Have to say the last full weekend of college football didn’t disappoint. The Aggies and Tigers came down to the wire, Baylor and TCU got to that mythical six-win total, North Texas and UTSA rocked the dome, Rice picked up a big Bloomgren Win, and Texas made the Big 12 Title game. Heck, even the out of staters got frisky. The Territorial Cup came down to the wire, the Holy War featured a 20 plus point comeback, and NC State and UNC just squared off and threw hands. We’ll miss you college football, you wily old son of a bitch.
Let’s recap things.
A Prolonged Instant Classic
Where to start on A&M and LSU, maybe at the end, the Aggies beat the Tigers 74-72 in seven overtimes and more twists and turns than an old Astroworld ride. The Aggies blew a lead, looked to be headed down another A&M/LSU let down, rallied, and scored with no time on the clock to force overtime. In a battle of attrition, neither team deserved to lose, but LSU did, and they’ll be complaining today, but if you’re a fan of college football intensity, you’ve got nothing to moan about.
Horns Set up a Rematch
Tom Herman has his program back in the Big 12 title game after a relatively long hiatus. The Horns beat Kansas 24-17 in Lawrence and thanks to a wild OU/West Virginia finale, the Sooners and Longhorns will travel to the Metroplex to play a rematch of their classic from October. A Texas win means New Years Six date and more importantly knocks Oklahoma out of playoff contention.
Mean Green Outlast UTSA
A game Roadrunner team fell just short against North Texas, 24-21. The Mean Green hit an important note with their second straight nine-win season, but it came the hard way as UTSA’s offense awoke from a season-long slumber to make things interesting. North Texas awaits a bowl invitation and the chance at ten wins.
Baylor Advances, Kliff Does Not
Baylor pulled away from Texas Tech in the second half for a 35-24 win to make the Bears bowl eligible, a considerable accomplishment for Matt Rhule’s program. The loss for Tech, their fifth straight, puts Kliff Kingsbury on the chopping block, news should come out on Sunday. The Bears meanwhile get the benefit of fifteen more practices as they prep for a bowl date.
TCU Gets to Six
The Horned Frogs survived a late push from Okie State to qualify for a bowl as well. Another excellent coaching performance from Gary Patterson with a third-string quarterback leading TCU to a 31-24 win. Grayson Muehlstein, the senior from Decatur, made his first start running TCU’s offense and threw two TDs in the qualifying win.
Rice Nips Old Dominion
There are cultural wins, and Saturday’s Rice victory over Old Dominion certainly qualifies. The Owls won 27-13 and rushed for 275 yards on 45 attempts. Juma Otoviano ran for a freshman record with 224 yards and two scores. The Owls broke a 13-13 tie with Otoviano TD runs of 62 and 80 yards.
Houston Falls in AAC West Title Tilt
Clayton Tune played well enough to enable the Coogs to win, but Houston’s defense couldn’t get close to making stops in a 52-31 loss at Memphis. The Tigers racked up 401 yards rushing and used 21 unanswered to win the chance to meet UCF in the AAC title game. Playing without D’Eriq King, the Cougars kept it close for three quarters, but couldn’t make up for its defenses lapses.
SMU Loses Bowl Bid at Tulsa
After sleepwalking through the first half, SMU couldn’t overcome the Golden Hurricanes in Tulsa. The Ponies spotted Tulsa 21 points before coming back in a 27-24 loss. James Proche performed his usual heroics, but the loss drops the Mustangs to 5-7 in Sonny Dykes’ first year.
If Texas State Loses a Finale and No One’s There, Do They Make a Sound?
The enthusiasm gap at Texas State is larger than the Grand Canyon as the Bobcat football program faces the most important few weeks in its existence. Texas State lost to Arkansas State 33-7, but the story is the turmoil of the Bobcat athletic program and the search for a new coach. Confidence is low on both counts. The comedy bled over to the announced crowd of over 10,000 in a stadium that seemed historically empty.
UTEP Scores Late to Avoid a Shutout
The Miners didn’t exactly put up a fight in their eleventh loss of the season, a 39-7 pasting at the hands of Southern Miss, but they did score, right at the end. Miner fans’ misery continues as Dana Dimel tries to get his rebuild off the ground. That might take another year zero.
Houston’s Austin Robinson made 9 solo stops and 11 overall and Emeke Egbule finished with 11 tackles as well in the Coogs loss to Memphis.
Charlie Brewer threw for 308 yards and 3 TDs in Baylor’s win over Tech.
Bear running back John Lovett added 125 yards rushing.
Clay Johnston made 11 stops in the Bear victory.
Rice’s Juma Otaviano ran for 224 yards and 2 scores.
Owl linebacker Blaze Alldredge contributed 13 tackles with 12 solo stops.
SMU receiver James Proche made 11 catches for 183 with a score.
Pony safety Patrick Nelson had 14 tackles while linebacker Richard Moore added 13.
A.J. Krawczyk finished Saturday’s Texas State game with 11 tackles.
Mean Green quarterback Mason Fine threw for 320 yards and 2 touchdowns.
NT running back DeAndre Torrey stayed hot with 155 yards rushing.
UTSA receiver Greg Campbell Jr. set a school record with 11 receptions for 186 yards.
Josiah Tauaefa made 14 stops for the Roadrunners.
Aggie back Trayveon Williams ran for 198 yards and 2 scores.
Donovan Wilson finished with 13 tackles for the Aggies.
TCU’s Jalen Reagor was busy with 121 yards rushing and 98 receiving.
Ridwan Issahaku and Jawuan Johnson each had 12 tackles for TCU.