Tyler Gaffney, Kevin Hogan

Stanford hitting Oregon in the mouth, leads 17-0 at the half


Stanford seems to have found the right combination to handle the Oregon Ducks.

1. Hit them in the mouth. 2. Don’t let them have the ball.

It worked for Stanford last year, when the Cardinal upset the Ducks, 17-14, in Eugene. And it looks to be working to perfection again on Thursday night in Palo Alto as No. 6 Stanford leads No. 2 Oregon, 17-0, at the half.

The Cardinal used its turn-back-the-clock offense to dominate the clock, running 42 plays to the Ducks’ 28 and holding the ball nearly 21 minutes to Oregon’s nine.

Meanwhile, Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan looks like he’s on his way to having his best game of the season. He completed six of 10 passes for 97 yards and also rushed for 34 yards and one score as Stanford converted an astounding 8 of 10 third down conversions. A lot of those conversions came on the back of Tyler Gaffney, who already has 24 carries for 84 yards and a score.

And the Stanford defense reminded everyone why it’s considered one of the best units in the country, holding Heisman front runner Marcus Mariota to 115 yards on 9 of 17 passing and negative 9 yards rushing. It was hard for the Oregon offense to get untracked — it never had the ball!

Not that the Ducks showed no signs of life. Twice they advanced inside the Stanford 10-yard line, coming away empty both times, the first time on a failed 4th down conversion and the second when running back De’Anthony Thomas was stripped by Cardinal linebacker Shayne Skov near the goal line.

The one upside to the first half for Oregon is that it can score quick and Stanford is still within reach. The second half could get interesting if the Ducks find their rhythm. But first they need the ball back.

In Baker Mayfield, Texas set to face yet another QB who wanted to be a Longhorn

Baker Mayfield
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Jameis WinstonJohnny ManzielAndrew LuckRobert Griffin IIIJ.T. Barrett. Oh, don’t mind me. Just recounting the number of quarterbacks with ties to the Texas football program that never received a sniff from Bevo’s famous snout.

Add another to the list, perhaps the most inexplicable of all: Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield played at Lake Travis High School in Austin, a powerhouse program in a state that specializes in them. Lightly recruited out of high school (he reportedly held only an offer from Florida Atlantic), Mayfield and his family reached out to the nearby program to see if they’d take him as a walk-on.

They said no.

“They told us he had five scholarship quarterbacks, so there wasn’t any need of ‘Bake’ coming out there,” James Mayfield, Baker’s father, told George Schroeder of USA Today. “I popped off that they had five scholarship quarterbacks that couldn’t even play for Lake Travis. That’s where our relationship stalled out.”

On one hand, it utterly boggles the mind why Texas would decline a successful high school quarterback willing to pay his own way on to the team, especially considering the state of the position at the time. On the other, one would see why Mack Brown‘s staff would pass on a kid with only an offer from FAU who says UT’s quarterbacks couldn’t start for his high school team.

Instead, Texas signed Tyrone Swoopes and Mayfield enrolled at Texas Tech. He won the starting job as a true freshman, transferred to Oklahoma, walked on and then won the starting job there.

And now he’s set to face the hometown team he at one time wished he could play for.

Mayfield has completed 88-of-135 throws for 1,382 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions – good for a 178.52 passer rating, which ranks fifth nationally – while adding 138 yards and four scores on the ground. His counterpart, redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard, has connected on 42-of-76 passes for 661 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions (131.74 passer rating) to go with a team-leading 67 carries for 318 yards and three touchdowns.

“As perverse as all this has been, he’s where he wanted to be,” James Mayfield said. “He’s living his dream. If he had to do it all over again, he’d do it, with the same outcome.”

Appalachian State announces five-year extension for head coach Scott Satterfield

Scott Satterfield
Associated Press

One day after it was revealed its head coach was the second-lowest paid in college football, Appalachian State announced a five-year contract extension for head coach Scott Satterfield.

“We have the right coach leading our football program in Scott Satterfield,” Appalachian State AD Doug Gillin said in a statement. “In nearly three years as head coach, he has stayed true to his convictions, built the program the right way and set Appalachian State football up for sustainable success both in the Sun Belt Conference and at the national level.”


Satterfield had earned $375,000 annually, ahead of only Louisiana-Monroe’s Todd Berry at $360,000 a year.

Satterfield, 42, is 14-14 in his third season at the Boone, N.C., school. He led the Mountaineers to a 7-5 mark in their debut Sun Belt season, and has the club at 3-1 to start the 2015 campaign.

“It’s exciting for my family and me to know that we’re going to be at Appalachian for the foreseeable future,” Satterfield added. “I’m living a dream by being the head coach at my alma mater and can’t wait to continue to work hard to help this program reach heights that it has never reached before.”