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TCU 50, Texas 7: Horns won the coin toss and it was downhill from there

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Story highlights
  • Longhorns lose seventh game in Charlie Strong's 18-game tenure by 21 points or more.
  • TCU took early 16-0 lead as Texas had minus-20 total yards early.
  • Was Kris Boyd's retweet a sign of frustration or a sign of bigger problems?

Posted October 3rd, 2015

FORT WORTH — Administrators always know to schedule homecoming against bad teams. Turns out TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte was spot on by picking Texas.

The fourth-ranked Horned Frogs scored early, often and needed only 15 minutes to secure what became a 50-7 victory on Saturday at Amon Carter Stadium. It was the most points TCU has ever scored in the series that dates back to 1897, and it was two points shy of becoming one of the top 10 losses in UT history.

Texas fans, now trying to stomach a 1-4 record, probably wonder the same thing coach Charlie Strong did: How could a team that looked so close in the losses against California and Oklahoma State look so bad?

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Texas coach Charlie Strong had few answers after the Longhorns struggled against the Horned Frogs and lost 50-7. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Texas coach Charlie Strong had few answers after the Longhorns struggled against the Horned Frogs and lost 50-7. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

This was easily the most embarrassing debacle in Strong’s 18-game tenure, and there are now several to choose from. It was the seventh time during that span Texas has lost by 21 points or more. And things don’t get easier. No. 14 Oklahoma is next.

“That’s the thing that bothers you,” Strong said. “When things go wrong, we just continue to go and we don’t stop it. We don’t plug the leak. Instead of bouncing back and competing, one bad thing happens after another.”

The Longhorns actually started the day by winning the coin toss and deferring. The Frogs even went three-and-out on their first drive. So far, so good, right?

But on Texas’ second play, Daje Johnson fumbled after an awkward tackle and left the game. Strong called it a “head injury,” UT’s term for a concussion. Meanwhile, Heisman contender Trevone Boykin quickly found KaVontae Turpin wide open for a 13-yard touchdown pass and an early 7-0 lead.

Under normal circumstances, that’s no big deal. But on Texas’ next drive, snapper Kyle Ashby sent the ball flying over punter Michael Dickson’s head and out of the end zone for a safety.

Then, TCU got the ball at the 50-yard line when Nick Rose’s free kick went out of bounds. Five plays later, TCU’s Josh Doctson showed amazing footwork to catch a 15-yard touchdown pass. Freshman Holton Hill had terrific coverage, but this was an NFL-caliber catch.

Just like that, TCU led 16-0 and only 5 minutes, 12 seconds had run off the clock. At that point, TCU had 86 total yards to UT’s minus-20.

Texas running back D'Onta Foreman (33) is tackled by TCU linebacker Ty Summers (42) in the third quarter during the Texas at TCU game Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. (Rodolfo Gonzalez/Austin American-Statesman)
TCU linebacker Ty Summers picked up and slammed Texas running back D’Onta Foreman during the Horned Frogs’ 50-7 win on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. (Rodolfo Gonzalez/Austin American-Statesman)

The Horns went three-and-out on their next two drives. Aaron Green had 3- and 12-yard gains to the Texas 49. Then Boykin found Turpin, who raced in for a score on the left side. Doctson caught another touchdown pass (29 yards) that pushed the lead to 30-0.

Texas had not given up 30 points in any single quarter since allowing 31 to Houston in the fourth quarter in 1987.

The Horns knew they would have to score to force a shootout. The offense had 156 yards at halftime, but never got inside the 20-yard line. How could a TCU defense that gave up 52 points against Texas Tech almost pitch a shutout?

“That’s disappointing to think that way,” UT play-caller Jay Norvell said. “But that’s the reality of what it is.”

UT coaches also were disappointed to learn about what happened at halftime. Freshman cornerback Kris Boyd retweeted a fan’s message suggesting he should transfer to Texas A&M. Was that just frustration or something more?

Strong said the day was “awful” and “embarrassing,” and the team still lacks a key leader.

Asked about the lack of leadership, senior linebacker Peter Jinkens said, “No comment.”

That sort of summed up the day. “It’s frustrating,” Strong said.

OCTOBER 3, 2015 - TCU #9 Josh Doctson brings in the ball during the first quarter of an NCAA game held at Amon G Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Tx., on Saturday, October 3, 2015. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
TCU’s Josh Doctson brings in the ball during the first quarter of an NCAA game held at Amon G Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Tx., on Saturday, October 3, 2015. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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