Baylor redshirt junior WR Corey Coleman caught one pass for eight yards in Friday's 28-21 2OT loss to TCU.
Oh dear. Whether it was the rain, injury (Coleman took a hard, possibly-late hit in the first half) or the existence of Chris Johnson (who threw for just 62 yards), Coleman was more or less non-existent in Friday's loss. The 5-foot-10, 192-pound redshirt junior's now failed to catch a touchdown in three consecutive games after notching at least one in each of Baylor's first eight contests. It's been a disappointing stretch run for the DFS stalwart, but that does little to tarnish what's been one of the best receiving campaigns in the nation. With one game remaining on the Bear schedule, Coleman's caught 67 passes for 1,314 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Baylor redshirt junior RB Devin Chafin rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries in Friday's 28-21 2OT loss to TCU.
Chafin was, by far, the most effective offensive player on the field for Baylor on Friday. He scored all three of their touchdowns (two rushing, plus one receiving) and averaged 4.6 YPC despite the fact that the field took on the consistency of a bowl of chili as the game progressed. The 6-foot, 225-pound redshirt junior out-carried regular starter Shock Linwood 26-14 in the defeat. Unfortunately, he was also tripped up on a failed fourth-down run in the second overtime to end the game. Chafin's scored six touchdowns in his last three games.
Baylor sophomore QB Chris Johnson completed 7-of-24 passes for 62 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Friday's 28-21 2OT loss to TCU.
Johnson completed just one pass after halftime, that being a four-yard touchdown to Devin Chafin on a jump pass in the first overtime. Making his first start of the season in place of the injured Jarrett Stidham (ankle), the 6-foot-5, 235-pound sophomore turned the ball over twice in the first half and showed little of the impressive flash that he demonstrated in last weekend's second-half relief work against Oklahoma State. Of course, the Oklahoma State contest wasn't played in a drenching rainstorm. The Bears wrap up their 2015 regular season against Texas next weekend, but Friday's loss unofficially knocks them out of Playoff contention.
TCU senior QB Trevone Boykin (ankle) completed 18-of-33 passes for 148 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Friday's 28-21 2OT win over Baylor.
The 49 total points scored might seem on the low side for these two teams, but even that final score is underselling just how ugly Friday's game turned out to be. TCU punted 12 times, Baylor punted 10 times and after a five-yard touchdown run by Baylor back Devin Chafin near the end of the first quarter, neither team scored an offensive touchdown until the first overtime. Oh, and the game was delayed by lightning for almost an hour and was played in a constant downpour. For his part, Boykin looked noticeably tentative in his running (14 carries, 16 yards, touchdown) at times thanks to the tender ankle that kept him out of last weekend's loss to Oklahoma. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior finishes the 2015 regular season campaign with 3,575 passing yards, a 31/10 TD/INT ratio, 612 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns.
Hawaii has hired Nevada OC Nick Rolovich to serve as its head coach.
Rolovich played quarterback for Hawaii in 2000 and 2001. He also served as an assistant coach for the Warriors under Greg McMackin from 2008-to-2011. In 2012, he took over as the offensive coordinator of Nevada. Strike up Diddy's "Coming Home," because Rolovich is doing just that. Said AD David Matlin, "I have no doubt we picked the right man for this job. The future is bright for Hawaii football." Rolovich gets the opportunity following the canning of Norm Chow earlier this month. "I can't wait to get started," said the new boss man of the islands.
Troy redshirt sophomore QB Brandon Silvers completed 20-of-45 passes for 284 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Friday's 31-21 loss to Georgia State.
After Silvers hit Teddy Ruben for a 58-yard touchdown to knot the score at 7-all in the second quarter, Georgia State would methodically build themselves a 31-7 lead. A pair of second half touchdowns by Troy helped tidy up the score, but the Trojans were more or less out of the game at that point. For his part, the 6-foot-2, 208-pound redshirt sophomore's thrown for 2,058 yards with a 16/7 TD/INT ratio.
In an interview with the SEC Network, LSU HC Les Miles denied having any knowledge regarding whether he will coach at the school next season.
This comes on the heels of a report from Tiger Rag that on Friday, Miles indicated to LSU's Gridiron Club that he would not be returning to coach the Tigers in 2016. The 11-year head coach of LSU refuted outright knowledge of his future in an interview with the SEC Network, though, saying merely that he's focusing on Saturday's contest with Texas A&M. LSU officials have also confirmed that the Mad Hatter has not tendered his resignation. Whether Miles is just refusing to reveal his cards or actually doesn't know what cards he holds, this situation figures to wrap up rather quickly one way or another in the coming days.
Georgia State senior QB Nick Arbuckle completed 29-of-41 passes for 368 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 31-21 win over Troy.
Arbuckle hit Penny Hart on 12-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter before tossing a 46-yarder to Robert Davis shortly after halftime. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound senior's piled up the yardage this season with a whopping nine contests (in 11 games) of at least 300 yards passing. And in one of the two in which he failed to pass for 300, he went for 299. It all adds up to 3,814 yards passing, plus a 23/10 TD/INT ratio.