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Big plays help Utah State beat Toledo in Potato Bowl


If you like offense and trick plays, you’re probably a fan of some good, 0l’-fashioned #MACtion. You were probably also watching Sam Houston State and Eastern Washington in the 1-AA playoffs.

The other game that featured an actual MAC team, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, was a little less exciting — certainly much less than the New Mexico Bowl between Arizona and Nevada earlier Saturday. Toledo wasn’t able to capitalize on Utah State’s lone turnover — a Kerwynn Williams fumble — and a late kickoff return for a touchdown couldn’t pull the Rockets back into 41-15 loss to the No. 18 Aggies.

Williams recovered from his turnover, so to speak, and rushed for 235 yards and three touchdowns. The senior took over the game late with a 63-yard touchdown run — the first real big play of the game that resulted in points — which began Utah State’s run to pull away from Toledo. In all, the Aggies scored 28 points in the fourth quarter.

The win caps an 11-win season for Utah State, the program’s first, under Gary Anderson. Keeping Anderson has been perhaps the biggest victory for USU, as the coach signed an extension with the university in October that takes him through the 2018 season. Toledo, on the other hand, finishes the year 9-4.

Diagnosed with bovine leukemia, Bevo XIV retires immediately

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Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.

Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.

Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.

Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.

There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.

Dabo Swinney won’t stop talking about “Clemsoning”

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Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.

Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.

“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”

I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.

Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.

Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.