Pretty great weekend of college football. They’re all great, we’ll miss everyone of them come January. Here’s what we learned.
Heartbreak in Denton
North Texas drew its largest crowd in Apogee history, north of 30,000. The day was perfect, Joe Greene’s statue unveiling, some sweet throwbacks, and a sweet matchup with Louisiana Tech. Then the game happened. Louisiana Tech fought back from a fifteen point first half deficit to reel off 23 straight and take a 29-21 lead.
The Mean Green managed a comeback to cut the lead to 29-27, a score which held as the Bulldogs blocked a late Cole Hedlund kick. The Mean Green suffer their first loss, deflating further as it came against a CUSA West rival and now favorite. The Bulldogs harassed and pressured Mason Fine as North Texas’ protection issues arose again against a better opponent. Two Mean Green turnovers didn’t help.
A win in Manhattan Sets up another epic Texas-OU Weekend
Texas held off a furious Kansas State comeback to move to 3-1 heading into the Red River Shootout. Sorry if we triggered you millennials, shootout, however, is the proper nomenclature, listen to some Childish Gambino and hug your support animal, it’s going to be a long week.
The Horns jumped out to a 19-0 lead in the first half before Kansas State came back to get within five and 19-14 late in the fourth. Texas’ defense held and now, potentially, two top fifteen teams will meet in East Dallas next weekend with the Big 12 in the balance. We’re giddy.
A&M Holds Off Arkansas
Once again the Aggies and Hogs came down to the wire, this time Donovan Wilson picked off a Ty Storey pass in the final 90 seconds to give A&M a 24-17 win. A&M dominated statistically but couldn’t find the finishing touch to get rid of Chad Morris’ team. The Aggies welcome undefeated, and 17th ranked Kentucky to Kyle Field next weekend.
What the Hell Kliff?
Texas Tech ran into the boogie man from Morgantown again. This time he made a house call to Lubbock as the Mountaineers beat Tech 42-27. A late comeback almost redeemed a disastrous day that included an Alan Bowman hospital trip, but Jett Duffey threw a second pick, which West Virginia returned for a TD, to seal Tech’s fate.
West Virginia ran out to a 35-10 first-half lead before the Red Raiders found a pulse. Duffey did as much with his legs as his arm to bring Tech back.
Roadrunners Hold of the Miners
UTSA withstood a surprising comeback from the UTEP Miners in San Antonio to notch their second win of the 2018 season. After a staking a 24-7 halftime lead, Kai Locksley led the Miners back with two scores to cut UTSA’s lead to 24-21.
Two Jared Sackett field goals in the fourth pushed the Roadrunners to the victory; he added a 51 yarder in the first half as well to construct a very nice evening.
TCU Survives Iowa State
The Horned Frogs offensive struggles continued as the eeked out a three-point win over the Cyclones Saturday night in Fort Worth. TCU needed a field goal in the final 40 seconds to win 17-14.
Iowa State’s David Montgomery tied the game in the fourth quarter, but Shawn Robinson led a nine-play drive four minutes for the win and to break a two-game losing streak.
Baylor gets boat raced.
Oklahoma rolled over the Bears 66-33 today in Norman. Kyler Murray sat out that stiff four play suspension to complete 17 of 21 for 432 yards and six scores. Courage Kyler, you are better than your teammates. So, so, so much better.
As for Baylor, the Charlie Brewer had one of the quieter 400-yard games in recent memory, but hey get those yards, Chuck!
Rice’s Secondary Gets Dortched
Nailed the headline by the way. Wake Forest’s Greg Dortch had four touchdowns on eleven catches, and 163 yards as the Demon Deacons won 56-24. The Owls can take some positives from the second half where they scored 21 to Wake’s 14, but beating up on backups won’t change the outcome. Austin Walter is putting in a shift this season for the Owls; he had 165 yards rushing on just eighteen carries and added another 32 receiving.
SMU Batters the Baptists
SMU took advantage of an FCS opponent, Houston Baptist in a 63-27 win. William Brown threw for 300 yards, a high for his young career, and added two touchdowns in the route.
Trayveon Williams of A&M rushed for 152 yards in the Aggie win over Arkansas.
Texas A&M return man Jashaun Corbin returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.
Tech’s Antoine Wesley caught eight passes for 110 yards and a touchdown.
Baylor’s Charlie Brewer completed 38 of 60 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns.
Denzel Mims caught 11 passes for 114 yards and a score for the Bears.
Rice’s Austin Walter had 266 total yards and two touchdowns Saturday at Wake Forest.
Willie Brown completed 12 passes out of 20 attempts for 300 yards in SMU’s win over Houston Baptist.
TCU linebacker Garret Wallow continued his steady play with eleven tackles and a sack vs. Iowa State.
Jared Sackett connected on three of four field goal attempts, including a 51 yarder, for UTSA.
Kai Locksley ran for 106 and threw for another 117 yards in UTEP’s loss at UTSA.