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Follow live: Titans cruising at home, close in on .500 record

Tennessee's 27-point lead was the largest halftime shutout lead for the franchise since 1993 when it was known as the Houston Oilers.

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Iguodala on LeBron's Finals block: 'Amazing'

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9hVincent Verhei

Will Ezekiel Elliott maintain his torrid pace?

Only one other rookie in the past 30 years has rushed for more yards than Ezekiel Elliott in his first six games. What does it mean for his short-term and long-term future?


Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

USC 21, Cal 0 with 12:07 left in the 2nd quarter. Sam Darnold is 8/12 for 87 yards and 3 TDs. Ronald Jones II has 107 yards on 7 carries.


You don't see that every day

When the rest of the Pitt offensive line blocked left, tackle Ryan O'Neil snuck out to the right and took the end-around handoff into the endzone for the score. It was the second touchdown of the season for the 6-foot-6, 300-pound lineman.


Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The quarterback switch is just part of the way Clay Helton is restoring USC's offense. Sam Darnold's mobility gives Helton flexibility and what he calls against what defenses. Cal can't stop the run, which is nothing new, but Helton is exploiting it with Ronald Jones II. It's all Trojans so far and USC is looking more like a team that will challenge Washington on Nov. 12.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Interesting night for an ex-Knick: Tim Hardaway Jr., who was traded for Jerian Grant, has 21 points in 23 minutes for Atlanta tonight. Grant was subsequently dealt to Chicago in the Derrick Rose trade. They say it's unfair to judge moves in a vacuum but if Hardaway continues to play well, history may not look kindly on that Phil Jackson trade.

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

One of the offseason questions we debated was "Can the Titans win with a power run game in a passing era?" They have the backs for it, which I think we knew. But if the young tackles can keep playing the way they are playing, the answer is undoubtedly "yes."

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Like DeMarco Murray, Marcus Mariota is now in a baseball hat. Matt Cassel throws on the side all the time to be ready. But he may be about to relieve.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls 105, Celtics 99: Dwyane Wade, who made seven 3-pointers all of last season, was 4-of-6 on triples in his Chicago debut and the Bulls shot much better beyond the arc (44 percent) than they did inside it (25 percent). Isaiah Thomas (25 points) nearly willed Boston back in the fourth quarter but even he missed some free throws down the stretch. Rookie Jaylen Brown a bright spot for Boston and played crunch-time minutes, but had a ill-timed travel in a key moment.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwyane Wade makes his Chicago homecoming a good one. 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists as Bulls win opener 105-99 over Celtics. Wade made biggest 3 of night late in 4th and made defensive play that closed the game down.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Cal receiver Chad Hansen (ankle) will not play against USC. He leads the Pac-12 in receptions (59), receiving yards (770) and is second in touchdown receptions (8).

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Titans QB Marcus Mariota has completed 18 of 21 passes so far. Two of his three incompletions were obvious throwaways, as ESPN Stats & Information points out. Add that stellar stat to the Jaguars' defensive woes.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's the scene at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where Cal-USC is about ready to kick off on ESPN.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia Tech survived a late push from Pittsburgh to stay in control of the ACC Coastal Division. The Hokies got an incredible performance from banged up quarterback Jerod Evans (sprained ankle) and their receiving trio Isaiah Ford, Bucky Hodges and Cam Phillips. They should be favored in their final three ACC games against Duke, Georgia Tech and Virginia. If they win them all, they make it to the ACC championship game.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite the fact that Cal is playing on a short week and USC is coming off a bye, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said the game falls under the agree-upon scheduling parameters. The Bears played a double-overtime game against Oregon on Friday, which gave them five days in between games. That USC is coming off a bye was not taken into account.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

So many basic fundamental flaws with the Jags defense tonight. It starts with tackling. And then moves to pursuit angles, eye discipline and coverage breakdowns. This isn't about talent. Instead, we are watching a defense that is lacking technique. It's now a 33-8 Titans lead in the third quarter after another Marcus Mariota touchdown pass.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans reassert control with DeMarco Murray still running strong. Marcus Mariota throws his second TD pass, this one to Rishard Matthews from 4 yards. Nissan Stadium calmed after that response to Jaguars' TD drive. Now 33-8 after missed PAT. How soft will defense be now after it looked like the Titans played prevent to open third quarter?

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

It's one thing when Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade are making 3s. Now Michael Carter-Williams makes a fourth-quarter trey. That trio — not known for their 3-point shooting — is 5-of-8 beyond the arc tonight vs Celtics.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

DeMarco Murray in the huddle for the Titans first play of the second half.

Ford's catch breaks Virginia Tech record

Isaiah Ford makes history with a school record 23rd receiving touchdown, The catch increased the Hokies' lead over Pitt to 39-29 in the fourth quarter.


Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Exactly what the Titans couldn't let happen. Jaguars drive first possession of second half right down the field to s TD. Way easier than anything they found in first half. Gives them confidence. Allows Titans their first doubt of the night. It's 27-8 after successful 2-point conversion.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

DeMarco Murray is on the sideline, with his helmet on.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia Tech started taking advantage of an overmatched Pitt secondary in the second half, launching one pass after another to successful results. Jerod Evans is over 400 yards passing; and for the first time in school history, the Hokies have three 100-yard receivers in the same game. Plus, Isaiah Ford set the new school record for receiving touchdowns with 23.

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

The Titans have 354 yards of offense (135 rushing) and 20 first downs in the first half. The Jaguars have 60 yards (5 rushing) and 3 first downs. Just an awful display of football.