Wins and losses

A recap of Saturday's college football action: UH, Texas, Tech emerge with big wins

Tom Herman and the Longhorns got by Kansas State in double OT. Tim Warner/Getty Images

Here is a look back at schools of interest in the Houston area and how they fared in college football:

Houston 35, SMU 22

The Cougars pulled off a big win over a nice SMU team. Duke Catalon had a big day, rushing for 177 yards, and the Houston defense kept the Ponies under wraps. Houston forced two interceptions and collected two sacks. SMU'S Courtland Sullivan and Trey Quinn had big days against the UH secondary (11 catches for 160 yards for Sullivan, 17 for 156 for Quinn) but it was not enough. Kyle Postma was good enough and the Cougars moved on with a nice win.

Texas 40, Kansas State 34, OT 

The Longhorns went to OT for the second time this year, and this time they came out on top, beating Kansas State 40-34. Sam Ehlinger had a big day, throwing for 380 yards and rushing for 107 yards. Chris Warren 2-yard run in the second overtime was the game-winner. The Longhorns are 3-2, 2-0 in the Big 12.

Alabama 27, Texas A&M 19

The Aggies actually hung in there with the best team in the country, but Kellen Mond simply did not have enough to beat the Tide. He was 19 of 27 for 237 yards with a touchdown and an interception but was ineffective in the running game. The Aggie defense did an oustanding job containing Jalen Hurts, but Alabama ran for 232 yards and escaped College Station with a win.

TCU 31, West Virginia 24

The Horned Frogs contine to impress, knocking off West Virginia. Kenny Hill scored in three different ways, and the Frogs escaped with a 5-0 mark, leading the Big 12. With OU's losss, the Frogs have to be considered the favorites in the conference.

Texas Tech 65, Kansas 19

The Red Raiders took care of their "free win" week, mashing Kansas. Things get much tougher next week when they play at West Virginia. 

Army 49, Rice 12

Rice's season continues to spiral out of control, as they turned the ball over six times in a loss to Army. The Owls fell to 1-5.

Southern Miss 31, UTSA 29

The Road Runners' promising season was derailed in a 31-29 loss to Southern Miss. UTSA failed on a two-point conversion with 48 seconds left. UTSA is now 3-1.

 

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The Texans didn't have an answer for Derrick Henry. Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Romeo Crennel made a valorous call that might have costed the Houston Texans from winning their second consecutive game on Sunday. Up by seven with 1:50 left in the fourth quarter, Crennel decided to call a two-point conversion following Deshaun Watson's one-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks.

During the two-point conversion, Watson had a look at an open Randall Cobb, but Titans' defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons got a hand on the ball to deflect the pass. The failed conversion allowed the Titans to take a 42-36 victory over the Texans inside Nissan Stadium. Tennessee scored 13 unanswered points, which included a seven-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to A.J. Brown to send the game into overtime.

"I think I would do it again," Crennel said during his media availability on Monday. "You are on the road against a divisional opponent who is undefeated, and if you could get that two-point conversion — you shut the door on them. We had a guy open, but unfortunately, the ball got tipped and we did not make it. I would do it again because it was a good choice."

The decision to not kick the field goal caused somewhat of an uproar, but it is understandable why Crennel made the call. Crennel had faith in Watson to put the Texans in a position to close the game, similar to his 4th-and-4 call during last week's victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In the end, Crennel's risky decisions could stem from the lack of faith he has in the Texans' depleted defense.

Houston's defense hit an all-time low against the Titans. They gave up a franchise-worst 601 total yards — with Derrick Henry accounting for 212 yards on 22 carries. But despite their struggles against the run, the Texans' secondary were just as faulty. They gave up a total of 338 yards through the air and allowed Tannehill to go 8-for-9 down the field during the Titans' final drive of regulation.

Had Houston's defense made a stop during the closing seconds of the fourth quarter, the Texans could have ended the game 2-0 under their interim head coach.

"I wanted to go ahead and get the two points — I felt like that would have put the game out of reach for them," Crennel said. "If we had gotten it, we would have been in much better shape. But we did not get it. We did not perform well in overtime, and they [Titans] won the game."

Following Sunday's heartbreaking loss, Texans safety Justin Reid said it best, "Had we converted on the two-point conversion, this would be a totally different conversation. So it is what it is."

Up next, the 1-5 Texans will look to bounce back from defeat against the 4-1 Green Bay Packers, inside NRG Stadium on Sunday. Kick-off is at 12:00 PM CT.

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