Foles leads Eagles to 30-27 win against Colts (Yahoo Sports) - Nick Foles threw a tying touchdown pass with 3:25 to go, and then set up Cody Parkey for the winning 36-yard field goal as time expired, lifting Philadelphia to a 30-27 win at Indianapolis on Monday night. Darren Sproles had seven receptions for 152 yards to go along with a touchdown run as the Eagles (2-0) won their first game on the road for the sixth consecutive season. Indianapolis (0-2) has lost consecutive regular-season games for the first time since Andrew Luck and coach Chuck Pagano arrived in 2012. Nats beat Braves 4-2 to close in on NL East title (Yahoo Sports) - A strong and healthy Stephen Strasburg has the Washington Nationals feeling optimistic about their postseason chances. Strasburg pitched seven scoreless innings to end a long run of frustration against Atlanta, and the Nationals beat the struggling Braves 4-2 on Monday night to move to the verge of the NL East title. The Nationals can clinch the division by beating the defending champion Braves on Tuesday night. Strasburg said his team's focus is on the much bigger picture. Eagles, Colts tied at 20 after 3 quarters (Yahoo Sports) - Darren Sproles and LeSean McCoy each had a touchdown run in the third quarter, helping the Philadelphia Eagles rally to a 20-20 tie with the Indianapolis Colts heading into the final period on Monday night. McCoy's 1-yard surge cut the Colts' lead to 20-13 at the 4:32 mark. Indianapolis had a 17-6 lead at halftime, and Adam Vinatieri added a 27-yard field goal in the third. Andrew Luck helped the Colts get off to a fast start. Orioles beat Blue Jays 5-2, near AL East title (Yahoo Sports) - BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles moved to the brink of claiming their first AL East title in 17 years, using a resilient pitching performance by Wei-Yin Chen to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Monday night. Nats beat Braves 4-2 close in on NL East title (Yahoo Sports) - Stephen Strasburg threw seven scoreless innings to end a long run of frustration against Atlanta, and the Nationals beat the struggling Braves 4-2 on Monday night to move to the verge of the NL East title. The Nationals can clinch the division by beating the defending champion Braves on Tuesday night. Strasburg (12-11) ended a streak of eight winless starts against Atlanta since 2012. He had been 0-3 with a 7.17 ERA against the Braves this season, including a 6-2 loss at Washington last Wednesday. Colts lead Eagles 17-6 at halftime (Yahoo Sports) - Andrew Luck threw for two touchdowns in the first half to help the Indianapolis Colts to a 17-6 halftime lead against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night. Luck found Ahmad Bradshaw for a 1-yard TD with 5:18 remaining in the first quarter. He then had a 2-yard scoring toss to Jack Doyle in the second. Adam Vinatieri also had a 46-yard field goal in the second that gave Indianapolis a 10-3 lead. Papelbon suspended 7 games by MLB (Yahoo Sports) - SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended seven games and fined by Major League Baseball for making a lewd gesture and then bumping an umpire. Colts lead Eagles 7-3 after 1st quarter (Yahoo Sports) - INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Andrew Luck threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Ahmad Bradshaw to give the Indianapolis Colts a 7-3 lead over the Philadelphia Eagles after one quarter on Monday night. Union expects to file Rice appeal Tuesday (Yahoo Sports) - NEW YORK (AP) -- The players' union on Tuesday plans to appeal the indefinite suspension the NFL handed to Ray Rice last week. Union expect to file Rice appeal Tuesday (Yahoo Sports) - NEW YORK (AP) -- The players' union on Tuesday will appeal the indefinite suspension the NFL handed to Ray Rice last week.

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A Case of the Mondays: A look back at Week 3 love, hot takes and memorable moments [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 15, 2014, 11:53 pm]
Every Monday, Dr. Saturday editor Graham Watson looks back on the weekend that was and decides what she loved, what she hated (I have all the hot takes) and what she can’t wait to see again. THE LOVE Welcome back, Bryce Petty I’m not gonna claim it was my column on Petty’s dwindling Heisman chances that got him off the bench and in the game against Buffalo last Friday, but I know it totally was. As I wrote last week, Petty needed to come off the IR and get back into the Heisman race if he wanted to keep pace with his competitors. And boy did he. Petty completed 23-of-34 attempts for 416 yards and four touchdowns in his first game back after suffering two cracked vertebrae in his spine during the season opener against SMU. Petty missed last week’s game against Northwestern State and watched his backup, Seth Russell, throw for more than 400 yards in a half. That raised questions about whether it was Petty’s skill or coach Art Briles system that made Petty so good. But Petty quieted his doubters for now. Even though it was against Buffalo, it was still a quality outing. And now, he has a bye week to get healthy again before starting Big 12 play against Iowa State. Hey, look, Arkansas beat a Power Five team It was the moment Arkansas fans had been waiting for, a win against a team from one of the Power Five conferences. The Razorbacks ran all over Texas Tech to the tune of a 49-28 victory and the first win against a team from a major conference since beating Kentucky on Oct. 13, 2012. It also marked Arkansas’ first back-to-back wins since early October in 2012. It’s not quite time to strike up the band and anoint Arkansas a legitimate SEC threat — we did all see what Auburn did to it in the season opener — but it’s play against the Red Raiders was light years ahead of any game it played a year ago and the chances of it being competitive in the SEC are much higher. As for Texas Tech, well, things just ain’t been the same since they gave coach Kliff

Texas A&M athletic director Eric Hyman said spotty field conditions did not cause injuries [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 15, 2014, 11:32 pm]
Texas A&M played its second home game at the newly-renovated Kyle Field over the weekend and came out with a 38-10 win over Rice. Despite the win, there was a bit of concern from both A&M and Rice about the stadium’s playing surface. Kyle Field turf conditions near midfield | @BrentZwerneman pic.twitter.com/qXPUWVjXl3— Joseph Duarte (@Chronicle_Owls) September 14, 2014 After more than seven inches of rain fell in College Station the day before the game, the grounds crew was busy all night fixing divots and tending to the playing surface. After the game, Aggie fans couldn’t help but wonder if the spotty field conditions caused injuries to wide receiver Speedy Noil or defensive lineman Zaycoven Henderson. Texas A&M athletic director Eric Hyman wondered the same thing. “The doctors said the turf had nothing to do with the injuries. The same question you had was the same question I had,” Hyman said, per the Houston Chronicle. “We had seven inches of rain, and whatever field you have is going to be impacted by that. Obviously, you saw during the game we tried to go out there and fix all the spots we could.” Another look at field conditions at Kyle Field pic.twitter.com/ybvJNbQpyH— Joseph Duarte (@Chronicle_Owls) September 14, 2014 According to the Chronicle, the grass has only been planted “a month before this weekend” as part of the stadium’s $450 million renovation. Rice head coach David Bailiff, a longtime friend of Hyman, also voiced his concern about the conditions, but commended the grounds crew. “I thought the grounds crew did about as good a job as anybody could do,” Bailiff said after the game. “They kept the surface safe. Every time they saw a divot, they ran out there and fixed it.” Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin said after the game that the field conditions of the field will be monitored moving forward. “I don’t know how much (field conditions) impacted the game,” Sumlin said, per ESPN. “We got a lot of rain (Friday) nigh

Iowa State tackle Jacob Gannon back with team after receiving treatment for anxiety [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 15, 2014, 10:22 pm]
Less than two weeks after it was revealed that starting offensive tackle Jacob Gannon had left the team, it was announced Monday that Gannon is back with the program. A reason was not given for his departure, but Gannon, a 6-foot-7, 300-pound senior, divulged Monday that he was recently diagnosed with anxiety and now feels well enough to return to the team. “I have been recently diagnosed with anxiety,” Gannon said in a statement. “I am receiving treatment for my condition and I am looking forward to being a part of the football team. I want to thank Coach Rhoads and my teammates for their support.” Gannon started the team’s season-opener against North Dakota State before his departure was announced on Sept. 4. “We are glad Jacob is back with the Cyclone football family,” said head coach Paul Rhoads. “We are behind Jacob 100 percent and will continue to support him throughout the process.” Gannon, a native of Iowa City, started eight games for the Cyclones in 2013 and earned two starts in both 2012 and 2011. He was also a first-team academic All-Big 12 selection in 2013. Though Gannon’s return was good news for the Cyclones, the program also received some bad news on Monday. Rhoads said that reserve lineman Jacob Dunning ruptured his patellar tendon and wide receiver P.J. Harris broke a bone in his leg. Dunning and Harris, both sophomores, will likely miss the rest of the season. Both players were injured in the Cyclones’ win over Iowa over the weekend. Harris caught nine passes for 55 yards this season and is the second ISU receiver to go down with a serious injury this season. Quenton Bundrage, the team’s No. 1 target, tore his ACL earlier this month. The Cyclones, now 1-2, have a bye this week before hosting Baylor on Sept. 27. For more Iowa State news, visit CycloneReport.com. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

Utah State QB Chuckie Keeton suffered minor knee injury, will miss game against Arkansas State [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 15, 2014, 10:18 pm]
Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton suffered a knee injury against Wake Forest this past weekend and while coach Matt Wells said there was no structural damage, he did say Keeton would not play against Arkansas State this weekend. “Chuckie is fine from a health standpoint,” Wells said during his weekly press conference. “The ACL is intact, everything is good, it’s just banged up. We’re going to sit him out this week and next week, then reevaluate and see where he’s at during the BYU week.” The Aggies have a bye before facing BYU on Oct. 3. Late in the first half against Wake Forest, Keeton was running to his left, went down and got up slowly. After halftime, he returned to the sideline in street clothes. Keeton suffered a torn ACL in his right knee last year that caused him to miss eight games last season. Darell Garretson, who stepped in for Keeton a year ago, finished the Wake Forest game. He completed 11-of-16 passes for 121 yards, a touchdown and an interception and helped the Aggies secure a 36-24 victory. Garretson was 6-2 last year. “Darell has a tremendous amount of confidence, as do his teammates,” Wells said. “We’re very confident in him in his talents and leadership abilities. Just like last year, we’ll have to play very well on defense. We’re going to have to find ways to be difference-makers on special teams, and the guys on offense are going to have to play a little bit better around him. The recipe is the same, the ingredients are just a little different. I feel good about Darell, he’s in a good spot.” - - - - - - - Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or follow her on Twitter! Follow @YahooDrSaturday And don’t forget to keep up with all of Graham’s thoughts, witty comments and college football discussions on Facebook

Georgia RB Nick Chubb will be out Saturday vs. Troy after thumb surgery [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 15, 2014, 9:24 pm]
Georgia has one of the deepest running back corps in the country, but the depth will take a hit in the coming weeks after freshman Nick Chubb underwent surgery on his thumb on Monday. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, surgical screws were inserted into Chubb’s left thumb to repair a fracture. Chubb originally injured the thumb in practice last week, but he still managed to play in the Bulldogs’ loss to South Carolina. He registered 34 yards on four carries. Chubb will miss the game against Troy on Saturday, but his long-term prognosis is not immediately known. “He’s going good; he’s just resting right now,” Chubb’s mother, Lavelle, told the AJC. “They said they would see how he’s doing (Tuesday) before they make that decision (about how long he’ll be out).” Chubb has only carried the ball eight times this season, but has rushed for 104 yards at 13 yards per carry. His biggest play of the year was a 47-yard touchdown run against Clemson in Week 1. The 5-foot-10, 228-pound Chubb shares carries with junior Keith Marshall and fellow true freshman Sony Michel in the backfield behind Heisman candidate Todd Gurley. A native of Cedartown, Ga., Chubb was a four-star recruit and was rated as the No. 35 overall prospect in the 2014 class by Rivals. For more Georgia news, visit UGASports.com. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

Central Michigan RB Thomas Rawls suspended indefinitely, WR Andrew Flory dismissed [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 15, 2014, 8:33 pm]
Central Michigan running back Thomas Rawls has been suspended indefinitely by the program after he was arrested Sunday. The arrest stemmed from an April 18 incident in which the senior allegedly stole a purse and several credit cards. According to the Mount Pleasant Morning Sun, Rawls was issued three felony charges on May 16. He was held in jail “briefly” and was able to post a $1,500 bond. Rawls transferred to CMU from Michigan in July, so his arrest took place before he was a member of the Chippewas’ football program and a student at the university. He is facing three felony charges for larceny, possession of stolen credit cards and stealing credit cards. The stolen cards include “a Visa card and three store credit cards.” According to the arrest warrant, Rawls was at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant, Mich., when he and two other men saw “an abandoned purse in a chair.” Rawls then sat on the purse and handed it to one of the men he was with. The man then put the purse in a bag before the trio left the casino. Rawls then used one of the stolen credit cards to “buy sub sandwiches at a casino sub shop.” Later on, “the group bought $33.77 worth of gas with a credit card from the stolen purse.” Rawls, who has gained 276 yards and three touchdowns on 56 carries this season, did not play over the weekend against Syracuse. “Central Michigan running back Thomas Rawls will not play in today’s game against Syracuse as CMU continues to review an issue that came to our attention Friday. Central Michigan will not have any further comment at this time,” the school said in a statement released two hours prior to kickoff. Head coach Dan Enos subsequently announced Rawls’ indefinite suspension on Monday. Additionally, the program also announced Monday that junior wide receiver Andrew Flory has been dismissed. Per the Morning Sun, the program indefinitely suspended Flory last week for a “violation of team rules.” Flory was previously susp

Drake has a new college football crush as he performs in two different Marcus Mariota jerseys (Photo) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 15, 2014, 8:11 pm]
Is there a bigger bandwagon fan than rapper Drake? Jimmy Wheelchair’s love affair with former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was well documented and everyone saw him at the Final Four reppin’ Kentucky. But now that we’re in a new school year, Drake's allegiances have shifted again. With Manziel gone to the NFL, Drake had to find a new man-crush and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is the lucky guy. He only rolls with winners, you know. Drake wore not one, but two different Mariota jerseys during his concert this past weekend. Drake rocking Marcus Mariota jerseys at last nights show. #DrakevsLilWayne #OregonDucks pic.twitter.com/R4xXymxwTZ— Word On Road (@WordOnRd) September 14, 2014 I mean, it makes sense. Mariota is the top quarterback in the country right now, he plays for the hottest team and he’s the early leader in the Heisman race. Oh, and Oregon’s uniforms are cool, so there’s that. While we’re sure Mariota is flattered, I doubt we’ll be seeing him partying it up with Drake and his crew. That doesn’t really seem like Mariota’s scene and we’re sure he’s learned a lot from Manziel’s unwanted publicity and the public outcry that has come with it. No, Mariota is probably just gonna stick with his yoga and golf classes and leave it at that. Sadly, Drake will have to be a fan from afar, but don’t be surprised if he ends up on the Oregon sideline if the Ducks make it to the national championship. For more Oregon news, visit DuckSportsAuthority.com. Thanks to NFL.com - - - - - - - Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or follow her on Twitter! Follow @YahooDrSaturday And don’t forget to keep up with all of Graham’s thoughts, witty comments and college football discussions on Facebook

Rick Neuheisel nervously watched his son Jerry lead UCLA to a comeback win (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 15, 2014, 5:59 pm]
When star UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley went down with an elbow injury in Saturday night’s game against Texas, backup Jerry Neuheisel, the son of former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel, was brought into the game. The younger Neuheisel threw two second-half touchdown passes and led the Bruins to a come-from-behind 20-17 win. Jerry, who now works as an analyst for Pac-12, watched anxiously from the network’s studio. His reactions were fantastic. In all, the sophomore completed 23-of-30 passes for 178 yards in the third game action of his career. Hundley’s injury doesn’t appear to be serious and the Bruins have a bye this upcoming weekend, which will give him some extra time to heal. The Bruins’ next game is a Thursday night game against Arizona State on Sept. 25. If Hundley can’t go, Neuheisel will get his first career start. For more UCLA news, visit BruinSportsReport.com. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

Utah adds a shoutout to its fans on the front of its helmets (Photo) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 15, 2014, 5:40 pm]
Last week, Utah revealed new white helmets and the team reaction was priceless. Monday, the Utah equipment folks added one special touch that should get a similar reaction by the fans. Front bumper stickers are in @TheMUSS #GoUtes pic.twitter.com/YwtHTQa3gq — UtesEquipment (@UtesEquipment) September 15, 2014 “The Muss” (Mighty Utah Student Section) is Utah’s student fan club for football (among other programs) and has been an integral part of giving the Utes a decisive home-field advantage since it was established in 2002. The section is always sold out, always rowdy and always loud. It’s very cool that the football program is giving a shoutout to its students front and center on its helmets. Not sure we’ve ever seen this before, but we like it. For more Utah news, visit Utezone.com. - - - - - - - Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or follow her on Twitter! Follow @YahooDrSaturday And don’t forget to keep up with all of Graham’s thoughts, witty comments and college football discussions on Facebook

Iowa State's offensive line posts shirtless picture with Cy-Hawk Trophy and it is amazing (Photo) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 15, 2014, 5:20 pm]
Iowa State’s come-from-behind win against in-state rival Iowa was a highlight in what has otherwise been a miserable start to the season. So how did the offensive line decide to celebrate the 20-17 victory? By taking a shirtless picture in the Iowa end zone, of course. Let’s take a second to dissect this photo, shall we? First, the guy on the right (Daniel Burton, we think) owns this picture. I mean, he is everything. There are two guys flexing, one kissing his bicep and one doing the Rocky championship pose. And then, of course, there’s offensive line coach Brandon Blaney, also shirtless. This was the third time in the past four seasons Iowa State captured the Cy-Hawk Trophy and the second time it has won it in Iowa’s stadium. Each of those last four games has been decided by single digits. And to add a little extra salt into the Hawkeyes wound: The Hawkeye's trophy case: pic.twitter.com/AG6oJXbFk1 — Ames Problems (@AmesProbs) September 13, 2014 Perhaps this win will give the Cyclones confidence to have a little more success as the season treks on. In the past two seasons the Cyclones won the Cy-Hawk Trophy, they have gone on to play in bowl games. For more Iowa State news, visit CycloneReport.com. For more Iowa news, visit HawkeyeReport.com. - - - - - - - Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or follow her on Twitter! Follow @YahooDrSaturday And don’t forget to keep up with all of Graham’s thoughts, witty comments and college football discussions on Facebook

Oklahoma running back Keith Ford out 2-3 weeks [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 15, 2014, 4:54 pm]
Oklahoma will be without its leading rusher against West Virginia on Saturday. Head coach Bob Stoops said Monday that sophomore Keith Ford will be out for the next two or three weeks after suffering a slight fracture to his ankle in the Sooners’ win over Tennessee. “He won’t play this week for sure. After that it’s a little unsure,” Stoops said, per SoonerScoop.com. Ford left the field during the first half and had his ankle re-taped, but he eventually was taken out during the fourth quarter of the 34-10 win. Stoops said that Ford suffered a “small fracture” on a “non-weight bearing bone” in his ankle. “It can be two weeks to three,” Stoops said. “You just don’t know for sure.” Given the timetable offered by Stoops and the fact that No. 4 Oklahoma has a bye on the weekend of Sept. 27, it is possible that Ford will only miss two games – Saturday’s Big 12 opener with West Virginia and an Oct. 4 road matchup with TCU. If that comes to fruition, Ford would return for the Red River Rivalry against Texas on Oct. 11. The Sooners’ offense has featured three different backs through three games this season, but Ford had received the most touches. On 34 carries, Ford has racked up 194 yards and five scores while also catching six passes for 100 yards and another score. In Ford’s absence, impressive true freshman Samaje Perine (32 carries, 177 yards, 1 TD) and sophomore Alex Ross (21 carries, 132 yards, 3 TDs) will see increased touches for the 3-0 Sooners. Stoops was confident that the 5-foot-11, 243-pound Perine could take over the role as OU’s feature back. “We love him. He’s an excellent runner. Even when there’s not much there he finds a way to make something happen with his power.” For more Oklahoma news, visit SoonerScoop.com. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

Fans create banners and shirts mocking Jerry Sandusky, Rutgers posts pics on social media (Updated) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 15, 2014, 4:06 pm]
** UPDATE ** Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann posted a statement on the Rutgers website apologizing for the actions of Rutgers fans and said she called Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour to apologize, as well. She didn't, however, apologize to those affected by the Jerry Sandusky scandal — the people who were actually mocked. ** ORIGINAL STORY ** Last week, Rutgers tried desperately to create a rivalry-like atmosphere for its Big Ten home-opening game against Penn State. These two teams were rivals once, but the series was dominated by Penn State and the teams hadn’t played since 1995. Still, the school urged fans to show their vitriol for its “rival” and it got a little out of hand. Instead of keeping the rivalry about what was happening on the field, fans used signs and T-shirts to reference former coach Jerry Sandusky, who is currently in jail for sexualyl assaulting several children, including some on the Penn State campus. Included in the collection was a man wearing a “Beat Ped State” shirt standing next to a child. What’s worse is that these fans were encouraged by Rutgers’ social media accounts, which retweeted the pictures of the signs and T-shirts on Twitter and added them to the school’s official Facebook page for the football team. The photos were deleted, in fact the entire album from the game was deleted, but here are a few screenshots of what was posted: Really, @RUAthletics? REALLY? pic.twitter.com/oJhLoeFvJ9— Mike V.P. (@MikePettigano) September 14, 2014 Stay classy Rutgers. Kids are going to see that. How will you explain? pic.twitter.com/1irXadxL4Y— Sandy (@TweetsfromSandy) September 13, 2014 Guy wearing “beat ped state” shirt looks like a dad, and there’s a kid there. Ok, @RFootball https://t.co/RNxkCQVgEE pic.twitter.com/thWuaT4gRf— Ben Lerman (@blerms) September 14, 2014 Fans are going to be fans and tastelessness is part of the deal. Sometimes people just don’t have the common sense to know that w

Miami QB Kevin Olsen arrested and charged with DUI [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 15, 2014, 3:57 pm]
Miami backup quarterback Kevin Olsen was arrested and charged with DUI and possession of a fake or stolen driver’s license over the weekend. According to the Palm Beach Post, the 19-year-old Olsen was booked “after 4 a.m. Monday morning” and is currently being held on $6,000 bond. Miami Hurricanes QB Kevin Olsen arrested this morning for DUI and possession of stolen drivers license. pic.twitter.com/18EAMDOjEK— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) September 15, 2014 Olsen, a redshirt freshman, has not played in a game for the Hurricanes but was expected to compete for the starting job this season after Ryan Williams injured his knee in April. Instead, news emerged that Olsen had failed a drug test and was suspended for the last two games of the 2013 season and the 2014 season opener against Louisville. He was briefly taking first-team reps in the spring after Williams’ injury, but has since been passed on the depth chart by freshman Brad Kaaya and Kansas transfer Jake Heaps. Miami head coach Al Golden said last week before the Arkansas State game that Olsen had a “really good” preseason and showed “growth” in the last six months. “The suspension – just because it happened now – does not reflect all the growth that he had,” Golden said. “I want to make sure we’re clear on that, he’s had a lot of growth here in the last half-year and certainly in the last four months. He has made a lot of progress and hopefully Kevin can continue to do that for us.” A native of Wayne, N.J., Olsen was a four-star recruit in Miami’s 2013 class. The school has yet to comment on his weekend arrest. For more Miami news, visit CaneSport.com. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

SEC releases statement defending officials in Florida-Kentucky game (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 15, 2014, 3:09 pm]
The most controversial moment of the weekend came in the first overtime of the Florida-Kentucky game. After Kentucky scored a touchdown on its possession to start the extra frame, the Gators were facing a fourth-and-seven from the 10-yard line. As Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel received the play call from the sideline, the play clock was quickly winding down. The Gators managed to barely get the play off in time and Driskel threw a touchdown pass to Demarcus Robinson to tie the game. However, the instant replay showed that the play clock had appeared to reach zero just before the ball was snapped. Florida eventually went on to win the game 36-30 in triple-overtime, and Kentucky was not pleased that the Gators were not issued a 5-yard delay of game penalty. In response to the outcry from Kentucky, the SEC released a statement Sunday in defense of the officials. The statement, in full, reads: At the request of the University of Kentucky, consistent with SEC protocol, the conference office reviewed the fourth down play in the first overtime of the Kentucky-Florida game and has determined the officials applied the proper mechanics and guidelines that are in place to determine when a flag should be thrown for delay of game. The back judge is responsible for delay of game calls. The procedure for the back judge is for his eyes to stay on the clock when it nears zero. When the clock hits zero, he immediately looks from the clock to the ball. If the ball is moving, there is no delay of game. If the ball is stationary, a delay of game penalty is called. Here’s the video of the play, courtesy of Saturday Down South. We’ll let you be the judge. It’s hard to fault the back judge on the play when he has to make the call in a fraction of a second. Human error is part of the equation in a situation like that. This happens a few times in every game, it just happened to be at the most critical juncture of this particular game. It’s a tough break for Kentucky. For more K

Reports: Arizona State QB Taylor Kelly not expected to play against UCLA [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 15, 2014, 2:32 pm]
According to multiple reports, Arizona State senior quarterback Taylor Kelly is not expected to play in the team’s Sept. 25 home matchup against UCLA due to a foot injury sustained in Saturday’s win at Colorado. Sun Devils head coach Todd Graham said he was “very concerned” about the injury, but according to the Arizona Republic and ESPN’s Joe Schad, Kelly is only expected to miss one or two games. The Republic’s Doug Haller is reporting that Kelly “has a chance” to play at USC on Oct. 4. If he’s not available against the Trojans, “the Sun Devils expect” Kelly to return in the team’s following game on Oct. 18 against Stanford. Kelly’s right foot injury took place in the third quarter against the Buffaloes after he had already thrown for 195 yards and three touchdowns. After limping off the field, Kelly returned to the sideline with crutches and a boot on his right foot. The program has not revealed the specifics of Kelly's injury. Kelly, a 6-foot-2, 211-pound dual-threat quarterback, has started 30 games for Arizona State in his career. He had thrown for 625 yards and six touchdowns and ran for 168 yards and two scores this season. In 2013, he threw for 3,635 yards and 28 touchdowns while running for 608 yards and nine scores. With it looking like Kelly will be out against UCLA, junior Mike Bercovici will likely start for the first time in his career. The 6-foot-1, 203-pound Bercovici, a junior, has attempted just 24 passes in his collegiate career. In three appearances this season, he has completed 9-of-17 passes for 79 yards and one touchdown. For more Arizona State news, visit ASUDevils.com. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

Penske partners with V8 Supercar team, Marcos Ambrose to drive car [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 15, 2014, 12:53 am]
The possibility of Marcos Ambrose joining forces with Roger Penske in the Australian V8 Supercar series is official. Team Penske announced Sunday night it had partnered with Dick Johnson Racing for the 2015 season and that Ambrose would drive the No. 17 entry. “Team Penske is excited to partner with Dick Johnson Racing to compete in the V8 Supercars Championship starting next season,” Roger Penske said in a statement. “We believe in building our businesses through racing and our success on the track. With our new business ventures in Australia, it makes sense to showcase our brands through the V8 Supercars Championship and the opportunity to work with DJR and Marcos Ambrose convinced us to go forward.” Ambrose's current NASCAR team, Richard Petty Motorsports, announced Saturday that Ambrose wouldn't be returning to the team in 2015. Shortly after the announcement, Penske said it had an announcement scheduled for early in the week involving the Supercars series. Ambrose, a native Australian, was successful in V8 Supercars before he moved to NASCAR. He won the series championship in 2003 and 2004. This is a great opportunity to return home to a place that I love in a Series where I’ve experienced a lot of success,” Ambrose said. “It will be an honor to race for two motorsport legends in Roger Penske and Dick Johnson.” Ambrose has two wins in the Sprint Cup Series, both at Watkins Glen. He finished second at Watkins Glen in 2014. - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the editor of From The Marbles on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

Could Arizona State's Taylor Kelly miss time with a foot injury? [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 14, 2014, 11:22 pm]
Arizona State's Taylor Kelly hurt his right foot against Colorado Saturday night, and there's no indication on if he'll be ready to play against UCLA. According to AZCentral.com, a spokesperson for No. 16 ASU said coach Todd Graham would not be discussing Kelly's injury before Arizona State plays the Bruins on Thursday, Sep. 25. After the game, Graham said he was "very concerned" about Kelly's injury per the AP, though he later changed his tone in his radio interview and said Kelly would be fine. Kelly was hurt in the third quarter and was taken to the locker room after he limped off the field after he was tackled. He did not look optimistic on the sidelines after the injury after he exited on crutches. Coupled with Arizona State's apparent unwillingness to reveal anything about his status, it's hard to imagine he'll be ready to play in less than two weeks. He was replaced by Mike Bercovici when he exited the game. Before he left, Kelly was 13-21 for 195 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 50 rushing yards. Kelly, a senior, has started 30 games for Arizona State. He emerged as the Sun Devils' starter in 2012 and has held the job ever since as he's steadily improved as a passer while maintaining his ability to be a dynamic runner. If he's out for a while it would be an incredible loss for the Arizona State offense, he's easily the Sun Devils' most important player. Arizona State LB Laiu Moeakiola also left the game with a right shoulder injury. The severity of his injury is also unknown. - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

Report: UCLA QB Brett Hundley suffers hyperextended elbow, should be OK [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 14, 2014, 2:55 pm]
For now it looks like UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley is going to be OK. Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman tweeted early Sunday morning that Hundley suffered a slight hyperextension of his left shoulder and should be OK. ICYMI: Brett Hundley update: Slight hyper extension of left elbow he is expected to be fine by end of week, source tells @FOXSports #UCLA — Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) September 14, 2014 UCLA fans, coaches and players held their collective breath during the first quarter of Saturday night’s win against Texas when Hundley landed awkwardly on his left arm, non-throwing shoulder following an 11-yard run and was forced to come out of the game. He did not return. Following the game, coach Jim Mora didn’t offer much about the injury and said Hundley would be evaluated when the team returned to UCLA. However, even with Hundley down, UCLA prevailed to a 20-17 win against the Longhorns thanks in part to backup quarterback Jerry Neuheisel, who completed 23-of-30 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns, including a 33-yard pass for the game-winning score. We’ll have more on Hundley’s injury as more is learned. The Bruins have a bye before facing Arizona State on Sept. 25. For more UCLA news, visit BruinSportsReport.com. - - - - - - - Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or follow her on Twitter! Follow @YahooDrSaturday And don’t forget to keep up with all of Graham’s thoughts, witty comments and college football discussions on Facebook

Boston College beats USC 37-31 for first top-10 home win since 1989 [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 14, 2014, 4:16 am]
It’s hard to get excited about USC because every time we think the Trojans might be reverting back to their early 2000’s form, they go and lose a game they probably should have won. Case in point: Boston College 37, USC 31. It’s easy to say this was a case of a young West Coast team travelling to the East Coast after an emotional win, but Boston College deserves a heap of credit for this victory because it flat-out beat the Trojans, pure and simple. This is a Boston College team that hadn’t defeated a ranked team since 2007 and hadn’t beaten an AP Top 10 team at home since 1989. So how did they work their magic against the Trojans? By making USC one-dimensional. The Trojans running game, which had been a staple of its victories in its first two games, was held to just 20 yards by a Eagles defense that allowed more 300 rushing yards to Pittsburgh just a week ago. Meanwhile, offensively, Boston College hit USC with the option, an offensive scheme it doesn’t see often and for which it clearly wasn’t prepared. USC had no answer for quarterback Tyler Murphy who led the Eagles to 506 yards of total offense while rushing for 191 yards and a score. This loss isn’t the end of the world for USC, but I think any shot at the College Football Playoff is probably out, especially since the Trojans don’t face Oregon on the regular season schedule. But winning the Pac-12 South is not out of the cards with a South Division that has looked a little rickety through the first three weeks, and if the Trojans could get to the Pac-12 championship and perhaps beat Oregon, well, then, that might be a different story. This is a disappointing loss, but this is also a young USC team still learning a new coaching staff. There were bound to be highs and lows and there probably won’t be a bigger emotional swing than the one from the Stanford win to this loss. For more USC news, visit TrojanSports.com. For more Boston College news, visit EagleAction.com. - - - - - - - Graham Wa

Boston College beats USC 37-31 for first top-10 win since 1989 [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 14, 2014, 4:16 am]
It’s hard to get excited about USC because every time we think the Trojans might be reverting back to their early 2000’s form, they go and lose a game they probably should have won. Case in point: Boston College 37, USC 31. It’s easy to say this was a case of a young West Coast team travelling to the East Coast after an emotional win, but Boston College deserves a heap of credit for this victory because it flat-out beat the Trojans, pure and simple. This is a Boston College team that hadn’t defeated a ranked team since 2007 and hadn’t beaten an AP Top 10 team since 1989. So how did they work their magic against the Trojans? By making USC one-dimensional. The Trojans running game, which had been a staple of its victories in its first two games, was held to just 20 yards by a Eagles defense that allowed more 300 rushing yards to Pittsburgh just a week ago. Meanwhile, offensively, Boston College hit USC with the option, an offensive scheme it doesn’t see often and for which it clearly wasn’t prepared. USC had no answer for quarterback Tyler Murphy who led the Eagles to 506 yards of total offense while rushing for 191 yards and a score. This loss isn’t the end of the world for USC, but I think any shot at the College Football Playoff is probably out, especially since the Trojans don’t face Oregon on the regular season schedule. But winning the Pac-12 South is not out of the cards with a South Division that has looked a little rickety through the first three weeks, and if the Trojans could get to the Pac-12 championship and perhaps beat Oregon, well, then, that might be a different story. This is a disappointing loss, but this is also a young USC team still learning a new coaching staff. There were bound to be highs and lows and there probably won’t be a bigger emotional swing than the one from the Stanford win to this loss. For more USC news, visit TrojanSports.com. For more Boston College news, visit EagleAction.com. - - - - - - - Graham Watson is





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