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Darnold, Jones lead USC over Cal 45-24 (Yahoo Sports)
Ronald Jones just needed an opportunity to show he was still the running back that became Southern California's most prolific freshman rusher a season ago. Jones rushed for a career-high 223 yards, Sam Darnold threw five touchdowns passes and USC downed California 45-24 on Thursday night. Darnold threw for 231 yards, with Darreus Rogers making six catches for a career-high 97 yards, as the Trojans rolled up a season-high 629 yards of total offense.
No. 12 Florida State without Wilson against No. 3 Clemson (Yahoo Sports)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- No. 12 Florida State will be without wide receiver Jesus ''Bobo'' Wilson on Saturday against third-ranked Clemson.
Johnson runs for Buffalo-record 282 yards, Bulls beat Akron (Yahoo Sports)
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Jordan Johnson ran for a Buffalo-record 282 yards in the Bulls' 41-20 victory over Akron on Thursday night.
Brown leads Ohio to 31-26 win; 1st win at Toledo since 1967 (Yahoo Sports)
Dorian Brown had career highs with 212 yards rushing and 29 carries and Ohio beat Toledo 31-26 on Thursday night for the Bobcats' first road victory over the Rockets since 1967. Ohio (6-3, 4-1 Mid-American) led 31-20 on Brown's 51-yard TD run with 8:08 left in the game and the Bobcats held the Rockets at midfield in the final minute for the first win in the series since 1988.
Kelly: Desire to win, not fear of losing, motivates Irish (Yahoo Sports)
Coach Brian Kelly isn't interested in talking with his players about a history lesson as Notre Dame tries to avoid one of the school's worst finishes in 128 seasons of playing football. Kelly, who turned 55 on Tuesday, has a 57-28 record at Notre Dame and is two losses shy of tying Lou Holtz, who coached the Irish for 11 seasons, for most losses by an Irish coach.
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Maryland basketball coach Turgeon receives 4-year extension (Yahoo Sports)
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon has received a four-year extension on his contract, which now runs through the 2022-23 season. Turgeon was Big Ten coach of the year in 2014-15 after leading Maryland to a school-record 26 regular-season wins. The school announced Turgeon's extension Thursday.
Davis returns to lead young Texas A&M Aggies (Yahoo Sports)
Texas A&M returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011 last season and reached the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in school history with a veteran-laden team that coach Billy Kennedy had been building for years. This year, the Aggies will try and sustain that success despite losing four starters from a team that was the co-Southeastern Conference champion. ''We're excited about the young guys we have,'' Kennedy said.
LSU moves on from Simmons era seeking balance, chemistry (Yahoo Sports)
LSU coach Johnny Jones might need the Tigers to considerably exceed expectations if he wants to keep his so-called dream job much longer. Jones doesn't deny that failing to make the NCAA Tournament last season was a disappointment in light of the fact that the Tigers roster featured the NBA's top 2016 draft choice , Ben Simmons. Jones' hope is that with maturity and the chance to assert themselves more following Simmons' departure, LSU's top returning players might develop into a cohesive, balanced and highly competitive force in the Southeastern Conference.
St. John's has different look entering Mullin's 2nd season (Yahoo Sports)
Chris Mullin's first season as coach at St. John's ended with an 8-24 record, including 1-17 in the Big East. Along the way there was a school-record 16-game losing streak and the Red Storm closed the season by losing 21 of their last 22 games. ''The talent level has improved tremendously,'' Mullin said Thursday at St. John's media day.