- Former Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker is working for a charity while awaiting sentencing.
- The nation’s best defensive duos, per Yahoo! Sports.
- If you missed CNN’s report on emails exchanged among Penn State’s admins regarding Jerry Sandusky, you can check out our Friday one-liners. Here’s Dan Wetzel’s take on it, though.
- And, here’s how the NCAA could get involved with Penn State. It’s not for what you think, though.
- The Paterno family released a statement regarding the emails.
- Florida State’s James Wilder Jr. was released from jail today.
At least postgame, #Pac12AfterDark lived up to its NSFW billing.
Last season, Washington State’s Mike Leach accused his counterpart at Arizona State, Todd Graham, of stealing signs. Ahead of the Cougars’ Week 8 trip to Tempe to face the Sun Devils, Leach again broached the sign-stealing allegations; that broaching earned Leach a reprimand and a $10,000 fine from the Pac-12.
While Graham had personally stayed relatively mum on the subject, the coach’s athletic director stated they fully supported the conference’s actions as “[o]ur professional integrity was questioned for two straight years by Mike Leach’s irresponsible comments and we will not allow that to happen.” Graham may have been relatively mum during the week, but, in the aftermath of Wazzu’s 37-32 win Saturday night, the coach apparently could no longer bite his tongue.
just listened to Graham-Leach handshake 3x. Got a “chicken—-” and “I’ve always respected you” and a “bull—-” from Graham
— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) October 23, 2016
Todd Graham to Mike Leach at midfield: “[unaudible] that was bullshit…[unaudible]..that is chicken shit” pic.twitter.com/q6bF4UwXIE
— Matt Prehm (@Prehmmr247) October 23, 2016
So I wound that back and Todd Graham told Mike Leach the comments earlier this week were “Chicken sh—“
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) October 23, 2016
Pretty sure I heard a “You know that was bullsh—“ in there too as Leach pulled away and walked off
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) October 23, 2016
Leach, of course, was asked about the situation in his postgame presser.
Leach’s answer to everything re. ASU’s strategy was “I respectfully decline on grounds that I might be publicly reprimanded and fined”
— Stefanie Loh (@StefanieLoh) October 23, 2016
Pirate’s gonna pirate, regardless.
Certainly there are deceased defensive purists who are rolling over in their graves at the moment. In fact, there are likely amongst-the-living defensive purists who are currently digging six feet down, jumping in and rolling over just to prove a point.
To what are we referring? Oklahoma 66, Texas Tech 59 in a game that spanned just four quarters. Didn’t even go into a single overtime let alone multiple ones to at least buttress the video game-like numbers. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so screen snaps of the offensive carnage are just visually staggering in their breadth and scope:
Where to start?
Well, the teams collectively broke the NCAA record for combined offensive yards in a single game, with their 1,708 yards — exactly 854 for each, incidentally — easily surpassing the 1,640 of San Jose State and Nevada in 2001. The combined 1,279 yards passing also broke the record of 1,261 yards set during the 2014 Washington State-Cal game.
That Pac-12 game also produced the individual passing record, with Wazzu’s Connor Halliday throwing for 734 yards; Tech’s Patrick Mahomes matched that record in this wild affair. Mahomes’ 88 pass attempts were just one off the record of 89 set by Halliday in 2013.
Add in 85 yards rushing, and Mahomes became the first player in FBS history to account for more than 800 yards of offense in a single game. The previous record was Halliday’s 751 two years ago.
On the OU side, quarterback Baker Mayfield, who transferred from Lubbock to Norman, set a Sooners record with his seven touchdown passes. The 1,383 combined yards for Mayfield and Mahomes is an FBS record as well.
Additionally, running back Joe Mixon, with 262 yards rushing and 114 receiving, became just the third FBS player in at least 15 years to go for 250-plus in the former category and 100-plus in the latter. Dede Westbrook also caught nine passes for 202 yards, making Oklahoma the fifth team in FBS history and first since Oklahoma State in 2008 to have a 300-yard-passer, 200-yard rusher and 200-yard receiver in the same game.
The Sooners also became the first FBS team with a 500-yard-passer, 200-yard rusher and 200-yard receiver in a single game.
I’m quite certain that there are myriad school and conference and national records that I missed, but, yeah, you get what was a very offensive point. And, for that, there’s just no defense.
It’s been a strange season for LSU and Leonard Fournette but the two reunited in a big way on Saturday night to run right over Ole Miss in a 38-21 win that put the rest of the SEC back on notice about the team from Baton Rouge.
Fournette needed just eight carries to set a new LSU school record for rushing yards in a game and finished the night with a whopping 284 yards on just 16 carries. The one-time Heisman Trophy front-runner scored three times as well and each one was a highlight in itself: from 59 yards out, another from 76 yards and a final one from 78 yards to embarrass the Ole Miss defense.
Backup Derrius Guice saw his string of 100 yard games come to an end after filling in nicely for Fournette but he did rush for 57 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Danny Etling didn’t have to do much as a result of that attack, throwing for 204 yards, a score and an interception.
Ole Miss was a controversial selection in the top 25 this week at 3-3 entering the game and failed to live up to the hype by dropping their second in a row. Chad Kelly was rattled on just about every throw, finishing with only 209 yards and a touchdown while throwing two picks and getting sacked twice. He didn’t get much help from the Rebels defense either, which was flattened by Fournette and gave up 515 total yards.
The win was LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron’s third in a row and gives the team plenty of momentum heading into their bye week. A home night game against No. 1 Alabama awaits after that and it’s not a stretch to say that the school would make him the permanent head coach if the win streak stretches to four.
There’s a long time between now and then however, but at least on Saturday night LSU looked a lot like the team that was ranked in the top 10 of the preseason polls and had a Heisman Trophy candidate in the backfield.
James Franklin was on the hot seat with many Penn State fans earlier this season. After Saturday night, he might be getting a contract extension.
The Nittany Lions gave their head coach his first signature win in State College in front of a White-Out crowd in Happy Valley as they upset No. 2 Ohio State 24-21 with a wild fourth quarter and some clutch plays down the stretch.
Penn State hung around most of the game and came up with a timely score just about every moment when it looked like they were going to lose control to their highly ranked division rivals. Case in point was right before halftime when quarterback Trace McSorley (who completed just eight passes on the night) led a 74 yard touchdown drive in just 65 seconds to pull to within 12-7.
Nothing caused the crowd to erupt quite like what the defense did in the fourth quarter however. Ohio State appeared to be driving to all but wrap up another tough road win with just over four minutes left in the game when they ran the field goal unit onto the field to attempt a 45-yarder.
The kick came off a little low though and junior safety Marcus Allen entered PSU lore by getting just enough of the ball to block it. Grant Haley found himself in the right place, at the right time, and promptly scooped and scored from 60 yards out to cause pandemonium among the Nittany Lion fan base.
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett didn’t quite get going like he did last week against Wisconsin but was solid as the only reliable source of offense for the Buckeyes. The quarterback finished with 245 yards passing and a touchdown but was sacked five times in the second half as he failed to rally the team many expected to roll through the rest of the season undefeated.
The loss snaps a 20 game road winning streak for Ohio State and throws all sorts of postseason scenarios out the window. To start with, rival Michigan should ascend to No. 2 in the polls come Sunday and instantly become the favorites in the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes can still win their division, and even make it back into the running for a College Football Playoff semifinal, but the night belonged to what Penn State did in a marquee win for their head coach and their program on Saturday night.