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Arkansas Defeats Auburn in 4OT: Score, Reaction and Highlights

Just because Arkansas and Auburn both fell out of the Top 25 this season didn't mean their matchup was going to be a snoozer. On Saturday afternoon, Arkansas pulled out a 54-46 win over Auburn in four overtimes. 

It's Arkansas' third victory of the season, with the Razorbacks managing to come up with a defensive stop to seal the win. There were a combined 52 points scored during the four overtimes, as defense was at times nonexistent. 

ESPN showcased the game-winning play:

According to ESPN Stats & Info, the win marked Arkansas' first overtime victory since November 2010 against Mississippi State.

Both offenses made several high-pressure plays to extend the game. ESPN College Football had the replay of Arkansas' two-point conversion to tie the game at 46 in the third overtime:

It was certainly a captivating affair, as ESPN's Peter Burns alluded to another great entertainer in Gladiator:

Arkansas allowed a game-tying touchdown to Jeremy Johnson with just under seven minutes to go, but it regained the lead with a Cole Hedlund 25-yard field goal with 1:07 left. Auburn's Daniel Carlson sent the game to overtime with a 41-yard field goal with four seconds left in regulation, and the teams combined for seven straight touchdown drives in overtime before the Tigers turned it over on downs to end the game. 

Auburn running back Peyton Barber led all players with four touchdowns on the day—the same number as the combined scoring of Arkansas' trio of rushers Alex Collins, Kody Walker and Dominique Reed.

Chris B. Brown of Grantland would have appreciated this game a lot more had it not been for one thing:

The two teams sit at the bottom of the SEC West, Auburn with a 1-3 conference record and Arkansas with a 2-2 conference record—hardly the season that either side wanted. Auburn began the season ranked sixth in the nation, while Arkansas was 18th. 

Although it's been a disappointing season for both teams, at least they created a memorable game Saturday. 

 

Stats courtesy of ESPN.com

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Washington vs. Stanford: Live Score and Highlights

The Washington Huskies and the Stanford Cardinal are getting ready to do battle in a prime-time contest. The game will be played at Stanford Stadium and will kick off at 10:30 p.m. EDT.

The Huskies look to bounce back after losing to Oregon last week. The player to watch for Washington is running back Myles Gaskin, who has rushed for more than 100 yards in the last two games.

The Cardinal are looking to win their sixth straight game. They are led by QB Kevin Hogan, who has completed 69 percent of his passes and has thrown 12 touchdowns in the last five games.

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

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Washington vs. Stanford: Live Score and Highlights

The Washington Huskies and the Stanford Cardinal are getting ready to do battle in a prime-time contest. The game will be played at Stanford Stadium and will kick off at 10:30 p.m...

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Clemson Challenging to Be Nation's No. 1 Team

Up 42-0 on Miami at halftime Saturday, Dabo Swinney sent a message to his Clemson football team. Rather than head to the locker room for adjustments and discussion, Swinney gathered his players around him on Sun Life Stadium’s sideline for an animated talk.

Swinney didn’t want his players to get pulled into the quagmire of the Hurricanes’ trash talk and late hits. But in reality, his team had already sent the most important message: It's ready to thrive on a national stage.

The coach agrees, according to David Hood of TigerNet.com:

No. 6 Clemson dealt Miami a 58-0 beating, the Hurricanes’ worst loss in their 90 years of college football. It was rock-bottom for Miami but a sign that the Tigers are ready to stake their claim as the nation’s top team.

Clemson, a squad that did its share of retooling this fall with young skill players and defenders, has steadily improved. The 7-0 Tigers have scored at least 40 points four times this season, and Saturday was one of the offense’s top efforts and highest point total for the year.

Led by sophomore quarterback Deshaun Watson, Clemson scored touchdowns on each of its first four possessions and was never challenged. An eight-play, 82-yard touchdown drive capped by a 34-yard Jordan Leggett catch and a second touchdown keyed by Watson’s 63-yard sprint to inside the Miami 10-yard line set the tone.

Swinney liked what he saw, per Hood:

There were real reasons to be concerned about the Tigers defense entering the season, given that defensive coordinator Brent Venables got back just two starters from a unit that ranked No. 1 nationally in total defense. But this year's group has shown steady improvement with new contributors across the board.

Saturday, a sack from star defensive end Shaq Lawson knocked Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya out of the game with a concussion in the second quarter, and the Hurricanes never got their mojo back. Entering Saturday, Clemson was No. 10 nationally in total defense and No. 14 in scoring defense, and it should move upward in both rankings this week.

The offense has lagged behind the defense at times (ranked No. 34 in both scoring and total offense), and Watson had thrown seven interceptions (against 14 touchdowns) entering Saturday. But it is improving by the week. And the margin of victory over Miami could have been much bigger had Swinney not pulled the entire starting offense with his team up 45-0 midway through the third quarter.

Watson is a threat to score with his legs and arm, and he’s surrounded by major talent, including wideout Artavis Scott and tailback Wayne Gallman as well as an improving offensive line.

Are the Tigers the nation’s best team right now?

Perhaps so. Ohio State is 7-0 and the defending national champion, but the Buckeyes have looked sluggish at times and have no wins over a current Associated Press Top 25 team.

No. 2 Baylor has a strong offense but also has no current Top 25 wins. No. 3 Utah looked very good in a 62-20 rout at Oregon, and its win over Michigan holds cache, but after Cal’s loss at UCLA, the Utes will have just one win over a current Top 25 team next week.

No. 4 TCU is unbeaten at 7-0 and has no current Top 25 wins. And it had narrow, late escapes at Kansas State and Texas Tech. No. 5 LSU has one current Top 25 win following last week’s 35-28 victory over Florida and has the nation’s most impressive player in sophomore tailback Leonard Fournette.

Of that six-team group, which squad owns the highest-ranked win, per this week’s Top 25? That’s right: Clemson. Notre Dame was No. 11 in Week 8.

With four consecutive campaigns with at least 10 wins under Swinney’s watch, Clemson was already one of the nation’s best teams as this season began. Over the first seven games, the Tigers have made the case that they’re a truly elite team, and they’re pushing to the top of the heap.

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman likes what he's been seeing from Clemson:

While national polls don’t typically jump teams from No. 6 to No. 1 without some serious fallout above the squad in question, Clemson is showing why it deserves, at the very least, some No. 1 votes and clear consideration for one of four College Football Playoff spots.

And once the CFP selection committee releases its first poll November 3, the Tigers should get serious consideration for the top spot. That, right there, is a statement that Swinney and his team would be proud to stand behind.

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Kansas State vs. Texas: Game Grades, Analysis for Wildcats and Longhorns

The Texas Longhorns earned a hard-fought win on Saturday as they defeated the Kansas State Wildcats 23-9. The weather played a big role for both teams, but thanks to a strong running game and a defense that was able pressure Wildcats quarterback Joe Hubener, the Longhorns were able to win their third game of the year.

The Wildcats, on the other hand, played a lot better than what they showed last week against Oklahoma where they lost 55-0, but they have a lot of work to do in order to finish the season strong.

Here are my game grades for the Wildcats and the Longhorns.

Passing Offense

The Wildcats started off well as Joe Hubener was able to find Dominique Heath for a touchdown pass at the end of the first half. But as the weather got worse, Hubener had a hard time finding any rhythm. He finished the afternoon completing 10 of his 22 passes for one touchdown and one interception. Had the Wildcats ran the ball more and not thrown the ball 22 times, Hubener would have been more effective.

 

Rushing Offense

The ground attack for the Wildcats was solid as Charles Jones was able to run for 122 yards on 18 carries. However, he was the only one to find success on the ground as the Wildcats only rushed for 135 yards on 37 carries. Jones really should have gotten the ball more, especially in the first half. This was his best game of the season, but if he had 10 more carries, the Wildcats may have had a chance to win.

 

Passing Defense

The Longhorns only threw the ball 15 times, but quarterback Jerrod Heard was able to complete 10 of them. The Wildcats only got one sack from Elijah Lee, and they only got one pass breakup from Morgan Burns. Overall, it was not a good day for the Wildcats pass defense, but there is a reason for that.

 

Rushing Defense

The run defense for the Wildcats struggled all game long as they gave up 274 yards and three touchdowns. Heard, Jonathan Gray and Tyrone Swoopes all had big days on the ground as all three had at least 50 rushing yards. The Wildcats had a difficult time maintaining the Longhorns’ "18-Wheeler" offense where Swoopes runs downhill behind an army of blockers. That was the difference in the game.

 

Special Teams

For the most part, the special teams were solid, but there was one play that summed up the Wildcats' season. During the kickoff after the Longhorns' second touchdown in the second quarter, nobody for the Wildcats was able recover the kickoff which led to the Longhorns jumping on it, giving them the ball back deep in Kansas State territory. It did not lead to points, but that should never happen.

 

Coaching

Bill Snyder has been a great head coach for the Wildcats, but this was not the best performance for his coaching staff. It’s clear that Hubener can’t consistently carry the Wildcats with his arm, and with the way Jones was running the ball, the coaching staff should have relied on the run game more, especially in the rain. But the coaching staff did do a good job with the defense, especially in the second half because the Longhorns did not score their final touchdown until seconds were left in the game.

Passing Offense

One would think 99 passing yards would not equal to an efficient day through the air. However, the rain played a huge factor for both teams, and Heard was able to complete some big passes. Most of the passes Heard threw were short, but his receivers were able to make plays after the catch, especially Daje Johnson, who caught six passes for 41 yards.

 

Rushing Offense

A combined 274 rushing yards and three touchdowns is considered a good day for any team, right? With Heard, Swoopes and Gray, the Longhorns ran over the Wildcats. Credit goes out to Swoopes, who lost his starting job at the start of the season but has really made a name for himself as the key element in the 18-Wheeler offense.

 

Passing Defense

The Longhorns probably did not think the Wildcats would throw the ball 22 times, but they were ready for it as they allowed only 107 yards through the air. The Longhorns were able to sack the quarterback five times, and Dylan Haines came up with a big interception late in the fourth quarter.

 

Rushing Defense

Jones was able to record 122 rushing yards for the Wildcats, but that was all the rushing they would get as the Longhorns limited the Wildcats to 135 yards and 3.6 yards per carry. Defensive lineman Bryce Cottrell had two tackles for a loss, and Peter Jinkens also had a tackle for a loss to go with his four tackles. Overall, the Longhorns defense was flying to the football all game long, which was a reason why they won on Saturday.

 

Special Teams

The Longhorns have had issues with special teams all season long. It was no different on Saturday as they botched an extra point snap, and the long snapper snapped the ball over punter Michael Dickson’s head. However, the Longhorns did recover a kickoff, and Dickson was able to get off a very good punt after the botched snap. So it was a mixed bag with the special teams, but the Longhorns were not hurt by the miscues.

 

Coaching

Head coach Charlie Strong did a good job with the game plan because the Longhorns stuck with the run game, which led to some plays in the passing game. Strong knew the weather was going to be an issue, so it was important the Longhorns establish the run and finish off drives. And Strong’s defense was outstanding all day long. They did give up a late first-half score, but the group made sure Hubener was uncomfortable all game long.

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Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine Breaks Multiple Tackles to Score TD

Samaje Perine was determined not to fall down. 

The Oklahoma running back somehow scored on this first-quarter play, breaking multiple tackles to lift the Sooners to 14-0 lead over Texas Tech—and still emerged standing on the other side of the goal line.

He would not be denied.

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Zack Sanchez Injury: Updates on Oklahoma CB's Leg and Return

University of Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez suffered a leg injury Saturday afternoon against Texas Tech.

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Sanchez Leaves in 1st QuarterSaturday, Oct. 24

According to John E. Hoover of the Tulsa World, Sanchez had to be carted off the field after suffering a lower right leg injury during the first play from scrimmage of Saturday's game. 

He returned to the bench later in the first quarter, according to the OU Daily's Brady Vardeman:

The extent of the injury and a timetable for a possible return have yet to be disclosed. 

Sanchez came into Week 8 in a tie for the team lead with three interceptions along with 28 total tackles. His defensive play has helped the Sooners rise to the No. 17 ranking in the nation.

Two of his interceptions came against Kansas State in Week 7, one of which he returned for a touchdown. The junior has shown throughout his time at Oklahoma that he is a solid pass defender with good play recognition. Add that to a very athletic skill set, and the Sooners have one of their best secondary members on the team. 

The Big 12 showed what he's capable of:

According to Oklahoma assistant athletic director Mike Houck, Sanchez's regular backup, Marcus Green, was not in Saturday's lineup. Instead, Oklahoma inserted junior Dakota Austin, who had not recorded a single defensive statistic this season. 

It's hardly the kind of replacement Oklahoma would want inserted in its secondary, but he will have to do for now until the team finds a solution for Sanchez's absence. Texas Tech and future Oklahoma opponents, though, now have a cornerback to target moving forward while Sanchez recovers. 

 

Stats courtesy of ESPN.com

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Clemson vs. Miami: Game Grades, Analysis for Tigers and Hurricanes

The sixth-ranked Clemson Tigers wasted no time in destroying the Miami Hurricanes, scoring 21 points in the opening quarter en route to a 58-0 blowout at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday.

Clemson's offense racked up 34 first downs and 567 total yards of offense compared to seven and 146 for Miami, which suffered the worst loss in program history.

Pass Offense: The rout was already on before Deshaun Watson tossed his first incompletion. He connected on nine straight passing attempts to open the game and finished 15-of-19 for 143 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Jordan Leggett set a Clemson record with a touchdown for the fifth consecutive game.

Run Offense: The only thing that really slowed down the Tigers running game was the volume of carries needed to burn the clock. Wayne Gallman tallied 118 yards, Watson added 98 yards and a touchdown and Clemson scored six touchdowns on the ground.

Pass Defense: Jadar Johnson perfectly read a route combination and jumped a wheel route for a red-zone interception. Cordrea Tankersley had a pick-six before halftime. The Tigers racked up five sacks, including two from Shaq Lawson.

Run Defense: After Joseph Yearby ripped off a 22-yard run on his first carry, Clemson limited the sophomore to 20 yards on 12 more carries. Miami, which entered the game with the No. 103 rush offense in the nation, limped to 53 total yards on the ground.

Special Teams: Greg Huegel drilled a 30-yard field goal and hit seven of eight extra points. Andy Teasdall averaged 42.2 yards per punt, dropping two inside the 20. Ray Ray McCloud fumbled a punt, which was the team's glaring mistake of the day.

Coaching: One of the most popular terms in college football is "Clemsoning," but Dabo Swinney has rightly taken issue with the term. The program recorded its 35th consecutive win over an unranked opponent. Additionally, the play-calling was superb throughout the first half—the only somewhat-competitive part of the tilt.

Pass Offense: Once Brad Kaaya exited the game due to a concussion, Miami had no chance. Though the standout sophomore ended 6-of-10 for 51 yards, his red-zone interception killed the 'Canes early on. Backup Malik Rosier completed just seven of his 22 attempts and tossed two picks.

Run Offense: The offensive line has consistently folded against top opponents. Yearby racked up 420 yards in his first four appearances but has tallied 135 yards combined against Florida State, Virginia Tech and Clemson.

Pass Defense: Miami couldn't stop the quick-hitting throws and gave up 10 first downs on 17 completions. Additionally, the defensive line was constantly unable to amount a pass rush because Watson distributed the ball swiftly and efficiently.

Run Defense: Four Clemson players notched at least 40 rushing yards, five Tigers scored a touchdown and the Hurricanes surrendered 6.6 yards per carry. Once again, Miami couldn't even contain the speed option. The defense's issues run deep—and so do its opponents.

Special Teams: Justin Vogel was the MVP of the day. The junior punter blasted a 73-yard punt that rolled out of bounds inside the 1-yard line and managed a 42.5-yard average on 10 kicks. Not that this is any consolation for Miami fans.

Coaching: Bad, awful, horrible, terrible. The offensive line couldn't block, the defense had no discipline and the Hurricanes couldn't do anything about it. Al Golden's tenure at The U must be winding down, because this was an embarrassing loss for the program.

 

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

Sorry, Kent State—that belongs to Roger Lewis.

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

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

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

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Clemson vs. Miami: Score, Highlights and Twitter Reaction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Post-Game Reaction

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

Swinney was particularly complimentary of his star quarterback:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Warren Sapp was calling for Golden's job:

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

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

 

Stats courtesy of ESPN.com

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Cold Hard Fact for Saturday, October 24, 2015

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

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

Source: ESPN Stats & Info

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

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

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

Let’s take a look.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Indiana vs. Michigan State: Live Score and Highlights

Michigan State 28, Indiana 26 — Late 3rd quarter

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

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

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

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

Continue for updates.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma: Live Score and Highlights

Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma

TV: ABC/ESPN2

Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

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

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

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