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The TCU Horned Frogs suffered a tough loss to Texas in Fort Worth on Saturday night. With storms blowing through the area, TCU suffered one of the most lopsided losses in recent memory at Amon G. Carter stadium. Here's my 25 thoughts on the game.

25. TCU's defense looked like they would be up to their usual form as they held Texas to a 3 and out on the opening series of the game.

24. TCU's offense immediately starts going in reverse as they continued their season long struggle to move the ball. For every positive the offense showed, they then shot themselves in the foot with penalties.

23. Jaden Oberkrom's attempt at an early 54 yard FG was long enough but went wide right. An early score could have given TCU momentum.

22. Jason Verrett got burned on a deep pass but once again showed great ability on open field tackles against Jonathan Gray and Daje Johnson.

21. After Boykin failed to move the offense, Casey Pachall came in for good and showed flashes of his old form.

20. The TCU defense helped Texas move down the field on their second scoring drive by giving them 30 yards in penalties.

19. Jordan Moore finally got a touch. Make that two in a row and finished with 3 carries for 14 yards. I would like to see him get more touches.

18. Cam Echols-Luper showed his versatility with a 38 yard WR pass after receiving a lateral from Pachall. He hit Ladarius Brown in stride for the lone TCU score.

17. It was 10-7 Texas after one quarter and it felt like TCU was going to be able to move the ball on offense with Pachall in. That feeling didn't last long.

16. On a 3rd and 10, Pachall hit Josh Doctson for a 34 yard gain in the 2nd quarter. It was the only deep pass the Frogs could hit tonight.

15. TCU looked like they were gaining momentum as they put together a decent drive only to see it end with an INT by Pachall. It looked like there may have been some sort of miscommunication between Pachall and his receivers on that route.

14. Chucky Hunter continues to impress. Even with the TCU D getting gassed, Hunter continues to make plays.

13. Sam Carter was the victim of more deep balls and one of them cost the Frogs in a big way. Marcus Johnson's 65 yard TD made it 17-7 Texas and took the wind out of TCU's sails.

12. Chucky Hunter was wearing #92. The good news is, he didn't look like the last #92 that graced the field for TCU.

11. Daje Johnson looked to have a big play on an end around but once again, Jason Verrett made a great open field tackle. Even with teams picking on him a little more the last few weeks, Verrett has solidified his status as one of the top 2-3 CB's in the country.

10. With 6:08 left in the 2nd quarter, the weather moved in and the game was delayed due to lightning. It ended up being more than a 3 hour delay.

9. Mike Davis was held in check most of the night (2 receptions for 56 yards) but his one big play right before halftime put Texas in FG range and ultimately helped them to a 20-7 halftime lead.

8. BJ Catalon continued his strong play in the return game as he was close to breaking two more kick returns for touchdowns. However, both times the offense stalled and failed to pick the team up.

7. Back to back bad plays for the TCU D put Texas in good shape again in the 3rd quarter. Sam Carter was beat deep and then Elisha Olabode was flagged for pass interference.

6. Malcolm Brown put the game away for certain with a 3 yard TD to make it 27-7 with 9:20 left in the 3rd quarter. TCU's offense never threatened UT and the Longhorns played like it.

5. As the game wore on, TCU's defense ran out of gas. Who could blame them though. They've been pulling their weight all year without the offense reciprocating. They refuse to call out their offensive teammates for their lack of production but it's plain to see that the offense has let this team down in a big way.

4. Kevin White provided one of the few big plays as he hauled in his 3rd INT of the season and Jason Verrett pulled in his 2nd. TCU still couldn't muster anything offensively after either one of those potential momentum shifts.

3. The special teams continued it's abysmal play this season when Sammy Douglas was pushed into Cam Echols-Luper as he was attempting to field a punt. It resulted in a fumble and helped set up Texas deep in TCU territory again (TCU 32 yard line).

2. Texas scored for the final time with 11:55 left in the game on a 36 yard FG. The final margin of victory was 30-7 but the way the players and coaches are feeling right now, it might as well have been 70-0.

1. Dropped passes, lack of execution, penalties, lack of leadership, zero blocking from the offensive line and many other things have helped this team fall to 3-5 on the season. It's obvious this team doesn't have "it" but the question is, what will be done about it?


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