Posted on: October 2, 2010 3:47 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 11:58 pm
As we look at all the action around the nation during Week 5, here are some of the biggest performances of the day. Follow all the action on our scoreboard and our updating college football blog .
4: Total touchdowns by Ole Miss' Jeremiah Masoli in the 42-35 victory over Kentucky . Masoli threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another.
94: Length of a school-record touchdown pass by Cameron Newton. The quarterback connected with Emory Blake on a 94-yard touchdown pass on his first throw as No. 10 Auburn routed Louisiana-Monroe 52-3. Newton finished with 245 yards and three TDs.
190: Jordan Todman ran for 190 yards and two touchdowns to lead Connecticut to a 40-21 win over Vanderbilt , just the second win for the Big East over a BCS conference team this season. Todman, who carried the ball 37 times, has now rushed for over 100 yards in seven of his last eight games.
226: Career-high rushing yards by backup running back Matt Brown in Temple's 42-35 victory over Army. Pierce, the Owls' leading rusher, was scratched for the game with an ankle injury.
257: Sophomore running back LaMichael James rushed for 257 yards in the 52-31 victory over Stanford. James busted loose on a 76-yard TD run to seal the victory for the Ducks.
277: Number of rushing yards by Pittsburgh's Ray Graham in his first college start, lifting the Panthers to a 44-17 win over FIU . Graham's third consecutive 100-yard game - his first two were off the bench - represented the second-highest rushing total in Pitt history.
380: Robert Griffin threw for a career-best 380 yards with two of his three touchdowns to Josh Gordon as Baylor pounded Kansas 55-7 for its most lopsided conference victory ever.
401: Combined yards rushing by Derrick Coleman (185) and Johnathan Franklin (216) in UCLA's 42-28 victory over Washington State.
969: Total yards of offense combined by Michigan's Denard Robinson and Indiana's Ben Chappell. Robinson rushed for 217 yards and two scores, while throwing for 277 yards and three scores. Chappell set school records with 480 yards passing (45-of-64) with three touchdowns (he also has negative 5 yards rushing).
Posted on: September 4, 2010 7:05 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2010 12:01 am
As we look at all the action around the opening weekend in college football, here are some of the biggest performances of the day. Follow all the action on our scoreboard and our updating college football blog .
18.1: Average yards per carry by Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez when he rushed for 127 yards on seven carries in the 49-10 win over Western Kentucky.
72: Points scored by Oregon in an easy 72-0 victory over New Mexico. Kenjon Barner replaced the suspended LaMichael James and had a career-high 147 yards and four touchdowns.
141: Freshman Le'Veon Bell rushed for 141 yards on 10 carries and scored two touchdowns to spark Michigan State past Western Michigan 38-14 in a season-opening game Saturday.
168: Scott McKnight became Colorado's all-time leader in receptions with a 27-yard touchdown in the 24-3 victory over Colorado State . McKnight's 168th career catch broke the mark set by Michael Westbrook from 1991-94. The senior finished with six catches for 78 yards.
357: Total combined yards rushing and passing by Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton in the win over Arkansas State. Newton ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 186 yards and three more scores.
Posted on: July 13, 2010 8:22 am
Edited on: July 13, 2010 8:24 am
Ndamukong Suh did something that most defensive players never get to do ... earn Heisman Trophy votes. Suh finished fourth last season behind Mark Ingram, Toby Gerhart and Colt McCoy.
He was the first defensive player to finish that high since Charles Woodson won the award for Michigan in 1997. Numerous players have earned votes, like A.J. Hawk, LaVar Arrington and Glenn Dorsey, so it is not uncommon for a player to finish in the Top 10.
Here are a handful of guys that have the best chance to earn votes for this year's Heisman, which will be handed out Dec. 11 in New York.
Adrian Clayborn, Iowa: After earning MVP honors in the Orange Bowl, Clayborn was a guy I thought could definitely be on some Heisman watch lists. He recorded 36 solo tackles with 20 tackles for a loss and 11.5 sacks and four forced fumbles last season. Iowa's defense will be strong again and some experts have the Hawkeyes challenging for the national championship this year. It won't be because of the offense, so look to the defense for somebody to be the leader. Enter Clayborn. Oct. 2 vs. Penn State and Nov. 20 vs. Ohio State will be the two biggest games of the season for Iowa.
Jared Crick, Nebraska: He'll have to follow one of the greatest Nebraska defensive players in history in Ndamukong Suh, but Crick will definitely make a name for himself in 2010. The first-team All-Big 12 member recorded 9.5 sacks last season, while also having 15 tackles for a loss. He also recorded 73 tackles, including 42 solo. As great as Crick is, hopefully the voters' won't penalize him because of what Suh did last year because he deserves to be judged on his own merit. With Nebraska ranked in the Top 10 in most preseason polls, Crick could definitely follow Suh and earn votes at the end of the season. Oct. 16 vs. Texas will be the Huskers biggest challenge of the season.
Von Miller, Texas A&M: The first-team All-American might end up being the best defensive player in the nation. Listen to the season this kid had -- led the nation is sacks (17) and finished fifth in the nation in tackles for a loss. Against Texas he had 2.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks and even broke up two passes. He is expected to be a finalist for numerous defensive awards, so if Miller and the Aggies can make some waves in the Big 12, I expect him to finish in the Top 10 of the Heisman voting. It all comes down to a strong finish as the team faces Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas in three of the final four games.
Greg Romeus, Pittsburgh: With the Panthers projected to be a force in the Big East, look for the senior to improve on his numbers from last season. Romeus racked up a team-high eight sacks and 11.5 tackles for a loss. The first-team All-Big East performer and Hendricks finalist just might be able to garner some votes if the Panthers are near the Top 15 most of the year. Keep an eye on how Romeus does in the team's biggest games -- at Utah (Sept. 6), Miami (Sept. 23), West Virginia (Nov. 26) and at Cincinnati (Dec. 4).
Patrick Peterson, LSU: Peterson is a great cover corner, earning first-team All-SEC and second-team All-American honors last year. Two of the best receivers in the country last year A.J. Green and Julio Jones combined for just seven catches when covered by Peterson. The junior also ranked third in the SEC in passes defended with two interceptions. As great a player as he is, to really get the eyes of the Heisman voters, he'll need to improve the INT numbers and make some game-changing plays in the SEC. The nation will get to see Peterson right off the bat in the season opener against North Carolina on Sept. 4. Of course the clash vs. the Gators will be Oct. 9 and the Tigers play Alabama on Nov. 6.
Greg Jones, Michigan State: Here's all the numbers you need from Jones -- 154 tackles, which ranked third in the nation (11.85 per game). The consensus first-team All-American also finished fifth in the Big Ten and 30th in the nation with nine sacks and 51st with a team-high 13.5 tackles for a loss. Jones is a beast, but the problem with linebackers and the Heisman race is, too many players have great tackle numbers. Still, keep an eye on Jones, especially when he faces Wisconsin (Oct. 2), at Iowa (Oct. 30), and at Penn State (Nov. 27).
Rahim Moore, UCLA: Moore is one of the best safeties in the nation, earning first-team All-American honors after recording 10 interceptions in 13 games. It was the first time a player had at least 10 INTs since 2003. If Moore can record double-digit picks again and has UCLA in the hunt for the Pac-10 title, than he has a shot to get a few votes. The problem will be that the Bruins aren't expected to win more than 6 or 7 games with a schedule that consists of road game against Texas, California, Oregon and Washington.
Greg Reid, Florida State: The biggest long shot on my list is mostly known for his special team play instead of his secondary play. Reid led the nation with a 18.4-yard punt return average and also averaged 25.5 on kick returns. The only chance he gets some Heisman attention is to explode in the return game like Raghib Ismail did and get some interceptions on defense (had just two last season).
Posted on: February 3, 2010 12:24 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2010 2:39 pm
Can UCLA become a major player in the Pac-10? Time will tell, but it is making a good impression today.
The biggest news coming out of Los Angeles is the signing of Giovanni DiPaolo. One of the Top 10 offensive guards in the nation originally signed with USC, but switched to UCLA today.
Another player that was reported going to sign with USC -- Jordan Zumwalt -- decided to sign with UCLA today too.
At a live press conference from his high school, Owamagbe Odighizuwa is also headed to UCLA. Odighizuwa is ranked No. 41 overall by MaxPreps.com. He had narrowed his selctions down to the Bruins, Nebraska and Oregon State.
If the Bruins keep this up, they should easily end up with a Top 20 signing class.
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Posted on: December 6, 2009 9:12 pm
While Temple has received a bid to play in the EagleBank Bowl, it doesn't know which team to prepare for yet -- Army or UCLA
That will all be decided Saturday, Dec. 12 on CBS.
If Army beats Navy, the Black Knights will earn their first bowl bid since 1996. Army had a contract at the beginning of the season that if it got to 6-6 (bowl-eligible) it would play in Washington D.C.
If Navy wins, UCLA will earn the spot. The Bruins are 6-6 and bowl-eligible, but the Pac-10 had only six bowl spots and seven bowl-eligible teams.
So UCLA must wait.
"In either scenario, we feel we have a great matchup for this year's EagleBank Bowl," said Steve Beck, Executive Director of the EagleBank Bowl. "We look forward to hosting the players, coaches and their fans for a tremendous week of fun in the nation's capital."
Meanwhile, Temple will be making its first bowl appearance since winning the 1979 Garden State Bowl over California.
The EagleBank Bowl will be played on Dec. 29 at 4:30 p.m. at RFK Stadium.