- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 mins ago
Alabama wants everyone to know that it’s not going anywhere.
While much of the nation’s attention has been on teams such as Oregon and Oklahoma, Alabama showed during its 42-21 win against Florida on Saturday that it’s in as much of a hunt for a national championship as anyone else.
It also showed it might have a better and more complete team than anyone else, too.
Alabama was not perfect against Florida — it had an astounding four turnovers — but it also kept its composure in the face of those mistakes. The defense was strong, holding the Florida offense to just 200 total yards. And quarterback Blake Sims had the game of his career with 445 passing yards and four touchdowns on 23 completions.
But when the game was tied at 21 in the second half, Alabama turned to its bread and butter — its ground game.
Derrick Henry did yeoman’s-like work juking defenders and pushing the pile. His effort in conjunction with fellow back T.J. Yeldon, wore the Florida defense down and ultimately secured the game. Sims only threw for a little more than 100 yards in the second half while the running game did the work.
That’s what makes Alabama so scary.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday29 mins ago
BYU's undefeated season continues after the Cougars defeated Virginia 41-33 on Saturday.
Virginia's trip to Provo, Utah, was a potential trap game for the Cougars after the Cavaliers defeated Louisville in week three. Plus, The Cavaliers got the Cougars at Virginia last year, winning 17-14.
There was no Virginia win this season.
The Cavaliers led at halftime but BYU scored 14 points in the third quarter to take control of the game. Both touchdowns were on the ground. One was courtesy of QB Taysom Hill on a tackle-breaking 15-yard run and the other was from RB Jamaal Williams, who scored from two yards out.
Virginia tried to answer in the fourth quarter, but with the exception of the Cavaliers' final score, which came with 1:48 left in the fourth quarter, the next score after every Virginia one was by BYU.
Hill finished with 187 yards passing and 72 yards rushing.
BYU's schedule is one of the most favorable of anyone's to go undefeated. While the Cougars' schedule isn't easy -- trips to Central Florida and Boise State aren't guarantees -- they now have potentially the best shot of anyone in college football to go undefeated.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
A cadet standing on the sideline with Texas A&M mascot Reveille did his job extremely well on Saturday at SMU.
Reveille was stationed near the goal line on the sideline and SMU's Der'rick Thompson was chasing an overthrown corner route. As the pass fell incomplete, Thompson's momentum carried him on a crash course with the dog until a cadet stepped in with a key block.
Props to Reveille's training too. She did not flinch at all as Thompson was coming towards her. She had complete faith in her blockers.
Texas A&M legend states that if Reveille barks while a cadet has her in class, class is dismissed. If she would have barked at Thompson, declaring the game over might not have been a bad idea. A&M absolutely stifled SMU.
The SMU game is one of the last road games that this Reveille, Reveille VIII, will attend. Texas A&M announced Thursday that Reveille would be retiring in the spring. She's been the mascot at A&M since 2008 and the school will (seriously) have a 12-person selection committee to find her successor.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Kaelin Clay made sure Utah got off to a good start in a big road game against Michigan.
After the two teams traded a pair of field goals in the first quarter, the Utes forced a Michigan three-and-out and were set to receive a punt early in the second quarter.
With Clay waiting deep, Michigan’s Will Hagerup booted a 46-yard punt without much hang time.
Clay fielded the punt cleanly at the 35-yard line, made the first man miss and was off to the races for a 66-yard touchdown return. Upon reaching the end zone, Clay wanted to pay homage to Michigan great Desmond Howard, so he brought out the classic Heisman Trophy pose.
Clay is a senior who recently transferred to Utah after playing at Mount San Antonio College – a junior college in California. Although I don’t think he’ll be in the running for the award, Clay will most likely never get the chance to play in Michigan Stadium again, so I can’t blame him for pulling out the Heisman pose.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Melvin Gordon now holds a lofty perch in college football history. The question now becomes if he can keep it.
The Wisconsin RB ran for a staggering 253 yards and five touchdowns on just 13 carries in the Badgers' 68-17 blowout win against Bowling Green on Saturday. The incredible 19.5 yards per carry means Gordon now has the most yards per carry of any running back in college football (min.: 300 carries).
Entering the game the career leader was Glenn Davis, who played at Army from 1944-1946. While partnering with FB Doc Blanchard, the two formed a Mr. Outside (Davis) and Mr. Inside (Blanchard) combination. For his career, Davis averaged 8.26 yards per carry.
With his monster game, Gordon, a junior, currently has 2,759 career yards on 321 carries, an average that works out to approximately 8.6 yards a carry. Before the game, Gordon's average was 8.13.
While two of Gordon's TDs were two and three yards each, he made up for them with TD runs of 21, 50 and 69 yards. It's crazy to think, but his average could have been better too. He also had a carry for no gain and a carry for a loss of a yard.
Here's the 50-yard score.
And here's the 69-yard TD.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
After throwing a brutal pick-six to give Georgia Tech a 17-16 lead, Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer made a heads-up play in the fourth quarter that put the Hokies in front for the time being.
On the seventh play of the drive that followed the interception, Brewer handed the ball off to freshman tailback Marshawn Williams on a first-and-10 from the Georgia Tech 31-yard line. Williams carried the ball left, then cut back right and fumbled. Several GT players attempted to fall on the fumble, but the ball bounced away and it was none other than Brewer who was Johnny on the spot.
He scooped up the fumble and ran it in from 21 yards out for the go-ahead score.
The Hokies then converted a two-point conversion to increase the lead to 24-17, but the lead would not stand.
The Yellow Jackets tied things at 24 on a 31-yard connection from Justin Thomas to DeAndre Smelter with 3:18 to go. On the ensuring Hokies possession, Brewer threw another bad interception – his third of the day – to give Georgia Tech the ball at the Hokies' 40-yard line.
Seven plays later, Harrison Butker hit a 24-yard field goal as time expired to give Georgia Tech a 27-24 win.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
East Carolina announced prior to its game against North Carolina on Saturday that star senior receiver Cam Worthy has been suspended two games for a school student code of conduct violation.
According to a release from the school, ECU’s Office of Rights and Responsibilities handed out the suspension during a review hearing prior to the game. The suspension is a result of an argument Worthy had with another male student this past summer.
Worthy has been suspended from all school activities through Oct. 4 .
“Since I arrived at ECU we have always had a strong disciplinary response to any actions by our players,” ECU head coach Ruffin McNeill said in the statement. “Cam is an outstanding young man with an exemplary record as a student and representative of our football program. His family has been involved and fully supportive throughout this process as has our entire football family.”
This is a huge blow to East Carolina. Worthy led the Pirates with 302 receiving yards and had six catches for 224 yards during the upset of Virginia Tech last week.
For more East Carolina news, visit PirateIllustrated.com.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Iowa, known for its conservative run-first offense, opened up its playbook a bit on the road against Pitt.
After taking a couple shots down field and even scoring on a fourth down play-action pass in the first half, the Hawkeyes went deep again on their fourth play of the third quarter.
On a first-and-10 from the 20, backup quarterback C.J. Beathard took a deep drop and fired a strike downfield toward senior wideout Damond Powell. The pass was slightly overthrown, but Powell managed to corral it in smoothly with one hand for a 63-yard gain down to the Pitt 17-yard line.
It is definitely one of the better catches we’ve seen in a few weeks and the fact that Powell hauled the pass in so nonchalantly makes it even more impressive.
The big gain set up a 10-yard touchdown by Mark Weisman that cut into the Panthers' lead and the Hawkeyes went on to pull off the road upset, 24-20.
For more Iowa news, visit HawkeyeReport.com.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
The “T” has gone missing from Lane Stadium — again.
Virginia Tech fans rolled up to Lane Stadium for Saturday’s game only to see the “T” in Stadium had been pried off the wall.
While Georgia Tech faithful have not claimed ownership of the prank, this is a time-honored tradition by students at the school. According to lore, Georgia Tech students have been stealing the "T" from the Tech Tower on their campus since the 1960s, but in recent years, the prank has been made part of this rivalry when Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech meet in Blacksburg, Va.
Unfortunately, the last time Georgia Tech pulled this prank in 2012, its team lost 20-17 in overtime.
For more Virginia Tech news, visit HokieHaven.com.
For more Georgia Tech news, visit JacketsOnline.com.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
This LSU fan takes the term "Death Valley" seriously.
Death Valley is the nickname for LSU's Tiger Stadium and this LSU fan has decided to create an LSU Tiger-striped cooler out of a coffin.
It's got ample space, as you can see. But portability would be an issue. You can't simply put that thing in the trunk and head out to the tailgate.
But this person clearly has the space. We appreciate the ingenuity and we have to wonder how in the world you can find a coffin cheap enough to use it as a cooler. Craigslist?
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