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Pitt hands No. 2 Miami first loss

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(TSX / STATS) -- PITTSBURGH -- The fun, frenetic start to the 2017 for the Miami Hurricanes involved strong defensive play sparked by their popular turnover chain and propensity for takeaways.

But despite starting the season unbeaten in 10 games, the No. 2 Hurricanes had a habit all year of falling behind in games they were favored to win.

It finally caught up to them on Friday as the Pittsburgh Panthers, led by true freshman quarterback Kenny Pickett, who ran for two touchdowns and threw for another score, got out to quick start and held on for a 24-14 upset victory at Heinz Field.


UCF to 11-0 with wild 49-42 win over USF

(TSX / STATS) -- Central Florida coach Scott Frost was just hoping for a decent return. Mike Hughes gave his coach an electric one.

Hughes returned a kickoff 95 yards for the winning touchdown with 1:28 to play and No. 15 Central Florida locked up a berth in the American Athletic Conference championship game with a thrilling 49-42 win over South Florida on Friday at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando, Fla.


Arkansas fires Bielema after 4-8 season

(TSX / STATS) -- Arkansas did not wait long to fire its football coach.

Shortly after the Razorbacks lost to Missouri 48-45 at home in their final game of the season Friday, the school announced it fired coach Bret Bielema after five seasons.


TCU clinches berth in Big 12 tite game

(TSX / STATS) -- FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU has more than proved it belongs with the elite in college football since joining the Big 12 six years ago. But through all of their successes, the Horned Frogs have yet to win an outright Big 12 title.

They get that shot next week.


TCU extends Patterson through 2024

(TSX / STATS) -- TCU coach Gary Patterson has signed a contract extension through the 2024 season.

The school made the announcement shortly after the Horned Frogs (10-2) defeated Baylor 45-22 on Friday and clinched a spot in the Big 12 Championship game against Oklahoma, with a possible College Football Playoff berth on the line.


Hokies win 10-0, push run vs. UVa to 14

(TSX / STATS) -- CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- No. 25 Virginia Tech was hit hard by injuries to its defense in recent weeks, creating a little bit of anxiety for head coach Justin Fuente as he pondered his team's chances of extending its lengthy win streak against in-state rival Virginia.

"I was a little worried about it this week, to be honest with you," Fuente said.


Rosen replaced after hit, UCLA tops Cal

(TSX / STATS) -- Reserve quarterback Devon Modster replaced Josh Rosen in the second half and led three UCLA scoring drives, including the game-winner, in a 30-27 victory over California on Friday at the Rose Bowl.

Modster drove UCLA (6-6, 4-5 Pac-12) 55 yards in 2:14, and kicker J.J. Molson made a 37-yard field goal to complete a perfect season at home and seal bowl eligibility.


Miss. St. QB Fitzgerald done for season

(TSX / STATS) -- Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald underwent ankle surgery Friday morning after being injured in Thursday's loss against Mississippi, multiple media outlets reported.

Fitzgerald will not play in the Bulldogs' bowl game, but he is expected to return for the 2018 season. His father told the Clarion-Ledger that he will be healthy in time to participate in spring football practice.


Iowa rips Huskers in likely Riley finale

(TSX / STATS) -- Iowa running back Akrum Wadley ran for 159 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Hawkeyes to a 56-14 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers in what probably was the last game of the Mike Riley era in Lincoln, Neb.

The Cornhuskers suffered just their fourth losing season since 1962 and finish the season a disappointing 4-8 and 3-6 in the Big Ten. Iowa (7-5, 4-5) won the Heroes Trophy for a third straight season, snapped a two-game losing streak and now awaits a bowl bid.


Shimonek rallies Texas Tech past Texas

(TSX / STATS) -- AUSTIN, Texas -- Nic Shimonek came off the bench in the fourth quarter to throw two touchdown passes, including the game-winner with 1:47 left, as Texas Tech roared from behind to beat Texas 27-23 in a Big 12 game on Friday night at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

The win made the Red Raiders (6-6) eligible for a bowl game and likely saved the job of coach Kliff Kingsbury.

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