It wasn’t a busy weekend for college football teams of interest in the Houston area, but it was a significant one. A look at the weekend:
Houston 59, UTSA 28: UH went to 4-0 with a win that wasn’t as easy as the score would indicate. UTSA has a well coached, veteran group that managed to hang around until the fourth quarter. In the end, however, the young Cougars had just too much talent. Freshman QB John O’Korn continues to develop at a rapid level, with an efficient 24 of 36 for 312 yards and four touchdowns. He now has 10 TD passes and just one interception. His elusiveness in the pocket improves every week. Sophomore Deontay Greenberry had another huge game at WR (9 catches, 149 yards, touchdown) and the Cougars were solid on the ground again despite the absence of the injured Kenneth Farrow. The most intriguing thing about this game was the Cougars’ improved defense. They gave up a season highs in points and yards, but made some terrific adjustments and forced five second half turnovers to put the game away. The Cougars’ youth will cost them some games this year, but their talent will win a couple they aren’t supposed to win as well. This is a fun team with a very bright future.
Rice 18, Florida Atlantic 14: The Owls are a legitimate contender in C-USA this year, but they needed every bit of the game to pull this one out. Down 14-6 late, they got a defensive touchdown to turn the tide and scored the last 12 points of the game. The Owls offense was pretty flat, but FAU does play solid defense. This wasn’t as pretty as the Owls would have liked, but it showed some guts and will serve them well in tight games down the road.
A&M 45, Arkansas 33: The Aggies continue their post-Alabama victory tour with a nice win in Arkansas. The Razorbacks aren’t on the Aggies level, but they are tough at home and hung around most of the game. Johnny Manziel did not have an eye-popping game, but he was still very good and Arkansas simply couldn’t keep up. WR Mike Evans continues to look like a future NFL player. The Aggies probably won’t face another tough test until they play at LSU. Speaking of which…
Georgia 44, LSU 41: This was a classic shootout that came down to the wire. LSU fans will be disappointed, but this was a great effort on the road against an extremely talented team. LSU’s young defense gave up too many plays, but there is talent on that side of the ball and they will only get better. Predicting now you haven’t heard the last of the Tigers on the national scale yet this season.
Other key games: Oklahoma 35, Notre Dame 21. The Sooners (and quite possibly Baylor) look like the class of the Big 12 right now. OU took care of business in South Bend and seems to be improving every week. West Virginia 30, Oklahoma State 21. Not sure we saw this one coming. West Virginia has been underwhelming, but they came up with enough to knock off the Cowboys, who seemed to be one of the top contenders in the conference before this one. TCU 48, SMU 21. The Frogs are now 2-2 after a 31-point fourth quarter against an SMU squad that looks like a shadow of what June Jones used to be able to put together as a head coach.