Saturday NCAA Football Recap: Texas schools barely clinch victories in Week 5

Kyler Murray did not start, but played terrific in a win over Baylor. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The word of the week is ‘sloppy’ but a win is a win, I guess. Here’s what happened:

LSU 45, Mississippi 16

After narrowly escaping defeat at the hands of an undermatched opponent last week, LSU coach Ed Orgeron compared his team to an overconfident fighter who drops their hands and subsequently gets “hit in the face”. This week, however, the Tigers came ready to play and they were out for redemption. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow wreaked havoc on Mississippi as he led his team to a 45-16 victory over the Rebels on Saturday night. The junior quarterback threw for 292 yards,  three touchdowns, and rushed for 96 yards and another score, beating Ole’ Miss on the ground and in the air. "LSU used to be a running offense," said receiver Justin Jefferson, who had five catches for 99 yards and two touchdowns. "Spreading the ball around like we do now is a very good feeling for this offense, especially the receivers." Freshman receiver Ja’Marr Chase leaped and caught a 21-yard sideline pass from Burrow for the Tiger’s first score of the game. "I'm excited about the play of Joe Burrow," said LSU coach Ed Orgeron. "Joe can make the throws. I know he can make the decisions and I know he can scramble.” Despite LSU dominating most of the game, two LSU turnovers kept the Rebels in the game until late in the third quarter.

Oklahoma 66, Baylor 33

Despite not starting for the Sooners, per team policy for being late to practice Friday, junior quarterback Kyler Murray ran for a score and threw for career-highs of 432 yards and six touchdowns. Murray is now tied with Baker Mayfield’s school record by accounting for seven touchdowns in a game, and his 348 efficiency rating was a school record. "He handled the situation before the game well," Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. "Didn't freak out like I'm sure the rest of America did. It was what it was." Well you can say that again, coach. Junior receiver Marquise Brown caught five passes for 132 yards and two scores, sophomore receiver CeeDee Lamb grabbed three receptions for 101 yards and one touchdown, and freshman running back Kennedy Brooks ran for 107 yards and two scores. Turns out Murray’s own teammates are just as stunned as we are by his playmaking abilities. "I haven't seen anybody else do it better," Lamb said. "He surprises me every week, just like he surprises y'all. I promise.” Sophomore quarterback Charlie Brewer was 38 for 60 with 400 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears, but was sacked six times. The Sooners will face off with the Longhorns in Dallas on Saturday. This will be the first time since 2015 that the Sooners enter the rivalry game undefeated.

West Virginia 42, Texas Tech 34

Red Raider true freshman quarterback Alan Bowman did not return after getting pinned on hits from Ezekiel Rose and Keith Washington as he threw a pass. Senior West Virginia quarterback, Will Grier was 27-of-41 for 370 yards and three touchdowns. Washington stopped a potential rally by Tech with a 51-yard interception return for a score and No. 12  West Virginia remains undefeated with a 42-34 victory over No. 25 Texas Tech.

Texas 19, Kansas State 14

The No. 18 Longhorns were off to a great start on Saturday night. Sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger was 29-of-36 with 207 yards and one touchdown, and defensive back D’Shawn Jamison returned a punt 90 yards for another score, putting the Longhorns up 19-0 by halftime. And that was all she wrote (for the offense anyway). The Longhorns were forced to rely heavily on their defense for the remainder of the game. Unfortunately for Texas, the Wildcats came out a different team in the second half. Sophomore quarterback Skylar Thompson threw for 96 yards in relief of ineffective Alex Delton and he led the Wildcats to two touchdowns in the second half. However, after two incompletions with 7:12 to go in the game, the Wildcats’ offense never got another opportunity with the ball. Texas managed to hold down Kansas State for a 19-14 victory. "We won ugly, but the key is we won," Longhorn coach Tom Herman said. "They all look pretty on Sunday morning."

Texas A&M 24, Arkansas 17

What started as a great game, ended as a sloppy mess, according to Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher. "We played in spurts," said Fisher. "We came out and started well, had some great things off the beginning, lost control of the game." A&M had a 17-0 lead in the second quarter when sophomore quarterback Kellen Mond threw his second interception of the game. Freshman running back Jashaun Corbin had the first 100-yard kickoff return to start a game for the Aggies since 1994. Junior running back Trayveon Williams ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns but it took a late interception by senior defensive back Donovan Wilson to seal the 24-17 win for the Aggies on Saturday. "Probably played our worst football game of the year by far and need to get things fixed," Fisher said. "Had decent intensity. But our intelligence level, how to play and how to expect to win and play from ahead and do things that champions do and good football teams do, we've got to grow in it."

Wake Forest 56, Rice 24

After giving up 41 points in a loss to Boston College, and another 56 in defeat to Notre Dame, the Demon Deacons desperately needed this win and it showed as they sailed to a (mostly) error-free victory over Rice on Saturday. "To me, it looked like they were having fun," Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said. "They were playing with emotion. They were flying around. The blitzes looked faster. There was just an energy level out there, and I think they got some confidence from the first few drives." Wake forest was up to a 42-3 lead over the Owls by halftime. Sophomore receiver Greg Dortch finished with 11 receptions for 163 yards and four touchdowns, leading Wake Forest to a 56-24 victory over Rice.

UTSA 30, UTEP 21

Junior quarterback Cordale Grundy was 20-for-35 with 187 yards, two touchdown passes, and one rushing score for the Roadrunners as they held off UTEP for a 30-21 victory in a Conference USA opener on Saturday. UTEP’s school losing streak now stands at 17 straight.  

TCU 17, Iowa State 14

"Coach P says whether you win by 50 or win by 1, a win is a win," TCU senior defensive end Ben Banogu said. "I'm glad we got a `W' on the board." This seems to be the trend for Texas schools this week. Banogu returned a fumble 47 yards for a score before missing a critical sack on Iowa State’s game-tying drive. Jonathan Song sealed the 17-14 victory over Iowa State for the Horned Frogs with a 28-yard field goal with 37 seconds remaining.


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Houston gets another victory in Anaheim

Astros overpower Angels again as magic number dwindles

Kyle Tucker had 3 of Houston's RBI on Tuesday night, including a two-run homer. Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images

After a beatdown of the Angels on Monday in the opener, the Astros entered Tuesday's game looking to replicate that success. Though Los Angeles would put up more of a fight, Houston still used their potent offense to keep the game out of reach.

Final Score: Astros 10, Angels 5

Astros' Record: 90-61, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (8-3)

Losing Pitcher: Packy Naughton (0-3)

Houston's bats keep connecting to back up Urquidy

The Astros picked up on Tuesday's game where they left off on Monday, launching homers to take and extend a lead. A leadoff walk by Carlos Correa in the top of the second set up Kyle Tucker, who drove a two-run shot. Aledmys Diaz was next, making it back-to-back jacks to push the new lead to 3-0.

That gave Jose Urquidy a lead to work with, which came in handy as former Astro Jack Mayfield cut the lead to two runs with a leadoff solo homer in the bottom of the second. Other than that, Urquidy did well through five innings, allowing just two other hits over that span. LA got to him in the sixth, getting two singles to set up a three-run homer to end his night. His final line: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 79 P.

The runs keep coming

He would still leave in line for the win, though, as before that bottom of the sixth, the Astros had put up seven more runs across the fifth and sixth. A leadoff walk in the top of the fifth was followed by a two-run homer by Jose Altuve, then later in the frame, an RBI single by Aledmys Diaz made it 7-1. They pushed that to double digits in the sixth, with a leadoff solo shot by Martin Maldonado, a sac fly by Carlos Correa, and an RBI groundout by Kyle Tucker, putting them up 10-1 before the homer allowed by Urquidy cut that to 10-4.

Astros win to reduce magic number again

In the sixth, Cristian Javier took over for Urquidy, finished that inning, and returned for a scoreless seventh. He ran into Shohei Ohtani to lead off the bottom of the eighth and left a fastball in the zone, which Ohtani turned around 445 feet to make it a five-run game. Javier still got through the inning, leaving just the ninth for Houston's second reliever of the night, Josh James. James would get through a scoreless inning, erasing a leadoff walk as the lopsided win paired with an A's loss reduces Houston's magic number to 4.

Up Next: The third of this four-game series will be another 8:38 PM Central start on Wednesday. Janson Junk (0-1, 2.25 ERA) will make his third career start for the Angels, while Luis Garcia (11-7, 3.37 ERA) will have the ball for the Astros.

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