Texas sports spotlight


The Texas Longhorns broke onto the national scene on Saturday with a statement win over No. 7 Oklahoma in the 2018 Edition of the Red River Rivalry in Dallas.

With the help of quarterback Sam Ehlinger, the Horns built a commanding 45-24 lead entering the final 15 minutes. But Kyler Murray and the explosive Sooners fought their way back into the game and tied it at 45.

Ehlinger was able to set up kicker Cameron Dicker from 40 yards away. The kicker rose to the occasion and hit the field goal for the fifth straight Texas win. This is the first five game winning streak for the Horns since 2013. Three of those wins have come against top-25 opponents and they are suddenly in the discussion for a Big 12 Championship.

Houston prevailed over Dallas in the battle of Texas on Sunday night with a 19-16 overtime victory at NRG Stadium. It was the first time the Texans took down the Cowboys in the regular season since their first game as an official franchise in 2002.

The all-Texas matchup, which takes place just once every four years, did not disappoint for any true defensive football fans. While it seemed like the Texans were controlling the game throughout, they could not manage to finish scoring drives in the red zone on the Dallas defense, settling for three field goals after a second quarter touchdown.

The Cowboys were also able to find the end zone in the third quarter, but those were the only touchdowns on the day. A pair of second half field goals kept Houston alive and the game went into overtime.

Finally, it was time for the offense to shine. Deshaun Watson found DeAndre Hopkins, who twisted and turned his way to an incredible 49-yard catch and run into Dallas territory after a Cowboy punt to start the period. This eventually set up the game-winning field goal for Ka’imi Fairbairn, who was four-of-five for the Texans on Sunday with his leg.

The result puts both professional teams in Texas at 2-3 overall to start the season. Houston has now won back-to-back overtime games and is right back in the conversation after a miserable start. They now trail both the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans in the south by just one game.

The Cowboys, meanwhile, may be fortunate enough to compete in football’s most wide open division. The loss gives them the same record as the Eagles and puts them just half a game behind Washington for the first place spot.

Meanwhile, the Astros did not miss a beat in the first round of the postseason as they look to defend their title in 2018. They were able to take control of Cleveland early in game one and never looked back for the remainder of the series, which ended in a sweep in favor of Houston. The Astros won the games by scores of 7-2, 3-1 and 11-3.

Now it is simply time for the Astros to wait for their next opponent. Whoever it is, it will be a fellow 100-game winner from the A.L. East. Entering Monday’s game four, the Boston Red Sox held a two games to one lead over the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series.

If the Red Sox advance to meet Houston, they will enjoy home field advantage as the top seed. If the Yankees win, the road to the World Series will once again go through Houston. On the National League side, it will be the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers squaring off with a trip to the World Series on the line.