Sunday Hangover - Tiger By the Tail

Week two is in the books. Let's all take it easy Sunday even as the NFL kicks off. Week three will be here ASAP. Here are a few thoughts. 

Close, so Close

 Kellen Mond

Kellen Mond

For all his harping on A&M's toughness, we didn't buy into Jimbo's mantras, probably because we'd been sold that bill of good so many time by Kevin Sumlin, and yet they Aggies played with a grit not seen in some time in their 28-26 loss to #2 Clemson. The Aggies had chances to fold, but refused and had a chance to tie the game in the final minute. Kellen Mond arrived as a legitimate QB 1 against one of the best defensive lines in college football history. 

The Cougars are Special

Houston spent three quarter DEMOLISHING Sumlin's current school, Arizona, leading 38-0 before suffering a few hiccups and finally hitting the gas again for a 45-18 win. D'Eriq King manufactured six touchdowns for the Coogs and Houston showed an offensive balance not seen in several years. Ed Oliver and the Houston defense held Khalil Tate to under ten yards rushing. This team is special. They won't face a team that holds a talent advantage, and if they can stay healthy, they have a chance to crash another New Years Six Bowl. 

TCU Holds the Skillet

TCU suffocated SMU in the second half to run away with the Iron Skillet game 42-12, the eighth straight win over the Ponies. Shawn Robinson became more comfortable in the pocket as the game went on and he benefited from TCU's elite skill talent like Ka'Vontae Turpin.

For SMU it's the third blowout in three outings for Sonny Dykes, and the regression of Ben Hicks has to concern SMU fans. He completed 18 of 38 passes vs.the Frogs and suffered ball security issues. On the season Hicks in completing 47% of his attempts. 

Baylor Escapes UTSA

 Charlie Brewer

Charlie Brewer

The Bears padded a one-score lead late in the fourth to run away from UTSA 37-20 in front of 42,000 plus at the Alamodome. The headline should be Charlie Brewer's emergence with 328 yards and three scores, clearly separating himself from Jalan McClendon. Matt Rhule's team has already eclipsed last year's win total.

For UTSA the story revolves around B.J. Daniels who rushed for 90 yards and looked every bit the front line rusher that his billing indicates. The UTSA secondary found itself toasted again, Jalen Hurd and Denzel Mims both caught eight passes, and each went for over 130 yards receiving. Next up for the Runners is a trip to Kansas State. 

Texas Gets It Done

Texas survived a scare from Tulsa 28-21 in Austin. The Horns led 14-0 before Tulsa clawed back into the game. Texas racked up 478 total yards but lacked the cutting edge to finish the game off. For Tulsa, Golden Hurricane kickers combined to go 0-3 on field goal attempts. 

The natives are restless in Austin and with USC coming in next weekend, expect the Horns to rally against a top 25 USC squad. Or not and we'll all watch Austin burn.  

Late Night Loss on The Island

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Hawaii put Rice away late in a 43-29 win. The Warriors improved to 3-0 on the season. The Owls cut the lead to seven late in the fourth quarter, but after an onside kick failed, the Warrior scored on a 46-yard run. 

Shawn Stankavage continues to be the story, completing 20 of 31 for 299 yards and two scores. Aaron Cephus and Austin Trammell both contributed five catches and over 90 yards receiving. 

FCS Wins Everywhere

North Texas, Texas Tech, and Texas State all piled wins on FCS opponents. Tech dropped 77 on Lamar in Lubbock. North Texas bombed Incarnate Word 56-18 in Denton, and Texas State beat a game Texas Southern 36-20 to springboard operation "Win more than Twice" into full effect. 

Miners Meet Rebels 

UTEP once again fell short in 2018, extending their NCAA leading losing streak to fourteen. UNLV did the bidding this time, getting out quickly on the Miners before a couple of late scores made the 56-24 game slightly respectable. 

Kai Locksley and Quadraiz Wadley each ran for over 100 yards with Wadley doing so on just seven carries. UTEP had no answers for Rebel quarterback Armani Rogers who threw for 119 and ran for another 103 before UNLV coaches pulled him. 

Next up for the Miners is a trip to Tennessee. 

Superlatives 

Mason Fine threw for 418 yards, his second straight 400 yard performance as North Texas started 2-0 for the first time since 1993. 

Ed Oliver once again did everything but sell popcorn. The junior from Westfield had five stops; four quarterback hurries a pass defensed.

Texas safety Caden Stearns posted his first collegiate interception against Tulsa. 

Kellen Mond posted his best effort as an A&M quarterback with 430 passing yards and three touchdowns. 

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Charlie Brewer modeled consistency and accuracy again for Baylor, completing 23 of 34 for 328 yards and three scores against UTSA.

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Rico Bussey continued his hot start with eight catches for 128 yards and three scores vs. Incarnate Word. 

Texas State's Willie Jones had 342 yards of total offense in the 'Cats win over Texas Southern. 

Emmanuel Esupka rushed for 104 yards at Hawaii, his second 100 yard game in three tries this season. 

UTSA's rush defense held Baylor to 91 yards on 31 carries, less than three yards per carry.

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