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By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 days 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:
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:
Utah made slight changes to its uniforms for 2014, and the Utes continued with the tweaks by unveiling a new white helmet.
It’s uncertain when Utah will wear these white helmets, but it’s a pretty sharp look for Kyle Whittingham’s Utes.
Texas Tech plans to turn back the clock when Arkansas visits Lubbock on Saturday.
The Red Raiders will wear throwback uniforms in Week 3, and the overall look for Saturday is pretty sharp. The design is similar to the uniforms and helmets Texas Tech had when coach Kliff Kingsbury was playing quarterback for Mike Leach.
Check out Texas Tech’s throwback uniforms below and visit the official school site for a full gallery:
SMU coach June Jones has resigned after an 0-2 start this year. Jones is the first coach of the season to be fired or resign.
Defensive coordinator Tom Mason will be promoted to interim coach, with Dan Morrison and Jason Phillips sharing play-calling duties on offense.
Jones was a key hire for SMU, as he arrived in Dallas after recording a 76-41 record during his nine-year tenure at Hawaii. The Warriors showed immediate improvement under Jones, going from 0-12 in the year prior to his arrival, to a 9-4 mark and a bowl victory in 1999.
Jones also guided Hawaii to a BCS bowl appearance in 2007.
However, Jones left Hawaii for Dallas after that season and struggled to find early success with the Mustangs.
SMU went 1-11 in Jones’ debut and finished winless in conference play in 2008.
The Mustangs rebounded by playing in four consecutive bowl games from 2009-12 and finished 5-7 in their first season of American Athletic play in 2013.
Despite making four consecutive bowl games for a program that has struggled to maintain success since the death penalty in 1987, there were plenty of rumblings from the SMU fanbase about Jones’ tenure.
And those rumblings only grew louder once the Mustangs started 2014 with an 0-2 record, which included a 45-0 loss to Baylor and a 43-6 defeat at the hands of North Texas.
SMU is a job with plenty of potential, as its located in a fertile recruiting area and has a history of success. With an opportunity to play in the American Athletic Conference, there's also good exposure on key television networks.
Names to watch in SMU’s coaching search:
David Beaty, wide receivers coach, Texas A&M
Philip Montgomery, offensive coordinator, Baylor
Chad Morris, offensive coordinator, Clemson
Rick Neuheisel, former UCLA coach
Lincoln Riley, offensive coordinator, East Carolina
Jake Spavital, offensive coordinator, Texas A&M
BYU easily handled Texas 41-7 on Saturday night. Quarterback Taysom Hill was the catalyst for the Cougars’ victory, throwing for 181 yards on 18 completions and rushing for 99 yards and three scores on 24 attempts.
Hill’s dual-threat ability gave the Texas defense fits last year, so his performance on Saturday night wasn’t a surprise.
Hill made one of the weekend’s top players by hurdling a defender on a touchdown run in the second half.
LSU freshman running back Leonard Fournette was one of the nation’s top recruits and there was considerable hype surrounding his debut this year. Fournette was quiet in the opener against Wisconsin and rushed for only 18 yards on eight carries.
Fournette’s numbers against Sam Houston State were better, as the freshman recorded a touchdown and over 50 yards in just over two quarters of work.
However, Fournette’s touchdown drew the ire of coach Les Miles, as the freshman struck a Heisman pose.
Check out Fournette’s touchdown run and Heisman pose:
A week after an upset win over Northwestern, California kept the momentum going with a blowout victory over Sacramento State.
Receiver Kenny Lawler added the Golden Bears’ good vibes with one of the weekend’s best catches. Lawler made a nifty one-handed grab to put California up 28-0 in the first half.
By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days ago
UTSA’s upset bid against Arizona came up short in Week 2. However, the Roadrunners certainly had a good showing against the Wildcats.
One of the top highlights of Week 2 came when UTSA’s Josiah Monroe demolished an Arizona player in the first half.
By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 6 days ago
Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty suffered two cracked transverse processes in his back against SMU and is listed as day-to-day.
Petty played against SMU but was clearly limited after suffering the injury in the first half. The senior finished the opener by completing 13 of 23 passes for 161 yards and two touchdown passes. Petty also rushed for 21 yards and one score on two attempts.
While the injury sounds bad, Petty could play in Saturday’s game against Northwestern State on Sept. 6.
However, with winnable games against Northwestern State and Buffalo before Big 12 play begins versus Iowa State on Sept. 27, Petty’s game snaps could be limited over the next few weeks.