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J.T. Barrett Belongs in the Heisman Discussion After Record-Setting Game

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett had a record-breaking afternoon in the Buckeyes' gritty 31-24 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday. He set a new Ohio State quarterback rushing record with 189 yards.

With the huge performance, Barrett launched himself into the Heisman Trophy discussion.

Bleacher Report college football analysts Michael Felder and Adam Kramer brok Barrett's monster performance.

Should Barrett be in the Heisman discussion?

Check out the video and let us know!       

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With Little Help from QB Christian Hackenberg, Penn State Is Now Bowl Eligible

Saturday afternoon, Penn State achieved a significant milestone given the program’s troubled recent history. The Nittany Lions’ 30-13 rout of Temple secured Penn State’s first bowl bid since the 2011 season, when they dropped a 30-14 decision to Houston in Dallas’ TicketCity Bowl.

But they did it with little help from one of their most important players, sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg. And if the Lions hope to end the season with their first bowl victory since a 19-17 win over LSU in the 2010 Capital One Bowl, they’ll need a stronger all-around effort, most notably from Hackenberg.

Following a strong freshman season that saw him throw for 2,955 yards with 20 touchdowns against 10 interceptions, the Nittany Lions’ sophomore quarterback has taken a major step backward in 2014.

Saturday, Hackenberg had his worst statistical game of the season, completing 12 of 26 passes for 112 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. On the season, he has thrown just seven touchdowns against 14 interceptions.

It was his worst passing-yardage game of the season and tied his season low for completions (set earlier in the season against Massachusetts and replicated last week against Indiana). After throwing for 454, 319 and 309 yards in the Lions’ first three games this season, Hackenberg hasn’t cracked the 225-yard barrier since, throwing for less than 200 yards five times in seven contests.

An inexperienced, leaky offensive line is partially to blame—Hackenberg has been sacked 39 times this season after being sacked just 21 times in 12 games last year—but he also must make better decisions, as his increased interception total suggests.

Penn State’s ground game gave Hackenberg help Saturday, as Akeel Lynch and Bill Belton combined for 222 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries.

The Lions defense was impressive, too, highlighted by Grant Haley’s pick-six interception return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

And senior kicker Sam Ficken has been strong all season, making 22 of 26 field-goal attempts. His final-play field goal won the season opener against Central Florida, and he has 87 points on the season, or 40.8 percent of the Lions' total points.

The Lions just need Hackenberg to be better and display the strong arm and confidence that he flashed in abundance last season. The NCAA’s decision to rescind the final two seasons of the postseason ban imposed in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal restored some hope and excitement to Happy Valley.

Now that bowl eligibility is a reality, Penn State can focus on finishing the season strong. With hapless Illinois next on the schedule, a mid-range bowl bid is possible. To make the most of it, Hackenberg must find a way to improve quickly.

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How South Carolina's Comeback Win vs. Florida Impacts Will Muschamp's Job Status

Coming into Saturday's showdown with South Carolina, Florida hadn't had a three-game winning streak since it beat Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas in late September and early October 2013. 

Florida had the chance to change that Saturday, but special teams blunders and an unlucky bounce brought back the angst, animosity and frustration that has been building in Gainesville for nearly two seasons.

The Gators fell to the South Carolina Gamecocks 23-20 in overtime Saturday afternoon in The Swamp, dropping them to 5-4 (4-4 SEC) on the season and eliminating any outside chance they had at winning the SEC East via a three-team tiebreaker.

The loss once again fires up head coach Will Muschamp's hot seat, which had cooled off a bit in recent weeks after back-to-back wins. And Muschamp knows it, according to Edgar Thompson of the Orlando Sentinel.

It wasn't pretty.

Using a one-dimensional offense that featured 49 rushing attempts and only 11 pass plays, Florida was on the brink of extending its lead to make it a two-score game with 3:31 to go. But a 32-yard field goal from Francisco Velez was blocked by Brison Williams to give South Carolina a chance. 

The Gamecocks didn't capitalize. 

Florida stopped South Carolina on 4th-and-10 and got the ball back with a chance to drain the clock. But after a drive went nowhere, Kyle Christy's punt was blocked with 39 seconds left to give the Gamecocks another opportunity.

South Carolina punched it in on a speed option that featured a bad snap and a fumbled pitch to force overtime, before quarterback Dylan Thompson strolled into the end zone during the bottom of the first overtime to finish off the Gators.

Just how bad was it for Muschamp?

Even South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier—who came into the game with four straight conference losses himself—felt bad for him, via Josh Kendall of The State:

Not only did Spurrier finish off the Gators, he likely finished off Muschamp's Florida career—as the SEC Network's Paul Finebaum notes:

Muschamp needed to beat South Carolina and get help to win the SEC East, but now that's as probable as it is that Muschamp is Florida's head coach next year.

As in 0 percent.

Sure, the defense held the Gamecocks to just 301 total yards, but defense has never been the issue in Gainesville. Even last year, as the Gators were sputtering to a 4-8 record, they finished second in the SEC in total defense (314.3 yards per game).

After another year of a stagnant offense, Muschamp inserted quarterback Treon Harris into the lineup hoping that he could provide a spark. He hasn't been an interception machine, which is a marked improvement from his predecessor Jeff Driskel. But it's clear that the coaches don't trust him to stretch the field, and being one-dimensional in the SEC is a recipe for disaster. 

That's exactly what happened Saturday afternoon.

Florida's issues weren't fixed in the Gators' two previous victories, they were just masked in the Georgia and Vanderbilt games. 

The coaching staff is forced to coach not to lose when up late since the team isn't equipped to do anything else. Because of that, even South Carolina—which came in as the worst defense in the SEC—could load the box and shut down the run when it needed to. 

The margin for error was so small coming into the season, and the way Florida won and lost in 2014 was probably more important to athletics director Jeremy Foley than the win-loss record. Unfortunately for Muschamp, the hurry-up, no-huddle system of new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper hasn't done anything to kick-start the offense

As a result, the Gators are still left searching for answers—and possibly a new head coach.

After all, their current one is most known for coaching players who block each other.

 

Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer and video analyst for Bleacher Report as well as a co-host of the CFB Hangover on Bleacher Report Radio (Sundays, 9-11 a.m. ET) on Sirius 93, XM 208.

Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. All stats are courtesy of CFBStats.com, and all recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports. Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee.

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J.T. Barrett vs. Minnesota: Stat Line, Heisman Impact and Reaction

Ohio State's slim margin of victory against Minnesota in a snowy Saturday contest may not have done much for the team's College Football Playoff chances, but freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett's performance certainly looked Heisman worthy.

The Buckeyes signal-caller may be viewed as a long shot to claim the coveted trophy as long as players such as Marcus Mariota and Dak Prescott continue to play at a high level; however, after completing 15 of his 25 passing attempts for 198 yards, three touchdowns and one interception while rushing 17 times for 189 yards and another score, Barrett may have slightly narrowed the gap.

Barrett has been a dangerous dual-threat quarterback throughout the season, and his prowess on the ground led to a new team record, according to ESPN Stats & Info:

That wasn't the only school record Barrett set Saturday. His total touchdowns this season are also a new team high, according to CBS Sports CFB:

Bleacher Report's Ben Axelrod added that the quarterback is just one passing touchdown away from another impressive mark:

What's significant about that feat? Troy Smith won the Heisman in 2006 with the Buckeyes. Barrett is poised to blow Smith's performance out of the water. That's quite impressive for a quarterback who only started the season due to a devastating injury to Braxton Miller.

Analysts are already weighing in on Twitter with their thoughts on Barrett's potential to be a Heisman finalist. Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports appears to think he's in line for a trip to New York:

Axelrod thinks Barrett is a name away from being a Heisman front-runner:

So, how far off from Heisman contention is the Ohio State quarterback?

Coming into Week 12 of the college football season, ESPN released its top Heisman candidates and their corresponding votes. Here's a look at the 10 players who made the list:

If Barrett is to move his way up the list, his numbers will need to reflect Mariota's. After all, Oregon's quarterback is currently the consensus front-runner and is setting the tone for this year's race.

Following Barrett's performance against Minnesota, the numbers are closer than you'd think:

Ohio State's offense is firing on all cylinders right now, and Barrett continues to show improvement with every passing game. That has become wildly apparent of late, as the quarterback orchestrated a total of 80 points over his last two contests against the stout defenses of Michigan State and Minnesota.

With two games remaining on the Buckeyes schedule, Barrett must make the most of his opportunities. A susceptible Indiana team is next on the slate, and Ohio State finishes off the regular season with a contest against Michigan.

He'll be afforded a chance to continue climbing up the Heisman ranks, and if he continues on his current pace, we could be hearing his name called in New York. 

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Clemson vs. Georgia Tech: Game Grades, Analysis for Tigers and Yellow Jackets

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets moved to 9-2 on the season after a dominating performance in a 28-6 win. The Clemson University Tigers, who lost Deshaun Watson to a left knee injury in the first quarter, never got anything going offensively and only totaled 190 yards on the day.

Clemson’s defense didn’t play terrible, but Georgia Tech scored two touchdowns on interceptions that proved to be the difference. Cole Stoudt, who came in for the injured Watson, had a nightmarish performance, throwing three interceptions and only completing three passes.

You can find the box score for the game here, courtesy of NCAA.com.

 

Game Grades for the Clemson Tigers

 

Passing Offense

When your team’s quarterback has as many completions as interceptions, it’s not going to look good in the grade column. The offense just never looked the same without Watson at quarterback, as Stoudt threw for only 19 yards.

 

Rushing Offense

Wayne Gallman provided another bright spot for the future with an 82-yard performance, but the Tigers didn’t get any production from anybody else. Watson rushed for 40 yards in limited action, but only one other Clemson running back carried the ball.

 

Pass Defense

The Clemson secondary allowed Justin Thomas to complete eight of his 11 passes, but it only allowed 102 yards through the air. Georgia Tech doesn’t go to the air a ton, but it was efficient when it did.

 

Rush Defense

Georgia Tech averaged 335.6 yards coming into this game, so Clemson held it under that average today. The Yellow Jackets ran for 251 yards, but it was the long runs that hurt the Tigers the most. Georgia Tech had runs of 46 and 65 yards, and it was very balanced in its rushing attack.

 

Special Teams

Ammon Lakip has continued to be productive since a slow start, and he was 2-of-2 on his kicks today. Those proved to be the only points for Clemson in a lopsided victory, and Bradley Pinion averaged 41.7 yards per punt.

 

Coaching

There were a few decisions by the coaching staff that didn’t make sense to me. I didn’t understand why it took so long to insert Nick Schuessler into the game, and the play-calling was terrible with Stoudt in there. It’s obvious that the deep-passing dimension isn’t there with Stoudt at quarterback, but short passes could have helped him get into rhythm.

The Tigers continued to run it up the middle on first down and set up bad passing situations on third down. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables did an excellent job, though, as the Tigers were constantly in the backfield in the first half.

 

Game Grades for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

  

Passing Offense

Georgia Tech’s offense doesn’t call for a ton of passes, but the Yellow Jackets were efficient when they had to throw it. Thomas was 8-of-11 passing, and he made smart reads throughout the game.

 

Rushing Offense

Georgia Tech was held below its season average, but it was still a solid day on the ground. The Yellow Jackets had four players with more than 30 yards rushing and averaged 5.0 yards per carry as a team.

The Tigers were able to get into the backfield consistently, but Georgia Tech was able to get some big plays on the ground. Broderick Snoddy broke off a 46-yard run, and Thomas ran for 65 yards to start the second half.

 

Pass Defense

The Yellow Jackets kept pressure on the Clemson quarterbacks all day, and they came away with three big interceptions. Stoudt never looked comfortable, and a ton of credit has to be given to defensive coordinator Ted Roof for the job his defense did on Saturday.

 

Rush Defense

A solid rushing game would have taken pressure off Stoudt, but Georgia Tech didn’t allow the Tigers to get much going on the ground either. The Tigers rushed for only 125 yards as a team and averaged only 3.9 yards per carry.

 

Special Teams

This unit played well for the Yellow Jackets, with Harrison Butker connecting on three of his four field-goal kicks. Punter Ryan Rodwell was only forced to punt once, but the kicking game was pretty good for this group on Saturday.

 

Coaching

This was an excellent coaching performance by Paul Johnson and his staff. Johnson called a great game offensively, and Roof had his defense ready to play. The pressure the defense applied kept Stoudt from getting comfortable in the pocket, and it helped lead to three Georgia Tech interceptions.

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Florida Gators Blow Late Lead vs. South Carolina After Having Punt Blocked

The Florida Gators looked like they were going to come away with a big win against the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday, but two major late-game special teams gaffes cost them the victory.

Up 17-10 with less than four minutes remaining, the Gators had a 32-yard field goal blocked. Then, with only 39 seconds left in the game, an uncovered South Carolina player burst through and blocked a punt, giving the Gamecocks the ball on Florida's 34-yard line. 

To make things even worse for the Gators, this is how South Carolina scored its game-tying touchdown, with Mike Davis recovering his own fumble in the end zone:

The Gamecocks came away with a 23-20 win in overtime on this game-winning touchdown run from quarterback Dylan Thompson:

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier had to feel good escaping Gainesville with an unlikely come-from-behind win.

Dane Brugler from CBS Sports and Josh Kendall from The State provided postgame quotes from Spurrier, who felt bad for Gators coach Will Muschamp:

[Vine, VineTwitter, h/t The Big Lead and College Spun]

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Washington Football Players Get Stuck in Elevator Night Before Game vs. Arizona

During Week 12 of the 2014 college football season, the Washington Huskies came to Tucson, Arizona, to take on the Arizona Wildcats. None of them were likely prepared for what would happen the night before the game, however.

On Friday night, nine Washington players got stuck in the elevator of their hotel. According to KGUN 9, the Tucson fire department had to remove each player individually from the elevator.

Huskies fans are hoping that the incident doesn't throw off the team heading into Saturday's game against the 7-2 Wildcats.

[Facebook, h/t SB Nation]

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Clemson vs. Georgia Tech: Score and Twitter Reaction

The No. 22 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets kept their dreams of playing for an ACC title alive Saturday as they cruised past No. 19 Clemson 28-6 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.

Georgia Tech used 251 rushing yards to improve to 9-2 on the season and 6-2 in the ACC, which keeps it in contention for the Coastal Division title along with Duke.

According to ESPN College GameDay, the Jackets' defense also came up huge in the victory:

As for the Tigers, they are now 6-2 in the ACC, which means their chances of catching undefeated Florida State in the Atlantic Division have evaporated. Per Tom D'Angelo of The Palm Beach Post, Clemson's loss allowed the Seminoles to clinch a spot in the ACC Championship Game:

The main focus entering Saturday's game was the status of Clemson freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson. After missing three games with a broken finger, he returned to action against the Yellow Jackets.

According to Clemson football's official Twitter account, Watson was confident that his hand would hold up just fine:

Following a fumble by senior running back Tony Zenon on Georgia Tech's first offensive drive, Watson showed that while his hand had just healed, there was nothing wrong with his legs. He rushed four times for 28 yards, which resulted in the Tigers taking a 3-0 lead by virtue of a short field goal.

Although Clemson couldn't cash in with a touchdown, Aaron Brenner of The Post & Courier liked what he saw out of the returning signal-caller:

While driving for another score late in the first quarter, though, disaster struck for the Tigers. There was so much emphasis placed on Watson's hand, but he went down awkwardly on a running play and seemed to be favoring his leg, per Manie Robinson of The Greenville News:

Watson was able to walk off on his own power, but he was replaced by senior Cole Stoudt. As pointed out by NFL.com's Bryan Fischer, Watson's exit was a major blow to the Clemson offense:

That much was abundantly clear just three plays after Watson left the game as Stoudt was intercepted by Georgia Tech defensive back Jamal Golden, who returned it 85 yards for a touchdown. The Jackets went up 6-3, and they were unable to add the extra point after a botched snap.

Clemson went 3-0 with Stoudt as the starter during Watson's previous absence, but the Tigers were clearly lacking dynamism when Stoudt entered Saturday's game.

Georgia Tech added a field goal to make it 9-3 early in the second quarter after a 46-yard run by junior running back Broderick Snoddy. Unfortunately, Snoddy appeared to suffer a fate similar to Watson just a couple series later as he suffered a serious leg injury, according to Ken Sugiura of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

In a show of support for the their fallen teammate, the entire Georgia Tech squad surrounded Snoddy while he was being tended to, as seen in this photo courtesy of Fox 5's Merissa Lynn:

The Yellow Jackets had a chance to take a 12-3 lead into halftime, but kicker Harrison Butker missed a 48-yard field goal, which left the advantage at six.

During the half it was officially announced that Watson would not return with a knee injury, which meant it would be left up to Stoudt:

That unfortunate news certainly didn't inspire Clemson as Georgia Tech came flying out of the gates in the second half. On the first play from scrimmage, Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas ran for 65 yards into the Tigers' red zone.

He then cashed in with a touchdown pass to DeAndre Smelter to make the score 16-3.

Things continued to go south for Clemson on the ensuing drive as Stoudt was intercepted by junior defensive back D.J. White. According to Brenner, it was a continuation of the senior quarterback's uneven play this season:

That allowed Georgia Tech to take on another field goal, which put the Tigers in a deep, 16-point hole. Clemson was able to answer with a 32-yard field goal from Ammon Lakip, but it squandered an opportunity as Stoudt missed an open receiver in the end zone.

The Yellow Jackets were moving the ball once again following the field goal, but their drive was stalled by their second fumble of the game. This time it was senior running back Zach Laskey who coughed it up in his first action since October, per ESPN ACC:

Clemson was done in by poor quarterback play yet again, however, as another Stoudt interception was returned 62 yards for a touchdown by junior defensive back Chris Milton. According to ESPN's Brett McMurphy, it marked the second time that Stoudt essentially handed the Jackets a touchdown:

After that nightmarish play put Georgia Tech up 25-6, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney finally made the decision to replace Stoudt with sophomore Nick Schuessler.

The change didn't do much to spark the Tigers, though, as the offense continued to sputter. With just over eight minutes remaining in the contest, Georgia Tech added another field goal to take an insurmountable lead of 28-6.

Georgia Tech's win means that an ACC championship is still possible. The Jackets will need some help since the Blue Devils beat them a few weeks ago, but Georgia Tech needs to take care of its own business.

A rivalry game against Georgia in two weeks is the only game remaining on its regular-season schedule, which means it can't suffer another ACC loss.

As for Clemson, a game against struggling Georgia State is on tap next week before hosting South Carolina in the finale.

The Tigers are bowl eligible and likely won't finish worse than 8-4, but Clemson fans can't be overly optimistic if Watson is forced to miss a significant amount of time.

There is no question that Clemson was damaged significantly by Watson going down Saturday, but Georgia Tech deserves all the credit in the world for taking advantage of it.

 

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Nebraska vs. Wisconsin: Live Score and Highlights

No. 16 Nebraska - 17

No. 20 Wisconsin - 17

2nd Quarter

TV: ABC

Time: 3:30 p.m. EST

First to 200 rushing yards wins?

In a critical Big Ten battle, two of the nation's best running backs will duel it out in Madison as Ameer Abdullah and the Nebraska Cornhuskers hit the road to face Melvin Gordon and the Wisconsin Badgers.

 

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Northwestern vs. Notre Dame: Live Score and Highlights

Northwestern 23, Notre Dame 20—Middle of the 2nd Quarter

After five turnovers last week against Arizona State in a loss that likely eliminates the Fighting Irish from College Football Playoff consideration, Notre Dame will look to rebound at home against a Northwestern team similarly looking to shake off the bad taste of a close 10-9 loss to Michigan.

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

The Missouri Tigers, who are in first place in the SEC East, will travel to College Station, Texas, to face the Texas A&M Aggies. The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. EST, and it will be televised on the SEC Network.

Missouri is in the driver’s seat to win the SEC East. But it needs to virtually win out to secure a spot in the Georgia Dome, because Georgia and Florida are not out of the race yet.

The problem is that the Tigers are facing a Texas A&M team that is coming off of a big road win against Auburn. Quarterback Kyle Allen had a breakout game for the Aggies, throwing for 277 yards and one touchdown against the Tigers. However, he is facing a Missouri defensive line that has tallied 29 sacks through nine games.

Be sure to have this blog open when the game kicks off for the latest scoring updates and highlights.

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Kentucky vs. Tennessee: Live Score and Highlights

Tennessee 20, Kentucky 3, Start of 2nd Quarter

The matchup between the Tennessee Volunteers and Kentucky Wildcats is underway at Neyland Stadium.

The Vols are looking to capitalize on their newfound offensive success with sophomore quarterback Joshua Dobbs under center while the Wildcats are trying to snap a four-game SEC losing streak.

After a strong 5-1 start to the season, Kentucky has hit a skid and now needs to beat either Tennessee or in-state rival Louisville on the road to make a bowl game.

Meanwhile, Tennessee's bowl chances improved dramatically after Dobbs put together a dramatic, come-from-behind win against the South Carolina Gamecocks two weeks ago. 

The Vols need to win two of their last three games to reach a bowl, and a victory on Saturday would make a postseason appearance for Tennessee likely to happen for the first time since the 2010 season. 

Stay tuned right here for updates and live analysis as the game progresses. 

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Mississippi State vs. Alabama: Live Score and Highlights

Alabama 12, Mississippi State 0—Mid 2nd Quarter

The No. 5 Alabama Crimson Tide (8-1, 5-1 SEC) are hosting the top-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs (9-0, 5-0).

CBS is carrying the conference tilt. Bleacher Report is providing live scoring updates and in-game analysis. Please add your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Western Kentucky Scores on Hail Mary to End 1st Half vs. Army

Western Kentucky was up 17-10 just before halftime on Saturday against the Army Black Knights, but the Hilltoppers weren't ready to head into the locker room clinging to a seven-point lead. 

With only three seconds remaining and the Hilltoppers on Army's 45-yard line, senior quarterback Brandon Doughty threw up a prayer to the end zone. His fellow senior, wide receiver Willie McNeal, somehow emerged from the scrum with the ball.

Thanks to McNeal's heroics, the Hilltoppers held a 14-point advantage heading into halftime.

[Vine]

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Florida Gators Teammates Block Each Other Once Again vs. South Carolina

Not again.

The Florida Gators were frequently the butt of jokes last season after two players accidentally blocked each other in a 26-20 loss to Georgia Southern. On Saturday, Gators fans had to be feeling a sense of deja vu. 

Against the South Carolina Gamecocks, two Florida players ended up blocking each other while trying to protect their quarterback. 

Here's a Vine of the play.

At least they were quicker to realize their mistake this time around.

[SB Nation, Vine]

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Deshaun Watson Injury: Updates on Clemson QB's Knee and Return

Clemson freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson returned to action Saturday after missing three games with a broken finger, but he lasted just three series before going down again.

Clemson reported Watson was ruled out of the game:

Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports indicated the talented signal-caller was forced to leave in the first quarter of a pivotal ACC clash against Georgia Tech:

Per ESPN.com's Travis Haney, he appeared to injure his knee while carrying the ball, although he did leave on his own power:

Watson was eventually taken to the locker room,. SI Now's Zac Ellis provides more details on Watson's demeanor: 

Senior backup Cole Stoudt took over for Watson and will be tasked with leading the Tigers if Watson misses any more time.

 

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Ohio State's J.T. Barrett Runs for 86-Yard Touchdown vs. Minnesota

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett has filled in admirably for injured signal-caller Braxton Miller this season. Runs like this have made the redshirt freshman stand out in his first year of play.

Early in the first quarter Saturday against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Barrett faked a toss to his running back, then kept the ball and ran 86 yards for Ohio State's opening touchdown. 

It was the third-longest touchdown run in Buckeyes history, according to ESPN's College GameDay on Twitter:

That score gave the dual-threat Barrett 35 total touchdowns this season, including nine on the ground.

[YouTube, h/t Vice Sports]

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Best Signs from ESPN's 'College GameDay' Week 12

ESPN's College GameDay is in a familiar place, as it hit up Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for the Top Five matchup between No. 1 Mississippi State and No. 5 Alabama. 

As we all know, Crimson Tide fans aren't happy with their team being ranked lower than the visiting Bulldogs, so you know the fans were going to come with their best signs. 

Let's get to it! 

Well, Tom Brady does, too. 

This was a sweet Mullet burn.  

This fan nailed it with this lawyer joke.  

No animals were hurt while making this sign. 

It's like a meme—in real life!  

You all saw this coming, right?  

Well, that was fun.

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College Football Week 12: Live Scores, Highlights and Reaction

Keep it locked right here as we bring you live coverage of all the Week 12 college football action!

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Ohio State vs. Minnesota: Live Score and Highlights

Ohio State 17, Minnesota 14 — Halftime

Game action is now underway between No. 8 Ohio State (8-1) and No. 25 Minnesota (7-2). ABC is televising the matchup nationally from Minneapolis .

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

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