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Alabama Loses RB Drake for at Least 8-10 Weeks

Alabama Loses RB Drake for at Least 8-10 Weeks istockphoto(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- Alabama lost more than a football game last Saturday: running back Kenyan Drake has suffered a broken leg in the team's 23-17 loss at Ole Miss.

Alabama head Coach Nick Saban says it will be 8-10 more weeks before Drake can even think about playing football again. Losing Drake means the Crimson Tide loses versatility. Drake has rushed for 126 yards and four touchdowns while also catching four balls for 145 yards and two touchdowns this season."Kenyan has a lot of production for us and has done a really good job all year long," Saban said. "I don't think there's any question about the fact that when you do lose a player like that it does have some impact.

No. 7 Alabama (4-1, 1-1 SEC) will play Arkansas in Fayetteville on Saturday.

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Ole Miss and Mississippi State Storm into Top 5

Ole Miss and Mississippi State Storm into Top 5

istockphoto(NEW YORK) --  The state of Mississippi has two teams in the top 3 in the latest college football AP Coaches poll. 

In a week that saw 11 ranked teams lose, Ole Miss and Mississippi State are tied at number 3 after each team defeated a fellow SEC program.

While the value of the coaches poll has been significantly diminished with the inaugural college football playoff system that will choose four participants via a 13 person panel, the accomplishment is still a unique feat for the Magnolia State.

Other teams to make significant moves this week include TCU jumping from 25 to No. 9 after a victory over then-No. 4 Oklahoma, and Arizona moving from an unranked spot to No. 10 after a stunning upset against then-No. 2 Oregon.

 

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Rutgers Tops Michigan, 26-24 for 1st Big Ten Win

Rutgers Tops Michigan, 26-24 for 1st Big Ten Win

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(PISCATAWAY, N.J.) -- Scarlet Knights senior quarterback Gary Nova passed for a career-high 404 yards and three touchdowns as Rutgers (5-1; 1-1 Big Ten) beat Michigan (2-4; 0-2 Big Ten), 26-24 on Saturday night for their first win over a Big Ten opponent.

With Michigan leading 17-12 with 1:43 left in the first half, Nova connected with sophomore wide receiver John Tsimis on a seven-yard touchdown to give Rutgers a 19-17 lead. The Scarlet Knights defense would take over, limiting the Wolverines offense to one yard in the third quarter.

Trailing by two, Michigan senior kicker Matt Wile attempted a 56-yard field goal with to 3:01 play in the game, but his attempt was blocked by Rutgers freshman defensive end Kemoko Turay.

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(25) TCU Holds Off (4) Oklahoma

(25) TCU Holds Off (4) Oklahoma

ThinkStock(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- The TCU Hornded Frogs had been 6-12 in their last 18 Big 12 games after making a name for themselves as "BCS-busters". On Saturday, the 25th ranked Horned Frogs won their conference opener, beating number four Oklahoma 37-33 at home.

Quarterback Trevone Boykin racked up 395 total yards of offense against the Sooners (4-1), throwing for 318 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Meanwhile, the TCU (4-0) defense forced three turnovers in the game and intercepted Trevor Knight twice.

The Horned Frogs jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, but Oklahoma rallied to tie the game after one quarter. Both squads traded scores in the second quarter with Michael Hunnicutt hit a 24-yard field goal to tie the game at 24-24 as the first half ended.

Oklahoma took their first, and only, lead of the game in the third quarter when Samaje Perine run in from seven yards out for a 31-24 advantage. That was quickly erased by TCU's Deante Gray, who caught a 29-yard pass from Boykin less than three minutes later. The Horned Frogs took the lead for good when Paul Dawson returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown, making it a 37-31 ballgame.

The Sooners picked up two points when they blocked the extra point and returned it to the end zone, but they would be unable to avoid the upset. It's the first time since 2005, over then-number 5 Oklahoma, that TCU pulled off the win over the Sooners.

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(11) Mississippi Knocks Off (3) Alabama at Home

(11) Mississippi Knocks Off (3) Alabama at Home

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(OXFORD, Miss.) -- In what could go down as the greatest win in school history, No. 11 Ole Miss knocked off third ranked Alabama at home on Saturday, 23-17. The victory snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Crimson Tide (4-1) while also keeping Mississippi (5-0) undefeated.

The Rebels took an early 3-0 lead on a Gary Wunderlich field goal in the first quarter, but Alabama responded with a touchdown drive in the second. As Ole Miss looked to take the game into halftime trailing 7-3, I'Tavius Mathers fumbled at the 13-yard line while the Tide recovered it for a touchdown and a 14-3 halftime advantage.

However, the comeback was on in the second half. Trailing 17-10 midway through the fourth, Bo Wallace connected with Vince Sanders on a 34-yard touchdown pass to tie the game with 5:29 left in regulation. Mississippi quickly got a chance at the lead when Alabama fumbled the ensuing the kickoff and Ole Miss recovered. 

Just a couple plays later, Wallace found Jaylen Walton from 10 yards out, giving the Rebels a 23-17 lead with 2:54 remaining. Alabama threatened to steal the upset away, driving into Ole Miss territory in the waning moments. Crimson Tide quarterback Blake Sims fired a deep pass into the endzone with 37 seconds left, but Senquez Golson picked it off to seal the victory.

It marks the first time since 1962 that Mississippi has won the first five games of a season. 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB Playoffs: San Francisco Giants 2 - Washington Nationals 1 in 18 Innings (Giants lead series, 2-0)

Los Angeles Dodgers 3 - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (Series tied, 1-1)

Top 25 College Football: (1) Florida State 43 (5-0) - Wake Forrest 3 (2-4)

(11) Ole Miss 23 (5-0) - (3) Alabama 17 (4-1)

(25) TCU 37 (4-0) - (4) Oklahoma 33 (4-1)

(5) Auburn 41 (5-0) - (15) LSU 7 (4-2)

(12) Mississippi State 48 (5-0) - (6) Texas A&M 31 (5-1)

(7) Baylor 28 (5-0) - Texas 7 (2-3)

Utah 30 (4-1) - (8) UCLA 28 (4-1)

(9) Notre Dame 17 (5-0) - (14) Stanford 14 (3-2)

(10) Michigan State 27 (4-1) - (19) Nebraska 22 (5-1)

(13) Georgia 44 (4-1) - Vanderbilt 17 (1-5)

Arizona State 38 (4-1) - (16) USC 34 (3-2)

Northwestern 20 (3-2) - (17) Wisconsin 14 (3-2)

(20) Ohio State 52 (4-1) - Maryland 24 (4-2)

(21) Oklahoma State (4-1) - Iowa State 20 (1-4)

(22) East Carolina 45 (4-1) - SMU 24 (0-5) 

(23) Kansas State 45 (4-1) - Texas Tech 13 (2-3)

NASCAR: Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Nationwide Kansas Lottery 300

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(18) BYU QB Suffers Season Ending Injury in Loss to Utah State

(18) BYU QB Suffers Season Ending Injury in Loss to Utah State

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PROVO, Utah) -- The 18th ranked Brigham Young Cougars saw their hopes of a perfect season, and a potential Heisman nomination, fall on Friday night in a 35-20 loss at the hands of Utah State. Making matters worse, BYU quarterback Taysom Hill suffered a broken leg in the first half, effectively ending his season.

"It was really difficult to watch Taysom go down," said BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall. "Our execution will now have to be better from top to bottom because of Taysom's ability to create. There just isn't another Taysom Hill out there anywhere."

Hill, who had started to garner Heisman finalist talk, was injured as he scrambled to his right before being tackled by the Aggies Brian Suite. The junior quarterback landed awkwardly on his leg and had to be carted off the field.

That injury merely started the downfall for the Cougars (4-1) who trailed 21-14 at the time of his departure. Utah State (3-2) added another touchdown before halftime and never looked back. 

Backup quarterback Christian Stewart threw three interceptions in the second half as BYU was only able to convert a pair of field goals the rest of the way. Any hopes of a comeback were officially put on ice when Nick Vigil scored from one yard out to make it 35-17 late in the third.

The Aggies racked up 457 total yards of offense in the upset, including 321 passing yards and three touchdowns from quarterback Darell Garretson.

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Scoreboard Roundup 10/3/14

Scoreboard Roundup 10/3/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB Playoffs: Baltimore Orioles 7 - Detroit Tigers 6 (Orioles Lead Series, 2-0)

San Francisco Giants 3 - Washington Nationals 2 (Giants Lead Series, 1-0)

St. Louis Cardinals 10 - Los Angeles Dodgers 9 (Cardinals Lead Series, 1-0)

Kansas City Royals 4 - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1 in 11 Innings (Royals Lead Series, 2-0)

NCAA Football: Utah State 35 (3-2) - (18) BYU 20 (4-1)

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No. 2 Oregon Upset by Unranked Arizona

No. 2 Oregon Upset by Unranked Arizona

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(EUGENE, Ore.) -- No. 2 Oregon was handed their first loss of the season Thursday as the unranked Arizona Wildcats defeated the Ducks 31-24.

This is the second straight season the Wildcats have beat the Ducks. 

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota gave credit to Arizona and the strength of PAC 12 teams after the defeat. 

"They're undefeated," he said. "It's obviously a testament to our conference. If you're not prepared each week, if you're not ready to play, you'll lose."

The loss is a blow to Mariota's chances at winning the Heisman and Oregon's hopes of being invited to college football's first four-team postseason playoff. 

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Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin Ready for Mississippi State

Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin Ready for Mississippi State

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(STARKSVILLE, Miss.) -- No. 6 Texas A&M will take on No. 12 Mississippi State in a SEC West matchup on Saturday.Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin knows his team will face a challenge as the Bulldogs will be prepared coming off a bye week."They've had a bye week. We'll see some new stuff," Sumlin said. "Rested up, they'll be ready to go"In Sumlin's opinion, the bye week isn't the only factor: Mississippi State is coming into the game red hot."This is a team that is red hot right now," Sumlin said. "Seven straight wins. Five hundred yards a game this year."However, Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen knows that Texas A&M will present challenges for his team as well."There’s a reason they’re ranked No. 6 in the country. They’re all-around a really good football team that knows how to win and knows how to find a way to win. We’re going to have to come out and play an excellent game in every phase of the game," he said.

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Mark Dantonio: ‘Looking Forward to’ Nebraska

Mark Dantonio: ‘Looking Forward to’ Nebraska

Football Texture/iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- (10) Michigan State will get all they can handle from (19) Nebraska on Saturday night.

The Cornhuskers come into the game at 5-0 and Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio said he’ll make sure his team is ready for a fight.

"[I'm] really looking forward to the opportunity," Dantonio said on Monday. "[We had a] great football game last year [with] a lot riding on the game.  Really one of the reasons you probably come...[to] a place like Michigan State and play in a conference like this is to have these type of games."

Michigan State got the best of Nebraska last year, but Dantonio said Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong has more experience coming into this game.

"This year he's more experienced," Dantonio said of Armstrong. "That's his only loss that he's had on him since he's been a starting quarterback was last year. And I'm sure he wants some of those plays back."

"So, I think he's much more experienced, much more confident as a playmaker, much more in control of the offense and he is the guy this year, whereas last year he was a guy who, initially, it was Martinez and then the other guy and then it was him," he continued. "I think he's the guy in charge and there's confidence that goes along with that and a sense of ownership. I think that's a positive for any football program."

Nebraska is looking to go 6-0 for the first time since 2001.  Head coach Bo Pelini doesn't believe last year's loss will be a factor.

"You can look at it two ways: you can look at it that we gave it to them, or you can look at it from their standpoint that they took it,'' Pelini said. "We need to play better, cleaner, to have a chance to win the football game. I don't want to take away and say we should have won the football game, that's sort of a cop out."

Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC.

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Les Miles: Excited to Play Auburn

Les Miles: Excited to Play Auburn

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Another chapter of the storied rivalry will resume on Saturday when (5) Auburn will host (15) Louisiana State University.

LSU comes into the game at 4-1 and 0-1 in the SEC.

Tigers head coach Les Miles is looking forward to going up against Auburn. "Anytime that you line up against a top‑5 opponent and you're looking forward to playing your best, this will be great competition," he said Monday. "I don't think there is a person in our building that's not excited about the opportunity to go down and play very well at Auburn."

Auburn sits at 4-0 and the offense is averaging 42.3 points per game.  

Miles said his defense will have to be on their A-game on Saturday. "Cameron Artis-Payne is rushing for 117 yards as a running back," he said of the Auburn offense.  "[They have] a quality group of receivers, D'haquille Williams, [with] 23 receptions, 357 yards and 3 touchdowns lead their receiving core, and, again, they're big and fast and can go get it."

LSU quarterback Brandon Harris will get the start and has completed 73.3 percent of his passes and has thrown six touchdowns so far this season. Miles is confident he can produce in the game.

"There is some 'ad‑lib' to his game that's very, very positive, and he's a guy that is really fast and a guy that can really throw the ball," Miles said of Harris. "You put him in a quality position to extend a play, some good things can happen."

Kickoff from Jordan-Hare Stadium is set for 7 p.m. Eastern.

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Minnesota Rolls Past Michigan, 30-14

Minnesota Rolls Past Michigan, 30-14

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- Golden Gophers senior running back David Cobb rushed for 183 yards on 32 carries as Minnesota (4-1; 1-0 Big Ten) rolled past Michigan (2-3; 0-1 Big Ten) 30-14, in front of 102,926 fans at the Big House on Saturday.

Michigan got on the board first when sophomore running back De’Veon Smith scored on a 10-yard run to give the Wolverines a 7-0 lead with 11:10 left in the second quarter.

Minnesota proceeded to score 30 unanswered points, with the big blow coming late in the third quarter when sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner connected with sophomore tight-end Maxx Williams on a 1-yard TD pass to give the Golden Gophers a 27-7 lead.

During the game, Michigan fans chanted for the dismissal of head coach Brady Hoke and athletic director Dave Brandon. It’s the first time in the program’s 135-year history that they have ended September with three losses.

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(6) Texas A&M Needs Overtime to Beat Arkansas

(6) Texas A&M Needs Overtime to Beat Arkansas

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- With Johnny Manziel on the sidelines, (6) Texas A&M's Kenny Hill used a little "Johnny Football" magic to help the Aggies avoid a monumental upset on Saturday. Texas A&M (5-0) rallied from a 28-14 deficit to beat Arkansas 35-28 in overtime at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.

Hill threw for 386 yards and four touchdowns in the win, leading a fourth quarter comeback that included two 50-plus yard scoring passes. His first was an 86-yard strike to Edward Pope just three minutes into the final frame. Hill then found Josh Reynolds for a 59-yard touchdown pass, knotting the game at 28-28 with 2:08 to play in regulation.

The Aggies had a chance to win the game in regulation, but let the clock run out when facing fourth down at midfield. They took their shot early in the extra session, scoring on the first play as Hill found Malcome Kennedy for a 25-yard score.

That forced Arkansas (3-2) to go for it on fourth-and-one to keep the game alive, but a defensive stand by Texas A&M sealed the victory. It was the 14th straight conference loss for the Razorbacks who did not score in the final 20:02 of regulation.

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Missouri Upsets (13) South Carolina on the Road

Missouri Upsets (13) South Carolina on the Road

Banana Stock/Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- One week after losing a game in the waning moments, the Missouri Tigers used a late drive to knock off No. 13 South Carolina on Saturday. The Tigers (4-1) trailed 20-7 in the fourth but scored twice in the final seven minutes to complete the upset.

"When things got tough, we stayed positive. The defense kept us in it but we stayed totally positive with the offense the whole time," said head coach Gary Pinkel.

After Russell Hansbrough scored in the first quarter to give Missouri a 7-0 lead, the Gamecocks (3-2) held their opponnent of the board until the fourth. Meanwhile, South Carolina reeled off 20 straight points to take a commanding lead late. 

Pharoh Cooper caught a 23-yard pass from Dylan Thompson to give the Gamecocks a 13-point lead with 7:25 remaining. Just 36 seconds later, Maty Mauk and the Tigers completed their first scoring drive of the rally with a Hansbrough one-yard touchdown run. Missouri got the ball back and again watched as Hansbrough bullied his way into the endzone for the go-ahead score.

The running back finished the game with three rushing touchdowns, carrying the ball just 10 times for 43 yards.

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Scoreboard Roundup 9/27/14

Scoreboard Roundup 9/27/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 College Football: (1) Florida State 56 (4-0) - NC State 41 (4-1)

(5) Auburn 45 (4-0) - Louisiana Tech 17 (2-3)

(6) Texas A&M 35 (5-0) - Arkansas 28 (3-2) In Overtime

(7) Baylor 49 (4-0) - Iowa State 28 (1-3)

(8) Notre Dame 31 (4-0) - Syracuse 15 (2-2)

(9) Michigan State 56 (3-1) - Wyoming 14 (3-2)

(10) Mississippi 24 (4-0) - Memphis 3 (2-2)

(12) Georgia 35 (3-1) - Tennessee 32 (2-2)

Missouri 21 (4-1) - (13) South Carolina 20 (3-2)

(16) Stanford 20 (3-1) - Washington 13 (4-1)

(17) LSU 63 (4-1) - New Mexico State 7 (2-3)

(18) USC 35 (2-1) - Oregon State 10 (3-1)

(19) Wisconsin 27 (3-1) - South Florida 10 (2-3)

(21) Nebraska 45 (5-0) - Illinois 14 (3-2)

(22) Ohio State 50 (3-1) - Cincinnati 28 (2-1)

(25) Kansas State 58 (3-1) - UTEP 28 (2-2)

MLB: Boston Red Sox 10 (71-90) - New York Yankees 4 (83-78)

Cincinnati Reds 10 (75-86) - Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (88-73) - 10 Innings

Toronto Blue Jays 4 (83-78) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (95-66)

Washington Nationals 5 (95-66) - Miami Marlins 1 (77-84)

San Francisco Giants 3 (87-74) - San Diego Padres 1 (77-84)

Tampa Bay Rays 2 (77-84) - Cleveland Indians 0 (84-77)

Minnesota Twins 12 (70-91) - Detroit Tigers 3 (89-72)

Atlanta Braves 4 (78-83) - Philadelphia Phillies 2 (73-88)

New York Mets 2 (78-83) - Houston Astros 1 (70-91)

Milwaukee Brewers 2 (82-79) - Chicago Cubs 1 (72-89)

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (64-97) - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (89-72)

Texas Rangers 5 (67-94) - Oakland Athletics 4 (87-74)

Chicago White Sox 5 (73-88) - Kansas City Royals 4 (88-73)

Seattle Mariners 2 (86-75) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1 (98-63) 11 Innings

Los Angeles Dodgers 6 (93-68) - Colorado Rockies 5 (66-95) 12 Innings

NASCAR: Nationwide Series: Kyle Busch wins Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway

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Charlie Strong Continues to Clean House at Texas

Charlie Strong Continues to Clean House at Texas

Brian Bahr/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- University of Texas head coach Charlie Strong continued cleaning house Tuesday. Strong dismissed his ninth player of the season when he kicked junior offensive tackle Kennedy Estelle off the squad for violating team rules. Estelle has been suspended for the last three games after starting at left tackle in the team's season opener. This is not the first time Estelle has been suspended while at Texas. He wasn't allowed to play in the Alamo Bowl last season after being ruled academically ineligible. Estelle joins former starters Kendall Sanders and Joe Bergeron, as well as Leroy Scott, Chet Moss, Montrel Meander, Chevoski Collins, Deoundrei Davis and Jalen Overstreet, as players that have been dismissed from the team since March.

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Arizona Defeats California, 49-45, on a Hail Mary

Arizona Defeats California, 49-45, on a Hail Mary

Photodisc/Thinkstock(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- Wildcats freshman quarterback Anu Solomon connected with senior wide receiver Austin Hill on a 47-yard Hail Mary as time expired to give Arizona (4-0) a 49-45 victory over California (2-1) on Saturday night.

Arizona was trailing Cal 45-30 with 5:21 to play in the game, but senior running back Terris Jones-Grisby scored on a six-yard run and Solomon found sophomore wide receiver Cayleb Jones for a 15-yard touchdown to cut the Wildcats' deficit to two with 2:44 left.

Solomon finished the game 47 of 73 for 520 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions, while Jones had 13 receptions for 186 yards and three touchdowns. Hill also contributed eight receptions for 127 yards and two TD's.

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Top-Ranked Seminoles Survive in OT

Top-Ranked Seminoles Survive in OT

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- Without suspended quarterback Jameis Winston, the top-ranked Florida State Seminoles got some late-game heroics from backup Sean Maguire. The sophomore, making his first career start, led a game-tying drive in the fourth quarter before helping the Seminoles beat No. 22 Clemson, 23-17, in overtime.

Karlos Williams rushed into the endzone from 12 yards out to cap off the comeback, but it was Maguire's 74-yard strike to Rashad Greene that tied the game at 17-17 with six minutes left in regulation.

That touchdown was the high point in an up-and-down game for the sophomore signal caller. Maguire threw a pair of interceptions prior to the score, but did rack up 305 total passing yards. Neither team led by more than a touchdown, but the Tigers (1-2) did score 10 unanswered points in the first half to lead 10-3. 

Florida State did get the ball back late in the fourth, but opted to play for overtime. The Seminoles defense stood tall, stopping Adam Choice on fourth down to give FSU possession. Two plays later, Williams would score to end the game.

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Indiana Knocks Off (18) Missouri

Indiana Knocks Off (18) Missouri

ThinkStock(COLUMBIA, Mo.) -- D'Angelo Roberts' three-yard touchdown run with 22 seconds remaining put Indiana ahead 31-27, giving the Hoosiers (2-1) a win over 18th-ranked Missouri on Saturday. It was just the fourth win over an AP-ranked non-conference team in program history.

Neither team held more than a one-score advantage. The Tigers (3-1) scored 10 straight points in the second half, taking a 27-24 lead on Andrew Baggett's 40-yard field goal. However, the reigning Southeastern Conference West champions couldn't hold off the offense of the Hoosiers.

Indiana went 75 yards in just six plays to pull off the upset. Tevin Coleman rushed for 132 total yards, including a 44-yard scamper that set up the winning score. 

"It was a really big win," said Coleman, who missed the final 20 minutes of the first half with cramps. "We came out here with fire. We played until the end."

Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk tossed for 326 yards and two scores to pace the Tigers, while Russell Hansbrough ran for 119 yards. 

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