- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
The 2014 season will be the last for Bobby Hauck at UNLV.
Hauck will announce his resignation on Monday after coaching the Rebels against Nevada at home on Saturday night, UNLV athletic director Tina Kinzer-Murphy announced Friday.
“Bobby Hauck submitted his resignation, effective Monday, and I have accepted it,” Kunzer-Murphy said. “No one has worked harder in trying to achieve consistent success with our football program than Coach Hauck and we thank him for his dedication and leadership. He and his staff have worked tirelessly in trying to achieve the results we all want to see but it unfortunately has not happened. We wish Bobby and his family the very best in their future endeavors.”
Hauck is finishing his fifth year with the program and had two years remaining on his contract. Heading into Saturday’s game, Hauck has a 15-48 overall record with the program.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
All UCLA had to do on Friday to advance to the Pac-12 Championship Game was win.
Instead, it laid an egg.
The eighth-ranked Bruins were destroyed at home, 31-10, by an average Stanford team with five losses. The loss put an end to the UCLA’s chance for a conference championship and closed the book on its chance to earn a spot in the College Football Playoff.
After jumping out to an early lead on a Brett Hundley touchdown pass, the Cardinal pretty much dominated the game the rest of the way. Stanford used a balanced attack of run and pass and controlled the ball for 37:49 compared to 22:11 for the Bruins.
The Cardinal tied the game at 7-7 via a Remound Wright touchdown run midway through the first quarter. UCLA responded with a 42-yard field goal from Ka’imi Fairbairn early in the second. From then on out, it was all Stanford.
Senior quarterback Kevin Hogan threw two touchdown passes late in the first half – a 22-yarder to Michael Rector and a 37-yarder to Devon Cajuste with 37 seconds left in the half – to give the Cardinal a 21-10 halftime lead.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
A 4-6 week makes it 55-74-1 on the season. .500 is not happening this season.
Georgia Tech (+12) at Georgia, Noon ET: Seven spots in the College Football Playoff rankings plus homefield advantage equals 12 points for Georgia, apparently. While Tech's big game is next weekend, you don't overlook a rivalry game and the Yellow Jackets' triple option keeps this one close. Also, the difference in the number of passes between Georgia's Hutson Mason and Georgia Tech's Justin Thomas may not be all that large.
Illinois (+8) at Northwestern, Noon ET: It's a battle for bowl eligibility. Say what you want about some of Tim Beckman's statements this year but last week's game against Penn State proved the Illini haven't given up on Beckman this year. Yeah, Northwestern's blowout against Purdue last week looks good, but this game is decided by a late score.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
The Arizona-Oregon rematch you didn’t know you wanted is now a certainty.
Arizona’s 42-35 win against rival Arizona State, coupled with UCLA’s improbable loss to Stanford, makes the Wildcats Pac-12 South champions. They earned the right to face the Ducks in next week’s conference title game.
Arizona defeated Oregon 31-24 on Oct. 2, the Ducks only loss this season.
Now the Ducks will have a chance for revenge and a chance to solidify their place in the College Football Playoff. If Arizona were to win, the Pac-12 would probably miss out on the playoff since all of its teams will have at least two losses.
Friday’s Territorial Cup between Arizona and Arizona State was a wild one, which was ultimately sealed on a Wildcat defensive stand late in the fourth quarter. The teams essentially traded touchdowns in the first half and went into halftime tied at 21. But in the second half, Arizona held a 35-21 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs 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. Saturday7 hrs 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. Saturday7 hrs 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. Saturday8 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. Saturday9 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. Saturday10 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.
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