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College Football Upset from Saturday, September 26: Mississippi State shocks #6 LSU, the defending national champions, 44-34; QB Costello Sets SEC Passing Record

September 26, 2020

Three Bulldogs had over 120 yards receiving in Saturday’s victory – Osirus Mitchell (183), Kylin Hill (158) & Javonta Payton (122) – all career highs. Mitchell hauled in a team-leading two touchdowns.


BATON ROUGE, La. – The Mike Leach era of Mississippi State football was ushered in on Saturday afternoon as a record-setting day for K.J. Costello propelled the Bulldogs over the defending National Champions, No. 6 LSU, 44-34, at Tiger Stadium.

K.J. Costello QB

The win marked the first time a defending national champion lost its season opener since 1998 and snapped the longest active win streak in the country (16 games). It was also MSU’s highest-ranked road win in program history. The Bulldogs (1-0), came away with just their second win in Baton Rouge since 1992.

“[Costello's] performance ranks really high when you consider playing at LSU versus the defending National Champion,” head coach Mike Leach said. “I thought his composure was outstanding. Our team – offensively, defensively and on special teams – had each other’s backs. We had our share of adversity and slugged through it. Everybody was in there and stuck with one another, and that was maybe one of the strong parts of our team. K.J. performed as good as anybody I’ve ever dealt with. He came out swinging, was composed and didn’t force things.”

With the score even at 34-34 in the fourth, a Ruiz 43-yard field goal and Mitchell’s 24-yard touchdown reception gave the Bulldogs the lead for good.

On LSU’s (0-1) final drive of the game, Emmanuel Forbes intercepted Myles Brennan’s pass in the endzone to secure the victory for State.

Shawn Preston Jr. led the Bulldogs with 11 tackles, ignited by six solo stops. Aaron Brule and Erroll Thompson followed with 10 tackles and one sack a piece. Mississippi State racked up seven sacks, including two contributed by Marquiss Spencer for a loss of 10 yards.

10 Notables From MSU’s Win Over LSU…
1. K.J. Costello’s Record-Setting Day

It didn’t take long for Costello to find his groove in Leach’s air raid offense, as the quarterback shattered the single-game passing yards school record and SEC record in his first game in Maroon and White. The Rancho Santa Margarita, California, native threw for a career-high 623 yards and five touchdowns for the Bulldogs

That was enough to break MSU’s single game passing yard record, previously set by Dak Prescott, who racked up 508 yards against Arkansas on Nov. 21, 2015. Costello became the 11th quarterback in SEC history to pass for 500 yards as he set the SEC single game passing yard record. The graduate transfer completed 36 passes on 60 attempts, which are also MSU school records.


2. Trio of Recievers with 100-yards

Three Bulldog recievers recorded 100-yard games, led by Mitchell, who racked up 183 yards and a pair of touchdowns, matching his career high. Mitchell’s 183 yards was the most by a State receiver against LSU in school history.

Hill and JaVonta Payton set career highs in catches and yardage. Hill tallied eight receptions for 158 yards and one score, while Payton caught six passes for 122 yards. Hill fueled State’s rushing attack with 34 yards on seven carries.

It was the first time MSU multiple 100-yard receivers since Donald Gray (207) and Fred Ross (107) did so against Samford on Oct. 29, 2016. Mitchell, Hill and Payton make up the second trio in program history to crack the century mark, with Joe Morrow (117), De’Runnya Wilson (105) and Fred Ross (102) completing the feat for the first time in the 2014 Orange Bowl vs. Georgia Tech on Dec. 31.


3. State’s Takeaway Run Continues

MSU has collected at least one takeaway in 27 of their last 30 games dating back to the 2017 season at Arkansas on Nov. 18. State has compiled 60 takeaways over the 29-game stretch. Forbes and Esaias Furdge each intercepted a pass against the Tigers.


4. Big Plays Played a Big Role

State finished the game with 16 plays of 20 or more yards, all through the air. The Bulldogs had eight such plays in the first half alone, which surpassed their game total from all but one game in 2019. MSU posted nine 20-yard plays against Arkansas last year (6 passing, 3 rushing).


5. Erroll Thompson Leads SEC In Tackles

Senior Erroll Thompson is the SEC active career leader with 227 tackles, including 10 in Saturday’s contest. Thompson also picked up a key sack on third down in the third quarter, which forced the Tigers to settle for a game-tying field goal.


6. Bringing the Pressure

The Bulldogs posted seven sacks, the program’s highest single-game total since the 2015 Egg Bowl when State sacked the Ole Miss quarterback seven times. MSU has now recorded at least four sacks in four straight games dating back to Nov. 23, 2019.


7. Starting Fast

MSU put up points on its second drive of the game before adding touchdowns on consecutive drives in the second quarter.

On the defensive side, State held the Tigers scoreless in the first quarter. LSU went scoreless in just three total quarters during their 2019 championship season. The Bulldogs forced punts on the first four Tiger drives of the day.


8. Career Days

Several wide receivers set new career highs in their first game under Leach’s Air Raid offense. Payton set career highs in receptions (6) and yardage (122) with a new career long (34). Cameron Gardner caught multiple passes for the first time, including a career-long 24-yard reception, on his way to a career-best 35 yards. Austin Williams finished with seven catches, besting his previous mark of three. He caught the sixth touchdown of his career and posted a career-high 57 yards.


9. The New Kids are Alright

Along with Costello’s record-setting day, several newcomers made a statement in their first action in the Maroon and White. Jordan Davis had a key hit on the quarterback that led to Furdge’s interception while totalling six tackles. Forbes intercepted the final pass of the game. Tyrus Wheat picked up his first career sack and finished with four tackles.

Ruiz had a perfect kicking day, nailing five extra points and hitting field goals from 24, 35 and 43 yards out. Transfer Tyrell Shavers caught the second pass of his career, and first at MSU, for a 31-yard touchdown before adding a second reception.

In all 16 players made their Bulldog debuts.


10. Wrap in it Maroon and White… Finally

The win was MSU’s first in any sport since March 11 (199 days). The last Bulldog victories also came on the road when baseball defeated No. 2 Texas Tech, 3-2, and softball defeated Southern Miss, 7-2.




College Football News from Saturday, September 26: Virginia Tech wins despite missing 23 players, 4 coaches from COVID-19 & injuries

Quincy Patterson II QB


BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech scored on five of its eight first-half possessions, and Quincy Patterson II accounted for three touchdowns off the bench to carry the No. 20 Hokies to a 45-24 victory over NC State in an ACC game at Lane Stadium on Saturday night.

Despite playing without 23 players and four coaches because of coronavirus issues and injuries – including starting quarterback Hendon Hooker – the Hokies got off to a quick start in a season opener delayed by two weeks because of two COVID-related postponements. Tech took advantage of an NC State defense missing three starters out with injuries, jumping out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and never looking back.

The Hokies scored on their first three possessions, getting a 46-yard field goal from Brian Johnson and touchdown runs of 37 yards from Khalil Herbert and 8 yards from Raheem Blackshear.

In the second quarter, Patterson came on in relief of starter Braxton Burmeister, who injured his right (throwing) hand while being sacked with 11 minutes left in the first half. Patterson threw touchdown passes on the Hokies’ final two drives of the half – a 15-yard strike to Tayvion Robinson and a 16-yard score to James Mitchell – and the Hokies took a 31-10 lead at halftime. He also scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Burmeister returned to the game in the second half, and both he and Patterson combined to played well at the position. Patterson completed 4 of 6 for 75 yards and the two scores, while Burmeister completed 7 of 11 for 106 yards.

Herbert paced the Hokies’ efficient ground game, rushing for 104 yards on just six carries. Tech finished with 495 total yards – 314 on the ground.

Tech’s defense played a tremendous game as well, holding NC State to just 386 yards and registering six sacks. Devin Leary threw for 165 yards and a score to lead the Wolfpack (1-1, 1-1).

• Tech coach Justin Fuente moved to 4-0 in home openers as the Hokies’ coach.

• Johnson has made 15 consecutive field goals going back to last season.

• Deablo’s first-quarter interception, which set up an 8-yard touchdown run by Raheem Blackshear, marked the third of his career.

• Patterson’s two touchdown passes equaled his total from last season.

• Mitchell’s touchdown reception marked the third of his career.



College Football News Saturday September 26: #19 Louisiana-Lafayette wins on last-second field goal against Georgia Southern, 20-18


Ragin’ Cajuns now 3-0 to start the season for first time since 1988


Nate Snyder PK

LAFAYETTE – With two seconds remaining on the clock, redshirt junior placekicker Nate Snyder sent a 53-yard field goal sailing through the uprights as time expired to send No. 19 Louisiana past Georgia Southern, 20-18, on Saturday afternoon at Cajun Field.

Snyder’s made kick is just the seventh of 53-yards or more in program history and is the longest kick by a Ragin’ Cajun since Stevie Artigue drilled a 53-yarder during the 2019 Sun Belt Conference Championship Game at Appalachian State on Dec. 7, 2019.

Louisiana is now 3-0 on the year, its best start to a season since opening the 1988 campaign with the same record, while the victory marks the first time that the Ragin’ Cajuns have defeated both Georgia State and Georgia Southern in the same year.

Leading the charge for the Ragin’ Cajuns on defense was linebacker Lorenzo McCaskill, who posted a monster game with a career-high 14 tackles, his third-straight double-digit tackle performance. The 14 tackles are the most by a Ragin’ Cajun since Tracy Walker was credited with 15 at Appalachian State on Dec. 2, 2017.

Bralen Trahan also finished the game with double-digit tackles (11) and added an interception, the fifth of his career. He now has the second-most interceptions of any Ragin’ Cajun in the last five years behind Walker (6).

Louisiana’s field general Levi Lewis threw for 290 yards, moving him ahead of Roy Henry for seventh all-time in career passing yards with 4,735. Lewis also added his fourth touchdown of the season and tacked on 15 yards on the ground.

Follow the Ragin’ Cajuns on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (@RaginCajunsFB) to stay up-to-date on Louisiana Football.




College Football Upset from Saturday, September 26: Kansas State explodes for 31 second half points in upsetting #3 Oklahoma again


Blake Lynch PK

Skylar Thompson QB

Deuce Vaughn RB













Sep 26, 2020

NORMAN, Oklahoma
– You could start with the game-winning field goal from Blake Lynch. But what about the three rushing touchdowns from Skylar Thompson and the 31 second-half points?

Maybe you want to focus on the 174 all-purpose yards from Deuce Vaughn, but you can’t ignore a defense, missing five players, that picked off Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler three times in a comeback win that tied for the largest in K-State history.

Kansas State (1-1) made history in Norman with a 38-35 win over No. 3 Oklahoma (1-1).

A short-handed K-State defense put their stamp on the game early.

On Oklahoma’s first drive of the afternoon, Elijah Sullivan grabbed a tipped pass at the line of scrimmage for his first interception of the year.

Later in the half, Justin Gardner – one of those defensive players pressed into a starting role – went stride-for-stride with Oklahoma wide receiver Marvin Mims for the team’s second takeaway of the afternoon.

“I was excited for Justin Gardner’s opportunity to play a bunch,” Klieman said. “Knock on wood, who knows who’s going to be available next week? That’s what everyone has to realize on our team, and across college football, this is a great win, but now we’ve got to go back on Monday, see who’s available and get those guys ready to play.”

K-State couldn’t turn those early interceptions into points, but the Wildcats found a spark on offense late in the first half.

On 3rd and 18 near midfield, Skylar Thompson connected with Chabastin Taylor on a 39-yard dart to put K-State on the board. An otherwise quiet first half allowed the Sooners to take a 21-7 lead into the locker room.

Thompson was banged up again on Saturday but finished the afternoon with 334 yards passing.

“I was battling through a little injury and cramping, but there wasn’t anything taking me out,” Thompson said. “Everybody on the sidelines had great spirit, kept telling me to stick with it and trust the game plan. One play at a time.”

What happened after halftime will go down as one of the most impressive 30 minutes in the history of Kansas State football.

In his pregame interview, Chris Klieman jokingly asked FOX color commentator Joel Klatt if he could step in at cornerback for a depleted K-State secondary.

So, that’s where the Wildcats were at when the team arrived in Norman.

“I came out a halftime and looked at Seth Porter before the third quarter started,” Thompson said. “I told him ‘We’re going to win this game, Seth.’ He looked at me and said, ‘I have no doubt.’ There was just no doubt in our locker room at halftime that we could win this football game.”

The K-State defense went the distance on Saturday with the No. 3 team in the country. The Wildcats came up with a huge fourth-down stop to kick off the second half, shutting down Rattler in a short-yardage situation at midfield.

After Oklahoma found the end zone on their next drive, Thompson responded quickly with a 77-yard pass to Vaughn, giving the freshman a chance to show off the playmaking ability that has been one of the stories of the 2020 season.

And the ‘Cats weren’t done. Not even close.

The touchdown would be the first of four consecutive scoring drives for K-State, as the Wildcats erased a 35-14 deficit in the third quarter.

Vaughn posted 129 receiving yards and scored a touchdown in his first college start on Saturday. The true freshman’s 174 all-purpose yards against Oklahoma helped cement an electric start to Vaughn’s career, through just two games with K-State.

“My Dad always tells me ‘It’s about what you put in the ATM, Monday through Friday. On Saturday, you cash everything out.’ This team put a lot of things in the ATM,” Vaughn said. “Today, when it was time, we cashed everything out.”

AJ Parker was busy on passing downs all afternoon, but saved his biggest moment of the game for special teams, blocking a punt midway through the fourth quarter to keep K-State rolling.

Thompson tossed a 77-yard pass, a 78-yard pass and rushed for three touchdowns to help the Wildcats close the game on a 31-7 run. On their final drive of the game, the Wildcats set up a 50-yard game-winning field goal from Lynch.

“Dreamed about this for a while,” Lynch said. “Everybody at halftime believed that we could win. Coach Klieman got in there and was getting us hyped up. He never gave up on us.”

Oklahoma had the ball needing a touchdown to win the game, before Jahron McPherson came up with the game-winning interception to seal the win in the final seconds.

It’s the first time in K-State history the Wildcats have won two straight matchups with a top-five opponent, after a 48-41 win over No. 5 Oklahoma last season in Manhattan.



NFL remembers Bears Hall of Fame RB Gale Sayers; died at age 77


Gale Sayers (courtesy Chicago Bears)

Gale Sayers 2008 photo By Michael Tolzmann, http, Public Domain, https

The NFL family lost a true friend today with the passing of Gale Sayers. Gale was one of the finest men in NFL history and one of the game’s most exciting players.

Gale was an electrifying and elusive runner who thrilled fans every time he touched the ball. He earned his place as a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

We will also forever remember Gale for his inspiration and kindness. Gale’s quiet unassuming demeanor belied his determination, competitiveness and compassion.

We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Ardie, and their family. Our thoughts are with his teammates, the Bears organization, the many fans who remember him as a football player and the many more people who were touched by Gale’s spirit and generosity.


Gale Eugene Sayers (May 30, 1943 – September 23, 2020) was an American professional football player who was both a halfback and return specialist in the National Football League (NFL). In a relatively brief but highly productive NFL career, Sayers spent seven seasons with the Chicago Bears from 1965 to 1971, though multiple injuries effectively limited him to five seasons of play. He was known for his elusiveness and agility, and was regarded by his peers as one of the most difficult players to tackle.

Nicknamed the “Kansas Comet“, Sayers played college football for the Kansas Jayhawks football team of the University of Kansas, where he compiled 4,020 all-purpose yards over three seasons and was twice recognized as a consensus All-American. In Sayers’ rookie NFL season, he set a league record by scoring 22 touchdowns—including a record-tying six in one game—and gained 2,272 all-purpose yards en route to being named the NFL’s Rookie of the Year. He continued this production through his first five seasons, earning four Pro Bowl appearances and five first-team All-Pro selections. A right knee injury forced Sayers to miss the final five games of the 1968 season, but he returned in 1969 to lead the NFL in rushing yards and be named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year. An injury to his left knee in the 1970 preseason as well as subsequent injuries kept him sidelined for most of his final two seasons.

His friendship with Bears teammate Brian Piccolo, who died of cancer in 1970, inspired Sayers to write his autobiography, I Am Third, which in turn was the basis for the 1971 made-for-TV movie Brian’s Song. Sayers was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977 at age 34, and remains the youngest person to have received the honor. He was named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team as a halfback and kick returner, the only player to occupy two positions on the team. For his achievements in college, Sayers was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame the same year. His jersey number is retired by both the Bears and the University of Kansas. Following his NFL career, Sayers began a career in sports administration and business, and served as the athletic director of Southern Illinois University from 1976 to 1981.


No. 40
Position: Halfback
Personal information
Born: May 30, 1943
Wichita, Kansas
Died: September 23, 2020 (aged 77)
Wakarusa, Indiana
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school: Omaha Central
(Omaha, Nebraska)
College: Kansas
NFL Draft: 1965 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
AFL draft: 1965 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Career history
As player:
As administrator:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards: 4,956
Yards per carry: 5.0
Rushing touchdowns: 39
Return yards: 3,172
Return touchdowns: 8
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