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  • Houston expects star DT Oliver to play vs. Memphis
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    Reigning Outland Trophy-winning defensive tackle Ed Oliver, out since Oct. 20 because of a bruised knee, is expected to return when the Cougars play at Memphis on Friday, a source told ESPN on Monday.

    • The All-American practiced with the Cougars on Monday, but it was not known to what extent. He did not speak with the media after practice.

      On Monday morning, Houston coach Major Applewhite said Oliver is "day-to-day."

      "It's just the same situation that we've had the last few weeks in terms of getting healthier every week, but he's still day-to-day," Applewhite said. "There have been practices in the last two to three weeks that he's been able to participate in. I wouldn't think that it would be bizarre if he was able to practice this week. Just gonna monitor and look at it day-to-day."

      It's up to Oliver to decide whether he's ready to play, according to Applewhite.

      The All-American player in his junior year has not been in action since getting injured against Navy, when he took a low hit from a Midshipmen offensive lineman. His comeback was announced for the Nov. 3 game against Southern Methodist, but Oliver ultimately decided the knee wasn't ready after he went through pregame drills.

      With Oliver planning to forego his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL Draft, where he has been projected to become a top-10 pick, Applewhite realizes it could be a tough decision to make for the 6-foot-3, 292-pound Houston native.

      "I've had several conversations with Ed and told him, 'I see both sides, man. You're playing for a championship and you've got guys you love on your team and you want to win a championship. Then you've also spent all this time with your family, years upon years, being an NFL superstar, first-round pick. Everybody is involved in it. Not just you, but your family and everybody. And you've worked your butt off for it, and now you are four months from it. I see both sides,' " Applewhite said.

      Oliver has 51 tackles and 13.5 tackles for loss this season after becoming only the third player in school history to win a national college football award by earning the Outland honor that goes to the country's best interior lineman.

      As the first sophomore to win in the 72-year history of the Outland Trophy, Oliver was also the first UH player in nearly 30 years to earn a spot on the Walter Camp All-America first team.

      --Field Level Media

  • Big 12 chastises Texas' Hager for OU comments
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby on Monday issued a public reprimand to Texas senior defensive end Breckyn Hager for derogatory remarks Hager made Saturday about rival Oklahoma.

    • According to reports, Hager was walking back to the Longhorns' locker room after Texas defeated Iowa State when a reporter told him the Sooners had allowed 40 points in a victory against struggling Kansas.

      "Hey, OU has no defense," Hager said before pausing and gesturing to a nearby clock. "Wait, wait -- it's 11:12 (p.m.) and what? OU still sucks."

      Bowlsby and the conference issued a statement Monday that rebuked Hager's comments.

      "Breckyn Hager violated the conference rule that prohibits coaches, student-athletes, athletic department staff and university personnel from making negative comments about other member institutions for his remarks about the University of Oklahoma," Bowlsby said in a statement. "This is Mr. Hager's second violation of the conference sportsmanship rules and, therefore, he is receiving a public reprimand and will be expected to issue a public apology for his inappropriate comments."

      Hager obliged later Monday through a statement issued by the University of Texas.

      "I had no ill intentions when I made my comments about Oklahoma, which included a phrase that's used by fans, but I have to realize that it's different coming from me," Hager said in a statement. "My thought process was that it would put a fun and light-hearted charge into the greatest rivalry in college football that my family has been involved in playing in for many years, but I can see now that was not the way to do it. I have the utmost respect for the University of Oklahoma and their football program.

      "I want to represent myself, my family, my football program, my University and the Big 12 Conference in the best possible way. I'm truly sorry for the comments I made, will learn from this, and will keep working to improve my ability to think about the ramifications of what I say before I say it."

      Oklahoma defeated Texas, 48-45, on Oct. 6. Should Texas beat Kansas and Oklahoma top West Virginia on Friday, the Longhorns and Sooners would meet again in the Big 12 championship game.

      --Field Level Media

  • Arkansas suspends two DBs for flirting before game
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    Arkansas has suspended defensive backs Kamren Curl and Ryan Pulley for the regular-season finale against Missouri on Friday for fraternizing with Mississippi State dance team members before Saturday's game with the Bulldogs.

    • D.J. Williams, a former Razorbacks tight end, said he saw Curl and Pulley taking photos and talking with members of the Bulldogs' spirit squad during pregame warm-ups. Arkansas lost the game in Starkville, Miss., 52-6, as quarterbacks Nick Fitzgerald and Keytaon Thompson combined to throw five touchdown passes.

      "They will not be here today or yesterday or any part of this week for unacceptable behavior -- actions that are completely unacceptable to anything we're about," coach Chad Morris said, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

      In Morris' first season in Fayetteville, the Razorbacks (2-9, 0-7) have lost three in a row and defeated only Eastern Illinois and Tulsa.

      Defensive coordinator John Chavis expressed disappointment in the players' behavior.

      "It's about perception," Chavis said. "Here we are fighting to develop the kind of culture where you're going to have a winning attitude by every guy that walks on that field. I'm not questioning their character, but the perception was not very good. It had to be addressed, and our head coach has handled that. I'm with him 100 percent."

      A sophomore from San Diego, Calif., Curl ranks fourth in tackles on the team with 53 and has broken up five passes. Saturday, he finished with four tackles.

      A senior from Fort Meyers, Fla., Pulley leads the team with three interceptions and has 33 tackles this season. They have combined to start 20 games in 2018.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kansas ban means no Bevo XV for Texas on Friday
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    What's a Texas Longhorns football game without Bevo, their beloved mascot?

    • Apparently, fans traveling to the Longhorns' regular-season finale against Kansas on Friday in Lawrence, Kan., will find out because the Jayhawks have a rule prohibiting live mascots from entering David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

      An announcement confirming that was made Monday on the official Twitter account of Bevo XV (yes, there is one): "Due to the Kansas Jayhawks no live mascot policy, BEVO will not make the trip to the game on Friday."

      The absence of Bevo XV, the latest in a string of Texas mascots, will make it only the second time in 73 years that the Texas icon and crowd favorite won't be on hand for a Thanksgiving week game, according to the school.

      The original Bevo became part of Texas football as far back as 1916. Bevo XV, a 3-year-old longhorn steer, usually patrols the area behind the end zones during football games.

      Texas (8-3) is seeking a win Friday against the Jayhawks (3-8) that would clinch a spot in the Big 12 championship game against either Oklahoma or West Virginia. The last time the Longhorns won a Big 12 title was in 2009.

      --Field Level Media

  • College football notebook: Kansas introduces Miles
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 18, 2018

    Les Miles has been hired as the new head coach at Kansas, athletic director Jeff Long announced on Sunday. Miles was introduced at a late-afternoon press conference.

    • "Les Miles is exactly what we need for our program right now. His national reputation as a great recruiter and as a coach who student-athletes love playing for will enable us to break the cycle and return a winning tradition to the Kansas Jayhawks," Long said, per the school's statement.

      The former LSU coach, who vowed to "bring Jayhawk football back, and we will do it with outstanding coaches, tremendous student-athletes of character and ability," agreed to a five-year contract that pays $2.775 million annually. He's also due retention bonuses in 2020 and 2022.

      Miles has been out of coaching since September 2016 when he was fired by LSU four games into the season. On Thursday, Miles and LSU agreed to a $1.5 million buyout of a contract that reportedly had $6.5 million remaining on it, which makes him free to accept another job.

      --Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre has been fired, athletic director Rick George announced, one day after the Buffaloes lost their sixth straight game, falling to Utah 30-7 in their home finale.

      MacIntyre has gone 30-44 during his six seasons with the Buffaloes. An interim coach will be named to handle the season finale vs. Cal in Berkeley, Calif.

      MacIntyre's team went 10-2 and won the Pac-12 South in 2016, earning him coach of the year honors in the conference and nationally. But the Buffaloes have gone just 10-15 since then and failed to qualify for a bowl game last season.

      --The top six teams remained in order in the latest Associated Press Top 25, but there was a surprise program crashing the rankings: Army entered at No. 23, the first time the Black Knights have been ranked since 1996.

      Army (9-2) has rolled off seven straight victories and will be looking to record its second straight 10-win campaign when it plays Navy on Dec. 8 in Philadelphia.

      Alabama remained atop the poll as it received all 61 first-place votes. Fellow unbeaten squads Clemson and Notre Dame stayed at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. One-loss teams Michigan, Georgia and Oklahoma remained in the next three spots.

      --Charlotte football coach Brad Lambert will not return next season, athletic director Mike Hill confirmed, saying in a statement that the school "elected to make this decision now so that we could begin the search immediately."

      Lambert is the only football coach Charlotte has known. His final game will be Saturday in the finale at Florida Atlantic. Charlotte is 4-7 on the year, including a 42-35 loss Saturday to Florida International.

      The 49ers began playing football six seasons ago, and Lambert, 53, started the program and compiled a 21-48 record. The team spent two seasons at the FCS level before moving joining Conference USA and moving to the FBS level.

      --Texas State has fired football coach Everett Withers, the university announced. Defensive coordinator Chris Woods will coach the final game of the season Saturday against Arkansas State.

      Withers went 7-28 in three seasons with the Bobcats. The team finished 2-10 in each of his first two seasons and are 3-8 this year. Texas State lost to Troy on Saturday, 12-7. He finishes with a 2-21 Sun Belt record.

      Withers went to Texas State in January 2016 after two seasons as head coach at James Madison, where his teams were 18-7. USA Today reported that Withers, 55, has a contract buyout of $800,000.

      --Virginia Tech and Marshall have agreed to a conditional game on Dec. 1 that will occur only if the Hokies still have a chance to reach bowl eligibility.

      The Hokies (4-6) must beat Virginia on Friday for the game to be played. If Virginia Tech loses, the contest will not occur. Virginia Tech has played in a bowl game in 25 consecutive seasons. But the Hokies have dropped their last four games by an average of 21.3 points to put the streak in jeopardy.

      The Hokies and Marshall (7-3) both lost games scheduled for Sept. 15 due to Hurricane Florence. Virginia Tech's home game against East Carolina was canceled, as was the Thundering Herd's game at South Carolina.

      --Field Level Media

  • Charlotte coach Lambert won't return in 2019
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 18, 2018

    Charlotte football coach Brad Lambert will not return next season, athletic director Mike Hill confirmed Sunday.

    • "We've decided to make a change in our football program," Hill said in a statement. "It is a decision I made after an opportunity to assess my first football season here. It's about the trajectory of the program and putting us in the best position for the future. We elected to make this decision now so that we could begin the search immediately."

      Lambert is the only football coach Charlotte has known. His final game will be Saturday in the finale against Florida Atlantic.

      Charlotte is 4-7 on the year, including a 42-35 loss Saturday to Florida International.

      The 49ers began playing football six seasons ago, and Lambert, 53, started the program and compiled a 21-48 record. The team spent two seasons at the FCS level before moving joining Conference USA and moving to the FBS level.

      "We could not have found a better man than Brad Lambert to start our program and we appreciate all of Brad's years of service in building a program with character and integrity," chancellor Philip Dubois said.

      Yet it will end for Lambert on Saturday at Florida Atlantic.

      "I would like to thank Chancellor Dubois and Judy (Rose, former athletic director) for the opportunity they gave me to start this program," Lambert said. "I would also like to thank our staff and student-athletes who poured themselves into this program for us. I could not be prouder of all the young men and all that they have accomplished on and off the field."

      --Field Level Media

  • Texas State fires football coach Withers
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 18, 2018

    Texas State has fired football coach Everett Withers, the university announced Sunday.

    • Defensive coordinator Chris Woods will coach the final game of the season Saturday against Arkansas State.

      Withers compiled a 7-28 record in three seasons with the Bobcats. The team finished 2-10 in each of his first two seasons and are 3-8 this year.

      "I met with Coach Withers this morning to inform him of the university's decision," Texas State athletic director Larry Teis said in a statement. "We are thankful for his contributions to our program. His teams performed well academically and were heavily involved in the San Marcos (Texas) community. But, we didn't have the same type of success on the field. We were close several times this season, but we just didn't win the games."

      University president Denise Trauth added: "We appreciate his three years of service to Texas State. We did the right thing academically and off the field, but the Sun Belt Conference is a tough league."

      Texas State lost to Troy on Saturday, 12-7. He finishes with a 2-21 Sun Belt record.

      Withers went to Texas State in January 2016 after two seasons as head coach at James Madison, where his teams were 18-7.

      USA Today reported that Withers, 55, has a contract buyout of $800,000.

      --Field Level Media

  • Virginia Tech, Marshall schedule conditional game
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 18, 2018

    Virginia Tech and Marshall have agreed to a conditional game on Dec. 1 that will only occur if the Hokies still have a chance to reach bowl eligibility.

    • The Hokies (4-6) must beat Virginia on Friday for the game to be played. If Virginia Tech loses, the contest will not occur.

      Virginia Tech has played in a bowl game in 25 consecutive seasons. But the Hokies have dropped their last four games by an average of 21.3 points to put the streak in jeopardy.

      The Hokies and Marshall (7-3) both lost games scheduled for Sept. 15 due to Hurricane Florence. Virginia Tech's home game against East Carolina was canceled, as was the Thundering Herd's road game at South Carolina.

      Marshall plays at Florida International on Saturday.

      Virginia Tech owns a 10-2 all-time record against the Thundering Herd.

      --Field Level Media

  • Army cracks Top 25 for first time since 1996
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 18, 2018

    The top six teams remained in order in the latest Associated Press Top 25, but there was a surprise program crashing the rankings on Sunday.

    • Army entered the poll at No. 23, the first time the Black Knights having been ranked since 1996.

      Army (9-2) has rolled off seven straight victories and will be looking to record its second straight 10-win campaign when it plays Navy on Dec. 8 in Philadelphia.

      The Black Knights' losses are to Duke and Oklahoma, the latter in overtime.

      Alabama remained atop the poll as it received all 61 first-place votes. Fellow unbeaten squads Clemson and Notre Dame stayed at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.

      One-loss teams Michigan, Georgia and Oklahoma remained in the next three spots.

      Washington State moved up to No. 7, while Central Florida moved up three spots to tie LSU at No. 8.

      Ohio State, which survived a scare from Maryland before prevailing 52-51 in overtime, dropped one spot to No. 10.

      Texas moved up two places to No. 11 but Big 12 rival West Virginia fell five spots to No. 12 after losing to Oklahoma State.

      Syracuse also took a plunge after falling to Notre Dame. The Orange dropped seven spots to No. 19.

      Florida moved up two spots to No. 13, while Utah State remained at No. 14.

      Penn State is 15th, followed by Washington, Kentucky and Utah.

      Northwestern moved up four spots to No. 20. Boise State is 21st and Mississippi State is 22nd.

      Iowa State also dropped sharply, falling seven spots after losing to Texas.

      Falling out of the poll were Cincinnati (19th last week) and Boston College (22nd).

      --Field Level Media

  • MacIntyre fired after Buffaloes drop sixth straight
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 18, 2018

    Colorado Buffaloes head coach Mike MacIntyre has been fired, athletic director Rick George announced on Sunday.

    • The Buffaloes lost the sixth straight game on Saturday, falling to Utah 30-7 in their home finale.

      MacIntyre has gone 30-44 during his six seasons with the Buffaloes. An interim coach will be named to handle the season finale vs. Cal in Berkeley, Calif.

      "I want to thank Mike for six seasons of hard work and dedication to the program, both on and off the field," George said in a statement. "There's no doubt that the 2016 season was magical, and it appeared we were headed back to taking our place among the nation's elite. However, analyzing the direction of the program over the last two years, I felt this is the necessary time to make a change."

      MacIntyre's team went 10-2 and won the Pac-12 South in 2016, earning him coach of the year honors in the conference and nationally. But the Buffaloes have gone just 10-15 since then and failed to qualify for a bowl game last season.

      Colorado (5-6, 2-6) opened this season with five straight wins, but now needs a win next week to become bowl eligible.

      MacIntyre is due $10.3 million on a deal that runs through 2020-21, though that number would be reduced should he take an NFL job or a head coaching job in college football.

      George says he'll hire a search firm to assist in finding candidates for the vacancy.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kansas announces Miles hiring
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 18, 2018

    Saying he "absolutely" thinks Kansas is close to returning to college football prominence, Les Miles was introduced as the Jayhawks' new head coach on Sunday.

    • The 65-year-old Miles will take over for David Beaty, who became a lame-duck coach when the school announced Nov. 4 that he would not return next season.

      Miles, most recently the head coach at Louisiana State University, brings an impressive resume from his 12 years leading the Tigers: a 114-34 record, an appearance in a bowl game each season and two trips to the national title game, including a win in 2007.

      Miles is one of just a handful of active NCAA coaches to have won a national championship, joining Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Dabo Swinney and Jimbo Fisher.

      The Jayhawks are "a team that is, there's spots of real talent, and if you have a quality recruiting class behind that and ... go towards 85 scholarships and kind of close off a recruiting season with a full ledger of players, I think that's kind of the thing we want to do."

      Athletic director Jeff Long, who has known Miles for many years, said at the media event, "The national profile of our football program has improved immediately and dramatically today. ...

      "The combination of a leader of young men, a detailed and driven football coach, a man with an infectious personality who cares deeply about the young men he coaches, will be a combination that will surely lead to breaking the cycle and bringing football success to the University of Kansas," Long said.

      In Beaty's four seasons, the Jayhawks have gone 6-41, including a record of 3-8 this season. The program has not been above .500 since going 8-5 in 2008, and Kansas finished 12-1 in 2007, finishing with a win in the Orange Bowl.

      Miles, who has an overall 142-55 career record, including four seasons at Oklahoma State before leaving for LSU before the 2005 season, has been out of coaching since September 2016 when he was fired by LSU four games into the season.

      When Miles arrived at Oklahoma State, that program was in a run of only one plus-.500 season in its previous 12, but after going 4-7 in 2001, the Cowboys won 24 games over their next three seasons and went to bowl games each season, winning one.

      "The similarities between Oklahoma State and Kansas are significant. They parallel quite nicely," Miles said. "And the success that we can factor, based on the experiences that we have had there, certainly is there."

      On Thursday, Miles and LSU agreed to a $1.5 million buyout of a contract that reportedly had $6.5 million remaining on it, which makes him free to accept another job.

      In a statement earlier Sunday, Long said Miles is "exactly what we need for our program right now. His national reputation as a great recruiter and as a coach who student-athletes love playing for will enable us to break the cycle and return a winning tradition to the Kansas Jayhawks."

      With Bill Self as coach of the basketball team, Kansas is the only school to have a national championship winner in both football and basketball.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 10 Ohio State survives OT scare in Maryland
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 18, 2018

    Tenth-ranked Ohio State survived a scare from the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday as the Buckeyes pulled out a wild 52-51 victory in overtime in College Park, Md.

    • Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, a native of nearby Potomac, Md., drove the Buckeyes (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) 50 yards and hit Binjimen Victor with a tying 3-yard touchdown pass with 40 seconds remaining in regulation. Haskins then scored on a 5-yard run in the first possession of overtime.

      Maryland (5-6, 3-5) got a 1-yard touchdown run from Tayon Fleet-Davis in the Terrapins' half of the first overtime, then opted to go for the two-point conversion.

      Quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome, making his first start of the season, saw his pass to an open Jeshaun Jones sail just wide to preserve the Ohio State win.

      No. 3 Notre Dame 36, No. 12 Syracuse 3

      Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns, and Dexter Williams scored twice as the Fighting Irish topped the Orange in Yankee Stadium.

      Notre Dame (11-0) moved its home game to the Bronx as part of the school's Shamrock Series, in which it plays games at neutral sites.

      Syracuse (8-3) entered the game averaging 44 points and 482 yards, but the Irish defense picked off Eric Dungey once and freshman Tommy DeVito (who took over after Dungey was injured in the first quarter), twice more. Notre Dame also registered six sacks, two by linebacker Drue Tranquill, and 11 tackles for loss.

      No. 1 Alabama 50, The Citadel 17

      Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa parlayed a nearly perfect third-quarter performance into a needed breakthrough for his team as the top-ranked Crimson Tide stormed past the visiting Bulldogs with a huge second half.

      Before finally exiting as the final period began, Tagovailoa completed all 10 of his passes for 196 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter. He wound up 18 for 22 for 340 yards and three scores for Alabama (11-0).

      His razor-sharp performance helped Alabama outgain The Citadel 220 yards to 27 in the quarter and erase any drama after the Bulldogs (4-6) played the Tide to a 10-10 tie at halftime.

      No. 2 Clemson 35, Duke 6

      Running back Travis Etienne rushed for 81 yards and two touchdowns as the host Tigers overcame a slow start against the Blue Devils to remain undefeated.

      Etienne, the ACC's second-leading rusher at 107.6 yards per game, was held to only 4 yards on five carries in the first half. But he erupted after halftime, averaging more than 19 yards per carry and scoring on runs of 27 and 29 yards for Clemson (11-0, 8-0 ACC).

      Duke, which already has clinched a bowl berth for the fifth time in six seasons, slipped to 7-4 overall and 3-4 in ACC play. Clemson will play Pittsburgh in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 1 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

      No. 4 Michigan 31, Indiana 20

      Freshman Jake Moody made six field goals in his debut as the team's placekicker, Karan Higdon rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown, and the host Wolverines grinded out a victory over the Hoosiers.

      Shea Patterson completed 16 of 28 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown with an interception for the Wolverines (10-1 overall, 8-0 Big Ten). Michigan will play at rival Ohio State for the East Division championship next Saturday. The Buckeyes survived Maryland in overtime earlier in the day.

      Peyton Ramsey completed 16 of 35 passes for 195 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Hoosiers (5-6, 2-6). Stevie Scott rushed for 139 yards on 30 carries with a score.

      No. 5 Georgia 66, UMass 27

      After wrapping up the SEC East with three straight conference wins, the host Bulldogs put up 701 yards of offense and strolled past the Minutemen.

      Freshman quarterback Justin Fields accounted for a large chunk by himself. With Georgia (10-1) up huge early, the five-star recruit played most of the game and posted some eye-popping numbers against UMass (4-8).

      Not only did Fields complete 5 of 8 passes for 121 yards and two scores, he also rushed seven times for 100 yards a touchdown. It marked just the third time since 1976 that a Georgia quarterback has rushed for at least 100 yards.

      No. 6 Oklahoma 55, Kansas 40

      Kyler Murray threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 99 yards and three more scores as the Sooners came back from down early to roll the visiting Jayhawks.

      Murray's performance kept him in the thick of the Heisman Trophy conversation and helped the Sooners (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) overcome a monster day by Jayhawks' freshman running back Pooka Williams Jr., who ran for a career-high 252 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries and also threw a touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter.

      Kansas lost for the seventh time in eight games to drop to 3-8 and 1-7 despite averaging 9.7 yards per rush. The Jayhawks ran for 348 yards. The Jayhawks led on two occasions in the first half -- first taking advantage of a Brooks fumble and driving 93 yards for the game's first score and following with a field goal on their next drive to go up 10-7.

      No. 7 LSU 42, Rice 10

      Quarterback Joe Burrow completed 20 of 28 passes for a career-high 307 yards and two touchdowns to power the host Tigers to a rout of the Owls.

      Burrow played midway into the third quarter as LSU (9-2) built a 35-3 lead. The Tigers will finish their surprisingly strong regular season on the road next week against Texas A&M. A 10-win season would be LSU's first since 2013.

      Rice, which dropped to 1-11, scored on Haden Tobola's 51-yard field goal late in the first half and a 5-yard run by Juma Otoviano with 2:55 left in the game. Rice will close its season next week at home against Old Dominion.

      No. 8 Washington State 69, Arizona 28

      Riding the arm of quarterback Gardner Minshew, the Cougars charged to 41-point halftime lead, scoring 34 points in the second quarter, and went on to beat the visiting Wildcats.

      Minshew, the nation's leading passer, solidified his candidacy for the Heisman Trophy by completing 43 of 55 passes for 473 yards with a school-record seven touchdown passes and no interceptions.

      Five Washington State receivers had at least five catches and three had at least six, led by Tay Martin, who had seven catches for 124 yards and a touchdown. The Cougars (10-1, 7-1 Pac-12) finished with 605 total yards of offense.

      Oklahoma State 45, No. 9 West Virginia 41

      Taylor Cornelius led a comeback with five touchdown passes and one rushing score as the host Cowboys stunned the Mountaineers.

      Cornelius hit Tylan Wallace on an 11-yard touchdown throw with 42 seconds to play as the Cowboys (6-5, 3-5 Big 12) overcame a 17-point deficit in the second half.

      West Virginia (8-2, 6-2) reached the 14-yard line on a David Sills V catch with one second left. But after a timeout, Will Grier's end-zone pass for Sills was batted down by cornerback A.J. Green.

      No. 11 UCF 38, No. 24 Cincinnati 13

      Quarterback McKenzie Milton overcame a shaky start to pass for three touchdowns and rush for another as the host Knights topped the Bearcats to run their winning streak to 23 games.

      With the win, UCF (10-0, 7-0 American Athletic Conference) clinched a berth in the conference championship game Dec. 1 on its home field. Cincinnati (9-2, 5-2 AAC), fell into third place in the American West Division.

      The Knights rushed for a season-low 134 yards but more than made up for it thanks to Milton's arm. The junior completed 13 of 25 passes for 268 yards and had scoring passes of 17 and 42 yards to running back Adrian Killins Jr. and 36 yards to wide receiver Tre Nixon.

      No. 13 Florida 63, Idaho 10

      The Gators celebrated Senior Day with two touchdowns in the first three minutes, 49 points in the first half and an easy win over the Vandals at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.

      Florida (8-3) scored a touchdown on the game's first play, when junior defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson intercepted a pass from Idaho quarterback Mason Petrino and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown. After forcing a three-and-out on defense, Florida drove 47 yards and went ahead 14-0 on a 17-yard touchdown run by quarterback Feleipe Franks with 12:46 left in the first quarter.

      Franks completed 19 of 27 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns before giving way to freshman backup quarterback Emory Jones late in the second quarter. Jones played deep into the fourth quarter, completing 12 of 16 passes for 125 yards and two TDs. Florida finished the game with 600 yards of offense (399 passing, 201 rushing), while Idaho (4-7) was held to 227 yards.

      No. 14 Penn State 20, Rutgers 7

      Senior Trace McSorley became the Nittany Lions' winningest quarterback in program history in beating the host Scarlet Knights.

      Penn State (8-3, 5-3 Big Ten) handed Rutgers (1-10, 0-8) its 10th consecutive loss.

      McSorley completed 17 of 37 passes for 183 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, earning his 30th win, breaking the record Todd Blackledge set from 1980-82 and Tony Sacca (1988-91) tied. Both of McSorley's scoring passes went to freshman tight end Pat Freiermuth.

      No. 15 Texas 24, No. 16 Iowa State 10

      Quarterback Sam Ehlinger passed for 137 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score before being injured late in the first half as the host Longhorns dominated the Cyclones to keep their hopes for a spot in the Big 12 championship game alive.

      The Longhorns (8-3, 6-2 Big 12) can clinch a berth in the league title game with a win Friday at Kansas, and would play the winner of Friday's Oklahoma-West Virginia game. Texas' eight wins are its most since 2013, former coach Mack Brown's final season in Austin.

      The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Iowa State (6-4, 5-3) and eliminated the Cyclones' chances for one of the berths in the league championship game.

      No. 17 Kentucky 34, Middle Tennessee State 23

      The Wildcats ended a two-game losing skid by defeating the visiting Blue Raiders in the first of back-to-back nonconference games to end the regular season.

      UK improves to 8-3 and already completed SEC play at 5-3. The Wildcats play at Louisville next week. Middle Tennessee falls to 7-4, but at 6-1 leads the Conference USA East Division.

      On Senior Day, it was Mike Edwards who wasted no time getting UK off to a fast start. The senior safety intercepted a pass on MTSU's first possession and returned it 66 yards for a touchdown just 87 seconds into the game. On the Blue Raiders' next possession, Edwards forced a fumble that was recovered by Davonte Robinson and ultimately led to another Kentucky score.

      No. 18 Washington 42, Oregon State 23

      Jake Browning passed for 242 yards and three touchdowns and Myles Gaskin rushed for 135 yards and scored twice as the two seniors led the Huskies past the Beavers in their final game at Husky Stadium in Seattle.

      Washington (8-3, 6-2 Pac-12) set up an Apple Cup showdown Friday at Washington State that will determine the conference's North Division winner.

      The Beavers (2-9, 1-7) will finish their season at home Friday in the Civil War against Oregon.

      No. 19 Utah 30, Colorado 7

      Jason Shelley passed for 221 yards and two touchdowns, Armand Shyne ran for 55 yards and another score, and the Utes moved closer to clinching the Pac-12 South with a win over the Buffaloes in Boulder, Colo.

      Jaylen Dixon had four catches for 125 yards and a score for the Utes (8-3, 6-3).

      Utah was able to move the ball despite raw conditions. Temperatures were in the 30s and snow fell throughout the game. Colorado (5-6, 2-6) has lost six in a row and needs a win next week at Cal to become bowl eligible after starting the season 5-0.

      Florida State 22, No. 20 Boston College 21

      Seminoles quarterback Deondre Francois hit receiver Tamorrion Terry for a 74-yard touchdown pass with 1:49 left in the game to complete the comeback as Florida State knocked off the Eagles in Tallahassee, Fla.

      Francois struggled mightily before that play, throwing two interceptions and badly missing receivers all day against Boston College (7-4, 4-3 Atlantic Coast College). But Terry hauled in the pass to help the Seminoles (5-6, 3-5) keep their bowl hopes alive.

      Florida State came into Saturday's game needing a win in each of its last two contests to become bowl eligible for the 37th consecutive season. The Seminoles haven't missed out on a bowl game since 1981 or had a losing season since 1976.

      No. 21 Mississippi State 52, Arkansas 6

      Nick Fitzgerald passed for four touchdowns and ran for another as the Bulldogs routed the Razorbacks in Starkville, Miss.

      Fitzgerald, a senior playing his final home game, ran for the Bulldogs' first touchdown in the second quarter and threw three third-quarter touchdown passes to break the game open. He completed 9 of 14 for 127 yards in the game as nearly half of his completions and more than half of his passing yards (69) came on scoring plays. He ran another 14 times for 85 yards.

      Mississippi State improved to 7-4 overall and 3-4 in SEC play under first-year coach Joe Moorhead while the Razorbacks fell to 2-9 and 0-7 under first-year coach Chad Morris. They need to win their season finale at Missouri next week to avoid becoming the first 10-loss team in school history.

      No. 22 Northwestern 24, Minnesota 14

      Running back Isaiah Bowser ran for two touchdowns, quarterback Clayton Thorson rushed for another and the Wildcats defense shut down the Golden Gophers offense on a brisk 20-degree day in Minneapolis.

      Bowser's second score of the day capped a 92-yard, seven-play drive that gave the Wildcats some breathing room at 21-7 with 11:07 to play as both offenses struggled to get into the end zone.

      The Wildcats (7-4, 7-1 Big Ten) already have clinched a berth in the Big Ten Championship game. Minnesota (5-6, 2-6) needs a win next week against Wisconsin to become bowl eligible.

      No. 23 Utah State 29, Colorado State 24

      Jordan Love threw a 33-yard touchdown to Aaren Vaughns with 43 seconds left, then the Aggies withstood what appeared to be a game-winning touchdown as time expired as Utah State hung on against the Rams on a snowy day in Fort Collins, Colo.

      Colorado State (3-8, 2-5 Mountain West) appeared to win on a 34-yard Hail Mary pass from Collin Hill to Preston Williams as time expired. But Williams went out of bounds on his own during his route then re-entered the field and was called for illegal touching. The penalty wiped out the would-be game winner.

      The Aggies (10-1, 7-0) came in averaging a nation's best 51.3 points per game but were held out of the end zone until the final minute by a defense that was giving up 38.5 points and 469 yards per game.

      --Field Level Media

  • College football notebook: Tagovailoa breaks Alabama TD record
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 17, 2018

    Tua Tagovailoa put his name in the Alabama record book on Saturday, passing AJ McCarron for the most touchdown passes in a single season for the Crimson Tide.

    • His 68-yard touchdown pass to Irv Smith Jr. in the third quarter of a 50-17 win over The Citadel was his 31st of the year. McCarron threw for 30 touchdowns in 14 games in the 2012 season. Tagovailoa set the mark in 11 games.

      Tagovailoa, a sophomore, praised his teammates after the game.

      "A lot of credit belongs to my teammates," he said. "It's a tremendous opportunity that we've done as an offense to have gotten to this point. Thirty-one touchdowns, that's cool. But we've still got a game to finish off this season, and we still have another game after that, too. We're more focused on finishing off the season the right way."

      --Ohio State sophomore Dwayne Haskins broke the Buckeyes' records for passing yards and touchdown passes in a single season during a 52-51 overtime victory at Maryland.

      Haskins entered the game needing 51 yards to eclipse the mark of 3,330 set by Joe Germaine in 1998. He needed three touchdowns to surpass J.T. Barrett's record of 35 set last season.

      Haskins threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for three scores in the come-from-behind win against the Terrapins.

      --With Penn State's 20-7 win over Rutgers, senior quarterback Trace McSorley put his name in the Nittany Lions' record book.

      The victory was the 30th at quarterback for McSorley, breaking the record he shared with Tony Sacca (1988-91) and Todd Blackledge (1980-82).

      McSorley played six games as a freshman in 2015 and then took over the starting spot as a sophomore. Penn State is 30-8 in its last 38 games with McSorley at the position.

      --In the final game of his career, Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges passed for 404 yards in a 38-27 win against East Tennessee State and broke the FCS career record held by the late Steve McNair.

      Hodges finished with 14,584 passing yards, eclipsing the mark of 14,496 set by McNair at Alcorn State from 1991-94. He broke the record with a 7-yard screen pass to freshman running back DeMarcus Ware on the final play of the third quarter.

      --Kentucky sophomore linebacker Josh Paschal played for the first time this season in the Wildcats' 34-23 win against Middle Tennessee State, his treatment for cancer done.

      Before the season, Paschal was diagnosed with malignant melanoma on the bottom of his foot and subsequently underwent multiple procedures. He started limited practice a few weeks ago.

      --Miami Hurricanes suspended junior linebacker Michael Pinckney served a one-game suspension for an undisclosed rules violation and did not play in the 38-14 victory at Virginia Tech.

      Pinckney had started every game this season for Miami and was third on the team with 61 tackles, to go along with 8.5 tackles for loss (including 2.5 sacks) and one interception.

      --Field Level Media

  • McSorley now Penn State's winningest QB
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 17, 2018

    With Penn State's 20-7 win over Rutgers on Saturday, quarterback Trace McSorley put his name in the Nittany Lions' record book.

    • The victory was the 30th at quarterback for McSorley, breaking the record he shared with Tony Sacca (1988-91) and Todd Blackledge (1980-82).

      McSorley, a senior, played six games as a freshman in 2015 and then took over the starting spot as a sophomore. He credited his teammates for the win Saturday and for the record.

      "The team gutted out a win, the defense played great, special teams contributed when they needed to, and our offense was able to put up enough points to win," McSorley said. "The wins, they go to the team, not the person."

      Penn State is 30-8 in its last 38 games with McSorley at the position.

      "I told him during the game that I appreciate how he plays the game and how he approaches it," running back Miles Sanders told reporters. "He taught me a lot. I learned from him about being a leader and leading by example. I really appreciate him."

      McSorley didn't have his best day on Saturday, completing just 17 of 37 passes for 183 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. His final line didn't matter to his teammates.

      "He means so much to this program," safety Nick Scott said. "Just his competitive drive and how that inspires guys on this team is tremendous. He's an unbelievable competitor, unbelievable leader. I'm extremely proud of him as a friend and teammate. He means the world to this program."

      --Field Level Media

  • Samford’s Hodges breaks McNair’s FCS career passing mark
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 17, 2018

    Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges needed the final game of his career to do it, but dramatically broke the FCS record for most career passing yards Saturday, ending the day with 14,584 yards.

    • The record, previously held by 1994 Walter Payton Award winner Steve McNair of Alcorn State, was achieved in the third quarter of the game against Southern Conference leader East Tennessee State. Hodges went on to throw for 404 yards in the Bulldogs' 38-27 victory in Johnson City, Tenn. He came into the day needing 317 yards to break McNair's mark of 14,496 yards set in 42 games from 1991-94.

      Hodges completed 40 of 53 passes but surprisingly didn't throw for a touchdown in the upset win for Samford (6-5, 5-3), though he did score three times on the ground, rushing for 16 yards on 12 attempts. The victorious Bulldogs also denied the Bucs (8-3, 6-2) the outright Southern Conference championship. With the loss, ETSU shares the conference title with Wofford.

      The record was set on Hodges' 7-yard screen pass to freshman running back DeMarcus Ware on the final play of the third quarter. It was the 44th game of Hodges productive career that included FCS records for completions (1,310) and attempts (1,896), along with 111 touchdown passes. He finished with 15,601 yards of total offense and was responsible for 128 touchdowns.

      Kelvin McKnight caught 12 passes for 151 yards for the Bulldogs on Saturday. Ware rushed for 42 yards and one touchdown on eight carries.

      --Field Level Media

  • Haskins breaks two Ohio State passing records
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 17, 2018

    Ohio State sophomore Dwayne Haskins broke the Buckeyes' records for passing yards and touchdown passes in a single season during Saturday's 52-51 overtime victory at Maryland.

    • Haskins entered the game needing 51 yards to eclipse the mark of 3,330 set by Joe Germaine in 1998. He needed three touchdowns to surpass J.T. Barrett's record of 35 set last season.

      Haskins completed 28 of 38 passes for 405 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for three scores in the come-from-behind win against the Terrapins.

      Haskins passed Germaine's yardage record with a 68-yard touchdown pass to Terry McLaurin in the second quarter.

      He topped Barrett's TD record with a 3-yard scoring strike to Binjimen Victor with 40 seconds left in regulation, which sent the game to overtime knotted at 45-45.

      With at least two more games still to play, Haskins has 3,685 passing yards and 36 touchdown passes. The No. 9 Buckeyes (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) close out the regular season next Saturday at home against No. 4 Michigan.

      --Field Level Media

  • Tagovailoa sets Alabama TD mark in win
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 17, 2018

    Tua Tagovailoa put his name in the Alabama record book on Saturday, passing AJ McCarron for the most touchdown passes in a single season for the Crimson Tide.

    • His 68-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to Irv Smith Jr. in Saturday's 50-17 win over The Citadel was his 31st of the year. McCarron threw for 30 touchdowns in 14 games in the 2012 season. Tagovailoa set the mark in 11 games.

      Tagovailoa, a sophomore, praised his teammates after the game.

      "A lot of credit belongs to my teammates," Tagovailoa told reporters. "It's a tremendous opportunity that we've done as an offense to have gotten to this point. Thirty-one touchdowns, that's cool. But we've still got a game to finish off this season, and we still have another game after that, too. We're more focused on finishing off the season the right way."

      No. 1 Alabama closes the regular season against Auburn next week and has clinched a berth in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 1 and will meet Georgia.

      --Field Level Media

  • Hurricanes LB Pinckney suspended one game for rules violation
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 17, 2018

    The Miami Hurricanes suspended junior linebacker Michael Pinckney for Saturday's game at Virginia Tech due to an undisclosed violation of team rules.

    • Pinckney had started every game this season for Miami and was third on the team with 61 tackles, to go along with 8.5 tackles for loss (including 2.5 sacks) and one interception.

      The outside linebacker has been projected as a mid-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft if he elects to forgo his final season of eligibility.

      The Hurricanes entered Saturday's game against the Hokies ranked No. 4 in the nation in total defense (268.5 yards per game).

      --Field Level Media

  • Kentucky LB Paschal returns from cancer treatment
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 17, 2018

    Kentucky sophomore linebacker Josh Paschal took the field for the first time this season Saturday against Middle Tennessee State, his treatment for cancer done.

    • The Wildcats announced during pregame warmups that he would start. Head coach Mark Stoops said earlier in the week that he might play on Saturday.

      Before the season, Paschal was diagnosed with malignant melanoma on the bottom of his foot and subsequently underwent multiple procedures. He started limited practice a few weeks ago.

      "I'm so proud of that kid, man," redshirt freshman offensive lineman Naasir Watkins, who played high school football wih Paschal, recently told the Courier Journal. "He's been challenged with adversity and he kept God in his heart and worked through it and now he's got the opportunity to come back even stronger."

      --Field Level Media

  • Houston's Oliver, Applewhite move on after sideline spat
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 17, 2018

    Houston coach Major Applewhite and defensive tackle Ed Oliver issued statements in support of each other on Friday night after a dispute involving a jacket during Thursday night's 48-17 win over Tulane.

    • During the second quarter Thursday, Applewhite had Oliver, who has missed the past four games with a knee injury, remove the jacket he was wearing on the sideline. Oliver responded by yelling at Applewhite -- who told ESPN that the jackets were only for players playing in the game -- as the team went to the locker room at halftime. The yelling continued for nearly a minute without an apparent response from Applewhite.

      "Last night is not who I am," Oliver said in a statement released by the school. "I'm very passionate about the game of football and last night there was a misunderstanding. I was caught in an emotional moment. I have the utmost respect for Coach Applewhite and I appreciate the support of Coach Applewhite and my teammates during this time. I love my brothers, my team and my city and I'm looking forward to moving forward with them together. Go Coogs!"

      Applewhite released a similar statement, reading: "Ed is a passionate human being, and that is why he is the best player in the country. Last night was not indicative of his character and it was a passionate moment within our program. We can, and we will, both learn from this situation as we move forward together."

      Oliver left the locker room during halftime on Thursday and did not return to the sideline, though Applewhite said that decision was up to Oliver.

      There has been speculation that Oliver -- who said in March he would declare for the NFL draft after this year -- might not return to play for the team this season, particularly as he weighs his health and the possibility of being a top-five draft pick.

      "I want him back, I want him a part of our football team," Applewhite said after Thursday's game. "If he wants to play, I want him to play. ... You're gonna deal with emotions all the time."

      Oliver, who hurt his knee on a low block against Navy on Oct. 20, tried to play Nov. 3 against SMU but sat after he didn't feel comfortable in pregame warmups.

      Houston faces Memphis next Friday in its regular-season finale, with likely appearances in the AAC conference championship and a bowl game to follow.

      --Field Level Media

  • College football notebook: Miles reportedly near deal with Kansas
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 16, 2018

    Former LSU coach Les Miles is closing in on a deal to become the head coach at Kansas, Sports Illustrated reported Friday.

    • Miles has been out of coaching since September 2016 when he was fired by LSU four games into the season. He could be announced as the Jayhawks' next coach as soon as this weekend, Sports Illustrated said.

      On Thursday, Miles and LSU agreed to a $1.5 million buyout of a contract that reportedly had $6.5 million remaining on it, which makes him free to accept another job.

      Kansas athletic director Jeff Long announced Nov. 4 that head coach David Beaty will not be retained next season but would remain on the sidelines throughout the season. The Jayhawks (3-7, 1-6 Big 12) close the 2018 season at Oklahoma on Saturday and at home against Texas on Nov. 23.

      --Cal and Stanford have rescheduled the 121st edition of their rivalry game because of poor air quality from the Camp Fire still burning in Northern California.

      Originally scheduled for Saturday night, the game now will be played Dec. 1, a day after the Pac-12 championship game, but both teams already are out of the running to represent the Pac-12 North.

      "We have been carefully tracking air quality in Berkeley and the Bay Area over the past week, relying on the best data and guidance available to us from medical and environmental experts," Cal athletic director Jim Knowlton said.

      --Houston starting quarterback D'Eriq King will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn meniscus on a non-contact play Thursday night in a victory over Tulane, according to multiple reports.

      The injury occurred after he handed off the ball just before halftime, and he did not play in the second half. King, a junior, ends his season with 2,982 yards passing to go with 36 touchdowns and six interceptions. His 36 passing touchdowns lead the nation.

      In the second half against Tulane, head coach Major Applewhite turned to freshman Clayton Tune, who threw for 108 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The Cougars (8-3) finish the season Friday against Memphis. A win would put them in the American Athletic Conference championship game.

      --Former Boise State running back Jack Fields was shot and killed Thursday night by a sheriff's deputy in Richmond County, Ga., authorities said.

      The county coroner, Mark Bowen, said Fields, who was 25, was shot at least once and died at a Residence Inn in Augusta, Ga. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said the sheriff's department received a call around 8:10 p.m. with a report of trouble with a person at the hotel.

      When deputies arrived, they saw Fields in the lobby and deputy Stephan Psillos attempted to handcuff him. The GBI said Fields resisted, took a knife from his coat pocket and stabbed the deputy multiple times. Psillos then shot Fields.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Houston QB King tears meniscus
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 16, 2018

    Houston starting quarterback D'Eriq King will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn meniscus on a non-contact play Thursday night in a victory over Tulane, the Houston Chronicle reported Friday.

    • The injury occurred after he handed off the ball just before halftime. He did not play in the second half and was seen on the sideline with crutches.

      "It all kind of stunned us, quite honestly, when he said he could not straighten his leg out," Houston coach Major Applewhite said Friday.

      Against Tulane, King completed 11 of 15 passes for 82 yards, and he rushed for 82 more. King, a junior, ends his season with 2,982 yards passing to go with 36 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also carried the ball 111 times for 674 yards and 14 touchdowns.

      His 36 passing touchdowns lead the nation.

      In the second half against Tulane, Applewhite turned to freshman Clayton Tune, who threw for 108 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

      The Cougars (8-3) finish the season Friday against Memphis. A win would put them in the American Athletic Conference championship game.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Miles nearing agreement to coach at Kansas
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 16, 2018

    Former LSU coach Les Miles is closing in on a deal to become the head coach at Kansas, Sports Illustrated reported Friday.

    • Miles has been out of coaching since September 2016 when he was fired by LSU four games into the season.

      He could be announced as the Jayhawks' next coach as soon as this weekend, Sports Illustrated said.

      On Thursday, Miles and LSU agreed to a $1.5 million buyout of a contract that reportedly had $6.5 million remaining on it, which makes him free to accept another job.

      Kansas athletic director Jeff Long announced Nov. 4 that head coach David Beaty will not be retained next season but would remain on the sidelines throughout the season. The Jayhawks (3-7, 1-6 Big 12) close the 2018 season at Oklahoma on Saturday and at home against Texas on Nov. 23.

      Kansas hired Beaty, now 48, before the 2015 season. He has compiled a 6-40 record, and the Jayhawks haven't had a winning season since 2008.

      Miles coached at Oklahoma State for four seasons (2001-04) and took the Cowboys to three bowl games. He put together a 28-21 record before LSU named him its head coach in 2005. He stayed with the Tigers until he was dismissed early in the 2016 season and put together an impressive list of achievements there: a 114-34 record, an appearance in a bowl game each season and two trips to the national title game, including a win in 2007.

      Miles, 65, has an overall 142-55 career record.

      If Miles is hired, he would be one of just a handful of active NCAA coaches to have won a national championship, joining Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Dabo Swinney and Jimbo Fisher.

      --Field Level Media

  • Fires force Cal, Stanford to reschedule game
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 16, 2018

    Cal and Stanford have rescheduled the 121st edition of their rivalry game because of poor air quality from the Camp Fire still burning in Northern California.

    • Originally scheduled for Saturday night, the game now will be played Dec. 1.

      "We have been carefully tracking air quality in Berkeley and the Bay Area over the past week, relying on the best data and guidance available to us from medical and environmental experts," Cal athletic director Jim Knowlton said.

      "The forecasts we have received show a minimal chance of the improvement necessary to hold the game on Saturday. While we would have preferred to play the Big Game on its scheduled date, once we realized that air quality would likely not return to acceptable levels, we made the decision to postpone for the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, gameday staff, students, band and spirit groups, alumni and fans."

      The game now will be played a day after the Pac-12 championship game, but both teams already are out of the running to represent the Pac-12 North.

      Stanford's athletic director concurred with the move after the schools worked with the NCAA Sports Science Institute and the Pac-12's Health and Well-Being Board to monitor the conditions.

      "The entire Stanford Athletics community recognizes this has been an extremely challenging time for so many people who have been affected by the wildfires, both in the Bay Area and throughout the state," said Stanford athletic director Bernard Muir. "Our thoughts are with them, first and foremost. We are thankful to the University of California for collaborating with us on the logistical challenges of rescheduling the Big Game, and are looking forward to playing the game on Dec. 1."

      The Camp Fire is one of a number of fires affecting the state, and it has proved deadly. Authorities said the death toll as of Friday morning stood at 63, with 631 people still missing.

      In the NFL, the Oakland Raiders canceled practice on Friday and instead held a walkthrough because of poor air quality in the Bay Area, according to media reports.

      That was the second consecutive day of canceled practice for the Raiders because of the effects from the Camp Fire.

      The Raiders will travel to Arizona to play the Cardinals on Sunday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former Boise State RB Fields shot, killed
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 16, 2018

    Former Boise State running back Jack Fields, 25, was shot and killed Thursday night by a sheriff's deputy in Richmond County, Ga., authorities said.

    • The county coroner, Mark Bowen, said Fields was shot at least once and died at a Residence Inn in Augusta, Ga. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said the sheriff's department received a call around 8:10 p.m. with a report of trouble with a person at the hotel.

      When deputies arrived, they saw Fields in the lobby and deputy Stephan Psillos attempted to handcuff him. The GBI said Fields resisted, took a knife from his coat pocket and stabbed the deputy multiple times. Psillos then shot Fields.

      Psillos was taken to Augusta University Medical Center for treatment. Fields was pronounced dead at the scene.

      Fields attended Americas High School in El Paso, Texas, before enrolling at Boise State in 2012, where he played four seasons. In all, he appeared in 34 games and rushed for 336 yards with the Broncos and made his greatest impact on special teams.

      --Field Level Media