The fifth-ranked Horned Frogs delivered one with a 48-10 romp over Texas, and the thousands of their fans who stuck around to the end will be happy to keep chanting "T-C-U!" to anyone who may have missed it.
The Horned Frogs thrashed Texas 48-10 and did its best to make a case for a spot in the top 4 of the College Football Playoff.
This was a role reversal: Texas as hunter, TCU as hunted. It's been that sort of season for the Longhorns, who have made clear progress under Charlie Strong but remain a work in progress. It's also been this kind of year for TCU, which has fought back threat after threat to remain in the think of the College Football Playoff race heading into the final weekend of the season.
The fifth-ranked Horned Frogs knocked off Texas 48-10 in front of a national television audience and lots of disappointed Longhorns fans among a crowd of 96,496 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. With one more victory in the regular-season finale, Dec. 6 against Iowa State in Fort Worth, TCU would complete a one-year climb from the nether regions of the Big 12 football standings to at least a share of the 2014 title.
The jump ball pass that TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin and Doctson have perfected this season resulted in two big plays, including a 22-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.
The No. 5 Horned Frogs still got plenty of aid from Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoopes and a self-destructing Longhorns offense in a 48-10 win over UT on Thanksgiving that should boost their playoff résumé.
"All we heard all week was their defense, our offense," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "Our guys took it as a challenge on defense. We can still play defense at TCU."
Satisfied by a job well done, if still perspiring from effort, TCU coach Gary Patterson plans to spend the next few days watching film on Iowa State, his team's final opponent in the regular season, while keeping a close eye on the scoreboard.
I know the concept of "game control" has been roundly (and deservedly) mocked, but TCU controlled this game and dominated defensively, save a bust on Armanti Foreman's 73-yard catch and run that trimmed TCU's lead to 17 after the Frogs opened up a 27-3 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter. Texas' defense got a little sloppy and unmotivated late, but TCU made a nice case to the committee with a 48-10 final score in Austin against a Texas team that's improved in conference play more than any team in the Big 12.
Rivalry week brought with it a hope that Ohio State could move up from the No. 6 spot it seems currently locked into in the College Football Playoff rankings. That hope is still there, but it took a bit of a shot on Thursday night.
Senior forward Amric Fields returned to action Wednesday for the Horned Frogs, scoring two points with an assist and two blocks in a victory against Radford. He also committed two fouls and two turnovers, but his presence in the lineup gives coach Trent Johnson a chance to finally see all of the pieces in action.
Fresh off a 74-50 victory over Radford, TCU hits the road for the first time Friday when it takes on Bradley at the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas. Start time is set for 6:00 p.m. CT inside the American Bank Center.
The TCU women’s basketball team hits the road for its second trip away from Fort Worth to play in the Omni Classic in Boulder, Colo.
The TCU women's basketball team will compete in the 2014 OMNI Classic beginning Friday against Colorado State at 6 p.m., CST at the Coors Event Center. The Horned Frogs will face either Missouri State or Colorado on Saturday.