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Kicker Zane Gonzalez sets NCAA record as Arizona State escapes with a win against UCLA

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In the first half of Arizona State’s win over UCLA, the offenses could hardly do anything. In the second half, the two offenses could do nothing but get their quarterbacks injured.

The Sun Devils used several big gains, a few trick plays and a little bit of creativity on defense to sneak past the Bruins 23-20 and set a bit of history on a night that had a whole lot of injuries at the most important position on the field.

ASU kicker Zane Gonzalez made the most memorable impression of the contest as he passed Florida State’s Dustin Hopkins to set a new NCAA record with his 89th career field goal.  He connected from 46 yards out in the fourth quarter to set the new mark and the kick ultimately proved to be the game-winning score for the home team. The senior also hit from 35 and 23 yards as he proved once again to be the most reliable offensive option for coach Todd Graham.

The biggest story of the game however came at the quarterback position. Namely that just about every one of them left with an injury.

By far the biggest name was UCLA signal-caller Josh Rosen, who left after suffering a leg injury on a sack in the middle of the second quarter and didn’t return from the locker room until the middle of the third quarter. While he did re-enter the game and rally the Bruins with two touchdown passes in the second half, he also left the game for a second time after getting brought down extremely hard on a sack in the fourth quarter.

Rosen was seen holding his wrist in obvious pain and talking to trainers, which led to backup Mike Fafaul closing out the game with an interception on the final drive.

Arizona State was not immune from the QB bug either. Brady White (who himself was making the start in place of the injured Manny Wilkins) was knocked out of the game while getting spun out of bounds midway through the final quarter. He had to be carried off the field with a leg injury and was later seen moving around the sideline on crutches.

Freshman Dillon Sterling-Cole’s redshirt was burned as a result and just two plays later he threw an interception on his very first collegiate pass for the Sun Devils. The team still managed to hold on in a game that was certainly no masterpiece when it came to the play between the lines.

The end result further muddles the Pac-12 South standings in addition to causing some anxious fan bases left waiting to find out about the status of their quarterbacks going forward. ASU, Colorado and Utah are all tied atop the division and USC is just a half game behind with tie-breakers over two of the three.

It was not a banner night for Pac-12 football in the desert but the Sun Devils survived to capture a key win in the league and see a veteran player set a pretty cool NCAA record while doing so.

Toledo posts, then deletes, tweet offering to change mascot to Shrek

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There are plenty of annoying trends on Twitter, but perhaps the worst is the “I’ll do X if this gets retweeted X-thousand amount of times.” I blame Wendy’s.

But blanket policies are never a good way to go through life, and an exception was made on Tuesday when Toledo offered to change its mascot from a rocket to Shrek with 500,000 retweets.

Sadly, some dreams are simply too beautiful to live in this fallen world, and the tweet was outed to be a hoax. “We are definitely not changing the school mascot to Shrek,” Toledo media relations specialist Christine Billau told USA Today. “The tweet was meant to be fun, but it caused too much of a distraction.”

Meanwhile, Bowling Green gleefully hopped on the dog pile with both elbows pointed out.

UMass grad transfer lineman narrows choices to Auburn, UCLA, USC

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It’s not yet known to where Jack Driscoll will transfer, but the field has been significantly narrowed.

Earlier this offseason, Driscoll decided to transfer from UMass.  Tuesday, the offensive tackle confirmed to Rivals.com that he’s down to three schools as a potential landing spot — Auburn, UCLA and USC.

Neither football program will have to wait long for a decision as Driscoll expects to make an announcement Wednesday.  Driscoll had taken an official visit to all three of the campuses prior to whittling down his transfer to-do list.

“It will come down to one of those three schools,” the lineman told AuburnSports.com. “I feel like all three of the schools would be a good fit.”

Driscoll will graduate from UMass early next month, and will be eligible to play immediately in 2018 at whichever program he selects.  The upcoming season will be the first of two years of eligibility the 6-5, 294-pound lineman has remaining.

After starting eight games as a redshirt freshman in 2016, with most of those starts coming at left guard, he started all 12 games in 2017.  All of those starts this past season came at right tackle for the football-independent Minutemen. He was named to Phil Steele’s All-Independent first team while he earned second-team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) honors for good measure.

Wisconsin new home for Houston transfer Collin Wilder

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Nearly three weeks to the day he left a Group of Five program, Collin Wilder has landed at a school from a Power Five conference.

On his personal Twitter account, Wilder indicated in a tweet that he has decided to transfer to Wisconsin.  The announcement, replete with the defensive back pictured in a UW uniform, comes after he announced on the same social media site that he had decided to leave Houston.

A three-star member of the Cougars’ 2016 recruiting class, Wilder was rated as the No. 94 player at any position in the state of Texas.  Just one defensive player in UH’s class that year, five-star defensive lineman Ed Oliver, was rated higher than Wilder.

After playing in all 13 games as a true freshman, the native of Katy, Tex., played in the first two games of 2017 before he suffered what turned out to be a season-ending knee injury.

Wilder will be forced to sit out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA transfer bylaws.  He will then have two years of eligibility at his disposal beginning with the 2019 season.

Bo Scarbrough takes jab at UCF with ‘real championship rings’ tweet

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For the fifth time since Nick Saban took over, Alabama football players have added some serious bling to their personal collections.

At the football team’s annual Steak & Beans dinner Monday night at the Mal Moore Athletics Facility, both the student-athletes and coaches were presented with their 2017 national championship rings.  The thrilling overtime win over Georgia in the College Football Playoff title game was the program’s fifth since Saban came to the Crimson Tide in 2007.

The rings are, to say the least, impressive, encrusted with over 150 stones per the school.  Of those 53 represents the number of wins for this most recent senior class.

Saban’s six national championships as a coach, including one at rival LSU, are tied the legendary Bear Bryant for the most in the sport’s history.  The Crimson Tide has won a total of 17 national championships, the third-most in big-time college football history behind Princeton’s 28 and Yale’s 27.

Of course, numerous Crimson Tide football players took to social media to show off and celebrate their latest title hardware.  The best use of Twitter, though, belonged to running back Bo Scarbrough, who took a not-so-thinly-veiled jab at UCF and the Knights’ unveiling “the only 2017 undefeated national championship ring this past weekend.