Friday, September 4
Cowboys top Texans with late score 21-14 in preseason finale
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ben Malena ran 5 yards for the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter and the Dallas Cowboys avoided their second straight winless exhibition season with a 21-14 victory Thursday night over Houston.
Texans third-string quarterback Tom Savage hurt his shoulder on the previous series, so backup Ryan Mallett was forced into the game. He handed off twice to third-string back Kenny Hilliard. But then the Texans tried to throw twice with Mallett, a pair of incompletions, and Dallas ran out the clock.
Savage threw a pair of touchdown passes, but gave up Corey White's 3-yard interception return for a touchdown and had a fumble that led to another quick score for Dallas.
Boykin, No. 2 TCU outlast Minnesota 23-17
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Trevone Boykin threw for 246 yards and a touchdown and ran for 92 yards and another score to help No. 2 TCU outlast Minnesota 23-17 on Thursday night.
Boykin started his Heisman push by completing 26 of 42 passes. But he also threw an interception and the Horned Frogs had a difficult time getting their frenetic offense rolling against Minnesota's determined defense. Their 23 points were their fewest scored since Nov. 9, 2013.
Jaden Oberkrom made three field goals, including a 53-yarder, and Josh Doctson had eight catches for 74 yards and a touchdown for TCU.
Mitch Leidner threw for 197 yards for Minnesota. His touchdown pass to K.J. Maye with 1:32 left pulled the Golden Gophers within a touchdown, but TCU recovered the onside kick to hang on.
No. 22 Wildcats' 42-32 win over UTSA comes with a cost
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Anu Solomon threw four touchdown passes to help No. 22 Arizona beat UTSA 42-32 Thursday night, but the Wildcats suffered a big blow when All-America linebacker Scooby Wright went out early with a left knee injury.
Arizona sputtered on offense most of the night and allowed UTSA, a team returning two offensive starters, to rack up 525 total yards.
Those areas can be fixed. Losing Wright could hurt a lot worse.
The junior, who swept the major defensive player of the year awards last season, went down in the first quarter and spent the second half in street clothes, walking with a cane.
Arizona scored two defensive touchdowns, but had numerous breakdowns, even before Wright went down.
UTSA's Blake Bogenschutz had 332 yards and two touchdowns on 25-of-43 passing after throwing an interception for a touchdown on the game's first pass.
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Waller, Fresno State beat Abilene Christian 34-13
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Marteze Waller ran for 154 yards, Chad Olsen caught two touchdown passes and Fresno State beat Abilene Christian 34-13 in the opener for both teams on Thursday night.
Waller had runs of 36 and 38 yards on his way to a ninth career 100-yard game. Olsen scored on both of his catches, finishing with 35 yards receiving. He has 15 career receptions, six for touchdowns.
The Bulldogs scored 27 straight for a 34-7 lead.
Abilene Christian tied it after Fresno State's opening-drive touchdown with an eight-play, 49-yard drive capped by Herschel Sims' 1-yard touchdown run. But the Bulldogs retook the lead on the ensuing possession and held the Wildcats scoreless until an ACU touchdown on the final play of the game.
Fresno State visits No. 17 Ole Miss for its next game on Sept. 12.
No. 4 Baylor ready to end long offseason with opener at SMU
DALLAS (AP) — The Baylor Bears have been through a long offseason since their second Big 12 Conference title in a row.
After being left out of the first College Football Playoff, the Bears blew a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter of the Cotton Bowl and lost to Michigan State. Coach Art Briles says they've had a bad taste in their mouths since that New Year's Day meltdown.
Now with their highest preseason ranking ever, the No. 4 Bears open the new season Friday night at SMU, which plays its first game under new coach and Texas native Chad Morris.
The opener comes two days after Baylor hired a law firm for an independent investigation of the university's handling of a sexual assault complaint against former transfer Sam Ukwuachu.
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Texas Tech aims for better season, starts vs Sam Houston St.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury says fans will learn if sophomore Patrick Mahomes or junior Davis Webb will start at quarterback when one of them jogs out to take the first snap against Sam Houston State on Saturday.
Kingsbury said the starter for the program's 1,000th game against Sam Houston State, a Football Championship Subdivision team that shared the Southland Conference title last season, is the one who's best for the team now.
The Red Raiders are looking for a win to start a possible rebound from last season when they finished 4-8.
Bearkats coach K.C. Keeler says he'll also wait to say if it'll be junior Jared Johnson, last season's starter, or sophomore Jeremiah Briscoe, a transfer for UAB, at quarterback. They finished 11-5 last season.
Texas horse, dog racetracks back in business — for 90 days
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas tracks will be able to again take bets on horse and dog races — at least temporarily — following a deal that resumes operations for the state racing commission.
The commission had suspended operations Tuesday amid legislative squabbles over funding, forcing horse and dog racing tracks to stop taking bets on live races.
However, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced late Tuesday that House Appropriations Chairman John Otto and Senate members of the Legislative Budget Board had reached agreement to fund the commission for 90 days.
Commission spokesman Robert Elrod said all commission offices were open for business Thursday.
Commissioners recently voted to let tracks install "historical racing" terminals, allowing betting on already-run races stripped of identifying information. State lawmakers opposed to the move threatened to withhold funding in response.
NBC golf analyst Rolfing battling cancer
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Television golf analyst Mark Rolfing has been diagnosed with salivary gland cancer and will not be part of the Golf Channel or NBC broadcast team for the rest of the year.
Rolfing had surgery three weeks ago to remove a malignant growth from his left cheek area. He said Thursday he is starting a second phase of treatment at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for this rare form of cancer.
NBC and Golf Channel televise the last three FedEx Cup playoff events and the Presidents Cup.
Rolfing says his doctors are confident the cancer will be cured after the second phase of treatment. He lives at Kapalua on Maui and says he intends to rejoin the broadcast team at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January.
No fine increase for Stars owner for damaging fish habitat
KAMLOOPS, British Columbia (AP) — A British Columbia appeals court judge has denied a prosecution request to increase Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi's $140,000 fine for polluting a lake during renovations on his Kamloops vacation property.
Gaglardi was found guilty in December on two counts of harmful alteration of a fish habitat for work done in 2010. Prosecutors on Thursday asked Justice Susan Griffin of the British Columbia Supreme Court to raise the fine to $500,000, but Griffin ruled the lesser penalty was appropriate under case law.
Gaglardi also owns the Western Hockey League's Kamloops Blazers and heads Northland Properties, which was convicted on the same charges. His father, Robert Gaglardi, was found not guilty.
Gaglardi apologized for the damage during a sentence hearing