They may not have gained pretty style points, but the TCU Horned Frogs got their biggest win in the program’s brief history as a Big 12 member with a 20-13 win over the #16 Texas Longhorns in Austin Thanksgiving night.
TCU had a game plan against Texas, and they ran it to perfection. TCU rushed for 217 yards as the Texas Longhorn defense had a hard time stopping them. The Horned Frogs rushed the ball forty-eight times for an average of 4.5 yards per carry. When you can rush the ball that many times and be as effective as TCU was, it is going to be very difficult for the opposing team’s defense to maintain their intensity. Texas’ defense had to have been tired getting run on that much. Even though time of possession was fairly close (31 minutes and change for TCU to 28 minutes and change for Texas), getting run on that much does take a toll on a defense.
TCU had success running the ball from a bevy of players, all with pretty good averages:
- Redshirt freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin had 77 yards on ten carries, 7.7 average.
- Brandon Catalon had 66 yards on eleven carries, good for a 6.0 average.
- Matthew Tucker had 57 yards on fourteen carries and two touchdowns.
That is a lot of production from different players. That leads to success. The TCU Horned Frogs didn’t even need QB Trevone Boykin to do much through the air, although he was seven of nine passing for 82 yards. TCU has not had a lot of success running the ball this season so it was nice to see them on a national stage go ground and pound and look good doing it, especially against a nationally ranked team. Running the ball that well helps win games.
A defense forcing turnovers also helps, and that is what TCU got. The Horned Frogs defense, which at times has not looked great this year, was up to task Thursday against the Texas Longhorn offense. They forced four turnovers: three interceptions and a fumble. In addition to the takeaways, the Horned Frogs bottled up the Longhorns running game. As easy a time as TCU had running the ball, Texas had just the opposite: 86 yards on 33 carries, good for a 2.6 YPC average. Texas played both David Ash and Chase McCoy, but neither one did much: hey threw for a combined 214 yards and three interceptions. The TCU defense had their number.
As a result of the 20-13 upset win, the TCU Horned Frogs move to 7-4 for the season (4-4 in Big 12 conference play). All four conference wins have come on the road. The win against Texas in Austin was TCU’s first win in Austin since 1967, a span of 45 years. It was an awfully impressive win and performance from TCU Thursday night.