West Virginia QB Grier to skip bowl, prepare for draft
West Virginia quarterback Will Grier won’t play for the 15th-ranked Mountaineers in the Camping World Bowl against No. 17 Syracuse, instead focusing on preparation for the NFL draft.
Grier announced his decision Saturday in a statement released by the school.
The senior joins about a dozen high-profile college players who already have announced they will skip their team’s bowl games. The list includes Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver, LSU cornerback Greedy Williams, Arizona State receiver N’Keal Harry and Michigan defensive tackle Rashan Gary. On Friday, West Virginia senior offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste announced he would not play in the bowl.
North Dakota State 35, Colgate 0: Easton Stick threw for three touchdowns, Bruce Anderson ran for 124 yards with a touchdown and top-seeded North Dakota State advanced to the FCS semifinals for the eighth straight year with a win over eighth-seeded Colgate.
Stick was 14 of 19 for 205 yards as the Bison (13-0) piled up 443 yards against the Raiders (10-2), who had the top defense in FCS.
The defending national champions, who have won 19 in a row, are home against fifth-seeded South Dakota State next weekend.
South Dakota State 27, Kennesaw State 17: Taryn Christion threw for one touchdown and ran for another – the clincher with 2:22 to play – and the fifth-seeded Jackrabbits (10-2) held off the fourthseeded Owls (11-2) in Kennesaw, Ga.
SDSU will visit topranked North Dakota State, the reigning national champion, on Saturday.
Maine 23, Weber State 18: Chris Ferguson threw for two touchdowns, Ramon Jefferson ran for a late fourth-quarter score and the Black Bears defense stymied secondseeded Weber State Friday night to advance to the FCS playoff semifinals for the first time.
Auburn: Freshman running back Asa Martin said on Twitter he plans to transfer but didn’t indicate any possible destinations. He carried 13 times for 57 yards in five games – one too many to qualify for a a redshirt year.