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Lone Star State suffers through an upset weekend with nationally-ranked Texas A&M, Baylor and Houston losing as the Texas Longhorns come up short against No.1-ranked Alabama

In what turned into a lost weekend for the nationally-ranked NCAA Division I FBS football programs in Texas, the seventh-ranked Texas A&M Aggies, the ninth-ranked Baylor Bears and the 25th-ranked Houston Cougars suffered upset losses, two of them going into overtime.

But the game of the week proved to be the unranked Texas Longhorns coming up just short of upsetting top-ranked Alabama as the Crimson Tide rallied twice in the fourth quarter to pull out a dramatic 20-19 victory.

No. 1 ALABAMA Crimson Tide 20, TEXAS Longhorns 19

Playing in front of a Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium record crowd of 105,213, the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide pulled off a thrilling 20-19 come-from-behind victory over the previously-unranked Texas Longhorns Saturday in Austin.

Overcoming 15 penalties for 100 yards, reigning Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young propelled the Tide by completing 27-of-39 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown while rushing seven times for 38 yards, none more important than his 20-yard scramble into Texas territory with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, setting up a game-winning 33-yard field goal by Will Reichard with 10 seconds left in the game.

Texas took a huge blow when starting quarterback Quinn Ewers left the game with a shoulder injury in the first quarter, but Longhorn defense stepped up and took Alabama down to the wire.

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APPALACHIAN STATE Mountaineers 17, No. 7 TEXAS A&M Aggies 14

Posting their first win against a Top 10 opponent since 2007, the Appalachian State Mountaineers shocked the seventh-ranked Texas A&M Aggies, 17-14, Saturday at Kyle Field in College Station.

Appalachian State (1-1) settled for a 29-yard field goal by Michael Hughes to take a 17-14 lead with about eight minutes left after Christian Wells was wide open, but dropped a touchdown pass on third down. The Aggies (1-1) had a chance to tie it with about three and a half minutes to go, but a 47-yard field goal attempt by Caden Davis was short.

The Mountaineers won a week after scoring six touchdowns and 40 points in the fourth quarter in a 63-61 opening loss to North Carolina.

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No. 16 BYU 26, No. 9 BAYLOR Bears 20 (2OT)

In a disappointing loss for a team with national playoff aspirations, the No. 9 Baylor Bears fell to the No. 21 Brigham Young Cougars, 26-20, in the second overtime before a sellout crowd of 63,470 Saturday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

BYU’s Lopini Katoa scored on a three-yard run in the second overtime after kicker Jake Oldroyd missed a 35-yard field goal with eight seconds left in regulation. Baylor’s Isaiah Hankins missed a 43-yard field goal to start overtime, and Oldroyd missed a 37-yard field goal in the first overtime for BYU (2-0).

The Bears (1-1) were flagged 14 times for 117 yards, including two false starts in the second overtime that damaged their shot to pull off their first non-conference road win over a Top 25 team since beating No. 12 Colorado in 1991.

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TEXAS TECH Red Raiders 33, No. 25 HOUSTON Cougars 30 (OT)

After the 25th-ranked Houston Cougars needed overtime to survive against UTSA, 37-35 in Week 1, the Cougars could not overcome a poor first half performance as the Texas Tech Red Raiders prevailed 33-30, in overtime Saturday.

Texas Tech sophomore quarterback Donovan Smith ran nine yards for a touchdown in the second overtime after Houston’s Bubba Baxa opened the period with a 20-yard field goal. Despite 11 penaties for 121 yards, the Cougars (1-1) erased a 17-3 halftime deficit. With the back-and-forth victory, the Red Raiders (2-0) beat a ranked non-conference opponent in the regular season for the first time since 1989.

The clash marked the last meeting between the former Southwest Conference rivals before they become league foes again when the Cougars move from the American Athletic to the Big 12 next year.

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