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Saturday NCAA Football Recap: Texas schools win big in Week 6

The Longhorns pulled off a big win over Oklahoma. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Texas colleges dominate in Week 6. Here’s how it all went  down:

Houston 41, Tulsa 26

After getting spanked 45-17 by Tulsa last year, the Cougars were hell-bent on making a point this time around. Despite committing three turnovers in the first half, the Cougars managed to outscore the Hurricanes 41-26 in their home victory on Thursday. Tulsa played with three safeties in the backfield, forcing the Cougars offense to rely on their usually ill-performing run game. The Cougars showcased a low-producing offense in the first half and moved the ball a mere seven yards in the third quarter. Houston, down 26-17 in the fourth quarter, scored 17 unanswered points in 91 seconds. Lineman Emeke Egbule recovered a Tulsa fumble leading to tight end Romello Brooker’s 9-yard touchdown grab from star quarterback D’Eriq King, putting the Cougars ahead 34-26. Houston defensive back Deontay Anderson intercepted a pass from Tulsa on their next offensive play, resulting in a score by wide receiver Marquez Stevenson on a 6-yard pass from King. King threw for three touchdowns, ran for two and finished with 165 passing yards and two interceptions.

Florida 27, LSU 19

The Tiger defense played impeccably well but their offense barely put up a fight which is probably why they lost on Saturday. The 6-foot-7 Florida tight end, Lucas Krull, lobbed a perfect pass to quarterback Feleipe Franks on a dazzling trick play to set up No. 22 Florida's winning touchdown in a 27-19 victory against fifth-ranked LSU on Saturday. Tim Tebow was on the Florida sideline for most of the game, awaiting his induction into the school’s ring of honor. "I didn't want him to let him down that way," said Florida coach Dan Mullen. "I know it's a night he'll never forget and the whole family will never forget. I know winning that game was kind of like a little cherry on top to make sure it was all smiles." Franks finished 12-for-27, threw for 161 yards and one score. Junior running back Lamical Perine rushed for 85 tough yards and two scores for the Gators.

Texas 48, Oklahoma 45

Sam Ehlinger put on a spectacular show on Saturday, throwing two touchdown passes for Texas and running for three scores. The Longhorns were up 45-24 in the fourth quarter until Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray rallied the Sooners, scoring 21 points in six minutes to tie the game. Ehlinger needed just one more drive to secure the win and he delivered, setting up Cameron Dicker’s 40-yard field goal to give 19th-ranked Texas a 48-45 victory over the No. 7 Sooners. "The first three quarters were very impressive. But maybe that last drive was the most impressive to me because when we had really given up a lot of the energy and certainly in a tie ballgame, to let them back in," Texas coach Tom Herman said of Ehlinger. "For him to go shut the door, with his teammates, that says a lot about his grit."

Texas A&M 20, Kentucky 14

DEFENSE. WINS. GAMES. Coach Jimbo Fisher and the Aggies have been pushing for a victory like this and they earned it Saturday. "Heck of a football game," said Fisher. "We just kept playing and going on to the next play. And our defense was outstanding." You can say that again, coach! Running back Trayveon Williams dove into the end zone on a 10-yard run to give the Aggies a 20-14 victory over the 13th-ranked  Wildcats on Saturday night. Williams finished with 138 rushing yards and 71 receiving. Defensive end Kingsley Keke sacked Wildcat quarterback Terry Wilson for a loss of eight yards, turning the game around for the Aggies, creating a field goal attempt that was just shy of Miles Butler’s reach. "The sack was huge in the game," Fisher said. "Another yard (closer), and the field goal would have been good." The Wildcats were held to 178 total yards and 70 rushing yards, their lowest totals of the season.

Baylor 37, Kansas State 34

After missing three field goal attempts and an extra point, Baylor kicker Connor Martin made the game-winning score with eight seconds left Saturday delivering a 37-34 victory over Kansas State for the Bears. "I felt like I owed everybody," Martin said. "My job as a specialist is to help bail out the offense when they're not able to get things going. I feel like our offense and defense bailed me out. I left a lot of points on the field, so I really wanted it for them. I was like, 'I've got to make it for these guys because they saved my butt all day.'" Quarterback Charlie Brewer was 30-of-44 with 296 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Brewer set up the game-winning kick by driving the Bears 76 yards on 11 plays. Running back Alex Barnes rushed for 250 yards and three touchdowns for Kansas State.

UTSA 20, Rice 3

UTSA running back B.J. Daniels had 13 carries for 61 yards and one touchdown, and the defense forced four turnovers, leading the Roadrunners to a 20-3 victory over Rice on Saturday. UTSA is 2-0 in conference play for the first time since joining Conference USA in 2013.

Louisiana 42, Texas State 27

Louisiana quarterback Andre Nunez was 9-of-18 with 149 yards, one interception and a score in the Ragin’ Cajuns’ victory over Texas State on Saturday. Elijah Mitchell had 20 carries for 191 yards and two three touchdowns for Louisiana.

 

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Houston's winning streak moves to six

Eighth-inning rally powers Astros to series sweep over Rangers

Yuli Gurriel brought in the go-ahead run late in Sunday's game. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Winners in the first three games of this series and their last five games overall, the Astros continued their climb towards the A's for first place in the AL West. They completed the four-game sweep, ending a successful homestand on a positive note before heading on the road.

Final Score: Astros 6, Rangers 2

Astros' Record: 24-17, tied for first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Brooks Raley (2-2)

Losing Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez (1-2)

Astros strike first, McCullers Jr. goes six scoreless

After the Rangers went down 1-2-3 in the top of the first, Houston grabbed an early lead off the bat of Alex Bregman. He provided the third single of the inning, a one-out RBI to put the Astros in front 1-0, a score which would hold steady for a while. Another run didn't come across until the bottom of the fifth when Houston would load the bases with one out when Carlos Correa would get an RBI groundball to double the lead to 2-0.

Lance McCullers Jr. did well with the small lead, backing up his recent eight-inning gem with a quality start against Texas. He allowed a couple of hits each in the third and fourth but would erase the runners with no damage allowed. The Rangers threatened in the top of the sixth with a leadoff double before the runner moved to third on a wild pitch, putting him in a great position with no outs. McCullers Jr. would come away unscathed, finishing the inning and his day by retiring the next three batters. His final line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 95 P.

Rangers tie it against Scrubb

First out of Houston's bullpen was Andre Scrubb, and he would not fare as well as the Astros starter. A leadoff single turned into a two-run game-tying homer, making it 2-2 before Scrubb would sit down the next three in order. Still tied in the top of the eighth, Brooks Raley had a terrific inning, striking out the three batters he faced.

Houston rallies ahead in the eighth for the four-game sweep

The top of Houston's order mounted a threat in the bottom of the eighth, loading the bases with one out to try and regain the lead. Yuli Gurriel would come through with the go-ahead at-bat, getting a sac fly to put the Astros back in front 3-2. A two-out walk loaded the bases again, setting up Chas McCormick to provide two insurance runs on a two-RBI single.

Myles Straw added one more on an RBI single, making it a four-run game at 6-2 heading to the ninth. Enoli Paredes made his long-awaited return from the IL, appearing for the first time since April 8th to try and close things out in the ninth. He tossed a scoreless inning, finishing off the four-game sweep, extending Houston's winning streak to six games, and keeping them in step with Oakland for the AL West lead.

Up Next: After a day off on Monday, the Astros will begin a six-game road trip on Tuesday. They'll kick off a three-game set in Oakland against the A's at 8:40 PM, an exciting matchup to determine who will head into the weekend atop the division. While Cristian Javier (3-1, 3.08 ERA) is the expected starter for Houston, Oakland has not yet determined their rotation for the series.

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