Patriots, 49ers have brain lock in Week 14

The San Francisco 49ers aren’t accustomed to lining up in victory formation. So, it should come as little surprise that third string quarterback Nick Mullens took a knee too quickly on fourth down, giving the ball back to the Broncos with 5 seconds left. Trailing 20-14, Denver had one last, long shot at a 61-yard touchdown on a hook-and-ladder prayer, the likes of which hadn’t been seen in the NFL since … well, about three hours earlier when the Dolphins stunned the Patriots 34-33 with the longest play from scrimmage…

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Maine advances to FCS semifinals with win over Weber State

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Chris Ferguson threw for two touchdowns, Ramon Jefferson ran for a late fourth-quarter score and the Maine defense stymied second-seeded Weber State 23-18 Friday night as the Black Bears advanced to the FCS playoff semifinals for the first time. Maine will take on the winner of Saturday’s game between No. 3 seed Eastern Washington and No. 6 UC Davis. The seventh-seeded Black Bears (10-3) held the Wildcats to minus-1 yard rushing and while Weber State quarterback Jake Constantine completed 24 of 52 passes for 272 yards…

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North Texas coach won’t be replacing Snyder at K-State

DENTON, Texas — Seth Littrell has decided to remain at North Texas after Kansas State had expressed interest in one of the nation’s up-and-coming coaches to replace Hall of Famer Bill Snyder. Littrell told the Mean Green in a meeting Friday that he would not be leaving for the Wildcats. It ended a courtship in which Littrell met with Kansas State officials several times this week. North Texas will face Utah State in the New Mexico Bowl next week. North Dakota State coach Chris Klieman is among the front-runners for…

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New Texas Tech coach Wells hires 6 more Utah St assistants

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — New Texas Tech coach Matt Wells has brought six more of his assistant coaches from Utah State to be on his staff with the Red Raiders. The new Tech hires were announced Wednesday. When Wells was hired away from his alma mater last week to replace Kliff Kingsbury, he initially also brought offensive coordinator David Yost and defensive coordinator Keith Patterson with him. Now outside receivers coach Jovon Bouknight, defensive backs coach Julius Brown, offensive line coach Steve Farmer, running backs coach DeAndre Smith, tight ends/inside…

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USC lands Kliff Kingsbury as Helton’s offensive coordinator

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was named Clay Helton’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Southern California on Wednesday. Kingsbury is considered one of the top offensive minds in football despite being fired by Texas Tech on Nov. 25. He went 35-40 in six seasons in charge of his alma mater, but the Red Raiders consistently had one of the nation’s most dynamic offenses. Kingsbury reportedly was pursued by NFL teams after his dismissal, but he chose to join the embattled Helton at talent-loaded USC,…

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No. 5 Louisville pounces on UT Martin in 102-62 blowout

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Asia Durr scored 25 points, Arica Carter had 16 and No. 5 Louisville’s defense stifled UT Martin in a 102-62 rout on Tuesday night. The Cardinals (9-0) picked up where they left off from Sunday’s 107-52 shellacking of Tennessee State, leading 58-23 at halftime behind intense play on both ends. Louisville didn’t let up and finished shooting 53 percent from the field while holding the Skyhawks (5-3) to 33 percent from the floor. The Cardinals also forced 27 turnovers for 24 points. Durr provided Louisville’s initial…

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