- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Three years ago, Southern Miss failed to win a game.
On Saturday, the Golden Eagles became Conference USA West Division champions.
Southern Miss scored three touchdowns on three Louisiana Tech turnovers in the fourth quarter to blow out the Bulldogs 58-24 and earn a berth in the Conference USA title game. The Golden Eagles will play at Western Kentucky next weekend.
Southern Miss jumped out to a 24-3 lead late in the second quarter thanks to a balanced passing and rushing attack. But the Bulldogs cut the lead to 24-10 right before halftime to give themselves a chance.
Louisiana Tech scored first in the third quarter to cut the Golden Eagles lead to a touchdown, but Southern Miss quarterback Nick Mullens answered quickly with a one-yard touchdown pass to Korey Robertson. After that, the wheels fell off for Louisiana Tech.
The Bulldogs turned the ball over on three consecutive plays and Golden Eagles running back Ito Smith rushed for touchdowns on each subsequent possession. In less than a minute at the start of the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs went from trailing by 14 points to 51-17 deficit.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Ohio State's offense learns quickly.
A week after totaling just 132 yards against Michigan State in its first loss of the season, Ohio State ran for 370 yards in a 42-13 win over Michigan on Saturday.
And while the domination is a sign Ohio State's offense wasn't broken beyond repair against the Spartans, it's also going to make Buckeyes fans wonder if things would have been different had Ohio State's offense performed like this earlier in the season.
Ezekiel Elliott ran for 214 yards and two touchdowns, and J.T. Barrett ran for 138 and three touchdowns as the Buckeyes ran over, around and through the Wolverines. With Elliott and Barrett in the backfield, Ohio State made Michigan play gaps, and when the Wolverines overcommitted, one or the other would break a big gain.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
It appears Memphis coach Justin Fuente has been tabbed as the man to replace Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech.
Multiple reports surfaced Saturday indicating an announcement would be made next week and that defensive coordinator Bud Foster and running backs coach Shane Beamer, the son of Frank Beamer, would remain on the Hokies’ staff.
Justin Fuente will be new coach at Virginia Tech. Bud Foster & Shane Beamer will remain on Hokies' staff, source told @espn
Yahoo Sports’ columnist Pat Forde speculated earlier this week that Fuente would be the Hokies’ choice and that he had been the favorite for awhile.
Fuente has spent four seasons at Memphis. He won just seven games in his first two seasons before a breakout 10-win season a year ago. The Tigers are 9-3 this season.
Memphis did say it made a competitive offer to Fuente to get him to stay with the Tigers but did not specifically say how much that deal was worth. Reports did cite the number was more than $3 million.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
The Jimbo Fisher-to-LSU link may not be as strong as many LSU boosters think it is.
According to the Palm Beach Post, the Florida State coach has told FSU president John Thrasher he doesn't have a desire to leave the school. Fisher has been mentioned as a possible successor to Les Miles if LSU cuts ties with its longtime coach following the season. The Tigers have lost three straight games after starting the season 7-0.
From the Post:
Sources have told the Post that Fisher, whose name has been connected to the expected opening at LSU, has made it clear he is happy with the administration, the support he receives and the direction of the program, and has no intentions of leaving Florida State for another coaching job.
At Florida State, Fisher has become one of college football 's most successful coaches . Since Fisher succeeded Bobby Bowden in 2010, Florida State is 67-13. The Seminoles won the final BCS Championship after the 2013 season and went to the College Football Playoff after 2014.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Bill Cubit has dropped the interim title at Illinois.
Cubit and the university have agreed to a two-year deal pending approval by the U of I Board of Trustees.
The agreement extends Cubit’s current contract and will pay him $1.2 million per year.
Cubit was named interim coach on Aug. 28 after head coach Tim Beckman was fired. Cubit has led the Illini to a 5-6 record. Illinois plays Northwestern for bowl eligibility on Saturday.
Cubit's two-year deal is definitely a stopgap for the Illini, who are fighting public perception after several football players alleged verbal and emotional abuse at the hands of Beckman. Illinois also is looking for a new athletic director in the wake of those allegations.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
It’s official: California and Hawaii will open the 2016 season in Australia.
Cal announced Saturdaythat the two teams will square off on Aug 27, 2016 at ANZ Stadium (capacity: 83,500) in Sydney. It will be the first college football game played in Australia since games were played in Melbourne in 1985 and 1987 and the first-ever college football game held in Sydney.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
We've got another college football coaching vacancy.
Tulane announced Saturday morning that it had fired coach Curtis Johnson after a loss to Tulsa on Friday ended a 3-9 season.
"I want to thank CJ for his hard work and his dedication to rebuilding the Green Wave football program. His efforts were rewarded in 2013 when Tulane reached its first bowl in 11 years. Since then, however, the program has not progressed to the level that we aspire to," Tulane athletic director Rick Dickson said in a school release.
Johnson has a 15-34 record in four seasons as the Green Wave's coach. The 2013 season was the lone bright spot as Tulane went 7-6 and lost in the New Orleans Bowl to Louisiana-Lafayette. Johnson's team was 2-10 in his debut season in 2012 and his coaching tenure with the school ends with consecutive 3-9 campaigns.
Tulane is also conducting a search for a new athletic director. Dickson is retiring over the summer. The school stated in the release that the coaching search would be "concluded as soon as possible" once Dickson's replacement is named.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Baylor’s pursuit of a Big 12 title and a spot in the College Football Playoff is officially over thanks to its rival TCU.
The Horned Frogs defeated the Bears 28-21 in a double overtime deluge after Baylor running back Devin Chaffin was stopped for no gain on fourth down to end the game.
Baylor came into the contest needing a win to keep pace with Oklahoma for the Big 12 title. The Bears lost to the Sooners a few weeks ago, but an Oklahoma loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday would have all but handed the Bears the Big 12 title. Now, the Big 12 title and possibly a spot in the College Football Playoff will come down to the Bedlam game Saturday night.
Baylor had its chances on Friday.
It scored 14 points on its first two possessions and took a 14-7 lead early. But then the offense became stagnant because of turnovers. Quarterback Chris Johnson, a third stringer who was playing in place of injured starter Jarrett Stidham, had two costly turnovers in the first half, including a fumble that was returned for what would ultimately be the score to force overtime.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Nick Rolovich has been named Hawaii’s new head coach.
Rolovich was a record-setting quarterback for the Warriors in 2000-01 and was an offensive coordinator under former coach Greg McMackin. He's spent the past four seasons as Nevada's offensive coordinator.
"I'm pleased to welcome back Nick Rolovich to the UH ohana," athletic director David Matlin said in a statement. "Nick is a Warrior at heart and someone I know our fans will support. He understands what it means to be a Warrior having played and coached here and what affect a winning program has with this community. I have no doubt we picked the right man for this job. The future is bright for Hawaii football."