You may not find a game with contrasting offensive styles having their way today like you will find in the Big 12 match-up between Oklahoma and Kansas State. The Sooners have used the ground game to their advantage and Kansas State has countered with big plays through the air in what has been a back-and-forth game. The Sooners lead Kansas State 24-21 at the half thanks to a late field goal from short distance.
Oklahoma took a 14-0 lead after marching down field on a 98-yard drive in the second quarter. After being pinned down on their two-yard line following a terrific punt coverage job by the Wildcats, Oklahoma ran 14 straight running plays with quarterback Trevor Knight and running back Brennan Clay splitting the majority of the snaps before Knight capped the drive with an eight-yard touchdown run. Clay later broke a 14-14 tie by ripping off a 64-yard run to give the Sooners a lead.
Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters found a wide open Tyler Lockett as Oklahoma’s secondary got caught focusing on the wrong receiver. Lockett ran straight down field for what turned out to be a 48-yard touchdown pass. The deep ball has come through in a big way for Kansas State in the first half, with a couple more deep passes leading to a game-tying touchdown in the second quarter. Waters and Lockett again connected late in the first half to tie the game at 21-21 with a 90-yard scoring play.
Clay has already rushed for 157 yards in the game to go over 100 yards in a game for the third time this season. His season high of 170 yards came in a win at West Virginia earlier this season, so he should easily pass that in the second half. For Kansas State, Lockett has recorded 206 receiving yards and three touchdowns already against an Oklahoma defense that came in to the day allowing just 187 passing yards per game this season.
Just ahead of the start of summer camp, Bowling Green has further solidified its depth and experience along its offensive line.
Appearing at the MAC football preview Wednesday, Mike Jinks confirmed that John Kurtz has been added to his Bowling Green football roster. Kurtz comes to the Falcons as a graduate transfer, which would technically give him immediate eligibility.
“He played spring football for Cincinnati and was in the rotation for playing time on the offensive line,” Jinks said according to the Toledo Blade. “He’s a kid who has a chance to have an impact right away.
“The opportunity is there for him to play right away for us. This is a big ‘get’ for us.”
Jinks also hinted that Kurtz, who has two years of eligibility remaining, could be a redshirt candidate for the 2017 season as well.
Despite being just a two-star 2014 recruit, he was rated as the No. 12 player at any position in the state of Kentucky. During his time with the Bearcats, Kurtz played sparingly.
Maybe the third time will be a charm for Cameron Echols-Luper?
On his personal Instagram account Wednesday, Echols-Luper revealed that he has decided to continue his collegiate playing career at Western Kentucky. According to the Bowling Green Daily News, the decision was made following a visit to the school earlier this week.
As a graduate transfer, the wide receiver will be eligible to play immediately in 2017 for the Hilltoppers. However, he has to finish up some schoolwork at his former school, Arkansas State, before officially moving on to WKU.
Echols-Luper began his collegiate career at TCU in 2013, transferring to ASU in 2015. After sitting out that season, he was third on the Red Wolves in receptions (26) and receiving yards (407). His 15.7 yards per reception was second on the team.
In early March, Noah Jefferson announced on Twitter that he would be transferring from USC to Arizona. Nearly five months later?
Wednesday, UA head coach Rich Rodriguez announced that Jefferson will not, as previously expected, be playing for the Wildcats this season. No reason for the abrupt and unexpected about-face was given.
The coach did, though, intimate that a future pairing between the player and the program isn’t out of the question.
Jefferson wouldn’t have been eligible to play in 2017 for the Wildcats even if his move to the desert had come to fruition. He would’ve, though, had two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2018 at his disposal.
A four-star member of USC’s 2015 recruiting class, Jefferson played in 14 games, starting one of those, as a true freshman. After starting the season-opening loss to Alabama last season, Jefferson never played another down for USC.
For the first time since his unceremonious exit from Ole Miss, Hugh Freeze has spoken publicly. Somewhat.
In what was described as a brief interview with USA Today Sports Wednesday, the former Ole Miss head coach said his family and church have helped him get through the storm of the last few days. When asked if his family was standing by him, Freeze responded, “Oh, gosh, yeah.”
“God is good, even in difficult times,’’ Freeze told the website. “Wonderful wife and family, and that’s my priority.”
“I got some good friends,” the former head coach added.
The stunning news dropped last Thursday night that Freeze’s tenure as the head coach at Ole Miss had come to an end because of at least one call from his university-issued cell phone to a known escort service. While Freeze blamed the call on a misdial, the administration found a “pattern of misconduct” during a deep dive into his phone records, leading the school to confront the coach about the situation.
After meetings with Freeze Wednesday night and then again Thursday morning, it became apparent that, if he didn’t resign, the school was going to fire him.
Because of a moral turpitude clause in his contract, there was neither a buyout nor a settlement.