BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Brett Hodges threw two touchdown passes and Central Florida beat Alabama-Birmingham 34-27 on Saturday.
Hodges went 24-for-38 for 230 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown pass to Kamir Aiken and a 5-yarder to Billy Giovanetti for the Knights (8-4, 6-2 Conference USA).
Brynn Harvey ran for 130 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown and went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season. Harvey's score gave the Knights a 31-14 lead, all the cushion it would need.
The Blazers (5-7, 4-4) scored twice in the fourth quarter but lost for the second time in a row and failed to become bowl eligible.
Blazers' quarterback Joe Webb led the late rally with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Jeffrey Anderson and a 5-yard scoring pass to Frantrell Forrest. Webb went 20-for-35 with 332 yards passing and rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown.
The departure of several assistants contributed to a subpar recruiting class by Alabama's standards, but don't feel sorry for Nick Saban just yet.
Ole Miss has filed its appeal of the NCAA committee on infractions' decision to ban football from the postseason in 2018, limit unofficial recruiting visits and cite the school for lack of institutional control in a case involving 21 violations.
Malik Rosier made enough plays last season to own the job, the coach says, though N'Kosi Perry is making progress and will have his day.
Zack Darlington has long felt the call to serve -- first as a teammate and friend when tragedy struck the Nebraska football team, and now as a future member of the United States armed forces.
Florida Atlantic defensive coordinator Chris Kiffin -- brother of Owls head coach Lane -- is leaving for a coaching position with the San Francisco 49ers, a source tells ESPN.
Ohio State gave defensive coordinator Greg Schiano a raise to $1.5 million a year, up from $700,000, and offensive coordinator/QB coach Ryan Day a raise to $1 million, up from $400,000.