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No. 21 Oklahoma State survives West Virginia in overtime

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Maybe it’s time we start calling Mike Gundy‘s crew the Cardiac Cowboys. Two weeks after rallying past Texas and a week after coming from behind to stun Kansas State, No. 21 Oklahoma State thwarted a second-half rally to find off West Virginia 33-26 in overtime.

The Cowboys led 17-2 at the half but watched as West Virginia – slowly – closed the gap throughout the second half. First it was a 29-yard scoring dash by Wendell Smallwood, then, after a J.W. Walsh touchdown pass that pushed the lead back to 23-9, a Skyler Howard 48-yard touchdown toss to Shelton Gibson and a 38-yard Josh Lambert field goal pulled the Mountaineers to within 23-19 with 13:50 remaining in the game.

The West Virginia defense, so great throughout September, stoned Oklahoma State at the goal line, forcing a 22-yard Ben Grogan field goal with 5:36 remaining. The Mountaineers then moved 68 yards in 10 plays, capped by a three-yard Howard stretch, to tie the game with 2:44 to play.

Oklahoma State opened overtime with an efficient, six-play touchdown drive, punctuated by a two-yard Walsh run on 4th-and-goal. That gutsy touchdown forced West Virginia to answer with a touchdown of its own, and the Mountaineers could not as Howard’s pass to Daikiel Shorts from the 11-yard line sailed incomplete.

Each teams suffered through a number of mistakes throughout a choppy game; West Virginia went home with a 4-3 turnover advantage. Mason Rudolph completed 20-of-40 throws for 218 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions, but he was bailed out by three West Virginia fumbles, including one by Howard that Emmanuel Ogbah pounced on for the Pokes’ first touchdown.

West Virginia (3-2, 0-2 Big 12) outgained Oklahoma State 443-362, including a 255-134 edge on the ground, but all they have to show for it, in the end, is their second straight loss with trips to Baylor and TCU waiting in the next two weeks. Gulp.

Oklahoma State (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) quietly pushed its winning streak to eight games with Kansas coming to Stillwater after a bye week.

Wyoming signs son of Rocket Ismail, Rocket Jr.

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Raghib Ismail had one of the greatest nicknames in football history. The former Notre Dame and NFL wideout was known as The Rocket. It wouldn’t have worked if his name didn’t sound similar to the nickname and if he played any other position besides wide receiver, but he didn’t. It was great.

When Ismail’s younger brother Qadry Ismail came on the scene at Syracuse and later in the NFL, he was known as The Missile. Makes perfect sense, right?

So as the Rocket’s son begins his own college football career one generation later, it’s only natural he gets his own nickname, right? It runs in the family at this point. Well, considering the son’s name is Raghib Ismail, Jr, his nickname is also The Rocket. And The Rocket is now a Cowboy.

Wyoming on Saturday announced Ismail’s signing. A native of Carrollton, Texas, Ismail signed with TCU out of college but later transferred to Cisco Junior College in Texas, where he caught 48 balls for 434 yards and four touchdowns.

“Rocket (Ismail) is a young man who brings great speed and athleticism to the wide receiver position,” Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl said in a statement. “He does a lot after the catch with the ball in his hands.  He catches the ball extremely well, catches it away from his body, and will bring great value to the wide receiver room.”

Wyoming also announced the addition of Ja’lani Ellison, a cornerback from Resada High School in California.

Tennessee frosh All-American OL Trey Smith out indefinitely with ‘medical issue’

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A potentially serious issue has arisen at Tennessee as starting offensive lineman Trey Smith is out indefinitely with a “medical issue.” While the nature of the issue was not disclosed, Smith will miss at least the the first portion of spring practice, but his absence could linger much longer than just spring ball.

Smith is reportedly seeking further medical evaluations. Wes Rucker of GoVols247 reported there is no timetable for Smith’s return, but VolQuest, citing sources close to Smith, reported he is expected to return in time for the 2018 season.

One of the lone bright spots in Butch Jones‘s final season, Smith, a 5-star recruit from Jackson, Tenn., became the first Tennessee true freshman to start at left tackle in over 30 years. Smith was a Day 1 starter for the Vols, starting at right guard for a season-opening win over Georgia Tech.

He led the club with 41 knockdowns on the year, including eight against Alabama.

He was a consensus Freshman All-American in 2017 and was rated by PFF College as the No. 1 offensive linemen among all freshmen and the No. 7 overall freshman in 2017.

Former Arizona State DB Robbie Robinson arrested for ‘terroristic threat’

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Former Stanford and Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin was detained and questioned by authorities on Friday after a social media post contained a vague threat to a school shooting, but that wasn’t the only such incident involving a former football player and a possible school shooting to emerge on Friday.

Former Arizona State defensive back Edward “Robbie” Robinson was arrested Friday night after making “terroristic threats” against students and staff at ASU after a social media account purporting to be his said he was trying to buy a gun to “spray the stadium up.”

Here is the tweet in question.

In another post, Robinson’s account posted a screenshot of a text message exchange with someone claiming to be an Arizona State police detective saying, “You’re not in trouble. We just want to talk to you.”

ASU police notified the campus after receiving word of “threats of violence against members of the Sun Devil athletics community,” according to the Arizona Republic.

Robinson (left, No. 6) was a 3-star recruit out of DeMatha Catholic High School in Hampton, Va., who signed with the Sun Devils as part of their 2016 class. He has not been enrolled in school for more than a year, according to the Republic.

Bond for Robinson was set at $50,000, and a GoFundMe account had raised just over $1,500 toward that number at press time. However, Robinson was still tweeting as of Saturday evening.

 

Former Michigan WR Drake Harris announces transfer to Western Michigan

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Michigan wideout Drake Harris announced  in November he’s leaving Ann Arbor for his final season of college football. On Saturday, we learned Harris is heading west. But not that far west.

Harris revealed in an Instagram post he will enroll at Western Michigan as a graduate transfer, allowing him to play immediately for the Broncos. “I’m happy to announce that I will be playing my last year of eligibility at Western Michigan University, while pursuing a masters degree. Excited to get working with Coach Lester and the rest of the coaching staff for a great year next season. Go Broncos,” he wrote.

Harris was one of the prized members of Brady Hoke‘s final recruiting class, but never found his footing as a Wolverine. In 25 career games, Harris caught nine passes for 60 yards.

He’ll join a receiving corps that returns intact but could use help. Western Michigan returns all eight wide receivers who caught a pass in 2017, but none of them snagged more than 30 receptions. WMU ranked 111th in completions and 116th in passing en route to a 6-6 finish in Tim Lester‘s first season as head coach.

Harris will face Syracuse in his first game as a Bronco — Aug. 31 in Kalamazoo — before returning to a familiar place for Game No. 2. Western Michigan visits the Big House on Sept. 8.