- Yahoo Sports Staff at Dr. Saturday30 mins ago
It seems we were a bit premature in considering UCLA the favorite in the Pac-12 South.
A week after throttling Arizona on the road, the Bruins hosted Arizona State, a team that lost convincingly at home to USC in Week 4. And guess what? Arizona State jumped out to a three-possession lead in the second half and held on for a 38-23 win over the No. 7 Bruins.
UCLA pulled within six points at 29-23 and took an intentional safety when forced to punt deep in its own territory with just over four minutes to go. Coach Jim Mora figured it was a better bet to give ASU a longer field and make the Sun Devils punt. Instead, Arizona State marched down the field and scored a touchdown on this play by running back Kalen Ballage, which aptly summed up UCLA's night.
Freshman quarterback Josh Rosen's statline wasn't bad; he finished 22-40 passing for 280 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. But the Arizona State defense, which had not been anything special through the first month of the season, stopped the UCLA run game. The Bruins had just 62 yards on the ground.
- Kyle Ringo at Dr. Saturday30 mins ago
Fueled by an opportunistic defense, a strong performance from sophomore quarterback Kyle Allen and more than 104,000 fans, No. 14 Texas A&M earned its first home SEC victory since 2013 Saturday night overwhelming No. 21 Mississippi State.
Allen outshined his counterpart, Dak Prescott, who struggled finding time and room to operate most of the night against the swarming Texas A&M defense led by defensive end Myles Garrett. The Aggies never trailed in the 30-17 win.
A week after his defense allowed more than 200 rushing yards to Arkansas, defensive coordinator John Chavis had his unit pressuring Prescott throughout the first half and well into the second until Prescott chose to become more of a running threat. Mississippi State didn't help itself with a pair of fumbles when the offense was moving the chains.
Allen threw a pair of first-quarter touchdown passes. The first went to Ricky Seals-Jones, who was later jected from the game for targeting. Allen also connected with Damion Ratley on a 29-yard score.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
The Leonard Fournette show marches on.
Fournette, LSU’s sophomore running back, became the first player in SEC history to rush for 200 yards in three consecutive games in the ninth-ranked Tigers 44-22 home win over Eastern Michigan.
This time out, Fournette racked up 235 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries, scoring on runs of three, 75 and 11 yards.
This game was supposed to be an easy one for the Tigers, but Eastern Michigan hung around. In fact, LSU’s lead was just eight, 30-22, to begin the fourth quarter. But thanks to Fournette, any uneasiness the Tigers felt with their narrow lead did not last long. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound sophomore’s third score of the game came early in the fourth quarter, pretty much sealing the win for the Tigers.
Fournette’s 235 yards were part of a huge LSU rushing attack that totaled 399 total yards.
Another huge performance keeps Fournette atop the early Heisman Trophy leaderboard. Through four games, he has 866 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Fournette’s next victim? South Carolina.
Good luck, Gamecocks.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Ole Miss' run at the top of the SEC West didn't last very long. And Florida's run at the top of the SEC East this season may be just beginning.
The Gators defense stifled the Rebels offense and forced four turnovers as Florida won 38-10 to topple the No. 3 team in the country.
And while Florida's defense was good, it got some assistance from an offense that's looked anemic at times. Quarterback Will Grier, who started despite having the flu, was 17-of-20 passing for 229 yards and four touchdowns while Kelvin Taylor averaged nearly five yards a carry rushing.
Ole Miss' chances for a win took a big nosedive after a missed field goal while trailing 13-0. The Gators had scored touchdowns on two of their first three possessions and the Rebels had a chance to make it a 10-point game. But Gary Wunderlich's 29-yard field goal was wide right and two possessions later, Florida made it a three-score game with a 77-yard pass from Grier to Brandon Powell.
It might as well have been six possessions at that point. Ole Miss' offense, led by juco transfer quarterback Chad Kelly, was prolific through the first four games. But it was below average Saturday night.
- Kyle Ringo at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Oklahoma State's Ben Grogan kicked the game-winner in the final minute for the second week in a row Saturday to beat Kansas State 36-34, moving the No. 20 Cowboys to 5-0.
OSU quarterback Mason Rudolph deftly guided the Cowboys down the field to get Grogan in position for the game-winner after Kansas State scored a go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Rudolph passed for 437 yards and three touchdowns and led his team to victory, but it might not have been the most impressive performance by a signal caller in this one.
If it wasn't clear already from a lot of success over a lengthy career, Saturday provided more evidence that Kansas State co-offensive coordinator Del Miller knows how to coach quarterbacks and get guys ready to play.
Joe Hubener started the game for the Wildcats on Saturday but took a nasty shot on the first drive and went to the bench. With Alex Delton and Jesse Ertz out with previous injuries and Jonathan Banks out sick, Miller and KSU coach Bill Snyder called on their fifth option under center, wide receiver Kody Cook.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Top-ranked Ohio State survived another scare Saturday, in large part due to the rushing prowess of Ezekiel Elliott.
Elliott reeled off second-half touchdown runs of 55, 65 and 75 yards to help the Buckeyes outlast Indiana, 34-27. Elliott finished the day with 274 yards on 23 carries to go with his three touchdowns.
The game wasn’t decided until the final play when Indiana quarterback Zander Diamont’s fourth-and-goal pass fell incomplete after an errant snap doomed the play from the start.
The big plays that defined the second half were a huge contrast from the first half, which was largely a defensive struggle. Indiana, playing in front of its first sold-out home crowd since 2010, jumped out to a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter.
The Buckeyes managed to cut the lead to 10-6 at halftime, before Elliott began to steal the show.
With Cardale Jones and the OSU passing game struggling, Elliott’s first touchdown run of the game gave the Buckeyes some life and their first lead, 13-10, midway through the third. And when it looked like the Buckeyes would begin to pull away on their next drive, Jones threw an interception in the red zone.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
In the second quarter of a Division III football game between Ithaca and Utica, Ithaca’s Skyler Kauf had one of the more unique interceptions we’ve ever seen.
Utica’s Alex DeRusso went up to haul in a pass but juggled the ball as he fell to the ground. The ball somehow popped out and as DeRusso turned onto his knees, the ball improbably rested on his back for Kauf to easily snag.
You don’t see that every day.
The crazy interception gave the Bombers great field position, but they could not capitalize.
Utica went on to win the game 30-27, giving the 17th-ranked Bombers their first loss of the season.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Reports of Alabama football's demise were extremely premature.
The Tide started the week as an underdog at sports books for the first time since 2009. Alabama definitely did not look like an underdog on Saturday against Georgia. In the midst of a driving rainstorm, Alabama controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and got some help from special teams in a 38-10 rout over Georgia in Athens.
The special teams' help started the rout. After forcing Georgia into its third straight three-and-out in the second quarter, freshman defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick came in unblocked on a punt and not only blocked the punt but scooped the ball up for a touchdown and a 17-3 lead. Following another Georgia punt, quarterback Jacob Coker hit freshman receiver Calvin Ridley for a 45-yard touchdown on Alabama's first offensive play of the series. The score at halftime was 24-3 and Georgia was shellshocked.
Perhaps non-coincidentally, Alabama running back Derrick Henry got his most work of the season. Henry, who had 67 carries through Alabama's first four games, had 26 carries against Georgia and ran for 148 yards. It was an average of 5.7 per carry.
- Kyle Ringo at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Florida State running back Dalvin Cook ripped off the third longest run in Seminoles' history Saturday in the first quarter, scoring from 94 yards out.
But he left FSU's 24-16 win at Wake Forest a short time later after catching a pass out of the backfield and appearing to pull up lame as he ran out of bounds. Florida State announced the sophomore from Miami would not returnand he was later seen out of uniform on the sideline.
Fellow sophomore Johnathan Vickers replaced Cook, who some were touting as a Heisman candidate entering the season. Vickers scored a touchdown in the second quarter.
Losing Cook for any length of time is a blow for the Seminoles not only because of his considerable ability, as his 94-yard score demonstrated, but also because the team already is without his backup Mario Pender, who is out indefinitely after suffering a collapsed lunglast week.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Louisiana-Monroe announced Saturday that quarterback Daniel Fitzwater died. He was 20.
Fitzwater died early Saturday, according to the school. The cause of his death is unknown. He transferred to Louisiana-Monroe before the 2015 season.
“The coaching staff and team are deeply saddened by the loss of a great person in Daniel. Our thoughts and prayers are with Daniel’s family,” Louisiana-Monroe coach Todd Berry said in a statement.
Fitzwater suffered a knee injury during practice and was set to miss the 2015 season. Before transferring to ULM, he played at Copiah Lincoln Community College for two seasons. He had 44 total touchdowns in those years.
He went to high school at Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana. His coach at the high school told the Shreveport Times that Fitzwater was an "all-American guy."
“He was an all-American guy,” Calvary head coach John Bachman told the Shreveport Times.
“He was talented, smart as a whip and confident in who he was. He loved his family and loved his teammates. It’s just hard to fathom.”