Well, Texas Tech fans, Kliff Kingsbury wasn’t gonna win ‘em all. The 34-year-old first-year head coach and New Braunfels alum finally lost his first game, 38-30 at Oklahoma.
“You cannot come into this stadium and make three turnovers and get away with it,” Kingsbury told reporters.
The 10th-ranked Red Raiders hung with the No. 15 Sooners all the way. The most disappointing part was Tech’s highly ranked defense battered for 526 yards. Worse, OU quarterback Blake Bell, who normally can’t hit the broad side of a barn, threw for 249 yards.
Hendrickson grad Kenny Williams tossed a halfback-option pass for a score and ran for another TD for Tech.
Duck talk: No. 3 Oregon turned up the burners late in a 42-14 win over No. 12 UCLA. It was 14-14 at intermission, the first time the Ducks have been threatened all year. Byron Marshall has five straight 100-yard rushing games for Oregon, which travels next to Stanford on Thursday, Nov. 7.
Not so fast: Had No. 5 Missouri held onto a 17-0 lead on No. 21 South Carolina in the fourth quarter, the Tigers could have coasted to the SEC championship game. But the Gamecocks’ 27-24 win in overtime (Mizzou shanked a short field goal) opens up the SEC East to those two, plus Florida and Georgia. Mizzou still has a one-game edge.
Fan sham: Have we mentioned that Miami is a terrible sports town? The Dolphins don’t draw, the Marlins don’t draw and the two-time champion Heat practically beg folks to stay. The unbeaten Hurricanes are barely a rumor in Miami.
Despite papering the house with $1 or free tickets in “Operation Sellout,” Miami had at least 20,000 empty seats for the Wake Forest game. The listed attendance of 66,160 was as accurate as an Iranian press dispatch. Fans missed a heckuva show as the Canes rallied late to nip the Demon Deacs 24-21.
Next week all seats will be filled when Miami travels to No. 2 Florida State.
Bear tracks: Another week, another blowout for No. 8 Baylor. After squashing Kansas 59-14, the Bears have outscored opponents by a ridiculous 447-111. They don’t play again until a big Thursday nighter, Nov. 7, vs. Oklahoma in Waco.
Cowboy up: No. 19 Oklahoma State has turned into a running team. Who’d have thunk? They also discovered their next tailback standout, Desmond Roland, who rolled over Iowa State for 219 yards and four scores. The normally airborne Cowboys rushed for 342 and passed for just 78 in a 58-27 rout of Iowa State.
First place: Rice and Tulane. Those are your unlikely Conference USA co-leaders, both 4-0 and 6-2 overall. Vista Ridge ex Taylor McHargue rifled four TD passes, three to Jordan Taylor, as the Owls whacked UTEP 45-7. The Green Wave forced four turnovers in a 14-7 win over Tulsa.
Cougar uprising: Houston (6-1, 3-0) stayed tied with Central Florida for the American Athletic Conference lead with a 49-14 rout of favored Rutgers. Freshman John O’Korn threw for 364 yards and five TDs.
Gophers golden: Minnesota (6-2, 2-2) stamped out a 16-game losing streak against No. 24 Nebraska 34-23. The Gophers, possibly headed to a good Florida bowl, not only hadn’t beaten the Cornhuskers since 1960, they hadn’t led the Huskers for 11 straight games. This time they pounded Nebraska on the ground 271-189.
Devil his due: Duke (6-2, 3-1) notched its fourth straight win with a 13-10 upset at No. 14 Virginia Tech. The Hokies had won six in a row. Definitely one of the school’s biggest football triumphs in decades. It was Duke’s first win over a ranked team since 1994 and the first on the road since 1971.
Rock solid: If Alabama doesn’t have the best defense, unranked Michigan State does. The Spartans, who came in allowing 228 yards a game, gave up a mere 128 in a 42-3 crushing of an Illinois team that was averaging 35.3 points. The MSU defense has four or five NFL draft picks.
Local connections: Lake Travis ex Garrett Gilbert threw for a school-record 538 yards, ran for 97 more and accounted for six TDs in leading SMU back from a 21-point deficit to beat Temple 59-49. … Westlake ex Tanner Price of Wake Forest passed for 302 yards in the narrow loss at Miami.
Extra points …
- No. 1 Alabama has outscored its last six opponents 246-26. LSU comes calling Nov. 9.
- No. 4 Ohio State’s 63-14 destruction of Penn State was the Nittany Lions’ worst beating in 114 years.
- No. 18 Northern Illinois is 8-0 for the first time in its FBS history.