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SMU vs. Texas A&M: Game Grades, Analysis for the Aggies

On a steamy afternoon in Dallas, Texas A&M had little trouble with in-state foe SMU. The Aggies were able to upend the Mustangs by a score of 58-6.

From the opening snap, the Aggies' speed overwhelmed the opposition. Wide receivers were picking up yards after the catch in big chunks. The run game was spurred on by domination up front by the offensive line. 

The defensive line was also able to bring pressure early and often to SMU's signal-callers Garrett Krstich and Kolney Cassel. The unit had eight sacks on the afternoon. 

Final stats from the game can be found here at NCAA.com.

Check out the first-half grades and final grades for the Aggies. Additional analysis for different position units will also be addressed. 

 

Texas A&M Aggies Game Grades

Passing Offense

The slight blemish on the afternoon came on Kenny Hill's first career interception (which was the result of a misunderstanding between him and a receiver). However, the passing game was clicking throughout the day. 

Jeremy Tabuyo was absolutely electric with his ability to run after the catch. On the day, Hill and Kyle Allen combined to go 24-of-37 for 395 yards and three touchdowns. 

 

Pass Defense

Outside of a 53-yard reception by SMU receiver Der'rikk Thompson, the secondary did a great job of shutting down the SMU passing game. Mustang receivers weren't able to get any sort of separation. The unit was disciplined and had no noticeable breakdowns in coverage.

Again, Armani Watts played exceptionally well. SMU signal-callers only threw for 137 yards on the day. 

 

Rushing Offense

The Aggies' dominance up front on both sides of the ball started with their offensive line. The unit was opening up gaping holes all afternoon. A&M running backs were able to use their speed in order to bounce outside and gash the SMU defense. 

Seven rushers combined for 268 rushing yards on 31 carries. This equates to an impressive 8.6 yards-per-carry average. 

 

Run Defense

SMU came into today's game averaging negative seven rushing yards per game through the first two contests. As the game became more out of reach, the A&M defense naturally schemed to protect against the pass. Due to this, Krstich and Kevin Pope were able to pick up yardage with their legs. 

However, the defensive line was dominant. The unit was able to notch eight sacks against a severely undermanned SMU offensive line. SMU rushed for a paltry 103 yards on 42 carries. The "A-" grade strictly correlates with SMU's immense struggles rushing the football heading into today. Against virtually any other opponent, the Aggies would've received an "A" grade. 

 

Special Teams

Kicker Josh Lambo was perfect on the afternoon, connecting on all three of his field-goal attempts. The one flub came towards the end of the first half. After an SMU field goal, the Mustangs executed a pooch kick to perfection. 

The Aggies' coverage team wasn't able to come up with the ball. Although no points came of the unconventional onside kick, it's a play which prevented an "A" grade for the unit. 

 

Coaching

Sumlin simply let his athletes take over in space. It truly was a simple and somewhat vanilla game plan. With the advantage from a talent and athleticism standpoint, Sumlin didn't need to reinvent the proverbial wheel.

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Florida vs. Alabama: Score and Twitter Reaction

The Alabama Crimson Tide, powered by a standout passing attack, survived an early onslaught of turnovers to handily defeat the Florida Gators 42-21 in a wildly entertaining Week 4 SEC matchup on Saturday.

Here is a look at the quarter-by-quarter scoreline from the game:

Alabama head coach Nick Saban is the epitome of a control-freak coach, and it was a shock that he wasn't spotted frothing at the mouth with the mistake-filled first half the Crimson Tide had.

After the game, Saban acknowledged his team had things to improve on, per John Zenor of The Associated Press: "Obviously everybody that watched the game could tell that there were some things that we did extremely well and some things (that) were pretty sloppy. But I thought in the second half we really controlled the game."

Things got off to a blazing start for Alabama, however, when Blake Sims found running back Kenyan Drake wide open down the sideline for an 87-yard touchdown pass. ESPN College Football provided a quick summary of Alabama's scoring drive:

This incredible start was mitigated by three Crimson Tide fumbles in the first quarter. Drake fumbled the ball on Alabama's second possession, allowing the Gators to score on a short field with a 28-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jeff Driskel to wide receiver Valdez Showers.

Alabama wideout DeAndrew White not only killed his team's drive with a fumble on the next possession, but Florida defensive back Keanu Neal scooped up the ball and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown and a surprising 14-7 Florida lead.

Sims, not known for his ability to throw the deep ball, couldn't help but take advantage of the Gators' wayward secondary. As it turns out, hanging with Amari Cooper is no easy feat for opposing cornerbacks. Sims found his favorite wide receiver wide open down the middle of the field late in the first quarter and hit the receiver in stride for a 79-yard scoring play that tied the game at 14 points apiece.

That play was just one electrifying half of Cooper's receiving-yards total during the first quarter.

Sims' favorite target quickly surpassed the 100-yard mark on the game, as noted by SportsCenter:

Perhaps Sims' big day shouldn't have been too much of a surprise.

ESPN's Alex Scarborough noted he was pumped up before the game:

The oddities and sloppy plays, alien concepts to a Saban-run team, extended into the second quarter.

Alabama punter JK Scott made a glaring error of his own, shanking a punt in the second quarter that just barely carried past the 50-yard line. Fortunately for Saban's blood pressure, Florida fumbled on the second play of the ensuing drive, and 'Bama's Reggie Ragland scooped up the ball, atoning for his team's turnover sins.

At halftime, there was little in the stat line to suggest this was anything resembling a quality SEC matchup.

The Crimson Tide went into the locker room with just 45 yards from their running backs, a microscopic total for a team that features rushers as talented as Drake, Derrick Henry and T.J. Yeldon.

Driskel completed just five of 17 passes for 53 yards, one touchdown and one interception after 30 minutes of play, and yet the Gators were down by just one score.

The second half showed little signs of a return to normalcy, with Alabama quickly committing another turnover. Sims was the culprit this time around, as his pass was intercepted by linebacker Antonio Morrison, who returned it deep into 'Bama's half of the field.

Driskel carried the ball 14 yards for a score on just the second play of the ensuing drive to tie the ballgame early in the third quarter.

Henry turned out to be the antidote to the majority of Alabama's woes. In true Crimson Tide fashion, he trucked defenders and steadily chewed up the grass at Bryant-Denny Stadium, scoring on a three-yard run with 5:27 to go in the third quarter to hand the Crimson Tide a 28-21 lead they would not relinquish.

Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde isn't quite sure Alabama knows what it has in Henry:

ESPN's Peter Burns busted out a fine pop culture reference to describe Henry's marauding exploits:

Alabama received a scare later in the third quarter when Sims suffered an apparent shoulder injury at the end of a long run. Backup quarterback Jake Coker, who transferred to Alabama from Florida State, came in to take the reins for a drive.

ESPN Stats & Info noted Sims was in the midst of a rare performance for a Crimson Tide signal-caller:

Cooper, who finished the game with 10 catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns, provided the heroics his team needed without Sims on the field. The star wideout brought down a jump ball from Coker in the dying seconds of the third quarter to extend his side's lead to 14. 

Ken Carman of 92.3 The Fan noted that Cooper looked quite a bit like NFL wideout—and former Alabama star—Julio Jones:

The Crimson Tide were now finally on a roll. Safety Landon Collins made a fantastic one-handed interception early in the fourth quarter on a Driskel pass intended for Quinton Dunbar.

Forde gave a quick take on why that play unfolded the way it did:

Sims returned to the game to quarterback Alabama's next drive. He tossed another touchdown pass to Cooper to make the score 42-21 with approximately 10 minutes to go and put the game well out of reach for the Gators.

Sims finished the game with 445 yards passing and four touchdowns against just one interception. He was close to the Alabama single-game passing yards record, but Saban opted to let Coker finish out the game and get some much-needed repetitions.

Alabama's ability to overcome the early adversity bodes well for its future. The talented stable of running backs and with the evolving play of Sims at quarterback give the team a dangerous offense to pair with its stout defense.

Sims was the team's biggest question mark heading into the season, but he's looking like the undisputed answer at quarterback. At this point in the early college football season, Alabama appears to be one of the favorites to make it to the four-team College Football Playoff.

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Check Out Florida's Dirty Strip Taken Back for Touchdown vs. Alabama

The Florida Gators and Alabama Crimson Tide squared off in a key SEC West showdown in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Saturday. The Gators got on the board early when Keanu Neal recovered a fumble and took it 49 yards to the house. 

Is this the play of the day so far?

Watch the video and let us know! 

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Watch Alabama QB Blake Sims Drop Bombs in Tuscaloosa vs. Florida

The Florida Gators and Alabama Crimson Tide squared off in a heated SEC showdown. Quarterback Blake Sims had no regard for Florida's loaded secondary, as he threw for a pair of long touchdown strikes in the first quarter.

Is Sims playing his way into the Heisman discussion?

Watch this video and let us know!

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Kenny Hill vs. SMU: Stat Line, Highlights, Twitter Reaction

Even when Kenny Hill isn't "Kenny Trill," he's still a ton of fun to watch.

The Texas A&M quarterback didn't look his best as the Aggies coasted in the first half against SMU on Saturday, but he did put up impressive numbers for two quarters of football. Before leaving the game, Hill was 16-of-22 passing for 265 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He also had 57 yards on the ground.

SMU as a team had 63 total yards over that same period of time, per ESPN College Football:

The Aggies didn't necessarily start the game poorly, but they needed a couple of drives to find their footing. With Texas A&M up 3-0, Hill broke free for a 58-yard run to the SMU 9-yard line. Two Trey Williams rushes later, the Aggies were up 10-0 and didn't look back from there.

Gabe Bock of TexAgs Radio thought that huge run from the QB woke the A&M offense from its slumber:

For ESPN.com's Sam Khan Jr., the play was reminiscent of Hill's high school days at Southlake Carroll:

On the Aggies' next drive, Hill connected with Jeremy Tabuyo for a 30-yard touchdown, giving Texas A&M a commanding 17-0 lead:

The lone blemish on Hill's day was that pick, which is his first of the year. He appeared to have a miscommunication with Ricky Seals-Jones about the freshman wide receiver's route. As a result, Hill's pass was way off the mark, per Kirk Bohls of the Austin American Statesman:

Going into halftime, A&M held a 38-3 lead over the Mustangs, and Hill was a big reason for that. Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin substituted in freshman Kyle Allen to start the second half:

Looking ahead to the Heisman race, Hill likely didn't gain or lose any ground on the top competition. Heading into the weekend, he was fourth on ESPN's Heisman Watch behind Jameis Winston. Hill should of course jump ahead of Winston, who's out against Clemson, but he's still looking up at Marcus Mariota and Todd Gurley.

Playing SMU isn't a strong test of one's Heisman credentials anyway. The Mustangs are in complete free fall, having lost their first two games by an average of 41 points before going down 58-6 to the Aggies.

Hill's real tests come later in the season, when Texas A&M faces Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn, Missouri and LSU in a six-game span.

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Miami vs. Nebraska: Live Score and Highlights

Nebraska 31, Miami 21—Late 3rd Quarter

The Nebraska Cornhuskers, one of just two remaining undefeated teams in the Big Ten, face a must-win for not only their own playoff hopes but for the general respect of the Big Ten as a conference.

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Clemson vs. Florida State: Live Score and Highlights

Clemson 10, Florida State 10 — Early 3rd quarter

Game action is now underway between No. 22 Clemson (1-1) and No. 1 Florida State (2-0). ABC is televising the matchup nationally from Tallahassee.

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

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Texas A&M Football: Is Kenny Hill the SEC's Best Heisman Candidate?

Saturday afternoon's blowout performance proved one thing—Kenny Hill is not a fad. Rather, he is in fact the top Heisman Trophy candidate in the SEC so far in 2014. 

Sure, the Texas A&M Aggies were facing the SMU Mustangs, one of FBS' most hapless teams this season. 

But nevertheless, it seems like since Week 1, when he toasted the South Carolina defense, we've all been waiting for Hill to slip up. We've been waiting for him to have an off week that proves he's just another product of the Kevin Sumlin spread-offense system—that he actually isn't on the same level as his predecessor, Johnny Football. 

He hasn't slipped up, not yet at least. He's been on point every game this year, and so far he has proved to be the rightful heir to Manziel. 

On Saturday against SMU, Hill torched the Mustangs to the tune of 265 yards and two touchdowns on 16-of-22 passing—all in the first half—before being replaced by Kyle Allen. 

His 265 yards and two touchdowns were actually both season lows. He also threw his first pick of the year, but even that may not have been his fault, according to Kirk Bohls of the Austin-American Statesman. 

But his nearly 73 percent completion rating was the second highest of the year behind only his Week 1 showing against the Gamecocks. He also rushed for a season-high 57 yards.

To date, Hill has racked up 1,361 passing yards and 13 touchdowns through the air and has been sacked just five times. He also has the Aggies poised to make a run at an SEC title. 

But to be the top Heisman contender from the nation's best conference, you have to beat out some pretty tough competition that includes Georgia running back Todd Gurley, Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper and Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall. 

While those three guys are certainly on an elite level, there is a case to be made for Hill being better than all of them. 

In the case of Hill vs. Gurley, there's a direct comparison between how each performed against a lesser opponent. Against Troy on Saturday, Gurley had just 73 yards—albeit on six carries—and no scores.

Gurley also has a loss on his resume to the team that saw Kenny Hill transform into "Kenny Trill."

The Bulldogs lost to the Gamecocks in a thriller last week. And while Gurley was excellent in that contest with 131 yards, wins and losses are so critical when it comes to Heisman candidacy. Two years ago, former Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein saw his Heisman hopes dashed when the undefeated Wildcats lost to Baylor. 

Last year, the primary reason for Jameis Winston winning the Heisman was the fact that the Florida State Seminoles rolled basically every team they played. 

To be a Heisman winner, you have to win most, if not all of your games. The loss to South Carolina, a team Hill torched, puts Gurley behind the eight ball. 

Looking at Amari Cooper, the simple fact is that so seldom is the Heisman given to a wide receiver. In fact, only Tim Brown and Desmond Howard lay claim to being primarily wideouts who are also Heisman winners. 

While Cooper is undoubtedly the SEC's best receiver, he's not putting up the type of out-of-this-world numbers for voters to rank him over a quarterback who has surpassed 260 yards passing in every game he's ever started.

Finally, there's the only other quarterback from the SEC considered a Heisman candidate—Nick Marshall. 

On Thursday night in front of a rabid Manhattan, Kansas, fanbase, Marshall led the Tigers to their toughest win since the SEC title game last year, as they upended the Bill Snyder-led Kansas State Wildcats 20-14. He had 231 yards and two touchdowns in what many perceived as a trap game for the Tigers. He proved he is the bona fide leader of the reigning SEC champs. 

But regardless, the numbers just aren't there for Marshall. He only has 382 yards passing and five total touchdowns to his credit, as running back Cameron Artis-Payne is proving to be a better replacement for Tre Mason than expected. 

His passing total ranks outside the top 10 in the SEC, behind the likes of Patrick Towles of Kentucky, Justin Worley of Tennessee and Jeff Driskel of Florida. You can't get outgunned by names like that and be worthy of the Heisman over the conference's passing leader. 

The schedule is set up to help Marshall more than Hill. Five of Auburn's last six games are against teams in the Top 15 as of Week 4. If Marshall shines in those games, the "what have you done for me lately" nature of college football will reward him over Hill. 

But if he falters, that will be an irremovable nail in his Heisman coffin. 

Hill's Heisman candidacy is coming together, and everybody is starting to come around to the idea. 

Heading into Week 4, NFL.com's Mike Huguenin listed Hill as the third-best candidate for the award behind only Gurley and Oregon's Marcus Mariota. 

Hill's 511-yard, three-TD performance in the opener against South Carolina took on a little extra sheen with the Gamecocks' victory over Georgia. Hill and the Aggies have cruised past Lamar and Rice in the past two weeks, and get a bad SMU team next weekend. Then comes SEC play, when we will find out if Hill truly is a Heisman contender. He is fifth nationally in passing yards and fourth in TD passes; he also is the only quarterback among the 18 nationally who have thrown for at least 850 yards not to have tossed an interception.

For now, Hill is the best Heisman candidate the SEC has to offer. If he keeps it up, he'll likely become the second Aggies quarterback in three years to win college football's most coveted award. 

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Utah vs. Michigan: Big House Evacuated Due to Lightning in Area

The Utah Utes lead the Michigan Wolverines by a score of 26-10 in the fourth quarter of their Week 4 clash, and the Big House is already empty. Although, it's not due to the home team's lackluster play. According Michigan, some nasty weather rolled into Ann Arbor, causing a delay in the game:

Nick Bumgardner of MLive.com tweeted the precautions that were being taken in the meantime:

Things haven't looked good for the turnover-prone Wolverines so far, making this delay rather fitting.

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Blake Sims Injury: Updates on Alabama QB's Shoulder and Return

All was going according to plan for Alabama in the second half against Florida until Blake Sims was forced to exit the game.

According to John Zenor of The Associated Press, Sims was favoring his right shoulder before making way for Jacob Coker:

Sporting News' Matt Hayes reports that Sims has returned:

The injury was at least serious enough for Sims to get looked at in the locker room, per Fox Sports' Stewart Mandel:

Mandel noted Sims returned to the sideline shortly thereafter: 

At the time of Sims' departure, the Crimson Tide held a 28-21 lead over the Gators and were close to increasing their lead further.

The senior signal-caller has gone 21-of-30 for 402 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He's also got 12 yards rushing on the day.

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Oklahoma vs. West Virginia: Live Score and Highlights

Oklahoma 31 West Virginia 27 - Late 3rd Quarter

The No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners visit the West Virginia Mountaineers in a pivotal Big 12 matchup. Both teams look to open up 1-0 in conference play. 

Fox will be showing the match, while Bleacher Report is here to provide live scoring updates and in-game analysis. Feel free to leave your thoughts on all the action in the comments section below.

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South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt: Live Score and Highlights

No. 14 South Carolina finally heads out on the road for the first time this year as it travels to Nashville, Tennessee, Saturday night to face the Vanderbilt Commodores. 

At 2-1 (1-1 in SEC play), the Gamecocks couldn't have a more enticing matchup for their road opener. The Commodores are 1-2, with their lone victory coming last week over Massachusetts. 

Despite being embarrassed by Texas A&M in the season opener, South Carolina has rebounded with two straight wins over East Carolina and Georgia. While the defense remains a work in progress, the offense, led by running back Mike Davis, is starting to come around. 

According to GoGamecocks.com, Davis is probable for tonight's game, as he's battled an ankle injury throughout the season. 

The Gamecocks are 19-4 all time vs. Vandy and have won the last five meetings. 

Tonight's game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET, and you can watch live on the SEC Network with Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer on the call. 

Make sure to stay right here with us at Bleacher Report for news, notes, scoring updates and analysis for tonight's game. Also, you can follow the live box score at NCAA.com.

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Should Frank Beamer Be on the Hot Seat After Virginia Tech's 2nd Straight Loss?

It's a question that has been asked several times over the past few seasons, and folks in Blacksburg must be sick of it. No, Virginia Teach head coach Frank Beamer does not belong on the hot seat, although he may be eyeing it from the next room over.

The Hokies lost their second straight contest on Saturday—this time a 27-24 defeat at the hands of Georgia Tech where they squandered a late lead and practically handed the Yellow Jackets the game thanks to quarterback Michael Brewer's third interception. Last week, East Carolina walked into Beamer's workplace and left with a win.

Questions will fly around the college football world about whether Beamer ought to be on the proverbial hot seat of coaching, and if you've paid much attention to the Hokies so far in 2014, the answer is no.

That no, however, comes with a caveat: If Beamer doesn't succeed in developing his quarterback, he may end up there and might even find himself in danger of losing his job entirely.

The last great season by a signal-caller on Virginia Tech came in 2010, when Tyrod Taylor had 24 touchdown passes with just five interceptions to go along with 659 rushing yards and another five scores.

Logan Thomas' career got off to a promising start as a sophomore when he threw for more than 3,000 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2011, but he would fail to hit those numbers again.

In fact, his interceptions went up, while his completion percentage went down. This season, we've seen flashes of greatness from Brewer, and since he's a first-year starter, you have to be more lenient with the mistakes that will inevitably come.

Even still, throwing five interceptions through four games isn't going to cut it. A 2-2 start isn't going to cut it either—not with both defeats coming at Lane Stadium, which has lost every bit of aura and intimidation it previously had.

All of this points toward a coaching staff that should be subject to criticism, and it'll get a fair share of it this week to be sure. But nobody loves the Hokies like Beamer, and hardly anybody walks into The Shoe in Columbus and leaves with a victory over the Buckeyes as his team did on September 6.

This isn't a sinking ship with violinists out on the deck playing a farewell song. But there are holes that must be patched up, and it would be unwise to have the man in charge for the past 27 years walk the plank.

In 2010, the Hokies opened up the season with losses to Boise State and mighty James Madison of the FCS. They followed up the brutal start with 11 straight wins before succumbing to Andrew Luck and Stanford in the Orange Bowl.

A 2-2 start with a victory over Ohio State should be looked at as another slow start to the season with promising signs and a chance to do some damage in the ACC. East Carolina is not a bad football team, and neither is Georgia Tech.

The Pirates played South Carolina tough on the road, and the Yellow Jackets are 4-0. The problem is that Virginia Tech has talent and shouldn't be satisfied with merely being decent. The Hokies should be winning home games against East Carolina and Georgia Tech, and they should be figuring out ways to move the ball more effectively.

That could mean a switch at quarterback, something Beamer commented on briefly following the latest loss:

Perhaps the change will come via the ground game, where freshmen Shai McKenzie and Marshawn Williams form a duo that could become something special.

At the end of the first half against Georgia Tech, the Hokies had the ball with enough time on the clock to get into field-goal range. You figured that with Brewer's questionable decision-making, the run game would be the star act on the drive.

Yet the ball was put in Brewer's hands, and twice he had throws that could have been intercepted. He's clearly not ready to be slinging the ball all over the place, so why not develop a game plan that eases him into the offense more?

Start with simple throws before taking riskier shots down the field.

It's that kind of series that puts doubt into the solid foundation built by Beamer over the years. That foundation consists largely of strong play on special teams and solid defense. In fact, Virginia Tech hasn't allowed more than 23 points per game in the past six seasons. That side of the ball looks fine, even with the Yellow Jackets marching down the field for the game-winning field goal.

To get back to winning ACC championships and into the national championship conversation, Coach Beamer must get more creative on offense and see that his teams get better throughout the season, specifically at the quarterback position.

If that happens, any sort of hot-seat talk will die down quickly. But if Brewer can't improve as the season wears on, the blame will naturally fall on Beamer.

As the head coach, that's the way it's always going to be, and if he's to maintain the position he's held for so long, changes must be made.

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Texas A&M Mascot Saved from Getting Hit by Player Thanks to Great Block

The Texas A&M Aggies had a comfortable 38-3 lead at halftime over the SMU Mustangs. However, they were almost unable to protect their mascot/highest-ranking cadet, Reveille VIII, on the sideline.

After Aggies defender Nick Harvey pushed SMU's Der’rikk Thompson near the corner of the end zone, the receiver began losing control straight toward the dog. Fortunately, one of the cadets was able to make a great block to keep her safe.

[Vine, h/t College Spun]

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Amari Cooper vs. Florida: Stat Line, Highlights, Twitter Reaction

Florida apparently omitted Amari Cooper in its scouting report ahead of Saturday's game against SEC rival Alabama.

The Crimson Tide wideout benefited from a massive miscommunication problem in the Gators secondary, hauling down what was a 79-yard touchdown reception that tied the game at 14-14 with 4:12 in the first quarter. It's one of the more comical breakdowns you'll see all year.

There wasn't another Florida defender within 10 yards as Blake Sims' pass floated in over the top of the defense and landed into the hands of Cooper. He jogged into the end zone (via CBS Sports):

Fox Sports' Stewart Mandel had some advice for Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin:

Cooper had an impressive stat line through the first two quarters. Most guys would kill to have numbers like this after four quarters, let alone one half of play.

His stats are actually a bit disappointing considering where he stood in the first quarter:

What receiver can't record nearly 800 yards and five touchdowns in a game? Cooper was on pace to do that based on his first-quarter performance:

He and head coach Nick Saban will certainly settle with his actual first-half output. With those 175 yards, Cooper increased his streak of 100-plus-yard games to six, which is the highest active streak in the country, per SportsCenter:

The junior now has 18 career receiving touchdowns as well, which ties him with Dennis Homan for the all-time lead at Alabama, per ESPN Stats & Info:

Although the NFL draft is months away, some are already looking ahead to Cooper's pro prospects. Hall of Fame wideout and current NFL analyst Cris Carter sees the Tide star as a potential top-five pick:

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah thinks Cooper plays a lot like Jordy Nelson, which is high praise indeed:

Clearly, Florida will need to do something else to knock off the No. 3 Crimson Tide. The Gators are down 21-14 going into halftime, and a big reason for that is Cooper.

In order to claw their way back in the second half, the Gators will have to neutralize Cooper and the Alabama passing attack.

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Michigan DL Willie Henry Gets Interception for Touchdown vs. Utah

The Michigan Wolverines were down 10-3 at home on Saturday against the Utah Utes, but they were able to tie things up thanks to this play.

In the second quarter, Kendal Thompson's pass was intercepted by Michigan defensive lineman Willie Henry, who returned the pass seven yards for the game-tying touchdown.

[Twitter]

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Blake Sims vs. Florida: Stat Line, Highlights, Twitter Reaction

If there was any lingering doubt as to who the starting quarterback for the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide was, Blake Sims emphatically squashed it Saturday thanks to an epic performance against the Florida Gators. 

After falling behind early to a very game Gators squad, Sims continued to roll right along and had himself an eye-popping stat line before the proceedings even entered the second quarter:

As FoxSports.com's Stewart Mandel pointed out, Sims was doing his best to keep his team in the game early in the first frame:

He did just that with a 79-yard touchdown strike to wideout Amari Cooper, which brought up some alarming possibilities, as illustrated by Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press:

Thanks to a great effort from Sims and some timely miscues from the Gators secondary, the game was tied up at 14 heading into the second quarter.

As far as Sims goes, it is another business-like performance thus far, as he has a great chance to surpass his game-high two-touchdown mark this season before halftime. Even better, he has yet to get it going on the ground. 

Should it all come together, college football may have a dark-horse Heisman contender on its hands. 

 

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Mississippi State vs. LSU: Live Score and Highlights

Mississippi State will do battle against LSU in Death Valley. The game will kick off at 7 p.m. ET and will air on ESPN.

The Bulldogs are off to a 3-0 start and have scored at least 35 points in each of their wins. They are going up against an LSU team that has not lost to the Bulldogs since 1999. 

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

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Oregon Ducks Unveil Mach Speed Jerseys for Game vs. Washington State

The Oregon Ducks continue to unveil terrific-looking jerseys before their games, and they certainly didn't disappoint Saturday.

Before their game against Washington State, the Ducks unveiled these black Nike Mach Speed jerseys on their Twitter account. The black uniforms feature yellow and silver accents along with a yellow helmet.

[Twitter]

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Utah's Kaelin Clay Does Heisman Pose After Scoring Touchdown in the Big House

After scoring a punt return touchdown in the Big House, it seems fitting to pay tribute to Desmond Howard regardless of which team you play for. 

After Utah Utes return man Kaelin Clay took a punt 66 yards for a score, he pulled out the Heisman pose that Howard used after an incredible return in 1991 against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Considering it was against his old school, I don't think Howard was too happy about Clay's celebration.

[Vine, YouTube, h/t Twitter]

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