It’s our Monday Hangover addition after a long weekend of college football. Start working on your script to call in sick to work tomorrow, you’re in no position to be productive.
Let’s start with Thursday:
Texas A&M 41 Texas State 7
The Aggies dominated post to post in the opener for both teams. Kellen Mond threw three touchdown passes, and Isaiah Spiller and Jashaun Corbin both rushed for over 100 yards in the win. The Aggie defense limited Texas State for most of the evening, holding the Bobcats to 219 yards and one touchdown with 36 seconds to play.
Texas State ran for five yards on fifteen attempts and added four turnovers, two interceptions each by Tyler Vitt and Gresch Jensen. The ‘Cat defense made life annoying for the Aggies but did little to slow down the 12th ranked A&M attack.
A&M travels to top-ranked Clemson while Texas State comes home for Wyoming.
Texas 45 Louisiana Tech 7
Any thought that Texas might take a step back with so many defensive losses from their 2018 unit were cast aside as the Horns ran roughshod over Skip Holtz and Louisiana Tech. Todd Orlando’s defense held the Bulldogs to 2.6 yards per carry while the Texas offense scored at will.
If Sam Ehlinger is a Heisman candidate, then he started his campaign off on the right foot, completing 28 of 38 for 276 yards and four touchdowns.
Oklahoma 49 Houston 31
The fourth-ranked Sooners rolled as new quarterback Jalen Hurts looked as effective as OU’s previous two transfer signal-callers. Hurts threw for 332 and ran for 176 in the win as OU rolled and Houston never threatened. D’Eriq King struggled but did throw for 167 yards and ran for 103 with three total touchdowns. Houston’s talented receiving corps went MIA, and the Coog defense seemed tentative and slow against the superior Sooners.
Houston takes on Prairie View at TDECU.
SMU 37 Arkansas State 30
The Ponies went into Jonesboro and left with a huge opening win over Arkansas State. Shane Buechele led the Mustang offense with 360 yards passing. Xavier Jones added three touchdowns on the ground, Reggie Roberson caught eleven passes for 180 yards. SMU’s Delontae Scott made four tackles for loss including a sack.
SMU faces North Texas in Dallas next week.
Army 14 Rice 7
Rice came real close to a signature win on the road at West Point Friday night. Army scored in the fourth to take the lead for good and repelled Rice attempts to level the score. Nahshon Ellerbe came back after missing 2018 and made an impression with 103 rushing yards on just nine carries, including Rice’s only score.
Antonio Montero recorded eleven tackles to lead an improved Owl defense. Rice averaged 6.1 yards per rush compared to the Black Knight’s 4.1.
Rice welcomes Wake Forest Saturday.
UTEP 36 Houston Baptist 34
Well, it could’ve gone worse, the Miners outlasted FCS member Dallas Baptist for their first win in El Paso since the 2016 season. Treyvon Hughes ran for 144 yards, and two scores and Gavin Baechle kicked the game-winner with eight minutes to play in the game. HBU quarterback Bailey Zappe threw for 300 yards in the loss.
UTEP travels to Texas Tech on Saturday.
Texas Tech 45 Montana State 10
Matt Wells can thank Alan Bowman for the first win of his Tech career on Saturday. The sophomore threw for 436 yards and two touchdowns as the Red Raiders cruised. Tech’s defense limited Montana State to just eight first downs and 127 yards rushing in the win. Armand Shyne ran for 125 yards on only eleven carries.
Tech welcomes UTEP to Jones Stadium Saturday.
North Texas 51 ACU 31
Mason Fine threw for 383 yards and four scores, three of which went to his high school teammate Jason Pirtle as North Texas dispensed with Abilene Christian. The Wildcats made things somewhat interesting, outscoring the Mean Green 31-24 in the final three quarters.
Rico Bussey added four catches for 156 yards. North Texas scored 31 unanswered in the first half before ACU got on track.
The Mean Green head up Dallas to take on SMU.
TCU 39 Arkansas Pine Bluff 7
Max Duggan came in and might’ve earned the starting quarterback job for the Frogs thanks to his efforts against Pine Bluff. Duggan, a true freshman from Iowa, passed for 165 yards in 16 completions on 23 attempts with a touchdown. Trevontae Hights added 108 yards receiving as TCU dominated total yardage 484 to 215.
TCU travel to Purdue next week.
UTSA 35 UIW 7
UTSA saw something they sorely lacked in 2018, effective quarterback play. Frank Harris threw for three scores and rushed for 123 yards in the win. Harris’ performance came in his first action in over two seasons. The UTSA defense held the Cardinals to just 209 yards of total offense.
UTSA heads to Baylor.
Baylor 56 SFA 17
The Bears rolled over the Lumberjacks as John Lovett rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown and Charlie Brewer added 199 yards and three passing scores. Baylor accumulated 518 yards of total offense and 30 first downs. The Bears ruined the Colby Carthel’s Lumberjack debut, the SFA head man took the job after leading Texas A&M Commerce to a National Title in 2017.
Baylor welcomes UTSA to McLane Stadium next Saturday.