ITTA BENA, Miss. -- Julian Stafford returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and recorded 198 all-purpose yards as Mississippi Valley State topped Texas Southern 20-17 Saturday.
The two teams traded field goals early in the second quarter, bringing the score to 10-3 before Stafford struck again, hauling in a Patrick Ivy pass en route to a 62-yard touchdown catch and run.
Leading 17-3, MVSU (2-8, 2-6 Southwestern Athletic Conference) leaned on the defense to carry the team home for the win.
The Delta Devil defense piled up eight sacks, including five after Stafford's second touchdown, and knocked Texas Southern's starting quarterback, Homer Causey, out of the game with an unspecified injury.
Linebacker Myles Jack, who suffered a season-ending knee injury, said Thursday he decided to leave UCLA and enter the 2016 NFL draft because he wants to be compensated for his skills.
The tougher tests await down the road for No. 3 Baylor Bears, but coach Art Briles has seen enough of his Bears to know this is his best team.
A decision has been made that Randy Edsall will not be the football coach at Maryland next season, and discussions are taking place about how and when to separate, a source said Thursday night.
Florida State running back Mario Pender has been released from the hospital but could be given a medical redshirt if he cannot return to the field this season.
Tennessee chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek has issued a statement amid rumors that alleges coach Butch Jones fought and punched senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during a fall practice session.
With the addition of a few tweaks, UConn football coach Bob Diaco is still planning to bring a rivalry trophy with him to Florida on Saturday when the Huskies play UCF.