Was that a fun weekend of college football, or what? (Note: UT and Oklahoma fans will probably say no).
As I suspected, the University of Houston hosted one of the more entertaining games of the weekend. The turnover-prone Cougars continued with the turnover problems (they turned it over three times to the visiting East Carolina Pirates) but could’ve still easily won the game if not for the special teams.
The punting team averaged 31.1 yards on seven punts – one punt went for a total of nine yards. And kicker T.J. Lawrence missed three field goals, including a 38-yarder with three seconds on the clock that would’ve given the Coogs the win. Instead, the Coogs went to 2-2 (1-1 in conference) with a 37-35 loss. Lawrence had a 49-yard FG attempt blocked in the second quarter, and a 37-yarder, with 1:55 left in the game went wide left.
Wide receiver Donnie Avery made his first big appearance of the season. He scored touchdown receptions of 64 yards (a swing pass from Case Keenum) and 38 yards (a pass down the middle from Blake Joseph). Avery also scored a touchdown when he went 100 yards on a kick return. Cougar running back Anthony Aldridge gained 89 yards on 22 rushes and scored two TDs (one on a run and one on a pass). QB Case Keenum continued to be turnover prone, tossing two INT before being replaced due to injury. Back-up Blake Joseph was 24 for 30 with 250 yards and two TD.
Still, the Cougars lost.
Speaking of losing, has anybody notified Texas that they were supposed to have a game on Saturday? Kansas State came into Austin and handed UT its ass. The final score of 41-21 isn’t close to indicating how much Kansas State dominated that game. But UT has been playing dangerously bad football all season. If Central Florida could’ve held on to the football several games ago, the Horns might already have been defeated. As it is, Kansas State took advantage of an open week to prepare a game plan for UT that UT could just never figure out how to stop. The loss dropped UT 12 spots in the AP rankings, down to 19. What I’d like to know is how UT is still ranked above Kansas State. Kansas State is ranked for 24, which is the first time it has been ranked since 2004.
But the upsets don’t stop with UT. Oklahoma blew up a 17-point lead to Colorado and lost on a last-second field goal. That loss dropped the number three ranked Sooners down to number ten in the AP poll.
The upsets don’t stop there.
Number four ranked Florida lost to Auburn, also on a last second field goal, and dropped to the number nine spot in the AP poll. Number five ranked West Virginia lost on Friday night to the previously 18th ranked South Florida. South Florida took advantage of that win to move up to the sixth spot in the rankings.
I’ve got a problem with this week’s AP rankings, though. USC, playing a tough opponent, won 27-24, but was moved from number one to number two in the poll. LSU, which had difficulties with Tulane (a team which UH had easily defeated several weeks ago), moved up to the number one slot. The number three team is Cal, which held on and defeated Oregon in a close game (the Duck didn’t go around kicking the ass of any other mascots in this game. He’s not so tough when Shasta’s not around).
Previously ranked Alabama and Penn State were also upset, and they fell out of the rankings.
As for the rest of the Texas schools. The Aggies let Baylor hang around for a bit before coasting to an easy victory. Hey, UT fans, guess who’s got the lead in the Big 12 South? That’s right, the Aggies. That must hurt. Maybe someone to try and purchase a copy of Coach Fran’s tip sheet. Texas Tech recovered from last week’s defeat to Oklahoma State, defeating Northwestern State 75-7. Oklahoma State took out its problems by beating up on Sam Houston State.
UTEP won an overtime thriller with SMU by a score of 48-45. Colorado State continued with its inability to defeat teams from Texas, this week losing to TCU. And TSU lost 48-24 to Alabama A&M. TSU has yet to win this season.
But don’t worry, TSU. You’re not alone in your failure to win a football game. Notre Dame is 0-5 on the season, its worst start in school history. But hey, a Notre Dame QB finally threw a touchdown pass. I guess it’s a good thing that Charlie Weis is such an offensive genius; I’d hate to think about how bad Notre Dame would look otherwise.
I guess the game to look forward to this weekend will be in Dallas where UT will take on Oklahoma. I think I’ll pick Oklahoma. – John Royal