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Weekly NCAA football recap: Big wins for UH, TCU, Tech and LSU

D'Eriq King of UH had a big day in the win over Navy. Tim Warner/Getty Images

It was showdown weekend in the Lone Star State with most Texas teams facing off. Taking a look back at key Texas colleges and schools of interest:

Houston 24, Navy 14

The H-Town Takeover showed what they were made of in their battle against Navy on Friday morning. Sophomore quarterback D’Eriq King completed 21 of 27 passes for 277 yards and a touchdown and ran for two scores against the Midshipmen. In their lowest scoring game of the season, Navy was shut out by the Cougar defense for the entire second half. Proud Houston coach Major Applewhite said the Cougars “played like we could play.” Houston awaits its bowl game and opponent. Navy is off for two weeks before facing off against Army.

TCU 45, Baylor 22

Star TCU quarterback Kenny Hill put on a spectacular show against the Baylor Bears on Friday, throwing for three touchdowns, 325 yards and scoring on a three-yard touchdown run. This win for the Horned Frogs earned them a spot in the Big 12 championship game against No. 3 Oklahoma. TCU defensive end Mat Boesen set a TCU single-game record with 5½ sacks against the Bears. Freshman quarterback Charlie Brewer was 19 of 29 passing for 301 yards and two touchdowns for Baylor. The Horned Frogs will get their much desired rematch against the Sooners on Dec. 2.

Texas Tech 27, Texas 23

Senior quarterback Nic Shimonek managed to save his team’s chances for a winning season in the fourth quarter. Benched for the final game of the regular season, Shimonek said “I told him he was about to run out of time and then he put me in,” referring to coach Kliff Kingsbury. Shimonek delivered in a major way, completing two fourth quarter touchdown passes, leading Tech to a 27-23 victory over Texas. Longhorn quarterback Sam Ehlinger threw for 239 yards and a touchdown.

LSU 45, Texas A&M 21

Danny Etling threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Tigers to what coach Ed Orgeron called a “remarkable” 45-21 victory over the Aggies. Texas A&M quarterback Nick Starkel threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted three times in what was likely head coach Kevin Sumlin’s last game at A&M.

North Texas 30, Rice 14

Mason Fine led North Texas to a 30-14 victory over Rice, passing for 195 yards and a touchdown. Fine set a North Texas single-season record with 27 touchdown passes. The Mean Green will go for their first ever C-USA championship against Florida Atlantic next Saturday. The Owls finished off a 1-11 season.

Troy 62, Texas State 9

Quarterback Brandon Silvers completed 22 of 30 passes for 380 yards and four touchdowns, leading Troy to a blowout victory over Texas State on Friday. The Trojans managed to convert four Bobcat turnovers into 24 points.

 

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The Houston Rockets are in the midst of a rebuild. Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr are studs. KPJ just signed a four-year extension with the team. Other guys like Jabari Smith Jr, Kenyon Martin Jr, Alperen Sengun, Josh Christopher, Tari Eason, and Jae'Sean Tate are really good pieces to surround Green and KPJ with. The only issue with this group: they're REALLY young! Tate is the elder statesman at 27 of the young nucleus. Most are barely old enough to buy a drink. Some still aren't old enough! They're a bunch of green bananas waiting to turn yellow to slightly brown and be ripe enough for consumption.

We need to give it time. Just like bananas, they take time to ripen. Coach Stephen Silas is known for developing young players. His most prized student is the star player for that team in South Oklahoma up 45. Number 77 for that team credited Silas with helping him realize his All-Pro potential while Silas was a part of the coaching staff there. To a man, all his former players credit him with being a positive influence on their careers. So why are fans in a rush to get rid of him?

When you look at the Rockets' record over the last few years, it's gross. Sure, they've been a lottery team the last couple of seasons, but that was by design. As part of the Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook trades, they gave away pick swap rights. Had they not been that bad, they wouldn't have been able to draft Green or Smith Jr. Those two guys are building blocks for the future, along with KPJ. Giving those picks away would've put this team further down the totem pole of developing themselves into a contender. Losing pays off when you can hit on high lottery picks.

If you give a chef dirt, bread, ham, molded cheese, and spoiled mayo, can you expect anything else but a nasty ham sandwich? How about if the chef was given a steak that is almost rotten, potatoes with root growth, and spoiled butter? Could you expect a better meal than the sandwich? Yes! However, that meal may still cause a stomachache. Now, give said chef a full complement of gourmet groceries and guess what you'll get?

This is why I say let Silas cook. He's the perfect coach for this group of kids. He can teach them all the fundamentals of the game at this level and help them grow into their full potential. If there's a change to be made on the sidelines, move Silas into a front office role, but DO NOT get rid of him! Guys like him are too valuable. Why do you think Mark Cuban hated losing him, but knew he couldn't retain him because he had a head coach already? Cuban knew what he had in Silas and what Silas did for Luka Doncic. He can do something similar for the Rockets if given the time to work his magic.

Should Tilman Fertita find the need to move on, I'd look for a more experienced coach who can guide them from bottom of the playoff ladder into top four in the West and real contenders. For now, Silas is the head chef. Continue giving him the groceries he needs, and he'll continue giving these kids the lessons they need to develop. Changing the coach now could stunt their growth. Let him cook!

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