Player Notes

  • Blough completes 19-of-22 in clean pocket
    Purdue redshirt senior QB David Blough completed 19-of-22 passes when given a clean pocket in Saturday's upset win over Boston College.

    Advice: Those passes went for 253 yards and three touchdowns, good for a 154.2 passer rating. Blough had a heck of a game in the Boilermakers upset victory over No. 23 Boston College. Despite just a 1-3 start to the season, things are looking up for Purdue as they take on the 0-3 Nebraska Cornhuskers next week. Today, 7:32 am
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  • N'Keal Harry quiet in conference loss
    Arizona State junior WR N'Keal Harry was shut down in Saturday's 27-20 loss at Washington, finishing with just five grabs for 20 yards.

    Advice: Harry's longest reception of the evening was five yards, as the Huskies did a great job of neutralizing the pass game with their impressive secondary and making Arizona State try and beat them on the ground. The NFL prospect did make his presence felt in the return game. Late in the fourth quarter he fielded a punt at his own 5-yard line. It appeared to be ill-advised, but he used his speed and athletic ability to take it out near midfield, positioning his team for a late score. He'll look for better offensive production next week against Oregon State. Yesterday, 11:53 pm
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  • Eno Benjamin runs for 104 yards, touchdown
    Arizona State sophomore RB Eno Benjamin rushed 26 times for 104 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 27-20 setback at Washington.

    Advice: Benjamin can be lost in the shadow of QB Manny Wilkins and WR N'Keal Harry, but the sophomore tailback (and the defense) was the reason Sparky was able to hang around in a one-score game in Seattle. Benjamin was quiet in the past two outings, posting just 48 rushing yards on 26 carries, so perhaps this game will snap him back on track. He has a pair of 100-yard games this season, and three total touchdowns. He'll look to add to that total next Saturday against Oregon State. Yesterday, 11:50 pm
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  • Jake Browning tosses three TDs in victory
    Washington senior QB Jake Browning completed 15-of-22 passes for 202 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Saturday's 27-20 victory against Arizona State.

    Advice: Browning entered the game with just four TDs and four INTs in his first three games, so this was easily his best production of the season. He even completed a season-best 68.2 percent of his attempts. Perhaps this will be a nice springboard as he gets deeper into the conference schedule. The Huskies will step out of conference one final time against BYU before seven final games inside the Pac-12. Yesterday, 11:46 pm
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  • Myles Gaskin totals 109 yards from scrimmage
    Washington senior RB Myles Gaskin (forearm) rushed for 86 yards on 21 carries in Saturday's game against Arizona State and he added two grabs for 23 yards.

    Advice: Gaskin checked out of the game briefly due to an apparent forearm injury, as he was seen favoring the arm on the telecast. He spent some time on the sidelines while his team was in the red zone in the fourth quarter, but was able to return for the next drive. It appears he'll be just fine heading into next Saturday's home game against upset-minded BYU. Yesterday, 11:04 pm
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  • Alex Hornibrook leads late comeback over Iowa
    Wisconsin junior QB Alex Hornibrook completed 17-of-22 passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 28-17 win over Iowa.

    Advice: The Badgers trailed 17-14 with 5:40 remaining in the fourth quarter when they started into their go-ahead scoring drive. On that drive, Hornibrook completed 5-of-5 passes, wrapping it with a 17-yard scoring toss to A.J. Taylor. That score came with just over a minute left in the game. Wisconsin would add one more touchdown before contest's end to provide the final margin of victory. Hornibrook is rarely tasked with carrying the team, but he did a beautiful job, here, with his team on the verge of losing two straight games. The Badgers will take their bye next weekend, with a home date against Nebraska showing on the schedule after that. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
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  • Benny Snell finds end zone four times vs. MSU
    Kentucky junior RB Benny Snell rushed 26 times for 165 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 28-7 romp against Mississippi State.

    Advice: Snell has been a beast, racking up at least 125 rushing yards in each of his three meetings against FBS opponents this season. He has seven rushing scores overall this season, and as long as he stays healthy the Wildcats look to be a tough out in the SEC. Snell could become the first Kentucky running back to lead the SEC in rushing since Artose Pinner posted 1,414 yards in 2002. He could also challenge the single-season record for Kentucky, when Moe Williams gobbled up 1,600 yards in 1995. Next up is a home battle against South Carolina. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Nick Fitzgerald totals just one TD in loss
    Mississippi State redshirt senior QB Nick Fitzgerald completed 16-of-32 passes for 145 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in Saturday's 28-7 loss at Kentucky and he rushed for one score.

    Advice: The No. 14 Bulldogs hit the road for Lexington and were unable to deal the Wildcats their first loss of the season. Kentucky's defense was surprisingly stout, limiting Mississippi State to just the one Fitzgerald rushing score. It was an especially surprising result considering Mississippi State entered the game averaging 50.0 points per game. The Bulldogs will look to bounce back next Saturday at home against old coach Dan Mullen and the Florida Gators. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
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  • Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor held in check
    Wisconsin sophomore RB Jonathan Taylor rushed for 113 yards on 25 carries in Saturday's 28-17 win over Iowa.

    Advice: While Taylor did top 100 yards rushing in this one -- something he's done every game this season -- Iowa defensed him about as well as a team can. The 5-foot-11, 221-pound sophomore managed a long run of just 17 yards while averaging a fine-for-mere-mortals 4.52 YPC. Taylor's rushed for 628 yards and five touchdowns through four contests, now. The Heisman contender will have a bye to rest up before he and the rest of his Badger brothers embark on the thick of their Big Ten journey starting with a home date against Nebraska on Oct. 6. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
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  • Reggie Gallaspy scores twice on goal line
    NC State senior RB Reggie Gallaspy II rushed for 81 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in Saturday's 37-20 win over Marshall.

    Advice: Gallaspy (5'11/235) wasn't necessarily very efficient -- 3.7 YPC -- but he was just asked to run out the clock and score near the goal line tonight; The power back scored twice from one-yard out. The Wolfpack's inability to run the ball will eventually start haunting NC State once they start playing quality opponents. That part of the schedule starts next week when Virginia comes into town. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
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  • Mitchell puts up 239 yards receiving in loss
    Oregon junior WR Dillon Mitchell snagged an impressive 14 passes for 239 yards in a 38-31 overtime loss to Stanford on Saturday.

    Advice: This was impressive. Mitchell battled a leg injury, but he was able to come back, and to say that he was Justin Herbert's top target is the understatement of the season. He had a long of 53 yards, but there were several big connections between Herbert and Mitchell (6'2/189), including a fourth-and-one pass for 16 yards that put Oregon at the one and set up a rushing score that made it 31-21 late in the fourth. Unfortunately for the Ducks, it wasn't enough. Mitchell will try to come close to this output next Saturday when Oregon faces off against Cal. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
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  • Kelly-Martin (ankle) leads Iowa on ground
    Iowa sophomore RB Ivory Kelly-Martin (ankle) rushed for 72 yards on 14 carries in Saturday's 28-17 loss to Wisconsin.

    Advice: Not the flashiest of showings, here, but it was good to see Kelly-Martin back in action. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound sophomore had not played since the team's opener against NIU due to a nagging ankle injury. In his return versus the Badgers, he ended up leading the team in rushing. He hasn't lost his starting job, either, it would appear, as no other back received double-digit carries in the tough late loss. Iowa is off on bye next weekend, which should serve as a huge help in getting Ivory-Martin back to full health or close to it. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
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  • Verdell runs well, but commits costly fumble
    Oregon redshirt freshman RB CJ Verdell ran 20 times for 115 yards with a touchdown in a 38-31 overtime loss to Stanford on Saturday.

    Advice: Verdell was easily the most effective runner for the Ducks on Saturday, with no other player running for more than 35 yards. His touchdown was a 48-yard scamper that gave the Ducks a 21-7 lead. Unfortunately, his night is going to be partially remembered -- to be nice -- for his fumble with 51 seconds left that allowed Stanford to drive down the field and tie the game before winning it in overtime. There are more positives than negatives here, but that was obviously a big, big negative. He'll look to put up similar numbers without the fumble next Saturday against Cal. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
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  • Smith has strong game in rout of Vanderbilt
    South Carolina sophomore WR Shi Smith caught five passes for 119 yards and a score in a 37-14 thrashing of Vanderbilt on Saturday.

    Advice: Most of the attention goes to Deebo Samuel and Bryan Edwards in the Gamecocks’ receiving corps, and for good reason. Smith (6’3/217) is a talented player in his own right, and he showed as much as the leading wideout for South Carolina in the win over the Commodores. His touchdown was a 38-yard strike over the top from Jake Bentley that gave SC a 7-0 lead just 55 seconds into the game. It’d be unrealistic to expect too many more games like this from Smith, but it’s clear he’s going to be involved in the game-plan. A contest with Kentucky comes next for the Gamecocks on September 29. Yesterday, 5:19 pm
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  • Johnson goes for 124 to help Texas upset TCU
    Texas junior WR Collin Johnson snared seven passes for 124 yards and a touchdown in a 31-16 victory over TCU on Saturday.

    Advice: This is the breakout game we’ve been waiting for. Johnson hasn’t been bad over the first three weeks, but he’s been mostly held in check compared to his impressive sophomore season. He wasn’t held in check today. Sam Ehlinger hit him on a 45 yard pass, but the most impressive plays was a brilliant diving catch from 31-yards out that gave the Longhorns their 17-16 lead. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound junior also made several players that set up scores and moved the chains in the upset victory. Another big game should be in stow for Johnson against Kansas State next Saturday. Yesterday, 4:58 pm
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  • Nathan Elliott posts career-high 314 yards
    North Carolina junior QB Nathan Elliott completed 22-of-31 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 38-25 win over Pitt.

    Advice: The 314 yards were a career-high for Elliott. In the two previous games, Elliott struggled with his accuracy but was able to rebound today when he completed 71 percent of his passes. After running back Antonio Williams reached the end zone twice, Elliott found Michael Carter for a 31-yard score and Dynami Brown for a 19-yard score. It was a much needed day for both Elliott and the Tar Heels as a loss would have sent them to 0-3. UNC will take their victory to the South on a short week when they play Miami on Thursday. Yesterday, 2:13 pm
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  • Antonio Williams runs for 144, scores twice
    North Carolina junior RB Antonio Williams rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in Saturday's 38-35 win over Pitt.

    Advice: Williams (5'11/212) used his fresh legs -- he was ejected in Week 2 for targeting and then had last week's contest cancelled -- to reach the 100 rushing yard mark for the first time in his career. The Ohio State transfer put the first points on the board on a 37-yard touchdown run in the first, and then scored on a leaping goal line carry in the second quarter. Williams is now averaging a robust 7.3 YPC on the year but will get a tougher matchup on the road at Miami next Thursday. Yesterday, 2:05 pm
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  • Andrew Bunch (leg) returns to action
    Nebraska sophomore QB Andrew Bunch returned to Saturday's game at Michigan after briefly leaving in the third quarter due to a left leg injury.

    Advice: Bunch being able to return to the game is good news for Nebraska, as the Huskers have been banged-up at the quarterback position this season. Starter Adrian Martinez, who Bunch replaced to start the second half, suffered a knee injury in Nebraska's season-opening loss to Colorado Sept. 8. Yesterday, 11:57 am
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  • TE Harris (foot) out for Missouri game
    Georgia senior TE Jackson Harris (foot) didn't travel with the team for Saturday's game at Missouri.

    Advice: Harris still hasn't played this year but at least he kicked the walking boot recently. We give him at least a coin flip chance of being active next Saturday against Tennessee. Yesterday, 8:27 am
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  • Slade gets two rushing scores in win
    Penn State freshman RB Ricky Slade carried the ball 10 times for 94 yards with two touchdowns in a 63-24 trouncing of Illinois on Friday.

    Advice: Impressive. Even playing behind Miles Sanders -- and we must note that Illinois’s rushing defense looked atrocious -- Slade was able to get his, and showed why he was one of the highest-recruited running backs in the class. The big play was a 61-yard gash, but he had a few other impressive runs, including another touchdown from a yard out. This is Sanders’ backfield, but Slade is a more than competent backup. Expect more carries as the year goes on. A date with Ohio State next Saturday comes next. Friday, 9:41 pm
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