Howdy! That was the week that was for teams from our favorite State. We saw Texas hang on for dear life against K-State, TCU handle the Red Raiders, Texas A&M slide for another week in a row, and the shootout of all shootouts between Houston and SMU. Let’s talk Texas.
Ewers and Bijan overcome Second Half Sark.
Bijan Robinson is pretty good at this football thing. He had 161 yards on 15 carries…in the first half. Quinn Ewers recovered from a rough game against Oklahoma State, throwing two touchdowns to Xavier Worthy. The Longhorns scored on every drive of the first half, save one. They took a 31-10 lead into the break.
There were few complaints from the first two quarters, but would the Longhorns be able to keep that momentum going after the break?
Unfortunately, the second half woes continued to plague Steve Sarkisian’s squad.
Important questions need to be asked, but message board geniuses always have answers.
Texas would find a way to hold on. It would get close second half with Kansas State bringing it to a one score game, but Keondre Coburn forced a fumble in the last minute to put this one to bed. But was it enough to satisfy the Austin fanbase? Of course not.
Texas wins 34-27 before a marquee matchup next week against TCU.
Raiders Hang Tough But Horned Frogs Push On
Speaking of the undefeated TCU squad, they hosted the Red Raiders on Saturday morning. Fireworks came early in this one. The Horned Frogs defense forced a three and out on the opening drive before Derius Davis took the punt return 82 yards to the house. Safe to say the two fanbases had different reactions.
Tech would come up big a bit later, stopping Kendre Miller on 4th down in the redzone.
A quick strike followed. Behren Morton hit Jerand Bradley on a beauty of a 47 yard touchdown.
The rest of the first half was pretty ugly. The teams would trade field goals and punts and TCU would take a 13-10 lead into the break. It was #FireEveryone time at half for the Horned Frogs boards.
Tyler Shough would play the second half for Tech after Morton came out in a walking boot. He’d find J.J. Sparkman for a 33-yard score and the Raiders went up 17-13 early in the third.
TCU flipped the switch after that. After a Kendre Miller touchdown to open the 4th quarter, TCU would force two turnovers on downs and pick off Shough on three consecutive drives. Max Duggan would throw two touchdowns himself in the second half and the Frogs went up 34-17 before a late Tech score made it 34-24. Style points be damned, TCU wins this one.
TCU holds on and gets ready for its road trip to Austin. And hey Horned Frogs, at least take solace in the fact that you aren’t A&M.
Aggies Continue Slide Against Gators
A flu outbreak in College Station put A&M behind the 8-ball early in the week. It was announced Connor Weigman would be out and Haynes King would be the starter for the Aggies showdown with Florida. Let’s say that fans weren’t exactly feeling good going into this one.
Once the game started, though? A&M played so well their own fans thought it was a dream.
Devon Achane had himself a nice game and a late 2nd quarter score gave the Aggies the lead going into the half.
The third and fourth quarter were ROUGH. I would love to poke a little fun at the College Station crowd but honestly I just feel bad. Here’s the second half drives: 3 and out – punt, 3 and out – punt, 5 plays and 15 yards – punt, 3 and out – punt, fumble, fumble, turnover on downs, punt.
The calls for Jimbo are only getting louder.
Even worse than fans calling for your head? Fans comparing you to Mike Sherman.
Jimbo wishes he was Mike Sherman.
A&M loses this one 41-24 and will have to win it’s final three games if it wants to go bowling.
Baylor Runs by Oklahoma
This one was a back and forth battle all game long. An opening touchdown drive by Dillon Gabriel was matched by Craig Williams.
While offense was definitely the story in this game, Baylor’s defense did a great job in the first half getting turnovers.
Baylor would take the lead after the first two quarters at 24-21.
The bears came out strong, scoring a touchdown on their opening drive of the third quarter. Richard Reese and the man they call Squirrel would continue running wild. Even Qualan Jones would get in on the action with a 10-yard run for a score.
Oklahoma played well answering most of Baylor’s drives, but came up a bit short. Baylor takes this one 38-35 in a score that looked closer than the game played. With a little help from Oklahoma State, Baylor controls its destiny the rest of the season.
Shootouts are All the Rage
Here’s what you missed. Tanner Mordecail had 9 touchdown passes. Houston had 710 total yards. The live over under line at one point in the third quarter was 130.5. The over still hit. SMU defeated the Cougars 77-63 in the highest scoring regulation game in college football history.
For reference, when the two teams met on the basketball court back in February, Houston won 75-61.
This one even had fans wondering if they were watching a real game.
SMU and Houston both sit at 5-4 now, each looking to get bowl eligible next week.
Excitement on Thursday Night
UTEP traveled to East Texas on Thursday to take on the Rice Owls. This one had an absolutely wild finish. With just over 11 minutes left in the 4th, the Miners would score on a 25-yard touchdown run by Calvin Brownholtz.
Back to back Field Goals had this one tied again at 30 a piece with 4 minutes left. With 30 seconds left, the Owls were already in Field Goal range, but Mike Bloomgren had no desire to settle for a game winning kick. Rice was a 4-point favorite and everyone knows that good teams win, but great teams cover. On 2nd and 6, TJ McMahon hit Bradley Rozner with an absolute dime to go up 36-30.
The extra point made it 37-30 and Rice holds on for the win.
Austin Aune Puts Up Numbers
Austin Aune continues to shine. 434 yards and 5 total touchdowns.
Everyone’s a critic though. As Patrick Bateman said, you can always look better.
North Texas rolls by FIU 52-14.