NCAA Football

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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Tennessee vs. Georgia: Live Score and Highlights

The Georgia Bulldogs and the Tennessee Volunteers are getting ready to do battle between the hedges. The game will kick off at noon EDT and will air on ESPN.

The Bulldogs are coming off a dominating performance against Troy last week. Sony Michel racked up 155 rushing yards on 10 carries. Also, Isaiah McKenzie returned a punt for a touchdown, and he’s the first Bulldog to do that since Brandon Boykin against New Mexico State in 2012.

The Bulldogs are facing a Tennessee team that was off last week but looking to bounce back after a tough loss to Oklahoma the week before.

This will be the first SEC game for the Vols, and the key matchup will be the young offensive line for Tennessee facing an experienced Bulldogs defensive front seven led by Leonard Floyd and Ramik Wilson.

Be sure to come back to this live blog when the game starts for the latest, scoring updates and highlights.

 

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College Football Playoff 2014: Final NCAA Outlook Before Saturday's Week 5 Games

College football fans waiting for the first true week of great matchups will have to wait a little while longer. Week 5 provides some punch with a few intriguing games, but there are no ranked teams playing one another on Saturday.

Upsets in Carter-Finley or Razorback Stadium may be on the horizon, but most teams still have cupcakes coming up. On paper, this week looks drab, but fireworks are sure to take place no matter how weak the schedule looks.

Conference play is slowly beginning to build up steam, but the top teams are setting themselves apart. The likes of Florida State and Alabama are still in the top three in both polls, with the Seminoles facing a test this weekend.

Before the Saturday slate gets underway, here's a look at the current College Football Playoff outlook and a breakdown of the top games.

 

Breakdown of Week 5 Schedule

Will there be another shocker in Raleigh? In the last six games that Florida State has played on the road against N.C. State, the Wolfpack is a surprising 4-2. Sure, that dates back to 2002, but the Seminoles have gone 0-2 at Carter-Finley Stadium in their last two trips.

The Pack has a quarterback in Jacoby Brissett who has looked phenomenal, throwing for 1,005 yards, 10 touchdowns and just one interception thus far. Then again, the team hasn't been tested and stands at 4-0 after close wins over Georgia Southern and Old Dominion.

Florida can speak to the difficulty of playing Georgia Southern.

One of the biggest keys for N.C. State will be winning the turnover battle, something that seems possible with Brissett throwing just one interception. Joe Giglio of The News & Observer pointed that fact out when looking at Florida State's recent record:

Jameis Winston will be back on the field for the Seminoles, meaning the offense will be at full strength again. N.C. State's defense surrendered a combined 57 points against Georgia Southern and Old Dominion. The Wolfpack stands a chance but will need to play the game of its life on defense.

Meanwhile, down in Fayetteville, Arkansas will look to make a statement against undefeated Texas A&M. The Razorbacks lost their home opener against Auburn but have sense routed Texas Tech and Northern Illinois by an average of 29.5 points.

The Aggies head into Arkansas with hopes of making the College Football Playoff but haven't had a difficult matchup since smashing South Carolina. Coach Kevin Sumlin spoke about where the team stands heading into Arkansas, per Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle:

One thing we do know about Texas A&M is its offense is one of the best in the nation. Sumlin's team is currently fourth in the nation in passing yards (405 per game) and second in points scored (55.3).

That potent offense is led by Kenny Hill, who has emerged as a Heisman candidate through the first four games. ESPN College Football takes a look at the sophomore's current stats and pace of play:

If Texas A&M can get its offense rolling in Fayetteville, it might be a long day for the Hogs. But with a rushing duo of Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams that has combined for 881 yards and 12 touchdowns, the Aggies' defense will be tested as well.

Texas A&M and Florida State have a chance to improve their chances at the playoff or come away with their first loss of the season. A lot is on the line on Saturday, with the intrigue boiling over for both programs on the road.

 

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College Football Rankings 2014: Final NCAA Overview of Week 5 Standings

Week 5 of the 2014 college football season is upon us, but fans of the sport want to get a final look at the NCAA rankings before Saturday’s intense slate of games kicks off.

With vaunted teams like Florida State, Auburn, Texas A&M, Baylor and more all playing on Saturday, there will be more than enough action to keep even the most jaded college football fans satisfied.

Here are the Week 5 college football rankings and a focus on Saturday’s most underrated matchup.

 

*Full links for Amway Coaches, Associated Press and Bleacher Report Top 25 polls.

 

Matchup of the Day: USC vs. Oregon State

One of the most underrated games on Saturday’s schedule is the Pac-12 battle between the ranked USC Trojans and the Oregon State Beavers.

USC is ranked No. 18 overall in the Associated Press and Bleacher Report Top 25 polls, but ranked No. 22 overall in the Amway Coaches Poll. The Trojans were considered an early-season favorite to contend for a spot in the playoffs, but a loss to Boston College two weeks ago has thrown a wrench in the works.

According to Josh Webb of USCFootball.com, how the Trojans perform on Saturday will be one of the determining factors in how the team finishes the 2014 season:

Led by junior quarterback Cody Kessler, the offense has averaged 292 yards per game through the air. Add in the 151 yards per game on the ground for USC, and the offensive unit is more balanced than many anticipated.

After dominating Fresno State in the season opener and beating the vaunted Stanford Cardinal, USC suffered a hangover and lost the following game at BC. With a bye in Week 4, the Trojans have been stewing on the 37-31 loss and will look to bounce back against a conference foe.

The task won’t be easy against the Beavers, though, as USC head coach Steve Sarkisian spoke glowingly about Oregon State, via ESPN.com:

Sean Mannion I think is a great player and he has been doing it for quite a while and he's in a really good scheme. Coach (Mike) Riley does a great job with the play-action pass game. They do a really nice job with their stack and bunch assignments, running two-man routes and really forcing your secondary to communicate on the fly.

As good as Sarkisian thinks Oregon State is this year, the Beavers haven’t won at the L.A. Coliseum since 1960. If there was ever a time to buck the trend, it would be with the talented squad head coach Mike Riley put together.

Led by Mannion and the 903 yards and four touchdowns he threw over the first three games, the Beavers offer an offensive unit just as balanced as USC’s. With an average of 301 yards passing and 145.7 yards rushing per game, Oregon State will torch a Trojans defense that allowed 37 points and 506 total yards to Boston College.

While Oregon State has not won at the Coliseum in a long time, the two teams have split the last six meetings. If the Beavers find a rhythm early and USC isn’t fully mentally recovered from the loss to BC, this could be one of the biggest upsets in Week 5.

A win for Oregon State would put them at 4-0 this season and would make the program a top candidate to crack the Top 25 in the Week 6 rankings. For USC, another loss would likely push them out of the rankings.

Predicted Final Score: Oregon State 30, USC 27

 

*Stats via ESPN.com.

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