The Southeastern Conference matchup between Tennessee and Florida was a rough game from the start, but the finish was downright stellar, thanks to a spectacular 63-yard, last-second Hail Mary courtesy of the Gators.
The Florida radio call of the Hail Mary sounds like Will Ferrell impersonating Harry Caray: pic.twitter.com/VK0ux1mTV2
— College Sports Only (@OfficialCSO) September 17, 2017
Tennessee fans, meanwhile, were left with little to do but hold their heads in disbelief.
Maybe it’s something about playing at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The Vols have had some pretty awful luck there in their past two meetings with the Gators.
Tennessee at Florida, last 2 meetings:
2015: L, 28-27 on 63-yard game-winning TD pass
Today: L, 26-20 on 63-yard game-winning TD pass pic.twitter.com/W2S1XkCf3s
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 16, 2017
But it appears the Volunteers, who are now 2-1 this season, know they only have themselves to blame.
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) September 16, 2017
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.
The first half of Tennessee-Florida may have set college football back 50 years.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) September 16, 2017
Found highlights from the Tennessee-Florida game pic.twitter.com/kyqs9IL1xL
— omg we beat texas (@NaturallyKatz) September 16, 2017
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.”
— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) September 12, 2017
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.
My field producer in LA just sent me this. Do better, USC. Do way better. pic.twitter.com/ub4BlKEfbi
— Ande Wall (@AndeWall) September 16, 2017
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.
— Scott Chasen (@ChasenScott) September 16, 2017
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.
— Dave Dawson (@DaveDawson7) September 16, 2017
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.
Thoughts & prayers 2 young man JJ Russell from Memphis got hit high & hit hard These kids put their bodies 4 that pipe dream of being a pro. pic.twitter.com/fT6BIRTwmD
— Donnyd (@Donnyd1965) September 16, 2017
According to the ABC broadcast, the freshman may have avoided any serious injury.
ABC reporting the Memphis freshman is OK. That’s good news.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) September 16, 2017
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.
— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) September 16, 2017
In the first quarter, Tanner Lee had 96 passing yards to Nebraska receivers … and 112 "passing" yards to Northern Illinois (int returns). pic.twitter.com/GMtwDKoI9G
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 16, 2017
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.
FS1 commentator: "If Tanner Lee plays smart & doesn't throw as many picks as he has, NE will be just fine"
Tanner Lee on first drive: pic.twitter.com/mPVyI8x2Fj
— Reed Reavis (@reedreavis) September 16, 2017
Tanner Lee strengths:
– Looking like a QB
– Handing off
– Making ungroomed facial hair look good
Tanner Lee weaknesses:
– Playing QB
— Brett Nierengarten (@BDN013) September 16, 2017
‘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.
Google doesn't lie pic.twitter.com/7Uab1CJRtq
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 16, 2017
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.
— Louisville Athletics (@GoCards) September 16, 2017
For Kentuckians, the best way to explain Lamar Jackson’s speed is with equine comparisons.
— Maria Murphy (@murphyschleug) September 16, 2017
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.
— Scott Utterback (@Utterback13) September 16, 2017
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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