- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Kansas State has only itself to blame.
Hosting the highest ranked nonconference opponent since 1969, the Wildcats had a golden opportunity to knock off Auburn, the national championship runner-up, and couldn’t get out of their own way.
The Wildcats left 10 points on the field in the first quarter by throwing an interception in the end zone and missing a field goal. It gifted Auburn a field goal by fumbling the ball at their own 21-yard line.
The Wildcats went on to throw an interception that Auburn turned into points, miss two other field goals, including one from 22 yards out in the third quarter, and Auburn ultimately escaped with a 20-14 win.
It shouldn’t have gone that way. The Kansas State defense played about as well as a defense could play to keep the high-power Auburn offense at bay and give the Wildcats the upset. But the defense could only do so much after the offense continued to come up empty.
By the time the Kansas State offense really got rolling, there were less than 4 minutes remaining in the game and by that point, it was too late. Auburn converted first downs, including a 39-yard pass from quarterback Nick Marshall to D’haquille Williams to seal the victory.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
UCLA opens its Pac-12 play against Arizona State next weekend and coach Jim Mora is already being coy with his information.
Quarterback Brett Hundley left last weekend’s game against Texas with an elbow injury, but UCLA has been stingy with the details of that injury and what Hundley’s status would be for the game against the Sun Devils.
“They work every day with our incredible medical staff to get back out there as quick as they can and when they’re ready to go they put them back out there and they go. So, that’s about it,” Mora said when asked about his injured players.
Mora was even coy about his backup quarterback.
After Hundley was injured in the first quarter, Jerry Neuheisel stepped in admirably and led the Bruins to a 20-17 win. He even threw a game-winning touchdown pass and was carried off the field on the shoulders of his teammates. Still, Mora wouldn’t commit to anything.
“Just because Jerry went into that game doesn’t mean he’s our backup quarterback. We’ve never determined who’s No. 2, 3, 4. We’ve got a whole bunch of guys. Next time it could be (redshirt freshman) Asiantii (Woulard). Heck, Asiantii could start the Arizona State game, who knows?"
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
"I have submitted my resignation to Coach (Kliff) Kingsbury effective immediately because I want the best for the Red Raider program, and this will allow them to go in a different direction on defense," Wallerstedt said in a statement. "I love our players and this school and have only their best interest in my heart and mind. I wish Coach Kingsbury every success this season."
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Several Cincinnati football players have been disciplined by head coach Tommy Tuberville stemming from an incident at an off-campus party where gunshots were fired over the weekend.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, “one player was arrested, a second was cited and two others were found with outstanding warrants.”
“Over the weekend, four members of the University of Cincinnati football program were involved in an unfortunate incident that resulted in one arrest and three citations,” Tuberville said in a statement. “We have higher expectations of everyone within our football program and there will be consequences for those actions.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
The saga of the cross decals on Arkansas State's helmets is hopefully over.
If you're not familiar with it, we'll get you up to speed. The coaching staff and players at Arkansas State designed a memorial decal in the shape of a cross for DT Markel Owens and team manager Barry Weyer Jr. Owens was killed in an attempted robbery in January and Weyer was killed in a car accident in June.
The stickers, which had the initials of both Owens and Weyer on them, were worn on the back of Arkansas State's helmets for the first two games of the season. However, they were removed after the university received a complaint and its legal counsel felt the crosses would be unconstitutional because of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Racking up almost 700 yards of offense two weeks in a row is going to be an incredibly tall task for West Virginia.
The Mountaineers host Oklahoma on Saturday and when asked if he thought the Sooner defense was on the same level as Alabama's defense, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said they were, though he quickly declined to say if felt one was better than the other.
"I would agree with that," Holgorsen said during his weekly media session. "They're both good. They're both really good. Both were comparable last year. They were very similar last year. Oklahoma has got more people coming back. Whether they end up being better statically or whatever, it's the same unit. It's the same bodies. It's the same quality of coaching. It's the same expectations. They're very, very similar. The expectations are similar on both teams. Whether they're better or whether they're not, I don't know. It's not for me to judge."
The Mountaineers lost 30-23 to Alabama in week one. Last year, West Virginia lost 16-7 at Oklahoma, and while Holgorsen said his team was clearly better than it was last year, Oklahoma was too.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
If SMU plays as well as this new helmet looks, the Mustangs may win a few games this season.
The school showed off a crimson and chrome helmet on Thursday that it'll wear against TCU on September 27.
Looks pretty sweet, doesn't it? It's probably a good idea that the chrome helmets aren't getting worn on Saturday. Not only is it SMU's first game without coach June Jones, who resigned after the second week of the season, but it's against Texas A&M. While the game on ABC/ESPN2 is sure to draw some viewers who typically don't see SMU play, there's a chance it could closely resemble the blowouts SMU suffered against Baylor and North Texas.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Update: September 14, 2:00 p.m. ET
ESPN.com's Jake Trotter is reporting that Wallerstedt was fired after he was "suspected of being at the school's football building while under the influence of a controlled substance." Citing a source, Trotter's report says that Wallerstedt was "sent home from the facility Monday."
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Less than a week after giving up 438 rushing yards in a 49-28 home loss to Arkansas, Texas Tech has reportedly fired defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt from its staff.
Chris Level of RedRaiderSports.com is reporting that co-defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach Mike Smith will take over the reigns of the defense.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Jim McMahon will become the sixth BYU player to have his jersey retired.
The school announced that it would retire McMahon's No. 9 on October 3 at halftime of its game against Utah State.
With McMahon at quarterback, BYU won its first-ever bowl game, a 46-45 win over SMU in the 1980 Holiday Bowl. The Cougars scored three touchdowns in the final 2:33 of the game to take the lead.
When McMahon left BYU, he held 70 NCAA records. He threw for 9,536 yards in his career, which was long before an era where monster passing stats were the norm. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.
“I love the example Jim has set by completing his degree. I’m proud of him for finishing after all these years,” BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said in a statement. “Jim is one of the elite college quarterbacks of all time. He loved the game of football and always played the game like he was having fun. He was a great leader and a great teammate. I know there are a lot of people all over the country who are excited for Jim to be formally recognized as one of the Cougar greats.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
When NCAA Chief Operating Officer Jim Isch revealed in August that he would retire in early 2015, President Mark Emmert announced a “reorganization” of the association’s senior staff. With that reorganization came the introduction of a new position – executive vice president – and a national search began Thursday to fill the new executive vice president role.
According to the NCAA, the executive vice president will “for the first time bring all NCAA national office regulatory functions – Academic and Membership Affairs, the Eligibility Center and Enforcement – under one umbrella.”
Emmert said he is seeking a “decisive, collaborative, and respected senior leader with significant campus and membership experience” to fill the role.
A search committee, headed by Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby and Mark Lewis, NCAA executive vice president of championships and alliances, is made up of nine members.