The once-vaunted TCU Horned Frogs defense finally looked like the unit of old against SMU, when it allowed just three points against SMU. The Horned Frogs had given up 102 total points through the first three games of the season, including 41 points in both a win against South Dakota State and a loss to Arkansas.
The defense that TCU and Gary Patterson had been known for looked weak an ineffective, but now it’s back. Or is it? SMU ranks 54th in total offense but 116th (out of 128th) in scoring offense.
“Well, we didn’t allow touchdowns,” Patterson said. “We played better against the run. We still gotta defend the third down better. We knew they were gonna throw cut backs and verticals. We told the corner to play outside, and they just didn’t believe us. I thought they communicated better, and we made plays when we needed to.”
Patterson quickly turned his focus to Oklahoma (1-2) after the victory against SMU. The Horned Frogs, who jumped back into the AP Top 25 this week, scored 27 points in the second half after another slow start that included an early deficit to SMU – a team that hasn’t won more than two games in a season in each of the last two years.
With Kenny Hill at quarterback, the Horned Frogs are fourth in total offense and sixth in total offense. It’s the offense leading the way, not the defense.
TCU (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) is still a work in progress, even in its head coach eyes.
“We’ve gotten better in practice,” Patterson said. “We just gotta turn it into games. We’re still not where we need to be. We did a nice job moving because SMU goes from one back into two backs, and we had to move in different coverages. We didn’t do a good job getting the first drive, but we did a good job in the red zone.”null