Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly on AD Jack Swarbrick giving him a vote of confidence last week: "Well I was disappointed actually. But anytime that your athletic director has to come out and say that, as a head coach you're disappointed that any kind of comments like that have to be made. So I didn't ask him, that was his decision, but I clearly understand what he was doing. He was probably sick and tired of being sick and tired, too. But for me it's disappointing, certainly, that you have to make those comments."

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Cougars falling just short in losses

BYU's Friday night loss at Boise was by one point. The Cougars' four defeats this season have come via an excruciating average margin of just 2.0 points. Flipping the field

New-look Gamecocks earn win over the Minutemen (3:08)
Muschamp pleased with Bentley's first start (0:50)

Gamecocks own comfy lead

After David Williams' 1-yard TD run, South Carolina leads UMass 34-14 in the third quarter on SEC Network.

South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp discusses Jake Bentley's first half performance (0:28)
South Carolina WR Crosby lays out for 16-yard TD (1:23)

Watch: UMass at South Carolina

South Carolina is favored by 20 points in a game that it desperately needs to win. The Minutemen are 1-6 but challenged Florida in a Week 1 loss at The Swamp. Live on SECN/WatchESPN

ESPN Stats & Info

Will Notre Dame make a bowl game?

ESPN's FPI favors the 2-5 Irish in just two more games. They would have to win four of their final five games to become bowl eligible.

South Carolina's offense will find rhythm (1:56)
Healthy roster gives South Carolina a boost vs. UMass (2:18)
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Notre Dame AD: 'Complete confidence' in Kelly

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick makes it clear that Brian Kelly will not be coaching for his job as the Fighting Irish resume play out of this weekend's bye.

Brian Kelly not worried about losing team (2:01)
Boise State stays unbeaten with a wild win over BYU (2:17)
Breaking down the miscues of the BYU v. Boise State game (3:06)

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Boise State has to feel fortunate to escape with a win. It was better than BYU for most of the game, but to lose the turnover battle by five is nearly always a recipe for a loss. Arkansas State managed to overcome a minus-5 turnover margin to beat Georgia Southern earlier this season, but the Broncos win marks just the ninth time in the last 240 games, dating back to 2004, that a team has overcome that turnover deficit.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Boise State survived a wild sequence to beat BYU 28-27 and remain in prime position to represent the Group of 5 in a New Year's Six bowl game. The Broncos blocked BYU's attempt at a game-winning field goal with 15 seconds left, but because it was second down, the kick didn't reach the line of scrimmage and BYU recovered, the Cougars kept the ball. Their second life didn't help, as a pair of incompletions followed, including a tipped Hail Mary on the game's final play.


Blocked FG helps Boise State hang on for win

David Moa blocks Rhett Admond's 44-yard attempt on second down with 15 seconds left. BYU retained possession, a Hail Mary failed, and Boise State won 28-27.

Harsin pleased with win over BYU (0:53)