Boy, we’re rounding the corner on the season. Week eight saw Texas, Baylor, and A&M all sit out and the Roundup took some serious damage but every week of college football is a good one. Let’s see what we saw:
Hand it to Sonny Dykes; his team is playing with some bravado. After trailing all afternoon, Ben Hicks hit James Proche for 67 yards and the game-winning touchdown, 27-23, with just 1:15 left in the game. The win gives the Ponies their third win compared to four losses and keeps their bowl chances alive, provided they can continue to close out these games. SMU gets Cincy, a top 20 team that Temple knocked off Saturday, in Dallas next Saturday. Don’t bet against the Mustangs and be ready to play the full 60 minutes.
Coogs Escape Annapolis
Navy’s been a tough out for Houston in recent years, for two quarters on Saturday the Midshipmen gave the Coogs all they could handle. Then, in the third quarter, the defense rose up, and the offense hit that gear that not many teams have. Houston ran away and held on during a late Navy flurry, 49-36. Someday D’Eriq King will get the credit for what he’s doing for this offense, he’s special.
Tech Stays Hot
After a huge win last week in Fort Worth, the Red Raiders didn’t suffer a letdown, and their defense continued to dominate in a 48-16 win over Kansas. In a surprising move, Kliff Kingsbury started Alan Bowman, recovering from a partially collapsed lung suffered a few weeks ago against West Virginia. Bowman threw for 408 yards and three scores in the win.
Mean Green Fall Short
North Texas collapsed in the second half against UAB in Birmingham, in a 29-21 loss. A near perfect offensive first half staked the Mean Green to a 21-10 lead, but UAB shut them out in the second half and scored nineteen unanswered in a 29-21 win. The Blazers now have a near lock on CUSA West, while the Mean Green must regroup and learn to finish games.
UTEP… so Close
The best performance of the day may well fall at the feet of UTEP who gave Louisiana Tech all they could handle in a 31-24 loss. Ryan Metz played well but left the game with a concussion. Rather than turning to Kai Locksley, Dana Dimel went to another JUCO quarterback Brandon Jones who led the Miners down the field and inside the ten-yard line in the final seconds, but his last pass was incomplete at the Bulldogs held on. The loss is UTEP’s nineteenth straight.
UTSA Continues to Struggle
The Roadrunners started true freshman Jo Jo Weeks at Southern Miss, but the result was the same, a poor offensive outing and a 27-17 loss. The Runners dropped their second straight CUSA game and now continue their road trip with a date at UAB after a bye week.
Texas State Edged Out
The Bobcats pulled to within six points late, but couldn’t wrestle the ball back from Louisiana Monroe in the final four minutes in a 20-14 loss. Tyler Vitt and Robert Brown combined on a speed option in the last five minutes to get it close, but ULM was able to grind out the clock and secure the win. Texas State falls to 1-6 on the season.
TCU makes Changes, Same Result
Michael Collins came in for the struggling Shawn Robinson in the first half and gave life to a struggling TCU offense, but Oklahoma proved too much in a 52-27 win. The Sooners led 28-7 when Collins came in and led TCU to seventeen unanswered and pull the Frogs within three at the half. Oklahoma’s offense again found its footing and outscored TCU 24-3 in the second half.
Rice Drops Seventh Straight at FIU
Rice hung around for three quarters with a backup quarterback and several new starters, but FIU came away with the win 36-17 at home. Backup quarterback Evan Marshman ran for two scores and kept Rice competitive. The Panthers used a balanced attack and three forced turnovers to take down Rice who falls to 1-7 this season.
KaVontae Turpin caught five passes for a touchdown and returned a kickoff for a score as well in TCU’s loss to Oklahoma.
Houston’s D’Eriq King completed 25 of 38 passes for 413 yards and ran for 56 yards. He threw for three scores and ran for a fourth.
Cougar receiver Marquez Stevenson caught eight passes for 141 yards and ran for a touchdown.
Houston linebacker Austin Robinson made 21 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, with two sacks.
Roman Brown made thirteen tackles in the Cougar win over Navy.
Tech quarterback Alan Bowman had 36 completions on 46 attempts with 408 yards and three scores.
Red Raider receiver Antoine Wesley had nine catches for 155 yards and a touchdown.
SMU defensive back Rodney Clemons made eleven tackles with nine solos.
A.J. Hotchkins finished with eleven tackles and half a sack in UTEP’s loss to Louisiana Tech.
UTSA safety Andrew Martel had himself a huge day with fourteen stops and ten solo stops. He also recovered a fumble.
Roadrunner linebacker Josiah Tauaefa contributed thirteen stops.
UTSA linebacker Les Maruo finished the night with twelve tackles and a sack.
Roadrunner safety C.J. Levine also added twelve tackles.
Mason Fine completed 29 of 40 passes for 336 yards and three scores for North Texas.
Mean Green receiver Jaelon Darden caught ten passes for 143 and two touchdowns.
North Texas linebacker E.J. Ejiya made ten solo tackles out of his fourteen total with 1.5 tackles for loss.