- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Part of the lead up to any bowl game is a slew of press conferences and photo opportunities with the head coaches from the two teams.
With the Texas Bowl between Arkansas and Texas coming on Monday, Arkansas’ Bret Bielema and Texas’ Charlie Strong appeared to pose for your everyday, run of the mill handshake photo. However, Bielema decided to make this one interesting.
See that? With his left hand, Bielema went with the Texas “Hook ‘Em Horns” sign, but he did it upside down. The “Horns Down” is considered disrespectful, so Bielema’s little gesture predictably caused a bit of an uproar.
Bielema told an Arkansas sports talk host that he did not do the “horns down,” leading some to believe that the picture was altered.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Could the Kyle Whittingham era be coming to an end at Utah?
According to the Salt Lake City Tribune's Gordon Monson, Whittingham is currently at odds with Utah athletic director Chris Hill. Monson's column, published Saturday night, comes after offensive coordinator Dave Christensen reportedly left to be Texas A&M's offensive line coach and run game coordinator and defensive coordinator and associate head coach Kalani Sitake left to take the same position at Oregon State.
After months of magma buildup, a volcanic blast is sheering the top off of Utah football, spewing rocks a mile high, triggering mudslides, leveling forests, choking off life as we know it there.
Sending Kyle Whittingham packing as the Utes’ head coach.
That’s right: He’s walking away.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Many Nebraska players voiced their displeasure after head coach Bo Pelini was fired in late November by athletic director Shawn Eichorst. In their first game since Pelini was let go, a few Huskers’ players decided to honor Pelini during the Holiday Bowl against USC.
Senior offensive lineman Jake Cotton has “BO” on the back of his helmet instead of his usual No. 68.
Nebraska senior offensive lineman Jake Cotton has "BO" on his helmet in place of his jersey number. pic.twitter.com/1jSoaedXji
Additionally, wide receiver Kenny Bell wrote “Pelini” on his wrist tape, and defensive back Joshua Kalu wrote “Bo Bo Bo” on his towel.
Kenny Bell with Bo's name on wrist tape. pic.twitter.com/aAa52QqBh5
Kalu with "BO" on towel (h/t Coleman Mullins) pic.twitter.com/3fmgEyJuSY
That’s a nice tribute for Pelini, who recently accepted the head-coaching job at FCS Youngstown State.
The Huskers currently trail USC at halftime, 24-17.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
After gaining 59 total yards since the conclusion of the first quarter, it didn’t look good for Penn State when Boston College took a 21-7 lead with 2:12 remaining in the third quarter of the Pinstripe Bowl.
And then the Penn State offense woke up.
Behind the arm of sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg, a slew of young receivers and senior kicker Sam Ficken, Penn State came all the way back and knocked off the Eagles 31-30 in overtime.
Following that Boston College touchdown, which came on a 40-yard run by quarterback Tyler Murphy, Hackenberg quickly led the Nittany Lions down the field on a six-play, 63-yard drive that culminated with a bit of luck.
On a third-and-two from the Boston College seven-yard line, Hackenberg looked to Geno Lewis on a slant route and the ball was thrown behind Lewis and should have been intercepted by Boston College’s Justin Simmons. Instead, the ball deflected up in the air and into the waiting arms of Lewis (7 catches, 82 yards) for a touchdown on the final play of the third quarter, cutting BC’s lead to 21-14.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
South Carolina managed to salvage a winning campaign out of an otherwise dismal season with a 24-21 win against Miami in the Independence Bowl.
The Gamecocks now have had seven consecutive winning seasons and three consecutive bowl wins.
After falling behind 6-0 early in second quarter, South Carolina responded with 17 points and never looked back. The South Carolina defense, which has struggled most of the season, forced two turnovers, including a key fumble in the fourth quarter that the Gamecocks’ offense turned into the game-sealing touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
That Duke Johnson fumble, which was recovered by Gerald Dixon, gave the Gamecocks the ball on the Miami 29-yard line. South Carolina quarterback Dylan Thompson found Pharoh Cooper who made a spectacular 25-yard catch and Thompson ran the ball in from the 2-yard line on the next play.
The score gave South Carolina a 24-14 lead, and even though Miami responded with a touchdown, it wasn’t enough.
Cooper finished the game with nine catches for 170 yards and a touchdown. It was his second-highest single-game yardage total of the season.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
For the third consecutive season, Duke failed to earn the bowl win that has eluded the program for the past 53 years.
A late Kweishi Brown interception on quarterback Anthony Boone ended Duke’s hope of a late win as the Blue Devils fell to Arizona State 36-31 in the Sun Bowl.
Prior to that interception, Boone had led his team back from a 30-17 deficit in the fourth quarter and the Blue Devils briefly had taken a 31-30 lead with 5:03 remaining.
However, on the kickoff, Arizona State’s Kalen Ballage ran the ball back 96 yards to set up Demario Richard, who scored the game-winning touchdown off an option pass by quarterback Taylor Kelly.
It was Richard’s fourth touchdown of the day, which tied a Sun Bowl record.
Early, Arizona State looked like it was going to run away with the game taking a 20-3 lead midway through the second quarter. But a touchdown pass from Boone to Shaquille Powell and a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown by Jamison Crowder cut the Sun Devils’ lead to just three at halftime.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Virginia Tech’s winning streak remains intact.
The Hokies, who came into Saturday’s Military Bowl game against Cincinnati with a 6-6 record, needed a win to preserve its streak of consecutive winning seasons, and did so with a 33-17 victory that secured the program’s 22nd consecutive winning season.
The win was a little surprising considering Cincinnati, which was trying to win 10 games for the third time in four seasons, came out hot on offense with quarterback Gunner Kiel slinging the ball with precision against a spotty Virginia Tech secondary.
But once the Virginia Tech defense settled down and started mixing up its looks, Kiel started to struggle and threw two interceptions. In the third quarter, the defense knocked Kiel out of the game with a vicious shot to the midsection that left him on the ground for several minutes.
Kiel fumbled the ball on the play and Virginia Tech scored to turn a 10-point lead to what was ultimately an insurmountable 17-point lead.
With Kiel out, Cincinnati’s offense came to a screeching halt and Virginia Tech’s defense was able to salt away the game.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
The Liberty Bowl doesn’t start until Monday, but Texas A&M already can claim at least one victory against West Virginia — in the singing competition.
Texas A&M posted a video of offensive lineman Caden Smith belting out Matchbox 20’s “3 am,” to help secure what we believe was a tie in the competition before running back Trey Williams killed a rendition of R. Kelly’s “Bump N’ Grind” for the win.
It was so good, it felt like we were all back in 1994 (and we didn't see nuthing wrong).
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
There will be no 10-win season for Central Florida.
N.C. State scored twice in the third quarter to turn a 17-10 halftime lead into a 31-13 margin at the beginning of the fourth and held on for a 34-27 win in the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl.
Had UCF won, the Knights would have had at least 10 wins in each of the last three seasons. Instead, N.C. State got its eighth win of the season, the most the program has had since 2011.
The Wolfpack piled up 486 yards of offense on UCF's defense, which entered the game third in the country in total defense at 283 yards per game. The Knights couldn't stop N.C. State's passing attack, which picked up huge chunks of yardage. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett finished 15-of-26 passing for 262 yards and a touchdown.
Brissett, however, wasn't the only one who did damage throwing the ball. The Wolfpack's first score of the game came on a pass from running back Shadrach Thornton to receiver Jaylen Samuels for an 18-yard touchdown. And in the second half, Brissett caught a 20-yard pass from receiver Bo Hines.
Thornton finished with 96 yards rushing and Matt Dayes had 78 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
As San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh's future remains clouded and Michigan doesn't have a coach for 2015, the Wolverines are reportedly scheduled to speak with him over the weekend.
Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman reported Friday night that Michigan officials would be in the Bay area and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Michigan officials will meet with Harbaugh. Per The Wolverine,Michigan officials are there "with the intention of closing the deal" after San Francisco plays Arizona on Sunday.
#Michigan brass & search firm will be up in the Bay Area this weekend as part of the Jim Harbaugh pursuit, per source.Sun, Dec 281:25 PM PSTArizona at San FranciscoPreview Game