There is nothing particularly pretty about what Kansas State has done in the first half, which is typical of a team coached by Bill Snyder. Regardless, it has been more than effective enough against a Texas team that once again looks stale and lifeless. A pair of first-half touchdowns have given Kansas State a 21-7 lead at halftime against the Longhorns.
Jesse Ertz took for a 19-yard touchdown play on the opening possession fo the game for the Wildcats. Ertz accounted for both of Kansas State’s touchdowns in the half on the ground, and added a late touchdown pass for a 21-7 lead. Ertz has been given good protection and time to process what is happening on the field, which has led to a good amount of safe and efficient passing plays for Ertz and Kansas State.
Kansas State has also dominated the Longhorns in time of possession. The Wildcats have had just one possession lasting at least five minutes in the first half, not including the last offensive possession of the first half. On defense, the Wildcats are not allowing Texas to move the ball much, which has led to a small time of possession. That appeared to be playing right into Kansas State’s advantage until a late first-half possession by Texas resulted in a long touchdown. Shane Buechele uncorked an 80-yard touchdown pass down the right sideline with Devin Duvernay doing the honors with his speed most of the way. Kansas state has held the football for 23 minutes and 18 seconds, with 19 first downs.
Texas must do a better job of getting off the field on defense in the second half and start flipping the time of possession in their favor.
After a series of high-profile renegings by transfer wide receivers this offseason, Illinois was able to hold on to a commitment from ex-USC Trojan Trevon Sidney. Unfortunately for both the player and the program, that first season in Champaign has turned out to be a truncated one.
During the loss to Minnesota in Week 6, Trevon Sidney went down with an unspecified lower-leg injury. Sidney missed the next two games, including the huge Week 8 upset of then-No. 6 Wisconsin.
Three days later, Lovie Smith confirmed that Sidney will miss the remainder of the 2019 season. According to the head coach, Smith recently underwent surgery to repair what is still an unspecified injury.
Despite missing a pair of games, Sidney is still third on the Fighting Illini in receptions with 16. His 123 yards are also fourth on the team.
The good news, such as it is, is that Sidney has another season of eligibility he can use in 2020.
How ’bout them Cowboys? Urban Meyer‘s answer to a somewhat similar question has kicked up a bit of a kerfuffle.
Meyer, less than a year into his second retirement from coaching and in the midst of being lauded for his work as a college football analyst, appeared on Colin Cowherd‘s radio show late last week. During the course of the interview, the ex-Ohio State and Florida head coach was asked about the not-vacant-yet job with the Dallas Cowboys and if he would want it.
“Sure. Absolutely. Absolutely. That one? Yes.”
Fast-forward a couple of days and the Cowboys’ owner has responded to what many are considering a not-so-thinly-veiled overture on Meyer’s part.
Jason Garrett, the current Cowboys head coach, is in the final year of his contract, which has led to the RPMs on that section of the coaching rumor mill ratcheting up significantly.
In addition to the Cowboys, Meyer was connected to the not-yet-vacant job at USC perhaps nanoseconds after his retirement was official. Yesterday, our own Zach Barnett put Meyer as Florida State’s top target if the Seminoles move on from the Willie Taggart experiment, which thus far has been an abject failure by any measure.
Of course, if any of the upper-echelon Power Five schools end up searching for a new coach, Meyer will be at the top of their list as well. Whether Meyer is attainable is another matter entirely.
All of a sudden, there’s a bit of upheaval in Miami’s receiving corps.
Earlier today, we noted the long-running, ongoing drama that is the Jeff Thomas Experience at The U. Monday evening, Brian Hightower added to the collective positional brouhaha by announcing on Twitter that, “[a]fter careful consideration and discussion with my family, and THE University of Miami coaching staff, I am entering my name into the transfer portal to openly explore the best opportunities to utilize my remaining eligibility and pursue my education.”
A four-star member of Miami’s 2018 recruiting class, Hightower was rated as the No. 27 receiver in the country. Mark Pope was the only receiver in The U’s class that year rated higher than Hightower.
Hightower played in 17 games during his time with the Hurricanes — 10 as a true freshman, all seven this season. He totaled 148 yards and one touchdown on 12 receptions, with eight of those catches and 88 of the yards coming in 2019.
When Iowa kicks off its Week 9 matchup with Northwestern, the Hawkeyes could very well be at less than full strength on both sides of the football.
The Hawkeyes released its depth chart Monday for this Saturday’s game against the Wildcats, and neither wide receiver Brandon Smith nor middle linebacker Kristian Welch weren’t listed. Smith suffered an injury to his lower right leg in the win over Purdue this past Saturday, while Welch suffered an undisclosed injury during the loss the week before to Penn State and didn’t see the field against Purdue.
Official word on the pair’s status for Week 9 probably won’t come until later on in the week.
Smith currently leads the Hawkeyes with 33 receptions and four receiving touchdowns. His 407 yards receiving are good for second on the team.
Welch’s 47 tackles are nine more than the Hawkeyes’ second-leading tackler, Jack Koerner. With three tackles for loss, he’s second only to Chauncey Golston‘s five.