Week eight is over, another rough one for most of your Roundup squads. The outlier of course is TCU. Help us Horned Frogs, you are our only hope.
SMU came away from Cincinnati with a much-needed win as Ben Hicks, and Trey Quinn led the Mustangs to an overtime win. An offensive explosion in the first half yielded to a defensive struggle in the second as the two teams combined for fifteen points. In overtime, Hicks found Trey Quinn for an incredible fourth down conversion. The Mustang defense picked off a helmet lateral to preserve the win, 31-28.
Texas and Oklahoma State played an ugly one in Austin. Texas' defense kept them in the game, while their offense struggled to mount any attack. Tied at ten at the end of regulation, the Cowboys took the lead with a field goal. As Texas tried to answer Sam Ehlinger threw an inexcusable pick into the end zone to gift the Pokes the win, 13-10, and drop Texas to 3-4. Texas' offensive issues are well established by now, they can't run, can't protect, and have to rely on Ehlinger to perform miracles consistently.
Fox TV execs who chose to put Kansas at TCU in the primetime slot saw their choice blowup in their face as the Frogs blew out the Jayhawks 43-0. TCU compiled 475 yards and held Kansas to just 21.
UTSA rebounded from two tough weeks with a closer than expected victory over a game Rice Owls team. Marcus Davenport was a one-man wrecking crew, dominating the Owl offense and scoring a defensive touchdown to boot. For its part, Rice's defense gave a good accounting of themselves with Brian Womac picking up his sixth, seventh, and eighth sacks of the season. The Roadrunners separated enough for a 20-7 win.
North Texas came out flat against Florida Atlantic, got down early, and never recovered. The Owls did just about whatever they wanted to against the Mean Green, who were fresh off a massive win over UTSA. North Texas seemed to sleepwalk through the first half, spotting FAU a 41-7 lead. Lane Kiffin's team showed no mercy as the Owls dominated 69-31.
Near Comeback at Baylor
Matt Rhule's banged up, winless, squad made a furious comeback, led by a freshman quarterback, Charlie Brewer, but the comeback came up two points short. The Bears scored 23 unanswered in the fourth quarter and lined up for a game-tying two-point conversion with less than 20 seconds remaining, but the Mountaineers were able to hang on for a 38-36 win. Baylor remains without a victory at 0-7.
Ugly in Lubbock
Texas Tech welcomed Iowa State to the plains for homecoming festivities on Saturday, and the Cyclones made themselves at home with a 31-13 win. ISU got out early with a 24-6 halftime lead and never allowed Tech to challenge. Tech's defense reverted to some bad habits, but a lot of the blame has to fall on an inept Red Raider offense.
On Thursday night the Houston Cougars continued a disturbing trend of second-half collapses as Memphis scored 42 in the latter stanza for a 42-38 win. The 3rd Ward defense held Memphis in check for 30 minutes, but the Tiger offense caught fire in the 3rd and Houston was helpless to slow it down. The Cougars handed the Tigers a couple of critical turnovers that helped seal Houston's fate.
Notes and Numbers
Houston's Ed Oliver began to look like Ed Oliver again with a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss.
D'Juan Hines led the Cougars with nine tackles, giving him 29 in the last two weeks.
SMU's Trey Quinn continued his dominant stretch with seventeen catches against the Bearcats.
Courtland Sutton caught his eighth and ninth touchdowns for the Mustangs.
Malik Jefferson led Longhorn defenders with fourteen tackles.
Texas' Kris Boyd added thirteen in their loss to Oklahoma State.
Michael Dickson punted eleven times for a 50 yard average.
Texas Tech's kicking woes continued with a missed field goal and extra point.
FAU held North Texas' Jeffery Wilson to his second lowest rushing output of the season, 49 yards.
UTSA senior Tyrell Clay put up his first ever 100 yard game with 153 on eleven carries vs. Rice.
Roadrunner defensive end Marcus Davenport tied a career high with eleven tackles against the Owls.
TCU's KaVontae Turpin notched another big special teams play with a punt return for a TD.
TCU's John Diarse caught four passes for 130 yards and a touchdown.
Baylor's Charlie Brewer connected on his first two touchdown passes of his career.