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Trick play helps Pitt upset No. 15 UCF 35-34

Sep. 21, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Mark Whipple installed the play he dubbed "Pitt Special" during the second week of training camp. Whipple had his first-stringers run it once against the starting defense and it worked. So he made sure the Panthers practiced it during Thursday walkthroughs...

Howard beats Delaware State 24-9, gives Prince first victory

Sep. 21, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Caylin Newton threw for two touchdowns, ran for another score, and Howard beat Delaware State 24-9 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener and gave Ron Prince his first victory as head coach of the Bison. The Hornets (1-2, 0-1) took a 7-0 lead on a 2-yard pass from Tylik Bethea to...

No. 19 Washington State seeks 3rd straight win over UCLA

Sep. 20, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

Washington State coach Mike Leach appreciates that quarterback Anthony Gordon doesn't get all moody when things go bad. Of course, things have yet to go bad for Gordon or the Cougars. Thanks to Gordon's stellar start, the Cougars are off to a 3-0 start heading into Saturday night's Pac-12 opener against UCLA....

Coach Day to keep No. 6 Ohio St on task against Miami

Sep. 20, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Ryan Day believes the No. 6 Buckeyes have the talent and desire for greatness this season. He's trying to keep players focused on a game that likely won't test them. After swamping lesser opponents in the first three games , the Buckeyes (3-0, 1-0 Big Ten) get another...

After tough loss, Spartans look to rebound at Northwestern

Sep. 20, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio isn't losing faith in his team. He has seen the Spartans bounce back from difficult losses to make a run in Big Ten play and is banking on a similar scenario, starting with the game at Northwestern on Saturday. "At the end of the day, you've got to...

McElwain returns to Florida as Central Michigan visits Miami

Sep. 20, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The last time Central Michigan's Jim McElwain coached a game in the state of Florida, it was a disaster. His return might not be much easier. Central Michigan (2-1) is a four-touchdown underdog for its matchup Saturday at Miami (1-2), and McElwain knows this will be a daunting...

Brown faces former school when Tar Heels host App State

Sep. 20, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Mack Brown hopes to make this weekend one more feel-good milestone in his return to the sideline. The winningest active coach in the FBS faces the school that gave him his first head coaching job when North Carolina plays host to Appalachian State on Saturday in the instate...

'Hopalong' Cassady, Ohio State Heisman winner, dies at 85

Sep. 20, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Howard "Hopalong" Cassady, the 1955 Heisman Trophy winner at Ohio State and running back for the Detroit Lions, died Friday. He was 85. He died in Tampa, Florida, his longtime home, the university said. "We've lost not only a legendary Buckeye, but also a wonderful person in Hop...

Game vs No. 4 LSU 'critical' for Vandy after rough start

Sep. 20, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason is trying to take the long view of how playing some of the nation's top teams early in the season will help his Commodores. Still, the coach isn't looking for moral victories. "That's not what this game is about," Mason said. "Now as a coach you got to...

SMU takes 3-0 mark to No. 25 TCU for Iron Skillet game

Sep. 20, 2019 3:02 AM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — While No. 25 TCU is trying to start a season 3-0 for the 10th time in 17 seasons, SMU has already reached that mark for the first time since 1984. The Mustangs (3-0) actually won their first four games 35 years ago, back in the old Southwest Conference days and not long before...