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No. 25 Memphis rallies past Houston 42-38

Down 17 in the second half on the road, there was no panic in No. 25 Memphis. The Tigers kept their focus and finished with a victory. Riley Ferguson threw for 471 yards and had a 21-yard TD pass with 1 minute, 28 seconds left and Patrick Taylor rushed for a career-high four touchdowns as Memphis rallied to beat Houston 42-38 Thursday night. “Offensively, to go from being shut out in the first...
West Virginia wary of winless Baylor in return to Waco

West Virginia wary of winless Baylor in return to Waco

Dana Holgorsen concedes he’s not sure what type of team West Virginia will face when the Mountaineers meet Baylor on Saturday night. The Bears are a confusing bunch. Their 0-6 record (0-3 in the Big 12) isn’t baffling, and that doesn’t even tell the entire story. Baylor, rocked by a sexual assault scandal, has lost a dozen straight regular-season games dating back to last October...
Topgolf Crush adds to the F1 festival atmosphere at COTA

Topgolf Crush adds to the F1 festival atmosphere at COTA

Formula One and golf would seem to be polar opposites. F1 can be bone-rattlingly loud. Golf prefers unnatural silence. F1 drivers make crucial decisions in milliseconds. Professional golfers can go back and forth with their caddies about every shot. So it would seem all Austin’s F1 circuit and the computerized driving range at Topgolf have in common is that in many months both are among Austin&rsquo...
Texas high school cheer sign goes viral 

Texas high school cheer sign goes viral 

You know when you love your school so much, you claim to bleed its colors? That’s less impressive if your school’s color is already red... The Bridge City High School cheer squad drew national attention after encountering this exact dilemma. A sign promoting the squad’s spirit went viral after comedian Daniel Tosh shared it to the “Tosh.0” Facebook page.  One...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Marcia Macha, 7-iron, 99-yard 5th hole at Jimmy Clay; witnesses: Nancy Guttman, Jan Yeakey Jake Mayer, pitching wedge, 87-yard 6th hole at River Place; witness: Alan Mayer Tom Sterzing, 8-iron, 125-yard 17th hole at Onion Creek; witnesses: Paul Quinn, Michael Northcutt, Jim Alston Robert Stojanik, 9-iron, 120-yard 14th hole at Morris Williams; witnesses: Ben Taylor, Jim Disorbo Submit holes-in-one...
Making the big move: F1 teams, tracks are all about travel logistics

Making the big move: F1 teams, tracks are all about travel logistics

On the Formula One circuit, missing an engine part isn’t exactly like forgetting a toothbrush. “I’ve seen people put stuff on airplanes in a passenger seat because they didn’t have room for it,” said David Pace, vice president of operations at Circuit of the Americas. “Bought a seat for it, put it on the plane and shipped it over here with a person.” Believe...
Nick Starkel is healthy, but A&M is sticking with Kellen Mond at QB

Nick Starkel is healthy, but A&M is sticking with Kellen Mond at QB

Nick Starkel took a trip to Florida last weekend. It was a big deal. He donned shoulder pads and a helmet and participated in warmups with the rest of his Texas A&M teammates before Saturday night’s game with the Gators. And that was an even bigger deal given that on Sept. 4, he had what many believed to be season-ending surgery on his ankle. As the Aggies enjoy a bye week, coach Kevin Sumlin...
Ranking Big 12 teams 1 through 10 with a comment on each

Ranking Big 12 teams 1 through 10 with a comment on each

BIG 12 POWER POLL Rnk (prv) Team;W-L (conf.);Next opponent;Comment 1. (1) TCU;6-0 (3-0);vs. Kansas (1-5), Sat.;Frogs will enjoy basically a bye week as their second string could whip Jayhawks by 14 to 20 points. 2. (2) Oklahoma State;5-1 (2-1);at Texas (3-3), Sat.;Cowboys humming again, climbing to No. 1 in nation in scoring (48.8) and passing yards (411.2). 3. (3) Oklahoma;5-1 (2-1);at Kansas State...
You’ll never believe the cost of Ferrari’s failed part on Vettel’s car

You’ll never believe the cost of Ferrari’s failed part on Vettel’s car

Ferrari carries an annual Formula One racing budget reportedly north of $450 million. The cost of the faulty spark plug that pretty much derailed Sebastian Vettel’s championship hopes in 2017? $69. Vettel’s engine lost power because of a bad plug in the last race at Suzuka, Japan, on Oct. 8, forcing him to retire after four laps and costing him 25 points. The Ferrari driver will enter...
Bobcats seek healing in bye week after 6th straight loss

Bobcats seek healing in bye week after 6th straight loss

Texas State couldn’t have asked for a better time for a bye week, according to head coach Everett Withers, whose team is coming off a 24-7 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette. “It’s a good time for us, we needed it,” said the second-year coach. “As you get into the bye week, you look at the number and you see that we still only have 68 scholarship players. We won’t have...
U.S. Grand Prix notebook: 1 week out from F1 race

U.S. Grand Prix notebook: 1 week out from F1 race

Circuit of the Americas management told the American-Statesman on Friday that ticket sales for this week’s United States Grand Prix are running at least level, if not slightly above, last year. In 2016 COTA officials reported that a track-record 269,889 tickets were sold for the Formula One event, representing the combined number for the three-day weekend. “We’re a little bit above...

Surging Iowa State hosts reeling Kansas

Iowa State has long been accustomed to responding to failure. How will the Cyclones handle success? For once, Iowa State (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) is on a roll heading into a game it is expected to win easily. Iowa State is a 21-point favorite for Saturday’s matchup against Kansas (1-4, 0-2) — just a week after stunning Oklahoma 38-31 in Norman as a 31-point underdog. “The thing I love about...

Louisiana-Lafayette hands Texas State its sixth straight loss

Andre Nunez threw for 232 yards and a touchdown in his first start for Louisiana-Lafayette, and the Ragin’ Cajuns beat visiting Texas State 24-7 Thursday night. Nunez, a junior walk-on from Iowa Western Community College, lofted a pass to Keenan Barnes in the corner of the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown to cap the scoring with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Freshman Trey Ragas rushed...
Maybe Texas A&M won’t experience a post-Bama swoon this season

Maybe Texas A&M won’t experience a post-Bama swoon this season

The Alabama game, which usually falls in the middle of the Texas A&M season, has been a harbinger of bitter Aggie endings the past three years. But maybe lastweek’s 27-19 loss to the Crimson Tide won’t have such a negative impact this time. The Aggies will know soon enough as they travel to Florida for a Saturday night game at the Swamp. Then they will enjoy a bye. The schedule is setting...

Letters to the Sports Editor

DKR’s loud speakers driving this fan away Last week was probably the last UT football game that I will attend. I have been a season ticket holder for over 30 years. We sit in the westside upper deck, Section 106. The newly installed speakers caused decibel levels to average 90 to 94 and at times reached 97. Yes, we measured it. After the 30 minutes of pregame, nonstop music and the first quarter...
Texas State notebook: Bobcats get 18th pledge for 2018 class

Texas State notebook: Bobcats get 18th pledge for 2018 class

Stephenville receiver Blake Aragon became Texas State’s 18th pledge for the 2018 recruiting class when he committed to the Bobcats on Wednesday night. “I just felt like it was a good fit for me and my family, and that they are the best team to utilize me as a player,” Aragon said. “When I was there, it really felt like a family atmosphere. They made it feel like home.&rdquo...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Alan McArthur, 5-iron, 186-yard 7th hole at The Hills Signature; witnesses: Keagan Rue, Kevin Shelton, Chirs Wood, Melissa Starnes Submit holes-in-one via email at sportsdesk@statesman.com or fax at 445-3868. Holes-in-one must be submitted by the appropriate golf course or organization.
Texas State looks to avoid sixth straight loss

Texas State looks to avoid sixth straight loss

Texas State will look to avoid a sixth straight loss when the Bobcats take on Louisiana-Lafayette in front of a national audience Thursday at Cajun Field in Lafayette, La. Oh, and the Rajin Cajuns (2-3, 1-1 Sun Belt) have never lost to Texas State since the four all-time meetings between the two conference rivals. Regardless of the Bobcats’ 1-5 record, and recent woes, Louisiana-Lafayette coach...
Sooners’ Riley says demoting Stoops is ‘not on the table’

Sooners’ Riley says demoting Stoops is ‘not on the table’

Uh, oh, Oklahoma. Before Big 12 play started, the Sooners were sailing along, ranked third in the country and boasting the best road win — at Ohio State — in college football this year. Two games into the conference season, though, lingering problems have resurfaced on defense along with a lack of healthy, experienced wide receivers. A shocking loss to Iowa State, which one Oklahoma columnist...
Injured Aggies QB Nick Starkel might be back sooner than expected

Injured Aggies QB Nick Starkel might be back sooner than expected

Oh, the quarterback intrigue. It’s picked up again at Texas A&M. True freshman Kellen Mond has started every game since first-teamer Nick Starkel broke his ankle in the season opener against UCLA on Sept 3. Now, Starkel may be healing quickly enough that he could return to action, perhaps as soon as later this month. In the days after Starkel’s injury, which required surgery to repair...
Short week ahead for the Bobcats after fifth straight loss

Short week ahead for the Bobcats after fifth straight loss

Texas State will have to have a short memory after suffering its fifth straight loss on Saturday after a 45-27 loss to Louisiana-Monroe. The other Louisiana school — Louisiana Lafayette (2-3, 1-1 Sun Belt) — hosts the Bobcats (1-5, 0-2) for a Thursday night showdown at Cajun Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p..m. and the game will be televised on ESPNU. While much has been made about...

Golden: Mond has program-changing ability

Kellen Mond is far from a finished product but he has already shown us plenty in the playmaking department. Did the freshman quarterback make youthful mistakes against the best team in the country? Sure he did. He threw into double-coverage for a costly interception in the red zone and took a drive-killing sack early in the fourth quarter when he could have thrown the ball away. He also lost a fumble...
So close: big underdog Texas A&M falls to top-ranked Alabama 27-19

So close: big underdog Texas A&M falls to top-ranked Alabama 27-19

Crazy crowd noise. A rare special teams break down. The first turnover in 11 months. None of it mattered Saturday night when Alabama needed one drive to dispense with pesky Texas A&M. The Crimson Tide took over at their own 22 with 6 minutes, 49 seconds to go in the game. Bama owned a 24-12 advantage over the Aggies. Ten plays later, after nearly five minutes had clicked off the clock, Alabama&rsquo...
Texas State drops its 12th straight Sun Belt game

Texas State drops its 12th straight Sun Belt game

Louisiana-Monroe handed Texas State its 12th consecutive Sun Belt loss Saturday with a 45-27 blowout at Bobcat Stadium. The Warhawks (3-2, 3-0 Sun Belt) got 433 yards passing and three touchdowns from quarterback Caleb Evans. The sophomore’s three passing touchdowns matched his season total through ULM’s first four games. After the game, Texas State coach Everett Withers told reporters...

This week, Bobcats hope sun sets on lengthy Sun Belt losing streak

It’s been nearly 700 days — 687 to be exact — since Texas State’s football team last won a conference game. Back on Nov. 19, 2015, the Bobcats defeated visiting Louisiana–Monroe 16-3. On Saturday, Texas State (1-4, 0-1 Sun Belt) will have a chance to end that 11-game losing streak against the last conference team they defeated when ULM (2-2, 2-0) visits San Marcos. After...
Former Cavalier Hutton tackles captain’s role for Harvard football team

Former Cavalier Hutton tackles captain’s role for Harvard football team

Earlier this season, former Lake Travis standout Luke Hutton was named the 144th captain in the storied history of Harvard football. A starting linebacker for Harvard, which first fielded a team in 1873, Hutton joined a group that includes NFL quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. “I am surrounded by such incredible guys,” said Hutton, who was elected captain by his teammates. “So many of...

Texas State hoops teams look to fill spots after roster turnover

The Texas State men and women’s basketball teams began practice this week in preparation for the 2017-18 season. For the first time since the 2002-03 season, both teams finished with winning records last year — the men at 22-14 and the women at 16-15. It was a monumental season for the men’s team, which reached 20 wins for the first time in 24 years. After being picked to finish...
Kevin Sumlin will try to convince his team beating Alabama is possible

Kevin Sumlin will try to convince his team beating Alabama is possible

Alabama coach Nick Saban concedes that his team’s date with Texas A&M will be considered a “business trip.” In other words, the top-ranked Crimson Tide should be focused solely on efficiently dispensing with the Aggies. Play the role of SEC bully and then get out of town. A&M coach Kevin Sumlin finds himself in a different position. How do you motivate a team that’s not given...

Kelly: Quarterback will be a game-day decision for No. 21 Irish

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Thursday that he will wait until the kickoff of Saturday’s game at North Carolina to name his starting quarterback. Junior Brandon Wimbush, who has led the 21st-ranked Irish to a 4-1 start, is still recovering from the right foot strain that has been bothering him since Notre Dame’s 52-17 victory over Miami of Ohio last Saturday. Limited in practice Wednesday...
Texas A&M is hoping its big rush disrupts Bama quarterback Jalen Hurts

Texas A&M is hoping its big rush disrupts Bama quarterback Jalen Hurts

Here’s the defensive game plan Texas A&M will use against top-ranked Alabama. Or maybe call it a goal. The Aggies will try to make the Crimson Tide one-dimensional when the two teams meet Saturday night at Kyle Field. They’ll want to find some way to throttle the Tide’s power running game and force sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts into passing situations. A&M knows it has an intimidating...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Michelle Charbeneau, 8-iron, 103-yard 5th hole at Cowan Creek; witness: Tom Charbeneau Rod Dahl, 8-iron, 160-yard 9th hole at Cimarron Hills; witnesses: Jim Fitzgerald, Jonathan Fulks, Jay Pumphrey Gil Elizalde, 5-iron, 153-yard 2nd hole at Cowan Creek; witnesses: Tom Nelson, Jack Keppler, Lowel Herfindahl Billy Eward, 7-iron, 135-yard 5th hole at White Wing; witnesses: Wayne Collins, Lendol Diehl...
TV rights shakeup will shift Austin’s U.S. Grand Prix to ABC in 2018

TV rights shakeup will shift Austin’s U.S. Grand Prix to ABC in 2018

Formula One will move from NBC Sports to ESPN in 2018, a move that even some insiders didn’t see coming. ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC will televise all 21 races live next year, with ABC airing the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. This month’s U.S. Grand Prix on Oct. 22 at Circuit of the Americas will be the last one broadcast on NBC, which has carried the race since its Austin...
Arrows pointing up for Big 12 youngsters TCU and West Virginia

Arrows pointing up for Big 12 youngsters TCU and West Virginia

ESPN’s “College GameDay” will pop into Fort Worth this Saturday to check on the youngest members of the Big 12 football family. What they’ll discover is that TCU and West Virginia, the relatively new kids on the Big 12 block, are growing up and becoming productive adults. The Horned Frogs, ranked eighth in the country, and the No. 23 Mountaineers have been linked since joining...
Where’s the hype? This fall, Bama-A&M isn’t in brightest SEC spotlight

Where’s the hype? This fall, Bama-A&M isn’t in brightest SEC spotlight

If you listen closely, you may hear the distant chatter that says a big game is hitting town. It’s unclear how loud it’ll become throughout the week. Top-ranked Alabama heads to College Station for a SEC date at Kyle Field Saturday night. Yet the pregame blather is rather calm. For the first time since the Aggies joined the SEC in 2012, the A&M-Alabama matchup isn’t the conference...
Bobcats look to end 4-game skid after being outscored 89-24 in last 2

Bobcats look to end 4-game skid after being outscored 89-24 in last 2

With a 45-40 loss to Wyoming (3-2) this past Saturday in Laramie, Wyo., Texas State (1-4) dropped its fourth straight game after a season-opening victory over Houston Baptist. The Bobcats have been outscored 89-24 in their last two contests as Texas State readies for Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday for an afternoon showdown at Bobcat Stadium. Despite the recent skid, Texas State coach Everett Withers...

Dominant defense dictates 24-17 A&M win

On South Carolina’s final offensive snap Saturday night, Texas A&M defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson bulldozed the center and guard, harassing Gamecock quarterback Jake Bentley into an off balanced throw. His pass was directed towards Shi Smith, who was trying to split the Aggie zone to convert the fourth and five. But Aggie middle linebacker Tyrel Dodson deflected the pass. Game over. A&M...

Bohls: Aggies need to mine more out of Mond

First, the water at the stadium went out. Then, the Kyle Field clocks malfunctioned. A pall of concerned silence fell over the place when a South Carolina player was downed with a head injury and taken off on a stretcher after a 15-minute delay but he was later moving his limbs at a College Station hospital. But finally, everything returned to working order, which was good enough for a tense, 24-17...
Pullman Party: No. 16 Washington State upsets No. 5 USC 30-27

Pullman Party: No. 16 Washington State upsets No. 5 USC 30-27

Mike Leach and his team were engulfed in a sea of crimson on the turf of Martin Stadium, reveling in a rare occurrence for Washington State football. An upset victory 25 years in the making was worth celebrating in grand fashion for the fans in Pullman, Wash. And it proved that these Cougars are true contenders for a Pac-12 title. “It’s exciting. I’ll enjoy it tonight. I’ll...
Our Take: Bohls, Golden tackle college football’s big Week 5 questions

Our Take: Bohls, Golden tackle college football’s big Week 5 questions

American-Statesman columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden address 10 hot-button topics about Texas, the Big 12 and national college football: 1. You both picked Oklahoma State to win the Big 12. Changed your mind? Bohls: I have. I’ll switch to TCU because the Horned Frogs already have that huge road victory and I worry about Oklahoma’s vulnerable secondary. Sophomore running back Darius...
No. 1 Alabama still looking to fix its Ole Miss problem

No. 1 Alabama still looking to fix its Ole Miss problem

Alabama snapped a two-game losing streak to Mississippi last season with a big comeback victory. Yet listening to the Crimson Tide players and coach Nick Saban talk this week about Saturday night’s game against the Rebels, it sounded as if they still do not believe they totally fixed their Ole Miss problem. “I think the ultimate disrespect sometimes is when someone quietly thinks they&rsquo...
Texas State aims to end three-game losing streak on visit to Wyoming

Texas State aims to end three-game losing streak on visit to Wyoming

The Texas State Bobcats will face a tall task Saturday as they try to snap a three-game losing streak at Wyoming. The Bobcats (1-3) will play their fourth straight 2016 bowl team, and this one is led by a quarterback whose “skill set fits the National Football League,” Texas State coach Everett Withers says. After throwing just six passes in 2015, Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen burst onto...
Identity crisis: Are the Aggies about the run, pass or just big plays?

Identity crisis: Are the Aggies about the run, pass or just big plays?

Trayveon Williams was asked this week about the identity of the Texas A&M offense. Are the Aggies a running team? A passing team? What makes this team distinctive? As quickly as he’d swirl past the line of scrimmage, the A&M tailback and team captain responded: “We’re fast. We play fast in the run game, and we play even faster in the passing game. We feed off each other.” The...
Some of best college football is Friday night this week

Some of best college football is Friday night this week

Welcome to Friday Night Lights, college style. Two of the top five or six matchups this week are Friday evening, with four unbeatens squaring off — Southern Cal at Washington State and Miami at Duke. The Trojans are 3½-point favorites, and the Hurricanes are a 6½-point pick. Add two other Friday night games — Nebraska at Illinois and BYU at Utah State — and high school...
Texas State notebook: Linebacker Loyd semifinalist for Wuerffel Award

Texas State notebook: Linebacker Loyd semifinalist for Wuerffel Award

From the moment he arrived on campus, Texas State linebacker Gabe Loyd has excelled both on and off the field. Loyd, a junior college transfer from Fort Scott Community College, was named a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation’s Campbell Trophy, awarded each year to the top scholar-athlete in college football. Loyd was voted as a team captain last year, his first with the Bobcats...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Eugene Sackett, pitching wedge, 128-yard 17th hole at Onion Creek; witnesses: Paul Romero, Alan Trubow, Jason Garrett Submit holes-in-one via email at sportsdesk@statesman.com or fax at 445-3868. Holes-in-one must be submitted by the appropriate golf course or organization.
A&M receiver Christian Kirk brings wow factor to offense, return game

A&M receiver Christian Kirk brings wow factor to offense, return game

Texas A&M receiver Christian Kirk was so bummed after his game against Louisiana-Lafayette earlier this month. “It probably was one of the worst games I’ve had since I’ve been here,” Kirk said Tuesday. “It just ate me alive inside.” Sure, the Aggies eventually overwhelmed the Ragin’ Cajuns with a 31-point second-half surge. But all that Kirk, an Aggies receiver...
Why does Colin Kaepernick kneel? Former Longhorn Nate Boyer says he wrote him a letter

Why does Colin Kaepernick kneel? Former Longhorn Nate Boyer says he wrote him a letter

Before he began kneeling during the national anthem, the 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick took a symbolic seat on the bench.  So what spurred the change in his protest? Former Seahawks player and Longhorn Nate Boyer said it’s because he wrote him a letter, CBS Sports reports.  Published in the Army Times, the letter drew on Boyer’s time serving as a Green Beret and expressed...
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