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-Seth Doege, Texas Tech, passed for six TDs and a career-high 499 yards in the Red Raiders' 49-14 upset of No. 5 West Virginia.

-Montee Ball, Wisconsin, ran for a career-high 247 yards and three TDs to help the Badgers beat Purdue 38-14. He is now is alone in third place in NCAA history with 72 career TDs.

-Eddie Lacy, Alabama, had a career-best 177 yards on 18 carries and three TDs in the top-ranked Crimson Tide's 42-10 win over Missouri.

-Tyler Wilson, Arkansas, was 23 of 31 passing for 372 yards and a career-high five TDs in a 49-7 win over Kentucky.

-Jeff Driskel, Florida, ran for three TDs and 177 yards on 11 carries to break a school record for a quarterback and help the fourth-ranked Gators beat Vanderbilt 31-17.

-Denard Robinson, Michigan, threw two TD passes, ran for two more scores and had 287 total yards to lead the No. 25 Wolverines in a 45-0 win over Illinois.

-EJ Manuel, Florida State, threw for a career-high 439 yards and four TDs as the 12th-ranked Seminoles rebounded from their first loss of the season with a 51-7 victory over Boston College.

-Collin Klein, Kansas State, ran for 105 yards and three TDs, and the sixth-ranked Wildcats held off Iowa State 27-21.

-Trevone Boykin, TCU, threw for 261 yards and four TDs in the Horned Frogs' 49-21 win at Baylor.

-Cody Vaz, Oregon State, passed for 332 yards and three TDs in his first start since high school to help the No. 10 Beavers beat Brigham Young 42-24.

-Senorise Perry, Louisville, rushed for 101 yards and a career-high four TDs to help the No. 18 Cardinals race by Pittsburgh 45-35.

-Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada, rushed for 185 yards and three TDs to help the Wolf Pack overcome a 17-point halftime deficit and defeat UNLV 42-37.

-Shane Carden, East Carolina, threw for 308 yards and 5 TDs in a 41-7 win over Memphis.

-Cary Grossart, Northern Arizona, threw for 363 yards and four TDs in a 45-38 win over North Dakota.

-Clayton Moore, Jackson State passed for 269 yards and two scores and ran for 131 yards and three more TDs in a 37-34 victory over Alabama State.

-Chris Amrhein, Cornell, stepped in for injured Jeff Mathews and threw for 523 yards, second-most in school history, in a 41-38 win over Monmouth (N.J.).

-Bo Wallace, Mississippi, scored four TDs rushing, passing and receiving as the Rebels snapped a 16-game SEC losing streak with a 41-20 win over Auburn.

-Dri Archer, Kent State, rushed for 222 yards, including an explosive 87-yard TD late, and completed a trick 24-yard touchdown pass in a 31-17 win over Army.

-Lanny Funsten, Davidson, caught 17 passes to break the Pioneer Football League single-game record and had 246 yards receiving in a 34-24 loss to Jacksonville.

-Andy Vailas, New Hampshire, threw for three TDs and rushed for another in a 44-40 win over Richmond.

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NUMBERS

4-Kick returns for scores this season by Marcus Murphy, setting a Missouri single-season record. He returned a kickoff 98 yards for a TD in the second quarter against No. 1 Alabama.

16-Straight wins by Penn over Columbia after a 24-20 victory.

18-Plays of 15 yards or more by Texas Tech in its 49-14 upset of No. 5 West Virginia.

47-Career TD passes by Eastern Kentucky's T.J. Pryor, breaking Jim Guice's school record. Pryor also broke Josh Greco's school record of 478 career completions.

402-Career points by Florida State kicker Dustin Hopkins, most in the Atlantic Coast Conference and fifth in NCAA history.

467-Yards rushing by Wisconsin in a rainy 38-14 win over Purdue.

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IRISH REVENGE

Notre Dame knew what was coming. Stanford doesn't get cute inches from the goal line.

And after three years of getting pushed around by the Cardinal, the Fighting Irish pushed back, winning the most important shoving match they've had all season.

Or did they?

A wall of Notre Dame defenders stopped Stepfan Taylor inches from the goal line on fourth down in overtime and the seventh-ranked Irish remained unbeaten with a 20-13 victory against the No. 17 Cardinal on a soggy day in South Bend.

Taylor kept reaching and turning with bodies underneath him, and his knee never did hit the ground before reaching the ball across the goal line. But the officials ruled it was too late. The whistle had blown, and that meant the play was stopped.

The celebration had to wait for a replay review. The call stood. Irish fans who weren't already on the field spilled out of the stands, and Notre Dame's national title hopes remained alive. The Irish are 6-0 for the first time since 2002.

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KILL'S SEIZURES RETURN

Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill's seizure problems returned Saturday, hospitalizing the coach shortly after he gave his postgame press conference following a 21-13 loss to Northwestern.

Kill met with the media and answered questions for about 10 minutes after the game, looking healthy and strong. But moments after returning to the locker room, school officials said he had another seizure.

Team medical staff attended to him immediately, and an ambulance arrived at TCF Bank Stadium quickly after the seizure. Kill was taken to a hospital, where he was alert and resting comfortably, according to a news release issued by the school about two hours after the game.

It's latest in a long line of problems with seizures for Kill. He suffered several of them last season in his first year at Minnesota, most notably on the sideline during a loss to New Mexico State in September.

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RED RIVER ROUT

When Bob Stoops starts to rattle off the scores of the big wins he's brought home for Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry, they all start to sound alike - and oh, that's so sweet for the Sooners.

Damien Williams broke off a 95-yard touchdown run for the longest rush in the rivalry's history, Blake Bell powered his way in for four TDs and No. 13 Oklahoma beat No. 15 Texas 63-21 for its second straight blowout in the series.

Stoops is now 9-5 against Mack Brown and responsible for three of Oklahoma's five most lopsided wins over Texas - and that doesn't include last year's 55-17 clobbering.

Put this one right up there with 65-13 in 2003 and 63-14 in 2000, both seasons when the Sooners played for the national championship.

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OFFENSIVE SHOW

Tennessee-Martin's Derek Carr threw for seven touchdowns against Murray State.

It wasn't even most in the game.

Putting on a spectacular offensive show, the Skyhawks outlasted Murray State 66-59 behind Carr's 560 yards and seven scoring passes.

Murray State's Casey Brockman topped Carr in TD passes, throwing for eight while while completing 45 of 67 passes for 537 yards. Carr completed 42 of 46 passes.

DJ McNeil's 9-yard scoring run with 1:19 remaining - the only rushing touchdown of the game - gave UTM a 66-52 lead, and it held on despite Brockman's final touchdown pass with 3 seconds left.

The Skyhawks' 28-10 lead after one quarter marked the fifth time in six years that the winner of this game had 28 points in the first quarter.

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In wake of video controversy, Brian MacLellan says he is disappointed but it was lesson learned for Kuznetsov

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In wake of video controversy, Brian MacLellan says he is disappointed but it was lesson learned for Kuznetsov

When you are a general manager preparing for the draft and free agency, seeing a video of one of your most prominent players in a hotel room sitting next to lines of an unidentified white powder is about the last thing you want to see.

That was how the summer kicked off for Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan when video of Evgeny Kuznetsov began circulating on social media.

“We're a little disappointed that he had put himself in that situation that could be interpreted in a number of different ways,” MacLellan said on a conference call Thursday in his first availability with the media since the incident.

The video was alarming not just because of the presence of the unidentified substance, but also because it came off a down year for Kuznetsov, one in which he managed only 21 goals and 72 points after scoring over a point per game in the 2018 postseason. That one could have had an effect on the other was an easy conclusion for fans and critics to jump to.

Kuznetsov, however, denied ever taking drugs and after an investigation by both the team and the league, it was determined he would receive no discipline. He also released a statement apologizing for the incident.

MacLellan said he was ultimately satisfied with Kuznetsov’s explanation and the findings of the investigation surrounding the video.

“I think we had a pretty thorough investigation by both the league and the club and a number of discussions with Kuzy about what happened and how he got in that spot and how to handle that going forward,” MacLellan said. “I think at the end of the day, we're comfortable on all the conversations we've had, we're comfortable what the league had to say about it.”

While Kuznetsov may have avoided any discipline for the incident, MacLellan still feels confident that it was a lesson learned for the dynamic center and noted that he has high expectations for him heading into the next season.

Said MacLellan, “I think Kuzy learned a lesson about putting himself in certain situations and we're going to move forward and we expect Kuzy to have a good year this year.”

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Nationals extend protective foul ball netting

The Washington Nationals will become the latest MLB team to extend their protective netting down the first and third base lines, team owner Mark Lerner announced on Thursday. A new netting will be installed at Nationals Park during the MLB All-Star break. 

The new netting will extend from the end of the dugout, where they currently end, and go to the left and right field corners. It will be designed with certain sections that can be raised to allow for fan interaction before the games. 

In his announcement, Lerner stated "I could not help but become emotional last month watching the Astros-Cubs game when a four-year-old little girl was hit by a line drive. I can’t imagine what her parents must have felt in that moment. And to see the raw emotion and concern from Albert Almora Jr. was heartbreaking. Further extending the netting at Nationals Park will provide additional protection for our fans."

This announcement comes fresh off the heels of a national conversation about the importance of netting in ballparks and more that needs to be done to protect the fans. As Lerner referenced, a young fan was hit by a foul ball during an Astros-Cubs matchup in May. The girl was rushed to the hospital and left those in attendance paralyzed in shock, especially Cub Albert Almora Jr. 

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said he did not expect the league to step in this season for a league-wide change. However, he did mention that it would continue to be discussed and stressed the importance of fan safety. 

As a result, some teams are taking matters into their own hands. The Chicago White Sox became the first team to announce an extension of their current protective netting to the foul poles. 

Preceding the White Sox announcement, both Chicago and the Nationals experienced a traumatic foul ball situation. Chicago's Eloy Jimenez ripped a foul ball down the line and hit an unsuspecting fan.  

The first game with the new netting with be on Monday, July 22 against the Colorado Rockies. 

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