By Jack Grubner
On Sept. 7, the Dallas Cowboys kicked off their season with a disappointing loss to the San Francisco 49ers, with a final score of 17-28. The passing offense struggled as Tony Romo was intercepted three times in the first half. Running back DeMarco Murray was the lone shining spot for the Cowboys as he racked up 118 yards rushing and a touchdown.
On Sunday, Sept. 14, the Cowboys came out swinging in their game against the Tennessee Titans, looking to avenge their Week 1 loss. The Cowboys’ defense came out strong, and they shut out Tennessee’s offense in the first half. The defense also forced the Titans’ quarterback Jake Locker into throwing two interceptions, including one by linebacker Rolando McClain, who also contributed seven tackles and a sack. Murray, once again, was the star on offense, and he ran for an impressive 167 yards and a touchdown. Dan Bailey kicked four field goals, and the Cowboys routed the Titans 26-10. With the seamless win, Romo easily shook off his three interceptions in the season-opening loss to San Francisco. Aided by Murray’s successful running game, Romo was 19 for 29 for 176 yards and a touchdown. Next week, the Cowboys travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams.
Moving to college football: The No. 7 Texas A&M Aggies continued their strong start to the season with a 38-10 victory over the Rice Owls. The Aggies led by 14 points at halftime but struggled at times to sustain drives. They committed several costly penalties, including one that resulted in a touchdown being called back in the first half. They really got going after halftime with sophomore quarterback Kenny Hill finding receiver Josh Reynolds on a 20-yard touchdown on the first drive of the third quarter. A one-yard touchdown run by Tra Carson pushed the lead to 35-10 later in the third. Hill also had touchdown passes of 14, 13 and 48 yards, bringing him to 1,094 yards passing this season. He is the first player in school history to throw for 1,000 yards in the first three games of a season.
With this win, the Aggies improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2010. Hill continued to put himself into the Heisman conversation as he contributed 300 yards and spiraled four touchdowns through the air. Head coach Kevin Sumlin’s offense continues to fire on all cylinders as they are fourth in the nation in points scored. Next up for the Aggies is what should be an easy matchup with the Mustangs of SMU this Saturday in Dallas.
Meanwhile, the Texas Longhorns attempted to bounce back from their loss to Brigham Young University the previous week. They took on the No. 12 ranked UCLA Bruins in a game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Texas (1-2) had secured a lead in the game when Tyrone Swoopes hit John Harris for an eight-yard touchdown with 5:13 left in the game. The Longhorns then forced a fumble, but they proceeded to go three-and-out before punting the ball to Bruins’ defensive back Ishmael Adams. The game-winning score was UCLA quartback Jerry Neuheisel’s 33-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Payton with three minutes left, on the first play after the punt. Swoopes threw for 196 yards and two touchdowns in his second start for concussion-plagued David Ash. The Longhorns look to get back to .500 as they face the Kansas Jayhawks on Sept. 27.