EoT Sports: Timely Shutout, a New Rival and Old Heartbreak
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.
The Texas Longhorns snapped a two-game losing streak by crushing Kansas 43-0 Saturday in Austin. The Texas defense turned in its best performance of the season, allowing only 46 total yards and three first downs. The win moved the Longhorns to 5-2 (2-2 in Big 12) and moved them up to No. 21 in the BCS rankings, second highest in the state after the undefeated University of Houston Cougars, at No. 13. The story of the day remained the limited viewership of the oft-debated Longhorn Network, which televised Saturday’s game. ESPN is still struggling to line up new channel subscribers, leaving many without access to the game (which, for Kansas fans, was probably a good thing).
Texas Tech and Texas A&M dropped out of the rankings after losing to Iowa State and Missouri, respectively, on Saturday. The losses shook up the Big 12 standings, but Oklahoma State remained on top and undefeated after routing Baylor 59-24.
The Big 12 Conference, still in flux, added another school. Joining the likes of Texas, A&M (for now), Texas Tech, Baylor and recently added TCU will be the West Virginia Mountaineers, which officially accepted an invitation to join the league last Sunday. And much to the surprise of no one, the Big 12 may still be looking to expand by adding more teams from the Big East. Which teams should the Big 12 try to add if and when Missouri leaves?
In the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles dismantled the Dallas Cowboys 34-7 on Sunday night. The Eagles gained 495 of total offense against a Cowboys defense that came into the game ranked seventh overall. Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who had trash-talked before the game, took blame for the loss in off-color terms (language warning!). The Cowboys dropped to 3-4, putting them in three-way tie for second in the NFC East. In Houston, the Texans used another big day from Arian Foster (33 carries, 112 yards, one touchdown) to get past the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars 24-14. The Texans, 5-3, are off to their best start in franchise history and remain one game ahead of Tennessee for first place in the AFC South.
And now, spare a moment for Texas Rangers fans. In one of the more memorable World Series in years, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Rangers 6-2 in Game 7 on Friday. It was the 11th title for the Cards, who last won it all in 2006. But for the Rangers, the series will always be remembered for Game 6. Twice they were one strike away from winning the series (in the ninth and 10th inning), and twice saw those opportunities slip through their hands, something that has never happened in Major League history. Game 6 has already been called by some, including Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, one of the best in history. The loss marks the second consecutive World Series defeat for the Rangers (beaten by San Francisco last year), matching the fate of the 1991-1992 Atlanta Braves.