Exactly three Roundup teams found the time to win a football yesterday. Congrats to Houston, North Texas, and yes, Texas State. The rest lost, ranging from getting their ass kicked (Baylor, UTEP) to close but no cigar (Texas Tech, SMU) to yes, we saw that coming (Rice), to seriously, what the hell (Texas, A&M, TCU). Let’s summarize what we saw.
Coogs are downright offensive
D’Eriq King is one of the best offensive players in college football. Yes, he plays quarterback, but he’s quickly moving into that area of transformative players who force the defense to defend every square inch of the field. Michael Vick, Lamar Jackson, and Charlie Ward come to mind. Houston may win out because there aren’t any defenses capable of doing that. The Coogs destroyed #21 ranked South Florida 57-36. Houston travels to SMU next week.
Aggies can’t solve Starkville
History will show that the 2018 Mississippi State Bulldogs are an average team, middle of the pack at best. It will also show that Texas A&M, in spite of rhetoric and rankings claiming otherwise, is decidedly average. The Bulldogs beat A&M 28-13 for their third straight victory over the Aggies. Right now A&M’s best win is a loss to Clemson, other than that, real average.
Horns Fall in Stillwater
In the same vein, your #6 Texas Longhorns lost to an average to worse than that Oklahoma State program Saturday night after falling behind by seventeen in the first half. The Pokes held on to win 38-35, and the paper Tiger that is the Longhorn program now has two road losses to average opponents to explain. Texas gets West Virginia at home next week.
North Texas Separates from Rice
After hanging around for three quarters, Rice loss to North Texas 41-17 in Denton. The Owls, starting a freshman quarterback in Wiley Green, came to within three in the third, but a 21 zip fourth quarter improved North Texas to 7-2. For the Owls, the loss was their eighth straight.
SWT Rides Again
Wearing some sweet throwbacks, Texas State beat New Mexico State, 27-20 in San Marcos Saturday night. Big Willie Jones ran for 110 and threw for 113 with three total touchdowns in the win, the second for the Bobcats on the year. The Bobcats are still winless in the Sun Belt with Georgia State coming up next.
SMU gets Close but No Cigar Against Cincy
The Ponies took Cincinnati to overtime but lost on a Hicks six. Cincy drove down the field late in the fourth to tie the game on a 41-yard field goal as time expired. The Mustangs then took the opening possession of the overtime period, and quarterback Ben Hicks threw a pick that the Bearcats returned 85 yards for the deciding points, 26-20.
Baylor gets torched in Morgantown
In the rare Thursday night road game for Baylor, the Bears left their game in Waco as West Virginia pummeled the visitors 58-14. Charlie Brewer completed one pass to his teammates and three to Mountaineers in a first half that saw the Bears fall behind 41-0. Coming off a bye week, the bears laying an egg of this size is concerning. They return to Waco for Oklahoma State next weekend.
UAB Bullies UTEP
It wasn’t pretty, but that’s how UAB wins this year, they beat their opponent up, in this case, winless UTEP. The Miners put up 121 total yards with Kai Locksley and then Brandon Jones at quarterback. UAB dominated both lines of scrimmage in the victory, dropping UTEP to 0 for their last 20 games. The Miners travel to Rice where the two teams combine for a 1-16 record.
TCU Can’t Escape Lawrence
A late butt fumble doomed TCU to their third straight loss and fifth in six outings as Kansas held on to win 27-26. The Frogs drove inside the Jayhawk ten where Darius Anderson rammed into a lineman’s posterior and gave the ball back to Kansas. The Jayhawks, leading by four, took a safety to wrap up their third win this season and first in Big 12 play.
Tech runs into Iowa State, officials
The Red Raider offense failed to get on track, and the defense couldn’t overcome a slew of penalties, some of which questionable, at Tech lost to Iowa State 40-31 in Ames. A targeting and a roughing the quarterback call gave Iowa State an edge and helped the Cyclones to a fourth win of the year. Tech falls to 5-3.
Alan Bowman threw for 323 yards and a touchdown for the Red Raiders.
Antoine Wesley caught eight passes for 119 yards and a score for Tech yesterday.
TCU’s Michael Collins completed 23 of 33 passes for 351 yards and a score.
Jalen Reagor caught eight passes for 177 yards with one touchdown for the Frogs.
TCU’s Jawuan Johnson made ten solo stops.
Arico Evans had ten total tackles with nine solos for TCU.
Ben Hicks completed 22 of 43 passes for 328 yards and two scores for SMU.
SMU’s Reggie Roberson contributed seven catches for 147 yards and two TDs.
UTEP linebacker A.J. Hotchkins finished with 15 tackles.
Texas linebacker Gary Johnson made ten tackles including 2.5 for loss.
North Texas’ Mason Fine completed 18 of 35 for 333 yards and two touchdowns.
Mean Green receiver Rico Bussey caught just four passes but those four went for 145 yards and a touchdown.
Rice’s Austin Trammell caught ten passes for 94 yards.
Cougar quarterback D’Eriq King threw for 419 yards and ran for another 132 with seven total touchdowns.
Jeremy Singleton had his best day as a Cougar with five catches for 125 yards and a touchdown.