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  • Eastern Kentucky beats Robert Morris 29-10

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — Dy'Shawn Mobley ran for 142 yards on 25 carries to help Eastern Kentucky beat Robert Morris 29-10 in a season opener on Thursday night. Channing Fugate caught a 42-yard touchdown pass from Bennie Coney with 4:16 left in the first quarter. The Colonels dominated the period with 131-yards rushing and held the uncontested lead for the rest of the matchup despite four turnovers and 90 yards in penalties. Jared McClain ran for one touchdown and finished with 90 yards to help Eastern Kentucky combine for 422 yards on 67 attempts. Luke Brumbaugh was 28-of-41 for a game-high 222-yards passing in John Banaszak's debut as head coach for Robert Morris. Rameses Owens scored the Colonials only touch

  • College Football Playoff: Why the playoff makes nonconference games more important

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Nonconference showdowns aren’t just elimination games and resume boosters for teams. Now, nonconference showdowns are yardmakers for conferences. They are the chief metric by which leagues can be compared. And comparing leagues is far more important than ever before.

  • Charlotte tops Campbell 33-9

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    BUIES CREEK, N.C. (AP) — Kalif Phillips ran for three touchdowns to lead Charlotte to a 33-9 victory over Campbell on Thursday night in the season opener for both teams. Phillips scored on a 1-yard run midway through the third quarter and followed it up with 1- and 10-yard TD runs to help Charlotte push its lead to 27-3. He had 70 yards on 13 carries. Blake Brewer made two field goals in the first quarter for the 49ers and Maetron Thomas took it in from the 40 early in the fourth to make it 33-9. Matt Johnson ended the day throwing 14 of 30 for 189 yards. Thomas led the 49ers with 78 yards on six carries. Mitchell Brown put the Fighting Camels on the board with a field goal with 3 seconds left in the first half.

  • Southern Illinois opens with 45-0 win over Taylor

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Malcolm Agnew ran for two long touchdowns and caught a pass for another to lead Southern Illinois over Taylor 45-0 on Thursday night in a season opener. Agnew scored the Salukis' first two touchdowns on runs of 63 and 45 yards in the first quarter when Southern Illinois had a 228-40 edge in yards on its way to a total of 546. Agnew finished with 145 yards rushing on seven carries and added 62 yards receiving on a screen pass from Mark Iannotti for a second-quarter score. Iannotti, a transfer from Eastern Michigan, also threw 10 yards to MyCole Pruitt for Iannotti's first collegiate touchdown pass. Iannotti was 11 of 16 for 181 yards passing, including an interception.

  • Norvell throws W Illinois past Valparaiso, 45-6

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Trenton Norvell fired four touchdown passes and J.C. Baker ran for 137 yards and scored twice to lead Western Illinois to a 45-6 win over Valparaiso in the season opener for both schools Thursday night. The kickoff was delayed briefly by lightning and the Leathernecks made up for lost time. J.C. Baker scored from the 6 to cap the opening drive and Norvell added his first TD pass, a 9-yard strike to Larry Harris, with one second left in the first quarter. Norvell threw a pair of scoring passes to Hi-C Scott, finding him from 17 yards out in the second quarter and on a 38-yard pass in the third. Norvell added a 40-yard scoring pass to Baker in the third quarter.

  • New Mexico State outlasts FCS Cal-Poly 28-10

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Larry Rose III ran for 147 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries and Tyler Rogers passed for 143 yards and two touchdowns in New Mexico State's 28-10 opening victory over FCS opponent Cal-Poly on Thursday night. Rose III also had four receptions, including a 6-yarder for a touchdown in the third quarter. After leading 14-10 at halftime, New Mexico State broke it open in the second half. The Aggies passed for 143 yards and ran for 196, outgaining the Mustangs 339-259. New Mexico State held Cal-Poly quarterbacks Chris Brown and Dano Graves to 6 yards of passing on only two combined completions. Brown also threw an interception, and the Mustangs lost a fumble.

  • Tennessee Tech beats Kentucky Christian 33-7

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jared Davis was 18 of 25 and threw two touchdown passes to lead Tennessee Tech past Kentucky Christian 33-7 in both teams' season opener Thursday night. Davis threw a 7-yard touchdown to Darian Stone with 11:21 left in the first quarter, and Willie Davis rushed for a 23-yard score later in the frame to give Tennessee Tech a 14-0 lead. Stone rushed 10 yards for another score in the third quarter. Cody Matthews caught six passes for 74 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown to cap the Golden Eagles' scoring. Justin Crager ran four yards for Kentucky Christian's only score following a 9-play, 42-yard drive in the fourth quarter.

  • Central Michigan rallies past Chattanooga, 20-16

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    MOUNT PLEASANT, MICH. (AP) — Thomas Rawls ran for one touchdown, Cooper Rush passed for another and Central Michigan scored on its first two second-half drives in a 20-16 comeback victory over Tennessee-Chattanooga on Thursday night. Rawls finished with 123 yards on 25 carries, and Rush completed 15 of 26 passes for 176 yards and two TDs for the Chippewas in the season opener for both teams. Chattanooga scored the first 16 points, with Jacob Huesman finding Tommy Hudson with scoring passes of 8 and 70 yards. Hudson, a senior, had only one previous TD catch. Central Michigan cut it to 16-7 when Rush hit Jesse Kroll from 18 yards inside the final 2 minutes of the opening half. The Chippewas kept rolling after halftime w

  • Kyle Pohl leads Akron to 41-0 rout of Howard

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Kyle Pohl threw a career-best four touchdown passes to lead Akron to a 41-0 victory over Howard of the FCS on Thursday night in the opening game for both teams. Three of Pohl's first five pass attempts were for touchdowns. In the first 5:26, Pohl connected with L.T. Smith with a 57-yard touchdown pass, then hit Imani Davis with a 9-yarder and Mykel Traylor-Bennett for a 43-yard score to give Akron a 21-0 lead. Pohl and Traylor-Bennett connected again for a 28-yard touchdown strike in the third quarter. Pohl was 22 of 35 for 304 yards without an interception. Redshirt freshman Tommy Woodson threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Austin Wolf in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring for Akron.

  • Kenny Football: Hill surpasses Manziel's mark

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Kenny Hill looked more than ready to replace Johnny Manziel on the field. He is still getting used to the attention that goes along with the job. Hill broke Manziel's single-game passing record with 511 yards and No. 21 Texas A&M beat No. 9 South Carolina 52-28 on Thursday night, ending the Gamecocks' 18-game home win streak. Hill looked poised and confident in his first start, leading the Aggies (1-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) to the most total and passing yards against South Carolina. The sophomore completed 44 of 60 passes with three touchdowns. The hardest part of his night came after the celebration on the field. "I just wanted to get the first press conference over with," said Hill

  • College Football Playoff era begins

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    A new era in college football is here. After years of deriding the BCS, fans will finally get what they — well, most of them — wanted with the new College Football Playoff. It's new, it's exciting and, as was the case with the old system, will probably cause plenty of complaining since only four teams get a chance to play for the title. It all starts with a handful of games this week before the full rollout on Saturday. To get you ready, we've got some of the top teams, players and games to keep an eye on as the season hurtles toward the Final Four in January.

  • Lightning delays start of Temple-Vanderbilt game

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lightning has delayed the start of the game between Temple and Vanderbilt on Thursday night. Meanwhile, 2 1-2 miles away, an NFL preseason game was virtually unaffected by the weather. Vanderbilt officials said the game wouldn't start until at least 9:52 p.m. CDT, more than 90 minutes after the originally scheduled kickoff time of 8:15. Earlier delays included predicted kickoff times of 9 p.m. and 9:13 p.m., but additional lightning strikes continued to alter the schedule. As they waited out the delay 30 minutes after the originally scheduled 8:15 p.m. kickoff time, some Temple players were in uniform playing catch behind one end zone. Vanderbilt's team started gathering in an end zone at 9:08

  • Charleston Southern swamps NAIA Point 61-9

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Austin Brown, a transfer from UAB, threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more in his first game as Charleston Southern beat Point 61-9 on Thursday night. Brown completed 9 of 12 passes for 160 yards as the Buccaneers rolled in the season-opener, which was their first-ever night home game. Charleston Southern rolled up 336 yards on the ground and finished with 502 yards of total offense, picking up 27 first downs. Point had 152 yards of offense, but scored its points on a safety and an 82-yard punt return by Brandon Robertson. Brown scored on runs of 1 and 9 yards in the first quarter as the Buccaneers took a 21-0 lead. He connected with Kenny Dinkins on a 4-yard score that made it 42-0

  • Michigan St hosts upset-minded Jacksonville St

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    This is no ordinary tuneup for Michigan State. The eighth-ranked Spartans open the season Friday night against Jacksonville State of the Ohio Valley Conference, but the Gamecocks are hardly pushovers. They reached the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision last year and are only a few seasons removed from a road win over a Southeastern Conference team. Their 49-48 victory at Mississippi in 2010 still resonates. "That's a very well-coached team that we're playing," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. "Defensively you don't really know because it's the first game out the gate, but you can see from an offensive standpoint they're very well tied together, their structuring concepts are excellent, and th

  • Oklahoma State football: A look at Jimbo Fisher's coaching resume against the Big 12

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Over the past dozen years, Fisher has coached against a number of Big 12 giants and basement dwellers as either offensive coordinator or coach with a mixed bag of results.

  • CB Riggs' role expands after Notre Dame probe

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The role for Notre Dame cornerback Cody Riggs abruptly changed this month. When Riggs announced in February he was transferring from Florida to Notre Dame to get a master's degree in management, he was expected to provide veteran leadership and versatility to a young Fighting Irish defense. He'd help solidify a secondary that was counting on KeiVarae Russell to be its lockdown corner. With Russell and four other Notre Dame players out indefinitely while the university investigates whether they turned in papers and homework they didn't complete themselves, the Irish will count on Riggs to cover opponents' top receivers. "He clearly is our top guy," coach Brian Kelly said.

  • Clemson-Georgia Preview Capsule

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    No. 16 Clemson (0-0) vs No. 12 Georgia (0-0), 5:36 p.m. (ESPN) Line: Georgia by 7 1-2. Series Record: Georgia leads 41-18-4. WHAT'S AT STAKE A chance to make an early statement in the national race. While college football's first four-team playoff is far down the road, this is an attractive nonconference matchup that would likely score points with the selection committee. KEY MATCHUP Clemson QB Cole Stoudt vs. the Georgia secondary. Stoudt has some huge shoes to fill taking over for Tajh Boyd, who directed the Tigers' high-powered offense the last three years. Plus, he's got a highly touted freshman, Deshaun Watson, pushing for playing time. Watson is expected to get some snaps in the opener.

  • Notre Dame to hold out 5th player in investigation

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame added reserve safety Eilar Hardy to the list of four Irish players being withheld from practice and games as the university completed its investigation into whether they may have turned in homework and papers completed by others. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said during a news conference Thursday that Hardy was not at practice. He played in 10 games last season, starting against Pittsburgh and BYU, and finished with 26 tackles. He did not play as a freshman or sophomore. Kelly said he was pleased that the university's investigation into possible cheating had been closed. "For our football team, we feel like this brings a big part of closure for us. So now we can really just focus the

  • Rutgers' sells out first Big Ten football game

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers' first home football game in the Big Ten Conference is sold out. The university announced Thursday that tickets for the Sept. 13 matchup against Penn State are no longer available. Athletic Director Julie Hermann also announced that a record 30,927 season tickets have been sold and there are no more available. Small quantities of single-game tickets are still available for fans who want to attend the Michigan and Wisconsin games along with the remaining home games, including the home opener against Howard. Student tickets will be distributed on a single-game basis through the Scarlet Lottery for all 2014 home football games. Seating capacity for High Point Solutions Stadium is 52,

  • SEC: Commissioner recovering from back surgery

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive will have to watch games on the league's new network for opening week. The SEC announced on its Twitter page Thursday that Slive had successful back surgery two days earlier. The league says he had experienced back pain for several weeks and that Slive will watch games from home this weekend. The 74-year-old Slive has been commissioner since July 2002. He helped spearhead the partnership with ESPN to form the SEC Network, which debuted recently. Its first football game was South Carolina-Texas A&M Thursday night. Slive has also been a strong voice in the power 5 conferences' push for autonomy.