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Florida State Repeats as ACC Champions

Florida State Repeats as ACC Champions Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- For the third straight year, the Florida State Seminoles won the Atlantic Coast Conference crown, beating Georgia Tech 37-35 on Saturday. The fourth-ranked Seminoles (13-0) completed another perfect regular season, winning their 29th straight game. It was not an easy romp for Florida State, who actually trailed multiple times in the contest. The Yellow Jackets (10-3) used their impressive running attack to slow the game down and take an early 7-0 lead after their defense forced a punt on the Seminoles opening drive. However, Florida State scored on their next seven possessions and 28-21 lead at halftime. Number 11 Georgia Tech tied things up with another touchdown run from Synjyn Davis, his third of the game, but three straight field goals from Roberto Aguayo put the game out of reach. Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas rushed for 104 yards and threw for 177 more, but a costly fourth-quarter interception helped give Florida State the win. Jameis Winston tossed three touchdowns, while throwing for 309 yards, hoping for a spot in the first ever College Football Playoff to have a chance to defend their national championship.  "We can't control what other people think," Winston said. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Georgia Tech Agrees on Contract Extension with Paul Johnson

Georgia Tech Agrees on Contract Extension with Paul Johnson Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In the midst of one of their best season in years, Georgia Tech announced a contract extension with head football coach Paul Johnson on Saturday. ESPN is reporting that Johnson's extension will be for four years. "I'm pleased to announce an extension of Paul Johnson's contract," Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski said. "This extension reflects our confidence in the solid foundation Coach Johnson has built for the future success of our program, which reaches beyond the field and includes increasingly strong academic achievement. "I look forward to Paul Johnson's continued leadership of our football program and am excited about the possibilities in the years ahead." Johnson is 58-34 in seven seasons at Georgia Tech, and was named the 2014 ACC Coach of the Year earlier this week. "I am excited that we were able to work out a contract extension," Johnson said. "I appreciate the support of our fans, students and alumni during my time here. My family and I are looking forward to being a part of Georgia Tech for a long time." Johnson is now under contract through the 2020 season. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio  

(2) Oregon Wins Pac-12 Championship

(2) Oregon Wins Pac-12 Championship Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- Marcus Mariota scored five total touchdowns while the Oregon defense held Arizona scoreless in the first half, helping the second-ranked Ducks (12-1) to a 51-13 win in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Friday. The win avenges a regular-season loss to the Wildcats (10-3) which continues to be the only blemish on Oregon's record. "There are a bunch of big smiles, and I'm proud of that," Ducks coach Mark Helfrich said. It was the first conference title for Oregon since 2011. The Ducks were forced to settle for a pair of field goals in the first quarter before the offense began to open up. Mariota rushed for one of his three touchdowns on the ground, giving Oregon a 13-0 lead. The Heisman hopeful ran in from 4-yards out six minutes later for another score as the Ducks led 23-0 at halftime. "This is a huge accomplishment for us," Mariota said. "Now we need to continue to improve and get better for whoever comes next." Mariota opened the second half with a passing touchdown, connecting with Devon Allen for a 4-yard score before the Wildcats finally got on the board. A 69-yard pass from Jesse Scroggins to Cayleb Jones helped Arizona avoid a shutout, trimming the lead to 30-7, but Oregon answered with 14 straight points.  In the fourth quarter, Kenny Bassett scored on a 19-yard run before the Ducks gave up a touchdown run as time expired. Royce Freeman dominated on the ground for Oregon, rushing for 114 yards on 21 carries despite not reaching the end zone. Oregon has all but guaranteed themselves a berth in the inaugural College Football Playoff, with the final rankings being announced on Sunday. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Nebraska Hires Mike Riley as Head Football Coach

Nebraska Hires Mike Riley as Head Football CoachBanana Stock/Getty Images(LINCOLN, Neb.) -- The University of Nebraska wasted little time in finding the successor to former head football coach Bo Pelini. The school has hired former Oregon State head coach Mike Riley to take over the program. Riley h...

Ole Miss Agrees on Contract Extension with Hugh Freeze

Ole Miss Agrees on Contract Extension with Hugh Freeze Stacy Revere/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the midst of his most successful season at Ole Miss, the university has agreed on a contract extension with head football coach Hugh Freeze. "Very blessed to be at THE University of Miss & work for and with great people and fans! REBELNATION, say it with me, I AM AN OLE MISS REBEL," Freeze tweeted on Tuesday morning. "Proud that we have @CoachHughFreeze leading our program & young men for a long time to come. Agreement is in place & future is bright!" Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork tweeted Tuesday morning. ESPN reports that Freeze's new deal will raise his salary to $4 million per season over the next four seasons. Freeze was hired prior to the 2012 season, and the team has improved every season since he took over. Ole Miss went 7-6 in 2012, 8-5 in 2013, and now sit at 9-3 so far in 2014. Ole Miss has also defeated two top-five teams in a single season for the first time since 1969. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Auburn Fires Defensive Coordinator Ellis Johnson

Auburn Fires Defensive Coordinator Ellis JohnsoniStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After a 55-point loss to arch rival Alabama in the Iron Bowl, Auburn has decided to let go of defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson. "At this time I felt it was best for our program to make a change with our defensive coor...

(16) Georgia Tech Take Down (9) Georgia, 30-24 in Overtime

(16) Georgia Tech Take Down (9) Georgia, 30-24 in Overtime Thinkstock(ATHENS, Ga.) -- In what might be the program's best win of the year, 16th ranked Georgia Tech defeated 9th ranked Georiga 30-24 in overtime. This was the Yellow Jackets' first win over Georgia since 2008 and only the second in the last 14 seasons. "I have a lot of respect for Georgia's program," said Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson. "That makes it even that much more impressive for us to be able to come in here and get a win." While Yellow Jackets' quarterback Justin Thomas had a tough game, completing just 6 of 16 passes for 64 yards and one touchdown, the running game powered Georgia Tech on Saturday. Running back Zach Laskey carried the ball 26 times for 140 yards while scoring three touchdowns while teammate Synjyn Days ran for 94 yards on just 16 carries. "We kind of felt like we had them where we wanted," Laskey said. "So this year it was special, especially for the seniors." With the win, Georgia Tech improved to 10-2 while Georgia now sits at 9-3. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio  

J.T. Barrett Injury Spoils Ohio State’s Win over Michigan

J.T. Barrett Injury Spoils Ohio State’s Win over Michigan Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Despite a win over their arch rival, Ohio State players, coaches, and fans had bittersweet celebration as Buckeyes starting quarterback J.T. Barrett suffered an ankle injury during their 42-28 win over Michigan. Barrett, who is a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate, had to leave the game after hurting his ankle early in the fourth quarter. It has been announced that Barrett will in fact miss the rest of the season with a fractured ankle. Barrett was thrust into the starting role at the start of the season after an injury to quarterback Braxton Miller knocked him out for the entire season. As his replacement, Barrett flourished as he led the nation with 42 total touchdowns entering the game. Taking his place will be backup Cardale Jones. He will make his first start of the season during the team's biggest game of the season  in next Saturday's Big Ten championship game. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

FSU Lands Top 2016 Quarterback Recruit Malik Henry

FSU Lands Top 2016 Quarterback Recruit Malik Henry Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As the defending national champion Florida State Seminoles have yet to lose a game since the 2012 season, they've locked up a valuable piece for their future. Top 2016 quarterback recruit Malik Henry announced his commitment to the Seminoles on ESPNU's College Football Daily on Thursday. Henry fielded scholarship offers from such schools as Auburn, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, Texas and USC. In the end, Henry felt Florida State was the best fit. "I felt comfortable around coach Jimbo Fisher. I think he's a great quarterback coach, he knows his stuff and their offense is explosive," Henry said. "I think I can see myself in their offense." "It was a tough decision, but I finally realized it was Florida State a week or two ago, after talking to Coach Fisher and reminiscing about my trip there," Henry told ESPN.com. "I felt comfortable at Florida State and around Tallahassee." Just like current Seminoles starting quarterback Jameis Winston, Henry also plans on pursuing baseball at Florida State. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

(5) Alabama Outlasts (16) LSU in Overtime

(5) Alabama Outlasts (16) LSU in Overtime American Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(BATON ROUGE, La.) -- It was another battle to remember as 5th-ranked Alabama survived against 16th-rated Louisiana State (LSU), winning 20-13 in overtime at Tiger Stadium on Saturday night. The Crimson Tide (8-1) rallied twice for the win, keeping their playoff hopes alive. The Tigers (7-3) kept Alabama off the scoreboard for the entire first quarter, while taking a 7-0 lead when Anthony Jennings found Malachi Dupre for a 14-yard touchdown pass. LSU's defense continued to be dominant until Blake Sims connected with Amari Cooper for a game-tying 23-yard score. Alabama then took the lead on a field goal with nine seconds to play before the half. Both offenses struggled to break through in the second half with LSU tying the game on a field goal in the third quarter, the lone score of the frame. The Tigers then went up 13-10 on Colby Delahoussaye's 39-yard field goal with 50 seconds left in regulation. With the game seemingly in hand, Delahoussaye shanked the ensuing kickoff out of bounds, giving Alabama the ball on their own 35-yard line. Sims then led the Crimson Tide down to LSU's 10 before relying on Adam Griffith to send the game into overtime. Griffith converted on a 27-yard field goal and Sims hit DeAndrew White on a 6-yard fade route in overtime to take the lead. On LSU's possession, Jennings scrambled on fourth down but his pass into the end zone was knocked to the turf. The win, coupled with Auburn's loss at Texas A&M, puts Alabama alone in second place in the SEC West. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

(6) TCU Rolls Over (7) Kansas State

(6) TCU Rolls Over (7) Kansas State iStockphoto(FORTH WORTH, Texas) -- Trevone Boykin racked up 322 total yards of offense and four touchdowns, leading 6th-ranked TCU to a 41-20 drubbing of 7th-ranked Kansas State on Saturday. The win was important not only to the Horned Frogs playoff aspirations, but also to their hopes of a Big 12 Championship. TCU (8-1) jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to Boykin's two yard touchdown run and 10 yard scoring pass to David Porter. The Wildcats (7-2) did not get on the board until the final minute of the first quarter when quarterback Jake Waters connected with Tyler Lockett on a 70-yard scoring strike. The Horned Frogs added a field goal in the second quarter, taking a 10-point lead into halftime. Out of the break, Boykin added to his impressive day with a 19-yard touchdown scamper, flipping over a defender at the goal line. Boykin tallied a career high 123 rushing yards and three touchdowns, scoring again on a 23-yard run in the fourth quarter that made it 41-14, while also adding 219 yards through the air. Waters threw for 291 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Kansas State, but was also picked off as the Wildcats mustered just 34 rushing yards. The loss snapped a five-game win streak for Kansas State and created a three-way tie atop the Big 12. Both Kansas State, TCU and 12th-ranked Baylor are all 5-1 in conference with three games to play. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Barrett Leads (14) Buckeyes Past (8) Michigan State

Barrett Leads (14) Buckeyes Past (8) Michigan State Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(EAST LANSING, Mich.) -- A 21-point second quarter helped the 14th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes to a 49-37 win over Big 10 rival Michigan State on Saturday night. Quarterback J.T. Barrett accounted for five touchdowns, three passing and two rushing, as the Buckeyes upset the 8th-rated Spartans. After Michigan State (7-2) went up 7-0 early, Barrett capped off a 4-play, 71-yard drive with a five yard touchdown run to knot the score. He would do the same early in the second quarter, rushing in from one yard out to make it a 14-14 contest. The Spartans would eventually regain the lead on Jeremy Langford's touchdown run, but Barrett connected with Michael Thomas on a 79-yard scoring pass on the following play. The Buckeyes (8-1) would get another big play before the half when Barrett found Devin Smith for a 44-yard touchdown strike, giving Ohio State a 28-21 lead at halftime. The second half was more of the same as the Buckeyes offense rolled over one of the top defenses in the country. After a Michigan State field goal cut the deficit to 28-24, Ohio State scored 14 unanswered points to put the game out of reach. Although the Spartans were able to get a quick touchdown, cutting the lead to 42-31, the Buckeyes marched right down the field for another score just two minutes later. With the win, Ohio State avenges a loss to the Spartans in last year's Big 10 Championship Game while also re-affirming their spot as the dominant team in the conference. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio  

Arizona State Capitalizes on Notre Dame’s Mistakes

Arizona State Capitalizes on Notre Dame’s Mistakes iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(TEMPE, Az) -- The Arizona State Sun Devils defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 55-31, Saturday, in a victory that will push them one step closer into consideration for the college football National Championship final four. Taking advantage of five Notre Dame turnovers, Arizona State scored 28 points off of those takeaways. Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson accounted for all five turnovers and still brought Notre Dame within three points of Arizona State, closing the score to 34-31. Arizona State responded with a 75 yard touchdown drive and sealed the game with a Lloyd Carrington pick six off Everett Golson on the next Notre Dame drive. With the win Arizona State moves to 8-1 and enters the National Championship playoff selection discussion. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Oberkrom’s Last Second Field Goal Gives (7) TCU a 31-30 Win

Oberkrom’s Last Second Field Goal Gives (7) TCU a 31-30 Win ThinkStock(MORGANTOWN, W. Va.) -- Jaden Oberkrom's 37-yard field goal as time expired helped number seven Texas Christian University (TCU) erase a 13-point deficit and defeat 20th ranked West Virginia 31-30 on Saturday afternoon. The Horned Frogs (7-1) forced five turnovers to help in the comeback effort. It was the first time this year that TCU played outside the state of Texas and they struggled to start the game. West Virginia (6-3) led 13-0 with less that four minutes to play in the first quarter before Deante' Gray caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Trevone Boykin to put the Horned Frogs on the board. Following a scoreless second quarter, TCU took the lead five minutes into the third when Boykin scampered into the end zone for a 14-13 lead. The Mountaineers were able to regain their 13-point lead though, scoring twice in 25 seconds. After Dreamius Smith's five-yard touchdown run, Terrell Chestnut picked up a fumble and ran 35-yards for another touchdown and a 27-14 West Virginia lead. Once again, the Horned Frogs found a way to get back into the game. Trailing 30-21 early in the fourth quarter, TCU drove down the field before B.J. Catalon ran in from six yards out to get within one possession. TCU then forced a West Virginia punt with 2:07 to play and reached the Mountaineers 25-yard line to set up Oberkrom's heroics. Despite the win, the Horned Frogs were held to a season-low 389 yards of offense one week after putting up 82 points in a win over Texas Tech. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio  

(24) Duke Beats Pitt in Double Overtime

(24) Duke Beats Pitt in Double Overtime iStockphoto(PITTSBURGH) -- It took double overtime but the 24th-ranked Duke Blue Devils kept their spot atop the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division with a 51-48 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.  "We were resilient, continued to fight and believed down until the very end," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. The winning score came from backup quarterback Thomas Sirk, who rushed in from five yards out after the Duke defense held Pitt to a field goal. The Panthers (4-5) had a chance to win the game in regulation, driving inside the Duke 10-yard line. However, kicker Chris Blewitt missed a 26-yard field goal attempt as time expired, sending the game into overtime. "I have a ton of faith in him," Pitt coach Paul Chryst said of his kicker, who missed from with 30 yards for just the second time in his career. "We're going to need him again." Both teams traded touchdowns in the first overtime before Pittsburgh took the lead on Blewitt's field goal in the second overtime. The Blue Devils (7-1) then went 25 yards in four plays, culminating in Sirk's five yard run to win it. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

(15) Nebraska Loses Abdullah, Wins Over Purdue

(15) Nebraska Loses Abdullah, Wins Over Purdue Banana Stock/Getty Images(LINCOLN, Neb.) -- The Nebraska Cornhuskers lost star running back Ameer Abdullah to a knee injury early, but the 15th-ranked team in the country pieced together a 35-14 win over Purdue on Saturday. The victory put Nebraska (8-1) in sole possession of first-place in the Big Ten West. "We're very optimistic," coach Bo Pelini said when asked about the immediate future of his tailback. Without Abdullah, Imani Cross carried the majority of the load and scored on two rushing touchdowns while quarterback Tommy Armstrong, Jr. added another score on the ground. Armstrong also threw for a touchdown, finding De'Morney Pierson-El to open the scoring in the first quarter. After Purdue (3-6) tied the game early in the second frame, the Huskers scored 21 unanswered points to put it out of reach. Cross book ended the three scores with his two rushing touchdowns while Terrell Newby scampered for a seven-yard score late in regulation. It was not a very clean game for either squad. Nebraska committed three turnovers, including a pair of interceptions from Armstrong, while Purdue's Austin Appleby also threw two picks. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/1/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/1/14 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Football: (7) TCU 31 (7-1) - (20) West Virginia 30 (6-3) Florida 38 (4-3) - (11) Georgia 20 (6-2) (13) Baylor 60 (7-1) - Kansas 14 (2-6) (15) Nebraska 35 (8-1) - Purdue 14 (3-6) (18) Oklahoma 59 (6-2) - Iowa State 14 (2-6) Temple 20 (5-3) - (23) East Carolina 10 (6-2) (24) Duke 51 (7-1) - Pittsburgh 48 (4-5) Double Overtime NASCAR Nationwide Series: Kyle Busch wins the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. Joey Logano was second. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Michigan Athletic Director Resigns Amid Controversy

Michigan Athletic Director Resigns Amid Controversy Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(ANN ARBOR, Mi.) -- Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon stepped down from his position Friday, after an unrelenting wave of controversy. Among the issues at hand are rising student ticket prices, the poor performance of the football team and the handling of quarterback Shane Morris after he suffered what was later diagnosed with a concussion.  Morris was allowed to re-enter a game against Minnesota after visually showing signs of injury. "Dave feels that it would be in the best interest of our student-athletes, the athletic department and the university community if he moved on to other challenges and allowed the important work of the department and the university to continue without daily distractions," said Mark Schlissel, the university's president. Schlissel named former Michigan football player Jim Hackett as interim athletic director. Hackett is a member of the board of advisors for two athletic programs at Michigan. Students and fans had begun to protest around campus demanding the removal of Brandon from office. After the incident with Morris and the response from Brandon in the days after the intensity of the protests only increased. Brandon had been the school's athletic director since 2010.  He was previously the CEO of Domino's Pizza.   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Mississippi Falls to 7th in AP Poll

Mississippi Falls to 7th in AP Poll Football Texture/iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- Following a 10-7 loss at 24th ranked Louisiana State, the Mississippi Rebels fell to 7th in the latest Associated Press poll, which was revealed on Sunday. Ole Miss (7-1) had been ranked third in the nation before suffering its first loss of the season on Saturday night. Both Mississippi State (7-0) and Florida State (7-0) remained unbeaten over the weekend and stayed at 1 and 2 in the poll respectively. Alabama (7-1) replaced Ole Miss as the number three team in the country while Auburn (6-1) and Oregon (7-1) finished out the top five. Coming off a bye week, the Notre Dame Fightin' Irish (6-1) moved up one spot to sixth, followed by the Rebels. Michigan State (7-1) remained eighth while Georgia (6-1) and TCU (6-1) each stayed in the top-10. The biggest jump in the poll was LSU (7-2), which moved up to 16th in the poll. Southern California, which had been ranked 20th, fell out of the top-25 after a loss to Utah over the weekend. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

(13) Ohio State Holds Off Penn State in Double Overtime

(13) Ohio State Holds Off Penn State in Double Overtime Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- After blowing a 17-point lead in the second half, 13th-ranked Ohio State survived in double overtime, beating Penn State 31-24 on the road on Saturday night.  The Buckeyes (6-1) held a 17-0 lead at halftime, thanks to a running score from Ezekiel Elliott and a touchdown pass from J.T. Barrett to Jeff Heuerman. However, the offensive production stalled in the second half. Penn State (4-3) began their rally on the defensive end when Anthony Zettel picked off a pass from Barrett and ran it back 40 yards for the score. The Nittany Lions inched closer in the fourth quarter when quarterback Christian Hackenberg hit Saeed Blacknall for a 24-yard pass, making it a 17-14 game. Sam Ficken then tied the game with a field goal late, leaving just nine seconds on the clock. Both teams scored touchdowns in the first overtime, sending the game to another extra frame. In the second overtime, Barrett scampered into the end zone from four-yards out to put Ohio State ahead 31-24. Penn State had a chance to tie the game, but Joey Bosa sacked Hackenberg on fourth-and-5 to seal the victory. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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