It was a damn good game...in the second half. A half that saw the Frogs outscore (17-7) and outgain (214-160) Oklahoma in Norman and almost come back from the grave to stun the #11 Sooners.
However, it wasn't to be. The offense's dreadful first half doomed the Frogs, along with a long run by Oklahoma running back Brennan Clay. Let's take a closer look at the numbers to see exactly what went wrong for TCU.
0-6 - The Frogs were 0 for 6 on third downs in the first half, and did not manage a first down until the 3rd quarter of the game. Pretty bad.
11 - The total number of yards the TCU offense accumulated in the first half of the game. Six first half posessions resulted in six punts.
5.3 - The average yards per carry for Oklahoma's offense against the Frogs. They rushed for a total of 203 yards, which was actually 53 yards less than their average entering Saturday's contest. If we take away Oklahoma's longest run, a 76 yarder by Brennan Clay, that average drops to 3.43. Still not great, but better.
3-13 - TCU was once again abysmal on 3rd downs. Their 3rd down conversion percentage has dropped to 30.8% for the season. For reference, opponents this year are converting 42.6% of their 3rd down opportunities against the Frogs.
64.5% - Blake Bell's completion percentage. It's his lowest of the season in games he has started. The Frogs also held him under 200 passing yards, a first for teams this year.
61 - Blake Bell's rushing yards on the night. He had season highs in carries (14) and yards against TCU.
0 - Receptions for Brandon Carter. The kid continues to spiral, and had two big drops that would have resulted in first downs (one possibly a touchdown) on Saturday.
14 - Combined rushes for Waymon James and B.J. Catalon. The two combined for 30 yards rushing.
12 - Rushes for Trevone Boykin. He ran for 18 yards, but managed two touchdowns.
6 - Receptions for Ty Slanina, the true freshman who has now led the Frogs in receptions two weeks in a row.
30:02 - TCU's time of possession in the game. They actually won the TOP battle, largely in part to almost 20 minutes of possession in the second half. Unfortunately, this doesn't matter when you allow a 76 yard rushing touchdown. However, if the offense can control the ball like this from the beginning of games, we should see improvements.
1.6 - TCU's average yards per carry.
0 - Turnovers for TCU. They did a very good job of protecting the ball.
2 - Rushing touchdowns for Trevone Boykin against OU. He had 3 rushing touchdowns in all of 2012.
11 a.m. - The next two kickoff times for TCU games are at 11 a.m. TCU is 5-1 in their last six 11 a.m. games, so maybe that's a good thing.