The season is a third over, where has the time gone? Saturday taught us a lot of things, but it also reminded us that some things haven’t changed. Yet.
Texas may, in fact, be back.
Midway through the third quarter, Texas looked like Texas. Not the good version, the version Texas fans have witnessed for the past five-plus years. TCU led by six, the Longhorn offense went backward for most of the third quarter, and special teams let the Horns down. Then Todd Orlando happened.
TCU fumbled after a missed Texas field goal, and Sam Ehlinger found Collin Johnson seven plays later for a diving touchdown. On the next TCU play, Caden Sterns made his second pick of the day, returning it to the two-yard line. One play later Texas punched it in, turning a six-point deficit to an eight-point advantage in the blink of an eye. For good measure, Texas scored on its next possession to go up by the final margin 31-16, snapping TCU’s four-game winning streak over the Longhorns.
The Frogs in the meantime can only look at themselves for the last two week’s failings. TCU gift-wrapped opportunities for both Ohio State and Texas which both teams took full advantage of.
Tech breaks the Stillwater Curse
15th ranked Oklahoma State held a nine-game winning streak over Texas Tech heading into Saturday night’s game. For most of two quarters the game looked like business as usual for the Cowboys, but in the second half the Red Raider defense showed its better colors and shut out Oklahoma State while the Tech offense steadily scored points in a 41-17 win.
DeMarcus Felton rushed ten times for 121 yards, and Alan Bowman threw for 397 yards in the win.
Mean Green Stay Hot
Through a cross-country trip and two weather delays, North Texas avoided the bear trap at Liberty. The Mean Green ran for 346 yards and scored over 40 for the fourth time in four tries this season, whipping the Flames 47-7.
Loren Easly set a career mark with 27 carries and 166 yards. Khairi Muhammad continued his ball hawkish ways with an interception to go along with eight tackles.
A&M had a front row seat for a Heisman contender yesterday as Tua Tagovailoa completed 22 of his 30 attempts for 387 yards and four scores in a 45-23 win. Bama wasn’t ever bothered by A&M’s efforts as the Tide steamrolled to its sixth straight win over the Aggies.
Kellen Mond had 294 yards of total offense in the loss, but Bama defenders sacked A&M quarterbacks seven times.
Sonny Dykes Notches First Win at SMU
The Mustangs survived Navy’s flexbone attack, bending but not breaking, even as Navy forced overtime. In overtime, after a Navy touchdown, Dykes inserted Ben Hicks in at quarterback for the first time, and Hicks rewarded him by completing all three of his passes including a touchdown to James Proche. Dykes gambled and went for two and the win. Hicks found Hunter Thedford for the deciding points in the 31-30 win.
Braden West gave SMU a much-needed rushing attacked with 145 yards. That number is more than SMU ran for as a team in any of their first three contests. Proche caught nine passes giving him 20 in the last two weeks. Fellow receiver Reggie Roberson caught a touchdown pass and returned a kickoff for another score.
UTSA Capitalizes in Win Over Texas State
In a scene oddly similar to last season, UTSA returned a Texas State fumble for a touchdown in the early stages of the game to take an early lead. The Roadrunners held on to win 25-21. UTSA received help from Bobcat turnovers and other execution issues to go 3-0 all-time vs. their rivals to the north.
Greg Campbell caught seven passes for 71 yards and tight end Gavin Sharp had his best day for the Roadrunners with five receptions.
For Texas State, Willie Jones left the game early with a shoulder injury, and the ‘Cats turned to true freshman Tyler Vitt, who completed 15 of 22 for 192 yards, but two interceptions and a late safety doomed Texas State’s comeback efforts.
Baylor Uses Big Plays to Beat Kansas.
Charlie Brewer threw three touchdown passes of 22, 39, and 34 yards as Baylor put down Kansas 26-7 to go 1-0 in Big 12 play. The Bears accumulated 447 yards of total offense and held Kansas to 271 on the afternoon.
Rice Falls at Southern Miss
Southern Miss quarterback Jack Abraham found the going free and easy against Rice’s pass defense in a 40-22 win. Abraham contributed four touchdown passes and 428 yards passing to the victory.
Austin Walter averaged 13.5 yards a carry on eight attempts in the loss. Rice’s offense had its worst day of 2018 season with just 262 yards, compared to USM’s 566. The loss drops Rice to 0-1 in CUSA.
New Mexico State Takes Advantage
UTEP was its own worst enemy in a loss to the Aggies in the I-10 annual rivalry game. New Mexico State returned a blocked punt and fumble for touchdowns in the 27-20 win. On the evening, the Miners gave away three total turnovers.
Kai Locksley showed improvement in the passing game completing 10 of his 16 attempts for a season-best 194 yards. Quardraiz Wadley ran for 111 yards on 20 carries in the loss.
Houston Stomps Out Texas Southern
D’Eriq King completed 20 of 25 passes with three scores as Houston annihilated it’s neighbors down Scott street 70-14 Saturday night. Houston put together nearly 700 yards of total offense in the win. Kelan Walker had 105 yards rushing on just nine carries.
SMU’s Braeden West carried 26 times for 145 yards eclipsing his total in the previous three Mustang games combined.
Rodney Clemons and Jordan Williams each had fifteen tackles for the SMU in the win while Elijah McQueen added eleven stops and a fumble recovery.
Reggie Roberson had two scores including a 98 yard kickoff return for the Ponies.
Texas’ Collin Johnson caught seven passes for 124 yards and a touchdown against TCU.
Gary Johnson’s solid play continued against TCU with eleven tackles.
Longhorn Caden Sterns added two interceptions.
Aggie Punter Braden Mann punted five times for a 60 yard average.
Loren Easly set a career mark for North Texas with 27 carries and 166 yards and two scores.
North Texas safety Khairi Muhammad grabbed his third interception in the last two weeks.
UTSA linebacker Josiah Tauaefa made nine stops including 3.5 tackles for loss with 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble against Texas State.
Tech running back DeMarcus Felton carried twelve times for 121 yards and two scores.
Alan Bowman passed for 397 yards at Oklahoma State Saturday night.
Quardraiz Wadley rushed for 111 yards on 20 carries for UTEP Saturday night.
Houston’s Kelan Walker carried nine times for 105 yards including a 72-yard touchdown run.