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Saturday, September 21, 2019

College Football

USC gets penalty after Reggie Bush celebrates with Markese Stepp on touchdown run

Reggie Bush Markese Stepp

Reggie Bush’s return trip to the LA Memorial Coliseum on Friday night culminated in a penalty for the USC Trojans.

Bush was at the Coliseum as an analyst for FS1. He spent some of his time ripping his team for practicing shirtless before the game. But once the contest was one, Bush couldn’t contain himself.

After Markese Stepp scored a 4-yard touchdown to go up 29-23 on Utah in the fourth quarter, the running back pointed at Bush, who came over and dapped up Stepp. USC got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for the celebration.

The Trojans won 30-23, so the penalty didn’t end up mattering. For USC fans, it must have been nice getting to see Bush embrace a current running back during a Trojans win — just like the old days.

Urban Meyer gave Clay Helton love for big win over Utah

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer has been widely rumored to be a potential replacement for Clay Helton as USC’s next head football coach. Apparently the rumors haven’t frayed any relationship between the men.

Meyer was present at the LA Memorial Coliseum on Friday night working in his capacity as an analyst for FS1, which televised the game. The Trojans beat Utah 30-23 despite quarterback Kedon Slovis getting hurt on USC’s second play of the game. Matt Fink, originally the third-string QB, stepped in and threw three touchdown passes to lead the team to victory.

After the game, a few reporters mentioned that Meyer gave love to Helton. One photo even showed Meyer appearing to give Helton the “Fight On” symbol.

This just seems surprising. How can Helton be comfortable with a guy so many are talking about taking his job? Maybe he’ll take the credit wherever he can.

Helton has USC 3-1 so far this season.

USC QB Kedon Slovis was evaluated for concussion, got ‘dinged’

Kedon Slovis hit

USC Trojans quarterback Kedon Slovis was evaluated for a concussion after taking a big hit on the second play of the Trojans’ first possession Friday night.

Slovis was nailed by Utah defensive lineman Leki Fotu and exited the game. He was replaced by Matt Fink, who played great and threw for 351 yards and three touchdowns.

After the Trojans’ 30-23 home win over the Utes, head coach Clay Helton said Slovis got “dinged” but knew what had happened.

Helton said they would provide a further update on the true freshman’s status on Tuesday.

Fink played so well that even if Slovis is cleared to play at Washington next week, it would be hard to go away from the junior.

The way USC has gotten strong play from three QBs this season — JT Daniels, Slovis, and Fink — is impressive and a credit to Helton, Graham Harrell, USC’s coaches, and the incredible talent the team has at wide receiver.

Reggie Bush rips USC for going shirtless in pregame warmups

Reggie Bush did not return to the LA Memorial Coliseum on Friday night to kiss up to his former program. Instead, he took them to task.

Bush is an analyst for FS1 and was at the Coliseum for USC’s game against Utah. During FS1’s pregame show, Bush ripped the Trojans for warming up while shirtless.

USC certainly didn’t seem to be too cocky entering the game. They scored touchdowns on both of their first two drives, even doing so with Matt Fink at quarterback after Kedon Slovis was hurt on a big hit.

Bush’s harsh words for his alma mater could have to do with his status at USC. The school was forced by the NCAA to disassociate with the former Trojans football star over his NCAA violations while in school. USC does not even recognize him with honors. These words could be a manifestation of Bush’s bitterness over the way the school doesn’t recognize him.

USC QB Kedon Slovis exits game after taking big hit

Kedon Slovis hit

USC Trojans freshman Kedon Slovis was knocked out of his team’s home game against Utah on Friday night after taking a huge hit in the first minute.

Slovis completed two passes to Amon-Ra St. Brown to start the game. He took a massive hit from Utes defensive lineman Leki Fotu and was helped to the sideline.

Matt Fink, who began the season as the third-string QB, then entered and finished off the drive with a touchdown. Fink went 4/5 for 64 yards while Slovis was 2/2 for 17 yards before exiting.

Fink was actually the backup to JT Daniels last season but got pushed to third string this year after being surpassed on the depth chart by Slovis. Fink, a junior, entered the game 13/18 for 89 yards and a touchdown in his Trojans career.

Tulane beats Houston with incredible fake kneeldown play in final minute

Tulane trick play

Tulane beat Houston 38-31 on Thursday night thanks to one of the most creative playcalls you will see.

The Houston Cougars had kicked a field goal with 21 seconds left to tie the game and thought for sure they were going to overtime and that their job was done. Not so fast.

Tulane returned the ensuing kickoff to their 29, and just when you thought they would kneel out the clock and go to OT, the Green Wave pulled off the greatest fake ever. Take a look at this gorgeous play:

The Annexation of Puerto Rico run to perfection!

Tulane gained 18 yards to the 47 and had three seconds left. Then they did this:

Unbelievable.

Houston has to be kicking itself over the collapse. Meanwhile, Tulane just made our list of favorite trick plays ever. Well done, fellas.

Video of Kash Daniel twisting Kyle Trask’s ankle removed by Kentucky website

Kash Daniel Kyle Trask

A video of Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Kash Daniel twisting the ankle of Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask last weekend was removed by a Kentucky website that had posted it during the week.

Video of Daniel pulling the dirty move on Trask at the end of a 2-point conversion play in Saturday’s game was a talking point following Florida’s 29-21 win. Kentucky news station WYMT posted video the video to their site but later took it down.

The videos circulated elsewhere on social media:

Even though the video evidence showed Daniel’s move appeared to be intentional, the Kentucky linebacker defended himself in comments shared on Wednesday:

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was asked about the matter Thursday. He said that Daniel would be playing Saturday, which was an indication the linebacker will not be suspended a full game. Stoops also backed Daniel, saying the linebacker is not trying to hurt anyone.

There’s no doubt Kentucky is lucky that Daniel will be avoiding serious discipline. Florida fans have extra reason to be upset — Trask was knocked out for the season last year with a foot injury.