COLLEGE REWIND

Saturday NCAA football Recap: Oklahoma claims No. 1 spot in Big 12

Baker Mayfield and OU had a big win. Brett Deering/Getty Images

Easy victories throughout the Lone Star State. Take a look back at the highs and lows for Texas colleges and schools of interest.

Oklahoma 38, TCU 20

Quarterback Baker Mayfield led the Sooners to a spectacular victory over TCU with 333 passing yards and rushing for 50 in their battle for the Big 12 No. 1 spot. Rodney Anderson caught five passes for 139 yards, scored twice and ran for 151 yards. TCU quarterback Kenny Hill passed for 270 yards but completed only 13 of 28 passes. Rattled TCU defensive end Mat Boesen was ejected from the game in the second quarter for kicking an OU player.

LSU 33, Arkansas 10

Physically dominant LSU was on fire in Saturday’s victory over Arkansas. D.J. Clark caught two touchdown passes and Derrius Guice ran for three scores for the Tigers. The LSU defense held Arkansas to 318 total yards. The Razorbacks have their work cut out for them if they want to make it to a bowl game this year.

Texas Tech 38, Baylor 24

Tech ended their four-game losing streak with an impressive victory over Baylor. Quarterback Nic Shimonek threw for 246 yards and two touchdowns. Keke Coutee ran the opening kickoff back 93 yards for a dazzling touchdown for the Red Raiders. Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer completed 43 of 63 passes for 417 yards in his second start for the Bears.

Southern Mississippi 43, Rice 34

Southern Mississippi quarterback Kwadra Griggs completed 22 of 31 passes for 331 yards, propelling the now bowl-eligible Golden Eagles to a victory over Rice in Houston on Saturday. Southern Miss took an early lead and dominated the field throughout the game.

Georgia State 33, Texas State 30

Quaterback Conner Manning threw for 368 yards and two scores for Georgia State in Saturday’s battle against Texas State. This 33-30 win for GAST makes them bowl-eligible for the second time in program history.

Texas 42, Kansas 27

The Longhorns moved closer to their goal of going to a bowl game with their 42-27 win over Kansas on Saturday. Texas coach Tom Herman said, “when you’re playing to win, scoring points on defense and getting turnovers, that’s a big part of that.” Texas’ offense dominated the first quarter scoring 28 points and effectively secured their victory early on. Longhorns play at West Virginia next week for a chance to become bowl-eligible.

Texas A&M 55, New Mexico 14

The physically dominant Aggies secured a massive lead early in the game for an easy 55-14 win over New Mexico on Saturday. Aggie quarterback Nick Starkel threw for a career-high 416 yards and four touchdowns before being sat down at halftime.

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Another tough loss for the Texans. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

The Houston Texans started fast but faltered late as the New York Jets hand Houston their ninth loss of the season 21-14. Here are 11 observations from the game.

1. Starting safety Justin Reid was benched for the game. David Culley said after the game it was his decision as head coach and he would keep the matter internal with Reid.

2. This is the third defender benched for disciplinary reasons this season. Reid joins Zach Cunningham and Desmond King as players who missed time for discipline.

3. Justin Reid told Fox 26 he was benched because he had a disagreement with the coaching staff. He also said he was shocked the Texans benched him. You have to wonder if the “culture” the team is building is right when one of the more likable and personable players falls victim to their rules. Reid, who is a free agent this offseason, could leave the Texans.

4. Tyrod Taylor had a couple of nice plays early on for the Texans. His willingness to take some shots downfield was refreshing and led to a touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks.

5. Rookie tight end Brevin Jordan found the end zone. He has played well in recent weeks after finally getting on the field. Jordan is playing over Jordan Akins as Akins was a healthy scratch again this week.

6. Tytus Howard started at left tackle with mixed results. Howard has struggled to find his way at guard but could be a long-term option at tackle if given the chance.

7. The offensive line overall played poorly after some early success. The pass rush of the Jets got going and the run blocking was poor again. Lane Taylor played at left guard some, with Max Scharping also playing some at that spot.

8. The offense was horrendous after the two scoring drives. The Texans amassed 202 net yards with 91 yards coming on those two scoring drives. Houston gained just 49 net yards after their opening three drives.

9. After the game, I asked David Culley if he would be making a change with his play-caller. Culley stood behind offensive coordinator Tim Kelly and said he would remain the team’s play-caller.

10. Second-year defensive lineman Ross Blacklock had two horrible errors that handed the Jets a chance to turn three points into seven points. Blacklock got a personal foul on a field goal attempt giving the Jets a first down. The very next play his offsides penalty erased a sack. Each week Blacklock falls even more behind a bevy of players drafted after him who contribute positively on a regular basis.

11. The loss to another bottom-dweller has the Texans back in the second spot in the 2022 NFL Draft order. It also feels like the deflating nature of this loss erased some of the good feelings after the victory over the Titans. The Indianapolis Colts come to Houston next week to begin December’s portion of the schedule.

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