Every Roundup team is at least halfway through their season. We’re understanding more and more who the pretenders and contenders are. For some of you that’s good news, for others, well, basketball season is just around the corner.
Signature Win for Kliff
Texas Tech waltzed into Fort Worth Thursday night and beat a struggling TCU team. Jett Duffey registered his first win as a Tech starter in the 17-14 victory. TCU couldn’t mount any consistent attack and shot themselves in the foot with turnovers and penalties that crushed any chance of a comeback. The Frogs are going to back to the drawing board and hope to correct some of their mistakes including those committed by Shawn Robinson who didn’t seem in sync for most of the night. As for Tech, David Gibbs defense played a huge role in TCU's offensive struggles and finally played to their potential.
Mean Green beatdown Southern Miss
A tremendous defensive effort from North Texas keyed a Mean Green win over Southern Miss in Denton, 30-7. The Mean Green strangled Southern Miss’ running game and the potency out of the Eagle's passing game with pressure and critical turnovers. Mason Fine threw for 292 yards, and DeAndre Torrey arrived to help the rushing game with 95 yards. North Texas travels to Birmingham for a HUGE game against UAB next week.
Houston Clobber East Carolina
The Coogs buried East Carolina 42-20 thanks to Pirate turnovers from a Houston defense that never let ECU breath. D’Eriq King threw for two touchdowns and added a touchdown rushing in the win. East Carolina had -16 rushing yards in the third quarter and ended the night with just 27 yards on 30 carries. Houston improves to 5-1.
Aggies Escape Gamecocks
Texas A&M’s dominant defensive performance was almost for not as home standing South Carolina came back from 13 down in the third quarter to tie the game. A&M held on for the win 26-23 win thanks to Kellen Mond’s 353 passing yards, and some late clutch runs from Trayveon Williams. A&M improves to 3-1 in the SEC, 5-2 overall.
Texas Escapes Baylor
Sam Ehlinger injured his shoulder early, and Texas had to turn to Shane Buechele in a 23-17 win over the Bears. Keaontay Ingram ran for 110 yards in the win as Texas survived a post-OU hangover. The Horns led 23-10 into the third quarter before a Jalen Hurd score cut it to a six-point game. Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer threw into the end zone on the last play of the game but missed Hurd high to end the afternoon with a Texas win. Texas improves to 6-1, Baylor drops to 4-3.
Tough Times Continue in San Marvelous
The Bobcat’s defense played well against Georgia Southern, but the offense couldn’t back them up in a 15-13 loss. Texas State had chances in the first half, but couldn't cash in. Red zone offense is a riddle that the Texas State brain trust cannot figure out. Needing help in the rushing game, Everett Withers subbed Willie Jones in for starter Tyler Vitt in the second half, exacerbating the Bobcat's offensive issues. The ‘Cat spent most of the second half punting. Vitt played four intermittent plays in the second half including a touchdown pass to pull within two late, but Texas State dropped to 1-5 this season, 0-3 in the Belt.
UTSA Boat Raced by the Bulldogs
UTSA fell to Louisiana Tech 31-3 in the Dome Saturday. The continued problems of a stagnate offense, featuring no running game, plagued the ‘Runners. Louisiana Tech dominated from the beginning and didn't allow UTSA’s offense to gain any footing. The loss breaks a three-game winning streak and is their first in CUSA.
UAB Dominates Rice
The Blazers ran over, around, and through the Rice defense and the Blazer defense bullied Rice’s offense to ineffectiveness in a 42-0 win. The shutout was Rice’s first suffered since 2000. The worse news for Rice came in the form of injuries to quarterback Shawn Stankavage and running back Emmanuel Esukpa in the first half. At quarterback, the Owls turned to walk-on Evan Marshman, but the offense continued to sputter. Rice falls to 1-6.
Texas State’s Bryan London made eleven total stops including a tackle for loss vs. Georgia Southern.
Je’Deion High caught four passes in Tech’s win over TCU for 78 yards and a score.
North Texas’ Mason Fine completed 24 of 38 passes for 292 and a score.
Mean Green receiver Jalen Guyton caught seven passes for 124 yards and a touchdown.
E.J. Ejiya had twelve tackles, two sacks and three tackles for loss for North Texas.
Baylor’s Denzel Mims had three catches for 80 yards and a score vs. Texas.
Texas’ Collin Johnson made eleven catches for 132 yards and a score.
Longhorn linebacker Gary Johnson tallied eleven stops, 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack and two quarterback hurries.
Bear linebacker Clay Johnston made thirteen tackles, ten solo stops, with a sack.
A&M quarterback Kellen Mond completed 25 of 37 for 353 yards and a touchdown.
Aggie tight end Jace Sternberger caught seven passes for 145 yards and a score.
Houston corner Isaiah Johnson made ten stops with a tackle for loss and an interception.
UTSA’s Josiah Tauaefa had thirteen stops including 1.5 tackles for loss.