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Kansas State vs. Oklahoma: Score and Twitter Reaction

Kansas State and Oklahoma renewed their rivalry in the Big 12 trying to keep pace in the race for the conference title. For the second time in three years, the Wildcats went into Norman and stunned the Sooners with a 31-30 victory. 

The victory pushes Kansas State's record to 5-1 overall (3-0 in the Big 12). The Wildcats figure to get a big boost in the polls with this victory after starting the day ranked 14th in The Associated Press Top 25. Their only loss this season came on a Thursday night against SEC power Auburn, 20-14. 

For the Sooners, this is their second conference loss in three weeks. TCU ruined Oklahoma's shot at a perfect season, while Kansas State effectively ended whatever shot Bob Stoops' team had to get back in the College Football Playoff race. 

As well as Kansas State played throughout the afternoon, this was an ugly game for Oklahoma. Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight threw a horrible pass down by his own goal line that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown, via ESPN's College GameDay:

The ugliness continued later in the game on special teams for Oklahoma. After Knight found Durron Neal for a nine-yard touchdown that cut Kansas State's lead to 31-30 with 10:35 left in the fourth quarter, Michael Hunnicutt had his extra-point attempt blocked. 

Stoops' defense did force a three-and-out. Knight and running back Samaje Perine led them down the field to the Wildcats' 2-yard line, but Kansas State's defense tightened up. Hunnicutt came out for a chip shot field goal and hooked it way right. 

As Mark Passwaters of Rivals wrote after Hunnicutt's miss, he might need to find a new place to live as a result of that miss:

Kansas State got the ball back with just under four minutes to play, got a couple of first downs and ran out the clock. 

The fact that the Sooners had a chance to win at the end was shocking. It wouldn't have been a surprise going in if someone told you that the game would be close, as ESPN's College GameDay tweeted out how similar the season stats are between the two schools:

In a losing effort, Oklahoma wide receiver Sterling Shepard was a nightmare for Kansas State's defense with 15 receptions and 197 yards, via ESPN's College Football:

The first big scoring play of the game came from Kansas State fullback Glenn Gronkowski, who had a 62-yard touchdown reception to tie the score 7-7. If the name sounds familiar, he's the cousin of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. 

The elder Gronk was particularly impressed by his cousin following the score, tweeting out his excitement:

Bill Snyder remains one of the most underrated coaches in the country, leading Kansas State to prominence year after year without the best recruits. Fox Sports analyst Joel Klatt praised the 75-year-old for his efforts after the game:

Also deserving of praise is Wildcats quarterback Jake Waters. He had 225 passing yards, 51 rushing yards and three total touchdowns, including this strike to Tyler Lockett in the second quarter, via ESPN's College Football:

On the final drive to secure the win, Snyder had enough trust in his quarterback to make a throw on 3rd-and-three to put the game away. Waters found Curry Sexton on an out route for a six-yard gain that was all Kansas State needed. 

The Wildcats aren't done yet. They have a matchup with Texas at home on October 25 before back-to-back games against Oklahoma State on November 1 and TCU on November 8. They end the year at Baylor, so the Big 12 champion is still very much up in the air. 

All we know after this week is Kansas State's chances are strong, and Oklahoma will need a lot of help if it wants to get back in the race. 

 

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West Virginia's Kevin White Battles Interference, Makes 1-Handed TD Catch

Baylor's Xavien Howard did everything he could to stop West Virginia receiver Kevin White from catching a touchdown pass on him in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game, but it still wasn't enough.

Despite getting interfered with, White made a great one-handed catch to put points up on the board. That's just not fair.

The penalty was obviously declined. White's touchdown gave West Virginia a 34-27 lead early in the fourth quarter.

[Vine]

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Watch Mike Davis Throw Defender to the Ground with Nasty Stiff Arm

South Carolina running back Mike Davis is a tough man to tackle, as a Furman defender found out Saturday when Davis decided to use a powerful stiff arm on his way to a score. 

Is this the best stiff arm of the college football season so far?

Watch the video and let us know!

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Georgia vs. Arkansas: Live Score and Highlights

Early First Quarter

Georgia 7, Arkansas 6

 

Both teams scored on opening drives, but Georgia found a way to nail the extra point and take a lead.

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Maryland's Anthony Nixon Flagged for 'Removing His Helmet in Disgust'

Maybe the next time Maryland defensive back Anthony Nixon removes his helmet on the field, he should do it in a different tone.

The Terrapins junior made the mistake of removing his helmet right in front of an official on a play in the second quarter of Saturday's game against Iowa, so the referee threw the flag. The call? Nixon was flagged for "removing his helmet in disgust." 

Next time, do it out of excitement or some other emotion to see if that's OK with the referee.

[Vine, h/t SB Nation]

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Dak Prescott's Heisman Chances Will Be Hurt by Mississippi State's Week off

In our fast-paced, overreaction society, the worst thing that can happen to one of the best players in the country is having a week out of the spotlight. 

Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott is about to find out how fickle the winds can be in the Heisman race. The Bulldogs are off this week before a showdown at Kentucky on October 25. Meanwhile, two of his main competitors for the award are in action this week. 

One of them, Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, has a showcase game on the road at Florida State. If he has a huge game against the Seminoles, the Heisman race is going to swing in his favor. 

According to ESPN.com's Heisman Watch, the top five candidates for the award are Prescott, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, Golson and Georgia running back Todd Gurley. 

Gordon and Gurley are non-factors this week. Wisconsin has a bye, while Gurley remains indefinitely suspended while Georgia investigates whether he received money for "autographs, memorabilia or the use of his likeness," per ESPN's Joe Schad.

Prescott moved into the Heisman catbird seat following last week's 38-23 win over Auburn. There were moments in that game when it looked like his campaign would be derailed, particularly on back-to-back drives early in the second quarter that ended with interceptions. 

Fortunately for Prescott's Heisman hopes and Mississippi State's title hopes, he was able to right the ship and finished the game with 367 yards of total offense (246 passing, 121 rushing) and four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing). 

ESPN's Joe Tessitore found in his Heismanology that Prescott has the biggest lead in the five years that the network has been conducting this poll, via SEC Network:

This is a case of recency bias. Not to say that Prescott isn't deserving of being the Heisman favorite, but it also helps that we've just seen Mississippi State beat LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn in consecutive weeks. 

However, one could argue that LSU and Texas A&M were overrated at the time of the games. LSU got blown out by Auburn two weeks after Mississippi State's win, and the Tigers squeaked by a mediocre Florida team last week. 

Texas A&M started the year playing well, but one thing we know about Kevin Sumlin teams is that they don't play defense. The Aggies got blown out at home against Mississippi after losing to the Bulldogs.

This isn't denigrating what Prescott or Mississippi State have done; it's just an examination of the schedule and teams played thus far. 

As for the competition, Mariota started the year as a Heisman favorite and really hasn't done anything to fall out of the race. Even in Oregon's loss against Arizona, he threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns. On the season, the junior quarterback has the most passing touchdowns without an interception among FBS players, via ESPN's College GameDay:

There are questions to be raised about the schedule that Oregon has played thus far, but its win over Michigan State, currently ranked eighth, is better than any win Mississippi State currently has, with the exception of Auburn. 

In that win over the Spartans, Mariota was masterful with 318 passing yards, 42 rushing yards and three touchdowns. 

Mariota has a chance to fill up the stat sheet against Washington at Autzen Stadium to remind everyone why he was a favorite coming into the year. Keep in mind he's playing behind a terrible offensive line and still putting up gaudy numbers. 

Golson's stock has taken a dip recently thanks to nine turnovers in the last three weeks. A lot can be forgiven if you have a great game on the road against the defending national champions, who are currently undefeated. 

There is a long way to go before the Heisman race is decided. Prescott still has marquee games against Alabama and Mississippi to secure the trophy. He's just got the misfortune, through no fault of his own, of sitting on the sidelines while his closest competitors have a chance to move up the ranks. 

 

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Joe Montana's Son Turns the Ball over by Spiking the Ball on 4th Down

There are certain things, like spiking the football, that you just don't do on fourth down. You would think that of all people, Joe Montana's son—Tulane quarterback Nick Montana—would know that.

With his team out of timeouts and the clock winding down near the end of the first half of Tulane's game against Central Florida on Saturday, the senior quarterback spiked the football. However, the spike came on fourth down, which meant that the Green Wave had turned the ball over on downs.

Obviously, Montana was in a tough spot. The only thing he really could have done was take a shot at the end zone.

The Green Wave may not have been able to call a play that quickly, but the attempt likely wouldn't have been as embarrassing as spiking the ball on fourth down.

[Vine]

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Rutgers vs. Ohio State: Live Score and Highlights

Ohio State 21, Rutgers 7 — Early 2nd quarter

Game action is now underway between No. 13 Ohio State (4-1) and Rutgers (5-1). ABC and ESPN2 are televising the matchup from Columbus.

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

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

Alabama 17, Texas A&M 0—Early 2nd Quarter

The No. 21 Texas A&M Aggies and No. 7 Alabama Crimson Tide are attempting to rebound from subpar performances and stay alive in the SEC West.

CBS is carrying the conference matchup, 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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Oklahoma's Sterling Shepard Lands on Camera Equipment While Trying to Catch TD

Oklahoma receiver Sterling Shepard gave a great effort trying to haul in this pass in the first half against Kansas State on Saturday, and he ended up paying the price.

Shepard was unable to stay on his feet after grabbing the ball. With cameramen everywhere behind the end zone, the Sooners wideout didn't have much breathing room and ended up landing on camera equipment. The result: Shepard injured his hip on the play.

Although he gave a great effort, he was unable to get a foot down in the end zone.

Luckily, Shepard was able to shake off the rough landing and come out ready for the second half.

[FanSided, Sooner Scoop]

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Cold Hard Fact for Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fact: Kansas State FB Glenn Gronkowski's 62-yard TD reception on Saturday is longer than any reception his brother, Rob, has in college or in the pros.

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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Kentucky vs. LSU: Live Score and Highlights

The Kentucky Wildcats are traveling to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Saturday night to face LSU. The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. EDT, and it will air on the SEC network.

Kentucky has a 2-1 record in the SEC and has won its last three games. The Wildcats boast one of the better defenses in the country, averaging 18.7 points allowed per game, which ranks 16th in the country.

They are going up against an LSU team that has seen its share of struggles this year, despite a 5-2 record. The Tigers are 1-2 in SEC play and have one of the worst passing attacks in the country, averaging 205 passing yards per game.

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

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Tennessee vs. Ole Miss: Live Score and Highlights

The Tennessee Volunteers will take on the No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels at 7 p.m. ET in Oxford, Miss., on Saturday.

Second-year Tennessee head coach Butch Jones is looking for his team's first upset of the season, while Ole Miss is trying to preserve its perfect season.

The Vols are only a handful of plays away from being undefeated in conference play, but the team's young and inexperienced offensive line is giving up too many sacks. 

Meanwhile, the Rebels have one of the best defensive lines in the country, headlined by defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, 247Sports' No. 1 overall recruit in 2013.

Tennessee's offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian will have to get creative to keep Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley on his feet and moving the offense down the field.

Stay tuned right here for updates and analysis as we head to kickoff.

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Jameis Winston Will Shine in Florida State's Showdown vs. Notre Dame

For all the noise that has surrounded Jameis Winston throughout his tenure as Florida State's quarterback, one thing that's never changed is what happens between the lines. There's no reason to expect anything different on Saturday night against Notre Dame. 

Winston's latest off-field controversy involves the signing of memorabilia. Florida State has been investigating the matter, though athletic director Stan Wilcox said in a statement released Friday that there's no information, via ESPN.com:

At this time we have no information indicating that he accepted payment for items reported to bear his signature, thereby compromising his athletics eligibility. The fact that items appear on an Internet site bearing the signature of a student-athlete does not singularly determine a violation of NCAA rules.

Due to the investigation, there was some uncertainty whether or not Winston would be allowed to play this week against Notre Dame. Georgia has been investigating a similar situation involving star running back Todd Gurley and indefinitely suspended him as a result. 

Head coach Jimbo Fisher squashed any notion that Florida State would or should suspend Winston during the investigation in an appearance on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike, via Warchant.com:

Everyone outside of Florida State wants to talk about what Winston needs to do or how the school isn't doing him any favors. Bo Jackson went on The Jim Rome Show, via Chase Goodbread of NFL.com, to say that he's done trying to mentor the 2013 Heisman winner:

I'm the type of person, I will go out of my way to help anybody. Normally, I don't like giving people advice if I haven't been down that road myself. But if I give you advice on something that I know more about than you by just falling out of bed in the morning, if you can't take that advice and learn from it, then I've got nothing else to do with the situation. You're on your own.

Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said in an interview with ESPN, via Nick Bromberg of Yahoo Sports, that Winston has "got to grow up."

None of this ever seems to stop Winston from looking like the defending Heisman winner at kickoff. He may not be playing at the same level he was in 2013, but how many teams would love a quarterback completing 70 percent of his passes with 1,605 yards and 11 touchdowns in five games?

Oh, per ESPN's College Football, Winston also has the best winning percentage among active FBS quarterbacks:

Everett Golson deserves a lot of credit for helping the Fighting Irish start 6-0 this season, though he's also been mistake-prone in the last few weeks. The senior quarterback has thrown all four of his interceptions in the last three weeks and lost five fumbles during that span. 

Plus, Winston will be going against a Notre Dame defense that just gave up 43 points and 510 yards to North Carolina. Do you think he's not licking his chops trying to get after this group after seeing that shootout last week?

Some athletes have an ability to compartmentalize things. Winston told Kevin Armstrong of The New York Daily News that his peace comes on game day:

"When you get in between those lines," Winston said, "all the cameras and stuff, all the cameras are on you, and we’re out there playing football, man."

No one will ever accuse Winston of being a model citizen. There are times when the off-field antics—whether it's shouting an obscene phrase on campus, being cited for shoplifting crab legs or the autograph investigation—seem like they are too much and threaten to overwhelm the program. 

Then you see the talent on the field and how naturally the game comes to Winston. He's going to have no problems putting everything on the back burner for a marquee matchup like the one at Doak Walker Stadium on Saturday. 

The Seminoles need Winston to be great, and he's consistently lived up to the challenge when anyone has doubted him. This game with Notre Dame won't be any different. 

 

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Everett Golson Must Correct Turnover Issues for Notre Dame to Upset FSU

In the weeks leading up to one of the biggest games of his collegiate career, Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson has looked anything but ready for the No. 2 Florida State Seminoles.

Golson shot out of the gates faster than anyone could have imagined after a season away from the game, blowing away three opponents—including a 31-0 rout of Michigan—while tossing seven touchdowns to no interceptions.

While his individual chances at season-ending hardware ascended, so too did the whispers that his Fighting Irish would make a serious run at the inaugural College Football Playoff.

Then it all came crashing down.

It has been a tale of two seasons for Golson, whose Heisman hopes have evaporated for the time being thanks to his struggles in his last three games:

ESPN Stats & Info breaks things down in visual form:

Not too alarming, right? The touchdowns still outweigh the interceptions and the team continues to win.

Ponder this, though:

  • A Golson interception went back for a touchdown against Syracuse. One of his two fumbles came in the red zone.
  • In a narrow win over Stanford in which the cliche "game of inches" came to life, Golson threw a red-zone interception and fumbled in the red zone.
  • Against North Carolina, three of his turnovers led to scores for the Tar Heels—an interception was returned for a touchdown and two fumbles came with his back against his own end zone.

Such mistakes can fly against a Syracuse or North Carolina. With a flip of a coin, they even fly against Stanford.

Florida State? No way.

According to Tobin Petitpas of ESPN.com, Golson's five fumbles are more than a whopping 73 FBS teams. It is an issue that many have suggested has not been a focal point, as Irish Illustrated mused during Golson's encounter with the Tar Heels:

“We took all of his fumbles, and they are all contact-related fumbles," coach Brian Kelly said, per Andy Staples of SI.com. "That’s what we need to eradicate.”

Mario Edwards Jr., a surefire first-round NFL pick, and the Seminoles defense surrender just 20.7 points per game. There is no trickery or disguises, either. What Golson sees is what he will get—the Seminoles are that long, athletic and disciplined.

The Florida State defense not only allows just 47.4 percent of third-down attempts, it has six fumble recoveries and five interceptions while allowing only two opponents to break the 30-point barrier this season.

As Petitpas breaks down, Golson is doing entirely too much work. He needs help from the talent around him. Goslon has just two fewer rushes than lead back Tarean Folston, who has 263 yards and two scores on a 4.4 yards-per-carry average.

Golson has the talent to keep Florida State honest. If nothing presents itself downfield, he can take what the defense gives him on the ground. But if he turns the ball over, it will quickly turn into a rout.

Wasted scoring opportunities or miscues that put Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston in easy scoring position will turn Saturday's marquee contest ugly in a hurry.

For Golson, Saturday is now-or-never time. His team's CFP hopes hinge on his ability to take care of the football. The basics come first against a prolific opponent. The rest will follow, should Golson rise to the occasion.

 

Note: Stats and info via NCAA.com unless otherwise specified.

 

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Kansas State's Glenn Gronkowski Scores 62-Yard TD vs. Oklahoma

Kansas State's Glenn Gronkowski is listed as a fullback, but he showed against Oklahoma on Saturday that he can imitate his brother, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, and score big touchdowns.

The Wildcats sophomore entered the game with only three catches for 30 yards—and no touchdowns—on the season. This 62-yard touchdown will help his stats quite a bit.

According to ESPN's SportsCenterGlenn's 62-yard touchdown is longer than any that Rob has scored in his career—college or pro.

The long touchdown got Glenn's big bro fired up.

Gronkowski's touchdown tied the game at 7-7 with about four minutes remaining in the first quarter.

[gifdsports, Rob Gronkowski]

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Trevor Knight Injury: Updates on Oklahoma Star's Arm and Return

Oklahoma has been delivered a major hurdle in reaching the college football playoffs, as rising star Trevor Knight is dealing an arm injury: 

Eye on College Football had the initial news:

ESPN's Jake Trotter had more detail:

ESPN's Big 12 Twitter feed reported that the quarterback returned shortly after the injury was sustained:

Fansided provided video of the injury:

Knight played in eight games as a freshman in 2013, but he didn't make much of an impact until a transcendent MVP performance against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, which led to sky-high expectations in the spring. 

He has lived up to the hype during his sophomore campaign, carving up defenses and establishing himself as a legitimate Heisman contender.

“Last year was a lot different. He knows he’s the man now," said wide receiver Sterling Shepard, via NewsOK.com's Jason Kersey, after Knight threw for 303 yards in a win over Tennessee. "He can make those shots. He has a lot of free reign now to do what he likes on the field now, so you’ll be seeing that every week.”

Not only has Knight played extremely well, but the lack of experience behind him on the depth chart makes his health even more crucial for Oklahoma's success. 

With former quarterback Blake Bell playing tight end, the Sooners will have to turn to Cody Thomas if Knight is forced to miss any time. The redshirt freshman has attempted just four throws in his career. 

 

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Best Signs from ESPN's 'College GameDay' Week 8

On Week 8 of the 2014 college football season, ESPN's College GameDay returned to Tallahassee, Florida, for Florida State's matchup with Notre Dame.

With everything at stake for both undefeated programs this year—along with some of the off-the-field headlines each team has generated—fans naturally brought some great signs to the festivities.

Poor Jeff Driskel has nothing to do with this.

 A lot of #BlameJameis going around. 

Rudy? Ouch. 

 

 

A number of fans also brought NSFW signs referencing Jameis Winston's extensive legal history. You can use your own imagination there. 

Florida State kicks off against Notre Dame at 8 p.m. ET. 

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College Football Week 8: Live Scores, Highlights and Reaction

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Baylor vs. West Virginia: Live Score and Highlights

Baylor 13, West Virginia 7—Early 2nd Quarter

The Baylor Bears, fresh off of a thrilling comeback win over TCU will head to Morgantown to take on the feisty West Virginia Mountaineers.  The Bears are 6-0 with a 3-0 mark in the Big 12.  The Mountaineers aren't far behind with a 2-1 mark in conference play (4-2 overall).

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