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By The Associated Press | Updated - Dec 7th, 2018 @ 6:05am | Posted - Dec 7th, 2018 @ 1:31am



ATLANTA (AP) — AP player of the year Kyler Murray adds the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback as the College Football Awards show in Atlanta began. But right before the show started it was announced that Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa won the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.

ATLANTA (AP) — Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa topped Oklahoma's Kyler Murray in college football player of the year awards on Thursday, 2-1. Tagovailoa won the Walter Camp and Maxwell awards and Murray was named AP Player of the Year. Murray also won the Davey O'Brien as top quarterback.

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Anriel Howard scored 29 points, Teaira McCowan added 24 points and 18 rebounds, and No. 6 Mississippi State rallied to beat No. 18 Marquette 87-82. Mississippi State (9-0) extended its regular-season nonconference winning streak to 45 games, but this was easily one of the toughest games during that stretch.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Maci Morris scored 29 points and made five 3-pointers to help No. 19 Kentucky stay undefeated with a 75-52 win over Rhode Island. The Wildcats pulled away with a 29-point third quarter that included a 19-2 run.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Sophie Cunningham scored 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting and No. 23 Missouri used a big third quarter to win its fourth straight, 66-59 over UMKC. Amber Smith added her fifth double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 boards for the Tigers.

UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA says the number of enforced targeting penalties in the Football Bowl Subdivision this regular season was the same as in 2017. That ends four straight years of increased calls. NCAA national coordinator of officials Rogers Redding reported 179 enforced calls in 817 games compared with 179 in 816 games last season. Big Ten coordinator of football officials Bill Carollo said he's pleased to see the targeting penalties level off and the hope is that the numbers will come down in 2019.

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