The Sunday Hangover

Here’s hoping your favorite team won yesterday, but if they played on a national stage against a team called the Tigers, chances are they didn’t. The chances of a Texas school making a playoff took a pretty good knock yesterday, plus deeds to Dallas and eastern New Mexico were won and lost. Overall a pretty fun day of football.

Crack a Pedialyte and go easy today.

Clemson 24 Texas A&M 10

The Aggies didn’t get blown out, but number one Clemson dominated the visitors 24-10. The Tiger harassed and pounded Aggie starter Kellen Mond into inefficiency, and the rest of the Aggie offense couldn’t muster any significant response.

A&M scored first with a field goal, but the Tigers rattled off 24 straight before the Aggies sent the betters home angry with a back door cover.

A&M welcomes FCS opponent Lamar to Kyle Field next week.

LSU 45 Texas 38

DBU is no longer a moniker either of these teams can claim. Joe Burrow and Sam Ehlinger routed the two defenses to the tune of 880 yards passing and a combined 83 points. Burrow came out on top, connecting on big play after big play for the Tigers.

Texas had a chance for a miracle finish, but an onside kick slid just past the outstretched hands of Collin Johnson and LSU went to the victory formation. The battle of top 10 titans lived up to its billing, even if the defenses didn’t have much of a say.

Texas travels to Rice next week at NRG.

SMU 49 North Texas 27

Shane Buechele and SMU jumped on North Texas early and often rendering the promised showdown a moot point. SMU scored 21 before the Mean Green entered the endzone and the Ponies ran over and around the North Texas defense the rest of the way. Xavier Jones rushed for 114 yards and Buechele connected for 299 passing yards in the blowout.

Mason Fine struggled mightily on the evening, failing to hit the 100-yard passing mark until the well into the second half. SMU pinned Rico Bussey down, holding the go-to receiver to zero catches. Reggie Roberson and James Proche continued to serve as the best receiving duo in the AAC with thirteen catches for over 200 yards and three combined scores.

North Texas must rebound with a roadie to Cal, while SMU welcomes Texas State.

Wyoming 23 Texas State 14

The Bobcats led for a half over the visitors from Laramie, but in the second half, Wyoming’s running game started to deliver body blows that Texas State couldn’t repel. The backbreaker came via the Texas State offense when Gresch Jensen stared down an out route, and the Pokes took it back 70 plus yards for the go-ahead and stay-ahead touchdown.

Texas State’s defense hung tough, but the offense couldn’t get anything going in the final 30 minutes and a seventeen play Wyoming drive finally took whatever wind from the ‘Cats’ sail.

Texas State travels to face SMU next Saturday.

Baylor 63 UTSA 14

The Bears bullied the Roadrunners in the heat of Waco on Saturday. Temperatures on the field reached 181, death weather for most, but the two squads braved the elements anyway. Baylor went up 49-0 thanks to a solid running game that averaged over nine yards a carry.

For UTSA, the Roadrunners didn’t score until late in the third, as freshman Sincere McCormick scored his first two collegiate touchdowns. The Bears harassed Frank Harris into ineffectiveness, and Matt Rhule’s physical offensive line did the rest.

UTSA takes on Army in San Antonio, and Baylor gets a week off before heading to Rice.

Texas Tech 38 UTEP 3

The coming slaughter never came in Lubbock as plucky UTEP wobbled but never gave up. Tech beat the Miners, but not by the sixty I assumed they would. Alan Bowman threw for 260 yards while the Raiders as a team rushed for 160. UTEP’s offense continues to sputter. The Miners threw for just 54 yards on nineteen attempts between starter Brandon Jones and Kai Locksley.

Tech jumped out 21-0 before the half, then hit the cruise control to improve to 2-0 on the season. UTEP’s playoff chances took a hit with their first loss of the year. Next week UTEP is off while Tech welcomes Arizona and the Fighting Sumlins.

Wake Forest 42 Rice 21

The Owls are improved, certainly, but they’ve got a ways to go before they compete with the likes of Wake Forest. The P5 Deacons put up over 500 yards of total offense and held the Owls to under two yards per rush. Rice rallied to tie the game at 14 in the first, but Wake Forest kept pouring on points and ran away in the second half.

For Rice, the bigger news is the status of quarterback Wiley Green who left the game on a back board after a collision near the goal line in the first quarter. Tom Stewart filled in for the injured Green as Rice took to the air in an attempt to keep up with Wake’s offense. JUCO transfer Bradley Rozner caught six passes for 103 yards in his second game as an Owl. Austin Trammell contributed six catches and a score.

Rice plays Texas at NRG on Saturday.

Houston 37 PVAM 17

Kyle Porter rushed for 120 yards as Houston beat Prairie View to give Dana Holgorsen his first win as the Coog head coach. Houston put up 24 first quarter points to erase any doubt and ground out 236 yards on the evening to finish the game out.

Porter, a Texas transfer, and Chandler Smith did most of the damage on the ground and D’Eriq King added two rushing rushing scores and plus one through the air. Houston turns its attention to Washington State, who come to NRG next Friday.

The Roundup…