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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Many of the games have been hard to watch. Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images

They say that breaking up is hard to do, then comes the rebuilding, and that's where the real pain happens. Last week, the 4-9 Rockets lost a tough game, 103-91, to the very average San Antonio Spurs at Toyota Center. That night, Ben McLemore scored 21 points, while P.J. Tucker contributed four points.

Every other point for the Rockets was scored by a player who wasn't on the team last year. That's no way to build a fan base of young people, or older people, or anybody. Because of COVID restrictions, the Rockets can sell only 3,000 tickets to games, and they're still having to offer special deals like four tickets and four drinks (soda, water, wine or beer) for $79.

The night the Rockets fell to the Spurs, DeMarcus Cousins was out with an ankle injury (surprise), John Wall was out with a sore knee (shock), and Eric Gordon sat with a lower leg injury (stunning). They were not sidelined by COVID protocol, it was age creakiness. All three are on the other side of 30. All have a history of missing games because of injuries. Danuel House also missed the game because of a bad back and COVID protocol.

The Rockets took to the floor with able-bodied Mason Jones, David Nwaba, Rodions Kurucs, Kenyon Martin Jr., Jae'Sean Tate and Christian Wood. They're nice players, for sure, they're on an NBA roster. But the NBA is a megastar-driven operation. How many of them would you recognize if they were standing behind you at Costco? The way the Rockets sign, trade and cut players, many or most of the current roster won't be around next year. Becoming a fan of a current Rocket is like falling in love with the Rug Doctor you rented for the weekend at a supermarket. It's going back Monday.

Last year, the head coach was Mike D'Antoni, the general manager was Daryl Morey. Both are established and respected figures in the league. Would you recognize the Rockets new coach Stephen Silas? Can you even name the Rockets new general manager?

And that's how you sink to 14th place in the Western Conference standings, inevitably a lottery team, the end to the Rockets' eight-year run of making the playoffs … the longest current streak in the NBA. The 2021 Rockets aren't just a lousy product, it's worse, they're a boring team. Gordon and Tucker, maybe the two most popular Rockets veterans, are rumored to be traded soon. Fans will have abandonment issues.

Maybe the Rockets should offer something stiffer than beer on "Guys Night Out" next Thursday when the Portland Trail Blazers visit Toyota Center. Good seats available.

That's not what you want to see

Did you see where the New York Mets fired their general manager Jared Porter because he sent explicit, uninvited, unanswered text messages to a female reporter?. Porter absolutely deserved to lose his job. What he did was awful and cruel. More than just losing his job, he should be committed to a home for the terminally stupid. Who does something that moronic? So unconscionable and abusive, on top of being job-killing.

But not all junk shots are meant to be hurtful – here's one that's actually funny, and totally inadvertent and innocent. Several years ago, a local sportscaster not only took a photo of his naked, anatomically correct body, he posted it on Facebook for all of his friends, indeed the world, to see. I won't name the local sportscaster because he was the victim of his own innocent lack of focus. It could have happened to anybody. Not me, thankfully, but anybody else.

Here's how it happened. The sportscaster was taking a shower, and when he emerged, he noticed his kitten curled up in the bathroom sink. Aw, isn't that cute? The sportscaster grabbed his phone and took a photo.

And posted it on Facebook. He didn't notice that, in the background of the photo, in the mirror, was his naked body. You can't say he was butt naked because it was full frontal nudity. You can't say it was a wardrobe malfunction because there was no wardrobe involved. Fortunately his wife noticed the mishap and told the sportscaster to delete the photo.

Here's the real problem, and his solid alibi. Whoever thought it was a good idea to put huge, wide mirrors in the bathroom, especially opposite the bath tub? There's a good look, you're naked, dripping wet, with patches of soap you missed rinsing off. This should be a fleeting disturbing image, not one to be preserved on film or online. Solution: don't bring your phone, or any photographic equipment, into the bathroom. We've all taken accidental photos. Nobody needs to see a photo of your disgusting body. You are not Michelangelo's statue of David. I don't let my dog watch me take a shower or any other business conducted in the bathroom. There is a reason that bathroom doors have locks. Use them.

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