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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Watson was missing from practice again. Photo by Zach Tarrant/HoustonTexans.com.

The Houston Texans had their second day in pads and it was a bright day for a couple of rookies.

1. Deshaun Watson was absent again from practice. Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly explained the team is keeping Watson "engaged" and he has been helpful in the meeting room with the offense.

2. Watson, if Kelly is telling the truth, can absolutely help the quarterbacks with his knowledge. The offense shouldn't be that different, and Watson doesn't have anything against the quarterbacks specifically. It is strange to think Deshaun Watson would be helping the quarterbacks while actively wanting to be playing elsewhere, but Kelly has no reason to lie about Watson's level of engagement.

3. It was Roy Lopez day on Wednesday. The rookie defensive lineman had a sack and is quite the load to handle upfront. Lopez will have to build on these days to earn time on a busy defensive line but if he repeats this day, people will have to beat him out.

4. Rookie wide receiver Nico Collins finds himself open quite a bit. Collins isn't afraid of traffic, though there aren't any real big hits in training camp. Collins' athleticism is very clear and as he grows more, he should earn more opportunities.

5. Brandin Cooks threw his hands up and let out an exasperated sound as Tyrod Taylor found Collins wide open in the middle of the field. Cooks was even more wide open in the end zone, and Taylor didn't see him.

6. Tyrod Taylor's legs will be a weapon in this offense. Taylor doesn't take off in a lot of the drills, but his mobility is apparent. Taylor did run into a sack by defensive lineman Derek Rivers.

7. Veteran wide receiver Chris Conley is extremely athletic and speedy. Conley can get vertical on all the defensive backs. In a pass-catching drill Conley wowed. The drill consisted of a coach wearing a pad and attacking the wideouts on a jump ball. Conley skied, ripped the ball out of the air, and withstood the attack from the coach easily coming down on both feet. Conley would make the team if the season started tomorrow.

8. Tight end Pharaoh Brown had a great catch beating Justin Reid for a touchdown on a pass from Tyrod Taylor. Reid was very upset he lost the rep. Brown was solid last year and he remains one of the better tight ends on the team.

9. Linebacker Neville Hewitt has had some flashes in camp. Hewitt had over 100 tackles for the Jets last year to go along with 12 tackles for a loss over the past two seasons. Hewitt had a hurry on Tuesday and a pass breakup on Wednesday. Hewitt is certainly in consideration for a spot in the revamped linebacker room.

10. Defensive linemen Charles Omenihu and Jonathan Greenard each had sacks in a team period. Omenihu's rep was a forced fumble and Greenard darted through the middle of the line for his successful rep.

11. Tytus Howard had a hold your breath moment when he slowly got off the ground and gingerly walked off the field. Howard had to walk it off, but returned to practice with no issue. He has played a multitude of positions in training camp.

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