College football rewind

Saturday NCAA recap: Another rough week for Texas schools

TCU has had no problems this season. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

After a sad Week 7 for college football in the Lone Star State, Week 8 is filled with much of the same; disappointment and serious need for improvement.

Memphis 42, Houston 38

Coming off of a major victory after handing previously ranked Navy their first loss of the season, the Memphis Tigers were eager to prove they deserved their spot on the top 25 and they did not disappoint. The Cougars were airtight during the first half, securing a 10-0 lead by the end of then second quarter. However, after returning to the field in the second half, the Tigers obliterated the Cougars, scoring 21 points in both the third and fourth quarters in this road win over Houston.

TCU 43, Kansas 0

As expected, TCU dominated both sides of the field in this home victory over Kansas. No. 4 TCU was favored to win, obviously, but it was almost as if Kansas was absent from the field. The Jayhawks’ 44th consecutive road game loss tied an 81-year-old NCAA record.

Oklahoma State 13, Texas 10

UT certainly improved with the season’s progression, but so has Oklahoma State. OSU took the lead late in the first quarter after a 7-yard touchdown run by J.D. King. The Longhorns tied the game in the second quarter with a 2-yard run by Sam Ehlinger. UT Head Coach Tom Herman ran a strong defense but it was not enough to stop OSU. The Longhorns were defeated in overtime.

West Virginia 38, Baylor 36

West Virginia narrowly escaped defeat in a tough road game against a Baylor offense led by scrambling freshman quarterback, Charlie Brewer.

Iowa State 31, Texas Tech 13

According to Iowa State coach Matt Campbell, Texas Tech did not live up to the loyalty of their fans in Saturday’s loss against the Cyclones, which pinned down the unusually low-producing Tech offense early on in this easy victory.

UT San Antonio 20, Rice 7

UTSA took an early lead over the Owls, scoring 10 points in both the first and third quarters in this home victory.

LSU 40, Mississippi 24

Darius Guice had a monster game as the Tigers rolled to another win.










 

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Houston dropped two of three

Astros drop series finale to Oakland, A's win series

Jose Urquidy couldn't hold Oakland back on Saturday. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With Oakland finally ending their drought against the Astros on Friday night to split the first two games of the series, and with the Angels staying in step with them as both teams started the day 6-2, the Astros needed a win to keep momentum in their favor on Saturday.

Instead, Oakland would outslug Houston once again to take the series finale and take the series win. The loss moves Houston to 6-3 and down to second place, at least for now, until the 6-2 Angels complete their game on Saturday evening.

Final Score: A's 7, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 6-3, second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Frankie Montas (1-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-1)

Urquidy gives up four over six

Much like the night before, Oakland was able to bring in runs against Houston's starter, this time Jose Urquidy, Saturday afternoon in their second time through the order. Their first time through, Urquidy was cruising, allowing just one baserunner in the first three innings on a single in the top of the third.

Things shifted in the top of the fourth, with the A's getting back-to-back singles to set the stage for a two-run frame with dual RBI-singles to take a 2-0 lead. Oakland doubled that in the fifth, getting a two-out single to set up a two-run homer by Ramon Laureano to make it 4-0. Urquidy would go on to finish six innings, but with no run support to that point, would leave in line for the loss. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 93 P.

A's pad their lead before Houston gets on the board

Meanwhile, although getting five hits, the Astros could not get anything on the board against Frankie Montas through six innings. Brandon Bielak took over out of the bullpen for Urquidy in the top of the seventh, but after loading the bases, he would allow a dagger two-RBI single to make it a 6-0 deficit for Houston.

With Montas starting the seventh looking to face a batter or two before Oakland moved to their bullpen, Kyle Tucker would finally get Houston on the board with a leadoff solo home run, cutting the lead to 6-1 and ending Montas' day. Houston would get a two-out rally going, with an RBI-double by Jose Altuve followed by an RBI-triple by Michael Brantley to make it a three-run game at 6-3.

Oakland takes the series win

Ryne Stanek tried to keep it a three-run game and give the Astros a chance to stay in it in the top of the eighth but instead would give up a two-out solo home run to push Oakland's lead back to four. That 7-3 score would go final as Houston would go scoreless in the eighth and ninth.

Up Next: Houston will have a day off on Sunday before continuing this homestand Monday night by welcoming in Detroit and former manager A.J. Hinch for three games. In the series opener, the Tigers will send young star Casey Mize (0-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound, while the Astros will get another start by Zack Greinke (1-0, 1.38 ERA).

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