Week 6 Preview: No. 8 TCU looks to remain unbeaten

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 1:14 AM
Updated: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 1:12 AM

Here are five things to know about Week 6:


West Virginia at No. 8 TCU

TCU (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) has emerged as one of the nation's bigger surprises this season and will try to maintain its perfect start Saturday when it hosts West Virginia (3-1, 1-0). The Horned Frogs weren't ranked in the preseason for the first time since 2014 but have played their way into playoff contention.

West Virginia has won three straight by an average margin of 33.7 points since a season-opening 31-24 loss to No. 16 Virginia Tech.

This game pits the Big 12's leading rusher against the conference's top run defense. West Virginia's Justin Crawford has run for a league-high 112.8 yards per game and averages 7.4 yards per carry. TCU is allowing just 94.5 yards rushing per game and 2.8 yards per carry.


Luke Falk, QB, Washington State

Falk emerged as a potential Heisman candidate last week by outperforming Southern California's Sam Darnold in Washington State's 30-27 victory over the previously unbeaten Trojans . Falk threw for 340 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

The fifth-year senior can enhance his credentials this week when the 11th-ranked Cougars (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) visit Oregon (4-1, 1-1). Washington State is seeking a third straight victory over Oregon, something this program hasn't accomplished since 1982-84.

Falk is the NCAA's active career leader in touchdown passes (105), yards passing (12,611) and total offense (12,308).


9.1 - The number of yards No. 3 Oklahoma is gaining per play, the most of any Football Bowl Subdivision team. Oklahoma's single-season school record for yards per play is 7.6 in 1971.

14 - No. 12 Auburn is the only FBS team that hasn't allowed more than 14 points in a game all season.

37.6 - That's the average margin of victory for No. 1 Alabama this season. Alabama also is outrushing opponents by 241.8 yards per game.

17-1: Florida State's record against other Florida schools during Jimbo Fisher's coaching tenure. The Seminoles are three-point underdogs Saturday as they host No. 13 Miami.

1,088: The total number of rushing yards by Stanford's Bryce Love through five games. The only FBS players to rush for more yards through the first five games of a season were Northern Illinois' Garrett Wolfe (1,181 in 2006), Southern California's Marcus Allen (1,136 in 1981) and Texas Tech's Byron Hanspard (1,112 in 1996).


Air Force at Navy

This week doesn't feature too many intriguing matchups involving unranked teams, but the 50th meeting between these two service academies bears watching.

Navy (4-0) will attempt to remain undefeated while gaining some revenge after losing 28-14 to Air Force last season.

Air Force (1-3) lost 56-38 to New Mexico but earlier had been competitive against a pair of Top 25 teams. The Falcons fell 29-13 at No. 7 Michigan on Sept. 16 and lost 28-24 to No. 19 San Diego State on Sept. 23.

The Navy-Air Force victor has gone on to win the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy every year since 1997.


When Nebraska fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst last month, conventional wisdom suggested time also was running out for Cornhuskers coach Mike Riley.

After all, Eichorst was the man who hired Riley, and the firing came less than a week after Nebraska lost to Northern Illinois to drop below .500.

Nebraska (3-2) has since moved back above .500 with victories over Rutgers and Illinois, but the Huskers' schedule is about to get much tougher. Nebraska hosts No. 9 Wisconsin on Saturday and No. 10 Ohio State on Oct. 14.

Those next two games could go a long way toward determining Riley's fate.


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Anonymous donor pays $40,000 in layaway bills at Pennsylvania Walmart

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 12:57 AM

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Walmart.(Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

“Santa B” has struck again, and more than 200 families received a wonderful Christmas gift.

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For the second straight year, an anonymous donor paid for all of the items on layaway for 200 families at a Pennsylvania Walmart, WJAC reported. 

According to the staff of the Walmart store in Everett, “Santa B” paid more than $40,000 of layaway items. Last year, the same donor paid off $46,000, Fox News reported.

The store had been notifying the families of Santa B’s generosity. Monday was the layaway pickup day, but Walmart officials said there was a grace period of a couple of days.

“In this area you don’t hear a lot, I mean you hear small things where somebody pays somebody’s grocery bill or things like that, but this was pretty big,” employee Barbara Karns told WJAC.

Kristen Martin said she received a call from Walmart and said she “couldn’t wait” to get to the store.

“I was like driving and shaking,” she told WJAC. “Look at me, I'm shaking. It's crazy.”

Martin's kids can now get their X-Box games and toys, WJAC reported.

"I think it means more to me, but I think they'll be happy. I remember when I was growing up for Christmas. I was just telling my mom the other day that I want my kids to have Christmas like that," she said.

Police: Drug dealers left mother of 9 to die from overdose

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 10:49 PM


Authorities in Ohio are searching for two drug dealers who allegedly left a mother of nine to die from a drug overdose, according to Middletown Police.

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Investigators were called to a home Wednesday night where they found a woman dead from a fatal overdose of heroin, according to the department’s Facebook page.

The woman was with “friends” who let her die in front of her nine children, police officials said on Facebook. The two men also stole money from the dying woman.

Police are looking for two white males, possibly a father/son team.

“It has disturbed us so much that it’s time for us to make a difference,” the police department’s social media post said. “Their father is a hard worker. He has tried to make ends meet, but it’s a vicious cycle.”

Middletown police are accepting donations of clothes, coats, blankets, food, a stove, a refrigerator, and toys for the children.

The kids range in age from 1-14, according to the police department. The girls are ages 14, 5, 3 and 1. The boys are ages 13, 11, 10, 6 and 2.

Donations have started to come, according to Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw.

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Muterspaw said one donor gave $9,000 — $1,000 for each child.

Actress Halle Berry ‘done with love’ after latest break-up

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 8:47 PM

Actress Halle Berry arrives at the Golden Globe Awards Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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Actress Halle Berry arrives at the Golden Globe Awards Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, in Beverly Hills, Calif.(Matt Sayles/AP)

Halle Berry doesn’t need a man and she has the Instagram story to prove it.

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On Wednesday, the actress reportedly shared a photo on her Instagram story of a rope shaped like a heart and the words “done with love” along with three flexing muscle emojis. The post comes just hours after US Weeklyreported that she had split from her music producer boyfriend, Alex Da Kid.

Ahead of the split, Berry took a rather cryptic tone on Instagram. Sharing a photo of the back of her head, Berry wrote, “Grow out got me feelin’ some kinda way every day ain’t perfect…”

Grow out got me feelin' some kinda way 🙃 every day ain't perfect...

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The actress has two children from previous relationships, Maceo, 3 and Nahla, 9. She was previously married to David Justice from 1992 to 1997, then wed Eric Benét in 2001 but the two split in 2005. She married Olivier Martinez in 2013 and the two finalized their divorce in 2016.

WATCH: Sheep runs off with baby Jesus in hilarious church nativity program

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 9:31 PM

A life-size nativity scene glows in a yard in Pasadena, California. 
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A life-size nativity scene glows in a yard in Pasadena, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)

A nativity scene performed by children didn’t go quite as planned at a Baptist church in White Pine, Tennessee.

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A little girl playing a sheep decided she wanted the baby Jesus for herself.

The children in the nativity scene were singing “Away in a Manager,” when the sheep suddenly stood up and grabbed the doll, which was in a manger, surrounded by other children who were playing Mary, Joseph, an angel and others. 

Well snatching the baby didn’t go over very well with the little girl playing Mary. She grabbed the doll back from the sheep and put it back in the manger. That didn’t sit well with the sheep, who grabbed the baby Jesus back again and danced across the stage. 

Mary had had enough and went after the sheep for a second time. She grabbed the sheep from behind, trying to reach around for the doll, dragging the sheep and doll back to the stable.

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At this point the laughing adult onlookers in the congregation decided it was time for an intervention.

The video was posted on Facebook and has been shared thousands of times.