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Michigan lineman Mazi Smith facing concealed weapon charge No. 4 USC falls to Utah in Pac-12 Championship, damaging playoff hopes No. 23 USTA tops North Texas 48-27 in C-USA title game

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DETROIT – Michigan’s standout quarterback Know Smith will play for the Wolverine in this weekend’s Big Ten Championship game against Purdue, facing a felony charge for carrying a concealed weapon.

The indictment was filed in an Ann Arbor court almost two months after the gun was discovered during a traffic stop. Smith, the 21-year-old senior and co-captain of the team from Grand Rapids, Michigan, made four tackles and one pass against Indiana on October 8, the day after the incident.

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Smith appeared in court via video on Thursday. Defense attorney John Shea said Smith was just getting his gun permit when he was stopped by the police.

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“Now he has it,” Shi told the judge.

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“They asked him if there were weapons in the car,” Shi said. “He was honest. He was outspoken. He was fully prepared to cooperate.”

No. 2 Michigan, expected to make the four-team college football playoffs for the second year in a row, will play the Boilermakers in Indianapolis on Saturday for the Big Ten Championship. Smith will continue to compete with the team, sporting director Varde Manuel said.

“Mazi has been honest, open and cooperative from the very beginning, he is an amazing young man. He does not and has never been considered a threat to the university or the community,” Manuel said.

Trainer Jim Harbaugh said he was confident “there will be a fair and just decision”.

“Mazi’s character and the credibility he has earned over the past four years will continue to count throughout the process,” Harbaugh said.

Ann Arbor police said Smith was pulled over for speeding on October 7 and was found in possession of a handgun, but not a permit to carry a handgun. He was arrested, taken to the police station and released.

Washtenaw County Attorney Eli Savit said Smith was not charged at the time because he was not in custody, allowing further investigation.

“When the accused is not in custody, the approval of charges is usually slower. It was a completely unremarkable schedule with no suspect in custody,” Savit told the Detroit Free Press.

The 6-foot-3, 337-pound Smith had a tackle and three assists in last weekend’s 45-23 win over Ohio State. He started in all 26 games for the Wolverines in the past two seasons.

The same prosecutors struck a deal with East Michigan basketball star Emony Bates, who was arrested and charged with a similar offense in September for carrying a concealed weapon in a car. Bates settled the misdemeanor. He said it was not his car or weapon.

LAS VEGAS – No. 12 “Utah” drove a lame, bloody Caleb Williams and swept past No. 4 in Southern California 47-24 on Friday night to win the Pac-12 championship and cast doubt on USC college football playoff hopes.

A loss to the Trojans (11-2) could pave the way for Ohio State (11-1) to a playoff berth. USC is fourth in the CFP rankings, the Buckeyes are a step behind.

Ohio State was supposed to be Utah’s biggest fan. The Buckeyes moved up the playoff rankings, with Michigan 12-0 in second place in Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game, giving the Big Ten Conference two playoff teams for the first time. It will also extend the drought in the Pac-12 playoffs – Washington in 2017 is the last team in this conference to make the playoffs.

Utah (10-3) is heading to the Rose Bowl, but the Utah have already gone there regardless of the outcome of the title game. They are only responsible for USC’s losses, beating the Trojans 43-42 on October 15 in Salt Lake City.

In the rematch, Utes had 533 offensive yards and cam growth walked for 310 yards and three touchdowns.

Williams threw for 363 yards and three touchdowns. He entered the game as a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy but turned around after suffering an injury in the first quarter.

The Trojans looked like they were about to run away with the game, taking a 17-3 lead early in the second quarter after some stellar play by Williams.

He appears to have injured his left knee or leg in the first quarter of a 59-yard run, at the end of which he was hit hard, and suffered a severe cut on the little finger of his throwing hand. He limped for most of the game and was not the same after a flawless first quarter, in which the Trojans beat Utah 194-70 on aggregate and Williams scored both touchdowns.

After USC failed to pick up fourth and eighth from Utah’s 37-yard line, Utes scored two touchdowns in the last 3:55 of the first half and suddenly the game was tied at 17. Instead of a rout, the game was beginning to look like the shootout that Utes won in October .

The game took on this tone at times in the second half, but USC had no answer to slow Utah, who outscored the Trojans 44-7 in overcoming a two-touchdown deficit.


An announced sold-out crowd of 61,195 made it the biggest Pac-12 championship on a neutral ground. He broke the previous record of 58,476 fans. who watched Southern California-Stanford in Santa Clara, California in 2015.

SAN ANTONIO – Frank Harris threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 49 yards and another scoring run to elevate UTSA’s No. 23 to its second straight U.S. Conference Championship with a 48-27 victory over North Texas on Friday night at the Alamodome.

UTSA flew out of North Texas for the second time in six weeks. In the October 21 game, Harris needed a 10-yard pass to De’Corian Clark 15 seconds left to give UTSA a 31–27 victory.

Not wanting a repeat of their regular season finale a week earlier, in which UTSA found themselves down 24-0 against UTEP, the team started shooting from the start, scoring on first possession.

Trailing 10-7, the Roadrunners scored 17 unanswered points, including 10 in the final 1:12 of the first half to take a 24-10 lead at half-time, and never fell behind again.

Harris and the offense, which has scored at least 30 points in 12 of 13 games this season, continued to put pressure on him with 571 offensive yards. Harris had assists for 32, 14, and 39 yards senior. Zachary Franklinand his fourth, a 16-yard shot to youth tight end Oscar Cardenas, sealed the win with 4:07 left.

junior defender Austin Aungwho engineered a scoring shot that left North Texas 34–27 early in the fourth quarter, threw for 194 yards and scored, but was knocked down twice.

The Roadrunners, who have been leading the conference this season, have improved to 11-2 and will be waiting for an invitation to the bowl. Predictions include a potential New Orleans Bowl bid. North Texas fell to 7-6 and is eligible for the bowl.


The title game was the last Conference-USA game for both programs, which are due to join the AAC next season. UTSA walks away with straight crowns and UNT walks out with two straight title defeats. The Mean Green lost to Florida Atlantic 41–17 in the 2017 C-USA Championship.


Harris, a sixth-year senior who still has one year of eligibility, has not yet decided if he will return next season as the Runners’ signal caller. He set UTSA passing records for yards in a season (3,865), career (9,158), and touchdowns in a season (31) and career (73).


While Franklin held the UTSA record for most career touchdowns, UNT’s Aune’s single scoring shot gave him a UNT season-high 32 touchdowns.


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