After playing uncharacteristically bad defense to start the season and suffering a heartbreaking loss to Arkansas last week, TCU looked to fix what ailed them against an 0-2 Iowa State team in the Big 12 Conference opener.
A beautiful day in Fort Worth turned out to be even brighter for the Horned Frogs after a TCU 41-20 win in which the defense played like one expected of a Gary Patterson coached team. Iowa State, for their part, hung tough for the first quarter, but just didn’t have the horses to stay with a TCU team expected to contend for a Big 12 title.
TCU took its first possession down the field and settled for a field goal after quarterback Kenny Hill, who finished 19-30 for 219 yards and a touchdown in three quarters, had a pass dropped in the end zone. The teams then traded punts for the next few possessions as the TCU offense appeared sluggish and out of sync. Then, late in the first quarter, a 64 yard TD run by Kyle Hicks seemed to be the ignition that would ultimately get TCU cranking. Hicks finished with 12 carries for 117 yards and also had 3 catches for 39 yards and a touchdown.
The Cyclones put together a good drive midway through the second quarter highlighted by some tough running from quarterback Joel Lanning. After a 19 yard pass to Dondre Dailey resulted in a first down at the TCU 19, Lanning ran three straight plays covering the last 8 on a run up the middle for the touchdown. That made the score 10-7 but was as close as Iowa State would be the rest of the afternoon. Lanning finished with 11 carries for 31 yards and two touchdowns on the day while also passing for 127 yards completing 12 of 21 throws. He shared quarterback duties with Jacob Park throughout the game.
From that point on it was the TCU running game that led the way as they scored three more touchdowns on the ground. Runningbacks Trevorris Johnson and Derrick Green made the most of their limited carries by each getting into the end zone as did Kenny Hill scoring on a short dive. The end of the third quarter saw the end of the day for most of the TCU starters as Patterson got much needed play time for his reserves. Also of note, Iowa State heralded receiver Allen Lazzard was help to only one catch for nine yards as the revamped TCU defense held him in check.
Iowa State (0-3, 0-1) would tack on 10 points in the fourth quarter to make the score respectable as they played hard throughout the contest. Head coach Matt Campbell and his team left Forth Worth still looking for their first win of the season, and in Campbell’s case, his first win as head coach. They will try again next week against San Jose State. TCU (2-1, 1-0) gained a little bit of their respect back on defense and their offense appears to be rounding into shape. They have a short week this next week as they play on Friday night against crosstown rival SMU.
|3rd Down Eff||8-22||5-15|
|4th Down Eff||2-4||2-2|
|Yds Per Pass||6.0||7.2|
|Yds Per Rush||2.9||6.2|
Emptying The Notebook
TCU’s KaVontae Turpin suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury in the first half. No word yet on the prognosis or time that may be missed.
Mike Warren led Iowa State with 95 yards rushing on 23 carries.
TCU sacked Iowa State quarterbacks 5 times matching their season total coming into the game.
Kyle Hicks first quarter touchdown run.
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Joel Lanning is a warrior.
Here is Joel Lanning fighting for Iowa State’s first TD, courtesy of FS1 pic.twitter.com/rDveYimlTc
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