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Baylor leads Oklahoma State at the half; Stidham playing through ankle injury

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No. 10 Baylor leads No. 6 Oklahoma State 24-14 at the half in Stillwater, but Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham sustained an ankle injury that left him with a noticeable limp and limited mobility toward the end of the half.

Baylor came out of the locker room the only way it knows how: gunning. The Bears scored 56 seconds into the game after Stidham hit Corey Coleman for 48 yards on the first play from scrimmage and Shock Linwood carried for six, five and five yards, the final going for a touchdown.

After a three-and-out, Baylor slashed 77 yards in five plays, the final a 59-yard strike to K.D. Cannon, giving the Bears a 14-0 lead just three minutes and four seconds into the game. Baylor scored only 17 points over the entire game during their disastrous trip to Stillwater in 2013.

But where Baylor struck, Oklahoma State struck back.

J.W. Walsh hit Jalen McClesky for a three-yard touchdown to get on the board and, after a turnover on downs inside OSU territory, tied the game two plays later on a 39-yard rainbow from Mason Rudolph to James Washington. Less than nine minutes in, each team had 14 points.

Baylor regained the lead on a 13-play, 83-yard drive capped by a one-yard Devin Chaffin run, then nudged their advantage back to double digits with a 34-yard Chris Callahan field goal at the 3:25 mark of the second quarter.

The Bears threatened to take control of the game after taking over at their own 42 with 2:09 remaining before the break but Stidham, who came into the night with a bad back and dinged his ankle during the first half, was sacked and stripped by Emmanuel Ogbah at the Cowboys’ 35. Oklahoma State could not capitalize on the opportunity, but managed to stop Baylor from extending the lead.

Stidham completed 12-of-21 passes for 258 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the half while rushing seven times for 36 yards. His mobility, obviously, will be a major story line in the second half.

Rudolph hit 13-of-19 throws for 195 yards and a score, but the Cowboys have been out-rushed 180 to minus-10.

This marks the fifth time this season Oklahoma State has trailed at halftime. They have come back to win the previous four.

Oklahoma State will receive to open the second half.

‘Health-related issue’ to sideline Oregon State WR Seth Collins indefinitely

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Over the past calendar year, Seth Collins hasn’t caught many breaks health-wise. This week, that unfortunate luck continued.

Oregon State has announced that Collins will be sidelined indefinitely because of what was described as a health-related issue by the football program. The wide receiver did not play in last Saturday’s game because of an unspecified illness.

Per the school, this illness is not related to the unspecified health event last season that left him hospitalized and caused him to miss not only the last two games of 2016 but spring practice this year as well.

“Losing Seth sucks,” quarterback Darell Garretson said according to The Oregonian. “I love that kid to death. It brings me a bunch of pain and a lot of emotion thinking about it. Obviously, I hope he gets his year back. I think he is going to.”

The good news, such as it is, is that Collins, a true junior, could pick up another season of eligibility as he missed the first three games of this year because of an injury unrelated to the twin illnesses.

Despite missing more than half of the Beavers’ games, Collins is currently tied for fifth on the team in receptions with 12 and sixth in receiving yards with 130. Prior to the latest illness cropping up, he set a season-high with 91 yards in the Week 6 loss to USC.

Last season, his first as a receiver after converting from quarterback, Collins was second on the team in catches (36) and yards (418).

VIDEO: UCF head coach Scott Frost shows off wheels running the option as scout team QB

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In terms of accomplishments as a college football player, few coaches have the resume of Scott Frost.

After all, the now-UCF head coach won a national title back in 1997 with Nebraska and compiled a 24-2 record as a starter with the Cornhuskers. What made him so dangerous? Well, he was the perfect fit for the team’s triple option offense and was one of the best in terms of using his arm and his legs in leading the team to all those wins.

“I love option football,” Frost told the Associated Press “I lived it. I feel like option quarterbacks now are kind of like giant pandas, they only exist in zoos and military academies now.”

That’s particularly relevant this week, as his Knights are set to play Navy on Saturday in a huge AAC matchup that will have an impact on who receives this year’s Group of Five bid. Given how well the boss is at running the option, it seems he decided to put on a helmet and run the scout team offense to better prepare his defense for what they’ll see out of the Midshipmen and signal-caller Zach Abey.

From the looks of things, Frost still has it even if he’s got 20 years on his players.

Ohio State reportedly opting for all-gray alternate uniforms for Penn State game

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Recruiting never stops, even for a blue-blood like Ohio State. That’s one reason why the team is reportedly set to go with an all-gray alternate uniform for the team’s biggest game of the year when Penn State rolls into Columbus.

Team site Eleven Warriors posted that they have obtained images of the retail uniforms the Buckeyes are set to wear, which includes a top that is completely gray with only a sliver of scarlet for the team’s logo on the chest:

OSU opting for alternate uniforms in big games is nothing new for the program under Urban Meyer, especially since a new Nike deal kicked in a while back. They donned some for the Michigan game last season and have worn several versions in other contests. This latest monochrome look, which is still a report and subject to change mind you, still seems a bit bland all things considered.

If nothing else, it could make things very hard for the broadcasters despite all eyes being on the horseshoe for one of the most important Big Ten games of the year.

ESPN apologized to Washington over cupcake stunt during broadcast

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It seems that budding feud between ESPN, Washington and Huskies head coach Chris Petersen is starting to die down just a bit.

ESPN has apologized to the school for a stunt on a broadcast two weeks ago during the Washington-Cal game, in which commentators took the team’s weak non-conference schedule to task and used literal cupcakes to represent the Huskies’ opponents during the first few weeks of the season.

“I felt more like that was such a disrespectful move for the people we play,” athletic director Jen Cohen told the Seattle Times. “For those that do this, we do this because we love the kids. These are somebody’s sons, somebody’s brothers. They’re 18- to 22-year-old kids, and so I was more offended, not for us, as I was for our opponents.

“It was a class act (to apologize), and he made the right call.”

According to the Times, Cohen received a call from Peter Derzis, ESPN’s senior vice president of college sports programming and events, offering the apology.

As nice as the mea culpa was from ESPN, Cohen and Petersen were probably even more elated to hear the news that their October 28 game against UCLA was slated to be televised at 12:30 p.m. PT after an oft-criticized string of night games that made the head coach quite ornery last week. It might not make up for the fact that the team lost to Arizona State on Saturday but there are definitely a few baby steps being taken to repair the relationship between the school and one of the Pac-12’s primary broadcast partners.