10/22/16 - Jordan Kunaszyk, rSo/2019, California, 6-2, 235 (DS#12 ILB) After more than 200 plays, 101 points and 1,086 yards of offense, it was California's defense that stepped up at the end to seal another thrilling game for the Golden Bears. Matt Anderson kicked a 28-yard field goal in the second overtime and Jordan Kunaszyk ended the game with an interception on the FBS-record 203rd play, giving California a 52-49 victory over Oregon on Friday night. "It's crazy," Kunaszyk said. "I just remember going into OT, I was like, 'Man, another one of these games.' Every one of our games is close. I wouldn't want it any other way."
This was the sixth straight game for Cal that went down to the closing minutes, including an overtime loss at Oregon State two weeks ago and a home win against Utah the previous week when Cal's defense came up with a late goal-line stand. Five of those six games featured both teams scoring at least 40 points but the defense delivered when it mattered most. "Our defense's back was against the wall, just like it was against Utah," coach Sonny Dykes said. "Jordan made a big time break on the ball. You could kind of see it developing. He threw it a tad bit late." Davis Webb threw five touchdown passes and ran for a sixth to lead the way for the Golden Bears (4-3, 2-2 Pac-12), who snapped a seven-game losing streak to Oregon. - AP Sports
10/22/16 - Donnel Pumphrey, Sr/2017, San Diego State, 5-08, 180 (DS#4 RB) Donnel Pumphrey Jr. ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns to break two school records and San Diego State rolled to a 42-3 victory over San Jose State on Friday night. Rashaad Penny added 105 yards and three scores, including a career-best 73-yarder to close the scoring with 1 second left in the third quarter for the Aztecs (6-1, 3-0 Mountain West). Pumphrey, the nation's leading rusher with 1,246 yards, has 58 career rushing touchdowns and 63 touchdowns overall, breaking Marshall Faulk's school records. Christian Chapman completed 13 of 18 passes for 167 yards and a 4-yard touchdown to David Wells to open the scoring. The Spartans (2-6, 1-3) were limited to 203 yards while the Aztecs had 444, 277 on the ground. San Diego State's defense has not allowed a touchdown to a conference opponent in 12 quarters and has a 14-game winning streak against MWC teams. - AP Sports
10/22/16 - Davis Webb, Sr/2017, California, 6-3, 227 (DS#6 QB) Cal outlasts Oregon 52-49 in OT...California linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk intercepted Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert in the second overtime to secure a 52-49 win for the Bears on Friday night in a Pac-12 gamel at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif. Cal took the lead on Matt Anderson's 28-yard field goal in the second overtime and then Kunaszyk intercepted Herbert on the second play of Oregon's ensuing drive to end the game. Cal quarterback Davis Webb threw for 325 yards and five touchowns even though leading receiver Chad Hansen missed the game because of injury. Running back Tre Watson ran for 154 yards and Khalfani Muhammad added 148 yards on the ground for the Bears (4-3, 2-2 Pac-12). Oregon rallied from a 20-point deficit to take a 35-34 lead in the fourth quarter, but Webb answered with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Watson that gave the Bears a 42-35 lead after a two-point conversion with 9:50 left to play. - The Sports Xchange
10/22/16 - Zack Drayer, Sr/2017, Saint Francis (PA), 6-2, 215 (DS#999 QB) Zack Drayer scored his second touchdown on a quarterback sneak with 50 seconds remaining to give St. Francis to a 14-10 victory over Duquesne on Friday night. Drayer's scored capped a 10-play, 63-yard drive that included his 23-yard pass to Kameron Lewis on fourth-and-12 that took the ball to the Duquesne 43. On a wet, windy night, Drayer only completed 9 of 22 passes for 157 yards but he connected with Lewis on an 83-yarder to set up his first TD. The bomb came on the first play after a Jermaine Ponder interception for the Red Flash (5-3, 3-0 Northeast). On the next play Drayer plowed into the end zone from the 1, making it 7-3 at halftime. Lewis finished with 135 yards on four catches. The Dukes (4-3, 1-1) took a 10-7 lead in the third quarter on a 1-yard run by A.J. Hines, who had 123 yards on 25 carries. That capped a four-play, 41-yard drive following an interception by Jonathant Istache. - AP Sports
10/22/16 - Alek Torgersen, Sr/2017, Pennsylvania, 6-2, 230 (DS#48 QB) Alek Torgersen threw four touchdown passes, three to Justin Watson, and Penn rolled to a 42-7 victory over Yale in the first night game in Yale Bowl history. Torgersen completed 16 of 23 passes for 229 yards and rushed for 66 yards. Watson had 10 receptions for 166 yards with touchdowns covering 5, 41 and 35 yards. Torgersen moved into a tie for second with 47 career TD passes and Watson moved into fourth in career receptions (161) and touchdowns (17) for the Quakers (4-2, 3-0 Ivy Leauge). Tre Solomon rushed for 120 yards, seven shy of the career high he set a week earlier, on 15 carries, including a 3-yard touchdown run, for Penn, which won its fourth straight. Cameron Countryman had a 10-yard touchdown reception and Karekin Brooks had a 13-yard run for his first career touchdown. Penn, which led 35-0 at halftime, finished with 508 yards and held the Bulldogs (1-5, 1-2) to 229. - AP Sports
10/22/16 - Ryquell Armstead, So/2019, Temple, 5-11, 205 (DS#32 RB) Ryquell Armstead ran for a career-high 210 yards, including touchdowns of 76 and 42 yards, and Temple moved into first place in the AAC East with a 46-30 victory against South Florida on Friday night. The Owls (5-3, 3-1) repaid a 44-23 loss to the Bulls (6-2, 3-1) last season and ran for 319 yards. USF quarterback Quinton Flowers threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score, but he was shaken up late in the fourth quarter trying to dive for a first down. He did not return. Bulls coach Willie Taggart said Flowers "tweaked" his hamstring. Marlon Mack ran for a 30-yard touchdown with 8:42 left to cut the lead to 37-30. USF got the ball at its 13 down seven with 5:00 minutes left, but Delvon Randall intercepted a pass by backup quarterback Brett Kean to put the Owls at the 3. Jahad Thomas ran in for a score on the next play seal the victory. - AP Sports
10/22/16 - William Likely, Sr/2017, Maryland, 5-07, 175 (DS#19 CB) Maryland's Likely unlikely to return this season...The college career ended abruptly for one of the nation's most versatile players, Maryland cornerback and punt returner Will Likely. Coach DJ Durkin revealed Friday night that Likely did indeed tear his ACL last week in a 31-10 loss to Minnesota. He was injured in the second quarter, but there had been some hope the injury was not that serious. But those hopes were dashed quickly. Likely finishes his college career with 229 tackles and seven interceptions. Likely, a preseason All American, set or tied six Maryland records during his three years at College Park. He almost declared for the NFL Draft after last season, when he earned All-American honors as a kick returner. Despite playing in only 11 games last season, he compiled 1,197 combined kick and punt return yards, which ranked him third in the nation. This season, he led the Terrapins with three pass breakups and three passes defended while also averaging more than 27 yards per kickoff return. For his career, Likely returned six kicks for scores and totaled more than 3,000 yards on kick returns. He also had six career receptions, though only one this year. - The Sports Xchange
10/21/16 - Jeremy McNichols, Jr/2018, Boise State, 5-09, 207 (DS#8 RB) No. 14 Boise State holds off BYU in thriller...Fourteenth-ranked Boise State kept its perfect season alive by surviving a wild Thursday night contest on the blue turf of Albertsons Stadium. Star tailback Jeremy McNichols scored twice and racked up 249 yards from scrimmage as the Broncos held on for a 28-27 victory over BYU. Boise State (7-0) overcame a season-high five turnovers, then survived by blocking a field goal with 15 seconds left -- and denying two additional desperation BYU offensive plays because the kick occurred on second down and was recovered by the Cougars.
"Our leaders in the huddle told us, 'Everyone is watching. Who is going to make the big play?'" said Boise State defensive tackle David Moa, who blocked the potential winning kick. "We got a great push up the middle, and (the ball) hit me right in the hand." McNichols gained 140 yards on 30 carries -- including a go-ahead, 4-yard touchdown with 10:37 remaining -- while adding 109 yards and another score on five receptions. Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien completed 25 of 39 passes for 442 yards and three TDs, helping overcome two pick-sixes by the BYU defense. - The Sports Xchange
10/21/16 - Brandon Silvers, rJr/2018, Troy, 6-2, 214 (DS#35 QB) Brandon Silvers passed for a career-high 395 yards and rallied Troy with the final 18 points to beat South Alabama 28-21 on Thursday night. Silvers delivered the key strike on a 42-yard pass to Sidney Davis that moved the Trojans (6-1, 4-0 Sun Belt Conference) to the 1 with 1:22 left. The South Alabama (3-4, 0-4) defense then allowed Jordan Chunn a free path into the end zone, conceding the go-ahead score to preserve some time for a response. But South Alabama's Dallas Davis was mostly stifled, getting sacked twice on the final drive. He rolled out on the final play and completed a deep throw to Kevin Kutchera near the 25. Kutchera spun free toward some open field but was caught from behind by Blace Brown, who forced a fumble to secure the win. Davis had 195 yards passing and Kutchera caught three passes for 92 yards. - AP Sports
10/21/16 - Austin Herink, rSo/2019, East Tennessee State, 6-2, 206 (DS#999 QB) Jajuan Stinson ran for 127 yards on Thursday night and East Tennessee State snapped a four-game losing streak with a 38-7 win over West Virginia Wesleyan. Stinson had a career-long 66-yard run in the middle of the third quarter which opened a four-play, 81-yard touchdown drive. Dontavius Monroe's 7-yard TD run capped that drive for (3-4) a 31-7 lead and WV Wesleyan fumbled the ensuing kickoff to set up the Bucs' final points on Falon Lee's 3-yard TD run. Austin Herink completed 9 of 14 passes and scored ETSU's first two touchdowns on 14- and 1-yard keepers. Stinson made it 21-0 on a 19-yard run with 57 seconds left in the first half. The Bobcats answered with their only points on a seven-play, 68-yard drive capped by Ryan Deal's 4-yard pass to Ian Waddell as the first half ended. Deal finished 19 of 27 for 169 yards and a - AP Sports
10/21/16 - Caleb Peterson, rSr/2017, North Carolina, 6-5, 300 (DS#9 OG) No. 22 North Carolina has lost starting offensive guard Caleb Peterson and linebacker Jonathan Smith to season-ending injuries. The school said Thursday that Peterson will have back surgery Friday in Dallas. The senior started 42 games and made 30 straight starts before missing the Virginia Tech game two weeks ago. Peterson joins guard John Ferranto, who was lost to a preseason injury, as starting linemen the Tar Heels have lost for the season. Smith, a true freshman, suffered a broken right foot in practice before the Virginia Tech game. He had surgery Thursday in Chapel Hill. He had played in six games. UNC plays at Virginia on Saturday. - AP Sports
10/21/16 - Leonard Fournette, Jr/2018, LSU, 6-1, 230 (DS#1 RB) RB Leonard Fournette will return from an ankle injury when No. 25 LSU hosts No. 23 Ole Miss on Saturday. He hasn't played since Sept. 24 due to the injury to his left ankle that he first suffered in August. The junior has twice aggravated the injury and has missed three of the Tigers' six games.
10/20/16 - Jerod Evans, Jr/2018, Virginia Tech, 6-3, 235 (DS#9 QB) Evans passes, runs Hokies past...Virginia Tech toppled Miami 37-16 Thursday night to stay alive in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division race. The Hurricanes' title hopes, on the other hand, sustained a serious blow. Hokies quarterback Jerod Evans passed for 259 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 98 yards and a score in front of home crowd of 63,507 at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va. Both of his touchdown passes went to tight end Bucky Hodges. Virginia Tech (5-2, 3-1 ACC) rolled up 523 total yards to end a two-game, head-to-head losing streak to Miami. The Hokies bounced back from an upset loss at Syracuse on Saturday by dispatching a Hurricanes team that has lost three straight games after starting the season 4-0. Miami (4-3, 1-3) had no answer for the Hokies' swarming defense. Virginia Tech sacked Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya eight times and finished with 12 tackles for loss. Kaaya passed for 323 yards and two touchdowns. Virginia Tech defensive tackle Woody Baron had 2.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss. Hokies kicker Joey Slye made field goals of 47, 38 and 27 yards. - The Sports Xchange
10/20/16 - Dalton Keene, Jr/2018, Illinois State, 6-3, 285 (DS#36 DT) OCT 17 MISSOURI VALLEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: DT Dalton Keene, Illinois State, 6-4, 280, Jr., Jacksonville (Ill.) High...Junior defensive tackle Dalton Keene did it all for the Redbirds in their victory over the Salukis Saturday night at Hancock Stadium. The Jacksonville, Illinois, native finished with nine tackles and was credited with 1.5 sacks against the Salukis. On one of those sacks, Keene forced a fumble by SIU quarterback Josh Straughan that was fallen on by the quarterback. He also blocked a field goal attempt in the game, the second time he’s done that in his career, to help the Redbirds keep the Salukis off the scoreboard. - Missouri Valley Football
10/20/16 - Taryn Christion, So/2019, South Dakota State, 6-1, 215 (DS#45 QB) OCT 17 MISSOURI VALLEY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: QB Taryn Christion, South Dakota State, 6-2, 215, So., Sioux Falls (S.D.) Roosevelt High...Christion accounted for 444 yards of total offense, completing 24-of-42 passes for 303 yards and rushing 20 times for 141 yards to lead South Dakota State to a 19-17 victory at top-ranked North Dakota State on Oct. 15. He threw a pair of touchdown passes in the game, including a 2-yarder to Jake Wieneke with one second remaining in the contest. Christion became the first Jackrabbit quarterback to throw and rush for more than 100 yards in the same game in 28 years. - Missouri Valley Football
10/20/16 - Miles Bergner, Sr/2017, South Dakota, 6-0, 225 (DS#16 K) OCT 17 MISSOURI VALLEY SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: PK/P Miles Bergner, South Dakota, 6-0, 225, Sr., Longmont (Colo.) High...Bergner made four field goals in South Dakota’s 33-30, double-overtime win on the road at Indiana State Saturday including two 41-yard field goals in overtime. His 49-yarder in the first quarter made him the Coyotes’ all-time leading scorer. He also connected from 38 yards in the third quarter. His first kick of overtime tied the game and forced a second overtime. His fourth field goal turned out to be the game winner. Bergner stands atop the Coyote record book with 247 points. In addition to his place-kicking duties, Bergner had five touchbacks on six kickoffs and averaged 42.8 yards per punt. He pinned two inside the 20 and had two of more than 50 yards. - Missouri Valley Football
10/20/16 - Christian Rozeboom, rFr/2020, South Dakota State, 6-1, 215 (DS#999 OLB) OCT 17 MISSOURI VALLEY NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: LB Christian Rozeboom, South Dakota State, 6-2, 215, R-Fr., Sioux Center (Iowa) High...Rozeboom recorded a team-high 12 tackles, including a key sack in the fourth quarter, to help lead a South Dakota State defense in a 19-17 win at top-ranked North Dakota State on Oct. 15. As a team, the Jackrabbits limited NDSU to one first down in the fourth quarter, allowing the SDSU offense to score the final 16 points of the game between the third and fourth quarters. - Missouri Valley Football
10/20/16 - James Torgerson, Jr/2018, Western Illinois, 6-4, 300 (DS#999 OT) OCT 17 MISSOURI VALLEY OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: James Torgerson, Western Illinois, Jr, 6-5, 300, Springfield, Ill.,...Torgerson graded out at 92 percent with seven pancake blocks as Western held a 13+ minute advantage in time of possession. The Leathernecks also gained 461 yards of total offense. - Missouri Valley Football
10/20/16 - Charlie Miller, Sr/2017, Dartmouth, 6-0, 185 (DS#43 FS) OCT 17 IVY LEAGUE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Dartmouth senior defensive back Charlie Miller (Shoreview, Minn.) made two key plays to help his team hold off Towson, 20-17. In the second quarter, with the Big Green up, 10-7, Miller picked off a pass at the Dartmouth 10 to prevent a Towson scoring opportunity. But his biggest play came with 2:19 remaining in the contest, when he blocked a 22-yard game-tying field goal attempt to keep his team ahead, 20-17. Miller earns his first career Ivy League weekly award. He is the first Big Green to be named Special Teams Player of the Week since Ryder Stone on Nov. 16, 2015. Miller’s Statistics for the Week: 6 Tckls., 1 Asst., 7 Total, 1 INT, 17 Yds., 1 BrUp, 1 Blk. - Ivy League Football
10/20/16 - Isiah Swann, Fr/2020, Dartmouth, 5-11, 180 (DS#999 CB) OCT 17 IVY LEAGUE DEFENSIVE PLAYER/ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Dartmouth freshman defensive back Isiah Swann (Queen Park, Ariz.) made sure his first career start was not his last, leading the team with 13 tackles in a 20-17 win over Towson. Swann recorded 13 total tackles and his interception early in the second quarter led to the Big Green’s first touchdown of the day. He also broke up three passes as Dartmouth won its seventh-straight non-conference game. Swann is the third Big Green to earn Defensive Player of the Week this season and the second to be named Rookie of the Week. He is the first Big Green to earn multiple Ivy League weekly awards in the same week since Alex Gakenheimer took home Rookie and Special Teams on Nov. 18, 2013. Swann’s Statistics for the Week: 10 Tckls., 3 Asst., 13 Total, 1 INT, 3 BrUps. - Ivy League Football
10/20/16 - John Lovett, Jr/2018, Princeton, 6-2, 225 (DS#999 QB) OCT 17 IVY LEAGUE CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Princeton junior quarterback John Lovett (Wantagh, N.Y.) took the Tigers on his back for the second-straight week, recording three touchdowns, two through the air and the third on the ground. Lovett threw for 71 yards on 6-of-7 passing for a completion percentage of 85.7, finding James Frusciante twice in the end zone. Lovett’s rushing TD put the Tigers ahead, 28-0 at halftime. His 10 rushing touchdowns on the season leads the League and ranks tied for third nationally. Lovett earns Offensive Player of the Week for the second-straight week, the first Tiger to accomplish the feat since Quinn Epperly in 2013. Lovett’s Statistics for the Week: 6-7-0, 71 Yds., 85.7 Completion %, 2 TDs; 7 Rushes, 21 Yds., 1 TD; 1 Rec., 3 Yds. - Ivy League Football
10/20/16 - Tre Solomon, Jr/2018, Pennsylvania, 5-11, 200 (DS#999 RB) OCT 17 IVY LEAGUE CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Penn junior running back Tre Solomon (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was a triple-threat on Saturday, rushing for 127 yards and one touchdown, passing for another touchdown and catching five passes for 30 yards in the Quakers’ 35-10 win over Columbia. His 127 rushing yards marked a career-high, as he averaged 6.7 yards per carry. Solomon opened and closed the scoring for Penn, as his rushing touchdown gave the team a 7-0 lead and his passing touchdown put the Quakers up 35-10. Solomon earns his first career Ivy League weekly award. He is the first Quaker to be named Offensive Player of the Week since Justin Watson on Nov. 16, 2015. Solomon’s Statistics for the Week: 19 Rushes, 127 Yds., 1 TD; 1-1-0, 23 Yds., 100.0 Completion %, 1 TD; 5 Rec., 30 Yds. - Ivy League Football
10/20/16 - Desmond King, Sr/2017, Iowa, 5-10, 203 (DS#1 CB) Judging Iowa cornerback Desmond King for postseason honors won't be easy. King might be the first Hawkeyes player to be considered for an All-America team simply because he stepped on the field every week. Teams have avoided throwing anywhere near King, the reigning Thorpe Award winner as the nation's top defensive back. King's numbers have suffered as a result, but Iowa ranks 13th nationally in opponent completion percentage at 51.3. King and the Hawkeyes (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) host No. 10 Wisconsin (4-2, 1-2) on Saturday.
"He's a durable player. Most of the really great players that have played here, that's one trait that ... I think is a real key to greatness," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. "He's playing well on defense ... and he's been doing an extraordinary job on special teams." Despite the fact that opponents have rarely given King a chance to prove himself on defense in 2016, he's still wrapping up one of the great careers in school history. "When the ball's not thrown your way, our coaching staff is still looking at how you are playing your guy, was your technique right, things like that," King said. "You've just got to play your best and be ready." - AP Sports
10/20/16 - Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Sr/2017, Tennessee, 6-0, 230 (DS#7 OLB) Tennessee linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin has undergone season-ending shoulder surgery and defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie also will miss the remainder of the year with a torn pectoral muscle. Volunteers coach Butch Jones updated the status of both players and Reeves-Maybin discussed his surgery Tuesday. This latest news represented just the latest setback for the 18th-ranked Vols, who have dealt with multiple injuries on both sides of the ball all season. "I've never been through a year like this in coaching ever," Jones said. Reeves-Maybin declined to specify the nature of his shoulder injury but said he got hurt in a 28-19 victory over Ohio last month. He tried to return the following week against Florida but couldn't play through the injury.
Reeves-Maybin, one of four team captains, has missed the entirety of Tennessee's last three games. "I felt like in the condition I was in, I wouldn't be able to help the team," Reeves-Maybin said. After posting 101 tackles in 2014 and 105 last season, Reeves-Maybin has 20 tackles in four games this year. Reeves-Maybin's surgery likely ends his college career, though the senior from Clarksville, Tennessee, hasn't completely ruled out the possibility of seeking a medical redshirt. Reeves-Maybin, who owns 240 career tackles, already has earned his degree. - AP Sports
10/18/16 - Bryan Schor, Jr/2018, James Madison, 6-1, 215 (DS#999 QB) OCT 17 CAA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bryan Schor, Jr., QB, James Madison (Milford, Pa./Delaware Valley)...Schor recorded 312 yards of total offense and five touchdowns in James Madison’s 42-39 victory at New Hampshire that snapped the Wildcats’ 17-game regular-season home winning streak. The junior quarterback completed 15-of-24 passes for a career-high 242 yards and 4 TD’s and also rushed for a team-best 70 yards and a TD on 12 carries. - CAA Football