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12/10/14 - Eli Harold, Jr/2016, Virginia, 6-4, 235 (DS#9 DE)[Newsfeed] Virginia LB Eli Harold adds his name to draft class...Virginia junior pass rusher Eli Harold made it official on Wednesday, tweeting that he would leave school early to enter the 2015 NFL Draft. He projects as a potential second day draft pick. “To all UVA Fans, my family, and my close friends and teammates it's been a great ride. I have decided to enter the NFL Draft.” - @Eli_UVA7
After serving a reserve as a freshman, Harold started all 24 games the last two seasons at Virginia, playing a hybrid pass rush role. He was listed as a defensive end, but spent time in both a two and three point stance, playing a versatile role in the Cavaliers multiple 3-4 base defense. Harold led Virginia in tackles for loss (14.5) in 2014 and finished among the team leaders in sacks (7.0) and fumble recoveries (2).
Harold is a quick starter off the ball with natural burst out of his stance and an active play style to attack blockers. With quick footwork, he is a pesky defender to block in space and does a nice job with his upper body to extend and lock out, putting linemen on their heels. Harold has a lean build with minimal bulk on his frame and needs to develop his functional power for the next level to better match up on the edges as a run defender. He also tends to rush too upright, negating his flexibility or leverage, allowing blockers to engulf and overwhelm him. Harold leaves Virginia with an impressive resume for a two-year starter, including 141 tackles, 36.5 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks and four fumble recoveries. - The Sports Xchange
12/10/14 - David Helton, Sr/2015, Duke, 6-3, 235 (DS#62 OLB)[Newsfeed] 2014 WILLIAM V. CAMPBELL AWARD WINNER: Duke Linebacker David Helton Claims NFF's 25th William V. Campbell Trophy...Duke University linebacker David Helton has been named the 25th recipient of the William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments, at the 57th National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner in New York City tonight. “David Helton’s exceptional accomplishments rank him among the best student-athletes in the history of our sport, making him the ideal Campbell Trophy recipient,” said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. “He truly embodies the NFF’s mission of building leaders through football, and we are proud to have him as a member of this elite fraternity. We look forward to watching the future unfold for this incredible young man.”
The Campbell Trophy, prominently displayed at its official home inside the New York Athletic Club, stands as one of college football's most sought after and competitive awards, recognizing an individual as the absolute best in the country for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership. The award comes with a 24-inch, 25-pound bronze trophy and a $25,000 postgraduate scholarship. A total of $313,000 was awarded tonight to Helton and the 17 other members of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments, who comprised the list of Campbell Trophy finalists. Each member of the class claimed an $18,000 scholarship for their postgraduate educations. - National Football Foundation
12/10/14 - Eric Kendricks, rSr/2015, UCLA, 6-0, 230 (DS#2 ILB)[Newsfeed] 2014 BUTKUS AWARD WINNER: Eric Kendricks Wins the 30th Collegiate Butkus Award...UCLA's Eric Kendricks was named the top linebacker in collegiate football...The 30th annual collegiate Butkus Award® honoring the nation’s best collegiate linebacker was presented today to Eric Kendricks, a senior at UCLA. The award was presented at a surprise event before coaches, players and family on the UCLA campus and featured an appearance by the Award’s namesake, Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus, and his son Matt.
UCLA's Kendricks very narrowly edged the University of Miami's senior standout Denzel Perryman, a returning semi-finalist. They were followed closely by Notre Dame sophomore Jaylon Smith and University of Washington senior Hao'oli Kikaha in what was a four-man race until the end. Arizona's Scooby Wright led the pack in write-in votes and finished fifth, alongside Michigan's Jake Ryan.Other recipients to receive write-in votes included Mississippi State's Benardrick McKinney, Clemson's Stephone Anthony, TCU's Paul Dawson, UCLA's Myles Jack, Penn State's Mike Hull, Tennessee's AJ Johnson and Nevada's Zach Vigil. - UCLA football
12/10/14 - Devin Funchess, Jr/2016, Michigan, 6-5, 230 (DS#4 WR)[Newsfeed] Michigan WR Devin Funchess headed to NFL...Michigan junior wide receiver Devin Funchess announced Tuesday that he plans to forgo his remaining college eligibility in Ann Arbor and enter the 2015 NFL Draft. He is projected as a first-round pick by NFLDraftScout.com. "I would like to thank my family, coaches and teammates for their support," Funchess said. "It's always been a dream of mine to play in the NFL, and I am prepared to take the next step in my journey. I want to personally thank Coach (Brady) Hoke and his staff. I've learned life and character lessons from them, and they have helped me become a better person and man. I love Michigan."
A second-team All-Big Ten wide receiver, Funchess is currently ranked as the No. 6 wide receiver prospect for the 2015 class and No. 32 player overall. The former tight end led Michigan in receiving this past season with 62 catches for 733 yards and four touchdowns, his first season as a true wideout. While some around the league believe he should stay at tight end in the mold of Jermichael Finley, most think his NFL future is at wide receiver where he compares to Alshon Jeffery. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/10/14 - Devin Funchess, Jr/2016, Michigan, 6-5, 230 (DS#4 WR)[Newsfeed] Michigan WR Devin Funchess headed to NFL...With tall, well-built receivers highly coveted in the NFL, Funchess has the physical and athletic traits that make him an attractive prospect. He has 4.5 speed and the catching radius to be a mismatch nightmare against defensive backs or safeties. While there is no question he is a height/weight/speed freak, Funchess does need to improve his reliability at the catch point and improve his focus from start to finish in order to reach his full potential. If he is drafted in the first two rounds, Funchess would join Braylon Edwards as the only Michigan receivers drafted in the first 64 picks since 2002. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/10/14 - Kevin Burke, Sr/2015, Mount Union, 5-10, 185 (DS#60 QB)[Newsfeed] Mount Union senior quarterback Kevin Burke could repeat as winner of the Gagliardi Trophy given to the top all-around player in NCAA Division III. Burke is among four finalists named Tuesday for the award. He won the 2013 trophy as a junior. This season Burke directed an offense that led Division III in yards per game (619.2) and points scored (577). The other finalists are senior quarterback Michael Bates from Illinois College, Wesley junior quarterback Joe Callahan and senior running back Dylan Jones from Willamette. The 22nd annual Gagliardi Trophy will be presented Dec. 17 in Salem, Virginia. The award is named after former St. John's coach John Gagliardi, who retired after the 2012 season with 489 career victories, the most in college football history. - AP Sports
12/10/14 - Scooby Wright III, So/2017, Arizona, 6-0, 230 (DS#3 ILB)[Newsfeed] 2014 BRONKO NAGURSKI AWARD WINNER: Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright won the Bronko Nagurski award on Monday night given to the nation's top college defensive player. Wright was considered a two-star recruit coming out of high school and said the Wildcats were the only FBS school to offer him a scholarship. The 6-foot-1, 246-pound linebacker used that slight as motivation. He took aim at the rest of the Pac-12, turning in a stellar sophomore season with 89 tackles - 27 for a loss - and 14 sacks, helping the 12th-ranked Wildcats earn a spot in the Fiesta Bowl against Boise State. He became the first underclassman to win the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honor. He started 12 games as freshman for the Wildcats and had 89 tackles.
"Coming out of high school I didn't really have too many colleges knocking on my door - actually nobody really wanted me except Arizona," said Wright, who received the award at a banquet sponsored by the Charlotte Touchdown Club. "So I always have that little chip on my shoulder. You always remember those people who didn't think you were good enough. It still motivates me to this day." Wright said playing against Washington, California and UCLA seems to give him extra motivation. "It was about the Arizona coaching staff believing in me," Wright said. "They just believed in me. They called me out of the blue one day and said, 'Hey, we're going to offer you.' That was the cool thing - there was never any gray area. They wanted me." - AP Sports
12/10/14 - Scooby Wright III, So/2017, Arizona, 6-0, 230 (DS#3 ILB)[Newsfeed] 2014 BRONKO NAGURSKI AWARD WINNER: Wright, whose given name is Phillip Wright III, said he wouldn't have even been in the running for the award had it not been for his teammates. "We had a great year with the program and we haven't had a 10-win season in a while," Wright said. "We're going to the Fiesta Bowl and that will be good." Wright barely made it to the ceremony on time after experiencing some mechanical problems with this plane on his way to Charlotte. The other finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Award were Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown, Alabama defensive back Landon Collins, Mississippi defensive back Senquez Golson and Louisville defensive back Gerod Holliman. Several winners of the Nagurski Award have gone on to play at a high level in the NFL, including Luke Kuechly, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Champ Bailey, Terrell Suggs, Derrick Johnson and Charles Woodson. - AP Sports
12/10/14 - Brandon Facyson, So/2017, Virginia Tech, 6-1, 191 (DS#999 CB)[Newsfeed] Virginia Tech cornerback Brandon Facyson is recovering after breaking his leg in practice and undergoing surgery. Hokies trainer Mike Goforth said Monday that the sophomore broke the tibia and fibula in his left leg on Sunday and had surgery the same day. It's the second injury for Facyson, who missed most of this season while recovering from a stress reaction in the same leg in the spring. Facyson had a bone graft to expedite the healing process after spring practice, but reinjured the leg after three games this season. He has not played since. Facyson is expected to miss spring practice but be ready to resume working with the team in the summer. The native of Newnan, Georgia was a third-team All-ACC selection as a freshman. - AP Sports
12/10/14 - Durrell Eskridge, rJr/2016, Syracuse, 6-3, 203 (DS#2 FS)[Newsfeed] Eskridge Opts for NFL...Junior safety Durell Eskridge decides to forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft...Senior safety Durell Eskridge has decided to forgo his final year of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2015 NFL Draft. Eskridge, who finished his career 15th in program history in tackles by a defensive back in just three seasons, led the 'Cuse secondary in the category this season with 68. "Durell has been a pleasure to coach and to have in our program," said Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer. "We, his Syracuse family, are excited for Durell and wish him continued success in this next step in his life."
A starter in every game this season, Eskridge earned ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors for his performance against Notre Dame, which included nine tackles, a fumble recovery and a 29-yard interception return for a touchdown. The Miami, Florida native earned All-ACC Third Team honors in 2013 after leading the Orange in tackles and interceptions as a sophomore. - Syracuse football
12/10/14 - Devin Funchess, Jr/2016, Michigan, 6-5, 230 (DS#4 WR)[Newsfeed] Michigan WR Devin Funchess declares for draft...Despite a disappointing junior season, Michigan receiver Devin Funchess will enter the NFL Draft, the Wolverines announced...Michigan junior wide receive Devin Funchess has elected to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft, the Wolverines announced Tuesday. "I would like to thank my family, coaches and teammates for their support," Funchess said. "It's always been a dream of mine to play in the NFL, and I am prepared to take the next step in my journey."
Funchess finished the 2014 season with 62 receptions for 733 yards and four touchdowns, all team highs. He named second-team All-Big Ten by the league's coaches. But in a reflection of his team's disappointing 5-7 campaign and 114th-place finish in FBS total offense, both Funchess' yards and touchdowns were down from his 2013 totals (748 and six, respectively) despite the departure of 1,000-yard receiver Jeremy Gallon. At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, Funchess was listed as a tight end his first two seasons in Ann Arbor before becoming a full-time wideout in 2014. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
12/09/14 - Marcus Mariota, rJr/2016, Oregon, 6-4, 215 (DS#1 QB)[Newsfeed] 2014 HEISMAN TROPHY FINALIST: Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota, Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Amari Cooper and Wisconsin Badgers back Melvin Gordon were selected as the three finalists for the Heisman Trophy on Monday. The three players will be invited to New York to be on hand for Saturday's presentation of the award, which goes to college football's best player. The deadline for voting was Monday afternoon. Finalists are determined by votes received from 929 media members and former winners. Not among the finalists is Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, who won the Heisman Trophy last year as a redshirt freshman and led the Seminoles to an undefeated regular season this season and berth in the four-team national playoff.
Mariota is considered the front-runner to win the 80th Heisman and would become the first Oregon player to earn the trophy. "However it goes, I'm honored and grateful," Mariota, a Hawaii native, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Mariota has thrown for 3,783 yards this season, completing 68.3 percent of his passes with 38 passing touchdowns and just two interceptions. Mariota also has 669 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground. The 6-foot-4, 219-pound redshirt junior and Winston will be paired in one of the national semifinal games when the Ducks play Florida State in the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl. "I wouldn't be in this position without all of my teammates," Mariota said. - The Sports Xchange
12/09/14 - Amari Cooper, Jr/2016, Alabama, 6-1, 210 (DS#1 WR)[Newsfeed] 2014 HEISMAN TROPHY FINALIST: Cooper helped Alabama earn the top seed in the playoffs. The Crimson Tide plays Ohio State at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 1. He leads the nation with 115 receptions, which is a Southeastern Conference single-season record, for 1,656 yards and 14 touchdowns. "It is a tremendous honor to be selected as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy," Cooper told the Decatur (Alabama) Daily. "This will be my first trip to New York City, and I can't put into words how much it means to me and my family. I am privileged to have the opportunity to represent our team at the Heisman ceremony." - The Sports Xchange
12/09/14 - Melvin Gordon, rJr/2016, Wisconsin, 6-1, 207 (DS#2 RB)[Newsfeed] 2014 HEISMAN TROPHY FINALIST: Gordon leads the nation with 2,336 yards rushing and 179.7 yards per game and tops the country with 26 rushing touchdowns. He became the fastest player to reach 2,000 rushing yards in a season, including rushing for 408 yards against Nebraska on Nov. 15. "(Former Badger Montee Ball) is someone I really looked up to my freshman year," Gordon told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday after being chosen a Heisman finalist. "Seeing him going through this process ... as a freshman thinking, 'How would it feel to be in his shoes?' "And now I'm actually in them. It is a good feeling. - The Sports Xchange
12/08/14 - Justin Hardy, Sr/2015, East Carolina, 6-0, 188 (DS#6 WR)[Newsfeed] 2014 BURLSWORTH TROPHY WINNER: East Carolina University senior wide receiver Justin Hardy has been named winner of the Burlsworth Trophy given to the nation's most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on. Hardy has amassed more catches than any player in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision history. He enters the final game of the regular season with 355 catches, breaking the record of 349 previously set by Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles in 2011. Hardy ranks fourth in the country with 89 catches this season and has 1,106 yard receiving with seven touchdowns. Last season Hardy started all 13 games and was named as a Burlsworth Trophy semifinalist. He finished with 114 catches for 1,284 receiving yards, both school records. Other finalists were Mississippi State guard Ben Beckwith and Iowa running back Mark Weisman. - AP Sports
12/08/14 - Trevone Boykin, rJr/2016, TCU, 6-2, 208 (DS#6 QB)[Newsfeed] TCU sensed it had done enough. The Horned Frogs throttled Iowa State 55-3 in the last game of the year and, after entering the game ranked No. 3 in the College Football Playoff poll, things looked rosy. Then Selection Sunday came and TCU (11-1) dropped three spots into sixth. It missed out on the playoffs and instead was sent to the Peach Bowl for a Dec. 31 matchup against Ole Miss (9-3) in Atlanta. By beating Iowa State, the Horned Frogs claimed a share of the Big 12 championship with Baylor, which handed TCU its only defeat, a 61-58 setback on Oct. 11 in which the Bears rallied with 24 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
In the end, however, that loss may not have hurt TCU as much as the lack of a championship game in the Big 12, which plays a round-robin setup among its 10 members. The conference also declined to declare a champion. Take away the playoff snub, however, and the season has been an incredible ride for a team that missed out on the postseason a year ago with a disappointing 4-8 finish. Using a new spread system implemented over the offseason, the Frogs quickly flourished as junior quarterback Trevone Boykin proved especially effective in an up-tempo system that incorporated his strengths as both a passer and rusher.
"I feel like we've done everything we needed to do on our end to be one of those top four teams, but at the end of the day, we're Big 12 champs and I'm excited about that," said Boykin, who led the Big 12 in total offense with a 363-yard average. "The journey has been crazy for us. After the past couple of years, it's nice to be able to send the seniors off with a Big 12 championship. It's something I can't explain." - The Sports Xchange
12/08/14 - Jameis Winston, rSo/2017, Florida State, 6-4, 232 (DS#1 QB)[Newsfeed] Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has won a national championship, the Heisman Trophy and every single game he's played in college. Now he's waiting to see if he gets an invitation to this year's Heisman ceremony. There are questions whether Winston will be among the finalists that will be announced Monday for this year's award after a roller-coaster season that included a game suspension and student code of conduct hearing.
The Seminoles have won 27 consecutive games since Winston was named the starter before the 2013 season. He led them through a season of close games this year, and the team has a spot in the first college football playoffs. But Winston's candidacy may hinge on how voters feel about his off-field distractions. Winston completed a university hearing this week to determine whether he violated any or all of four sections of the code of conduct - two for sexual misconduct and two for endangerment. He was not arrested and a prosecutor declined to file charges last December, citing a lack of evidence - and that was before he was named the 2013 Heisman winner. - AP Sports
12/08/14 - Joey Bosa, So/2017, Ohio State, 6-5, 285 (DS#1 DE)[Newsfeed] Alabama, Oregon, FSU, OSU in playoff...Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State will play for the national championship in the first College Football Playoff. The four-team playoff was revealed on Sunday. The CFP committee selected Alabama at No. 1, followed by No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Florida State and No. 4 Ohio State. "I don't care who you play or how you get seeded," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "There are going to be four good teams and probably some others who don't get in." Alabama (12-1) will play Ohio State (12-1) in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans and Oregon (12-1) will take on Florida State (13-0) in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. The two national semifinals will be played on Jan. 1.
The winners will play in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas. The selection was not without controversy. TCU fell from third in the previous rankings to No. 6 after routing unranked Iowa State. Baylor was No. 5. The Bears repeated as Big 12 champions with Saturday's win over Kansas State and had a head-to-head victory over TCU on their resume. Asked if the CFP set-up was working, Baylor coach Art Briles said Saturday "It's not if we're not in it." Ohio State emerged as the No. 4 team ahead of Baylor and TCU after its decisive 59-0 shutout over ranked Wisconsin to win the Big Ten championship. "We think they overcame that (loss to Virginia Tech) with nine wins against bowl-eligible teams," committee chairman Jeff Long said. - The Sports Xchange
12/07/14 - Bryce Petty, rSr/2015, Baylor, 6-3, 230 (DS#1 QB)[Newsfeed] Baylor clinches share of Big 12 with win over Kansas State...Baylor's Art Briles was speaking to a decidedly favorable audience late Saturday, but he wanted to make sure that everyone outside his city knew that the Bears deserved some championship recognition. "There is one true champion," Briles declared after the Bears victory as hundreds of students gathered around him on the McLane Stadium field. "And it's the Baylor Bears." Sixth-ranked Baylor held off No. 9 Kansas State, 38-27, to clinch a share of the Big 12 championship with TCU. Each team sported an 11-1 record. But Baylor beat the Horned Frogs, 61-58, two months ago. The key detail that bothered Briles was that TCU was ranked third in the penultimate College Football Playoff standings. The Frogs thrashed Iowa State, 55-3, in Fort Worth earlier Saturday.
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby was on the field to present the conference trophy to Briles and his team. But Briles did something more than smile and shake hands with Bowlsby. He let the commissioner know his displeasure with Bowlsby's decision to present the playoff committee with both Baylor and TCU as co-champions rather than use a head-to-head tiebreaker. "I don't think I should have to (state Baylor's case), but apparently, I do," Briles said. He even joked that a rich Baylor booster would cover his fine if he got "out of line" with his comments about Bowlsby. Quarterback Bryce Petty, who was cleared to play Friday after suffering a mild concussion a week ago, completed 34 of his 40 passes for 412 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for a score. - The Sports Xchange
12/07/14 - Joey Bosa, So/2017, Ohio State, 6-5, 285 (DS#1 DE)[Newsfeed] Ohio State makes statement in rout of Wisconsin...The notion Ohio State was somehow less qualified for a berth in the College Football Playoff because of the absence of star quarterback J.T. Barrett was rendered moot by the presence of sudden sensation Cardale Jones. Starting because of Barrett's ankle injury, the Buckeyes' No. 3 quarterback shredded Wisconsin's defense, completing 12 of 17 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns to lead Ohio State to a 59-0 devastation of the Badgers in the Big Ten championship game on Saturday night in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State (12-1) entered the game fifth in the CFP rankings but looked every bit a national championship contender in dominating No. 13 Wisconsin (10-3). "I don't think there's any doubt we're one of the top four teams in America," Ohio State Urban Meyer said.
The Buckeyes created four turnovers and shut down Heisman Trophy candidate Melvin Gordon in the process. Gordon, the nation's leading rusher, was held to 76 yards on 26 carries, his second-lowest output of the season. Gordon failed to produce at least one rush of 20 or more yards for the first time all year. He also lost a fumble deep in Wisconsin territory that was recovered by defensive end Joey Bosa and returned four yards for a touchdown that capped Ohio State's 38-0 first half. "I don't think they brought anything surprising," said Gordon, who managed just 74 yards against Ohio State in the previous meeting last September. - The Sports Xchange
12/07/14 - Jameis Winston, rSo/2017, Florida State, 6-4, 232 (DS#1 QB)[Newsfeed] Florida State remains perfect with win over Georgia Tech...Florida State has done its part as the only undefeated team in college football through the conference championship games. Coach Jimbo Fisher claims his team deserves a No. 1 ranking, but after winning the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, the Seminoles should be content to just make it into the first College Football Playoffs. "I'm looking forward to where this takes us and what we can do as a football team," Fisher said. "I'm not worried about being No. 1. We'll be in the playoff."
The Seminoles ought to be lined up for a chance to repeat as national champion after solving Georgia Tech's offense in a 37-35 victory in the ACC title game Saturday night at Bank of America Stadium. The Seminoles (13-0), who have been slotted as the No. 4 team in the College Football Playoff rankings despite the unblemished record, used three field goals after the game was tied midway through the third quarter. Florida State secured its 15th ACC championship behind three first-half touchdown passes by Jameis Winston. - The Sports Xchange
12/07/14 - Blake Sims, rSr/2015, Alabama, 6-0, 208 (DS#8 QB)[Newsfeed] Alabama assures spot in national playoff...Alabama emphatically erased any fears by SEC fans that an upset loss to Missouri on Saturday might deprive the powerful conference of a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff. Blake Sims threw two touchdown passes and top-ranked Alabama defeated No. 16 Missouri 42-13 in the SEC championship game to assure itself a spot in the top four when the final CFP rankings are announced Sunday. Sims, a senior in his first year as the starting quarterback, completed 23 of 27 passes for 232 yards and was named the most valuable player to the delight of a sellout Georgia Dome crowd of 73,526 dominated by Crimson Tide supporters. "I told him I wanted him to play like Cool Hand Luke, and he told me, 'Who's that?'" coach Nick Saban said.
Sims, from nearby Gainesville, Ga., may not be a movie buff, but he sure was cool and collected running Alabama's speed-up offense. "I've never had a guy work so hard," Saban said. "He's done a phenomenal job for us all season." Sims connected with Heisman Trophy candidate Amari Cooper 12 times, a record for the title game, and threw a 58-yard touchdown strike to DeAndrew White in a nearly flawless performance. "It's a great feeling," said Sims, who spent time on the scout team and at other positions before getting his shot this season. "My high school career ended with a loss here." - The Sports Xchange
12/07/14 - Tyreek Hill, Jr/2016, Oklahoma State, 5-10, 185 (DS#9 WR)[Newsfeed] Cowboys stun Sooners with improbable rally...Oklahoma State looked destined to miss a bowl for the first time in nine seasons. With less than a minute to go and down a touchdown, the Cowboys had 85 yards to go against Oklahoma's defense -- on the road with a freshman quarterback and riding a five-game losing streak. But then Sooners coach Bob Stoops chose to accept a running into the kicker penalty and give Cowboys punt returner Tyreek Hill another chance. Hill returned the punt for a touchdown to force overtime and then the Cowboys won the game with a field goal to upset No. 20 Oklahoma 38-35 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The Cowboys snapped the Sooners' two-game winning streak in the series and gave coach Mike Gundy just his second win over Oklahoma in 10 seasons as coach.
"A win today makes everybody feel better," Gundy said. "No questions about it. There are a lot of people that wear orange that would just as soon win this game and could lose them all. I don't necessarily believe that, I don't believe that is the best way, but I am certainly glad that they are happy." Hill started tearing up as he broke free for the 92-yard touchdown with 45 seconds left. "I was crying while I was running -- tears of joy," Hill said. "I knew I had to make one (defender) miss. Once I made him miss, I knew I was gone. I'm just very thankful for their hard work and their blocking." - The Sports Xchange
12/07/14 - Bryce Petty, rSr/2015, Baylor, 6-3, 230 (DS#1 QB)[Newsfeed] Baylor coach Art Briles accepted another Big 12 championship trophy and stated his case that the fifth-ranked Bears should be considered the league's "One True Champion." Now the Bears have to wait and see on what seems like a long shot for a spot in the College Football Playoff. After Baylor grabbed a share of its second conference title in a row with a 38-27 victory over No. 9 Kansas State on Saturday night, Briles acknowledged having a somewhat brisk conversation with Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby on the podium in the middle of the field during the trophy presentation. Despite the much-repeated "One True Champion" slogan for the only power-five conference with a round-robin schedule and no championship game, Bowlsby has publicly said that Baylor and TCU (both 11-1, 8-1 Big 12) will be presented as co-champions to the playoff selection committee even though the Bears beat the Horned Frogs 61-58 on Oct. 11.
"There's so much of this season to be proud of regardless of what happens," Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty said, adding with a smile that he was intrigued by what will happen. TCU has won seven in a row since its loss at Baylor. The Frogs, who beat Kansas State (9-3, 7-2) by 21 points last month, earned their share of their first Big 12 title with a 55-3 win over Iowa State on Saturday. Petty completed 34 of 40 passes for 412 yards with a touchdown and an interception in his final home game, a week after getting knocked out of the Bears' last game with a concussion. Not medically cleared to play until Friday, Petty showed no ill effects of the concussion. The senior put his head down for a 1-yard TD run only 1:35 in, capping an opening 81-yard drive that put Baylor ahead to stay. - AP Sports
12/07/14 - Dalvin Cook, Fr/2018, Florida State, 5-11, 200 (DS#2 RB)[Newsfeed] In Jimbo Fisher's mind there is no doubt that Florida State belongs in the College Football Playoff. "There ain't no decision to be made - the decision just got made," Fisher said during a postgame celebration while Seminoles fans roared in approval. Florida State has made its case to play for a second straight national championship, finishing the season unbeaten as Jameis Winston threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns, and the second-ranked Seminoles held off No. 12 Georgia Tech 37-35 Saturday night to win their third consecutive ACC championship. The Seminoles (13-0, 9-0 ACC, No. 4 CFP) will find out Sunday if it's enough to earn them a berth in the first ever College Football Playoff. All four of the top-ranked teams in the playoff rankings were victorious over the weekend.
Winston said he'd love a chance to play top-ranked Alabama, but ultimately just wants a chance to play for another title. "We can't control what other people think," Winston said. Rashad Greene had seven catches for 123 yards and two scores and freshman Dalvin Cook had 220 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in his first college start to help extend the Seminoles' winning streak to 29 games. Nick O'Leary added three catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. "Last year's team was dominating, this year's team is more amazing," Fisher said. "It is really is. ... They compete together. They have had some struggles together and I think that's what makes them so tight." - AP Sports