NCAA Quick Hits
Jake Shaw quickly surveys this weekend's college action across Texas.
Texas 41, Oklahoma State 36
It was the previously-maligned Texas offense, not the usually steady defense, that won this game for the Longhorns. Texas (4-0, 1-0 in Big 12) scored the winning touchdown in the final 30 seconds on an 8-play, two-minute drive, answering Oklahoma State's (2-2, 0-1) field goal that had temporarily put OSU ahead. Texas's win won't come without controversy, though, as replay showed Joe Bergeron fumbled before reaching the end zone, but the officials had awarded a TD on the field, preventing a reversal. QB David Ash (307 yards, 3 TDs) had a breakout game that included a 29-yard completion on fourth down on UT's game-winning drive.
TCU 24, SMU 16
On a rainy night in Dallas, TCU (4-0, 1-0 in Big 12) had to sweat out a win, intercepting SMU's Garett Gilbert on the final play of the game to preserve the win. Gilbert threw 5 INTs in the game, running his season total to 9 INTs against 4 TDs. Though TCU gave up the most points in a game this season, it still forced those five turnovers and held SMU (1-3, 0-0 in CUSA) to 220 total yards. The offense, meanwhile, did just enough, gaining only 156 yards but scoring two touchdown on drives of less than 10 total yards thanks to SMU turnovers.
Houston 35, Rice 14
Aided in part by Rice (1-4, 0-2 in CUSA) missing starting QB Taylor McHargue, Houston's defense had its best outing of the year, holding Rice to 338 total yards in Houston's (1-3, 1-1) first win. The Cougar offense overcame three turnovers to roll up 604 yards of offense, including a season-high 158 yards and 3 TDs from RB Charles Sims. Houston rushed for 243 yards after coming into the day averaging just more than 110 per game. QB Driphus Jackson, making his first start for Rice, threw for 272 yards and 2 TDs but completed less than half his passes.
West Virginia 70, Baylor 63
When your quarterback sets a school record for passing and his top receiver sets the conference record, your chances of winning are pretty good. But Baylor's Nick Florence (582 yards, 5 TDs, INT passing) and Terrance Williams (17-314, 2 TDs receiving) had the spotlight stolen by WVU QB Geno Smith (656 yards, 8 TDs passing), who put his name atop the Heisman Trophy watch list against the team that won it a year ago. Baylor (3-1, 0-1 in Big 12) got within a TD late, but opted not to onside kick it, and WVU (4-0, 1-0 in Big 12) was able to run out the final three minutes of the clock.
Texas Tech 24, Iowa State 13
Perhaps now Texas Tech will start to get some attention. After beating three inferior teams, Texas Tech (4-0, 1-0 in Big 12) scored an impressive road win, winning at Iowa State (3-1, 0-1) by limiting the Cyclones to just 190 yards and creating four takeaways. Trailing 13-7, Texas Tech scored the game's final 17 points, taking a 14-13 lead on an 8-play, 73-yard drive late in the third quarter. The Red Raiders then converted two ISU turnovers into 10 points, needing to travel just a combined 36 yards for the scores.
Texas A&M 58, Arkansas 10
Once again, Texas A&M used a huge second quarter to put the game away. The Aggies (3-1, 1-1 in SEC) scored 20 unanswered points in the second after trailing Arkansas (1-4, 0-2) 10-7 through one quarter. Texas A&M now averages 18 points in the second quarter, the third-highest total in the country. The Aggies picked up their first SEC win as a conference member (and first against an SEC team since the early 90s) on the arm (453 yards, 3 TDs) and legs (14-104, TD) of QB Johnny Manziel, who led the A&M offense to 716 yards.
UTSA 35, New Mexico State 14
Facing their toughest test of the year, the Roadrunners (5-0, 1-0 in WAC) had their most convincing win yet, racking up 398 yards of offense and transforming two of NMSU's (1-4, 0-1) four turnovers into touchdowns. The home team opened the scoring to take a 7-0 lead, but UTSA scored the next 28 points, all engineered by QB Eric Soza, who there for three TDs, rushed for another and finished with 269 passing yards and a game-high 55 on the ground. The game marked the first for UTSA in the WAC and pushed the program's overall winning streak to six.
Nevada 34, Texas State 21
The Bobcats started strong, intercepting Nevada four plays into the game and cashing the turnover into a touchdown, and led 21-20 at the half. But Nevada (4-1, 1-0 in MWC) scored 14 straight in the third quarter, while its defense held Texas State (2-2, 0-0 in WAC) to only 105 yards in the second half. Texas State had less than 10 minutes of the possession after halftime, but in the first two quarters, the offense was clicking, scoring on TD drives of 51 and 75 yards. The inability to run (29-68) essentially cost Texas State the chance for an upset.
North Texas 20, Florida Atlantic 20
Derek Thompson bailed out a North Texas (2-3, 1-1 in Sun Belt) offense that got nothing from its usually dependable running game. The Mean Green only rushed for 56 yards on 29 carries, but Thompson (251 yards, 2 TDs, INT passing) helped UNT build a 17-0 lead on a 14-yard TD pass midway through the third quarter. The defense, after giving up back-to-back TDs to see the lead cut to 17-14, stopped FAU (1-4, 0-2) on its final two possessions to preserve the win. Linebackers Zachary Orr (10 tackles, 1 TFL) and Derek Akunne (9 tackles, INT) had big games for UNT for the second straight week.
East Carolina 28, UTEP 18
A long weather delayed cooled off UTEP's offense, which had staked a 10-7 lead before heavy rains and lightening momentarily stopped the game. Though the bad weather eventually passed, the Miners (1-4, 0-1in CUSA) never regrouped, losing its 10-7 lead by surrendering three straight ECU (3-2, 2-0) scores. The offensive sputters included four Miner turnovers -- they had just one in the previous four games -- and though Nathan Jeffery (27-134) had his first big game on the ground since the season opener, QB Nick Lamaison's struggles (143 yards, TD, 3 INTs) stalled the Miner offense.
Jake Shaw is a special contributor to TexasFootball.com