But that didn’t happen. TCU demolished Texas by a 50-7 margin to advance to a perfect 5-0 on the year.
Here’s a breakdown of the Horned Frogs big win against the Longhorns.
TCU put up 604 yards of offense on Texas. Trevone Boykin accounted for 332 of them on the air and 52 more on the ground. The senior quarterback went 20 for 35 passing with five touchdowns.
Four of those touchdowns went to Kavontae Turpin, who set the record for most touchdown catches by a freshman against a Big 12 opponent. The freshman wide receiver would score twice on big plays that went for 49 and 50 yards. He finished the game with 138 receiving yards on six catches.
Josh Doctson was his usual self on Saturday. Once again he eclipsed the 100 receiving yards mark with 129 yards on seven catches. The senior grabbed two more touchdowns against the Longhorns, one of which came from running back Shaun Nixon, who found Doctson wide open in the end zone 29 yards downfield.
Once Doctson came out of the game in the fourth quarter, the Horned Frogs consistently line up four true freshman wide receivers on offense. Jarrison Stewart, who dropped a touchdown pass late in the game, saw a lot of snaps. So did Jaelan Austin and Tony James, who was recruited as a defensive back by most schools. James would catches two passed for 20 yards.
TCU ran the ball a lot, but mostly in the second half since they were trying to kill time with a 37 point lead. The Horned Frogs ran the ball 42 times for 228 rushing yards. Aaron Green led the team with 70 yards on the ground. Sophomore Trevorris Johnson, who came in for most of the fourth quarter, racked up 65 yards on nine carries.
The Frogs’ defense had its most impressive showing against the Horns. TCU was pitching a shutout until Tyrone Swoops found Lorenzo Joe for a touchdown with 5:14 remaining in the game.
Those were the only points the Longhorns would score on the afternoon as their offense was never able to figure out the Frogs’ defense.
Gary Patterson said after the game that he was playing a zone in order to contain Texas starting quarterback Jerrod Heard. Going to the zone allowed for two defensive backs to spy Heard so he couldn’t break off any big runs. That strategy worked. Heard only netted 23 yards on the ground and threw for just 48 yards. He finished the game 8 for 20 passing.
Getting back Mike Tuaua and Davion Pierson seemed to improve TCU’s pass rush tremendously. The Frogs’ defensive front was able to penetrate the Longhorns offensive line consistently, which resulted in three sacks and eight tackles for loss.
Safety Derrick Kindred would force TCU’s only turnover over the team’s last three games when he was able to force a fumble on the second play of Texas’ opening drive. The play jumpstarted the Frog’s first quarter 30-0 scoring run as the defense forced four consecutive punts, one of which was snapped into the end zone for a safety.
The only part of the Horns’ offense that the Frogs’ defense had trouble stopping was the run game as Texas running back D’Onta Foreman was able to rush for 114 yards on 18 carries. But most of the Horns yards on the ground came once the game was already decided while many of TCU’s defensive starters were sidelined.