If you thought the omnipresent portal was busier than normal to start your work week, you weren’t exactly wrong.
Amidst myriad coaching news, including the stunner out of Seattle, CFT brought you word Monday that players from South Carolina (HERE), Tennessee (HERE) and Minnesota (HERE) had made their way into the NCAA transfer database. But wait, there were more. A lot more.
- Texas A&M tight end Glenn Beal. Started two of the 16 games in which he played. Caught five passes for 21 yards, with all of those coming this season.
- Texas offensive lineman JP Urquidez. Of his 11 career appearances, 10 came in 2019.
- Oklahoma State tight end Grayson Boomer. The four-star 2019 signee missed all of 2019 with a torn ACL.
- Two UCLA linebackers, Tyree Thompson and Noah Keeter. Thompson started every game in 2018 but missed all of 2019 due to injury, while Keeter did not play in any games as a true freshman this past season.
- Two Boston College redshirt freshmen defensive backs, Aaron Gethers and Evan Stewart. Gethers played in five games this season, Stewart one.
- Ole Miss offensive lineman Bryce Mathews. A four-star 2016 signee, Mathews spent his time in Oxford as a backup for the Rebels.
- Arkansas offensive lineman Silas Robinson. Played in six games after redshirting as a true freshman in 2018.
- Bowling Green quarterback Grant Loy. Started seven games this past season for the Falcons
- Another Minnesota offensive lineman, Ben Davis. Played in nine games the past two seasons, including just one in 2019.
All told, by one media member’s account, more than five dozen FBS players hit the portal on Monday alone.
Included in that total was also nearly a dozen from one school all by itself.
While most of the college football world was busy watching Virginia claim its first-ever spot in the ACC championship or shopping on Black Friday — or doing their Black Friday shopping while watching Virginia-Virginia Tech — one MAC player was quietly posting some mind-blowing numbers that haven’t been seen in the game this season.
In a 49-7 blowout of Bowling Green (3-9), Buffalo (7-5) ran for 455 yards on 51 carries, an average of 8.9 yards per attempt. Sophomore Jaret Patterson accounted for a whopping 298 of those yards, setting a single-game school record in the process.
Patterson also scored six rushing touchdowns, tying the MAC record in that category as well.
Prior to today, Patterson’s career-high had been 192 yards set just last week in a win over Toledo. Patterson now has 10 career games of 100-plus yards, with seven of those coming this season. He also extended his streak of such games to five in a row.
Coming into Week 14, Patterson’s 1,328 yards were 10th nationally and second in the MAC to Western Michigan’s LeVante Bellamy‘s 1,412 yards. Patterson is now the conference’s leading rusher heading into the postseason as Bellamy’s total includes his Week 14 total posted this past Tuesday.
Amidst negotiations on yet another contract extension, Frank Solich has added yet another notch to his résumé.
Thanks in part to Nathan Rourke‘s four total touchdowns (three passing, one rushing), Ohio took Bowling Green State to the woodshed in a 66-24 road rout Tuesday night. The Bobcats averaged 8.6 yards per carry in rushing for 342 yards, led by O’Shaan Allison‘s career-high 175 yards on the ground. Allison also ran for three touchdowns after coming into the game with just two in his career.
The win is the 111th for Solich during his time at Athens, making him the all-time winningest head coach in MAC history. The 75-year-old Solich surpassed Herb Deromedi, who won 110 games at Central Michigan from 1978-93.
“It seemed like it stalled itself out a little bit for a while, but we’re interested in winning football games, and this record goes with it,” Solich, in the midst of his 15th season with the football program, said in quotes distributed by the school. “I feel really good about it, but a lot of people were involved in this. A lot of great players over the years that have come through Ohio that have set the tradition to where we were able to recruit well and win football games.
“There have been tremendous athletes and tremendous coaches. If you have that combination, you’re going to have a few wins. A lot of people have been involved in winning some football games, so I appreciate everything that people have been done during my time at Ohio. I will say this, it is as good as I could ever hope for in a coaching business in terms of those 15 years and how it all worked.”
With the win, Ohio also moved to 5-6 and within one more win of becoming bowl-eligible. With a win over winless Akron next Tuesday, Ohio would qualify for the postseason for the fifth straight season and 11th time overall under Solich.
It’s been quite the conference turnaround for Chuck Martin‘s Miami (OH) squad the past couple of years.
In the head coach’s first four seasons, the Redhawks went 14-18 in MAC play. With Wednesday night’s dominating 44-3 win over Bowling Green, Miami improved to 5-1 in the league on the season; the past two years, that record now stands at 11-3.
Not only that, but Miami is one win away from claiming its first MAC East title since 2010, closing out the regular season against winless Akron and a road trip to 4-5 Ball State.
At 6-4, the Redhawks could be going bowling for the first time since 2016 and just the second time in nearly two decades. Two more wins would give the football program its most victories in a season since the 10-4 2010 squad that won the division and the conference championships.
Miami’s four losses this season, incidentally, have come to No. 2 Ohio State, No. 17 Cincinnati, No. 20 Iowa and Western Michigan, which currently leads the MAC West division.
In the latest win, a 27-point second quarter fueled Miami’s 37-3 halftime lead en route to its most lopsided win of the season over a non-FCS school. Their previous four FBS wins had come by a combined 25 points, including three by seven points or less.
Bowling Green, meanwhile, was officially eliminated from the postseason as the Falcons’ record now sits at 3-7 on the season.
I’m no run-game expert, but I don’t think this is exactly optimal.
Andrew Clair, who began the season as Bowling Green’s starting running back, missed his third straight game in the Week 8 loss to Central Michigan and could very well miss a fourth this weekend. During that same loss, Davon Jones, a graduate transfer from Boston College, went down with a serious leg injury.
With a road trip to Western Michigan on tap for this weekend, Jones is definitely sidelined while Clair is expected to be standing alongside him.
Given that, Bryson Denley will likely be the Falcons’ only healthy and available scholarship running back for the matchup with the Broncos. A true freshman walk-on, Trevon Raymore, is expected to serve as Denley’s primary backup.
Denley currently is third on the Falcons with 248 yards on the ground, behind Jones’ 334 and quarterback Grant Loy‘s 291. Raymore has rushed for minus-one yard on a pair of carries.