College Football News and Notes Week 14

College Football News and Notes Week 14

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STARS

-Erik Ainge, Tennessee, threw for a career-high 397 yards and seven touchdowns and the Volunteers beat Kentucky 52-50.

-Matt Ryan, Boston College, threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns to help the Eagles beat Miami 28-14.

-Tim Tebow, Florida, threw three touchdown passes, ran for two scores carrying the 12th-ranked Gators to a 45-12 victory over Florida State.

-Allen Patrick, Oklahoma, ran for a career-best 202 yards and two touchdowns and the Sooners beat Oklahoma State 49-17.

-Patrick White, West Virginia, rushed for 186 yards and accounted for three touchdowns to lead the Mountaineers to a 66-21 win over No. 20 Connecticut.

-Paul Smith, Tulsa, threw for 441 yards and five touchdowns and ran for another score to lead the Golden Hurricane to a 48-43 win over Rice.

-Chase Daniel, Missouri, threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns as the third-ranked Tigers beat No. 2 Kansas 36-28.

CLOSE CALL

Tennessee's Antonio Reynolds stuffed quarterback Andre Woodson's 2-point conversion attempt in the fourth overtime to secure a 52-50 victory against Kentucky. The Volunteers earned a shot at LSU in next week's SEC title game by beating the Wildcats for the 23rd straight time, the longest active winning streak by one team over another in the major college football. Tennessee and Georgia finished tied atop the East, but the Volunteers earned the title thanks to their 35-14 win over the Bulldogs on Oct. 6.

GGGRRREAT

Missouri's Chase Daniel threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns and the third-ranked Tigers ruined No. 2 Kansas' unbeaten season with a 36-28 victory in the biggest game either school has played. The Tigers, the Big 12 North champions, will head to San Antonio for a date in the Big 12 championship game with No. 10 Oklahoma, the only team to beat them this season.

MOUNTAIN MEN

Pat White rushed for 186 yards and accounted for three touchdowns to lead the Mountaineers to a 66-21 win over No. 20 Connecticut on Saturday night, clinching the Big East championship and a spot in the Bowl Championship Series. The Mountaineers compiled a season-high 517 yards on the ground. White and Steve Slaton became only the third pair of teammates in the Football Bowl Subdivision to surpass 1,000 yards rushing in consecutive seasons, matching Arkansas' Darren McFadden and Felix Jones this year and Minnesota's Marion Barber III and Laurence Maroney in 2003-04.

TIM TERRIFIC

Florida's Tim Tebow threw three touchdown passes, ran for two scores and carried the 12th-ranked Gators to a 45-12 victory over Florida State. Tebow led the Gators to touchdowns on four of their first five possessions, helping extend Florida's dominance in the series. The Gators have won four in a row, the longest streak since winning their sixth straight in 1986. Tebow's second rushing touchdown gave him 22 for the season, tying the NCAA record for a quarterback. Chance Harridge of Air Force also had 22 in 2002.

FLYING HIGH

Matt Ryan threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns to send the Eagles into the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game with a 28-14 win. It was Boston College's first victory over Miami since the 1984 ''Hail Flutie'' pass that ended one of the greatest games in college football history. The win snapped a 15-game losing streak against Miami.

UPSET SPECIAL

Freshman Kai Forbath kicked three field goals, including a career-long 54-yarder, and UCLA beat No. 9 Oregon's 16-0, to hand the Ducks their first shutout loss in more than 22 years.

SNAPPED

Boston College beat Miami 28-14, ending a 15-game losing streak against the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes failed to qualify for a bowl game for the first time in 10 years. ... Wake Forest beat Vanderbilt 31-17 ended its four-game losing streak against the Commodores.

STAYING ALIVE

Armanti Edwards' 5-yard touchdown run with just over a minute left put Appalachian State ahead, and its defense preserved the win with a late fumble recovery in a 28-27 win over James Madison in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. The Mountaineers, who started with the season with a stunning win at Michigan, kept their season alive with late-game heroics after a surprising move by James Madison coach Mickey Matthews. Facing a fourth-and-1 from its own 32, Matthews decided to go for it. Quarterback Rodney Landers was stopped for no gain, giving the Mountaineers the ball with 2:35 left.

SETTING RECORDS

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford set an NCAA freshman record for touchdown passes in a season. He had four scoring passes to give him 32 this year in the Sooners 48-17 victory over Oklahoma State. Nevada's David Neill (1998) and Texas' Colt McCoy (2006) held the old record with 29. ... Tim Hiller threw for 276 yards and one touchdown, becoming the first sophomore in Western Michigan history to surpass 3,000 passing yards in one season and leading the Broncos to a season-ending 16-3 victory over Temple. Hiller finished the season with 3,021 passing yards, No. 3 in school history behind Tim Lester, who had 3,639 yards in 1999 and 3,311 in '98. ... Chadron State rallied from a 29-point fourth-quarter deficit, to beat Abilene Christian 76-73 in triple overtime, in the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. The 149 points were the most in Division II playoff history.

STREAKS


Tennessee beat Kentucky 52-50 in four overtimes. It was No. 19 Tennessee's 23rd straight win over the Wildcats. ... No. 8 Virginia Tech beat Virginia 33-21. The Hokies won their fourth straight in the series and eighth in the last nine meetings. ... No. 6 Georgia stretched its winning streak to seven in a row over Georgia Tech with a 31-17 victory Saturday. ... BYU won its 15th straight Mountain West game, and clinched its second consecutive outright Mountain West Conference championship. The Cougars haven't lost an MWC game since a 41-34 overtime loss to Utah, two years ago. ... The 25th-ranked Auburn Tigers played stingy defense in a 17-10 win over Alabama that extended their winning streak in the bitter rivalry to a school-record six games.

STRONG IN DEFEAT

Kentucky's Andre Woodson threw for 430 yards and six touchdowns, in Kentucky's 52-50 loss to Tennessee. ... Rice's Chase Clement completed 40 of 66 passes for 541 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-43 loss to Tulsa. ... Syracuse's Andrew Robinson threw for 419 yards and three TDs in a 52-31 loss to Cincinnati. ... Abilene Christian's Bernard Scott ran for 303 yards and five touchdowns and caught four passes for 80 yards and a TD in a 76-73 triple-overtime loss to Chadron State.

TWO OF A KIND

Kevin Smith ran for 219 yards and a touchdown to surpass 2,000 yards for the season in Central Florida's 36-20 win over UTEP. Smith leads the nation with 2,164 yards rushing, the fourth-highest total in Division I-A (now called Bowl Subdivision) history. Only Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders (2,628 in 1988), USC's Marcus Allen (2,342 in 1981) and Iowa State's Troy Davis (2,185 in 1996) are ahead of Smith on the single-season list. Matt Forte of Tulane went over 2,000 yards rushing last week and finished the season with 2,127. Forte and Smith are the 12th and 13th players to run for at least 2,000 yards in a season in major college football history.

SPEAKING

''It was a great college football game, but the way I look at it, the wrong team ended up winning. The streak lives.''-Kentucky coach Rich Brooks after the Wildcats' 52-50 four-overtime loss to Tennessee. The Volunteers earned a shot at LSU in next week's SEC title game by beating the Wildcats for the 23rd straight time, the longest active winning streak by one team over another in the major college football.


''We could not get him down. If he doesn't win the Heisman Trophy, it's because of the sophomore thing. But if he doesn't, he should win the next two years.''-Florida State's Bobby Bowden on Tim Tebow after the Seminoles 45-12 loss to Florida. The sophomore quarterback threw three touchdown passes, and ran for two more scores. Tebow tied the major college record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (22). Chance Harridge of Air Force also had 22 in 2002.

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Saturday's NCAAF Top 25 recaps
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No. 16 Boston College 28, Miami 14

BC will play in the conference title game Dec. 1 in Jacksonville, Fla., against Virginia Tech. The Hurricanes failed to qualify for a bowl game for the first time in 10 years.

No. 8 Virginia Tech 33, No. 15 Virginia 21

Virginia Tech won the biggest game in the history of its rivalry with Virginia 33-21 on Saturday to advance to the ACC championship game.

No. 23 Brigham Young 17, Utah 10

Harvey Unga ran 11 yards for a touchdown with 38 seconds left as No. 23 Brigham Young rallied to beat Utah 17-10 Saturday, clinching a second consecutive outright conference title.

No. 19 Tennessee 52, Kentucky 50, OT

Tennessee's 23rd straight win over the Wildcats handed the Volunteers the division title and a shot at LSU in next week's SEC title game.

No. 3 West Virginia 66, No. 21 Connecticut 21

Pat White rushed for 186 yards and accounted for three touchdowns to clinch the Big East championship and a spot in the Bowl Championship Series.

No. 7 Georgia 31, Georgia Tech 17

Georgia won't get a chance to play for the Southeastern Conference championship. At least the Bulldogs still have their state title.

UCLA 16, No. 10 Oregon 0


Down to a pair of redshirt freshmen to play quarterback, Oregon's hopes of returning to Pasadena to play in the Rose Bowl game on New Year's Day came to an end.

No. 9 Oklahoma 49, Oklahoma State 17

Allen Patrick passed the century mark for the first time since September and also caught a touchdown pass in easily his best game of the season.

No. 22 Clemson 23, South Carolina 21

Mark Buchholz hit a 35-yard field as time expired to give No. 22 Clemson a 23-21 victory over South Carolina and leave Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier with the longest losing streak of his college career.

No. 14 Florida 45, Florida State 12


Tim Tebow threw three touchdown passes, ran for two scores and carried the 14th-ranked Gators to a 45-12 victory over the Seminoles on Saturday night.

No. 4 Missouri 36, No. 2 Kansas 28

Chase Daniel threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns and the fourth-ranked Tigers ruined No. 2 Kansas' unbeaten season Saturday night with a 36-28 victory in the biggest game either school ever played.

No. 25 Auburn 17, Alabama 10

Brandon Cox scored on a 1-yard sneak with 3:58 left and the 25th-ranked Tigers played stingy defense in a 17-10 win over Alabama that extended Auburn's winning streak in the bitter rivalry to a school-record six games.

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Memphis accepts invitation to New Orleans bowl to play Sun Belt champ
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Memphis Tigers accepted a bid to the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday night, putting the Tigers in postseason for the fourth time in the last five seasons.

Memphis (6-5, 5-2 Conference USA) will face the champion of the Sun Belt Conference, either Troy or Florida Atlantic, on Dec. 21 at the Superdome.

The Tigers won the New Orleans Bowl in 2003, beating North Texas 27-17.

Memphis had been to only one bowl game in its history, the 1971 Pasadena Bowl against San Jose State, before 2003.

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Tebow injures hand against FSU
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Florida quarterback Tim Tebow has a broken right hand and will be in a cast for at least two weeks.

The Heisman Trophy hopeful sustained a non-displaced fracture in his non-throwing hand during his 5-yard touchdown run on the opening drive of the third quarter against Florida State, team spokesman Steve McClain said Sunday.

Team doctors looked at his hand and did some tests on the sideline, but Tebow said he was OK to play and stayed in the game.

X-rays following Florida's 45-12 victory revealed the severity of injury.

The Gators (9-3) probably will play in either the Capital One Bowl in Orlando or the Outback Bowl in Tampa on New Year's Day, and they expect Tebow to be back in time to play.

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Lubick set to leave Colorado State
November 25th, 2007

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Colorado State head coach Sonny Lubick is reportedly ready to leave the school.

The Denver Post reported that Lubick is negotiating a buyout with the school with just two issues, Lubick's role at Colorado State and the fate of his assistant coaches, to be hammered out.

Lubick's current deal contains a clause that says if he retires he can stay on with the school in a fundraising capacity.

Lubick has a 108-74 record in 15 seasons at Colorado State and is the school's all-time winningest coach. He piloted the Rams to nine bowl games and six conference titles.

But, the Rams were just 3-9 this season after Friday's 36-28 win over Wyoming.

Lubick has two years remaining on a deal that was extended in 2006.

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Show me No. 1; Mizzou reaches top spot for first time in 47 years
November 25th, 2007

New York, NY (Sports Network) - Missouri is the new No. 1 in the latest Associated Press college football poll.

The Tigers, who became the fourth team this season to occupy the top spot, reached No. 1 for just the second time in school history, one day after beating Big 12 rival Kansas, 36-28, to earn a berth in the conference championship game.

Missouri, who also reached No. 1 in 1960 but stayed there for just one week, faces Oklahoma on Saturday, just one win away from playing in the BCS championship game on January 7.

West Virginia moved up to No. 2 , the school's highest ranking ever, after a 66-21 thrashing of Connecticut earned them the Big East title.

Ohio State, Georgia and former No. 1, LSU, rounded out the top five. LSU fell to unranked Arkansas, 52-50, in an overtime thriller to end any BCS championship hope.

The rest of the top 10 featured Virginia Tech at No. 6, followed by Kansas, Southern California, Oklahoma and Florida.

The only unbeaten team in major college football, Hawaii, moved up to No. 11 after downing Boise State 39-27 to win the Western Athletic Conference championship.

No. 12 Boston College faces Virginia Tech for the Atlantic Coast Conference title next week while Arizona State was at No. 13 followed by Tennessee and Illinois.

Clemson, Texas, Oregon, Wisconsin and Cincinnati finished the top 20 while the final five spots were taken by BYU, Virginia, Auburn, Boise State and South Florida.

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Houston headed to Texas Bowl
November 25th, 2007

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - The University of Houston accepted a bid to represent Conference USA in the 2007 Texas Bowl Sunday.

Texas Bowl officials offered the Cougars the bid following Houston's impressive 59-6 win over Texas Southern. At 8-4 this season, including a 6-2 record in Conference USA, Houston is enjoying its third consecutive winning season and will be making its third consecutive bowl appearance.

Last year, Houston claimed the Conference USA title and faced the University of South Carolina in the Liberty Bowl.

"We are so pleased to have the Cougars in the Texas Bowl this season and we look forward to hosting them and their fans at Reliant Stadium," said Texas Bowl director David Brady. "With over 37,000 tickets already sold for the game, this is a great chance for a lot of Houston football fans to see an exciting hometown team. It is also a great chance for Cougar fans and alumni to experience their team in a great bowl game without having to leave Houston."

The 2007 Texas Bowl will be played on Friday, December 28 at Reliant Stadium.

The Texas Bowl is in just its second year of existence after the NCAA awarded the bowl to the city of Houston in June of 2006. Rutgers defeated Kansas State, 37-10, in the inaugural Texas Bowl last December.

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Texas A&M names Gary Darnell interim head coach

College Station, TX (Sports Network) - Texas A&M announced Saturday that defensive coordinator Gary Darnell has been named the interim head coach, one day after Dennis Franchione announced his resignation.

Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne made the announcement Saturday that Darnell would start preparing the Aggies for a bowl game.

Darnell has served as defensive coordinator for the Aggies the past two seasons. He served as the head coach at Western Michigan from 1997-2004.

"I have a great deal of faith in our staff and our players," Darnell said, one day after the Aggies upset 13th-ranked Texas. "The values and virtues they have learned throughout their career here at Texas A&M will help deal with this situation. They have a great deal of character. I know whatever bowl game we are rewarded with, they will prepare well and give great effort just like they displayed yesterday at Kyle Field in the win against Texas."

Darnell was the interim head coach at the University of Florida in 1989, posting a 3-4 mark in the final seven games that season. He was also head coach at Tennessee Tech (1983-85).

Franchione led the Aggies to a 7-5 overall record and 4-4 mark in the Big 12 this season. The school announced Franchione accepted a buyout of his contract.

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Southern Miss to represent C-USA in Dec. 22 Papajohns.com Bowl
November 24, 2007

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -Southern Mississippi accepted an invitation Saturday to the Papajohns.com Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., on Dec. 22.

The Golden Eagles out of Conference USA will play a team from the Big East Conference at Legion Field.

``I am proud of the accomplishments of this football team and we are excited about the opportunity to play a quality opponent from the Big East Conference,'' Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower said in a statement.

``This gives us an opportunity to play an opponent in close proximity to our fans so they can drive over and enjoy the game.''

The Big East representative is expected to be announced soon.

For Southern Miss (7-5), it will be its 10th bowl appearance in 11 seasons.

South Florida from the Big East beat East Carolina from C-USA 24-7 in last season's inaugural Papajohns.com Bowl.

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Five things to look for this week in college football:
November 26, 2007

1 It's UCLA at USC on Saturday at the Coliseum in a game that -- what's this? -- actually means something. USC earns the Rose Bowl berth with a win, and UCLA gets in with five losses if it wins and Arizona State loses. The Rose Bowl isn't supposed to play favorites in these matters, but we can't think of any reason it would be cheering for UCLA.

2 Don't relax yet, Hawaii. The Warriors moved up to No. 12 in the BCS, the position that assures them a major-bowl berth. One problem: The season is not over. Hawaii has to beat Washington in Honolulu on Saturday and hope it is still No. 12 on Sunday.

3 California needs to beat Stanford to clinch its first berth in the BCS title game. Oh, wait, that's how it was supposed to go. Instead, it's just another Big Game between mediocre cross-bay rivals that will make headlines only if one team can repeat the razzle-dazzle play that ended the game 25 years ago.

4 This year's "Backyard Brawl" between Pittsburgh and West Virginia will be the backyard bawl in Morgantown if the Mountaineers can't take care of business. West Virginia needs one lousy home win over a lousy 4-7 rival to secure a trip to the BCS national title game. No way West Virginia screws this up, right?

5 Put your paws together for Missouri over Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game if you don't want Ohio State to backdoor its way back into the BCS title game. But it's looking pretty good for Ohio State. Missouri hasn't defeated Oklahoma since 1998, and the Tigers suffered their only loss this year to the you-know-who Sooners.

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Texas A&M expected to make Sherman its football coach

Assuming there are no unforeseen snags, Mike Sherman is expected to be named the next head football coach at Texas A&M University, multiple sources told The Dallas Morning News on Sunday.

The school has called an 11 a.m. news conference today at the Bright Football Complex, A&M spokesman Alan Cannon said.

Sherman, 52, served as A&M's offensive line coach in the 1990s. He's currently the offensive coordinator for the NFL's Houston Texans. He declined to comment about the A&M opening after the Texans lost to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday in Cleveland.

Texans spokesman Tony Wyllie said he could not comment on Sherman's status.

Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville, believed to be one of the leading contenders for the A&M position, fell out of the running, a high-ranking university source said.

Tuberville has a $6 million buyout clause in his Auburn contract. A&M officials were not willing to pay that amount "just to talk to him," the university source said. A&M would then have to pay even more to lure Tuberville to College Station.

Tuberville told Auburn reporters Sunday that he will meet with the school's athletic director Jay Jacobs this week. Those talks could lead to a contract extension.

Dennis Franchione, who was 32-28 in five seasons at A&M, resigned Friday after the regular-season finale against Texas. At that time, A&M athletic director Bill Byrne said the school would conduct a "nationwide" search for Franchione's replacement.

That nationwide search simply took Byrne south on Highway 6 toward Houston.

Sherman was the school's offensive line coach from 1989 to '93. He left A&M for a one-year stint with UCLA then came back to coach the Aggies' linemen in 1995 and '96.

In 1997, Sherman left the college coaching ranks for the NFL when he became the tight ends coach for the Green Bay Packers. He became the team's head coach before the 2000 season.

Sherman led the Packers to five consecutive winning seasons from 2000 to 2004. The franchise won NFC North division titles in 2002, '03 and '04.

Injuries crippled the Packers in 2005. The team finished 4-12 and Sherman was fired shortly after the season. He landed with the Texans as the assistant head coach in 2006, and he became the offensive coordinator this season.

On Sunday after the Texans-Browns game, Sherman walked toward the team bus and tried to avoid reporters. He would not answer questions about A&M.

"We just lost a football game, and that's on my mind," Sherman told the Houston Chronicle.

Texans owner Bob McNair indicated Sherman would make a good choice for the Aggies.

"First, let me say that we don't want to lose Mike because he's a terrific coach," McNair told the Chronicle. "But I think A&M could search for a long time and not find a better candidate than Mike Sherman.

"We would highly recommend Mike for the job, and we'd wish him the best."

Sherman would be inheriting an A&M program that hasn't enjoyed a championship season since 1998. Since Sherman has A&M ties and understands the culture, he would be expected to lead a quick turnaround and make the Aggies competitive quickly.

Under Franchione, the school endured some embarrassing losses and had few exhilarating wins. Franchione, 56, was 19-21 in Big 12 play and 4-16 against ranked teams.

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Navy accepts invitation to Poinsettia Bowl
November 25th, 2007

San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - The United States Naval Academy announced the Midshipmen will play in the third annual San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Thursday, December 20 at Qualcomm Stadium.

Navy became bowl eligible by defeating North Texas, 74-62, on October 10. The Mids currently have a 7-4 record with their regular-season finale against Army set for December 1.

Navy downed Colorado State 51-30 at in the event's inaugural 2005 tilt. The trip to this year's Poinsettia Bowl will mark the first time in school history that Navy has gone to five straight bowl games and the third time they have played in San Diego.

"A beautiful setting in a Navy city at one of the finest football venues in the county has everyone excited," said Naval Academy director of athletics Chet Gladchuk. "Five bowls in a row is historic for the Academy and our congratulations to Coach Johnson, his staff, our players and the Brigade of Midshipmen for reaffirming that Navy is one of the finest football programs in the nation."

Navy's opponent will come from the Mountain West Conference.

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Vols RB Hardesty questionable against LSU
November 25, 2007

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer said he's concerned that running back Montario Hardesty may not be able to play Saturday against LSU in the Southeastern Conference championship.

Fulmer said Hardesty, who splits time in the backfield with starter Arian Foster, aggravated an ankle injury in Saturday's 52-50 win over Kentucky in four overtimes.

The sophomore sprained his ankle Oct. 27 against South Carolina, but did not miss any playing time. He entered Saturday's game averaging

The coach also said cornerback Brent Vinson may need shoulder surgery after the season is over, but will play Saturday against LSU in the Southeastern Conference championship.

Fulmer indicated that Vinson's shoulder popped out and back into place during the game Saturday, but said he expects the freshman will be able to play this weekend.

Defensive end Xavier Mitchell suffered a shoulder stinger against the Wildcats, but returned to play during the game.

"It's been a rugged season," Fulmer said. "Our kids have found toughness and resiliency and fought back and played sometimes with some pain."

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Southern Miss to represent C-USA in Dec. 22 Papajohns.com Bowl
November 24, 2007

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -Southern Mississippi accepted an invitation Saturday to the Papajohns.com Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., on Dec. 22.

The Golden Eagles out of Conference USA will play a team from the Big East Conference at Legion Field.

``I am proud of the accomplishments of this football team and we are excited about the opportunity to play a quality opponent from the Big East Conference,'' Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower said in a statement.

``This gives us an opportunity to play an opponent in close proximity to our fans so they can drive over and enjoy the game.''

The Big East representative is expected to be announced soon.

For Southern Miss (7-5), it will be its 10th bowl appearance in 11 seasons.

South Florida from the Big East beat East Carolina from C-USA 24-7 in last season's inaugural Papajohns.com Bowl.


Southern Miss coach Bower resigns

November 26, 2007

Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower has resigned, Sporting News has learned.

Bower has coached USM the past 17 years, posting a 119-82-1 mark. He won four Conference USA titles, the last coming in 2003.

The Golden Eagles went 7-5 overall and 5-3 in C-USA this year, finishing fourth in the East Division. It was Bowers' 14th straight winning season. USM has accepted a bid to this season's Papajohns.com Bowl, the school's ninth bowl in the last 10 years.

Bower spent 29 years with the program as a player, assistant and head coach.

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Duke to fire football coach Roof
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SN has learned head football coach Ted Roof will be fired at Duke. A press conference has been called for 2 p.m. ET to make it official.

The Blue Devils went 1-11 in 2007 and are 6-45 overall under Roof. The former All-American linebacker at Georgia Tech served as Duke's interim head coach for the final five games of 2003, and he was named the full-time coach at the end of the season.

Duke went winless in 2006 and has not won an ACC game since 2004. Under Roof, the Blue Devils beat archrival North Carolina only once, in 2003.

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Georgia Tech fires Gailey
November 26th, 2007

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Georgia Tech has reportedly decided to fire head football coach Chan Gailey, who has never had a losing season in his six years at the helm.

The school has called a news conference for Monday afternoon to discuss the future of the football program, but the Atlanta Journal-Constitution cited a source familiar with the situation as saying Gailey has been dismissed.

Georgia Tech wrapped up a 7-5 campaign on Saturday with a 31-17 loss to arch- rival Georgia. Gailey, despite an overall record of 44-32 at Tech, never beat the Bulldogs in six tries.

The Yellow Jackets won exactly seven games in five of Gailey's six seasons. Only last year differed with a mark of 9-5 that included a loss to Wake Forest in the ACC Championship Game.

Tech was also just 2-3 in bowl games under Gailey, who was under contract through the 2011 season.

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Missouri TE Coffman questionable for Big 12 title game
November 26, 2007

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -Missouri tight end Chase Coffman has an ankle injury and is questionable for Saturday's Big 12 championship game against No. 9 Oklahoma.

Coffman, the career leader in touchdown passes for the top-ranked Tigers, missed the second half of Missouri's 36-28 win over then-No. 2 Kansas this past Saturday.

``He will be in a boot until Wednesday morning, then he'll practice Wednesday and Thursday,'' coach Gary Pinkel said Monday on a conference call. ``We think he'll be back, but he would certainly be questionable at this time.''

Coffman is Missouri's third-leading receiver with 51 catches for 523 yards and seven touchdowns this season. He holds the school record with 20 TD catches.

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Stanford quarterback for Big Game up in the air because of Pritchard's injury
November 26, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh could make a quarterback change for this week's rivalry game against California after starter Tavita Pritchard was dinged up last week against Notre Dame.

Pritchard was replaced by T.C. Ostrander after being hit hard in the helmet by Notre Dame's Terrail Lambert in the third quarter of last Saturday's game. Pritchard returned briefly against the Irish after the hit, but Ostrander finished the 21-14 loss to the Fighting Irish.

Harbaugh said Monday that he would wait until watching both players practice before determining who would start for Stanford (3-8, 2-6 Pac-10) at quarterback Saturday against the Golden Bears (6-5, 3-5).

``We'll make that decision as the week progresses and we decide who gives us the best chance to win this game,'' Harbaugh said.

Pritchard complained of a headache after the game but Harbaugh said he had been cleared by the doctors to return to action after Ostrander left briefly following a hard hit to the elbow. Pritchard initially had his helmet taken away from him after his hit.

``He was asked a series of questions. The NFL and college football have an evaluation process that takes place after a hit and he passed that test,'' Harbaugh said. ``The doctors made the decision about two plays before T.C. took the helmet on the elbow that he would be available. Before we put him back in there, it was confirmed that he was available to go back in.''

Ostrander began the season as the No. 1 quarterback, starting the first four games before being sidelined after having a seizure. Pritchard came in and led the 24-23 upset over then-No. 2 Southern California and has started every game since.

The Cardinal have lost the last four games, scoring 46 points in the process, but Harbaugh praised Pritchard's performance during that stretch. Pritchard has completed 49.7 percent of his passes, with four touchdowns and nine interceptions.

``It's been good enough to win. It really has,'' he said. ``We've struggled offensively and that starts with me and goes through our offensive unit. We're struggling to move the ball to score points and that hasn't been Tavita's fault. We all take accountability and responsibility but it starts with me.''

Ostrander has completed 55.3 percent of his passes, with six touchdowns and three interceptions. Harbaugh stuck with him at the end of the game against Notre Dame and Ostrander almost led the drive for the tying score, but Evan Moore dropped a pass in the end zone in the final minute.

``I really liked the way T.C. was running the team, the way he was throwing, the way he was operating,'' Harbaugh said. ``I thought he had the hot hand. He made some good decisions and good throws.''

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Reports: Nutt finished at Arkansas
November 26, 2007

Sporting News staff report

Houston Nutt will not return as Arkansas' head football coach next season, according to the Fayetteville Morning News and ESPN.com. A news conference has been scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

Nutt, the second-longest tenured coach in the SEC, is 73-48 in 10 seasons at Arkansas, and he has led the Razorbacks to two appearances in the SEC title game.

After a controversial offseason that saw the defections of offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn and quarterback Mitch Mustain, Arkansas lost its first three conference games of 2007. But Arkansas beat No. 1 LSU in its final game of the regular season to finish 8-4.

Nutt will receive a settlement of approximately $3.5 million, according to ESPN.com.

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Doba out as Washington St. football coach
November 26, 2007

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Bill Doba will not return as football coach at Washington State after a 5-7 season in which the team missed going to a bowl game for a fourth consecutive year, a source in the athletics department told The Associated Press on Monday.

It was not immediately clear if he resigned or was fired. A formal announcement was scheduled.

Doba's departure, which was reported first by Sporting News' Tom Dienhart, comes after an emotional 42-35 win over archrival Washington on Saturday that gave him a 3-2 record against the cross-state rivals from Seattle.

Doba, 67, had a 30-29 record in five seasons at Washington State, which is based in Pullman. He is one of only a handful of coaches to have a winning career record at the Pacific 10 Conference school.

He had been on the hot seat all season, after the Cougars lost their final three games in 2006 to finish 6-6 and miss out on going to a bowl game.

The Cougars lost four games -- against Southern Cal, Arizona, Oregon and Oregon State -- by at least four touchdowns this season.

Doba did not become a head coach until the age of 62, when he replaced Mike Price.

Only a few WSU coaches own a winning record while coaching at least five seasons, led by O.E. Hollingbery (93-53 from 1926-1942) and Price (83-78 from 1989-2002).

Doba's best season was his first, when the Cougars were 10-3 in 2003 and beat Texas in the Holiday Bowl.

The following years the Cougars were 5-6, 4-7, 6-6 and 5-7. He was 17-25 in Pacific-10 games.

His 2006 team was 6-3 and ranked 25th in the nation, but lost its final three games to miss a bowl.

Critics grumbled that Doba's age and uncertain future hurt recruiting and fundraising for some $40 million in stadium improvements at Washington State.

Doba's salary is more than $500,000, but he is among the lowest paid coaches in the Pac-10.

Doba came to WSU in 1989 as linebacker coach when Price succeeded Dennis Erickson as head coach. He was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1994.

Price accepted the head job at Alabama after the Cougars had qualified for the Rose Bowl in the 2002 season, and Price and Doba coached together in that bowl game.

Doba's wife, Judy, died in April, 2006, after a four-year bout with ovarian cancer.

Doba is an Indiana native who was a longtime high school coach, then was an assistant at Indiana under Lee Corso, Purdue under Burtnett, and The Citadel under Charlie Taaffe before coming to WSU.

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