COLLEGE FOOTBALL : SOUTHWEST ROUNDUP : No Place Like Home For Texas A
It didn’t come down to the final second of the game this time, but Texas A&M;'s home winning streak, the longest in the nation, got another scare before the defense saved the day.
Andre Williams returned an interception five yards for a late third quarter touchdown, opening the gates for a 31-7 victory over Houston on Saturday, as the 19th-ranked Aggies, 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the Southwest Conference, won their 30th in a row at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas.
The Cougars (1-7, 1-3), who had five turnovers, remained close enough for a comeback until Williams grabbed a pass from Chuck Clements with 4:23 left in the third quarter to give the Aggies a cushion.
“He was eyeing the receiver the whole time and as soon as he cocked his arm, I broke on the ball and basically he threw it right to me,” Williams said.
Linebacker Keith Mitchell chased Clements into the Houston end zone and forced him to make a hurried throw.
“I thought I got [Clements’ pass] blocked but he got it off,” Mitchell said. “I saw it coming, Andre high-stepping into the end zone.”
No. 22 Texas Tech 34, New Mexico 7--Marcus Coleman’s 92-yard fumble return late in the first half helped the Red Raiders (5-2) beat the Lobos (4-4) in a nonconference game at Albuquerque, N.M.
With New Mexico driving for a go-ahead touchdown, linebacker Zach Thomas stripped Lobo quarterback Scott Peterson of the football at the Tech two. Coleman, whose four career interception returns for touchdowns are one shy of the NCAA record, scooped up the turnover and raced into the end zone untouched with 1:21 left in the second quarter.
Rice 34, Southern Methodist 24--Adrayll Askew turned the second reception of his career into a 53-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter as the Owls beat the Mustangs at Dallas.
Rice (2-5-1, 1-3) won for the first time since its opener, ending a span of six winless games and snapping a three-game losing streak. It was their seventh victory in a row over the Mustangs (1-7, 0-4).
Baylor 27, Texas Christian 24--Jerod Douglas rushed for a 149 yards and scored two touchdowns as the Bears remained alive in the SWC race by beating the Horned Frogs at Waco, Texas
Douglas scored twice in the first half as the Bears (5-2, 3-1) built a 21-10 lead.
TCU (5-2, 2-1) played its second in a row without starting tailback Andre Davis, who was declared ineligible because of a possible NCAA rules violation.