Jaylen Waddle of Alabama is out for the remainder of the season after sustaining an ankle injury.
Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle suffered a high ankle sprain and fracture on Saturday playing against Tennessee. The injury will sideline him for the rest of the season.
Waddle was injured in the 48-17 team’s kickoff over Tennessee. Head coach Nick Saban called the injury “shame” and praised the wide receiver’s skill.
“It’s fun to watch for sure whether it’s punt return, kickoff return or playing on the field,” Alabama coach Saban told reporters, according to ESPN. “I think the most important thing is that Jaylen has kind of expanded his role and his game so that he can play all the positions on receiver now. We can move him, where before he was mostly a slot machine player.
“Now he can play anywhere on the pitch, and I think that’s very useful. You’d expect people to double cover guys like him, and when you can move him around it makes it a little harder on the defense. ”
Waddle is expected to be one of the Top 15 picks for the 2021 NFL Draft; however, the new injury could affect his stock. The next NFL draft will be in April 2021.
“I think we responded well by focusing on the most important thing, which is the next game in the works,” said fellow Alabama wide receiver John Metchie III.
The State of Ohio routs Nebraska; Jaylen Waddle of Alabama injured.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Justin Fields completed 20 of 21 passes for two touchdowns and ran for another, Master Teague III rushed for a pair of scores and the No.5 Ohio State knocked down Nebraska 52-17 on Saturday in of the first day of the Big Season delayed from the Ten pandemic.
Fields, a Heisman Trophy finalist last season, completed his first 12 passes and threw for 276 yards. He ran for 52 more – including a superb 17-yard touchdown run in the third quarter around the left side that saw him pass a defenseman in the end zone.
“You saw the arm we saw,” said Nebraska linebacker Collin Miller. “He does throws that the guys do on Sunday.”
The Ohio State defense took most of the first half to find a way to contain quarterback Adrian Martinez, who brought down the Huskers for a touchdown in the opening two minutes of the game.
Nebraska (0-1, 0-1 Big Ten) tied the score at 14 in the second quarter, but an Ohio State basket (1-0, 1-0), a defensive save and Teague’s second touchdown gave the Buckeyes a 24-14 halftime lead. Then came Fields’ nifty touchdown and a 55-yard scoop and a score from Buckeyes Sevyn Banks cornerback, and Ohio State had him under control.
“It’s a hell of a race right there,” Buckeyes coach Ryan Day said. “It’s the best way to end a half and start a half, and I thought it turned the game around.”
No 2 Alabama 48, Tennessee 17
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – Alabama lost wide receiver Jaylen Waddle for the remainder of the season in the kickoff.
That was about the only thing that was wrong with Crimson Tide.
Mac Jones threw for 387 yards and ran for a touchdown and Najee Harris ran for three more touchdowns as Alabama beat Tennessee for the 14th straight victory in the rivalry.
The Crimson Tide (5-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) overtook volunteers 587-302. But playing for Tennessee proved costly for Alabama for a second straight season. A year ago, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa injured his ankle in the second quarter and missed the next game against Arkansas.
On Saturday, Waddle rolled his right ankle as he was tackled on the kickoff. He was carted to the locker room and coach Nick Saban said at halftime that Waddle would be out for the rest of the year and the junior would likely need surgery.
“It’s a shame because this guy is a great player,” said Saban. “It’s exciting for college football to see a guy play like that. I hate that he gets hurt on a room like that. You’re not supposed to kick the ball out when you’re this deep in the end zone, but he’s a great player, so you have to let him use his judgment.
Tennessee (2-3, 2-3) forced Alabama to throw their first kick. It was as close as the Volunteers could have lost their seventh in a row in this series at Neyland Stadium.
N ° 1 Clemson 47, Syracuse 21
Trevor Lawrence threw two touchdowns as Clemson won his 27th straight game against ACC.
(Ken Ruinard / Pool photo via Associated Press)
CLEMSON, SC – Trevor Lawrence threw two touchdown passes and Travis Etienne ran three runs as Clemson rocked a slow performance to win his 27th consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference game.
The Tigers opened 6-0 for the sixth straight season, but it took a late flurry to do so – as usual against Syracuse (1-5, 1-4).
The Orange were the last ACC team to defeat the Tigers (6-0, 5-0) with a 27-24 victory in 2017. A year later in Death Valley, Syracuse again looked ready for the upheaval by holding a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter before Clemson escaped 27-23 to keep his national championship season intact.
Despite being listed as the 45-point losers, coach Dino Babers and Syracuse kept the Tigers out of sync for much of the game and only lost 27-21 at the end of the third quarter.
No 3 Notre Dame 45, Pittsburgh 3
PITTSBURGH – Ian Book had 312 yards and three touchdowns – including two long catches for graduate transfer receiver Ben Skowronek – and Notre Dame overwhelmed Pittsburgh.
A week after shoving Louisville, the Fighting Irish (5-0, 4-0 ACC) had no such problem as they managed the Panthers (3-4, 2-4) their fourth straight loss. Book hit Skowronek for 34 yards on Notre Dame’s first possession, and Pitt – playing without injured senior quarterback Kenny Pickett for a second straight week – just couldn’t keep up.
No 14 North Carolina 48, No 23 NC State 21
CHAPEL HILL, NC – Javonte Williams ran for 160 yards and three touchdowns to help North Carolina beat North Carolina State in a revival of long-standing rivalry.
Michael Carter ran for 106 yards and a score on his own for the Tar Heels (4-1, 4-1 ACC), who used a rushing game with tackles that helped them gain control in the third quarter . . North Carolina ran 326 yards and finished with 578 overall, rebounding from a thwarted loss at Florida State to beat the Wolfpack (4-2, 4-2) by an uneven margin for the second straight season.
Williams had three touchdowns in last year’s 41-10 win, followed by two short touchdowns as UNC conceded 21 straight points after leading just 17-7 at halftime. He punctuated another great rivalry performance by blowing through a huge hole in the front, then slicing through several defenders to the pylon for a 27-yard score that went 45-14 with 14:11 to go.
Sam Howell threw for 252 yards and a touchdown for the Tar Heels, while Dyami Brown had 105 yards on seven career best catches.
Wake Forest 23, n ° 19 Virginia Tech 16
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – First-year running safety Nick Anderson had three interceptions, Christian Beal-Smith ran for 129 yards and Nick Sciba scored three field goals to help Wake Forest beat Virginia Tech .
Anderson stopped two deep Hokies workouts with interceptions, and his third ended their final possession.
Beal-Smith set the tone for the Demon Deacons (3-2, 2-2 ACC) with a 58-yard rush in the game’s first series. He then added points from 26 and 19 yards. Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman pitched just 17 times, completing 12 for 110 yards. But he scrambled nine yards for the game’s first score.
Hendon Hooker threw for 223 yards and ran for 98 more for the Hokies (3-2, 3-2). They had won six of the previous seven games between schools.
# 20 Kansas State 55, Kansas 14
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State relied on special teams to extend their streak against Kansas to a series record 12 straight games.
The Wildcats didn’t even block a kick, either.
Instead, it was Phillip Brooks who returned a pair of kicks for touchdowns, Blake Lynch made every kick he attempted and an opportunistic cover unit that jumped on a smothered kick return that pushed Kansas State to victory on a cold and windy day at Bill Snyder Family. Stadium.
“When we were in North Dakota state we were better than everyone else offensively and in defense,” said Wildcats coach Chris Klieman, “so why would we waste a chance to brutalize a kid in special teams? It’s a lot more competitive here, so you’d better find an edge on a weekly basis. This must be the edge.
It has come so far. The Wildcats (4-1) had blocked one kick in each of their last four games, helping them climb steadily in the Associated Press poll, and they’re now 4-0 in the Big 12 for the first time. since 2014.
Kansas State’s Will Howard threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns, while Justin Gardner returned a 25-yard interception for another score. Deuce Vaughn added 71 rushing yards and another touchdown as the Wildcats kept the Jayhawks (0-5, 0-4) winless in the series since Nov. 1, 2008 in Lawrence.
No. 22 Marshall 20, Florida Atlantic 9
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Brenden Knox ran for 101 yards and caught one of Grant Wells’s two touchdown passes to lead Marshall over pandemic-exhausted Atlantic Florida.
Marshall (5-0, 3-0 Conference USA) had enough offense to fend off pesky Owls (1-1, 1-1).
The FAU brought in 57 players on its first trip of the season, just above the mandatory minimum of 53 available fellows during the pandemic. The Owls even held a lead in the third quarter before Marshall scored the final 13 points. With FAU missing both of their starting offensive tackles due to the virus, the Owls were limited to 234 yards of attack.
No. 25 Coastal Carolina 28, South Georgia 14
CONWAY, SC – Quarterback Fred Payton threw three touchdown passes and Coastal Carolina won their first game as a ranked team.
The Chanticleers (5-0, 3-0 Sun Belt Conference) played without starting passer Grayson McCall with an upper-body injury.
But Payton threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to running back CJ Marable with 8:53 left to break a tie at 14 and put Coastal Carolina in front for good.
Reese White added a 20-yard score to extend Chants’ margin – and likely secure another week in the top 25.
Payton, who started 10 games in the past two seasons, finished 15 of 28 for 252 yards. A turn-over on the downs of Georgia Southern (3-2, 1-2) and a late interception sealed the victory.