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Oregon quarterback Mariota wins Heisman Trophy

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Marcus Mariota, the prototypical 21st-century quarterback, took an old-fashioned approach to become Oregon’s first Heisman Trophy winner. The Ducks’ understated star won the Heisman on Saturday night, capping a three-year climb to college football’s most prestigious individual ...

Navy earns 13th straight win over Army

By The Associated Press
BALTIMORE — The game was over, and it was time for Navy to celebrate its 13th straight victory over Army. After the Midshipmen stood respectfully for Army’s alma mater, defensive ends Paul Quessenberry and Will Anthony hoisted Ken Niumatalolo on their ...

Pittsburgh pipeline helping New Hampshire in quest for FCS title

By Bob Cohn
The calls flashed the same area code: 412. Nothing special about that except their origin, Durham, N.H., home of the University of New Hampshire and ...

College football’s final 4: Alabama, Oregon, FSU, Ohio State set for inaugural playoff

By The Associated Press
GRAPEVINE, Texas — The first College Football Playoff expanded the national championship race, made the regular season even more intriguing and produced a final four ...

College Football Extra: Florida State’s Fisher perplexed by unbeaten team’s CFB ranking

By John Harris
Queried about Florida State’s No. 4 status in the next-to-last College Football Playoff rankings, an exasperated Jimbo Fisher argued his case by using a Winter ...

Plum’s Suprano part of another Mt. Union run

By Michael Love
Christian Suprano has been a part of some special college football teams at Mt. Union in Alliance, Ohio, since he graduated from Plum in 2011. Mt. ...

College Football Extra: Debate over college football rankings rages on

By John Harris
That’s why they play the games Upper St. Clair native Kirk Ferentz attempted to explain what went wrong at Iowa this season. Or, rather, what went right in the Big Ten. A 37-34 overtime loss against Nebraska dropped Iowa to 7-5 ...

College football notebook: Nebraska fires Pelini after 7 seasons

By The Associated Press
LINCOLN, Neb. — The number of wins and losses didn’t get Bo Pelini fired. It was the way some of those losses happened. Pelini was dismissed ...

Ex-Char Valley star McConnell ‘heart and soul’ of No. 2 Arizona

By John Harris
LAHAINA, Hawaii — Sporting a new-look goatee and matching upbeat personality, a more self-assured T.J. McConnell couldn’t wait to answer the question. The former Chartiers ...

Butler native Hildebrand keeping net secure for Michigan State

By Joe Sager
Michigan State’s Jake Hildebrand has picked up where he left off last season — among college hockey’s best goaltenders. The junior Butler native posted a 2.40 ...

Arizona’s Miller gets boost from Char Valley grad’s play

By John Harris
LAHAINA, Hawaii — Arizona coach Sean Miller welcomes the lofty expectations and resulting pressure his team faces as a favorite to advance to the Final ...

College football notebook: Southern Cal CB Shaw to make season debut against rival UCLA

By Wire Reports 11:28 p.m.
• Cornerback Josh Shaw will play for Southern Cal in its rivalry showdown against UCLA, although his role hasn’t been determined. USC coach Steve Sarkisian confirms Shaw will make his season debut Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.Shaw served a ...

Snow traps Niagara University women’s hoops team on bus for 26 hours

By Megan Harris
When the bus doors slid open 20 hours in, Pittsburgh natives Val McQuade and Gabby Baldasare scooped snow into green water bottles and waited for ...

Harris: No place like home for Kansas coach

By John Harris
Kansas interim coach Clint Bowen grew up in Lawrence and played defensive back for the Jayhawks. In 1993, he led Kansas with 114 tackles. His ...

College Football Extra: No. 1 Mississippi State tries to take down No. 4 Alabama

By John Harris
In 1941, Mississippi State defeated Alabama, 14-0, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., en route to winning the school’s only SEC championship. The Bulldogs received another opportunity five ...

Harris: Pitt, Penn State among those searching for win No. 6

By John Harris
The College Football playoffs aren’t for everyone. For five programs representing three Power 5 conferences, just making it to a bowl game will mean a ...