It turns out last year’s Orange Bowl triumph was just the beginning for Wisconsin. And Miami too.
The Badgers ran over, around, and very much through a lackluster Hurricanes squad 35-3 on Thursday night in the Pinstripe Bowl to take a bit of momentum into the long offseason and throw a huge number of questions the way of their familiar postseason opponent.
To nobody’s surprise, Doak Walker Award winner Jonathan Taylor was superb. Even against a pretty stellar run defense and stout front-seven, the sophomore ran for 205 yards and a touchdown as the focal point for the Wisconsin offense. The tailback will be the first to give credit to his offensive line and the performance was certainly a masterclass in leaning on an opposing defensive line and wearing them out as the game went on.
Make no mistake, the score could have been a lot worse as the Badgers dominated from start to finish and left more than a few scoring opportunities on the field. Jack Coan didn’t need to do too much at quarterback filling in for Alex Hornibrook and wound up throwing just 11 passes, completing six for 73 yards and a touchdown (running for another too) while also tossing a pick. Senior Taiwain Deal found the end zone late as well.
Speaking of interceptions, while this was no Cheez-It Bowl in terms of quarterback play, it wasn’t too far off for the Canes. Senior Malik Rosier started and completed eight passes — five to his own team and three to the other one (he also had a hand in on a fumbled handoff). Eventually he was replaced by N’Kosi Perry, who didn’t start after posting a lewd video on social media but came in to throw five passes for two yards and an interception.
Rosier did run for 90 yards (including a 62 yard scamper) but it was otherwise more of the same rough going on the offensive side of the ball for Miami.
That will lead to increasing scrutiny for head coach Mark Richt as his team enters a crucial offseason. The program began the year in the top 15 of the polls with plenty of high expectations to contend with Clemson in the ACC but will wind up 7-6 on the season and facing questions about personnel, scheme and coaching staff going forward.
While 2018 was also a bit disappointing for Wisconsin after entering with College Football Playoff hopes, at least they can take solace in ending things on the right note with the program’s fifth straight bowl win. The Badgers, like they did last year, made this one look pretty easy in the process too.
A North Carolina football program running on an offseason high is now mourning the loss of one of its own.
According to multiple media outlets, Tommy Smith died Thursday from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Details surrounding the accident are not known.
The Goldsboro, North Carolina, native was 37 years old.
From 2002-05, Smith was a standout defensive lineman for the Tar Heels. In a statement, the North Carolina football program addressed his passing.
We are shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic death of one of our Tar Heel brothers, Tommy Davis. The Carolina Football Family extends its deepest condolences to Tommy’s family and friends.
His first two seasons in Chapel Hill, Smith was a part-time starter. In his last two seasons, Smith started every game for the ACC school. Smith combined for 18 tackles for loss and 11½ sacks his junior and senior seasons.
The 6-2, 257 Smith went undrafted in 2016. Over the next three years, he spent time on practice squads with New Orleans Saints, New York Giants and Washington.
In 2011, he returned to North Carolina as a graduate assistant. He spent the 2012 season in that capacity as well. In 2013, Smith served as the defensive line coach at Saint Joseph’s, a Div. II program in Indiana.
Iowa has officially added a talented and experienced Group of Five player to its roster.
In May, Jack Heflin was one of three Northern Illinois starters to enter the NCAA transfer database the same day. A little over a week later, the defensive tackle announced on Twitter that he’s headed to Iowa football.
Friday, Iowa football confirmed Heflin’s addition to the Hawkeyes as the lineman signed with the program. As a graduate transfer, Heflin is eligible to play immediately for the Big Ten school. The upcoming season, though, will serve as his final year of eligibility.
Based on his resume, Heflin should contribute immediately to the Hawkeyes.
Heflin was a two-star member of the 2016 recruiting class for the Huskies. NIU was his only FBS offer coming out of high school in Indiana.
In leading NIU in tackles for loss with 8½, sacks with three and forced fumbles with three, Heflin started all 11 games in which he played in 2019. MAC coaches named him second-team all-conference this past season. He was also third-team All-MAC the previous season. All told, Heflin started 28 of the 38 games in which he played.
In those appearances, Heflin was credited with 72 tackles, 17½ tackles for loss, nine sacks, three forced fumbles and one blocked kick.
The sports world, including college football, has essentially screeched to a halt as countries around the world battle the coronavirus pandemic. As such, there’s a dearth of college football news as spring practices have all but been canceled at every level of the sport. And there’s even some concern that the health issue could have an impact on the 2020 college football campaign.
In that vein, we thought it might be fun to go back through the CollegeFootballTalk archives that stretch back to 2009 and take a peek at what transpired in the sport on this date.
So, without further ado — ok, one further ado — here’s what happened in college football on June 6, by way of our team of CFT writers both past and present.
(P.S.: If any of our readers have ideas on posts they’d like to read during this college football hiatus, leave your suggestions in the comments section. Mailbag, maybe?)
THE HEADLINE: Three West Virginia safeties now in transfer portal
THE SYNOPSIS: And two of those were starters. Even for the portal, this is a bit of overkill.
THE HEADLINE: USC QB Sam Darnold remains prohibitive Heisman favorite according to latest odds
THE SYNOPSIS: This is exactly why, while fun, preseason Heisman odds are utterly useless. In 2017, Darnold didn’t even finish in the Top 10 in the voting. The voting, incidentally, that earned Baker Mayfield the stiff-armed trophy that year.
THE HEADLINE: Jeff Gordon to drive Penn State car at Pocono
THE SYNOPSIS: This post had a surprisingly healthy number of comments. For whatever reason.
THE HEADLINE: Incoming Tar Heel charged for stealing $53,000 in watches and jewelry
THE SYNOPSIS: Just gotta get this off my chest. It’s charged “with.” Not charged “for.” You’re arrested “for.” And as “for” the player? Tight end Avery Edwards ended up catching 19 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns. At Maryland.
THE HEADLINE: Bobby Bowden would serve on playoff selection committee
THE SYNOPSIS: The former Florida State head coach and College Football Hall of Famer never did serve. Because he wasn’t asked. Dadgummit, though, they should’ve asked the coaching legend.
THE HEADLINE: USC stripped of ’04 BcS title
THE SYNOPSIS: This headline won’t pick any Trojan Nation scabs, will it?
Houston, you have a… new football player. Unofficially.
Back in February, it was reported that Missouri’s Kam Scott had decided to test the transfer portal waters. A little more than four months later, the wide receiver announced on Instagram this week that he has committed to the Houston football team.
Barring the unexpected, Scott will be forced to sit out the 2020 season. Doing so would then leave the Texas native with two years of eligibility starting in 2021.
Scott was a three-star member of the Class of 2018 for Missouri. The Manvel, Tex., product was rated as the No. 60 player in the Lone Star State regardless of position. He was also the No. 71 receiver in the country on the 247Sports.com composite.
Scott’s first two seasons in Columbia, the receiver totaled 542 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 25 receptions. Included in that were 17 catches and 328 yards a year ago. The latter was third on the Tigers. The former was seventh. Which means, though, that his 19.3 yards per catch far and away led Mizzou.
The unofficial addition of Scott for Houston will serve as the second Power addition to the AAC school’s football roster in a week. Late last month, UH confirmed that Texas Tech running back Ta'Zhawn Henry has officially signed.