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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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ROCKETS FALL TO WARRIORS

Critical takeaways from Rockets' 105-103 loss to Warriors

Rockets fall short against Warriors. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

This wasn't the typical Houston Rockets-Golden St. Warriors game when Mike D' Antoni and Steve Kerr were having an offensive battle of wits. James Harden, who plays for the Brooklyn Nets, was nowhere in sight for the Rockets Friday night. Although the Rockets are in rebuild mode, it was still an interesting game. The intensity was high throughout the entire game. Emotions between Stephen Silas and Kerr were heavy, as they were yelling and jumping up-and-down along the sidelines.

A series of runs and back-and-forth scoring gave a slight reminder of the old rivalry between the Warriors and Rockets. Steph Curry was having a tough game, but with 5.1 seconds left, he was able to create great separation from a step back and drained an incredible midrange shot over Kevin Porter Jr. It was heartbreaking because Porter played great defense on Curry throughout the entire game, with Curry only making 6 out of 22 shots. Porter had a tremendous first-half defensively on Curry and recorded an 88.9 defensive rating. Porter had a good feel for guarding Curry, he didn't allow himself to switch away from him. He anticipated passing lanes and ripped Curry a couple of times.

Besides Porter playing great defense, the Rockets played good as a whole. They finished with 10 steals. Their main technique was to switch everything on defense, and Kenyon Martin Jr. and Christian Wood did a good job. It's never easy staying in front of Curry and Jordan Poole, but if they could hold their ground for five seconds, it became possible. Porter did a great job at times by communicating on defense, so he could tell Jalen Green and Eric Gordon when to switch.

And speaking of Green--- he had a strange night offensively. He went 0-11 from the field but made two great plays in the fourth quarter. Instead of Silas keeping Green on the bench because of his cold hand, he kept him in the game for learning purposes. Green made an outstanding play on Curry at the 2:52 mark in the 4th quarter. Before that, he missed a shot from three but fought hard for the rebound, then found a cutting Wood towards the rim. Green might of struggled, but the effort was there.

This was a tough loss for the Rockets, but they are steadily improving. The Rockets are 3-5 in their last five games.

Up next: The Rockets face the Spurs on Tuesday night.

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