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-Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona, ran for a Pac-12 record 366 yards and tied the conference record with five TDs in the Wildcats' 56-31 rout of Colorado. The previous record was 357 yards by Washington State's Rueben Mayes at Oregon in 1984.

-Montee Ball, Wisconsin, ran for 198 yards and scored three times in the Badgers' 62-14 win over Indiana. Ball passed 1998 Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams for second on the FBS list with 77 career TDs, leaving him one behind all-time leader Travis Prentice of Miami (Ohio).

-Seth Doege, Texas Tech, threw for 476 yards and three TDs in the Red Raiders' 41-34 double-overtime win over Kansas.

-Marqise Lee, Southern California, caught 10 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown to help the No. 21 Trojans bounce back from consecutive losses with a 38-17 victory over skidding Arizona State.

-Kevin Hogan, Stanford, threw for 254 yards and three TDs in his first collegiate start, and the No. 16 Cardinal overcame four turnovers to rally past No. 13 Oregon State 27-23 and stay in control of their Pac-12 title hopes.

-Clint Chelf, Oklahoma State, threw for 292 yards and four TDs in his first career start as the Cowboys handed West Virginia its fourth straight loss, 55-44.

-Brett Smith, Wyoming, threw for 374 yards and four TDs to lead the Cowboys past New Mexico 28-23.

-Tyler Bray, Tennessee, threw for 404 yards and four TDs in the Vols' 51-48 overtime loss to Missouri.

-Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, threw for 426 yards and three TDs in the No. 11 Cardinals' 45-26 loss to Syracuse.

-Mike Piatkowski, Drake, threw for 366 yards and a career-high five TDs in a 45-20 victory over Butler.

-Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern, ran for three TDs and threw for two more in a 69-26 nonconference win over Howard.

-Matt Denham, Eastern Kentucky, rushed for 214 yards and three TDs and also caught a scoring pass in a 55-24 win over Murray State.

-Keith Dawson, Jacksonville, rushed for 217 yards and two TDs in a 40-14 victory over Campbell.



Johnny Manziel and No. 15 Texas A&M shook up the national championship race by beating No. 1 Alabama 29-24.

The Aggies, playing in the Southeastern Conference for the first season, also might have ended the league's run of BCS titles at six years.

The Crimson Tide didn't go quietly.

AJ McCarron nearly pulled off a second straight scintillating comeback. He threw one touchdown pass and motored the ball downfield before Deshazor Everett stepped in front of his fourth-down pass at the goal line with 1:36 left.

Manziel passed for 253 yards and rushed for 92 and led the Aggies to a 20-0 first quarter lead.

Alabama kept coming back, but never caught up with Manziel and Texas A&M.

Alabama, the nation's top scoring defense, forced a punt with less than a minute left, but A&M never had to kick it waway. The Tide was penalized for offisides, giving Texas A&M a first down and a chance to kneel out the clock.



1-Win by Massachusetts on the Football Bowl Subdivision level after defeating Akron 22-14.

12-Straight home wins by No. 10 Clemson, a school record.

146-Wins by Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, moving him past Bud Wilkinson for second in school history and 11 shy of Barry Switzer's school record.

738-Career completions by Syracuse's Ryan Nassib, a Big East record.



They score 118 points all the time in the Atlantic Coast Conference - on the basketball courts, not on the football fields.

Georgia Tech and North Carolina blew up the scoreboard in the highest scoring game in ACC history. Even after the Yellow Jackets' wild 68-50 victory, Paul Johnson wanted more - and he was the winning coach.

The teams combined for 1,085 yards and 118 points in surpassing the previous ACC mark of 110 points set in Virginia's 63-47 victory over Tulane in 1968. Eleven players scored touchdowns in this one.

Georgia Tech's Robert Godhigh rushed for two touchdowns and caught a third. Jamal Golden returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score, and backup quarterback Vad Lee rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns and threw for a third.

Georgia Tech outgained the Tar Heels 588-497 and set a school record for points in an ACC game, eclipsing its 63 against Wake Forest in 1998.



The Texas Longhorns paid tribute to former football coach Darrell Royal during their game against Iowa State, honoring the man who won 11 conference titles and two national championships in his 20 years leading the program.

Royal, who died Wednesday at age 88, won 167 games at Texas from 1957 to 1976, a mark that still stands as a school record.

Texas ran its first offensive play from the wishbone formation Royal introduced to major college football in 1968. Instead of a run, Texas pitched the ball to Jaxon Shipley, who tossed it back to quarterback David Ash, who passed to tight end Greg Daniels for 47 yards, adding some razzle-dazzle to an old-school formation.

Flags flew at half-staff at the stadium that bears Royal's name and white ``DKR'' initials were painted inside the burnt-orange Longhorn logo at midfield. Texas players also wore a similar helmet logo, which will remain part of the uniform the rest of the season.

A wreath was placed at the feet of a Royal statue inside the stadium where dozens of fans lined up to take photographs and flashed the ``Hook'em Horns'' hand signal. Royal's widow Edith attended the game.

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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

It may be the 18th of March but today could be like Christmas for five Redskins players.

The Redskins decided to use today, four days after the start of the league year, for some contract triggers. In this case, the triggers are all 2018 salary guarantees (some teams will pay out roster bonuses on trigger dates, but the Redskins rarely use that type of structure).

Here are the players whose have guarantees that kick in today 4 p.m. All data is via Over the Cap.


CB Josh Norman, base salary of $13.5 million becomes fully guaranteed—This was a window for the Redskins to move on from Norman if they were not happy with his performance after two seasons. He is 31 and he had no interceptions last season, leaving some to wonder if the Redskins might think about releasing him. But it never was a consideration.

TE Jordan Reed, $8 million of his $8.25 million salary becomes fully guaranteed—No, I’m not sure why they are leaving that $250,000 out there non-guaranteed. Fans thought that the Redskins might move on from Reed due to his injury issues. But, as with Norman, it never was a consideration.

S D.J. Swearinger, $3 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—This is a mere technicality, Swearinger wasn’t going anywhere after helping to solidify the safety position.


RB Chris Thompson, $1.996 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—His rehab is going well and after last year Thompson’s two-year, $7 million contract extension signed last September looks like a good deal for the team.

DE Terrell McClain, $3.25 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—If the Redskins sign a top free agent D-lineman or draft on early in the draft they could be in a numbers crunch. That new acquisition would be guaranteed a roster spot along with Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Stacy McGee, and Anthony Lanier. That makes five and the Redskins kept six last year. Ziggy Hood is a favorite of the coaching staff but he has no guaranteed money left on his contract. That could tip the sixth spot in favor of McClain if he is on the roster at the close of business today. If they release McClain after today, they would take a cap charge of over $2 million. It seems unlikely that anything will happen but it’s something to keep an eye on.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


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It's hard to tell after three games how the Wizards and Pacers would match up in the playoffs

It's hard to tell after three games how the Wizards and Pacers would match up in the playoffs

The Wizards crossed off an important goal on Saturday night by beating the Indiana Pacers and therefore securing the season series. If the teams tie with the same regular season record, the Wizards will get the higher playoff seed. As of today, that would mean home court advantage in the first round.

Though the Wizards have beaten the Pacers in two of their three matchups this season, we only know so much about how they would match up in the playoffs. The first game between them didn't feature Pacers All-Star Victor Oladipo and John Wall didn't play in any of the three games. The Pacers were without both Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis on Saturday night.

Given the Pacers underwent so much change over the summer, there is no real data to go off of from before this season. They are a completely different team with Oladipo leading the way and Paul George now in Oklahoma City.


There are reasons to believe, however, that the Wizards would fare well against the Pacers over the course of a seven-game series. For one, they figured out how to slow Oladipo and his teammate Bojan Bogdanovic on Saturday night. Both had killed the Wizards in previous matchups.

Oladipo was held to 18 points, over five points below his season average of 23.5. He had four turnovers, shot 7-for-16 (43.7%) and finished a -18 in a game the Pacers lost by seven.

The Wizards had some success with Tomas Satoransky guarding Oladipo. Satoransky is 6-foot-7 with long arms. He was able to recover on several occasions to alter Oladipo's shots.

Satoransky and Bradley Beal also did a good job keeping pace with Oladipo on the fastbreak. The Pacers had only four fastbreak points in the game. Oladipo is especially dangerous in the open court.

“We just made sure that we were aggressive with him and made sure he saw a lot of bodies in the paint," Beal said. "The last game, he got a lot of easy ones in transition. We just made sure that we got back on the shot, loaded to the ball and forced the other guys to attack.”

For Bogdanovic, it was about limiting open shots from the perimeter. Bogdanovic had 11 points, three below his season average and had four turnovers. Beal and Otto Porter stripped Bogdanovic for steals and Marcin Gortat took a charge on one play in the third quarter.


But it was all about taking away the outside shot. Bogdanovic only hit one shot in the first half and it was a three. The only reason he got it off is because Kelly Oubre, Jr. lost his balance backing up. That gave Bogdanovic the window he needed. Otherwise, Oubre helped frustrate the former Wizards small forward. So did Gortat and Ian Mahinmi, who did a good job covering their teammates off screens.

The Pacers are an average offensive team, ranking 16th in points per game and 14th in offensive rating. They are better defensively, ranking ninth-best in opponents points per game and 12th in defensive efficiency.

If the Wizards can limit Oladipo and Bogdanovic, the Pacers' two leading scorers, they should have a good shot at beating the Pacers in the playoffs. Beyond them, the Pacers are thin in the scoring department. Turner only averages 13.6 points and no one else beyond him can consistently make an opposing defense pay for mistakes. Conversely, several Wizards players have given the Pacers major trouble through three games this season.

Gortat, who had 18 points and eight rebounds on Saturday, has averaged 13 points and eight rebounds on 57.7 percent shooting against Indiana. Kelly Oubre, Jr., who had 16 points in 18 minutes, has averaged 15.5 points and is shooting 50 percent from the field.


In addition to those guys, Markieff Morris, Porter, Mike Scott, Mahinmi and Satoransky are all shooting over 50 percent against the Pacers. Satoransky is shooting 71.4 percent through three games.

The Wizards have the pieces to counter what the Pacers do best. Indiana is seventh in three-point percentage, but the Wizards are the best team in basketball in opponents three-point percentage. The Pacers are built around an All-Star guard, but the Wizards have two All-Star guards. The Pacers have a collection of talented wing players, but so do the Wizards.

"Hypothetically, I do like Indiana," Beal said. "I like how we match up with Indiana and I feel like there is a lot of stuff that we can take advantage of. In a lot of categories, I think we can win them."

Add it all up and the Wizards have every reason to feel confident if they see the Pacers in the posteason. Keep that in mind because they very well could meet up in the spring.

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