Two teams looking to upset Top 25 programs on Saturday will have to go about it without their starting quarterbacks.
Maryland’s C.J. Brown won’t play against No. 9 Clemson because of the lasting effects of a concussion. Brown, a fifth-year senior, sustained the concussion Oct. 5 against Florida State. He returned last week against Wake Forest but was ineffective and pulled in the second half.
Caleb Rowe will start against the visiting Tigers.
Patton Robinette will start for Vanderbilt in place of the injured Austyn Carta-Samuels when the Commodores play at No. 14 Texas A&M. Carta-Samuels injured his left leg last week against Georgia. Robinette, a redshirt freshman, finished off Vanderbilt’s upset.
Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez probably will play against Minnesota on Saturday, but whether he starts will be a game-time decision. Coach Bo Pelini said Martinez’s availability will be determined by how his injured left foot responds to a week’s worth of practice. Martinez has missed three straight games for the No. 25 Cornhuskers because of turf toe. Redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr. has started in Martinez’s place . . . Third-ranked Florida State will be without running back James Wilder Jr. on Saturday against North Carolina State. Wilder sustained a concussion last week against Clemson . . . Receiver Devon Cajuste and kicker Jordan Williamson will sit out eighth-ranked Stanford’s game at Oregon State on Saturday night because of injuries. Cajuste is recovering from a bruised right knee, and Williamson will miss his second straight game with a leg injury.
Former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla, who left the second-ranked Ducks this month following a one-game suspension for violating team rules, was in custody Thursday after his arrest on drug-related charges in Eugene.
The sheriff’s office said in a statement that Lyerla, 20, was observed by a drug investigation unit snorting a white powdery substance while sitting in a parked car Wednesday. Lyerla was arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of cocaine and interfering with a police officer.
Lyerla was arraigned on Thursday afternoon but he did not enter a plea.
When he decided to leave the Ducks, Lyerla said it was to pursue an NFL career. He had been suspended for Oregon’s Oct. 5 game at Colorado by coach Mark Helfrich for an unspecified violation of team rules.
For his career, Lyerla had 34 receptions for 565 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Wild finish in C-USA
Logan Kilgore threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Tavarres Jefferson as time expired to give Middle Tennessee a 51-49 victory over Marshall in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Kilgore had four TD tosses for the Blue Raiders (4-4, 2-2 Conference USA). Essray Taliaferro ran for 134 yards and two scores for the Thundering Herd (4-3, 2-1), and his 2-yard run put Marshall ahead, 49-45, with 2:29 left . . . Dak Prescott threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a 17-yard TD pass to lead Mississippi State past Kentucky, 28-22, in Starkville, Miss. The Bulldogs (4-3, 1-2 SEC) beat the Wildcats (1-6, 0-4) for a fifth straight season . . . A new annual bowl game, the Miami Beach Bowl, will be held at Marlins Ballpark beginning in December 2014.