Penn knocked off Villanova on Thursday night for the first time in ... wait for it ... 104 years! The Quakers possessed the ball for nearly 40 minutes of the 24–13 upset win for their first triumph over the crosstown rival Wildcats since 1911.
Thursday night featured an AAC matchup of Memphis and Cincinnati that featured serious offensive fireworks and a terrifying hit. The Tigers prevailed 53–46 on a last-minute touchdown, but Bearcats quarterback Gunner Kiel was carted off the field and immediately taken the University of Memphis hospital after taking a direct shot to the head and upper body by Tigers' defensive back Chauncey Lanier.
The win continued the momentum for Justin Fuente, who has done a remarkable job in Memphis, turning around a program that has seen almost no success over the last couple decades. Could Memphis get the call to the big leagues and join a power conference as a result of their recent success on the gridiron?
Snappers = Best Athletes on the Team
Winston-Salem State freshman safety Marquise Gaddy was rushed to the hospital with a spinal injury at the Rams' practice on Wednesday afternoon and remains in stable but serious condition. Similarly to Gunner Kiel, we're sending a lot of thoughts and prayers to Gaddy and his family.
Here's a heart-warming story: Fourteen years after escaping war-torn Sierra Leone, Michigan receiver Amara Darboh officially became a United States citizen on Thursday.
Has Wisconsin become Bust U for NFL running backs? The Badgers passionate fan base certainly won't appreciate the distinction, but the pro careers of Ron Dayne, John Clay, Montee Ball and others suggest it might be accurate. Oh, and current running back Corey Clement is out 4–6 weeks following hernia surgery.
We Love P.J. Fleck
Is Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck ushering in a new coaching style?
Nasty New Helmets
Cincinnati actually has a Skyline Chili play card, something that Big & Rich definitely would approve of:
Gunner is Fat
Odds and Ends
It was a weird Thursday for Lane Kiffin, as countless rumors swirled around social media about the Alabama offensive coordinator ... Ole Miss professor trolls Alabama with merciless test instructions ... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar blasted UCLA basketball ... Mascot History 101: Oregon and Donald Duck ... Fordham rescinds Bill Cosby's honorary degree ... Unsurprisingly, Ohio State's offense is "pissed off", will play angry this weekend ... Kansas is intent on breaking a six-year road losing streak this weekend at Rutgers ... Top 10 players from outside of the Power Conferences ... Alabama State trustee allegedly choked former ASU head coach Reggie Barlow ... Are these the 50 smartest colleges in America? ... 15 of the most popular college bars across North America.
Bone-Crushing Rugby Hits
In honor of Michigan State and other teams implementing rugby tackling techniques to avoid concussions, here's a compilation of some massive rugby hits:
Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority at Wingate University (N.C.) held their Bid Day and were surprised by Ty Bates, one of their sorority sisters who joined the military a year earlier and hadn't seen them since:
This is Just Awesome
Here's a story that should cheer you up if your team is battling a rough start to the 2015 season. This Fort Worth man rescues dogs that were left abandoned by their owners and cares for them ... oh, and he also plops them in a tractor train for a little fun: