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BERKELEY, Calif. — The play is called peanut punch, something UCLA practices repeatedly each week while teaching defenders how to smack the ball out of a player’s hands. For much of Friday afternoon, what happened was simply nuts. A field-goal try bounced off an upright. Three long touchdown passes gave California an 11-point lead over the heavily favored Bruins. There were times when it ...

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis entered Friday night’s game against the Gators as one of the nation’s most underappreciated players. Not anymore. With the Black Friday schedule all to himself, Travis rushed for a pair of first-half touchdowns and made multiple Houdini-like escapes to lead No. 16 FSU to a wild 45-38 win over Florida. The Seminoles (9-3) snapped a ...

AUSTIN, Texas — Late in Texas’ 38-27 victory Friday over Baylor, the crowd that remained at Royal-Memorial Stadium offered a spontaneous salute. “Bijan, Bijan, Bijan,” the crowd chanted, wanting one more touchdown from Bijan Robinson. Actually, it was the only thing that the junior running back didn’t deliver in what might have been his final home game. Robinson ran for 179 yards and two ...

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Jerry Jones is a storyteller. Not in a fictional sense, though some of the stories Jones has told over the years might leave you saying, “Did this actually happen?” Jones’ stories come from 80 years worth of life experience. Many stories we know, like when Jones’ father persuaded him not to purchase the San Diego franchise of the American Football League. We know he was in ...

SEATTLE — I wrote last week that success can prompt regret, using the Washington Huskies football team as Exhibit A. Despite having an improbable nine wins thus far — including one on the road against then-No. 6 Oregon — the string of victories had some players lamenting previous losses, particularly the 10-point defeat to Arizona State that cost them at any shot at a College Football Playoff ...

The theme of the Dolphins’ defense this season has been evolution. Evolution sparked by the absence of cornerback Byron Jones and season-ending injuries to safety Brandon Jones and cornerback Nik Needham. The evolution that could take place with the team’s acquisition of outside linebacker Bradley Chubb. The defense will again seek to adapt, this time to the loss of defensive end Emmanuel ...

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