- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Utah experienced several firsts on Saturday.
Its first win against USC as a member of the Pac-12.
Its first bowl eligibility since 2011.
And its first taste of sitting atop the Pac-12 South standings.
Well, that last one lasted only about an hour or so as Arizona State's victory
Utah’s 24-21 come-from-behind victory against USC was perhaps the Utes' signature win during their Pac-12 tenure. Quarterback Travis Wilson sealed the victory with a 1-yard pass to Kaelin Clay with 8 seconds remaining.
The Utes got the ball back with 2 minutes to go when USC, up 21-17, decided to go for it on fourth down instead of kicking the field goal to extend the lead to seven. Coach Steve Sarkisian said he was leery of the wind on what would have been a 44-yard try. Receiver Nelson Agholor caught the swing pass and appeared to get the first down, but stepped out of bounds before reaching the line to gain.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
A fan died in the south end zone stands during Saturday’s LSU-Ole Miss game Baton Rouge.
According to authorities, a man suffered a heart attack and passed away during the fourth quarter. Emergency medical personnel tried to resuscitate the man, but their efforts were unsuccessful.
LSU issued a statement about the death and offered its condolences to the family.
No further details are known about the man at this time.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
A game that had all the makings of a blowout turned into one of the more exciting finishes of Week 9.
After No. 13 Ohio State jumped out to a 17-0 halftime lead on the road at Beaver Stadium, a gritty Penn State team fought all the way back to force overtime. In the end, the Buckeyes held on 31-24 in double overtime via two J.T. Barrett touchdown runs and a huge sack by Joey Bosa that sealed the victory.
Barrett (74 passing yards, 75 rushing yards, three total TDs) shook off two interceptions and gutted out a win after playing much of the game with a banged up left knee. Penn State largely kept him in check, but the redshirt freshman did his best Braxton Miller impression in overtime and utilized a tricky fake on the read option, enabling him to find the end zone twice for the Buckeyes in overtime.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
The College Football Playoff can make you do desperate things.
That’s the only explanation for the eventual final play Ole Miss decided to run as it attempted to stave off a loss to LSU.
Instead of kicking a game-tying 47-yard field goal, which was within kicker Gary Wunderlich’s range, quarterback Bo Wallace rolled to his left and heaved a severely underthrown ball toward the end zone that fell into the waiting arms of safety Ronald Martin.
The look on coach Hugh Freeze’s face as he watched the play unfold and then looked back at his quarterback said it all. It was “Bad Bo’s” first appearance in several weeks and it couldn’t have come at a more inopportune time.
Ole Miss lost 10-7, its first loss of the season, and just a few days before the first rankings from the College Football Playoff committee are released.
But it didn’t have to go down that way.
Ole Miss had lined up for a game-tying field goal from 42 yards out but was called for a delay of game. The penalty moved the kick back five yards. So when presented with the penalty with 9 seconds remaining, Ole Miss put its offense back on the field.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Michigan State was comfortably ahead of in-state rival Michigan in the fourth quarter when it drove deep into Wolverines territory. Instead of taking a knee, RB Jeremy Langford took another handoff and scored from five yards out with 28 seconds to go, ballooning the Spartans lead to 35-11.
After the game, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said the decision to go for the end zone again was in response to something that happened pregame. A Michigan player apparently “threw a stake or dagger” of some sort into the turf at Spartan Stadium, causing the Spartans to pile on.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
A head-scratching call put an end to Penn State’s first drive against Ohio State Saturday night.
After the Nittany Lions picked up two first downs and advanced to their own 36-yard line, sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg felt pressure and appeared to be intercepted by Vonn Bell on a first down throw.
Bell jumped up immediately as if he caught the pass. However, replays from multiple angles appeared to show the football hitting the ground, meaning it should have been ruled incomplete.
The play was subject to further replay review, but the call on the field was curiously upheld.
ABC announcers said that the proper replay feed was not transmitted to the booth, which could have been the reason for the interception being upheld.
Following the turnover, the Buckeyes’ offense marched down the field and scored on a 10-yard Ezekiel Elliott touchdown run to take a 7-0 lead.
Things did not get much better for the officials later on in the half. Early in the second quarter, Ohio State kicker Sean Nuernberger was lined up for a 49-yard attempt when the play clock hit zero.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
Texas Tech could not stop TCU. And no, it is not much of an overstatement.
The Horned Frogs scored a school-record 82 points against Texas Tech Saturday in a 82-27 win as QB Trevone Boykin threw seven touchdowns before exiting the game for mercy reasons in the third quarter.
Boykin's seven touchdown passes are also a school record. And the 82 points is a record for Tech, as it's the most points the Red Raiders have ever given up in a game. The previous high for points against Texas Tech was 66.
However, the points-a-palooza is not close to an NCAA record. The most points scored against a major-college opponent is 100, when Houston scored 100 on Tulsa in 1968. Saturday's 109 combined points are also 27 points short of the record for combined points in a game between two major-college teams in regulation. Navy and North Texas scored 136 points in a 74-62 Navy win in 2007.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
While Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott rightfully gets a lot of attention for his running ability, RB Josh Robinson is pretty damn good too.
Robinson ran over, around and through the Kentucky defense on Saturday as No. 1 Mississippi State held off the Wildcats 45-31.
He finished with 198 yards on 23 carries, including a 73-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that essentially iced the game. After Kentucky had pulled within 31-24, Robinson burst through the line on Mississippi State's third play of the drive and had an incredible cutback to get to the end zone.
However, another run might have been more impressive. In the third quarter, Robinson had an insane 22-yard run that saw him break seven tackles and completely reverse field before being taken down.
After Robinson's 73-yard score, Kentucky had a great chance to pull within a touchdown for the third time in the second half. But on 4th-and-4 from the MSU 19, a pass from Patrick Towles went in and out of the hands of Ryan Timmons in the end zone.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
Georgia Southern defeated rival Georgia State 69-31 on Saturday and the Eagles decided to emphasize their dominance by taking this photo postgame (thanks Reddit).
Paulson Stadium is where Georgia Southern plays and this game, obviously, was at the Georgia Dome where Georgia State hosts its games.
What’s funny is both of these teams are relatively new to the FBS and new to the Sun Belt, so it’s exciting that they’ve brought their FCS hatred to the next level. This is definitely some championship level trolling by Georgia Southern, so they can be proud of that.
I mean, it's the enrtire team, the coaching staff, the trainers, even the mascot is in the back. This is a complete effort right here.
With the win, Georgia Southern strengthens its hold on the Sun Belt Conference lead while Georgia State is toiling in the basement as the only team without a conference win.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
Tennessee is going with its classic all-orange look for Saturday night’s home contest against Alabama. The Vols haven’t worn this particular combination against Alabama since 1988.
The last time Tennessee wore all orange was just over a year ago – Oct. 19 of last year – at home against South Carolina. The Gamecocks were ranked No. 11 in the country at the time, and the Vols managed to upset them, 23-21.
The last time Tennessee wore all orange at home against a ranked team in October this happened.... pic.twitter.com/Oofeu17jv5
The 3-4 Vols are hoping the all-orange look will yield similar results this year against the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide.
The game is set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET.