10/22/17 - Shea Patterson, So/2020, Mississippi, 6-1, 193 (DS#6 QB)[Newsfeed] QB Shea Patterson of Ole Miss will miss the rest of the season with a torn knee ligament, the school announced Sunday. An MRI revealed a torn posterior cruciate ligament in Patterson's right knee. The sophomore suffered the injury during the Rebels' 40-24 loss to No. 24 LSU on Saturday night in Oxford, Miss. He left the game after a second-quarter interception and checked into the medical tent before going to the locker room. Patterson came back out during halftime warmups after the initial diagnosis was a sprained knee and played during the second half with a brace on his right knee. He played the entire third quarter and a majority of the fourth but walked with a considerable limp. Patterson is leading the SEC with 2,259 yards, completing 63.8 percent of his passes for 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
10/21/17 - Kenny Hill, rSr/2018, Texas Christian, 6-1, 205 (DS#18 QB)[Newsfeed] Quarterback Kenny Hill threw for five touchdowns and 278 yards Saturday night as No. 4 TCU cruised to a 43-0 Big 12 Conference shutout of overmatched Kansas at Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. Hill, who completed 19 of 26 passes for the Horned Frogs (7-0, 4-0), helped turn the game into a blowout in the third quarter's first six minutes. He found Jalen Reagor and Tra Williams for scoring strikes of 15 and 26 yards, respectively. KaVontae Turpin capped the scoring with a 90-yard punt return at the 7:14 mark of the third, a play on which he gave ground to the 3-yard line, broke multiple tackles and then outraced the last possible tackler for the final 70 yards. The Jayhawks (1-6, 0-4) never came close to scoring in suffering their 44th straight road loss, dating back to 2009. They started the fourth quarter with minus-six yards of offense and needed a late surge to finish with 21 total yards. Kansas picked up four first downs for the night, two via penalty. The game was played with a mostly continuous running clock for the last 12 minutes in order to finish it before a cell of severe thunderstorms hit the area. The clock only stopped for TV timeouts, change of possession and penalties. It ran on incomplete passes. - The Sports Xchange
10/21/17 - Kerryon Johnson, Jr/2019, Auburn, 5-11, 212 (DS#9 RB)[Newsfeed] The Auburn Tigers scored four touchdowns in the third quarter and routed Arkansas 52-20 Saturday night at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Junior running backs Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson rushed for a combined 153 yard and four touchdowns as Auburn bounced back from a disappointing road loss last week at LSU. Auburn led that game 20-0 before LSU rallied to win, 27-23. The loss dropped the Tigers 11 spots in the AP poll. Against Arkansas, however, the Tigers looked the part of a Top 10 team. Auburn piled up 629 yards of total offense and scored touchdowns on five of its seven second-half possessions to break the game open after leading 17-6 at halftime.
Pettway rushed for 90 yards and three touchdowns for the Tigers -- including 86 yards and all three of his scores on nine third-quarter carries. Junior Kerryon Johnson gained 63 yards on 21 carries and scored his SEC-leading 14th touchdown. Johnson, who had just one carry in the second half, threw a 62-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Darius Slayton on a trick play as Auburn extended its lead to 38-6 with 4:13 left in the third quarter. Slayton had 146 receiving yards on four catches. Sophomore quarterback Jarrett Stidham completed 19 of 28 passes for 218 yards and ran for a touchdown before Auburn went to its backups at the start of the fourth quarter. - The Sports Xchange
10/21/17 - TaQuon Marshall, Jr/2019, Georgia Tech, 5-10, 185 (DS#47 RB)[Newsfeed] Junior quarterback TaQuon Marshall rushed 23 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns to lead Georgia Tech to a 38-24 come-from-behind victory over Wake Forest on Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. Georgia Tech (4-2, 2-1 ACC) sealed the victory by stopping Wake Forest (4-3, 1-3) on three fourth-down conversion attempts in the second half. The Yellow Jackets stopped Wake's Cade Carney on fourth-and-1 at the Georgia Tech 24 with 3:44 remaining to deny the Demon Deacons for the final time. Georgia Tech then put the game away when Marshall scored on a 70-yard run with 1:57 remaining. Marshall completed 5 of 11 passes for 68 yards. Running back KirVonte Benson rushed 26 times for 136 yards and one touchdown for the Yellow Jackets. Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford was 17-for-30 passing for 252 yards and two touchdowns. Carney rushed 19 times for 92 yards. - The Sports Xchange
10/21/17 - Saquon Barkley, Jr/2019, Penn State, 5-11, 223 (DS#1 RB)[Newsfeed] Heisman Trophy candidate Saquon Barkley scored three touchdowns as No. 2 Penn State routed No. 19 Michigan 42-13 on Saturday night. Barkley scored on runs of 69 and 15 yards in the first quarter, and a 42-yard reception from Trace McSorley with 13:11 left in the game. The national leader in all-purpose yards per game when play began (217.0), Barkley finished with 176 -- 108 on 15 rushes, 53 on three receptions and a 15-yard kickoff return. McSorley, who ran 11 times for 76 yards and three touchdowns, clicked on 17 of 26 passes for 282 yards and the score to Barkley. He was also intercepted once.
Playing before a Beaver Stadium-record crowd of 110,823, the Lions (7-0) piled up a 506-269 yardage advantage despite facing a team that began the night allowing an FBS-best 223.8 yards a game. PSU had four touchdown drives of 75 yards or longer and scored the most points against Michigan since Ohio State rang up 42 against the Wolverines in 2015. It was also the Lions' second-highest total against the Wolverines in a regulation game. Michigan, which scored first-half touchdowns on short runs by Karan Higdon and Ty Isaac, fell to 5-2. - The Sports Xchange
10/21/17 - Josh Adams, Jr/2019, Notre Dame, 6-1, 219 (DS#23 RB)[Newsfeed] Running back Josh Adams and quarterback Brandon Wimbush led another impressive Notre Dame rushing attack on Saturday, sparking the No. 13 Fighting Irish to a 49-14 rout of No. 11 USC. Adams (19 carries, 191 yards) and Wimbush (14 carries, 106 yards) combined for five touchdowns. With both Adams and Wimbush eclipsing the 100-yard mark, it marked the fourth time Notre Dame has had multiple players in that category this season. In the previous 15 seasons before 2017, the Fighting Irish had multiple 100-yard rushers just five times. Notre Dame (6-2) gashed USC (6-2) for 377 yards on the ground, well above the Trojans' defensive average of 146.7 rushing yards allowed entering the game. The Fighting Irish outgained USC, 497-336, overall. Notre Dame surged to a 28-0 halftime lead by converting three USC turnovers into touchdowns. The only other time the Fighting Irish enjoyed a wider halftime cushion on their longtime rival was 1966, when Notre Dame turned a 31-0 edge at intermission into a 51-0 victory. - The Sports Xchange
10/21/17 - Quinton Flowers, Sr/2018, South Florida, 6-0, 210 (DS#11 QB)[Newsfeed] Quarterback Quinton Flowers accounted for 265 yards from scrimmage, threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as No. 16 South Florida held off a 21-point Tulane second-half rally Saturday night for a 34-28 win. USF (7-0, 4-0 AAC) is off to its best start in school history and extended the nation's longest active winning streak to 12 games. The Bulls scored at least 30 points for an NCAA-record 24th consecutive game, surpassing the 23-game streak posted by Chip Kelly's Oregon teams in 2011-12. Flowers threw for 127 yards, completing 10-of-24 passes, and ran for 138 yards on 13 carries. He threw scoring passes of 38 and 28 yards and ran for a 21-yard touchdown on USF's first possession. The Bulls led 20-7 at halftime and then scored touchdowns on the first two series of the second half to build a 34-7 lead. Tulane didn't quit, scoring on a 36-yard run by Sherman Badie and a 24-yard pass from Jonathan Banks to Dontrell Hilliard with 7:40 left. Then, after Tulane blocked a 36-yard field goal attempt by Emilio Nadelman, Tulane went 71 yards in five plays to make it 34-28 on Hilliard's 16-yard scoring run with 2:45 left. But USF recovered the onside kick and ended the game inside the Tulane 10. - The Sports Xchange
10/21/17 - Derrius Guice, Jr/2019, LSU, 5-11, 212 (DS#2 RB)[Newsfeed] LSU running back Derrius Guice helped make coach Ed Orgeron's return to Ole Miss a memorable one with 276 yards rushing in the No. 24 Tigers' 40-24 victory Saturday night in Oxford, Miss. Guice compiled his yards on 22 carries, an average of 12.5 yards per carry. He holds the school record with 285 yards, achieved last year against Texas A&M. He is the first running back in SEC history to rush for more than 250 yards in at least three games. Orgeron was the Rebels coach from 2005 to 2007, going 10-25 in those three seasons. LSU (6-2, 3-1 SEC) has won three consecutive games since losing its homecoming contest to Troy on Sept. 30. The Tigers have a week off before playing at No. 1 Alabama on Nov. 4. Ole Miss (3-4, 1-3 SEC) has lost four of its last five games. The Rebels host Arkansas next week. - The Sports Xchange
10/21/17 - LJ Scott, Jr/2019, Michigan State, 6-0, 230 (DS#21 RB)[Newsfeed] RB LJ Scott played after being arrested for a seventh time for driving without a license on Wednesday. However, the issue was eventually resolved and he obtained a license later in the week. He missed the first MSU offensive series of Saturday's game against Indiana and finished with 87 yards on 22 carries.
10/21/17 - Baker Mayfield, rSr/2018, Oklahoma, 6-0, 220 (DS#3 QB)[Newsfeed] Rodney Anderson scored around the left end on a 24-yard touchdown run with seven seconds left in the game as No. 9 Oklahoma overcame a sluggish first half to defeat Kansas State 42-35 on a blustery day at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Sooners outscored K-State 32-14 in the second half and kept their faint hopes for the College Football Playoff alive with the win. Oklahoma scored 18 points on their first three drives of the second half to erase a 21-10 halftime deficit. Kansas State (3-4, 1-3 Big 12) managed just one first down in the third quarter, and saw the Sooners own the ball for 10:24 of the third quarter to seize momentum. It appeared that Oklahoma was in firm control before an intentional grounding call on Baker Mayfield forced the Sooners into punt formation. The snap sailed over the head of punter Austin Seibert and K-State recovered at the Oklahoma 13-yard line.
Five plays later, Alex Delton pushed it in from the 1-yard line and the game was tied at 28-28. Oklahoma (6-1, 3-1) wasted no time in retaking the lead. Mayfield connected with Marquise Brown on a 66-yard pass setting up a first-and-goal at the 7-yard line. Two plays later, Mayfield found Anderson in the flat and he scored from 5 yards out. Heading into the strong wind, Delton led the Wildcats on a six-play, 75-yard drive to tie it with a 5-yard strike to Isaiah Zuber with 2:25 left. But Mayfield led Oklahoma 76 yards in 2:12 for the game-winning score. He finished 32 of 41 for 410 yards and two touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange
10/21/17 - Shaquill Griffin, Sr/2017, Central Florida, 6-0, 194 (DS#17 CB)[Newsfeed] Central Florida coach Scott Frost, a former quarterback at Nebraska, took a few snaps under center this past week to help his team prepare for the triple-option attack of Navy. Those practice plays must have paid off for the No. 20 Knights, who held the Midshipmen to 184 yards in the first half en route to a 31-21 win on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. Navy entered the game averaging 35.5 points per contest with 479.3 yards of total offense, including 397.5 on the ground. But the Midshipmen were held in check while averaging 4.2 yards per carry with 419 total yards on 73 plays. "I certainly won't give myself scout team player of the week," said Frost with a grin. "As good as their offense is, I thought our defense played pretty well. A win is a win and will learn from it." The Knights' closest game this year before Saturday was a 51-23 win against Cincinnati. "We had a great week of preparation," said UCF inside linebacker Shaquem Burkett, a redshirt senior who had 13 tackles, including seven solos. "It was our turn to step up and make the plays." Griffin had plenty of help as inside linebacker Pat Jasinki had 14 tackles and outside linebacker Shaque Griffin had 10. - The Sports Xchange
10/21/17 - Nick Fitzgerald, rJr/2019, Mississippi State, 6-4, 230 (DS#4 QB)[Newsfeed] Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald accounted for three touchdowns as the Bulldogs rolled past Kentucky 45-7 at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss., on Saturday. Fitzgerald ran for two touchdowns, including a 40-yard burst late in the second quarter that sent the Bulldogs into halftime with a 17-7 lead. Fitzgerald opened the third quarter with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Thomas, the first of 28 unanswered points for Mississippi State in the second half. Fitzgerald completed 18 of 26 passes for 155 yards and rushed for 115 yards on 12 carries. The Bulldogs (5-2, 2-2 SEC) poured it on in the fourth quarter. Junior linebacker Gerri Germaine Green returned an interception 84 yards for a touchdown that put Mississippi State up 38-7 early in the fourth quarter.
Wildcats receiver Blake Bone fell on Benny Snell Jr.'s fumble in the end zone for a Kentucky touchdown that tied the score 7-7 midway through the second quarter. It was all Mississippi State from there. The Bulldogs rushed for 282 yards, averaging 5.9 yards per carry. They outgained Kentucky by 179 yards and possessed the ball for nearly 10 more minutes than the Wildcats, who never found any rhythm on offense. Kentucky quarterback Stephen Johnson completed 13 of 28 passes with no touchdowns and two interceptions. The Wildcats (5-2, 2-2 SEC) had their two-game winning streak snapped. - The Sports Xchange
10/21/17 - Josh Rosen, Jr/2019, UCLA, 6-3, 220 (DS#1 QB)[Newsfeed] Josh Rosen threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns and the much-maligned UCLA defense held Oregon offense scoreless in the second half as the Bruins defeated the Ducks 31-14 on Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. With a challenging conference schedule that awaits, the Bruins (4-3, 2-2 Pac-12) needed a win badly to keep their hopes of being bowl-eligible, which evaded them last season. Rosen, who was picked off three times and sacked five times in a 47-30 loss to Arizona last week, went 21 of 36 and did not throw an interception. UCLA gave up 457 yards on the ground in a loss to Arizona last week. Heading into Saturday's game, only Tulsa had a worse run defense in FBS competition. Except for a couple hiccups, the Bruins' defense was stellar. The Ducks did run for 257 yards on 59 carries with Royce Freeman doing most of the damage. Freeman ran for 160 yards and in doing so became the school's all-time rushing leader with 5,103 yards, passing LaMichael James. He also became the 22nd player to rush for 5,000 yards. But Freeman's heroics were not enough to keep Oregon (4-3, 1-4) from losing its third straight game. - The Sports Xchange
10/21/17 - LJ Scott, Jr/2019, Michigan State, 6-0, 230 (DS#21 RB)[Newsfeed] No. 18 Michigan State scored the only two touchdowns over the final 5:59 of the game to rally for a 17-9 victory at home over Indiana on Saturday. The Spartans (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) officially became bowl-eligible after a 3-9 season last year and won their fourth straight game. Trailing 9-3 in the fourth quarter, Michigan State took its first lead of the game with 5:59 remaining on a 10-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Brian Lewerke to junior wide receiver Felton Davis to make it 10-9 Spartans. After forcing an Indiana punt, the Spartans drove the field and took a 17-9 lead on an 18-yard touchdown run by junior running back LJ Scott with 1:49 remaining. Scott could have taken a knee once he crossed the 8-yard line to get a game-clinching first down and run out the clock. However, Indiana apparently let him score so it could have a final chance to tie the game with a touchdown and two-point conversion. Indiana (3-4, 0-4) couldn't mount a tying drive from there, giving the ball up on downs at its own 38. - The Sports Xchange
10/21/17 - Jalen Hurts, So/2020, Alabama, 6-1, 214 (DS#8 QB)[Newsfeed] Top-ranked Alabama had nearly 500 more yards than Tennessee and extended its winning streak over the Volunteers to 11 with a 45-7 victory on Saturday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama's stingy defense allowed just 108 total yards and held redshirt freshman quarterback Jarrett Guarantano, making his second career start, to 44 yards on 9-of-16 passing. He was intercepted once, as Alabama held Tennessee's offense scoreless. The Crimson Tide's balanced offense rolled to 604 yards and scored four touchdowns on the ground. Alabama (8-0, 5-0) led 21-0 at halftime and didn't waste time adding to its lead to open the second half. Quarterback Jalen Hurts lead the Crimson Tide down the field and capped a eight-play, 76-yard drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Irv Smith. Jr. to make it 28-0. It was the first career touchdown for Smith.
Tennessee's first touchdown in three games came by way of a 97-yard interception return by linebacker Daniel Bituli. Bituli intercepted a pass from Alabama backup quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, a true freshman, and outran the Crimson Tide's offense into the end zone to pull the Volunteers (3-4, 0-4) within 28-7. Tagovailoa got some redemption after his pick-six. Tagovailoa broke free up the middle for a 23-yard touchdown run, juking defenders on his way to the end zone to make it 38-7 early in the fourth quarter. Hurts completed 13 of 21 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown. Tagovailoa was 9 of 12 for 134 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. He connected with Henry Ruggs III for a 60-yard touchdown to make it 45-7 late in the fourth quarter. Running back Damien Harris led the ground attack with 13 carries for 72 yards and a score. Bo Scarbrough scored twice on nine carries. - The Sports Xchange
10/21/17 - Malik Rosier, rJr/2019, Miami (FL), 6-1, 218 (DS#12 QB)[Newsfeed] Quarterback Malik Rosier passed for 344 yards and two touchdowns and No. 8 Miami's defense came up with four interceptions and a late stop for a 27-19 victory over Syracuse on Saturday afternoon. Running back Travis Homer scored on a 33-yard burst up the middle with 2:48 left in the game after the Hurricanes (6-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) had forced the Orange (4-4, 2-2 ACC) to go for a field goal with just over five minutes left to close the deficit to 20-19. The Orange's drive for a potential tie died at their 45-yard line when quarterback Eric Dungey's fourth-and-7 pass was incomplete. He finished 13-of-41 passing for only 137 yards but rushed for 100 yards on 20 carries. Cornerback Michael Jackson had two of Miami's interceptions, his second and third picks of the season, while safety Jaquan Johnson and defensive end Demetrius Jackson had one each. Demetrius Jackson gave the ball right back to the Orange when he fumbled at the end of his 4-yard return on the opening series, but the other takeaways led to 10 points for the Hurricanes. - The Sports Xchange
10/21/17 - Tyrie Adams, rSo/2020, Western Carolina, 6-1, 180 (DS#999 QB)[Newsfeed] Tyrie Adams threw for 195 yards and a score, and Joshua Gibson kicked four field goals to lead Western Carolina past VMI 26-7 on Saturday. Adams completed 20 of 33 passes, including a 29-yard scoring pass to Terryon Robinson in the second quarter that gave the Catamounts (6-2, 4-1 Southern Conference) the lead for good at 13-7. Western Carolina has won 15 straight in the series and the Catamounts won their third road game in a season for the first time since 2002. Duncan Hodges' 1-yard plunge gave the Keydets (0-8, 0-5) a 7-0 lead with 3:15 left in the first quarter. VMI came in as the least penalized team in the FCS, but were flagged five times for 50 yards against the Catamounts. The Keydets had three sacks, giving them 16 on the season — two more than all of last season. Gibson had field goals of 22, 40, 38 and 43 yards. - AP College Football
10/21/17 - Demario Richard, Sr/2018, Arizona State, 5-10, 220 (DS#16 RB)[Newsfeed] Demario Richard rushed for a season-high 93 yards and a touchdown, Kalen Ballage added 75 rushing yards and Arizona State forced four turnovers to lead the Sun Devils to a 30-10 win over Utah on Saturday. Manny Wilkins threw for 140 yards on 19-of-29 passing to help Arizona State (4-3, 3-1 Pac-12) snap a seven-game road losing streak. The Sun Devils also ended a two-game skid against the Utes. Tyler Huntley started again for Utah at quarterback after sitting out losses to USC and Stanford with a shoulder injury. Huntley struggled in his return to action, throwing for 155 yards and four interceptions on 19-of-35 passing. Arizona State clamped down on defense and held Utah in check throughout the first half. The Sun Devils allowed the Utes to gain 93 total yards and seven first downs. They also stopped a pair of Utah drives by intercepting Huntley twice. - The Sports Xchange
10/21/17 - Cam Phillips, Sr/2018, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 198 (DS#44 WR)[Newsfeed] No. 14 Virginia Tech dominated in all phases in a resounding 59-7 victory over North Carolina at Lane Stadium on Saturday. The Hokies (6-1, 2-1) scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams in setting school records for points and margin of victory in an ACC game. Tech became bowl eligible for the 25th straight year after dispatching the Tar Heels (1-7, 0-5) for the 11th time in 14 meetings as ACC opponents. The Hokies defense suffocated the overmatched Tar Heels, forcing three turnovers (two interceptions) and posting six sacks and 13 tackles for loss.
Tech quarterback Josh Jackson passed for 132 yards and three touchdowns in a little more than two quarters of work. Hokies wide receiver Cam Phillips had five catches for 49 yards and a touchdown. His fourth reception broke the school's career receptions record held by Isaiah Ford (210). Phillips has 212 catches for his career. Running back Travon McMillian and wide receivers Eric Kumah and Samuel Denmark each had touchdown receptions as well. - The Sports Xchange
10/21/17 - McKenzie Milton, So/2020, Central Florida, 5-11, 184 (DS#999 QB)[Newsfeed] Adrian Killins Jr. ran 15 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns, and McKenzie Milton threw for one score as No. 20 Central Florida beat Navy 31-21 on Saturday in an American Athletic Conference contest. The Knights (6-0, 4-0 AAC), who were 0-12 in 2015, are off to the best start in school history. Milton completed 15 of 23 passes for 233 yards. Navy (5-2, 3-2) was led by quarterback Zach Abey, who ran 25 times for 126 yards. He has rushed for more than 100 yards in eight straight games, a school record. But Abey, who tried just four passes, was shaken up on a run with 11:16 left in the third quarter and left the game. He was replaced by Garret Lewis, a fellow junior. Killins, a sophomore, went 79 yards on a touchdown run with 12:08 left in the third quarter for a 21-14 lead. Matthew Wright's 35-yard field goal with 2:41 left in the third quarter made it 24-14. - The Sports Xchange
10/21/17 - Gus Edwards, rSr/2018, Rutgers, 6-1, 235 (DS#999 RB)[Newsfeed] RB Gus Edwards raced 74 yards, the longest rush for Rutgers in a Big Ten game, on its second play of the game, providing the Scarlet Knights with a 7-0 lead over Purdue.
10/21/17 - Darrin Hall, Jr/2019, Pittsburgh, 5-11, 215 (DS#31 RB)[Newsfeed] RB Darrin Hall ran for touchdowns of 79, 92 and 4 yards as part of a 254-yard, 24-carry outing as the Panthers defeated Duke 24-17. Hall's 92-yarder notched the longest touchdown run in school history, breaking a record that existed for 100 years and one day. Entering the game, Hall had only 108 rushing yards and two touchdowns all season.