Texas A&M and Arkansas have been piling up the yardage in the first half. The two SEC West rivals have racked up over 580 yards of offense in the first half and Texas A&M is leading the Razorbacks 24-20 at the half.
Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel has completed 18-of-23 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns and leads the Texas A&M ground game with 49 rushing yards. His counterpart for Arkansas, Brandon Allen, is back in the starting line-up and has the Razorbacks moving the football well as well. Allen has completed 10-of-18 attempts for 168 yards and two touchdowns to help keep Arkansas from allowing Texas A&M to run away with this one.
Texas A&M did lose their leading receiver at one point in the first half. Sophomore receiver Mike Evans had to be helped off the field after hauling in a remarkable touchdown in the end zone, after Manziel extended the play. It looked as though he had hurt his leg after leaping up in the air and coming down with the football in traffic in the end zone. Evans came in to this weekend leading Texas A&M in receiving yards and caught two touchdowns in the first half.
Texas A&M has not trailed in this game but it has been a pretty good back-and-forth type game thus far. This should be an entertaining second half coming our way between these old Southwest Conference foes.
In the minds of some in the media and even more in the fan base, Ohio State in general and Cardale Jones specifically have been underwhelming through the first five games of the 2015 season.
Jones, in particular, has been a rather large target of much of the angst. Coming off a Cinderella-like three-game postseason run that helped OSU to a national championship, the perception is that Jones has been underwhelming and underperforming; even head coach Urban Meyer appeared to be leaning in that direction as he considered making the switch to J.T. Barrett prior to the Western Michigan win before reaffirming his commitment to the redshirt junior.
Is that perception valid? Statistically, he’s not that far off from where he was in the 2014 postseason, at least in a couple of categories.
He’s completing 61.3 percent of his passes this season compared to 59.4 percent in the games against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon. It was 9.9 yards per attempt in that three-game stretch last season, 8.2 in five games this season. When it comes to scoring and turning the ball over, however, that’s another matter entirely.
He threw a touchdown pass every 15 pass attempts in the 2014 postseason; this season, it’s one every 21 attempts. Even more glaring, he’s currently throwing an interception every 21 attempts as well. During the run that made him a household name, it was one pick every 37.5 throws.
So, fewer touchdowns plus more turnovers equals validation of the angst, right? Not so fast, at least as far as the college arm of Pro Football Focus goes.
A very serious allegation has triggered the latest resetting of the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker.
UCLA confirmed in a statement that Adam Searl (pictured, No. 39) has been indefinitely suspended from the football program. The move comes nearly a day after the punter was arrested on three counts of rape.
He was released a handful of hours after his arrest on a $300,000 bond.
“We have been informed of the situation involving Adam Searl, and we take these accusations very seriously,” UCLA head coach Jim Mora said in a statement. “Adam has been suspended from the team indefinitely while the legal process runs its course. Due to the ongoing police investigation, we are unable to discuss this matter further at this time.”
The arrest stems from an incident that allegedly occurred in the middle of last October, and is the result what the Los Angeles Police Department described as “an exhaustive investigation.” As for what led to the charges, here’s the Los Angeles Daily News‘ account of the alleged incident:
The victim, a student at UCLA, reported the alleged assault to the LAPD on Oct. 14, 2014. She told police that she had met the suspect outside of an off-campus house party in Westwood. They went to another residence, where she fell asleep and awoke to find him assaulting her. She was able to identify Searl following the police investigation.
Searl punted 11 times as a redshirt freshman last season. He had punted five times this season as the backup to Matt Mengel.