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|No. 2 Oregon learns from Pac-12 opener (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 22, 2014, 12:53 am]
The second-ranked Ducks were flying high after a nonconference victory over then-No. 7 Michigan State earlier this season, but Washington State and the start of Pac-12 play brought Oregon back to reality. The Cougars and their Air Raid offense under coach Mike Leach pressured the Ducks (4-0, 1-0) throughout, and pulled even at 31 in the final quarter. ''We faced a ton of adversity, some self-inflicted, some not,'' Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said.
Clemson coach says freshman quarterback will start (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 10:52 pm]
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says five-star freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson will get the start in the next game against North Carolina.
Rutgers loses leading rusher James to knee injury (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 9:09 pm]
Rutgers running back Paul James will miss the rest of the season after he tore a knee ligament during the Scarlet Knights' victory against Navy. James was the team's leading rusher and had 96 yards and a touchdown on seven carries against Navy on Saturday before taking a helmet to his knee. Coach Kyle Flood announced on Sunday that James tore the ACL in his right knee when he took a Navy player's helmet to his knee. ''It's somebody who's created a lot of big plays in the running game and did it again yesterday.'' Rutgers beat Navy 31-24.
Wildcats stun Cal with Hail (Hill) Mary (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 8:58 pm]
Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon rolled to the right to create time and space, planted his feet and heaved the ball into the desert air. Austin Hill jostled for position as he ran down the field, reaching the back corner of the end zone just in time to trace the arc of the ball. Hoping not to get knocked out of the way, Hill planted his feet and reached up, bracing for the impact that never came. Surrounded by gold-clad Cal defenders, the senior somehow came down with the nugget.
Huskers see no need to celebrate their 4-0 start (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 8:15 pm]
Nebraska has made it through non-conference play unbeaten for the first time in three years. The 21st-ranked Huskers (4-0) have endured embarrassing losses at least once in each of Bo Pelini's first six seasons. ''Any given week, anything can happen,'' running back Ameer Abdullah said.
Loss to Miss St. yields QB questions for LSU (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 8:13 pm]
In LSU's worst game of this young season, reserve quarterback Brandon Harris looked better than ever in the little playing time he had. The freshman's stirring performance in the dying minutes of a humbling 34-29 loss to Mississippi State begged the question of what might have been if the young quarterback with the big arm had more snaps. ''We are still going to look at the overall body of work and the things that we can do with him.'' Mississippi State, which went from unranked up to No. 14 in the AP Poll on Sunday, appeared to have LSU down for the count when the Bulldogs kicked a field goal to make it 34-10 early in the fourth quarter. Bulldogs quarterback Dak Prescott was having his way with an LSU defense plagued by communication problems and missed assignments in giving up 10 plays of 20-yards or more, including touchdowns of 74 and 56 yards.
Alabama's play ranged from great to awful in win (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 7:02 pm]
Alabama's numbers were a mish-mash of the awfully pretty and pretty awful: four turnovers, 11 penalties, 645 yards - and one more win. The third-ranked Crimson Tide retained its perfect record with Saturday's 42-21 win over Florida but the performance was anything but pristine. I think that's a lot easier to do when you eliminate negative plays.'' He said many of the 11 penalties for 80 yards resulted from lack of discipline but that this hasn't been characteristic of the Tide (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference). The Gators (2-1, 1-1) cashed in on three of the turnovers with touchdowns for their only points, one on a fumble recovery and the other two on drives totaling 47 yards.
Playing catch up: Gordon, No. 19 Badgers impress (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 6:35 pm]
Wisconsin's offense is a work in progress with a first-year starting quarterback throwing to receivers placed in more prominent roles this season. Regardless of the quality of opponent, Saturday's victory was just the kind of morale-building performance that Wisconsin needed following an uneven start. Gordon had a career-best 253 yards rushing and five touchdowns against Bowling Green, and Wisconsin had a Big Ten-record 644 yards rushing as a team. They still do that, by the way, under coach Gary Andersen.
No. 4 Oklahoma thrives in test at West Virginia (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 6:25 pm]
Playing a long stretch of games away from home doesn't stir great concern for Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and his players. The Sooners overcame their first deficit of the season to quiet a sellout crowd at West Virginia, and now fourth-ranked Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) will use a bye week to try to build on a solid start to the season. Oklahoma pulled away in the second half of a 45-33 win over the Mountaineers on Saturday night by slowing down West Virginia's up-tempo offense in the second half and letting the Sooners' 243-pound freshman running back Samaje Perine do most of the work.
East Carolina, Mississippi St move into AP Top 25 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 6:13 pm]
East Carolina is ranked in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time since 2008 and Mississippi State moved into the Top 25 for the first time in two seasons after breaking a long losing streak against LSU. The top seven teams are the same as last week, starting with No. 1 Florida State, which escaped 23-17 in overtime against Clemson on Saturday night. The Pirates are No. 23 after a record-setting 70-41 victory against North Carolina. ECU has beaten Atlantic Coast Conference teams the past two weeks after winning at Virginia Tech.
Winston returns, Florida State believes it's No. 1 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 5:53 pm]
Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston is back. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher announced his quarterback was once again the starter shortly after the top-ranked Seminoles survived their biggest regular-season scare since Winston earned the job at the start of 2013. Winston cheered his teammates from the sideline Saturday night as Florida State squeaked by Clemson 23-17 in overtime at home. The schedule now favors the Seminoles (3-0, 1-0) with the face of the program under center and no ranked opponents for the next 26 days.
No. 2 Oregon holds off Washington State, 38-31 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 6:42 am]
Marcus Mariota threw for 329 yards and five touchdowns as No. 2 Oregon held off Washington State 38-31 on Saturday night in a matchup of two of the top offenses in the nation. Devon Allen and Keanon Lowe each had two touchdown receptions for Oregon (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12), which has won eight straight games against Washington State. Connor Halliday threw for 436 yards and four touchdowns for Washington State (1-3, 0-1), which boasts the nation's top passing attack. Washington State played stout defense in the first half, sacking Mariota five times and recording seven tackles for losses, while holding the Ducks to a total of 210 yards.
Hail Mary sends Wildcats to 49-45 win over Cal (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 6:26 am]
Anu Solomon hit Austin Hill on a 47-yard Hail Mary on the game's final play and Arizona scored 36 points in the fourth quarter to pull off an improbable 49-45 win over California Saturday night. Cal (2-1, 0-1 Pac-12) threatened to turn Arizona's whiteout into a blowout, deflating the Wildcats and their white-shirt-wearing fans with two quick scores and a 22-point halftime lead. Arizona (4-0, 1-0) charged back behind Solomon, who threw for 520 yards and had four of his five touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats recovered an onside kick after Cal was called for a batting penalty and pulled within 2 after Solomon hit Cayleb Jones on a 15-yard scoring pass.
No. 1 Florida St survives against No. 22 Clemson (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 4:22 am]
With Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston watching from the sideline, No. 1 Florida State came back to beat No. 22 Clemson 23-17 in overtime on Karlos Williams' 12-yard touchdown run Saturday night. Winston was suspended for the game against Clemson (1-2, 0-1 ACC) after making ''offensive and vulgar'' comments earlier this week on campus. His backup, Sean Maguire, had an up-and-down night, and Clemson had enough missed opportunities to allow Florida State (3-0, 1-0) to extend its winning streak to 19 games. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney declined to attempt a 33-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime and Adam Choice was stuffed for no gain on fourth-and-1.
No. 4 Oklahoma beats West Virginia 45-33 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 3:42 am]
Bruising freshman Samaje Perine rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 4 Oklahoma to a 45-33 win over West Virginia in their Big 12 opener Saturday night. Alex Ross scored on a 100-yard kickoff return and quarterback Trevor Knight caught a 4-yard scoring pass on a trick play for the Sooners (4-0, 1-0). Oklahoma pulled away from a 24-24 halftime tie to win its eighth straight game dating to last season and its 11th road game in 12 tries. Clint Trickett threw for 376 yards and two touchdowns for West Virginia, (2-2, 0-1).
No. 14 South Carolina rallies, beats Vandy 48-34 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 3:32 am]
Now Steve Spurrier trails only Paul ''Bear'' Bryant for the most Southeastern Conference wins by a coach. Better yet, his 14th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks shook off a hangover to win their third straight game. Dylan Thompson threw for 237 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran for another score as South Carolina rallied from 14 points down Saturday night to beat Vanderbilt 48-34. Spurrier now has 202 Southeastern Conference wins, breaking a tie with Vince Dooley and putting him second only to Bryant (292).
Mississippi St. stuns No. 8 LSU, 34-29 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 3:03 am]
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Dak Prescott highlighted a dynamic performance with two touchdown passes and 56-yard scoring run, and Mississippi State held off a wild rally by No. 8 LSU for a 34-29 victory Saturday night that snapped the Bulldogs' 14-year losing streak in the series.
Florida State's Winston participates in warmups (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 12:21 am]
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Suspended Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston came out in full pads and participated in warm-ups Saturday night for before going back to the locker room and changing into street clothes.
Hill leads No. 21 BYU past Virginia, 41-33 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 21, 2014, 12:01 am]
Taysom Hill threw two touchdown passes and rushed for a score to lead No. 21 Brigham Young to a 41-33 comeback win over Virginia on Saturday. The Cougars (4-0) trailed 16-13 at the half and lagged behind the Cavaliers in almost every statistical category but turned the game around with two third-quarter touchdowns. Adam Hine sealed the victory for BYU with a 99-yard kickoff return midway through the final quarter. Virginia (2-2) had to settle for four field goals by Ian Frye field on four possessions that went deep into BYU territory.
Indiana upsets No. 18 Missouri 31-27 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 20, 2014, 11:53 pm]
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- D'Angelo Roberts scored on a 3-yard touchdown run with 22 seconds remaining and Nate Sudfeld passed for 252 yards and a touchdown to help Indiana upset No. 18 Missouri 31-27 on Saturday.