Pretty awesome day of the football yesterday, lots of amazing goodness. It all started Friday night and ended almost midnight Saturday night. Let's all work on recovery today, lots of hydration, perhaps get out in the sun for a bit.
Instant Classic in Los Angeles
Texas and USC have played some classics. I'm sure you heard about the '06 Rose Bowl yesterday, a lot. Last night the Longhorns showed a ton of potential in a double-overtime loss to the fourth-ranked Trojans. Sam Ehlinger grew up right in front of us, and the Texas defense played like a unit full of four and five-star talent, which of course it is, in shutting down the Trojan attack. Then a USC walk-on kicker went and ruined Tom Herman's night.
Instant Classic in Lubbock
The Red Raiders played the first half like a team with a real, live defense, then blew a big lead in the second half and scored with under two minutes to take the lead. Then, and this is the amazing part, Tech's defense held on for the 52-45 win. Nik Shimonek threw for 534 yards and six touchdowns in the Red Raiders win.
In a tale of two halves, Houston scored 38 unanswered in the first and Rice scored three unanswered in the second. Sadly for the Owls, we take the game as a whole and Houston retained the bucket. Kyle Allen completed 31 of 33 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns. Rice caught a case of the turnovers in the first half, gifting Houston great field position. Houston doesn't need gifts to beat the Owls.
TCU won the Iron Skillet in spite of SMU emptying the playbook. The Frogs offense was too much for SMU in a 56-36 win. Kenny Hill was 24 of 30 for 365 yards and four scores. Defensively TCU held Courtland Sutton to one catch for zero yards.
Yes, there are moral victories.
The last time North Texas went to Iowa, the Hawkeyes put over 60 on the Mean Green. Two years later the Mean Green returned to Big 10 Country and led at the half before Iowa run game wore North Texas down in a 31-14 loss. Jeffery Wilson got back in the groove, rushing for 95 yards at 7.9 yards per rush.
Back in Texas, Texas State welcomed Sun Belt favorite Appalachian State to San Marvelous. Last year the Mountaineers ran through the Bobcats in route to a 35-10 win. A year later and the Bobcats showed up as an improved unit in a 20-13 loss. The Cats drove 99 yards with under two minutes in an attempt to tie the game, but were stopped at the goal line as time expired.
The Roadrunners celebrated their win over Baylor by beating Southern. By a lot. Dalton Sturm had a big evening in the dome, hitting on 19 of 22 passes for 292 yards and four scores as UTSA improves to 2-0.
Aggies Wake Up in the Second Half
For two-quarters the Louisiana Lafayette upset bid looked solid, but in the second half, A&M got going, scoring 31 unanswered for a 45-21 win. Kellen Mond threw for 301 yards and seemed to make great strides in his mastery of the A&M offense.
The Race for a win
UTEP and Baylor continued their winless treks on Friday and Saturday respectively. The Miners played one of the uglier games of the year in a 47 point loss to Arizona. Last week the Miners rushed for 26 yards against Rice, this week they saw that drop to 17.
Speaking of not running the ball, Baylor averaged just 2.1 yards a carry in a fourteen point loss at Duke. Zach Smith's three interceptions didn't help as the Bears fell to 0-3.
Notes and Numbers
Alvin Jones' 2 sacks against Arizona moved him into ninth All-Time in UTEP history.
TCU beat SMU for the sixth straight year and the 10th time in 11 years.
Texas defense held USC to 71 rushing yards, the first time the Horns have held an opponent below 100 yards since 2014.
SMU's Ben Hicks threw for 305 yards, his 4th 300 yard game in his last five games.
Kerry Thomas Jr.'s touchdown against Southern gives him 15 for his UTSA career and extends his school record.
UTSA converted all seven third downs in the game.
Baylor's Chris Platt registered his 2nd 100 yard receiving game.
Nik Shimonek's 534 yards is good enough for ninth All-Time in Tech history.
Kellen Mond became the first true freshman to throw for 300 yards in A&M history.
Jeffery Wilson moved up to sixth on North Texas career rushing list.
Houston extended its FBS best home winning streak to 16 games.