The number that sticks out to me from TCU’s 20-6 victory over Kansas in its Big 12 debut is 4. That would be 4 turnovers for the Frogs…but at the end of the day it didn’t matter. It wasn’t pretty but as long as TCU got the W, then consider me fairly happy. Let’s go Inside the Numbers of this TCU win.
The Frogs extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 10 games and "at the end of the day," that is really all people will remember. TCU won. Period. We no longer have to worry about style points as long as the team takes care of business on the field. TCU is now 4-1-1 when playing its first game in a new conference and improved to 2-0 for the seventh time under Gary Patterson.
TCU racked up 448 yards of total offense with 335 coming through the air. Kansas couldn’t stop the Frogs, the Frogs were stopping themselves. Mainly Casey Pachall who fumbled three different times, but it’s hard to be that mad after the game he had. Yes, Pachall put the ball on the ground all too often, but he finished the game 24-of-30 for 335 yards and 2 touchdowns. Pachall’s 335 yards passing represented the second-best game of his career, surpassed only by his 473 yards at Boise State last season.
Brandon Carter has become a big time player for this team. He came up big last season in Boise and came up huge today. Carter caught a personal best 8 balls for 141 yards and 2 TD’s. This was Carter’s second career 100 yard game.
Another receiver that stood out to me and a lot of others was LaDarius Brown. The redshirt freshman made 5 receptions for 70 yards after going catchless last week against Grambling. It is going to be awesome watching this guy develop into a big time receiver. This entire TCU receiving core is outstanding. Six different TCU players had two or more catches.
The TCU defense looked questionable at times, but when your offense turns the ball over four different times and you still hold the opponent to 6 points, that is pretty good. The Frogs are now 79-2 under Coach Patterson when allowing 17 points or less.
A trend that has been developing for the defense that I do like is that they have been getting off the field on 3rd down. TCU held Grambling to 3-of-14 on 3rd down and Kansas was only 2-of-13. If the D wants to have success, they need to keep this 3rd down efficiency going.
The most important number from this game is 2 because the Frogs are now 2-0 on the season. The win wasn’t as perfect as the Grambling game, and there are still a lot of things to get fixed, but everything is correctable and I am sure Patterson will have the team working hard this week. Let’s enjoy the victory and start looking ahead to Virginia.