Texas College Football Takeaways From Week 8

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Turpin continues contributing to the Horned Frogs undefeated offense

October 13, 2017 – Kansas vs TCU at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. (Credit Image: Joseph Nguyen/TexasHSFootball.com)

TCU’s KaVontae Turpin was named Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts in Saturday’s win over Kansas, highlighted by a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown. It is the third time he has earned the honor. The return marked the second-longest in TCU history, and was the third such for Turpin, tying the veteran Horned Frog with Linzy Cole (1968-69) and Blanard Spearman (1930-32) for the most all-time in school history.

Turpin currently is the top dog in the Big 12 and is seventh nationally with 16.3-yard average on punt returns; he is also TCU’s leading receiver with 23 catches.

The cheat code is: Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A.

UTSA has a killer defense

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The Roadrunners defense continues to smother C-USA opponents, limiting Rice to 154 yards of total offense in the first half — their fifth opponent in six games UTSA has held to less than 160 yards in the opening half.

DE Marcus Davenport leads the conference with 12 tackles for loss and Eric Banks claims the topped spot in fumbles forced (three). UTSA continues their defensive reign of terror, ranking second in C-USA, only behind Marshall.

Frank Wilson constructing defenses like Nick Saban creates running backs.

True freshman blues in Austin

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Somewhere in Houston, D’Onta Foreman is cringing every time he watches his former alma mater in Austin. The Texas running game has been awful, attempting 33 times for 43 yards in a 13-10 loss to Oklahoma State.

The sad thing is, it’s not even the tailback making the attempts. Instead, Tom Herman is relying heavily on the quarterback run; true Freshman Sam Ehlinger has attempted to make plays with his legs, scrambling 42 times in the last two contests.

The strategy is a calling card of offensive coordinator Tim Beck, who implemented that same strategy with J.T. Barrett in Ohio State. The finger pointing blame game could thrust an appendage at the offensive line, who has struggled with injuries and inconsistencies since the opener. The Longhorns are currently 3-4, and their remaining Big 12 schedule doesn’t get easier.

Meanwhile, Charlie Strong is undefeated in South Florida…

Brewer the Baylor savior

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Despite the “Baylor blues”, a Bears athlete may be able to turn the season’s frown upside down. While being walloped by West Virginia, coach Rhule opted to initiate true freshman quarterback Charlie Brewer. The Lake Travis standout put up 157 total yards of offense and two passing TDs, putting up 23-unanswered points that ultimately fell short in a 38-36 loss.

Despite the performance, coach Rhule claims Zach Smith is still the starter for a Lonestar rivalry matchup against the Longhorns this Saturday. Even if Smith falters, Waco fans may find solace in knowing the future frontrunner of the offense is just a short jog from the bench to the field.

If only UIL allowed a DeSoto v. Lake Travis championship game…

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