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Bowling Green WR Reels in TD Catch out of Kent State Defender's Hands

Sorry, Kent State—that belongs to Roger Lewis.

The Bowling Green wide receiver managed to reel in a 64-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of Saturday's game by yanking it out of the hands of a Kent State defender.

The score extended the Falcons' lead to 41-0.

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The next quarter, the sophomore made another incredible touchdown catch—Odell Beckham Jr.-style. The one-handed grab made it 48-0:

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Clemson vs. Miami: Score, Highlights and Twitter Reaction

In its first major road test of the season, Clemson made history by handing Miami its worst-ever loss in a 58-0 drubbing. The Tigers improved to 7-0 and made a compelling case to be placed in the Top Five when next week's polls are released.

According to College Football Talk, the Hurricanes' worst loss prior to Saturday was a 70-14 thrashing at the hands of Texas A&M in 1944. 

Clemson was in control of this game from the opening kickoff, picking apart Miami's defense with a rushing attack that racked up 416 yards on 63 carries. The Tigers went into halftime with a 42-0 lead and coasted over the final 30 minutes to make sure no one got injured. 

This is what Clemson's stat line looked like heading into halftime, per the team's Twitter account:

For perspective on the Tigers' 363 yards and 22 first downs in the first half, it had a total of 296 yards and 15 first downs in a 24-22 win over Notre Dame on Oct. 3. 

Five different players—Wayne Gallman, Zac Brooks, Artavis Scott, Deshaun Watson and Kelly Bryant (two)—had rushing touchdowns in the game.

Watson was stellar, throwing for 143 yards and running for 98 more with two total touchdowns before being taken out midway through the third quarter. His 34-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Leggett basically summed up how things were going for both teams, per ESPN:

In an unusual move at the break, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney had his team kneeling on the field, per Dave Hyde of the Sun Sentinel:

The ABC television broadcast picked up some of Swinney's speech, in which he told the team to keep playing Clemson football. While not the most inspirational talk, it's hard to argue with something that worked so well. 

While the Tigers can go back home with all the confidence in the world, Miami will be asking a lot of questions. The Hurricanes entered this game 4-2, with those losses coming on the road against Cincinnati and Florida State by a combined 16 points. 

There has been speculation about the future of Miami head coach Al Golden for a long time. Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated last week named him the next coach to be fired:

There doesn't seem to be a firm magic number of wins or losses for Golden, but the fanbase has been in revolt for a while and seems ready for a change. My guess is he would need to win the ACC Coastal Division to stay, but with games against Virginia Tech, Clemson and Duke in the next three weeks, that won't be easy.

The "good" news is there Hurricanes were able to defeat Virginia Tech a week ago, but no one is going to remember that after Saturday's laugher. 

Before the game, Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post tweeted a picture of a plane flying an anti-Golden banner near Sun Life Stadium:

ESPN's Paul Finebaum made a joke at Golden's expense once the rout was on:

Adding injury to insult for Miami, starting quarterback Brad Kaaya left the game in the second quarter after failing a concussion test following a sack, per WQAM (h/t Susan Miller Degnan of the Miami Herald).

As you can see in the video below, per Demetric Warren of Varsity Preps, Shaq Lawson broke through the line to take down Kaaya despite the Hurricanes having three more blockers than Clemson had pass-rushers:

There was a moment early in the game when Clemson led 7-0 but Miami appeared to have something going. The Hurricanes put together a 56-yard drive to reach the Tigers' 19-yard line, but it ended when Kaaya threw an interception. 

Kaaya's overall numbers entering play Saturday were strong, with 10 touchdowns and one interception. The sophomore, however, is among the nation's worst when it comes to red-zone turnovers, per ESPN Stats & Info:

It's been a long struggle for Miami as it tries to get back to being relevant in the ACC, not to mention the national conversation. The Hurricanes are 32-25 under Golden, which is not the standard this program is used to setting. 

Of course, credit Clemson for never letting up. The Tigers are one of the nation's best teams and are going to be in the mix for the College Football Playoff. 

In fact, Fox Sports' Colin Cowherd was finally swayed by what he saw from Clemson:

This was just one of those weeks when everything went right for Clemson and wrong for Miami. 

The Hurricanes will have a shot at redemption next week at Duke. Golden has to get his players to put this loss behind them; otherwise, the ugliness could carry over against a solid Blue Devils squad. 

The Tigers will face another ACC road test next week against North Carolina State before a huge showdown at Memorial Stadium against Florida State. Swinney is pushing all the right buttons so far this season, so don't expect a lot of changes until the opposition proves it has the advantage. 

 

Post-Game Reaction

Not surprisingly, Swinney was very pleased with the way his team performed, per Dan Hope of OrangeandWhite.com:

Swinney was particularly complimentary of his star quarterback:

Following this kind of victory, it's hard to be critical. Swinney will obviously find plays that weren't perfectly executed, as every coach does, but 58-point wins don't happen very often. 

Things were much different on the other side. Miami's coach was direct in assessing the problems of his team, per Orlando Alzugaray of 560 WQAM. 

"It's really pretty simple: We got beat up front. We've gotta get it corrected quickly," Golden said. 

Swinney was not going to bask in the misery of another head coach, per Aaron Brenner of the Post and Courier:

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Clemson vs. Miami: 58-0 Shutout Marks Worst Loss in Hurricanes History

Now is not a good time to be a member of the Miami Hurricanes. 

On Saturday afternoon, the University of Miami suffered its worst loss in program history, a 58-0 beat down at the hands of the No. 6 Clemson Tigers. 

According to Westwood One Sports' Jason Horowitz, it breaks a school record for the worst shutout loss, which was a 52-0 affair against Howard College in 1927. Howard College is now known as Samford. 

It is also the largest margin of defeat in Hurricanes history, per CBSSports.com's Jon Solomon, as it breaks the record previously held by a 70-14 loss to Texas A&M in 1944. 

The loss was tough on former players, as they took to Twitter to voice their displeasure of this year's team and their head coach, Al Golden. 

Former Hurricane Leon Searcy, who was being honored during the game, was not in a celebrating mood:

Warren Sapp was calling for Golden's job:

Clemson out-gained Miami 567-146 on offense while picking up 33 first downs. Miami had just six all day. Add a Hurricanes passing game that averaged 2.6 yards per completion along with three interceptions and things were not going to end well for the green and orange. 

Outings like this are not going to keep Golden around for much longer. At 4-3 this season with a program that once was the class of college football, setting school records for all of the wrong reasons is not a good way to make a case as to why you should keep your job. 

 

Stats courtesy of ESPN.com

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Cold Hard Fact for Saturday, October 24, 2015

Fact: Miami's 58-0 loss to Clemson on Saturday was the biggest margin of defeat in the school's history. Previously, it lost by 56 to Texas A&M in 1944.

Bleacher Report will be bringing sports fans the most interesting and engaging Cold Hard Fact of the day, presented by Coors Light.

Source: ESPN Stats & Info

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Will Miami Head Coach Al Golden Make It Through the 2015 Season?

Al Golden entered Saturday’s crucial visit from No. 6 Clemson already firmly on the hot seat as Miami’s head coach. A mediocre 32-24 record in four-and-a-half seasons at the Hurricanes’ helm has fans angry, with planes flying “Fire Al Golden” banners over Sun Life Stadium on a weekly basis.

Saturday afternoon, the Tigers lit a bonfire under that hot seat. Miami was totally lifeless in a 58-0 defeat, the worst defeat in program history, which also dropped the ‘Canes to 4-3. National pundits are asking: Will Golden even make it through 2015 as Miami’s coach?

Let’s take a look.

Miami athletic director Blake James told Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that no change is imminent, but it's clear Golden’s margin for error in Miami has gotten much smaller. Saturday dropped the ‘Canes to 1-2 in ACC play with five ACC Coastal games ahead. Winning the Coastal will be difficult, given that Pittsburgh, Duke and North Carolina (all ahead on the schedule) began the day unbeaten in league play.

Per reports from multiple reporters at the game, “Fire Golden” chants broke out at Sun Life Stadium for the first time. “This is the kind of performance that, in all candor, that gets you fired,” said ABC play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough.

Miami didn’t bring back a lot from 2014’s 6-7 team, including just eight starters. Even that group has been hit by injuries, though. Last week, senior linebacker Raphael Kirby suffered a season-ending knee injury, and Saturday, talented sophomore quarterback Brad Kaaya was sidelined by a concussion.

The healthy Hurricanes gave a complete no-show, however. Clemson ran all over Miami en route to a 42-0 halftime lead, outrushing the Hurricanes 230-25. Many in the crowd who bothered to make it to Sun Life Stadium beat a retreat to the exits, and Clemson pulled all of its starters up 45-0 midway through the third quarter. Golden told reporters, including Gene Sapakoff of the Post and Courier, that he took responsibility for the poor effort. 

Assuming Golden is still employed Monday morning, how does he save his job?

There’s only one way: win, win, win. With five games left, Miami must win them all to have any shot at winning the Coastal (which would be progress, given that the program hasn’t played for the ACC title since joining the league in 2004). In fact, Miami has just one nine-win season in the last five years.

If Golden can run the table and pull out a nine- or 10-win season (with a bowl victory), that would represent tangible progress. Perhaps even a 4-1 record to end the regular season would do the trick.

But the case could also be made that efforts like Saturday’s are too much to overcome. Multiple former Hurricanes, including offensive linemen Bryant McKinnie and Joaquin Gonzalez, ripped Golden on Twitter, and this certainly won’t build any enthusiasm for the end of the season.

Miami’s administration will have to decide if it makes sense to let Golden go before season’s end or even if it’ll matter. Four Power Five programs (Illinois, Maryland, South Carolina and USC) are already in the market for new head coaches and ahead of Miami in their searches.

Would it really make any difference? Even if the Hurricanes fire Golden, they wouldn’t be making a hire before season’s end and possibly longer, depending on where their preferred target stands with his current program.

An in-season firing would be about sending a message to Miami fans who still care, saying, “This isn’t acceptable any longer.”

If that’s the case, Golden should be fired Sunday morning, because efforts like Saturday's certainly aren’t acceptable in the fifth year of his tenure. Otherwise, Golden should get one final chance to salvage his job. Because if it gets any worse, the Hurricanes really have no decision at all to make. Al Golden should be gone.

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Rawleigh Williams Injury: Updates on Arkansas RB's Neck and Return

Saturday's SEC battle between Arkansas and Auburn featured a scary moment, as Razorbacks freshman running back Rawleigh Williams was stretchered from the field after suffering an injury.

Continue for updates.

Williams Taken to Hospital Due to Neck InjurySaturday, Oct. 24

Williams went down and was unable to get up after being tackled near the sidelines late in the third quarter of Saturday's game.

He was ultimately carted off the field and taken to the hospital for "precautionary reasons," and SEC Network reported he was seen communicating with trainers, per Brandon Marcello of AL.com.

According to Marcello, SEC Network reported Williams was diagnosed with a neck injury and that he had movement in all extremities.

As seen in this photo courtesy of Razorback Nation, Williams' teammates gathered around him after the injury occurred out of concern for the talented youngster's well-being:

Also, Arkansas running back Alex Collins paid tribute to Williams by flashing a No. 22 with his fingers after scoring to put the Razorbacks on top 21-14, per SEC Network:

The exact extent of Williams' injury is unclear, but the fact that he was able to move is certainly encouraging news.

It is possible that the Razorbacks' No. 2 rusher could be forced to miss some time, though, which means leading rusher Collins will likely be asked to take on an even greater workload moving forward.

 

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Indiana vs. Michigan State: Live Score and Highlights

Michigan State 28, Indiana 26 — Late 3rd quarter

Game action is now underway between No. 7 Michigan State (7-0) and Indiana (4-3). ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 are televising the matchup regionally from East Lansing, Michigan.

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

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Brad Kaaya Injury: Updates on Miami QB's Concussion and Return

An already-miserable day got even worse for the Miami (FL) football team Saturday, as sophomore quarterback Brad Kaaya was forced to exit early due to injury.

Continue for updates.

Kaaya Out vs. Clemson Due to ConcussionSaturday, Oct. 24

According to Sun Sentinel Sports, Kaaya was knocked out of Saturday's clash with Clemson after suffering an apparent concussion due to a hit.

Kaaya went down hard on a sack from Clemson's Shaq Lawson, and WQAM subsequently reported that the signal-caller failed a concussion test on the sidelines, per Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald.

While Kaaya entered the game as the ACC's leading passer, the Tigers made life miserable for him, limiting him to 6-of-10 passing for 51 yards and an interception before he departed in the second quarter.

He was replaced by Malik Rosier, who didn't fare any better, as the Hurricanes trailed No. 6 Clemson heading into the locker room for halftime.

Miami will almost certainly fall to 4-3 on the season and 1-2 in the conference, but it is a team that still has a chance to do some damage in an Atlantic Coast Conference that is wide open outside of Clemson and Florida State.

In order to do that, however, it will need the services of Kaaya since it's already abundantly clear that head coach Al Golden doesn't have another viable answer at quarterback on his roster.

 

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Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma: Live Score and Highlights

Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma

TV: ABC/ESPN2

Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

Coming off their 55-0 rout of the Kansas State Wildcats on the road, the Oklahoma Sooners look to keep up the momentum against a very pesky Texas Tech Red Raiders squad, known for almost pulling off the upset against TCU earlier this season. 

Stay plugged in below for continued updates of this Big 12 matchup as the Sooners look to keep their title hopes alive. 

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