Top-25 College Football
Ryan Nassib threw four touchdown passes to his tight ends and Syracuse delivered a 49-23 upset of No. 11 West Virginia on Friday, scoring more points than it ever has in the 66-year history of the rivalry. Nassib was 24-of-32 for 229 yards with three touchdown passes to Nick Provo and one to David Stevens. He also ran for a score. Antwon Bailey rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown for the Orange (5-2, 1-1 Big East), who outscored West Virginia 28-7 after the Mountaineers (5-2, 1-1) pulled within five points early in the third quarter. Dorian Graham added a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the win
National Hockey League
Loui Eriksson had two goals and an assist to help the red-hot Dallas Stars beat the Anaheim Ducks, 3-1, for their first five-game winning streak since January. Mike Ribeiro scored the other goal and Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves to improve to 6-0 on the season for Dallas, which is 6-1-0 and off to its best start since it began the 2006-07 season 8-1-0. Corey Perry scored the lone goal for the Ducks, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Elsewhere in the NHL:
San Jose Sharks 4, New Jersey Devils 3 (SO)
Detroit Red Wings 5, Columbus Blue Jackets 2
St. Louis Blues 3, Carolina Hurricanes 2 (OT)
=== COLLEGE FOOTBALL ===
Ryan Nassib threw four touchdown passes to his tight ends and Syracuse delivered a 49-23 upset of No. 11 West Virginia on Friday, scoring more points than it ever has in the 66-year history of the rivalry. Nassib was 24-of-32 for 229 yards with three touchdown passes to Nick Provo and one to David Stevens. He also ran for a score. Antwon Bailey rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown for the Orange (5-2, 1-1 Big East), who outscored West Virginia 28-7 after the Mountaineers (5-2, 1-1) pulled within five points early in the third quarter. Dorian Graham added a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the win.
The big game on Saturday comes from the SEC, as the top-ranked LSU Tigers put their perfect record on the line against the 19th-ranked Auburn Tigers. The winner of the Auburn-LSU game has captured the SEC West and advanced to the conference championship in five of the last eight seasons, and seven of the past 11. No. 2 Alabama hosts Tennessee in another important SEC matchup. If LSU and Alabama post wins Saturday, the two will likely meet in a 1 vs. 2 showdown on November 5 in Tuscaloosa as both are idle next weekend.
A pair of top-25 foes will also collide in the Bay area, as the seventh- ranked Stanford Cardinal face their toughest challenge to date, welcoming the 22nd-ranked Washington Huskies to town for a Pac-12 showdown. Stanford is off to a 6-0 start.
The fourth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers will put a perfect 6-0 mark on the line in a night matchup with 15th-ranked Michigan State. Wisconsin has won all six of its games this season in blowout fashion, as the smallest margin of victory has been 31 points. For the third time, the Badgers topped 50 points last weekend in a 59-7 romp over Indiana. Wisconsin is 6-0 for the first time under head coach Bret Bielema and the first time since 2004.
New Orleans Saints center Olin Kreutz has decided to leave the team. Saints head coach Sean Payton said during a press conference Friday that he was surprised by the Kreutz’s decision, which reportedly came as the result of the 14-year veteran’s lack of desire to continue playing. Kreutz appeared in four games with the Saints this season after signing a one-year contract in August and missed two games because of a knee injury. A third-round draft pick of the Bears in 1998, Kreutz had spent the previous 13 seasons in the Windy City, starting 183 of 191 contests and earning six Pro Bowl selections over that span.
In football injury news, Detroit running back Jahvid Best has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons because of a concussion. San Diego tight end Antonio Gates is listed as questionable for Sunday, when the AFC West-leading Chargers take on the New York Jets. Gates has not played since Week 2 because of a right foot injury, but was a full participant in practice Friday. Additionally, Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson will miss Sunday’s key divisional game against the Titans as he continues to recover from minor leg surgery, and Falcons rookie wide receiver Julio Jones is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Lions because of a hamstring injury that kept him out of last week’s victory over the Panthers.
=== BASEBALL ===
Friday was an off-day for the World Series after the Texas Rangers rallied for a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2 on Thursday to even the series at one game apiece. The Rangers scored twice in the top of the ninth inning on back-to-back sacrifice flies from Josh Hamilton and Michael Young, and Neftali Feliz worked around a leadoff walk in the bottom of the inning to secure the win for Texas. Game 3 is Saturday night in Arlington with Kyle Lohse set to take the mound for St. Louis against Texas lefty Matt Harrison.
Theo Epstein has resigned from the Boston Red Sox to become the new president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs. Epstein’s expected move from Boston to Chicago was announced in a joint news release Friday night, but the Red Sox and Cubs said they would forego further comment for several days out of respect for the World Series. The teams will both hold press conferences on Tuesday — the Red Sox to announce their new general manager and the Cubs to introduce Epstein. Also, the Cubs were reported to be considering San Diego Padres general manager Jed Hoyer to be their new GM, although no official announcement has been made. The Red Sox’s compensation for Epstein hasn’t been determined and will be worked out soon, the teams said. Epstein, of course, became the youngest GM in major league history when he was hired by the Red Sox in 2002 at the age of 28, beginning a hugely successful term that ended with the team’s historic September collapse this season.
=== GOLF ===
Justin Leonard, Bio Kim and Henrik Stenson are all tied for the lead at 12- under par after two rounds at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at Disney World in Florida. Leonard shot a nine-under 63 Friday and Kim fired a seven-under 65, while Stenson entered the clubhouse with an eight-under 64 to grab a share of top spot. World No. 1 Luke Donald and Webb Simpson are vying for the money title in the final official event of the PGA Tour season, and the two are five shots off the lead.