 and at half-time it was 31-10.
In game one under new coach Dino Babers, the closest the Falcons would get in the second half was 14 points, but Doughty and company continued to pour it on as he threw for 569 yards, another school record, and six touchdowns while connecting with nine different receivers. Taywan Taylor led the receiving corp with 12 catches for 185 yards and a score.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Syracuse needed both a fake field goal and a stopped two-point conversion in double overtime to beat Villanova Friday night. And both of those plays came after a botched 25-yard field goal that would have won Villanova the game in regulation.
Facing a fourth-and-goal from the one with the game tied at 20, Syracuse went with the fake field goal pass and holder Riley Dixon hit Kendall Moore for the TD.
But Syracuse got the ball first in the second overtime. Villanova had a chance to tie or go for the win. After scoring a touchdown, Villanova went for the win. It didn't work, as the QB draw that had been so successful for John Robertson throughout the game got stuffed at the goal line.
And upon making the stop, Syracuse celebrated like it had won a bowl game. Mind you, the Orange did win a bowl game last year, beating Minnesota in the Texas Bowl. And Villanova is an FCS school. But when you escape, I guess you've got to breathe a big elated sigh of relief. Especially when you should have lost in regulation.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
On the eve of the opening game of his second season as Texas Tech head coach, Kliff Kingsbury has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in Lubbock through 2020.
The new agreement is a three-year extension that includes a salary bump up to $3.1 million in 2015. Kingsbury’s original contract, a five-year deal signed in 2012, was set to keep him with the program through 2017.
The school announced the agreement Friday night.
"There has never been a more exciting time within our football program than now," athletic director Kirby Hocutt said. "I am very proud of the program Coach Kingsbury is building and I know our fans are as well. We can't wait to kick off the season tomorrow night at Jones AT&T Stadium and are looking forward to a bright future."
Along with Kingsbury’s extension, the university also unveiled plans to build an indoor football facility, as well as a renovation project to the team’s current training facility.
“This is where I want to be and I couldn’t be happier,” Kingsbury said. “I can’t wait to take this thing to the next level.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Michigan State fifth-year senior running back Nick Hill matched his 2013 touchdown total with this videogame-like play during the second quarter.
Hill took the handoff from quarterback Connor Cook at the 17-yard line, blasted through the line, made one defender miss, pulled off a nice spin move and then broke another tackle to waltz into the end zone. It was definitely one of the more athletic touchdowns of the game (though the Spartans had a lot of athletic plays for scores).
Hill’s touchdown made the score 28-0. He also had an 8-yard rushing TD to make it 35-0. The two touchdowns matched Hill’s touchdown total of his entire career.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Syracuse QB Terrel Hunt was ejected from the Orange's game against Villanova in the second quarter for punching a Villanova player in the head.
Yes, it was a punch, and yes, it was on purpose. Here it is.
Hunt is clearly mad about the way he was tackled by Dillon Lucas and felt Lucas came in late on the play. However, it's no excuse to punch him. And that doesn't even take into account the fact that the umpire was right next to the play. It was an incredibly easy call.
It's a stupid mistake too. Hunt is a senior and was Syracuse's primary quarterback in 2013. It's bad enough when a freshman does something like this, but a senior leader? Hunt knows better, but he has to act like he knows better. He's the quarterback. Limit the dumb decisions to avoidable interceptions and self-inflicted sacks.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
A surprise was waiting for the Northern Illinois Huskies following a team meeting on Friday.
The new white uniforms with black numbers and letters with red trim will be worn when the Huskies take a trip east to square off with in-state rival Northwestern at Ryan Field next Saturday, September 6.
Two white helmets were also revealed along with the jerseys – one with the Husky logo and one with the “NIU” decal.
The players had great reactions as they turned the corner into the locker room to see the new jerseys, bringing to mind the awesome black uniform reveal for Ohio from 2011.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
When LSU opens its season against Wisconsin Saturday, sophomore Anthony Jennings will reportedly be under center.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune is reporting that Jennings edged out true freshman Brandon Harris to earn the start “after putting in a strong week of practice,” but Tigers head coach Les Miles indicated earlier this week that both Jennings and Harris will play in the neutral site contest at Houston’s NRG Stadium.
Jennings made his first career start in LSU’s Outback Bowl win against Iowa last season. He saw action in nine games overall, including when he came off the bench to lead the Tigers to a win over Arkansas when Zach Mettenberger went down with a knee injury late in the ball game.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Maryland announced Friday that WR Levern Jacobs and S A.J. Hendy were suspended for the entire 2014 season because of a violation of the school's student code of conduct.
“I have spoken with Levern and A.J. and expressed my disappointment with their actions,” Maryland coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. “They showed poor judgment and failed to uphold the standards of a student-athlete at the University of Maryland. Both Levern and A.J. were regretful and apologetic about their role in this incident and understand that their actions will not allow them to participate in the upcoming football season.”
According to the Washington Post, Jacobs was charged with second-degree assault last week for an incident that happened on July 19. LB Alex Twine was also charged with second-degree assault in connection with the same incident as Jacobs, however, he's not mentioned in the release.
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