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Arkansas won't keep Smith

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long wasted little time in bringing the John L. Smith era to a close. Long said in a statement released by the university Saturday that Smith will not return next season as coach. Long met with the interim coach a day after the Razorbacks' season-ending 20-13 loss to LSU and told him the school "would be making a change in leadership within our program." The former Michigan State and Louisville coach was hired away from Weber State in April to replace the fired Bobby Petrino and signed to a 10-month contract. Long says that once a new coach is hired Smith will be reassigned as a consultant through the end of his deal on Feb. 23, 2013.

KILL SIDELINED AGAIN: Another seizure kept Minnesota coach Jerry Kill off the sideline for the second half of the game against Michigan State. Athletic director Norwood Teague said Kill was resting comfortably, and was cleared to go home, without a hospital stop. Kill has a history of seizures; this was his third this season.

'Tailback' of the day

Northwestern senior Bo Cisek, a defensive lineman who has seen limited action in his career (going into Saturday he had one tackle, and that came in 2010), lined up in the backfield and got two carries in the waning moments of a 50-14 rout of Illinois on senior day. He fared about as well as one might expect from a player listed at 6 feet 2, 290 pounds — he lost 2 yards on his first carry and fumbled on the second, with Illinois recovering.

Comeback of the day

In the final home game of his injury-plagued days at Purdue, former Plant High QB Robert Marve threw for a career-high 348 yards and four TDs in a 56-35 win over Indiana. Marve, a transfer from Miami, has been playing on a torn left ACL, his third major knee injury at Purdue.

Players of the day

Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky: The junior ran for 230 yards, including the winning 21-yard touchdown, in a 25-24 win over North Texas. Andrews leads the nation in all-purpose yards with 2,979 and could pass Barry Sanders' single-season record of 3,250, set with Oklahoma State in 1988, if the Hilltoppers go to a bowl.

Montee Ball, Wisconsin: The senior running back set an NCAA record with his 79th career touchdown in the first quarter against Penn State. His 17-yarder broke a tie with Travis Prentice of Miami (Ohio), set in 1999. Ball tied the record last week against Ohio State.

James Lark and Cody Hoffman, BYU: Lark, a senior quarterback, was 34 of 50 passes for 384 yards and six touchdowns; five of those TDs went to Hoffman, a junior receiver, in a 50-14 victory over New Mexico State.

Bacarri Rambo, Georgia: The senior safety forced a fumble at the Georgia 1 to end Georgia Tech's first possession and had his 16th career interception, tying former Miami Dolphin great Jake Scott's school record.

Number of the day

20 Consecutive years of bowl eligibility for Virginia Tech after Saturday's last-second victory over Virginia; when the Hokies accept their bid they'll own the third-longest current bowl streak behind Florida State (31 including this season), and Florida (22)

Return of the day

Ohio State fans gave former coach Jim Tressel a standing ovation at Ohio Stadium. Tressel returned for the 10-year anniversary celebration of the 2002 national title team. He resigned in May 2011 in the wake of the fallout from players trading championship rings, jerseys and other goods for tattoos. OSU received one year of probation and was banned from postseason play, which is why this year's 12-0 team is staying home. Tressel declined to talk to ESPN.

USF game time set

USF's season finale, Saturday against Big East foe Pittsburgh at Raymond James Stadium, was set for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The game will air nationally on ESPN2.

Times wires

College football news and notes 11/24/12 [Last modified: Sunday, November 25, 2012 12:07am]

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