But it appears the Volunteers, who are now 2-1 this season, know they only have themselves to blame.
College football fans appear to agree.
As for the low quality of the rest of the game, which featured way too many turnovers and penalties, that was Florida’s fault, too.
USC fans exercise questionable judgment before showdown with Texas
No. 4 Southern California and Texas clash tonight for the first time since the 2006 Rose Bowl. Much of the talk leading up the game has been about that instant classic in which Vince Young’s nine-yard touchdown run on fourth and five with eight seconds left sealed a 41-38 victory and a national championship for the Longhorns.
According to the Trojans’ media notes for the game, though, USC is 4-0 all-time against Texas. That’s because the loss in the Rose Bowl was “vacated due to NCAA penalty.”
So even if the Trojans had been able to tackle Young, the win would not have counted. Nevertheless, USC tailgaters are still … bitter. Somebody hung a piñata of Texas’s mascot in a Vince Young jersey from a tree. For good measure, there’s a spear through the longhorn steer’s left side.
The MAC is having itself a week
College football’s favorite band of Cinderellas is off to a hot start in Week 3. The Mid-American Conference entered Saturday a combined 2-9 against Power Five conference opponents this season, but that winning percentage is on the way up.
Northern Illinois won on the road against the Big Ten’s Nebraska, 21-17, and Ohio took care of business at home against the Big 12’s Kansas with a 42-30 win.
And Ohio’s win isn’t even a surprise. Kansas, which has now lost 42 straight road games, was a 7.5-point underdog even before it forgot how to block.
Good news for those in Lawrence is that basketball season isn’t far off.
Memphis player carted off field after brutal hit
After Memphis took a 20-17 lead over UCLA less than four minutes before halftime, the Liberty Bowl went silent on the ensuing kickoff. Memphis linebacker JJ Russell absorbed a vicious high block from a UCLA up-man and lay on the field for several minutes while being tended to by medical personnel and training staff.
The freshman was carted off the field. A screen grab of the hit appears to show helmet-to-helmet contact. Before the 2011 season, the NFL moved its kickoffs up from the 30 to the 35-yard line to increase touchbacks and limit open-field collisions like this one. The NCAA followed suit the next year.
According to the ABC broadcast, the freshman may have avoided any serious injury.
Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee is an interception machine
Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee keeps throwing the ball to the other team. After tossing four interceptions in last week’s loss to Oregon, the junior started Saturday’s home game against Northern Illinois with a pair of pick-sixes in the first quarter.
First Shawun Lurry jumped a wide receiver screen and returned the ball 87 yards for a touchdown. Later in the quarter, Lee was hit as he threw, and the ball floated straight to Jawuan Johnson, who returned it for a touchdown from 25 yards out.
As a sophomore at Tulane in 2015, Lee threw seven interceptions in 276 attempts. In 2017 with Nebraska, he has thrown six in his first 88 attempts.
That has led to Nebraska fans openly trashing their starting quarterback online.
‘College Gameday’ Heisman signs abound at Clemson-Louisville
ESPN’s “College Gameday” followed the defending national champion to the Bluegrass state Saturday ahead of No. 3 Clemson’s ACC clash at No. 14 Louisville. The Tigers were college football’s top team after last season, but the home fans still have Lamar Jackson’s Heisman trophy to brag about, and they did so Saturday.
Churchill Downs, which hosts the Kentucky Derby, is only a mile from campus. To appease the locals, Lee Corso traded his mascot dome for a jockey hat and delivered a surprisingly smooth version of the “call to post” with a bugle.
For Kentuckians, the best way to explain Lamar Jackson’s speed is with equine comparisons.
Nickelback released an album in June called “Feed the Machine.” New music won’t stop the general American public from taking every opportunity to equate listening to the Canadian rock band with an attack on one’s taste.
Last year Clemson beat Louisville, 42-36, behind 306 passing yards and five touchdowns from Deshaun Watson. Lamar Jackson threw for 295 and ran for 162 in the loss. Even though Watson is now playing on Sundays (and the occasional Thursday) and Jackson is back for his junior season, does Kim Jon Un still like Clemson (minus-3)?
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