FORT WORTH, Texas. There will be people who will see fourth-seeded TCU still undefeated in the last week of the regular season and wonder if the Horned Frogs really deserve to be in the playoff discussion.
Their last victory came on a chaotic late game field goal that ended the play with two points in the last 2 minutes 7 seconds at Baylor, a stadium with a bitter playoff memory for the Frogs (11-0, 8-0 Big 12 , No. 4 CFP). Only one of their conference wins has been more than 10 points ahead, and they’ve had to overcome a double-digit gap after last month’s back-to-back break.
“They can say whatever they want. Our job is to win football matches. For now, we have done our job,” TCU First Year Coach. Sonny Dykes said after Saturday’s victory 29-28. “And, you know, hopefully we’ll do it again on Saturday. And what someone says doesn’t bother me.”
The first Big 12 team to go 11-0 in the college football playoff era, the Frogs will play their regular season finale against Iowa State (4-7, 1-7) next weekend. They then only need to travel about 20 miles from campus to play No. 15 in Kansas State or No. 24 in Texas in the Big 12 championship game at AT&T Stadium on December 3, the day before the final CFP rankings that will determine the four playoff teams.
This will be the 10th and 11th consecutive Saturdays for TCU since opening in its third week in mid-September.
“Tired. I mean, I’m not going to lie. … We played a lot of these games and it takes a lot of your energy,” Dykes said. “It wasn’t always perfect (Saturday), but it ended up being as we wanted and we were lucky.I think we all know that.But at the same time, as I said to the guys, this is not an accident.If we are not the team that does not do everything right, then we are not in the position, to be able to play like that.”
A play called “Bazooka” when a field goal runs out onto the field as the last seconds chime the clock. Griffin Kell, who had previously missed an extra point, hit a 40-yard hit at the end of time at McLane Stadium, where a 61-58 loss in 2014 was their only loss this season, the first in a four-team playoff.
defender Max Duggan said his only thought as the hitters ran off the field as they shuffled the field goal was, “Griff will win the game.”
Emari DeMarcardo’s 3-yard TD at 2:07 left completed a 90-yard drive to put the Frogs 28-26, but he turned down a pass in a two-point talk attempt that would have tied the game. TCU returned the ball with 1:34 left after using all three timeouts and forcing Baylor into a triple out that ended with a weekly total of 501 yards after the Frogs held Texas to 199 yards on the 17-10 road. victory.
After their open date ended with an emotional 42–34 victory over SMU, who had won the previous two games in the series while Dykes was the Mustangs coach, and a 55–24 victory over then No. 18 Oklahoma in Big 12 Game 1 The Frogs didn’t take anything easy.
They hit a game-tying touchdown in then-undefeated Kansas with 1:36 left before coming home in double figures: down 17 in the second quarter before beating Oklahoma State 43-40 in double overtime, then trailing by 18 at the end of the first half . to Kansas State before winning 38-28.
After those four consecutive wins against ranked rivals – though only K-State is still in the AP top 25 – the Frogs won 41-31 in West Virginia, adding a last-second touchdown. They scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, beating Texas Tech 34-24.
“This league is really good,” Dykes said. “Anyone who doesn’t understand this or who tries to downplay what these players have done just doesn’t know much about what they’re talking about.”
PISCATWAY, New Jersey. James Franklin scored his 100th career coaching win by watching Pennsylvania No. 11 make big strides every step of the way.
Sean Clifford ran for a touchdown and threw another, and the Nittany Lions scored twice on a fumble and once on a kickoff to defeat Rutgers 55–10 on Saturday.
Freshman Nick Singleton scored in a return kick from 100 yards, Kobe King gave Penn State (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) a forever lead with a 14-yard fumble and G’Air Brown rumbled 70 yards with another fumble when the Nittany Lions opened it up in the second half.
“We play very good complementary football,” Franklin said. “We scored three non-aggressive touchdowns, which is special. We play very well defensively.”
Clifford (17 of 26 for 157 yards) threw a 10-yard TD pass to Tyler Warren and scored a goal on a 14-yard run as the Nittany Lions beat Rutgers (4–7, 1–7) for the 16th consecutive time.
Penn State was leading 28-10 in the half and the game was almost over after Curtis Jacobs fired freshman quarterback Gavin Wimsat in the fourth play of the second half, Brown caught a fumble and got a clean run to the end zone.
“I thought we were dominating,” said Jacobs, who felt the sensation and score made the difference. “We had a bit of a setback early on, but we were able to get back to where we needed to be.”
The last time Penn State scored in a game on offense, defense and special teams was in 2017 against Indiana.
Freshman Kytron Allen rushed for 117 yards and scored on an 8-yard run as Penn State won their third in a row. The Nittany Lions defense limited Rutgers to 167 yards and caused three passes that led to 21 points.
Freshman quarterback Gavin Wimsat (10 of 29 for 122) threw a 4-yard touchdown on Shamin Jones in the first quarter to give Rutgers a last 10-7 last. The Scarlet Knights have lost 37 games in a row to ranked opponents, a streak dating back to 2009. 55 points is the maximum they have allowed this season.
Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said that his team’s margin of error is very small. He felt that the biggest game could come in the second quarter, when his team trailed 14-10. Penn State punt Barney Amor mishandled the snap and was tackled near his own 20-yard line.
The offside penalty allowed Penn State to retain possession.
“We’re not good enough to get over it yet,” said Schiano, later remarking that he sincerely believes the Scarlet Knights are getting better as a program and will compete for the championship in the future.
Singleton and Allen are the first two freshmen in conference history to rush at least 700 yards for the same team.
“It just shows that we’re doing something right as a (attacking line) unit,” said linesman Sam Wormley. “That our runners can trust us and hit holes and believe in our blocks and we are going to make that block. It just shows that as a unit we are all in this together.”
NOTES: … Singleton’s return was a first for Penn State since Lamont Wade had a 100-yard throw against Michigan State in 2020… It was the second kickoff return for TD against Rutgers this season. Jaylin Lucas of Indiana opened the game with a 93-yarder earlier this month. King’s TD was Nittany Lions’ first fumble for TD since Torrance Brown returned for 9 yards in 2016. … Rutgers player Adam Korsak hit 12 times and now holds an NCAA record of 339 attempts, beating the old mark of 337 set by Alexander Kinal Wake Forest (2012-15). His 14,876 punt yards is also a record, breaking the old mark of 14,546 from Kent State Northwest’s Derek Admas (2016-2021) of 14,546.
Penn State: The Nittany Lions are still in contention for the big bowl spot. If No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan get college football playoff berths, it could be the Rose Bowl. The two undefeated teams will face off next Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.
Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights have lost four games in a row and their hopes for a second straight game in the postseason have been dashed.
Penn State: Hosts Michigan.
Rutgers: in Maryland.
EUGENE, Oregon – Bo Nicks started the week as a gnarled spectator, sitting in the practice room and getting into rehab. He finished it still hobbled but celebrating on the field after helping keep Oregon’s hopes of returning to the Pac-12 championship game.
The Knicks threw for 287 yards and threw one touchdown despite a shin injury, Oregon intercepting three Utah quarterbacks. Cameron Risingassists, and the 12th-place Ducks eliminated the No. 10 Utes 20–17 on Saturday night.
A week after their college football playoff hopes evaporated, the Ducks pulled off a desperate effort that kept their chances of a fourth straight trip to a conference championship game.
And this was personified by their battered defender.
“It was really important for him to get on the field and show a bold game, and especially for this team,” said the Oregon coach. Dan Lanning said.
The Ducks (9-2, 7-1, No. 12 CFP) only need a win against rival Oregon State next Saturday to book a ticket to Las Vegas and a date with Southern California.
The Knicks were clearly limited after suffering a right ankle/foot injury late in last week’s loss to Washington, which snapped Oregon’s 23-game home win streak. He threw a 4-yard TD pass to Troy Franklin in the first half and Bucky Irving added a 10-yard TD run as the Ducks took a 17-3 lead at halftime.
Camden Lewis added 30-yard and 41-yard field goals for the Ducks, the second of which came at the start of the fourth quarter and proved to be the winner.
The Knicks completed 25 of 37 passes, and his own interception late in the fourth quarter proved inexpensive for the Ducks. Knicks’ first carry of the night came with less than 2 minutes left when he rigged a pitch, dived 2 yards and took the first ducks in the clinch.
The Knicks entered the game as the Ducks’ third-best of the season, averaging over 50 yards per game and throwing 14 rushing touchdowns…