LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Georgia Southern's players sprinted into the south end zone in celebration after the Eagles finished their 45-42 upset of three-touchdown-favorite Nebraska on Saturday night.
Meanwhile, in the southeast corner of Memorial Stadium, the student section was chanting “Fire Frost, Fire Frost, Fire Frost.”
Georgia Southern (1-0) at Nebraska (1-1), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (FS1)
Line: Nebraska by 21 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Kyle Vantrease threw four touchdowns passes and Georgia Southern gave new coach Clay Helton a 59-7 victory over Morgan State on Saturday night.
Helton was Southern California's head coach from 2015-2021 before being fired last September after a 1-1 start.
The Sun Belt Conference's success the past few seasons to catch college football's attention and league officials believe additional steps this offseason will keep that momentum going.
There are four new members, including Marshall, increasing the league to 14 teams.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California coach Lincoln Riley has confirmed his full coaching staff for his debut season with the Trojans.
Riley on Monday formally named a 10-man staff that includes Donte Williams.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California is playing for two coaches this week.
There is Lincoln Riley, the splashy new hire tasked with restoring the Trojans atop their historic perch at the pinnacle of West Coast college football, and Donte Williams, the interim coach asked to shepherd this year’s team through a lost season after the September firing of Clay Helton.
SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — Jalen White ran for two touchdowns and Georgia Southern snapped a four-game losing streak with a 38-30 victory over Texas State on Saturday night.
Just about any sort of win in the Pac-12 is cause for fans to rush the field in celebration these days.
In Boulder last weekend, the backers of the struggling Colorado Buffaloes stormed the turf after beating a five-win Oregon State team on homecoming.
Georgia Southern hired former Southern California coach Clay Helton on Tuesday, seven weeks after USC fired him.
Helton was the first coach fired this season, and was two games into his eighth season at USC.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With an eye on both its present and future, Southern California might use two quarterbacks against Arizona on Saturday.
Freshman Jaxson Dart could play for the first time since suffering a knee injury in his college debut for the Trojans last month.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Note to big-time college football programs looking for new coaches: Mike Tomlin isn't interested.
The Pittsburgh Steelers coach said Tuesday he considers it a “joke” that his name has popped up as a potential candidate for places such as Southern California.
USC (3-3) at No. 13 Notre Dame (5-1), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (NBC).
Line: Notre Dame by 6 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — There will be no Heisman Trophy favorites on the field and no national championships on the line when Southern California and No. 13 Notre Dame meet for the 92nd time Saturday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clay Helton always insisted Southern California would be able to find balance between the run and pass in its version of the Air Raid offense.
Three games after Helton’s dismissal, the Trojans finally found it with 218 yards rushing on 35 attempts in their 37-14 win at Colorado.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — This striking stat seems to bode well for Southern California: 14-0 all-time against Colorado.
Then again, the Trojans hadn’t lost to Oregon State in Los Angeles since 1960 — until last weekend.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chance Nolan threw four touchdown passes and Oregon State beat Southern California 45-27 on Saturday night.
Tyjon Lindsey had five receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns, B.J.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The last time Southern California played at home, there were so few fans left at the end of a 42-28 loss to Stanford that individual critiques could be heard as Clay Helton headed up the tunnel for what would be the last time as head coach.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The quarterback competition at Southern California might be over before it even started.
Jaxson Dart did not practice Tuesday after the freshman sustained a knee injury in the Trojans’ 45-14 win at Washington State, while three-year starter Kedon Slovis took first-team reps after being knocked out of the game because of a neck injury.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Freshman quarterback Jaxson Dart came off the bench to throw four touchdown passes as Southern California rebounded from last weekend's tough loss to Stanford, and the subsequent firing of coach Clay Helton, with a 45-14 victory over Washington State on Saturday.
Southern California is wounded. It's smarting after losing at home to Stanford, watching any College Football Playoff hopes evaporate, and finally dismissing Clay Helton as head coach after years of conjecture about his job security.
Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 19 Arizona State at No. 23 BYU. After winning their first two games by 27 points each, the Sun Devils (2-0) get their first big test of the season.
Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell spent this week preparing his team to hit the road.
He talked about the sellout crowd, the hostile environment the eighth-ranked Bearcats expect to face Saturday at Indiana and the potential impact it could have on the game plan.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Urban Meyer rarely, if ever, experienced anything like this at Ohio State or Florida.
Ten penalties, six dropped passes, three turnovers, down 20 at halftime. Confusion on the sideline and in the huddle.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Relationships have been Donte Williams' stock in trade, his ability to connect with recruits and their families making him one of the most sought-after assistant coaches in the Pac-12.
Southern California finally made the coaching change that seemed to be on the verge of happening for three years.
Clay Helton is out and USC will begin searching for a replacement with 12 weeks left in the college football season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clay Helton's players hate the fact their head coach's firing was a cause for celebration for much of Southern California's vast football fan base.
Southern California is about to embark on a coaching search that will cast a shadow over the entire college football season.
Clay Helton's time as the Trojans coach came to end on Monday, 11 weeks before the conference championship game will be played and with eight days left in the summer.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants became the first major league team to clinch a playoff spot this season, hitting four home runs to beat the San Diego Padres 9-1 on Monday night for their season-high eighth consecutive victory.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clay Helton's unlikely tenure as the head football coach at Southern California began bizarrely and lasted far longer than almost anybody expected.
The folksy Southerner won a Rose Bowl and a Pac-12 title early on, but he never won over most of the Trojans' fans.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the first time in many years, Stanford's annual way-too-early meeting with No. 14 Southern California actually feels overdue this month.
That's because the Pac-12's two California private schools didn't face each other at all last year, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drake London racked up some incredible receiving numbers when Southern California’s offense was on the field.
When San Jose State had the ball, the Trojans’ defense often looked impenetrable.
San Jose State (1-0) at No. 15 Southern California (0-0), Saturday at 5 p.m. EDT (Pac-12 Network).
Line: USC by 13 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California athletic director Mike Bohn had the chance to defend embattled coach Clay Helton.
He could have taken Helton off the proverbial hot seat before his sixth season leading the Trojans, who are ranked 15th in The Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll and expected to contend for the Pac-12 title.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the sixth consecutive summer, Clay Helton is back for another shot at restoring Southern California to an annual spot among college football's national title contenders.
The fact that Helton has received a half-dozen chances to accomplish this task is still the subject of immense angst in many corners of the Trojans' huge fan base.
Last year, around this time, the conventional wisdom was that a financial crunch brought on by the pandemic would discourage schools from laying out a multimillion-dollar buyout to fire a football coach.
Pac-12 parity has been counterproductive for the conference in the College Football Playoff era.
On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Jon Wilner of the Bay Area News Group joins AP’s Ralph Russo to preview the football season in the West Coast’s Power Five conference.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — O.J. Simpson won't be invited to watch practice or take part in any official functions at his alma mater this fall following his release from prison.
The Los Angeles Times reports Southern California head coach Clay Helton told reporters at Pac-12 media days Thursday the school has decided against welcoming back the former Heisman Trophy winner.