Week two is done and dusted, and a lot happened, both good and bad, in the SWC world, a historic win in Waco, the arrival of a star in Dallas, a statement in Arkansas and Tom Herman's new and improved Texas program.
After two catches in week one vs. Stephen F. Austin, Courtland Sutton was due for a big performance. The junior from Brenham wore a path to the end zone with four scores, eight catches, and 163 yards in the Mustangs 54-32 win.
North Texas's Mason Fine threw for a career best 424 yards in the loss for the Mean Green. North Texas led 10-0 before the Mustangs rumbled off 38 points in a row to secure the Hippogriff trophy for the third year in a row.
Frogs make a statement
TCU traveled to SEC country to take on Arkansas Saturday afternoon and came away with a statement game in a 28-7 win over the Hogs. The Frogs manhandled Arkansas in the second half, as they scored 28 straight to get a much-needed win. Gary Patterson's crew look like the cream of the crop in the state and their dedication to the running game proved refreshing. TCU beat the Hogs at their own game. The Frogs also played some good old fashioned Patterson defense.
Grit in Austin
Texas Defensive Coordinator Todd Orlando said earlier this week that a win over San Jose State would show Texas had the grit to win a championship. We have no idea how beating a middling Mountain West team shows championship traits but whatever, Todd was feeling it. Mission accomplished for Texas as true freshman Sam Ehlinger led Texas to a 56-0 win over the Spartans. Chris Warren added 166 rushing yards.
UTSA Overpowers Baylor
UTSA held the football for almost 20 more minutes than Baylor and left Waco with their first win over a Power 5 team. The caliber of that Power 5 team is in question as the Bears are 0-2 with losses to FCS Liberty and the Roadrunners. UTSA quarterback Dalton Sturm put together a complete performance with 98 rushing yards and 15 completions on 20 attempts for 155 yards and two touchdowns.
Win in the Desert
Major Applewhite won his first game as coach of the Coogs with a 19-16 win over Arizona. Linell Bonner and Steven Dunbar caught 15 passes combined, while the rest of the team caught ten as Houston held on for the victory. Kyle Allen looked as good as advertised returning to his home state, completing 78% of his passes for 225 yards and Dillon Birden led Cougar rushers with 83 yards and a touchdown.
Owls Run Past Miners
After being displaced for a week, Rice football got some normalcy with a win in El Paso. The Owls ground and pounded UTEP for a 31-14 win. Rice outgained UTEP on the ground 308 to 26. Sam Glaesmann looked more comfortable in his second start, while Ryan Metz looked uncomfortable, as drops plagued the Miners.
Morbley's big day in Boulder
Texas State put up a great fight, but ultimately the altitude and a physically larger Colorado team wore them down in a 37-3 loss. The game was 14-0 at the half as the Bobcat defense played as well as we've seen a Randall McCray squad play in two seasons in San Marvelous. The 'Cat limited the Buffs to just 2.2 yards per rush. The offense didn't help, Damian Williams hit on just over a third of his passes and the rushing attack struggled to get rolling. Thurman Morbley was the bright spot with five catches and 96 yards, good for a third of Texas State's offensive output.
Keep a keen eye on the goings on in College Station this year; the Aggies struggled against FCS opponent Nichols State in a 24-14 win. Nichols tied the game in the fourth quarter before the Aggies rallied to avoid disaster. Jake Hubenak came off the bench to spell ineffective starter Kellen Mond and guide the Aggies to the win. Nichols loaded up on the Aggie run game, daring Texas A&M to prove they could move the ball through the air, A&M couldn't meet the challenge.
Notes and Quotes
- TCU is 104-3 when allowing 17 points or less.
- TCU has scored in 308 straight games, the second longest streak in the FBS.
- SMU scored 50 points in consecutive games for the first time in school history.
- Courtland Sutton tied and SMU record and set an AAC record for touchdown receptions in a game.
- Both North Texas and SMU ended the night with 493 yards of total offense.
- Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger became the 10th true freshman quarterback to start a game for the Longhorns.
- Texas corner Hotlon Hill scored his third touchdown of the season and second off an interception.
- UTSA defensive end Marcus Davenport's sack of Anu Solomon moved him to first on UTSA All-Time list with 14.5.
- Dillon Birden's touchdown run to end the first half was his first as a Houston Cougar.
- Ed Oliver registered his 3rd game of ten or more tackles, he also forced the fourth fumble of his Houston career.
- Texas State's Marcus Ripley hit a career long 71 yard punt which ended up at the Colorado four yard line.
- A&M's Christian Kirk moved to 6th on A&M All-Time TD receptions list after his first quarter TD grab.