Horns control Frogs in 30-7 win delayed by rain

Posted October 26th, 2013



Texas has beaten TCU, 30-7.

What a long, strange win it’s been: Casey Pachall, back from his broken arm. The long, long rain and lightning delay. Johnathan Gray, held under 100 yards. The defense, showing up with another solid performance. And the long-awaited debut of Tyrone Swoopes.


It was not a great night for the Texas offense. Case McCoy had some fine moments, connecting with Marcus Johnson for a long touchdown pass, but also went into gunslinger mode in the second half when the Longhorns would’ve been better off working the clock. Gray finished with 94 yards.

But it was a great night for the Texas defense. Defensive ends Jackson Jeffcoat and Cedric Reed continued to make big plays. Adrian Phillips recovered a fumble. Carrington Byndom was tough on coverage.

Texas won the turnover battle. Rushed for more yards. Passed for more yards. Won the game.

The Longhorns improve to 5-2 overall, 4-0 in the Big 12. Texas hosts Kansas next Saturday.

TCU — the preseason pick by many to win the conference — drops to 3-5, 1-4. The Horned Frogs host West Virginia next Saturday.



There’s 11:55 left.

It’s Texas 30, TCU 7.

The Longhorns have padded their lead on Anthony Fera’s 36-yard field goal.

It’s Fera’s third field goal of the game.

A turnover set up the score. Johnathan Gray came up one yard short on a third-down run, and Texas punted. Fera hit a soaring punt that TCU’s returned called a fair catch for. But he misplayed the ball, and it bounced on the turf.

Leroy Scott ended up with it at the bottom of the pile, setting Texas up in great starting position.



There’s 9:13 left.

It’s Texas 27, TCU 7.

Remember, back in the old days, when David Ash and Mike Davis enjoyed a special connection, hooking up for big plays and long touchdowns?

It’s becoming a Case McCoy and Marcus Johnson connection now.

They already teamed up for a 65-yard touchdown in the first half, on a wonderfully-thrown pass that hit Johnson perfectly in stride on a wheel route. Now, in the third, McCoy found Johnson with a couple of steps on two TCU defenders over the middle of the field — and on a third-and-9 play, no less.

The big 43-yard play gave Texas new life near midfield, and right after that, McCoy tried to find Johnson again for a second touchdown. The pass fell incomplete, but the Horned Frogs were flagged for pass interference near the 5-yard line.

That 15-yard penalty set Texas up at TCU’s 30.

The Longhorns then went to the run, and Johnathan Gray carried it down to the 6-yard line for a first down. Malcolm Brown was stopped for short gains, and on third-and-goal from the 3, Brown squirted in behind the escort of Dominic Espinosa, Trey Hopkins and Mason Walters.



Texas leads, 20-7.

The Longhorns got a 37-yard field goal from Anthony Fera on the final play of the first half.

The halftime will last only five minutes. Then play will resume.



There’s 3:26 left.

It’s still Texas 17, TCU 7.

Play has resumed in Fort Worth.

TCU, starting at its own 20 coming out of the long delay, effectively moved the ball at the outset. The drive stalled at its own 42, with a fourth-and-1.

TCU, after calling a time out to discuss, punted.

Texas will start its drive at its own 22.

There’ll be a 5-minute “halftime” as both the Longhorns and Horned Frogs remain on the field.

And then they’ll play out the game.

The TV broadcast has moved from Fox Sports 1 over to Fox Sports Southwest.


It’s still raining in Fort Worth. But — fingers crossed — the lightning may have passed.

Update on what this all means to you:

TCU officials are saying that both teams will take the field again at 9 p.m. After a five-minute warmup, the game will resume with 6:08 left in the second quarter.

Once the second quarter is done, halftime will last only five minutes. Both the Longhorns and Horned Frogs will remain on the field. After a five-minute “halftime,” the third quarter will start.

Earlier, we shared Kirk Bohls’ thoughts on the game. Here’s Mark Rosner’s take on the game so far:

Back to the well … Case McCoy and Marcus Johnson hooked up on a 65-yard touchdown pass along the left side of the field in the second quarter. It was the same play they teamed up on for a 59-yard touchdown against Oklahoma, only on the other side of the field.

The Longhorns’ defensive line  has been mostly impressive again. Tackle Chris Whaley had a sack. End Jackson Jeffcoat nearly had one on a play that defensive back Quandre Diggs finished, forcing a fumble that led to a Texas touchdown. If this keeps up, the line will need a nickname.


9 p.m. , 5 min warm up and resume play in 2nd. then 5 min halftime, team sstil and go on.


We’re still waiting for the lightning strikes to pass and for this game to get the green light to resume.

Texas leads TCU, 17-7, with 6:08 left in the second quarter.

The Horned Frogs will resume with a first-and-10 at their 20-yard line — when play resumes.

Kirk Bohls’ thoughts on the game so far:

Texas has been in command of this game throughout. TCU can’t run the ball, Casey Pachall has been erratic in his passing and the Texas defense has forced two big turnovers. The Longhorns have been very opportunistic and have scored two touchdowns off the turnovers. The game so far has been in keeping with the new-look Longhorns. Under Greg Robinson, the Texas defense has been solid against the run, allowing just 15 yards on 10 carries, and has maximized its blitz chances behind Adrian Phillips and Quandre Diggs. TCU has had limited success, having to rely on a perfectly executed trick play for its only points of the night so far. On offense, the Longhorns have stuck to the ground game and gotten a couple of key passes from Case McCoy, including a perfect 65-yard touchdown throw to the emerging Marcus Johnson.



There’s 6:08 left.

It’s still Texas 17, TCU 7.

Play has stopped at Amon Carter Stadium. A lightning strike was reported in the area, and so play has stopped. Both teams have been sent to their locker rooms.

TCU was about to start a drive at its own 20.



There’s 9:48 left.

It’s Texas 17, TCU 7.

Case McCoy, for the second straight game, has found Marcus Johnson for a big pass play.

On third-and-9, McCoy hit Johnson on a 65-yard wheel route down the left sideline, a nicely-thrown pass that allowed Johnson to run under it and keep running in stride.

Two weeks go, McCoy and Johnson hooked up for a 59-yard touchdown on a sideline route.

It’s the eighth time this season that Texas has put up a play of 50 or more yards.

Linebacker Steve Edmond deserves a part of the glory here. He picked off a Casey Pachall pass in the red zone, as TCU was threatening to tie or take the lead.



There’s 1:24 left.

It’s Texas 10, TCU 7.

The Horned Frogs have drawn themselves back into the game, rattling off a 70-yard touchdown drive that took only five plays to complete.

At Texas’ 38, on a second-and-2 play, Pachall threw to receiver Cameron Echols-Luper on the left side of the line. Echols-Luper then found a wide-open LaDarius Brown, who got behind Josh Turner, for the easy touchdown.

On TCU’s previous play, the Horned Frogs ran a quick screen. The Longhorns — and, perhaps, Turner — bit on that this time.

It was Brown’s first touchdown catch of the season.



There’s 3:07 left.

It’s Texas 10, TCU 0.

The Longhorns have extended their lead to 10, thanks to Anthony Fera’s 43-yard field goal.

Fera is now 9 of 10 this season on field goals, with a long from 50.



There’s 7:48 left.

It’s Texas 7, TCU 0.

It took some time, but we have a score at Amon Carter Stadium.

Texas has struck first on a 3-yard touchdown run from Malcolm Brown.

But it was the defense, not the offense, that should take credit for this lead.

On a third-and-15 from TCU’s own 17-yard line, Texas’ two big defensive playmakers of late — ends Jackson Jeffcoat and Cedric Reed — came up big again. They converged on quarterback Trevone Boykin, who fumbled the ball near the 5-yard line. Adrian Phillips pounced on it at the 3.

That Texas scored a touchdown shouldn’t have come as a huge surprise. The Longhorns rank ninth in the country in red zone offense, and this was the ninth touchdown in 15 red zone possessions so far this season. There have been five field goals, too.

TCU missed a 54-yard field goal attempt on its first drive.

Texas got the ball to start the game, but went three and out.

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