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  • By Steven Lassan, 1 hour 37 min ago

    Utah receiver Kaelin Clay has quickly emerged as one of the Pac-12’s most dangerous return men in 2014.

    And Clay had a huge punt return for a touchdown during the first half of Saturday’s game against Michigan, and the senior decided to add a little flair by striking the Heisman pose.

    Credit Clay for an awesome return – but let’s hold off on the Heisman:

  • By Steven Lassan, 2 hours 41 min ago

    As expected, Michigan State handled Eastern Michigan without too much trouble on Saturday.

    The Spartans rotated several players into action and were able to rest the starters thanks to a huge lead.

    The Eagles are rebuilding under first-year coach Chris Creighton, and this is a program that ranks near the bottom of the FBS in most preseason projections.

     

    EMU provided one of the low-lights of Week 4 with this failed snap. Major, major fail here by the Eagles.


     

  • By Steven Lassan, 4 hours 21 min ago

    Iowa’s offense got a spark in the second half from backup quarterback C.J. Beathard, which included this bomb to receiver Damond Powell.

    Powell is one of Iowa’s fastest receivers and clearly beat the defense on this route.

    While Powell’s speed and Beathard’s throw were nice, neither were as awesome as Powell’s one-handed grab to give Iowa a huge momentum boost in the third quarter.

  • By Steven Lassan, 2 days 3 hours ago

    It’s unusual to see changes in the coordinator ranks just three weeks into the season, but Texas Tech has decided to fire co-defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt.
     

    Wallerstedt was fired one week after the Red Raiders’ defense was gashed for 438 rushing yards in the 49-28 loss to Arkansas.

    However, according to reports, Wallerstedt’s firing isn’t related to Texas Tech’s on-field performance.

    ESPN’s Jake Trotter reported on Thursday that Wallerstedt was fired after being under the influence of an unknown substance in the school’s football building.


    Wallerstedt shared the defensive play-calling with Mike Smith, and Smith is going to call the plays for the remainder of the 2014 season.

    Most of Smith’s experience as a coach is in the NFL ranks, including three years with the Jets.

    Smith played linebacker at Texas Tech from 2001-04 and recorded 104 tackles during the 2012 season.

    With only three returning starters, Texas Tech’s defense was expected to be a work in progress in 2014. And so far, the Red Raiders have struggled on that side of the ball.

    The Red Raiders are allowing 5.2 yards per play and ranked last in the Big 12 by giving up 36.7 points per contest.

    An infusion of junior college recruits was slated to help the defensive line, but Texas Tech has just three sacks in three games and was dominated by Arkansas last Saturday – a week after struggling against UTEP.


    Smith will have three tough opponents to open his tenure as the defensive coordinator, starting with the Sept. 25 date at Oklahoma State, followed by games against Kansas State and West Virginia.

  • By Steven Lassan, 3 days 6 hours ago

    Florida State has suspended quarterback Jameis Winston for the first half of Saturday’s game against Clemson due to inappropriate comments made on Tuesday on campus.

    In a statement from the university, Florida State also indicated Winston will undergo internal discipline.

     

    With Winston missing the first two quarters, the Seminoles will turn to backup Sean Maguire.

    Maguire completed 13 of 21 passes for 116 yards and two scores last season and has attempted just five throws in 2014.

    Maguire has not started a game during his Florida State career and was rated as a three-star prospect in the 2012 signing class.

    Prior to Winston’s suspension, Florida State was considered at least a 20-point favorite on Saturday.

    While the Seminoles are still likely to be picked to win by most, the margin for error for Jimbo Fisher’s team has narrowed.

    Maguire has experience but none against a first-team defense. Clemson’s defensive line is one of the best in the nation and features All-American end Vic Beasley.

    Expect a limited gameplan for Maguire, and Fisher will likely place the bulk of the offense on the shoulders of running backs Mario Pender and Karlos Williams.

    Also, Florida State’s defense can help its offense by creating a few turnovers. The Tigers’ offense struggled in the second half against Georgia and is a work in progress with new quarterback Cole Stoudt. 

  • By Steven Lassan, 5 days 3 hours ago

    Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly left the Week 3 victory over Colorado due to a foot injury, and the senior is not expected to play in the Sun Devils’ upcoming showdown against UCLA on Sept. 25.

    With Kelly sidelined, Mike Bercovici is slated to take the first snap against the Bruins.

    Bercovici played in Kelly’s absence during the second half against Colorado and completed 2 of 4 passes for eight yards.

    While Kelly will be missed, Bercovici does have experience, throwing 24 passes over the last three seasons.

    Bercovici is not as strong of a runner as Kelly, but the Sun Devils can lean more on D.J. Foster and freshmen Kalen Ballage and Damario Richard to carry the offense on the ground.

    It’s uncertain when Kelly will be able to return to the lineup, but his absence comes at a critical time for Arizona State. Arizona Sports reported Kelly suffered a broken foot and will be out at least a month.

    The Sun Devils play UCLA on Sept. 25, then travel to USC the following Thursday. If that wasn’t difficult enough, games against Washington and Stanford round out the month of October. Considering Arizona State's difficult schedule, Kelly's injury and how well Bercovici plays will determine whether or not the Sun Devils are still a threat to repeat as Pac-12 South champs.

    UCLA's offensive line has struggled, and quarterback Brett Hundley was injured in Saturday's win over Texas. USC lost at Boston College and was outplayed in a win at Stanford.

    Who should be the favorite in this division? As always, it's a matter of survival. UCLA continues to win close games, and USC still has depth concerns.

    It's tough to count out Arizona State with explosive playmakers like Foster and receiver Jaelen Strong, but the defense featured several new faces stepping into the starting lineup.

    Can Bercovici and a rebuilt defense hold the Sun Devils' title hopes together for the next few weeks? Or will Kelly's injury doom Arizona State's title hopes? For now, it's easy to assume the latter, but the rest of the struggles in the Pac-12 South suggest this race is far from over - even with Kelly sidelined. 

     

  • By Steven Lassan, 6 days 20 hours ago

    As expected, it was a rough day for Kent State against Ohio State. The Buckeyes easily handled the Golden Flashes, winning 66-0 to bounce back after a disappointing loss to Virginia Tech in Week 2.

    In addition to recording only 126 yards and turning the ball over three times, Kent State quarterback Colin Reardon completed only 14 of 27 passes for 76 yards.

    And there was a pass Reardon would like to have back to avoid the highlight reels, as he rolled to his right and attempted to throw downfield. However, instead of the pass taking flight downfield, Reardon’s throw simply landed at his feet.

    The biggest fail of Week 3?

  • By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 hours ago

    Virginia Tech scored a surprise win over Ohio State in Week 2, but the Hokies fell victim an upset-minded East Carolina team in Week 3.

    The Pirates won 28-21, but there were a few highlight plays for Virginia Tech, including receiver Isaiah Ford’s touchdown catch in the second half. Ford's catch was reviewed but the touchdown was upheld.

    Check out Ford's nifty one-handed grab:
     

  • By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 hours ago

    Whether it’s by air or via the ground, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is one of the nation’s best. And on Saturday against Wyoming, Mariota made a highlight reel play by taking a rushing touchdown for a score.

    Mariota didn’t find an open option on his passing reads and chose to take off on the ground. The junior needed some help to score, choosing to take to the air to reach the endzone.

    Check out Mariota’s touchdown run:

     

     

  • By Steven Lassan, 1 week 4 days ago

    Maryland is going patriotic for Saturday’s matchup against West Virginia. The Terrapins unveiled on Tuesday a new patriotic uniform, which features the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner on the shoulder pads and helmet.

    Check out the Terrapins new uniforms for Week 3: