Colorado St waves MWC flag in win at Boston College

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The Mountain West Conference may be lacking in victories over power conferences, but somehow Colorado State (3-1) has managed to win two of them. The Rams battled back from a 14-point deficit to leave Boston with a victory, beating Boston College (3-2) by a score of 24-21.

Colorado State outscored the Eagles 10-0 in the fourth quarter. After scoring a field goal off the leg of Jared Roberts to bring the Rams within four points (21-17 in favor of Boston College at the time), it looked as though Boston College was going to have a decisive answer. A seven-play drive instead ended up with a pass from Tyler Murphy being picked off by Bernard Blake to give Colorado State’s offense the football from its own 11-yard line with an illegal block on the return. Colorado State did not pick up any points on the drive but keeping Boston College off the board and proved to be critical.

Boston College went three-and-out on its next drive and Colorado State got right back to work. Garrett Grayson led the offense down field and running back Dee Hart broke off a 43-yard run to move the Rams into the red zone. A 12-yard touchdown pass from Grayson to Charles Lovett with 1:02 to play gave Colorado State its first lead of the game. Boston College still had a chance, and Colorado State gave them one more chance thanks to an unsportsmanlike penalty at the end of the game. Boston College was unable to capitalize on the free yards as Colorado State came up with a stop on the final play of the game from the Boston College 42-yard line.

As a result, Colorado State picked up its second win over a power conference opponent, with wins against Colorado nd Boston College. That could become critical. If Colorado State manages to come back and win the Mountain West Conference, they will likely have a very good case to receive the reserved New Years bowl spot for the highest ranked champion from a Group of Five conference. East Carolina probably still has the edge for th time being with wins against Virginia Tech and North Carolina, but if ECU does not win the AAC, their profile may mean nothing. Meanwhile, Colorado State would own wins against the ACC and Pac-12.

Colorado State is already behind the eight-ball with a conference loss to Boise State, but there is so much football to be played.

Braden White named prestigious 12th Man at Texas A&M

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The 12th Man is a big, big deal at Texas A&M. In fact, it’s pretty much the brand of not just the football program, but the entire athletics department. Case in point, A&M’s athletics department website is 12thman.com.

For the uninitiated, in 1922 the Aggies found themselves short of players in a football game against Center College, the No. 1 team in the country at the time, after multiple players sustained injuries over the course of the game. Down to just 11 players, A&M student E. King Gill volunteered to suit up and stand on the sidelines in case the team needed him. Gill now has a statue outside of Kyle Field, and A&M’s student section is collectively referred to as the 12th Man.

As such, it’s a tremendous honor for an active Aggie player to be awarded the No. 12 and, after fullback Cullen Gillaspia donned the jersey for a record-tying 39 games, it’s time to hand it off to a new player.

On Tuesday, Jimbo Fisher awarded the No. 12 jersey to Braden White, a walk-on linebacker from Florence, Ala.

“I’m honored just to be able to represent this great university and everything about it,” White said. “It’s a true blessing.”

White is a redshirt junior who has checked all the boxes of a player who checks all the 12th Man boxes. He was named Defensive Scout Team MVP during his redshirt year of 2016 and was honored as the Top Conditioned Athlete at the Aggies’ 2018 team banquet. He has appeared in 18 career games, recording 16 career tackles playing primarily as a special teams contributor.

White will wear No. 12 for the first time next when Texas A&M — ranked, ironically, No. 12 in the preseason AP poll — hosts Texas State next Thursday night (8:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network).

UConn begins building out independent schedules with BC home-and-home

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Until they tell us otherwise, Connecticut is going to try to make it as an FBS independent. This upcoming season will be the Huskies’ final one as a member of the American Athletic Conference, as the Huskies’ Olympic sports will return to the Big East and the football team will go it alone.

This will require lots (and lots and lots) of scheduling work, and quickly. As of now, the Huskies have four games on the schedule for a season that begins 12 months from now.

While it does nothing to help the 2020 slate, UConn began chipping away at the mountain in front of it on Wednesday by announcing a home-and-home with Boston College. The first game will be Oct. 29, 2022 in Storrs, with the return game going down Oct. 28, 2023 in Chestnut Hill.

The two programs have met 14 times previously; BC leads the series 12-0-2. The Eagles took the most recent meeting 39-16 in 2017.

Additionally, BC announced a 2023-28 home-and-home with Army and a Sept. 9, 2023 home game with Holy Cross.

Safety graduate transfers from Penn State to Pitt

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Penn State safety Johnny Petrishen has left State College for Pittsburgh, where he is now a Panther.

Petrishen announced the transfer on Tuesday evening, and Pitt confirmed his addition on Wednesday morning.

Petrishen has two years of eligibility remaining thanks — if you want to use that term — to two medical redshirts.

A Lower Burrell, Pa., native, Petrishen appeared in 17 career games as a Nittany Lion, including all 13 last season. Primarily a special teams player, he posted eight career tackles and one TFL in State College.

NC State transfer Tim Kidd-Glass tweets move to Liberty

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Hugh Freeze may be dealing with what was a significant health issue, but he’s still working his first-year roster at Liberty.

On his personal Twitter account Tuesday evening, Tim Kidd-Glass announced that he “would like to thank God for allowing me to have another opportunity to further my football career… at Liberty University.” The announcement comes a couple of weeks after the safety triggered a move from North Carolina State by entering his name into the NCAA transfer database.

As a graduate transfer, Kidd-Glass will be eligible to play for the Flames in 2019.

The past three seasons, the Virginia native played in 33 games for the Wolfpack.  He started nine of those contests, all of which came during the 2017 season.