The Grades Are In: Virginia

HornedFrogBlitz.com takes a look at how each unit performed against Virginia.

TCU moved to 3-0 on the season with a 27-7 win over Virginia Saturday at Amon G. Carter stadium. It wasn't a perfect game for the Frogs but a win is a win.

As we've done for several seasons, we take a look at how each unit performed and grade them on it. This is based solely the opinion of HornedFrogBlitz.com. With that said, let's take a look!

Quarterbacks: B-
Stats: 21-of-33; 305 passing yards, 3 TD, 1 INT

Game review: Although Casey Pachall threw for his second consecutive 300-yard game, Pachall against Virginia looked human. Earlier this week head coach Gary Patterson said Pachall needed to know when to get rid of the ball because he's holding on to the ball too long and as a result, bad throws and turnovers have happened.

Pachall struggled early on completing only 4-of-9 passes. Even on his 68-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Carter, it was a high throw that Carter made a miracle catch. Pachall had some miscommunications with his receivers early on. His worst pass of the day came on a big third down with the Frogs inside the Virginia 10-yard line. Pachall held on onto the ball for a long time and tried to force a pass into perfect coverage by a Cavalier defensive back.

Pachall started strong in the second half, completing his first three passes. His fourth pass of the half was intercepted, but luckily the there was a pass interference on the play. Regardless, his throw was very underthrown.

Pachall also showed a little running ability with a nice 17-yard gain on a quarterback draw.

Trevone Boykin came in for a few plays and was able to provide a big spark with a 40-yard run. However, he fumbled at the end of the run and it was pounced on by David Porter..

Play of the game: Pachall's pass to Carter for 68 yards

Runningbacks: B
Stats: 20 rushes, 63 yards, 0 TD; 2.9 yards per carry

Game Review:To the runningbacks credit, they didn't have much room to run most of the day. Matthew Tucker finished with 52 yards on 15 carries. He had a long of 18 yards on the day and only had one carry that resulted in a loss. But, again, he literally had no time to make a move to avoid Virginia defenders.

B.J. Catalon didn't fare much better picking up only 11 yards on 5 carries.

Tucker added a 16 yard reception and Catalon also caught a pass for 7 yards. Aundre Dean was in the game on a few plays, but did not get a carry.

Play of the game: Tucker's 18 yard run

Wide receivers/Tight Ends: B
Stats: 21 receptions, 305 yards, 3 TD

Game review: It was the second consecutive week that sophomore receiver Brandon Carter stole the show as he hauled in 5 catches for 128 yards and 1 touchdown. His 68-yard catch and run for a score when he snagged the catch with one hand will be on highlight reels all season. He had another brilliant one handed catch over the middle that he took for 43 yards. It wasn't all great things for Carter however, his drop in the 3rd quarter on a tunnel screen could've been an easy score. Even worse than the drop was him spiking the ball is disgust that resulted in a 15-yard penalty.

Skye Dawson was second on the team with 5 catches for 62 yards. He had a nice 27-yard catch for his long on the day. However, on the same play Dawson was hit from behind as he was just about to cross the goal line and the ball bounced through the end zone for a Virginia touchback.

Josh Boyce struggled on the day with 4 catches for only 22 yards that included a pair of drops. However, in the second quarter his 8 yard touchdown catch made him the all-time leader in career touchdown catches with 18. The previous mark of 17 was held by Mike Renfro and Cory Rodgers.

Ladarius Brown picked up his first career touchdown late in the game on a 17-yard catch and run. Brown finished with 2 catches for 26 yards.

Cam White finished with 3 catches for 44 yards including a nice 27-yard catch on the sideline in the fourth quarter. .

Play of the game: Carter's 68-yard touchdown catch

Offensive line: C-
Stats: Helped the offense to 433 total yards

Game review: Well, it wasn't the prettiest game for the Frogs offensive line. They struggled opening running lanes for the runningbacks as the Frogs as a team only totaled 133 yards on the ground, on 31 carries. Three runs totaled 75 yards so the rest of those carries only averaged 2.0 yards per carry. The line also gave up 4 tackles for losses.

On the bright side they didn't allow a sack on the day or a quarterback hurry.

Penalties also hurt the offense. Of the 12 penalties the Frogs had on the day, 5 of them came from the offensive line.

Play of the game: Running lane for Tucker's 18 yard gain.

Defensive line: B
Stats: 1 sack, 1.5 TFL's

Game review: It was another relatively quiet day by the Horned Frogs defensive line and were led by ends Devonte Fields and Stansly Maponga. Unfortunately, as a team the Frogs only had one sack and that was by Fields with just a few minutes left in the game. Fields biggest play was his forced fumble in the fourth quarter.

Both Fields and Maponga finished with 4 tackles apiece. Virginia had only averaged 104 yards per game on the ground but they totaled 164 against the Frogs, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. Perhaps the biggest letdown was Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco rushing for 27 yards on one play.

Davion Pierson recorded two tackles on the day, third among defensive lineman. He also recovered the fumble Devonte Fields forced in the fourth quarter. James McFarland also registered a quarterback hurry.

Play of the game: Fields sack in the fourth quarter that caused a fumble.

Linebackers: B
Stats: 12 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 FR, 2 INT

Game review: Joel Hasley led the team in total tackles for the second consecutive week with 8 tackles, including 2 tackles for loss. While Hasley had a decent game tackle wise, he did have some key missed tackles during the game, including a potential sack on a big 4th and 2 play in the fourth quarter that continued a drive. On Kevin Parks 27-yard run, Hasley was completely taken out of the play.

Kenny Cain also missed some tackles, but his two interceptions were game changers, especially his second one when the Cavaliers had reached Horned Frog territory. Cain returned both interceptions for a total of 56 yards and put the Frogs in scoring position both times. His fumble recovery also set up a nice scoring opportunity for the Frogs' offense.

Both struggled early on against the pass with Perry Jones able to get by them early in the game with 4 catches. Hasley provided excellent coverage on one pass attempt to Jones however.

David Stoltzman also saw a lot of playing time, he was in on the Cavaliers scoring drive in the 4th quarter. He finished the game with 1 tackle. Play of the game: Cain's second interception

Cornerbacks: B
Stats: 6 tackles, 2 PBU

Game review: Kevin White and Jason Verrett played exceptionally better than they did against Kansas. While luck played a role, the two weren't responsible for any big plays by the Cavaliers. Most of the big plays came over the middle.

Verrett finished the game with 4 tackles and 1 pass break up. Of course, he'd love another crack at the pass he broke up that will likely end up being one of the easiest interception opportunities he'll have this year. He didn't make the interception in the end zone and just a few plays later the Cavaliers punched it in which ruined the defense's shutout bid and third consecutive game holding an opponent to no touchdown.

Verrett had a couple of nice tackles in the open field as well.

Kevin White also played well and didn't give up a big play but he got very lucky early in the first quarter when Darius Jennings dropped a sure-fire touchdown. White was beat on the play and even tried to get a hand on Jennings but fell on the play. Luckily the ball bounced off Jennings' shoulder pads.

Play of the game: Verrett's pass break up in the end zone

Safeties: C
Stats: 20 tackles, 3 PBU

Game review: The safeties struggled for the second consecutive week defending the pass over the middle. They also missed some key tackles.

Elisha Olabode tied for the team lead with 8 tackles and caused a fumble early in the second quarter that led to the Frogs' second scoring drive. Olabode also had a pair of key pass breakups in the game.

Sam Carter was third on the team with 7 tackles but was part of the duo who gave up a big 40-yard catch in the fourth quarter; Olabode was also in coverage.

Possibly the most disappointing safety on the day was Jonathan Anderson. The sophomore weak safety struggled heavily on the day and missed several key tackles. He missed so many tackles that he was quickly replaced by Chris Hackett, who performed very well.

Hackett picked up only two tackles but he gave the defense a spark. His biggest play of the day came in the third quarter when it looked like Tim Jennings was going to haul in a touchdown pass. Hackett came up and layed a big hit on Jennings that forced an incompletion. The next play Virginia went for it on fourth down and Olabode had a pass breakup.

Play of the game: Hackett's hit on Jennings

Special teams: C-
Stats: 2-of-2 FG attempts; 4 penalties

Game review: Let's talk about Jaden Oberkrom and Ethan Perry first, their performances both get them an A. Unfortunately, the punt return units bring that grade down with four penalites.

Oberkrom was a weapon on kickoffs. His high kicks allowed the kickoff team plenty of time to hustle down field to make tackles. Antonio Graves, Geoff Hooker and Derrick Kindred all made excellent tackles on kickoff coverage. Virginia never started past their own 20 until late in the fourth quarter when Oberkrom boomed his kick to the end zone. He also nailed two key field goals in the third quarter, hitting from 46 and 47 yards respectively. Both kicks easily cleared the uprights.

Perry was also impressive, averaging 49.8 yards per return. Virginia hardly had an opportunity to return his punts and when they did, it resulted in a 1-yard loss. Two of his three punts went inside the 20.

Now the bad. The Frogs were penalized four times on punt returns. That's not a typo, four times. Holding was usually the big penalty and a push in the back also happened twice. The penalties negated a decent pair of returns by Deante' Gray and Skye Dawson, including one in the fourth quarter that set the Frogs in excellent scoring position.

Play of the game: Oberkrom's 47 yard field goal in the third quarter.

Jeremy Clark has covered TCU football and recruiting since 2005. He spent seven years with another recruiting service before joining the FoxSports/Scout.com family in February 2012. He has made appearances on FoxSports Southwest and the NFL Network and radio stations nationwide in his nearly eight years of covering the Frogs.
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