Saturday NCAA Football Recap: Big wins in the Lone Star State in Week 4

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Emphatic victories for Texas Tech and Texas in Week 4. Here’s how it went down:

Houston 70, Texas Southern 14

The Tigers were no match for the swift-moving offense of the Houston Cougars. Junior quarterback D’Eriq King was 20-of-25 with 200 yards, three touchdown passes and one rushing score as the Cougars rolled to a 70-14 blowout victory over Texas Southern on Saturday.

Alabama 45, Texas A&M 23

Sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was a force to be reckoned with, completing 22-of-30 passes for 387 yards and four touchdowns for the undefeated Crimson Tide, including his first pass of the game to sophomore receiver DeVonta Smith for a score. Even Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher was impressed with Tagovailoa. "He's good. I mean he's good," Fisher said. "He's got good people around him. I mean he's got really good people around him, and we tried to pressure him and he scrambled and they've got a good scheme, and they did a good job. He was very effective at what he did, and we've got to play better." This was ‘Bama’s first test against a ranked opponent and they proved they are the top team in the nation for a reason. Aggie quarterback Kellen Mond got beat up pretty bad in Saturday’s game, completing only 16-of-33 passes for 196 yards, two interceptions and was sacked seven times.

Texas Tech 41, Oklahoma State 17

Alan Bowman shined in his Big 12 debut as the Red Raiders rolled over No. 15 Oklahoma State on Saturday night. The freshman quarterback has kept Tech undefeated since losing McLane Carter to injury in the season opener. Bowman was 35-of-46 with 397 yards and two touchdowns, securing the Raider’s first victory against the Cowboys sine 2008. Senior receiver Ja’Deion High led the Raiders in catches with eight receptions for 79 yards. Demarcus Felton rushed for 121 yards and two scores for Tech in their 41-14 victory over the Cowboys.

Texas 31, TCU 16

The formerly losing Longhorns are back and better than they have been in a long while. Sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger was 22-of-32, threw for 255 yards, two touchdowns, and one rushing score in the Longhorns emphatic victory over the Frogs on Saturday. The Texas defense forced four turnovers, three of which were by TCU quarterback Shawn Robinson in the third quarter. "There's a grit to this team that's a lot of fun to be around," Texas coach Tom Herman said. "All (the win) does is validate the fact that we have taken another step. We have many steps left to take." Texas receiver Colin Johnson finished with 124 yards on seven receptions, including a 31-yard touchdown catch that gave Texas the lead in the second half. It is safe to say the Longhorns are going to be a conference championship contender. Hook ‘em!

Baylor 26, Kansas 7

Sophomore quarterback Charlie Brewer was 19 for 27, threw for 221 yards and three touchdowns for the Bears in their Big 12 conference opener against Kansas on Saturday. "He just scored. ... The ball's moving," Baylor coach Matt Rhule said. "Keeping us alive with his feet. I thought that was the x-factor early on, was Charlie making some of those plays." Brewer also rushed for 56 yards, leading Baylor to a 26-7 victory, breaking a rare winning streak for Kansas.

Southern Miss 40, Rice 22

Sophomore quarterback Jack Abraham passed for 428 yards and four touchdowns leading Southern Miss to a 40-22 victory over Rice on Saturday in the Conference USA opener for both teams.

UTSA 25, Texas State 21

Bobcat quarterback Taylor Vitt was 15-of-22 with 192 yards in Saturday’s loss to UTSA. Sophomore kicker Jared Sackett held kicked three long field goals for the Roadrunners as they held off the Bobcats for the third time.

LSU 38, Louisiana Tech 21

This game was surely not supposed to be as close as it was for so long and if you ask LSU coach Ed Orgeron, the Tigers we not playing to win. "We won the game, but it wasn't good enough," Orgeron said. "Obviously, we're not happy." LSU quarterback Joe Burrow was 16-of-28 passing for 191 yards. Despite being projected to lose by three touchdowns, LA Tech quarterback J’Mar Smith threw for 330 yards and three scores, giving LSU a run for their money.


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Former Astros manager Andrew Jay Hinch is on a short list of candidates to become manager of the Detroit Tigers in 2021.

The question is, after being suspended and later fired for his role in the Astros sign-stealing scandal, does A.J. Hinch deserve to manage again in baseball?

It's weird to think because so much has happened in 2020, but Hinch was suspended and fired only nine months ago. His banishment, however, ends in a matter of weeks with the final out of the upcoming World Series. At that point, he will be available to manage the Tigers or any other team. There's a possibility that the Mets are interested. Some were hoping it'd be the Astros, but the Astros are committed to manager Dusty Baker for next year. After that … never say never.

Shortly after getting the Astros ax, Hinch went on MLB TV and apologized for his role in the Astros cheating scandal. Although baseball's investigation said the garbage can banging scheme was "with the exception of (Astros coach Alex) Cora, player-driven and player-executed," Hinch took responsibility as manager and didn't challenge his punishment. No players were punished.

"I still feel responsible and will always feel responsible as the man out front," Hinch said. "As the leader, I was in charge of the team. I put out a statement to apologize. But there is something different to doing it on camera and putting a face to an apology, and saying I'm sorry to the league, to baseball, to fans, to players, to the coaches.

"It happened on my watch. I'm not proud of that. I'll never be proud of it. I didn't like it. But I have to own it. And the commissioner's office made very, very clear that the GM and the manager were in position to make sure that nothing like this happened. And we fell short."

In effect, while Hinch didn't authorize or participate in the sign-stealing scandal, he didn't do enough (really anything) to stop it. He is the rare case of being a guilty bystander.

To be clear, Hinch has not been offered the Detroit manager job. However, he has more experience and more wins under his belt than most of the other candidates being considered.

Hinch's reputation is blemished, but his credentials can't be disputed. During his five years as Astros manager, the team never had a losing season, won 100 or more games three times, including a team record 107 wins last year, made the playoffs three times and won a World Series.

Has baseball forgiven Hinch, and does he deserve another chance to manage in the big leagues? This is America, the land of forgiveness and second chances.

As Mahatma Gandhi said, "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."

Hinch knew his team was cheating and didn't do enough to stop it. There's no defense for that. But I think he's paid enough of a price to get back in baseball.

Mike Tyson raped a woman, went to jail, and now he's practically America's sweetheart. Hillary forgave Bill. We not only forgave Confederate leaders, we built schools and statues to honor them. Martha Stewart went to jail for insider trading, now she's back on TV baking crumpets. Ozzy Osbourne was arrested for pee'ing on a monument outside the Alamo, there is no more sacred place in Texas, and now he sells out concerts at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Pee-wee Herman, well, let's not say what he was caught doing, but he's planning to tour the U.S. celebrating the 35th anniversary of Pee-wee's Big Adventure movie.

Remember, Hinch was suspended for a year. It could have been worse. Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has the power to ban people for life. Since becoming the commish, Manfred has permanently banished two people: former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa for hacking into the Astros computer database, and former Atlanta Braves general manager, John Coppolella for signing international players illegally.

Manfred also has temporarily banned Astros assistant general manager Brandon Taubman for shouting inappropriate comments at female reporters last year. Taubman is eligible to apply for reinstatement after this year's World Series. However, if he commits one more violation of baseball rules, he will be banned for life.

Lifetime bans aren't as unusual as you might think. Since baseball's beginnings in the 1800s, dozens of players, managers and team owners have been banned, mostly, like Pete Rose and the Chicago Black Sox, for gambling-related offenses.

A.J. Hinch copped to his crime, suffered the consequences, now it's time for him to manage a baseball team again. It's not like he'd be landing a plum job with Detroit. The Tigers are out of this year's playoff picture. They lost 114 games last season. And were 64-98 the two years prior. Managing the Tigers will be punishment enough.

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