Defense optional as Pitt-Syracuse set FBS record for highest-scoring game

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Fans heading to the Steel City to watch the Syracuse-Pittsburgh football game instead witnessed a basketball game break out.

With defense decidedly optional, Pitt put up at least 14 points in each of the four quarters to hold off ‘Cuse in a 76-61 win.  The score of a Pitt-‘Cuse ACC basketball game last season?  Panthers 72, Orange 61,

Not only did Pitt score at least 14 points in all four quarters, they scored at least 20 in each of the last three.  Syracuse, meanwhile, scored 27 in the fourth.

The total score set an FBS record*, breaking the standard set by the 2007 Navy-North Texas game (136).  It also broke the record for an overtime game (Boise State 69, Nevada 67, four OT, 2007), meaning this was the highest-scoring game in the history of major college football, period.

Syracuse was just six points shy of tying the record for most points scored by the losing team (67, Nevada, 2007).  Pitt, meanwhile, was a ways off from breaking the record for most points scored (103 by Wyoming in a shutout win over Northern Colorado in 1949).

The Orange actually held the edge in total yards, 668-644.  The Panthers crushed the Orange on the ground, though, running for 393 yards on 40 carries, scoring six of their touchdowns on the ground.  Zach Mahoney passed for 449 yards, the first time he’s thrown for more than 200 yards in his collegiate career.

(*If you’re wondering, the NCAA Record Book does not recognize the Georgia Tech-Cumberland game.)

Arizona State hires Beau Baldwin as offensive coordinator

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State has hired former Cal Poly head coach Beau Baldwin as its next offensive coordinator.

The school announced Baldwin’s hiring of new coach Kenny Dillingham‘s staff a week after he resigned at Cal Poly.

The 50-year-old Baldwin spent three seasons as the Mustangs’ head coach, going 4-21.

Baldwin previously served as California’s offensive coordinator for three years after a nine-year stint as Eastern Washington’s head coach. He went 85-32 at Eastern Washington and won the 2010 national championship with three trips to the FCS semifinals.

Baldwin also served as Central Washington’s head coach in 2007.

Stanford QB Tanner McKee declares for NFL draft

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STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee is leaving school to enter the NFL draft.

McKee announced his decision on Thursday after a disappointing junior season on an overmatched Stanford team.

McKee completed 62% of his passes for 2,947 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season as Stanford went 3-9 for a second straight year.

Stanford will undergoing an overhaul with coach David Shaw stepping down after 12 seasons and several players expected to transfer.