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Late blocked punt return gives Rutgers life, UCF leads 28-14

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Central Florida is taking a firm grip on the American Conference tonight in Orlando. Leading Rutgers 28-14 at halftime, Central Florida is beginning to move another step closer to their first conference championship since winning the Conference USA championship in 2010. This time, of course, a BCS berth is on the line and beginning to come within reach for the Golden Knights.

Storm Johnson has rushed for two touchdowns to fuel the ground game. Blake Bortles has spread te football around to his receivers with five different players recording at least two catches in the first half. Last week’s hero in Philadelphia, J.J. Worton has four catches for 84 yards at the half to lead the Golden Knights. Bortles has passed for over 200 yards and a touchdown. He also made a play with his feet, wiggling around inside the red zone to find a path to the end zone with Rutgers scrambling to stop him. Bortles actually leads Central Florida in rushing with five carries for 39 yards.

Central Florida has also been playing well on defense, holding Rutgers to just 104 yards of total offense. Rutgers did start to make this interesting for the second half when Anthony Cioffi blocked a Central Florida punt late in the half and returned it for a touchdown. The blocked punt return turned a 28-7 game in to a 28-14, two-possession game. Rutgers gets the football to start the second half.

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”

Dabo Swinney
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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.