Here is a re-cap of the major college football games for the big Dallas-Ft. Worth schools this past week:
The UNT Mean Green:
Beating an in-state rival is always a good thing. It gives you extra motivation in practice during the week and if you beat them, it’ll give you a little more pep in your step heading into the next week of practice. You feel really good about yourself. Your team feels good about themselves. North Texas has to be feeling pretty good after beating in-state rival Texas Southern 34-7. The Mean Green looked much more mean in this game than they did against LSU (understandable).
The Mean Green ran the ball down Texas Southern’s throat, racking up 352 yards. Not a great effort by the Texas Southern defense. Antoinne Jimmerson rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown on fifteen carries. Brandon Byrd rushed the ball for 142 yards on twenty-four carries. He also found the endzone twice. Good win for North Texas bouncing back from that 41-14 thrashing they received from LSU. This week, they have a much more difficult game as they go up to Manhattan, Kansas, to take on Kansas State. Kickoff is at 7:00 PM ET.
TCU Horned Frogs:
The TCU Horned Frogs’ first game as a member of the Big 12 Conference was a blowout as they crushed Grambling State 56-0. The defense was stout, posting a shutout. It would have been surprising if Grambling they been able to get anything going against TCU’s defense. TCU gave up under 100 yards of offense. TCU’s offense was magnificent, scoring at will. They did not have an incompletion the entire game going a perfect 17 for 17. Casey Pachall was nine for nine for 201 yards and three touchdowns.
Despite this win, we still don’t know just how good TCU is going to be in the Big 12 this year. The team should be a very good team this year. They have a very good defense that can help lead the way. But being in a new conference and facing new opponents, there will be an obvious learning curve and they may struggle a bit. This was just a business-like game against Grambling State. They did what they were supposed to do and that was crush Grambling State to remain undefeated. Their first conference game comes up this Saturday at Kansas at noon eastern. TCU should be able to get a victory against Kansas.
The SMU Mustangs had no issues getting by Stephen F. Austin, laying a 52-0 beatdown at the feet of the Lumberjacks. I believe this was the first shutout in the June Jones era. The SMU offense was good, but they weren’t the stars of this game. That would be the defense. Four of their touchdowns came from the defensive and special teams side of the ball. They blocked a field goal and returned it for a touchdown at the end of the first half. What a way to end the first half and kill any positive momentum and mood on the SFA sidelines heading into the locker room. SMU returned a fumble for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Then to cap it off for good measures, they had an interception and a fumble returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, the last two touchdowns of the game. Simply amazing. They forced nine SFA turnovers (Seven INT’s and two fumbles). You won’t see that happen again this year from SMU. The Mustangs should have beat SFA. They are the better team. But the way they beat the Lumberjacks is particularly shocking. The Lumberjacks are a decent I-AA team. They were able to put up over 400 yards. But when it mattered, the Mustang defense came up with the critical play. SMU plays against Texas A&M this Saturday, September 15th at 3:30 PM ET.