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11/20/17- Jake Browning, Jr, Washington, 6-1, 209
NOV 12 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jake Browning, Jr., QB, Washington (Folsom, Calif.)...Led Washington to a come-from-behind 33-30 win over Utah Saturday, leading the Huskies from seven points down in the final minutes...Was 26-for-35 for 354 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions...His two TDs were the 76th and 77th of his career, establishing a new UW career TD pass record...Down 30-23, UW got the ball with just 2:03 left. Browning completed five straight passes before Myles Gaskin ran in the-game tying TD with just 0:58 to go. After holding the Utah defense, Browning and the offense came back onto the field on the UW 28 with just 0:29 to go. Following an 18-yard pass to Dante Pettis and a 31-yarder to Andre Baccellia, Tristan Vizcaino connected on a 38-yard field goal on the game's final play. ALSO NOMINATED, OFFENSIVE: Demario Richard, ASU; Royce Freeman, ORE; Bryce Love, STAN; Jordan Lasley, UCLA; Ronald Jones II, USC; Tyler Huntley, UTAH. - Pac-12 Football

11/20/17- Mike White, rSr, Western Kentucky, 6-3, 215
NOV 20 CONFERENCE USA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WKU senior QB Mike White completed 39-of-54 passes for 485 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions in WKU's 41-38 victory over rival Middle Tennessee that made the Hilltoppers bowl-eligible. The 485 passing yards is the most by a Conference USA quarterback in 2017 (61 more than the next-closest performance) and the ninth-most by an FBS quarterback this season. Middle Tennessee came into the game with the No. 32 pass defense in the nation, allowing 194 yards per game thru the air, and White passed for 485. He completed 14 consecutive passes to begin the game, setting the all-time WKU program record. White threw a 93-yard touchdown to Lucky Jackson in the fourth quarter, the third-longest passing play in WKU history and the second-longest passing play in Conference USA this season. He threw for five TD passes with no interceptions for the third time this season (no other Conference USA quarterback has done so once), with each of the five going to a different WKU receiver. - Conference USA Football

11/20/17- Baker Mayfield, rSr, Oklahoma, 6-0, 220
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, the overwhelming favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, won't be a starter or a captain in his final home game. That is the fallout from Mayfield's sideline behavior in Saturday's victory at Kansas, when the senior yelled obscenities and made vulgar gestures toward the Jayhawks. Mayfield apologized after the game. Coach Lincoln Riley announced the discipline at his weekly Monday press conference. He added that Mayfield will play at some point when the No. 4 Sooners (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) host West Virginia (7-4, 5-3). "I think it's important for everybody here and across the country to keep in perspective ... that not just Baker, but all these players across the country are still young men. They're still learning. They're still in that phase that they are going to make mistakes," Riley said. "The important thing is you learn from them and grow from them. I think what we're setting forth here is going to provide Baker an opportunity do that. I think it's something that certainly will get his attention."

Mayfield's apology was his third this year. He also did so after an offseason arrest in Arkansas and for planting the OU flag at midfield after the Sooners' win at Ohio State early in the season. Mayfield has completed 233 of 329 passes for 3,816 yards, with 34 touchdowns and five interceptions. He ranks third in the country in passing yards per game (346.9). His national-best 199.3 passing efficiency rating is ahead of his FBS record mark of 196.4, set last season. Sophomore Kyler Murray, a transfer from Texas A&M who has completed 16 of 19 passes this season, is expected to start for Oklahoma. - The Sports Xchange

11/20/17- Kato Nelson, rFr, Akron, 6-0, 205
NOV 20 MAC EAST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Akron QB Kato Nelson...Akron redshirt freshman Kato Nelson (Hollywood, Fla.) was 22-38 passing for a career-high 322 yards and career-best four touchdowns in only his second start in a 37-34 win over Ohio on Nov. 14. He also rushed for 45 yards. His 71-yard TD pass to Kwadarrius Smith was the team's longest touchdown pass completion this season. In seven games, Nelson is 47-of-87 for 636 yards and five touchdowns. - MAC Football

11/20/17- Chuck Harris, Jr, Buffalo, 6-3, 265
NOV 20 MAC EAST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Buffalo DE Chuck Harris...Buffalo junior defensive end Chuck Harris (Detroit, Mich.) had a career-best 13 tackles and added a sack in Buffalo's first-ever win at Ball State on Nov. 16. Harris also had three quarterback hurries in the game. His sack on Ball State's final play of the game sealed the win for the Bulls. - MAC Football

11/20/17- McKenzie Milton, So, Central Florida, 5-11, 184
NOV 20 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: McKenzie Milton, So., QB, UCF, Kapolei, Hawaii,...Milton completed 16 of 23 passes for 208 yards and four touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown before coming out of the game late in the third quarter of a 45-19 win against Temple, clinching at least a tie for first place in The American's East Division. Milton engineered scoring drives on seven of 10 possessions. - American Athletic Conference Football

11/20/17- Will Grier, rJr, West Virginia, 6-1, 204
West Virginia quarterback Will Grier has undergone surgery on a broken finger in his throwing hand and will miss four to six weeks. Coach Dana Holgorsen on Monday did not explicitly rule out Grier for the Mountaineers' bowl game but said coming back is "going to be kind of tough." Grier injured the middle finger on his right hand in Saturday's 28-14 loss to Texas as he dove for the end-zone pylon on a first-quarter run. He underwent surgery Sunday in Charlotte, North Carolina. Redshirt sophomore Chris Chugunov will get his first career start on Saturday at No. 3 Oklahoma. - AP College Football

11/20/17- Lamar Jackson, Jr, Louisville, 6-2, 211
NOV 20 ACC OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Lamar Jackson, Louisville, Jr., QB, 6-3, 211, Pompano Beach, Fla.,...Jackson finished Saturday's 56-10 win over Syracuse with 381 yards of total offense. He had 270 yards passing with two touchdowns and added 111 yards rushing with two more scores. Jackson now owns the school record for career total offense with 12,474 yards and ranks third all-time in the ACC. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner is only the second player in ACC history to string together five-straight 100-yard rushing games twice in his career, joining former Boston College standout Montel Harris. Jackson was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week for the second time this season after first being selected on Sept. 11. - ACC Football

11/19/17- Drew Lock, Jr, Missouri, 6-3, 205
Missouri scored 28 second-quarter points, getting touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams to defeat Vanderbilt 45-17 on Saturday night in Nashville, Tenn. Wide receiver Richaud Floyd accounted for two of those touchdowns, one on a punt return and another on a reception, helping the Tigers to a 35-0 halftime lead on the Commodores' Senior Night. Tigers quarterback Drew Lock threw three touchdown passes, with the other two going to tight end Albert Okwuegbunam. Missouri (6-5, 3-4 SEC) scored on the opening drive when Lock hit Okwuegbunam with a 7-yard scoring pass 2:15 into the game. Early in the second quarter, Lock hit wide receiver J'Mon Moore with a 71-yard toss, which set up Larry Roundtree III's 12-yard touchdown run on the next play. Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur threw his second interception of the game midway through the second quarter, when linebacker Brandon Lee returned that one 42 yards for a score with 7:33 left before half. - The Sports Xchange

11/19/17- Nick Starkel, rFr, Texas AM, 6-2, 215
Nick Starkel outdueled Jordan Ta'amu in a battle of two inexperienced quarterbacks as Texas A&M survived Ole Miss 31-24 on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss. Starkel, making his third career start, threw for 272 yards and a touchdown as the Aggies improved to 7-4 (4-3 SEC). Ta'amu had a chance to tie it late in the fourth quarter, but the Texas A&M defense was able to hold its ground. The junior from Pearl City, Hawaii, who was making his fourth career start, finished with 189 yards passing, most of them coming in the first half. Ole Miss falls to 5-6 (2-5 SEC) under interim head coach Matt Luke. It was a tale of two halves in Oxford. The defense took over in the second half of a game that saw 28 points equally split in the first quarter and 45 in the first half. Derrick Tucker put the Aggies ahead with the only score of the third quarter when the freshman free safety intercepted Ta'amu for a 19-yard return for a touchdown. Rebels tailback Jordan Wilkins rushed for 147 yards, with 123 of them coming in the first half. His 64-yard touchdown run equaled his longest run of the season for the senior. Ole Miss' Braylon Sanders scored his first career touchdown on a 30-yard catch as Ole Miss took a 24-21 lead into the half. - The Sports Xchange

11/18/17- Baker Mayfield, rSr, Oklahoma, 6-0, 220
Heisman Trophy hopeful Baker Mayfield passed for 257 yards and three touchdowns Saturday while battling breezy conditions as No. 3 Oklahoma toppled Kansas 41-3 in Memorial Stadium. Mayfield had difficulty getting his team moving as the Sooners (10-1, 7-1 Big 12), who came in with a nation-best 388.8 yards-passing average but led by just four points midway through the second quarter. The passing output was a season-low for Mayfield, who had been limited to fewer than 300 yards just two other times this season. He finished 20-for-30. The inspired Kansas defense, however, received no support from its offense, which was limited to 155 yards. Quarterback Carter Stanley passed for just 123 yards and the Jayhawks added just 32 yards on the ground.

The road victory was the 16th in a row for the Sooners, the nation's longest active streak. The Sooners outscored the Jayhawks 20-0 in the second half, but their string of eight consecutive games with 500 yards of offense was halted. Oklahoma started slowly, needing a fourth-down conversion for its only first-quarter score. Mayfield improvised on the play, averting three Kansas defenders in dumping off a pass to Anderson, who raced untouched for a 34-yard touchdown at the 6:40 mark. - The Sports Xchange

11/18/17- J.T. Barrett, rSr, Ohio State, 6-1, 220
No. 9 Ohio State scored four touchdowns in the first 13 minutes and raced to a 52-14 victory over Illinois on Saturday at Ohio Stadium that secured a berth in the Big Ten championship game. Binjamin Victor caught two touchdown passes, Mike Weber rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries and J.K. Dobbins ran for a score in limited minutes for the Buckeyes (9-2, 7-1 Big Ten) in the blowout. J.T. Barrett, playing his final home game as Ohio State's quarterback, completed 11 of 19 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. The senior added 33 rushing yards and a touchdown on five carries.

Barrett and many of the starters left the game midway through the second quarter after Ohio State opened a 38-0 lead and a driving rainstorm drove fans for cover. Barrett returned briefly in the second half to lead a touchdown drive that ended with a 12-yard pass to tight end Marcus Baugh for a 45-7 lead. The Buckeyes, a 41-point favorite, completely dominated the Fighting Illini, racking up 543 total yards and clinching a share of the Big Ten East Division title while remaining in the College Football Playoff picture. Ohio State could still finish in a tie atop the division standings with Michigan State and Penn State but the Buckeyes hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over both teams. Ohio State finishes the regular season at Michigan next week. - The Sports Xchange

11/18/17- Brandon Wimbush, rSo, Notre Dame, 6-1, 228
Quarterback Brandon Wimbush and wide receiver Kevin Stepherson connected for two second-half touchdown passes to boost No. 8 Notre Dame to a 24-17 victory against Navy on Saturday. Notre Dame (9-2) struggled in spots but ultimately emerged in its bid to rebound from last week's lopsided road loss to Miami in a de facto College Football Playoff elimination game. Navy controlled the clock behind an effective triple-option attack, finishing the game with a 42:42 to 17:18 advantage in time of possession. The Midshipmen attempted six fourth-down conversions along the way, and were successful on four. Navy (6-4) took a 17-10 lead on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Zach Abey to Craig Scott with 7:01 left in the third quarter, but the Midshipmen, battling theFighting Irish through a steady, blowing rain, enjoyed the edge for a mere 1:28.

That's how long it took for Wimbush to cap a five-play, 78-yard drive with a 30-yard touchdown to Stepherson. The Fighting Irish took a 24-17 lead on a 29-yard scoring pass from Wimbush to Stepherson with 11:49 left in the fourth quarter. The Midshipmen were driving later in the quarter, but Troy Pride intercepted an Abey pass at the 7:18 mark, and Notre Dame took over at its own 14-yard line. Navy got the ball back after an ensuing Notre Dame punt, but was unable to convert a fourth-and-5 from the Fighting Irish 25, as Darryl Bonner's halfback pass for Tyler Carmona fell incomplete. Wimbush was 9-for-18 passing for 164 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 41 yards and a touchdown. Stepherson had five receptions for 103 yards and two touchdowns, and Josh Adams rushed 18 times for 106 yards. - The Sports Xchange

11/18/17- Elijah Sindelar, rSo, Purdue, 6-3, 226
Purdue quarterback Elijah Sindelar threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Anthony Mahoungou to start the second half in a 24-15 win over Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, on Saturday. The Boilermakers' defense also proved to be a difference in the game. Purdue (5-6, 3-5 Big Ten) had six sacks and 10 tackles for loss overall. Iowa (6-5, 3-5) finished with only 82 yards rushing, the fourth consecutive opponent held by the Boilermakers to less than 100 yards on the ground. The Boilermakers won for the first time at Iowa City since 2012. Sindelar completed 22 of 37 pass attempts for 327 yards with three touhdowns and no interceptions. His touchdown passes of 42 and 16 yards to Mahoungou on Purdue's first two possessions of the second half enabled the Boilermakers to take a 21-9 lead. Mahoungou had seven catches for 135 yards. Markell Jones rushed for 74 yards on 14 carries for Purdue, which can become bowl eligible with a win over Indiana next week. - The Sports Xchange

11/18/17- Jake Bentley, So, South Carolina, 6-2, 223
Jake Bentley accounted for three touchdowns as South Carolina cruised to a 31-10 win over Wofford on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C. The sophomore quarterback threw for 194 yards and a touchdown, while finding the end zone twice on the ground as the Gamecocks improved to 8-3. Wofford got on the board first with a 32-yard field goal by Luke Carter, but the Terriers managed just 86 total yards in the first half (63 rushing, 23 passing). Bentley gave South Carolina a lead it wouldn't relinquish with a 1-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter. He then hit Bryan Edwards for a 23-yard scoring strike with 55 seconds left as the Gamecocks took a 14-3 lead into the half. Edwards led all receivers with eight catches for 90 yards.

Wofford came out of the break strong, using 10 plays to go 75 yards to trim its deficit to 14-10 on a 1-yard run by halfback Blake Morgan. Bentley and South Carolina answered with a seven-play, 70-yard drive that culminated with his second 1-yard score of the game, his sixth touchdown on the ground this year. A.J. Turner led the Gamecocks with 69 rushing yards and put the game out of reach at 31-10 with a 2-yard run with 9:54 to play. Skai Moore snared his third interception on the year, giving the South Carolina senior 14 for his career. Seven different Terriers rushed for 155 of the team's 227 total yards, led by Lennox McAfee with 49 yards. - The Sports Xchange

11/18/17- Nathan Elliott, So, North Carolina, 6-0, 215
Quarterback Nathan Elliott, in his first home start, threw four touchdown passes as North Carolina trounced Western Carolina 65-10 in Saturday's nonconference game at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. North Carolina scored three touchdowns in less than a three-minute span early in the second quarter to take control on the way to a 42-7 halftime lead. The outcome gave North Carolina (3-8) a two-game winning streak going into next week's finale at rival North Carolina State. The result also snapped the Tar Heels' seven-game home-field losing streak that dated to last November.

Elliott finished 18-for-28 for 240 yards, completing 10 consecutive passes in the first half. He threw two touchdown strikes to Josh Cabrera. He did not play in the fourth quarter. Tar Heels running backs Michael Carter (103 yards on 16 carries) and Jordon Brown (69 yards on 11 attempts) had big games. Carter had a 4-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Former starting quarterback Chazz Surratt threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Beau Corrales in the fourth quarter. He later ran for a 59-yard touchdown, marking the Tar Heels' longest play from scrimmage of the season. Western Carolina scored first on Tyrie Adams' 1-yard pass to Connell Young on its second possession. North Carolina answered on a nine-play drive with Anthony Ratliff-Williams scoring on a 15-yard pass from Elliott. - The Sports Xchange

11/18/17- Manny Wilkins, rJr, Arizona State, 6-2, 190
Manny Wilkins threw touchdown passes on Arizona State's first two drives and Demario Richard rushed for three scores as the Sun Devils ran their way to a 40-24 victory over Oregon State on Saturday in Corvallis, Ore. The victory made the Sun Devils bowl eligible at 6-5 (5-3 in the Pac-12) while the Beavers (1-10, 0-8) lost their ninth consecutive game. Oregon State will need to defeat Oregon in the Civil War to avoid finishing winless in the conference for the second time in three years. Richard finished with 119 rushing yards on 17 carries as the Sun Devils rushed for 286 yards. Kalen Ballage added 103 yards and Wilkins scrambled for another 60. Wilkins also completed 12 of 19 passes for 167 yards as Arizona State finished with 453 yards of total offense. The Sun Devils dominated the first half in taking a 30-7 lead. Wilkins threw for two touchdowns and Richard ran for two short scores as Arizona State collected touchdowns on four of its first six possessions. Arizona State was also awarded a safety en route to a 30-0 lead when Oregon State quarterback Darell Garretson was flagged for intentional grounding on a throw from his end zone. - The Sports Xchange

11/18/17- Riley Ferguson, Sr, Memphis, 6-3, 210
Quarterback Riley Ferguson threw for 320 yards and accounted for five touchdowns Saturday as No. 21 Memphis wrapped up the American Athletic Conference West title with a lightning-delayed 66-45 rout of SMU at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Ferguson rushed for three touchdowns, scoring on second-half runs of 8, 12 and 2 yards. He also completed 21 of 27 passes, finding Anthony Miller for scoring strikes of 34 and 24 yards in an efficient performance. While the aerial display might have been expected, the rushing output couldn't have been. Ferguson entered the game with only five yards on 30 rushes for the year.

The Tigers (9-1, 6-1) will play for the AAC title on Dec. 2 against the East winner, which will be either No. 15 Central Florida or South Florida. Memphis went up and down the field at will against the Mustangs (6-5, 3-4), finishing with 664 total yards and 33 first downs. It had almost perfect balance, rushing for 333 yards and passing for 331. Darrell Henderson rushed 10 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers, scoring on runs of 70 and 52 yards. Patrick Taylor added 112 yards and two scores on 18 carries. Memphis ended with a single-game school-record seven rushing touchdowns. Miller tacked on eight catches for 163 yards for the Tigers, which scored more than 40 points for the seventh time this year. - The Sports Xchange

11/18/17- Nick Fitzgerald, rJr, Mississippi State, 6-4, 230
Nick Fitzgerald threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Deddrick Thomas with 17 seconds left, capping a fourth-quarter rally and lifting No. 16 Mississippi State to a 28-21 victory over Arkansas on Saturday. Mississippi State (8-3, 4-3 SEC) started its game-winning drive at the Arkansas 44 after Razorbacks quarterback Austin Allen threw incomplete on fourth down with 3:01 left to play. Fitzgerald ran for 2 yards on fourth-and-1 from the 35, then broke free three plays later for a 13-yard run to the 6. After Fitzgerald was stopped for no gain on first down, he threw a low pass to Thomas in the right corner of the end zone for the game-winning score. Arkansas (4-7, 1-6) led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter and held a 21-14 lead for most of the fourth quarter. But Fitzgerald found freshman wide receiver Reginald Todd for a 37-yard touchdown on a third-down play with 3:57 left in the game. Jace Christmann's extra point tied the score at 21. Fitzgerald completed 12 of 23 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran for 101 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries as Mississippi State beat Arkansas for the fifth time in the past six meetings.

Arkansas took advantage of a pair of early turnovers. The Razorbacks failed to generate a first down on the game's opening possession, but the ensuing punt hit a Mississippi State player in the back and was recovered by Arkansas' Reid Miller at the Mississippi State 36. Three plays later, David Williams scored on a 3-yard run for a 7-0 lead. Later in the first quarter, Mississippi State's Nick Gibson fumbled on a hit by Arkansas defensive end McTelvin Agin, with Briston Guidry recovering the ball in the end zone to make it 14-0. Mississippi State answered with two second-quarter touchdowns. Fitzgerald ran 18 yards for a TD with 5:17 left in the first half to cap a 50-yard drive. - The Sports Xchange

11/18/17- Kenny Hill, rSr, Texas Christian, 6-0, 212
No. 12 TCU turned to its defense and the Horned Frogs virtually silenced Texas Tech on the way to a 27-3 victory on Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. TCU held the Red Raiders to 327 yards of offense and zero points for the final 51 minutes of the contest. The Horned Frogs, who were without injured starting quarterback Kenny Hill and leading rusher Darius Anderson, did enough on offense behind freshman Shawn Robinson, who made his first collegiate start. Robinson found wide receiver Jalen Reagor wide open for a 12-yard touchdown that gave TCU (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) a 14-point lead late in the third quarter. Robinson passed for 85 yards and rushed for 84 in his starting debut.

When the Horned Frogs freshman QB made his biggest mistake, fumbling inside his own 20, the TCU defense erased the miscue. Horned Frogs cornerback Jeff Gladney knocked a pass away from Texas Tech wide receiver Dylan Cantrell in the end zone and TCU stuffed two rushing plays. Red Raiders kicker Clayton Hatfield then missed a 20-yard field goal. Early in the fourth quarter, TCU recovered a fumble by Texas Tech quarterback Nic Shimonek at the Horned Frogs' 14, stopping the Red Raiders' late bid to climb back into the game. Gladney put an exclamation point on the win as he took the ball away from Cantrell and returned the interception 93 yards for a touchdown with 4:39 left in the fourth quarter. The Horned Frogs frustrated Shimonek all day as he completed 17 of 33 passes for 137 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. - The Sports Xchange

11/18/17- Malik Rosier, rJr, Miami (FL), 6-1, 216
Quarterback Malik Rosier passed for three touchdowns and rushed for another and No. 3 Miami survived a dazzling passing display by Virginia quarterback Kurt Benkert for a 44-28 victory Saturday. Benkert passed for 384 yards, a season high against the Hurricanes, but he also threw an interception that Miami safety Jaquan Johnson returned for a touchdown. Benkert completed his first 12 pass attempts and was 28 of 37 with four touchdowns. Rosier was 15 of 28 for 210 yards and was intercepted twice. The Hurricanes (10-0, 7-0 ACC) twice fell behind by two touchdowns but scored 30 consecutive points and stretched their winning streak to 15 games. The Cavaliers (6-5, 3-4 ACC) lost for the fourth time in five games.

Virginia went into halftime up 21-14 after Benkert capped a six-play, 81-yard drive with his third touchdown pass, a 33-yarder to wide receiver Andre Levrone with just 30 seconds left in the second quarter after an official review overturned the on-the-field ruling of an incompletion. Benkert also had a 33-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus and a 75-yard bomb to running back Joe Reed to give the Cavaliers an early 14-0 lead before Miami responded. Given the ball at Virginia's 40-yard line after recovering Virginia's onside kick attempt, the Hurricanes scored a 10-yard pass to wide receiver Ahmmon Richards. They tied it on wide receiver Dayall Harris' 36-yard touchdown reception early in the second quarter but found themselves two touchdowns behind again when Virginia scored on its first possession of the second half. - The Sports Xchange

11/18/17- Sam Ehlinger, Fr, Texas, 6-1, 230
Freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger passed for two touchdowns as Texas became bowl-eligible for the first time in three years with a 28-14 victory over West Virginia on Saturday in Morgantown, W.Va. The game was marred by a grotesque finger injury sustained by Mountaineers junior quarterback Will Grier in the first quarter. Ehlinger, who was 12-of-19 passing for 136 yards, added 68 yards rushing and tossed TD passes to tight end Kendall Moore and running back Chris Warren III. The Longhorns (6-5, 5-3 Big 12) snapped a two-game losing streak to West Virginia. Sophomore Chris Chugunov replaced Grier and was 14-of-26 passing for 189 yards as the Mountaineers (7-4, 5-3) fell out of Big 12 title contention. Chugunov was 10 of 16 this season entering the game. Texas took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter on Ehlinger's 4-yard touchdown pass to Moore. The score capped an 11-play, 91-yard drive kept alive by a 50-yard pass to freshman wide receiver Reggie Hemphill-Mapps on third-and-4 and Ehlinger's 8-yard run on fourth-and-2. The Longhorns led 14-0 at halftime after Ehlinger found a wide-open Warren for a 20-yard TD pass 2:29 before the break. - The Sports Xchange

11/18/17- Kelly Bryant, Jr, Clemson, 6-3, 220
Quarterback Kelly Bryant passed for 230 yards and three touchdowns as No. 2 Clemson bolted to a 38-0 halftime lead and coasted to a 61-3 victory against The Citadel Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Bryant completed 17 of 22 passes in less than two quarters of play and became the third quarterback in Clemson history to win 10 games in his first year as a starter. The Tigers (10-1), who will play Miami in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 2, improved to 32-0 all-time against FCS opponents and clinched a 10-win season for a school-record seventh consecutive year. Clemson is 80-14 under coach Dabo Swinney in the last seven seasons; only Alabama has a better record over that same time span. The Tigers amassed 662 yards -- the fifth-highest total in school history -- against The Citadel, a small military school from Charleston, S.C., and averaged 9.9 yards per play, the fourth-best single game average in the school record book.

Clemson wasted little time in taking command, scoring on each of its three possessions for a 21-0 lead after one quarter. On its fifth play from scrimmage, Bryant lofted a 53-yard touchdown pass to Deon Cain for a 7-0 lead. It was Cain's 19th career touchdown reception and fifth this season. The Tigers then drove 49 yards in six plays on their next possession, with freshman running back Travis Etienne doing most of the work. He rushed for 35 yards on the drive, which he capped with a 6-yard burst up the middle. Clemson traveled 69 yards in eight plays on its following possession, with the touchdown coming on a 12-yard pass from Bryant to wide receiver Hunter Renfrow. It was the first touchdown reception of the season for Renfrow, who was the star of last year's National Championship Game victory against Alabama with 10 catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange

11/18/17- McKenzie Milton, So, Central Florida, 5-11, 184
In 2015, Central Florida was wallowing at the bottom of college football, an 0-12 program with no seeming glimmer of light coming from anywhere. Two years later, Scott Frost is one of the hottest coaching prospects in the country and No. 15 UCF is one of the country's hottest teams, winning a school-record 10th consecutive game with a 45-19 victory over Temple on a chilly, overcast Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field. The Knights (10-0 overall, 6-0 American Athletic Conference) took advantage of five Temple turnovers that resulted in 24 points. UCF scored 40 points or more for the seventh time this season and has yet to score fewer than 30 in a game.

Temple was playing for a bowl possibility. The Owls (5-6, 3-4 AAC) had their modest two-game winning streak snapped under an avalanche of turnovers -- four interceptions and a fumble. The 45 points are the most allowed by Temple since the Owls lost to nationally ranked South Florida (44-23) on Nov. 4, 2015. UCF sophomore quarterback McKenzie Milton was pulled from the game with over two minutes left in the third quarter. He completed 16 of 28 passes for 208 yards and four touchdowns, and he rushed for one score. UCF held a 31-13 halftime lead and it didn't even seem that close. Temple held a brief 10-7 lead, when Frank Nutile hit Keith Kirkwood for an 8-yard touchdown pass with 13:37 left in the half. After that, it was all UCF. The Knights scored 17 points over their next four possessions -- all coming off of three Temple turnovers (two interceptions and a fumble). - The Sports Xchange

11/18/17- Jalen Hurts, So, Alabama, 6-1, 214
Top-ranked Alabama easily took care of business in its Iron Bowl tune-up on Saturday morning, dominating Mercer 56-0 on Senior Day at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Quarterback Jalen Hurts completed all seven of his pass attempts for 180 yards and three touchdowns, leaving the game in the second quarter because of the big early lead. The Crimson Tide (11-0) led 35-0 at halftime against the Bears of the Football Championship Subdivision. Alabama played plenty of backups in the second half, but the offense mostly kept rolling. Late in the third quarter, backup quarterback Tua Tagovailoa found senior Cam Sims for an 8-yard touchdown pass. It was an impressive play as Sims had to drag his toes in the back of the end zone to make it 42-0. A little over a minute later, Alabama reached the end zone again as freshman Brian Robinson high-stepped in for a 6-yard rushing touchdown to make it 49-0. Tagovailoa continued to lead the charge. Five seconds into the final period, Tagovailoa threw a fade pass to receiver Derek Kief for a 13-yard touchdown to make it 56-0. No. 1 Alabama plays at No. 6 Auburn next Saturday with the SEC West title on the line. Mercer (5-5) completed its season. - The Sports Xchange

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