- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday45 mins ago
Missouri is going back to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game.
The Tigers gave Arkansas a dose of its own medicine in the fourth quarter Friday in a comeback 21-14 win that sealed Missouri's second-straight SEC title game appearance.
After tying the game at 14-14 early in the fourth, Missouri got the ball back with 10:42 left in the game at its own 15-yard-line. The Tigers marched down the field with just one pass play – and it was incomplete. Thanks to a five-yard penalty, Missouri had 11 carries for 90 yards, the last of which was a 12-yard run by Marcus Murphy for the winning touchdown.
Missouri finished the game with 158 rushing yards.
Arkansas' chance to tie was given second life on a 4th-and-8 after the Razorbacks committed a false start penalty. Missouri DE Shane Ray apparently didn't hit the whistle and hit QB Brandon Allen, who was struggling with a back injury he suffered last week against Ole Miss. Ray was flagged for roughness and the penalty gave Arkansas a first down.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Mark Snyder has been fired as Texas A&M defensive coordinator, head coach Kevin Sumlin announced on Friday.
The move comes a day after the Aggies ended their regular season with a 23-17 loss to LSU to end Snyder’s third regular season as defensive coordinator. The loss, in which LSU ran for 384 yards, dropped the team’s regular season record to 7-5 after starting the year 5-0.
Sumlin announced that linebackers coach Mark Hagan will serve as the team’s interim coordinator in a bowl game.
“Mark is an outstanding coach and an even better person, but he understands the production needed to be better on the defensive side of the football,” Sumlin said in a statement. “We wish he and his family all of the best moving forward.”
Entering Week 14, the Aggies’ defense was ranked No. 77 nationally, allowing 27.7 points per game. Snyder’s defense allowed 445.2 yards per game, ranking last in the SEC.
“I appreciate the opportunity Kevin Sumlin gave me to come to Texas A&M and to work on his staff,” Snyder said in a statement. “I have been in the business for a while now and understand it is a production-based business.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
The college football regular season is almost over and there’s still so much to be decided.
Welcome to rivalry week.
There are several pivotal games his weekend which will determine division champions and possibly spots in the College Football Playoff.
While a handful of games were played on Friday that had conference race implications, there are several big games Saturday, especially in the SEC, which could have a profound effect on the playoff rankings.
Here’s what to watch in Week 14:
Game of the week: No. 15 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama, 7:45 p.m. ET It would be ridiculous to think the drama of last year’s Iron Bowl could repeat itself, but this game — just like last year — has national championship implications. If Alabama wins, the Tide will probably notch the top spot in the College Football Playoff. If it loses, it could fall out of the playoff rankings altogether. Auburn has been out of the playoff race for a few weeks, but would like nothing more than to play spoilers to their rivals for the second consecutive year. Look for this game to have some scoring, especially with Auburn's porous defense.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
It seemed like Nebraska flipped a switch late in the third quarter.
The Huskers struggled on offense for much of the day but scored 31 of the game’s final 41 points to register a come-from-behind, overtime 37-34 victory over Iowa in Iowa City.
Everything was going wrong for Bo Pelini’s team for the first 32 minutes of play. Tommy Armstrong was intercepted twice (one returned for a touchdown), punter Sam Foltz kicked the ball off his own teammate and it was returned for a touchdown by Iowa, and Drew Brown had a 27-yard field goal blocked.
So when the Huskers regained possession down 24-7 with 3:19 to go in the third quarter, they needed a score in the worst way. Quickly the switch was flipped and the Huskers scored on a five-play, 64-yard drive that culminated in a 34-yard Armstrong touchdown pass to Taariq Allen.
An excellent De’Mornay Pierson-El punt return set up Nebraska’s next score a few minutes later – a 32-yard connection between Armstrong and Kenny Bell.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
There will be no more debate about Marshall's place in the College Football Playoff rankings.
The Thundering Herd's bid for an undefeated season disappeared Friday at home after Western Kentucky went for a two-point conversion and the win in overtime and successfully converted it for a 67-66 victory.
Marshall scored on its second play of overtime with a 25-yard pass from Rakeem Cato to Hyleck Foster. Then, on WKU's second play of overtime, Brandon Doughty threw his eighth touchdown pass of the game to Jared Dangerfield. Yes, we said eighth.
Instead of going for the game-tying PAT to head to a second overtime, WKU, at 6-5 entering the game, went for the win. And it was a successful try. WKU lined up on the left hash and Doughty rolled to his right and hit Willie McNeal on the right side of the end zone for the win.
Thanks to three early interceptions by Cato, Western Kentucky stormed out to an early lead. All three interceptions turned into WKU touchdowns and after the first quarter the Hilltoppers led 28-21. At halftime, the lead was 49-42, three points short of the record for combined points in a half.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Down 17-7 to Iowa midway through the third quarter, Nebraska conducted a clinic on how not to execute a punt.
First, punter Sam Foltz dropped a perfect snap. He was able to collect the ball off the turf, but as he got off a punt, he kicked the ball directly off the backside of one of his blockers – No. 72 Zach Hannon, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound lineman.
As Foltz took a big hit, the ball deflected high in the air and flew 15 yards backwards. It took a nice hop for the Hawkeyes and 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive lineman Drew Ott scooped up the loose ball for an Iowa touchdown.
Since he kicked the ball off a teammate and it wasn’t technically blocked by Iowa, Foltz’s gaffe went down in the box score as a negative 31-yard punt and a 12-yard return for Ott.
Things would get better for the Huskers later on in the ballgame. Nebraska rallied to score 31 of the game's final 41 points to win 37-34 in overtime.
For more Nebraska news, visit HuskerOnline.com.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Trailing 23-17 in the fourth quarter on Thursday, Texas A&M got the ball with 2:07 left to potentially score a game-winning touchdown.
On 3rd-and-10 from A&M's 49, Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen apparently thought he had a free play because of LSU DL Sione Teuhema's movement towards the offensive line. So Allen threw the ball deep and was intercepted by LSU's Jalen Collins.
However, no flag was thrown. Teuhema's helmet looks like it was offside, though it's close.
Allen was stunned.
LSU simply had to run the clock out for the win. The loss drops Texas A&M to 7-5 and 3-5 in the SEC and means the Aggies will finish sixth in the SEC West. LSU improved to 8-4 and at 4-4 in the SEC, could finish as high as a tie for third depending on what happens Saturday with Auburn and Ole Miss.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
TCU needed to make a statement in its final game against a worthwhile opponent and it didn’t disappoint.
The Horned Frogs thrashed Texas 48-10 and did its best to make a case for a spot in the top 4 of the College Football Playoff.
Of course, there’s still one more game to play — TCU will finish the season next week at home against Iowa State — but Thursday’s game marked the last quality matchup on the Horned Frogs' regular-season schedule. While Texas struggled early in the season, it came into Thursday's game winners of three straight and bowl eligible. Texas’ defense ranked second in the Big 12 in total defense and first in scoring defense, allowing just 21 points per game.
But it was the TCU defense that took center stage on Thursday. It forced six turnovers, which the Horned Frogs converted into 31 points. It was the most turnovers for the Longhorns since committing six against Baylor on Dec. 3, 2011.
Now, TCU gets to sit back and watch the teams ahead of it try to keep pace.
Most of the teams ahead of the Horned Frogs have tough matchups this weekend, including the Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn, and the Egg Bowl between Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
LSU freshman running back Leonard Fournette hit the truckstick button on his controller en route to a touchdown Thursday night against Texas A&M.
Fournette burst through the line and absolutely bowled over A&M defensive back Howard Matthews on a 22-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
It's a hit that makes you feel sorry for Matthews.
The touchdown tied the game at 7-7 in the second quarter. It was Fournette's team-leading eighth touchdown of the season.
Earlier in the game, LSU fumbled on third down and was forced to punt after recovering the fumble and failing to get a first down. However, an official blew a whistle just after center Ethan Pocic recovered the ball. Because of Rule 4.1.2.b.1, LSU had the option to replay the down because of the inadvertent whistle. However, the Tigers didn't score on the drive and were forced to eventually punt.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
The family of Ohio State defensive tackle Kosta Karageorge says the player has been missing since Wednesday.
He hasn't been heard from since he left his apartment in the morning. He told his family he was taking a walk at approximately 2 a.m.
“He had some extenuating circumstances that night that lead us to believe he was upset,” she said.
Columbus police confirmed they are looking for Karageorge, but detectives were not available for comment.
According to Sophia Karageorge, police later traced his phone through GPS to W. 3rd and Elmwood avenues in Grandview Heights, but have not recovered the phone.
Karageorge, 22, is a member of the wrestling team as well and is a walk-on on the football team. He's set to be recognized at Senior Day on Saturday against Michigan, but hasn't been at practice on Wednesday or Thursday, according to his sister.