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Tennessee's young team proves to be better than expected [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 1, 2014, 2:46 am]
Tennessee was the youngest team in the country this season, but it didn’t look like it in its season opener against Utah State. The Vols jumped out to a 14-0 lead and never looked back trouncing the Aggies 38-7. It was a result no one who wasn’t a Tennessee fan saw coming. Utah State was returning a veteran quarterback and a strong defense while more than half of Tennessee’s roster was new. But coach Butch Jones' recruiting appeared to pay off as Tennessee was faster, more efficient and even coached better than their Utah State counterparts. The way Tennessee played in its season opener makes the Sept. 13 contest against Oklahoma far more intriguing than it was even a day ago. Oklahoma had its way with Louisiana Tech 48-16 on Saturday. The Vols have to get past Arkansas State next weekend and Oklahoma has Tulsa, but that Sept. 13 contest, if both teams stay undefeated, could have some meaning later in the season, especially for Oklahoma, which might need a quality win to offset the fact that the Big 12 doesn’t play a conference championship game. But Tennessee is no longer a gimme and this game might have raised expectations for the Vols. Jones’ team looked ready to compete and appeared to be — albeit against a Mountain West team — a better squad than it was during his first season. We’ll see if that’s the case as the year treks on the opponents get more difficult. For more Tennessee news, visit VolQuest.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

NFL All-Pro CB Patrick Peterson requests a selfie with coach Les Miles following LSU win (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 1, 2014, 2:08 am]
After LSU’s exciting comeback win against Wisconsin on Saturday, former LSU cornerback — and NFL All-Pro — found coach Les Miles on the sideline and requested a selfie. Me and the Hatter after a big win. #geauxtigers pic.twitter.com/drWlborLjP — Patrick Peterson (@RealPeterson21) August 31, 2014 Peterson, a three-time Pro Bowlers for the Arizona Cardinals, went photo happy after the game snapping photos with LSU running backs coach Frank Wilson and safety Jalen Mills as well. Great TEAM victory for #LSU tonight! Throwing up the L's with @RealPeterson21 !! #GeauxTigers #ForeverLSU pic.twitter.com/ktWL5WFeN5 — Frank Wilson (@LSUCoachWilson) August 31, 2014 Me and Yung @Jmills_LSU after the big game. pic.twitter.com/QbG7V89eMp — Patrick Peterson (@RealPeterson21) August 31, 2014 Wonder whether Peterson would have been requesting postgame photos had LSU not scored 21 unanswered points to win 28-24? For more LSU news, visit TigerBait.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

The 'Baylor Line' makes its inaugural appearance at McLane Stadium [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 1, 2014, 1:32 am]
Baylor might have a new stadium, but the traditions from it old home remained intact. Included in those traditions was the “Baylor Line” where members of the Line get to run down the opposite tunnel from the players and onto the field. Here's a little more information from the Baylor website: Prior to each home football game, the Line gathers at one end of Floyd Casey Stadium and, led by the cheers of alumni and fans, runs onto the field and creates an enormous human tunnel to welcome the football team to Floyd Casey Stadium. After each player and coach has entered the stadium, The Line takes their seats in an exclusive Baylor Line section behind the opponent’s bench to cheer on the Bears to victory. As you can imagine, this can sometimes get a little dicey as it did for the poor students who were trampled on the right side of the video. Still, if you can manage to keep your feet and avoid injury, this is a pretty cool tradition, especially to christen a new stadium. For more Baylor news, visit SicEmSports.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

Baylor unveils Robert Griffin III statute at McLane Stadium (Photo) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 31, 2014, 11:08 pm]
Not only is Baylor officially opening a new stadium Sunday night, it also unveiled a statue of Robert Griffin III. The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner was at the dedication for his new statue, which was shown off a few hours before Baylor kicked off against SMU. Griffin and coach Art Briles helped usher in an era of unprecedented passing success at Baylor. And depending on how the 2014 season goes, there may be another QB statue next to Griffin's. Bryce Petty threw for 4,200 yards, 32 touchdowns and three interceptions in 2013. Another repeat performance – minus another Baylor disaster against Oklahoma State – and Petty could be a contender for the Heisman Trophy. - - - - - - - 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

North Carolina State shows off black jerseys for Old Dominion game [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 31, 2014, 10:14 pm]
North Carolina State is riffing off AC/DC for its next game. The Wolfpack are wearing black uniforms September 6 against Old Dominion. And if you didn't already guess what the AC/DC reference is, it's Pack in Black. (The video above has AC/DC as the soundtrack.) The school showed off the uniforms to the players on Sunday. We're going to call it a subdued excitement. There are some whoops, but not the sheer pandemonium we've seen before with uniform unveilings. As for the uniforms themselves, it looks like a wolf has attacked each player's shoulders and they are playing with severe wounds. The wolves should be attacking the opposing team. #PackinBlack jerseys will be available for purchase at a later date @adidas pic.twitter.com/v4eZocMOOW— NC State Football (@PackFootball) August 31, 2014 The helmets look good though. We're a sucker for black helmets, and the patterning is a cool and subdued. NC State had to come back and beat Georgia Southern 24-23 in the first game of the season Saturday. - - - - - - - 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

LSU capitalizes on Wisconsin turnovers and injuries to win 28-24 [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 31, 2014, 5:04 am]
LSU was thoroughly outplayed for the first half of Saturday night's game against Wisconsin. But thanks to some errant passes by Tanner McEvoy and two key injuries on the Badgers defensive line, the Tigers came back to win 28-24. It's the 46th consecutive non-conference win for LSU coach Les Miles. In the first half, Wisconsin DE Konrad Zagzebski was carted off the field after he suffered a neck injury making a tackle. He was taken to a local hospital and ESPN reported that he had movement in his extremeties. Then, Warren Herring, the Badgers' starting nose tackle, went down with an injury. The absence of the two was noticeable on what proved to be LSU's game-winning drive. With both integral pieces of the Wisconsin line missing, LSU RB Kenny Hilliard gashed Wisconsin on three straight runs up the middle, the last of which was a 28-yard TD. Hilliard's run was sandwiched between two Tanner McEvoy interceptions. The first was a great play by Jaylen Mills, who saw the route from his safety position and glided over towards the receiver to swipe the ball as McEvoy threw it. The second, on a drive that was Wisconsin's last best chance at the win, McEvoy and Reggie Love must have had a miscommunication. Receiver and ball weren't in the same zip code and Ronald Martin had an easy interception. McEvoy beat out Joel Stave, who started last season for Wisconsin, for the starting QB job in fall camp. And the second-guessing has already started among Wisconsin fans. McEvoy finished 8-of-24 passing for 50 yards and the two interceptions. While McEvoy struggled, Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon shined. He ran for 140 yards and a touchdown on just 16 carries. But there's the rub. While McEvoy couldn't find anything resembling a groove in the air, he threw the ball eight more times than the Heisman candidate ran it. Gordon's carries seemed inversely proportional to LSU's success as well. He ran the ball 12 times in the first half as Wisconsin controlled the game. But as LSU crept back in t

Cody Kessler leads USC to a therapeutic win after a turbulent week [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 31, 2014, 4:43 am]
LOS ANGELES — The joy was unmistakable on the faces of Cody Kessler and Steve Sarkisian. Seconds after Kessler delivered his final touchdown strike of USC's 52-13 season-opening demolition of visiting Fresno State on Saturday night, the junior quarterback ran in the direction of his head coach and the two met in midair for a flying chest bump. The fun-filled night was just what the Trojans needed at the end of a chaotic, distraction-filled week. Kessler threw for a career-high 394 yards and four touchdowns in less than three quarters of action, leading USC to a therapeutic victory that shifted the focus from everything that went wrong off the field this week to everything that could be possible on it later this season. Of course, shredding Fresno State isn't the same as doing it against elite opposition, but consider Saturday's performance a warning shot from Kessler and the Trojans. USC shouldn't be discounted as a potential Pac-12 title threat even though it plays in the same conference as highly ranked Oregon, UCLA and Stanford. Nor should Kessler be overlooked as one of the quarterback-rich Pac-12's top passing threats even if he plays in the same league as Heisman hopefuls Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley. "Cody had a great game," Sarkisian said. "I've always thought Cody would be a good fit in this system. I think it fits his skill set. The athleticism he has in short areas is better than people think. I think it showed tonight in his ability to buy time and make plays downfield, which is critical to what we do. And then he throws an accurate ball, which is something he has always done." Kessler's heroics were the most noteworthy aspect of a USC victory that seemed a bit more momentous than a season-opening rout of a Mountain West foe would normally be. Fresno State returned 13 starters from an 11-win team and was eager to avenge its season-ending loss to the Trojans in the Las Vegas Bowl. USC also badly needed a convincing victory to start the Sarkisian era

Florida State survives Oklahoma State's upset bid and wins 37-31 [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 31, 2014, 3:57 am]
Florida State's first game as defending national champions was not an exercise in domination. Oklahoma State hung with a Seminoles team that looked out of sync at times before a costly fourth-quarter turnover gave Florida State a two-possession lead and ultimately a 37-31 win in Dallas. After Florida State kicked a field goal to go up 30-24, Oklahoma State had the ball at its own 44-yard-line with just over five minutes left. On the third play of the drive, QB J.W. Walsh, who had been an effective runner for most of the evening, scrambled and flipped over as he was tackled. The ball slipped out of his hand before his elbow hit the ground and Florida State fell on it. On the second play following the fumble, Heisman-winning QB Jameis Winston threw into traffic to Rashad Greene, who snagged the ball and raced 50 yards for a touchdown and a 37-24 lead. While Oklahoma State scored with two minutes to go via a Walsh run, it never got the ball back for a chance to win the game. Winston looked liked his dynamic self in flashes, especially on a nifty 28-yard touchdown run in the third quarter where he hurdled a teammate and immediately sidestepped a defender. However, for the glimpses of Heisman brillaince, there were also moments of ineptness. He threw two interceptions (and nearly a third) and took a couple of sacks that could have been minimized. He finished 25-39 passing for 370 yards. The Seminoles' biggest playmaker was Greene. He had 11 catches for 203 yards. For as well as Oklahoma did stopping Florida State's running game, it didn't have an answer for Greene, who seemingly created his own space in Oklahoma State's secondary at will. While it was a bit more dramatic than expected, the win should do nothing to rattle the Noles bid for a return trip to Dallas in January for the title game of the College Football Playoff. Florida State's immense talent was evident; it just wasn't consistent throughout the entire 60 minutes. And much like the BCS Championship Game in

Winners and losers: Texas A&M had the most impressive showing of the weekend [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 31, 2014, 3:50 am]
If someone had said Texas A&M would be the most talked about team after the opening weekend — for good reasons — few would have seen that coming. But the Aggies' 52-28 win against South Carolina in Williams-Brice Stadium was one of the most unexpected and impressive victories of the opening weekend and now, Texas A&M has suddenly become a team to watch in the SEC (again). Quarterback Kenny Hill broke two school records by throwing for more than 500 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start. He drew praise from across the country, including his predecessor Johnny Manziel, who dubbed him “Kenny Football,” a name Hill didn’t actually like. Hill’s effort more resembled the first-career game of last year’s Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, which has made Hill a must-watch for weeks to come. But it wasn’t just the offense that wowed. The defense was especially impressive considering it was one of the worst units in the country a year ago. South Carolina was supposed to have a stellar offense, but it sputtered at times while the A&M defense thrived. It’s way too early to anoint Texas A&M the frontrunner in the SEC (and a little absurd), but Thursday’s performance showed there is life after Johnny and that A&M is more about its system than it is about its stars. And that’s exciting news considering Texas A&M has been one of the most entertaining teams to watch in the past two years and should continue to be so in 2014. Here are the rest of the winners and losers from the opening weekend: WINNERS The Georgia running game: The Georgia running game will be something to be feared this season after the 328-yard performance it dropped on Clemson. Junior Todd Gurley led a group of six different ball carriers with 15 touches for 198 yards and three touchdowns. Yes, that’s a 13.2 average while also scoring three touchdowns. We also were introduced to freshman Nick Chubb, who had four carries for 70 yards and a score. That touchdown came on a d

Eastern Michigan players try to knock down a concrete wall in a fantastic field entrance fail (GIF) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 31, 2014, 3:10 am]
Teams are always trying to come up with new and exciting ways to introduce their teams, but sometimes they try just a little too difficult. Case in point, Eastern Michigan, which thought having it’s players smash through a brick wall would be a great way to introduce this year’s team. Unfortunately, this stunt took three players with sledgehammers and nearly 20 seconds to pull off while all 8,748 fans in attendance patiently waited for the first game under coach Chris Creighton to begin. For the sake of the players, who edged out a 31-28 win against Morgan State, we hope Eastern Michigan just sticks with the fog machine and some techno music next time. - - - - - - - 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

Todd Gurley runs wild in Georgia's 45-21 win over Clemson [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 31, 2014, 2:08 am]
Todd Gurley stole the show Saturday night in Athens. In Georgia’s convincing 45-21 win over Clemson, the junior running back registered more all-purpose yards (293) than the entire Tigers team gained on offense (291). He ran for 198 yards on just 15 carries, scoring on touchdowns runs from 23, 18, and 51 yards, and also returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score. He put the team on his back in the second half, almost singlehandedly propelling the Bulldogs to a resounding 24-point win. But the final score doesn’t tell the whole story. In fact, the game was extremely tight most of the way – Georgia led by just three points through three quarters. Clemson’s combination of Cole Stoudt and Deshaun Watson were steady enough to give the Tigers a chance. Clemson even led midway through the second quarter before Gurley’s kickoff return tied things at 21. Perplexingly, Gurley only touched the ball five times in the first half. Fellow junior Keith Marshall and highly-touted freshman Sony Michel were seeing significant touches, but were not nearly as effective as Gurley. Recognizing this, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo went back to Gurley in heavy doses when the second half began. Gurley delivered in a big way and at times, it didn’t even seem fair. Of his 198 rushing yards, 154 came in the second half, including 111 in a dominant fourth quarter. He showed every facet of his game. The vision was on display when he cut back and scored on an 18-yard pitch. His rare combination of speed and power was showcased on a game-clinching 51-yard scamper. And when Clemson finally thought they were getting a break from the bruising style of the 6-foot-1, 226-pound Gurley, stud true freshman Nick Chubb (5-foot-10, 228 pounds) showed Georgia’s depth at the position by breaking a handful of tackles on a 47-yard TD run. But in the end it was Gurley’s show. Not many players can average over 17 yards per touch against the No. 16 team in the country. It’s only week one, but this

Cal gets first FBS win since 2012 on the road against Northwestern [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 30, 2014, 11:25 pm]
Cal has matched last season's win total. And even if the Golden Bears lose every game the rest of the season and have consecutive 1-11 seasons, 2014 is already better than 2013 because of that lone win. The Golden Bears' 31-24 win over Northwestern Saturday was the first time Cal beat an FBS-level team since beating Washington State on Oct. 13, 2012. Yes, almost two years, and coincidentally, the same day that Georgia State last won a game before winning on Wednesday night against Abilene Christian. Last season, Cal's only win came against FCS Portland State. And it was by seven. Of it's 11 losses, one was against Northwestern, who won at Cal 44-30. It wasn't even close to that on Saturday. Cal stormed out to an early lead thanks to two touchdown passes by sophomore Jared Goff. Goff, who was Cal's primary QB last season as a freshman, finished 21-34 passing for 281 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Northwestern, meanwhile, looked much more like the team that finished 2013 on a seven-game losing streak before beating Illinois in the season finale than the team that started the year 0-4. QB Trevor Siemien, now without the shadow of Kain Colter, both on the field at quarterback and off the field with a union movement, was inefficient, only completing 23 of his 43 passes. The loss of Venric Mark, the potential sixth-year senior star at running back, was evident. Justin Jackson had eight carries for 40 yards and Treyvon Green had 13 carries for 37 yards. The highlight of Northwestern's day was a trick play for a TD. But it only cut the deficit to 31-21. After a fourth quarter field goal to make Cal's lead seven, Northwestern's potential game-winning drive went flat. The win could also be the start of a two-game winning streak for Cal. Next week, the Golden Bears play Sacramento State, another FCS school. A 2-0 Cal is incredibly possible. However, we won't get ahead of ourselves. Cal has five ranked teams on its schedule, plus games at Arizona, Washington State

Northwestern runs a throw-back pass for a touchdown (GIF) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 30, 2014, 10:24 pm]
Northwestern’s offense hasn’t exactly been lighting it up against Cal on Saturday, but it did have this gem of a trick play to get itself back in the game. After an interception by senior linebacker Colin Ellis put the Wildcats on the 17-yard line, quarterback Trevor Simien threw a screen pass to Jayme Taylor who threw it back to Simien. Simien, not known for his running ability or athleticism, somehow made a defensive back bite on his one and only move and then stretched out for the touchdown. There’s no doubt that DB will be hearing about that play all season. The entertaining and painfully slow-developing play cut Cal’s lead to 31-21 late in the third quarter. For more Northwestern news, visit WildcatReport.com. For more Cal news, visit GoldenBearReport.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

Nebraska WR Jordan Westerkamp makes insane behind-the-back catch (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 30, 2014, 10:11 pm]
It didn’t take long for Tavaun Smith’s awesome catch from earlier Saturday afternoon to get one-upped. Nebraska wideout Jordan Westerkamp, known for catching the game-winning Hail Mary pass in the Huskers’ win over Northwestern last season, somehow managed to haul in a Tommy Armstrong BEHIND HIS BACK during the third quarter against Florida Atlantic. That’s right – behind his back. You have to see it to believe it. I’ve really never seen anything like it. FAU defensive back Christian Milstead actually made a great play to dive and tip Armstrong’s pass, but Westerkamp somehow had the concentration to corral the ball behind his back while getting both feet in bounds. The catch was part of a great day for Westerkamp. The redshirt sophomore has caught seven passes for 125 yards and a touchdown while the Huskers maintain a big lead in the fourth quarter. The best catch of the 2014 college football season may have come in week one because Westerkamp’s play is going to be hard to beat. For more Nebraska news, visit HuskerOnline.com. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

San Diego State to wear helmet decal to honor Tony Gwynn (Photo) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 30, 2014, 9:52 pm]
San Diego State is wearing a helmet decal Saturday to honor baseball legend Tony Gwynn, who died of cancer this summer. #NeverForget Tony Gwynn. #GoAztecs pic.twitter.com/Y3K3d8qvun — SDSU Equipment Room (@SDSU_EQ) August 30, 2014 Gwynn played basketball and baseball at San Diego State before he played for the San Diego Padres for 20 years. After he retired from the Padres, he was the baseball coach at San Diego State for 12 years. Gwynn was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 and finished with a career .338 batting average and 3.141 hits. Gwynn was first diagnosed with cancer of the salivary gland in 2010. After numerous cancer treatments, he died on June 16. If you're not incredibly familiar with Gwynn's career, this post by Mike Oz at Big League Stew is required reading. San Diego State starts its season against Northern Arizona. - - - - - - - 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

Youngstown State punter kicks ball into blocker's rear end (GIF) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 30, 2014, 9:25 pm]
The rugby style roll-out punt is designed to prevent opposing teams from both blocking and returning the punt. In the third quarter on Saturday, Youngstown State stopped Illinois from doing either of those things. Because Youngstown State punter Joey Cejudo punted it into the butt of a teammate. As Cejudo rolled out to the right, he was way too close to one of his blockers. Instead of stopping his momentum and then punting the ball, he went ahead and kicked it anyway while still rolling to the right. It went straight into his teammate. The box score officially gives the block to Illinois' Joe Fotu – who did a good job of getting penetration on the play – but it's simply a situation where the nearest opposing defender gets credit for the mistake. So while the goof won't live on in infamy via print, it'll survive through video and GIF. The mishap effectively gave the game to Illinois. At the time of the punt, Youngstown State was winning 9-7. But the ball went out of bounds at the YSU 35-yard-line and Illinois scored on the drive to take a lead it wouldn't relinquish. The Illini eventually won 28-17. - - - - - - - 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

UCLA's defense shines while its offense has work to do [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 30, 2014, 8:15 pm]
UCLA’s much-hyped 2014 debut didn’t go the way it hoped, but at least it got out of Virginia with a 28-20 win against the Cavaliers. The Bruins, a team many thought could challenge for the College Football Playoff, looked out of sorts on offense as Heisman hopeful quarterback Brett Hundley was harassed by the vaunted Virginia defense most of the game. Hundley completed 20-of-33 passes for 242 yards and had the Bruins’ only offensive touchdown on a 6-yard run. The day actually belonged to the UCLA defense, which had three first-half touchdowns on turnovers. That kept UCLA in the game early, otherwise Virginia probably should have won the game. So, the defense answered whether it would be a strength for the Bruins this season, but the offense has a lot of work to do. Virginia’s defense was its strength coming into the season and it showed on Saturday. But what UCLA faced isn’t an anomaly. It’s going to see similar and better defenses in conference play, so it needs to figure what went wrong and correct it in a hurry. It will get a chance to have an offensive feel-good game against Memphis next week before it has to face Texas. Only then will we know what this offense really learned from its season opener. 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

UCLA's defense shines while it's offense has work to do [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 30, 2014, 8:15 pm]
UCLA’s much-hyped 2014 debut didn’t go the way it hoped, but at least it got out of Virginia with a 28-20 win against the Cavaliers. The Bruins, a team many thought could challenge for the College Football Playoff, looked out of sorts on offense as Heisman hopeful quarterback Brett Hundley was harassed by the vaunted Virginia defense most of the game. Hundley completed 20-of-33 passes for 242 yards and had the Bruins’ only offensive touchdown on a 6-yard run. The day actually belonged to the UCLA defense, which had three first-half touchdowns on turnovers. That kept UCLA in the game early, otherwise Virginia probably should have won the game. So, the defense answered whether it would be a strength for the Bruins this season, but the offense has a lot of work to do. Virginia’s defense was its strength coming into the season and it showed on Saturday. But what UCLA faced isn’t an anomaly. It’s going to see similar and better defenses in conference play, so it needs to figure what went wrong and correct it in a hurry. It will get a chance to have an offensive feel-good game against Memphis next week before it has to face Texas. Only then will we know what this offense really learned from its season opener. 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

Ohio State knocks off Navy 34-17 in first game without Braxton Miller [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 30, 2014, 8:08 pm]
Ohio State’s first game without Braxton Miller wasn’t easy, but things came together in the second half in a hard-fought 34-17 win over Navy in Baltimore. Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett made his first start at quarterback. Despite early struggles, he lived up to his dual-threat billing with 226 passing yards and two touchdowns and 50 rushing yards. Barrett threw just 15 passes, completing 12, as head coach Urban Meyer relied heavily on a bevy of talented running backs, three of whom rushed for more than 40 yards. With a new quarterback and four new starters on the offensive line, the Buckeyes’ offense looked a bit out of sorts from the jump, but a bruising running game wore the Midshipmen down as the game went on. The first half trudged to a close after a DeBrandon Sanders one-yard TD run for Navy and two Sean Nuernberger field goals for OSU. The second half was a different story. Less than two minutes into the third quarter, Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee returned a Keenan Reynolds fumble 61 yards to give the Buckeyes their first lead and first touchdown of 2014. Navy was able to quickly respond, however, when a 67-yard run from Ryan Williams-Jenkins set up a 1-yard TD run from Reynolds on the next drive to retake a 14-13 lead. Later in the third quarter, Barrett found Devin Street behind the Navy secondary for an 80-yard touchdown pass to give OSU a lead it would not relinquish for the rest of the game. Though it did allow a field goal, OSU’s defense stiffened while the running game grinded out the clock and sealed the victory. So what did we learn about the fifth-ranked Buckeyes? For one, the offense won’t look a whole lot different under Barrett compared to Miller, it’ll just be a simplified version. Save for his interception inside the red zone, Barrett made most of the right decisions in his first game action. Also, the Buckeyes have a slew of talented running backs who can shoulder the load. Though Barrett led the team in rushing, Curtis Samuel

Iowa's Tevaun Smith made a fantastic one-handed TD grab (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 30, 2014, 6:46 pm]
Iowa wideout Tevaun Smith gave us an early candidate for top catch of the week early in the second half against Northern Iowa. Leading 17-13, the Hawkeyes were looking to increase their lead on a third-and-goal from the 6-yard line. Quarterback Jake Rudock looked Smith’s way and the junior delivered, hauling Rudock’s pass with one hand in the back right corner of the end zone to increase the team’s lead to 24-13. Rudock’s pass was on the money, allowing Smith to make a play despite tight coverage from the Panthers’ Makinton Dorleant. After registering 24 catches for 310 yards as a sophomore in 2013, Smith was expected to see an increased role this season. Iowa head coach has to like what he’s seen from Smith thus far. Smith's team, however, is in a battle. Early in the fourth quarter, the Hawkeyes have just a one-point lead over their in-state FCS opponent. Maybe Smith can come to the rescue. For more Iowa news, visit HawkeyeReport.com. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper





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