By Mario Carrillo
For Reporting Texas
A Monday wrapup of the sports weekend in Texas.
The Texas offense again sputtered while the defense provided a spirited performance that was not enough in a 17-13 loss to Kansas State. The Wildcats defeated the Longhorns despite gaining only 121 yards of offense. But the Longhorns, now 6-4 overall, might have found their new starting quarterback in sophomore Case McCoy, who provided a spark after replacing David Ash in the second half. The loss dropped the Longhorns to No. 25 in the latest BCS standings. The Longhorns travel to College Station to take on Texas A&M on Thanksgiving in what will be the schools’ last scheduled meeting. The Aggies are moving to the SEC next season.
Another Texas team proved to be too much for Oklahoma as Baylor defeated the Sooners 45-38 Saturday in Waco. The Bears, led by Robert Griffin III, a Heisman hopeful, defeated the Sooners for the first time in school history and all but dashed Oklahoma’s dreams of a national championship. The win moved Baylor to No. 18 in the BCS standings, and Oklahoma dropped to No. 9.
At No. 8 is Houston, which along with No. 1 LSU, remained the only unbeaten major-college team in the nation after defeating SMU 37-7 on Saturday. In front of a national audience and ESPN’s College Game Day show, the Cougars improved to 11-0 and look primed to reach their first BCS bowl. Senior quarterback Case Keenum broke yet another NCAA record, this time passing Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell for most career completions. Houston travels to Tulsa to take on the Golden Hurricane next Saturday.
The Dallas Cowboys notched their third consecutive victory after defeating their bitter rival Washington Redskins, 27-24 in overtime on Sunday. The win, coupled with a New York Giants loss, has the Cowboys tied in first place of the NFC East at 6-4. Tony Romo came up big again, throwing for 292 yards and three touchdowns. The Cowboys will host the Miami Dolphins on Thanksgiving, who are riding their own three-game winning streak heading into Thursday’s game.