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Tennessee vs. Alabama: Score, Highlights and Twitter Reaction

In a low-scoring, defensive clash, the No. 8 Alabama Crimson Tide outlasted the SEC rival Tennessee Volunteers, 19-14, on Saturday to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive and well.

It wasn't a vintage performance for the 7-1 Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, but the defense came through in a big way. Also, running back Derrick Henry once again spearheaded the offense with 28 rushes for 143 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with two minutes, 24 seconds remaining.

Tennessee will be left to wonder what could have been as kicker Aaron Medley missed three field goals in what ended up being a five-point loss.

Nevertheless, Alabama came away with its ninth consecutive victory over the Vols.

Despite the result, Tennessee's offense looked solid out of the gates. A missed 43-yard field goal by Medley on the opening drive of the game gave the Tide solid field position on their first drive, though.

Bama took advantage of that as Henry rumbled for a 20-yard touchdown about midway through the first quarter, as seen in this video, courtesy of CBS Sports:

Per ESPN Stats & Info, Henry improved upon his school record for most consecutive games with a rushing touchdown and closed in on an even more impressive mark as well:

While Alabama seemed poised to run the Vols out of the stadium, Tennessee had an answer on its ensuing drive, as quarterback Joshua Dobbs capped a 10-play drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Josh Smith.

The junior signal-caller may have been inspired by the fact that current Denver Broncos and former Volunteers quarterback Peyton Manning was present on the sidelines, as seen in this photo, courtesy of Tennessee Football on Twitter:

The offense dried up for both teams from that point forward, although Tennessee had an opportunity to seize the lead entering halftime.

Medley missed his second field goal of the day from 51 yards out, however, which left the score deadlocked at 7-7.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, Saturday was another example of Alabama's first-half struggles in home SEC encounters this season:

Per ESPN College Football, head coach Nick Saban isn't accustomed to playing such tightly contested games against the Vols:

Saban was visibly miffed by his team's first-half performance and made it clear that it needed to improve significantly in the second half, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy:

The Tide took Saban's words to heart, as they came out of the locker room firing with a 12-play, 73-yard drive. They sputtered at the 2-yard line, though, and were forced to settle for a field goal.

Tennessee had a chance to answer with a field goal of its own early in the fourth quarter, but Medley was wide again on a 51-yard try.

That gave the Crimson Tide a chance to put the Volunteers on the ropes, but they were once again unable to punch it into the end zone. Adam Griffith converted a 28-yard field goal to put Alabama up, 13-7, with just over seven minutes left in the contest.

Despite Tennessee's offensive struggles, Alabama left the door open for the Vols to potentially take the lead.

That is precisely what happened as Dobbs completed passes of 27 yards and 34 yards to Smith and Josh Malone, respectively, before Jalen Hurd ran for a 12-yard touchdown. Medley tacked on the extra point, and Tennessee shockingly led, 14-13, with 5:49 remaining:

Per Josh Ward of WNML in Knoxville, Tennessee, that play remarkably gave the Volunteers their first lead over Alabama since 2011.

Tennessee's mettle and ability to convert on third downs drew praise from Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports:

That put Alabama in a pressure-packed situation, but Saban's team responded as it so often has over the years.

Quarterback Jake Coker wasn't having a great game prior to that drive, but he came through with key completions to ArDarius Stewart and Calvin Ridley to keep the chains moving. It was Bama's workhorse who finished the job, though, as Henry went nearly untouched for a score from 14 yards out:

The Tide's two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful, which made the score 19-14 with 2:24 left and gave the Vols one last chance to steal the game.

Tennessee couldn't repeat its previous drive, though, as linebacker Ryan Anderson strip-sacked Dobbs. Alabama recovered the ball and took a series of knees to close it out.

Manning's face said it all, courtesy of SEC on CBS:

As pointed out by Colin Cowherd of Fox Sports 1, it was yet another disappointment for the Volunteers considering how hard they fought in a hostile environment:

Simply getting a win was huge from Alabama's perspective, but there are several issues that must be ironed out before playing No. 5 LSU in two weeks.

In addition to making few big plays in the passing game, the Crimson Tide's pass protection was suspect, as Tennessee pressured Coker often and sacked him five times.

Alabama is still in a good position to win the SEC and make the CFP, but it won't get there if it performs like it did Saturday against a higher level of competition.

 

Postgame Reaction

Alabama was able to escape with a much-needed win Saturday, but it was clear that the Crimson Tide were far from their best against a gritty Tennessee squad.

Saban didn't hesitate to acknowledge that following the contest as he mentioned his team's lack of explosiveness, according to Aaron Suttles of the Tuscaloosa News:

Because of that, Saban admitted that he is looking forward to his team getting a week off before a huge meeting with LSU:

Despite the fact that Bama wasn't at its best, Saban was still complimentary of his team's ability to come through with a win.

Per Bleacher Report's Christopher Walsh, Saban gave his players a lot of credit for battling back when things looked dire:

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones was proud of his team as well and insisted that improvements are being made, according to WATE Sports:

While Henry and the defense figure to receive most of the credit for Alabama improving to 7-1, Saban made sure to mention an unsung hero.

It isn't often that quarterbacks fly under the radar, but Coker's 21-of-27 passing performance did to some degree. It didn't go unnoticed from Saban's perspective, however, as he liked what he saw out of his signal-caller, per Marq Burnett of the Anniston Star:

When Alabama plays next, there is little doubt that much of the focus will be on the battle between Henry and LSU running back Leonard Fournette.

That is understandable since both are Heisman Trophy candidates, but the Tide will likely need Coker to make some timely plays like he did Saturday.

Saban is seemingly fully cognizant of the fact that Alabama has a long way to go before it can be crowned SEC champ and CFP participant, but it got the job done against Tennessee and now has an extra week to prepare for the Tigers.

 

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D.D. Bowie Flips Commitment from Alabama to Ole Miss: Latest Details, Reaction

Four-star athlete D.D. Bowie will be playing in the SEC in 2017, but it'll be for a different school.

Bowie, who committed to Alabama's class of 2017 back in June, has flipped his decision and will enroll at Ole Miss, according to Varsity Preps Player Evaluator Demetric Warren.

Chris Kirschner of SECCountry.com reported Bowie is on an unofficial visit in Oxford and is the first recruit in the '17 class for Ole Miss.

Bowie is a 6-foot-1, 197-pound wide receiver/cornerback from Morton High School in Morton, Mississippi. The junior has had a stellar 2015-16 season for Morton. Although listed as a wide receiver, Bowie has run for 676 yards and 13 touchdowns, according to MaxPreps

He's also caught 21 passes for 704 yards and 10 touchdowns in 10 games this year. Bowie is on pace to best his sophomore season numbers, in which he caught 41 passes for 945 yards in 2014-15.

If these averages are any indication, Ole Miss has a star receiver in the making to take over the production created by Laquon Treadwell.

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Seth Russell Injury: Updates on Baylor QB's Neck and Return

Baylor University quarterback Seth Russell has a fracture in one of the bones in his neck, according to the Dallas Morning News' Chuck Carlton.  

Continue for updates.

Russell to See a Specialist Next Week Saturday, Oct. 24

Following Baylor's 45-27 win over Iowa State, head coach Art Briles told reporters Russell had suffered a neck strain, per Carlton. However, X-rays and a CT scan revealed the fracture. Carlton added "no timeline" has been announced regarding Russell's injury. 

Taking over as the full-time starter at Baylor in his junior season, Russell has been a touchdown-producing machine, throwing for 29 touchdowns in his first seven games of the season. 

Russell was breaking records and gaining plenty of silverware in the process, especially after his Week 7 performance against West Virginia:

He's led a potent Baylor offense that hasn't scored fewer than 45 points in a game in 2015 on its way to a No. 2 ranking in the national polls. 

Baylor's man under center wasn't just getting it done through the air. A bruising runner for a quarterback, Russell has rushed for an additional 402 yards this year: 

With Russell out, the only other Baylor quarterback to attempt a pass this season is freshman Jarrett Stidham, who has been given reps in garbage time of some of the Bears' biggest blowouts of the season. 

He's been plenty accurate, completing 23 of 27 passes, but he'll now have to lead a high-powered offense full-time as they enter the meat of the Big 12 schedule. If they want to keep their playoff hopes alive, Stidham will have to keep playing at that kind of efficient level and keep the well-oiled machine that is the Bears rolling. 

 

Stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com

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Ohio State vs. Rutgers: Live Score and Highlights

Ohio State 21, Rutgers 0 — Late 2nd quarter 

Game action is now underway between No. 1 Ohio State (7-0) and Rutgers (3-3). ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 are televising the matchup regionally from Piscataway, New Jersey.

We are watching the game, providing live analysis as the action unfolds:

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Utah vs. USC: Live Score and Highlights

USC 28, Utah 17—Halftime

The USC Trojans are attempting to knock off the third-ranked Utah Utes during a Pac-12 matchup on Saturday in Los Angeles.

Fox is televising the conference matchup. Bleacher Report is providing scoring updates, highlights and analysis. Feel free to join the conversation in the comments.

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Utah vs. USC: Live Score and Highlights

USC 28, Utah 17—Early 3rd Quarter The USC Trojans are attempting to knock off the third-ranked Utah Utes during a Pac-12 matchup on Saturday in Los Angeles. Fox is televising the conference matchup...

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Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss: Live Score and Highlights

Ole Miss 16, Texas A&M 3 - Early Third Quarter

Stay tuned for breaking news, commentary and analysis throughout this SEC West clash on ESPN, as the Aggies and Rebels fight it out for an edge within the conference standings. 

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Texas on the Right Track but Making a Bowl Game Won't Be Easy

Three weeks ago, the knives were out in Austin. An extremely ugly 50-7 loss to TCU dropped Texas to 1-4 in Charlie Strong’ second season, and it was fair to wonder if Strong would make it to a third season, much less postseason play this winter.

Since then, Strong has done plenty to right the Longhorns’ listing ship. A 24-17 Red River Rivalry win over Oklahoma was perhaps the most important of his career, and following an open date, the Longhorns ground out a rain-soaked 23-9 win over Kansas State.

At 3-4, talking about a bowl game is once again permissible for those in burnt orange. But the hole that Texas dug itself in the season’s first half won’t be easy to dig out of. Scratching out another bowl trip is possible for Strong, but it’s far from probable.

Let’s get it out of the way. The next two weeks should be easy for the Longhorns. Iowa State can be feisty at times, especially in Ames, but the Cyclones simply don’t have the talent to compete with the Big 12’s upper echelon. And they certainly won’t catch Texas off guard after pushing the ‘Horns hard in a 48-45 loss in Austin last year.

Nov. 7 brings a visit from Kansas, which is perhaps the worst Power Five program and a serious threat to go 0-12 this season. Unless something goes seriously wrong, Strong and Co. will be 5-4 in early November, needing just one win in their final three games to make a bowl game.

That’s where things get dicey. Those three games? At West Virginia, vs. Texas Tech and at Baylor. In other words, much, much tougher. Texas routed the Mountaineers and Red Raiders last season, but the Red Raiders are much improved.

Even before Saturday’s game against Oklahoma, Kliff Kingsbury’s team had already surpassed its win total from 2014’s 4-8 season and averaged 49 points per game, which ranked No. 3 nationally.

West Virginia is struggling at 3-3, but the Mountaineers still possess a potent offense that averages 36 points per game, No. 25 nationally.

And Baylor just keeps rolling at 7-0, with the nation’s top scoring offense (averaging 63.8 points per game entering Saturday).

That’s a problem for Strong’s group. Texas has scored more than 27 points in a game just twice this season, beating Rice and falling to Cal. Saturday, the Horns struggled to put away K-State, outgaining the Wildcats, 373-274.

Quarterback Jerrod Heard passed for just 99 yards on 15 attempts, but backup Tyrone Swoopes did score three rushing touchdowns in short-yardage situations. As a team, Texas rushed for 313 yards, its most since 2013.

If the Longhorns can control the clock with a ground-based offense, they’ll have a chance to slow down the more potent offenses ahead. But it won’t be easy. To lock down a bowl game, they’ll have to score more points.

The most important game? The Nov. 14 trip to West Virginia, which could lock down a crucial sixth win and a postseason trip. Beyond that, making postseason play will be difficult without some serious, sudden offensive improvement. 

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Florida State vs. Georgia Tech: Live Score and Highlights

The Florida State Seminoles and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will square off inside Bobby Dodd Stadium at 7 p.m. ET, and it's a game that Georgia Tech desperately needs to win. 

The Yellow Jackets (2-5, 0-4 ACC) have dropped five games in a row and are still looking for their first ACC win this season. Florida State (6-0, 4-0 ACC) will look to stay in contention for the College Football Playoff and come out of a tough environment in Atlanta, Georgia with a win. 

The game can be found on ESPN2, but follow the live blog here for updates and analysis. 

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Auburn vs. Arkansas: Game Grades, Analysis for Tigers and Razorbacks

After a defensive struggle that ended in a tie through four quarters, Arkansas knocked off visiting division opponent Auburn in a quadruple overtime shootout, 54-46, at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Up next for the Razorbacks, FCS foe UT-Martin will make a visit in hopes of pulling off a monumental upset. Meanwhile, Auburn will return to the Plains to host SEC West opponent Ole Miss, as the Tigers aim to inch closer toward postseason eligibility. 

Pass Offense: After a strong first half behind a 7-of-14 passing performance for one score and an interception, quarterback Brandon Allen concluded with a brilliant overtime display. The Razorback game plan obviously involved slinging the ball all across the field, and Allen stepped up when needed to deliver through the air. 

Rush Offense: For the first time in what feels like forever, the Razorbacks ground game wasn't the foundation of offensive production. While still compiling 213 total yards, including 105 yards and one score from Alex Collins, the rushing attack clearly acted as a background for a much-improved passing game. 

Pass Defense: The only saving grace for the Arkansas pass defense during the first half was the fact that Auburn did its job for them, dropping a multitude of passes en route to no passing scores. Quarterback Sean White and company came alive in the second half and overtime, though, as White finished with an impressive 254 yards, including two passes to Ricardo Louis in the closing seconds to bring Auburn within field-goal range. 

Rush Defense: The first half's fruitful defensive stands were overrun after Peyton Barber bursted onto the scene, racking up most of his 120 yards and four touchdowns during the latter part of the matchup. The physical back punished the Razorback front line, breaking multiple tackles and attacking linebackers head-on. 

Special Teams: The lone Arkansas field goal came on a short chip shot near the end of the second half, and most punts resulted in fair catches or Arkansas rolls. The special teams also only gave up one field goal, a game-tying kick in the closing seconds.  

Coaching: After suffering a brutal overtime loss to Texas A&M earlier this season, it became obvious midway through extra time the Razorbacks wouldn't allow Auburn to take the win. Bret Bielema and his staff had his team mentally prepared for this game, with very few penalties and almost no lack of forward momentum. 

 

Pass Offense: Even without a single passing touchdown, it's safe to conclude quarterback Sean White is the key to this offense's future success. Statistically, White finished 19-of-32 for 254 yards with no turnovers, but his composure powered the team's overall momentum swing back into the game, manufacturing two 90-plus-yard drives for scores. 

Rush Offense: The first half was rough for the ground game, but Peyton Barber certainly woke up during halftime. The physical back pounded his way to 120 yards and four touchdowns, securing multiple scores on crucial drives for the Tigers. 

Pass Defense: The pure balance of the Arkansas attack kept the Auburn defense off balance, as quarterback Brandon Allen consistently watched defensive backs and linebackers bite on play-action pass. The second half was the best overall performance for the defense, but overtime saw Allen make a slew of perfect throws to either extend or win the game. 

Rush Defense: Again, the Arkansas balance kept Auburn a step behind the Razorbacks. Running backs Alex Collins and Kody Walker each put on strong performances, serving as the backbone of the Arkansas offense. 

Special Teams: Daniel Carlson's clutch field goal to close the second half was near-perfect, and outside of a few botched punts, the special teams unit was quite solid. Any ground the punt team gave up, though, was regained on a few excellent kickoff returns, including one out to midfield. 

Coaching: Head coach Gus Malzahn must've been frustrated by the mental preparation of his team throughout the first half. However, the ability of the offense to recover en route to forcing overtime was impressive, not to mention how it performed in the first three overtimes. 

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Joel Stave Injury: Updates on Wisconsin QB's Head and Return

Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Joel Stave left the team’s Week 8 game against the Illinois Fighting Illini with a head injury, according to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN. 

Continue for updates.

Stave Ruled Out for Remainder of GameSaturday, Oct. 24

The Badgers announced Stave would not return to Saturday’s game. The senior left three plays into Wisconsin’s second offensive drive after being sacked by Illini linebacker Carroll Phillips, according to StatBroadcast.com.

Backup Bart Houston took over for Stave and finished the half 12-of-18 for 140 yards with a touchdown and interception. Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State Journal noted Houston showed poise in his early performance:

Stave is a three-year starter who’s amassed 1,708 yards and eight touchdowns with a 62.3 completion percentage in seven games this season. As such, Houston, a junior, hasn’t seen much playing time in his tenure. Entering Week 8, he’d completed a career seven passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns, mostly in games that were already decided. 

The unranked Badgers sit at 5-2, and the only remaining threat on their Big 10 schedule is Northwestern, whom they meet on Nov. 21. Depending on the extent of Stave’s injury, Houston could be under center again in Week 9 against Rutgers.  

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Western Kentucky vs. LSU: Live Score and Highlights

The Leonard Fournette Show continues on Saturday in Baton Rouge as No. 5 LSU (6-0, 4-0) hosts the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (6-1, 4-0). 

Fournette leads all of FBS with 1,202 rushing yards. Heading into Saturday's games, Fournette has 205 more yards than his closest competitor, is averaging eight yards per rush and has scored 14 touchdowns. 

LSU sophomore quarterback Brandon Harris is having an efficient season. While he's only completed 59 percent of his passes, he has yet to throw an interception in 2015. Things are getting better for LSU's passing game, though, as Harris has passed for over 200 yards and two scores in each of the past two weeks. 

The Hilltoppers are coached by former NFL quarterback Jeff Brohm. As expected, quarterback play is a strength for WKU. Senior Brandon Doughty is completing 74 percent of his passes—good for first in the nation—and is second in FBS with 2,709 passing yards. 

This the second all-time meeting between the schools. LSU won the first meeting, 42-9, back in 2011. 

You can watch the game live on ESPNU at 7 p.m. ET, but make sure to stay right here for the latest news, notes, analysis and the best postgame coverage around.

You can find the official box score at NCAA.com.

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Auburn's 4-Overtime Loss to Arkansas Crushing Blow to Tigers' Bowl Game Hopes

Auburn needed a win at Arkansas on Saturday to grab some momentum and virtually seal a bowl berth in what has been a season of frustration.

But Gus Malzahn's team dropped the ball—literally—in a 54-46 quadruple overtime loss in Fayetteville to drop to 1-3 in SEC play.

The Tigers showed great resolve to battle back from an early 14-0 hole against the Razorbacks. The way things were going for a while, they could've easily folded.

The offense found some rhythm with true freshman quarterback Sean White. The defense made a few key stops, including a diving interception near the end zone by Kris Frost that sparked a mid-game comeback.

Consistency was the main issue, as it has been all year for Malzahn and company.

Auburn wouldn't have been in its early hole to the Razorbacks if it weren't for an absurd amount of drops in the first half by receivers. White completed two of his first eight passes, and all six he missed hit the hands of his targets.

When the Tigers were able to hold onto the ball again—White completed his next eight passes on a pair of touchdown drives—the offense moved with efficiency. An Arkansas pass defense that has struggled all season gave up chunk plays, which opened up some good gains for Auburn's running backs.

After halftime, the drops decreased, but they still came in huge situations. A White throw just out of the reach of a wide-open Chandler Cox forced Auburn to go 3-and-out, and Arkansas retook the lead on the ensuing drive.

But, continuing the theme of inconsistency, Ricardo Louis came up with two absurd catches on a last-minute drive that sent the game into overtime. Louis, who had issues with drops at times against Kentucky and got off to a dreadful start Saturday, came up big in a clutch situation and kept the game alive.

However, as the offense found its stride again, the Auburn defense looked nothing like the unit that put together a few stops in the second half.

The game was there for the taking as running back Peyton Barber ripped right through the heart of a tired Arkansas defense on the first drive of overtime.

Auburn forced a fourth-down situation with the game on the line, but Arkansas tied the game up on Brandon Allen's short pass to Drew Morgan.

The Razorbacks—the nation's fourth-worst team in red-zone offense this season—weren't held to anything less than the best possible result on each of their overtime possessions. When Arkansas needed two-point conversions after the third overtime, they got them.

The spotlight shifted back to the Auburn offense, which faced an eight-point deficit in the fourth overtime. After a short run, Auburn threw three straight incompletions, with Louis dropping a potential touchdown and a fourth-down conversion.

Auburn showed some sparks on both sides of the ball Saturday at Arkansas just like it did last Thursday night against Kentucky.

But the Tigers couldn't keep the momentum going when they needed to most, and now they're staring down a future in which they could completely miss the postseason.

Never mind the summer picks of high-caliber bowl games or even championship showdowns. Auburn is in real danger of staying home this holiday season.

Auburn might have closed as seven-point underdogs to Arkansas, according to Odds Shark, but the trip to Fayetteville represented its best chance at getting that crucial fifth win.

Even with the Tigers' struggles this season, they should defeat Idaho, currently 2-4, at home. That leaves Auburn needing a win against either Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Georgia or Alabama.

Three of those teams are currently ranked, and they've combined for a 21-6 record heading into Week 8.

One could point to a number of repeated miscues from Auburn's marathon loss to Arkansas on Saturday.

The real heart-breaker for the Tigers is that all they realistically had to do was make one stop or catch a few more drops in order to lock down a postseason spot.

A comeback win on the road could have led to an upset or two down the stretch. The Tigers would fall short of their lofty preseason goals, sure, but they'd have a winning record and crucial bowl practices.

But Auburn now faces a different and much harsher reality as it jets back to the Plains this weekend.

 

Game statistics courtesy of StatBroadcast. Unless otherwise noted, other statistics courtesy of cfbstats.com.

Justin Ferguson is a college football writer at Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @JFergusonBR. 

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Arkansas Defeats Auburn in 4OT: Score, Reaction and Highlights

Just because Arkansas and Auburn both fell out of the Top 25 this season didn't mean their matchup was going to be a snoozer. On Saturday afternoon, Arkansas pulled out a 54-46 win over Auburn in four overtimes. 

It's Arkansas' third victory of the season, with the Razorbacks managing to come up with a defensive stop to seal the win. There were a combined 52 points scored during the four overtimes, as defense was at times nonexistent. 

ESPN showcased the game-winning play:

According to ESPN Stats & Info, the win marked Arkansas' first overtime victory since November 2010 against Mississippi State.

Both offenses made several high-pressure plays to extend the game. ESPN College Football had the replay of Arkansas' two-point conversion to tie the game at 46 in the third overtime:

It was certainly a captivating affair, as ESPN's Peter Burns alluded to another great entertainer in Gladiator:

Arkansas allowed a game-tying touchdown to Jeremy Johnson with just under seven minutes to go, but it regained the lead with a Cole Hedlund 25-yard field goal with 1:07 left. Auburn's Daniel Carlson sent the game to overtime with a 41-yard field goal with four seconds left in regulation, and the teams combined for seven straight touchdown drives in overtime before the Tigers turned it over on downs to end the game. 

Auburn running back Peyton Barber led all players with four touchdowns on the day—the same number as the combined scoring of Arkansas' trio of rushers Alex Collins, Kody Walker and Dominique Reed.

Chris B. Brown of Grantland would have appreciated this game a lot more had it not been for one thing:

The two teams sit at the bottom of the SEC West, Auburn with a 1-3 conference record and Arkansas with a 2-2 conference record—hardly the season that either side wanted. Auburn began the season ranked sixth in the nation, while Arkansas was 18th. 

Although it's been a disappointing season for both teams, at least they created a memorable game Saturday. 

 

Stats courtesy of ESPN.com

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Washington vs. Stanford: Live Score and Highlights

The Washington Huskies and the Stanford Cardinal are getting ready to do battle in a prime-time contest. The game will be played at Stanford Stadium and will kick off at 10:30 p.m. EDT.

The Huskies look to bounce back after losing to Oregon last week. The player to watch for Washington is running back Myles Gaskin, who has rushed for more than 100 yards in the last two games.

The Cardinal are looking to win their sixth straight game. They are led by QB Kevin Hogan, who has completed 69 percent of his passes and has thrown 12 touchdowns in the last five games.

Be sure to come back to this blog when the game kicks off for the latest scoring updates and highlights.

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Washington vs. Stanford: Live Score and Highlights

The Washington Huskies and the Stanford Cardinal are getting ready to do battle in a prime-time contest. The game will be played at Stanford Stadium and will kick off at 10:30 p.m...

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Clemson Challenging to Be Nation's No. 1 Team

Up 42-0 on Miami at halftime Saturday, Dabo Swinney sent a message to his Clemson football team. Rather than head to the locker room for adjustments and discussion, Swinney gathered his players around him on Sun Life Stadium’s sideline for an animated talk.

Swinney didn’t want his players to get pulled into the quagmire of the Hurricanes’ trash talk and late hits. But in reality, his team had already sent the most important message: It's ready to thrive on a national stage.

The coach agrees, according to David Hood of TigerNet.com:

No. 6 Clemson dealt Miami a 58-0 beating, the Hurricanes’ worst loss in their 90 years of college football. It was rock-bottom for Miami but a sign that the Tigers are ready to stake their claim as the nation’s top team.

Clemson, a squad that did its share of retooling this fall with young skill players and defenders, has steadily improved. The 7-0 Tigers have scored at least 40 points four times this season, and Saturday was one of the offense’s top efforts and highest point total for the year.

Led by sophomore quarterback Deshaun Watson, Clemson scored touchdowns on each of its first four possessions and was never challenged. An eight-play, 82-yard touchdown drive capped by a 34-yard Jordan Leggett catch and a second touchdown keyed by Watson’s 63-yard sprint to inside the Miami 10-yard line set the tone.

Swinney liked what he saw, per Hood:

There were real reasons to be concerned about the Tigers defense entering the season, given that defensive coordinator Brent Venables got back just two starters from a unit that ranked No. 1 nationally in total defense. But this year's group has shown steady improvement with new contributors across the board.

Saturday, a sack from star defensive end Shaq Lawson knocked Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya out of the game with a concussion in the second quarter, and the Hurricanes never got their mojo back. Entering Saturday, Clemson was No. 10 nationally in total defense and No. 14 in scoring defense, and it should move upward in both rankings this week.

The offense has lagged behind the defense at times (ranked No. 34 in both scoring and total offense), and Watson had thrown seven interceptions (against 14 touchdowns) entering Saturday. But it is improving by the week. And the margin of victory over Miami could have been much bigger had Swinney not pulled the entire starting offense with his team up 45-0 midway through the third quarter.

Watson is a threat to score with his legs and arm, and he’s surrounded by major talent, including wideout Artavis Scott and tailback Wayne Gallman as well as an improving offensive line.

Are the Tigers the nation’s best team right now?

Perhaps so. Ohio State is 7-0 and the defending national champion, but the Buckeyes have looked sluggish at times and have no wins over a current Associated Press Top 25 team.

No. 2 Baylor has a strong offense but also has no current Top 25 wins. No. 3 Utah looked very good in a 62-20 rout at Oregon, and its win over Michigan holds cache, but after Cal’s loss at UCLA, the Utes will have just one win over a current Top 25 team next week.

No. 4 TCU is unbeaten at 7-0 and has no current Top 25 wins. And it had narrow, late escapes at Kansas State and Texas Tech. No. 5 LSU has one current Top 25 win following last week’s 35-28 victory over Florida and has the nation’s most impressive player in sophomore tailback Leonard Fournette.

Of that six-team group, which squad owns the highest-ranked win, per this week’s Top 25? That’s right: Clemson. Notre Dame was No. 11 in Week 8.

With four consecutive campaigns with at least 10 wins under Swinney’s watch, Clemson was already one of the nation’s best teams as this season began. Over the first seven games, the Tigers have made the case that they’re a truly elite team, and they’re pushing to the top of the heap.

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman likes what he's been seeing from Clemson:

While national polls don’t typically jump teams from No. 6 to No. 1 without some serious fallout above the squad in question, Clemson is showing why it deserves, at the very least, some No. 1 votes and clear consideration for one of four College Football Playoff spots.

And once the CFP selection committee releases its first poll November 3, the Tigers should get serious consideration for the top spot. That, right there, is a statement that Swinney and his team would be proud to stand behind.

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Kansas State vs. Texas: Game Grades, Analysis for Wildcats and Longhorns

The Texas Longhorns earned a hard-fought win on Saturday as they defeated the Kansas State Wildcats 23-9. The weather played a big role for both teams, but thanks to a strong running game and a defense that was able pressure Wildcats quarterback Joe Hubener, the Longhorns were able to win their third game of the year.

The Wildcats, on the other hand, played a lot better than what they showed last week against Oklahoma where they lost 55-0, but they have a lot of work to do in order to finish the season strong.

Here are my game grades for the Wildcats and the Longhorns.

Passing Offense

The Wildcats started off well as Joe Hubener was able to find Dominique Heath for a touchdown pass at the end of the first half. But as the weather got worse, Hubener had a hard time finding any rhythm. He finished the afternoon completing 10 of his 22 passes for one touchdown and one interception. Had the Wildcats ran the ball more and not thrown the ball 22 times, Hubener would have been more effective.

 

Rushing Offense

The ground attack for the Wildcats was solid as Charles Jones was able to run for 122 yards on 18 carries. However, he was the only one to find success on the ground as the Wildcats only rushed for 135 yards on 37 carries. Jones really should have gotten the ball more, especially in the first half. This was his best game of the season, but if he had 10 more carries, the Wildcats may have had a chance to win.

 

Passing Defense

The Longhorns only threw the ball 15 times, but quarterback Jerrod Heard was able to complete 10 of them. The Wildcats only got one sack from Elijah Lee, and they only got one pass breakup from Morgan Burns. Overall, it was not a good day for the Wildcats pass defense, but there is a reason for that.

 

Rushing Defense

The run defense for the Wildcats struggled all game long as they gave up 274 yards and three touchdowns. Heard, Jonathan Gray and Tyrone Swoopes all had big days on the ground as all three had at least 50 rushing yards. The Wildcats had a difficult time maintaining the Longhorns’ "18-Wheeler" offense where Swoopes runs downhill behind an army of blockers. That was the difference in the game.

 

Special Teams

For the most part, the special teams were solid, but there was one play that summed up the Wildcats' season. During the kickoff after the Longhorns' second touchdown in the second quarter, nobody for the Wildcats was able recover the kickoff which led to the Longhorns jumping on it, giving them the ball back deep in Kansas State territory. It did not lead to points, but that should never happen.

 

Coaching

Bill Snyder has been a great head coach for the Wildcats, but this was not the best performance for his coaching staff. It’s clear that Hubener can’t consistently carry the Wildcats with his arm, and with the way Jones was running the ball, the coaching staff should have relied on the run game more, especially in the rain. But the coaching staff did do a good job with the defense, especially in the second half because the Longhorns did not score their final touchdown until seconds were left in the game.

Passing Offense

One would think 99 passing yards would not equal to an efficient day through the air. However, the rain played a huge factor for both teams, and Heard was able to complete some big passes. Most of the passes Heard threw were short, but his receivers were able to make plays after the catch, especially Daje Johnson, who caught six passes for 41 yards.

 

Rushing Offense

A combined 274 rushing yards and three touchdowns is considered a good day for any team, right? With Heard, Swoopes and Gray, the Longhorns ran over the Wildcats. Credit goes out to Swoopes, who lost his starting job at the start of the season but has really made a name for himself as the key element in the 18-Wheeler offense.

 

Passing Defense

The Longhorns probably did not think the Wildcats would throw the ball 22 times, but they were ready for it as they allowed only 107 yards through the air. The Longhorns were able to sack the quarterback five times, and Dylan Haines came up with a big interception late in the fourth quarter.

 

Rushing Defense

Jones was able to record 122 rushing yards for the Wildcats, but that was all the rushing they would get as the Longhorns limited the Wildcats to 135 yards and 3.6 yards per carry. Defensive lineman Bryce Cottrell had two tackles for a loss, and Peter Jinkens also had a tackle for a loss to go with his four tackles. Overall, the Longhorns defense was flying to the football all game long, which was a reason why they won on Saturday.

 

Special Teams

The Longhorns have had issues with special teams all season long. It was no different on Saturday as they botched an extra point snap, and the long snapper snapped the ball over punter Michael Dickson’s head. However, the Longhorns did recover a kickoff, and Dickson was able to get off a very good punt after the botched snap. So it was a mixed bag with the special teams, but the Longhorns were not hurt by the miscues.

 

Coaching

Head coach Charlie Strong did a good job with the game plan because the Longhorns stuck with the run game, which led to some plays in the passing game. Strong knew the weather was going to be an issue, so it was important the Longhorns establish the run and finish off drives. And Strong’s defense was outstanding all day long. They did give up a late first-half score, but the group made sure Hubener was uncomfortable all game long.

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Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine Breaks Multiple Tackles to Score TD

Samaje Perine was determined not to fall down. 

The Oklahoma running back somehow scored on this first-quarter play, breaking multiple tackles to lift the Sooners to 14-0 lead over Texas Tech—and still emerged standing on the other side of the goal line.

He would not be denied.

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Zack Sanchez Injury: Updates on Oklahoma CB's Leg and Return

University of Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez suffered a leg injury Saturday afternoon against Texas Tech.

Continue for updates.

Sanchez Leaves in 1st QuarterSaturday, Oct. 24

According to John E. Hoover of the Tulsa World, Sanchez had to be carted off the field after suffering a lower right leg injury during the first play from scrimmage of Saturday's game. 

He returned to the bench later in the first quarter, according to the OU Daily's Brady Vardeman:

The extent of the injury and a timetable for a possible return have yet to be disclosed. 

Sanchez came into Week 8 in a tie for the team lead with three interceptions along with 28 total tackles. His defensive play has helped the Sooners rise to the No. 17 ranking in the nation.

Two of his interceptions came against Kansas State in Week 7, one of which he returned for a touchdown. The junior has shown throughout his time at Oklahoma that he is a solid pass defender with good play recognition. Add that to a very athletic skill set, and the Sooners have one of their best secondary members on the team. 

The Big 12 showed what he's capable of:

According to Oklahoma assistant athletic director Mike Houck, Sanchez's regular backup, Marcus Green, was not in Saturday's lineup. Instead, Oklahoma inserted junior Dakota Austin, who had not recorded a single defensive statistic this season. 

It's hardly the kind of replacement Oklahoma would want inserted in its secondary, but he will have to do for now until the team finds a solution for Sanchez's absence. Texas Tech and future Oklahoma opponents, though, now have a cornerback to target moving forward while Sanchez recovers. 

 

Stats courtesy of ESPN.com

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