College quick hits
College quick hits
2014-08-31 00:10:00

Get our thoughts on this weekend's college action

 By Greg Tepper and EJ Holland

Texas A&M 52, South Carolina 28

Statement: made. Nearly every question about the Aggies entering 2014 was answered in a masterful upset performance in Columbia, South Carolina. Can they survive without Johnny Manziel? New QB Kenny Hill broke his single-game passing record, throwing for 511 yards and three touchdowns. Can the defensive front seven improve? A cast of largely new pieces held the vaunted South Carolina rushing attack to just 3 yards per carry. Can they handle life away from Kyle Field? Check out the scoreboard. Simply put: it was a 60-minute demolition of what we expected to be an excellent SC team. It wasn’t perfect — the secondary looked very vulnerable at times, and that’s problematic — but it’s time to realize that it’s the Aggies’ system that’s winning, not just the individual players. And that’s not graduating. -GT

UTSA 27, Houston 7

In a battle of teams that we spent all offseason telling people about, it was UTSA who ruined Houston’s grand opening of TDECU Stdaium. And really, this was the story of the UTSA defense, which forced a staggering six turnovers — including four interceptions off touted UH quarterback John O’Korn — and held the explosive Coogs to a mere 2.8 yards per play. Houston struggled to find any consistency offensively while the Roadrunners offense, while not spectacular, was just fine, especially the running game led by David Glasco II and Jarveon Williams. For Houston, they’re left to pick up the pieces and figure out how to jumpstart the offense. For UTSA? A potential springboard to a breakout year. -GT

Texas 38, North Texas 7

Either the Texas defense is one of the best in the nation or the North Texas quarterbacks are really bad. New starter Josh Greer and veteran backup Andrew McNulty combined to go 3-for-17 for 15 yards and four interceptions. No, that is not an error. Texas defenders Jordan Hicks and Quandre Diggs made big play after big play as the Longhorns made a statement in Charlie Strong’s debut. The offense still needs to improve and with Dominic Espinoza exiting the game with an ankle injury, there are still some major questions along the offensive line. North Texas, well, the Mean Green just have to put this one way behind them. -EJ

Notre Dame 47, Rice 17

Rice was definite underdogs heading to South Bend, but the Owls have to be disappointed that they weren’t able to give Notre Dame more of a challenge. The game was a darn good one until the final minutes of the first half, when Notre Dame struck for two touchdowns in the final 2:33, turning a 14-10 game into a 28-10 halftime lead. Those late first-half touchdowns sparked a run of 27 unanswered points for the Irish as the Rice defense has no answer for the returning QB Everett Golson. Meanwhile, the offense felt stuck in the mud, unable to get their bread-and-butter running game going — take away QB Driphus Jackson, and the Owls ran for just 82 yards on 29 carries. Those aren’t numbers that will win many road games. There’s no shame in losing in South Bend, but the Owls have to find answers on both sides of the ball before conference play starts. -GT

TCU 48, Samford 14

So it looks like Trevone Boykin will be the main man under center this season for the Horned Frogs. Despite an up and down 2013, Boykin beat out Texas A&M transfer Matt Joeckel and apparently, the competition made him better — a lot better. Boykin was masterful, throwing for 320 yards and scoring three total touchdowns. Boykin still has to prove he can do this against an FBS team, but it seems like new coordinators Sonny Cumbie and Doug Meacham are getting the best out of him. And of course, the defense was dominant. -EJ

Texas Tech 42, Central Arkansas 35

A win is a win is a win, but there were plenty of red flags for the Red Raiders as they played with their food for most of this one. First, the positives: the offense looks sensational once again, as Davis Webb threw for 452 yards and four touchdowns, connecting with 11 different receivers. And the running game looked dangerous, averaging more than 5 yards per carry while DeAndre Washington and Justin Stockton found pay dirt. That’s the positive. The negative? The Red Raider defense struggled big time, allowing 406 total yards and letting the Bears hang around — and even take a 16-7 lead in the second quarter. The biggest issue: getting the other team off the field when they had the chance. The Bears went just 5-for-19 on third down, but converted all six of their fourth-down attempts, almost entirely on short-yardage runs. That’s on the front seven, which must make a stop in that situation. Also problematic: the penalties, as the Red Raiders racked up a nation-most 15 penalties for 114 yards. It’s a win, but Kliff Kingsbury’s Red Raiders can only be described as a work in progress. -GT

Texas State 65, Arkansas Pine Bluff 0

If you read the college preview, you knew we fully expected to Texas State to dominate. And that’s exactly what happened. Tyler Jones was impressive, throwing for 278 yards and four touchdowns, Robert Lowe broke loose for 150 yards and a score and the defense, led by savvy veteran David Mayo, recorded the shout out. It was just an overall solid win for the Bobcats and should build momentum heading into their next game against a Navy team that gave Ohio State a run for its money. -EJ

UTEP 31, New Mexico 24

The biggest win in Texas that nobody’s talking about belongs to the Miners, who went into Albuquerque and grabbed their first season-opening win over an FBS foe since 2007. And there’s no doubt as to who was the star: RB Aaron Jones, who ran for a career-high 237 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner with 2:18 left in the game. Jones was the biggest benefactor of a dominating UTEP offensive line, which guided the Miners to 330 yards rushing (their most in a game since 2011) and a fantastic 7.5 yards per rush. The defense wasn’t great (New Mexico ran for 410 yards…oof) but it made plays when it needed to, holding UNM to just 4 of 14 on 3rd and 4th downs, and nabbing three turnovers. When Sean Kugler was hired, we knew it’d take some time to really get things going the way he wanted. They’re not all the way there yet, but they are already clearly better than last year’s group. -GT

Please remember that you are responsible for the content you post on Any content containing profanity, personal attacks, antisocial behavior, or is otherwise inappropriate will be removed from our website. Users who fail to abide by these guidelines may be permanently banned. The comments/ideas shared in the Facebook commenting system do not reflect the views of Dave Campbell¹s Texas Football.

If you would like to report inappropriate behavior within the Facebook commenting system, please email and we will review your request.

Subscribe to DCTF

Forgot Your Password?

Not a subscriber yet?
By registering on you'll get instant access to exclusive content and printed magazines. learn more »

Mr. Texas Football
Special Offer

What is being overheard around the state of Texas

WaterCooler Talk
I started collecting Texas Football when I was 12. I have every issue. All are signed by Dave Campbell except the last two. I hope he comes to San Antonio on his promotional tour so I can get those tw...Martin ,

Grab your copy of the 2015 Summer Edition of Dave Campbell's Texas Football today!

coming soon magazine cover