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WACO — Abram Smith ran for 188 yards with three touchdowns, Baylor linebacker and part-time fullback Dillon Doyle scored on both of his offensive touches and the Bears beat future Big 12 foe and 19th-ranked BYU 38-24 on Saturday.

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AUSTIN — Facing a big early deficit on the road at Texas, Oklahoma State leaned on the two things that had kept the Cowboys undefeated so far: defense and a punishing run game that could grind out the final quarter.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher warned his team all week that it couldn’t afford a letdown after its upset of top-ranked Alabama. His message got through, as the 21st-ranked Aggies buried Missouri early in a 35-14 victory Saturday.

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BELTON — Five days after Temple went to 0-2, junior safety Naeten Mitchell spoke about the Wildcats’ frame of mind as they dealt with a bit of unfamiliar territory. There was no panic, he said. He could sense a turning of the corner, that good things were brewing.

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SALADO — Salado coach Alan Haire will never be remembered for his dancing skills. But when his Eagles put on as solid an all-around performance as they did Friday night against the Waco Connally Cadets, he will proudly show them off.

BELTON — Thrown into the fire as a freshman in 2019, cornerback Titus Dunk spent all 13 games that season listening to his Mary Hardin-Baylor teammates ask him why it was taking so long for him to get his first interception.

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HOUSTON — Carlos Correa paused a few seconds at the plate, tapping the spot on his wrist where a watch would be, after hitting a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning that propelled the Houston Astros over the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Friday night in the AL Championship Series opener.

Temple offensive line coach described, rather nonchalantly, the Wildcats’ starters in the trenches this season as characters. Generally, that is accurate, however, a specific disclaimer to go with it might be necessary — when in conversation with the five, be prepared to laugh, a lot, and sometimes at one’s expense.

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HOUSTON — Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora already was counting on a rematch with his former team even before the Houston Astros advanced to their fifth straight AL Championship Series.

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BYU coach Kalani Sitake knows his players are looking forward to the change of scenery, the chance to try some different foods and a game in a different region of the country.