College football: Hurricanes edge FSU in wild ACC opener
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ó Jacory Harris threw for 386 yards ó including a 40-yard pass over double coverage to Travis Benjamin that set up Graig Cooper’s 3-yard touchdown run with 1:53 left ó and led the Hurricanes past No. 18 Florida State 38-34 in a wild, back-and-forth game Monday.
It went down to the very last play, a pass that Florida State’s Jarmon Fortson nearly scooped off the garnet-colored grass in the end zone as time expired. Fortson argued to no avail, replay officials confirmed that he didn’t have the ball and Miami flooded the field.
NORMAN, Okla. ó Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford is not expected to need surgery on his sprained right shoulder, and he could play again for Oklahoma in two to four weeks.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. ó Greg Paulus acquitted himself well in his first competitive game since he was national high school player of the year in 2004. He was 19 of 31 for 167 yards, one touchdown and one interception in an overtime loss to Minnesota.
Paulus’ lone turnover was an ill-advised pass on third down in OT. His longest completion was a 29-yard scoring pass to Mike Williams.
“We wanted to make sure that we were able to manage the game, get rid of the football,” coach Doug Marrone said.
Coach Chris Petersen defended his decision not to suspend Byron Hout for his taunting that led to LeGarrette Blount’s punch after the No. 14 Broncos’ victory over Oregon on Thursday.
Petersen said the defensive end is being disciplined for yelling in Blount’s face and slapping him on the shoulder pad. But Petersen added he believes “we’ve done the right thing” in not suspending him for any games.
“I do think Byron is being disciplined, there is no question about that,” Petersen said. “It was the wrong thing to do to say anything to anybody. … It’s something everybody has learned from, in our program and teams from the outside, to say nothing and just play ball.”
The Broncos have been criticized for not taking stronger action and were even questioned by Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott, who was quoted in the New York Times on Sunday as saying, “It takes two to tango. I was concerned about what I heard the Boise State coach say about how it was going to be handled. I’ll just leave it at that. I’m not going to second-guess anything that that conference decides to do.”
Blount did not practice Monday even though he was allowed to under a season-long suspension.
“People I think should respect he’s been through a lot the past few days,” coach Chip Kelly said. “He’s got to make some decisions on where he is and everything.”