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TCU 48, Texas 10: Frogs blast Horns in a Thanksgiving Night Massacre

Posted November 27th, 2014

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IT’S OVER.

Fifth-ranked TCU has beaten Texas, 48-10.

Call it the Thanksgiving Night Massacre.

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It was an awful night for Tyrone Swoopes — four interceptions, one fumble — and it was an awful night for Quandre Diggs — a muffed punt that led to a touchdown, a dropped interception and two pass plays that led to scores.

The Longhorns finish the regular season with a 6-6 record, including a 5-4 mark in the Big 12. TCU, trying to play its way into the four-team playoff, improves to 10-1, 7-1.

Texas honored 31 departing seniors before the game, including David Ash, Dominic Espinosa, Malcolm Brown, Diggs, Cedric Reed, Jordan Hicks and Steve Edmond.

John Harris — another senior — broke the 1,000-yard mark for the season, becoming only the eighth Longhorn to ever do so, and the first since Jordan Shipley, in 2009.

Cedric Reed had two sacks, on back-to-back plays in the fourth quarter.

How they scored tonight:

1st quarter, TCU: Jaden Oberkrom 42-yard field goal (12:40)
1st quarter, TCU: Oberkrom 29-yard field goal (4:25)
1st quarter, TCU: Terrell Lathan 40-yard fumble TD return, Oberkrom kick (:20)
2nd quarter, Texas: Nick Rose 47-yard field goal (7:56)
2nd quarter, TCU: David Porter 4-yard TD pass from Trevone Boykin, Oberkrom kick (1:34)
4th quarter, TCU: Josh Doctson 22-yard TD pass from Boykin, Oberkrom kick (14:54)
4th quarter, Texas: Armanti Foreman 73-yard TD pass from Tyrone Swoopes, Rose kick (14:04)
4th quarter, TCU: Boykin 10-yard TD run, Oberkrom kick (7:01)
4th quarter, TCU: Aaron Green 5-yard TD run, Oberkrom kick (2:53)
4th quarter, TCU: Josh Carraway 33-yard interception return, Oberkrom kick (2:19)

Final statistics:

First downs: TCU 16, Texas 12
Total yards: TCU 368, Texas 290
Rush yards: TCU 135, Texas 90
Pass yards: TCU 233, Texas 200
Time of possession: Texas 31:08, TCUJ 28:52
Turnovers: Texas 6, TCU 2
Sacks: TCU 4, Texas 2
Passing: Texas — Tyrone Swoopes 20-34-200, 1/4; TCU — Trevone Boykin 20-34-233, 2/1
Rushing: Texas — Swoopes 15-61, Malcolm Brown 10-29, Johnathan Gray 11-0; TCU — Aaron Green 16-73-1, Boykin 12-50-1, Kyle Hicks 12-12, Desmon White 1-0
Receiving: Texas — John Harris 5-39, Armanti Foreman 4-91-1, Brown 4-33, Gray 4-30; TCU — Josh Doctson 7-115-1, Kolby Listenbee 3-47, David Porter 2-7-1, Green 2-(-6)

Earlier updates …

FOURTH QUARTER.

There’s 2:19 left.

It’s TCU 48, Texas 10.

… and Tyrone Swoopes‘ nightmarish Thanksgiving of 2014 continues.

The Texas quarterback just threw a pick six to TCU defensive end Josh Caraway.

Caraway picked the pass right off the line of scrimmage, and returned it 33 yards for the touchdown.

Earlier updates …

FOURTH QUARTER.

There’s 2:53 left.

It’s TCU 41, Texas 10.

The Horned Frogs have scored again — a 5-yard touchdown run by Aaron Green.

Earlier updates …

FOURTH QUARTER.

There’s 7:01 left.

It’s TCU 34, Texas 10.

Trevone Boykin has put a bow on TCU’s victory with a 10-yard touchdown run.

Remember earlier when you read here that this was a Thanksgiving to forget for Tyrone Swoopes? Well, it is — Swoopes is 19 of 32 for 188 yards with one touchdown, three interceptions and a lost fumble — but Quandre Diggs is right there, too.

Diggs, playing his final home game, has been beaten on two one-on-one matchups for big plays (a touchdown, and a long pass that set up another score), dropped a sure-fire interception that literally went in and out of his hands, and had a punt-return miscue as the ball bounced off his foot — a fumble — and was recovered by TCU at Texas’ 19-yard line.

That gift led to Boykin’s touchdown.

Earlier updates …

FOURTH QUARTER.

There’s 14:04 left.

It’s TCU 27, Texas 10.

Texas finally had a positive play.

Armanti Foreman took a short pass from Tyrone Swoopes 72 yards down the TCU sideline for a touchdown.

On the night, Foreman has three catches for 87 yards and the touchdown.

Earlier updates …

FOURTH QUARTER.

There’s 14:47 left.

It’s TCU 27, Texas 3.

This is one Thanksgiving that Tyrone Swoopes will want to forget.

Swoopes has thrown three interceptions and lost one fumble tonight. And the game’s not over.

The sophomore’s latest misstep — a curiously-chosen pass over the middle straight to TCU’s All-American candidate, linebacker Paul Dawson, has led to the first points of the second half, a 22-yard touchdown pass from Trevone Boykin to Josh Doctson.

Doctson, at 6-feet-4, outjumped Quandre Diggs in the end zone for the touchdown. He has seven catches for 115 yards and the one score, and has beaten Diggs at least twice tonight on similarly-thrown balls.

Earlier updates …

THIRD QUARTER.

There’s 3:20 left.

It’s still TCU 20, Texas 3.

A nice defensive play has helped Texas fall further behind.

Dylan Haines, who earlier in the game dropped an interception, just picked off Trevone Boykin in the end zone, wiping away a big play from the Horned Frogs and killing TCU’s scoring opportunity.

Boykin wasted little time on this drive. On first-and-10 at TCU’s 34-yard line, he launched a pass deep downfield for a 40-yard completion to Kolby Listenbee, who outmuscled Mykkele Thompson for the ball near the Longhorns’ 20.

But on third-and-6 from the 22, Haines picked off Boykin’s pass.

Haines, however, ended up stumbling out of bounds at the 1-yard line, giving the offense 99 yards to work with.

Earlier updates …

THIRD QUARTER.

There’s 4:22 left.

It’s still TCU 20, Texas 3.

It’s the third quarter, so that means Texas is being outplayed, right?

Well, not exactly. Texas hasn’t cut into TCU’s lead, but the Longhorns haven’t gone backward either, at least not on the scoreboard. Statistically, the Horned Frogs are winning the quarter, but the score remains the same as it was at halftime.

The Longhorns, starting at their own 3-yard line, just had an adventurous drive. Marcus Johnson fumbled the ball after a short screen pass, but the Longhorns recovered it. Malcolm Brown made a nifty move on a pass out of the backfield for 10 yards and a first down, but two plays later, Swoopes was intercepted by TCU’s Sam Carter on a badly-thrown pass over the middle.

Carter, however, fumbled after getting hit by Swoopes and Camrhon Hughes, and Swoopes recovered. Texas got a new set of downs in the process.

A second-and-14 draw play to Brown went nowhere, though, and on thrid-and-14 from Texas’ 14-yard line, Swoopes completed a pass to Jacorey Warrick — for 12 yards.

The Longhorns punted.

Texas’ defense bent, but did not break, on TCU’s opening drive of the second half. Trevone Boykin made quick work of the Longhorns early in the drive — a 13-yard run and a 21-yard pass — but ran into trouble on inside Longhorns territory when Mykkele Thompson forced him into a wild toss that landed in the middle of the field with no Horned Frog in sight.

Thompson, rushing in on a blitz, had Boykin wrapped by his feet — and litterally tore Boykin’s shoe off. But an intentional grounding wasn’t called; it was ruled, much to the crowd’s chagrin, that Boykin had left the pocket.

It wasn’t a great drive for Quandre Diggs, who whiffed on Boykin in the backfield on a blitz and was flagged for pass interference a few plays later.

Earlier updates …

IT’S HALFTIME.

TCU leads Texas, 20-3.

This game isn’t unlike storylines we’ve seen before this season. The defense is keeping Texas in it through the first half, the offense is struggling to string together drives, Tyrone Swoopes is struggling, turning the ball over and making bad decisions, and the running game hasn’t established itself. Oh, and special teams are hurting Texas, too.

Texas’ final play of the first half was more of the same.

On third-and-5 at TCU’s 40 — with 7 seconds left, armed with one timeout and trailing 20-7, Swoopes kept it and ran up the middle. But rather than falling down and calling timeout for a long field goal attempt, he chose to try to take on three TCU defenders around the 20-yard line.

Swoopes was tackled. No time was left on the clock, and the half was over.

Swoopes appeared to be shaken up on the play. He was the last Longhorn into the tunnel, and remained hunched over at the 12-yard line for several moments.

TCU will get the ball to start the second half.

How they’ve scored tonight:

1st quarter, TCU: Jaden Oberkrom 42-yard field goal (12:40)
1st quarter, TCU: Oberkrom 29-yard field goal (4:25)
1st quarter, TCU: Terrell Lathan 40-yard fumble TD return, Oberkrom kick (:20)
2nd quarter, Texas: Nick Rose 47-yard field goal (7:56)
2nd quarter, TCU: David Porter 4-yard TD pass from Trevone Boykin, Oberkrom kick (1:34)

First-half stats:

First downs: Texas 8, TCU 6
Total yards: Texas 144, TCU 137
Rush yards: Texas 69, TCU 31
Pass yards: TCU 106, Texas 75
Turnovers: Texas 2, TCU 0
Sacks: TCU 1, Texas 0
Time of possession: Texas 15:06, TCU 14:54
Passing: Texas — Tyrone Swoopes 12-20-75, 0/1; TCU — Trevone Boykin 13-18-106, 1/0
Rushing: Texas — Swoopes 9-61, Malcolm Brown 4-10, Johnathan Gray 6-(-2); TCU — Aaron Green 7-13, Boykin 5-10, Kyle Hicks 1-8, Desmon White 1-0
Receiving: Texas — Gray 4-30, John Harris 3-16, Brown 2-17, Armanti Foreman 2-14; TCU — Josh Doctson 4-67, David Porter 2-7, Green 2-(-6), Cameron Echols-Luper 1-14

Earlier updates …


SECOND QUARTER.

There’s 1:34 left.

It’s TCU 20, Texas 3.

The Longhorns’ defense, which had played so well this half, gave up a long drive, missed an opportunity at a turnover, gave up a long pass play, and couldn’t force TCU into a field goal this time.

Trevone Boykin‘s 38-yard pass to Josh Doctson — who beat Quandre Diggs on the play, though Diggs contested the catch — set TCU up at the 6-yard line.

Boykin was held to a pair of 1-yard runs, and the Horned Frogs called a timeout with 1:39 left in the half, the ball at Texas’ 4, on a third-and-goal play.

On the decisive third down — Texas called timeout too, after seeing the Horned Frogs line up in a five-receiver set — Boykin found David Porter in the back of the end zone; Porter had beaten Dylan Haines.

Haines, incidentally, had two goofs on the drive; earlier, he missed a golden opportunity at an interception.

That’s two times a Texas defender couldn’t convert a ball-in-his-hands pick; Duke Thomas dropped a pick on TCU’s first drive.

Earlier updates …

SECOND QUARTER.

There’s 7:56 left.

It’s TCU 13, Texas 3.

The Longhorns have gotten on the board, thanks to a 47-yard field goal by Nick Rose.

A 15-yard keeper by Tyrone Swoopes, followed by passes of 8 and 4 yards to Johnathan Gray, helped move the Longhorns into field goal range. Swoopes’ keeper on third-and-12 came up inches short, setting up a fourth-and-inches call at the 25.

We never got to find out what happened. Kent Perkins was flagged for a false start — what Longhorns game this season wouldn’t be complete without one? — and that led to the field goal.

Texas’ previous drive stalled at its own 39; it appeared that Malcolm Brown had gotten the first, but TCU challenged the spot on the sideline play — and won.

It forced a fourth-and-inches. Texas elected to punt.

The Horned Frogs reached midifeld on their drive, but were forced to punt as well. Texas caught a break when TCU was flagged for interfering with Quandre Diggs‘ attempt to field it. That set Texas up at its own 35.

Earlier updates …

SECOND QUARTER.

There’s 15 minutes left.

It’s TCU 13, Texas 0.

The Longhorns’ situation went from good to bad to worse, all in one play.

On a third-and-20 play from TCU’s 49-yard line, Tyrone Swoopes was sacked by defensive tackle Davion Person and defensive end Josh Carraway. Swoopes lost control of the ball, and defensive end Terrell Lathan scooped it up and returned it 40 yards for a defensive touchdown.

It ruined what had otherwise been the Longhorns’ first promising drive of the night. Texas, helped by a defensive holding penalty and then Swoopes first-down throws to John Harris and Armanti Foreman, had reached the Horned Frogs’ 39 before the drive went backward.

Texas has the ball to start the second quarter, facing a second-and-15 at its own 25. On first down, Swoopes fumbled again. But the Longhorns recovered it for a 5-yard loss.

Earlier updates …

FIRST QUARTER.

There’s 4:25 left.

It’s TCU 6, Texas 0.

Texas’ defense keeps getting faced with horrible field position, and keeps answering the challenge.

The latest: A Tyrone Swoopes interception handed TCU possession at the Longhorns’ 24-yard line, but Texas’ defense held to force another field goal from Jaden Oberkrom, from 29 yards.

Dylan Haines made a touchdown-stopping hit on TCU receiver Kolby Listenbee, trying to come down with a catch in the back of the end zone. Haines’ hit dislodged the ball.

So far, Texas’ offense has looked less than scintillating after three drives. And Texas’ defense has sizzled after three TCU drives.

After holding TCU to 2 yards and a field goal on a very short field on the opening drive, the Longhorns forced a punt after a second weak punt set the Horned Frogs up at their own 46.

TCU’s drive stalled at Texas’ 38-yard line; the Horned Frogs chose to punt from there rather than attempt a fourth-and-4.

Texas has blitzed Trevone Boykin twice so far, and both times have paid dividends — an incompletion on third down on the first series, forcing the field goal, and an incomplete pass late in the second drive. On that second blitz, Boykin took a big double hit from Quandre Diggs on one side and Cedric Reed the other.

So far, Swoopes is 2 of 5 for 6 yards, with the pick.

Earlier updates …

FIRST QUARTER.

There’s 12:40 left.

It’s TCU 3, Texas 0.

The Horned Frogs are on the board first — a 42-yard field goal by Jaden Oberkrom.

The Longhorns, though, passed their first test defensively, holding TCU to a three-and-out. It’s just that the Horned Frogs were set up nicely by a 53-yard punt return from Cameron Echols-Luper, down to Texas’ 27-yard line.

It was a 2-yard scoring drive.

Duke Thomas had a golden shot at an interception, but couldn’t come down with the catch at the 20 on first down.

Steve Edmond blitzed on third-and-8, forcing an errant pass from Trevone Boykin.

Texas’ drive stalled to open the game, which ended with the punt.

TCU won the opening toss, and deferred to the second half.

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