Ohio State’s wild comeback against Purdue was the game of the day until No. 18 Texas Tech went to Fort Worth to take on TCU. Four quarters and three overtimes later, the Red Raiders emerged winners in dramatic fashion, 56-53 over the Horned Frogs.
The Red Raiders looked like they had the win locked up leading by 10 with just over four minutes remaining in regulation, but Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin led a pair of scoring drives to force overtime. But it was Seth Doege to Alex Torres for an eight-yard touchdown in the third overtime that ultimately sealed the win.
Last year, Texas Tech got a thrilling win in Norman against Oklahoma before losing the rest of its games. Not this time, The Red Raiders got blown out by the Sooners a couple of weeks ago, but dominated West Virginia last week and got a solid win on the road this week. TTU goes on the road to Kansas State next — the Wildcats are up big on WVU right now — and a win there would put the Red Raiders right back in the thick of the Big 12 title hunt.
At this point, the Big 12 race appears like it’s realistically between K-State and Oklahoma, but with a little bit of help, Texas Tech could be very much alive in this conference hunt.
Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.
Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.
“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”
Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.
You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season? Watch lists are being whittled.
The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior. The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.
The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).
The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten. The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).
Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah