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Texas leading Baylor through one half in Austin

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After a long, 2-plus-hour first half in Austin, Texas holds a 23-21 lead over No. 8 Baylor at the half.

Neither team could stop the other at the outset. Baylor won the toss and accepted the ball to open the game, then promptly moved it 75 yards in a half-dozen snaps, 50 of which came on a Seth Russell keeper to the end zone, to grab a 7-0 lead just 66 seconds into the game. Texas responded by marching 88 yards in eight plays — all of them by twin brothers D’Onta and Armanti Foreman. The former carried six times for 35 yards, and the latter caught two passes covering 53 yards, the last 40 resulted in a touchdown.

Texas defensive back P.J. Locke nabbed a tipped interception on the next play from scrimmage, and D'Onta Foreman matched his brother’s score with a 37-yard dash of his own on the ‘Horns’ next snap. Baylor answered with a 5-play, 75-yard drive, staking the game to a 14-14 tie at the 9:26 mark of the first quarter.

But then, a miracle occurred: defense. After six punts, an interception, a fourth down stop and a fumble set Baylor up with the ball at its own 2-yard line, Texas forced a safety by drawing a holding call inside the Baylor end zone, re-taking the lead at 16-14 with 8:43 to go before the halftime gun.

Texas’s next possession moved 66 yards in six plays, helped by a fortunate miss of a clear fumble by Tyrone Swoopes, to take a 23-14 lead on a 9-yard D’Onta Foreman rush with 6:35 remaining.

After the teams traded three-and-outs with negative yardage, Baylor took over at its own 19 with 4:18 remaining and moved down the field in an un-Baylor-like fashion, rushing the ball 11 times with just one throw before Russell hit K.D. Cannon for a 15-yard scoring strike with just nine seconds left before the break.

D’Onta Foreman rushed 17 times for 128 yards and two scores, while Armanti Foreman caught three passes for 104 yards with a touchdown and a lost fumble. Shane Buechele hit 7-of-13 throws for 164 yards with a score and a pick.

Russell hit 9-of-19 passes for 152 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, and the Bears rushed 29 times for 156 yards (5.4 a pop) with a score as a team.

Texas will receive to open the second half.

Ex-Louisville QB Kyle Bolin named starter at Rutgers

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Four months ago today, Kyle Bolin wasn’t even a member of the Rutgers football program.  With the start of a new season less than two weeks away, Bolin is officially the triggerman at the most important position in the sport.

Monday, the Scarlet Knights announced Monday that Bolin has been named as the team’s starting quarterback.  Bolin had been involved in what was ostensibly a three-way competition with Giovanni Rescigno, the starter to close out the 2016 season and presumptive front-runner to maintain the job exiting spring, as well as touted 2017 signee Johnathan Lewis.

“Really happy with the leadership that Kyle has brought to our football team,” head coach Chris Ash said. “He’s a really mature individual. Well-trained, well-coached in his past and just has got a wealth of experience and we’re really excited about what he’s going to bring to our offense.”

Despite his short time with the program, the move is not exactly a surprise as, one, Bolin has already been named a team captain and, two, he’s been taking more and more snaps with the first-team offense over the last couple of weeks.

Bolin started five games in 2015 as he and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson shared quarterbacking duties that season.  Jackson replaced Bolin after a pair of picks in the regular-season finale against rival Kentucky that year and, coming off his four-touchdown performance in the Music City Bowl win over Texas A&M, the former was firmly entrenched as the starter heading into the spring of 2016.

In early April of this year, Bolin opted to leave the Cardinals as a graduate transfer.  Less than a month later, he landed with the Scarlet Knights.

Boston College hands kickoff duties to German soccer player

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Turns out they breed dudes in sports other than football.

Boston College head coach Steve Addazio revealed Monday that Max Schulze-Geisthovel (not pictured) will handle kickoff duties for the Eagles this fall. Schulze-Geisthovel is no ordinary new addition; he is a German native that currently plays for BC’s men’s soccer team.

“Guy is going to really help us on kickoffs,” said Addazio. “He’s got a strong, live leg. He’s working on his field goals. But I know right now he’s going to help us on kickoff. He puts it high and deep and pretty consistently. He’s as strong a leg as I’ve seen here.  So that’s a good thing. We’ll see how he does on the field goal part. Every once in a while, you get a little something. We don’t have a huge walk-on population, nature of the place. A lot of state schools have things like that pop up a little easier. But this is great. Nice little gift there.”

A 6-foot-2, 190-pound midfielder from Drensteinfurt, Germany, Schulze-Geisthovel appeared in 19 games as a senior last fall and led the club with seven goals.

Mike Kroll handled kickoffs and place-kicking duties for the Eagles last fall, averaging 61 yards on 55 kickoffs while hitting 12-of-14 field goals. As a team, Boston College ranked 69th nationally in kickoff average.

Florida adds Texas OL transfer Jean Delance

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Florida is heading to the Dallas area to kick Michigan’s behind, and one of Dallas’s own is heading to Gainesville.

Former Texas offensive lineman Jean Delance announced Monday he will transfer to Florida. Delance made the announcement on his Twitter account. Florida has not confirmed the addition as of press time.

Delance announced a transfer from Texas last week after not getting snaps in the Longhorns’ 2-deep. “I have ultimately decided transferring is the best decision for me to pursue a fresh start at another school,” Delance said at the time. A 6-foot-5 offensive tackle from the east Dallas suburb of Mesquite, Texas, Delance signed as a member of the 2016 class who appeared in two games as a true freshman last fall.

Delance will be able to take a redshirt in transferring from Texas to Florida and emerge with three seasons to compete for the Gators.

Tom Herman names Shane Buechele starting QB… for now

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It’s certainly expected that Shane Buechele will start at quarterback for Texas this fall. After all, he did so last season and performed capably well — about as well as you could expect for a true freshman on a 5-7 team. Buechele’s competition for the job is true freshman Sam Ehlinger, and you definitely wouldn’t bank on a true freshman beating out an incumbent starter.

Tom Herman confirmed as much Monday. Herman said Buechele would start if the Maryland opener was tomorrow, and that will be the case until it isn’t.

“As of today, Shane’s starting,” he said. “Now, does that guarantee he’ll start against Maryland? No. But, he’ll take the bulk of the ones. If he doesn’t take advantage of them, Sam plays better than him, that’ll change. As of now, Shane’s getting the bulk of the one reps, but Sam will continue to do that…. It’s a good battle, but you can tell Shane’s played 12 games of college football.”

The question, of course, is not who will take the first snap against Maryland, but how much Ehlinger will play and how long Buechele can hold him off.

It’s no secret Herman asks his quarterbacks to take hits, and Ehlinger seems better equipped to do that. Texas lists Ehlinger carrying 230 pounds on his 6-foot-2 frame, compared to Buechele’s 6-foot-1, 205-pound build. Ehlinger compiled 2,395 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns while playing through injury for the bulk of his senior year. Buechele rushed for 151 yards on 97 carries, while also setting Texas freshman records with 2,958 passing yards.