TCU 7, Texas 3: Kenny Hill completed all six of his attempts on TCU’s opening drive, then scored his eighth touchdown run of the season. Texas’ lone highlight was a 48-yard bomb from Shane Buechele to Devin Duvernay, who hasn’t had a grab that long since Kansas State.
TCU: Kenny Hill 4-yard run (Derrick Green kick), 9:48
The drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 2:21
The key play: Hill found Taj Williams for a 14-yard gain down to UT’s 17-yard line, one of four first downs on the drive.
Texas: Trent Domingue 21-yard field goal, 5:28
The drive: 9-71-4:20
The key play: Shane Buechele found Devin Duvernay for a 48-yard completion down to TCU’s 11. Duvernay was in one-on-one coverage by safety Nick Orr.
Halftime: TCU 7, Texas 6: The Texas defense held TCU to only 19 yards of offense in the second quarter, and DeShon Elliott’s first interception of the season set up the first career field goal for Mitchell Becker, a junior walk-on kicker from League City. The Longhorns had their chances, but struggled on third and fourth downs when it mattered the most, including a fourth-and-goal plunge from D’Onta Foreman that was stopped inches short.
Texas: Mitchell Becker 24-yard field goal, 1:14
The drive: 4-2-1:14
The key play: It had to be the actual kick itself, which came from Becker, not Domingue. The senior kicker was benched on senior day after missing a 37-yarder earlier.
TCU 17, Texas 9: The Longhorns had three drives in the third quarter, but had only a field goal to show for them. TCU, meanwhile, took an 8-point lead into the fourth thanks to a big touchdown run from Hill, his second of the day. Foreman went over the 2,000-yard mark, but that’s just about the only positive you could find, unless we’re talking about gaining confidence for the new walk-on kicker.
TCU: Brandon Hatfield 28-yard field goal, 11:44
The drive: 13-79-3:16
The key play: Hill found a wide-open Desmond White for a 25-yard gain in front of the UT sideline, setting TCU up at the 12.
Texas: Becker 31-yard field goal, 9:30
The drive: 6-61-2:14
The key play: Foreman broke loose for a 44-yard down to TCU’s 12.
TCU: Hill 41-yard run (Hatfield kick), 7:49
The drive: 6-65-1:36
The key play: There were several of them, all by Kyle Hicks — runs of 11 and 7 yards and a 9-yard completion.
Final: TCU 31, Texas 9: On this day, Hill’s third quarter touchdown probably was enough to qualify as a knockout. Texas’ offense seemed that disinterested in cracking the end zone. With the season on the line, the Longhorns produced three punts, a turnover on downs and an interception with their five drives of the final quarter. TCU’s two late scores had I-35 likely jammed with the thousands of DKR early departures.
TCU: Trevorris Johnson 5-yard run (Hatfield kick), 9:18
The drive: 8-97-3:45
The key play: On back-to-back plays, Darius Anderson had a 27-yard run and Daniel Walsh a 28-yard catch down to UT’s 5.
TCU: Darius Anderson 70-yard run (Hatfield kick), 7:32
The drive: 3-86-1:22
The key play: The drive was three plays long. Anderson’s run was the key play.
First downs: TCU 25; Texas 19
Rushes-yards: TCU 46-309; Texas 46-189
Passing: TCU 178; Texas 218
Comp-Att-Int: TCU 16-30-1; Texas 16-39-1
Return Yards: TCU 117; Texas 41
Punts-Avg.: TCU 9-38.3; Texas 8-48.1
Fumbles-Lost: TCU 0-0; Texas 0-0
Penalties-Yards: TCU 7-68; Texas 6-42
Time of Possession: TCU 29:46; Texas 30:14
RUSHING: TCU, D.Anderson 3-103, K.Hill 13-78, T.Johnson 11-68, Hicks 16-58, Sawyer 2-7, Green 1-(minus 5). Texas, D.Foreman 31-165, Swoopes 2-15, K.Porter 3-14, Buechele 10-(minus 5).
PASSING: TCU, Sawyer 1-1-0-28, K.Hill 15-29-1-150. Texas, Buechele 16-39-1-218.
RECEIVING: TCU, Hicks 5-31, Walsh 2-42, Austin 2-25, Hunt 2-19, T.Williams 2-19, Diarse 2-17, White 1-25. Texas, C.Johnson 4-51, De.Duvernay 3-73, Warrick 3-26, Leonard 3-19, Oliver 2-29, Beck 1-20.