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Did Urban Meyer Finally Figure out His QB Conundrum in Win over Maryland?

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It may have taken six games to do so, but Urban Meyer finally appeared to find an answer for Ohio State's quarterback conundrum in the Buckeyes' 49-28 win over Maryland on Saturday.

And it doesn't involve choosing one guy over the other.

After stating earlier in the week that he had spent an "inordinate" amount of time debating situationally subbing backup J.T. Barrett for starter Cardale Jones to help cure the Buckeyes' recent red-zone woes, Meyer wasted little time putting words into action. Upon reaching the Terrapins' 25-yard line on Ohio State's second offensive drive, the Buckeyes head coach pulled Jones in favor of Barrett, who found wide receiver Michael Thomas for a 20-yard pass before capping off the drive with a three-yard touchdown run.

Barrett ultimately accounted for 88 yards and three touchdowns on the day, but Meyer's decision to sprinkle him into the game plan didn't only seem to benefit the reigning Big Ten Quarterback of the Year. Jones responded to his reduction in playing time with the best statistical day of his career, completing 21 of his 28 attempts for a career best 291 yards and two touchdowns—and perhaps most importantly, no interceptions.

After five weeks of uncertainty—which included a couple of in-game benchings of Jones—Meyer appears to have settled on a system that will involve both of his high-profile quarterbacks, even if he's not willing to call it a final solution just yet.

"Sure. Until next week," Meyer answered with a smile when asked if Jones and Barrett will each continue to play for the remainder of the season. "The attention to this thing, I'm exhausted from it."

It wasn't quite the Chris Leak-Tim Tebow combination that Meyer used during his 2006 national championship season at Florida, but the Buckeyes' version of a two-QB system still managed to highlight both Jones and Barrett in different capacities. While Jones connected downfield with touchdown tosses of 19 and 48 yards, Barrett cleaned up inside the red zone, rushing for three touchdowns on the day.

After entering the weekend with the nation's 108th-ranked red-zone offense, Ohio State converted each of its six opportunities inside of Maryland's 20-yard line—all six scores coming by way of touchdown.

That was perhaps the biggest factor that went into Meyer's decision to give increased playing time to Barrett, who offers more dual-threat ability than the 6'5", 250-pound Jones.

"We've been having some red zone issues and the [QB] run—everything condenses so much in there. Either you have to be extremely accurate, which we're going to continue to work at that in the throwing game—or the run game, you have to somehow find an extra hat. That's only done a couple of ways, that's option football or Q run to equate numbers," Meyer said. "[Barrett] provided an obvious spark for us in there."

Jones, for his part, said he didn't have an issue with the quarterback playing time being divided, even though both he and Barrett said in the preseason that they had concerns with a potential two-quarterback system messing with their respective rhythms. That didn't seem to be the case on Saturday, however, as both players contributed to the Buckeyes' cause.

"It was all in the coaches' plan to win. He felt like J.T. would bring an extra element to the game down in the red zone and with certain things in the run game," Jones said. "He proved to be right."

It wasn't the only wrinkle that Ohio State had in its game plan for the Terrapins, as the Buckeyes reimplemented the uptempo "turbo" pace that had been missing from their offense for the better part of the first five weeks of the season. That was particularly evident on Jones' first touchdown throw of the game, a 19-yard strike to Braxton Miller that came mere moments after he found Miller for a 33-yard throw in the second quarter.

After the game, Meyer revealed that he decided to speed his team's pace back up after watching former OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman's Houston team beat SMU on Thursday night with an offensive approach that looked like everything the Buckeyes had been missing in recent weeks.

"It was a little old school," Meyer said. "I watched Houston play the other night and they had that tempo."

But as it usually does, the conversation about the Ohio State offense came back to the quarterbacks, with Meyer explaining that a signal-caller playing at that pace would ideally possess more of a threat with his legs than Jones does. That doesn't mean he's not capable of running the same offense, but it does help to have a player who can move the chains multiple ways like Barrett can on call.

"Cardale can, that's not his niche, but we kind of had him going there for a little bit with the tempo, going as fast as we can," Meyer said. "And we have a nice set of little plays that are built kind of for Braxton and J.T. I know J.T. obviously can throw it well too. So we're going to keep tinkering with that thing."

So far, so good, at least as far as Saturday's version of Meyer's two-quarterback system is concerned. The defending national champion's toughest stretch of the season is still ahead of it, but the Buckeyes seem to have found their first successful solution for a quarterback controversy that's lasted nearly 10 months.

Until next week, that is.


Ben Axelrod is Bleacher Report's Big Ten lead writer. You can follow him on Twitter @BenAxelrod. Unless noted otherwise, all quotes were obtained firsthand. All statistics courtesy of Recruiting rankings courtesy of 247Sports.

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Jake Fromm to Alabama: Crimson Tide Land 4-Star QB Prospect

Alabama head coach Nick Saban already has added another key piece to his 2017 recruiting class, landing star quarterback Jake Fromm to his list of incoming talent. 

According to Hank South of, Fromm announced his decision Saturday while on an unofficial visit for the Crimson Tide's game against Arkansas. 

Fromm is the Tide’s first quarterback taken in the cycle and the eighth overall commitment in the class. Fromm was recruited by offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. The Peach State quarterback was offered by the staff in April after an unofficial visit and recently visited campus for the Ole Miss game.

Fromm described the environment at Bryant-Denny Stadium for the Mississippi-Alabama game as "incredible" in the report. 

According to 247Sports' official scouting report, he is listed at 6'3" and 220 pounds, is rated a 4-star pro-style quarterback and is the No. 9 player at the position in the 2017 recruiting class. 

Per 247Sports' team rankings, the addition of Fromm moves Alabama into the second spot, behind Ohio State, with eight commitments all rated 4-stars or better thus far. 

The addition of Fromm is also significant for the Crimson Tide because they have questions at quarterback right now. Jake Coker has been erratic this season after taking over for Blake Sims. The team does have dual-threat quarterback Jalen Hurts arriving next year, but Saban's offense has traditionally favored a pocket passer. 

While Fromm's arrival is off in the distance for Alabama fans, few head coaches in the country are better at building future depth than Saban. He's been able to address a key position early and can use that to sell other high-profile skill position players on what this offense will look like soon. 

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Oklahoma vs. Texas: Game Grades, Analysis for Sooners and Longhorns

The Texas Longhorns finally found some life.

Down and counted out all week, Charlie Strong's team was all over the No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners, taking the Red River Rivalry crown by a 24-17 margin.

Texas' defense, which gave up 50 points to TCU last week, was the story of this one. The Horns pounded Baker Mayfield all afternoon, sacking the Sooner quarterback six times. Mayfield showed well with 211 passing yards and a touchdown, but he had to work for every inch.

On offense, it was all about the run game for Texas. The Horns threw only 12 passes; instead, they ran right at the Sooners 58 times for 313 yards. D'Onta Foreman and quarterback Jerrod Heard led the way, combining for 232 yards on 30 carries.

This team has a lot of work to do, but Strong's seat just got a lot cooler in Austin.


Grade Analysis for the Sooners

Passing Offense

Mayfield played a really tough game, shaking off multiple big hits to keep the Sooners in the game. However, his offensive line was terrible from the start and was actually tipping plays for most of the day. This group can expect to see a lot of blitzes moving forward. SB Nation CFB posed a "play-at-home" question for fans, asking whether the Sooners would run or pass during the rivalry matchup: 


Rushing Offense

Samaje Perine was good when he got a chance, which wasn't often. His 14-yard scamper on a fourth-quarter 3rd-and-11 saved the team from a double-digit loss. He and Joe Mixon should never combine for less than 20 carries.

Overall, the 37 rushes for 67 yards was a brutal showing due to Mayfield's sack yardage. 


Passing Defense

Texas stayed away from the pass all day, but this group did a decent job pressuring Heard when he did try to throw. When they didn't get to him, he easily broke contain and broke off big chunks of yardage.


Rushing Defense

When you give up 313 yards on 58 carries, you fail. Texas came out and punched the Sooners in the mouth from the onset, never letting up. This defense just didn't feel like tackling all day.


Special Teams

Alex Ross' fumble, the game's only turnover, after Texas' first score is probably the difference in this game. The Longhorns turned that into a touchdown to grab a 14-point lead, which allowed them to stick to the run and play with a lead all game.



You're kidding right, Bob Stoops? Prior to this game, Texas had scored seven points in five quarters and recorded seven sacks all year. The Horns put up 14 in the first frame alone and piled on six sacks in this one, in large part due to the fact that the linemen were tipping plays. Coach Stoops admitted that the Longhorns simply outplayed his team (via Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman):

When you're much more talented than your opponent, which the Sooners still are, you have to get the job done. This team wasn't interested in doing that, and this coaching staff shoulders the blame for that failure.


Grade Analysis for the Longhorns

Passing Offense

Nothing really to judge here, as the big "pass" of the day was a forward handoff to Marcus Johnson for the touchdown. Tyrone Swoopes also lobbed an easy touchdown to Caleb Bluiett to help put the Horns up 24-10.


Rushing Offense

This was a complete effort from the Longhorns. The running backs ran tough, Heard did a great job finding space and the blocking was outstanding. Speaking of great job, Foreman had an impressive 81-yard run, his longest of the day, which the Big 12 Conference highlighted:

Heard and Foreman were both over 100 yards, each for the second time this season. Foreman's 81-yarder from inside the Texas 10-yard line should go down as the play of the season, as it set up the touchdown that wound up being the deciding score.


Passing Defense

Where has this been? The Longhorns almost doubled their season-long total with six sacks of Baker Mayfield, including freshman Malik Jefferson's two-sack performance. The two takedowns on Oklahoma's final drive sealed the Horns upset. Courtesy of ESPN, Lone Star Radio noted the Horns' six-sack performance, breaking down the individual sack stats:

Coverage continues to be spotty, especially from the upperclassmen, but it got the job done.


Rushing Defense

The Sooners bailed out the Horns by refusing to run Perine and Mixon, especially when Hassan Ridgeway left the game. To give credit where it's due, the entire team stepped it up in the tackling department, playing with a real edge all day.


Special Teams

Kevin Vaccaro's forced fumble on Ross ended up being the difference in the game, and coverage was excellent. DeShon Elliott delivered some big hits in his debut.

The kicking game was the best it's been in weeks, though Nick Rose looked really shaky on his 27-yard field goal. Perhaps freshman punter Michael Dickson is finally figuring it out.



You can't say enough about the job this staff did. With the youth, locker-room issues and outside noise pointing toward a blowout, Strong got his team ready to fight. The Longhorns delivered and got him the signature win he needed over a Top 10 team. Malik Jefferson commented on the "special relationship" Coach Strong has with his players (via Sean Adams of

It never should have been in serious question, but this victory will keep Strong safe for the rest of the year. His guys laid it out there for him, and the young players looked really good once again. He deserved a win like this.

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Tennessee Fumbles at the Goal Line, Georgia Returns It 96 Yards for TD

Tennessee was in business. The Vols had the ball inside the 1-yard line and, barring a catastrophe, were going to punch in an easy first-quarter touchdown.

A catastrophe happened.

Georgia’s Davin Bellamy popped the ball out, and junior linebacker Leonard Floyd scooped it up and returned it for a 96-yard score.

That’s tough for Tennessee, and its fans, to swallow:

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Charlie Strong Saves Job, Shows He's on the Right Track with Win over Oklahoma

Saturday afternoon, Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong sent a message to his critics: Don’t clean out my office just yet.

Following a week of speculation surrounding his job security, Texas’ second-year coach ended it, emphatically so, with a 24-17 upset of No. 10 Oklahoma.

Was 1-4 Texas playing poorly entering the Red River Rivalry? Sure. Nobody who watched TCU’s 50-7 demolition of the Longhorns or Notre Dame’s 38-3 season-opening smackdown could deny Strong’s group looked ugly.

Strong is only in his second season of cleaning up the malaise created by the end of Mack Brown’s tenure, but that didn’t stop some pundits, like Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman, from suggesting that Strong’s seat couldn’t be hotter and insinuating that he could be fired if Texas put up a poor effort against the Sooners.'s Bruce Feldman wrote that Strong was "living his nightmare" at Texas. 

Consider that seat cooled. The win over the Sooners was the most important of Strong’s Texas tenure by far, and it showed he’s the right man for the job.  

The Longhorns have a long way left to go before returning to national elite status, but reports of his demise at Texas are certainly premature. He told ABC's Todd McShay afterward on the national telecast that he was incredibly happy for his team:

I feel proud of our players. They came out and competed. Look at it, all week we heard so much about how they didn’t have any pride, but they battled back.  I’ve been saying it, I truly believe we have a good football team. We’ve lost some, we don’t have an answer for last week, but we came back this week.

Little has gone right for Texas this season.

The Notre Dame and TCU blowouts were sandwiched by painful losses to Cal and Oklahoma State sealed by late special teams miscues. And this week, Strong’s players sniped at each other on Twitter, as CBS Sports' Tom Fornelli chronicled. Even Bevo, Texas’ mascot, missed the trip to Dallas this week while being treated for a “life-threatening illness," according to UT officials (via Fox Sports).

So naturally, the Longhorns put together their best performance of the season. They built an early 14-0 lead and held on after Oklahoma and Baker Mayfield closed to within 24-17 in the fourth quarter, pushing the Sooners back to a 4th-and-36 at their own 12-yard line before forcing a punt.

Afterward, Strong and his players showed raw emotion. Strong got a Gatorade bath, then celebrated with his team on the field as if they’d won a Big 12 title. And it was almost as important.  

Following a week of turmoil surrounding the program, they needed this one badly, and they got it, showing the toughness Strong promised when he replaced Brown almost two years ago.

“We came together,” Strong told McShay. “I said to them, ‘At some point, you’ve got to go, guys. We’ve got to play up to our ability.’”

The Longhorns defense held Mayfield to 211 yards passing and limited potent tailback duo Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine to 60 yards and a touchdown on 16 combined carries.

Strong’s best teams at Louisville were built with strong defenses and acceptable offenses, and that’s a model he’s using at Texas. If freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard (who had 53 yards passing but 115 yards rushing Saturday) can develop into a real threat, the Longhorns will be dangerous.

At 2-4 with Kansas State, West Virginia, Texas Tech and Baylor left on the schedule, projecting a bowl trip this season is still difficult, but there’s no question that, given patience, Strong will make real progress at Texas—and quickly. His job is safe, as it should be.

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Maryland vs. Ohio State: Game Grades, Analysis for the Buckeyes

It looked like No. 1 Ohio State was in for another fight against Maryland, but a second-half surge that featured 28 unanswered points led to an impressive 49-28 victory.

The Buckeyes (6-0) appear to be finding themselves offensively as they piled up 499 total yards on Saturday. But the defense wasn't sharp, allowing the Terrapins (2-4) to keep things close with an aggressive rushing attack. 


Ohio State Buckeyes Grade Analysis

Pass Offense

Cardale Jones continued his upward swing against Maryland, especially in the first half when he completed 15-of-20 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown. Michael Thomas had it going early, hauling in six receptions for 95 yards through two quarters of play. 

That momentum continued in the second half as Jones finished the day completing 75 percent of his passes for a career-high 291 yards with two touchdowns and, more importantly, no interceptions. 

J.T. Barrett saw time as a situational quarterback and completed both of his passes for 26 yards.


Run Offense

Maryland came into the game with one of the worst run defenses in the country, allowing an average of 199.8 yards per game, which ranked 103rd nationally. But the Buckeyes had a very hard time finding lanes in the first half, running for just 67 yards on 25 carries, averaging 2.7 yards per carry. 

Ezekiel Elliott was bottled up through two quarters, gaining just 29 yards on 12 carries. But just like last week against Indiana, he hit his stride in the second half. Elliott didn't break any huge runs, but he notched his 11th straight game with at least 100 rushing yards as he finished with 106 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. 


Pass Defense

It didn't look like it was going to be a good day for Ohio State's secondary early. On Maryland's first drive of the game, safety Vonn Bell bit hard on a play-action pass, leaving D.J. Moore all alone behind the secondary for a 52-yard touchdown. But the defense bounced back in a big way as Maryland quarterback Perry Hills was constantly harassed by Ohio State's vicious pass rush, throwing nine straight incompletions to close out the half. 

It was more of the same in the second half. Hills completed just 37 percent of his passes for 133 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.


Run Defense

Maryland's rushing attack was ordinary in its first five games, ranking 84th nationally, but inserting quarterback Perry Hills made a difference. Fueled by an incredible 75-yard run from Hills late in the second quarter, the Terrapins piled up 135 yards on the ground in the first half alone. 

Hills continued to absolutely gash the Buckeyes in the second half as he piled up 170 of Maryland's 253 yards on the ground. It looked like Ohio State continually sold out on the running backs in the zone-read game, and Hills made it pay. 


Special Teams

Cameron Jonhston had a sensational day punting the ball, booting a pair of punts more than 60 yards in the first half. He finished the game with three punts for an average of 54.7 yards, clearly establishing himself as the star of the special teams units.

Outside of Johnston, the special teams struggled. Jack Willoughby missed a 44-yard field goal at the tail end of the first half, which gave Maryland life. Jalin Marshall had one nice punt return of 27 yards, but he let a number of punts bounce past him that he should've collected. But Ohio State did a great job of bottling up Will Likely, one of the most dangerous returners in the country. 



The Buckeyes were playing a team with nothing to lose on Saturday, and they struggled to contain the Terrapins and an aggressive Randy Esdall game plan. 

Urban Meyer talked about the possibility of inserting Barrett into the game as a situational red-zone quarterback this week, but it was hard to imagine that not disrupting the flow of the offense or shaking Jones' confidence. But the plan worked to perfection as the Buckeyes cashed in six touchdowns on six red-zone opportunities. 


David Regimbal is the Ohio State football Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412.

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Nick Chubb Injury: Updates on Georgia Star's Knee and Return

Georgia Bulldogs star running back Nick Chubb left the field during Saturday's game against Tennessee after a significant left knee injury.

Continue for updates.

Chubb Suffers Ugly Injury Saturday, Oct. 10

Georgia's official Twitter account declared Chubb "out for the game with a left knee injury."

Allie LaForce of CBS Sports reported Chubb collapsed after leaving the training table and heading for a cart. He regained consciousness on the cart and was taken to the locker room. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Chubb went from the cart to an ambulance.

Yahoo Sports' Dr. Saturday provided video of the injury (WARNING: GRAPHIC).

B/R's Barrett Sallee offered his analysis of Chubb's injury:

Sports Illustrated's Zac Ellis noted on Twitter that the CBS broadcast would not be showing the replay of Chubb's injury due to its graphic nature.

Former Georgia running back Todd Gurley and former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore, both of which suffered gruesome leg injuries in their college careers, tweeted their condolences to Chubb:

Chubb embraced the challenge of replacing top-10 NFL draft pick Todd Gurley in the Bulldogs backfield this year and last. The sophomore racked up a whopping 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground in 2014. He was off to another fantastic start in 2015, with 745 yards and seven touchdowns on just 91 carries entering play Saturday. 

Former Georgia offensive coordinator and current Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo had high praise for Chubb in July.

"It's rare. He's so humble," Bobo said of the running back's character, per Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman. "... I think he made Todd Gurley better just by the way he works."

Even with Gurley's departure to the pros and this injury to Chubb, the Bulldgos have reinforcements to draw on to keep pounding the rock. Sony Michel proved he could play as a freshman last year in limited action, and senior Keith Marshall is back at it after his own injury issues halted a promising start to his career. 

Given the apparently serious nature of Chubb's injury, Mark Richt's stable of running backs figures to be tested often the rest of this season. 

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Michigan KR Jehu Chesson Returns Opening Kickoff for TD vs. Northwestern

Michigan return man Jehu Chesson took the opening kickoff against Northwestern 96 yards back to the house Saturday.

Chesson turned the corner at the 30-yard line, and from there, he was gone. The senior entered the end zone completely unscathed.

What a rough start for the undefeated Wildcats.


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Oklahoma vs. Texas: Score, Highlights and Reaction from 2015 Red River Rivalry

Texas shocked 10th-ranked Oklahoma in the latest edition of the Red River Rivalry on Saturday with a 24-17 win at the Cotton Bowl.

The Longhorns rushed out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter against a Sooners group that came out remarkably flat. The Sooners eventually came alive in the second half, twice cutting the lead to a single score, but it wasn't enough, as Texas held on for a much-needed victory.

Here's how the Red River Showdown, which Texas now leads 61–44–5 all time, played out quarter-by-quarter:

Texas head coach Charlie Strong stated coming into the game that the high-profile clash arrived at the right time after his team's sluggish start to the campaign. He felt the extra urgency everybody feels during rivalry week provided a much-needed boost, per Fox Sports:

A lot of times we go out on Sundays and there is a lot of joking and guys are just kind of messing around. But last [Sunday] night, you can see that there was no joking going around, (everyone) kind of settled in. I looked at one of our coaches and said this game came at the right time for us. So now we can get them focused and get them back. And, yes, it falls at a great time for us. So we'll see just how much we are going to go out and go compete, and how much we've got to get them prepared and get them focused.

Those remarks certainly translated to the field during the opening quarter. The Longhorns came out flying with a lot more energy than their ranked counterparts.

Their first touchdown came midway through the opening quarter, as Jerrod Heard found Marcus Johnson, who weaved his way into the end zone. The Sooners defense showed zero effort attempting to bring down the senior receiver, as he broke several tackles en route to the score.

Sean Adams of Inside Texas summed up the play and its meaning for the underdogs:

The Longhorns added another touchdown just over two minutes later.

Kevin Vaccaro forced a fumble by Oklahoma's Alex Ross on the kick return. Seven plays and 41 yards later Tyrone Swoopes fumbled at the goal line, but an alert play by wide receiver Lorenzo Joe allowed him to recover the ball for the score.

ESPN Stats & Info highlighted the drastically different start for Texas:

The Sooners, who entered the game averaging 42 points per game, could muster only a single Austin Seibert field goal before halftime. While they lacked their usual offensive polish, the Texas defense deserved a lot of credit for an inspired 30 minutes.

That included some key stops to hold Oklahoma to three points after it had 1st-and-goal from the 4-yard line, as noted by Adam Rittenberg of ESPN:

Texas opened the second half with an impressive 15-play, 62-yard drive that burned nearly seven minutes off the clock and put three more points on the scoreboard.

Then Oklahoma finally responded with the type of drive it put together regularly over the first month of the season. Baker Mayfield and Co. covered 87 yards in just eight plays, the biggest being a 50-yard completion to Sterling Shepard.

Mayfield then found Dimitri Flowers from two yards out to get back within seven. ESPN College Football showcased the scoring play:

Texas answered back once again. An 81-yard scamper by D'Onta Foreman set the Longhorns up deep in Sooners territory. The score came on third down from the 2-yard line as Swoopes found Caleb Bluiett wide open in the back of the end zone.

The Longhorns defense couldn't consolidate the two-score lead on the next drive, though. It forced Oklahoma into a 3rd-and-12 as well as a 4th-and-8 but failed to make the stop. The Sooners eventually capitalized by trimming the Texas lead back to seven.

Anwar Richardson of Rivals pointed out the defense had seemingly begun to run out of steam:

But when the Longhorns needed the final stop to help secure the victory, the defense came alive again. Naashon Hughes and Poona Ford crashed the pocked on third down for a huge sack on Mayfield. Oklahoma punted the ball away from its own territory and never got it back.

The Big 12 Conference spotlighted the big defensive play:

Texas ran out the final three minutes and change with some nice work on the ground to complete the stunner. Darren Rovell explained the caliber of the upset:

Ben Rogers of CBS Dallas-Fort Worth noted it was also the direct opposite of what both fanbases were expecting to see:

Cork Gaines of Business Insider passed along the celebration, which included a ride Strong may never forget given the turmoil as of late:

In the end, Strong's pregame comments proved prophetic. Texas used the rivalry game as an opportunity to right the ship rather than take another beating from a ranked foe. It should calm any questions about the coach's job security, at least for the time being.

Oklahoma isn't completely out of the playoff mix because of the loss. The Sooners will drop considerably in the polls, but they still have games against Baylor and TCU looming in November. So if they can win out, which is a long shot but not impossible, they could climb back into the conversation.

The focus is now on the Longhorns, though. They must build off the marquee victory and finish the season much better than they started it. Up next is a clash with Kansas State in two weeks.


Postgame Reaction

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Maryland vs. Ohio State: Score, Highlights and Twitter Reaction

Ohio State will be credited with its most lopsided win of the season, knocking off visiting Maryland 49-28 at the Horseshoe, but the final margin of victory doesn't indicate how hard the Buckeyes had to fight. 

Maryland tied the game at 21 in the third quarter before Ohio State reeled off 28 unanswered points to keep its perfect record intact.

The most encouraging sign coming out of this win for the Buckeyes is Cardale Jones. Urban Meyer's quarterback situation has been flawed through the first five games, but the junior star had his best game of the year on Saturday, going 21-of-28 for 291 yards and two touchdowns. 

Early in the game, Meyer seemed to reignite some of the quarterback questions by bringing in J.T. Barrett when Ohio State closed in on the red zone in the first quarter. He would throw a 20-yard pass to Michael Thomas to set up one of his three rushing touchdowns.

Meyer was critical of Ohio State's red-zone performance against Indiana last week, particularly the quarterback play, per Bill Landis of the Northeast Ohio Media Group. 

"I thought we had a couple opportunities that if we're accurate with the throws, we score," Meyer said. "At Ohio State with (Ezekiel Elliott), you gotta be able to pound the ball too."

Even fans were turning on Jones early in the game, as noted by Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch:

Jones would get his opportunities in the red zone after Barrett's touchdown, executing much better on throws like this to Braxton Miller, via Eleven Warriors:

There was also Jones' ability to make big plays with his arm, reminding the world what he can bring to the offense when things are clicking, as evidenced by this 48-yard score to Jalin Marshall, via Ohio State on Big Ten:

Establishing the pass in this game was especially critical for the Buckeyes because Maryland's defense was able to hold Elliott in check for a long time. The Heisman candidate had 79 rushing yards when the fourth quarter started.

Unfortunately for Maryland's defense, which was worn down in the final 15 minutes, Elliott broke through with 25 yards on three carries, including a 16-yard touchdown run to give Ohio State a 42-21 lead, and he finished the day with 106 yards on the ground. 

According to Eleven Warriors, Elliott's streak of consecutive 100-yard games now stands at 11. 

Coming into the year, Ohio State was supposed to steamroll opponents up until the Michigan State game on November 21. The Buckeyes were coming off a national title, key players like Jones, Elliott and Joey Bosa were returning and they were getting Miller back in a de facto playmaker role. 

Instead, six games into the season, ESPN's Brett McMurphy noted how much of a struggle things have been for the nation's top-ranked team:

Kenny Roda of echoed those sentiments, while adding a little dramatic flare about how Ohio State looked early:

Maryland does deserve credit for fighting in this game. There have been rumblings about head coach Randy Edsall's future, as Jeff Ermann of 247Sports reported on Thursday the school was considering firing him after Saturday. 

The Terrapins have many distractions at the moment, but the players did not give in against Ohio State. They ultimately ran out of steam against a more talented bunch. Quarterback Perry Hills was both the best and worst thing for Maryland in defeat. 

Hills kept his team in the game thanks to an outstanding running day, going for 170 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries, but he was dreadful throwing the ball (10-of-27, 133 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions) and couldn't make a play through the air on fourth down late in the game as Maryland was trying to cut a 14-point deficit in half. 

Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch noted just how stark the dichotomy was between Hills' passing and rushing early in the game:

The final score is not indicative of how close the game was or how well Maryland actually played. The Buckeyes' depth and superior talent eventually won out, but there are still plenty of things Meyer has to fix. 

Fortunately for Ohio State, the schedule is still favorable with matchups against Penn State, Rutgers, Minnesota and Illinois before the final two games against Michigan State and Michigan.   

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Texas, Charlie Strong Epically Celebrate After Upset Win vs. Oklahoma

What a week it’s been for Texas coach Charlie Strong.

Seven days ago, after Texas got smashed 50-7 by TCU, everyone wanted him gone.

But on Saturday, after the 2-4 Longhorns knocked off No. 10 Oklahoma, Strong was crowd surfing and showering in Gatorade.

He was also knighted with a sweet cowboy hat:

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Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell Jukes Defender, Makes Unreal 1-Handed Catch

Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell made an absolutely incredible play against New Mexico State on Saturday, hauling in a 37-yard touchdown with one hand.

Treadwell was wide-open (after plowing over the defensive back), and quarterback Chad Kelly put some mustard on the throw.

The receiver ran it down and snared it with a single paw:

The Rebels were running all over the Aggies. Treadwell’s touchdown put them up 45-3.


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Northwestern Players Dance to 'Knuck If You Buck' in Locker Room Before Game

Northwestern is undefeated both on the field and on the dance floor this season.

Before the Wildcats took on the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday afternoon, the team turned its locker room into the dirty south and danced to "Knuck if You Buck" by Crime Mob.

This comes after assistant coach Jerry Brown got down after beating Stanford:

And after defensive back Steven Reese delivered an all-time rendition of the Macarena after whacking Minnesota:

If Northwestern beats Jim Harbaugh's team, expect a celebration that resembles a Michael Jackson music video.


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Navy vs. Notre Dame: Live Score and Highlights

Navy 7, Notre Dame 7—Middle of the 1st Quarter

Notre Dame is coming off a heartbreaking 24-22 loss at Clemson last week to face annual rival Navy in South Bend.  The Irish are now faced with a prospect of needing to navigate the rest of 2015 without a loss, and the Midshipmen present the first obstacle to that goal.

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LSU vs. South Carolina: Live Score and Highlights

LSU 0, South Carolina 3 — Early First Quarter

Stay tuned for breaking news, commentary and analysis throughout the game as the Tigers face off against the Gamecocks on ESPN. For more details, check out the NCAA box score here.

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Texas Player Drills Oklahoma Player into Unsuspecting Referee

During a second-quarter grapple between a Texas and Oklahoma player Saturday, a referee got decked.

After the play was over, the Longhorn continued to hold the block on cornerback Jordan Thomas, who was shoved into a totally unsuspecting official.

The ref appeared to be shaken up, just as most humans would be in this situation. Hope he's OK.


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Georgia vs. Tennessee: Live Score and Highlights

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Georgia and Tennessee will look to rebound from big losses last week when they meet at Neyland Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

For the Bulldogs, they still control their divisional destiny despite a lopsided loss to Alabama that doused a lot of early-season hype between the hedges. Vols coach Butch Jones needs a win to re-earn the trust of the Vol Nation as this team tries to get back on track.

UGA star running back Nick Chubb went out with what looked like a nasty injury on the first offensive snap of the game. Georgia announced he's not expected to return to Saturday's game.


TENNESSEE 0, GEORGIA 0 1st Quarter

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Northwestern vs. Michigan: Live Score and Highlights

Michigan 14, Northwestern 0—Mid 1st Quarter

The No. 13 Northwestern Wildcats and No. 18 Michigan Wolverines are squaring off at the Big House.

Big Ten Network is broadcasting the conference showdown. Bleacher Report will provide scoring updates, highlights and analysis. Feel free to join the conversation in the comments.

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410-Pound Baylor Big Man LaQuan McGowan Catches TD vs. Kansas

Rumble, big man, rumble!

Baylor tight end LaQuan McGowan reeled in an 18-yard touchdown pass against Kansas on Saturday, and he did so in epic fashion.

The 410-pound McGowan shook off a defender at the goal line as he barreled into the end zone. 

After the blowout win, McGowan talked about what was going through his mind on the play:


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Ohio State's Braxton Miller Triple Jukes Defender for 1st Down

Braxton Miller's spin is still buzzing, but the Ohio State wide receiver flexed some other moves against Maryland on Saturday.

After snagging a screen from Cardale Jones, Miller put three separate jukes on a defender, who whiffed on the tackle.

Miller picked up the first down on the play.

The senior wasn't done there, though. He would later make a diving grab on a smooth ball from Jones.


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