College quick hits
Jake Shaw quickly surveys this weekend's college action across Texas.
West Virginia 48, Texas 45
In another Big 12 offensive thriller, Texas (4-1, 1-1 in Big 12) scored a TD with 22 seconds left to cut its deficit to three, but West Virginia (5-0, 2-0) recovered the onside kick to hold onto the win. The Texas defense did create some pressure on WVU's Geno Smith (268 yards, 4 TDs), causing two fumbles and sacking him four times, but RB Andrew Buie responded with a career game, gashing UT for 207 rushing yards and 2 TDs. Texas, however, only averaged 3.5 yards per carry, but got another solid game from QB David Ash (269 yards, TD).
No. 17 Oklahoma 41, Texas Tech 20
The Sooners (3-1, 1-1 in Big 12) scored on six of their first seven drives, building up a 41-13 to quickly dash Texas Tech's (4-1, 1-1) hopes of a fourth straight win over OU in Lubbock. The Texas Tech defense entered the game with the No. 1 ranking in total defense but allowed 377, 200 more than it came into the game averaging. The offense didn't fare any better, turning it over three times (one was returned for a TD) and racking up only 355 yards -- about 200 less than Tech's season average.
Iowa State 37, TCU 23
Winners of the last 12 games, TCU (4-1, 1-1 in Big 12) quickly fell into a 10-0 hole and never led in its first-ever Big 12 home game. Without starting QB Casey Pachall, the Frogs' offense mostly sputtered and once again had trouble holding onto the ball, turning it over four times, including twice in the red zone. In his first career start at QB, Trevone Boykin passed for 270 yards and a score, but threw 3 INTs and was sacked three times. TCU's defense also struggled against ISU (4-1, 1-1), giving up touchdown passes of 51 and 74 yards to WR Josh Lenz early in the game.
Texas A&M 30, Ole Miss 27
Texas A&M (4-1, 2-1 in SEC) pulled off an improbable comeback, scoring 13 points in the final seven minutes, the last on a Johnny Manziel perfectly-placed 20-yard TD pass to Ryan Swope. Texas A&M's defense set up that score, stopping Ole Miss (3-3, 0-2) on 4th and 1 from the Ole Miss 39 with 3:26 left. The Aggies intercepted Ole Miss on its last drive to seal the win. Manziel (320 total yards) struggled for the first time all season, throwing 2 INTs and losing a fumble, but he got help from RB Ben Malena (18-142, TD).
Houston 44, North Texas 21
Things are finally clicking in Houston (2-3, 1-0 in CUSA), which has won two straight after playing its best game of the year. The Coogs jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and never led by less than 10 the rest of the way. QB David Piland (320 yards, 2 TDs) and RB Charles Sims (21-210, TD) helped generate 623 yards of offense, and UH didn't turn it over for the first time this year. North Texas (2-4, 1-1 in Sun Belt), meanwhile, had two Derek Thompson passes intercepted, both in the fourth quarter.
SMU 17, UTEP 0
For the second straight week, the SMU (2-3, 1-0 in CUSA) defense played to potential, shutting out the Miners on the road by holing UTEP (1-5, 0-2 in CUSA) to just 285 yards and creating three takeaways. It was the second time SMU has shut out an opponent, but the first come came against an FCS opponent. SMU led by the final score at halftime, getting a field goal in the first quarter, followed by a Garrett Gilbert 40-yard TD pass to Darius Johnson and a 30-yard Ja'Gared Davis pick six.
Memphis 14, Rice 10
Rice led 10-0 at half, but Memphis (1-4, 1-1 in CUSA) played ball control after the break, holding possession for nearly 20 minutes in the second half and scoring on consecutive drives in the third quarter to squeeze out its first win of the year. A week after missing the game with a shoulder injury, Rice's (1-5, 0-3 in CUSA) Taylor McHargue still looked uncomfortable, passing for just 118 yards and getting sacked four times. Rice as a team only gained 220 yards of offense, less than half of what the Owls averaged this season.
New Mexico 35, Texas State 14
Texas State couldn't stop New Mexico's running game, giving up 361 yards on the ground to the Lobos, led by 192 from RB Kasey Carrier, who scored all but one of UNM's five TDs. New Mexico (3-3, 0-1 in MWC) attempted just three passes, relying on the ground game to wear down the Bobcats. Texas State (2-3, 0-0 in WAC) cut a two-touchdown deficit down to 21-14 on Shaun Rutherford's 35-yard pass to Andy Erickson early in the second quarter, but that was it for the Texas State scoring, and UNM answered with two Carrier touchdown runs.
Jake Shaw is a special contributor to TexasFootball.com
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