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-Denard Robinson, Michigan, rushed 24 times for 235 yards, threw for a touchdown and helped lead the Wolverines to a 44-13 rout at Purdue.

-Tajh Boyd, Clemson, threw for a career-high 397 yards and two TDs, ran for another score and caught a pass for a 2-point conversion and the No. 15 Tigers beat Georgia Tech 47-31.

-Josh Nunes, Stanford, threw for a career-high 360 yards and two TDs in the No. 18 Cardinal's 54-48 win over Arizona.

-Matt Scott, Arizona, set school records by completing 45 of 69 passes while throwing for 491 yards and three TDs in the Wildcats' 54-48 loss to No. 18 Stanford.

- Joe Southwick threw for three touchdowns and Boise State took advantage of five turnovers to breeze past Southern Mississippi 40-14.

-Josh Woodrum, Liberty, threw for 373 yards and three TDs in a 42-35 win over Gardner-Webb.

-Mike Gillislee, Florida, ran for a career-high 146 yards and two TDs, bringing the No. 10 Gators to life in the second half to beat fourth-ranked LSU 14-6.

-John Hubert, Kansas State, ran for 101 yards and four TDs on just 10 carries to lead the No. 7 Wildcats to a 56-16 rout over rival Kansas.

-Gio Bernard, North Carolina, rushed for a career-high 262 yards and a TD to help the Tar Heels beat Virginia Tech 48-34.

-Trent Steelman, Army, rushed for 141 yards and three TDs to help the Black Knights beat Boston College 34-31 to snap an eight-game losing streak.

-Tyler Van Tubbergen, Western Michigan, threw five TD passes and ran for a score in a 52-14 victory over Massachusetts.

-Colton Chapple, Harvard, threw three of his four TD passes to Andrew Berg in a 45-13 victory over Cornell.

-Mike Colvin, Lehigh, passed for 415 yards and four TDs and ran for a fifth score in a 35-14 win over Columbia.

-Jamal Jackson, Appalachian State, threw four TD passes, ran for one more and had 398 all-purpose yards to lead the Mountaineers to a 35-23 win over Elon.

-Kade Bell, Jacksonville, threw three of his four TD passes to Andrew Robustelli in a 38-17 victory over Morehead State.

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FROGS' STREAKS OVER

The longest winning streak and conference winning streaks in the FBS are over.

Jared Barnett threw three touchdowns to Josh Lenz, who later had a scoring toss of his own on a trick play, and Iowa State beat No. 15 TCU 37-23, two days after the Horned Frogs suspended quarterback Casey Pachall.

TCU had its 12-game winning streak, tops in major college football, snapped in its first Big 12 home game.

The Frogs had won a nation-best 25 conference games in a row, the first 24 while winning the Mountain West championship each of the past three seasons. They won their Big 12 debut at Kansas three weeks ago, and hadn't lost a conference game since Nov. 6, 2008, at Utah.

Iowa State won for only the third time in 33 road games against a Top 25 team since 1996. Barnett had another one of those wins, as a freshman last season at Texas Tech in his first career start.

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PENN STATE RALLIES

With his team a little stunned after giving up a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown, Penn State coach Bill O'Brien walked up and down the sideline giving players a pep talk.

After everything they've been through over the past year, these Nittany Lions weren't going to be denied, even after trailing by 11 going into the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Matt McGloin had the go-ahead score on a 5-yard touchdown run with 2:37 left, one of three fourth-quarter scores for Penn State, and the Nittany Lions stormed past No. 24 Northwestern 39-28.

The Nittany Lions scored three times in the final 9:49, starting with McGloin's 6-yard touchdown pass to Allen Robinson on fourth down as the receiver dragged along the back line of the end zone. Michael Zordich had a 2-point conversion run to get Penn State within 28-25 before McGloin's scramble for a score sent the homecoming weekend crowd into a frenzy.

The Nittany Lions then stuffed Northwestern's last-gasp drive after Trevor Siemian's pass for Kain Colter was tipped away on fourth down. Zordich added a 3-yard touchdown run with 1:30 left to put a punctuation mark on the wild finish.

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NUMBERS

9-Sacks, including five by Michael Cole, in Maine's 26-3 win over Delaware.

293-Career receptions by Duke's Conner Vernon to set the Atlantic Coast Conference record.

500-Wins by Bowling Green in its 94 seasons after beating Akron 24-10. The Falcons have 349 losses and 51 ties.

614-Yards rushing by Georgia Southern in its 45-13 win over Western Carolina.

3,905-Career yards rushing by Michigan's Denard Robinson, setting a Big Ten record for a quarterback and breaking a tie with Kent State's Josh Cribbs to move into fifth place in NCAA history.

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ANOTHER WILD FINISH

Another wild overtime finish in the Navy-Air Force rivalry. Only, this time, the Midshipmen came out on top in their quest to regain the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy.

Navy beat Air Force 28-21 when right guard Jake Zuzek recovered freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds' fumbled snap in the end zone.

After the unusual touchdown, defensive end Wes Henderson knocked down Connor Dietz's pass on fourth-and-6 from the 21 to seal Navy's win, a significant first step in the Midshipmen's quest to regain the trophy that represents superiority among the three service academies.

Last year's game also went to overtime in Annapolis, Md., with Air Force prevailing 35-34 thanks to a controversial call. Officials ruled a touchdown celebration by Navy went overboard, and penalized the Midshipmen for unsportsmanlike conduct. The long conversion attempt from 35 yards was blocked by Alex Means. Then, the Falcons scored, and Parker Herrington added the conversion to give Air Force the wild win.

Herrington had the chance to win it again this time, but his 51-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left as time expired in regulation. It was his second miss of the afternoon and fifth in six tries this season for the senior.

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CHOMP, CHOMP

Florida got its biggest victory yet under second-year coach Will Muschamp, beating the No. 4 Tigers 14-6 in Gainesville, Fla. The 10th-ranked Gators trailed 6-0 at halftime, but scored on consecutive drives by running on 17 of 18 plays. Mike Gillislee ended both of them with 12-yard touchdown runs, one in the third quarter and another early in the fourth. It was third time this season that Florida trailed at half against a Southeastern Conference rival and came back to win.

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DEE-FENSE

Florida safety Matt Elam stripped the ball from LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. following a 56-yard reception on third down in a game the Gators won 14-6 thanks to a dominant defensive performance. The Gators harassed quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who completed 11 of 25 passes for 161 yards, with an interception. Overall, the Tigers were held to 200 yards of offense and eight first downs. ... Michigan State, which gave up nearly 200 yards in the first quarter, held Indiana to 37 yards and two first downs in the second half of a 31-27 win over Indiana. ... No. 22 Rutgers suffocated Connecticut 19-3 to remain undefeated. The Scarlet Knights held UConn's ground game to 53 yards on 28 carries, though UConn benched leading rusher Lyle McCombs for the first quarter after he was arrested and charged with second-degree breaching the peace on Friday.

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YOU GET A LOSS! AND YOU GET A LOSS! AND ...

LSU was one of four undefeated teams to lose in Saturday's early games, falling 14-6 at No. 10 Florida. Iowa State handed No. 15 TCU its first loss, 37-23, to stop the Horned Frogs' 12-game winning streak, which had been the longest in major college football. Penn State made it four straight victories by beating No. 24 Northwestern 39-28. The Wildcats were trying to go to 6-0. Also, unranked Texas Tech lost 41-20 at home against No. 17 Oklahoma.

Two late games featured undefeated teams playing each other - No. 5 Georgia at No. 6 South Carolina and No. 8 West Virginia at No. 11 Texas.

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Ravens reportedly agree to a deal keeping John Harbaugh in Baltimore long term

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Ravens reportedly agree to a deal keeping John Harbaugh in Baltimore long term

The Ravens have reportedly agreed in principle to a new contract extension with head coach John Harbaugh, a move already being praised by national pundits everywhere. 

It was nearly a month ago that the Ravens announced Harbaugh would be returning as the team’s head coach in 2019, which was noteworthy considering his status as a potential lame duck head coach.

In the same release, the team announced they were working towards a contract extension with Harbaugh, whose current deal was set to expire next year.

Despite reports from national NFL insiders, including Jason La Canfora and Peter King, that Harbaugh might prefer to hit free agency as a highly sought-after head coach after the 2019 season, it appears the Ravens will keep him in Baltimore for the foreseeable future. 

This news comes on the heels of a busier-than-usual coaching carousel, with a quarter of the 32 NFL teams changing head coaches in the last month, including two AFC North rivals. Harbaugh almost certainly would have been the cream of the crop among coaching free agents no matter when he became available, so the Ravens were looking to lock him up long term.

After a tough November home loss to the Steelers that put the team at 4-5, Harbaugh was asked about his job security, and he remained steadfast and confident.

"I've never been someone who's worried about keeping a job," Harbaugh said. "It's always been, for me, [about] doing the job. I've got a bunch of great coaches and a bunch of great players that bust their tails every day to do the best job they can. I feel really good about the way this team has been coached for the last 11 years, and for the last number of weeks we've been in the season. So, there are no regrets. Never been any regrets here with me."

After that game, the Ravens rattled off six wins in seven games to make the playoffs, and many players credited Harbaugh with keeping the team together. It was prior to Week 16 when the front office announced Harbaugh would be returning no matter how the season ended, but the strong finish and AFC North title certainly made the decision easier.

A coach with a special teams background, Harbaugh is an anomaly in the current era of young, offensive-minded head coaches. He won Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, and holds a 104-72 career record in Baltimore.

The terms of the new deal have not yet been released, but it will be interesting how many years the team is committing to Harbaugh.

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Bradley Beal's agent says guard's not looking for a trade: 'He wants to win'

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Bradley Beal's agent says guard's not looking for a trade: 'He wants to win'

Bradley Beal, his agent Mark Bartlestein told Bleacher Report, would like to stay in Washington - even as he's a hot topic among front offices as the trade deadline approaches.

From Bleacher Report:

His agent, Mark Bartelstein, is not looking for a trade. "Brad wants to win, Bartelstein told B/R. "He wants to win at the highest level, and he wants to compete for championships. I think he's seeing progress, and he's going to do everything he can to lead this team. They got themselves into a huge hole, and he's going to do his best to get them out of it.

The Wizards are facing tough decisions when it comes to the future of the franchise as this season's trade deadline approaches. Beal, as NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig detailed this week, is among the most tradable assets they have, especially when it comes to their three major contracts. But owner Ted Leonsis took a firm stance against tanking while speaking to reporters in London, and Beal is integral to their playoff hopes with John Wall sidelined. 

This isn't the first time this season that Beal has denied wanting to be anywhere but DC. When drama swirled around the team earlier this season, Beal denied a report that he had requested a trade.

"That's nonsense," he said at the time. "I heard it earlier before the game and I was like, 'If it didn't come from the horse's mouth, it wasn't me.' I got this Washington jersey on and I come here and work everyday, you know, until otherwise. This is where I wanna be."

Earlier this season, it was reported that the Raptors were interested in Beal but couldn't afford what the Wizards were asking for him. According to the latest report on Beal from Bleacher Report, there are a number of teams who may still be interested. 

Again, from Bleacher Report:

There are so many teams in the mix trying to make that extra push that want Beal," a Western Conference executive told B/R.

But even if some fans are clamoring for a big trade at the deadline, the price tag for Beal - who had 26 points in the Wizards' comeback win over the Knicks this week - only seems to be rising. 

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