Javorius Allen rushed for a career-high 143 yards and three touchdowns to lead USC to a 47-29 victory over Colorado in Boulder on Saturday night.
It was USC’s fifth-straight win as the Trojans improved to 9-3 overall and 6-2 in the Pac-12. USC is now 6-1 since interim coach Ed Orgeron took over for Lane Kiffin after the fifth game of the season. Colorado dropped to 4-7 and 1-7.
The Trojan offense was methodical for most of the night and crafted a 37-7 lead by the end of the third quarter. However, Colorado made a game of it and put up 22 fourth-quarter points to pull within 11. An onside kick with 3:22 left to play was recovered by USC and the Trojans then punched it in one last time to put the game on ice.
It was the third 100-yard effort in four games for Allen, who has reinvigorated the USC ground game of late. The Trojans also got 68 yards on six carries from fullback Soma Vainuku, who showed his prowess on special teams by blocking a punt for a safety in the first quarter. Quarterback Cody Kessler was efficient, completing 19 of 28 for 184 yards and two touchdowns.
Credit to Colorado for not folding in this one. The Buffaloes are certainly much improved in new Mike MacIntyre’s first season. Freshman quarterback Sefo Liufau was 17 of 33 for 188 yards and two touchdowns and one interception and looks like he has the potential to shine in the future.
But Saturday was all about USC and its renewed vigor. The Trojans were left for dead just a few weeks ago and can now get to 10 wins by beating UCLA next week. Whoever USC decides to hire next season, this is a team that looks ready to make a big move in 2014.
It’s become crystal clear at this point there is nothing anyone can do, no arranging of words, no stacking of facts, witnesses and testimony, that can change the mind of Joe Paterno‘s supporters. Perhaps a video recording of Paterno admitting he knew of Jerry Sandusky‘s crimes and did nothing to stop them, but maybe not even then.
Leading that pack is the late coach’s family, and chief among them his son and former assistant coach Jay Paterno.
Following new allegations against Penn State uncovered in an insurance suite that came to light on Thursday, the younger Paterno issued a blistering defense of his father. (Hat tip to our own Kevin McGuire for capturing it.)
It’s unclear as of yet how the testimony will affect the insurance suit against Penn State, but one thing that is apparent is the arguing over Paterno’s involvement in the affair and the subsequent affect on his legacy will continue for years to come.
LSU got the best of John Chavis on the field in November, but the former Tigers defensive coordinator could gain revenge in the court room.
According to Ross Dellenger of The Advocate, Chavis has turned over phone records from November 2014 through Feb. 13, 2015, the key period in detailing whether Chavis violated his contract agreement with LSU in leaving for a lateral position with Texas A&M. At stake is a $400,000 buyout the school says it is owed.
LSU contends Chavis started working for the Aggies before his contract expired on Jan. 31, 2015, a stance seemingly buoyed by the fact Chavis was photographed in Aggie gear while on recruiting trips with A&M coaches.
Chavis filed a countersuit in Texas alleging the school owes him more than $200,000 in unpaid vacation wages and $400,000 in bonuses. Chavis also accused LSU of altering his contract after he signed it — which the school admitted, though in a “nominal” way.
Should the case go to trial, LSU administrators and coaches could be deposed, which every media member in the country should actively root for. Considering the last such suit led to Charlie Strong forgetting his own quarterback’s name and Texas assistants contradicting each other on the stand during Oklahoma State’s similar suit with its former offensive line coach Joe Wickline, LSU coaches and Chavis hitting the stand could lead to absolute gold.
Maybe the third time will be the charm for Brian Kimbrow? Or maybe there’ll be no third time, period?
That appears to be the case Kimbrow confirmed to Rivals.com earlier this week that he has walked away from the Middle Tennessee State football team. Not only that, but the running back has walked away from the sport, period.
“I just didn’t love football like I used to and wanted to focus on school and my forensics career,” Kimbrow told the recruiting website. “Just burned out for real.”
Kimbrow began his collegiate career at Vanderbilt as a four-star recruit in 2012. He ran for 748 yards and six touchdowns his first two seasons with the Commodores before he was indefinitely suspended early on in the 2014 season for conduct detrimental to the team. A month later, the then-junior was dismissed from the Vandy football program.
Kimbrow joined MTSU as a graduate transfer earlier this year and participated in spring practice with his new Blue Raiders teammates.
Once at 26, North Carolina’s 2016 recruiting class has been pared by one.
According to a report from 247Sports.com, 2016 signee James Pierre has been given a release from the National Letter of Intent he signed with UNC. The recruiting website reports that Pierre was denied admissions by the university, leading to his full release.
Because he has not attended any classes at UNC, Pierre would be eligible to play immediately at another FBS program. He’d then have the standard five years to use four seasons of eligibility.
A three-star 2016 recruit, Pierre was rated as the No. 48 safety in the country. In addition to UNC, Pierre held scholarship offers from, among others, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.