NCAA Quick Hits
Jake Shaw quickly surveys this weekend's college action across Texas.
It was like deja vu -- all over again. Just a week after a Texas program took down the No. 1 team in the land, it happened again. Baylor stunned Kansas State (and might've cost Collin Klein a Heisman trophy) Saturday night in Waco seven days after Texas A&M knocked off then No. 1 Alabama on the road. Below, we quickly recap that and every other Texas program's game from all of Saturday's action.
> Baylor 52, No. 1 Kansas State 24
Kansas State's run atop the rankings last barely a week, and Baylor made sure of that pretty quickly Saturday night in Waco. The Bears (5-5/2-5 in Big 12) never trailed and led by double digits during the entire second half. Baylor's running game dominated Kansas State; Glasco Martin rushed for 113 yards and three TDs, while Lache Seastrunk gained 185 on just 19 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter that closed the scoring. Baylor's defense, meanwhile, held KSU (10-1/7-1) to 76 rushing yards, nearly 150 below their season average.
> Rice 36, SMU 14
Rice's defense came up with its best performance of the season, limiting SMU (5-6/4-3 in CUSA) to 317 yards of offense. Rice was especially strong on third down, as SMU converted just 3 of 10 attempts. Taylor McHargue, meanwhile, stole the show offensively, passing for 297 yards and 2 TDs while adding 38 yards and a score on the ground. The third straight win for Rice (5-6/3-4) win puts both programs in the same situation, needing to win next weekend to become bowl eligible. Rice travels to UTEP while SMU will host Tulsa.
> No. 24 Oklahoma State 59, No. 23 Texas Tech 21
Tied at 7 early in the second quarter, Oklahoma State (7-3/5-2) ripped off 28 consecutive points in a seven-minute span and never looked back. Three of the touchdowns were Clint Chelf passes to Isaiah Anderson from 60, 33 and 66 yards out. OSU, which beat Texas Tech 66-6 last year in Lubbock, intercepted Tech QB Seth Doege twice and also returned a blocked punt 30 yards for a touchdown. Texas Tech (7-4/4-4) also gave up 256 rushing yards to OSU, which out-gained the Red Raiders 487-383. Darrin Moore (9-140, TD receiving) was one of the lone bright spots.
> Marshall 44, Houston 41
Houston rallied all the way back from 21-point halftime deficit to tie the game twice, including at 41 with 1:28 to go. But the Houston (4-7/3-4 in CUSA) couldn't get a final stop. Marshall (5-6/4-3) traveled 60 yards in eight plays, kicking a game-winning 45-yard field goal with 11 seconds left. The loss -- the third in a row by the Coogs -- eliminates Houston from bowl eligibility. Senior walk-on QB Crawford Jones started for Houston and had a career day (31-44, 316 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INTs).
> No. 8 Texas A&M 47, Sam Houston State 28
Texas A&M had scored all of its 47 points before Sam Houston State (8-3) tacked on 28 points over the final 16 minutes of the game to make the game look closer than it was. The Aggies (9-2/5-2 in SEC) once again got a great game from freshman QB Johnny Manziel 367 total yards, 5 TDs), whose lone blemish was an interception -- unless you count a missed PAT that, for some odd reason, Manziel attempted. With the lead safe, Manziel didn't play in the final 26 minutes of the game.
> UTSA 34, Idaho 27
After Idaho had rallied from a 20-3 halftime deficit to tie the game at 20 early in the fourth quarter, UTSA had two strong replies, scoring on back-to-back drives to take a 34-20 lead. And After Idaho (1-10/1-5) scored another touchdown to get back within one score, UTSA (7-4/2-3) came up with another strong drive, running out the game's final five minutes with an eight-play, 63-yard drive. UTSA QB Eric Soza (323 total yards, 3 TDs) had his third straight solid outing after he had missed two games with an injury.
> UTEP 34, Southern Miss 33
UTEP stopped Southern Miss on a two-point try with a couple minutes left in the game, then ran out the final 2:32 to win at Southern Miss (0-11/0-7 in CUSA). UTEP (3-8/2-5) never led by more than a touchdown, and with the offense having just an average day (359 yards), the Miners got the game-winning score on Autrey Golden's 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown with 6:35 left in the game. QB Blaire Sullivan started his second straight game for UTEP and led the team with 98 rushing yards and added 155 passing.
> Navy 21, Texas State 10
Texas State was eliminated from bowl contention Saturday in its first season in the FBS ranks, but the Bobcats (3-7/1-3 in WAC) didn't go down without a fight. Texas State only trailed by a touchdown at the half, and after falling behind 21-3 in the fourth quarter, Shaun Rutherford's 62-yard strike to Isaiah Battle with 13:02 left to go put Texas State back in the game. But Texas State turned it over on downs on its next two drives, then ended the game when the clock ran out with Texas State inside the Navy (7-4) 5-yard line.
> Louisiana-Monroe 42, North Texas 16
North Texas nearly matched ULM yard-for-yard, but the scoreboard was a different matter. UNT (4-7/3-4 in Sun Belt) racked up 467 yards of offense (compared to 518 by Louisiana-Monroe), but UNT wasn't able to sustain enough drives to keep up with ULM (7-5/5-2), which had four scoring drives cover at least 75 yards. Trailing by double figures for the entire second half, UNT was forced to throw it more, and QB Derek Thompson (322 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs) had a decent showing. The loss eliminates UNT from bowl contention for the eighth straight season.
Jake Shaw is a special contributor to TexasFootball.com
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