Rough week

A recap of Saturday's college football action: TCU, A&M get wins, but other Texas schools falter

Sam Ehlinger and the Texas Longhorns fell short against Oklahoma. Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

Saturday NCAA Football Recap: Upsets for Top 10 Schools and Throughout Texas

Rough game day in Texas. Take a look back at the biggest upsets of the day:

Arizona State 13, Washington 7

The Sun Devils dominated the field with impenetrable defense. Missed field goals and a slow-moving offense kept the Huskies shut out until well into the fourth quarter.

LSU 27, Auburn 23

Strong second half defense and special teams plays made the way for LSU to iron out a major victory over Auburn in Saturday’s nail-biter game. Tough break for the Auburn Tigers who were off to a decent start early on.

TCU 26, Kansas State 6

The Horned Frogs were unstoppable in their win over Kansas State. Despite a 3-hour weather delay in Kansas, TCU pulled ahead early in the game, ending the first quarter with a 10-0 lead. The Wildcats got on the board with two field goals in the first and second quarters but still proved no match for the Horned Frogs.

Texas A&M 19, Florida 17

Daniel LaCamera kicked four field goals as the Aggies picked up a tough win on the road against Florida.

Oklahoma 29, Texas 24

The Sooners kept their playoff dreams alive after a narrow victory over Texas in the Red River Showdown.

West Virginia 46, Texas Tech 35

Quarterback Will Grier led his teammates to a show-stopping finish against the Red Raiders. Scoring four touchdowns in the second half, the Mountaineers earned their first victory over an AP Top 25 team in 10 tries since 2014.

Oklahoma State 59, Baylor 16

Oklahoma State took advantage of Baylor’s precipitous fall from last year in a display of pure offensive dominance. OSU Quarterback Mason Rudolph led his team to a school-record 747 yards in this spectacular win over Baylor.

Tulsa 45, Houston 17

Houston left stunned after a brutal defeat against Tulsa. Tough loss for the Cougars who held on until being shutout in the third quarter.


 

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Houston couldn't keep up

Astros fall to Blue Jays as Toronto gets homer-happy

Houston's bats couldn't keep up with Toronto's Saturday night. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

With an offensive clinic in the opener on Friday night, which helped them handily defeat the Blue Jays, the Astros returned to Minute Maid Park Saturday with a chance to secure another series. Toronto had other plans, though, reversing roles with Houston by getting big home runs to even the series.

Final Score: Blue Jays 8, Astros 4

Astros' Record: 17-16, third in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Steven Matz (5-2)

Losing Pitcher: Cristian Javier (3-1)

Toronto flips the script and turns on their offense against Javier

Toronto flipped the script from the night before early in this middle game of the series, dealing damage to Cristian Javier, who so far in 2021 had been able to limit his amount of earned runs. After retiring the first four batters he faced, a one-out walk in the top of the second set up the Blue Jays' first hit of the night, a two-run home run by Cavan Biggio, giving them a 2-0 lead over Houston.

After a leadoff home run made it a 3-0 score, Javier would deal with the fallout of more walks in the top of the third, issuing two to set up a two-out two-RBI double to give the Jays a commanding 5-0 advantage. Javier would battle back and complete five full innings, getting one out into the sixth before a walk would prompt Dusty Baker to make the call to the bullpen. His final line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 8 K, 2 HR, 91 P.

Alvarez keeps mashing as Houston tries to claw back into it

Javier would exit with at least some runs on the board in support of him, with Yordan Alvarez hitting a two-run opposite-field homer in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to three runs. Alvarez accounted for another run in the next inning, coming through with an RBI-single to make it 5-3, which is where the game stood as Andre Scrubb would take over in the top of the sixth.

Scrubb finished that inning for Javier and returned for a 1-2-3 seventh to keep it a two-run game. Bryan Abreu was the next reliever, and he, too, was able to retire the Blue Jays in order in the top of the eighth. The Astros continued to chip away at Toronto's lead, getting another run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI by Yuli Gurriel to make it 5-4 heading to the ninth.

Toronto evens the series

Brooks Raley entered to try and keep it a one-run game with a clean inning, but instead, two runners would reach on a walk and error before Joe Smith would enter to try and strand them. Instead, a two-out home run put the game back out of reach at 8-4, with Houston coming up empty in the bottom of the inning, setting up a rubber match in the finale.

Up Next: This series's third and final game will be an afternoon start of 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Zack Greinke (2-1, 3.76 ERA) will try to add more wins to his record for Houston, while Nate Pearson will be making his 2021 debut for Toronto.

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