COLLEGE REWIND

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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Houston now trails in the fall classic

Astros fall in World Series Game 1 as Braves come out swinging

Framber Valdez had a forgettable start in World Series Game 1 as the Braves tagged him with five runs. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

After a dominant end to win the ALCS and American League pennant, the Houston Astros welcomed in the National League champion Atlanta Braves for World Series Game 1 at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday. With Houston favored to win not just this game but the entire series, the Braves shook up those expectations by finding early success at the plate to build a lead they would hold to take a 1-0 series lead.

Final Score: Braves 6, Astros 2

World Series (Best of Seven): Atlanta leads 1-0

Winning Pitcher: A.J. Minter

Losing Pitcher: Framber Valdez

Valdez unable to replicate ALCS Game 5 success as Braves mount early lead

For the optimist, not having home-field advantage in an MLB postseason series affords you a benefit: you can score first and take captive momentum first in the series. The Braves did that against Framber Valdez, as Jorge Soler became the first player in league history to hit a homer in the first plate appearance of a World Series, putting Atlanta out to an immediate 1-0 lead. They would get another in the first frame, getting a one-out infield single by Ozzie Albies, who would steal second to get in position for an RBI double by Austin Riley.

Houston had the chance to respond in their first inning against former teammate Charlie Morton, getting a single and two walks to load the bases with no outs. They'd strand all three runners, though, as Morton made it through unscathed but having used 26 pitches. Atlanta kept putting stress on Valdez, extending their lead to three runs with back-to-back singles to start the second before later getting an RBI groundout.

Valdez gave up two more in the top of the third, once again allowing a leadoff single, this one setting up a two-run homer to make it a 5-0 Braves lead and forcing Houston's starter out of the game early. Yimi Garcia entered and was able to retire the three batters he faced to end the frame.

Braves lose Morton to injury as both bullpens begin long night

After stranding the bases loaded in the bottom of the first to keep the Astros off the board, Morton followed it up with a 1-2-3 second. He started the bottom of the third by retiring his fifth batter in a row, getting a strikeout of Jose Altuve. He would immediately call trainers to get him out of the game, though, as he would later be diagnosed with a fractured fibula, presumably from a ball that ricocheted off his leg in the prior inning, ending his season in a disappointing turn of events for the Braves.

That set up a long night for both bullpens, and next up for Houston was Jake Odorizzi. He started with a scoreless fourth, working around a two-out error to keep it a five-run game. The Astros began a rally in the bottom of the fourth, getting runners on the corners with one out on a Kyle Tucker double and Yuli Gurriel single. Chas McCormick brought in the first run of the board for Houston, but that's all they would get as Atlanta's lead remained four runs.

Astros drop Game 1

Odorizzi kept going on the mound, tossing a 1-2-3 fifth, then getting one out before a one-out single in the top of the sixth would prompt Dusty Baker to move on to Phil Maton, who finished the inning. Maton returned in the top of the seventh, getting a strikeout before a double and a walk would result in the call to bring in Ryne Stanek.

A double play against his first batter allowed Stanek to finish the seventh, and then he returned in the eighth. He faced three batters that frame, getting one out before a walk and a single would put runners on the corners as Houston moved on to Brooks Raley. A sac fly by Freddie Freeman off of Raley made it a five-run lead again, but a leadoff triple by Yordan Alvarez in the bottom of the inning would set up Carlos Correa for an RBI, a groundout to make it 6-2.

Atlanta's bullpen continued to do well, though, limiting the damage to that one run in the eighth, then returning to hold on to the four-run lead in the bottom of the ninth to give the Braves the upset win to start the series. The loss extends their home losing streak in the World Series to five games (having lost all four at home in the 2019 World Series against the Nationals) and puts them down 0-1 and in need of a win in Game 2 to try and reset the series into a best-of-five.

Up Next: World Series Game 2 will be another 7:09 PM Central scheduled start time on Wednesday from Minute Maid Park. The expected pitching matchup is Max Fried, who is 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA in three postseason starts, for the Braves, and Jose Urquidy, who went just 1.2 innings while allowing six runs (five earned) in his start in the ALCS.

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