The season is rounding into shape and a third over. Saturday gave us several statement games from teams like Baylor, SMU, and Houston, plus a near miss by Rice. Let’s recap Saturday’s action while you guys try to remember how you got home and where you got that new piercing.
Baylor 23 Iowa State 21
Charlie Brewer threw for 307 yards and three scores in the Baptist heat of Waco as the Bears knocked off Iowa State in their Big 12 opener. The Bears led into the fourth quarter when the Cyclones reeled off 21 straight to take the lead with just under four minutes to play. Brewer led the Bears to a game-winning field goal, completing 7 of 10 on the drive. John Mayers punched in the 38-yard field goal to secure a 4-0 start.
Tyquan Thornton led Baylor receivers with a career day, 11 catches and 141 yards plus a score. Brewer’s 300-yard passing day was his ninth in 20 career Baylor starts. The Bears travel to K-State next week.
SMU 48 USF 21
Xavier Jones rushed for 155 yards, and three scores and Shane Buechele tossed two touchdowns as the Ponies blew out Charlie Strong’s South Florida squad in Tampa. SMU moves to 5-0 and should land in the Top 25 for the first time since the Reagan administration.
SMU is 3-0 on the road this season, most consecutive road wins since a streak of 4 in 1984-85. SMU had a program-record ten sacks by ten different Mustangs. SMU welcomes Tulsa to the Ford next week.
Houston 46 North Texas 25
After a tumultuous week, Houston put all the redshirt distraction behind them and hammered a confusing North Texas team 46-25 in Denton. The Coogs jumped out early and never looked back as new starting quarterback Clayton Tune completed sixteen of his 24 throws with a score plus a 100 yards on the ground. Patrick Carr paced the Coogs on the ground with 139 yards and 8.7 per carry. On the other side of the coin, the Cougars’ defense limited North Texas to 96 rushing yards.
North Texas is hard to understand or predict at this point. The Mean Green struggled in all three phases on Saturday night before a record Apogee crowd. Mason Fine threw for 355 yards, but the Mean Green lacked the finishing quality to make a dent in Houston’s lead.
Both Houston and North Texas are on byes next week.
Louisiana Tech 23 Rice 20
Rice led for over 56 minutes on Saturday night in Houston, but a late field goal and an overtime touchdown doomed the Owls to an 0-5 start. Rice defense is legitimate, holding a potent La Tech attack in check for most of the game. After Rice took the lead in overtime on a field goal from Chris Barnes, J’Mar Smith scrambled for the decisive score.
Aston Walter carried the ball to a career night for the Owls with 20 carries and 112 yards. Rice travels to UAB on Saturday.
Texas A&M 31 Arkansas 27
Chad Morris and Arkansas went home from Arlington disappointed again as the Aggies held off another late Hog rally to preserve the win. Turnovers and other mistakes kept the Aggies from running away from the Razorbacks, as well as an inconsistent offense. Kellen Mond looked pedestrian in the victory and the injuries to A&M running backs have taken a toll on that facet as well.
A&M is on a bye week before Alabama comes calling.
Texas State 24 Nicholls State 3
Whatever the point-spread, Texas State ran away from the Colonels for a two-game winning streak, and a 21 point win. Micah Hilts caught his first touchdown pass, one of two TD throws from Gresch Jensen on the day. Texas State’s defense held the top 10 ranked FCS team to just 220 total yards on the night.
Niko Daniels recorded nine stops, a forced fumble, a sack and another tackle for loss in the win. The ‘Cats have a bye before a Thursday game at Louisiana Monroe.
TCU 51 Kansas 14
TCU rebounded from a loss to SMU by engaging in that age-old Big 12 tradition of pounding Kansas. The Frogs led 38-0 before the band took the field and coasted. Alex Delton and Max Duggan continued their two-headed quarterback rotation. Delton looked the best he’s looked in a Frog uniform completing ten of fifteen passes. Michael Collins even saw some action for the first time. Jalen Reagor went 73 yards on a punt return for a score, and Darius Anderson covered 118 on the ground. TCU topped the 600-yard mark for the 15th time since 2014.
The Frogs travel to Ames and Iowa State.
Southern Miss 31 UTEP 13
The Miners spotted Southern Miss fourteen quick points but played the home team evenly the rest of the way in their conference-opening loss. Jack Abraham threw for 355 yards for the Golden Eagles with three scores. UTEP went to Kai Locksley early at quarterback, and he was the Miner offense with 109 yards throwing and 114 rushing. He scampered 63 yards for a touchdown as well.
UTEP welcomes UTSA next week in a critical game for both programs.
Oklahoma 55 Texas Tech 16
Oklahoma rolled over Tech on Saturday afternoon in Norman thanks to 415 passing yards from Jalen Hurts and a subpar tackling performance from the Tech defense. CeeDee Lamb caught three touchdowns and 185 yards receiving. Jett Duffey got the start for Tech and struggled to get the Red Raider offense off the ground. Tech falls to 2-2, 0-1 in league play.
Tech heads north to Stillwater on Saturday.