- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
There was lots of movement in the AP Poll after Week 5 and the Big 12 was the conference that profited from it.
The Big 12 has three teams in the top 10 of the latest AP Poll, released Sunday afternoon. TCU moved up a spot to No. 2, Baylor is at No. 3 from No. 5 a week ago and Oklahoma is now No. 10.
TCU and Baylor moved up because Michigan State struggled at home against Purdue. Despite the win, the Spartans fell to No. 4 from No. 2 a week ago. Ole Miss, which was tied with TCU at No. 3 last week, lost to Florida. The Rebels fell all the way to No. 14 while Florida moved to No. 11.
Ole Miss is also six spots behind Alabama, who moved up to No. 8 after beating Georgia on the road. The Rebels beat Alabama at Alabama two weeks ago. Did you expect the poll to make complete sense?
Here's how the top 25 looks in its entirety. The SEC also has three teams in the top 10.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Oklahoma State appeared to have gotten a gift in the second quarter of its 36-34 win over Kansas State.
Trailing 28-13, the Cowboys were apparently given a first down after a third-down conversion that came up short of the yard marker. How the heck did it happen? We'll attempt to explain it here.
The apparent mistake was first brought up by SB Nation's Bring on the Cats. Oklahoma State was penalized on first down for holding at the Kansas State 45. The penalty meant 1st and 20 from the OSU 45.
The next play was a sack for a seven-yard loss. On second down, Oklahoma State got four yards. So it was 3rd and 23. The third down play got 19 yards. You can see that 23-19 means there are four yards to go, right? Nope. OSU got a first down. Here's the entire sequence from the Fox Sports 1 broadcast:
This is what the play looks like from Oklahoma State's play-by-play. It's even confused.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
There would be no Clemsoning on this night.
On a rainy night at Memorial Stadium, the Tigers withstood a furious Notre Dame comeback to hold on to a 24-22 win – barely. No. 6 Notre Dame scored with seven seconds remaining, but Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer was stuffed on a game-tying two-point conversion attempt to seal an enormous victory for the 12th-ranked Tigers.
It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective. Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson didn't have his best game (11-of-22, 97 yards), but the steady sophomore tossed two touchdown passes and racked up 93 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Clemson got off to a fast start, jumping out to a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter, both on Watson touchdown passes – one to Jordan Leggett, another to Artavis Scott. Meanwhile, the Clemson defense would not allow Notre Dame to establish any sort of rhythm offensively.
The Irish could only muster a 46-yard Justin Yoon field goal, and went into halftime trailing 14-3.
Things got worse for Notre Dame to start the second half. C.J. Sanders fumbled the third quarter’s opening kickoff to set up a 21-yard Watson TD run to give the Tigers a commanding 21-3 lead.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Dr. Saturday16 hrs 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 a little more than 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-of-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. Saturday16 hrs 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 ejected from the game for targeting. Allen also connected with Damion Ratley on a 29-yard score.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday16 hrs 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. Saturday17 hrs 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. Saturday19 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. Saturday19 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. Saturday20 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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