Week four has come and gone, lots a great action around the country, but we'll focus on the Lone Star state and what we saw.
Oh, Hello Gary
Welcome TCU back to the national spotlight. The Frogs went on the road to #6 Oklahoma State and did the Cowboys in their own house, then sat down at the dinner table and methodically ate all the Cowboy's Oreos, one by one. Kenny Hill's done this sort of September renaissance before, but TCU's skill talent at least feels sustainable. Well done Frogs, you may be the only thing we've got going for us this season.
Yes, it's a rivalry, it's just not competitive
Geography and anger make UTSA and Texas State rivals, they should play this game every year. At some point, it'll bridge the competitive gap, but not this year. The Roadrunners ran over the Bobcats to continue and unblemished record, not only on the season but also in the series. For Texas State, the offensive line didn't hold up, and the Roadrunners exposed the Bobcat run defense as well.
What a Finish
North Texas had it, then lost it, then had it again. Along the way, Jeffery Wilson cemented his status as the best back in Texas. The Mean Green went up 16 in the third, before watching that lead evaporate and UAB come all the way back with under a minute to play. Tied at 43 with 27 seconds left, Evan Johnson gave the Mean Green great field position, and Wilson ran them into field goal range. Trevor Moore hit the game-winner with seven seconds left in the game, and the Mean Green are 1-0 in CUSA play.
Big Time Effort
For anyone burying the Baylor Bears, and yes, that's us as well, Matt Rhule's team put on a big-time performance Saturday night, taking OU to the brink in a 49-41 loss at McLane. Zach Smith made up for a non-existent run game with 463 yards and four touchdowns. After OU got up quickly, the Bears didn't roll over but instead fought back to take a 2nd half lead and battle the rest of the way. This team has deficiencies, but the effort isn't one of them.
Death and Taxes
A&M beat Arkansas yet again in dramatic fashion. The Aggies' young quarterback Kellen Mond continues to grow by leaps and bounds, and A&M defense continues to play well in fits and starts. Mond led the Aggies to a game-tying field goal, Christian Kirk continued his all-around heroics, and Armani Watts sealed the game with a pick in the 50-43 overtime win.
SMU knocked off Arkansas State in an easier fashion than anticipated, even as Ben Hicks continues his inefficiency. The Ponies used a steady ground game to chop up the Red Wolves 44-21, including 146 yards from Xavier Jones and another 92 from Ke'Mon Freeman.
All Hail David Gibbs
It's taken longer than most would have liked, but David Gibbs has built a competent defense in Lubbock. Tech survived an ugly offensive afternoon in Houston and may have sent the Cougars into a quarterback tailspin. Cougar signal-caller Kyle Allen was responsible for three turnovers and never got the Houston offense running. Credit Gibbs and his unit as well, they brought consistent pressure to the pocket and made Allen's day miserable.
U-G-L-Y You Ain't Got No Alibi
Rice and UTEP dropped a couple of stinkers on Saturday night. The Owls couldn't muster any offense in a 13-7 loss to FIU while UTEP saw their eight-game winning streak vs. New Mexico State busted in an Aggie blowout. The Owls loss is particularly troubling because the Owls drove the ball inside the Panther ten with under two minutes to play then failed and four cracks to win the game.
UTEP lost 41-14. We don't have much to say, but here's UTEP's quarterbacks' stat line, trigger alert.
Notes and Numbers
- TCU is 4-0 for the seventh time in the last ten seasons under Gary Patterson.
- TCU's Darius Anderson set a career high in carries and yards with 26 for 160.
- A&M matches its longest winning streak vs. Arkansas at six games.
- Texas Tech snapped Houston's FBS best 16 game home winning streak.
- North Texas' win is its 500th in program history.
- Jeffery Wilson moved to 5th on North Texas All-Time Rushing List.
- Wilson has scored in five straight North Texas games.
- Texas State punter Marcus Ripley's 74 yard punt was his second 70 plus yard punt of the season.
- UTSA's defense has held five straight opponents to less than 300 yards total offense.
- Marcus Davenport's sack in the 3rd quarter tied him with Jason Neill for 1st on the All-Time UTSA career list with 23.5.
- UTSA's defense totaled 11.5 tackles for loss, equal to the school record.
- SMU's 580 yards total offense is the most for the Mustangs since 2013.
- SMU is a perfect 14 for 14 in the red zone this season.
- Baylor's Zach Smith had to passes of 70 yards or more, giving him four on the season.
- The Bears' Taylor Young moved to 4th on the Bear All-Time sack list (14.5).
- UTEP defensive tackle Trace Mascorro scored a defensive touchdown on a 26 yard fumble recovery.