COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE/SCORES
Friday, Nov. 27
No. 13 Iowa State 23, No. 17 Texas 20
Liberty 45, UMass 0
No. 24 Iowa 26, Nebraska 20
No. 2 Notre Dame 31, No. 19 North Carolina 17
UCF 58, South Florida 46
Central Michigan 31, Eastern Michigan 23
Wyoming 45, UNLV 14
Stanford 24, Cal 23
Oregon State 41, No. 15 Oregon 38
Saturday, Nov. 28
Kentucky at No. 6 Florida | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Vanderbilt at Missouri | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Texas Tech at No. 23 Oklahoma State | 12 p.m. | FOX
Maryland at No. 12 Indiana | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
Penn State at Michigan | 12 p.m. | ABC
NC State at Syracuse | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
SMU at East Carolina | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
Georgia Southern at Georgia State | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
Northern Illinois at Western Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
Bowling Green at Ohio | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Kent State at Buffalo | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Ball State at Toledo | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
Miami (Ohio) at Akron | 1 p.m. | ESPN3
UTEP at Rice | 1 p.m. | ESPN3
No. 20 Coastal Carolina at Texas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Louisiana at UL Monroe | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
North Texas at UTSA | 3 p.m. | Stadium
South Alabama at Arkansas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
San Diego State at Colorado | 3 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
No. 22 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
Pittsburgh at No. 3 Clemson | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
No. 8 Northwestern at Michigan State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Troy at Appalachian State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Mississippi State at Ole Miss | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
San Jose State at Boise State | 4 p.m. | FOX
Rutgers at Purdue | 4 p.m. | FS1
Louisville at Boston College | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
San Diego State at Colorado | 5 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
LSU at No. 5 Texas A&M | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Kansas State at Baylor | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
Duke at Georgia Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Memphis at Navy | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Utah at Washington | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
No. 9 Georgia at South Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
TCU at Kansas | 8 p.m. | FS1
Arizona at UCLA | 8 p.m. | FOX
Virginia at Florida State | 8 p.m. | ACC Network
Nevada at Hawai’i | 11 p.m. | PPV
No. 4 Ohio State at Illinois — CANCELED
No. 7 Cincinnati at Temple — CANCELED
No. 11 Oklahoma at West Virginia — POSTPONED
Minnesota at No. 16 Wisconsin — CANCELED
Colorado at No. 18 USC — CANCELED
No. 24 Tulsa at Houston — POSTPONED
Florida Atlantic at Middle Tennessee — CANCELED
Louisiana Tech at FIU — CANCELED
Sunday, Nov. 29
Utah at Arizona State — CANCELED
TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#1 Gonzaga 90 Auburn 67
San Francisco 61 #4 Virginia 60
#8 Illinois 77 Ohio 75
#6 Kansas 94 St. Joe’s 72
#15 West Virginia 70 Western Kentucky 64
#14 Texas Tech 84 Sam Houston State 52
#17 Houston 68 Boise State 58
#22 UCLA 107 Pepperdine 98 3OT
#5 Iowa 103 Southern University 76
#24 Rutgers 96 Fairleigh Dickinson 75
#7 Wisconsin 92 Arkansas Pine Bluff 58
Xavier 76 Toledo 73
Prairie View 64 Evansville 61
Louisville 71 Seton Hall 70
Vanderbilt 77 Valparaiso 71
2A STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP (IHSAA RELEASE)
Western Boone’s late 38 yard FG lifts Stars to third consecutive state championship
Josiah Smith booted a 38-yard field goal with :07 left to lift Western Boone to a thrilling, 36-35 win over Fort Wayne Bishop Luers in the Class 2A championship game.
The Stars (11-4) scored 10 points in the final 1:36 of the contest to overcome a 35-26 deficit and claim their third-straight state title and 18th consecutive tournament victory.
The back-and-forth contest featured plenty of offense as the teams combined for 795 yards and 43 first downs in addition to the 71 points.
Luers (8-7) held a 21-13 lead at halftime. Behind the passing of quarterback Carson Clark, the Knights were able to take advantage of two Webo turnovers to build the nine-point lead after Clark connected for his second touchdown pass to Krashaun Menson (a 7-yarder) with 3:38 left.
Coach Justin Pelley’s Stars used a ball-control rushing attack to sustain their offense. Fullback Robby Taylor, who had a state-record 43 carries in the game, scored on a 1-yard run with 1:36 left to pull Webo within 35-33.
A failed onside kick seemed to spell doom for the Stars, but the defense came up with a three-and-out and forced a punt. Western Boone benefitted from a kick-catch interference penalty to give it a first down at its 46 with :39 left. Five plays later, Luers was flagged for pass interference giving the Stars a first down at the Knights’ 21. Smith, the son of former Colts punter Hunter Smith, came on to boot the game-winner.
Taylor finished with 210 yards and two scores, while Clark completed 17-of-21 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns. Glenn Brody caught six of those passes for 171 yards and a 78-yard touchdown.
Coach Kyle Lindsay’s Knights were making their first state finals appearance since 2012 and 16th overall.
Leffler’s record-tying 5 TD passes leads Roncalli to rout of Hobart
Roncalli quarterback Aiden Leffler threw five touchdown passes on his team’s first six drives to lead his team to a 49-7 win over Hobart in the Class 4A championship game.
Leffler tossed scoring passes of 4 and 17 yards in the first quarter, then added tosses of 50 and 15 yards to build a 28-0 lead at halftime. On the first play of the second half, Leffler hit Kyle Lockhard on a 51-yard TD pass (Lockhard’s third TD catch of the game) and the rout was on.
Leffler finished 12-of-16 passing for 200 yards and the five scores – which tied a 4A championship game record – without being intercepted.
Coach John Rodenburg’s Roncalli squad dominated the Brickies (11-3) in every phase. Roncalli (13-1) ran up 399 yards in offense – 200 passing and 199 rushing. Baron Huebler led the ground attack with 155 yards rushing and one touchdown run.
The Roncalli defense, meanwhile, shutout the Brickies until the final minute and held Hobart to less than 200 yards in offense.
The final Roncalli touchdown came on a 91-yard kickoff return by Dominic Brown after Hobart broke through with its only score, a 1-yard run by Tyler Turley. Turley led the Hobart offense with 138 yards rushing on 26 carries.
The title is the 10th (in 13 appearances) for Roncalli, while Hobart was making its 12th appearance in the finals, but the first since 1996 – a game Brickies coach Craig Osika played in.
Center Grove Rolls to 6A State Title, Perfect Season
A year after falling a step short of the Class 6A championship, Center Grove completed its climb to the top with a convincing, 38-14 win over Westfield.
Coach Eric Moore’s Trojans, who fell to Carmel in the 2019 title game, dominated the Shamrocks in every phase — especially in the first half as Center Grove roared to a 38-7 lead at halftime.
Center Grove (14-0) moved the ball at will on the ground and through the air on offense, while shutting down the potent Westfield attack that came into the final on a 12-game winning streak and averaging 36 points per game.
Junior quarterback Tayven Jackson completed nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns – both to receiver Trent Vieth, who recorded scoring catches of 73 and 10 yards. Senior running back Carson Steele closed his stellar career with 138 yards rushing on 31 carries and scoring twice.
The victory gives the Trojans, who were ranked No. 1 all season, their third state title in program history in six appearances.
Coach Jake Gilbert’s Shamrocks were making their first appearance in the Class 6A title game and fourth in program history overall. Junior quarterback Maximus Webster accounted for both Westfield touchdowns, hitting Mason Piening for a 38-yard TD pass and running in from four yards for the only score in the second half.
The Shamrocks finished at 12-2.
Saturday, Nov. 28
Class A State Championship (Venue cleared following awards ceremony)
11 am ET | South Adams (13-0) vs. Covenant Christian (14-0)
■ South Adams making school’s first trip to the football state finals
■ Covenant Christian playing in first football championship game
Class 3A State Championship (Venue cleared following awards ceremony)
3 pm ET | Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (12-1) vs. Danville (11-0)
■ Chatard chasing state record-extending 15th title
■ Danville playing in first championship game since 1999
Class 5A State Championship
7 pm ET | Zionsville (7-5) vs. Indianapolis Cathedral (12-1)
■ Zionsville making fourth championship appearance and first in 20 years
■ Cathedral making record 16th championship game appearance
BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Jay County 59 Winchester 55
With reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson under quarantine as part of an outbreak of COVID-19 that has ravaged the Baltimore Ravens, the team has turned its focus from breaking out of a slump to simply getting healthy and back to practice.
The Ravens have more than a dozen players on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and their training facility is closed to prevent the spread of the virus . Jackson tested positive this week and will not play against the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers next Tuesday night, a game that was originally scheduled for Thanksgiving night and postponed to Sunday before the NFL moved the game again.
The makeup for the makeup will be held at 8 p.m. ET and telecast nationally by NBC.
With that game moving to Tuesday, Baltimore’s game against Dallas, scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 3, will instead be played at 5 o’clock on Monday, Dec. 7 and telecast by FOX/NFL Net/Amazon.
The NFL also has ordered all team facilities not involving teams playing Monday or Tuesday to be closed on those days. The Eagles and Seahawks play Monday night, and the Ravens and Steelers play on Tuesday.
“We appreciate the efforts of the NFL and Pittsburgh Steelers throughout this process, while we all work to create an environment that keeps the health and safety of everyone involved at the forefront of each decision,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “Our organization has a plan in place, and we will be prepared to play the Steelers. We thank everyone for their adaptability and look forward to the challenge of facing a very good football team at Heinz Field on Tuesday night.”
Baltimore (6-4) will be decidedly short-handed against Pittsburgh (10-0).
Jackson, fullback Patrick Ricard, defensive tackle Justin Madubuike, and long snapper Morgan Cox were added to the COVID-19 list on Monday. They join quarterback Trace McSorley; running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins; defensive linemen Calais Campbell, Brandon Williams and Jihad Ward; linebacker Pernell McPhee; and centers Patrick Mekari and Matt Skura.
A year ago, the Ravens finished with the best regular-season record in the NFL behind the play of Jackson, who threw 36 touchdown passes and set a single-season record for yards rushing by a quarterback. Now Jackson is part of a massive breakdown by a team that couldn’t avoid COVID-19 in the midst of a season the NFL staged in the middle of a pandemic.
Baltimore’s problems started after an overtime loss to Tennessee on Sunday, the third defeat in four games for a team that has gone from a 5-1 start to scrambling to make the playoffs for a third straight year.
Ingram and Dobbins were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list the following day, starting a chain reaction that has decimated the roster.
Robert Griffin III is slated to start at quarterback for the Ravens on Tuesday against the Steelers. He will be taking snaps from a third-string center and handing off to backup running backs Gus Edwards and Justice Hill.
“We just want to contain this outbreak! Speaking from experience … you don’t want to catch COVID!,” Campbell wrote on Twitter. “This virus is brutal! I pray no one else has to go thru this. This is bigger than football.”
The Ravens have disciplined one of their staffers for failure to follow protocol, reportedly a strength and conditioning coach.
This isn’t the first time this season COVID-19 has toyed with Pittsburgh’s schedule.
The Steelers were scheduled to play Tennessee in Nashville on Sunday, Oct. 4. The league then pushed the game to either Monday or Tuesday. When the positive tests continued to roll in for the Titans, the NFL eventually moved the game to Sunday, Oct. 25, forcing the Steelers, in essence, to give up their scheduled bye initially set for Sunday, Nov. 1 – and finish the regular season by playing 13 consecutive weeks.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin stressed he was hardly concerned with the switch, saying emphatically “we do not care” when asked about the team’s routine being thrown off.
Pittsburgh has cruised along anyway, though the league’s last unbeaten team has been forced to deal with its own COVID-19 issues in recent weeks. Tight end Vance McDonald tested positive following a win over Dallas earlier this month. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and inside linebacker Vince Williams were among a handful of players forced to self-quarantine for five days due to contact tracing. Roethlisberger and Williams still ended up playing in what became a 36-10 rout of Cincinnati.
In a sign of just how pervasive COVID-19 has become, shortly after the league announced it was moving the contest to Tuesday, the Steelers placed defensive end Stephon Tuitt, offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins and defensive tackle Isaiah Buggs on the COVID-19 reserve/injured list.
Tuitt is in the middle of a career year. His seven sacks rank third on the team behind outside linebackers T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree.
Ian Book kept scrambling to buy time and help No. 2 Notre Dame put together multiple long touchdown drives. The Fighting Irish’s defense allowed little room for Sam Howell and No. 25 North Carolina’s potent offense to do the same.
Book threw for a score while the Fighting Irish defense locked down the Tar Heels for the final three quarters in a 31-17 victory on Friday. The win kept Notre Dame on course to earn a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
Both teams scored two first-quarter touchdowns and went into halftime tied at 17, only to see Notre Dame gradually take over in a performance coach Brian Kelly called “one of those road wins that really shows the mettle of your football team.”
“It felt like it was going to be a shootout in the beginning,” said Book, adding: “Our defense did an unbelievable job in the second half and gave us a lot of opportunities, and we were able to capitalize on it.”
Book threw for 279 yards and ran for 48 yards for the Fighting Irish (9-0, 8-0 ACC, No. 2 CFP), using his mobility and elusiveness to keep plays alive on a night when both offenses frequently faced long fields.
Receiver Ben Skowronek got Notre Dame its first lead with his 13-yard run around the right side midway through the third quarter. Kyren Williams ran for 124 yards — including a 47-yarder with about 5 1/2 minutes left as the Irish burned clock.
Williams closed that drive with his second rushing TD, a clinching 1-yarder with 1:20 left that kept the Fighting Irish alone atop the ACC standings ahead of No. 4 Clemson and No. 10 Miami. He also had a 4-yard scoring catch in the first quarter after Book corralled a low snap and scrambled to buy time before finding him on the right side.
More impressively, though, was a defensive effort that forced Howell and the high-scoring Tar Heels to work for every gain after the opening quarter.
UNC (6-3, 6-3, No. 19 CFP) sprinted to touchdowns on its first two drives, but Notre Dame surrendered only one field goal from there. The Tar Heels came in averaging 43 points and 563 yards, yet they were unable to protect Howell nor open running lanes for a pair of backs averaging better than 100 yards rushing each in Javonte Williams and Michael Carter.
UNC finished with a season-low 298 yards while Howell — one of the national leaders in passing yardage and touchdowns — threw for just 211 yards and a score. He also ran for a touchdown.
“You can’t rush for 87 yards and have six sacks and beat anybody, much less a really, really good football team,” UNC coach Mack Brown said. “So give Notre Dame credit. They’re really, really good. When they stepped up in the second half on defense, they really stepped up.”
Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish came in with a defense that ranked among the nation’s best by allowing just 85.1 yards rushing and 16.6 points. That unit came up big even after losing safety Kyle Hamilton to a first-half targeting call.
“They were scoring all over film, all over a bunch of teams,” linebacker Drew White said. “And so that just motivated our group as a unit to come into the game and just reinforce that we believe we’re the best defense in the country.”
UNC: Brown had said this game would be a measuring-stick opportunity for the Tar Heels. They got off to a fast start, but then struggled to sustain drives and finished with 173 yards after the first two scoring drives. That included being forced to punt on seven of eight drives before turning it over on downs in the final minute.
“They probably played more physical and harder than anybody since I’ve been here,” Howell said of Notre Dame’s defensive front.
The Fighting Irish are set to at least stand pat at No. 2, while the loss could knock UNC – which peaked at No. 5 in October – out of the poll for a second time.
The victory was Kelly’s 101st at Notre Dame in 11 seasons as coach, moving past Lou Holtz for second in school history to Knute Rockne’s 105.
Notre Dame improved to 29-3 with Book as a starter, matching a school record for victories with a starting quarterback. Brady Quinn, Ron Powlus and Tom Clements also started 29 victories for the Irish.
MOVING THE CHAINS
Playing on the field where he made his first career start three years ago, Book guided Notre Dame to four touchdown drives of at least 75 yards behind a reconfigured line that had lost two starters to injuries.
UNC had nine penalties for 90 yards, including an offsides call as Notre Dame lined up for a fourth-and-1 to extend the drive that ended with Skowronek’s TD.
This is the first time North Carolina has lost a game by a two-possession margin since Brown returned for a second stint leading the Tar Heels last season. The Tar Heels’ previous eight losses were all by seven or fewer points.
Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish host one-win Syracuse on Dec. 5 in their home finale.
UNC: The Tar Heels host Western Carolina on Dec. 5, their lone nonconference game added to replace a cancelled Sept. 19 visit from Charlotte.
No. 3 Ohio State’s game at Illinois on Saturday has been canceled because the Buckeyes have had a spike of COVID-19 cases this week, leaving the the Big Ten’s best team precariously close to being ineligible to play for the conference title.
The cancelation Friday night came about seven hours after Ohio State announced coach Ryan Day tested positive and wouldn’t travel with the team to Champaign, Illinois.
The team did not fly to Illinois as scheduled Friday night so additional COVID-19 testing could be conducted in Columbus, Ohio. The revised plan was to fly up Saturday morning for a noon ET kickoff.
After returning additional positive tests, Ohio State announced the game was called. The school did not reveal how many members of the program had tested positive as has been its policy all year.
Ohio State paused all activities for the football team.
“We have continued to experience an increase in positive tests over the course of this week,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement. “The health, safety and well-being of our student-athlete is our main concern, and our decisions on their welfare will continue to be guided by our medical staff.”
This is the second game of the Big Ten season Ohio State has had canceled. The first came after an outbreak at Maryland forced a postponement earlier this month. Despite playing only four games so far, the Buckeyes (4-0) were fourth in the first College Football Playoff rankings released earlier this week.
Big Ten rules require teams to play at least six game in this abbreviated season to be eligible to play in the conference championship game. The minimum could drop if the average number of games played by all Big Ten teams falls below six (an average above 5.0 will be rounded up to six).
In that case the minimum number of games required to be eligible for the championship game would be two fewer than the average.
The Big Ten has 18 games remaining, including four Saturday. More than half of those games would have to be canceled for the minimum number of games to qualify for conference championship to drop below six.
Ohio State has only two game remaining on its regular-season schedule: at Michigan State on Dec. 5 and home against Michigan on Dec. 12. The Big Ten championship game is Dec. 19.
The Big Ten started its season the weekend of Oct. 24 and scheduled no open dates for makeups in its eight-week, regular-season schedule.
No. 18 Wisconsin already has lost three games after Minnesota canceled earlier this week because of a COVID-19 outbreak. That will leave the Badgers, the Big Ten West favorites, with only five regular-season games at most.
Day is the 19th major-college football coach this year to publicly acknowledge testing positive for the virus, including Alabama’s Nick Saban earlier this week.
Also on Friday, the Southeastern Conference announced a series of scheduling moves to make up games on Dec. 5 that had been previously postponed, including Alabama at LSU.
The Tide and Tigers were scheduled to play on Nov. 14, but LSU could not because of a lack of players available due to COVID-19.
Arkansas at Missouri will also be made up on Dec. 5. The Razorbacks were forced to postpone their game with the Tigers this week. Missouri instead was scheduled to play a makeup game with Vanderbilt.
Alabama at Arkansas, Mississippi at LSU and Missouri at Mississippi State still need to be rescheduled.
Alabama at Arkansas could be played on Dec. 12, the week before the SEC championship game.
LSU already has a game with Florida scheduled for Dec. 12, but it could play Ole Miss on the day of the SEC championship game, which the conference is using to make up regular-season games not involving the division winners.
Across college football, 16 of the 58 games originally scheduled for this week have been postponed or canceled, though some replacements have been added.
Utah will visit Washington after its scheduled Pac-12 opponents could not play, and San Diego State will play at Colorado in a nonconference game after Southern California could not play the Buffaloes.
Taking his first college snap after starting quarterback Tristan Gebbia limped off, Chance Nolan scored on a 1-yard, fourth-down run with 33 seconds left to give Oregon State a 41-38 upset victory over No. 9 Oregon on Friday night.
Jermar Jefferson ran for 226 yards and two touchdowns to help the Beavers (2-2) win their second straight game. Jefferson has run for at least 100 yards in each of Oregon State’s four games and is on pace to hit 1,000 despite the short season.
Jefferson said the win meant “everything” because of losses to the Ducks in his first two seasons. He said he studied hard for the game.
“I really don’t feel like I get the recognition I deserve,” he said. “I’ve just got to put my head down and keep working hard. I’ve been underrated my whole life, so I’m used to it.”
Oregon (3-1) had won six in a row and three straight over the rival Beavers. The loss dashed any slim hopes the Ducks had of a spot in the College Football Playoffs. The Ducks were ranked No. 15 in the first CFP rankings released Tuesday.
Gebbia threw for 263 years and a score and had a touchdown run during the foggy game at Reser Stadium. While no fans were allowed in the game, cars passing near the stadium honked for the home team in the aftermath.
Oregon State’s last win over a ranked team came in 2014 when the Beavers downed No. 7 Arizona State.
Tyler Shough threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns, but also had two interceptions, for Oregon.
“Got to finish games,” Ducks coach Mario Cristobal said. “We didn’t finish it.”
It was the 124th edition of the rivalry that dates to 1894. This summer amid racial injustice protests nationwide, both schools decided to drop the “Civil War” nickname.
Gebbia scored on a 1-yard keeper early in the fourth quarter to pull Oregon State to 31-26.
Oregon State intercepted Shough on the ensuing drive and got the ball on the Oregon 33. Gebbia found Kolby Taylor with a 31-yard pass before Jefferson scored on a 2-yard run. Gebbia’s keeper on the two-point conversion gave Oregon State a 34-31 lead.
An Oregon State penalty helped the Ducks on their drive, capped by Cyrus Habibi-Likio’s 1-yard dash into the end zone, to give Oregon back the lead with 8:27 left.
After the teams traded possessions that ended on downs, the Beavers got one more chance. Gebbia hit Taylor with two passes on the drive, putting the Beavers on the Oregon 6.
Gebbia appeared to score but the officials put the ball on the 1 on third down. Gebbia ran again, and limped to the sideline while the play was under review. Oregon was offside, but no penalty was called. That set up Nolan’s touchdown run on fourth down on the only play of his college career.
“It means a lot to a lot of people, not just the guys sitting in the locker room,” Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith said. “It’s too bad Reser Stadium could not be filled right now and have a win like that because it means so much to so many people, especially our in-state kids.”
Smith said it appeared Gebbia injured his hamstring.
Jaylon Redd scored on a 37-yard run on Oregon’s first drive of the game, but Jefferson answered for the Beavers with an 82-yard touchdown run, a career long.
Shough scored on a 1-yard keeper to put Oregon back in front. After an Oregon State field goal, Devon Williams caught Shough’s 60-yard touchdown pass on a second-and-21 play.
Trailing 21-13 after another field goal, Oregon State tried to convert on fourth-and-3 and failed, giving the Ducks the ball on the Beavers’ 44. The drive ended with Henry Katleman’s 33-yard field goal.
Gebbia’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Zeriah Beason closed the Beavers to 24-18 but a two-point conversion failed. Oregon scored on Shough’s 4-yard scoring pass to Hunter Kampmoyer to pull away again before Gebbia’s 1-yard keeper narrowed the gap to 31-26 early in the final quarter.
“It hurts for sure. One of the worst feelings on earth is losing,” Shough said. “We’re just going to take it and learn from it.”
The Ducks held off UCLA and former coach Chip Kelly 38-35 last Saturday. The Beavers were coming off their first win, a 31-27 victory over California last weekend. Jefferson ran for 196 yards and a touchdown.
Oregon: Freshman linebacker Noah Sewell, who was carted off the field with what appeared to be a scary injury last weekend, played for the Ducks. … The Ducks won 24-10 last year en route to the Pac-12 championship game and the Rose Bowl. … Oregon holds a 66-48-10 advantage in the series.
Oregon State: Jefferson, who struggled with injuries last season after winning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors in 2018, has run for 75 or more yards on his first carry in the past two games. … Jefferson’s rushing yards were the most of any player in the rivalry series. … Oregon State had lost 15 straight games to teams ranked in the AP Top 25
Oregon plays at Cal next weekend. The Golden Bears fell 24-23 to rival Stanford in the Big Game earlier Friday.
Oregon State is at Utah next weekend. The Utes were supposed to play Arizona State on Sunday, but that game was cancelled, so instead they’re heading to Seattle to play Washington. The Huskies were originally scheduled to play in the Apple Cup on Friday, but that game was also canceled.
Iowa State didn’t fret or panic while trailing Texas for nearly an entire game Friday.
Instead, the Cyclones looked like a program with championship DNA in the fourth quarter, despite not having won a conference title in more than 100 years.
Breece Hall scored on a 3-yard run with 1:25 remaining, and No. 15 Iowa State held off a last-minute drive by Sam Ehlinger and No. 20 Texas to remain in first place in the Big 12 with a 23-20 victory Friday.
“We don’t ever flinch,” Cyclones safety Greg Eisworth said. “That really is the truth.”
After Iowa State sacked Ehlinger on third down, Texas’ Cameron Dicker barely missed left with a 58-yard field goal attempt as time expired.
The Cyclones (7-2, 7-1) have almost locked up a spot in the Big 12 championship game for the first time with their second victory ever against Texas in Austin. Upstart Iowa State has beaten the blue blood Longhorns in consecutive seasons for the first time in 18 meetings.
“We always say it’s a five-star culture vs. five-star players,” Hall said. “We don’t always get the best players … We want to be in games like this where it comes down to physicality and hard work. So today, us and our defense, just kept playing and we came out with a great result.”
Hall gained 91 yards on 20 carries, his first game under 100 this season, but had 30 on the final 69-yard touchdown drive. Quarterback Brock Purdy connected with tight ends Charlie Kolar and Dylan Soehner for the other 39 yards.
“When we needed to make plays, and that’s what really good teams do, we made them,” coach Matt Campbell said.
Iowa State trailed 20-16 early in the fourth quarter after a bad two-play sequence for Texas (5-3, 4-3) helped the Cyclones get a field goal by Connor Assalley.
First, the Longhorns came up 3 yards short throwing the ball on a fake punt on fourth-and-8. Then Purdy found Kolar for 44 yards. A holding penalty by the Cyclones forced them to settle for the Assalley’s field goal to make it 20-16.
“The thinking on the fake punt was that we’d worked on it for two weeks and knew it was there,” Texas coach Tom Herman said. “They did a good job defending.”
Ehlinger was also were stopped inches short on a fourth-and-2 at the Iowa State 13 with 8:05 left in the fourth quarter when a field goal would have made it a seven-point game.
“The analytics said to go for it,” Herman said. “If you wind up converting and score a touchdown, you go up by 11. That’s two scores.”
Purdy completed 25 of 36 for 312 yards and one touchdown. Kolar made six receptions for 131.
Ehlinger was 17 of 29 for 298 yards and one touchdown in what could be his final home game for the Longhorns. Ehlinger and Brennan Eagles set up touchdowns in the first and third quarters, connecting for 59 and 45 yards.
“We still haven’t played a great game where both sides of the ball were playing really well,” Ehlinger said. “That’s frustrating. I’m confused. That much talent, we can’t put it all together.”
Iowa State: The Cyclones have never won a championship in the Big 12 or their previous league, the Big Eight. Iowa State’s last conference title came in 1912.
The Cyclones have not secured a spot in the Big 12 championship game, but a victory against West Virginia next week or another loss by Oklahoma State could seal it.
Iowa State, a perennial also ran for decades, might play for the title in Campbell’s fifth season. “That’s why I came here,” Purdy said. “Coach Campbell talked to me, what he envisioned this program to be, and I believed in it.”
Texas: The Longhorns have not been eliminated from the Big 12 race, but it’s real close with two games to play. They have not won a Big 12 title since 2009. Herman was asked if he is the right man for the job. “That’s not for me to decide,” Herman said. “I feel like where we have the program right now, compared to where it was when we took over, the future is very bright.”
Said Ehlinger, “I don’t think it’s ever fully on the coaching. That’s the million dollar question everybody’s been trying to figure out for the last 10 years.”
Iowa State has a chance to move up after a nice win on the road.
Texas will fall, perhaps out of the top 25.
TEXAS HONORS WHITTIER
Texas unveiled a 12 1/2-foot statue of Julius Whittier, the school’s first Black football letterman in 1970, at an entrance to Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Whittier later graduated from UT law school. He died in 2018.
Iowa State plays host to West Virginia on Dec. 5 to finish the regular season.
Texas faces Kansas State on the road on Dec. 5 and is goes to Kansas on Dec. 12.
San Francisco shocked No. 4 Virginia on Friday, scoring the biggest upset of the young college basketball season and the program’s biggest win in decades.
Jamaree Bouyea scored 19 points and the Dons used a late 8-0 run to beat the Cavaliers 61-60 in the Homelight Classic, part of the “Bubbleville” event at the Mohegan Sun arena in Connecticut.
Khalil Shabazz added 14 points and Taavi Jurkatamm had two big 3-pointers in the second half for USF (2-1), which was playing its third game in three days.
“For us to be able to compete like this on a national stage, on national TV, against one of the winningest programs in the country, this is a big, big step for our program,” said Todd Golden, the Dons’ 35-year-old coach.
Reece Beekman and Justin McCoy each scored 11 points for Virginia (1-1), a 15 1/2-point favorite. Marquette transfer Sam Hauser added 10 points, but missed a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left that would have won the game for the Cavaliers.
“Look at it in the mirror, grow from it,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. “We’ve got to kind of harden up. We’ve got to get gritty. We’ve got to be tougher to score against and be the best version of ourselves.”
Virginia led by three points at halftime and scored the first four points of the second half to take a 28-21 lead. But San Francisco went on an 11-0 run from there.
There were 11 lead changes and five ties in the game as neither team could get much separation.
A jumper by Hauser put Virginia ahead 54-53 with 3:42 left, but that would be its last lead of the game.
A strip by Bouyea led to a 3-pointer from Shabazz that gave the Dons a 58-54 advantage and Jurkatamm made it 61-54 with a 3-pointer the next trip down the court.
UVA chipped away and had a chance to win after Josh Kunen missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 10 seconds left.
But Hauser’s attempt fell off the rim and Trey Murphy III couldn’t convert a tip just before the buzzer.
“Nothing is assumed because of what’s on the front of your jersey,” Bennett said.
The Dons were a national power when Bill Russell roamed the lane, winning national titles in 1955 and 1956. But the program was shut down for three years in the 1980s after a series of off-the-court issues.
USF’s last win against a top-5 team was on Dec. 29, 1981, when it beat No. 2 Wichita State 84-74.
“This win for the program is really, really big for us,” Bouyea said. “I’ve been here for four years and this is probably the best team I’ve played in four years. To beat them and just have an amazing performance is wonderful.”
STATS OF THE GAME
The Dons hit 13 of their 28 3-point attempts (46%) while holding Virginia to 3 of 12 from behind the arc. The Cavaliers had just five assists on 21 baskets.
Virginia: The Cavaliers routed Towson 89-54 on Wednesday in the opening Bubbleville game. But on Friday, Virginia’s offense looked a bit more like it did last season when it averaged 57 points a game. Virginia scored 70 points just twice during the 2019-20 campaign, both in losses, and never reached 80 points.
San Francisco: The Dons have improved over each of the three straight days they’ve played. They dropped their opener 76-68 to UMass-Lowell, a game in which they were heavy favorites, and beat Towson 79-68 on Thursday.
Virginia: Plays its home opener on Tuesday against Saint Francis (Pa.).
San Francisco: The Dons are scheduled to play their fourth game in five days in Bubbleville on Sunday, taking on Rhode Island.
The UCLA Bruins have two days before their home opener to try to get their legs back under them after a physically taxing three-overtime thriller against Pepperdine.
Tyger Campbell and Jules Bernard hit 3-pointers early in the third overtime, and Chris Smith added a three-point play to finish with 26 points and lead No. 22 UCLA to a 107-98 victory Friday.
Jaime Jaquez Jr. played all 55 minutes while Campbell played 52 and Smith 51.
“There’s a lot of film that we’re going to show tomorrow as we take ice baths,” second-year coach Mick Cronin said. “I’m going to put my head in a bucket of ice and I’m going to have Tyger and those guys take cold tubs, Jaime and Chris, who played 50 minutes.”
Jaquez, a sophomore swingman who had a heads-up play to keep the Bruins alive in the second OT, was thinking the same thing.
“I know when I go back I’m probably going to take a nap, get a good night’s sleep, get in an ice bath and do whatever I’ve got to do to prepare for the next game we’ve got,” he said.
Senior guard Colbey Ross also played all 55 minutes and had 33 points to become Pepperdine’s all-time leading scorer but it wasn’t enough to keep the Waves (1-1) from losing their sixth straight to UCLA and their 38th straight to a ranked opponent. Ross hit a floater to send the game into a second overtime tied at 81 but missed a 3-pointer that forced a third OT.
Campbell and the Bruins (1-1) came out strong in the third extra period to avoid a second straight upset loss to open the season. Campbell hit a 3-pointer off the tip and Bernard scored from behind the arc to counter a layup by Ross and give UCLA a 95-91 lead.
Smith, who also had 12 rebounds, scored inside with 3:15 left, was fouled and converted for a 98-93 advantage.
“Three overtimes is definitely draining,” Smith said. “The couple times I went out, one time was because of foul trouble and the other time coach told me as soon as I came out, to tell him when I was ready. Fifty minutes was what it took to get a win tonight, so if I have to play 50 minutes every single night, I’m going to do it as long as we come out with the win.”
Campbell scored 10 of his 22 points in the third overtime. Bernard had 21, Jaquez 16 and Cody Riley 13.
UCLA was routed 73-58 by San Diego State on Wednesday night in the four-team event at Viejas Arena.
Kessler Edwards scored 17 points for Pepperdine while Jan Zidek had 14, Jade Smith 12 and Kene Chukwuka 10.
Bernard and Riley fouled out for the Bruins, while the Waves lost Edwards, Smith and Chukwuka.
“They’re hard to defend,” Cronin said. “Our first three halves this year, our defense wasn’t up to par and that’s on me. But we did what we had to do adjustment-wise at halftime and the guys stepped up their effort and energy.”
UCLA held Pepperdine to 30% shooting in the second half but couldn’t close out the Waves in the first 40 minutes.
“We just didn’t finish the game,” Cronin said. “We were playing small and we couldn’t get a rebound and they hit two 3s off second shots.”
Both teams had chances to win it in regulation after UCLA blew a six-point lead.
With the score tied at 70, Jaquez missed a 3-pointer with 3.7 seconds left. After a review, the officials had the clock reset to 7.3 seconds. Pepperdine’s Darryl Polk Jr. turned the ball over under pressure from Riley, and UCLA then threw the ball out of bounds. Pepperdine’s Smith missed a tip-in at the buzzer.
Zidek, whose father, George, was on UCLA’s 1995 national championship team, made a jump hook with 1:06 left in the second overtime to give Pepperdine an 89-88 lead. Jaquez missed two free throws with 8.3 seconds left but rebounded his second miss, was fouled again and made the first of two free throws to tie it at 89.
Ross missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to bring on a third OT.
Ross became Pepperdine’s all-time leading scorer when he sank the second of three free throws with 15 seconds left in the first half to give him 1,787 points and move past Stacy Davis. Ross set the mark in 25 fewer games than Davis. It was the 100th consecutive start for Ross, who has 1,809 career points.
Those three free throws, which came when he was fouled by Jaquez while taking a 3-pointer, helped the Waves to 39-32 halftime lead. Ross had 12 points in the first half.
Pepperdine: The Waves haven’t beaten a ranked opponent in exactly 16 years, at home against No. 20 Wisconsin. Their last victory against a ranked foe away from home was Nov. 28, 2001, at No. 10 UCLA, which was the last time the Waves beat the Bruins. Of their 38 straight losses to ranked teams, 23 have been to Gonzaga in West Coast Conference play.
UCLA: Junior forward/center Jalen Hill missed his second straight game with right knee tendinitis. The Bruins also were without sophomore guard Johnny Juzang, who has a stress reaction in his right foot.
Pepperdine hosts San Jose State of the Mountain West on Wednesday night.
UCLA hosts Long Beach State on Monday night. The Bruins have a six-game winning streak and a 17-1 series record against the 49ers.
It’s going to take more than getting up early in the morning to beat Gonzaga.
Drew Timme had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Corey Kispert scored 25 points and the top-ranked Bulldogs cruised past Auburn 90-67 on Friday in the Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off.
Timme, who left the game with about eight minutes remaining, went 11 of 16 from the field. Kispert made four 3-pointers. Jalen Suggs, Gonzaga’s highest-rated recruit, added 12 points and six assists.
“We feel we can score on anybody,” Timme said. “We’ve got great coaching. If we execute our offense and move the ball and not get stymied, we feel we can score on every team.”
Allen Flanigan scored 20 points to lead Auburn (1-1), which is replacing five starters from last season.
A day after beating No. 6 Kansas 102-90, the Bulldogs (2-0) started strong in a game that tipped off at 11 a.m. – or 8 a.m. for the players’ body clocks.
An 11-0 run gave Gonzaga an early 16-6 lead. The sequence featured a three-point play by Timme, a 3-pointer by Jay Ayayi, a steal and slam by Suggs and a 3-pointer by Kispert.
“We had different games against high-level athletes and we responded with a short turnaround,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “We had a meeting at 11 p.m., then got up at 7 a.m. That’s a 4 a.m. wakeup with a walk-through in the parking lot. We’re throwing a lot at these guys.”
Gonzaga played without Julian Strawther, who tested positive for COVID-19. Few said the teams’ medicals staffs worked together and followed Florida protocols to play the game.
“That’s how the preseason went,” he said.
The Bulldogs led by as many as 17 points in the first half and had a 49-35 advantage at halftime.
In the second half, another 11-0 run made it 74-47 and the margin went as high as 30 points.
“They like to play fast,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. “They play good defense but they’re not elite so there will be more possessions. The shot clock isn’t running down. They can score anytime. Mark is a brilliant offensive coach. Everything they run is well thought out. They absolutely can average in the high 90s.”
FEW VS. SEC
While this was the first meeting between Auburn and Gonzaga, Few is 3-1 when coaching against Pearl. Overall, Few is 12-8 vs. Southeastern Conference teams. The Bulldogs only have played an SEC school once in the NCAA Tournament. That was in 2017 when Gonzaga beat South Carolina 77-73 to reach the national title game, which it lost to North Carolina.
Gonzaga: One of Few’s concerns coming into the game was how his team would fare on the boards against Auburn. However, the Bulldogs finished with a 44-32 rebounding advantage.
“I thought we’d have a big problem keeping them off the glass,” Few said. “So without drilling them on rebounding, we challenged the guys and they stepped up. We challenged Drew to get a double-double and he sneaked one (rebound) there at the end to get 10.”
Gonzaga has perhaps fewer concerns about its inside game on offense. The Bulldogs scored 62 points in the paint against Kansas and followed that with a 52-point effort against Auburn.
Auburn: Pearl, who has made the Tigers NCAA Tournament regulars, said the key to returning in 2021 is to keep improving.
“We have 10-11 good players and we need our first five players to get better than our second five and we’re not there yet,” he said.
Another Power Five opponent awaits Gonzaga, which faces No. 15 West Virginia in Indianapolis – site of this year’s Final Four – on Wednesday.
Auburn plays at Central Florida on Monday.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is questionable for Sunday’s game at the New York Jets because of a sore thumb on his throwing hand.
Tagovailoa hurt his left thumb in practice and was limited for the third day in a row Friday.
“He’s a tough tough kid,” coach Brian Flores said. “He wants to play. We’ll see how it goes.”
Tagovailoa would be replaced by veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who came off the bench in the fourth quarter of last week’s loss at Denver when Tagovailoa struggled.
Running back Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) and guard Solomon Kindley (foot) were ruled out. Defensive lineman Christian Wilkins will be back in the lineup after missing two games because he was on the reserve-COVID-19 list.
“The only symptom I got was lack-of-football-itis,” Wilkins said.
It’s been a long way back from a difficult place for Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
After being benched in Week 3, Trubisky will start against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, Bears coach Matt Nagy said Friday.
Trubisky took all the first-team snaps at practice this week but Nagy had stopped just short of designating him the starter, just in case Nick Foles was able to return from a hip and glute injury. But Foles was unable to practice again Friday and Nagy turned to Trubisky.
“He’s worked hard this time that he’s been the backup to be prepared for if and when this time comes, whether it’s through performance or whether it’s through availability or injury with Nick,” Nagy said.
The Bears are trying to end a four-game losing streak, and they’re more focused on that than their long-term future at quarterback.
“As far as next week or following weeks, it’s hard for me to predict that right now,” Nagy said.
Foles is doubtful for the game and Nagy said it’s still possible Foles could be the backup. Tyler Bray is the other option.
Trubisky suffered a right shoulder injury Nov. 1 against New Orleans while he ran on a zone-read, his only play since being benched against Atlanta in Week 3. Foles’ injury occurred on a sack in the fourth quarter of a 19-13 loss to Minnesota on Nov. 16.
Nagy turned to Foles seeking a spark for his team’s offense, and Foles rallied Chicago from 16 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Atlanta after Trubisky was benched. But the Bears are 2-5 with Foles as the starter, averaging 16.7 points per game.
Foles has completed 202 of 311 passes for 1,852 yards with 10 touchdown passes and eight interceptions. He has a quarterback rating of 81.0.
Trubisky is 51 of 86 for 560 yards with six touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 87.4.
In his first media interview since the benching, Trubisky called the situation a total surprise, and said he was humbled by the experience as a backup. He’d been starting since Week 5 of his rookie year in 2017.
“I think more than anything I was caught off guard,” Trubisky said. “I think in the beginning of the season I was just starting to build some momentum and then it kind of felt like a blind-side.
“Then I decided to embrace the new role. And the first couple of days it (stunk) being in that role but I was trying to just keep perspective and think long-term.”
Trubisky had led the Bears to wins in their first two games, including a rally from a 17-point deficit in Week 1 against Detroit.
“I want to play in this league a long time and if I want to do that, there’s things I just want to continue to get better at,” Trubisky said. “At that point I just changed my mindset to embrace practice. I was doing my job on the scout team, trying to give the defense a good look, taking a lot of pride into that.
“I did feel during those weeks I got better as a player just testing different throws, leading the offense and seeing a lot of good looks from my defense.”
Trubisky was the second pick of the 2017 draft and the Bears in May declined the fifth-year option on his contract, meaning he is slated to become a free agent after the season.
The Packers have beaten the Bears in four of Trubisky’s five starts.
“They’ve thrown a lot of different stuff over the years, and that’s kinda what we’re expecting,” Trubisky said. “They’re gonna try to confuse us on the back end, get after us up front with their rush and just try to confuse the quarterback and us on offense, play predominantly zone and make us find those windows and throw on time and just be very disciplined in our route running.”
NOTES: Safety Eddie Jackson will be available for the Bears after being placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday. He was reinstated to the roster on Friday. … Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks and left tackle Charles Leno Jr. are questionable after neither could practice Friday. Hicks has a right hamstring injury and hasn’t practiced all week. Leno suffered a toe injury on Wednesday in practice and missed practice Thursday and Friday. … Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling didn’t practice Friday and is listed as questionable. Packers running back/kick returner Tyler Ervin (wrist/ribs), cornerbacks Josh Jackson (concussion) and Kevin King (Achilles), center Corey Linsley (back) and receiver Equanimeous St. Brown (knee) also are questionable.