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ASU’s Marion Grice likely out of Pac-12 title game with injury

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The excitement stemming from Arizona State’s pounding of archrival Arizona, which secured home-field advantage in the conference championship game, was tempered a bit by some distressing news on the injury front.

Star running back Marion Grice did not play in the 58-21 win over the Wildcats due to an injury to his left leg suffered a week ago.   Based on head coach Todd Graham‘s comments afterwards, it appears highly unlikely Grice will see the field for the Pac-12 title game against Stanford too.

“It’s probably a three-week deal,” Graham said. “He’d probably be doubtful (against Stanford). I think I’m safe in saying that. Our deal is we want to go win this thing, and he’ll be ready for the next one.”

If ASU can win next weekend, Grice should have plenty of time to fully recover and play in the Rose Bowl.

Grice leads the Sun Devils with 996 yards and 14 touchdowns.  He’s also third on the team with 50 receptions for 438 yards, while his six receiving touchdowns are tied for the team lead.

With Grice sidelined against the Wildcats, D.J. Foster ran for 124 touchdowns and a pair of scores.

Randy Edsall not leaving Maryland without giving Buckeyes a fight

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If this is the last game Randy Edsall coaches at Maryland, at least he is making it count. Maryland may be down at the half, but the overmatched Terrapins are giving No. 1 Ohio State all it can handle it would seem. Ohio State holds a 21-14 lead on Maryland at the half, with big plays being the key.

Maryland struck first when Perry Hills connected to an open D.J. Moore down the middle of the field for a 52-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead. Ohio State would battle back, switching up the quarterbacks between Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett along the way. The Buckeyes ripped off three touchdowns, with Barrett and Ezekiel Elliott each running for one and Jones throwing for the third, to Braxton Miller. Up 21-7, all seemed to return to normal for the Buckeyes, but Maryland cut the lead to seven late in the first half.

Hills broke free for a 75-yard run from the Maryland 22-yard line all the way down to the Ohio State three, and he finsihed off the quick touchdown on the next play with a short touchdown run. So Maryland continues to linger, which appears to be a theme with Ohio State’s opponents this season.

Jones has completed 15 of 20 pass attempts for 195 yards and a touchdown for Ohio State. Barrett attempted just one pass, which was good for a 20-yard gain. Elliott has just 25 rushing yards on 11 attempts at the half.

Texas-sized upset? Longhorns stunning No. 10 Oklahoma in Red River Rivalry

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Nobody could have seen this coming, even after throwing out the records. A week after being ambushed by TCU, Charlie Strong and his Texas Longhorns looked like a completely different team in the first quarter against No. 10 Oklahoma in the old Cotton Bowl. Texas holds a surprising 14-3 lead at the half.

Jerrod Heard completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Johnson midway through the first quarter. The Longhorns made it 14-0 when a break went their way. Lorenzo Joe recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score to make it 14-0 after Oklahoma had fumbled away the ensuing kickoff after the first score.

Texas outgained Oklahoma in the first quarter, 133 yards to just 15, and at the half (169 yards to just 85). Oklahoma went three-and-out on each of its two drives, and the Sooners had to punt four times before being able to put a dent on the scoreboard with a short 21-yard field goal by Austin Seibert after a 12-play drive stalled at the Texas four-yard line. Meanwhile, Texas was building a double-digit lead.

Without a doubt, the first half of this game was the best half we have seen from Texas in a while. Can they keep it going and score what would be a significant upset to get our day started?