- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday19 mins ago
Ohio State TE Jeff Heuerman ditched his No. 86 jersey for a different one against Navy.
With QB Braxton Miller out for the season with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, Heuerman wore No. 5 on Saturday.
He posted a picture of the jersey to his Twitter account on Saturday morning.
Last year, LB Ryan Shazier switched to No. 2 from No. 10 in October to honor Christian Bryant after Bryant broke his ankle. Shazier wore No. 2 for the rest of the season. No word if Heuerman will go back to his No. 86 after Saturday or keep wearing Miller's No. 5 for all of 2014.
In 2013, Heuerman had 26 catches for 466 yards and four touchdowns.
Unfortunately, Heuerman didn't put a bandage on the shoulder of his jersey to mimic the Braxton Miller mannequin at the Ohio State bookstore. After news that Miller was out for the season spread,someone put a bandage on the right shoulder (Miller's throwing shoulder) of the mannequin.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday26 mins ago
Penn State dominated the first half of the inaugural Croke Park Classic, but it let UCF hang around. It almost doomed the Nittany Lions, but senior kicker Sam Ficken came through in the clutch when it mattered most.
Ficken drilled a game-winning 36-yard field goal as time expired to give Penn State a dramatic 26-24 win over the Knights in Dublin, Ireland. It was Ficken’s fourth field goal of the day and it ensured that James Franklin’s first game as Penn State head coach was victorious.
Ficken’s kick capped off a drive that started with just 1:13 to go after UCF took a 24-23 lead on a 6-yard touchdown run by Knights quarterback Justin Holman, who came on in relief of struggling starter Pete DiNovo. The Penn State offense, led by sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg, was able to move its way up the field on a seven-play drive to set up Ficken’s heroics.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
The first Saturday of the 2014 college football season had an early start as Penn State and Central Florida kicked off at 8:30 a.m. ET at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, but before the game got underway, there was a fancy pregame ceremony.
Part of that ceremony included a delivery of two game balls – one from Penn State and another from UCF – by two skydivers. Things did not exactly go as planned.
Penn State’s skydiver had great execution and landed softly at the 45-yard line.
The skydiver representing UCF had a different approach – missing Croke Park completely.
In case you were wondering, the poor guy ended up landing safely on a local railroad.
Welcome to our unexpected visitor the #CrokeParkClassic parachutist who landed on the railway line behind Hill 16! Line clear now, no delays
The game started as planned, so we can assume that another game ball was located despite the minor mishap.
Penn State currently leads 20-17 in the fourth quarter.
For more UCF news, visit UCFSports.com.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday11 hrs 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. Saturday12 hrs 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. Saturday12 hrs 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. Saturday13 hrs 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. Saturday15 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. Saturday15 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. Michigan State went on to win the game 45-7.
For more Michigan State news, visit SpartanMag.com.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday15 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.