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    The Carolina Panthers have fired offensive coordinator Joe Brady, after 28 disappointing games as a play-caller The Carolina Panthers are on the bye week, but made major news just after kickoff during the 1p.m. window on Sunday, firing offensive coordinator Joe Brady. News of Brady’s firing was first reported by NFL Media’s James Palmer. Brady arrived with much fanfare as one of head coach Matt Rhule’s first hires prior to the 2020 campaign, in large part because of his impact on the development of quarterback Joe Burrow on the heels of winning a national championship at LSU. However, Brady, 32, instead had a wildly inconsistent tenure in Carolina, failing to live up to expectations as the next young coach to follow in the footsteps of offensive gurus like Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay. Panthers have fired Joe Brady after less than two seasonsThrough the season’s first 12 games, Brady’s Panthers offense ranks 28th in the league, while averaging just 308.7 yards per game. Carolina’s offense regressed after finishing last season ranked No. 18 in the NFL, averaging 349.5 yards per...
    Wasn’t this just a rebuilding year for the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide? After all, it lost to 8-4 Texas A&M and struggled for wins over 6-6 teams Florida, LSU and Auburn? But suddenly, the Crimson Tide is just two wins away from its seventh national championship since 2009 after disposing of No. 1 Georgia like it was a non-conference rent-a-win, 41-24, in the SEC Championship Game Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The Tide (12-1) will play in its seventh College Football Playoff final four in eight years on Dec. 31 in either the Orange Bowl in Miami or the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 04: Bryce Young #9 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after a win against the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 04, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) The pairings for those two semifinal games will be announced at 11 a.m. central time Sunday on ESPN. No. 2 Michigan (12-1) and No....
    The Latest from Week 13 of the NFL (all times EST): ___ 11:50 a.m. Gardner Minshew is starting at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles against the New York Jets in place of the injured Jalen Hurts. Hurts was limited in practice all week with a sprained ankle, but insisted he would be ready to play Sunday. Coach Nick Sirianni opted to instead play it safe and start Minshew, who has thrown two passes this season for the Eagles. Hurts was inactive for the game, so Reid Stinnett will serve as Minshew’s backup. Hurts was injured in Philadelphia’s 13-7 loss against the Giants last Sunday, when the second-year quarterback had his worst game as a pro with three interceptions. His ankle was stepped on in the second half, but he remained in the game. Hurts’ mobility is a major part of his game, so playing on a sprained ankle is an issue. He’s the Eagles’ leading rusher with 695 yards on 122 carries and has rushed for at least 50 yards in the Eagles’ past six games — the franchise’s first...
    The Jets’ theme for their matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles is simple: Get more from Zach. The earlier the better. Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur said Zach Wilson looked like a 22-year-old quarterback who hadn’t played in a month in Gang Green’s 21-14 win in Houston last week. Wilson — who returned to action for the first time since suffering a knee sprain — was up and down vs. the Texans. He struggled early, but steadied the ship in the second half throwing for 101 yards and a rushing touchdown. Wilson is a competitive guy, so naturally he was hard on himself after the game. But he is trying to keep the proper perspective on his development. “Being in this position, no one expects it to be perfect. Of course, I’m hard on myself. I get frustrated at times, but I understand it’s all part of the process of where we’re trying to get,” Wilson said. “I’ve just got to keep taking it one day at a time and really just one play at a time.” ...
    1. CONTAIN THE RUN Initially, I thought about writing “stop the run,” but the Jets have the 27th-ranked rushing defense. The Eagles are averaging 158 yards rushing, best in the NFL. They run a similar scheme as the Colts, who ran for 260 yards against the Jets on TNF in Week 9. The Jets are probably going to be without Sheldon Rankins, who’s dealing with a knee injury. But the Jets have to contain the rushing attack to have a shot to win two games in a row. 2. GET ZACH GOING EARLIER Wilson has thrown zero TDs in the first half with seven interceptions and is completing 49% of his passes. It’s mind-blogging that he’s struggling like this in the early portions of the game. In the second half, he has five total touchdowns and only three INTs. He’s a much different quarterback after the break and the Jets need that version to show up earlier. 3. CONTINUE TO RUN THE BALL Against the Texans, the Jets rushed for 157 yards with two TDs. That’s a...
    OAKLAND – The Campolindo High School football team scored a touchdown on its opening possession Saturday night, using less than four minutes off the game clock to move the ball 82 yards on 10 plays. McClymonds needed one play on its opening drive to score its first touchdown. Then needed just one play to reach the end zone again on its third possession of the game. Just like that, McClymonds took a lead it would never relinquish, going on to earn an emphatic 40-21 over visiting Campolindo to capture the Division 3-A North regional championship and punch its ticket to a fifth straight state title game. “We just ran the ball well and played physical and fast,” Warriors coach Michael Peters said. “That was our key.” The Warriors will host Birmingham-Lake Balboa next Saturday at 6 p.m. Birmingham beat Patrick Henry-San Diego 42-35 in 3-A South regional final. OAKLAND – CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 4: Campolindo High’s Charlie Hansen (55) is tackled by McClymonds High’s Dwayne McDougle (4) in the third quarter of their in CIF 3-A...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Isaiah Davis had 19 carries for 108 yards and two touchdowns, Pierre Strong added 73 yards rushing and a score, and South Dakota State beat No. 4 seed Sacramento State 24-19 on Saturday night in the second round of the FCS playoffs. Un-seeded South Dakota State (10-3), ranked No. 11 in the most recent FCS coaches poll, plays No. 5 seed Villanova in next weekend’s quarterfinals. The Hornets (9-3) had their program-record eight-game win streak snapped. After Sacramento State (9-3) went three-and-out on the game’s opening drive, Chris Oladokun hit Jadon Janke for a 29-yard game on third-and-3 before Strong capped an eight-play, 73-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run and the Jackrabbits led the rest of the way. Cole Frahm kicked a 45-yard field goal to make it 10-0 late in the first quarter and Davis capped a seven-play 88 yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown run about 5 minutes into the second quarter. The Hornets moved to the SDSU 35 before Cade Terveer picked off a pass at the 23 and...
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kenny Pickett accounted for three touchdowns and Erick Hallett II returned one of Pittsburgh’s four interceptions for a touchdown to help the No. 17 Panthers beat No. 18 Wake Forest 45-21 in Saturday night’s Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. Hallett’s pick-six with 11:42 left came on the heels of A.J. Woods having a 75-yard interception return that fell only 3 yards short of taking it all the way for the score early in the fourth quarter. That was the highlight sequence in a strong defensive performance that locked up the high-scoring Demon Deacons after the opening quarter and ultimately carried the Panthers to their first ACC title since leaving the Big East in 2013. After surrendering touchdowns on three first-quarter possessions, Pittsburgh (11-2) held Wake Forest scoreless for its last 13 drives while getting after Sam Hartman for five sacks to stymie the Demon Deacons’ tempo-controlling flow. Wake Forest (10-3) was back in the ACC title game for the first time since winning the 2006 championship. But the Demon Deacons finished with 295 total yards, with...
    Underdog is an unusual role for Alabama. Turns out, it suits the Crimson Tide just fine. Now, Nick Saban's team is in a much more familiar position: getting ready to play for another national title. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Bryce Young carved up the nation's top-rated defense, throwing for three touchdowns and running for another as the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide rolled over No. 1 Georgia 41-24 in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday. The stunning result will likely send both powerhouse programs to the four-team College Football Playoff. For Alabama, it would be the seventh appearance in the eight-year history of this postseason format, but this might the most unlikely one of all given the way the Tide struggled late in the regular season. Saban made sure his players heard all the skeptics. "You guys gave us a lot of positive rat poison," the coach quipped to reporters. "The rat poison you usually give us is fatal. But the rat poison you put out there this week was yummy." No one lapped it up more than...
    Levi Lewis scored on a career-high 56-yard run and passed for another touchdown, and No. 20 Louisiana-Lafayette capped off soon-to-be Florida coach Billy Napier's time with the Ragin' Cajuns by defeating Appalachian State 24-16 on Saturday in the Sun Belt Conference championship game. Emani Baily rushed for 117 yards, highlighted by his 35-yard touchdown run on a third-and-9 play to give the Cajuns a two-touchdown lead early in the fourth quarter. Lewis passed for 210 yards without a turnover and finished with 43 net yards rushing as Louisiana-Lafayette (12-1, 9-0 Sun Belt) lengthened its school-record winning streak to 12 games. Cameron Peoples ran for a 43-yard touchdown in the first half for Appalachian State (10-3, 7-2), but the Mountaineers' offense struggled to match its usual production while trying to play catch-up from its first possession. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Appalachian State QB Chase Brice, who averaged 241.8 yards passing per game during the regular season, completed just 12 of 30 passes for 119 yards and was sacked four times — twice each by Cajuns defensive lineman...
    Getty Pharoh Cooper #83 of the New York Giants runs with the ball during the first quarter in the game against the Las Vegas Raiders. Less than 24 hours prior to Week 13’s kickoff, the New York Giants made a trio of roster moves. Defensive back Steven Parker was signed off the practice squad while fellow defensive back Jarren Williams and wide receiver/kick returner Pharoh Cooper were each activated from the practice squad. According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, both Parker and Cooper are in line for “significant roles” against the Miami Dolphins due to numerous injuries across the team’s secondary and receiving corps. Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson has been ruled out for Sunday’s contest due to a quad injury. Second-year nickelback Darnay Holmes was placed on injured reserve earlier this week with a rib injury. Thankfully, the team will be regaining the services of safety Logan Ryan, who is set to return to action after a two-game absence due to COVID-19 protocols. As far as the receiver position, Sterling Shepard and Kadarius Toney are both listed as doubtful with...
    Getty Baltimore Ravens running back Nate McCrary stiff-arms a defender during a 2021 preseason game. The Baltimore Ravens have activated running back Nate McCrary from their practice squad for their Week 13 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers, per the NFL’s official transaction report for December 4. McCrary activated… FEED THE BEAST pic.twitter.com/ZEuP8w6sNv — RavensFlock20 (@Bateman_Szn12) December 4, 2021 McCrary signed with the Ravens in May after going undrafted in the 2021 NFL Draft out of Saginaw Valley State, where he rushed for 1,060 yards and averaged 6.3 yards per carry during his final season. He showed plenty of promise in the preseason, leading the Ravens with 163 yards on 42 carries, but couldn’t win a roster spot ahead of fan favorite Ty’Son Williams, despite a season-ending injury to J.K. Dobbins. As a result, McCrary was waived by the Ravens during final roster cuts on August 31 and was quickly claimed by the Denver Broncos. But he never saw the field in Denver and eventually returned to Baltimore on September 25 shortly after being cut by the Broncos. His...
    RICHMOND — After a first half of offensive fireworks, host Salesian High played keep away in the second half and the result was a 36-28 win over Aragon  in the Northern California 6-A championship game. The score was 30-28 at halftime in favor of Salesian, at which point coaches Chad Nightingale and Steve Sell (Aragon) had a friendly brief exchange where they wondered where both defenses went. But it was the Pride that had the lone score of the second half on a 6-yard, fourth-and-goal swing pass from Nicholas Fontanilla to Max Lacasse, and Salesian also ground out nearly 11 minutes on an 18-play, 74-drive that ate up most of the fourth quarter. It wasn’t until Walter Lloyd intercepted a Dylan Daniel pass in the final minute that Salesian could breathe easy and go into victory formation. “The first half was like a track meet and the second half was a 6-0 game,” Nightingale said. “Hats off to Aragon. They responded in the first half when we scored and they were able to get some big...
    DETROIT -- Quarterback Rocky Lombardi ran for three touchdowns and Jay Ducker ran for 146 yards on 29 carries to power Northern Illinois to a 41-23 victory over Kent State in the Mid-American Conference title game on Saturday.It is the Huskies' (9-4) sixth MAC title in the last 11 years and first since 2018 when it beat Buffalo. Kent State (7-6) was shooting for its first conference championship since winning it in 1972."This is historic," said Huskies coach Thomas Hammock whose team was predicted to finish in last place this year after going 0-6 in 2020. "I don't think any team has gone winless the year before and won a championship.""When everybody said we would finish last, all I told our team was we are the best team in the MAC until proven otherwise. Obviously, they didn't prove us otherwise."Momentum appeared to be shifting to the Golden Flashes at the start of the second half. Andrew Glass kicked a 41-yard field goal on the opening drive for their first points of the game and the Kent State defense forced Northern...
    Kenny Pickett made a brilliant play that caught the Wake Forest Demon Deacons off guard and ended up as a touchdown for the Pittsburgh Panthers. Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett found a way to score a touchdown on a scramble, taking advantage of a brilliant fake slide in the process. In the first quarter of the ACC Championship game, Pickett was pressured by Wake Forest’s pass rush, but was able to escape and scramble out of the pocket. While he was scooting downfield, Pickett faked a slide, which caused Wake Forest’s defense to pause (because of the rule that protects the quarterback), which gave Pickett a window to keep on scooting. Of course, the run ended up being a touchdown. KENNY PICKETT FAKED THE SLIDE AND RAN 58 YARDS FOR THE TD ???? pic.twitter.com/EypNNJZYHE — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 5, 2021 It’s not quite as smooth as Michael Vick’s slide, but Pickett’s run did result in a touchdown, so that has to count for something.ACC Championship: Kenny Pickett scoots into end zone for a touchdown after fake slidePickett did everything he...
    Nick Saban took aim at the media after the Alabama Crimson Tide dominated the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship Game. It is rare for a Nick Saban-coached team to be viewed as the underdogs, but that was the case entering the SEC Championship Game. The Alabama Crimson Tide was not as dominant as in years past, and the Georgia Bulldogs looked unstoppable throughout the year. Hence why the Crimson Tide were not viewed as favorites. But as it turns out, everyone was wrong, as Alabama beat Georgia 41-24 to win the SEC Championship. Following the game, Saban took aim at the media for labeling them as underdogs. He said the rat poison that was supposed to be fatal was actually “yummy.” “The rat poison you put out there this week was yummy.” Nick Saban loves being an underdog ???? pic.twitter.com/uK2iVkEmHg — SEC Network (@SECNetwork) December 5, 2021 Nick Saban, Alabama looked far from underdogs after dominating Georgia If history has shown the college football world anything, it is that Saban relishes when everyone thinks he is going to lose....
    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lost more than the SEC championship game to Alabama. Just in time for the College Football Playoffs, No. 1 Georgia’s proud defense also lost its bid to be regarded as one of the best in recent history. The Bulldogs, who led the nation in fewest yards and points allowed this season, were exposed by quarterback Bryce Young, wide receiver Jameson Williams and No. 4 Alabama’s powerful offense in Saturday’s 41-24 loss. After entering the game ranked No. 1 in the College Football Playoff, Georgia is expected to remain in the top four when the playoff field is announced on Sunday. “It didn’t do any damage,” coach Kirby Smart said of of his team’s playoff hopes. “What it did was reinvigorate our energy. … Unfortunately, it came in a setting like this.” Georgia (12-1) had not been challenged all season. The Bulldogs’ stiffest tests came in a 41-17 win at Tennessee and a 30-13 home win over Kentucky. Left tackle Jamaree Salyer, who started after missing four games with a foot injury, said the Bulldogs can turn...
    STARS —Bryce Young threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide rolled over No. 1 Georgia 41-24 in the Southeastern Conference championship game. —Jerome Ford, Cincinnati, rushed for 187 yards and two TDs as the No. 3 Bearcats rolled past No. 16 Houston 35-20 in the American Athletic Conference championship game. —Cole Johnson, James Madison, passed for five TDs, ran for a sixth as the Dukes defeated Southeastern Louisiana 59-20 in the second round of the FCS playoffs. —Logan Bonner, Utah State, passed for 318 yards and four TDs to help the Aggies win their first Mountain West Conference championship with a 46-13 rout of No. 19 San Diego State. —Tommy Mellott, Montana State, ran for 183 yards and two TDs in a 26-7 win over UT in the second round of the FCS playoffs. —Ramon Jefferson, Sam Houston, rushed for 166 yards and two TDs, and the defending national champion Bearkats beat Incarnate Word 49-42 in the first round of the FCS playoffs. ___ TIDE TOP DAWGS Bryce Young stunningly carved up the...
    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Ailing running back Melvin Gordon III was unable to practice Saturday and was ruled out for the Denver Broncos’ Sunday night showdown at Kansas City with the AFC West lead on the line. That means rookie running back Javonte Williams will get his first career start when the Broncos (6-5) face the Chiefs (7-4) with a chance to move atop the division. Gordon, the Broncos’ leading touchdown scorer, is dealing with shoulder and hip injuries that prevented him from practicing all week Coach Vic Fangio said during the week that if Gordon couldn’t play, Williams would get the bulk of the carries against the Chiefs with veteran running back Mike Boone also in the mix. On Saturday, the Broncos promoted running back Damarea Crockett from their practice squad and waived wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland. Crockett is a first-year pro from Missouri who has bounced between Denver’s practice and active roster. He has appeared in eight games with the Broncos this season, totaling 130 snaps on special teams. Gordon has five TD runs and two TD...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Bryce Young threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as fourth-ranked Alabama rolled over No. 1 Georgia 41-24 in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday, a result that likely sends both powerhouse programs to the four-team College Football Playoff. Young set SEC championship records with 421 yards passing and 461 yards total offense. Georgia (12-1, No. 1 CFP) cruised through the regular season, barely challenged and a unanimous choice as the nation’s No. 1 team for the past two months. The Bulldogs boasted a fearsome defensive unit that had allowed only 6.9 points a game. Young made them look like a scout team, surely bolstering his Heisman Trophy chances as well as moving on to an even bigger game on the final day of 2021. The playoff field will be announced Sunday, with the semifinals set for the Orange and Cotton bowls on Dec. 31. Alabama (12-1, No. 3 CFP) had six offensive scoring drives — five covering at least 75 yards, the other 62 — and finished with a staggering 536 yards against a team...
    The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the undefeated Georgia Bulldogs to win the SEC Championship. The college football media world reacts. The Alabama Crimson Tide’s 2021 season was far from easy, as evidenced by their loss to Texas A&M and their narrow victories over the likes of Florida, Arkansas and Auburn. Facing off against the undefeated Georgia bulldogs and their dominant defense, it looked on paper that the Crimson Tide had no chance. Alabama defeated Georgia 41-24 to win the SEC Championship and will be heading into the College Football Playoff. The college football media world shared their thoughts on the Crimson Tide showing that they still run the conference. Bryce Young. My God, what a performance. Ive seen some stuff on many Championship Saturdays. But thats right up there with anyones closing statement. Fun to see those throws from field level. @AlabamaFTBL #bryceyoung @GeorgiaFootball — Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) December 5, 2021 Northern Illinois, Baylor, Utah State and Alabama. What a day for Cinderella. — Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) December 5, 2021 Final: Alabama 41, Georgia 24. The coronation for...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Isaiah Bolden returned a kick-off 91 yards and James Houston IV picked off a pass in the backfield and returned it five yards for a score as Jackson State broke open a tight game in the third quarter to beat Prairie View A&M 27-10, and win its first Southwestern Athletic Conference championship in 13 years Saturday. The Tigers (11-1) also wrapped up the school’s first 11-win season. Jackson State’s defense forced four turnovers from Prairie View quarterback Jawon Pass, picking off three passes and forcing a third-quarter fumble. The graduate transfer from Louisville, who threw for just shy of 2,000 yards, was held to just 6 of 19 for 80 yards. Prairie View scored first. Ty Holden took a pitch from Pass, pulled up and lobbed a pass to a wide-open Jailon Howard for a 35-yard touchdown with 3:25 left in the first quarter. Jackson State answered with a six-play, 65-yard drive capped by a 16-yard pass to Malachi Wideman from Shedeur Sanders, the SWAC Freshman of the Year and son of coach...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Bryce Young stunningly carved up the nation’s top-rated defense, giving Nick Saban and Alabama a shot at another national championship. Young threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide rolled over No. 1 Georgia 41-24 in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday, a result that likely sends both powerhouse programs to the four-team College Football Playoff. Young set SEC championship records with 421 yards passing and 461 yards total offense. Georgia (12-1, No. 1 CFP) cruised through the regular season, barely challenged and a unanimous choice as the nation’s No. 1 team for the past two months. The Bulldogs boasted a fearsome defensive unit that had allowed only 6.9 points a game. Young made them look like a scout team, surely bolstering his Heisman Trophy chances as well as moving on to an even bigger game on the final day of 2021. The playoff field will be announced Sunday, with the semifinals set for the Orange and Cotton bowls on Dec. 31. Alabama (12-1, No. 3 CFP) had six offensive...
    BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Freshman quarterback Tommy Mellott ran for 183 yards, Isaiah Infanse added 176 yards, and Montana State dominated UT Martin on Saturday, defeating the Skyhawks 26-7 in a second-round game of the FCS playoffs. Montana State outgained UT Martin 438 yards to 178 yards and kept the Skyhawks offense out of the end zone. The Skyhawks’ only score was a 68-yard fumble return by Jay Woods. Mellott’s 1-yard run was the first score of the game and the Bobcats took a 10-7 halftime lead. His breakaway 73-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter put MSU ahead 19-7 and Infanse added a 17-yard run for the final score. No. 8-seed Montana State (10-2) advanced to the quarterfinals against top-seed Sam Houston, which defeated Incarnate Word 49-42 on Saturday. UT Martin’s Dresser Winn completed only 13 of 27 passes for 98 yards and Peyton Logan led the Skyhawks (10-3) with 71 yards rushing. The game featured UT Martin’s stingy run defense (129 yards per game) against Montana State’s potent rushing attack (219 ypg). However, the Bobcats were dominant...
    CINCINNATI (AP) — Jerome Ford rushed for 187 yards and two touchdowns and Desmond Ridder threw three touchdown passes as No. 3 Cincinnati broke open a close game in the third quarter and rolled past No. 16 Houston 35-20 in the American Athletic Conference championship game Saturday. The Bearcats who are ranked No. 4 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, are in position to become the first non-Power 5 team to qualify. The final rankings will be announced Sunday. Cincinnati (12-0) which extended the nation’s second-longest home winning streak to 27, scored three touchdowns in fewer than eight minutes to finish off its second straight AAC crown. Cougars junior QB Clayton Tune passed for 250 yards with two touchdowns and an interception as Houston (11-2) lost for the first time since dropping its season-opener to Texas Tech on Sept. 4. It was a wild first quarter on Saturday with the teams combining for 24 points and 316 yards. After the Cougars settled for a field goal on its opening possession, the Bearcats responded by...
    HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Cole Johnson passed for five touchdowns, ran for a sixth and James Madison scored 17 points after three takeaways in the last three minutes of the first half to defeat Southeastern Louisiana 59-20 in the second round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday. The third-seeded Dukes (11-1), ranked No. 2 in the FCS coaches poll, take on No. 5-ranked and sixth-seeded Montana in the quarterfinals Dec. 10-11. The NCAA Selection Committee was to meet Saturday night to set the date. Saturday’s game, played before 11,743 at Bridgeforth Stadium, hinged upon a 17-point surge in about the last 170 seconds of the first half. Before: The contest was a fairly tight 21-13 late in the second quarter. After: James Madison went into halftime ahead 38-13 after three turnovers — a Cole Kelley fumble and two interceptions — led to two one-play touchdown drives and an Ethan Ratke 25-yard field goal. After the fumble recovery, Johnson threw a 21-yard scoring pass to Antwane Wells in the end zone. After the first interception, Johnson took off on a 35-yard...
    The Philadelphia Eagles are playing the New York Jets on Sunday, but will quarterback Jalen Hurts be active? The Philadelphia Eagles lost to the New York Giants 13-7 last week, where quarterback Jalen Hurts threw three brutal interceptions on the day. Throughout the week, however, Hurts was limited in practices due to an ankle injury picked up in the loss. With a game against the New York Jets looming, will Hurts start under center for the Eagles? According to Eagles reporter Derrick Gunn, Hurts will not play against the Jets on Sunday. Instead, Gardner Minshew will be getting the start in his place. John Clark of NBC Sports was told that Hurts was a game-time decision, with Minshew receiving a lot of reps at the team’s walkthrough on Saturday. Jalen Hurts is out for tomorrow .. Gardner Minshew is in. Boston Scott will be a game time decision . — Derrick Gunn (@RealDGunn) December 4, 2021 I’m told Gardner Minshew took a lot of reps at QB at Eagles walkthrough today I’m told Jalen Hurts is a gametime decision...
    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Quarterback Cam Miller ran for two scores, TaMerik Williams tallied 112 yards rushing and two scoring runs and second-seeded North Dakota State was never threatened in a 38-7 win on Saturday in the second round of the FCS playoffs. The Bison advance to play No. 7-seed East Tennessee State which needed a late rally to beat Kennesaw State 32-31 on Saturday. North Dakota (11-1) didn’t need late heroics in its commanding performance establishing a 10-0 lead after the first quarter when Miller ran it in from the 9-yard line to complete a nine-play, 83-yard drive. Jake Reinholz then kicked a 20-yard field goal with 1:58 left in the first. Nic Baker threw a 22-yard touchdown pass,to Landon Lenoir six seconds into the second and the Salukis (8-5) were within three. But the Bison established two sustained scoring drives that broke Southern Illinois’ will. The Bison used 13 plays to go 65 yards and Williams’ 1-yard plunge with 7:45 before halftime made it 17-7. Following the Salukis’ three-and-out that generated no yardage, North Dakota then stomped out...
    The Alabama football team needed a great performance from Bryce Young to be able to compete with Georgia. Young showed up and is having a Heisman moment.  Alabama football’s Bryce Young is performing at a remarkably high level against a historically good defense with some of the highest stakes possible. Young is almost certainly having his Heisman moment as the Crimson Tide clashes with the Georgia Bulldogs. In the first half against the Bulldogs, Young threw for 286 yards and two touchdowns while also running for 40 yards and another score. He’s been remarkable on seemingly every single opportunity, showing up and helping Alabama score 24 points in one quarter against a defense that typically permits fewer than seven points a game. What Young is doing will put Alabama in perfect position to compete for a national title and he’s been playing at this level for most of the year. It just happens that now he’s doing it against the best defense in the country on an enormous stage in a game with incredible stakes. He’s performing at an impressive...
    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Tyler Riddell found Nate Adkins on a crossing route in the back of the end zone for a 2-point conversion with 35 seconds to play to give seventh-seeded East Tennessee State a shocking 32-31 win over Kennesaw State on Saturday in the second round of the FCS playoffs. Riddell threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Will Huzzie with 1:28 to play and Tim Stayskal recovered an onside kick on the Kennesaw 48. It took the Buccaneers 5 plays to score; a 4-yard pass from Riddell to Quay Holmes. ETSU coach Randy Sanders didn’t hesitate in the decision to go for the win. The Buccaneers (11-1) face second-seeded North Dakota State in the quarterfinals next weekend. Riddell was 22 of 35 for 238 yards and three touchdowns. Holmes had seven receptions for 95 yards and two touchdowns and the Southern Conference Offensive MVP ran 13 times for 87 yards with a touchdown. Jonathan Murphy came off the bench to throw for two touchdowns and run for two and Kennesaw State (11-2) was up 31-17 after...
    PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – NOVEMBER 08: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up before a game against the Chicago Bears at Heinz Field on November 08, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) With Ben Roethlisberger reportedly expecting this season to be his last playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers, here are three potential replacements from the college level. The Pittsburgh Steelers have long needed a contingency plan in place for veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He did return for 2021 on a reworked deal, but his status with the Steelers beyond that was anyone’s guess. It appears the former 2004 first-round draft pick has an idea what the future holds for him. According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, Roethlisberger told former teammates and members of the organization that he expects this to be his final season playing for the Steelers. Perhaps the easiest way for Pittsburgh to address the quarterback position this offseason is to select a rookie in the 2022 NFL Draft. While it is far from the greatest class, there are some enticing options. Sure...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets released Matt Ammendola and signed Alex Kessman from the practice squad Saturday, making a change at kicker after holding an open competition this week. Ammendola was just 13 of 19 on field goal attempts this season, and he missed three of his last six attempts. “Sometimes you can get a little bit out of whack with your technique, so to speak, but he’s an ultra-talented kid,” special teams coordinator Brant Boyer said Friday. “He’s just got to convert when we need the points, right?” Despite a strong leg that impressed during training camp, the first-year kicker from Oklahoma State was 2 for 8 on attempts 40 yards or longer — including 0 for 3 on kicks of 50 or more yards. That prompted the Jets to sign Kessman, also a rookie, to the practice squad last week. While the job remained Ammendola’s at Houston, he went 2 for 3 including a miss from 42 yards in the fourth quarter of New York’s 21-14 win. Coach Robert Saleh announced this week the job...
    RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks elevated veteran running back Adrian Peterson from the practice squad to the active roster for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. Seattle made the roster move on Saturday due to questions about its running back depth. The Seahawks listed starter Alex Collins, and backups Rashaad Penny and Travis Homer as questionable on Friday due to injuries. Collins has been slowed by an abdominal injury but hasn’t missed any games. Penny (hamstring) and Homer (calf) both missed last week’s loss at Washington. Peterson was signed to the practice squad on Wednesday. The 36-year-old played three games earlier this season for Tennessee after Derrick Henry went down with injury. Peterson started two games and had 27 carries for 82 yards and a 3.0-yard average per rushing attempt and one touchdown run. His longest run, 16 yards, came against Houston. Peterson was released by the Titans on Nov. 23. Now in his 15th season, Peterson is a four-time All-Pro, seven-time Pro Bowl selection, was the 2012 league MVP and is likely bound...
    Baylor’s defense stood tall on 4th-and-goal and stopped Oklahoma State running back Dezmon Jackson from making the game-winning score to win the Big 12 Championship. Baylor defensive back Jairon McVea stopped Jackson inches from the pylon with 24 seconds remaining to secure the 21-16 victory and a conference championship. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The Bears led 21-6 at the half but failed to put any points on the board in the second half. Redshirt freshman Blake Shapen started for Baylor in the title game for Gerry Bohannon, who was out with a hamstring injury. Shapen was banged up during the game but managed to complete 23 of 28 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns. Baylor quarterback Blake Shapen (12) throws a pass against Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Conference championship in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Tim Heitman) Tyquan Thornton, Ben Sims and Drew Estrada each had a touchdown catch. Thornton had six catches for 71 yards, Sims had four catches for 34 yards and Estrada had six catches for 33...
    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dezmon Jackson came up inches short on a desperate, fourth-down dive with 24 seconds and fifth-ranked Oklahoma State fell to ninth-ranked Baylor 21-16 in the Big 12 championship game Saturday, knocking the Cowboys out of contention for a playoff spot. Blake Shapen threw three TDs while completing his first 17 passes as Baylor (11-2, College Football Playoff No. 9) took a 21-3 lead. The Cowboys (11-2, CFP No. 5) rallied back, then went 89 yards on 17 plays on their final drive. But their Big 12 and national championship hopes came up just short. After having first-and-goal from 2 following a pass interference penalty, Jackson gained a yard and was held for no gain before an incomplete pass by Spencer Sanders. On fourth down from the 1, Jackson tried to sweep wide left, but with Jairon McVea in pursuit, he barely missed while trying to reach the pylon in the front left corner of the end zone. There would need to be some chaos, in form of an upset or two in other conference title...
    Northern Illinois went from winless during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic-shortened season to winning the Mid-American Conference Championship Saturday. The Huskies lost all six games in 2020 in Thomas Hammock’s second season as the team’s head coach but fought back to prominence, culminating in a 41-23 victory over Kent State to win the school’s sixth conference title and secure a bowl bid later this month. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Northern Illinois' Antario Brown rushes during the first half against Kent State, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) Northern Illinois quarterback Rocky Lombardi took apart the Kent State defense on the ground. He had eight carries for 17 yards but ran for three touchdowns in the win. He also was 7-for-15 passing for 102 yards and an interception. Running back Jay Ducker racked up 146 yards on the ground on 29 carries. Trayvon Rudolph led the team with three catches for 50 yards. GEORGIA NOT WORRIED ABOUT THE PAST, AS KIRBY SMART LOOKS TO FINALLY BEAT THE ALABAMA BUG Northern Illinois quarterback Rocky...
    CLINTON, S.C. (AP) — Presbyterian coach Kevin Kelley, known for not punting, has resigned after going 2-9 in his first season coaching college football. Kelley left for personal reasons, the school said in a statement. He was hired last April and gained attention for his unorthodox strategy that included onside kicks after made scores and not punting on fourth down. Kelley’s team punted 13 times in 11 games this season. Kelley said in a statement on social media that he left “to pursue other football interests.” He was hired last April after years of being a high school coach in Arkansas. He thanked Presbyterian’s leadership for the opportunity. The Blue Hose, who lost their last nine games this fall, led the FCS with 414 yards passing per game and were third nationally with 517 yards a game in total offense. ___ More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 Sign up for the AP’s college football newsletter: https://apnews.com/cfbtop25 Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    DETROIT (AP) — Quarterback Rocky Lombardi ran for three touchdowns and Jay Ducker ran for 146 yards on 29 carries to power Northern Illinois to a 41-23 victory over Kent State in the Mid-American Conference title game on Saturday. It is the Huskies’ (9-4) sixth MAC title in the last 11 years and first since 2018 when it beat Buffalo. Kent State (7-6) was shooting for its first conference championship since winning it in 1972. Momentum appeared to be shifting to the Golden Flashes at the start of the second half. Andrew Glass kicked a 41-yard field goal on the opening drive for their first points of the game and the Kent State defense forced Northern Illinois to punt for the first time. But on the next drive Dustin Crum, the MAC’s most valuable player this season, was intercepted by C.J. Brown who returned it 26 yards for a touchdown as the Huskies went ahead 24-3. The Golden Flashes cut the deficit to 24-10 with 27 seconds left in the third quarter when Crum hit Nykeim Johnson on a 17-yard...
    Despite a phenomenal senior season in their own backyard, the Steelers reportedly aren’t targeting Kenny Pickett as Ben Roethlisberger’s heir-apparent. Next year’s quarterback class is notoriously weak, and it’s worth questioning if a QB of Pickett’s caliber would even make it to the Steelers’ draft position, especially if they finish near .500 as is custom for a Mike Tomlin-coached team. However, if both players were available, the Steelers would reportedly prefer North Carolina’s Sam Howell to Pickett, despite some terming Howell a “poor man’s Mitchell Trubisky,” as compared to the Pitt product, who is in the Heisman conversation. Pickett plays in the ACC Championship on Saturday night, with yet another opportunity to impress NFL scouts. However, these two players competed just a few weeks back in Pittsburgh in a monsoon, with Pickett coming away the victor. Steelers reportedly prefer Sam Howell to Kenny PickettPer Rich Walsh of CBS Pittsburgh, the Steelers would rather draft Howell than Pickett, and Pittsburgh GM Kevin Colbert was just one of the front office executives in attendance for their mid-November tilt. Incredible reporting just now...
    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said injured star running back Jaylin Warren will not play in the Big 12 championship game Saturday against No. 9 Baylor. Warren did not get on the field in the first half as the fifth-ranked Cowboys fell behind 21-6. Warren has been hampered by ankle and shoulder injuries. Gundy told ESPN at halftime Warren would not play in the second half against the Bears. Warren came into the game with 1,134 yards, fourth best in the Big 12, and 11 touchdowns. He had 17 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown last week in a victory against Oklahoma. The Cowboys entered the game fifth in the College Football Playoff rankings with a chance to reach the final four for the first time. ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at http://www.appodcasts.com ___ More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25. Sign up for the AP’s college football newsletter: https://apnews.com/cfbtop25 Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written...
    Oklahoma State football head coach Mike Gundy has ruled out running back Jaylen Warren for the rest of the Big 12 Championship game with an ankle injury. Down big at halftime to the Baylor Bears, Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy said running back Jaylen Warren will not return for the game. Warren suffered an ankle injury in the first half. The Cowboys struggled offensively vs. Baylor. While many of the issues for the Pokes were self-inflicted, it may be difficult for them to get back in this thing with their star running back down for the count. "Jaylen cant play" — Mike Gundy on status of OKST leading rusher Jaylen Warren. #Big12Championship — Patrick Schmidt (@PatrickASchmidt) December 4, 2021 Oklahoma State without running back Jaylen Warren for rest of Big 12 title Oklahoma State had 13 carries for 21 yards (1.6 YPC) in the first half without their leading rusher. Warren has run for 1,134 yards (4.8 YPC) and 11 touchdowns this year. Warren had 125 yards and two touchdowns on 36 carries in the win against Baylor earlier this year....
    No. 2 Michigan and No. 15 Iowa will face off in the Big Ten Championship on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis in a game broadcast on FOX. It will be the first appearance in the Big Ten title game for Michigan, while Iowa made one appearance since there was a conference title game beginning in the 2011 season. Ohio State had dominated the Big Ten Championship, winning five of the last seven. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM A member of the Michigan Wolverines dance team performs while playing the Iowa Hawkeyes at Michigan Stadium on Oct. 5, 2019, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 10-3. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Michigan comes into the game with College Football Playoff hopes after beating Ohio State last week. It was the first time Michigan beat its rival since 2011 and the first time Jim Harbaugh has won against the team since he took over as head coach. The win also elevated the Wolverines to the No. 2 spot in the latest College Football Playoff ranking. Michigan’s...
    Getty Head Coach Nick Hill and the Southern Illinois Salukis will face NDSU this weekend. The North Dakota State Bison (10-1, 7-1 MVFC) host the Southern Illinois Salukis (8-4, 5-3 MVFC) at the Fargodome on Saturday, December 4.Note: Heavy may earn an affiliate commission if you sign up via a link on this pageThe game (3:30 p.m. ET start time) isn’t on TV anywhere, but anyone in the US can watch Southern Illinois vs North Dakota State and every other FCS playoff second-round game live on ESPN+: Get ESPN+ With ESPN+, you can stream dozens of different live sports (including hundreds of college football and basketball games), every 30-for-30 documentary and additional original content (both video and written) all for $6.99 per month. Or, if you also want Disney+ and Hulu, you can get all three for $13.99 per month. Separately, the three streaming services would cost a total $20.97 per month, so you’re saving about 33 percent: Get the ESPN+, Disney+ and Hulu Bundle Once signed up for ESPN+, you can watch Southern Illinois vs North Dakota...
    Five things the Miami Dolphins (5-7) need to do to win their fifth consecutive game, and beat the New York Giants (4-7) at Hard Rock Stadium in Week 13: Make Giants’ offense one dimensional The Giants are averaging 90.8 rushing yards and 3.84 yards per attempt this season, but those struggles can be attributed to not having a healthy Saquon Barkley most of the season. The Giants’ featured back began the season coming back from an ACL injury that cut his 2020 season short, and then missed four games this year because of an ankle sprain. He’s slowly worked his way back the past two games, contributing 65 yards on 19 carries and catching 10 passes for 44 yards. Earlier this season the Dolphins provided Jonathan Taylor a breakout game for the Colts, and he’s taken the league by storm since. Miami, which is allowing 104.9 rushing yards per game and 4.3 yards per attempt, can’t afford to let another elite back to get it going against them. Make Giants’ quarterback uncomfortable A neck injury will...
    Here’s a look at how the Miami Dolphins (5-7) and New York Giants (4-7) match up in six key areas ahead of Sunday’s Week 13 game at Hard Rock Stadium (1 p.m., FOX): When the Dolphins run: The Dolphins are at least starting to utilize the run game enough where opponents have to respect it, which wasn’t previously the case. They had 33 and 39 rushing plays in the past two wins over the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers, respectively. Their yards-per-carry averages in those two games: 3.5 and 2.8. So, that could still use some work, but combined with an efficient short passing game, it’s been good enough. Miami is still No. 31 in the NFL in rushing offense, with Myles Gaskin’s 482 rushing yards at 3.5 yards per carry leading the way. Maybe the addition of veteran former Pro Bowl back Phillip Lindsay starts to bring a spark. He already carried 12 times for 42 yards in his Dolphins’ debut off just one practice, one walkthrough and some additional work. The Giants are 26th...
    USC at CAL Records: Cal (4-7 overall, 3-5 Pac-12); USC (4-7, 3-5) Kickoff: 8 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley TV: FS1 Radio: KGO (810 AM) Series history: USC leads 70-31-5 and has won 15 of the past 16 meetings. Cal’s only win since 2003 was a 15-14 victory at the L.A. Coliseum in 2018. The Bears and Trojans played each other every season since 1926 until last year’s game was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first time the teams have met in the season finale since 1918 and is being played Saturday because the original Nov. 13 matchup was postponed due to multiple cases of COVID-19 among the Golden Bears. Cal storylines: Cal will miss playing in a bowl game for the second straight year and the seventh time in 10 seasons after losing 42-14 last week at UCLA. The Bears beat Stanford 41-11 in the Big Game the previous week and are attempting to score wins vs. the Cardinal and Trojans in the same season for the...
    Getty The Seahawks will debut Adrian Peterson versus the Niners. The Seattle Seahawks have made a final decision on running back Adrian Peterson’s status versus the San Francisco 49ers. Just days after he was signed to the team’s practice squad, the 36-year-old running back will suit up versus the Niners on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “The Seahawks will be activating Adrian Peterson off the practice squad for Sunday’s game against the 49ers, per source,” says Fowler. “Wasting little time putting him to work.” Peterson was signed on Wednesday, December 1. The urgency to move Peterson into the lineup shows not only how the Seahawks really are in “win-now” mode — but how decimated their running back corps is. Starting running back Chris Carson has been sidelined since Week 5 due to a neck injury and is now out for the season. Alex Collins has stepped in as the starting back in his absence and has struggled drastically. The 27-year-old has rushed 101 times for 395 yards on just 3.9 yards per carry. The Seahawks rank 25th...
    Getty Curt Cignetti expects a challenge for the James Madison defense on Saturday. Third-ranked James Madison (10-1) hosts No. 17 Southeastern Louisiana (9-3) in FCS playoff action on Saturday, Dec. 4.Note: Heavy may earn an affiliate commission if you sign up via a link on this pageThe game (2 p.m. ET start time) isn’t on TV anywhere, but anyone in the US can watch SE Louisiana vs James Madison and every other FCS playoff second-round game live on ESPN+: Get ESPN+ With ESPN+, you can stream dozens of different live sports (including hundreds of college football and basketball games), every 30-for-30 documentary and additional original content (both video and written) all for $6.99 per month. Or, if you also want Disney+ and Hulu, you can get all three for $13.99 per month. Separately, the three streaming services would cost a total $20.97 per month, so you’re saving about 33 percent: Get the ESPN+, Disney+ and Hulu Bundle Once signed up for ESPN+, you can watch SE Louisiana vs James Madison live on the ESPN app on your Roku,...
    Getty A New York Jets player preparing himself before an NFL contest. Much has been made this week about the future of New York Jets rookie Matt Ammendola. After weeks of struggle highlighted by an epic field goal miss versus the Houston Texans, he could have played his final snap for the green and white. While who starts on Sunday versus the Philadelphia Eagles at placekicker is still to be determined, there may be another path to ensure his future with Gang Green. ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Jets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Jets! An Audible at LOS Could Change Destinies Play Jets Gameday With Robert Saleh | Week 13 vs. Eagles | The New York Jets | NFLWatch Jets Gameday with Robert Saleh Sundays at 11:30 AM on CBS 2 in New York. Subscribe to the New York Jets YT Channel: bit.ly/2KRtBJd For more Jets NFL Action: bit.ly/2rkCbal #NewYorkJets #Jets #NFL For more Jets action: newyorkjets.com/2021-12-04T13:00:14Z Ammendola has struggled to figure things out at kicker consistently,...