College Football Notes – Nov. 11, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2018

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Please thank our veterans on this 100-year anniversary of the World War I Armistice and later Veterans Day…

Dr. Chris Howard of Air Force and president of Robert Morris University has been named as 2018 recipient of the prestigious seventh annual Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America. Dr. Morris was the winner of the first NFF William V. Campbell (then the Draddy Award) Award in 1990 as a superior scholar-athlete and leader at AFA during the 1987-90 seasons.
Coordinated by the staff at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA was created in June 2012 to honor an individual and/or a group within the realm of the sport of football.
Brant Ringler, the executive director of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, and Steve Richardson, the FWAA’s executive director, demoted the honor last Thursday after Dr. Howard was selected from a list of 56 nominations by a seven-person committee made up of FWAA members and Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl officials. Kansas State and its football team was honored last November as the sixth recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award for the university’s partnership with the United States Army that created a bond between the school’s athletic department and the Iron Rangers at the U.S. Army base in Fort Riley, Kan.
Several collegiate standouts playing on Sundays in the NFL have left their literal marks in both AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and historic Cotton Bowl Stadium/Fair Park Stadium in Dallas. AT&T Stadium later this year will host the Baylor-Texas Tech Big 12 Conference encounter Nov. 24 and the College Football Playoff semifinal 83rd annual Goodyear Cotton Bowl Dec. 29. Cotton Bowl Stadium is hosting the SERVPRO First Responders Bowl on Dec. 26 with team selections for both those postseason clashes on Sunday, Dec. 2.
Some of the notable players and their records have been:
Cotton Bowl Stadium
Pass Completions, Game
45, Case Keenum, Houston vs. Penn State, 2012
43, Taylor Potts, Texas Tech vs. Northwestern, 2011
42, Taylor Potts, Texas Tech vs. Baylor, 2010
36, Graham Harrell, Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss, 2009
34, Chuck Hixson, SMU vs. Air Force, 1969
Passing Yards, Game
532, Case Keenum, Houston vs. Penn State (45-69-3 TD), 2012
462, Taylor Potts, Texas Tech vs. Baylor (42-59-4), 2010
429, Johna Williams, Grambling State vs. Prairie View A&M (20-33-1), 2015
414, Trey Green, Prairie View A&M vs. Grambling State (29-55-1), 2015
390, Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma vs. Texas (22-31-2), 2016
AT&T Stadium
Rushing Yards, Game
246, Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State vs. Oregon, 2015 (36 attempts, 4 TD)
246, Terrance Ganaway, Baylor vs. Texas Tech, 2011 (42 attempts, 2 TD)
236, Geremy Aldridge-Mitchell, West Texas A&M vs. Tarleton State, 2015 (31 attempts, 3 TD)
230, Christine Michael, Texas A&M vs. Arkansas, 2011 (32 attempts, 3 TD)
229, Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma, 2013 Goodyear Cotton Bowl (17 attempts, 2 TD)
Net Yards Passing, Game
598, Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech vs. Baylor, 2014 (30-56-1, 598 yards, 6 TD)
586, Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech vs. Baylor, 2016 (30-46-0, 586 yards, 6 TD)
550, Bryce Petty, Baylor vs. Michigan State, 2015 (36-51-1, 550 yards, 3 TD)
510, Tyler Wilson, Arkansas vs. Texas A&M, 2011 (30-51-0, 510 yards, 3 TD)
417, Charlie Brewer, Baylor vs. Texas Tech, 2017 (43-63-1, 417 yards, 3 TD)
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Nov. 12-18 time period are Nov. 12
(1890) Claude Reeds, Norman, Okla.; (1896) Bill Fincher, Spring Place, Ga.; (1933) Grant Teaff, Hermleigh, Texas; (1946) Chris Ault, San Bernardino, Calif.; (1954) Rob Lytle, Fremont, Ohio; (1959) Steve Bartkowski, Des Moines, Iowa; Nov. 13 (1900) Eddie Anderson, Oskaloosa, Iowa; (1934) Bob Pellegrini, Williamsport, Pa.; (1963) Vinny Testaverde, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Nov. 14 (1926) Tubby Raymond, Flint, Mich.; (1931) Bill Kelly, New York, N.Y.; Nov. 15 (1890) Shorty Miller, Harrisburg, Pa.; (1898) Frank Thomas, Muncie, Ind.; (1907) Volney Ashford, Chicago, Ill.; (1950) Otis Armstrong, Chicago, Ill.; Nov. 16 (1965) Gordie Lockbaum, Medina, Pa.; Nov. 17 (1908) John Cain, Montgomery, Ala.; (1939) Willie Richardson, Clarksdale, Miss.; Nov. 18 (1896) Slip Madigan, Ottawa, Ill.; (1934) Paul Wiggin, Modesto, Calif.; (1948) Jack Tatum, Cherryville, N.C.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Nov. 12 (1967) Jack Cannon, Columbus, Ohio; (2002) Glenn Dobbs, Tulsa, Okla.; Nov. 13 (1978) Allyn McKeen, Montgomery, Ala.; Nov. 14 (1969) Ben Stevenson, Houston, Texas; (1970) Frank Loria, Huntington, W.Va.; (1974) Jim Phelan, Honolulu, Hawai’i; (1995) Les Horvath, Glendale, Calif.; (2016) Bob Gain, Willoughby, Ohio; Nov. 15 (1974) Johnny Mack Brown, Beverly Hills, Calif.; (1992) Carl Hinkle, Little Rock, Ark.; Nov. 17 (2001) Billy Vessels, Coral Gables, Fla.; (2006) Bo Schembechler, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Nov. 18 (1977) Davey O’Brien, Ft. Worth, Texas; (1992) Ed Franco, Bayonne, N.J.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Nov. 12 (1933) Grant Teaff (a spry 85), Chris Ault, Steve Bartkowski, Nov. 13 Vinny Testaverde, Nov. 14 Bill Kelly, Nov. 15 Otis Armstrong, Nov. 16 Gordie Lockbaum, Nov. 17 Willie Richardson…
NC State and Mississippi State will face off in 2020 and ’21…Oklahoma and Temple will meet in 2024, ’25 and ’28…Liberty and Southern Miss have slated a 2022 clash…Mississippi State sported the No. 2 scoring defense nationally entering the contest, but SEC West Division winner Alabama blanked the Bulldogs 24-0 in Tuscaloosa. That was almost 44 years to the day that Bama shut out State’s high-scoring Sun Bowl champion team 35-0 at Tuscaloosa, Ala. It also marked the Crimson Tide’s first back-to-back blankings against SEC opponents since 1980 and the first against nationally-ranked foes in consecutive weeks since 1944…Florida rushed for a season-high 372 team yards and overcame a 31-14 disadvantage in the final 4:41 of the contest to edge South Carolina 35-31…SMU and Connecticut combined for 1,174 yards and 15 touchdowns in a 62-50 slugfest win by the Mustangs who are one win away from postseason eligibility…Oklahoma edged rival Oklahoma State 48-47 in the 107th renewal of the Bedlam Series when the Cowboys missed a two-point conversion in the final minutes of the skirmish…Kansas State and NFF College Hall of Fame head coach Bill Snyder topped rival Kansas 21-17 in the 116th meeting of the fame Sunflower State Series. K-State has a record, 10-game winning skein in the rivalry…UCF won its 22nd game in succession and joined Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame as the four remaining undefeated schools in NCAA FBS…Nebraska won is third game in the last four tries convincingly 54-35 over Big Ten opponent Illinois. The Huskers have accumulated 440 yards of total offense in eight consecutive games for the fourth time in school history this year, and the other three instances were national championship crews…Wake Forest upended then No. 14 NC State 27-23 last Thursday before an ESPN national television audience…Tennessee defeated then-No. 11 Kentucky for the 17th consecutive time in Knoxville and remained in strong contention for a bowl berth with five wins…Davison had a NCAA FCS game-record 789 yards of total offense but fell to San Diego 56-52…QB Caleb Evans helped probable bowl-bound Louisiana-Monroe top Sun Belt Conference rival South Alabama 38-10 with a 367-yard passing night and two touchdowns along with 434 yards of total offense and touchdown accountability of four (two rushing)…West Virginia remained tied with Oklahoma for top spot in the Big 12 Conference with a 47-10 win over TCU and defending the Horned Frogs for a season-fewest 222 yards of total offense. TCU has had 35 players miss at least one game with injuries this season and starting QB Shawn Robinson is out for the year after surgery…Virginia Tech leads all FBS schools with 833 team sacks over the last 23 seasons.
The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is hosting the 2018 Apple Cup Food Drive this week to assist food banks throughout the state prior to the Apple Cup contest between Washington and Washington State…ESPNEWS recounted the life story of the late Declan Drumm Sullivan who passed away on campus in 2010 and the foundation inspired by the former Notre Dame student manager to work with underserved children in the Chicago area. The foundation has raised $4 million-plus and assisted 90 youngsters in funding for future college educations last year.
Kansas head coach David Beaty will finish the 2018 season and then complete his contract with the Jayhawks. The search for Beaty’s successor has begun with Kansas director of athletics Jeff Long helping to head up the national search…Alabama head coach Nick Saban was interviewed by the Weather Channel last week after he inspired thousands with his fundraising and relief efforts following the devastating Tuscaloosa tornado of 2011…Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield had his contract extended through the 2023 season…Now in his 22nd season at South Dakota State, head coach John Steigelmeyer is working on a new contract update through 2022.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Newberry: Todd Knight, Boiling Springs, N.C.; North Carolina: Larry Fedora, College Station, Texas; NC State: Dave Doeren, Shawnee, Kan.; North Texas: Seth Littrell, Muskogee, Okla.; Northern Arizona: Jerome Souers, Eugene, Ore.
NACDA is accepting nominations for outstanding career directors of athletics for the 2019 NACDA Hall of Fame class…Bethune-Cookman AD Lynn Thompson, Austin Peay’s Gerald Harrison, Cal State Northridge’s Michael Izzi, Fresno State’s Terry Tunney, and Friends (Kan.) AD Bob Ramsmeyer were featured in the recent edition of the NACDA Association magazine.
Northwestern has become the first Power Five conference squad to make it to a league title game without the benefit of a non-conference victory. NU (6-4 overall, 6-1 Big Ten) won the Big Ten West Division crown with a 14-10 victory over Iowa last Saturday… If the season ended this week, this is how the other FBS conference championship contests could evolve – American: UCF (East) vs. SMU (West); ACC: Clemson (Atlantic) vs. Pittsburgh (Coastal); Big Ten – Michigan (East) vs. Northwestern (West); Big 12: Oklahoma vs. West Virginia; Conference USA: Middle Tennessee (East) vs, UAB (West); Mid-American: Buffalo (East) vs. Northern Illinois (West); MWC: Utah State (Mountain) vs. Fresno State (West); Pac-12: Washington State (North) vs. Utah (South); Southeastern (both clinched) – Alabama (West) vs. Georgia (East)…The solid SEC West again has five bowl-eligible squads and Ole Miss in the running at 5-5 overall and with a NCAA appeal for postseason play upcoming. Only Arkansas (2-8 overall) has been eliminated from bowl contention from that segment.
The Sporting News’ latest projected post-2018 bowl updates this week include Dec. 15-19 bouts are Gildan New Mexico Bowl – San Diego State vs. BYU; AutoNation Cure Bowl – Louisiana-Monroe vs. USF; Las Vegas Bowl – Fresno State vs. USC; Raycom Media Camellia Bowl – Troy vs. Nevada; New Orleans Bowl – Coastal Carolina vs. Louisiana Tech; Cheribundi Tart Boca Raton Bowl – Ohio vs. FIU; and Frisco (Texas) Bowl – Eastern Michigan vs. Cincinnati…There are 78 matchups for the initial bowl season, plus two CFP semifinals and the CFP championship contest. A total of 62 teams has qualified for the 2018-19 FBS postseason bouts.
Illinois RB Reggie Corbin entered last week’s games with a 9.1 average – tops among all FBS rusher with a minimum of 100 carries…Texas QB Sam Ehlinger established a Big 12 Conference mark with 274 passes without an interception…Georgia RB D’Andre Swift rushed for 186 yards to pace the Bulldogs past longtime SEC rival Auburn 27-10 and to remain in the thick of the race to return to the CFP semifinals…Sensational QB Kyler Murray passed for 349 yards and rushed for 66 more as the Sooners outlasted Oklahoma State last week…Oklahoma State QB Taylor “Corn Dog” Cornelius threw for a personal-high 501 yards (third-most in a game in Cowboys individual passing history) in last week’s one-point loss at Oklahoma…Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond overcame two turnovers to lead the Aggies to a 38-24 comeback triumph over Ole Miss in a key SEC clash…Reserve QB Brandon Wimbush passed for a career-high 202 yards and three touchdowns in the first half to lead Notre Dame past Atlantic Coast Conference power Florida State last Saturday…Duke QB Daniel Jones racked up a career-best 547 yards of total offense with 186 rushing yards as the Blue Devils downed North Carolina 42-35…North Texas QB Nolan Fine broke the school career standard for passing yards with 8,743 yards to pass previous recordholder Mitch Maher with 8,503 yards from 1991-94. Maher, a pastor in the Houston, Texas, area, is coming to campus prior to the UNT-Florida Atlantic game (rematch of the 2017 Conference USA championship) Thursday night in Denton, Texas…Texas kicker Cameron Dicker booted a career-long 52-yard field goal against Texas Tech…Utah State expects to make a slight move from No. 14 in the national polls after crunching San Jose State 62-24 behind 491 yards and five TD passes by QB Jordan Love…Boise State RB Alexander Mattison rushed for 143 yards as the Broncos upended No. 23 Fresno State last Friday evening…Old Dominion QB Blake LaRussa passed for 301 yards in a 34-31 surprise win over 2017 Conference USA runnerup North Texas…Indiana RB Stevie Scott carried for 103 yards in a 34-32 win over Maryland as the Hoosiers moved to within one win of bowl eligibility. He earlier had a career-best 204 rushing yards on 31 carries against nationally-ranked Virginia. is estimating $1.4 billion-plus in donations to college athletics in 2018…Henry Ford College (Mich.) and Ole Miss athletics are amping up their donor programs for the 2018-19 academic year with several incentives.
Some were calling the annual Florida-South Carolina clash the Steve Spurrier Bowl in honor of the NFF College Hall of Fame quarterback at UF and head coach at both Florida and USC. South Carolina’s last two head coaches, including current mentor Will Muschamp, have been former Florida head coaches.
North Texas journalism students Briana Castañón and Hailey Sutton won North Texas Region Emmy Awards for features at the Texas Emmy Awards ceremony in Houston.
The FWAA Reveal Suits National Team of the Week for games of Oct. 30-Nov. 3 was No. 1 nationally Alabama after the Crimson Tide blanked then No. 6 nationally LSU 29-0 at Baton Rouge, La.….Shelly Poe of Auburn, Nate Lake of Metropolitan State, Dan Apple of Florida, Michael Bonnette of LSU, David Rosinski of East Mississippi Community College, Michael Sondheimer of the Southern California Volleyball Hall of Fame, Herman Hudson of SMU, Mark Cohen of TCU, and Ryan Keaying of Texas Wesleyan were featured subjects and opinion makers in the popular CoSIDA Open Forum discussion link on….2004 NCBWA Wilbur Snypp Award recipient Dana Heiss Grodin completed her first New York City marathon Nov. 4…Dick Howser Trophy chair David Feaster and NCBWA executive director Bo Carter re-presented the 2018 Dick Howser Trophy for NCAA Division I Baseball Player of the Year to Florida’s Brady Singer during the UF-South Carolina contest. Singer also was the guest celebrity for Florida’s popular 2-Bits cheer in pregame festivities.
The NCAA Division II football tournament bracket was released last Sunday with the top four seeds as Notre Dame (Ohio), Ouachita Baptist, Minnesota State-Mankato, and Valdosta State as the top four seeds. Others chosen for the DI postseason are Kutztown (Pa.), Hillsdale (Mich.), LIU Post, the famed Slippery Rock (Pa.),
West Chester (Pa.), New Haven, Indianapolis, Fort Hays State (Kan.), Ferris State (Mich.), Harding (Ark.), Grand Valley State (Ohio), Northwest Missouri State, Bowie State (Md.), West Alabama, West Georgia, Wingate, Lenoir-Rhyne, Florida Tech, Colorado Mines, Colorado State-Pueblo, Tarleton State, Azusa Pacific, Minnesota-Duluth, and Texas A&M-Commerce.
2018-19 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s six
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018
Goodyear Cotton Bowl – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, CFP Semifinal Game, 4 or 8 p.m.
Capital One Orange Bowl – Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Lakes, Fla., Semifinal Game, 4 or 8 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 7 – CFP National Championship, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif., 8 p.m.
Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 2017-18 (Other New Year’s Six Bowls)
Monday, Dec. 31 – Chick-Fil-A Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 1
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – University of Phoenix Stadium, Phoenix, 1 p.m.
Rose Bowl Presented by Northwestern Mutual, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif., 5 p.m.
Allstate Sugar Bowl – Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, 8:30 p.m.

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