As it turns out, the SEC hasn’t seen the last of Tray Matthews.
In the same tweet that he announced he was leaving Georgia, the defensive back stated that “Auburn or Louisville will be my new home.” In another tweet posted to his Twitter account early Saturday afternoon, Matthews revealed he would be moving over to the SEC West and continuing his collegiate playing career on The Plains with the Tigers.
AU, it should be noted, has yet to formally announce Matthews addition to the roster.
To satisfy NCAA transfer rules, Matthews will be forced to sit out the 2014 season. He will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2014.
Earlier this offseason, Matthews was one of four Bulldogs arrested on multiple counts of theft by deception. Each player had been accused of essentially double-dipping: taking their UGA stipend checks, cashing them via a mobile app, then cashing the actual check elsewhere.
Matthews was a four-star member of UGA’s 2013 recruiting class, rated as the No. 5 safety in the country. Despite being limited by a hamstring issue for the early part of the season, Matthews started six games at safety as a true freshman in 2013.
At AU Matthews will join Nick Marshall, who left Georgia a couple of years ago and, after a stint at the JUCO level, transferred to Auburn and quarterbacked the Tigers to the BCS title game this past season. Oddly enough, Matthews had a hand — literally — in the “Prayer at Jordan-Hare” that helped propel the Tigers to the title game.
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.
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?