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Can’t watch every game so here are all of the highlights [MWwire]
Eleven games this week and some of the big highlights came from the San Diego State game as Rashaad Penny had a big game, Boise State had some craziness and New Mexico nearly came back to win.
San Diego State into a NY6 bowl game? [MWwire]
The Boise State loss to Washington State all but knocks them out of New Year’s Six bowl game and we place San Diego State in a potential Peach Bowl spot.
Rashaad Penny earns national award [Walter Camp]
Perhaps Penny should be in the Heisman discussion [College Football News]
While not in the top five from CFN, but they say this about Penny who is on the outside looking in.
The nation’s leader in all-purpose yardage, Penny averaging 284 yards per game. The No. 2 guy – Western Michigan’s Darius Phillips – averaging 218. After running of 197 yards against UC Davis, and 216 against Arizona State, Penny is the nation’s leading rusher – averaging 10.6 yards per carry – with 117 yards on kickoff returns and 38 receiving.
Boise State loses Brett Rypien to injury [Idaho Statesman]
The specific injury was not disclosed but it likely seems like a concussion. Rypien did not return after he left in the second quarter and did not return. No word on if he will be healthy enough to play on Thursday against New Mexico.
The early depth chart has Rypien listed as the starting QB [Twitter]
UNLV loses Charles Williams for the season [Las Vegas Sun]
The Rebels lose half of its one-two running back punch with Charles Williams as he is having surgery on his left ankle which ends his season. It is now up to Lexington Thomas to take on the brunt of the carries as the starting running back.
Aaron Judge joins an elite group [Fresno Bee]
The former Bulldog joined an elite group that includes Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Mark McGwire. The first accomplishment of Yankee legends that Judge is now a part of is to be a 40-home run player while 25 or younger. The other is the first rookie since McGwire to hit 40 or more home runs. McGwire went deep 49 times with Oakland back in 1987. Judge has 41 and there are still 20 games left.
A look back at “The Punch” [The Athletic]
It has been eight years since Boise State beat Oregon — on the blue turf — 19-8 but the game will be remembered mostly for the post game where Ducks running back LeGarrette Blount punched the Broncos Byron Hout after saying, “How’d you like that ass-whoopin’?”
Blount has been asked this question a thousand times and his answer in this piece is: “We were both young kids,” he says, getting up to walk to a meeting. “He’s not a bad guy. I don’t hold grudges against anybody.”