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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.

 

With only four games on the slate this week and the Coogs off, there was still some exciting football in the AAC this week. Let's take a look at week 11:

Coogs had a week off

With a week off, the Coogs also stayed out of the news. No crazy rumors or stories from national media members to address this week. The team had a normal week of practice in preparation for their big game next week against Memphis as the Tigers come to town ranked No. 21 sporting an 8-1 record.

Other key results

Tulsa 34, UCF 31: To say the luster is off UCF as a bully in the AAC would be accurate. While they have tons of talent, nobody fears them the way they did in years past. They've lost more games this year than they have the past two years.

SMU 59, ECU 51: Whenever a top team in the conference struggles to beat a bottom feeder, two narratives are put out: A) the favorite underestimated the underdog, or B) the underdog caught the favorite off guard. Either way, SMU put another notch in the win column and continues to march towards a decent bowl game.

Temple 17, USF 7: The Owls became bowl eligible with a well balanced offensive attack against the Bulls. 167 yards through the air and another 153 on the ground kept the attack even. Despite a -60 penalty yard margin, the Owls managed to grind out a win.

Stars Of The Week

Shane Buechele, QB, SMU: Buechele's 33/46 for 414 yards and five touchdowns were very necessary to pull out the eight point win over ECU. He put up video game numbers partly because...

James Proche & Kylen Granson, WRs, SMU: ...these two combined for 21 catches for 305 yards and accounted for all five of Buechele's passing touchdowns. They caught 73.6% of Burchele's passing yards. Had ECU applied more pressure and/or covered better, they may have won this game.

Cincinnati Rushing Attack: In a 45-point win, you'd imagine there were some crazy number put up. The Bearcats ran the ball 43 times for 307 yards for a 7.1 yards per carry average and four touchdowns. For comparion sake, UConn ran 40 times for only 148 yards and of course didn't score a touchdown.

Games To Watch This Week

Tulane @ Temple

#24 Navy @ #15 Notre Dame

#20 Cincinnati @ USF

Players To Watch This Week

Malcolm Perry, Navy: Facing the #15 ranked Fighting Irish in a midday showdown on national television gives Perry a chance to shine. I can't wait to see what he can do against a defacto Power 5 school.

Justn McMillan, Tulane: Going East and facing Temple at 11am CST will be a slight body clock test for the Green Wave. McMillan is their leading passer and rusher. He, like the aforementioned Perry, will get to prove himself on the road against a tough opponent.

Cincinnati Rushing Attack: The Bearcats average 202.4 yards per game on the ground. USF averages giving up 194 yards per game on the ground. I fully expect the game to be won or lost depending upon who wins this battle.

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