Unless you’re a Longhorn, a Mustang, or an Aggie fan, you’re disappointed today. Another long Saturday of the college football for the Roundup. We’d preach patience but time is running out. Here’s what happened.
Texas With “The Drive”
When you look back on Texas’ 2018 season last night might be the signature moment. With 1:45 remaining and tied with Tech Sam Ehlinger proved why he’s a gamer, driving his team 75 yards in just under a minute and a half to crush Texas Tech’s spirit 41-34, and perhaps justify the end of the Kliff Kingsbury era. Tech battled back to tie the game with seventeen unanswered in the second half, but Ehlinger hit Lil’Jordan Humphrey for the winning score to give Texas its seventh win of the season.
Ponies Take Hold of AAC West
SMU needed 62 points in a 12 point win over UConn, but the Ponies moved to 5-5, 4-2 in the AAC. The Mustangs continued their trend of improved running with 315 yards and 8.1 yards per carry. UConn helped with its inability to stop light breeze, but SMU has turned a corner, and if they win out, they’ll get a rematch with UCF in the AAC championship game.
Aggies Survive Ole Miss
Texas A&M used a big fourth quarter to put Ole Miss away 38-24 at Kyle Field. Trayveon Williams rushed for 228 yards at 7.4 yards per carry in the win. Ole Miss closed to within three in the fourth and missed a game-tying field goal before a late Aggie spurt sealed the deal. A&M moves to 6-4 on the year.
North Texas Blows 28 Point Lead
In a scene all too familiar for Mean Green fans, Seth Littrell’s team fell apart after taking a big lead. Old Dominion trailed 28-0 but outscored North Texas 34-3 down the stretch, with the final points coming on a one-yard score with just fifteen seconds remaining. North Texas falls to 7-3 with every loss coming after the Mean Green seemed in total control of the respective games.
Baylor Falls at Iowa State
In a game memorable as much for its between the snap skirmishes as whatever happened during play, Iowa State edged Baylor 28-14. In an odd scene, Baylor and the Cyclones had a bit of a donnybrook with both Greg Roberts and Iowa State’s David Montgomery ejected for their efforts. Officials assessed both teams unsportsmanlike foul penalties in what seemed to be a throwaway call at the time, but when BU football quarterback Charlie Brewer received his second unsportsmanlike flag for arguing a call, officials, by rule ejected him. Baylor, having cut the lead to 14, couldn’t muster any more threats and the Cyclones improved to 6-3, the Bears drop to 5-5.
Middle Tennessee Boat Races UTEP
The Miners scored 22 points in the fourth but still found themselves losing 48-32 to the Blue Raiders at the Sun Bowl. Middle Tennessee jumped out to a quick fourteen point lead in the first and extended that advantage to 34-10 midway through the third before the Miners started plugging away with three fourth-quarter scores. MTSU improves to 7-3 while UTEP drops to 1-9.
Rice Battle La Tech, Falls Short
Rice led 10-7 at Louisiana Tech, but the Bulldogs found another gear and outscored the Owls 21-3 down the stretch to secure the 28-13 win. The Owls welcomed back quarterback Shawn Stankavage who missed the last four games with injury; his presence was a stable influence for the Rice offense. The Owls are 1-10.
Coogs Look Good Going Down to Temple
The Owls came into Houston on homecoming night and ran around, over, and through a porous Cougar defense in a 59-49 win. The Owls jumped out quickly, leading 14-0 in the first, then relied on a career afternoon from running back Ryquell Armstead to hold Houston off. Temple set a season-high mark with 312 rushing yards against the Cougars. Houston no longer controls its destiny in the AAC West and falls to 7-3 overall.
TCU Blasted in Morgantown
The Frogs led in this football game, 3-0. West Virginia scored 33 straight and 47 of the next 54 points in a 47-10 route to drop TCU to 4-6, 2-5 in the Big 12. The Mountaineers more than doubled TCU’s yardage output, and Will Grier spent another week earning Heisman votes against a Texas team.
Bobcats lose Game, Willie vs. App State
Willie Jones didn’t get the chance to build off last weeks success against Georgia State; a first-quarter injury knocked him out of the game and any slim chance Texas State had competing against Appalachian State. The Mountaineers balanced attack ground the Bobcats to dust in San Marvelous 38-7. Texas State falls to 3-7, 1-5 in the Sun Belt.
FIU Demolishes UTSA
If you were one of the 16,000 plus on hand at the Alamodome Saturday night, you saw an ass whipping. Florida International completely dismantled UTSA 45-7. UTSA went with its third starting quarterback on the season with similar results, offensive ineptitude. Perhaps the quarterback isn’t the issue; perhaps it never has been. Either way, UTSA drops to 3-7, 2-4 in the league.
A&M’s Trayveon Williams rushed 31 times for 228 yards and a score.
Aggie linebacker Otaro Alaka made eleven tackles, a sack, and a QB hurry.
SMU receiver James Proche caught six passes for 101 yards.
Xavier Jones had eleven carries for 133 yards for SMU yesterday.
Pony running back Ke’Mon Freeman put together his second straight 100 yard day with 116 yards on seventeen carries.
SMU safety Elijah McQueen made twelve tackles in the win over UConn.
TCU receiver Jalen Reagor made eleven catches for 150 yards.
Frog linebacker Garret Wallow contributed ten solo tackles.
UTEP linebacker A.J. Hotchkins continues to be a tackling machine with fourteen stops yesterday.
Verkedrick Vaughns of Baylor made thirteen stops with 1.5 tackles for loss.
DeAndre Torrey rushed for 145 yard for North Texas.
Texas State linebacker Niko Daniels made thirteen stops for the Bobcats yesterday.
UTSA safety Darryl Godfrey added thirteen tackles with a tackle for loss and a pass defensed.
Austin Walter made five catches for 101 yards and a score for Rice.
Houston’s D'Eriq King threw for 322 yards and five scores and rushed for 125 yards and a score.
Cougar safety Deontay Anderson made twelve stops with 1.5 tackles for loss.
Texas’ Sam Ehlinger threw for 312 yards and four touchdowns.
Lil’Jordan Humphrey made eight catches for 159 yards and two scores including the game winner.