The 8th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs welcomed the Texas Longhorns to Amon G. Carter Stadium on Saturday night. While both defenses showed up to the game, only one offense seemed ready to play at all.
TCU received the opening kickoff, and promptly moved the ball down the field with strong running from Kyle Hicks. Much like the Horned Frogs experienced last week against Iowa State, Texas was plagued with penalties early in this game. On the first drive alone the Longhorns had two fifteen yard personal foul penalties that helped extend the drive for the Horned Frogs.
Still the Longhorns were able force a 4th down for the Horned Frogs on their own 21 yard line. TCU decided to go for it, and executed a perfectly designed trick play. Back up running back Sewo Olonilua took a direct snap, handed it off to KaVontae Turpin, and then received a pass back across the field from Turpin. Olonilua was then able to race all the way down to the 1 yard line. Kyle Hicks was able to punch it in on the next play to give TCU a 7-0 lead early in the 1st quarter.
After TCU and Texas traded punts three times, TCU was able to put together a 16 play, 84 yard drive that took off seven minutes of playing time. The drive resulted in a TCU field goal to give the Horned Frogs a 10-0 lead early in the 2nd quarter.
The Texas defense deserves a ton of credit at the end of this drive, as they were able to stuff TCU three times from the one yard line. The 18-yard field goal made Jonathan Song 8-8 on the year on field goal attempts.
Texas finally responded on offense for the first time all game not he next drive. The Longhorns used quick passes from Buechele to a bevy of different receivers, and found themselves on the TCU 30 yard line. From there though Buechele threw three straight incompletions and Tom Herman elected to go for a field goal.
Josh Rowland lined up for the 47 yard field goal, and as he kicked it, it was right on path. Unfortunately, though there wasn’t nearly enough leg behind it, and the field goal dropped at least five yards short. With this miss Josh Rowland is now 7-14 on the season on field goal attempts.
TCU capitalized on the missed field goal, and on the very next drive went 70 yards in five plays to score their second touchdown of the night and go up 17-0. Hicks again was the one who found the end zone for the Horned Frogs, but this time he scored from fourteen yards out.
Down three scores Texas finally responded with some points. The Longhorns decided to air it out and found success doing so. Buechele was able to connect with Lil’Jordan Humphrey for a 37 yard gain to start the drive. After a five yard offside penalty moved the Longhorns to the TCU 33, Buechele went deep again and found Collin Johnson for a 33 yard touchdown to bring the score to 17-7 halfway through the 2nd quarter.
17-7 was the score at halftime, and the 3rd quarter brought a display that only fans of punting would have enjoyed. The 3rd quarter saw zero points scored, and every single drive end in a punt. In fact there was 11 straight punts between the teams to start the second half.
The punt party was finally broken when TCU scored for the final time of the game, and officially put the game out of reach. TCU got the ball from Texas with 8:30 left in the game. After taking about four minutes off the clock, Darius Anderson took a handoff from Kenny Hill and went 31 yards for the score. TCU now led 24-7 with about 4 minutes left to play, and the game was all but won.
Texas had two more possessions after Anderson’s touchdown, but couldn’t get anything going. After a turnover on downs, TCU was able to kneel the ball out for the victory.
|3rd Down Eff||4-18||5-17|
|4th Down Eff||1-4||2-2|
|Yards Per Pass||5.8||6.1|
|Yards Per Rush||0.3||3.8|
|UT – S. Buechele||21/44||254||5.7||1||0||26.5|
|TCU – K. Hill||18/26||146||5.6||0||0||47.0|
|UT – D. Young||12||31||2.6||0||12|
|TCU – D. Anderson||18||99||5.5||1||31|
|UT – L. Humphrey||6||109||18.2||0||42|
|TCU – J. Diarse||2||37||18.5||0||33|
EMPTYING THE NOTEBOOK
The TCU defense is for real. The Horned Frogs only allowed 9 rushing yards on the night to the Longhorns. Let that number sink in for a moment. This is now the third game of the season that TCU has held a team under 25 yards rushing for the game.
You can’t say enough about this Texas defense. They played incredibly hard from the first whistle to the last. Even when the game was waning on, and it was becoming more and more apparent that their offense wasn’t going to do much, they still gave 100% effort.
On Darius Anderson’s touchdown run in the 4th quarter, he gave one of the nastiest jukes I’ve seen all season to Texas safety Brandon Jones. That will not be fun for the sophomore safety to have to watch again on film.
I’m surprised that Texas didn’t try to air it out deep more often than they did. On their one scoring drive they had success letting their taller receivers go up and get the ball. After that drive though it seemed that those plays went away. Texas had the size advantage on the outside, but only really used it on that one play.
Despite not filling up the stat sheet, Kenny Hill had a nice day. He did what was asked of him, and didn’t turn the ball over once. Specifically he had a great play where on 3rd-and-17, backed up against his own endzone, Hill scrambled for a 27 yard gain. It kept the drive alive, and the Frogs ended up getting a field goal at the end of the drive.
Gary Johnson and Malik Jefferson are flat-out studs at linebacker for Texas. The speed that those two have is hard to deal with for any offense. Their ability to cover receivers, and play sideline to sideline gives Texas so much flexibility on what Todd Orlando can call defensively.
Texas is now 4-5 on the season, and needs to win two of their last three to make a bowl game. Their remaining schedule is Kansas, West Virginia, and Texas Tech. With a likely win against Kansas, and a likely loss against West Virginia, it seems the game against Texas Tech could determine whether the Longhorns are bowling in Tom Herman’s debut season.
TCU is now 8-1 and head to Norman, OK next weekend to face-off against OU. The winner of that game is almost guaranteed to have a spot in the Big 12 championship game.
The Horned Frogs have now beat Texas four years in a row. This is the first four-game winning streak TCU has had against Texas since 1935-38.