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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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Boston's two grand slams in the first two innings were too much for Houston to overcome in ALCS Game 2. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

After a win in ALCS Game 1 that had the prototypical fingerprints of this Astros team all over it, Houston returned to Minute Maid Park on Saturday, hoping to take a dominant 2-0 series lead if they could grab another victory. The Red Sox dashed those hopes very early, though, scoring eight runs across the first two innings to build the lead they would hold on to even the series.

Final Score: Boston 9, Astros 5

ALCS Series (Best of Seven): tied 1-1

Winning Pitcher: Nathan Eovaldi

Losing Pitcher: Luis Garcia

Houston met with disaster to start Game 2

You couldn't have drawn up a much better start for the Red Sox or a worse one for the Astros in Saturday's ALCS Game 2. Luis Garcia met early disaster in the top of the first inning, allowing a leadoff double, then got two outs while issuing two walks to load the bases. That brought up Boston's designated hitter, J.D. Martinez, to the plate, and he delivered a crushing blow to Houston, launching a grand slam to put the Red Sox up 4-0 before Houston could even get to the plate.

After a scoreless bottom of the inning by his offense, things got worse for Garcia in the top of the second, as after issuing a four-pitch walk to start the frame, he would become the center of a meeting at the mound with trainers, ultimately leaving the game with an injury. Houston opted to bring in Jake Odorizzi for the emergency call to the bullpen, but things did not start well for him either. He would put two of his own batters on base with two singles, then gave up the second grand slam in as many innings, this one to Rafael Devers to double Boston's lead to 8-0, doubling down on Houston's disastrous start to the game.

Odorizzi rebounded with a 1-2-3 third, but with one out in the top of the fourth allowed a solo homer to Kiké Hernández, his third homer of the series so far. He would still get the job done of eating up a few innings, finishing the fourth, and retiring Boston in order in the fifth, giving Houston just four more innings to cover with the rest of their relievers.

Astros get a few runs back

Over that span, Houston did trim the lead by three runs, getting an RBI double by Kyle Tucker and a two-RBI single by Yuli Gurriel in the bottom of the fourth, making it a six-run game at 9-3. Their next reliever was Blake Taylor in the top of the sixth, and he would keep the score where it stood by sitting down the three batters he faced that frame.

The Astros threatened again in the bottom of the sixth, getting two singles to put two aboard, but would come out empty, sending the game on to the seventh, where Taylor would remain on the mound. He faced three more batters, getting two out while allowing a single before Yimi Garcia would come in to get the third out.

Red Sox even the series as it shifts to Boston

Garcia returned in the top of the eighth, getting through that inning despite a walk and hit by pitch, stranding both runners. Boston's bullpen kept Houston from getting any closer in the bottom of the eighth, then Ryne Stanek came in for the Astros in the top of the ninth. Stanek allowed a leadoff double, but with a groundout and double play, held the score at 9-3. Yuli Gurriel and Jason Castro did their part to keep the Astros alive in the bottom of the ninth, each hitting solo homers to make it 9-5, but that's as close as they'd come, dropping Game 2 to tie the series at one game apiece.

Up Next: The ALCS now moves to Boston for the next three games after a day off on Sunday, with Game 3 on Monday at 7:08 PM Central. While the Astros have named Jose Urquidy as their starter, the Red Sox have not yet determined theirs.

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