- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
USC is heading to its first Pac-12 title game courtesy of Saturday’s 40-21 win against rival UCLA.
Saturday’s game was a de facto Pac-12 South championship game with the winner of the contest heading to Santa Clara to play Stanford for the conference title. The game was close early, with the two teams trading points through much of the first half. However, a 42-yard punt return late in the second quarter gave the Trojans a 20-14 lead and momentum heading into the half.
UCLA tried to steal that momentum back early with a 1-yard rushing touchdown by Paul Perkins, which gave the Bruins a 21-20 lead. It would be their last lead of the game.
UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen lost a fumble and threw an interception on the Bruins’ next two possessions and the Trojans turned both mistakes into touchdowns. Rasheem Green picked up the Rosen fumble and ran it 31 yards into the end zone. Darreus Rodgers hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass to complete an eight-play drive following the interception. Rosen’s interception marked his first in 245 passes. He actually threw two on the day and had a couple potential interceptions dropped.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Michigan State left no doubt.
The Spartans needed a win over Penn State Saturday to clinch the Big Ten East division and keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive. They did so emphatically.
Michigan State's defense forced four Penn State turnovers while the offense carved up an overmatched PSU defense in a blowout 55-16 win.
In the first half, it looked like the Spartans could be in for a tough one. MSU led 13-3, but Penn State was driving in the final minutes of the half. Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg hit tight end Kyle Carter for a first down to the MSU 23, but Carter was stripped. Spartans safety Demetrious Cox picked up the loose ball and sprinted 77 yards for a touchdown to give the Spartans a 20-3 lead.
Penn State was able to cut the lead to 20-10 at halftime, but the second half was completely dominated by Michigan State.
Connor Cook, who returned after missing the Ohio State game with a shoulder issue, threw two third quarter touchdowns to increase the lead to 34-10. The offensive line completely wore down the undermanned Penn State defense the rest of the way and the Spartans cruised to a blowout victory.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Michigan State had a comfortable lead over Penn State in the fourth quarter, so Mark Dantonio allowed a senior to have some fun in his final home game.
After Penn State fumbled on a kickoff, the Spartans, leading 48-16, had first-and-goal from the PSU nine-yard line and put an unusual ballcarrier in the backfield: offensive lineman Jack Allen.
Allen, a starting center who is listed at 6-foot-2 and 296 pounds, took the carry and showed that linemen are great athletes, too. Watch this:
BREAKING: JACK ALLEN HAS BEEN NAMED A FINALIST FOR THE DOAK WALKER AWARD pic.twitter.com/K8THJ6xWi1
Just look at that stiff arm!
This isn’t the first time Allen has found the end zone in his MSU career. In April’s Green-White spring game, Allenscored a four-yard touchdown.
- Jay Busbee at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
AUBURN, Ala.—The famed Toomer’s Corners oaks have been gone for more than two years now. The Auburn icons, poisoned by a way-too-enthusiastic Alabama fan in 2011, are now souvenir shards; in their place stand newer, tinier oaks protected by fences. “This is tradition,” reads a small sign on the fence. “This is worth the wait. This is Auburn.”
It’s a fine sentiment, patience, one that has little place in college football. And yet that’s exactly what Auburn fans will need: patience, and truckloads of it. Auburn lost Saturday’s Iron Bowl 29-13 to relentless rival Alabama thanks to Derrick Henry's 271 yards on 46 carries, but not before a healthy serving of the strangeness that always characterizes this rivalry.
This is how we got there. Start with a perfect college football day, 73 degrees and sunny, a light breeze keeping everyone in perfect comfort – it’s the kind of day that makes alumni wish they were still undergrads, and makes undergrads believe they’ll live forever.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Three years ago, Southern Miss failed to win a game.
On Saturday, the Golden Eagles became Conference USA West Division champions.
Southern Miss scored three touchdowns on three Louisiana Tech turnovers in the fourth quarter to blow out the Bulldogs 58-24 and earn a berth in the Conference USA title game. The Golden Eagles will play at Western Kentucky next weekend.
Southern Miss jumped out to a 24-3 lead late in the second quarter thanks to a balanced passing and rushing attack. But the Bulldogs cut the lead to 24-10 right before halftime to give themselves a chance.
Louisiana Tech scored first in the third quarter to cut the Golden Eagles lead to a touchdown, but Southern Miss quarterback Nick Mullens answered quickly with a one-yard touchdown pass to Korey Robertson. After that, the wheels fell off for Louisiana Tech.
The Bulldogs turned the ball over on three consecutive plays and Golden Eagles running back Ito Smith rushed for touchdowns on each subsequent possession. In less than a minute at the start of the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs went from trailing by 14 points to 51-17 deficit.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Ohio State's offense learns quickly.
A week after totaling just 132 yards against Michigan State in its first loss of the season, Ohio State ran for 370 yards in a 42-13 win over Michigan on Saturday.
And while the domination is a sign Ohio State's offense wasn't broken beyond repair against the Spartans, it's also going to make Buckeyes fans wonder if things would have been different had Ohio State's offense performed like this earlier in the season.
Ezekiel Elliott ran for 214 yards and two touchdowns, and J.T. Barrett ran for 138 and three touchdowns as the Buckeyes ran over, around and through the Wolverines. With Elliott and Barrett in the backfield, Ohio State made Michigan play gaps, and when the Wolverines overcommitted, one or the other would break a big gain.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
It appears Memphis coach Justin Fuente has been tabbed as the man to replace Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech.
Multiple reports surfaced Saturday indicating an announcement would be made next week and that defensive coordinator Bud Foster and running backs coach Shane Beamer, the son of Frank Beamer, would remain on the Hokies’ staff.
Justin Fuente will be new coach at Virginia Tech. Bud Foster & Shane Beamer will remain on Hokies' staff, source told @espn
Yahoo Sports’ columnist Pat Forde speculated earlier this week that Fuente would be the Hokies’ choice and that he had been the favorite for awhile.
Fuente has spent four seasons at Memphis. He won just seven games in his first two seasons before a breakout 10-win season a year ago. The Tigers are 9-3 this season.
Memphis did say it made a competitive offer to Fuente to get him to stay with the Tigers but did not specifically say how much that deal was worth. Reports did cite the number was more than $3 million.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
The Jimbo Fisher-to-LSU link may not be as strong as many LSU boosters think it is.
According to the Palm Beach Post, the Florida State coach has told FSU president John Thrasher he doesn't have a desire to leave the school. Fisher has been mentioned as a possible successor to Les Miles if LSU cuts ties with its longtime coach following the season. The Tigers have lost three straight games after starting the season 7-0.
From the Post:
Sources have told the Post that Fisher, whose name has been connected to the expected opening at LSU, has made it clear he is happy with the administration, the support he receives and the direction of the program, and has no intentions of leaving Florida State for another coaching job.
At Florida State, Fisher has become one of college football 's most successful coaches . Since Fisher succeeded Bobby Bowden in 2010, Florida State is 67-13. The Seminoles won the final BCS Championship after the 2013 season and went to the College Football Playoff after 2014.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Bill Cubit has dropped the interim title at Illinois.
Cubit and the university have agreed to a two-year deal pending approval by the U of I Board of Trustees.
The agreement extends Cubit’s current contract and will pay him $1.2 million per year.
Cubit was named interim coach on Aug. 28 after head coach Tim Beckman was fired. Cubit has led the Illini to a 5-6 record. Illinois plays Northwestern for bowl eligibility on Saturday.
Cubit's two-year deal is definitely a stopgap for the Illini, who are fighting public perception after several football players alleged verbal and emotional abuse at the hands of Beckman. Illinois also is looking for a new athletic director in the wake of those allegations.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
It’s official: California and Hawaii will open the 2016 season in Australia.
Cal announced Saturdaythat the two teams will square off on Aug 27, 2016 at ANZ Stadium (capacity: 83,500) in Sydney. It will be the first college football game played in Australia since games were played in Melbourne in 1985 and 1987 and the first-ever college football game held in Sydney.