To no one’s surprise TCU’s offense came out firing on all cylinders on Saturday. What’s somewhat surprising, after all the injuries, is that the defense held the Texas offense in check all afternoon. One has to wonder just how much fight Texas still have left after two heartbreaking defeats though.
The Longhorns are heading into next weeks match up with Oklahoma looking like this could be the worst team in school history. The Horned Frogs on the other hand have renewed hope that they’ve got the players on both sides of the ball to compete with anyone in the country.
|3rd Down Eff||6-19||5-13|
|4th Down Eff||1-3||0-0|
|Yds Per Pass||3.9||9.9|
|Yds Per Rush||3.7||5.4|
KEY POINT IN THE GAME
On their second drive of the game Texas’ long snapper launched the ball over punter Michael Dicksons’ head from their own 25 yard line which resulted in yet another special teams mistake. After the safety it looked like Texas lost all of their fight as TCU went on to score 21 more points to close out a 30-0 first quarter.
Texas with more special teams miscues! pic.twitter.com/cR8xZYNXxI
— Kyle Lang (@sports_kylelang) October 4, 2015
POSITIVES FOR TEXAS
D’Onta Foreman – The sophomore running back ran for 112 yards on 18 carries for an average of 6.2 yards per carry to go along with two receptions for 32 yards. Foreman was pretty much the lone bright spot for a Longhorns team who looked like they weren’t ready to take the field after two weeks of heartbreaking losses.
NEGATIVES FOR TEXAS
Ghosts of Mack Brown – Texas has a lack of upperclassmen playing and it shows each week as this team makes lots of mistakes. When Charlie Strong arrived in Austin he completely changed the culture around the Longhorn program and that meant moving out players who didn’t want to play by his rules. The result of falling recruiting class success and Strong’s new culture has left Texas with a lack of high level talent in their junior and senior ranks.
Consistently Inconsistent – Texas is playing a lot of freshman and sophomores which means they’ll see a few great plays followed as well as a few more excruciating mistakes. Those mistakes make it hard for Texas to get any kind of momentum going and it makes their results inconsistent.
POSITIVES FOR TCU
Defense – After getting shredded by the Texas Tech defense last week the Horned Frogs defense showed a great deal of improvement in allowing Texas to score only 7 points on a late fourth quarter pass. TCU’s defense stood strong in only allowing 122 yards passing a week after letting Texas Tech pass for 392 yards. If the Horned Frog defense can continue to show this kind of improvement from week to week they’ll provide TCU with a chance to win the Big 12 title and earn a spot in the College Football Playoff.
Offense – Horned Frogs fans have quickly acclimated to seeing a high scoring offense in the last two seasons, prior to 2014 TCU was happy to grind out wins with their defense. In their first two Big 12 games this season the Horned Frogs are averaging 52.5 points per game as well as 677 yards per game. With those kinds of stats on offense there aren’t many teams that TCU will have problems keeping up with.
NEGATIVES FOR TCU
Penalties – Heading into this game the Horned Frogs ranked 113th in the FBS in total penalty yards against the Longhorns they accumulated 8 penalties for 84 total yards. While it didn’t affect their ability to score against or stop Texas against better opponents it could end up costing the Frogs.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Trevone Boykin – I don’t think there’s any question about who this should be, Boykin threw for 332 yards on 20/35 passing with five touchdowns and no turnovers. For good measure the Horned Frogs quarterback added 52 yards with his legs. Boykin is the unquestioned leader of this team at times he made the Longhorns defense look silly with the passes he was able to complete.
WHAT THE LOSS MEANS FOR TEXAS
Texas could be looking at a 1-6 start since they have to head back to DFW next week to face an Oklahoma team that looked impressive in their win against West Virginia before facing an always dangerous Kansas State team. This could be the worst season in Texas football history which has people asking if Charlie Strong will make it to his third season with the Longhorns.
WHAT THE WIN MEANS FOR TCU
TCU should be happy with the result of this game but being the number 4 team in the country means that you should beat bad teams like this and make no mistake Texas is a bad team. Next week TCU has another tough road trip as they head to Manhattan, Kansas to face a Kansas State team that almost stole a win from Oklahoma State in Stillwater this weekend. For the Horned Frogs their biggest challenge might be staying focused on winning the games they’re supposed to.
EMPTYING THE NOTEBOOK
Even the Texas Rangers twitter feed had an opinion about Charlie Strong.
— SportsDayDFW (@SportsDayDFW) October 3, 2015
Texas defensive back Kris Boyd retweeted a fans request for him to transfer to Texas A&M and was texting during halftime the game against TCU.
— Chris Bennett (@chrisgb00) October 3, 2015
Some Texas fans think there is plenty of blame to go around, especially during the halftime show.
"Here to discuss the destruction of the Texas program is its architect, Mack Brown."
— Burnt Orange Nation (@BON_SBNation) October 3, 2015
TCU head coach had some strong words before the game about Texas and it looks like he was right.
— LandGrant Gauntlet (@the_LGG) October 3, 2015