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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.

Randy Edsall not leaving Maryland without giving Buckeyes a fight

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If this is the last game Randy Edsall coaches at Maryland, at least he is making it count. Maryland may be down at the half, but the overmatched Terrapins are giving No. 1 Ohio State all it can handle it would seem. Ohio State holds a 21-14 lead on Maryland at the half, with big plays being the key.

Maryland struck first when Perry Hills connected to an open D.J. Moore down the middle of the field for a 52-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead. Ohio State would battle back, switching up the quarterbacks between Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett along the way. The Buckeyes ripped off three touchdowns, with Barrett and Ezekiel Elliott each running for one and Jones throwing for the third, to Braxton Miller. Up 21-7, all seemed to return to normal for the Buckeyes, but Maryland cut the lead to seven late in the first half.

Hills broke free for a 75-yard run from the Maryland 22-yard line all the way down to the Ohio State three, and he finsihed off the quick touchdown on the next play with a short touchdown run. So Maryland continues to linger, which appears to be a theme with Ohio State’s opponents this season.

Jones has completed 15 of 20 pass attempts for 195 yards and a touchdown for Ohio State. Barrett attempted just one pass, which was good for a 20-yard gain. Elliott has just 25 rushing yards on 11 attempts at the half.

Texas-sized upset? Longhorns stunning No. 10 Oklahoma in Red River Rivalry

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Nobody could have seen this coming, even after throwing out the records. A week after being ambushed by TCU, Charlie Strong and his Texas Longhorns looked like a completely different team in the first quarter against No. 10 Oklahoma in the old Cotton Bowl. Texas holds a surprising 14-3 lead at the half.

Jerrod Heard completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Johnson midway through the first quarter. The Longhorns made it 14-0 when a break went their way. Lorenzo Joe recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score to make it 14-0 after Oklahoma had fumbled away the ensuing kickoff after the first score.

Texas outgained Oklahoma in the first quarter, 133 yards to just 15, and at the half (169 yards to just 85). Oklahoma went three-and-out on each of its two drives, and the Sooners had to punt four times before being able to put a dent on the scoreboard with a short 21-yard field goal by Austin Seibert after a 12-play drive stalled at the Texas four-yard line. Meanwhile, Texas was building a double-digit lead.

Without a doubt, the first half of this game was the best half we have seen from Texas in a while. Can they keep it going and score what would be a significant upset to get our day started?