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Maryland remains scoreless at the half against Nebraska

Maryland remains scoreless at the half against Nebraska

The Maryland Terrapins (5-5, 2-5 Big Ten) are looking to end their three-game losing streak and secure bowl eligibility by upsetting No. 18 Nebraska (8-2, 5-2) on the road, but at the half, it’s not looking good.

The Cornhuskers grabbed a late four-yard touchdown in the second quarter to give them a 21-0 lead over Maryland.  

In an unexpected battle of the back-up quarterbacks, Terps’ freshman Max Bortenschlager got the start over senior Perry Hills, who isn’t playing because of a season-long shoulder injury that’s plagued any consistency for the team’s offense.

Cornhuskers’ backup senior Ryker Fife started for just the second time in his career with Tommy Armstrong nursing a hamstring injury. And unfortunately for Maryland, Nebraska’s offense is functioning much better with its backup in the game.

Bortenschlager has completed six-of-13 passes for 58 yards, while sophomore running back Ty Johnson is leading the ground game with 20 yards on six carries for the Terps.

Maryland has just 91 yards of total offense with six first downs, compared with the Cornhuskers’ 270 total yards.

For Nebraska, Fyfe has thrown 14 for 20 with 153 yards and one touchdown.

The Terps closed out the first half with the ball for the final 12 seconds, but couldn’t do anything with it, letting Bortenschlager get sacked.

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Maryland remains at No. 7, Virginia rises in latest college basketball AP Poll

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Maryland remains at No. 7, Virginia rises in latest college basketball AP Poll

Kentucky has climbed to No. 1 in the AP Top 25 men's college basketball poll.

The Wildcats rose one spot after winning a 1-vs-2 matchup with Michigan State to open the season in the Champions Classic, followed by an easy win against Eastern Kentucky.

Kentucky (2-0) earned 64 of 65 first-place votes in Monday's poll, marking the first time the Wildcats have reached No. 1 since early in the 2016-17 season.

This marks the seventh of coach John Calipari's 11 seasons that the Wildcats have spent at least one week atop the AP poll. That includes 10 weeks during the 2011-12 season on the way to the national championship and a start-to-finish stay in 2014-15 as the Wildcats carried an unbeaten record to the Final Four, where they lost to Wisconsin.

Duke climbed two spots to No. 2 after beating Kansas in the Classic's other top-4 matchup.

The Spartans fell to No. 3, followed by Louisville -- which claimed the remaining first-place vote.

Kansas, North Carolina, Maryland, Gonzaga, reigning national champion Virginia and Villanova rounded out the top 10.

Florida took the week's biggest tumble, falling nine spots to No. 15 after a loss to Florida State. Baylor fell eight spots to No. 24 after losing to Washington, which entered the poll at No. 20.

No. 25 Colorado was the other new addition, earning the Pac-12 program's first appearance since being ranked for six weeks during the 2013-14 season.

Purdue and VCU fell out of the poll.

2019 AP Top 25 Poll Week 2

Team (First-place votes), Record (Movement)

#1 Kentucky (64), 2-0 (+1)
#2 Duke, 2-0 (+2)
#3 Michigan State, 1-1 (-2)
#4 Louisville (1), 2-0 (+1)
#5 Kansas, 1-1 (-2)
#6 North Carolina,  2-0 (+3)
#7 Maryland, 2-0
#8 Gonzaga, 2-0
#9 Virginia, 2-0 (+2)
#10 Villanova, 1-0
#11 Texas Tech, 2-0 (+2)
#12 Seton Hall, 2-0
#13 Memphis, 2-0 (+1)
#14 Oregon, 2-0 (+1)
#15 Florida, 1-1 (-9)
#16 Ohio State, 2-0 (+2)
#17 Utah State, 2-0
#18 Saint Mary's (CA), 1-0 (+2)
#19 Arizona, 2-0 (+2)
#20 Washington, 1-0 (unranked)
#21 Xavier, 2-0 (-2)
#22 Auburn, 2-0 (+2)
#23 LSU, 1-0 (-1)
#24 Baylor, 1-1 (-8)
#25 Colorado, 1-0 (unranked)

Dropped out of poll: Purdue (#23), VCU (#25)

Others receiving votes: VCU 137, Florida State 112, Texas 95, Marquette 67, Tennessee 49, Providence 23, Purdue 21, Houston 18, Utah 14, Missouri 13, Arkansas 11, Mississippi State 9, Georgetown 4, Liberty 3, San Diego State 2, Creighton 1, Vermont 1, Dayton 1.

Locally, only two teams from the Mid-Atlantic/ Washington D.C. region were ranked this week. Maryland remained at No. 7 in the poll and Virginia jumped up two spots to No. 9. Ranked last week, VCU fell out of the poll despite going 2-0 to start the year.

The Terps collected two wins against Holy Cross and Rhode Island in their first action. Neither of the wins were too impressive and were come-from-behind victories. The Cavaliers dominated Syracuse and James Madison, holding those opponents to a combined 68 points. While VCU remained undefeated, impressive starts by Washington and Colorado boosted those two teams into the poll over the Rams.

Georgetown and Liberty also received votes, both sitting with 2-0 records.

NBC Sports Washington's Tyler Byrum contributed to this report. 

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The 9 craziest things that happened in Week 11 of the college football season

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The 9 craziest things that happened in Week 11 of the college football season

The game of the week, neigh, the century took place on Saturday in Tuscaloosa between Alabama and LSU and it did not disappoint.  College football, however, is about so much more than just the biggest game of the week.

Here are the nine craziest things that happened in Week 11 of the college football season.

LSU finally beat Alabama

Alabama had not lost at home in the last 31 games and had not lost to LSU for eight straight. That all came to an end on Saturday with LSU's 46-41 win over the Crimson Tide. It looked like we were headed for a blowout in the first half when the Tigers took a 33-13 lead into halftime, but Nick Saban doesn't get blown out so of course Alabama rallied to keep things close and likely keep their playoff hopes alive.

But all of that will be discussed ad nauseam in the coming weeks. This is LSU's moment as Ed Orgeron let everyone know (WARNING: this link contains the tyep of language you would expect from a football locker room).

Minnesota stays undefeated by beating an actual good team

Let's look at the first four games of Minnesota's schedule this season:

  • 28-21 win over South Dakota State
  • 38-35 win over Fresno State
  • 35-32 win over Georgia Southern
  • 38-31 win over Purdue

Somehow, this team is still undefeated. Credit head coach P.J. Fleck as obviously Minnesota has improved as the season has gone along. Now the Golden Gophers are 9-0 after beating No. 4 Penn State in a game in which they never trailed. If Minnesota beats Iowa next week, then it may be time to talk to your kids about an undefeated Minnesota.

Baylor-TCU score no touchdowns in regulation

Baylor improved to 9-0 on the season with a 29-23 win over TCU despite not scoring a touchdown for 60 minutes. The Bears were shutout in the first half, the Horned Frogs were shutout in the second. Both teams kicked three field goals to tie the game at 9 and force overtime. The game went to triple overtime as Baylor scored three touchdowns and TCU scored two. Ironically, neither team was forced into taking a field goal in overtime.

Ohio State breaks out a trick play against...Maryland?

Already up 14-0 in the first quarter, Ohio State dialed up an onside kick which they ran to perfection.

It was a beautiful play made possible by flawless execution and some great scouting to notice that hole in Maryland’s coverage.

But was this really an opponent in which Ohio State needed to empty its bag of tricks against? No. No it was not.

Yes, the Terps hung tough with Ohio State last year, but it was very clear in the first quarter that this year was going to be different and that the runaway freight train that is the Buckeyes was going to crush Maryland.

The Buckeyes won this game by 59 points. They didn’t need to show off a trick play for all of their upcoming opponents to now plan for.

Maryland commit decommits during Maryland beatdown

Three-star offensive line prospect Jordan White committed to Maryland in March. He decommitted on Saturday.

I don't know why White decommitted, how long he had been thinking about this or why he chose that moment to announce that he was decommitting. What I do know is that the Tweet happened to come during the Maryland-Ohio State game, a game in which the Terps were getting taken to the woodshed. Read into that what you will

Illinois pulls off another crazy win beating Michigan State after Dantonio gets dreaded vote of confidence

If I was an AD, I would never publicly express any confidence in any coach ever. Nothing good can come of it.

Michigan State athletic director Bill Beekman  told the Lansing State Journal on Friday that replacing head coach Mark Dantonio "is not even a discussion." The next day, the Spartans blew a 28-3  lead to lose to Illinois at home.

It should be said that any team that wears this monstrosity as the Spartans did Saturday, deserves to lose:

They did not wear the neon pants and went with the dark green instead, which certainly helped, but these are still total garbage.

Clemson gets bored

Let's be real, Clemson is the only good team in the ACC at this point. That's just a sad fact. After beating Texas A&M on Sept. 7, their schedule is pretty close to just one long bye into the ACC Championship Game. No one wants to admit it, but they're bored so Dabo Swinney is livening some things up.

In another meaningless game on Saturday, the Tigers drubbed NC State 55-10, but starting guard John Simpson scored one of the Tigers' touchdowns, lining up at running back for a 2nd-and-goal opportunity on NC State's 1.

On Clemson's final touchdown of the game, James Skalski lined up to take the extra point. Why is that significant? Because Skalski is a starting linebacker. He missed the extra point. These are the kinds of things you do when you know your team is bored with the season.

No word yet on how the selection committee will respond to Clemson winning by only 45 instead of 46.

Arkansas loses to Arkansas transfer quarterback

Arkansas is 2-8 and has not won an SEC game since Oct. 2017. How could things get any worse for an Arkansas team that is 2-8 without an SEC win since Oct. 2017? That eighth loss this season came in a blowout against Western Kentucky on Saturday. It can't possibly get worse than that for an Arkansas team that is 2-8 without an SEC win since Oct. 2017 and that was blown out by Western Kentucky on Saturday, could it? Oh, yes it could as WKU quarterback Ty Storey is actually an Arkansas transfer who left after losing his starting job in 2018. He scored three total touchdowns against the Razorbacks with 213 passing yards and 77 rushing yards.

Pac-12 refs award penalty to wrong team

Pac-12 refs get a bad rap because they are terrible. Just in case you didn't know that, the conference confirmed as much on Sunday suspending a referee for what it called a "Mechanics Error." In reality the referee called a penalty on the wrong team.