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Stidham shining in first start as No. 6 Baylor leads Kansas State

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Jarrett Stidham has looked like a typical Baylor quarterback and Corey Coleman has done Corey Coleman things, allowing No. 6 Baylor to hold a 21-7 lead over Kansas State at the half in Manhattan.

Baylor accepted the ball to open the game and promptly got their freshman quarterback going with a 36-yard flair pass to Coleman and another seven-yard throw to K.D. Cannon and then, after a run for no gain, another 21-yard connection to Shock Linwood. Linwood followed that with an 11-yard run to the Kansas State one-yard line, and Stidham found paydirt the following snap to put the Bears on the board.

Kansas State answered with a vintage Bill Snyder drive, moving 88 yards in 17 plays – including two fourth down conversions – and consuming nine minutes and 21 seconds of clock to tie the game at 7-7.

But Baylor immediately returned serve with a four-play, 75-yard touchdown drive capped by a 55-yard scoring strike to Cannon. Kansas State mounted another bully ball drive, moving 53 yards in nine plays and nearly five-and-a-half minutes, until Jamal Palmer forced a Joe Huebner fumble, recovered by Baylor’s Johnny Jefferson.

Baylor punted on the ensuing possession, but Ryan Reid snagged a Huebner interception to kill another Kansas State drive, and Stidham hit Coleman for an 81-yard touchdown pass one play later.

Stidham completed 10-of-17 throws for 255 yards and two touchdowns (plus one rushing) with no interceptions in the half. Coleman snagged five receptions for 146 yards and a score, and Cannon added two grabs for 62 yards and a score. Linwood rushed seven times for 45 yards.

Huebner has been the extent of Kansas State’s offense – for better or worse. He’s completed 6-of-11 passes for 52 yards with an interception to go with 19 carries for 90 yards with a touchdown and a fumble. Charles Jones added 10 rushes for 53 yards.

Kansas State will receive to open the second half.

Iowa lands Division II graduate transfer

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The graduate transfer has become a great vehicle for Group of 5 and FCS players who over-perform at their level to shoot their shot at a Power 5 program. But Iowa this weekend added an extremely rare Division II-to-Power 5 graduate transfer.

Zach VanValkenburg on Saturday pledged his commitment to Iowa after being pursued by multiple Big Ten programs.

“So thankful for all the people who have gotten me to this point; my parents, my coaches in high school, and my coaches at Hillsdale,” VanValkenburg in an iPhone note posted to his Twitter account. “Leaving Hillsdale is bittersweet but I have reached the end of the road here educationally and my goals are uncompromising. I will always cherish the experiences I had here and the friendships I have made. With that said, I’m very proud to announce that I will be continuing both my academic and football careers at the University of Iowa this fall! Go Hawkeyes!”

Playing at Hillsdale College, a private college in an eponymous Michigan town, the 6-foot-4, 266-pound defensive end collected 70 tackles with 14.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in 2018.

He will be expected to add depth along Iowa’s defensive line after losing all four starters from last year’s team.

VanValkenburg will have two seasons to compete for the Hawkeyes.

Idaho WR diagnosed with kidney cancer

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Idaho wide receiver Collin Sather is battling advanced renal cancer, the program has announced. Renal cancer attacks the kidneys and most commonly attacks older men.

According to the Idaho Statesman, Sather began experiencing stomach pains on Jan. 17, and by Jan. 21 the pains had progressed to the point where he had to be hospitalized. He is currently undergoing dialysis and chemotherapy at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, and once he is stabilized will be transferred to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

“We are with Collin every day during this fight,” Idaho head coach Paul Petrino said in a statement. “He is a great young man and the model of a great teammate. Everyone in our program cares a lot about him, and he will always be a valued member of this team.

“We keep Collin and his family in our thoughts and prayers each day. We are here to help him keep fighting, and we will be here to welcome him back when he wins his battle.”

A Spokane, Wash., native, Sather was an all-conference player in football and basketball at West Valley High School before signing with Idaho in 2018. He redshirted last fall.

Mark Dantonio approved for rolling 1-year extension

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Mark Dantonio signed a 6-year contract in 2016 that was essentially an indefinite contract. Under the provisions of the deal, MSU’s Board of Trustees each February have the option to tack another year onto the contract, making it essentially a rolling 6-year contract, and for the second straight year they have done just that, according to the Lansing State Journal‘s R.J. Wolcott.

Though he is 2-for-2 on automatic rollovers (the deal would remain a 5-year contract if MSU’s trustees for some reason did not approve the rollover), both extensions have come amid a fair level of turmoil around the program.

In 2017, Dantonio successfully rebounded from Sparty’s 3-9 2016 campaign to go 10-3 with a No. 15 finish in the AP poll, but he was dogged by accusations that he mishandled sexual assault allegations against a handful of Spartan players — amid a complete mishandling (to put it lightly) of sexual assault allegations elsewhere in the athletics department, against gymnastics trainer Larry Nassar.

In 2018, Dantonio watched Michigan State’s record slink to 7-6 and, instead of making changes on the offensive staff, he opted to retain his entire roster of offensive coaches, though in different spots.

Still, Dantonio secured his extension. The 2025 season would take Dantonio to his 19th season at Michigan State and past his 69th birthday.

He is 107-51 with three Big Ten championships, two AP top-5 finishes and one College Football Playoff appearance in a dozen seasons as the head Spartan.

Georgia State pulling new offensive coordinator from FCS ranks

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After losing Travis Trickett to his old country roads of West Virginia, Georgia State’s new offensive coordinator is a name unfamiliar to most fans, but not to Panthers head coach Shawn Elliott.

Georgia State will hire Brad Glenn as its new offensive coordinator, a source confirmed to CFT.

Glenn is currently the associate head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Western Carolina. Prior to that, he spent seven years on staff at Appalachian State, at times coaching the Mountaineers’ slot receivers, tight ends and quarterbacks. Elliott was App State’s offensive line coach from 2001-09.

Georgia State ranked No. 76 nationally in yards per play (5.57) and No. 104 in scoring (23.9 points per game) en route to a 2-10 season in 2018.