NCAA Quick Hits
Jake Shaw quickly surveys this weekend's college action across Texas.
From the biggest upset of the season in Alabama to a near upset in San Marcos, we recap each Texas FBS program's game -- in 100 words or less -- from all the weekend's action.
Three Texas teams (Texas, Texas A&M and TCU) scored huge road wins yesterday -- and heck, you might as well include Rice in that bunch after its win away from home kept its bowl hopes alive. The other four road teams, however, all lost by at least 20 points. Below, we quickly recap each Texas program's game from all of Saturday's action.
> No. 15 Texas A&M 29, No. 1 Alabama 24
The Aggies stunned the college football world from the start, taking a 20-0 lead on the top team in the country and never trailing. Johnny Manziel (345 total yards, 2 TDs) led Texas A&M (8-2/5-2 in SEC) on three straight touchdown drives to start the game, but it was the defense that preserved the win, intercepting Alabama (9-1/6-1) QB A.J. McCarron in the end zone with less than two minutes remaining. It was one of two picks by the Aggie defense of a quarterback who hadn't thrown an interception all year.
> No. 17 Texas 33, Iowa State 7
On a day that Longhorns honored the recently departed Darrell K. Royal, they would've made him proud with their collective offensive and defensive effort. Texas (8-2/5-2 in Big 12) gained 609 yards of offense including 222 on the ground while the defense limited Iowa State (5-5/2-5) to just 277 yards while creating two turnovers. QB David Ash (25-31, 364 yards, 2 TDs) had arguably his best game of the season and had two receivers surpass 100 yards, Jaxson Shipley (8-137) and Mike Davis (7-113, TD).
> No. 22 Texas Tech 41, Kansas 34 (2OT)
Texas Tech avoided a huge upset by stopping Kansas's offense in the second overtime. The Jayhawks (1-9/0-7 in Big 12), who haven't won a Big 12 game since 2010 or a road game since 2009, scored the final 10 points in regulation to force the extra times. The teams traded touchdowns in the first overtime, while Texas Tech (7-3/4-3) scored a touchdown to open the second overtime before stopping Kanas on downs. Kansas's huge rushing day (390 yards on 57 carries) overshadowed a fine performance from Tech QB Seth Doege (45-59, 476 yards, 3 TDs).
> No. 20 Louisiana Tech 62, Texas State 55
The Bobcats nearly pulled off the second big upset by a Texas program, but after a Texas State touchdown made it a one-score game with 1:11 left, Louisiana Tech (9-1/4-0 in WAC) recovered the Texas State (3-6/1-3) onside kick attempt and ran out the clock to escape. Louisiana Tech's Top 3 offense had another huge day (627 total yards), but Texas State nearly matched it stride for stride with 234 passing yards from Shaun Rutherford and 296 team rushing yards, 134 from Marcus Curry. The 577 yards mark a season high.
> No. 2 Kansas State 23, TCU 10
The second ranked team in the country never quite pulled away from TCU, but Kansas State (10-0/7-0 in Big 12) was never really threatened either, taking a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and not giving up a touchdown until TCU (6-4/3-4), down 23-3, scored with 1:05 left in the game. The TCU defense did a great job holding KSU QB Collin Klein (195 total yards, 2 TDs) way below his season averages, but the Kansas State defense was even better against TCU, holding the Frogs to just 274 yards of offense and forcing two turnovers.
> No. 12 Oklahoma 42, Baylor 34
Despite season lows by the passing game, Baylor was in this game until the end, scoring a touchdown with 1:36 left to get within eight points, but OU recovered Baylor's onside kick and ran out the clock to avoid the upset. The Baylor (4-5/1-5 in Big 12) running game -- led by Lache Seastrunk (15-91, 3 TDs) and Nick Florence (15-83, TD) -- racked up 252 yards against Oklahoma (7-2/5-1), offsetting Florence's season-low 172 yards on 12 of 33 passing. Florence's previous low this season was 289 yards.
> SMU 34, Southern Miss 6
The Mustangs dominated from start to finish, taking an early 10-0 lead and giving up just one second-quarter touchdown while limiting winless Southern Miss (0-10/0-6 in CUSA) to just 178 yards of offense and an average of 3.4 yards per play. Garrett Gilbert had a nice day throwing (249 yards, TD, no INTs) while also leading SMU in rushing (5-94, 2 TDs), edging out teammate Zach Line (22-92, TD). The win gets SMU (5-5/4-2) one win away from bowl eligibility for the fourth straight year.
> North Texas 24, South Alabama 14
North Texas ended a two-game losing skid by overcoming two early deficits. South Alabama (2-8/ 1-5 in Sun Belt) led 7-0 in the first quarter and 14-7 late in the second, but Derek Thompson threw a two-yard touchdown pass with 21 seconds left in the first half to tie the game, and UNT (4-6/3-3) outscored USA 10-0 in the second half. It was an otherwise tough outing for Thompson (12-28, 106 yards). North Texas relied on a strong ground game, led by Brandin Byrd (15-109, TD) and Jeremy Brown (11-61, TD), to keep the Mean Green's bowl hopes alive.
> UCF 31, UTEP 24
Bowl eligibility may be out the window, but that didn't stop UTEP from giving a scare to the top team in the CUSA East Division. UCF scored the game-winner with 6:05 left in the game, a 46-yard run by Latavious Murray (23-117). Redshirt freshman QB Blaire Sullivan got his first career start, but he was more of a threat running (23-74, TD) than passing (5-11, 79 yards), as was UTEP as a team, especially behind RB Nathan Jeffery (24-174, 2 TDs). Losing the turnover margin 4-1 really hurt the Miners' upset chances at home.
> Tulsa 41, Houston 7
Tulsa made a statement win, dominating the defending CUSA West champs on the road. Tulsa (8-2/6-0) held Houston (4-6/3-3) to a season-low 262 yards while forcing four Cougar turnovers. UH didn't get on the scoreboard until halfway through the fourth quarter with Tulsa leading 41-0. The biggest disparity between the teams was seen on the ground. Tulsa rushed for 350 yards despite not a single player topping the 100-yard mark, while UH only gained 72 yards. David Piland (15-32, 148 yards, 2 INTs) and the passing game was hardly better. Houston is a loss away from bowl elimination.
> UTSA 31, McNeese State 24
The Roadrunners held off a late McNeese State rally to end a four-game losing streak. UTSA (6-4, 1-3 in WAC) led this FCS program 31-10 after a 31-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter, but McNeese State (6-4) scored touchdowns on back-to-back touchdown drives of at least 85 yards. UTSA was able to melt away most of the clock on its next possession, running the clock down to 35 seconds left before giving it back to McNeese State, which ran just one play before time expired. QB Eric Soza (270 total yards, 3 TDs) led UTSA's offense in the win.
Jake Shaw is a special contributor to TexasFootball.com
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