Arizona hires Patriots assistant Fisch as head coach
Arizona is hiring New England Patriots assistant Jedd Fisch as its head coach, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. When Fisch wanted a chance to serve as a graduate assistant coach under Steve Spurrier, he left notes on the windshield of the Florida coach's car for 450 straight days. Fisch was hired as New England’s quarterbacks coach under Belichick earlier this year after two seasons with the Los Angeles Rams as senior offensive assistant and assistant offensive coordinator. He also was the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks/wide receivers coach under Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and had offensive coordinator stints with Miami and Minnesota. “Jedd Fisch is the head football coach because he's the right man at the right time to rebuild this program back to prominence, a proud program,” Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke said.
Arizona fires Sumlin following blowout loss to Arizona State
(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona fired football coach Kevin Sumlin following a blowout loss to rival Arizona State that extended a record losing streak. Sumlin was fired Saturday, less than 24 hours after a 70-7 loss to Arizona State that stretched the Wildcats' losing streak to 12 games spanning two seasons. Arizona State scored the most points in Territorial Cup series history to send Arizona to its fifth straight loss this season, with another possible game next week. Arizona went 9-20 — 6-17 in the Pac-12 — with no bowl appearances under Sumlin and lost all three games to Arizona State. He didn't have the impact Arizona expected, his best classes coming in 2019 and 2021, when Arizona was ranked No.
Territorial rout: Arizona State blows out rival Arizona 70-7
Taylor returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and Arizona State scored twice in the opening 56 seconds to rout rival Arizona 70-7 Friday night. Freshman DeaMonte Trayanum converted an opening Arizona fumble into a 4-yard TD run 43 seconds after Taylor's TD return and the Sun Devils piled on one score after another. Arizona State lost the previous two games it played on last-minute TDs and three more to COVID-19 issues. Arizona State led 42-7 at halftime — most first-half points in Territorial Cup history — despite being outgained 260-241 in total yards. He is 9-20 and has not beaten Arizona State in three seasons in the desert, but also has a large buyout.
Week 2 College Football Preview
SAN ANTONIO – College football will be played around the country on Saturday and it has a chance to be a significant weekend for sorting out College Football Playoff contenders. 2 Ohio State. 11 Oklahoma State at South Alabama at 7 p.m. on ESPN2Saturday:Charlotte at No. 19 Kansas State 11 a.m. on FS SouthwestSan Jose State at Texas 2:30 p.m. on Longhorn NetworkIowa at Iowa State 11 a.m. ESPN2East Carolina at West Virginia 11 a.m. on Fox Sports 2No. 2 Ohio State (1-0).
Ertz accounts for 3 TDs, K-State tops Texas A&M 33-28
HOUSTON – Kansas State was unbeatable against teams from Texas in the regular season, and that didn't change on Wednesday night in the Texas Bowl. Jesse Ertz threw for 195 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores in Kansas State's 33-28 victory over Texas A&M. "It was a case tonight where either we stopped (Ertz) or gave up the home run," Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said. The Wildcats took the lead when Ertz stiff-armed Justin Evans on a 5-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. HANDLING GARRETT: Kansas State did a good job of neutralizing Texas A&M star defensive end Myles Garrett .