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Louisiana-Lafayette hires Billy Napier as football coach

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Louisiana-Lafayette hired Arizona State offensive coordinator Billy Napier as football coach Friday.

Napier replaced Mark Hudspeth, fired after the Ragin' Cajuns finished 5-7 this season. On Thursday, Hudspeth joined Mississippi State as associate head coach and tight ends coach.

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Sam Houston St. beats Kennesaw St. 34-27 in FCS quarterfinal

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Jeremiah Briscoe threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns and Sam Houston State held off Kennesaw State for a 34-27 victory in an FCS quarterfinal on Saturday night.

Kennesaw State scored its second fourth-quarter touchdown to pull to 34-27 with 7:21 to play. On the ensuing series, Dustin Clabough intercepted Briscoe's pass at the Sam Houston 41 with about five minutes left.

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Drug charges dropped against Georgia LB Natrez Patrick

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A marijuana possession charge against Georgia starting inside linebacker Natrez Patrick was dismissed Thursday, apparently clearing the way for him to play in the Rose Bowl semifinal game.

Coach Kirby Smart has not commented on Patrick's status for the Jan. 1 contest against Oklahoma.