BYU 40, Texas 28. Key the "fire Mack Brown" crew in 3...2...1...This game was simply pathetic. The Longhorns defense gave up over 300 yards rushing -- in the first half -- and allowed 550 in the game, most ever against UT. BYU quarterback Taysom Hill ran for 267, the second most by an FBS quarterback in the last 10 years. (More salt in the wound -- the total is second behind Vince Young's 267 in 2005). The defense could not make simple adjustments -- Hill ran the same play over and over -- missed tackles and looked worse than last season's record bad unit. Expectations were high for the Horns, whose schedule is very favorable, but a loss like this deflates any and all hopes. Manny Diaz is simply over his head as defensive coordinator. His counterpart on offense, Major Applewhite, might be as well. BYU is better than it showed in a fluky loss to Virginia a week ago (a powerhouse team that came within 49 points of upsetting Oregon yesterday) but they had no business putting up those kinds of numbers against UT. The old "UT players are soft" take reared its ugly head, as they looked positively pudding on defense and showed no ability to overcome adversity on offense. If you are a UT fan, this is as bad as it gets.
Texas A&M 65, Sam Houston State 28. Not much to say about this one -- the Aggies took care of business and can now prepare for next week's showdown/rematch with No. 1 Alabama, the latest in the "Game of the Year" series brought to you by the SEC. Heisman Johnny showed up, throwing for over 400 yards with 3 TDs, and the Aggies rolled. More on A&M-Alabama as the game gets closer.
Houston 22, Temple 13. Check out our full writeup from yesterday's game here.
Big 12: Baylor continued to put up cartoon numbers against a bad Buffalo team (70-13) and might very well be a surprise contender when all is said and done. Meanwhile, Oklahoma State may have finally found a quarterback as J.W. Walsh led the Cowboys to 56 points against UTSA. Finally, Remember when OU and West Virginia couldn't be stopped on offense? Yeah, 16-7 OU just happened. Texas Tech and TCU rolled lesser opponents.