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UCLA vs. Arizona: Live Score and Highlights

UCLA 42, Arizona 14—Halftime

The No. 9 UCLA Bruins are pulling away from the No. 16 Arizona Wildcats in a Pac-12 battle Saturday night in Tuscon.

ABC is broadcasting the clash. Bleacher Report is providing scoring updates, highlights and analysis throughout the Pac-12 clash. Free free to join the conversation in the comments.

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Mississippi State vs. Auburn: Live Score and Highlights

The Auburn Tigers (2-1, 0-1) host the Mississippi State Bulldogs (2-1, 0-1) on Saturday in an all-important SEC West showdown. Both teams—along with Alabama—currently sit at the bottom of the nation's most competitive division and another loss could be crippling for either team.

For Auburn, it is the beginning of a new era as head coach Gus Malzahn announced this week that redshirt freshman Sean White would take over at quarterback for struggling Jeremy Johnson, according to Greg Ostendorf of ESPN.  

Big things were expected from Johnson this year, but with six interceptions through three games, Malzahn had to make the switch. 

At Mississippi State, there's certainly no quarterback issues with senior Dak Prescott under center. Prescott, a Heisman contender last fall, is completing 65 percent of his passes in 2015 with five touchdowns and no interceptions. He's also rushed for over 100 yards and two more scores.

Auburn has dominated this rivalry with a record of 61-25-2, but the Bulldogs won last year's meeting in Starkville.

You can watch the game live on ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m. ET, but make sure to stay right here for all of the latest news, notes, analysis and the best postgame coverage around.

The official box score can be found at

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

In each squad's Southeastern Conference season opener, Texas A&M will be squaring off against old-time rival Arkansas at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN at neutral Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, TX. Entering the match, however, the two programs could not be in more different positions, as the Aggies aim to continue their undefeated season while the Razorbacks hope to end their two-game losing streak.

Most recently ranked 14th nationally, Texas A&M (3-0, 0-0 SEC) is primed to make a run at the SEC West division title behind the talents of sophomore quarterback Kyle Allen and its impressive defense, which has improved dramatically under new coordinator John Chavis. On the defensive front, sophomore phenom DE Myles Garrett has already racked up a team-best 5.5 sacks with a forced fumble and will be looking to put constant pressure on Arkansas throughout the game. 

The Razorbacks, on the other hand, are reeling after two consecutive home losses in games they were initially favored, first to Toledo and then Texas Tech. With the conference game against the Aggies, Arkansas (1-2, 0-0 SEC) sits on the brink of a treacherous cliff, with its season on the line. Unfortunately, the Razorbacks have been plagued with injuries amongst top-tier starters, including RB Jonathan Williams, WR Keon Hatcher and WR Jared Cornelius. 

Stay tuned for commentary, analysis and thoughts on the matchup as gametime approaches. 

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Tennessee Fan Sitting in Gators Territory Hits Whip & Nae Nae When Team Scores

This guy is as reckless, bold and hilarious as fans come.

As his Tennessee Volunteers took the lead against Florida on Saturday afternoon, this dude had the grand idea of hitting the Whip and Nae Nae, which is a normal fan response.

Thing is, he was sitting in a blue ocean of Gators fans.

As long as the Vols have the lead, he’s in the driver's seat. If Florida takes over, though, he’ll receive a ton of heckling.

[Vine, h/t The Big Lead]

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LSU RB Leonard Fournette Is the Clear 2015 Heisman Front-Runner

Leonard Fournette’s most impressive highlight Saturday afternoon won’t even register in the box score.

With LSU backed up inside its 15-yard line late in the third quarter, the Tigers' sophomore tailback took a carry and motored around the left end, then took off down the flank of the Carrier Dome turf. Eighty-seven yards later, he had what looked like a game-breaking touchdown.

Alas, referees called back the amazing run for illegal procedure. No matter. Fournette had plenty of other highlights in No. 8 LSU’s 34-24 win over a determined Syracuse team, finishing with 244 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries.

It was his second consecutive 200-yard rushing effort, and it made one thing clear: Fournette is the Heisman Trophy front-runner. This season, he is fulfilling the massive potential that came with his status as the consensus top recruit in the Class of 2014, and LSU is better because of it.

He runs with power and speed and is a threat to break a big run on every play. One week after terrorizing Auburn’s defense for 228 rushing yards, Fournette did the same and then some to Syracuse. His 62-yard touchdown run broke open the game late in the third quarter, and had his 87-yard run stood, he would have finished with more than 300 rushing yards for the contest.

He still had the third-best rushing day in LSU history, per Ross Dellenger of the Advocate:

Regardless, Fournette is averaging 210.3 rushing yards per game and an eye-popping 8.64 yards per carry.

“It feels great,” Fournette told ESPN’s Shannon Spake on the air following the game. “I’m a leader on the team, and throughout the season, I’m going to continue leading them.”

His is a talent unlike any in college football. When LSU has the ball, remote controls across the nation should be turning to the Tigers’ drives because you never want to miss what Fournette might do next.

Will he sprint down the sideline? Will he bowl over a linebacker? Will opposing tacklers fly at him and pinball off him like that unfortunate Auburn defensive back did a week ago? Who knows? You have to tune in.

Fournette is extremely valuable to an LSU team that has found its way into national contention, carrying the Tigers offense on his broad shoulders. While quarterback Brandon Harris is an upgrade from the inconsistent Anthony Jennings, Saturday’s effort (157 yards with a touchdown on 8-of-16 passing) was the second-best passing yardage day of his young career. He can’t be expected to lift the Tiger attack. That’s Fournette’s job.

Who in America is more important to his team and more exciting to watch? In a 48-6 win over Southern, Georgia tailback Nick Chubb put together his 12th consecutive 100-yard rushing effort Saturday, and he runs with power and effort. He's in the mix, but he doesn't hold the importance to his team or the national attention Fournette does.

And after rushing for 1,034 yards as a freshman, Fournette is on pace to more than double that (2,178 yards) even after storms cancelled the season opener against McNeese State.

If Fournette stays healthy for an LSU team that remains in SEC and College Football Playoff  contention, he is the clear choice for the Heisman Trophy, and it really isn’t even that close at this juncture.

Billy Cannon (1959) is LSU’s only Heisman winner, but school officials should make room for a second come early December.


Note: Recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.

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Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott Hurdles Defender Against Western Michigan

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott is scary good.

In the first quarter against Western Michigan on Saturday, Zeke hit the “Y-button” and hurdled right over a would-be tackler.

Keep in mind, Elliott was named Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year in Missouri because of his proficiency in sprinting and, yup, hurdling.


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West Virginia WR Shelton Gibson Runs over Terps Cheerleader After TD

Shelton Gibson has the whole "football" thing down. Chivalry? Not so much.

The West Virginia wide receiver hauled in a 41-yard score against Maryland on Saturday and decked a Terrapins cheerleader in the process.

Granted, the cheerleaders are right there, which is unwise. They shouldn’t be in the line of fire like that.

But Gibson could’ve shown a bit more concern. He trotted about five more steps after trucking the girl before he even looks back:

C’mon, man.


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LSU vs. Syracuse: Game Grades, Analysis for Tigers

After a slow first half with only a combined 10 points, LSU was able to survive the upset bid on the road at Syracuse in the 34-24 victory. The eighth-ranked Tigers pummeled the Orange throughout the second half behind a fearless defensive front and punishing star running back Leonard Fournette. Check out the NCAA box score HERE.

Overall, however, both squads learned positive things about themselves, with LSU gaining perspective on its resilience to adversity and talent across the board. Going forward, with a home contest against Eastern Michigan on the schedule, the Tigers will have the opportunity to continue to improve. 

Pass Offense: Following a dismal first-half performance, starting quarterback Brandon Harris was able to put together a strong final two quarters, including two throws that essentially sealed the game for LSU down the stretch. Statistically, Harris generated 157 yards with one score on 8-of-16 passing for the day, with a massive 51-yarder to Travin Dural serving as his most notable highlight. 

Rush Offense: For the second straight week, Fournette acted as the offensive focal point, bouncing off, running through and sprinting by defenders through both halves. With his notoriety on the rise, it became obvious the 'Cuse defense focused on containing him, but even the most relentless pursuit could not keep Fournette from finishing with 26 carries for 244 yards and two scores. 

Pass Defense: The first half proved dominant defensively for LSU, but a revived Syracuse team tested the Tigers passing game all through the second. Fifth-string walk-on quarterback Zack Mahoney caused issues for the secondary on more than one occasion, compiling a 16-of-38 performance for 154 yards and three scores with just one interception (a tipped pass) for the Orange. The first-time starter was able to gain confidence throughout as LSU had trouble forcing significant pressure. 

Rush Defense: Conversely, the LSU front seven were a sponge for Syracuse running backs, only allowing 58 yards on a combined 14 carries between two Syracuse rushers. However, Mahoney had 40 rushing yards of his own, sometimes finding first downs with his legs. Overall, though, the Tigers were extremely well put together against the rush. 

Special Teams: Two made field goals, a punt return for a touchdown and a strong overall performance is all you need to know. However, it should be noted 'Cuse was able to gain decent field advantage consistently with its own return game, along with a few shanked punts by LSU. 

Coaching: Maybe it's just the fact that LSU head coach Les Miles is incapable of overreacting, but his exceptional calm in the face of an upset bid following the first half was telling. The Tigers played beyond expectations in the second, serving up the Orange their first loss of the season. 

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Leonard Fournette vs. Syracuse: Stats, Highlights and Reaction

LSU running back Leonard Fournette is making things look too easy through three games this season, racking up 244 more yards with two touchdowns against Syracuse in a 34-24 win over the Orange. 

This is Fournette's second consecutive game with at least 200 rushing yards, as he went for 228 against Auburn last Saturday. He had "only" 159 rushing yards and three touchdowns in a 21-19 victory over Mississippi State on September 12. 

Per ESPN Stats & Info, the sophomore sensation has become the first player in LSU history with at least 200 rushing yards in consecutive games, and he was single-handedly dominating the entire Syracuse offense in yardage at one point:

Those weren't the only notable stats to come from Fournette on Saturday, as Ross Dellenger of the Advocate noted:

As impressive as his stat line was Saturday, it could have been even better, as Clay Travis of shared:

A perfect example of what Fournette is capable of came late in the first quarter when it appeared LSU quarterback Brandon Harris was going to be taken down for a sack, via SportsCenter:

While Harris certainly deserves credit for staying on his feet long enough to get the ball in Fournette's hands, the running back's ability to assess the situation in a couple of seconds and give his quarterback an opportunity to lateral the ball before exploding out of the backfield is impressive. 

As Fournette was running over Syracuse defenders like a giant might flick away gnats, Travis was also declaring this year's Heisman race to be over:

That's certainly where things seem to be headed, though let's not go overboard. As good as Fournette has been through three games, let's see how he does against better competition before calling the race. 

Fournette is almost literally carrying LSU's offense on his back. Harris only attempted 16 passes thanks to the Heisman favorite averaging 9.4 yards per carry on 26 runs. In fact, Fournette has had more carries than Harris has had throws in each of LSU's first three games.

Tigers head coach Les Miles knows the key to success this year goes through the running game, and he is determined to ride his star as far as he can take the team. Fournette, who told George Schroeder of USA Today that being able to play college football in his home state means a lot to him, is relishing the opportunity.  

“It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life,” he says. “You’re from Louisiana—you’re playing for Louisiana, man. You get so much love from everybody, especially from New Orleans, my city. Everywhere I go, they’re rooting for me.”

It's probably not going out on a long limb to say the people of Baton Rouge are thrilled with the decision, too. 

Since it's become fashionable to imagine what Fournette will do when he's able to take his talents to the NFL after the 2016 season, NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah offered up an interesting player comparison:

Considering what Frank Gore has done throughout his career, the fact that Fournette could be a better version of that should have several general managers licking their chops even though they will have to wait awhile before getting a shot at him. 

In the meantime, Fournette will see if he can extend his streak of 200-yard rushing games in next weekend's matchup against Eastern Michigan. Based on how things have played out so far, it will be a disappointment if he doesn't reach that mark. 

Eventually, the 20-year-old will have to slow down. It's just difficult to imagine it right now because no defense has contained him yet this season.

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Southern vs. Georgia: Game Grades, Analysis for the Bulldogs

The Georgia Bulldogs took on the Southern Jaguars for the first time in school history Saturday and cruised to a 48-6 win at Sanford Stadium. The final box score can be found at

The Bulldogs started slow, as they were up 20-6 at the half. But they were able to make the right adjustments on both sides of the ball and score on their first four possessions in the second half.

There will be some things they need to work on as they get ready for Alabama next week, but they were able to remain undefeated, and most importantly, they come out of the game with no major injuries.

Here are my game grades and analysis for the Bulldogs.


Passing Offense

Greyson Lambert did not have the game that he did last week, where he completed 24 of his 25 passes. But he was still efficient as he hit on nine of his 10 attempts for 146 yards and two touchdowns. He is getting more comfortable in the offense and has distanced himself from Brice Ramsey. However, Ramsey did get a good amount of snaps and was 11-of-14 for 125 yards. Additionally, it’s good to have Malcolm Mitchell healthy. His five receptions for 96 yards and one score proved he is the team’s best deep threat.


Rushing Offense

It was a slow start for the run game with only 35 yards in the first half, but Nick Chubb and Sony Michel woke up in the second half, and the Bulldogs ground game ended the day with 261 yards. Chubb rushed for 131 yards and scored three total touchdowns, while Michel rushed for 75 yards and two scores. The Bulldogs have shown the run game is the strength of the team, and it will be the key for their success this season along with a consistent passing game.


Passing Defense

Southern quarterback Austin Howard could not get anything going in the passing game, completing 8-of-19 passes for just 69 yards. The Georgia pass coverage prevented Howard from getting into any sort of rhythm. Dominick Sanders and Leonard Floyd both had a pass deflection, Quincy Mauger was all over the field with five tackles and Malkom Parrish was also strong in coverage.


Rushing Defense

Southern running back Lenard Tillery was able to make some plays in the run game, rushing for 75 yards, but the Bulldogs defense made him earn every yard. If there’s one area the Bulldogs need to work on, it's run defense. There were a few missed tackles from the defensive line, and that can’t happen moving forward, especially against Alabama, who runs the football just as well as the Bulldogs. But the Bulldogs only gave up 105 total rushing yards because of a strong performance in the second half.


Special Teams

The Bulldogs blocked a punt, Marshall Morgan made his only field goal and Colin Barber only punted once. It was a solid day for the special teams, as they are beginning to not be a weakness for the Bulldogs. Isaiah McKenzie did not have any returns for touchdowns, but on his first punt return of the day, he made a nice run, turning a 15-yard loss into a four-yard gain.



The coaching staff had the right game plan, but Southern had a little more energy in the second quarter, which was why the Bulldogs only led by 14. Mark Richt and company made the right adjustments in the second half, and the Bulldogs came out on fire. That led to the coaches putting in the younger players in the game as the fourth quarter began in order to give the starters rest for what will be a very intense battle next week.

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Texas Fans Are a No-Show Before Kickoff Against Oklahoma State

Texas is a football school…right?

Some 15 minutes prior to the Longhorns’ battle with No. 24 Oklahoma State on Saturday, the stadium was essentially empty.

Seats began to fill up later on, but the overall turnout was still lackluster:

If Texas falls to the Cowboys, the team will slip to 1-3—which means fan attendance could stay low.

[Twitter, h/t FanSided]

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BYU vs. Michigan: Game Grades, Analysis for Cougars and Wolverines

The Michigan Wolverines amassed a 24-point second quarter and overpowered the No. 22 BYU Cougars during a 31-0 victory Saturday at the Big House.

Jake Rudock had the best game of his Michigan career, while the Wolverines defense stalled Tanner Mangum and the BYU offense all game.

Pass Offense: Tanner Mangum's previous late-game heroics made it easy to forget he's a true freshman quarterback. Mangum's youth showed right away when he left clean pockets, and that trend didn't improve behind horrid protection. Mangum finished 12-of-28 for 55 yards.

Run Offense: On the second play of BYU's second possession, Adam Hine found a running lane and ripped off a 29-yard gain. And that's the only positive for the Cougars rushing attack, since they managed just 21 yards on 21 other carries.

Pass Defense: Rudock didn't obliterate the secondary by any means, but BYU gifted Michigan's pass-catchers more than a handful of wide-open receptions. Those short, seemingly harmless throws resulted in 11 first downs. Considering Rudock only completed 14 passes, that's not a great ratio.

Run Defense: The Cougars were decent against the run during the Wolverines' first three possessions, but that all changed on a single play in the second quarter. Michigan running back De'Veon Smith disappeared into a scrum at the line of scrimmage then emerged with only one defender to beat. The end result was a 60-yard touchdown. Overall, BYU surrendered 254 rushing yards and three scores.

Special Teams: Good news? Jonny Linehan is a wonderful punter. Bad news? He kicked the ball away 11 times. Linehan racked up 43.2 yards per attempt, so the junior executed his job. That's not much of a bright side, is it?

Coaching: According to Jeremiah Jensen of KSL, BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said he was "really disappointed in how I prepared our team." The Cougars were shut out for the first time since 2003.

Pass Offense: Redemption, thy name is Rudock. Head coach Jim Harbaugh's patience paid off in a major way for the senior quarterback. Rudock did miss a couple wide-open receivers, so the tape won't be 100 percent friendly. Nevertheless, a 14-of-25, 194-yard day was a tremendously encouraging sign.

Run Offense: Smith nearly eclipsed his career-high rushing mark before leaving the game with an ankle injury. Behind that unbelievable 60-yard touchdown run, he registered 125 yards and a score. Rudock added a pair of scrambles for touchdowns.

Pass Defense: Thanks to a stellar pass rush and stingy coverage in the secondary, Michigan surrendered just 55 yards through the air. No Cougars receiver tallied more than two catches or 14 yards. The defensive line constantly disrupted Mangum, sacking the freshman three times.

Run Defense: Senior linebacker and defensive captain Joe Bolden should—and likely will—shoulder the blame for Hine's 29-yard run, but his mistake didn't matter in the grand scheme of the game. Michigan entered the day as the nation's No. 15 rush defense, and that standing will only improve.

Special Teams: Harbaugh has been reluctant to use placekicker Kenny Allen, but the senior drilled a 40-yard field goal. Blake O'Neill averaged 40.8 yards on four punts, deadening one at the 1-yard line. Jabrill Peppers was held in check as a returner, tallying just 20 yards on four attempts.

Coaching: Jim Harbaugh and D.J. Durkin stayed a step ahead of Mendenhall for 60 minutes. The offense truly improved for the fourth straight week, and the defense played at an elite level. The Wolverines sent a resounding message throughout Big Ten country that a one-year turnaround isn't impossible.


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Beware Jim Harbaugh's Improving Michigan Wolverines

We knew it would take a little time for Michigan to find its identity under Jim Harbaugh. That's just common sense, and it was reinforced by a sluggish effort in a 24-17 season-opening loss to Utah.

But who had it happening in less than a month? That appears to be exactly what's occurring, and the rest of the Big Ten should be frightened.

The Wolverines entered Saturday's home date with BYU on a two-game win streak, although few would argue that Oregon State or UNLV are world-beaters. But a merciless 31-0 whipping of the Cougars that improved Michigan to 3-1 raised some eyebrows.

Harbaugh's team put together an excellent all-around performance, which shows the Wolverines are finding themselves. Which raises an interesting question: Could this Michigan team exceed the modest expectations most had placed on it before the season began?

Harbaugh's best teams have thrived with a balanced offense predicated around a strong running game, and Saturday the Wolverines displayed that to perfection. Senior quarterback Jake Rudock brought a reputation as a strong game manager with him from Iowa as a graduate transfer, but he had been erratic at best in Michigan's first three games, throwing as many interceptions (five) as he had all of last season.

Against BYU, he looked more like his old self, moving the ball through the air and on the ground efficiently, completing 14 of 25 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown. He even contributed a pair of rushing touchdowns.

The Wolverines are hoping a strong tailback will emerge from a backfield by committee, and De'Veon Smith showed signs of becoming that guy Saturday. He posted his second 100-yard rushing game of the season, which included a highlight carry in which he disappeared into a pile at the line of scrimmage before emerging on a stunning 60-yard touchdown run. He rolled up 125 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries before leaving with an ankle injury.

Meanwhile, senior receiver Amara Darboh is emerging as the No. 1 option for Rudock. Darboh had four catches for 57 yards and a touchdown, including this impressive one-handed grab:

Michigan's defense did its part, too. BYU freshman quarterback Tanner Mangum had led the Cougars to wins at Nebraska and over Boise State and pushed No. 9 UCLA to the brink last week in a 24-23 game. But he was utterly punchless against the Wolverines front, completing 12 of 28 passes for 55 yards.

It was the first time BYU had been shut out since 2003, and it was Michigan's first shutout since 2012.

The Wolverines outgained BYU 448-105 and held the ball for more than 38 minutes. Michigan has outscored its last three foes by a total of 94-14.

Following the Utah game, one had to wonder if Harbaugh's team could scrape together enough wins for a postseason berth. After all, this was a 5-7 squad in 2014, and the product hardly looked inspiring.

Now, with Maryland, Rutgers and Indiana left on the schedule (not to mention a less than impressive Penn State), six wins seem assured. Can Harbaugh's first Michigan team contend for the Big Ten title? It's unlikely.

But the Wolverines certainly can play spoiler. Of the three current Associated Press Top 25 teams left on their schedule (Northwestern, Michigan State and Ohio State), all come to Ann Arbor. With a trip to Maryland and Northwestern at home on the docket, Michigan could be 5-1 and also a Top 25 program by the time the Spartans visit Oct. 17.

The Wolverines have just one win in their last seven tries against Michigan State, and one win in their last 11 meetings with the Buckeyes. But if the defense continues to progress, Michigan could give one or both teams a scare.

Whether or not it does, it looks like Harbaugh could return the Wolverines to Big Ten relevancy sooner rather than later. Their new-found identity is a step in the right direction. 

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BYU vs. Michigan: Score, Highlights and Twitter Reaction

The University of Michigan scored its most impressive win of the Jim Harbaugh coaching era thus far Saturday as the Wolverines bulldozed No. 22 BYU 31-0 at the Big House in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Maize and Blue dominated in all facets of the game from the opening kickoff, as the Cougars were outgained by a 448-105 yardage margin. Michigan's defense was especially stout, forcing 10 punts and seven three-and-outs, which resulted in BYU's first shutout loss since 2003, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy.

Cougars freshman quarterback Tanner Mangum completed just 12 of 28 passes for 55 yards, as the offense was never able to get going.

BYU fell to 2-2 with the loss, while the Wolverines improved to 3-1 and made their case for a spot in the Top 25.

Michigan may have had some good karma on its side, as Harbaugh presented New York Yankees legend and Kalamazoo, Michigan, native Derek Jeter with a special jersey prior to the contest, per Michigan Athletics on Twitter:

After punting on its first drive of the game, Michigan went on to score on five consecutive drives during the first half. The Wolverines' first touchdown was part of a 10-play, 80-yard drive.

While senior quarterback Jake Rudock finished it off with a three-yard touchdown run, senior wide receiver Amara Darboh's one-handed grab for 21 yards was the true highlight, as seen in this video courtesy of ESPN:

Rudock found Darboh once again on the ensuing drive, but this time it was for a four-yard touchdown that extended the Wolverines' lead to 14-0.

As difficult as it was to top what Darboh did when he offered up his best impression of New York Giants wideout Odell Beckham Jr., Michigan junior running back De'Veon Smith may very well have overshadowed it with an incredible 60-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Smith somehow managed to make his way through a pileup at the line of scrimmage and broke multiple tackles en route to the end zone, as SportsCenter captured:

After watching Smith victimize the Cougars defense, Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports gushed over his tough running style:

Rudock continued to show off his dual-threat abilities on Michigan's next drive with a 17-yard touchdown run, which marked his second score on the ground and third overall for the day.

That gave Michigan a 28-point advantage, which is something Harbaugh's team has grown quite accustomed to in recent weeks, as ESPN Stats & Info noted:

The Wolverines drove for yet another score with just over one minute remaining in the half, as Kenny Allen's 40-yard field goal made it 31-0 entering the locker room.

Per Greg Wrubell of ESPN 960, the Cougars hadn't faced that type of deficit at halftime in 15 years:

As Nick Baumgardner of tweeted, Michigan's lead was born largely from BYU's complete futility on both sides of the ball in the second quarter:

The Cougars' hopes of pulling off an upset were dashed after just one half of play, which had to be a massive disappointment for the players and coaches considering their outlook ahead of the game.

Per Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune, BYU senior wide receiver Terenn Houk relished the chance to make up for last week's heartbreaking loss to UCLA.

"It is a big chance to show that we have some resiliency and can bounce back and make a statement after a tough loss," Houk said. "It is a chance to move on and show that we are ready to execute anywhere and make the best of our season."

Instead, the Cougars were systematically picked apart and run right out of Michigan Stadium in one of Saturday's most one-sided results.

The Wolverines used a more deliberate pace offensively in the second half as they attempted to run out the clock. A heavy dose of Smith on the ground was expected, but he was tackled awkwardly in the third quarter and left the game with an apparent ankle injury, according to Larry Lage of the Associated Press.

Smith had 125 rushing yards at that juncture, which was just one yard off his career high, but he did not return to the contest with Michigan in such firm control. He was taken to the locker room and later returned to the sidelines in a walking boot.

Neither team scored in the second half, but the Wolverines did more than enough damage in the first half to be thrilled with their performance.

Saturday's contest featured two teams that are moving in different directions. Harbaugh's Wolverines have gotten better with each passing week since losing to Utah in Week 1, while BYU has struggled to get over the loss of starting quarterback Taysom Hill for the season.

Few knew what to expect out of Michigan in 2015, but as pointed out by NFL Network's Albert Breer, it turns out that Harbaugh inherited a pretty talented team:

The Wolverines have tricky games coming up over the next couple of weeks against Maryland and No. 17 Northwestern, but if they win those contests, they would play No. 2 Michigan State on Oct. 17 with a chance to jump ahead of the Spartans in the Big Ten East race. 

Many figured Harbaugh would find a way to lead his alma mater to greatness over time, but after watching Michigan have its way with a quality team like BYU, the bar has suddenly been set higher for the current campaign. 


Postgame Reaction

There tend to be two very different perspectives when it comes to blowouts, and that was certainly the case when Michigan and BYU coaches and players addressed the media following the Wolverines' 31-0 romp.

Just one week after barely losing to a UCLA team that is currently ranked No. 9 in the nation, Cougars head coach Bronco Mendenhall paid Michigan a huge compliment, according to Aaron McMann of

BYU offensive coordinator Robert Anae was impressed with the Wolverines as well and acknowledged that they were the better team in every way:

While almost everything went perfectly for Michigan on Saturday, one area of concern was the health of its starting running back.

Smith has no doubts that he will play next week against the Terrapins, per Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press:

Harbaugh was positive regarding Smith as well and acknowledged that X-rays were negative, according to Snyder

In addition to that, Harbaugh praised his team and was especially impressed by its toughness and work ethic, per Angelique Chengelis of the Detroit News:

Michigan thrived defensively Saturday despite Harbaugh's status as an offensive coach, but he doesn't want to get overly excited about one game:


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Nick Chubb Ties Herschel Walker's Georgia Record of 12 Straight 100-Yard Games

Georgia running back Nick Chubb crossed the 100-yard rushing mark for the 12th consecutive game Saturday against Southern University. The effort matches the school record set by Bulldogs legend Herschel Walker.

Zac Ellis of Sports Illustrated noted the special accomplishment as Georgia beat 49-6 on Saturday. 

“It is truly an honor to be mentioned with him,” Chubb said after the game, via Jason Butt of the Telegraph. “Herschel Walker – that’s what you hear about when you think Georgia football.”

The last time Chubb didn't reach 100 yards was in October against Vanderbilt. That's no credit to the Commodores defense, though. He still managed to rush for 78 yards on just eight carries while working behind Todd Gurley on the depth chart.

He moved into the starting lineup the next week after Gurley—who's now in the NFL—was suspended, and Chubb never looked back. The dynamic rusher gained 143 yards against Missouri and has followed that by reaching triple digits 11 more times in a row spanning two seasons.

Any time a player can match a rushing feat held by Walker, one of the top running backs in college football history, is noteworthy. He was a three-time All-American during his time at Georgia and won the Heisman Trophy in 1982. His streak came during the 1980 and 1981 seasons.

Chubb will get an opportunity to set the new standard next week. It won't be an easy task, though. The Bulldogs face Alabama in a key SEC showdown. Nick Saban and his coaching staff are surely going to devote a lot of resources to slowing down Georgia's rushing attack.

The silver lining for Chubb is that he's proved he can handle a heavy workload. Four times during the streak he's carried the ball at least 25 times. A similar outing will likely be necessary next Saturday to keep the streak alive and help Georgia win the game.


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UMass vs. Notre Dame: Live Score and Highlights

Notre Dame 55, Massachusetts 20—Late 3rd Quarter

Fresh off an impressive victory over Georgia Tech, No. 6 Notre Dame hosts UMass in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

The Fighting Irish (3-0) have put together an early season full of wins but also full of injuries to whom many expected to be top performers in 2015.  On paper, today's game against the Minutemen could offer the Irish a week to rest some stars and heal others.

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Western Michigan vs. Ohio State: Live Score and Highlights

Ohio State is the country’s top-ranked team, but it hasn’t played like it over the last two weeks.

The No. 1 Buckeyes (3-0) have averaged just 330.5 yards of offense against a pair of significantly overmatched opponents. The offense has struggled under the inefficient guidance of quarterbacks Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett, who combined to throw just one touchdown against three interceptions versus Hawaii and Northern Illinois.

Urban Meyer will try to get his team back on track against Western Michigan (1-2). The game is set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be televised regionally by ABC and ESPN2.

We’ll be watching the matchup, providing live analysis as the action unfolds:

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Texas vs. Oklahoma State: Live Score and Highlights

Texas vs. No. 24 Oklahoma State

Time: 3:30 p.m. ET


The struggling Texas Longhorns (1-2) continue their trip through the early-season woodchipper as they play host to the No. 24 Oklahoma State Cowboys (3-0). 

The Cowboys thus far have looked better in nearly every facet of the game compared to the Longhorns. They average 41 points per game while only giving up 11. 

Can Texas score an upset win to jump-start their Big 12 campaign, or will its woes continue against a streaking Cowboys squad? 

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Tennessee vs. Florida: Live Score and Highlights

The undefeated Florida Gators will attempt to remain that way as Tennessee travels to the Swamp for an early-season SEC showdown.

Coach Jim McElwain's Gators will be trying to win their 11th in a row against the Volunteers, as the old SEC East rivalry from the 1990s and early 2000s has lost a little bit of its luster in recent years.

Meanwhile, Tennessee coach Butch Jones needs a signature victory as he tries to take the next step toward a program rebuild.

UT fans are hungry for a win against UF, and they feel like this could be the year. With a gauntlet of Arkansas, Georgia and Alabama awaiting after this game, the Vols need this win to secure some early momentum.

Quarterback Joshua Dobbs will try to get going against a strong Florida defense led by superstar cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III. However, the winner of this game normally wins the battle on the ground, so watch out for Vols Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara as well as Florida's Kelvin Taylor and Jordan Cronkrite.

It figures to perhaps be a low-scoring slug fest (just like last year's 10-9 Florida triumph), and the winner may wind up being Georgia's biggest competitor in the division.

Keep it right here for all the scores, highlights and live action, as we will be blogging throughout the game. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET.

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Louisiana-Monroe vs. Alabama: Live Score and Highlights

The Alabama Crimson Tide will look to rebound from last week’s disappointing loss when they take on the Warhawks of Louisiana-Monroe Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. 

Alabama will return to Bryant-Denny Stadium after a 43-37 home loss to Ole Miss. It was the second consecutive loss for the Crimson Tide at the hands of the Rebels. The loss also moved Alabama to No. 12 in the Associated Press poll, the first time the program dropped out of the Top 10 since 2010. 

There are plenty of issues for the Crimson Tide to sort out this afternoon. Jake Coker is expected to start at quarterback, per Ken Rogers of the Dothan Eagle, after coming off the bench last week. The team continually shot itself in the foot with five turnovers. Despite that, Alabama was still able to put up 37 points on an elite Ole Miss defense, which should be a positive note to build on heading into this week. 

The defense has become an issue for head coach Nick Saban’s team the past two seasons. Last week marked the third time since the start of the 2014 season that Alabama allowed over 40 points, which is staggering given the amount of talent the team possesses on that side of the ball. 

Louisiana-Monroe struggled to put up 14 points in its only FBS contest against Georgia, but the defense will be confident after posting a shutout last week against Nicholls State. The Warhawks also enter the game having won their last matchup with Alabama, a 21-14 victory in 2007. 

Since that 2007 season, Alabama has never lost consecutive games. That consistent resiliency coupled with the major talent discrepancy should give the Crimson Tide a substantial advantage in today’s contest. 

Check back here just before kickoff for live reactions to this matchup, and feel free to join the discussion in the comments section.

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