NCAA Quick Hits
Jake Shaw quickly surveys this weekend's college action across Texas.
It was a picturesque day for some of the state's programs, three of which clinched bowl eligibility on Saturday, and another that ended its inaugural season with a win over a rival. Below, we quickly recap every game from every Texas program's action on Saturday.
> Baylor 52, Texas Tech 45 (OT)
Baylor scored on a 4-yard run by Glasco Martin on the first possession of overtime, then batted down a fourth-down pass on Texas Tech's possession to seal the win and clinch bowl eligibility. The Bears missed a potential game-winning 48-yard field goal on the final play of regulation. Baylor (6-5/3-5 in Big 12), turned the game around whentrailing 21-7 late in the second quarter, forcing a fumble by Tech (7-5/4-5) in the red zone, then taking it 92 yards in a 1:28 for a touchdown. That fumble was one of four turnovers by Tech QB Seth Doege.
> Rice 33, UTEP 24
Charles Ross's second touchdown run of the game proved to be the decisive points in a bowl-clinching win for Rice (6-6/4-4 in CUSA), which won four straight games to close the season. Ross (23-154, 2 TDs) led Rice's 453-yard effort, scoring from 9 yards out to put Rice up 26-21 early in the fourth quarter. And after UTEP (3-9/2-6) answered with a field goal, Rice returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown to cement the win. The loss was the final game for the Miners under head coach Mike Price.
> SMU 35, Tulsa 27
The Mustangs needed a huge upset of the CUSA West champs to earn a bowl bid and played like it from the start. SMU (6-6/5-3) built a 28-6 halftime lead, scored the first points of the second half to go up 35-6, then held on as Tulsa (9-3/7-1) scored 21 straight points and nearly tied the game, catching a Hail Mary at SMU's 1-yard line as time expired. SMU won the game on the ground, getting 111 yards from QB Garrett Gilbert and 81 and three TDs from Zach Line. The defense also forced three Tulsa turnovers.
> UTSA 38, Texas State 31
Texas State scored on a 99-yard drive to cut the deficit to a touchdown with 2:02 left to play, but the Bobcats (3-8/1-4) were stopped on their final possession to prevent the comeback. UTSA (8-4/3-3) set a program record with 499 yards of offense, getting 297 total yards and 4 total TDs from QB Eric Soza as well as 93 yards on just 11 carries by Evans Okotcha. Soza's 34-yard touchdown pass to open the fourth quarter proved to be the game winner in a heated game between the two first-year FBS programs.
> Texas A&M 59, Missouri 29
Texas A&M did everything it could to give QB Johnny Manziel a chance to win the Heisman. Now they'll just have to wait for the voting to be revealed. The redshirt freshman QB passed for 372 yards and 3 TDs and added 67 yards and 2 TDs on the ground, playing through the fourth quarter despite an apparent knee injury in the first half and despite the Aggies (10-2/6-2 in SEC) having a huge lead over Missouri (5-7/2-6). Texas A&M moved the ball at will, getting 647 yards and going 12 of 16 on third downs.
> Houston 40, Tulane 17
The Cougars stormed out to a 17-0 lead after the first quarter and closed the game with the final 13 points to end a difficult season, its last in CUSA, on a high note. Houston (5-7/4-4 in CUSA) got a breakout game from freshman RB Ryan Jackson, who rushed for 129 yards and 2 TDs on 16 carries. Jackson came into the game with just 123 yards on 43 carries. The Houston defense forced six Tulane (2-10/2-6) turnovers, four of them interceptions of Ryan Griffin, who had just 7 on the season prior to the game.
> Western Kentucky 25, North Texas 24
North Texas lost a 14-point lead as Western Kentucky (7-5/4-4 in Sun Belt) scored 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to come back for the home win. North Texas (4-8/3-5), eliminated from the bowl picture in last week's loss, went up 24-10 late in the third quarter on Derek Thompson's 12-yard touchdown pass, but WKU turned the game around on UNT's next possession, intercepting a Thompson pass and returning it 39 yards for a score. Thompson was intercepted twice on the day. Brandin Byrd led UNT with 102 rushing yards and a TD.
Jake Shaw is a special contributor to TexasFootball.com
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