The College Football Review, Week Four: Coogs Win Despite Mascot Shame
It’s the end of the University of Houston game and the Coogs have just scored to finally put the game out of the reach. They cut to a shot of the Cougar mascot doing his pushups after the score. And the CSTV announcers start carrying on about how they’ve been watching, but how no mascot has decided to fight with Shasta. Then they start making fun of the Cougar and speaking of how no duck should ever defeat a cougar.
So, dude, I know what you said to the Daily Cougar, but man, no one thinks you did the right thing. No one thinks you came off looking like the bigger man. Everyone thinks you came out of that thing looking like a wuss.
But the football team was able to, once again, overcome the mascot and defeat Colorado State. The Coogs, 2-1, were down 17-3 at the half, but outscored 0-3 Colorado State 32-10 in the second half. Blake Joseph started the game at QB for UH, but he was soon replaced by Case Keenum. Keenum overcame the turnover problems he had in the first two games and went 18-22 for 197 yards and 2 TD. Keenum also ran for 57 yards and 2 TD.
Up in Stillwater, Oklahoma State and the Girls of the Big 12 hung on to defeat Texas Tech 49-45. Tech QB Graham Harrell had the fourth best passing game in major college history by passing for 646 yards. And seeing as how Tech couldn’t stop the Cowboys, surrendering 610 yards in the loss, the Tech defensive coordinator stepped down. (After having watched Dallas Clark run unchecked through the Texans secondary yesterday, I’ve got to wonder if the Texans defensive coordinator is planning to do the same).
Texas had another tough game, but held on against Rice and won 58-14. The Metroplex hosted the yawner between TCU and SMU, which TCU won 21-7. UTEP beat up on TSU 52-12.
And after Thursday’s embarrassing loss to Miami, the Aggies dropped out of the Top 25 – I’d really like to know just who it was that gave the Aggies some votes because they obviously didn’t watch that game. The Aggies are now heading into the Big 12 regular season with a weekend match-up against Baylor. Baylor is now 3-1 after defeating Buffalo 34-21.
Around the rest of the country, (1) USC beat Washington State 47-14. (2) LSU was victorious by a 28-16 score over (16) South Carolina. (4) Oklahoma beat Tulsa 62-21; the Oklahoma victory catapulted the Sooners over Florida and into the number 3 spot in the AP rankings. The major upset of the week involved Syracuse defeating (18) Louisville 38-35 – thanks to which, Louisville is no longer ranked and can forget about any national champ hopes. Michigan also upset (10) Penn State 14-9, and Ball State nearly upset (24) Nebraska 41-40. And finally, (20) Georgia defeated (16) Alabama 26-23 in overtime. – John Royal
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