Saturday NCAA recap: Crazy week sees big wins for TCU, Houston

TCU and head coach Gary Patterson bounced back with a win over Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty Images

The weekly recap of college football sees Baylor gets its first victory of the season and the Houston Cougars win big. Take a look at the highs and lows for Texas colleges:

Houston 52, East Carolina 27

Sophomore quarterback D’Eriq King threw for three touchdowns in his first start of the season against the East Carolina Pirates Saturday morning. The Cougars pushed ahead early in the first quarter, scoring two touchdowns in the first eight minutes of the game. Houston senior Steven Dunbar compiled six receptions for a career-high 171 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown catch. King also threw a 62-yard touchdown pass to Linell Bonner and a 5-yarder to Courtney Lark. The bowl-eligible Cougars converted three forced turnovers into scores in the 52-27 win over East Carolina.

TCU 24, Texas 7

The two best defenses in the Big 12 conference battled it out in Fort Worth on Saturday. Coming off their first loss of the season against Iowa State last week, the Horned Frogs knew this game was a big deal and they did not disappoint, beating Texas 24-7. The Longhorns are still struggling offensively and gained a mere 263 total yards, nine of which were rushing in this humbling defeat against TCU.

Auburn 42, Texas A&M 27

After a scoreless first quarter for the Tigers, Auburn kicked it into gear in this road win over the Aggies. Kerryon Johnson had 145 rushing yards, including a dazzling one-handed catch in the fourth quarter. Jarrett Stidham threw for three touchdowns and 268 yards.

Alabama 24, LSU 10

The undefeated Crimson Tide hammered out a victory over the LSU Tigers. Despite their many defensive stops, LSU struggled offensively and it cost them this game.

Central Florida 31, Southern Methodist 24

Undefeated UCF put up unusually low numbers in this road win over SMU. Typically high-performing UCF quarterback Mckenzie Milton threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for an SMU touchdown.

Baylor 38, Kansas 9

Baylor has finally won a game. Freshman Charlie Brewer made his first start of the season and led his team to victory over Kansas. Brewer threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns, while the Bear’s defense held Kansas to a mere 289 yards in this 38-9 blowout over Kansas.  

UAB 52, Rice 21

In their first season back after ending their football program two years ago, bowl eligible UAB rolled over Rice for a dominating victory at home.

New Mexico State 45, Texas State 35

Per usual, the Bobcats saw their seventh loss of the season. Tyler Rodgers threw for 474 yards and led the New Mexico State Aggies to a win over Texas State.

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Houston's offense once again obliterated Baltimore in Wednesday's finale. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Owners of a nine-game winning streak, the Astros tried to keep the train rolling to make it double digits and complete the three-game sweep of the Orioles in Baltimore. Not only would they get the win, but they also did it by dominating on both sides of the ball again in a one-sided shutout.

Final Score: Astros 13, Orioles 0

Astros' Record: 46-28, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (6-3)

Losing Pitcher: Thomas Eshelman (0-1)

Houston keeps mashing

Unlike Tuesday's game which ended 3-1 in a much closer affair, the finale on Wednesday was once again a lopsided affair like Monda's opener, favoring the Astros. Houston once again put up double-digit runs in an offensive explosion. It started right off the bat, with three runs scoring in the top of the first on a two-RBI double by Carlos Correa and an RBI single by Kyle Tucker to grab a 3-0 lead.

Yuli Gurriel extended it to 4-0 with a two-out RBI single in the second, then Jose Altuve made it a six-run game with a two-run blast in the top of the fourth. Michael Brantley joined in with an RBI single in the top of the sixth, then Yordan Alvarez led off a four-run seventh with a solo bomb before a three-run homer by Abraham Toro made it 11-0.

Urquidy cruises through seven scoreless

Jose Urquidy was cruising all the while, allowing just three baserunners over that span, a double to start his night, which he erased, then a one-out walk in the second and leadoff single in the sixth. He returned at the bottom of the seventh with a manageable pitch count, where he'd erase a one-out single to keep Baltimore scoreless. With the insurmountable lead, he'd be given the rest of the night off. His final line: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 84 P.

Astros complete the sweep and grab tenth straight win

Chas McCormick, who came off the bench defensively in the bottom of the seventh, made it a twelve-run lead with a one-out solo homer in the top of the eighth, then later Abraham Toro notched his fourth RBI with a run-scoring single to make it 13-0. Brandon Bielak took over for Urquidy in the bottom of the eighth, and after loading the bases with no outs, was able to escape with a strikeout and double play.

Ralph Garza Jr. was Houston's third pitcher, wrapping things up at the bottom of the ninth. He erased a one-out walk and a single with a double play to end the game, giving Houston the three-game sweep and extending their winning streak to ten games as they continue to look like baseball's best team.

Up Next: The next stop on this road trip for Houston is Detroit, where they will kick off a four-game set with the Tigers on Thursday at 6:10 PM Central. The pitching matchup for the opener will be Luis Garcia (5-4, 2.82 ERA) for Houston and Jose Urena (2-7, 5.79 ERA) for Detroit.

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