NCAA Football News

Aaron Golub, Tulane Long Snapper, 1st Legally Blind Player to Play in NCAA Game

Tulane’s Aaron Golub made history on Saturday by becoming the first legally blind athlete to play in an NCAA football game.

Golub long-snapped a successful PAT with eight minutes and 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Green Wave a 45-17 lead in their eventual 45-31 win over UCF.

Per's Andrew Lopez, Golub was humbled in his postgame press conference and downplayed the significance of his accomplishment, saying:

It was a great opportunity. I’m happy they gave me a shot, and it just felt great. 

I prepared and I just know that I've done this thousands of times. It was nothing. It's the same as in practice. It was just me and [punter] Pete [Picerelli] the holder and I just snapped it to him.

Golub has no vision in his right eye and has limited sight in his left from a genetic condition he was born with. He joined the Green Wave as a walk-on in the spring of 2014

Tulane coach Curtis Johnson noted after the game that Golub could make more appearances this season, per Lopez. 

The sophomore from Newton, Massachusetts, began playing competitively in middle school, according to Sports Illustrated's Chris Scarnati, and was a lineman in high school before shifting to long snapper when he aspired to play collegiately. By the time he graduated, he was ranked 18th at the position by 247Sports.

Tulane improved to 2-2 with its win over UCF, the defending American Athletic Conference co-champions. The Green Wave continue conference play next weekend with a trip to Temple.

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Alabama vs. Georgia: Score, Highlights and Twitter Reaction

Not taking too kindly to being an underdog for the first time in five seasons, the Alabama Crimson Tide dominated the Georgia Bulldogs, 38-10, in a critical SEC showdown for both teams Saturday. 

The college football world has been so accustomed to seeing the Crimson Tide run their way through the regular season before, in most cases, appearing in the SEC Championship Game. There has been a different feel to start 2015, thanks largely to a 43-37 loss against Mississippi two weeks ago. 

It was an ugly day at Sanford Stadium, not just because of the final score. The weather conditions were dreadful, with rain falling from the opening kickoff that got progressively worse as things went on. Georgia can't use that as an excuse, since Alabama didn't seem to be fazed, as CBS Sports put it:

Quarterback has been the biggest question mark for Bama, as Jake Coker came into the game with a completion percentage of just 55.3, eight touchdowns and four interceptions. 

Coker's head coach, Nick Saban, did not waver in his confidence about what the senior can do, per Marq Burnett of the Ledger-Enquirer, but wanted to see smarter decision-making. 

"He's very capable of making all the plays he needs to make," Saban said. "So it comes down to mindset and focus, staying focused on the right stuff so he can make the right reads, the right plays, the right throws, and he's very capable of doing that."

One way to help Coker shine without letting some of his flaws get exposed is limit the number of times he throws while still allowing him to go down the field. Alabama's run-heavy game plan helped Coker shine, as he finished 11-of-16 for 190 yards and two touchdowns (one rushing).

Stellar running back Derrick Henry continued to exert his will over anyone who stands in his way. The junior standout had 148 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries, setting a new Alabama rushing touchdown record in the process, via Alabama Football on Twitter:

Georgia was only down by seven with under five minutes to play in the first half, but the wind went out of the Bulldogs' sails following this special teams play, via CBS Sports:

Georgia followed that up with a quick three-and-out, leading to a Coker 45-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Ridley on Alabama's first play of the ensuing drive. The Tide grabbed a three-touchdown advantage with 14 points in the span of 60 seconds. 

Ridley, per ESPN Stats & Info, nearly equaled his receiving totals through the first four games in the first 30 minutes against Georgia:

Things got so bad for Georgia early in the third quarter, with Alabama scoring two more touchdowns in less than five minutes, even Uga couldn't bear to watch anymore, via SEC on CBS:

Georgia starting quarterback Greyson Lambert was briefly benched late in the first half after going 7-of-17 for 70 yards, though that line looks Aaron Rodgers-esque compared to Brice Ramsey's. The sophomore was 1-of-6 with one particularly bad two-play stretch, per Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde:

Lambert did return to the game late in the third quarter but ended up limping off the field after trying to make a tackle following an interception. He would finish 10-of-24 with 86 yards and the pick. 

The most alarming thing about Georgia's quarterback ineptitude against Alabama is how soft the Crimson Tide have looked defending the pass this season. They came into the game 59th in passing yards allowed per game. 

Two weeks ago, Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly torched the Crimson Tide with 341 yards and three touchdowns. Rainy weather can alter a game plan, but Coker was able to create big plays for Alabama, while Georgia's passing offense couldn't. 

One of Georgia's only bright spots was running back Nick Chubb. He broke the 100-yard barrier for the 13th consecutive game on an 83-yard touchdown run, passing Herschel Walker in the Georgia record books, per ESPN Stats & Info:

That's a small silver lining for the Bulldogs coming out of this game. Head coach Mark Richt's teams have a tendency to start the year with high expectations, only to stumble in marquee matchups. This is one of those disappointing losses that can linger, though the schedule does ease up with Florida as the only ranked team left on the schedule. 

For Saban, this was a statement game to make sure everyone who questioned Alabama's status as one of the nation's elite teams in 2015 knew his team was not going gently into that good night. 

Coker will ultimately determine how high the Crimson Tide's ceiling is, but with Henry running over everyone and a talented defense starting to jell, the rest of the SEC will be on high alert. 


Postgame Reaction

In typical Saban fashion, he didn't seem to get too enthusiastic about a single win after it was over. 

Per Marq Burnett of the Anniston Star, Saban started the game in a foul mood because of what he saw from his team during warm-ups:

Most coaches would like seeing the fire and passion before a big game, but Saban apparently wants to make sure his players have all of their energy channeled where it needs to be after kickoff. 

Also from Burnett, Saban noted that there was only so far the game plan coming into the game could get the Crimson Tide:

There were a lot of factors at play in Alabama's win, but Coker started everything. Quarterbacks are too important in football today, whether it's at the college or pro level, and Saban was pleased with what his signal-caller was able to do, via Rachel Baribeau of SiriusXM's College Sports Nation:

Things were not as cheerful on the Richt side of things, per Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News:

That's about as apt a description of what happened, as four of Alabama's five touchdowns came in about a nine-minute span from the end of the second quarter to the start of the third quarter. 

As far as what to say after a loss like this in the locker room, via Hurt, Richt laid it all out there as bluntly as possible:


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SEC East Well Within Reach for Georgia Despite Alabama Exposing Bulldogs

The "rainout" played between Alabama and Georgia on Saturday afternoon at Sanford Stadium in Athens followed the same script of the "blackout" between these two teams in the same building in 2008.

Domination by the road team.

The Crimson Tide ran the Bulldogs out of their own building, winning 38-10 Saturday in a game that wasn't as close as the score indicated.

Simply put, Georgia (4-1, 2-1) got exposed on both sides of the ball by a better for football team. Luckily for the Bulldogs, it does only count as one loss, and the SEC East title is still attainable. 

"We got whipped. We all know it and we’ve got to do something about it," head coach Mark Richt said in quotes emailed by Georgia. "We’ll watch the film and face the truth and look at ways we can improve. We as coaches have to make decisions to do that."

Georgia's offense was and is predicated on establishing the run with superstar sophomore Nick Chubb. That's fine against teams like South Carolina and Vanderbilt, but it's much easier said (or written) than done against a front seven like Alabama's, which was giving up 56.75 yards per game on the ground coming in.

Chubb found that out the hard way.

Chubb managed 146 yards on the ground but had just 63 until his 83-yard scamper late in the third quarter when the Bulldogs were down 38-3. Alabama shut down Chubb when it mattered and forced quarterback Greyson Lambert to beat it through the air. 

He couldn't.

While the Virginia graduate-transfer was marvelously efficient over the previous two games and threw just two incomplete passes in two weeks, the Crimson Tide got in his face, forced mistakes and eventually forced Lambert to the bench after a first half in which he completed just seven of his 17 passes. He finished the day 10-of-24 for just 86 yards an no touchdowns.

As ESPN's Bomani Jones noted on Twitter, Lambert is not mobile, and the quarterbacks who have toppled the Tide over the last few years typically are mobile, use tempo and stretch the field:

When Plan A—Chubb—doesn't work, Georgia is not equipped to handle Plan B.

It's not equipped at quarterback, not equipped at wide receiver outside of Malcolm Mitchell and not equipped at coordinator—where new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer's units finished in the top half of the NFL in passing offense one time (New York Jets, 2008) over the last nine seasons.

No, Schottenheimer didn't exactly have stellar quarterbacks during most of those years, but it's not like Georgia has Tom Brady on its roster this season, either.

Georgia is one-dimensional by necessity, not choice.

With that said, though, that one dimension still could land the Bulldogs in the Georgia Dome in early December to play in the SEC Championship Game.

Name one front seven left on Georgia's schedule that's anywhere close to the one it faced Saturday.

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

In addition to the rotating cross-division game against Alabama, Georgia will play Auburn out of the West in its permanent cross-division rivalry. That doesn't look nearly as daunting now as it did in August. 

On top of that, every team in the SEC East is flawed. Missouri has quarterback issues, Tennessee can't close, South Carolina is a wreck (and already fell to Georgia), Florida is still building, Kentucky has a loss already and Vandy is a mess.

When Georgia plays at Tennessee next week, it will be one of the biggest games in the SEC East.

That game has been close each of the last two seasons, with Tennessee playing at a massive disadvantage. That's changed a little bit thanks to the recruiting efforts of Vols head coach Butch Jones and his staff, but his ineptitude in clutch situations has been one of the most depressing storylines of the 2015 season. 

The Bulldogs will go to Knoxville down but not out, at least in terms of the SEC East race.

Georgia could play Alabama—or whichever team wins the SEC West—again in December.

Well, as long as Alabama doesn't "beat Georgia twice" and the Bulldogs don't suffer from a Crimson Tide hangover in October next week on Rocky Top.


Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports. Statistics are courtesy of CFBStats.comBarrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer and national college football video analyst for Bleacher Report as well as a host on Bleacher Report Radio on SiriusXM 83. Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee. 

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Notre Dame vs. Clemson: Live Score and Highlights

Clemson 21, Notre Dame 3—Early 3rd Quarter

In the long, proud histories of both Notre Dame and Clemson, the two programs meet today for just the third time. Not only is this a rare meeting between two powerhouse programs, but this season, it also has some serious College Football Playoff implications.

No. 6 Notre Dame visits No. 12 Clemson in an epic prime-time showdown.

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Jared Goff Sets Record for Most TD Passes in Cal History

Jared Goff further etched his name into the Cal record books during Saturday’s game against Washington State, tossing his 65th career touchdown pass to move ahead of Kyle Boller for the most in school history.

According to Kevin Danna of, the high mark is Goff’s 23rd at Cal. He also owns records for passing yards (8,721), total offense (8,600 yards) and completions (728), reflective entering Saturday.

The junior set the record with a 34-yard strike to Bryce Treggs with one minute and 50 seconds left in the first quarter.

Goff set the record at the institution where Aaron Rodgers ascended to national distinction. Rodgers, the reigning NFL MVP, tossed 43 touchdowns in his two seasons at Cal.

However, during Rodgers’ tenure, the Bears relied more on a ground attack, averaging 246 yards per game to the 167.6 from 2013 to present with Goff.

Goff has naturally received comparison to Rodgers as a Cal product with tremendous upside. But NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah says "not so fast" when pinning the pair’s skill sets against each other. Here's what he had to say while appearing on the The Rich Eisen Show (via

I would pump the brakes on that one. They're different guys. Aaron Rodgers, you're talking about arm strength that's a different level than Goff, and even the natural feel for the position that Aaron had and some of the pinpoint accuracy he had, those are rare traits. But Goff is very poised. He can move around a little bit and extend plays.

The game looks like it's slow for him, and that's what you want to see at his position.

Goff is eligible to enter the NFL draft next season and is currently listed as the top underclassman at his position by ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

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Shot of Georgia Bulldogs Mascot Uga Sitting in the Rain Will Bring out the Feels

Poor Uga.

As Georgia was getting walloped in the pouring rain at home by Alabama on Saturday, the Bulldogs mascot was sad.

Really, really sad.

There will be other days, pup. Keep your head up.


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Mississippi State vs. Texas A&M: Live Score and Highlights

The No. 21 Mississippi State Bulldogs (3-1, 1-1) travel to College Station, Texas on Saturday to face No. 14 Texas A&M (4-0, 1-0) in an SEC West battle. 

This is the ninth all-time meeting between the schools with the series tied at four wins apiece.

Since the Aggies entered the SEC in 2012, they've won two of three against the Bulldogs. MSU won last year's battle by a score of 48-31. In A&M's two prior wins, the Aggies scored 38 and 41, respectively. 

Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott is quietly having another outstanding season. The senior is completing 67 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns. Prescott has yet to throw an interception. 

Myles Garrett, the Aggies' star defensive end, has 6.5 sacks on the young season and will likely face his share of double teams.

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

You can find the official box score at

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Arizona State vs. UCLA: Live Score and Highlights

Head coach Jim Mora and the No. 7 UCLA Bruins are surging on the field and up the national rankings, and they’ll look to continue that momentum Saturday evening when they host the Arizona State Sun Devils.

The Bruins (4-0) should come into the contest with some confidence, and not just because of their elite play this season. Last year, Mora’s squad throttled the Sun Devils (2-2) in a 62-27 rout in Tempe, Arizona.

Will UCLA continue to roll, or will Arizona State get revenge and get back on track with the upset win? We’ll find out soon enough—the prime-time showdown is set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised nationally by Fox.

We’ll be watching the matchup and providing a live analysis as the action unfolds.

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Ole Miss vs. Florida: Live Score and Highlights

No. 3 Ole Miss heads to No. 25 Florida in hopes of making a push for one of the top two spots in the poll.

Following a miraculous win over Tennessee, the Gators have a tough task in their first matchup with a Top 25 team. The Rebels are playing some of the best football in country on both sides of the ball and look like the class of the SEC through four games.

But as the Vols learned last week, you can't count out the Gators in The Swamp.

Kickoff for tonight's SEC showdown will begin at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. Follow this page throughout the action for live updates and analysis of what's happening on the field. Afterwards, be sure to check out our game grades for both teams.

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Eastern Michigan vs. LSU: Live Score and Highlights

The ninth-ranked LSU Tigers welcome to town Eastern Michigan for a Saturday night affair in Baton Rouge, hoping to continue their hot start to 2015 behind superstar running back Leonard Fournette.

Virtually every aspect of this contest screams tune-up for the Tigers, who are a walloping 45-point favorite, according to Odds Shark. The Eagles are coming off a 2-10 season in which two Power Five teams combined to outscore them 138-14 and are already 1-3 this year.

Perhaps the most mouth-watering part for LSU fans, however, is the disparity between the Tigers' biggest strength—Fournette—and Eastern Michigan's top weakness. EMU has given up an average of 373.3 yards per game, good for dead last among FBS teams

With a two-game SEC East stand of Florida and South Carolina awaiting the Tigers, they'll want to keep building momentum in order to stay tied atop their division. As the 7 p.m. ET kickoff approaches, keep it locked here for live updates. 

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Northwestern DB Delivers Legendary Rendition of the Macarena After Win

If you’ve ever celebrated anything with a dance, this is who you wanted to be. Northwestern defensive back Steve Reese sets the standard.

After shutting out Minnesota on Saturday, 27-0, the freshman delivered an all-time great rendition of the Macarena—without changing his facial expression at all.

The Golden Gophers only accumulated 173 total yards. It was a good game for the Wildcats but definitely a better dance.

[Vine, h/t Sporting News]

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Baylor DE Shawn Oakman Gets Decleated on Legal Crackback Block

Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman is a bad, baaad man. He's 6'9" and 275 pounds of shredded terror. 

He's a defensive monster. He's misunderstood. He's a legendary Internet meme

On Saturday vs. Texas Tech, he got laid the hell out.

When trying to defend against freshman wide receiver Tony Brown during the Bears' first-half destruction of the Red Raiders, Oakman took a devastating blindside block from senior offensive lineman Le'Raven Clark.

Here's another look:

Per Tim Griffin of the San Antonio Express-News, he had to leave the game: 


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Arkansas vs. Tennessee: Live Score and Highlights

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee and Arkansas will battle on a soggy Neyland Stadium turf tonight to see which preseason media darling can get things on track and which one will spiral further into the land of question marks.

The Volunteers are coming off a heartbreaking 28-27 loss to Florida in Gainesville where they blew a 13-point fourth-quarter lead to fall to 2-2 and drop their 11th straight against UF.

Arkansas, meanwhile, has lost three consecutive games, though the Razorbacks looked a little more like themselves in an overtime loss to Texas A&M.

With Georgia and Alabama on the horizon, this is close to a must-win game for coach Butch Jones and the Vols, who are a couple of plays away from being 4-0. The Hogs, without question, need something positive going for them, too.

Tennessee will ride dual-threat quarterback Joshua Dobbs, who led UT in rushing yards, passing yards and receiving yards last week against the Gators. Arkansas should fall back on junior running back Alex Collins and its experienced offensive line.

It should be a sloppy slugfest, so keep it right here for all the live scores and highlights as we kick off at 7 p.m.


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Dalvin Cook Injury: Updates on FSU Star's Hamstring and Return

Florida State's offense suffered a huge loss against Wake Forest, as star running back Dalvin Cook left Saturday's game in the first half with a hamstring injury.

Continue for updates.

Cook Unlikely to Return vs. Wake ForestSaturday, Oct. 3

SportsCenter tweeted out the news of Cook's injury. Brendan Sonnone of the Orlando Sentinel provided additional details:

Cook caught a pass out of the backfield, ran toward the sideline and came up limp as he went out of bounds.

Cook had his leg stretched out by athletic trainers and put ice on his left hamstring area. FSU announced that Cook’s return to the game was “doubtful” due to an unspecified left leg njury.

Cook led the Seminoles in rushing last year with 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns. With Karlos Williams having graduated, the spotlight was on the sophomore to really break though in 2015. He was living up to that hype with 476 yards and five touchdowns on 64 carries coming into Saturday. 

The running game is an integral part of Jimbo Fisher's pro-style offense. With Cook out, he'll likely look to Johnathan Vickers and Jacques Patrick, the latter of whom joined Florida State with major expectations. Patrick was the third-best running back in the 2015 recruiting class, per 247Sports' composite rankings.

While losing Cook will create some headaches for Fisher, he has plenty of talent to ensure the FSU offense remains just as effective.

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Alabama Linebacker Flattens Receiver, Crimson Tide Blocks Punt for Touchdown

Alabama came to play on Saturday.

The 13th-ranked Crimson Tide rolled into Georgia to take on the No. 8 Bulldogs and set the tone pretty quickly.

Linebacker Reggie Ragland drilled receiver Malcolm Mitchell in the second quarter as the senior came across the middle. The ball popped out and Mitchell went down.


Shortly after, freshman defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick came in untouched, blocked a punt and scooped it up for a touchdown. He made it look easy:

[Vine, Twitter]

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South Carolina vs. Missouri: Game Grades, Analysis for Gamecocks and Tigers

Missouri picked up its first SEC victory of 2015 after taking down South Carolina at home Saturday afternoon. 

Both teams looked to true freshman quarterbacks to pull out a win. Lorenzo Nunez made his first career conference start for South Carolina, while Drew Lock stepped in for the suspended Maty Mauk. 

Even though South Carolina was the better team in the second half, Missouri made more plays on the opponent’s side of the field and avoided turnovers. Here is a look at how each unit performed for the two squads: 

Pass Offense: Lock came out on fire in the first half, throwing two touchdowns while completing 84 percent of his throws. He also displayed some nice arm talent, which is evident by his first score to Nate Brown:

The passing game became very conservative in the second half and experienced little success. Lock completed only five throws for 28 yards after halftime. As a result, the offense became very stagnant against a weak South Carolina defense. 

Run Offense: A big reason for Lock’s success was the strong running game the Tigers produced Saturday. The team ran for a season-high 163 yards with Ish Witter leading the way with 98 yards and a touchdown. Star running back Russell Hansbrough also contributed 43 yards in limited action due to an ankle injury. If Lock continues to start, Missouri will need to keep up this type of effort on the ground. 

Pass Defense: After allowing Nunez to throw for 141 yards and a touchdown in the first half, the Missouri pass defense stepped up to stall the Gamecock offense. The Tigers picked off Nunez three times in the second half and limited him to only 31 yards through the air. 

Run Defense: The defensive front was stout Saturday, earning the praise of head coach Gary Pinkel, per Aaron Reiss of the Columbia Missourian:

The attention was well-deserved as South Carolina’s running backs combined to rush for just 45 yards. This forced Nunez to throw the ball more than head coach Steve Spurrier wanted. The final grade would be a solid A, but Nunez finished with 60 yards after some big gashes in the second half. 

Special Teams: Missouri was pretty quiet on special teams Saturday. Andrew Beggett was able to hit his only field goal of the day, a 21-yarder, but that was the only real action for the Tigers’ specialist. Corey Fatony was also solid, as he averaged 36 yards per punt. 

Coaching: Pinkel and his staff put together a great game plan for Lock. They gave him plenty of simple throws while also focusing on the ground game to help take pressure off the freshman. As a result, the offense was very much in-rhythm in the first half. The play-calling became too conservative in the second half, which was reflected in the Tigers’ offensive struggles. 

Pass Offense: Nunez started out strong, but he really struggled in the second half. A true freshman will make mistakes, but the three interceptions put the game out of reach for South Carolina. He explained the picks after the game, courtesy of’s David Cloninger:

On a positive note, star receiver Pharoh Cooper was able to keep the passing game afloat with 10 catches for 102 yards. 

Run Offense: As illustrated earlier, South Carolina could not get anything substantial going on the ground. David Williams led the running backs with 40 yards, as the team really missed Brandon Wilds in the backfield. Nunez made some plays with his legs and led the team in rushing. In the end, the lack of a serious running game threw off the Gamecocks’ balance and put them in a tough position to score points. 

Pass Defense: South Carolina did a good job of making Lock look good in the first half, as the freshman routinely found open receivers underneath the coverage. The pass defense improved greatly in the second half, as the Gamecocks pressed the Tiger receivers and dared Lock to beat them downfield, which he did not. This unit played a large role in keeping the team in the game down the stretch. 

Run Defense: The downfall of South Carolina’s defense Saturday was the run defense. Missouri’s running backs averaged five yards per carry to lead the Tiger offense. Going up against a true freshman quarterback, South Carolina was unable to put much pressure on Lock because the defense had to stack up against the run. 

Special Teams: Elliott Fry was 1-of-2 on field-goal attempts, but his missed kick near the end of the first half took some momentum from South Carolina, as it was looking to cut the lead to 17-13 heading into halftime. The unit was not too busy in the second half, but punter Sean Kelly averaged 35 yards per boot. 

Coaching: Spurrier did not put Nunez in the best position to be successful Saturday, as the team went away from the run game early and tried to win the game through the air. Nunez also did not run the ball as much as he should have until the second half. Spurrier acknowledged some of his mishaps after the game, per The State’s Josh Kendall:

Spurrier is always honest, and Saturday was not his best day on the sidelines.

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Is Texas Head Coach Charlie Strong's Job in Jeopardy?

With Texas at 1-4 on the season and the team's most recent 50-7 shellacking at the hands of in-state rival TCU coming Saturday, Charlie Strong's future as the Longhorns' head coach may be in question.

Why might Texas look to replace him? 

Find out in the above video as Bleacher Report College Football Analysts Michael Felder and Barrett Sallee go in depth on Strong's future.

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West Virginia vs. Oklahoma: Game Grades, Analysis for Mountaineers and Sooners

In a conference opener featuring two undefeated squads, No. 15 Oklahoma was able to avoid the upset bid by No. 23 West Virginia, 44-24, maintaining its unblemished record in front of a home crowd at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. For further details, check out the NCAA box score HERE.

The Mountaineers entered the conference matchup with a nationally acclaimed defense but were unable to hold onto the ball, suffering five turnovers in the road loss. The Sooners aim to continue their streak in the annual Red River Rivalry against Texas at the Cotton Bowl next week, while West Virginia will host Oklahoma State in Morgantown. 

Pass Offense: Despite Baker Mayfield's second-half interception, the walk-on-turned-starter was deadly against the West Virginia defense all throughout the matchup. A complete first half featured 212 yards on 10-for-17 throwing and two scores, while the second was slightly less productive, as he went 4-for-8 for 108 yards and one touchdown, including a 71 yard dagger. 

Rush Offense: The Oklahoma rush attack was rather slow throughout the game, as running back Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon combined for 108 yards on 22 carries with just one score. Overall, the two backs best served as clock management assets, putting pressure on West Virginia as time ticked away.  

Pass Defense: Just a few minutes following the start of the second half, the Oklahoma defense seemed to have lost a step, as the Mountaineers mounted a comeback. Junior QB Skyler Howard found space for critical first downs, but pressure late in the game forced him into two interceptions and one fumble, all of which factored into sealing the game for the Sooners. 

Rush Defense: Similar to the pass defense in the second half, Oklahoma struggled to contain the West Virginia rushing attack, as RB Wendell Smallwood and Rushel Shell pushed them to the brink. However, the Mountaineers shied away from future handoffs, as turnovers forced more passing. 

Special Teams: The Oklahoma specials teams were relatively quiet, with kicker Austin Seibert nailing three field goals throughout the matchup. Other than those scores, the punts and kickoffs were solid, and returns performed well. 

Coaching: The sheer amount of penalties was enough to make any coach lose his mind, and one must give credit to Bob Stoops for keeping a relative cool on the sideline. In the first half alone, though, the Sooners accumulated 85 penalty yards, most of which came through personal fouls or unnecessary mental mistakes. And that's always on coaching. 


Pass Offense: After a hesitant first half, junior Skyler Howard performed admirably to start the second before completely falling to pieces. Statistically, Howard finished 17-of-32 for 173 yards and one touchdown, but three interceptions and two fumbles doomed the young quarterback to failure. 

Rush Offense: Statistics can't represent how important the rush attack was for West Virginia's second-half surge, but they can try. Overall, backs Rushel Shell and Wendell Smallwood combined for 42 carries, 183 yards and one score, but the true help was taking pressure off of Howard and giving the offense room to work the pass more effectively. 

Pass Defense: Oklahoma starter Baker Mayfield was indomitable throughout, committing a rare mistake with the second-half interception. However, the Mountaineer secondary was consistently burned by receivers, especially during crucial drives.  

Rush Defense: Compared to the pass defense, West Virginia contained the Sooner backs relatively well, allowing just 108 yards with one score. Further, Oklahoma never found true traction with its ground game, only fully utilizing it once the game was out of reach and Oklahoma needed to run out the clock. 

Special Teams: The Mountaineers were relatively flawless on special teams, with a few returned kickoffs serving as their only actual mistakes. Further, kicker Josh Lambert drilled an easy field goal early in the second half. 

Coaching: Similar to Oklahoma, the Mountaineers slogged through multiple penalties throughout the course of the game. While the total yardage was nowhere near the Sooners' final tally, many penalties came at inopportune times and forced punts, bad decisions or extended opposing drives. 

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Georgia Basketball Coach Mark Fox Wears Spikes, Body Paint at Football Game

Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox is a legend.

When the Bulldogs football team took on Alabama Saturday afternoon, the hoops coach broke out the shoulder-spikes and face/body paint:

It’s not his first time joining the Dawg Pound, either:

How many college basketball coaches not named Bruce Pearl would do this?

[Twitter, h/t For the Win]

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With Back-to-Back Shutouts, Michigan's Defense Is the Real Deal

This summer, the college football world couldn’t get enough of Michigan and coach Jim Harbaugh. Football writers focused on Harbaugh’s every move, with a big spotlight on the Wolverines’ quarterback competition.

Perhaps they missed the biggest story, though: the Wolverines defense. Michigan has made a surprising push into the Top 25 with passable offense, but the backbone of its success has been a nasty, opportunistic defensive front.

Saturday’s 28-0 shutout of Maryland, coupled with a 31-0 whitewashing of BYU, marked the program’s first back-to-back shutouts since October 2000, when Michigan blanked Indiana and Michigan State.


If the Wolverines make a push in the Big Ten East, they’ll do so behind a very strong, stingy defense that proves every week it can't be taken lightly.

In reality, the defense’s success was somewhat lost in the shuffle of 2014’s 5-7 campaign that marked the end of Brady Hoke’s UM tenure. Michigan allowed 311.3 yards per game, which ranked No. 7 nationally, and 22.4 points per game. The Wolverines were also top-20 nationally in both run and pass defense.

In fact, without the defense, 2014 would have been even worse, considering how it keyed ugly wins over Penn State (18-13) and Northwestern (10-9).

That defense returned five starters from 2014, but it has taken another step forward under new defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin. Redshirt freshman defensive back Jabrill Peppers (who redshirted last fall after several leg injuries) has made a difference with 16 tackles and three tackles for loss through four games (while also serving as a kick and punt returner), but there’s plenty of praise to go around.

Saturday, senior inside linebacker Desmond Morgan had nine tackles and an interception, and he played a huge role in the Wolverines holding Maryland to just 105 yards of total offense.

Maryland quarterback Caleb Rowe was unable to do anything against the Michigan defense, completing eight of 27 passes for 47 yards and three interceptions before yielding to backup Daxx Garman.

New starter Jake Rudock is a perfectly competent quarterback, and big plays like Jehu Chesson’s 66-yard touchdown run are always welcome, but if Michigan makes serious noise in league play, the defense will be the biggest reason why.

When Northwestern comes to the Big House next week, points figure to be at a premium. The Wildcats are coming off of a 27-0 shutout of their own against Minnesota. Entering Saturday’s action Michigan was already tied at No. 4 nationally in scoring defense, allowing 9.5 points per game. That ranking figures to improve this week.

In fact, since a 24-17 opening-week loss at Utah, Michigan has outscored its foes 122-14. That defense could be an equalizer against Big Ten East powers Michigan State and Ohio State, both still ahead on the schedule and in the Top 25. Ohio State's offense has struggled with turnovers and lived on the edge against the likes of Northern Illinois and Indiana, and if Michigan can generate turnovers its hopes of an upset increase.

If the Wolverines can pressure Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook into turnovers, it will help significantly against a nasty Spartan defense. 

The Wolverines are already exceeding expectations for Harbaugh’s first season. If they truly wind up surprising everyone by season’s end, a dominant, nasty defense will do the heavy lifting and deserve much of the credit.

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