Another eventful weekend of College Football has come and gone. Take it easy this morning. Hydrate, and prepare to be unproductive this week at work.
Cal 23 North Texas 17
Congratulations to Mason Fine for taking the school record for career touchdown passes and passing 10,000 yards through the air for his career. He helped the Mean Green stay in the same ballpark with Cal, but North Texas never seemed ready to overtake the Bears. Cal opened a 20-0 lead before North Texas found its footing.
The Mean Green outscored the Bears 17-3 from the second quarter on. Tre Siggers continued to impress on the ground with 88 rushing yards on 18 carries. Fine, in spite of his record breaking day, struggled early for the second game in a row.
North Texas opens CUSA play against UTSA in Denton.
Washington State 31 Houston 24
Houston fell to 1-2 after losing a close one to Washington State at NRG on Friday night. In a game marred by questionable officiating decisions, both fan bases have cause to bitch and moan a bit. Wazzou’s Anthony Gordon threw for 440 yards on the Cougar defense. D’Eriq King once again paced the Houston offense with three total touchdowns.
King has yet to get his passing chops rolling in 2019, completing 13 of his 24 attempts for just 128 yards, his third straight game with under 170 yards passing. He did, however, rush for 94 yards, leading a stout Coog rushing attack.
Houston opens AAC play with a critical road trip to Tulane.
TCU 34 Purdue 13
The Horned Frogs rushed for over 300 yards and 6.0 yards per carry as TCU turned a close game with Purdue into a blowout. Darius Anderson and Sewo Olonilua paced the Frogs with a combined 285 yards on the ground. Gary Patterson’s defense was typically stingy, shutting down the Boilermaker attack for most of the game.
TCU is still searching for a quarterback, but true freshman Max Duggan seems to have the upper hand after playing the majority of the game following an Alex Delton turnover. Gary Patterson hates turnovers after all.
TCU welcomes SMU in the Iron Skillet game.
Arizona 28 Texas Tech 14
The Red Raiders are making progress defensively, but they aren’t getting into the endzone with the frequency to make it matter. Tech forced three turnovers, but the offense converted those freebies into just seven points. Khalil Tate started to hum in the second quarter and looked like the dual threat nightmare we thought he’d be all along. He accounted for 314 of Arizona’s 499 yards of total offense. Tate’s 84-yard touchdown run in the second quarter served as a remind or what he can do with the ball in his hands.
Once again Alan Bowman put up nice stats, but with little finishing prowess; another 300-yard game but two interceptions of his own helped seal Tech’s fate. The Red Raiders fall to 2-1 and get a bye before a dangerous trip to Norman.
SMU 47 Texas State 17
SMU ran away from Texas State thanks to a superb debut from T.J. McDaniel at running back. McDaniel, a freshman from Southlake Carroll, ran for 159 yards on just eight carries with three touchdowns. He paced the Pony rushing attack that nearly reached 400 yards on the ground.
Texas State continues to struggle, rushing for just sixteen total yards on the day. For the first time in three outings, the Bobcats allowed a slew of splash plays on defense. The ‘Cats closed the gap to just ten at the half, but SMU hit a different gear after the break.
SMU travels across I-30 to Fort Worth while Texas State gets Georgia State to open Sun Belt play.
Texas 48 Rice 13
The Longhorns blew the doors off Rice at NRG Saturday night. Sam Ehlinger stood in complete control in Texas’ pocket completing 23 of 27 attempts with three touchdowns. Texas receiver Jake Smith continues to establish himself as a weapon in the Longhorn attack with six catches, two going for scores. The Horn defense shut Rice down until the fourth quarter.
Rice scored twice in the final period, Aston Walter rushed for 69 yards and added a touchdown. The Owls played without starting quarterback Wiley Green, held out this week after a neck/head injury suffered against Wake Forest last Friday.
Rice doesn’t catch a break with Baylor coming next week.
Texas welcomes Oklahoma State on Saturday night.
Army 31 UTSA 13
Army backup quarterback Jabari Laws ran for 131 yards and Army led tape to tape in the Alamodome to drop the Roadrunners to 1-2 on the year. UTSA closed the game to just three in the third quarter and forced a punt on the ensuing possession, but a Roadrunner fumble converted to Black Knight points, and the visiting team from West Point ran away with 21 second-half points.
The Roadrunners struggled on the ground for the first time all season, and Frank Harris ran for his life for most of the day, limiting his impact on the game.
UTSA heads up I-35 to North Texas.
Texas A&M 62 Lamar 3
Texas A&M pounded an FCS team back to the stone age. Water is wet; gravy is delicious.
TCU played in the state of Indiana for the first time since 1972.
Houston safety Gleson Sprewell’s interception in the second quarter, the Cougars have recorded at least one takeaway in each of their last 20 games, the longest active streak in the country.
North Texas QB Mason Fine spread the ball around to nine different receivers on Saturday.
Sam Ehlinger’s 11 passing touchdowns through three games in 2019 match Colt McCoy (2008) for the best three-game start by a Texas quarterback.
Army finished with a season high 340 yards on Saturday.
James Rowland’s field goal for Texas State was the first made attempt by a Bobcat kicker since September 15, 2018.
SMU’s 390 rushing yards were the most for a Pony team since 1982.