STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - A white towel draped over his shoulder, the new Penn State coach in the white polo shirt donned headphones to communicate with his assistants in the press box as he paced the sideline.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Devin Smith made the catch of his life to finally light the fuse for Urban Meyer's shiny new offense.
DETROIT - Matthew Stafford threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions went on to beat the Buffalo Bills 38-32 Thursday night.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Backup quarterback Graham Harrell finally came through with the strong preseason performance the Green Bay Packers were looking for, driving the offense for touchdowns on all three of his possessions in a 24-3 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - No. 9 South Carolina and coach Steve Spurrier got a big scare to open the season. Marcus Lattimore and Connor Shaw helped the Gamecocks grind their way through past plucky Vanderbilt.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jeremy Guthrie pitched effectively into the eighth inning and Alex Gordon homered to lead the Kansas City Royals over the Detroit Tigers 2-1 Thursday night for a three-game sweep.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Royals proved Wednesday night just how fickle baseball can be.
LAWRENCE - Dayne Crist took the field at practice with a play in mind, then at the last second had to change his plan. He called an audible the team had heard but never practiced.
MANHATTAN - The proclamation from coach Bill Snyder following No. 22 Kansas State's annual spring game was hardly surprising, even though what it represented was downright historic.
PHOENIX - College football is in for some big and, some say, much-needed changes with the switch to a four-team playoff.
NEW YORK - Considering their previous high-profile faceoffs, there's no better way to finish off an NFL season than the New England Patriots vs. the New York Giants.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Fans who say the preseason doesn't count for anything probably tend not to congregate in Kansas City.
BEREA, Ohio - Cleveland rookie starting quarterback Brandon Weeden will sit out the Browns preseason finale against Chicago.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Landry Jones has made his mark as the most prolific passer in Oklahoma history. He has won a Big 12 championship and three bowl games, including one on the BCS stage.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Alex Smith took the snap in the shotgun, looked quickly to his left and flicked the ball to tight end Travis Kelce, who was pushed out of bounds after a gain of nearly 10 yards.
A few things to watch during Week 15, when the Big 12 finishes its regular season with two games that have title implications while the other four power conferences play championship games:
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - In a surprise move to perhaps everybody except the man who did the hiring, Oregon State's Mike Riley is set to take over at Nebraska.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - After weathering a late comeback by Wichita State, the Utah Utes recovered just in time to earn their biggest win in 15 years - against a team that's not accustomed to losing.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley wanted a coach with an offensive track record of success.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger says he "definitely" will play Sunday against the New York Giants despite a sprained right shoulder.
NEW YORK (AP) - Tim Brosnan will leave Major League Baseball at the end of January after losing to Rob Manfred in the competition to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Pittsburgh running back James Conner is the Atlantic Coast Conference's player of the year.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Wide receiver Miles Austin's first season with the Browns ended in a hospital bed.
MANHATTAN (AP) - When B.J. Finney stepped to the line of scrimmage on Sept. 3, 2011, against Eastern Kentucky, Kansas State's football program was still in disarray.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - If the Dallas Cowboys can avoid another late-season letdown, they can reach a significant goal: the NFC East title.