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No. 8 TCU 24, Texas 7: Offense takes the night off as Frogs ride quick start

Posted November 4th, 2017

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It’s over at Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth. Texas, which was a 7-point underdog tonight, has fallen to No. 8 TCU, 24-7.

You can turn your clocks back an hour later. The Longhorns will still be on the wrong side of .500.

Why Texas (4-5, 3-3) lost

We’ve heard this before, but the defense played well enough to leave Fort Worth with a win, but the offense didn’t. We’re back to wondering whether Shane Buechele or Sam Ehlinger should be running this thing. Chris Warren III (1 carry, 3 yards) disappointed, Kyle Porter (no carries) was a non-factor for the third straight week, Toneil Carter missed the game with an injury. Daniel Young (12 carries, 31 yards) led the way. Kind of.

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Why TCU (8-1, 5-1) won

A quick early start was good enough tonight, especially with Texas unable to finish drives. Maybe last week’s disappointment in Ames played a part, too. The Horned Frogs were perfect in the red zone, which was a problem for them last week, and Kenny Hill was perfunctory as a passer (18 of 26 for 146 yards, no touchdowns and now interceptions) but was effective as a runner, making first downs. TCU’s defense was active and kept the Longhorns off balance.

Next up for Texas

At home vs. Kansas next Saturday, 5 p.m. It’s a Longhorn Network game.

How it all happened

First quarter

TCU 7, Texas 0. The opening quarter was one to forget for Texas, which accumulated all of minus-2 yards of offense over only six total snaps. The Longhorns also were flagged for two personal fouls and a face mask. The biggest play of the quarter came on a fourth-and-1 at Texas’ 21 on TCU’s opening drive; KaVontae Turpin, running to his right, held up and threw it back to running back Sewo Olonilua, who’d taken the wildcat snap. Texas defensive lineman Chris Nelson nearly tipped it but Olonilua caught it and ran 20 yards to the 1. TCU scored on the next play. Texas’ lone highlight? Michael Dickson’s 73-yard punt.

TCU: Kyle Hicks 1-yard run (Jonathan Song kick, 11:29)

Second quarter

Halftime — TCU 17, Texas 7. The quarter began with a goal line stand for the Texas defense; TCU had to settle for a short field goal. Collin Johnson returned to Texas’ good graces with his first touchdown catch since the season opener. But the Longhorns left points on the board — Joshua Rowland was short on his 47-yard field goal attempt and Shane Buechele was sacked on fourth-and-4 from TCU’s 32. Texas’ final drive reached TCU’s 31 but the scoring threat was snuffed by back-to-back sacks.

TCU: Song 18-yard field goal (14:16)

TCU: Hicks 14-yard run (Song kick, 9:19)

Texas: Collin Johnson 33-yard pass from Shane Buechele (Joshua Rowland kick, 8:32)

Third quarter

TCU 17, Texas 7. The Horned Frogs had three drives in the quarter — Texas forced punts each time. But the Longhorns were unable to get anything cooking on offense; Texas gained only 26 total yards and never got into TCU territory. Armanti Foreman and Dorian Leonard each hauled in two catches in the quarter.

Fourth quarter

Final — TCU 24, Texas 7. It’s not like Texas didn’t have any chances — the Longhorns couldn’t generate a drive with 10 minutes left, trailing by 10 and came up short for the third time near TCU’s 32-yard line when Buechele threw four straight incompletions in the closing minutes. The Horned Frogs effectively put the game out of reach when Darius Anderson broke through for a 31-yard touchdown run on fourth down.

TCU: Darius Anderson 31-yard run (Song kick, 4:23)

Thoughts

1. The Longhorns, even with their offensive troubles, still had a shot in the fourth quarter. Trailing 17-7, they got the ball with 10 minutes left at their own 17-yard line. But they couldn’t put anything together, and the sixth sack of Buechele ended up forcing Michael Dickson’s ninth punt. TCU got the ball and converted two key third downs and, ultimately, a fourth down — a 31-yard touchdown run by Darius Anderson on fourth-and-1 with 4:23 left.

Game, for all intents and purposes, over.

2. After TCU went up 24-7, Texas got the ball with 4 minutes left. A nice 42-yard catch and run to Lil’Jordan Humphrey moved the Longhorns to TCU’s 35-yard line. From there, it was an incompletion to Reggie Hemphill-Mapps, an incompletion to Collin Johnson, an incompletion to Humphrey, and — on fourth-and-10 from the 35, another incompletion to Johnson, this time in the end zone.

3. In the battle of the two best defenses in the Big 12, TCU’s got the nod. Both teams struggled on third down conversions (Texas was 4 of 18, TCU 5 of 17) but the Horned Frogs had seven sacks, including a couple on critical third downs. And the Horned Frogs added 12 tackles for loss and held Texas to only 9 rushing yards. That’s right. Nine.

3. Next week’s game is Kansas. Should Buechele or Ehlinger get the start?

4. Let’s talk bowl game. The Longhorns, with four wins, have three games left. That means Texas needs to find two wins between Kansas, West Virginia and Texas Tech to get to a bowl game. The Jayhawks beat Texas last year. The Mountaineers are tough at home. And the Red Raiders are improved from last year.

5. Texas had 14 drives tonight. How they played out:

First quarter (2) — punt, punt
Second quarter (4) — missed field goal, touchdown, turnover on downs, punt

Third quarter (4) — punt, punt, punt, punt

Fourth quarter (4) — punt, punt, turnover on downs, turnover on downs

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