There was a lot of finger-pointing Thursday in the sexual assault investigation involving Florida State’s Jameis Winston after a DNA report linking the quarterback to the alleged victim was leaked to the media.
Tim Jansen, Winston’s attorney, and State Attorney Willie Meggs held news conferences within minutes of one another. Jensen insinuated that the leak came from Meggs’ office, an assertion the state attorney denied.
Jaensen did reveal that Winston voluntarily gave a DNA sample to Tallahassee police last week, but said that even if it matches that of the alleged victim it wouldn’t mean his client raped the woman. Jensen said the sex between Winston and the accuser was consensual, but then thenthen retreated when pressed by reporters who asked him to confirm what he just said.
ESPN first reported Wednesday night that Winston’s DNA matched a sample taken from the underwear of the accuser. Meggs denied that he or anyone in his office released the DNA information to the media.
No. 18 Central Florida 41, Rutgers 17: Blake Bortles passed for one touchdown and ran for another Thursday night, helping the Knights dominate the Scarlet Knights to remain unbeaten in the American Athletic Conference.
UCF (9-1, 6-0) won for the sixth straight time following a three-point loss to South Carolina, retaining sole possession of first place in the AAC — one game ahead of Louisville and Cincinnati.
Bortles threw a 4-yard TD pass to Breshad Perriman in the opening quarter and UCF scored on its first four offensive possessions to build a 28-7 lead.
Rutgers (5-5, 2-4) trimmed its deficit to 14 at the half when Andre Patton recovered a blocked punt in the end zone, however that was as close as the Scarlet Knights got the rest of the way.
Notre Dame: Nose guard Louis Nix III underwent season-ending knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He is projected as a first-round NFL draft pick.
Kentucky: Sophomore defensive back Cody Quinn and freshman defensive end Jason Hatcher were suspended for Saturday’s game at Georgia. Junior wide receiver Demarco Robinson, the third-leading receiver for the Wildcats, is suspended indefinitely. All were disciplined for violating unspecified team rules.
Washington: The Pac-12 reprimanded coach Steve Sarkisian for public comments he made about officiating in the game against UCLA and for revealing private communications he had with conference officials.
Akron: Coach Terry Bowden received a two-year contract extension that runs through 2018. The Zips are 4-7 in Bowden’s second season after three straight 1-11 finishes.
Noteworthy: Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr and Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald were named finalists for the Lombardi Award as best defensive lineman or linebacker. ... Jordan Lynch rushed for three touchdowns and 161 yards to lead No. 16 Northern Illinois over Toledo 35-17 on Wednesday night, securing a fourth consecutive trip to the Mid-American Conference title game.