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  • Oklahoma football notebook: Running back Keith Ford to miss game at West Virginia, maybe more

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Ford will miss at least Saturday’s game against West Virginia after suffering a fractured fibula in Saturday’s game against Tennessee.

  • Huskies taking advantage of big plays

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    SEATTLE (AP) — If there's anything the Washington Huskies have proven through the season's first three games, it's that they have the ability to make big plays. John Ross is the prime example. The speedster wide receiver already has three touchdown receptions longer than 55 yards. Ross has had the ball in his hands 17 times this season and gained 465 all-purpose yards (27.4 yards per touch). That includes a 75-yard touchdown reception last Saturday in the Huskies' 44-19 win over Illinois, but doesn't include a 100-yard kickoff return in the same game that was negated by a penalty. "Speed kills, as you guys saw with John Ross on that deep ball," said receiver Jaydon Mickens, referring to the 75-yard touchdown play.

  • Missouri RBs Hansbrough, Murphy expected to play

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Running backs Russell Hansbrough and Marcus Murphy are expected to play when No. 18 Missouri hosts Indiana on Saturday. Coach Gary Pinkel said Monday that Hansbrough left the Tigers' 38-10 win against Central Florida on Saturday on the first play in the fourth quarter after feeling "dizzy." Murphy didn't play the final five minutes due to a mild ankle strain. Pinkel said both players could have re-entered but didn't because of Missouri's lead. The duo has combined for 462 of the team's 570 yards rushing this season and both are listed atop the depth chart. Pinkel also announced the dismissal of receiver Levi Copelin for an undisclosed reason. The sophomore was previously suspended for the se

  • Kentucky WR Johnson is SEC's Freshman of the Week

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky wide receiver Garrett Johnson's record-setting performance against Florida has earned Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week honors. Johnson had six receptions for a school freshman-record 154 yards in Saturday night's 36-30, three-overtime loss to the Gators. The Winter Garden, Florida, native caught touchdowns for 60 and 33 yards, the last of which put Kentucky ahead in the second half. The 5-foot-11, 176-pound Johnson is the first Kentucky freshman with two TD receptions in a game since Randall Cobb against Arkansas in 2008. His yardage was the most by a Wildcat since Cobb's 171 against Mississippi State in 2010. Kentucky (2-1) has a bye this weekend and will host Vanderbilt on

  • Louisville seeks improved QB play against FIU

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville coach Bobby Petrino's concerns about his quarterbacks' struggles were tempered by news of a personal loss for freshman signal-caller Reggie Bonnafon. The Cardinals coach opened Monday's news conference by announcing that Bonnafon's father, Wallace, had died. The school said that Wallace Bonnafon died from heart failure but did not provide and other details. Petrino, who said he spoke with Reggie Bonnafon before addressing the media, did not say what the quarterback's availability will be Saturday when Louisville (2-1) plays at Florida International (1-2). The coach asked that "everybody's prayers and thoughts go to Reggie and his family. ... It's certainly going to be a trying time.

  • Arkansas running back is SEC Player of the Week

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas running back Alex Collins has been named Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Collins was announced as the recipient of the weekly award by the SEC on Monday. Collings rushed for a career-high 212 yards and two touchdowns — including an 84-yard touchdown run — in Arkansas' 49-28 win at Texas Tech on Saturday. Collins is the first Razorback to win an SEC Player of the Week award this season and the first to receive SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors since receiver Cobi Hamilton was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 24, 2012.

  • No. 1 Florida State set to host No. 22 Clemson

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Clemson has not forgotten the debacle that took place against Florida State on its home turf last season. The Tigers were ranked No. 3 in the nation and the No. 5 Seminoles went to Death Valley and handed Clemson its worst home loss since the series began in 1970. Florida State used the 51-14 drubbing as a launching pad to a national championship and the Tigers were humiliated in front of a national television audience. The teams meet again Saturday night — this time in Tallahassee with the Seminoles ranked No. 1 and Clemson 22nd. The Atlantic Coast Conference rivalry game could provide another defining moment for both programs.

  • LSU expects Miss. St. to be toughest matchup yet

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The eighth-ranked LSU Tigers are bracing for what they expect to be their stiffest challenge yet when unbeaten Mississippi State visits Tiger Stadium this weekend. LSU has allowed opposing quarterbacks just a 40 percent completion rate for 94 yards per game. But the Bulldogs have scored at least 35 points in three season-opening victories. Of particular concern to LSU is dynamic Bulldogs quarterback Dak Prescott, a northwest Louisiana native who played at Haughton High School. Prescott has completed 60 percent of his passes for nearly 700 yards and nine touchdowns.

  • Virginia tries to maintain edge vs. No. 21 BYU

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Henry Coley has seen the last two senior classes in a row leave Virginia's football program disappointed, and the senior linebacker doesn't want to be next. With No. 21 BYU up next, the Cavaliers senior co-captain Coley gave his teammates about 20 hours to celebrate their second consecutive victory, then he reached out to coach Mike London to set up a players-only meeting. "I just wanted the guys not to be complacent and not to be comfortable in the skin that they're in because we still have a long way to go," Coley said Monday of why he called Sunday's "captain's meeting." ''There's a lot of things that still did not go right on Saturday that could make us a better team.

  • ASU's Graham, Anderson donate $500,000 each

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Todd Graham spent three years trying to prove Arizona State was a destination for him after years of job hopping, saying all the right things, turning around the football program with a disciplined approach. His latest move put an exclamation point on his efforts and may, finally, put an end to the will-he-stay argument. Graham and his wife, Penni, joined athletic director Ray Anderson and his wife, Buffie, in donating $500,000 each to Sun Devil Athletics Momentum, a fundraising effort for the estimated $225 million renovation of Sun Devil Stadium.

  • Griz 4th, Bobcats 14th in Sports Network poll

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana and Montana State football teams take on the top two ranked teams in the Football Championship Subdivision this weekend. The Grizzlies, ranked fourth in The Sports Network poll and third in the coaches' poll, travel to Fargo, North Dakota, to take on three-time defending national champion North Dakota State. Montana State, which is ranked 14th by the media and 16th by the coaches, plays host to second-ranked Eastern Washington in a key nonconference matchup. There's also a top 10 matchup in the NAIA involving Montana teams this weekend. Fifth-ranked Rocky Mountain hosts No. 7 Carroll College on Saturday in Billings.

  • NFL takes a licking, but it just keeps on ticking

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    After a week that left more questions than answers, this we know with certainty — the NFL brand is scandal proof.

  • Oklahoma State football notebook: Desmond Roland becoming Mr. TD

    By John Helsley | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Since taking over as the primary running back midway through last year, Roland has 14 rushing touchdowns.

  • Rested No. 19 Badgers look to get Gordon going

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is rested after a bye week and ready to get star tailback Melvin Gordon going again. Gordon was held to 38 yards on 17 carries two weekends ago in the 19th-ranked Badgers' 37-3 win over Western Illinois after the lower-division school stacked the box. Gordon said Monday that he even got some good-natured grief from quarterback Tanner McEvoy after his teammate outrushed him. Coach Gary Andersen says he doesn't see Gordon putting extra pressure on himself, though Gordon gives himself a grade of "D'' to start the season. But Andersen is confident that Gordon and the running game will bounce back. Bowling Green is next for Wisconsin (1-1) this weekend at Camp Randall Stadium.

  • Illinois needs run game to ease pressure on Lunt

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — There was a moment Saturday against Washington when it looked like Illinois' run game might take off. Running back Josh Ferguson punched the ball up field for 21 yards over the first two plays of the second half. But at the end of the second play, the senior fumbled the ball. And just like that, the little bit of momentum the Illini desperately needed in a game they were losing was snuffed. The Illini rushed for just 72 yards in the 44-19 loss to the Huskies. It's been like that all season as Illinois (2-1) tries to develop some kind of credible running threat. Sometimes the problem is a fumble or a penalty, other times the failure by backs to see or trust the holes the line creates.

  • Group: Arkansas State should keep religious symbol

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — A law firm claiming to represent an Arkansas State football player says the school should return to its helmets a cross bearing the initials of a player and an equipment manager who recently died. At the suggestion of school lawyers, Arkansas State modified helmet decals last week. The memorial to former player Markel Owens and former equipment manager Barry Weyer is now a horizontal bar with the pair's initials. Liberty Institute said the player it represents fears punishment and wouldn't identify him. The group wants the decals restored by Wednesday. The school referred calls to the attorney general's office, which did not immediately comment. Owens died in January during a home invasion

  • Indiana stinging from defensive lapses

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Missed opportunities and the inability to get off the field on defense cost the Hoosiers against Bowling Green. After a promising performance in the season opener, Indiana's defense looked all too familiar on Saturday. On top of the 571 yards of total offense and 39 first downs allowed by the Hoosiers, Indiana totaled 11 penalties, costing them 143 yards. Despite their struggles, Indiana secured a three-point lead with 2:04 remaining in the game after a nine-play, 67-yard drive. Indiana's defense had an opportunity. The Hoosiers had a chance to make an early season statement. To prove this year's defense had what it takes to get a stop in crunch time and bring home a win.

  • Iowa St RT Gannon rejoins team

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State lineman Jacob Gannon has rejoined the Cyclones less than two weeks after quitting the team. Coach Paul Rhoads announced Gannon's return on Monday. Gannon says in a statement released by the school that he has been diagnosed with anxiety issues and is receiving treatment. Gannon opened the season as Iowa State's starting right tackle. But he left the team just days before a loss to Kansas State. Rhoads announced Gannon's return just hours after he said backup lineman Jacob Dunning would miss the rest of the season with a ruptured patella tendon. The Cyclones (1-2) next host No. 7 Baylor on Sept. 27.

  • Buckeyes take time off, then get set to take on UC

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After winning two of their first three games, including Saturday's 66-0 stroll past Kent State, No. 23 Ohio State enjoys a bye week. Well, enjoy might be a strong word. Coach Urban Meyer promised that the Buckeyes would work on fundamentals when they return from two days off to start this week. Really, last weekend's rout of the overmatched Golden Flashes wasn't much more than a hard practice, anyway. With the outcome never in doubt, lots of players saw action who might not on a typical Saturday while the starters were able to work on fine-tuning their games. In relatively short order, the Buckeyes will stop working on themselves so much and will set their sights on the Sept. 27 showdown ag

  • Oklahoma RB Keith Ford out vs West Virginia

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has raved all season about his team's three-headed monster at running back. His prized depth took its first on-the-field hit Saturday night. Stoops said Keith Ford will miss at least a week after breaking a leg bone in a win over Tennessee. Stoops said it is a small, slight fracture on the non-weight-bearing fibula that will keep him out of Saturday's game at West Virginia. "That'll be a week-to-week," said Stoops, who did not indicate which leg was injured. "That could be two weeks, three weeks, it's always a little bit hard to tell, depending on how it heals, so we'll just have to wait and see how that goes. For sure, he won't be able to play this week.