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