Better effort, but Georgia Tech can't keep up with No. 4 Notre Dame
ATLANTA — After mistake-filled collapses in the previous two weeks, Georgia Tech gave a better account of itself Saturday. But, against the No. 4 team in the country and its unyielding defense, the Yellow Jackets were no match for Notre Dame.Unable to generate a consistent offensive attack, Tech lost its third game in a row, a 31-13 defeat to the Fighting Irish on a clear afternoon at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Wearing black jerseys and gold pants in honor of Tech’s “Black Watch” defense, the Jackets (2-5, 2-4 ACC) were not undone by penalties and turnovers, as has often been the case in coach Geoff ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Dave Hyde: A Dolphins moment unlike any other — Tua Day has arrived
There’s no need to sell this moment. No need to hype it with superlative-laced sentences. Sunday’s debut of Tua Tagovailoa is simply the biggest on-field moment for a Dolphins player in nearly 40 years.That’s right.I’ll pause here and let you consider that.And, again, that’s written with the understanding there’s absolutely no need to inflate this moment — and it is the moment rather than the game. The Dolphins can lose the game. The game, by itself, has no more consequence than next week or the week after.The moment has a rare spotlight, though. Sometimes such moments arrive in sports without...
Shannon Ryan: The Big Ten is 0 for 2 in getting through a week COVID-19-free, proving even daily testing is no guarantee
CHICAGO — The “We Want to Play” campaign never was a guarantee that “We Will Play.”An ultimately successful attempt to push the Big Ten into playing during a pandemic has left many on the sidelines in a season promising to be filled with risks and pitfalls.In just the second week of the season, the conference is 0 for 2 in getting through it virus-free.Wisconsin’s and Illinois’ starting quarterbacks, whose teams played each other Oct. 23 in Madison, contracted COVID-19.Wisconsin announced earlier in the week it canceled its Saturday game against Nebraska as positive tests mounted. As of Saturd...
Illinois QB Brandon Peters tests positive for COVID-19 and will now sit out 21 days under new Big Ten protocols
Illinois starting quarterback Brandon Peters was forced to miss Saturday’s game against Purdue after contracting COVID-19, the team announced about an hour before kickoff.Redshirt freshman tight end Griffin Moore also missed the game after a positive test and “several” players were out due to contact tracing. They will also miss the Nov. 7 game against Minnesota.Illinois listed 14 players as out for the game against the Boilermakers, who defeated the Illini, 31-24.Moore and Peters will have to sit out 21 days and would be eligible to return for the Nov. 21 Nebraska game pending their health st...
Manish Mehta: Le'Veon Bell will have a chance to exact revenge against Adam Gase
NEW YORK — Le’Veon Bell will have a first chance to exact sweet revenge when a lifeless opponent rolls into town Sunday.Bell versus Adam Gase is the headliner for an otherwise predictable affair between the juggernaut Chiefs and 0-7 Jets. The outcome between the reigning Super Bowl champions and the only winless team in the NFL isn’t in doubt.The lingering question is whether Bell, who was cut a couple weeks ago after being disillusioned by Gase’s shenanigans, will show his previous employer that he still has plenty of juice left.Freed from the albatross around his neck, Bell had a solid debut...
New York Daily News
Minus Lawrence, top-ranked Clemson rallies to fend off Boston College upset bid
CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson star running back Travis Etienne said in the spring that he returned to school for his senior season to “leave a legacy” and “be remembered forever.”With fellow Heisman candidate Trevor Lawrence out of Saturday’s game against Boston College after testing positive for COVID-19 this week, Etienne put together another remarkable performance to add to his illustrious career.The senior accounted for 224 total yards and a pair of touchdowns Saturday afternoon to help No. 1 Clemson to a 34-28 come-from-behind victory in front of 18,690 fans at Memorial Stadium.Etienne’s go-ahe...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Iowa State keeps Kansas winless by rolling to 52-22 victory
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas entered Saturday’s football game against No. 23-ranked Iowa State as an 0-5 football team — the five losses by an average of 30 points per contest.The trajectory toward a possible winless season continued on Halloween as the Cyclones (4-2, 4-1) downed the Jayhawks, 52-22, in a Big 12 game at Booth Memorial Stadium.KU (0-6, 0-5), which trailed 20-7 at halftime — it would have been 20-10 had Jacob Borcila converted a 33-yard field goal try instead of missing against a strong wind with one second left in the first half — entered as four-touchdown underdogs.Quarterback Broc...
The Kansas City Star
Patriots to place Julian Edelman on injured reserve
The Patriots will be without wide receiver Julian Edelman for at least three weeks.According to the NFL Network, the Patriots are placing Edelman on the injured reserve after the receiver underwent knee surgery on Thursday morning.The 34-year-old was ruled out of Sunday’s matchup in Buffalo, but now he’ll also miss the Patriots upcoming matchup with the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens. If all goes well in his recovery, Edelman is eligible to come off the injured reserve and play in Week 11 when the Pats travel to Houston. This news isn’t ideal, but not a surprise considering Edelman has bee...
The Providence Journal (Providence, R.I.)
No. 5 Georgia grinds out 14-3 victory against Kentucky
When the most important plays in Georgia’s win over Kentucky on Saturday afternoon were a couple of referee re-spots, you know you just witnessed an old-school football game. But you’ll hear no complaints from the No. 5-ranked Bulldogs, who needed little more than that to record a 14-3 victory over the host Wildcats.The win, Georgia’s 11th in a row over Kentucky, should set up another top-10 matchup against Florida next Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla. The Gators (2-1) play host to Missouri on Saturday night, but will do so still short of players because of a recent COVID-19 outbreak on the team...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Miami opt out Greg Rousseau expanding his game ahead of NFL draft
Miami Hurricanes defensive end Greg Rousseau developed quite the reputation as an elite pass rusher in 2019 to elevate himself as a first-round 2021 NFL draft prospect.Accumulating 15 1/2 sacks in a redshirt freshman season where he only became a UM starter about halfway through, the 6-foot-6, 265-pound pass-rushing specialist is working on developing all aspects of his game after opting out of the 2020 college football season to prepare for the draft.Of course, it would be savvy of whatever pro team that decides to draft him to primarily use his greatest skill, but the mystery of what defensi...