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Watch Todd Gurley's Insane 4th-Quarter Performance vs. Tennessee

When you feed Todd Gurley the ball, good things happen.

With the Georgia Bulldogs in a dogfight with the Tennessee Volunteers during Week 5 of the 2014 college football season, head coach Mark Richt decided to put the game in Gurley's hands.

Watch as the star running back breaks off a 51-yard touchdown run and follows it with a ridiculous hurdle over a Tennessee defender.  

Is Gurley atop the Heisman boards after this performance? Watch the video and let us know!  

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Tennessee vs. Georgia: Score and Twitter Reaction

The Tennessee Volunteers traveled to Athens and gave the No. 12 Georgia Bulldogs all they could handle on Saturday in an SEC showdown that resulted in a 35-32 victory for the home team. The Bulldogs may have notched the win, but Tennessee made them earn every single yard from the onset of the contest.

Volunteers quarterback Justin Worley got things going early for the visiting team, completing four of his first five passes to drive his offense 43 yards into field-goal range. Aaron Medley capped off the nine-play drive with a 46-yard kick to put Tennessee up 3-0.

Worley was back at it soon after, as the Volunteers defense thwarted the early efforts of Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason and forced a punt. The Tennessee signal-caller completed big passes to Ethan Wolf and Johnathan Johnson to move deep into Georgia territory, and running back Jalen Hurd finished off the nine-play, 72-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge.

All of a sudden, Tennessee found itself up 10-0. SportsCenter tweeted the early score:

The Bulldogs wouldn't be denied for long, though. After Georgia's defense forced a three-and-out, a Matt Darr punt was returned 29 yards to the Tennessee 32 by Isaiah McKenzie. That return sparked the offense, as Todd Gurley began the drive with a 16-yard run and Mason finished it off with a three-yard scoring scamper.

ESPN College Football tweeted the result of the drive:

The second quarter started with Mason throwing an interception, leading Georgia to smartly lean on its running game on the ensuing drive. That turned out to be a brilliant idea, as Gurley and Nick Chubb pounded the Tennessee offense, combining to carry seven times on the drive. Gurley's one-yard touchdown leap gave Georgia its first lead of the day.

Eye on College Football noted just how close the running back's scoring plunge was:

After another Tennessee punt, the Bulldogs offense picked right up where it left off. Sony Michel entered the mix at running back and Mason relied on several short, high-percentage passes to move the ball down the field. A screen pass from Mason to Chubb capped off the drive, as the running back burned the defense for a 20-yard score.

Rivals.com noted how high the freshman was ranked heading to Georgia:

With the Bulldogs up 21-10, the Volunteers needed to answer before the half. Hurd answered the call. He rushed for 18 and 19 yards to kick off the drive. One 18-yard reception later, the running back put his offense in position to strike. A picture-perfect 23-yard pass from Worley to Jason Croom in the corner of the end zone got the Volunteers within four at the break.

Wes Rucker of 247Sports was certainly impressed:

The start of the third quarter began in ominous fashion for the Bulldogs, as Mason tossed his second interception of the day. However, Georgia's defense held strong and forced a punt on Tennessee's ensuing drive.

Tennessee appeared ready to take the lead late in the quarter, driving down to Georgia's 21-yard line; although, a fumble by Marlin Lane saw the Volunteers' drive come to a swift halt. The end result was a quarter that produced zero points.

That would all change in the game's final quarter.

After a few early punts, Gurley showed up in a big way for the Bulldogs. He was steady throughout the game, but appeared to only get stronger as the game went on. A five-play drive—featuring four Gurley runs—was finished with a blazing 51-yard touchdown scamper by the Heisman-contending running back.

SportsCenter tweeted its reaction to the run:

Not to be outdone, Worley stepped up in a big way for Tennessee on the ensuing drive. He tossed a 31-yard strike to Pig Howard for a touchdown, and followed that up with a scrambling, two-point conversion, via a floating pass to Daniel Helm.

Rivals.com enthusiastically tweeted the game's late drama:

The Volunteers forced a punt on Georgia's next drive; however, a brilliant kick from Collin Barber was downed at the 1-yard line. This led to disaster for Tennessee. Hurd was given the handoff from his own end zone, but he lost control of the ball and saw Georgia recover for a score.

ESPN College Football noted Hurd's great game, but that fumble sure hurt:

The Volunteers gained possession down by 10, and Worley continued his impressive play immediately. Big completions to Wolf and Croom allowed the offense to march deep inside Georgia territory, and facing a 3rd-and-goal, Worley found Marquez North in the back of the end zone for another touchdown.

Former NFL veteran Donte' Stallworth tweeted his impression on the Tennessee quarterback:

Suddenly, the Volunteers had new life, trailing by three points with two minutes remaining.

After a failed onside kick, Georgia attempted to keep the ball on the ground and kill the clock. The team was able to do just that with Gurley in the backfield. He carried six consecutive times, earned two first downs and finished off the Volunteers.

The running back finished with a career-best 208 rushing yards against Tennessee, via Seth Emerson of The Macon Telegraph:

Despite losing the game, Tennessee proved it can hang with the best the SEC has to offer. Worley appears to be the real deal under center, and the emergence of Hurd at the running back position was a breath of fresh air for the Volunteers.

Tennessee's remaining schedule isn't easy, with Ole Miss, Alabama and South Carolina comprising three ranked teams looming in the future. However, this is a young Volunteers team that certainly appears to have a very bright future ahead.

Georgia's win secures its position near the top of the nation's standings for another week. This team has bounced back nicely since a devastating loss to South Carolina, and Gurley continues to look like this year's Heisman favorite.

While only one ranked team remains on the Bulldogs' schedule—No. 5 Auburn—Georgia doesn't have it easy, as road games against Missouri and Arkansas could prove to be tricky. However, after the performance we was on Saturday, this team looks to have what it takes to win out from here.

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Penn State Offensive Linemen Took Notes from Florida, Block Each Other

Apparently blocking your own teammate is a common occurrence.

Last year, a pair of Florida Gators players made blooper reels everywhere by blocking each other during a game. Those two now have some company in infamy.

During Saturday's game against Northwestern, Penn State offensive linemen Andrew Nelson and Brian Gala took a page out of Florida's playbook and decided to block each other.

One of them probably should have tried to stop the defender from getting to the ball-carrier.

At least this play is good news for Gators fans.

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Todd Gurley Runs for 51-Yard TD, Hurdles Defender on Consecutive Series

No. 12 Georgia had trouble creating separation from unranked Tennessee on Saturday, but Heisman candidate Todd Gurley gave the Bulldogs some breathing room early in the fourth quarter.

On 1st-and-10 from the Georgia 49-yard line, Gurley found a hole and slipped past a Tennessee defender. There was no stopping him from there.

The running back's second rushing touchdown of the day gave Georgia a 28-17 lead with 9:31 remaining.

On the very next series, Gurley added to his highlight reel by hurdling a defender.

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Jabrill Peppers Injury: Updates on Michigan Star's Status and Return

Despite ending last season with a 7-6 record, optimism is high for the Michigan Wolverines in 2014. One big reason for the excitement was the addition of highly-touted freshman Jabrill Peppers. 

Unfortunately for the Wolverines and Peppers, the star cornerback has been sidelined with an undisclosed injury sustained in practice, Michigan reports:

Dan Murphy of ESPN indicates he will not play against Minnesota:

After an embarrassing loss at home to Utah, the Wolverines can't afford to have a star like Peppers sidelined for very long.

Peppers was the top-ranked athlete and No. 3 overall prospect in the 2014 class, according to 247Sports.com. He played cornerback and returned punts for the Wolverines this season. 

Hoke loved the idea of using Peppers as a punt returner, telling Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press on August 22 that it gave the team an added dynamic:

No. 1, we’re putting a lot of our best guys on the field, that’s a plus. We’ve had some the last three years that have been decent, some that we haven’t maybe fielded the ball as well as we should sometimes. All through every special teams we want to get improvement.

In addition to his value in the return game, Peppers' presence in the secondary is necessary for the success of this team. Hoke's done a great job bringing talent to Ann Arbor, but the defense ranked 61st in pass yards allowed per game (231.3) last season. 

Even though he's a freshman, Peppers has skills that very few players in the country do. That's what made him such a sought-after recruit and why expectations are sky high for him right away. Losing him for any length of time changes the dynamic of Michigan's secondary.  

The Wolverines started the season unranked in the preseason polls after going just 7-6 last year, so there were already some questions about how good Hoke's team is going to be in 2014. 

Losing Peppers, who has the potential to be what Charles Woodson once was, certainly isn't going to quiet any of those concerns. It's also a huge setback for him, since every rep he can get is added experience to help him reach his full potential sooner than expected. 

 

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Texas vs. Kansas: Live Score and Highlights

Charlie Strong's Texas Longhorns travel to Lawrence Saturday, where they will try to snap a two-game losing streak against the Kansas Jayhawks.

Follow this page throughout this afternoon's action for updates, commentary and highlights of today's Big 12 matchup. Coverage begins at 4 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, and be sure to check out the box score on NCAA.com.

Also, stay tuned after the game to see the grades for both teams.

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Justin Worley Injury: Updates on Tennessee QB's Elbow and Return

Tennessee's struggling offense took another blow during Saturday's SEC opener at Georgia when starting quarterback Justin Worley left the game in the third quarter due to a right elbow injury. 

According to Jon Solomon of CBS Sports, citing the ESPN broadcasters, noted that Worley wasn't looking good to return and the injury occurred when a Georgia defender hit his elbow during a play:

Paul Fortenberry of Volquest.com indicated Worley returned to action in the 4th quarter: 

Solomon previously reported that Tennessee trainers were examining Worley's elbow on the sidelines after he got taken out:

The Volunteers' official Twitter account noted that Nathan Peterman was taking over at quarterback for Worley:

According to David Climer of The Tennessean, Worley did try some light throwing on the sideline but Football Time Magazine noted a few minutes later that he was going back to the locker room:

The Volunteers were off to a 2-1 start this season, but the two victories were against Arkansas State and Utah State. They need Worley healthy to contend in the ultra-competitive SEC.

 

 

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Louisiana Tech vs. Auburn: Live Score and Highlights

The No. 5 Auburn Tigers host the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in a nonconference meeting Saturday, Sept. 27.

Quarterback Nick Marshall and his Auburn squad have one final tuneup before an absolutely brutal conference slate, facing six consecutive ranked SEC squads over the next seven weeks.

Last weekend, Louisiana Tech fell to Northwestern State 30-27, so the Bulldogs are clear underdogs for the afternoon bout.

Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET, and the SEC Network will carry the game. Bleacher Report will provide live scoring updates and analysis. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Florida State vs. North Carolina State: Live Score and Highlights

Florida State 7, North Carolina State 7 -- 11:50 1st Quarter

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TCU Quarterbacks Skip Big TD Celebration for Simple Handshake

TCU quarterbacks Trevone Boykin and Zach Allen pulled off a superb touchdown celebration against SMU on Saturday.

Instead of going for an energetic chest bump, the quarterbacks both pulled up right before they left the ground and opted for the classy handshake. Thanks to great execution, the fake worked to perfection.

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Arkansas vs. Texas A&M: Live Score and Highlights

Texas A&M 7, Arkansas 7 ; Mid 1st Quarter

A big SEC West Division showdown takes place this afternoon as the Arkansas Razorbacks face the No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. 

The game begins at 3:30 p.m. ET. It can be seen on CBS. 

Odds Shark has the Aggies as a 12.5-point favorite. A full box score can be found here, courtesy of NCAA.com. 

 

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Sony Michel Injury: Updates on Georgia Star's Shoulder and Return

Georgia's Sony Michel exited the game vs. Tennessee with an injury to his left shoulder. Chip Towers of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution initially provided details on the news:

Edward Aschoff of ESPN later indicated Michel would not be returning to the game:

Michel ended with 17 yards on three carries. Georgia will need to lean heavily on Heisman contender Todd Gurley to fend off the Volunteers, who trailed by just four points at the half.

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Minnesota vs. Michigan: Live Score and Highlights

Michigan 0, Minnesota 0 (Early 1st Quarter)

The Shane Morris era has begun, as the sophomore will start for Michigan today versus Minnesota. 

Michigan leads the series for The Little Brown Jug, 73-24-3. 

The Gophers received the ball in the first half. 

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TCU QB Hilariously Fails to Prevent Safety, Penalty Negates Play

It's tough not to give TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin credit for giving a tremendous effort on this play against SMU. He did everything he could to prevent a safety after a bad snap but was unable to do so.

Luckily for the Horned Frogs, a Mustangs defensive lineman was flagged for offsides on the play, which negated the safety.

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Iowa's Louis Trinca-Pasat Does 'Namaste' Sack Celebration Against Purdue

Although some players like to get a little crazy with celebrations, Iowa defensive lineman Louis Trinca-Pasat likes to keep things simple.

Trinca-Pasat broke out a pretty short and sweet celebration after sacking Purdue quarterback Danny Etling on a third down during the second quarter of Saturday's game.

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Chauncey Manac Commits to Georgia: Bulldogs Land 4-Star 2016 DE

Georgia has an early kickoff with Tennessee Saturday, but coach Mark Richt and the Bulldogs got some fantastic news well before toe met leather in Athens Saturday morning.

Defensive end Chauncey Manac announced via Twitter that he had committed to Georgia, a major pickup for Richt and UGA’s 2016 recruiting class. Manac, a 4-star recruit who stands 6’3”, 220 pounds, hails from Homerville, Georgia, and plays for Clinch County High School.

He is rated by 247Sports as the No. 64 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, the No. 6 player in Georgia and the No. 5 defensive end.

He had offers from major programs across the South, including Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Mississippi State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas A&M.

Per 247Sports recruiting analyst Jake Rowe (subscription required), Manac's commitment is not a surprise. He had named Georgia as his leader and wanted to play for the Bulldogs as an in-state product. 

Manac is Georgia’s third commit for 2016, joining quarterback Jacob Eason (Lake Stephens, Washington) and offensive tackle Ben Cleveland (Toccoa, Georgia). Both Eason and Cleveland are 5-star commitments, and Georgia ranks seventh nationally in 247’s very early national team rankings.

Manac is a standout pass-rusher who’ll fortify an already strong Georgia defense when he arrives on campus. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.72 seconds, per his Hudl page, and has the kind of frame that can add muscle in the years to come, making him a force to be reckoned with. Rowe sees him as an outside linebacker who is a stand-up pass-rusher with excellent raw ability. 

It is a solid pickup for the Bulldogs' 2016 defensive class. 

 

All star rankings courtesy of 247Sports.

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Best Signs from ESPN's 'College GameDay' Week 5

ESPN's College GameDay crew found itself in Columbia, South Carolina, for Missouri vs. No. 13 South Carolina during Week 5 of the 2014 college football season. 

Fans got creative with their signs for the SEC showdown. Below are some of our favorites, including some that didn't make it to air.

In case you had forgotten, Missouri missed a chance at a game-tying field goal in overtime in 2013.

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Northwestern vs. Penn State: Live Score and Highlights

Northwestern 14, Penn State 0—Early 2nd Quarter

If you're looking for two programs that appear to be polar opposites of one another, look no further than Penn State and Northwestern.  Penn State seems to be very much on the upswing, while Northwestern can't seem to get anything to go right after last season's disappointment.

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South Florida vs. Wisconsin: Live Score and Highlights

South Florida 3, Wisconsin 3, Mid-2nd Quarter

The Wisconsin Badgers and South Florida Bulls have began play and the game is airing on ESPNU.

Last week, Wisconsin (2-1) ran away with the victory over Bowling Green, literally. The Badgers set a Big Ten record with 644 rushing yards in that game, and they will look to keep things going when they take on South Florida (2-2) at noon ET on ESPNU.

The Bulls are coming off a 17-14 victory over Connecticut, but Saturday will be the first road game of the season for them.

Stay with us for live updates and analysis throughout the game.

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College Football: Top 5 Games to Watch in Week 5

Week 5 of the college football season will feature three intriguing matchups out of the SEC, which could have conference and national title implications.

Tennessee will face Georgia in the first of three highly anticipated SEC games on Saturday. That game will be followed by rivals Arkansas and Texas A&M battling it out in Arlington and Missouri looking to upset South Carolina on the road in prime time. 

Top-ranked Florida State will travel to Raleigh to face an NC State team that has struggled on the road as of late. Cincinnati will also look to give Ohio State trouble and earn its first win in Columbus in school history. 

With much anticipation for the start of SEC play and important nonconference matchups, here are the top five games to watch on Saturday.   

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