NCAA Quick Hits
Jake Shaw quickly surveys this weekend's college action across Texas.
Below, we quickly recap each Texas program's game -- in 100 words or less -- from all of Saturday's action.
> Kansas State 55, Texas Tech 24
The Red Raiders hung around the nation's No. 4 team for a half, but Kansas State (8-0, 5-0 in Big 12) scored six second-half touchdowns to win it going away. After punting on its first two possessions, Kansas State scored on its next eight drives. Only the clock running out for good stopped KSU after that. Collin Klein increased his Heisman chances, passing for 233 yards, rushing for 83 and scoring four times. The chances for his (6-2, 3-2) counterpart, Texas Tech QB Seth Doege, took a shot despite his 331 yards and 2 TDs passing.
> Texas A&M 63, Auburn 21
Texas A&M (6-2, 2-2 in SEC) scored on its first six drives and was in the process of scoring on its seventh before the first-half clock ran out. By the time the game was over, the Aggies had scored on all but one of the drives that wasn't ended with the clock going to zeroes. It resulted in Auburn's (1-7, 0-6) worst home loss in school history and the most points it has allowed in nearly 100 years. A&M QB Johnny Manziel combined for 250 total yards of offense and five scores before handing over the offense to backup Jamiell Showers.
> Oklahoma State 36, TCU 14
After scoring the first 14 points of the game, TCU (5-3, 2-3 in Big 12) went scoreless for the remaining 49:12 of game time, while Oklahoma State (5-2, 3-1) slowly worked itself back in the game. OSU didn't take its first lead until nearly seven minutes into the second half, but the Cowboys forced two TCU turnovers, two punts and a missed field goal to shut out the Frogs in the second half. The Frog defense gave up a season-high 471 yards of offense, including 126 to Joseph Randle on the ground.
> Texas 21, Kansas 17
Down 14-7, the Longhorns turned to Case McCoy, who led Texas (6-2, 3-2 in Big 12) on two straight touchdown drives, the final one a none-play, 70-yarder with 12 seconds left in the game that allowed Texas to escape an embarrassing loss to Kanas (1-7, 0-5), which has now lost every Big 12 game it has played since a 2009 win over Iowa State. Texas gave up 246 rushing yards to Kansas, but the defense came held KU to a field goal and a 17-14 with 2:28 left, setting up UT's game-winning drive.
> Houston 45, UTEP 35
The Miners scored the final 28 points of the game -- 21 of them in the fourth quarter -- to make what was a blowout look much closer. Houston had taken a 45-7 lead with 11:11 left in the third quarter on a field goal before UTEP's offense finally arrived. Charles Sim only rushed it 12 times but tallied 119 yards and three touchdowns for Houston, which ran a season-low 66 plays on offense.
> Iowa State 35, Baylor 21
Iowa State became the latest offense to victimize the defenseless Bears. But Baylor's (3-4, 0-4 in Big 12) defense has been thrashed all year. It was the Baylor offense that led down the team, turning it over four times -- including Nick Florence's fumble in the end zone on the opening drive and a Florence interception on the final drive of the game. Iowa State (5-3, 2-3) racked up a 555 yards, a season high and the most in a single game since 2008, canceling out the 539 yards of Baylor offense.
> SMU 44, Memphis 13
Garrett Gilbert went an entire game without throwing an interception since September 3, 2011, ending a streak that gives SMU (4-4, 3-1 in CUSA) its first two-game winning streak in a year. Gilbert (25-35, 349 yards, TD) completed 71.4 percent of his passes, a career best, and SMU supplemented his great day with 126 rushing yards and two touchdowns from RB Zach Line, his fourth 100-yard plus game of the year. Memphis (1-7, 1-3) cut the deficit to 16-13 early in the third quarter, but SMU replied with four straight touchdowns, two of them on the ground by Gilbert.
> Rice 44, Southern Miss 17
The Owls (3-6, 1-4 in CUSA) kept their faint bowl hopes alive by converting six of Southern Mississippi's into 14 points, helping the Owls overcome three lost fumbles of their own. Rice got a second-straight 100-yard game from one of its "Turner" running backs. This time it was Turner Peterson (19-137, TD), who added a 38-yard touchdown on his only pass reception. Last week Luke Turner rushed for 102 yards in the loss at Tulsa. After USM had cut Rice's early lead to 14-10, Rice scored 24 straight points to get the win.
> San Jose State 31, Texas State 20
The momentum of a 20-17 halftime lead was lost quickly in the second half, as Texas State (3-4, 1-1 in WAC) threw an INT on the first possession of the third quarter and went three-and-out on the next three possessions. San Jose State (6-2, 2-1), meanwhile, scored touchdowns on consecutive drives in the third quarter to pull ahead for good. San Jose out-gained Texas State 571-303, picking up 20 touchdowns while converting 7 of 12 times on third down. Texas State ran the ball well (26-174) but only totaled 129 passing yards and was intercepted twice.
> Middle Tennessee State 38, North Texas 21
North Texas (3-5, 2-2 in Sun Belt) trailed 31-0 before scoring its first points of the game. Middle Tennessee State (5-3, 3-1) scored on its first three possessions to build a 17-0 lead and racked up 489 yards of offense. North Texas wasn't far behind with 429, but the Mean Green turned it over four times (to MTSU's zero) and also lost it once on downs. Running backs Antoinne Jimmerson and Brandin Byrd combined for 157 rushing yards, but with the big early deficit UNT had to stick to the passing game, and QB Derek Thompson was intercepted three times.
> Utah State 48, UTSA 17
After cutting its deficit to 7-4, UTSA (5-3, 1-2 in WAC) gave up 34 consecutive points to Utah State (7-2, 3-0 in WAC) to lose its third straight game after a 5-0 start. Ryan Polite started at quarterback in place of an injured Eric Soza and passed for 248 yards and a score, but he threw two INTs, and UTSA's lack of a rushing game (51 yards on 28 carries) made the Roadrunnner offense one dimensional. The UTSA defense, meanwhile, gave up 518 yards to Utah State, which averaged 6.6 yards per play.
Jake Shaw is a special contributor to TexasFootball.com
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