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Saturday NCAA Football Recap: Houston finally snags a win; Baylor secures first Big 12 Championship spot

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Houston 24, Tulsa 14

Cornerback Damarion Williams gave the Cougars the lead for good with an interception return of 25 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Scoring was capped by a 94-yard kickoff return from Marquez Stevenson and Houston held off Tusla 24-14 on Saturday night. The Golden Hurricane out-gained Houston 380-231, however Houston committed one turnover compared to Tulsa's four. Houston finishes its season against Navy at home on Saturday.

LSU 56, Arkansas 20

Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for a career-high 188 yards and three touchdowns, including a career-long 89-yard touchdown run, and the Tigers mopped Arkansas 56-20 on Saturday night. "I went in and it was like, `Get the yard, get out of bounds, shut it down for the rest of the game," said Edwards-Helaire, who has 15 rushing touchdowns this season. "But that hole parted like the Red Sea." Superstar quarterback Joe Burrow was sensational, passing for 327 yards and three touchdowns. The Heisman front-runner eclipsed 4,000 yards-passing for the season on a 50-yard touchdown toss to Ja'Marr Chase in the third quarter. Burrow also hit Chase with a 37-yarder on the Tiger's first possession of the game. LSU became the first team in SEC history to have a 4,000-yard passer (Burrow), two 1,000-yard receivers (Chase and Jefferson) and a 1,000-yard rusher Edwards-Helaire in the same season. LSU looks to close out its first undefeated regular season since 2011 when it hosts Texas A&M on Saturday.

Georgia 19, Texas A&M 13

The fourth-ranked Bulldogs managed only one touchdown against the overmatched Aggies but kicker Rodrigo Blankenship booted four field goals, leading Georgia to a lackluster 19-13 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday. Georgia only managed 260 total yards of offense but the defense put on a dominating performance until the final minutes of the game when fatigue set in. "No bones about it, we've got to improve," Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. "There were things tonight that we missed that were there. That's the frustrating part." Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm finished 11-of-23 for 163 yards. The Aggies will face their fifth Top 10 opponent this season when they travel to Baton Rouge to battle top-ranked LSU.

 Kansas State 30, Texas Tech 27

Joshua Youngblood returned the rock 100 yards for a touchdown and Kansas State held off the Red Raiders 30-27 on Saturday. Kansas State's Skylar Thompson threw for 246 yards, two touchdowns and added another score on the ground. Jett Duffey passed for 334 yards and two touchdowns for Texas Tech which fell short of bowl eligibility. "This loss solidifying the fact that we can't make a bowl game is really heart breaking, really devastating," Texas Tech's Adrian Frye said. Texas Tech will finish out its season at Texas on Friday.

Baylor 24, Texas 10

Two years after an 11-loss season in 2017, the Bears won their home finale 24-10 over Texas on Saturday to secure a spot in their first Big 12 championship game. "I'm just really proud of the process of our players," Baylor coach Matt Rhule said. "That's what my whole message to our players is. ... This didn't happen tonight. It happened every morning over the last two years, 6 a.m. wakeup calls, 5 a.m. wakeup calls." Quarterback Charlie Brewer completed 16-of-25 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown for the Bears. He also added a score on the ground and 75 rushing yards on 18 carries. Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger finished 22-of-37 passing for 200 yards and was sacked five times. The Longhorns have lost five games for the eighth time in 10 years. Texas hosts Texas Tech on Friday and Baylor plays its regular-season finale at Kansas of Saturday.

 Oklahoma 28, TCU 24

Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts threw touchdowns and ran for another two scores and No. 9 Oklahoma held off TCU 28-24 on Saturday night. Hurts connected on 11-of-21 passes, threw an interception that led to a touchdown and lost a fumble in the red zone. "Regardless of the fumble or the pick six or whatever mess-up I may have had today, we found a way," he said. It was an uncharacteristically mediocre game for the senior quarterback. Hurts rushed for 173 yards on 28 carries and passed for 145 yards. "One of the first games where he just missed a few throws down the field that could have really busted the thing open," Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. "And they were all just long by just a tad bit. So he was just a little bit off on some of the deep balls." TCU quarterback Max Duggan rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown for the Horned Frogs. Kennedy Brooks added 149 yards for the Sooners and CeeDee Lamb caught his 32nd career touchdown pass to move into second place on Oklahoma's career list. TCU hosts West Virginia next week.

Appalachian State 35, Texas State 13

Tailback Darrynton Evans ran for 154 yards and three second-half touchdowns, leading the No. 24 Appalachian State to a 35-13 victory over Texas State on Saturday. Quarterback Tyler Vitt threw for 154 yards and a touchdown for the Bobcats.

 Rice 20, North Texas 14

Charlie Booker and Aston Walter had touchdown runs in the first half, leading Rice to their second victory of the season. The Mean Green failed to capitalize on forced turnovers and The Owls beat North Texas 20-14 on Saturday.

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Israel plays Jose Altuve and Venezuela on Wednesday. Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images.

Josh Wolf was born in Houston. He attended the Emery Weiner School on Stella Link just south of the Loop. He played Bellaire Little League, where he hardly was one of the bigger kids. He went to St. Thomas High School on Memorial Drive.

So how on Earth was he pitching for Israel (almost halfway on the other side of Earth) against Nicaragua in the World Baseball Classic this week?

Wolf’s mother was born in Israel, Wolf is Jewish and by Israeli law all Jews are eligible to become Israeli citizens, and that qualified him to play with the Star of David on his baseball cap. Plus he’s started the process, called Aliyah, to become an Israeli citizen.

The Israel team is mostly composed of American minor leaguers and free agents. The team has a small number of MLB players, like outfielder Joc Pederson, pitcher Dean Kremer and former Astros catcher Garrett Stubbs. Israel currently is 1-1 in the event, defeating Nicaragua and losing to Puerto Rico.

Meanwhile, let’s have a look at the U.S. roster, which is packed with future Hall of Famers like Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, Nolan Arenado, and Paul Goldschmidt, plus All-Stars like J.T. Realmuto, Pete Alonso, Tim Anderson, Trea Turner, and a couple of guys you may have watched at Minute Maid Park named Kyle Tucker and Ryan Pressly.

The Dominican Republic team, Israel’s opponent Tuesday night (6 p.m. on FS1) boasts Juan Soto, Manny Machado, Rafael Devers, Julio Rodriguez, Sandy Alcantara, and Astros stars Jeremy Pena, Hector Neris, Cristian Javier, Rafael Montero and Bryan Abreu.

Wolf was drafted out of St. Thomas in the second round of the Major League Baseball’s draft in 2019. Still only 22, he’s spent three years in the minors. In 2021 the Mets included Wolf in a trade with the Cleveland Guardians to land superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor.

This week, he’s in Miami, pitching for Israel in Pool D of the World Baseball Classic, awaiting his next turn on the mound, which he expects will be Tuesday night against the powerful, All-Star packed Dominican Republic or Wednesday against Venezuela, which has a guy named Jose Altuve leading off. Oh, and Venezuela has already defeated the Dominican Republic this week.

SportsMap: Can you believe you’re playing in the same baseball tournament as today's biggest stars? Is this like fantasy camp for real?

Josh Wolf: It’s definitely surreal. The thought of me playing with all these amazing players is pretty crazy. But at the same time, I want to get to that level in my career and I believe I can get there. I’m kind of in the middle right now, between fanboy and thinking I can get these guys out. There are parts of me, when I don’t have to be a serious professional player, like when I met Altuve, I say to myself how amazing this is. I watched him when I was growing up. Joc Pederson is on the Israel team. I had his jersey when I was a kid, all that stuff. This is the dream of 14-year-old me. Not only do I get to watch this up close, I’m playing in it.

SM: Are you in the moment fully capturing this experience, or is it a haze right now?

JW: It is a haze. Even now I don’t think I’m comprehending how big this is, especially at this point in my career. I think after the tournament is done, I’ll say to myself, wow, that all happened.

SM: Were you an Astros fan growing up in Bellaire?

JW: Of course, yeah yeah, 100 percent. Today I saw Martin Maldonado on the Puerto Rico team. I got to watch him up close. Being an Astros fan, I’ve watched Astros baseball my whole life. So I know a lot about the players. It’s really cool facing them. I’m expecting to pitch Tuesday or Wednesday. I’ll be facing Altuve or Jeremy Pena depending which night.

SM: OK, you’re on the mound and Jose Altuve steps into the batter’s box. What's the plan?

JW: I can’t reveal that. All I can say is that I’ll throw my best. I learned from our game against Nicaragua. I was trying to be too perfect. I let the moment speed up on me. The beauty of that is, I’m learning. I’ve got to trust my stuff. Against a guy like Altuve, I’ll just throw my best. If he gets me, I’ll tip my hat. But I believe that my best can get anybody out.

SM: Last week you posted a photo of yourself with Altuve. Will you apologize if you strike him out?

JW: I won’t apologize but I may ask for the ball back.

SM: How awesome were you in Bellaire Little League?

JW: My first couple of years I didn’t play that well. There were a couple of years I was really good. I started separating myself in the last year, the age 12 year. After that my career started taking off. It wasn't that I was physically imposing. To be honest, I’m still waiting for my body to grow. My abilities just started increasing, that’s all.

SM: How did you get to St. Thomas High School instead of Bellaire High School?

JW: My dad knew my best friend’s dad who sold him on St. Thomas’ baseball program. So my dad told me, you’re going to St. Thomas. I said all right, sounds good. They didn’t scout me or anything. I just went there. I think the coach was pleasantly surprised by me.

SM: Have you been to Israel?

JW: Yes, I’ve been there. I had my bar mitzvah there, at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. And I’m becoming a citizen so I can play for Israel in international competitions, like the Olympics, that require athletes to be citizens of the country they represent.

SM: Where will you play this year?

JW: I will go where Cleveland assigns me. I would guess it will be High-A Lake County in Eastlake, Ohio.

SM: Now that you’re a professional, is baseball still fun?

JW: Yeah, I think it is. The only difference is, it can’t be just fun.I know there’s stuff on the line. I have to take it more seriously. When I struggle, I think it’s because I forget that it’s still a game and it’s fun and I can smile and have a blast. I know a lot of people would love to be in my situation.

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