Posts by Nick Bromberg
Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 hrs ago
Only Arkansas now stands in the way of Missouri's second-straight SEC East title.
If you were filling out a comment card about Missouri's season, the phrase you'd probably write first would be "ugly, but effective." And the theme continued Saturday night during the Tigers' 29-21 win over Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn., as Missouri's offense sputtered for much of the game after an opening touchdown drive.
But as soon as quarterback Maty Mauk hit Jimmie Hunt on a 73-yard touchdown pass to give Missouri a 23-13 lead, the Tiger offense was reinvigorated.
Early in the fourth quarter, Mauk had Hunt in single coverage and threw a jump ball for his receiver, who reached over the Tennessee defender and snagged it before holding off another on his way to the end zone. On Mauk's next pass after a Tennessee punt, he hit Bud Sasser for a 35-yard gain. The two passes netted Mauk 108 yards of passing. His previous 22 throws had gained 109 yards.
Five plays after finding Sasser, Mauk hit him again for a 13-yard touchdown and the Tigers final score of the night.
The Tigers sacked Dobbs five times and Tennessee finished with just 53 total rushing yards and two turnovers.
Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 4 hrs ago
Western Carolina coach Mark Speir took offense to ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit's feelings about FCS teams playing FBS teams.
Four SEC schools – Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Georgia – played FCS schools on Saturday and on GameDay, Herbstreit, an avowed critic of the ability of FBS teams to play FCS schools, expressed his disdain for the practice again. Western Carolina played Alabama, and Speir made this comment after the game, which Alabama won 48-14.
He didn't name Herbstreit, but the direction of the comment was clear given that Herbstreit used to play quarterback at Ohio State.
"A guy had a silver spoon in his mouth all his life, Ohio State, primadonna state quarterback talking about, 'It's an embarrassment,'" Speir said via Al.com. "He ain't ever coached."
Speir complimented Herbstreit's GameDay partner in Lee Corso, who doesn't share Herbstreit's stance.
For more Alabama news,via TideSports.com.
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Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 5 hrs ago
Tennessee converted a beautiful fake field goal for a touchdown and one fan was so overcome with joy that he tumbled out of the stands in celebration.
Holder Patrick Ashford threw a strike to Alex Ellis, who ran a go route and got behind Missouri's defenders for the 31-yard touchdown. While you can see the defenders on the perimeter recognize the fake, the middle of the defense didn't, and Ian Simon was too late to get to Ellis.
And as Ellis' momentum carried him out the back of the end zone, he was joined by a fan on the field. A man tried to reach down and pat Ellis and his momentum sent him over the brick wall separating the stands from the field.
We feel for the woman in the black coat who was suddenly in the midst of chaos and had no chance to get out.
Thankfully, the fan who fell out of the stands was uninjured and back in his spot after the fall. The fake gave Tennessee a 10-7 lead and the Vols and Tigers were tied 13-13 at halftime.
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Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 7 hrs ago
Entering Saturday's game at Arkansas, Ole Miss' SEC West-winning scenario wasn't farfetched. If the Rebels beat Arkansas and Mississippi State while Alabama lost to Auburn, Ole Miss would be the SEC West winner.
Plus, the Rebels' standing in the College Football Playoff rankings would be boosted as well. If the Rebels won the SEC Championship Game, a playoff spot would be likely.
Instead, those possibilities are gone. And my, how they disappeared as Ole Miss played its worst game of the season against the Razorbacks in Fayetteville in a 30-0 loss.
The Rebels were never in the game. After a three-and-out on Ole Miss' first possession, Arkansas efficiently drove down the field for a touchdown. Then Bo Wallace fumbled on the next possession. Arkansas kicked a field goal. The Rebels were down 10-0 less than halfway through the first quarter and things spiraled out of control from there.
Wallace's fumble on the second drive was his first of four turnovers. On his second, he was tackled awkwardly and his ankle twisted under the pile. As he was torqued, he dropped the football and Arkansas recovered.
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Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 8 hrs ago
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston really wanted to snap the ball and moved an official out of the way to do so.
The Seminoles had just completed a six-yard pass on first down and wanted to hurry to the line on second down after the ball was spotted. But since FSU had substituted, Boston College was allowed by rule the opportunity to substitute as well.
So as the Eagles substituted, an official stood between Winston and his center to ensure that Florida State didn't snap it as the line was already set. Winston didn't want him there, as the play call had him directly under center instead of in the shotgun. So he moved him out of the way rather than waiting for the official to get out of the way himself.
It wasn't a malicious play, however, should it have been a penalty? According to the NCAA rulebook (p. 97), "persons subject to the rules shall not intentionally contact a game official forcibly during the game."
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said he didn't think his quarterback realized what he had done.
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Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 10 hrs ago
Yes, the final score looks like a blowout, but Indiana gave Ohio State a serious scare on Saturday.
The Buckeyes clinched the Big Ten East with a 42-27 win over the Hoosiers, but the game wasn't in control until there were less than five minutes left in the fourth quarter, when the Buckeyes picked off Indiana quarterback Zander Diamont and scored one play later.
Heck, Ohio State was even trailing late into the third quarter after Indiana running back Tevin Coleman, perhaps the most underappreciated player in college football,ran 90 yards for a touchdown to give Indiana a 20-14 lead with 7:17 to go in the third.
But three possessions after Coleman's TD run, the game became the Jalin Marshall show.
Then, in the fourth quarter, he scored three more touchdowns, all on passes from J.T. Barrett. A six-yard touchdown made it 28-20. Then a 15-yard touchdown after Diamont's interception made it a two-score game with a sweet one-handed catch.
Not only had the upset hopes of Indiana been swiped, but they were thrown on the ground and stomped.
Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 13 hrs ago
Nate Gerry could have simply gone out of bounds to give Nebraska good field position. He didn't, and he ended up giving the Huskers a two-touchdown lead.
Minnesota lined up to kick a 30-yard field goal to cut Nebraska's lead to 14-10 in the second quarter, but the kick was blocked by Nebraska's Randy Gregory. After a brief moment of hot potato, the ball ended up in Gerry's hands and he took off down the left sideline, evading a couple of Minnesota players and waiting for his blocks to break free and score.
The return gave Nebraska a 21-7 lead, though Nebraska ended up losing the game 28-24 after only scoring a field goal in the second half.
For more Nebraska news, visit HuskerOnline.com.
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If a Texas vs. Texas A&M bowl matchup does or doesn't happen, it's not because Texas A&M controlled the matchup, according to A&M athletic director Eric Hyman.
With Texas now bowl eligible and the Aggies with four losses, it's been fun to speculate if the two rivals and former Big 12 and Southwestern conference mates would meet in a bowl like the Texas Bowl in Houston. The matchup would instantly sell the game out and reignite a football rivalry that's gone dormant since A&M went to the SEC.
However, Hyman said Wednesday that the pairing was "out of our control."
“Quite frankly, that’s a decision made by the conference,” Hyman told the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday evening. “The configuration is so different than it’s been in the past. They ask us to rank the bowls, and they ask the bowls to rank us. The (SEC) then ranks all the different teams from that, and that’s how the selection will be made.
For more Texas A&M news, visit AggieYell.com.
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Another 5-5 week makes us 51-68-1. If we go 19-1 over the next two weeks, .500 is possible!
Northwestern (PK) at Purdue, Noon ET: Letdown line after Northwestern's win over Notre Dame? Purdue is an improved team from last year, but we'll take the Wildcats with potential bowl eligibility at stake. To get to .500, Northwestern has to beat Purdue and Illinois. It's doable, but not guaranteed. Because you've seen Northwestern play this year, right?
Minnesota at Nebraska (OVER 56.5), Noon ET: Minnesota is a very good running team, similar to the one that, uh, ran all over Nebraska last week. Well, OK, it was Melvin Gordon, but still, the point stands. And Nebraska should be able to move the ball on the Gophers as well. This is a game that will come down to Tommy Armstrong and Mitch Leidner, which is why we're not necessarily confident in picking a winner.
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Mississippi State DB Justin Cox has been suspended indefinitely after a reported alleged burglary and domestic violence incident.
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen announced the suspension in a statement on Friday morning.
Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department Lt. Brett Watson said deputies responded to a burglary call on Rocky Road in the Aspen Heights apartment complex at about 3 a.m. Friday. He said upon arrival, deputies found a female victim with an injury to her head. Watson would not identify the victim.
Cox has played in nine games this season and has 21 tackles.
Mississippi State plays Vanderbilt on Saturday before playing Ole Miss on Nov. 29.
For more Mississippi State news, visit BulldogBlitz.com.
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