NCAA Football News and Notes
Let’s take a look at some news and notes from around the college football world for November 12, 2018.
Utah Running Back Suffers Unique Injury
Utah running back Zack Moss aggravated a knee injury when he was getting into bed earlier this week. Reports circulated earlier this week that Moss injured his knee during a practice on Wednesday, but coach Kyle Whittingham shot down those rumors after Utah’s game on Saturday. Whittingham acknowledged that Moss has a previous knee condition that was triggered, causing the junior to miss the victory over Oregon on Saturday. There is no timetable for return, but the coach acknowledged that there is a chance that Moss could be shut down for the season. Moss has racked up 1,092 rushing yards this season and scored 11 touchdowns. He was on pace to break the single-season record for rushing yards before suffering the injury. The running back could return to Utah for his senior season, or he could enter the NFL Draft at the conclusion of the season.
BC Quarterback Hospitalized With Injury
Boston College head coach Steve Addazio told the media that starting quarterback Anthony Brown was in the hospital with an internal injury. The upper-body injury occurred in the Eagles 27-7 loss to Clemson on Saturday night. The big hit occurred just six plays into the game, and Brown did not return. Brown is a redshirt sophomore quarterback who has started all nine games for Boston College this season. He has thrown for 1,567 yards and 16 touchdowns this season for the Eagles who are ranked in the top-25. Brown suffered a torn ACL last November but was fully cleared before the start of preseason camp.
Northwestern Wins Big Ten West
The Northwestern Wildcats have clinched a spot in the Big 10 Championship Game with a 14-10 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday. The win improved the Wildcats record to 6-4 on the season and gave them their first ever Big Ten Division title in school history. Northwestern went 0-3 in their non-conference portion of their schedule this season, but have gone 6-1 in conference play to clinch the division title. The Big Ten East is still yet to be decided, and Northwestern is still waiting on their opponent. The Iowa Hawkeyes fell to 3-4 in conference play in the loss, and have lost three straight games. Running back Isaiah Bowser was the star of the game, rushing for 165 yards and a touchdown in the upset victory.
Davidson Sets Record In Loss
The Davidson Wildcats set a new FCS and FBS single-game rushing record in a loss to San Diego on Saturday. Davidson ran for a whopping 789 yards, but it was not enough as they fell 56-52 in the game. Four different players for Davidson eclipsed 150 rushing yards in the game, which is on the second time in college football history that this has occurred. Davidson had previously broken the single-game rushing record with a 685 yard performance against Division III Guilford earlier this season. San Diego quarterback Anthony Lawrence threw a school-record seven touchdowns in the victory, and receiver Michael Bandy had 324 receiving yards, also a school record. San Diego clinched the Pioneer Football League Championship for the 8th straight season with the win.
Brawl Erupts in Iowa State-Baylor Game
The Big 12 matchup between Iowa State and Baylor got a little chippy on Saturday, and a brawl broke out in the third quarter of the game. Iowa State running back David Montgomery and Baylor defensive end Greg Roberts were the two main culprits, exchanging punches near the line of scrimmage. Both players were ejected for their role in the fight, that started when Roberts landed a punch on the Iowa State running back. Montgomery responded by lunging over the center and landing a punch near the head of Roberts. Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer was also ejected in this game. The fight will have an impact on Iowa State’s next game against the Texas Longhorns as David Montgomery will be suspended for the first half of that game. The suspension is automatic per the rules of the NCAA. Montgomery was a first-team All-Big 12 selection a season ago and leads the team with 765 rushing yards this season.