By Mario Carrillo
For Reporting Texas
Eyes on Texas Sports is a Monday roundup of the previous weekend’s events and news relating to Texas.
Arlington was America’s sports capital on Sunday, with the World Series and the NFL in action within spitting distance of each other. Tonight, Arlington can focus on the World Series and the pivotal Game 5, with the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals tied at two games apiece. The Cardinals had regained the advantage after Albert Pujols’ monster Game 3, in which he hit three home runs (matching only Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth in a World Series game) and drove in six RBI’s in a 16-7 victory. Despite this, the Rangers won 4-0 on Sunday behind a stellar performance from starting pitcher Derek Holland in which he went eight and one third innings and struck out seven. Josh Hamilton, after saying he believed he has a sports hernia, came up with an RBI double that gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Jaime Aron of the AP takes an in-depth look at the positive effect that Nolan Ryan has had on the Texas Rangers.
The Dallas Cowboys, behind a franchise record 253 rushing yard by rookie running back DeMarco Murray, crushed the winless St. Louis Rams 34-7, bringing the team back to .500 at 3-3. After the game, Tony Romo, who finished 14 of 24 for 166 yards and two touchdowns, said that he hopes he’s taken his last painkilling injection for his injured ribs. Dallas travels to Philadelphia next week to take on the division rival Eagles on Sunday night.
In keeping with the theme of dominant running back performances, Arian Foster gained a total of 234 yards from scrimmage and scored three touchdowns, leading the Texans to a 41-7 win in Tennessee. The rout, Houston’s biggest blowout and the Titans’ most lopsided loss in franchise history, put the Texans in first place in the AFC South a half-game ahead of Titans, the team that used to be the Houston Oilers.
Texas Tech scored the upset of the week (and perhaps the season so far) by beating No. 3 Oklahoma on Saturday, 41-38, handing the Sooners their first home loss since 2005. After throwing for 441 yards and four touchdowns, Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege was selected as the FBS national offensive player of the year. Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle wrote that this is Red Raiders’ coach Tommy Tuberville’s defining win.
The upset shook up the Bowl Championship Series rankings, and allowed Big 12 Conference member Oklahoma State to move up to the No. 3 spot. The highest-ranked Texas team remains Texas A&M, which moved up one spot to No. 16 after defeating Iowa State.
While the Longhorns didn’t play this week, Texas agreed to pay a settlement after allegations of sexual assault were made against a former top athletics official.