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Utah vs. Arizona State: Live Score and Highlights

The hotly contested race for the Pac -12 South title will get a little bit clearer on Saturday night as Arizona State hosts Utah in a battle of ranked conference foes...

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Nebraska's Playoff Hopes Rest on Ameer Abdullah's Health

The road to the College Football Playoffs isn't an easy one for Nebraska. It's only been made more difficult with I-back Ameer Abdullah's injury.

Against Purdue, Abdullah suffered a "mild MCL sprain." The injury came in the first quarter as the senior tried to recover a loose ball near the goal line. Bo Pelini confirmed Abdullah's injury during the postgame press conference, adding that he'd already had an MRI and the staff was "optimistic."

However, even Pelini knows he can't make guarantees about Abdullah's status against Wisconsin. "We feel really good about where he is. I'm optimistic about that, yeah," Pelini said. "But I can't say for sure, and I don't know that."

With a positive but uncertain diagnosis, it's now about whether or not the No. 15-ranked Huskers can stay in contention for the playoffs without Abdullah. If nothing else, it's going to be a major challenge.

Abdullah has become the X-factor of the Nebraska offense in 2014. Whether the team wants to admit that out loud, the lack of Abdullah on the field does show. After all, the numbers the I-back has put up so far this season are impressive.

Pelini, however, believes it doesn't all fall on Abdullah's shoulders. "I mean if it did, then we're not mentally tough enough to get done what we need to get done," Pelini said. "Heck, Ameer's a great player, but he's not Superman."

And he's right. Abdullah isn't Superman, but he has been a major asset to the Nebraska offense. Without him, things just don't seem to work as well. That doesn't mean the offense shuts down without him.

"I don't think it affected our other guys," Pelini said. "If anything, it should make them want to rise up and play that much harder and rally around each other when a great player goes out."

In his absence, Imani Cross and Terrell Newby did step up. Cross had 66 yards and two touchdowns on 20 attempts. Newby, on the other hand, had 42 yards and one touchdown on nine attempts.

And, of course, the Huskers ultimately won 35-14. But it was still a performance Pelini called sloppy. "That's about it," he said when assessing the offense.

Was that because Abdullah was out? Quarterback Tommy Armstrong was clear that the offense approached Purdue the same, with or without Abdullah.

"The game plan never changed," Armstrong said. "We have athletes all over the field. Unfortunately he went down, but we had guys that stepped up. That's their job. They play every game like they're a starter and they did a great job."

Yet, the offense was still sloppy, as Pelini pointed out multiple times. Even Armstrong noted that the offense was struggling with communication, which was creating issues. Can the fact that Abdullah was on the sidelines be a primary reason the offense had those struggles?

"You know, let's not read too much into this," Pelini said. "At the end of the day, we were sloppy at times. We did some good things. We've got to keep improving. That's what the next two weeks is about for us."

Ultimately, Abdullah needs to get healthy. That is the first priority for the senior. With the bye week up next, it allows Abdullah to heal and the offense to get back on track.

It's hard to say a team is based around one player. For Nebraska, at least on the offensive side of the ball, Abdullah is a major component of the team. When he's in the game, his impact is noticeable.

Even when Abdullah is healthy but limited by an opposing defense, it's clear the Huskers struggle. The two games prior to Purdue in which that happened were against McNeese State and Michigan State. While the Huskers only lost to the Spartans, both teams recognized the important of Abdullah and held him to 54 and 45 yards, respectively.

Armstrong was clear that Nebraska's performance against Purdue would not fly against a team like Wisconsin or Iowa. He and his teammates know that's something they'll have to get sorted out during the bye week.

"We all understand what's at stake," Cross said. "That's the Big Ten Championship."

It's also the playoffs. For the Huskers to keep the hopes alive for both, Abdullah will need to get healthy. If he does not, November could end up being a much rockier road for Nebraska than previously expected.

 

All quotes were obtained firsthand, unless otherwise noted.

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Texas CB Quandre Diggs Destroys Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the hits!

Texas cornerback Quandre Diggs lined up Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes and laid him out with a clean hit, forcing the ball out and Mahomes from the game.

Texas jumped on the ball, and Texas Tech had to go to its third QB, Vinny Testaverde, son of the retired NFL QB. 

[Vine]

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USC Football: Trojans' Killer Instinct Will Be Key to Strong Finish to 2014

In its 44-17 rout of Washington State Saturday, USC demonstrated the “killer instinct” head coach Steve Sarkisian said this week he was working to instill in his team...

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Arizona vs. UCLA: Live Score and Highlights

Arizona 0, UCLA 0, Early 1st Quarter

The Arizona Wildcats and UCLA Bruins are underway in this conference matchup. The Bruins will look to stay in contention in the Pac-12, but they can't afford to lose this game.

The Wildcats will look to continue their impressive season and improve on their No. 12 ranking.

You can watch the game on ESPN, but stay right here for live updates and analysis.

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Arizona vs. UCLA: Live Score and Highlights

Arizona 7, UCLA 0, Late 1st Quarter The Arizona Wildcats and UCLA Bruins are underway in this conference matchup. The Bruins will look to stay in contention in the Pac-12, but they can't afford to lose this game...

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West Virginia Showing Flashes, Still Not Back to Elite Status of Rich Rod Days

West Virginia blew a 27-14 lead against TCU on Saturday, losing to the Horned Frogs, 31-30, on a last-second field goal by Jaden Oberkrom. (A taste of its own medicine, if you will.)

The Mountaineers dropped to 6-3 on the season, losing for the third time to a team then-ranked in the Top 10. They hung tough with Alabama in the season-opener and Oklahoma in September but never flat-out blew a game the way they did against TCU.

The loss served as a reminder that West Virginia, while easily one of the most improved teams and biggest surprises in the country, is still not back to the apex it reached in the mid-2000s under former head coach Rich Rodriguez—or even the level of its Orange Bowl season three years ago under current head coach Dana Holgorsen.

Pre-Big 12 West Virginia found a way to win these games.

The most alarming development from Saturday's loss—and the biggest reason West Virginia didn't win the game—was sloppiness.

Five Mountaineers possessions ended in turnovers, including three in a four-possession span during the first half when they otherwise had TCU on the ropes. Quarterback Clint Trickett had an expert first drive before regressing into his worst game of the season, averaging just 6.2 yards per attempt, fumbling away a mishandled snap and throwing a pair of equally ill-advised interceptions.

The first (alluded to below by Rotoworld's Josh Norris) was a telegraph that safety Chris Hackett leaped in front of, and the second (alluded to below by Sporting News' Matt Hayes) was a lazy attempt at a throwaway that linebacker Paul Dawson clawed out of the air:

Holgorsen will be questioned for his conservative game plan on WVU's final three possessions, during which he called seven rushing plays and two passing plays for a grand total of minus-seven yards.

But one of those two passing plays was a sack that Trickett fumbled, and West Virginia was lucky to recover. It's hard not to empathize with Holgorsen's reluctance on a day in which his offense had five turnovers and easily could have had seven or eight.

The problem was not that Holgorsen didn't trust his offense.

The problem was that he couldn't.

And therein lies the difference between the West Virginia teams that routinely played in BCS bowls and the West Virginia team that routinely loses close games against Top 10 opponents. The former was a dogged offensive machine that kept its foot on the pedal and turned small leads into big leads and big leads into huge ones.

The latter only plays that well on occasion.

"I take responsibility for what happened out there offensively," said Holgorsen after the game. "It was bad. It was not acceptable, and it's not gonna win football games. To turn the ball over five times and average what we averaged per play is completely unacceptable.

"We'll get back to work on that tomorrow."

When they do, however, the Mountaineers will no longer be working toward a Big 12 championship or a pipe-dream shot of making the College Football Playoff. Instead, they'll be working toward a nine-win regular season and a shot of ruining Kansas State's CFP hopes.

There is no shame in working toward those goals on the heels of a 4-8 season, especially for a team that entered 2014 with deflated expectations. Making a bowl game of any sort is a small step in the right direction. Flirting with a 10-win season is a huge one.

It's just not the step this team has shown flashes of having taken. It's not the step that allowed the 'Eers to upset Baylor in Week 8. It's not the step that lured College GameDay to Morgantown, West Virginia, for the first time since the Orange Bowl season of 2011.

That next step is learning how to finish.

 

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USC vs. Washington State: Game Grades, Analysis for the Trojans and Cougars

The USC Trojans got back to their winning ways on Saturday in Pullman, Washington, against the Washington State Cougars, winning a Pac-12 road affair by the score of 44-17.

The injury of Connor Halliday took all the wind out of the Washington State sails on Saturday, but the offense admirably bounced back in his absence and still found some success. However, there was no stopping USC as it had plenty of good things going in its lopsided win.

Take a look below at game grades for both teams.

Pass offense: Cody Kessler was magnificent in the passing game, going 21-of-32 with 400 yards and five touchdowns. Averaging 12.5 yards per attempt was a huge step up as well, and Nelson Agholor had the best game of his career on the outside. The junior wideout finished with eight grabs for 220 yards and a receiving score among his two touchdowns.

Run offense: USC’s inability to establish the run played a part in the Trojans’ early shortcomings, but things somewhat turned around. They finished with 127 yards on 32 attempts, but the Trojans would have liked to set more of a tone there after getting the early 14-0 lead. Still, Javorius “Buck” Allen finished with more than 100 yards for the sixth straight game. 

Pass defense: The Trojans secondary started Saturday’s game outside of the top 75 in passing yards allowed per game and faced a tough test in Washington State’s Air Raid attack. USC made some big plays early including an interception from Hayes Pullard, but freshman Luke Falk’s success allowed the Cougars to finish with more first downs than USC. 

Run defense: USC’s run defense on Saturday inevitably boiled down to a pass rush, with Washington State almost never running the ball. But with Halliday going down early, the Cougars took it to the ground, and the Trojans had no trouble keeping them below two yards per carry as a unit.

Special teams: Agholor’s punt-return touchdown early in the game set the tone, and without it, the Trojans would have been in much more of a fight early on. Agholor made his mark all over the game but especially in the return game. 

Coaching: The lack of a pass rush was somewhat confusing, but it also allowed for USC to keep the Air Raid in front of it and stay in control. That’s exactly what the Trojans did, and the coaches also did a solid job of getting the ball in Agholor’s hands as much as possible.

Pass offense: Halliday’s injury could have been a deathblow to Washington State’s offensive game plan, but Falk stepped in admirably. He went for 370 yards through the air, and his only interception was an end-of-half heave. Early struggles set the tone for a low-scoring game for the Cougars, but other than that there were positives to be found through the air.

Run offense: The Cougars ran it 24 times to their 66 pass attempts, which is actually staggering for a team that almost exclusively passes it. To say it didn’t work would be an understatement. Washington State averaged 1.3 yards per carry as a team, rushing for just 34 yards. 

Pass defense: The Washington State secondary made some plays early in the game but was no match for Agholor and JuJu Smith. The former constantly got to the outside for big yardage, while the latter caught three touchdowns. A whopping 400 yards through the air for USC isn’t a good look for Washington State. 

Run defense: The running lanes were nowhere to be found for USC early on, but with Kessler’s emergence through the air came gaping holes for the Trojans backs. Late in the game, Allen reached the 100-yard plateau and turned a decent game for the Cougars’ defensive front into a poor one.

Special teams: The only positive special teams contributions from Washington State were seven punts from Jordan Dascalo, three of which went inside the 20. But when seven punts are your best special teams plays, is it even a positive at all?

Coaching: Mike Leach tried to lean a bit more on the run game when Halliday went down, but it just didn’t work. He simply had to stick to the aerial assault with the freshman Falk in, and the coach avoided an even uglier finish by keeping Falk slinging as he started to find a lot of success late.

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USC vs. Washington State: Game Grades, Analysis for the Trojans and Cougars

The USC Trojans got back to their winning ways on Saturday in Pullman, Washington, against the Washington State Cougars, winning a Pac-12 road affair by the score of 44-17...

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TCU vs. West Virginia: Game Grades, Analysis for the Mountaineers

This was a game that West Virginia University will definitely want back. The Mountaineers led by nine in the fourth quarter, but TCU stormed back and kicked a game-winning field goal to win 31-30.

West Virginia really hurt its defense by turning the ball over in the first half, but the Horned Frogs were unable to capitalize on the mistakes. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin played his worst game of the season—throwing for only 166 yards—but he made plays down the stretch when it mattered.

It was a combination of sloppy offensive performances and exciting defensive plays. TCU defensive back Chris Hackett forced a fumble and also recorded an interception.

You can find the box score here, courtesy of NCAA.com.

 

Game Grades for the West Virginia Mountaineers

 

Passing Offense

Clint Trickett finished this game 15-of-26 passing with one touchdown and two interceptions. He was often off-target with his throws, and he seemed to stare down receivers on certain plays. Star wide receiver Kevin White was also shut down, only totaling three catches for 28 yards.

With the double coverages on White, it seems that West Virginia should have been able to find another target to consistently throw to.

 

Rushing Offense

The Mountaineers came out with a game plan to run the ball and control the line of scrimmage. This was successful in the first half and led to a huge difference in time of possession. It was another solid day for the rushing attack, finishing with 195 yards.

Dreamius Smith had a 50-yard run that really got the crowd going, and Wendell Smallwood added 64 yards.

 

Pass Defense

Although it gave up some plays in the fourth quarter, it was a great day for the West Virginia secondary. Boykin was on fire coming into this game, and he was held to only 166 yards and one passing touchdown.

 

Run Defense

The run defense was shaky at times, allowing TCU to rush for 223 yards. B.J. Catalon averaged 5.3 yards per carry and ended the day with 105 yards and two touchdowns.

Boykin used his legs and was able to rush for 49 yards, and Aaron Green also added 63 yards.

 

Coaching

There was a lot to look back on and ask “what if” in this game. The play-calling in the fourth quarter was very conservative, and it allowed TCU to stay in rhythm and build momentum.

Head coach Dana Holgorsen’s play-calling was very questionable at times, and the decision to hold the timeouts at the end was also debatable. TCU was already in field-goal range, and West Virginia had three timeouts to use.

 

Special Teams

Josh Lambert was great in this game, going 3-of-3 on his kicks. He has been solid all year long, and he made some big kicks in this game.

Punter Nick O’Toole also averaged 45.4 yards per punt in this game, adding one inside the 20-yard line.

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Could TCU, Big 12 Cost SEC a 2nd College Football Playoff Spot?

It wasn't just fans in Morgantown who had their hearts broken by Jaden Oberkrom's 37-yard game-winning field goal that sent No. 7 TCU away with a walk-off victory over No. 20 West Virginia.

The Deep South wasn't too thrilled with it, either.

The Horned Frogs' 31-30 win creates a two-team dash to the finish line of the Big 12 race between them and the Kansas State Wildcats. Bill Snyder's group, the only undefeated team left in league play, makes a trip to Fort Worth next Saturday. ESPN shared Oberkrom's game-winning field goal via Twitter: 

You've got to think that the winner of that game is not only in control of the Big 12 race but will also steal a spot from the SEC in the College Football Playoff.

Assuming K-State upends a fledgling Oklahoma State on Saturday night, both the Wildcats and Horned Frogs will face off with just one loss (TCU to Baylor, K-State to Auburn).

If TCU wins, it'll have no games against the top half of the conference remaining, so it should coast to a playoff berth.

If K-State wins, it still has games at WVU and Baylor to get through. But already ranked No. 9 in the playoff rankings, road wins against those two teams will surely boost the Wildcats to a playoff berth. Chuck Carlton of The Dallas Morning News noted the difficulty and significance of TCU's win:

Meanwhile, the SEC still has to beat itself up. Alabama still has to play Mississippi State. Auburn plays Ole Miss on Saturday night. The Egg Bowl is still on the docket, as is the Iron Bowl and the SEC Championship Game.

With all those matchups left, it's hard to picture that any SEC team, outside of projected champion Mississippi State, will escape the SEC with fewer than two losses.

In fact, if the Bulldogs win out, that guarantees at least two losses for Ole Miss and Alabama. If Auburn falls to either Alabama or Ole Miss, that's two losses.

Simply put, there's too much left to happen in the SEC to think that it'll earn two bids to the playoffs over a one-loss Big 12 champion. 

According to Carlos A. Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, TCU head coach Gary Patterson believes his team deserves a bid:

In addition to K-State and TCU, Baylor has an outside chance at earning a bid. But TCU's victory over WVU means that the Bears' loss to the Mountaineers is an even bigger blemish on their record. With the win, Fox Sports' Stewart Mandel asserts that TCU needs to be a Top Four team:

Get ready for a barnburner in Fort Worth next week between the new-aged Horned Frogs and the old-school Wildcats.

The playoffs are on the line.

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Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel Laughs After Hearing Florida Beat Georgia

The SEC East standings were shaken up a bit after the Florida Gators pulled off the upset win over the Georgia Bulldogs, moving the Missouri Tigers into first place.

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel didn't know his squad was in first place after the 20-10 win against the Kentucky Wildcats, but when he did learn about it, all the coach could do was laugh.

[Vine, h/t SB Nation]

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Can the Georgia Bulldogs Still Win the SEC?

The Georgia Bulldogs suffered a disappointing 38-20 loss to the Florida Gators on Saturday, which severely hampers their chances of winning the SEC. With just four games remaining on the schedule, they now face an uphill battle to stay in the College Football Playoff picture.

Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Barrett Sallee discusses the idea of Georgia getting back into the SEC picture. 

Can the Bulldogs still win the SEC?

Watch the video and let us know! 

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Georgia's Collapse Jackpot for SEC West's Playoff Hopes

Florida and Georgia met in the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party on Saturday afternoon in Jacksonville, Florida, and the bouncer sent the Bulldogs home early.

Georgia's playoff hopes, which were intact coming in, disappeared at the hands of a punishing Florida attack that racked up 418 yards on the ground in a 38-20 loss on the first coast. Florida's attack was easy to diagnose. The game featured virtually no aerial threat from quarterback Treon Harris, who completed three of six passes in his first career start for the Gators.

According to Muschamp (via Nick de la Torre of GatorCountry.com), the plan was to throw a little more:

He didn't need to.

Kelvin Taylor rushed for 197 yards and two touchdowns, and Matt Jones added 192 and two touchdowns against the soft Georgia front seven to pace the Gators to an easy win—just like everybody expected (sarcasm very much intended).

Talk about demoralizing for head coach Mark Richt's crew. Florida was one-dimensional by necessity, and it simply didn't matter. Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt took full responsibility, according to Seth Emerson of The Macon (Ga.) Telegraph: 

It wasn't Georgia not playing with fight; it was Florida surgically removing the fight from the Bulldogs.

The game served as a three-hour reminder to the SEC West that, while the path to Atlanta is treacherous in the nation's toughest division, the path to the playoff won't be once the division winner steps foot in the Georgia Dome.

While Georgia was busy getting stomped in Jacksonville, Missouri won an ugly 20-10 game over Kentucky, "asserting" itself as the SEC East favorite in the final month of the season. The Tigers have games with Texas A&M, Tennessee and Arkansas left, which isn't exactly the most rigorous stretch in the world. 

Whoever wins the West will either get a Missouri team that is Jekyll & Hyde offensively and lost at home to Indiana or a Georgia team that is softer than a room full of pillows in the middle of the defense.

That's a win-win in every possible way.

The best-case scenario for the SEC West contenders—especially Auburn, which gets to play Georgia in the regular season too—is having the SEC East's perceived favorite to develop problems not related to running back Todd Gurley in the midst of Gurley's four-game suspension for taking money for autographs.

Can Auburn exploit the Bulldogs like Florida did? Yep. Alabama and Mississippi State? Absolutely. The only team that might struggle is Ole Miss which struggles between the tackles, but even the Rebels could find a little success against that run defense.

The last thing an SEC West foe wants to see in Atlanta is Gurley on the other sideline, because the threat for him to take over the game and—most importantly—keep his own defense off the field would be terrifying. That's less likely now, and the West contenders have Pruitt's defense to thank.

The SEC West is cannibalizing itself with its strength, while the East is cannibalizing itself with its weaknesses.

As the season has gone on, that door to the inaugural College Football Playoff keeps swinging wide-open.

 

Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer and video analyst for Bleacher Report as well as a co-host of the CFB Hangover on Bleacher Report Radio (Sundays, 9-11 a.m. ET) on Sirius 93, XM 208.

Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. All stats are courtesy of cfbstats.com, and all recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports. Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee.

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Laremy Tunsil Injury: Updates on Mississippi Star's Shoulder and Return

The Ole Miss Rebels are in the midst of a battle against the Auburn Tigers that has severe College Football Playoff implications. Unfortunately, the home team received some bad news, as Alex Byington of the Opelika-Auburn News tweeted left tackle Laremy Tunsil was doubtful to return with a shoulder injury:

ESPN Radio's Brad Logan later reported Tunsil will not return:

The injury comes as a huge blow to the Rebels, as protecting quarterback Bo Wallace is absolutely crucial in the highly competitive SEC. The 6'5", 305-pound sophomore was widely heralded as one of the conference's best up-and-coming linemen, and his absence will be significant going forward.

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Did Will Muschamp Save His Job with Win vs. Georgia?

Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp has come under a lot of scrutiny for the Gators' mediocre season so far. Florida responded Saturday with a huge win against the No. 11 Georgia Bulldogs, but will it be enough for this coach on the hot seat? 

Bleacher Report College Football Analysts Adam Kramer and Michael Felder debate whether this win can save Muschamp's job.

Is Muschamp going to be Florida's head coach during Week 1 of next season? Will he make it to the end of this year?

Watch the video and let us know!

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TCU vs. West Virginia: Score and Twitter Reaction

The Big 12 has been an adventure to watch all year. This week's showdown between TCU and West Virginia at Mountaineer Field may have been the strangest game of the year, though it was never lacking for drama. 

If you were told that a team turned the ball over five times, all of them in their own territory, the natural assumption would be they got blown out. You would be wrong about the blowout, though West Virginia did blow a late lead to lose in heartbreaking fashion. 

Here's a recap of what happened in West Virginia on Saturday, complete with reaction from around the Internet, after a look at the score:

The final lead change of the game came with no time left in the fourth quarter, as Jaden Oberkrom hit a 37-yard field goal to give TCU a victory, via B/R College Football

TCU's shot at the College Football Playoff remains alive by the skin of its teeth. The Horned Frogs lost their own heartbreaker against Baylor on October 11, blowing a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter, and nearly let a golden opportunity slip away here. 

It was alarming to see Patterson's offense so inept. They came into today leading the nation in scoring at 50.4 points per game. ESPN Stats & Info noted that this was TCU's first game scoring less than 24 points in the first half:

Patterson has slowly built the Horned Frogs into a title contender. He told Bill Nichols of The Dallas Morning News that winning on the road has been critical to the program's recent success in the Big 12:

“I think over the last two years, we’ve played very well on the road,” Patterson said. “I don’t know of any of the games we’ve played on the road — except for the Baylor game this year — that would be of more magnitude than what this one is.”

TCU's problems on offense today were mostly from quarterback Trevone Boykin, who struggled with all of his passes (12-for-30, 166 yards), and deep throws especially, per ESPN College Football:

Even though Boykin is still learning the quarterback position, his decision-making for most of this game was awful. His completion percentage coming into today wasn't good, 58.7, but he always made up for it with big plays. 

Chris Brown of SmartFootball.com took note of a deep throw that really shouldn't have happened given the coverage by West Virginia:

The junior quarterback did have one miracle up his sleeve on the game-winning drive, hitting Kolby Listenbee for a 40-yard gain on the second play. 

Turnovers were the story of this game. There were seven total, five coming from West Virginia. The Mountaineers aren't known for their defense, but that unit deserves a lot of credit for this performance.

In the loss, West Virginia only allowed 14 points off turnovers, which is compounded when you consider all those drives started on their side of the field. 

West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen saw how his offense, especially quarterback Clint Trickett, was unable to hold the ball late in the game. He went conservative, calling a lot of running plays, in the second half trying to run out the clock and it backfired. 

Trickett was terrible with two interceptions and at least one other pass that should have been picked off, so it was hard to argue with Holgorsen's approach. West Virginia ran the ball 54 times on 80 offensive snaps. Per Max Olson of ESPN, here's how bad the Mountaineers were on offense their last three drives:

In terms of one-on-one matchups, West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White vs. TCU cornerback Kevin White went in favor of the latter. He held the Mountaineers star to 28 yards on three catches, though that wasn't a surprise to Brown:

White has to step up in a game like this. He's West Virginia's best playmaker and opens up everything on the offense. On a day when Trickett had nothing working right, especially in the second half, he needed a safety net that wasn't there. 

Credit has to go to TCU. It didn't play a sharp game, by any stretch, and conditions weren't ideal. Finding a way to win against a ranked conference opponent on the road is what championship teams do. The Horned Frogs have work to do before next week's showdown against Kansas State, but they are happy with a 7-1 record. 

 

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Florida vs. Georgia: Score and Twitter Reaction

The Florida Gators overcame the odds on Saturday, defeating the No. 9 Georgia Bulldogs by a score of 38-20 with an impressive ground-and-pound effort. The Bulldogs entered the game with one of the nation's best rushing attacks, but the Gators proved to be the more dangerous team on the ground at EverBank Field.

Georgia got out to an early lead following some impressive runs from Nick Chubb. The ball-carrier rushed four times over the course of the nine-play, 85-yard drive, totaling 56 yards on the ground and capping off the drive with a 39-yard touchdown scamper.

After plenty of missed arm tackles by the Florida defense, College GameDay tweeted its opinion of the running back:

Throughout the remainder of the first quarter, neither team had a scoring drive, as both defenses clamped down nicely against the run. The Bulldogs drove down to the Florida 22-yard line but a missed 39-yard field goal by Marshall Morgan that ended the quarter.

The Gators began the second quarter with the clear intention to get Kelvin Taylor involved as much as possible. In fact, the ball-carrier rushed six consecutive times to start the quarter, totaling 30 yards. However, the drive ended up stalling at the Bulldogs' 21-yard line. Or did it?

Florida lined up to kick a field goal, but holder Michael McNeely took the snap and burned the Georgia defense around the right side of the line for a touchdown. The fake field goal was an impeccable call, and the Bulldogs never saw it coming.

Chip Towers of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweeted his thoughts on the play:

Georgia didn't answer and punted on the ensuing drive. This led to another dose of Taylor, as the running back took his second carry of the drive 44 yards deep into Bulldogs' territory. Three plays later, he punched it in for Florida's second score of the game and a 14-7 lead.

SEC Network tweeted the game's updated score:

Neither offense could get any kind of momentum established throughout the remainder of the half and went into the break without another score. Chris Harry of GatorZone.com tweeted an unexpected statistic at the game's half:

Florida deferred to the second half and received the ball to open the third quarter. It would turn out to be a great call, as the team's running game picked up right where it left off.

In similar fashion to the opening of the second quarter, the Gators began with a series of Taylor runs. He gained 27 yards on four carries before Matt Jones entered the game in his stead. It only took Jones one touch to finish off the drive with a score, going 44 yards for a pivotal touchdown.

All of a sudden, the Bulldogs were on upset alert, via College GameDay:

Following another Georgia punt, the Gators went right back to their ground game. Nine consecutive runs got the team down to the Bulldogs' 4-yard line, but facing a fourth down, the team elected to kick a field goal. This time, they didn't attempt a fake. Francisco Velez nailed the 21-yarder, putting Florida up 24-7.

A Georgia punt was returned all the way down to the Bulldogs' 26-yard line by Andre Debose, and following two more Florida rushes, the third quarter ended with the team in great field position.

Jones continued to chip away at the Georgia defense, as his next two runs took the Gators inside the 1-yard line. He didn't waste any time to get more points on the board, plunging in for his second score of the game and giving Florida a commanding lead.

A tweet from College GameDay really summed it up:

Georgia needed an answer quickly, and quarterback Hutson Mason delivered on the ensuing drive. After completions to Michael Bennett and Chubb, the Bulldogs were in Gators' territory. A pass to Malcolm Mitchell put the team in position to strike, and Mason did just that, completing a 10-yard touchdown pass to Chubb.

GatorCountry.com tweeted how the score transpired:

Mason continued his attempt to get his team back in the mix, getting the ball back in his hands with just over nine minutes remaining in the game. A 34-yard completion to Jeb Blazevich allowed the Bulldogs to move deep into Florida territory, and they found themselves with a 1st-and-goal from the 7-yard line soon after.

Mason completed a five-yard pass to Bennett on first down, but a fumbled exchange and two incomplete passes later, the ball was turned over on downs with just over five minutes remaining. That failed score assured the Bulldogs of a loss.

Florida regained possession and appeared content to run the ball and kill the clock. At least that appeared to be the case; however, Taylor had another idea. He went 65 yards for another score, as SEC on CBS tweeted a picture of the ball-carrier crossing the goal line once again:

Mason led his team back down the field on the ensuing drive, as Brendan Douglas punched it in from one yard out for a touchdown with three seconds left.

That would be the last score in a game in which Florida rushed for a total of 418 yards and five touchdowns. That kind of performance earned kudos from a former Gators running back:

The efforts from Florida's ball-carriers led to a new feat for the school, via ESPN Stats & Info:

Florida's victory puts the team in great position to become bowl-eligible this season. With a total of four wins, the Gators must win two of their final four contests this year. That won't be an easy task, with Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Eastern Kentucky and Florida State on the team's slate.

However, it their running game continues to shine, they'll likely get to six wins. 

Georgia's loss is devastating to its chances of getting into the College Football Playoff mix. The defeat marks the team's second on the year, and that's likely to completely end any kind of championship hopes.

The Bulldogs are already bowl-eligible. However, they'll need a few more victories to remain in the nation's Top 25 and receive a bid to one of the more prestigious bowl games. Georgia will attempt to finish the season strong with games against Kentucky, Auburn, Charleston Southern and Georgia Tech.

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Watch Monster Freshman RB Nick Chubb Slice Through Florida D for Ferocious TD

Nick Chubb has certainly stepped up for the Georgia Bulldogs in the absence of Todd Gurley. He continued his hot play with a dynamite 39-yard touchdown run against the Florida Gators.

Can Nick Chubb carry the Bulldogs to the College Football Playoff?

Watch the video and let us know!

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Notre Dame vs. Navy: Live Score and Highlights

Notre Dame vs. Navy (Landover, Maryland)—8 p.m. ET, CBS

Notre Dame (6-1) has had two weeks to go over every aspect of its narrow and controversial loss to Florida State, but it's now time to get back on the field against friendly rival Navy.

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