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Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Understandably, UCLA coach Jim Mora was not happy with how the running game operated against Stanford. The Bruins ran for just 77 yards, but after watching the game back Mora said "the game plan was as sound as it could be." The problem, he said, was that there were some "enormous" holes that just weren't hit. It appears Bolu Olurunfunmi could be in line for more playing time after averaging 4.6 yards per carry (51 yards on 11 carries). Nate Starks (10 carries, 24 yards) and Soso Jamabo (7 carries, 17 yards) weren't nearly as effective. "You'll still see all three, but you'll see less of two and more of one," Mora said.


Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dalvin Cook broke out against USF with a career-high 267 yards, but he didn't share the fan base's angst about his slow start. Cook said it was a matter of time before he broke loose, and that too many were caught up in the numbers.


David Ching ESPN Staff Writer 

Ever wonder what open in-season practice periods looked like at LSU? Honestly, me too. The Tigers' new interim coach Ed Orgeron offered a glimpse, opening 30 minutes of his first practice since replacing Les Miles to reporters. The last time LSU held an open practice during the season? That's up for debate, but it has apparently been at least a decade.


Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State cornerback Marquez White said North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky is the most accurate passer he'll likely face this season. He's completing 74.5 percent of his passes, which ranks second nationally.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State's defense is struggling right now as it ranks 108th in points per game. The group is struggling against uptempo offenses, and they will play another Saturday against North Carolina. Coach Jimbo Fisher said the key is making a stop on first down to stunt the offensive rhythm.


Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas A&M leads the SEC in rushing through four weeks, averaging 269.3 yards per game and 7.04 yards per carry. Since joining the SEC, the Aggies are 28-1 in games they rush for 180 yards or more and they're 12-15 in games they rush for fewer than 180.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino was asked about the LSU opening with Les Miles out during his weekly press conference Monday and reiterated his commitment to the Cards. "I'm not interested in going anywhere," Petrino said. "I'm very fortunate to be the head coach at the University of Louisville, very happy about that, very glad I have the support of our athletic director Tom Jurich. We feel like we've got everything going in the right direction. This is the job I want. This is where I'm going to be."

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

LSU quarterback Danny Etling said his face "has seen better days" after he lost his helmet and was then walloped by linebacker Tre Williams in Saturday night's 18-13 loss at Auburn. Etling's nose was bloodied and he had to have a cut above his left eye glued shut before returning to the game. Williams was ejected from the game after a replay review. "You should have seen my fourth-grade picture'" Etling said. "I was a nerd."

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

One of my favorite moments with Les Miles was this summer when we talked about racial issues consuming our country. I asked him what concern he had about how society saw his players once they left his locker room. He paused, looked me right in the eye, sighed and said "That's a great question." He looked down and I could feel how emotional that question made him because he hadn't really thought about it before and I could hear worry in his voice. "Good men look good men the same way and it's irrespective of who they are, it's irrespective of race, creed, color, religious preference. It's just good people recognize differences in our society, the pluralistic advantageous of our society and they give to that." He showed me how much empathy he had for his players and complete strangers. He truly hurt for them and with them. Earlier in the day he had this to say: "I feel like our society's the same and you need everybody. If you look to see change and if you watch the representation of our country on live TV, you realize that change is necessary. You need to be respectful of their life and their opinion and who they are. You need compassion for people."

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, who was offered a scholarship by LSU, reacted to the news of Les Miles getting fired. "I was kind of upset because he's been there since I really followed LSU and since I've been been following college football. He's a great coach, and he's going to find somewhere else to go."

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said he's not had contact with LSU, which fired Les Miles yesterday. "I'm not talking about LSU," said Fisher, who was rumored as a target last season when Miles' status was in limbo. He said he thinks midseason firings put the integrity of the game in jeopardy, and that it's a product of too much focus on the playoff. "Are you saying the season is over if you can't get into the playoff?"

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama DB Tony Brown and DL Johnny Dwight will return from suspension this week against Kentucky. "They've done all the things that they needed to do," Nick Saban said. "We're very happy to have them back." Brown, a former five-star recruit, had 16 tackles, two pass break-ups and a forced fumble last year.