- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday50 mins ago
Things have not gone well early for Pittsburgh during Saturday’s game against ACC Coastal rival Georgia Tech.
Less than 6 minutes into the contest, Pitt found itself trailing 28-0.
Yes, you read that right.
How did that happen? Well, Pitt fumbled the ball on each of its five first-half possessions and the Yellow Jackets turned the first four of those fumbles into eventual touchdowns.
In fact, Pitt only ran six plays during its first four possessions.
The first fumble was by QB Chad Voytik on a run.
The second was a 74-yard run by RB James Conner that looked to be a touchdown. But Conner fumbled before the end zone.
The third was an Isaac Bennett fumble after a handoff.
The fourth was a bad snap.
That’s wasn't exactly the start the Panthers were hoping for as they’re trying to chase Duke down in the Coastal Division.
Meanwhile, Georgia Tech is on a two-game losing streak after winning its first five. It couldn’t have asked for a better start.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
After overcoming an early deficit, it looked like Minnesota was going to survive on the road at Illinois to remain unbeaten in the Big Ten, but the Fighting Illini did not go down quietly.
Up 24-21 midway through the fourth quarter, Minnesota standout running back David Cobb (22 rushes, 118 yards, 2 TDs) took a handoff off right tackle and looked up field, only to be stripped by Illinois linebacker T.J. Neal. Illini cornerback V’Angelo Bentley was there to scoop up the fumble and return it for a touchdown. Bentley’s scoop and score gave Illinois a 28-24 lead – a lead it would not relinquish.
The big play from Neal and Bentley capped off an impressive effort for the Illini defense that held the vaunted Gophers rushing attack to just 171 yards on 4.2 yards per carry. After Bentley’s touchdown, Minnesota reached the Illini 26-yard line, but Illinois’ defense stiffened and stopped the Gophers from scoring.
With backup Reilly O’Toole (118 yards passing, 59 yards rushing, 2 total TDs) making his second consecutive start at quarterback, the Illini got off to a great start, reaching the end zone on two of its first three drives en route to a 14-3 halftime lead.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
There aren’t many people in the state of Michigan who want Brady Hoke to keep his job as the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines, but it appears that Michigan State fans certainly do.
Before today’s kickoff in East Lansing between the in-state rivals, a plane was spotted flying around with a banner that reads: “U OF M – KEEP BRADY HOKE – PLZZZ.”
So, this is flying over Spartan stadium. pic.twitter.com/KZlouM7McI
I’d assume that some Michigan State fans are behind this funny stunt. Coming off last season’s Big Ten title, the Spartans, currently ranked No. 8, are riding high. Meanwhile, Michigan has stumbled to a 3-3 start heading into Saturday’s game and fans having been clamoring for Hoke to lose his job.
Maybe this is a bit of revenge for Michigan paying for planes to skywrite “Go Blue” in East Lansing last September.
Yep. Go Blue. Above Spartan Stadium. @ pic.twitter.com/j0osLyrXss
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
An offensive lineman getting a touchdown in a goal-to-go situation is always fun. But when an offensive lineman throws a touchdown? That's just bonkers.
Against UAB on Saturday, Arkansas offensive guard Sebastian Tretola motioned into the backfield and threw an impressive touchdown pass off his back foot to Alan D'Appollonio for a 28-0 lead in the second quarter.
We can't decide what was better: The spiral with great touch as he was moving backwards, or Tretola's composure in the face of pressure. Sure, an offensive lineman is going to be hard to tackle, but it's not like a guard gets much game experience throwing a football with defenders rushing towards him.
And did you notice where D'Appollonio started the play? He snapped the ball.
Bielema on trick play: "We try to design something that makes as little sense as possible." Mission accomplished, I'd say.
It's a great play, and it's one a team can have some fun with while leading by three scores. You just know that Arkansas coach Bret Bielema had been anxiously waiting for the opportunity to get one of his offensive linemen some glory.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota threw for 326 yards and five touchdowns as Oregon beat Cal 59-41 at Levi's Stadium on Friday night.
Cal's defense entered the game 120th in scoring defense and simply couldn't stop Oregon, even as it forced Mariota into his first interception of the year.
The interception happened with Oregon driving for a touchdown with less than two minutes to go in the second quarter and a 31-28 lead. The ball was deflected before it got to Mariota's intended receiver and Stefan McClure came down with it in the end zone.
On its previous possession, Cal had pulled to within a field goal of the Ducks. Best case, Cal could take the lead before halftime after the interception. Or it could tie with a field goal. The Bears did neither.
Cal went three-and-out and gave the ball back to Mariota and the Oregon offense. Oregon scored three plays later as Mariota threw a 24-yard touchdown to Dwayne Stanford with 48 seconds left in the half. Any thoughts of an upset were quickly extinguished.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Maryland's Board of Regents voted Friday to tie performance bonuses of coaches at the school to its teams Academic Progress Rate, or APR.
APR is the annual NCAA measurement of academics. While the NCAA uses both single-year and multi-year APR scores -- and can penalize teams for failing to meet certain thresholds -- only the one-year scores are expected to count towards bonuses,per the Baltimore Sun.
Under the new policy, if Maryland teams don't have sufficient APR scores, the coaches can be denied their bonuses.
"I think this is another step for Maryland to be in the vanguard on issues of intercollegiate athletics," Board of Regents member and former U.S. Rep. Tom McMillen told the Sun."They were a leader on guaranteed scholarships and now they are a leader in academic accountability."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Oklahoma State has dismissed freshman CB Juwan Offray after he an a teammate were found asleep in a Whataburger drive-thru Sunday morning.
The news of Offray's dismissal was first reported by OColly.com. The site cited a source that said the Whataburger incident was not the first time Offray had been in trouble with the team.OStateIllustrated.com confirmed the report of Offray's dismissal.
Offray and WR Jhajuan Seales were arrested after they were approached by police at about 4 a.m. Both players, according to a police report, “seemed very lethargic and confused” and “their eyes were red and watery with a glassy appearance." Police said they smelled an odor of alcohol when the doors to the vehicle were opened.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Former Michigan wide receiver Csont’e York was sent to jail Friday to serve a seven-day term after being convicted on two misdemeanor assault convictions.
In an incident that took place July 18 outside an Ann Arbor bar, York knocked a man unconscious with a punch and broke his jaw. York pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and assault and battery on Sept. 22.
According to the Detroit Free-Press, the victim did not request jail time for York, but Judge Elizabeth Pollard Hines sentenced York to a week of incarceration.
"I feel very strongly that some jail term is appropriate to hold you accountable so you can reflect on your actions and see that your behavior will not be tolerated," Hines said.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Minnesota's specialists have a great sense of humor. And yes, a Twitter account too.
Its long snappers, kickers and punters created the @MinnSpecialists account earlier in October. Thursday, they showed a picture of the day's practice "schedule."
Today's specialist practice schedule: pic.twitter.com/nD6RwEA13Q
It's great. We also appreciate the devotion to curls. Curls in the weight room serve many purposes. Not only are curls for the girls, but big biceps can help dispel any weak kicker stereotypes. You don't mess with a kicker with guns.
The account is two weeks old and it's already fantastic. Last week, K Ryan Santoso kicked a 52-yard field goal that ended up being the winning points in a 39-38 win over Purdue. It probably helped with his recognition for fan autographs.
When you're trying to hug bae, but she's not feeling it... pic.twitter.com/t2kK25Qcgh
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Well, no getting above .500 last week. But we got to it. A 5-5 week runs our record to 31-48-1. The goal now is to make a comeback and get to .500 for the rest of the year. Let's do this.
Oregon (-17) at Cal, 10 p.m. ET (FRIDAY): While this game is listed at Cal, it's actually being played at Levi's Stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers. Cal is 120th in the country in scoring defense. While the Cal offense puts up points (10th in the country), it's not going to be enough to keep up with Oregon. The Ducks will cruise. (It's also worth noting this game has the highest over/under of the weekend at 79)
Minnesota (-5.5) at Illinois, Noon ET: If the Gophers are legitimate contenders for the Big Ten West, this is a game that they can't lose. Minnesota's offense is incredibly one-dimensional. However, Illinois can't defend that dimension. The Illini give up 5.26 yards per carry while Minnesota is 27th in the country with over 222 rushing yards a game. The Gophers control the ball and the game.