Saturday NCAA football recap: Tom Herman and the Longhorns stun West Virginia

UT and Tom Herman got an important win. Tim Warner/Getty Images

Rather positive week for college football in the Lone Star State. We take a look back at Texas colleges and schools of interest:

Texas 28, West Virginia 14

First-year coach Tom Herman and the Longhorns have a lot to be proud of after their 28-14 victory over No. 24 West Virginia on Saturday. The now bowl-eligible Longhorns beat a ranked opponent for the first time in five tries this season and qualify for a bowl game for the first time since 2014. ”This was a big hurdle – to get another road conference win, to beat a top 25 team, and make sure our seniors are bowl eligible,” said Herman. “These guys are ecstatic.” Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger did not mess around, completing 12 of 19 for 136 yards and running for 68 yards.

TCU 27, Texas Tech 3

Rookie quarterback Shawn Robinson became the first true freshman to start for the Horned Frogs in all of coach Gary Patterson’s 17 seasons as head coach. After being held to a scoreless first quarter, the Horned Frogs shook off the jitters and began to really shine. In his first career start, Robinson ran for 84 yards and threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Reagor to take a 17-3 lead late in the third quarter. Red Raider quarterback Nic Shimonek had a season-low 137 yards passing and was only 17 of 37.

LSU 30, Tennessee 10

On a stormy Saturday in Knoxville, LSU managed to beat Tennessee 30-10 while avoiding any turnovers. “I thought the storm fired them up,” said LSU coach Ed Orgeron. “They were like little kids playing in the back yard. I was proud of them. "Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams ran for a combined 165 yards and three touchdowns for LSU. According to Orgeron, eliminating turnovers made the difference in the game for the Tigers. This loss for Tennessee came in the Volunteers’ first game under interm coach Brady Hoke after the firing of Butch Jones.

Old Dominion 24, Rice 21

Old Dominion quarterback Steven Williams led his team to victory, throwing for 188 yards and running for two scores, including the game-winning touchdown with 37 seconds left. An interception by ODU’s Sean Carter with 21 seconds left in the game sealed the win. This is the ninth straight loss for the Owls.

Iowa State 23, Baylor 13

The Cyclones broke their two-game losing streak with Saturday’s 23-13 victory over Baylor in Waco. On a pass from freshman Zeb Noland, senior Hakeem Butler made a highlight over-the-shoulder 67-yard catch-and-run score for the Cyclones in which he broke away from two defenders. Baylor has lost 10 games for the first time since going 1-10 back in 1999.

Arkansas State 30, Texas State 12

Arkansas State moves into a four-way tie atop the Sunbelt Conference with a 30-12 victory over Texas State on Saturday. Quarterback Justice Hansen threw for 229 and one touchdown for the Red Wolves.

Texas A&M 31, Ole Miss 24

Returning freshman quarterback Nick Starkel threw for 272 yards, leading the Aggies to a rallying 31-24 victory over Mississippi on Saturday. “We weren’t perfect,” said A&M coach Kevin Sumlin. “But our guys played really hard. I’m happy for them.” The Aggies took a 28-24 lead just after halftime thanks to a pick-six by Derrick Tucker. Starkel completed 19 of 32 passes and ran for a 1-yard touchdown for the Aggies. A&M’s Damion Ratley caught five passes for 111 yards and a touchdown.

Tulane 20, Houston 17

Tulane quarterback Jonathan Banks led his team to victory and threw for a career-high 251 yards to defeat the Houston Cougars 20-17. D'Eriq King rushed for 141 yards and passed for 225 in a losing effort.

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Houston goes up 1-0 in the series

Altuve, Correa help lift Astros to ALCS Game 1 win over Red Sox

Carlos Correa's go-ahead homer in the seventh inning of ALCS Game 1 helped lift the Astros to a 1-0 series lead. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Despite one rough loss to the White Sox in the ALDS, the Astros looked like the dominant team they are capable of being, taking that series 3-1 to advance and taking ownership of home-field advantage in the ALCS against the Red Sox, who upset the Rays. In Game 1, despite trailing for the middle portions of the game, Houston would get more highlight moments from the faces of the franchise to start the series with a win.

Final Score: Astros 5, Red Sox 4

ALCS Series (Best of Seven): Houston leads 1-0

Winning Pitcher: Ryne Stanek

Losing Pitcher: Hansel Robles

Houston strikes first, but Boston sends Valdez to an early exit

Both starting pitchers worked in and out of trouble in the early goings of ALCS Game 1, starting with Framber Valdez in the top of the first. After erasing a leadoff single by inducing a double play, he went on to load the bases on a single and two walks but would strand all three runners to keep Boston off the board. The Astros jumped in front in the bottom half, with Jose Altuve working a leadoff walk, moving to second on a one-out single by Alex Bregman, advancing to third on a wild pitch, then ultimately scoring on a sac fly by Yordan Alvarez to put Houston ahead 1-0 after one frame.

They had a chance to extend their lead in the bottom of the second, taking advantage of a shaky inning by Chris Sale, who loaded the bases with one out as Houston would get two singles and a hit-by-pitch. That flipped the order over to the top, but a great diving catch by former Astro Kiké Hernández would end the inning. Hernández led off the top of the third against Valdez, and he would tie things up with a solo homer.

Things went downhill from there for Valdez and the Astros, as a one-out walk followed by a single gave the Red Sox the go-ahead run in scoring position. On a groundball that likely should have been a double play to end the inning, it would get through Altuve's legs, scoring a run and keeping the inning alive for Boston. They took advantage, getting an RBI double to extend their new lead to 3-1. Valdez would get one more out before Dusty Baker would give him the early hook, bringing in Yimi Garcia, who finished the frame.

A battle of the bullpens, Altuve ties it up

Like Valdez, Sale would also not make it through three innings, getting two outs while putting two on base before Boston would start their bullpen's night as well. Both sets of relievers settled the game down, with the Red Sox stranding two of Houston's runners in the third as well as the fifth, maintaining their two-run lead. After Garcia finished the third, Cristian Javier entered to eat up a couple of innings, and he would do just that by getting through two frames with just one hit, four strikeouts, and no runs.

Next, Phil Maton took over in the top of the sixth and erased a leadoff walk to keep things in striking distance for the home team. In the bottom of the sixth, Houston put another runner on base, getting a one-out single by Chas McCormick. Two batters later, with two outs, Jose Altuve provided yet another career postseason highlight, tying the game 3-3 with a two-run home to re-energize the Minute Maid Park crowd.

Astros take ALCS Game 1

Now a brand new ballgame in the top of the seventh, Brooks Raley came in to face three batters, getting two strikeouts while allowing a single before Dusty Baker would move on to Ryne Stanek, who would get the third out. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Carlos Correa continued his march to a monster off-season contract, putting Houston back on top with a solo homer, making it 4-3.

Houston kept the script after Stanek with the new lead in hand, going to Kendall Graveman as the setup man in the top of the eighth. Despite a two-out single, he would get out of the inning with the lead intact, putting Houston three outs away from the victory. After a walk, single, and hit by pitch to start the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded, Altuve would drive in his third run of the game, getting a sac fly to extend the lead to two runs at 5-3.

That insurance run proved pivotal, as closer Ryan Pressly was met with a leadoff solo home run by Hernandez, his second of the night for Boston, to make it 5-4. Pressly refocused and was able to get the next three batters in order, though, wrapping up the win to start Houston off with a 1-0 series lead and putting them three wins away from advancing to the World Series.

Up Next: The two teams will have a moderately quick turnaround, with ALCS Game 2 scheduled to start at 3:20 PM Central on Saturday ahead of NLCS Game 1 between the Dodgers and Braves getting the night slot. The pitching matchup is expected to be Nathan Eovaldi for Boston, who is 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA in his two starts this postseason, going opposite Luis Garcia, who had a rough outing in the ALDS for Houston, giving up five runs without completing three innings in Chicago.

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