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TCU Finishes Strong in Beating SMU

After some first half hiccups, the Horned Frogs handled the Mustangs to take the Iron Skillet back to Fort Worth.

TCU came out sluggish on offense for the second week in a row, but used a strong second half to put away SMU 33-3 in the 96th Iron Skillet Battle. The victory moved TCU’s record to 3-1 on the year while SMU fell to 2-2 with the loss.

Quarterback Kenny Hill had a big afternoon finishing with 452 yards and two touchdowns, even though first half dropped passes kept it from being even bigger. The Horned Frogs had several drives thwarted in the red zone in the first half due to self-inflicted wounds such as penalties and dropped passes, and as a result could not find the end zone.

TCU settled for two John Graf field goals, and took a 6-3 lead into halftime.

They would have no such problems in the second half as the offense came out of the break hitting on all cylinders. The first play from scrimmage resulted in a 75 yard scoring strike to LSU graduate transfer John Diarse. Diarse would finish the afternoon with six catches for 139 yards. TCU’s next drive would start at their own 19 and would culminate in a two yard touchdown pass to Jaelan Austin putting the Horned Frogs up 20-3 at the end of the third quarter. Brandon Hatfield added two 4th qtr field goals and running back Trevorris Johnson had a 14 yard touchdown run with 4:47 left to complete the scoring and the final 33-3 margin.

The SMU offense was bottled up most of the day by a smothering TCU defense. The defense played its most complete game of the year limiting SMU to just the single field goal while accumulating 4 sacks and two interceptions on the afternoon. It was the first time since the 2014 Peach Bowl that the TCU defense did not allow a touchdown. Defensive end Tipa Galeai led the way with 1.5 sacks while safeties Niko Small and Nick Orr picked up fourth quarter interceptions to help ice the game. It was TCU’s first interceptions in four games.

TCU (3-1, 1-0) continues BIG 12 play next Saturday at home against Oklahoma (1-2, 0-0) in a game that could go a long way into determining the pecking order at the top of the standings.

Game Stats



1st Downs 25 15
 3rd Down Eff. 5-16 8-18
 4th Down Eff. 1-1 0-0
Total Yards 589 320
Passing 452 244
 Comp-Att 32-47 19-35
 Yards Per Pass 9.6 7.0
Rushing 137 76
Rushing Att 31 34
Yards Per Rush 4.4 2.2
Penalties 8-65 6-31
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 2
Time of Poss 31:37 28:23




Emptying The Notebook

TCU finished with 589 yards of total offense. Kyle Hicks led the rushing attack with 89 yards on 14 carries.

For the second week in a row, Hill got to come out early to allow backup Foster Sawyer playing time. Sawyer was 1-1 passing.

KaVontae Turpin missed the game with a knee injury. Des White replaced him on punt returns averaging 14.2 yards on three returns.  He also had a career high six catches for 49 yards.

Jeff Gladney, who missed the game with an ankle injury suffered against Iowa State, was replaced by sophomore Tony James. Gladney could return this week against Oklahoma.

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