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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Kyle Tucker had a big day at the plate on Sunday. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

After splitting the first two games of the series, with one team or the other putting on a solid offensive performance in each, the Astros tried to win their fourth series in their last five by taking the rubber game on Sunday against the Blue Jays. Thanks in part to a big day from Kyle Tucker, who played a significant role in the early offense they used to power to the win, they would accomplish their mission.

Final Score: Astros 7, Blue Jays 4

Astros' Record: 18-16, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Bryan Abreu (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Nate Pearson (0-1)

Kyle Tucker helps lead the offense to seven unanswered runs

Houston did not go easy on Nate Pearson in his 2021 debut. After a scoreless first, the Astros loaded the bases on two walks and a single, then brought the first run of the day home on an RBI walk by Michael Brantley. Another walk opened the door in the bottom of the third, and Kyle Tucker capitalized with an RBI triple to make it 2-0, followed by an RBI single by Robel Garcia to make it a three-run lead, ending Pearson's day one out into the bottom of the third.

Things didn't get easier for Toronto's pitching in the next inning, as Jose Altuve would lead off the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer. A single and a walk then set up another big hit for Kyle Tucker, a three-run dinger to make it seven unanswered runs and giving Tucker four RBI on the day.

Blue Jays pound Greinke in the fifth

After four shutout innings to start his day on the mound, working around a few hits along the way, Zack Greinke tried to cash in on his team's offense to get another win on his record. He wouldn't be able to get it done, though, as Toronto would get after him in the top of the fifth. They would score four times amongst five batters that came to the plate, with a solo homer by Rowdy Tellez, a two-RBI double by Bo Bichette, and an RBI single by Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

That made it a 7-4 game, and with Greinke still not having recorded an out in the frame, Dusty Baker would lift him at 88 pitches in favor of Bryan Abreu, who would get a pop out and a double play to end the inning and keep the lead at three runs. Greinke's final line: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 88 P.

Houston takes the series

No more runs would come on either side the rest of the way, with Kent Emanuel working around a single for a scoreless sixth, Ryne Stanek getting a 1-2-3 seventh, and Andre Scrubb doing the same in the eighth to set up Ryan Pressly for the save. Pressly would get the job done, sending the Blue Jays down in order, including two strikeouts to wrap up the win and giving Houston the series victory.

Up Next: The Astros will stay at home to continue this homestand, welcoming in the Angels for three games starting Monday at 7:10 PM Central. The opener will feature a pitching matchup of Alex Cobb (1-2, 5.48 ERA) for Los Angeles and Luis Garcia (0-3, 3.28 ERA) for Houston.

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