The Alvarado College Round-Up: 5 TXHSFB Stars Dominating in College Football

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Article by Senior Writer, Albert Alvarado / Twitter: @Alvarado_Sports

Johnson helps No. 5 A&M hold off LSU

Buddy Johnson had a team-best nine tackles and scored on an interception return for a touchdown to help No. 5 Texas A&M hold off LSU 20-7 on Saturday at Kyle Field.

A&M (6-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) remained as the fifth-ranked team in the latest Associated Press College Football Poll after beating LSU (3-4, 3-4).

Johnson’s 15-yard interception return for a touchdown extended A&M’s lead to 20-0 late in the third quarter and the Tigers never threatened after that point.

The win keeps the Aggies in second place in the SEC West division, a half-game back of No. 1 Alabama (8-0, 8-0), but the Crimson Tide holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over A&M.

Johnson was a two-time all-district selection during his high school career at Dallas Kimball.

A&M visits Auburn (5-3,5-3) at 11 a.m. Saturday.


Ezukanma, Tech fall short in upset bid

Erik Ezukanma had 183 yards receiving and two touchdowns, but Texas Tech’s late upset bid fell short as the Red Raiders fell to Oklahoma State 50-44 on Saturday.

Oklahoma State (6-2, 5-2 Big 12) moved up four spots to No. 19 after the win over Tech (3-6, 2-6).

Ezukanma, a former Fort Worth Timber Creek star, had seven catches and nearly helped the Red Raiders overcome a 19-point fourth quarter deficit.

He hauled in a 32-yard touchdown pass from Alan Bowman (Grapevine) to cut the Oklahoma State lead to 50-37 with 3 minutes, 57 seconds remaining.

Ezukanma recorded 2,471 yards and 32 touchdowns receiving in three varsity seasons at Timber Creek.

Tech looks to rebound on Saturday when it visits Kansas (0-8, 0-7).


Eagles soars to career day

Brennan Eagles posted a career day with 142 receiving yards in Texas’ 23-20 home loss to Iowa State on Saturday.

Texas (5-3, 4-3 Big 12) fell out of the latest Associated Press College Football Poll with the loss while Iowa State (7-2, 7-1) not only climbed one spot to No. 12, but took a step toward playing in the Big 12 Championship Game.

Eagles, a former Alief Taylor standout, caught a 59-yard reception on Texas’ opening drive to set up a Cameron Dicker (Austin Lake Travis) field goal that made it 3-0 Longhorns. His 18-yard reception helped set up a 17-yard rushing touchdown by Sam Ehlinger (Austin Westlake) that extended the Texas lead to 10-0 in the first quarter.

He was a U.S. Army All-American during his prep career at Alief Taylor.

Texas is holding on to it’s Big 12 Championship Game hopes. The Longhorns are one game behind No. 11 Oklahoma (6-2, 5-2) and No. 19 Oklahoma State (6-2, 5-2) for second place with two games remaining.

The Longhorns visit Kansas State (4-5, 4-4) on Saturday.


Brewer helps Baylor snap five-game skid

Baylor senior quarterback Charlie Brewer led three scoring drives in the fourth quarter to help Baylor beat Kansas State 32-31 on a buzzer beating field goal on Saturday at McLane Stadium.

The former Austin Lake Travis star scored four touchdowns helped the Bears snap a five-game losing streak.

Brewer completed 31 of 39 passes for 349 yards with two passing touchdowns and had 82 yards and two scores on 23 carries to help Baylor (2-5, 2-5 Big 12) beat Kansas State (4-5, 4-4).

The Bears overcame a nine-point deficit twice in the fourth quarter.

Brewer scored a one-yard rushing touchdown to cut the Wildcat lead to 31-29 with 4 minutes, 16 seconds remaining.

Baylor got the ball back with less than three minutes left and Brewer moved the ball down the field 57 yards on 10 plays to set up John Mayers’ (Flower Mound Marcus) 30-yard field goal as time expired.

Brewer is part of a long line of star quarterbacks at Lake Travis and led the Cavaliers to a 30-2 record and consecutive state title game appearances. He was the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Player of the Year in 2016.

Baylor visits No. 11 Oklahoma (6-2, 5-2) on Saturday.


McCormick has another record breaking day

UT-San Antonio running back Sincere McCormick broke his own school record as the Roadrunners closed the regular season by cruising past the North Texas Mean Green 49-17 on Saturday.

McCormick had 251 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries to help UTSA (7-4, 5-2 Conference USA) down UNT (4-3, 2-1). He previously set the school record of 197 yards in one game during the season opener against Texas State.

The former Converse Judson star had a 65-yard touchdown run that extended UTSA’s lead to 21-7 early in the second quarter. He added an 18-yard scoring run that made it 42-10 Roadrunners early in the fourth quarter.

McCormick was a star at nearby Judson where he had more than 3,400 yards and 43 touchdowns and was an all-state first-team selection as a junior.

UTSA is 2.5 games ahead of Alabama-Birmingham for the CUSA lead, but the Trailblazers have yet to complete conference play. UAB has the head-to-head tiebreaker over UTSA and the CUSA Conference Championship Game is currently scheduled to be played on Dec. 18.

Alberto Alvarado

Senior Writer, Albert Alvarado / Twitter: @Alvarado_Sports


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