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


            FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2017, file photo, West Virginia running back Justin Crawford (25) runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Delaware State in Morgantown, W.Va. TCU 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. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2017, file photo, West Virginia running back Justin Crawford (25) runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Delaware State in Morgantown, W.Va. TCU 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. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson, File)

Here are five things to know about Week 6:

BEST GAME

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.

HEISMAN WATCH

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).

NUMBERS TO KNOW

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).

UNDER THE RADAR

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.

HOT SEAT WATCH

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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White nationalist Richard Spencer jeered by University of Florida crowd

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 2:19 AM

White nationalist Richard Spencer speaks during a news  conference at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville, Florida. Spencer delivered a speech on the college campus, his first since he and others participated in the
White nationalist Richard Spencer speaks during a news conference at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville, Florida. Spencer delivered a speech on the college campus, his first since he and others participated in the "Unite the Right" rally, which turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia.(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

White nationalist Richard Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida was cut short Thursday by chants, jeering and shouting, Gainesville.com reported.

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Spencer spoke at an afternoon event at the university’s Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, but cut his scheduled two-hour appearance shortened by 25 minutes after having to yell over a heckling crowd, Gainesville.com reported.

“I feel sorry for you,” Spencer told the crowd. “Do you know how this is going to be read? Do you think this is going to be read as ‘great victory for U of F’? No, it’s going to be read as the University of Florida is filled with child-like antifa, who shout at people as opposed to talking to them.”

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The event brought nearly 2,500 protesters to the university, and 500 tickets were distributed for the event in the 1,700-seat theater. Police in riot gear stood on the second level of the Phillips Center, and several rows remained empty, separating Spencer supporters from protesters, Gainesville.com reported.

The university spent an estimated $600,000 for security for the event, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in advance of Spencer’s speech.

Spencer spent the first half hour arguing and trying to be heard above the crowd, which chanted “Black Lives Matter,” “Let’s go, Gators,” and “Go Home, Spencer,” Gainesville.com reported.

Spencer called the crowd “babies” and “pathetic” and their chants “stupid.”

“Oh, Nazis have no right to speak, really?” he asked the crowd. “So, you don’t believe in free speech at all, do you?”

Spencer opened up the floor for questions earlier than expected, Gainesville.com reported.

The first question: “Why are you still here?”

A few dozen in the crowd supported Spencer and his organization, the National Policy Institute, although most declined to comment to the media.

As the event ended, Spencer thanked the university for allowing him to speak, but chastised the crowd, saying UF “failed” its test of allowing free speech, Gainesville.com reported.

“You think that you shut me down, well you didn’t,” Spencer said. “You failed at your own game ... The world is not going to be proud of you.

Some of social media also chastised the Florida crowd. Columnist Ben Shapiro called the students “dumb,” saying  “You gave Spencer what he wanted. You should have left him an empty auditorium.”

In a telephone interview after the speech, Spencer described the appearance as "frustrating and exhilarating at the same time." 

"I'm inspired that we persevered against totally thuggish behavior," he told The Washington Post. "Screaming at the top of your lungs is the same as trying to bar the door."

Utah man uses sandwich board to find kidney donor for his wife

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 1:09 AM

Patients on kidney dialysis machines.
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Patients on kidney dialysis machines.(Jeff Overs/BBC News & Current Affairs via Getty Images)

A 74-year-old Utah man whose wife needs a kidney transplant is spreading his message by wearing a sandwich board, KSTU reported.

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Earlier this week, Wayne Winters began walking busy streets in Farr West, Utah, wearing a sign that reads “Need Kidney 4 Wife,” along with his telephone number. Winters’ wife, Deanne Winters, has stage 5 kidney failure.

“I don’t walk real fast,” Wayne Winters told KSTU. “I’m trying to get a kidney for my wife.

“She’s on dialysis and she doesn’t like it. It’s horrible.”

Wayne Winters said he got the idea of using a sandwich board after seeing a story online about another man who received national attention by using one.

“I thought, ‘I can do this,’” he told KSTU.

Winters said the first day he walked, a man stopped and said he would check to see if he was a match. But until there is a confirmed match, he will continue to pound the streets.

“After I get a kidney I will have my wife back the way she was, normal, helping people, loving people,” Winters told KSTU. “She likes to serve other people.”

For more information about donating a kidney, visit kidney.org. To help Winters with his efforts, call 801-675-0278.

Volunteer co-leader of Girl Scouts troop arrested on child porn charges

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 12:28 AM

Girl Scouts.
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Girl Scouts.(Chuck Fishman/Getty Images)

A Maryland man who was a co-leader of a Girl Scouts troop was arrested and charged with the possession of child pornography, The Evening Sun reported.

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Stacy Mizrahi, 45, of Ellicott City, faces four counts of possession of child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography, according to a Maryland State Police report.

Maryland State Police began investigating in August, when their Computer Crimes Unit found child porn being distributed from a Maryland residence, WJZ reported. Authorities obtained a search warrant for Mizrahi’s home, and a preliminary forensic review found multiple images and/or videos of child pornography on a computer, The Evening Sun reported.

Mizrahi was a volunteer co-leader for Girl Scouts Troop 715 in Howard County, Maryland, according to the Maryland State Police release.

In a statement, Violet M. Apple, the CEO of Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, said Mizrahi has been suspended from the troop.
“It is our No. 1 priority to ensure all GSCM members are safe,” Apple said. “All GSCM employees and volunteers are required to pass a background check, and Mr. Mizrahi passed his when he registered as a troop leader.

“It is GSCM policy that male volunteers are not permitted to meet with girls without the presence of a female co-leader," Apple said. "Mr. Mizrahi served as a co-leader with an unrelated female and the troop was supported by four additional volunteers – all of whom passed background checks prior to registering as a volunteer.”

Police have not found any evidence at this time that any crimes have been committed involving the children he had contact with, The Evening Sun reported.

7-year-old girl 'traumatized' after having head shaved at state-run program

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 10:49 PM

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A mom is furious after she found out her 7-year-old daughter’s head was shaved clean at a state-run program for kids with behavioral needs.

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Denise Robinson’s daughter Tru lives at Little Heroes Home in Dracut, Massachusetts. The biracial girl used to have long locks, but Robinson said the haircut was made without permission and now her is dealing with trauma from the ordeal in addition to a hairless head.

“I feel like my daughter was assaulted and violated,” Robinson said. “They made a game out of it while they were cutting her hair, and after they cut her hair, then they told her oh, it will grow back straight don’t worry.”

That is troubling to Robinson who says aside from her daughter not wanting the haircut, the message is out of line.

“I’m not afraid to say it and talk about the elephant in the room, I believe it’s a biracial matter and by shaving her head close they were somehow implying that straighter hair is better than dread, curly hair,” attorney Richard Kendall said.

Since it happened early this week, Robinson says nobody at Little Heroes Home answered her questions about why it happened, except to say they have authority to cut hair without permission for hygiene purposes. 

“There was no head lice, there was no bedbugs, there was no Rasta locks was going on. Her hair was two ponytails on the side on Saturday, it was braided in the ponytails, there was nothing wrong with her hair,” she said.

It’s left Robinson not just upset, but wondering what else is going on at this state-run program that parents don’t know about.

“What are they doing to these kids?” she said.

WFXT reached out to the Department of Children and Families to ask if it was investigating the issue, officials wouldn’t comment due to privacy issues. 

Little Heroes Group Home did send a statement regarding what happened, saying in part: “We cannot provide any information about any individual served by the program under federal and state law. A review of the circumstances is underway to determine what occurred and, if necessary, appropriate action will be taken.”