Saturday NCAA Football Recap: Texas and Texas Tech win big in Week 3

Saturday NCAA Football Recap: Texas and Texas Tech win big in Week 3
Kliff Kingsbury had a big win for Tech. Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images

The Longhorns find their mojo and the Cougars take a tumble in a wacky Week 3. Here is how it all went down:

Texas Tech 63, Houston 49

I have said it once and I will keep saying it until someone hears me: DEFENSE WINS GAMES. Saturday morning’s game started out as exciting as one would have hoped; Houston was out for revenge after losing to Tech last year, and up until the third quarter they played like they actually wanted to break the curse of the flying tortillas. The Cougars and the Red Raiders remained within one touchdown of each other, both teams flexing their muscles with their lightning fast offenses. But the Houston defense was nowhere to be found. "You can't expect to win any games giving up 63 points, so we've got to tackle better," Applewhite said. You can say that again, coach. The Cougars had so many critical missed tackles, I lost count. Tech quarterback Alan Bowman had a stunning game, completing 43 of 59 passes, five touchdowns and the fifth 600-yard passing game in Texas Tech history. In addition to Bowman’s historic game, Tech receiver Antoine Wesley set a school record with 261 receiving yards. Houston receiver Marquez Stevenson had nine receptions for 177 yards and two touchdowns. D’Eriq King was 30-of-51 passing for 431 yards and five touchdowns for the Cougars.

Ohio State 40, TCU 28

Fourth-ranked Ohio State went into this game knowing it would be a tough test, but the Buckeyes held off the Horned Frogs to remain undefeated for the return of semi-suspended coach Urban Meyer. TCU running back Daruis Anderson found a hole and rushed 93 yards down the sideline for a score in the second quarter. The Buckeyes trailed going into the third quarter and came out of the locker room ready for battle, scoring three back-to-back touchdowns in a four-minute span during the third quarter, including a 28-yard interception return by 286-pound defensive tackle Dre’Monte Jones. In his third start, Ohio State sophomore quarterback, Dwayne Haskins Jr. was 24 of 38 for 344 yards and two touchdowns, withstanding the pressure of the Frogs.

Texas 37, USC 14

What. A. Win. I for sure did not expect this turnout from a previously losing Texas team, but they clearly wanted this well-deserved 37-14 victory over No. 22 USC. The Longhorns were off to a rough start in the first quarter, only scoring on a field goal, but the Horns rallied to shut out the Trojans for the remainder of the game. Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and lineman Anthony Wheeler returned a blocked field goal 46 yards for a score. "There is a bit of release, a bit of a hump that we got over that we can win a big game. Not just come close, but win," Texas coach Tom Herman said. "We'll evaluate where this win stands by how we respond to it, how we play the rest of the season."

Duke 40, Baylor 27

Duke wasted no time in displaying dominance over Baylor in Saturday’s game. After traveling to Texas a day earlier than expected to get out before Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas, the Blue Devils overcame all distractions and are now off to a 3-0 start for the second year in a row. This is the first time the Blue Devils have had consecutive 3-0 starts since the 1987-‘88 season. "I told them at the hotel I had admiration for them. It's been incredibly smooth," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. "I told them we're leaving at 7 o'clock in the morning (Thursday) at the last minute, we loaded up the bus at 5:45 and not a single person was late. What does that tell you about this team?" Junior quarterback Quentin Harris was 12 for 30, threw for 174 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start for the Blue Devils. In addition to dominating on the offensive side, the Devils took advantage of Baylor’s two critical turnovers. Sophomore running back Deon Jackson scored on a 31-yard fumble return and freshman safety Leonard Johnson secured the victory with a 53-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer threw for 175 yards and rushed for two touchdowns but that was not enough to overcome defeat.

South Alabama 42, Texas State 31

South Alabama quarterback Evan Orth was 24 for 30, with 266 yards and two touchdowns,  leading the Jaguars to a 31-41victory over the Bobcats. Jaguar running back Tra Minter ran for 61 yards and two touchdowns to secure the win.

Texas A&M 48, UL Monroe 10

Sophomore Aggie quarterback Kellen Mond ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in Saturday night’s expected blowout win over UL Monroe.

LSU 22, Auburn 21

Field goals matter; just ask Cole Tracy, the LSU senior kicker who delivered a game-winning 42-yard field goal for the 12th-ranked Tigers in their 22-21 victory over No. 7 Auburn. LSU struggled offensively early on but left no score unanswered in their second victory against a Top 10 opponent. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow completed 15 of 34 passes for 249 yards and kept cool against the more seasoned Jarrett Stidham.


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With both Luis Garcia and Lance McCullers making their way back from surgeries that sideline that Astros pitchers last season, and given the team's thin depth in their starting rotation, Houston fans and media have waited on bated breath for scraps of information to leak out of the notoriously secretive organization regarding their progress.

In a week full of mostly Hurricane Beryl-related bad news, the Astros organization had some discouraging news of their own when manager Joe Espada told the media that Lance McCullers has been shut down from pitching after his arm did not respond well to his latest bullpen session. The team says they are "formulating a plan for what's next."

Another Astros starter making his way back from injury is HOF-bound Justin Verlander. Verlander has been on the IL since June 16th with neck discomfort and, while there was initial hope that JV would only miss a start, his status has become increasingly murky as he is still apparently not close to returning.

Shifting from the health questions of the starters to the performance questions of the bullpen, some Houston fans have voiced concern via social media that Astros big-ticket 9th inning pitcher Josh Hader is not looking like a "shut-down" closer. Hader gave up more home runs in the first week of July (3) as he did the entire month of June (2).

In this week's episode of Stone Cold Stros, Charlie Pallilo and Brandon Strange discuss how the fluid dynamics of Astros pitching is impacting the competitive landscape of the division race. To watch the conversation, just click the video YouTube embedded in this article. To listen to the entire episode on podcast, search "Stone Cold Stros" in your favorite podcast app or click one of the following links.

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