After 708 days UTEP won a football game. Let that sink in. Forget whatever happened yesterday and think about that. Texas State hadn’t backed up a win with another win since November 29, 2014. 1,435 days. Let that sink in. Let it fully marinate. It was a pretty good day yesterday for a couple of Roundup Teams.
Let’s talk about what we saw, history and all.
Breaking the Streak
UTEP’s been building to this for a few weeks now, but yesterday the Miners got over the hump with a 34-26 win over Rice in Houston, breaking a 20 game losing streak. UTEP took a 27-3 lead into the half and led 34-3 midway through the third before a furious Rice comeback made it interesting.
People might laugh or dismiss it, but this is a huge deal for a fanbase that’s needed something to cheer for. If you missed it, Miner fans met the team at the Larry Durham Center after the squad’s flight landed. The band was there, so were the cheerleaders, it was as much passion and fun as you’ll see at any “name brand” program. It’s refreshing to see how this game, these schools, and these players can elevate a group of people, a city, and a state.
Congrats to the Miners. Now get back on the job, Middle Tennessee comes calling next weekend.
Burning Down Hotlanta
As surprising if not more so was Texas State’s win over Georgia State on the road 40-31. Texas State won back to back games for the first time since 2014 and did it impressively, led by quarterback Willie Jones. The Bobcats got up early on the Panthers and didn’t look back, leading 33-10 in the third quarter. Texas State gets a tough Appy State in San Marvelous next weekend.
Tech Drops Close One to OU
The Red Raiders gave it all they had at home against Oklahoma, but the Sooners stayed a step ahead in a 51-46 win. Oklahoma ran for 323 yards and 683 total yards. Tech quarterback Alan Bowman left the game at halftime with issues related to an earlier lung injury; medical staff transported him to a local hospital for observation. Tech falls to 5-4 with a massive game against Texas upcoming.
Ponies Play Stumbling Block Again
Houston came into Saturday night as the most dynamic offense in college football, but SMU came out looking more potent in a 45-31 win. Ben Hicks had another excellent November effort while D’Eriq King struggled for three quarters. The loss drops Houston to 7-2, while the win stakes SMU to a 4-5 record. Houston still controls their destiny in the AAC West.
Baylor with a late charge
Charlie Brewer came on in relief of Jalen McClendon and completed just four passes, but two went for scores including a last-second dart to Denzel Mims to give the Bears a win over Oklahoma State, 35-31. Baylor is now one win from bowl eligibility with a trip to Iowa State on the horizon.
Horns Fall Late
Will Grier threw a bomb to bring West Virginia within one with sixteen seconds left, then ran in the two-point conversion to give the Mountaineers a 42-41 win over Texas. The Longhorns lost three defensive starters to injury during the game, and the unblemished home field advantage took a hit as well as Texas lost its second straight.
Aggies Do Too
Texas A&M dropped another winnable game late as Auburn came from behind to hand the Aggies their fourth loss of the season. A&M led by ten with under six minutes to play when Auburn struck for two touchdowns, the last of which coming with under two minutes to play. Texas A&M welcomes Ole Miss to Kyle Field next weekend.
TCU Squeaks by K-State
TCU avoided a fourth straight loss by slipping past Kansas State 14-13 in Fort Worth. The Wildcats scored in the fourth but missed the extra point, and TCU defense held on to preserve the win. The Frogs travel to West Virginia, needing two wins in three games to get to a bowl.
UAB Torches UTSA
In a game that the Roadrunners were underdogs, UAB lived up to the pre-game billing and UTSA fell far short in a 52-3 blowout. The Blazers outgained the visitors 668 to 220. Backup quarterback Tyler Johnston threw three touchdowns, and UTSA failed a couple of times in the red zone. The Runners welcome FIU to the Alamodome next Saturday.
Baylor’s Clay Johnston contributed seventeen tackles, fourteen solos in their win over Oklahoma State.
The Bears John Lovett carried just six times but ran for 104 yards.
A&M’s Trayveon Williams ran seventeen times for 107 yards.
Willie Jones from Texas State completed 21 of 26 passes for 325 yards two TD passes and ran for another 62 yards and a rushing touchdown.
TCU’s Jeff Gladney made ten stops including three tackles for loss and a sack.
UTEP’s Quardraiz Wadley rushed 20 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns.
Rice quarterback Wiley Green threw for 323 yards and two scores.
Longhorns passer Sam Ehlinger threw for 354 yards and accounted for four total touchdowns.
Texas receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey made nine catches for 143 yards and a score.
Longhorn Devin Duvernay made six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown.
SMU’s Ben Hicks threw for 318 yards, four touchdowns, and zero picks.
Pony running back Ke’Mon Freeman carried 20 times for 107 yards.
Reggie Roberson Jr. added nine catches for 134 yards and a touchdown in SMU’s win.
Richard Moore made eleven tackles, ten solos with two tackles for loss, and a pass breakup for SMU.
Houston receiver Marquez Stevenson caught three passes for 103 yards and a score.
UTSA’s C.J. Levine had twelve tackles, ten solos stops.
Tech’s Antoine Wesley made nine catches for 199 yards.
Red Raider Vaughnte Dorsey contributed eleven tackles with .5 sacks.