- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
There will be no 10-win season for Central Florida.
N.C. State scored twice in the third quarter to turn a 17-10 halftime lead into a 31-13 margin at the beginning of the fourth and held on for a 34-27 win in the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl.
Had UCF won, the Knights would have had at least 10 wins in each of the last three seasons. Instead, N.C. State got its eighth win of the season, the most the program has had since 2011.
The Wolfpack piled up 486 yards of offense on UCF's defense, which entered the game third in the country in total defense at 283 yards per game. The Knights couldn't stop N.C. State's passing attack, which picked up huge chunks of yardage. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett finished 15-of-26 passing for 262 yards and a touchdown.
Brissett, however, wasn't the only one who did damage throwing the ball. The Wolfpack's first score of the game came on a pass from running back Shadrach Thornton to receiver Jaylen Samuels for an 18-yard touchdown. And in the second half, Brissett caught a 20-yard pass from receiver Bo Hines.
Thornton finished with 96 yards rushing and Matt Dayes had 78 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
As San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh's future remains clouded and Michigan doesn't have a coach for 2015, the Wolverines are reportedly scheduled to speak with him over the weekend.
Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman reported Friday night that Michigan officials would be in the Bay area and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Michigan officials will meet with Harbaugh. Per The Wolverine,Michigan officials are there "with the intention of closing the deal" after San Francisco plays Arizona on Sunday.
#Michigan brass & search firm will be up in the Bay Area this weekend as part of the Jim Harbaugh pursuit, per source.Sun, Dec 281:25 PM PSTArizona at San FranciscoPreview Game
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
Howard running back Terrence Tusan was killed at a Denton, Texas, apartment complex on Sunday night.
He was shot along with 18-year-old Jakobi Dmon Gipson. According to the Denton Record-Chronicle, the two, along with a third person, are identified as suspects by police in a home invasion robbery at the apartment complex.
Denton police said officers received a 911 call reporting gunshots at 5:38 p.m. Sunday. Officers arrived minutes later to find two victims with with non-life-threatening injuries and two of the suspects — Tusan and Gipson — dead.
Gipson was shot inside the apartment and Tusan was shot outside. Two other people, the residents of the apartment, had non-life-threatening injuries and were treated and released from a local hospital. They have also moved out of the apartment. Per the Record-Chronicle, police haven't identified who shot whom.
On December 23, Howard University released a brief statement.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Duck Commander Independence Bowl Miami (6-6) vs. South Carolina (6-6) Shreveport, La. Dec 27, 2014
This is yet another bowl game between teams that fell short of expectations this season.
Miami has been rebuilding under coach Al Golden and has yet to progress to the level that fans expected when he was hired. In fact, the 6-6 season is his worst since his first campaign in 2011 when they were ineligible for the postseason.
South Carolina was picked to finish first in the SEC East, but was blasted by Texas A&M in the season opener and never fully recovered. The 6-6 campaign was the worst in coach Steve Spurrier’s tenure since 2007 when they didn’t qualify for a bowl game. Two of his teams have finished 7-6, but the last was in 2009. The Gamecocks have won 11 games in each of the last three seasons.
South Carolina will have its hands full with Miami’s top three offensive threats in quarterback Brad Kaaya, running back Duke Johnson and receiver Phillip Dorsett, who led the team with 31 catches for 826 yards and nine touchdowns.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Well, the Quick Lane Bowl went about as was expected for North Carolina's defense. It's just that the Tar Heel offense couldn't keep up with Rutgers' offense as the Scarlet Knights moved to 8-5 with a 40-21 win over UNC.
If you're looking for an encapsulation of North Carolina's day, just watch this GIF of Rutgers' extra point attempt after the Scarlet Knights' fourth touchdown of the game. Even when North Carolina looked like it was about to do something right it still went awry – make sure you watch the football that was most definitely not blocked.
Rutgers' quarterback Gary Nova finished with 184 yards passing and two touchdowns (and no interceptions) and opened the scoring with a touchdown pass to a wide-open Andre Patton from 34 yards out.
But it was the Rutgers ground attack that really gashed UNC. Rutgers finished with 340 yards rushing as Josh Hicks and Robert Martin both had 19 carries. Hicks piled up 202 yards and a touchdown while Martin finished with 100 yards and two scores.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Three days after it was reported that Pitt was close to a deal with its next head coach, the school made the hire official.
Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi was introduced as the Panthers’ head coach at a press conference on Friday afternoon. Narduzzi, who has been the defensive coordinator for the Spartans since 2007, takes over for Paul Chryst, who left to be the head coach at Wisconsin last week.
Narduzzi has produced a top 10 defense nationally with Michigan State over the last four seasons, including a Spartans team that was No. 7 in the country this season in total defense. Additionally, Narduzzi was the winner of the 2013 Broyles Award, which is given to the nation’s top assistant coach.
“Our goal was not only to find the best football coach but also a person who would uphold the values and mission of the University of Pittsburgh. In Pat Narduzzi we have found that person,” said Dr. Randy Juhl, Pitt’s acting athletic director.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Rutgers players and staff members sported NYPD hats on the sidelines during Friday's Quick Lane Bowl.
The hats were in support of the two fallen officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were shot and killed on Saturday by a man whoapparently wanted revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Coach Kyle Flood wore a patch on his shirt earlier in the week. From NJ.com:
"I'm the proud sibling of a sergeant on the NYPD,'' Flood said. "My brother’s been a member of the force for the last 23 years. He's a sergeant in what they call Emergency Service Unit. They've gone through a tough time over the last week. I thought it was important for me as a family member, for my grandfather who was a member of the NYPD, (for) my uncle, my brother and three of my cousins ... my family is really intertwined with that organization and we live under their protection.
"So I wanted to support them in whatever way I could.''
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Whether it was penalties, turnovers or missed field goals, Illinois just could not get out of its own way against Louisiana Tech in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
Those miscues, coupled with a solid all-around performance on both sides of the ball from the Bulldogs, led to a 35-18 Tech win on a rainy day at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
Junior tailback Kenneth Dixon had a big day for the Bulldogs, running for 63 yards and a touchdown while also catching four passes for 79 yards and another score. Quarterback Cody Sokol overcame a slow start to throw for 247 yards and lead the Bulldogs to a win.
The real star of the day, however, was defensive end Houston Bates. Bates, a fifth-year senior, transferred from Illinois to La. Tech to be closer to home and he turned in an insane performance – seven tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks – against his former team.
The Illini racked up yards in bunches in the first half, but didn’t have much to show for it on the scoreboard – mainly due to eight penalties. A defensive holding penalty on a La. Tech fourth-and-one set up the Bulldogs’ first score of the game, a Jarred Craft 15-yard run that gave the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze has not made a decision regarding the status of recent junior college signee Chad Kelly.
Kelly, a former Clemson quarterback who signed with the Rebels on Dec. 17 after a season at East Mississippi Community College, was arrested on multiple misdemeanor charges for an incident outside a bar in Buffalo, New York. Kelly has a court date scheduled for Jan. 5. Freeze said he won’t decide whether or not Kelly will be a part of the program until after that court appearance.
"It's like I tell him everyday when he's calling and texting me, 'I'll deal with you when I get ready to deal with you,'" Freeze said, per RebelGrove.com. "That will be after I gather everything and see what the court date on Jan. 5 and what happens with that.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Unsurprisingly, Georgia RB Todd Gurley is turning pro.
Georgia coach Mark Richt said Friday that Gurley would be "moving on" from the school in 2015.
Todd Gurley is turning pro, Mark Richt confirms. "He'll be moving on."
Gurley will not play in Georgia's game against Louisville in the Belk Bowl because of a torn ACL he suffered against Auburn on Nov. 16. The game against Auburn, where Gurley had 29 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown before suffering the injury, was his first game back from an NCAA suspension for being compensated for his autograph.
He missed four games for the suspension after the NCAA said Gurley received more than $3,000 over a span of two years for autographs. When Georgia first received word that Gurley was compensated for his autograph, it immediately declared him inelgible for the Bulldogs' game against Missouri. In announcing Gurley's suspension, the NCAA said Gurley avoided more missed games because of the way Georgia swiftly handled the case.