The running game: Texas' running game was significantly better statistically than in last week's Arkansas State game, yet was ineffective for a large part of the contest. Jamaal Charles obviously had a solid game with 134 yards on 22 carries – 40 of those yards coming on his late-game touchdown run, and he had only 41 yards rushing at halftime. The Longhorns rushed 33 times for 176 yards, a 5.3 yards per carry average. Texas also looked better running the ball in short yardage, in particular with running backs Chris Ogbonnaya and Vondrell McGee, who punched the ball in powerfully from the one-yard line in the third period. The numbers also include a 23-yard scramble by quarterback Colt McCoy.
Charting McCoy: Colt McCoy completed 25 of 39 passes for 235 yards against the Horned Frogs. McCoy threw a pair of interceptions in the first half – one of which was returned by Torrey Stewart for a 44-yard touchdown – but bounced back immediately in the second half, hitting Nate Jones on a nifty, on-the-run 33-yard touchdown pass at the beginning of the third quarter. McCoy also set up McGee's one-yard touchdown plunge in the third period. McCoy is now 12-3 as a starter and has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 13 of his 15 career games.
Charting Charles: Charles injured his shoulder on the last play of the first half on what appeared to be a stinger and returned on the second UT possession of the second half. He finished the game with 22 rushes for 136 yards. Charles entered the TCU game needing 179 yards to reach the 2,000-yard mark for his career; he's currently 16th on the all-time rushing list at Texas.
Enter Ogbonnaya: Chris Ogbonnaya replaced Charles on the first series of the second half and provided an immediate spark, especially on a four-yard run when four Horned Frogs could not get him on the ground. His final numbers were four carries for six yards, and one six-yard first down catch.
Struggles early on offense: The Texas offense went three-and-out on three of its first four possessions.
Is Nate great?: Nate Jones recorded his second consecutive stellar game, and has been without question the most productive Texas receiver through the first two games. He caught eight passes for 88 yards and a touchdown against the Horned Frogs.
The Cosby Show: Quan Cosby entered the game having caught at least one pass in 19 consecutive games, and caught six passes for 51 yards in this one. He averaged 25 yards on a pair of kickoff returns, and returned three punts for 15 yards.
Limas numbers: Receiver Limas Sweed started his 35th consecutive game against the Horned Frogs, and he caught four passes for 26 yards. He has now had at least one reception in 20 consecutive games.
Cramped Finley: Tight end Jermichael Finley left the game with what appeared to be a severe calf cramp after catching a 22-yard pass from McCoy with 5:08 left to play in the third period. Finley finished the game with three catches for 45 yards.
Ulatoski injured: Tackle Adam Ulatoski was injured on the McCoy-to-Jones touchdown pass early in the third period. He fell awkwardly on his right arm.
Doink: Ryan Bailey could've broken a scoreless tie on the first play of the second quarter, but his line drive on a 42-yard field goal attempt hit squarely against the left upright.
Home cookin': Texas is 49-5 in home games under Brown.
Long series: Texas leads the series that began in 1897, 61-20-1 and holds a 32-11-1 advantage in Austin. At 82 games, this is the fifth-most-played rivalry in Texas history.
Texas wins state: Since Mack Brown took over at Texas in 1998, the Horns
are 37-4 against teams from within the state's borders with the four losses coming by a combined 20 points.
No punt returns: Texas has gone 99 games without allowing a punt return for a touchdown.
Hard to rush: The Frogs had not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 21 games before Charles went over the 100-yard mark Saturday night.
TCU kicker impressive: TCU kicker Drew Combs made his debut last week against Baylor. He was born with a left arm that ends just below his elbow. He's the first straight-on kicker for the Horned Frogs in 19 years – that last one was John Denton, who is currently the Horned Frogs' radio color analyst. Denton is also director of the TCU Frog Club. Combs initially attended Arkansas, but never saw action before transferring to TCU; he can bench press 350 pounds.
Big 12 streak ends: TCU entered the game having beaten five consecutive Big 12 teams – Baylor twice along with Oklahoma, Iowa State and Texas Tech. The Horned Frogs also entered the Texas game on a nine-game winning streak.
Huh?: The following is an interesting note that is a part of the TCU football media packet – "Just TCU, thank you. Though the TCU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is a proud and integral part of Texas Christian University, it desires to be recognized by the media simply as TCU (acronym only). In all sports-related media references, we respectfully urge that the university's teams be identified with an appropriate appellation – TCU. In subsequent references of the same presentation, the team may be referred to by nickname – Horned Frogs. A shorter version of the nickname, Frogs, is acceptable in later usage."
Ken Rucker in the house: Texas running backs coach Ken Rucker, who had surgery for prostate cancer in August, was in attendance Saturday night, though he wasn't coaching. Rucker made a surprising visit to the Longhorns two days earlier. The Longhorns are wearing blue wristbands in his honor – one side says, "Stay Strong Baby," a Rucker catch phrase, and the other side says, "We love you Ruck."
Small world: Horned Frog offensive coordinator Mike Schultz served as an assistant coach on Fred Akers' staff at Texas in 1985.
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