25 Thoughts vs. Texas

The #5 TCU Horned Frogs dismantled the Texas Longhorns 48-10 to move to (10-1) on the season and one win closer to their first ever Big 12 title. Here are my thoughts on the game.

25. After TCU forced Texas to go three and out on the game’s opening drive, Cameron Echols-Luper took the Longhorn punt at the TCU 20 and returned it 53 yards to the Texas 27 yard line. It was just the type of play TCU needed to get the early momentum in the game.

24. After the Echols-Luper return, the Horned Frogs’ drive stalled. Oberkrom came on to hit the first of his two field goals, this one from 43 yards out to make it 3-0 TCU with 12:40 left in the 1st quarter.

23. After starting a drive at their own 9 yard line, Tyrone Swoopes threw the first of his four interceptions on the evening. Sam Carter picked this one off and TCU was in business at the Texas 24 yard line.

22. Kolby Listenbee dropped what was a sure TD when he bobbled the ball, allowing the Texas defender to recover and knock the pass away. TCU had to settle for another Oberkrom FG, this time from 29 yards out to make it 6-0 TCU with 4:25 left in the 1st quarter.

21. Marcus Mallet made the highlight reel when he read the UT running play perfectly, shot through the gap and smashed Johnathan Gray for a 10 yard loss. Mallet hit gray as Swoopes was still trying to hand the ball off. It was another impressive defensive play by a defense that looked like they had something to prove tonight.

20. TCU closed out the scoring in the 1st quarter when Davion Pierson sacked Swoopes. As Swoopes was going to the ground, Josh Carraway came in and forced a fumble when his face mask hit the ball in Swoopes’ hand. Terrell Lathan was Johnny on the spot as he picked up the loose ball and raced 40 yards for TCU’s first TD of the game. The play extended TCU’s impressive streak of games with at least 1 INT and 1 sack to a nation’s best 13 games. It was 13-0 TCU and that would be the score as the first quarter ended.

19. With TCU defense hitting Swoopes and applying pressure early, the big sophomore looked really overwhelmed. He never looked comfortable and the bright lights and big stage looked to be too much for him.

18. Trailing 13-0, Texas decided to go for it on 4th and inches in TCU territory. On the play, Davion Pierson jumped in to the neutral zone, causing Kent Perkins to false start for Texas. The ruling on the play went in favor of TCU due to the face that Pierson wasn’t lined up directly over Perkins. Since Pierson got back and Perkins jumped, it was called against Texas. The 5 yard penalty forced Texas to bring on the FG unit and they connected from 47 yards out to make it 13-3 TCU with 7:56 left in the 2nd quarter.

17. With time winding down before the half, Boykin hit Josh Doctson with a 28 yard pass down to the Texas 6 yard line. On the play, Docston (6’4”), out jumped the 5’10” Quandre Diggs and hauled in the pass. Shortly after that, Boykin found a wide open David Porter in the end zone with the 4 yard TD pass to make it 20-3 TCU with 1:34 to go before halftime. That would be the score as the half ended.

16. TCU got the ball first to start the 2nd half but their once promising drive went down in flames very quickly. After a pass to Doctson to get to the Texas 22 yard line, the Frogs found themselves stuck in reverse. The next three plays saw TCU go backwards 13 yards after a near intentional grounding, a false start and a sack and they were forced to punt. The Texas defense had given the Frogs fits all night and again on this drive, TCU stalled. The one positive from that drive was that Ethan Perry dropped a beautiful punt down at the Texas 3 yard line, pinning the inept Longhorn offense deep in their own territory.

15. Marcus Mallet showed up big again when Marcus Johnson pulled in a quick pass from Swoopes and looked to turn it up field. As Mallet came in and hit Johnson, the ball came loose and Johnson was forced to fall on it for a 3 yard loss deep in Texas’ own end of the field.

14. Sam Carter again made a big play when he picked off his 2nd pass of the night and returned it deep in to Texas territory. As he was attempting to make another move, a Texas player came in and knocked the ball out of Carter’s hands and Texas recovered. After the play, Texas would start over again at their own 18 yard line.

13. Kolby Listenbee has made some incredible catches this year, but his 40 yarder that put TCU in position to score at the Texas 26 yard line. The drive would stall again however, as Boykin lofted a pass in to the end zone for Kyle Hicks but the pass hung too long in the air and Texas picked it off. After making the pick, the Texas defender stumbled out of the end zone and out of bounds at the Texas 2 yard line, helping to pin the Texas offense deep in their own territory.

12. Paul Dawson continued his great season as he pulled in another interception (4th), this time, setting TCU up at the Texas 18 yard line. The 3rd quarter would run out without TCU scoring. That’s somewhat surprising because coming in to this game, TCU had scored 151 points in the 3rd quarter of all of their games combined this season. That leads the nation. After 3 quarters, it was 20-3 TCU, but they were threatening to put the game out of reach with another score.

11. Josh Docston wasted little time getting the 4th quarter scoring underway when he pulled in a 22 yard TD pass from Boykin. The jump ball once again showed the mismatch between the 6’4” Doctson and the 5’10” Diggs. Doctson finished with 7 receptions for 115 yards and a TD, his 8th TD reception of the season. TCU led 27-3 with 14:54 left in the 4th quarter.

10. Texas answered right back though, with their one and only TD of the evening. Swoopes hit Armanti Foreman in the flat and the speedy receiver weaved around a couple of well timed blocks and raced 73 yards down the sideline for the score. It was 27-10 TCU leading with 14:04 left in the game.

9. Kevin White came on a corner blitz and sacked Swoopes, dropping him for an 11 yard loss. It was a great call and great execution and Swoopes never saw or felt the pressure. The play forced Texas in to a 2nd and 21 and they never recovered on the drive and they were forced to punt the ball back to the Frogs.

8. As he did against Kansas State, Trevone Boykin raced in for a TD and was upended at the goal line and sent hurtling through the air and in to the end zone. The 10 yard score was his 8th rushing TD on the season and his 34th TD overall on the season. With the score, Boykin broke the TCU single season record that was previously held by Andy Dalton at 33. The score made it 34-10 TCU with 7:01 left in the 4th quarter.

7. James McFarland showed up huge in the 4th quarter and sacked Tyrone Swoopes on back to back plays to force a 3rd and 26 that Texas couldn’t recover from. The two sacks gave McFarland the team lead on the season with 6.

6. Aaron Green had another solid night as he scored his 7th rushing TD of the season, this time from 5 yards out. The TD made it 41-10 TCU with 2:53 left in the 4th quarter. The junior from San Antonio finished with 16 carries for 73 yards and a TD. His stat line now reads (98-750-7) with a 7.65 yards per carry average.

5. Josh Carraway capped off the scoring when he picked off the Tyrone Swoopes pass and returned it 33 yards for the TD with 2:19 left in the game. The big play pushed the final score to 48-10 and put a stamp on the impressive road victory.

4. Trevone Boykin struggled early and really never looked comfortable until the 4th quarter. Credit the Texas defense for that as they showed the TCU star a lot of different looks and never allowed him to settle in until the 4th quarter. Boykin ended up completing 20/34 passes for 233 yards and 2 TD passes with 1 INT. He also rushed for 50 yards on 12 carries and another score. On the season, he’s passed for 3,254 yards and 26 TD’s and rushed for 598 yards and 8 TD’s.

3. The TCU defense held Texas to 290 yards of total offense but the most impressive stat was what the run defense did to the two headed monster rushing attack of Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray. Brown and Gray were held to 29 yards rushing on 21 carries combined. 11 carries for 0 yards for Gray and 10 carries for 29 yards for Brown. The inability to run the ball against TCU made it impossible for the Longhorns to sustain drives.

2. With the victory in Austin, TCU moves to (10-1, 7-1) on the season. With a win next week against Iowa State, the Frogs will garner a share of the Big 12 championship in just their 3rd season in the conference.

1. TCU forced 6 turnovers (2 fumbles, 4 INT’s) in the game and they’ve now forced 34 turnovers (13 fumbles, 21 INT’s) on the season. The TCU offense benefited from the defense setting them up in good field position all night. On a night when the offense struggled early, the lifeblood of TCU football, their defense, showed back up in a big way to help get the victory.

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