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Hundley Goes Down But Neuheisal Steps Up to Lead (12) UCLA to Win

Hundley Goes Down But Neuheisal Steps Up to Lead (12) UCLA to Win

Football Texture/iStock Photo(ARLINGTON, Texas) –When star quarterback Brett Hundley left the game in the first quarter with a injured left elbow it was easy to think UCLA was in trouble. But backup Jerry Neuheisal put all doubts to rest by completing 23 of 30 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns, including the eventual game-winner with three minutes to play, as the No. 12 Bruins nip Texas 20-17 Saturday.

With UCLA down by four with just over three minutes to play, Neuheisal, who is the son of former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisal, completed a 33-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Payton to seal the win.

“My first thought was excitement for Jerry Neuheisel. This kid is everything that’s right about college football and about UCLA,” UCLA head coach Jim Mora said. “I just thought, `Wow. You couldn’t write a better script than this right here. His dad was a great player here. For him to come to Texas and bringing his team from behind to get a win. It’s incredible. It’s awesome.”

Tyrone Swoopes completed 24 of 34 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns for Texas (1-2).

Paul Perkins rushed for 126 yards to help UCLA improve to 3-0 as it heads into conference play.

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(4) Oklahoma’s Defense Dominates in 34-10 Throttling of Tennessee

(4) Oklahoma’s Defense Dominates in 34-10 Throttling of Tennessee

JP Wilson/Replay Photos via Getty Images (NORMAN, Okla.) — Oklahoma’s defense created three turnovers and held Tennessee to 313 total yards to lead the No. 11 Sooners past the Volunteers 34-10 Saturday night.

Oklahoma is now 3-0 as it heads into Big 12 play.

“I don’t feel that we’ve done much yet,” Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said. “I’ve got all the respect in the world for Tennessee. I’m just saying it’s only three games. We’ve got a long year. We’ve got to keep getting better.”

Oklahoma jumped out to an early 13-0 lead before Tennessee scored on a Justin Worley 40-yard touchdown pass to Josh Smith. But Keith Ford ran in an 11-yard touchdown at the end of the second quarter to give the Sooners a 20-7 lead at halftime.

Cornerback Julian Wilson essentially sealed the game for Oklahoma in the fourth quarter when he intercepted a Worley pass and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown.

Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight accounted for two touchdowns, one rushing and one passing, while completing 20 of 33 passes for 308 yards.

Worley completed 21 of 40 passes for 201 yards, but threw two interceptions and fumbled once for Tennessee (2-1) in the loss.

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Golson Accounts for 3 TDs as (11) Notre Dame Thumps Purdue

Golson Accounts for 3 TDs as (11) Notre Dame Thumps Purdue

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Everett Golson threw two touchdowns and ran for another to lead (11) Notre Dame past Purdue 30-14 Saturday.

The 6-foot-1, 200 pound senior quarterback accounted for at least three touchdowns for the third-straight game, and scored on a 15-yard dash at the end of the second quarter to erase the Fighting Irish’s first deficit of the season, and give them the lead heading into halftime.

“He just understands the game,” Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said of Golson. “The game is slower for him than it was when he was here in his first year. The game has slowed down. He sees the field better. He can see it better. He’s not there yet. We missed some things tonight that would have changed the complexion of the game.”

Notre Dame (3-0) would outscore Purdue (1-2) 13-0 in the second half, giving the Irish its seventh-straight victory over the Boilermakers.

The two teams, which have played each other every year since 1946, will now take a five year break before resuming their rivalry in 2020.

The Fighting Irish have won their first three games of the season for the second time in three years — they last did that in 1987 when they did it in four-straight seasons.

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Boston College Knocks Off (9) USC

Boston College Knocks Off (9) USC

Football Texture/iStockphoto(CHESTNUT HILL, Mass.) — An emotional night for Boston College ended with a historic upset over No. 9 USC on Saturday night. The Eagles honored former lacrosse player Welles Crowther, who passed away in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, by wearing red bandanas and toppling the Trojans, 37-31, at home.

“The red bandanna game meant a lot. We talked a lot about Welles Crowther; we talked a lot about who he was and what it takes to be a BC man,” said head coach Steve Addazio. “Our guys dug deep on this. This was a great win.”

The Trojans (2-1) jumped out to a 10-0 lead after one quarter and eventually led 17-6 just one minute into the second. However, the Eagles (2-1) scored the next 24 points, pounding out multiple big plays on the ground. Sherman Alston’s 54-yard run late in the half gave Boston College a 20-17 halftime advantage.

Senior quarterback Tyler Murphy rushed for 191 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth that sealed the deal. In total, Boston College rushed for 452 yards against the Trojans. It was the first time since 2002, and the fifth time overall, that the Eagles beat a top-10 opponent while being unranked themselves.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/13/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/13/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NCAAF: (2) Oregon 48 (3-0) – Wyoming 13 (2-1)

(3) Alabama 52 (3-0) – Southern Miss 12 (1-2)

(4) Oklahoma 34 (3-0) – Tennessee 10 (2-1)

(24) South Carolina 38 (2-1) – (6) Georgia 35 (1-1)

(7) Texas A&M 38 (3-0) – Rice 10 (0-2)

Boston College 37 (2-1) – (9) USC 31 (2-1)

(10) LSU 31 (3-0) – UL Monroe 0 (2-1)

(11) Notre Dame 30 (3-0) – Purdue 14 (1-2)

(12) UCLA 20 (3-0) – Texas 17 (2-1)

(14) Ole Miss 56 (3-0) – LA-Lafayette 15 (1-2)

(15) Stanford 35 (2-1) – Army 0 (1-1)

(16) Arizona State 38 (3-0) – Colorado 24 (1-2)

East Carolina 28 (2-1) – (17) Virginia Tech 21 (2-1)

(20) Missouri 28 (3-0) – UCF 10 (0-2)

Virginia 23 (2-1) – (21) Louisville 21 (2-1)

(22) Ohio State 66 (2-1) – Kent State 0 (0-3)

MLB: New York Yankees 3 (76-71) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (88-60)

Chicago White Sox 5 (67-80) – Minnesota Twins 1 (62-85)

Chicago White Sox 7 (68-80) – Minnesota Twins 6 (62-86)

Texas Rangers 3 (56-92) – Atlanta Braves 2 (75-73)

Toronto Blue Jays 6 (77-70) – Tampa Bay Rays 3 (71-78)

Philadelphia Phillies 2 (69-79) – Miami Marlins 1 (71-76)

Kansas City Royals 7 (81-66) – Boston Red Sox 1 (65-84)

Cincinnati Reds 5 (71-78) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (77-72)

Chicago Cubs 6 (65-83) – Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (78-70)

Washington Nationals 10 (84-63) – New York Mets 3 (72-77)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (82-67) – Colorado Rockies 4 (59-89)

Detroit Tigers 5 (82-66) – Cleveland Indians 4 (76-71)

Arizona Diamondbacks 10 (60-88) – San Diego Padres 4 (68-79)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (93-55) – Houston Astros 2 (65-83)

Oakland Athletics 3 (82-66) – Seattle Mariners 2 (80-67) 10 Innings

Los Angeles Dodgers 17 (84-64) – San Francisco Giants 0 (82-66) 

NASCAR: Kevin Harvick wins the NASCAR Nationwide Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicago

Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Camping World Trucks Lucas Oil 225

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East Carolina Upsets (17) Virginia Tech, 28-21

East Carolina Upsets (17) Virginia Tech, 28-21

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(BLACKSBURG, Va.) — Coming off a thrilling win over Ohio State last weekend, 17th ranked Virginia Tech suffered an equally devastating loss on Saturday after they were upset by East Carolina, 28-21.

With the win, the Pirates snapped a five-game losing streak to ranked opponents. It was their first victory over a ranked team since 2009 when they beat then-No. 18 Houston.

East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden was arguably the player of the game as he completed 23 out of 47 passes for 427 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Carden’s 427 passing yards were the third-most ever allowed by Virginia Tech in a single game.

The biggest play of the game happened with just 16 seconds left in the contest when Carden ran in the game-winning touchdown on the one-yard line to seal with win.

East Carolina wide receiver also had a big game. He finished the day with six catches for 224 yards. Oddly enough, he didn’t catch a touchdown pass in the game.

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ABC Scoreboard Roundup – 9/12/14

ABC Scoreboard Roundup – 9/12/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Minnesota Twins (62-84) – Chicago White Sox (66-80) Postponed

Baltimore Orioles 2 (87-59) – New York Yankees 1 (75-70) 11 Innings – Game 1

Baltimore Orioles 5 (88-59) – New York Yankees 0 (75-71) Game 2

Detroit Tigers 7 (81-66) – Cleveland Indians 2 (76-70)

Philadelphia Phillies 3 (68-79) – Miami Marlins 1 (71-75) 10 Innings

Tampa Bay Rays 1 (71-77) – Toronto Blue Jays 0 (76-70)

New York Mets 4 (72-76) – Washington Mets 3 (83-63)

Boston Red Sox 4 (65-83) – Kansas City Royals 2 (80-66)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (81-67) – Colorado Rockies 1 (59-88)

Milwaukee Brewers 3 (77-71) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (70-78)

Texas Rangers 2 (55-92) – Atlanta Braves 1 (75-72)

San Diego Padres 6 (68-78) – Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (59-88)

Seattle Mariners 4 (80-66) – Oakland Athletics 2 (81-66)

San Francisco Giants 9 (82-65) – Los Angeles Dodgers 0 (83-64)

Pittsbugh Pirates 7 (78-69) – Chicago Cubs 3 (64-83)

College Football: (8) Baylor 63 (3-0) – Buffalo 21 (1-2)

WNBA: Championship Series: Phoenix Mercury 87 – Chicago Sky 82 (Mercury win series, 3-0)

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NCAA Lifts Penn State’s Bowl Ban, Scholarship Reduction

NCAA Lifts Penn State’s Bowl Ban, Scholarship Reduction

Justin K. Allen/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) — The NCAA has announced that Penn State University will be eligible for postseason play this season, and all of their scholarships will be returned next season.

This is the second time sanctions have been reduced towards the university in regard to the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

“Penn State has made remarkable progress over the past year,” said South Carolina president Harris Pastides, a member of the NCAA’s board of directors. “The board members and I believe the executive committee’s decision is the right one. It allows both the university and the association to continue to move toward a common goal of ensuring that educating, nurturing and protecting young people is a top priority.”

Prior to the announcement, Penn State would have had 80 scholarships in 2015, and a full 85 in 2016. They also would not have been able to be eligible for postseason play until 2016.

“This is deserved because those penalties were never deserved,” said Jay Paterno, former Penn State assistant and son of the late Joe Paterno. “I am happy for the university and the team. This is a great thing for the university and the football program but there is still a lot to be done and a lot to be corrected. I think the NCAA saying this relief is because of the Mitchell report process is a cover for the fact that there was a faulty Freeh report.”

In July 2012, Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys. He is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence.

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Louisville Dominant in Petrino’s Return

Louisville Dominant in Petrino’s Return

iStockphoto(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — The Louisville Cardinals (1-0) defense held Miami to 1-for-13 on three downs, helping lead the team to a 31-13 win over the Hurricanes on Monday in their season opener.

It was also the first victory for head coach Bobby Petrino in his return to Louisville.

“I thought it would be a real battle and we would have to work extremely hard,” said Petrino. “Obviously, we made some mistakes on offense and on special teams. I thought the defense really did a great job all night long, especially on third down.”

The Cardinals opened the scoring in the first quarter when Will Gardner hit Charles Standberry on a two yard touchdown pass. The Hurricanes countered with 10 straight points before Louisville regained the lead just prior to halftime when Corvin Lamb went 97 yards on a kickoff return.

Coming out of the locker room it was all Louisville as they scored 17 straight points after Miami closed the gap to 14-13 just four minutes into the third.

The game also saw a pair of quarterbacks making their first career starts. Gardner was 20-for-28 passing for 206 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Freshman Brad Kaaya did not fare as well for Miami (0-1), tossing a pair of interceptions and going just 17-for-29 in his debut.

“We did not do a good enough job protecting a first-start quarterback. Period,” said Hurricanes coach Al Golden.

Louisville opened their tenure in the Atlantic Coast Conference, dominating a mainstay program in the ACC. Petrino led the Cardinals to a 41-9 record from 2003-06 as head coach. 

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(13) Tigers Rally to Beat (14) Wisconsin

(13) Tigers Rally to Beat (14) Wisconsin

ThinkStock(HOUSTON, Texas) — Wisconsin held a 24-7 lead over No. 13 Louisiana State University (LSU) just two and a half minutes into the third quarter. When the final whistle blew, the 14th-ranked Badgers found themselves on the wrong end of a 28-24 comeback win by the Tigers who scored 21 straight points.

“We played sloppy, we did everything to the latest possible time before we decided to play best,” LSU coach Les Miles said.

Corey Clement’s two-yard touchdown run in the third made it a 24-7 Wisconsin lead before LSU turned it around. A pair of Colby Delahoussaye field goals cut the deficit to 11 at the end of three quarters but the Tigers still struggled to find the end zone.

They finally broke through three minutes into the fourth as Anthony Jennings found John Diarse for a 36-yard strike. Jennings then connected with Trey Quinn for a two-point conversion that made it a 24-21 Wisconsin lead.

LSU’s Jalen Mills then picked off a pass from Tanner McEvoy on the ensuing possession. Three plays later, Kenny Hilliard busted through the line for a 28-yard touchdown run to complete the comeback. Another interception by McEvoy sealed the deal for the Badgers who gained just 65 yards in the fourth quarter.

“They battled. They hung in there,” Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen said. “I thought both teams fought like crazy. They made one more play than we did and won the game in the end.”

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(1) Florida State Survives Scare From Oklahoma State

(1) Florida State Survives Scare From Oklahoma State

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — The defending national champions got their first scare of the year in their season opener, holding off Oklahoma State 37-31 on Saturday. The Florida State Seminoles (1-0) had led 17-0 in the second half but the Cowboys (0-1) closed the gap to 27-24 late and had a chance to take the lead.

“We all preached it, but I do think they felt the pressure of being No. 1. I do,” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. “Now I think we can relax and go play football.”

Sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 370 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for one as well. The reigning Heisman trophy winner also threw a pair of interceptions that helped keep Oklahoma State hanging around. 

The Cowboys J.W. Walsh scampered 24 yards for a touchdown, making it a three-point game, before ultimately leading a drive back into Seminoles territory. However, Walsh fumbled when he was flipped into the air by Florida State’s P.J. Williams. Winston then connected with Rashad Green for a 50-yard scoring pass, sealing the deal.

 

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Michigan State Cruises to Season Opening Win

Michigan State Cruises to Season Opening Win

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(EAST LANSING, Mich.) — A 64-yard touchdown pass from Connor Cook to Tony Lippett opened the scoring for Michigan State football in 2014. It also started a brief injury scare as Cook needed to be helped off the field following a hit to his leg.

That scare did not last long as Cook returned to throw three touchdowns in helping the eighth-ranked Michigan State Spartans to a 45-7 win over Jacksonville State. The junior completed his first nine passes of the game and finished the day going 12-for-13 for 285 yards before sitting out the second half.

The defending Big Ten Champions led 38-0 at halftime before resting the majority of their starters. The Gamecocks, considered a top team in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), didn’t get on the board until the Max Shortell found Markis Merrill for a nine-yard strike.

“I was proud of our kids on how we finished the game,” said Jacksonville State head coach John Grass. “We dug a hole early, and you can’t do that against a team like Michigan State. They’ve got a team that’s going to make a run at a national championship. I really believe that.”

The Spartans will have a much tougher task next week when they take on the No. 3 Oregon Ducks. 

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Ohio State’s Miller Re-Injures Shoulder

Ohio State’s Miller Re-Injures Shoulder

Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ohio State football fans had cause to be excited about the upcoming 2014 season. That excitement has been put on hold after it was revealed quarterback Braxton Miller re-injured his right shoulder during practice Monday.

According to a source, Miller sustained a non-contact injury and was helped off the field by medical staff. Earlier in the day, the senior declared himself 100 percent cleared to play. Miller underwent offseason shoulder surgery, a minor procedure, in February and was slowly being eased back into football.

The Buckeyes were picked fifth in the preseason AP poll, while Miller was projected to be a Heisman trophy finalist. In his last full season in MLB, Miller threw for 2,094 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for 12 more.

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Defending Champion Florida State Tops the Preseason Poll

Defending Champion Florida State Tops the Preseason Poll

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — For the first time since 1999, the Florida State Seminoles will begin the season number one in the  Associated Press preseason college football poll.

Florida State received 57 out of a possible 60 first-place votes. Alabama came in at No. 2, No.3 Oregon, No. 4 Oklahoma, and Ohio State came in at No. 5.

The defending national champions will be led by sophomore quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. As a redshirt freshman Winston led the team to a 14-0 season capped off by their BCS championship over Auburn.

The Bowl Championship Series has now been replaced by a playoff system. A selection committee will pick the the top four teams in the country for two national semifinals.

Rounding out the top ten was Auburn at No. 6, UCLA at No. 7, Michigan State at No. 8, South Carolina at No. 9, and Baylor at No. 10.

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Notre Dame Investigating Academic Fraud

Notre Dame Investigating Academic Fraud

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The University of Notre Dame is investigating four football players for allegedly violating the university’s honor code by receiving improper help on classwork.

ESPN is reporting the two players are wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive back KeiVarae Russell, defensive lineman Ishaq Williams, and linebacker Kendall Moore were among the players involved, along with some non-student-athletes.

“Integrity is at the heart of our mission and academic misconduct will not be tolerated at Notre Dame,” Rev. John I. Jenkins, the university president, said in a statement posted on the school’s website. “If the suspected improprieties are proven, we will use the experience to reinforce among our students the importance of honesty in all that they do.

“We are also examining ways of better conveying to students that they can avail themselves of legitimate academic assistance without resorting to cheating.”

Williams and Moore are seniors this season, Daniels and Russell are juniors. Notre Dame are ranked 17th in the USA Today/Coach’s poll.

The university have also come out and said that they will vacate any wins as a result of the investigation, if necessary.

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Everett Golson Takes Back Notre Dame’s Starting QB Job

Everett Golson Takes Back Notre Dame’s Starting QB Job

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(SOUTH BEND, Ind.) — After missing all off last season due to suspension, Everett Golson is Notre Dame’s starting quarterback once again.

Golson, who in 2012 led the Fighting Irish to the BCS national title game, beat out redshirt freshman Malik Zaire to reclaim the job.

The decision was announced Wednesday by Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly.

“Generally when you look at making that decision, I’m using from January through right now as the basis of that decision, so winter workouts, how he handled himself with the team, our workouts, his spring practice and then his leadership in the summer and in camp here,” Kelly said. “I think he’s put himself in a position to get that opportunity to be our starter against Rice.”

Golson, 21, was suspended for the 2013 season for what he called “poor academic judgement.”

In 2012, the 6-foot, 200-pound Golson completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 2,405 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also ran for 298 yards and six touchdowns.

Golson and Notre Dame start their season August 30 at home versus Rice.

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BREAKING: Judge Rules Against NCAA

BREAKING: Judge Rules Against NCAA

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In a landmark decision on Friday, a federal judge has ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon, and 19 others, saying the NCAA can not stop college football or men’s basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled against the NCAA in a lawsuit that claimed college athletics’ governing body was in violation of the nation’s antitrust laws. 

“The Court finds that the challenged NCAA rules unreasonably restrain trade in the market for certain educational and athletic opportunities offered by NCAA Division I schools,” Wilken wrote in her 99-page decision. 

Wilken went on to say that the NCAA’s defense “do not justify this restraint and could be achieved through less restrictive means”.

There was one minor victory for the NCAA. Wilken did say that a cap could be put on just hoe much money is paid to athletes, putting the limit at $5,000 a year for big school football and basketball players.

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Longhorns Dismiss Four More Football Players

Longhorns Dismiss Four More Football Players

Brian Bahr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — There’s a new sheriff in Austin and Charlie Strong is making his presence known. The first year head coach has already kicked at least six players off his team since taking over the Longhorns, adding four more to the list on Friday.

Safety Josh Turner, running back Jalen Overstreet, defensive back Chevoski Collins and senior running back Joe Bergeron have all been dismissed from the team according to multiple sources. Turner, Overstreet, and Collins were all dismissed for violating team rules while the reason for Bergeron’s dismissal is not yet known. The University has not made mention of any suspensions or dismissals.

A projected starter, Turner has played 37 games with five starts in his Longhorns career. Overstreet ran for 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2013 as a freshman after switching to running back from the quarterback position. Collins was a redshirt player last season and listed as a backup safety while Bergeron had faced academic issues in the spring. 

Fullback Chet Moss and defensive back Leroy Scott were also kicked off the team back in the spring for a violation of team rules. A source close to the Longhorns said has many as five more players could face disciplinary action for similar infractions. Strong has also suspended receivers Kendall Sanders and Montreal Meander after the two were arrested on sexual assault charges Thursday night.

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Top WR Nate Craig Commits to Auburn

Top WR Nate Craig Commits to Auburn

BananaStock/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  Nate Craig, the No. 1 wide receiver and No. 6 player overall in the ESPN Junior 300, verbally committed to play football for the University of Auburn on Monday night.

Craig chose the Tigers over USC, Ohio State, and Alabama.

“I just thought Auburn was the best fit for me,” Craig said. “I got to go up there this weekend and spend some time with coach [Dameyune] Craig and coach [Gus] Malzahn and that just sealed the deal for me.”

“I was at Alabama for the whole week, but just building a relationship with the Auburn coaches and coach Craig was a big impact on my recruitment and did a great job. With coach Malzahn I got to spend some time with him and then I sat down with my mom and decided to make a decision,” he continued.

The 6-foot-2, 202-pound Craig caught 37 passes for 502 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore for Tampa Catholic High School this past season. 

Auburn now has three commits for the class of 2016.

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First Female Referee Assigned to Big 12 Football

First Female Referee Assigned to Big 12 Football

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — Big 12 Football will make another bit of history when the college football season kicks off this fall. Commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced on Monday that the first female referee in league history has been assigned to work one of its games.

Bowlsby said Catherine “Cat” Conti will be on the field during Kansas’ home opener on Sept. 6 against Southeast Missouri State. Conti had previously worked as an official with the Southland Conference.

The league commissioner noted that Conti has paid her dues and earned a chance to be on the field. Bowlsby also explained that Walt Anderson, Big 12 officiating supervisor, assigned Conti to the game because, “she is just a darned good official.”

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