Due to Hurricane Ike, there was no college football preview issue last week. Not that you missed anything. But I would have tried to warn you not to expect much excitement this past weekend as, for the most part, there really weren’t any good games scheduled.
For instance, I’m sure some of you still found a way to watch Rice at Texas. And for the most part, I’m really guessing that most of you are wishing you hadn’t. Rice actually had an early 3-0 lead, but after Texas stopped Rice from scoring on 11 straight plays from the five yard line (making you wonder if Gary Kubiak was coaching Rice), the Owls seemed to give up. The Horns, proving they can beat up on the weaklings, won the game 52-10. Texas QB Colt McCoy used the occasion of playing Rice to set the UT record for career touchdown passes by a UT QB with 62 by throwing for four touchdowns during the game.
And up in Colorado, the Cougars once again decided that the best way to win a football game was by playing catch-up, this time falling behind 21-0 to Colorado State early in the first half. The Coogs made a game of it in the second half, and with seconds remaining in the game, they found themselves in scoring position with the score 28-25 Colorado State. Houston QB Case Keenum, who was 37 for 54 on the day for 380 yards and three touchdowns, did his best Matt Schaub impersonation by throwing his third interception in the Colorado State end zone with eight seconds on the clock. And continuing with the comparisons to the Texans, the son of Gary Kubiak, Klint Kubiak, made the interception to seal the win for Colorado State.
The Texas Aggies, and new coach Mike Sherman (the former Houston Texans offensive coordinator), lost to Miami 41-23 for A&M’s worst non-conference home defeat since 1982. Sherman seemed to be employing the same offensive schemes that he used with the Texans as the Aggies went to 1-2 on the season and 0-2 at home. He also seemed to be using the Texans defensive schemes as Miami totaled 121 yards of offense on their first six offensive plays of the game – including a 62 yard TD from a short pass on Miami’s first play from scrimmage.
Texas Tech put up 42 first half points as they defeated Massachusetts 56-14. The Red Raiders cranked out 538 yards of total offense, including 284 from the normally neglected running game. And the TCU Horned Frogs defeated SMU 48-7 in Dallas, avenging TCU’s last visit to Dallas in which the Horned Frogs lost the game and a shot at a BCS bowl. TCU will get a real test this Saturday as they’re playing Oklahoma in Norman.
And Sam Houston State deserves a little applause. Sure, they lost to Kansas 38-14, but they hadn’t played a game in three weeks, and they were able to stifle Kansas’ running game while managing to keep the score close for three quarters. Baylor was able to keep the score close, but just as happened with his former school Houston, Art Briles’ Baylor Bears lost to Connecticut, 31-28.
NOTES FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY:
There were really only two good major college games this past weekend. In the first, the East Carolina Pirates, who pulled off two major upsets to start this season, then struggled against Tulane in week three, and then lost to the North Carolina State Wolfpack 30-24 in overtime. In the other really good game, LSU traveled to Auburn, and for the first time in nine contests between LSU and Auburn, the home team lost the game as LSU, as it did last season, scored a TD with time running out to win, this time getting an 18 yard TD pass with 1:03 left in the game to give LSU the 26-21 win.
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In Missouri, Heisman-hopeful Chase Daniel set his career high by throwing for 439 yards and setting the Big 12 record with 20 straight completions as Missouri got the 42-21 win over Buffalo. Despite the win, Missouri, for the first time this season, was held to under 50 points.
Ohio State continued to struggle when playing inferior competition, this time finding a way to defeat Troy 28-10 – Ohio State’s lead was only 14-10 heading into the fourth quarter. Penn State meanwhile, once again playing an inferior team, whipped Temple 45-3.
The Boise State Broncos copped their first ever road victory over a BCS team as they shut down the high-powered Oregon offense to get the 37-31 win. BYU continued to dominate lesser opponents, this week defeating Wyoming 44-0. And Utah, a team I think that, with BYU, could crash a BCS bowl game this season, defeated Air Force 30-23.
I don’t know about you, but I’m really hoping that this coming weekend brings us some better games. – John Royal