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Georgia's Todd Gurley Head-Butts South Carolina's Bryson Allen-Williams

The referees might have not seen it, but you can bet that someone will be talking to Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley after this boneheaded play.

After the play was over, Gurley walked up to South Carolina's Bryson Allen-Williams and head-butted him. The refs missed Gurley's act, but they did see Jordan Diggs retaliate and gave him a flag for doing so.

[Vine, h/t Sports Grid]

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Georgia Safety Quincy Mauger Destroys South Carolina WR Nick Jones

The Georgia Bulldogs trailed the South Carolina Gamecocks 24-13 at halftime due to some defensive miscues, but this was one of their more impressive plays from the first half on that side of the ball.

After South Carolina wide receiver Nick Jones caught a pass down the sideline, Georgia safety Quincy Mauger laid him out with this huge hit.

Here's another angle of the play:

[Vine, h/t Twitter

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Tennessee vs. Oklahoma: Live Score and Highlights

Oklahoma 13, Tennessee 0 — Early 2nd quarter

Game action is now underway between Tennessee (2-0) and No. 4 Oklahoma (2-0). ABC is televising the matchup nationally from Norman.

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

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Todd Gurley vs. South Carolina: Stats, Highlights, Twitter Reaction

Georgia dropped a thriller against South Carolina Saturday, but that didn't stop Todd Gurley from looking every bit like a player who's going to be in the Heisman conversation all season long. 

In the 38-35 defeat, he finished with 20 carries for 131 yards and a touchdown, improving his numbers against a team he has struggled against in his career, per ESPN Stats & Info:

The Bulldogs' stud running back, who battled tight muscles and a crowded box, didn't exactly put up Gurley-esque numbers in the first half, entering the locker room with 44 yards on eight totes. Still, nearly every time he touched the ball, viewers such as ESPN's Kevin Weidl, were left in awe of his talent:

Even Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu was impressed: 

Dangerous weather delayed kickoff by nearly two hours, but Gurley showed few ill-effects from having to sit around, taking his first two carries for 17 yards on the way to a Georgia field goal. On the next drive, he went for 13 yards up the gut. And on his next touch, he exploded through the hole and accelerated away from everyone for a 54-yard touchdown. 

While the score was called back on holding, it was still yet another example of his jaw-dropping ability. Bleacher Report's Adam Kramer and Rotoworld's Josh Norris put it simply:

The second half was full of more "wow" plays. 

On one, he took a sweet to the left and galloped down the left sideline, shedding tackles and picking up 40 spectacular yards to set up a short TD run. On a 3-and-16 later in the game, he once again went left, but when he ran into a brick wall of defenders, cut it back to the middle of the field and carried defenders across the first-down line. 

Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples put it best:

When the junior steps onto the field, it usually sparks an interesting debate about his draft stock. His electrifying blend of size, speed, power and downhill running style have most in agreement that he will be a future star on Sundays. But teams have become hesitant about spending an early pick on a running back. 

As Bleacher Report's Cian Fahey argued, though, Gurley is worth it:

It's obviously going to depend on draft order, team need and other circumstances that we can't forecast right now. But Gurley is a dangerous playmaker, and if he continues to stay healthy, it's difficult to imagine him falling out of the first round. 

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah offered an intriguing comparison while Fahey painted a tantalizing picture:

Of course, no matter where he is eventually taken or what kind of player he becomes, Gurley will make college defensive coordinators across the country relieved not to see him on the field anymore. 

That's looking far down the line, though. For now, Gurley will continue to make life miserable for SEC defenses as he emphatically states his case as the best ball-carrier in the nation. 

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ECU vs. Virginia Tech: How Hokies' Upset Loss Will Shake Up Week 4 Rankings

Virginia Tech surged up the AP Poll's rankings to No. 17 in the nation after its decisive 35-21 Week 2 victory over Ohio State. That didn't last very long, however, as the East Carolina Pirates rolled into Lane Stadium to defeat the Hokies 28-21 on Saturday.

The Pirates quickly got out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead after quarterback Shane Carden hit three different receivers for touchdowns within the game's first 13 minutes. This was more than concerning since Virginia Tech allowed only one touchdown during J.T. Barrett's dismal showing just one week prior.

Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports sarcastically tweeted how the Buckeyes must have been feeling at this point:

The Hokies did get back into the game, scoring three touchdowns while stifling the previously hot East Carolina offense to even the game at 21 with just 1:20 remaining in the fourth quarter. However, the defense allowed Carden and Co. to fly right back down the field, as Carden capped off a three-play, 65-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown scamper with just 16 seconds left in the game.

Virginia Tech produced only 389 yards of offense while Carden outgained the Hokies on his own, passing for 427 yards and three touchdowns. ESPN Stats & Info noted just how the quarterback's performance ranks in the history of Virginia Tech's defense:

This loss won't reflect well on the Hokies, and we can expect the rankings to shift in a big way heading into Week 4 of the 2014 college football season.

East Carolina was defeated by a score of 33-23 by South Carolina in Week 2. While the No. 24 Gamecocks have a difficult matchup against No. 6 Georgia on Saturday, anything but a blowout loss could propel them back up the rankings, passing Virginia Tech in the process.

To make matters worse for the Hokies, No. 25 BYU already defeated Houston on Thursday, No. 20 Missouri had a nice showing against UCF and No. 22 Ohio State rebounded in a big way over Kent State. We could speculate that inactive teams like No. 18 Wisconsin, No. 19 Kansas State and No. 23 Clemson could move up as well following Virginia Tech's loss to an unranked opponent.

With at least seven teams poised to leapfrog the Hokies, perhaps this is what we'll be saying by next week, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer:

The only factors that appear to be in Virginia Tech's favor are the inactivity of North Carolina—the Tar Heels were ranked 27th in AP Poll points heading into Week 3—and the loss by No. 21 Louisville to Virginia. North Carolina may not have enough momentum to enter the Top 25, and Louisville should fall back out after its loss.

If the Hokies do maintain their standing in the Top 25, it will be close. Expect to see plenty of movement when the Week 4 rankings are released, as Virginia Tech drops down to No. 25 and possibly off the list altogether.

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Kentucky vs. Florida: Live Score and Highlights

Midway Through the 2nd Quarter

The Gators and Wildcats have both played physical defense so far, leading to a scoreless tie as we are almost halfway through the second quarter.

The Gators have moved the ball well on the ground, but you have to give credit to Kentucky for coming out with a physical and inspired effort.

 

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What Ohio State Fans Should Make of Virginia Tech's Loss to ECU

Fresh off of a 35-21 defeat at the hands of Virginia Tech, Urban Meyer described Ohio State's 66-0 thrashing of Kent State on Saturday as "just what the doctor ordered." But even after taking their medicine, the Buckeyes were admittedly still dealing with symptoms stemming from their first loss of the season.

"You still have a sick feeling in your stomach about last week," Meyer said.

If that's true, then Ohio State's nausea likely only increased upon learning that its tormentors a week ago had just finished suffering an embarrassing loss of their own. After catapulting back into national relevance, the Hokies followed up their big win in Columbus with a 28-21 home loss to East Carolina on Saturday, in a game that saw Virginia Tech fall behind the Pirates, 21-0, in the first quarter.

Transitive property may not relate to football, but any argument the Buckeyes had that their lone loss of the season thus far wasn't that bad likely just went out the window. The Hokies may be talented, but Saturday showed that they're still a flawed team—and yet they remain just one week removed from outplaying Ohio State on its own home turf.

That shouldn't sit well with the Buckeyes, who did everything that they could to put last weekend's loss in their rearview mirror. Quarterback J.T. Barrett tied a school record with six touchdown passes while spearheading an offensive attack that accumulated 628 yards, as the Ohio State defense held the overmatched Golden Flashes to 126 yards on the day.

And yet there the Buckeyes were in postgame interviews, still being asked about Virginia Tech and what the Hokies' loss on Saturday means for Ohio State. At least one Buckeye admitted to keeping an eye on Virginia Tech, before offering perspective on what the Hokies' loss this week means to the Buckeyes.

"A lot of people fail to realize that matchups are a big deal in the game of football," OSU linebacker Joshua Perry said. "Whatever happened with them is what happened, but you can't just say that, 'OK, Virginia Tech lost to East Carolina, so Ohio State is whatever they are. We beat such and such, so now we're this.' You just gotta play every week."

And to be fair, Perry has a point.

Who's to say that the Hokies didn't empty their gun with last week's surprise 46 Bear defense against the Buckeyes, or that ECU's Air Raid offense isn't a better counter to it from an X's and O's standpoint? Yes, Virginia Tech just beat Ohio State and then were beat by the Pirates, but that doesn't necessarily mean that ECU would have similar results against the Buckeyes.

And then there's this: While its name may not carry much weight in perception—directional schools rarely do—East Carolina isn't a bad football team. The Pirates went 10-3 a season ago and returned senior quarterback Shane Carden this season, where ECU's lone loss has been a 10-point defeat at the hands of South Carolina.

Not too shabby, even for a team that just joined a Group of Five conference in the American Athletic Conference. Yes, as unlikely as it may seem, the Pirates could theoretically have access to the College Football Playoff, which is really what this is all about anyways.

Because when it comes to those four playoff selections, perception will matter, and the Buckeyes could use all the help in that department that they can get. While the chances of a one-loss Big Ten team making it to the final four were already slim, Ohio State's odds took an additional hit on Saturday, as it will no longer have a chance to point to their loss to Virginia Tech as a quality loss, if there even is such a thing.

And for the Buckeye players, that's just fine. Last week's loss may still sting, but they insist that they remain focused on the remainder of their season and aren't interested in scoreboard-watching with the Hokies—or anybody else.

"For a lot of us, it's behind us. They came in here hungry and aggressive with what they wanted to to do," Barrett said of Virginia Tech. "With them losing, that doesn't have anything to do with us. We're past it now."

 

Ben Axelrod is Bleacher Report's Ohio State Lead Writer. You can follow him on Twitter @BenAxelrod. Unless noted otherwise, all quotes were obtained firsthand. All recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports. 

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Arkansas Safety Rohan Gaines Obliterates Texas Tech's Reginald Davis

The Arkansas Razorbacks came to play Saturday against the Texas Tech Red Raiders, as they held a 35-28 lead heading into the fourth quarter thanks to plays like this one.

Arkansas safety Rohan Gaines leveled Texas Tech receiver Reginald Davis with a big hit, forcing him to drop the ball.

[Vine]

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Georgia Kicker Marshall Morgan Sets SEC Record for Consecutive Field Goals Made

As anyone who has watched a college football game recently knows, finding a reliable college kicker can be a dicey proposition at best.

Georgia and head coach Mark Richt are fortunate not to have that problem. Junior kicker Marshall Morgan is one of college football’s best, most reliable kickers, and he just keeps rolling along.

Saturday, Morgan’s 36-yard field goal against South Carolina was his 19th consecutive made field goal, setting a new SEC record held for 30 years by Tennessee’s FuadReveiz. He added to the mark with a 26-yard field goal in the second quarter, but the streak ended at 20 when Morgan missed a 44-yard try late in the second quarter. 

Morgan has not missed a field goal since missing a 39-yarder last season at Tennessee. And in that game, he kicked a career-long 56-yarder (the longest road field goal in program history) and the game-winning 42-yard field goal in overtime.

A year ago, he made 22 of 24 field-goal tries, setting the SEC record for best field-goal percentage in a season. He also made his last 17 field goals of the season, setting a Georgia program record.

Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley told the Athens Banner-Herald’s Ethan Burch that Morgan is “unique,” saying he’d rather play Call of Duty: Zombies or go to the driving range than focus on his record.

Quarterback Hutson Mason agreed with Conley’s assessment but said Morgan is a valuable piece, per Burch:

It really starts with his preparation over the summer. I know he’s pretty active on Twitter and Instagram, so the whole world knows when he’s kicking. He has been working hard this summer out there and you really don’t notice hard work from a kicker because they’re so weird and so behind the closet.

Morgan can be as strange as he wants. If he keeps making field goals when Georgia needs him, the Bulldogs will be happy to have him around.

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Gainesville Police Department Make Fun of Kentucky Football Team on Twitter

The Florida Gators are hosting the Kentucky Wildcats for an SEC matchup on Saturday, and the local police department wasn't afraid to make fun of the opposing team.

Before the game, the Gainesville police department mocked the Kentucky football team after they were late to The Swamp.

This isn't the first time a local police department has talked some smack, as the local departments at Iowa and Iowa State exchanged some tweets back on Tuesday.

[Twitter, h/t College Spun]

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Marcus Mariota's Leadership Sets Tone for Oregon, Makes Him Heisman Favorite

Marcus Mariota may have only played a little more than two quarters against Wyoming, but boy did he make them count. 

Mariota led a sleepy Ducks team to a 48-14 rout of the Cowboys, overcoming a seven-point first-quarter deficit.

The Ducks (3-0) were flat in the first quarter, which is perhaps an understatement, and were shut out over the first 15 minutes by Wyoming after getting only one possession and being stopped on the 2-yard line on fourth down.

The Cowboys then drove 98 yards on 11 plays, and the Ducks found themselves trailing and without a score in the first quarter. What should have been a cakewalk victory turned into a bit of a scare for Ducks fans. The last four times Oregon has gone scoreless in the first quarter, it's lost the game. 

Marcus Mariota would have none of that.

Mariota immediately led a touchdown drive in just over a minute to tie up the game early in the second quarter. He capped it off with a beautiful 15-yard touchdown run. 

It was just the beginning for the Heisman favorite, who ended the day going 19-of-23 through the air for 221 yards and two touchdowns. But it was Mariota’s legs that stole the show. Mariota finished the day with five carries for 71 yards and two touchdowns.

After a 30-yard touchdown run from Byron Marshall that gave the Ducks a 13-7 lead, Mariota once again led the Ducks down the field and provided a Heisman-worthy highlight. Mariota, after dancing around in the pocket for what seemed like an eternity, took off down the far sideline toward the end zone. At the goal line he was met by a group of Ducks and Cowboys. Instead of running through the pile, Mariota decided the air was a more appropriate route. 

Air Jordan? Nope, “Air Mariota.”

That 19-yard touchdown put the Ducks up 20-7 and proved to be the winning score. Add it to the highlight reel, send it to the Heisman voters, and take the vote now.

Mariota would go on to throw two touchdowns later in the game, one to freshman Devon Allen, his third in the last two weeks, and another on his last throw of the game, a five-yard connection with former Ducks basketball player Johnathan Loyd.

There’s no denying that the Ducks came out sluggish against Wyoming. "We were a little sluggish in the beginning in every phase”, said head coach Mark Helfrich, according to Jay Allen of Fox Sports Radio 620. Helfrich must be thanking his lucky stars that he has a player like Mariota to lead the team when it's not playing to its potential. 

While the rest of the Ducks were trying to find a cup of coffee to wake up in the first quarter, Mariota was too busy running around and making plays to be concerned with the 11 a.m. start time. His focus was on winning. The rest of the Ducks soon followed.

Mariota sets the tone for the Ducks. He’s the unquestioned leader of the locker room and has no problem going at it alone when his teammates aren't doing their jobs. Mariota showed as much during the second half against Michigan State. He proved again Saturday that the Ducks will follow his lead, and they’ll go as far as he can take them.

The road got a little bit more difficult Saturday, as Oregon’s offensive line took another hit. Starting left tackle Jake Fisher went down in the first quarter with an apparent knee injury.

It’s a good thing that Mariota is Houdini-like in the pocket. He’s going to need to utilize that skill set for the rest of the season.

This is the second straight week that the Ducks have lost a starting tackle. Against Michigan State, the Ducks lost starting right tackle Andre Yruretagoyena to a knee injury, and he is likely out for the season. They will now be starting redshirt junior Matt Pierson at left tackle and true freshman Tyrell Crosby at right tackle for the foreseeable future.

Oregon is going to need the young offensive linemen to step up in the wake of all of the injuries. “We expect those players to come in and play better. If they're in there, they're the No. 1 guy,” said Helfrich, according to Hayden Kim of the Daily Emerald.

The Ducks have a ton of room for improvement. They started slow, played soft defensively for parts of the first half and didn’t put on the show most pundits expected them to. As Helfrich said, via Kim, "Got a ton of work to do. Lucky that's in the wake of a victory."

The Ducks lucked into a victory Saturday based on the quality of their opponent. If Oregon plays a first quarter like it did Saturday against a team like UCLA or Stanford, it may not survive.

Thankfully for the Ducks, they have Mariota, a true leader and the Heisman favorite. 

 

Jason Gold is Bleacher Report’s lead Oregon writer. Follow him on twitter @TheSportsGuy33. 

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Marcus Mariota's Leadership Sets Tone for Oregon, Makes Him Heisman Favorite

Marcus Mariota may have only played a little more than two quarters against Wyoming, but boy did he make them count. Mariota led a sleepy Ducks team to a 48-14 rout of the Cowboys, overcoming a seven-point first-quarter deficit...

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Wyoming vs. Oregon: Game Grades, Analysis for the Ducks

Oregon surprisingly trailed Wyoming after one quarter on Saturday, but that deficit didn't last long as the Ducks blew away the visiting Cowboys, 48-14, at Autzen Stadium.

It was another big offensive day for Oregon (3-0), who racked up 556 yards of total offense and scored on six straight possessions after trailing, 7-0. Marcus Mariota scored on a 15-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter, then took the lead a few minutes later and never looked back.

The Ducks allowed 429 yards but also recorded a pair of interceptions, turning each into touchdowns, and registered six sacks.

Final stats from Saturday's game can be found here. Check out our grades and analysis of Oregon's win below.

 

Oregon Ducks Game Analysis

Pass Offense: Marcus Mariota was at his very best on Saturday. Though he didn't put up huge numbers, just throwing for 221 yards, he did that on 19-of-23 passing with two touchdowns. And he spread the ball around, hitting 11 different receivers (along with those hit by backup Jeff Lockie) and tossing TD passes to Devon Allen and former basketball player Johnathan Loyd.

Run Offense: Mariota ran for a pair of scores and 71 yards, but it wasn't just him on the ground. Royce Freeman and Byron Marshall also scored, as did Kani Benoit. As a team, the Ducks rushed for 263 yards on 37 carries. Marshall was the leading gainer with 80 yards, needing only six carries to get that.

Pass Defense: It took a little while, but eventually Oregon managed to break through Wyoming's depleted offensive line and terrorize quarterback Colby Kirkegaard. Kirkegaard threw for 284 yards an two TDs on 19-of-33 passing, but he was intercepted twice and sacked six times. Both picks were by safety Erick Dargan, who was injured early but then came back to star in the secondary.

Run Defense: Take away the sack-loss yardage, and Wyoming ran for 181 yards. That was especially surprising because the Cowboys only ran for 51 yards in their previous game, so it didn't look like Oregon's front seven had practiced having to stop the run much. That's an area that will need improvement as Oregon heads into the Pac-12 schedule.

Special Teams: Kicker Matt Wogan was never asked to try a field goal, and he made six of seven extra-point attempts. He biffed his second try when it looked like his footwork got messed up on the approach to kick. The Ducks only had to punt once, but Ian Wheeler shook off the rust and boomed a 50-yarder, and their punt- and kick-return coverage was mostly solid.

Coaching: Mark Helfrich got a lot of people involved on offense, helping with depth and experience, but his starters didn't need much coaching in terms of being shown how to execute. Don Pellum's defensive calls became more aggressive as the game went on, resulting in better pressure in the pocket, which turned into takeaways and sacks.

 

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Wyoming vs. Oregon: Game Grades, Analysis for the Ducks

Oregon surprisingly trailed Wyoming after one quarter on Saturday, but that deficit didn't last long as the Ducks blew away the visiting Cowboys, 48-14, at Autzen Stadium...

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Cold Hard Fact for Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fact: With their 48-14 win over Wyoming, the Oregon Ducks now have 50 games of over 40-plus points since 2009. No other FBS team has more than 37 in that time frame.

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

Source: ESPN Stats & Info

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Watch Marcus Mariota Flip Over a Defender During Ridiculous TD Scramble

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was outstanding against Wyoming on Saturday, accumulating 2 passing yards and four total touchdowns in the Ducks' 48-14 win. His highlight play came in the second quarter, when he hurdled over a defender and into the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown run. 

Is Mariota the best player in college football?

Watch the video and let us know!

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Watch Marcus Mariota Flip Over a Defender During Ridiculous TD Scramble

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was outstanding against Wyoming on Saturday, accumulating 2 passing yards and four total touchdowns in the Ducks' 48-14 win...

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TCU's Josh Doctson Soars Sky-High to Make 1-Handed TD Catch vs. Minnesota

College football players continue to get more and more athletic, as TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson demonstrated in spades on Saturday.

Early in the second quarter of the Horned Frogs' Week 3 game against the Minnesota Gophers, Doctson jumped high in the air and came down with this incredible one-handed touchdown catch.

That grab—his second score of the day—put the Horned Frogs up 17-0.

[Vine, h/t Twitter]

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West Virginia vs. Maryland: Game Grades, Analysis for Mountaineers and Terrapins

In a tale of two halves, each team dominated 30 minutes of the game, but it was West Virginia that was able to come up with that one important play needed to secure the 40-37, last-second win in College Park over the Maryland Terrapins.

Quarterback Clint Trickett had a career day, with 511 passing yards and four touchdowns for the Mountaineers. The Terps' C.J. Brown did all he could to keep his team in the game, but it was an anemic offensive performance in the first half that eventually doomed Maryland. 

Box score via NCAA.com

 

Maryland Pass Offense

C.J. Brown did all he could to keep his team in the game, but despite having one of the Big Ten's most dynamic receivers in Stefon Diggs at his disposal, Brown could only find Diggs five times. All in all, the Maryland passing game had 284 passing yards with two touchdowns (one thrown by backup Caleb Rowe late in the second quarter) and one interception.

The first-half grade for the Terps is understandably poorer than the overall grade, given the lack of production before halftime. Still, Brown and his receivers improved enough in the second half to earn an overall "B."

 

Maryland Run Offense

In the first half, Maryland totaled just 48 rushing yards. We think a "C" is being generous here.

The second half, however, was headlined by a number of big runs—but all of them came from C.J. Brown, who finished with 161 of Maryland's 163 net rushing yards on the day. We'll go ahead an give Maryland's running offense a "B-" final grade, but we're not too happy about it.

 

Maryland Pass Defense

There's really no other way to put this: Maryland's pass defense was picked apart all afternoon by Clint Trickett. In the first half alone, Trickett threw for 307 yards. Only a few nice breaks on the ball to swat down potential touchdowns earned the Terps a "C-" in the first half.

By the time the day was over, Trickett had 511 yards and four touchdowns. The Terps did improve slightly in the second half, thanks in large part to the play of William Likely, but we can't do any better than an overall "C" given the total number of yards and points surrendered by the secondary.

 

Maryland Run Defense

We're not entirely sure if Maryland's run-defense stats look halfway decent because the front seven played that well or because WVU doesn't really need to run the football. Either way, no Mountaineer had over 100 yards on the ground (although Rushel Shell was close with 98), and only one runner had more than 28 total yards on the day.

We're content with an overall "B" after some improvements and big stops in the second half.

 

Maryland Special Teams

If there was one shining facet to Maryland's game against West Virginia, it had to be the special teams.

Field goals, perfect. Punt returns, perfect (although one of the two touchdowns was called back due to an odd rule that prohibits advancing a punt that was called for a fair catch even if the punting team blows up the receiver before he can field the ball). Kick returns, not half-bad. Punt coverage, great (including a muffed punt recovery deep in WVU territory). A blocked field goal in the second half? No problem.

How can we not give the special teams an "A" for that kind of performance?

 

Maryland Coaching

Randy Edsall will probably take a little heat from Maryland fans for this loss, but he shouldn't. Despite falling behind 28-6 early in this game, Edsall kept his guys in it and battled back to tie things up in the fourth quarter.

We're happy with the way Edsall and his staff seemed to make adjustments at halftime, and the staff was able to recognize what was and wasn't working with the offense.

It's not often we'll award an "A" in a loss, but we will today.

 

West Virginia Pass Offense

Is there any reason we wouldn't give Clint Trickett and the rest of the West Virginia pass offense an "A+" for the show they put on today?

Sure. There was that ill-advised interception Trickett threw, and a couple of sloppy drops in the second half that led directly to punts.

But 511 yards and four touchdowns is still 511 yards and four touchdowns. So anything less than an "A" would be just plain silly.

 

West Virginia Run Offense

As we mentioned before, we're not sure if WVU doesn't run the ball because the Mountaineers can't or because they don't need to, but either way, it wasn't about the running backs today.

Still, Rushel Shell had a fine day, with 98 yards and a score. No one else, however, had more than 28 yards on the day.

No bad, but not spectacular, either. Above average, and that means a "B+."

 

West Virginia Pass Defense

In the first half, the WVU secondary did a good job of covering up the Maryland receivers just long enough to allow the defensive line to get some pressure on C.J. Brown. Nearing halftime, the secondary looked as if it was taking a few plays off, which led to some points for the Terps, but at the time, it didn't seem like too big of an issue.

In the second half, Brown was forced to scramble for his yardage, as the West Virginia coaching staff clearly instilled a "win every play" mentality into the Mountaineers defense.

Holding a receiver like Stefon Diggs to "just" 127 yards and one touchdown is an accomplishment in itself, so we're content to reward the WVU secondary with a "B+" on the day.

 

West Virginia Run Defense

There's only one reason we're not giving West Virginia's run defense a solid straight "A" in this game: C.J. Brown.

Call it solid pass defense or weakened run defense, but Brown was able to scramble around a lot, and even call his own number enough times to rack up 161 rushing yards. But the rest of the Terps added just a net of two more yards for a team game total of 163.

This "A-" is about as close to an "A" as you can get.

 

West Virginia Special Teams

As great as Maryland was on special teams, that's about as bad as West Virginia was.

Josh Lambert had one of his two field-goal attempts blocked, a punt was muffed and turned over, punt coverage was horrible...take your pick.

What about the good? Blocking a punt for a safety will bring a smile to a coach's face. Going 5-of-5 on extra points is always good (but expected). A last-second field goal to win the game is also pretty important. Because the good outweighed the bad, we won't flunk the special teams.

But a "C" is still something that should worry WVU fans moving forward.

 

West Virginia Coaching

It's hard to criticize a head coach for game management down the stretch when his team pulls out the victory. Still, we can't help but scratch our heads at Dana Holgorsen's play-calling and clock management during WVU's last drive of the game.

With under two minutes to go, Holgorsen was calling run plays on the negative side of the field. The clock kept ticking down, and with two timeouts in his pocket, Holgorsen was more interested is making play signals than calling timeout. With only four seconds left, Holgorsen was forced to try a long field goal to win the game instead of conserving time earlier in the drive and getting closer.

Luckily, it worked out, so we'll give the coaching staff a "B."

 

Unless otherwise noted, quotes or references to quotes were obtained firsthand by the writer.

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Southern Miss vs. Alabama: Live Score and Highlights

The No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide host the Southern Miss Eagles in a nonconference bout Saturday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m. ET.

Quarterbacks Blake Sims and Jacob Coker are still expected to split time under center for the Tide, but the playmaking trio of T.J. Yeldon, Derrick Henry and Amari Cooper will lead the offense.

Southern Miss is under the direction of sophomore quarterback Nick Mullens, who is looking to give Southern Miss a two-win season for the first time since 2011.

ESPN2 is carrying the game, and Bleacher Report is providing live scoring updates and in-game analysis. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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