The ABCs: Again? Frank Harris. No More Heisman. Vanished.

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Welcome back to the ABCs of college football in the state of Texas. 

Every Monday, Mike Craven from Dave Campbell’s Texas Football will walk you through quick hitters from an action-packed weekend of football. 

Week 7 featured another late-game collapse from Texas, big wins by UTEP and Baylor, and a Texas A&M squad figuring out its offensive identity. 

Again? – The Texas Longhorns blew a multi-touchdown lead for the second straight week in a 32-24 loss to Oklahoma State. Texas lost to Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown despite an 18-point lead at halftime. The Longhorns collapsed in a similar fashion against Oklahoma State when Texas was outscored 16-0 by the Cowboys in the fourth quarter.  

Bowling – Four Texas teams are bowl eligible after Week 7: Baylor, SMU, UTSA, and UTEP. Just as we all predicted before the season, right? 

Coasting – Texas Tech needed an easy win and Kansas was on the schedule in Week 7. The Red Raiders improved to 5-2 on the season with a 41-14 win in Lawrence, Kans. Texas Tech was able to rest its starters for the fourth quarter after building a 41-0 lead at one point in the second half. 

Dillon Doyle – Baylor linebacker Dillon Doyle was utilized on offense by Baylor in the win over BYU, rushing and catching a touchdown in the 14-point win over a future Big 12 opponent. He also recorded four tackles and a sack on defense. 

Energy – Texas A&M Commerce’s defense accounted for 10 sacks in the first half of a blowout win over Western New Mexico. 

Frank Harris – UTSA is known for its running game, and the defense posted its second shutout of the season, but the Roadrunners are led by their quarterback. Harris was excellent again on Saturday in the win over Rice. He completed 12 of 19 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. He’s thrown 14 touchdowns to just three interceptions on the season. 

Grimes – Incarnate Word wide receiver Taylor Grimes set a program record with four touchdown receptions in the comeback win over Northwestern State. He ended the game with nine catches for 182 yards. 

Hutchinson – Trinity playmaker Winston Hutchinson ran for 142 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and added 60 yards and a touchdown on four catches in the 46-0 win over Mllsaps. 
Interception returns – UTSA defenders Trevor Hermanson and Corey Mayfield Jr. returned interceptions for touchdowns in the 45-0 win over Rice. The defense allowed 102 yards of total offense in the win. 

Jacob Cowing – UTEP is on a four-game winning streak and wide receiver Jacob Cowing is the team’s best offensive weapon. He caught nine catches for 166 yards in the win over Louisiana Tech. 

Kenyon Green – Texas A&M offensive lineman Kenyon Green was named SEC Offensive Linemen of the Week for the second time in 2021. Green, a future NFL Draft Pick, is the best offensive lineman in the state of Texas. 

Late game mistakes – Texas State’s two wins in 2021 came in overtime, but the Bobcats couldn’t close out Troy in regulation despite a fourth-quarter lead. Quarterback Brady McBride threw a couple of costly interceptions down the stretch to keep the Bobcats from picking up their third win of the season. 

Max Duggan – TCU’s quarterback threw for 346 yards and four touchdowns in the 52-31 loss at Oklahoma. The Horned Frogs are 3-3 on the season after losing three of their last four. 

No more Heisman hype – Through no real fault of his own, Texas running back Bijan Robinson won’t see his name mentioned among Heisman contenders after the Longhorns dropped their third game of the season. Running backs must be breaking records or on national championship contenders to get invited to New York City at the end of the regular season. 

Off – Houston and SMU were idle in Week 7. 

Penalties – North Texas was smoked at home by Marshall and penalties were a major concern for the Mean Green. North Texas committed 17 penalties for 161 yards in the 49-21 loss to Marshall. North Texas trailed 42-7 at halftime and are now 1-5 on the season. 

Quentin Johnston – One of the bright spots in TCU’s loss at Oklahoma was the resurgence of Johnston, an uber-talented wide receiver out of Temple, Texas. He caught seven passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns.

Running back duo – The state of Texas is full of tremendous running back duos, but the best of the bunch play in College Station. Texas A&M running backs Isaiah Spiller and Devon Achane combined for 292 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries. 

Smith – Baylor running back Abram Smith ran for a career-high 188 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries in the 38-24 win over BYU. 

Taylor – UTEP improved to 6-1 on the season and became bowl eligible in a 19-3 home win over Louisiana Tech. The defense was the main reason why, and defensive end Jadrian Taylor led the way with six tackles and 3.5 sacks.

Undefeated – UTSA remained perfect on the season with a 45-0 win over Rice. The Roadrunners are 7-0 for the first time in school history and were ranked in both the AP and Coach’s Poll for the first time ever on Sunday. 

Vanished – That's what happened to the Texas Longhorn offense in the fourth quarter. Texas gained one total yard in the last 15 minutes of action and averaged .2 yards a carry on six attempts in the fourth quarter. 

Wide zone – The Baylor offense rolled through BYU over the weekend, and the key to the victory was the wide zone rushing attack utilized by the Bears. As a team, Baylor rushed for 303 yards and four touchdowns on 47 carries. 

X-Factor – The Texas A&M offense is led by its running backs, but wide receiver Ainias Smith is the program’s X-Factor. The slot speedster scored touchdowns on two of his three catches and had a team high 34 yards receiving. 

Yards – North Texas gained 411 yards on offense in the loss to Marshall and 182 of those were gained by running back Deandre Torrey. He scored two of the Mean Green’s three touchdowns. 

Zzzz – That snoring in the background is your favorite Rice fan falling asleep watching the Owls play offense. Rice accounted for 36 yards passing on 8 completions in the entire game against UTSA. The rushing attack only averaged 1.8 yards a carry on 36 attempts. 

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