Mike Davis dives at the knee of Deon Broomfield

Texas receiver Mike Davis takes cheap shot to leg of Iowa State player


There are always going to be cheap shots in college football, that may never change. Sometimes we can look past them. A late shove out-of-bounds? A late hit on a player looking the other way? Eh, it happens.

But Texas wide receiver Mike Davis executed a calculated cheap shot that is completely indefensible Thursday night against Iowa State. After Texas scored to take a 24-20 lead in the third quarter on a touchdown run, with the ball a good 15 or 20 yards away, Davis lined up Iowa State defensive back Deon Broomfield, who seemed to be walking off field, and dove straight for the back of Broomfield’s left leg.

Broomfield fell to the ground, Davis was penalized for a personal foul penalty. Davis was not ejected from the game. What Davis did in diving for the leg does not fall under the game’s targeting rules, but this sure seemed to be a clear case of targeting. If diving at a defenseless player’s leg like this is not targeting, what is?

Video via @PlannedSickDays

Expect the Big 12 to review this incident and act accordingly. If Davis is not suspended for any amount of time in the coming days, it might be the upset of the season.

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.