As expected, Boston College has fired head football coach Jeff Jagodzinski.The move is expected to be announced at a 3:00 p.m. EST press conference.Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo reportedly warned Jagodzinski that he’d be fired if he interviewed for the Jets’ head-coaching job. Earlier today, Dan Patrick reported that DeFilippo was miffed because he learned of the interview not from Jagodzinski, but from a reporter.Per the Boston Herald, Jagodzinski could have an opportunity with the Seattle Seahawks, as a member of Jim Mora’s staff.And that would be fitting. Two years ago, Mora was fired by the Falcons after publicly musing about coaching the University of Washington. So now he’ll hire a college coach who was fired for flirting with an NFL job.
Late in the fourth quarter of No. 20 Wazzu’s 45-10 loss to Washington, Gabe Marks was on the receiving end of a five-yard pass from first-time starter Peyton Bender. The wide receiver was also on the receiving end of an awkward tackle that bent his ankle in a way that God never intended and left him with what could very well be broken bones in the leg.
Marks was carted off the field and did not return. There has been no update on the specific nature of the injury, although it appears that it may be serious enough to keep the junior from playing in the Cougars’ bowl game.
Coming into Week 13, Marks was fourth in the nation with 92 receptions and, with 1,067, is one of 19 players who have gone past 1,000 yards receiving.
And, to add scoreboard insult to literal injury, Marks’ fumble was returned by the Huskies for a touchdown. That was the second of three defensive touchdowns for UW, with the third coming on Wazzu’s very next play from scrimmage on a pick-six.
The win pushed the Huskies to 6-6 and into a bowl in the second season under Chris Petersen. The head coach just yesterday was awarded a two-year contract extension.
In a season full of firsts, Iowa added yet another notch to its football history belt in Lincoln Friday.
Thanks in large part to its defense — and Tommy Armstrong Jr.‘s arm punts — Iowa was able to stake itself to a 14-10 halftime lead and then held on for a 28-17 win. The Hawkeyes had previously gone unbeaten and untied in a season twice (1921,1922) and went unbeaten in its first two seasons of competition (1899, 1900). The 12 wins is also a school record, breaking the mark of 11 previously held by head coach Kirk Ferentz‘s 2002 and 2009 squads.
It’s also the fifth 10-win season in Ferentz’s 17 seasons in Iowa City. And, as was the case in the other four, it was a sturdy defense and low-risk offense that’s led the way to this perfect season.
While the Cornhuskers managed 433 yards of offense, the defense allowed just 20 points, with seven of those greatly aided by a muffed first-half punt. NU ran 83 plays, meaning they averaged a little over five yards per play.
The Hawkeyes’ offense, meanwhile, ran just 44 plays in putting up 250 yards of offense. Leading the way was Jordan Canzeri, who accounted for over half that yardage with 140 on the ground. Canzeri also accounted for two of the Hawkeyes’ three offensive touchdowns, with the other coming off the arm of quarterback C.J. Beathard.
Amazingly, Iowa didn’t convert a single third down in nine attempts, while Nebraska converted seven of 16. The most important stat, though was the Hawkeyes’ 4-1 edge in the turnover battle.
Armstrong Jr. tossed four interceptions, giving him a nation-leading 16 on the season. He did throw for 296 yards in a loss that dropped the Cornhuskers to 5-7 and, in all likelihood, a bowl-less 2015 postseason. While they could still go bowling if 80 teams don’t reach the six-win mark, they’ll likely stay home for the postseason for just the third time in the last 47 years (2004, 2007) in the first season under Mike Riley.
Iowa had previously wrapped up the Big Ten West division and a spot in the conference championship game. UI will face Michigan State if the Spartans beat Penn State, or the winner of the Ohio State-Michigan game should MSU falter.
A win over any of those three opponents would all but assure the Hawkeyes of one of the four spot in the second edition of the College Football Playoff.
An off-field incident will reportedly sideline Corey Clement for what’s expected to be his final regular season game in a Wisconsin uniform.
Earlier this week, the running back was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct following an incident earlier this month. The initial details had Clement attempting to break up a fight between the security guard at his off-campus residence and a group of individuals, which proved to be a false narrative as Clement was found to have thrown the first punch.
Because of the charges, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting, Clement will not travel with his teammates for Saturday’s game against Minnesota. There’s no word on his status for the Badgers’ bowl game.
This has essentially been a lost season for Clement, who came into the the year as one of a handful of Heisman favorites.
The junior struggled in the season-opening loss to Alabama because of an injury that was later determined to be a sports hernia. He missed the next seven games, came back for one game late last month (115 yards, three touchdowns in win over Rutgers), but then aggravated the injury and missed the Nov. 7 Maryland game as well. He played in last weekend’s loss to Northwestern, but was held to just 24 yards on 10 carries.
For the season, Clement has rushed for 155 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries, one year after 949 yards and nine touchdowns as Heisman runner-up Melvin Gordon‘s primary backup.
Not only is one-half of Conference USA’s championship game set, but so is the location.
East division members Western Kentucky and Marshall came into their game Friday afternoon at 7-0 and 6-1 in conference play, respectively, with the contest essentially serving as a play-in game to the league’s title game. On the strength of Brandon Doughty‘s 370 yards passing and five touchdowns, the Hilltoppers played their way in and staked a claim to the division title with a dominating 49-28 win over the Herd.
The Hilltoppers became the first C-USA team to finish undefeated in league play since Houston in 2011. WKU is the seventh team to go unbeaten in league play in C-USA’s 20 football seasons.
WKU is in just its second season in Conference USA, and will be playing for its first conference title in Bowling Green as the win wrapped up home-field advantage for the Hilltoppers.
The opponent will be determined Saturday afternoon. West leaders Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech, both 6-1, will square off Saturday in Ruston, with the winner moving on to face WKU next Saturday. Tech lost to Marshall in its first-ever title game appearance last season, while USM is looking to get back to the game for the first time since 2011 and the third time overall.