It was TCU’s first three-game winning streak over Texas since before World War II, and Kenny Hill helped make it happen on the ground with two rushing touchdowns. After the game, Hill talked about having always wanted to play Texas.
“For me growing up in Texas, you always want to go to Texas and you’re always watching them,” Hill said. “For me, I went to A&M, and we always hated Texas. And I’ve always wanted to play them. To get this chance and get this win, it’s crazy.”
Ty Summers led the charge for most of the night on defense, and he talked about the mentality you have to have in those situations.
“You’ve got to be a wall,” Summers said. “When you’re protecting and keeping a 250-pound running back out of the end zone, it’s a matter of everyone stepping up and just thinking in their mind, ‘They are not getting in.’ ”
Foster Sawyer, Trevorris Johnson, and Darius Anderson were all called upon to make plays in the final frame, and make plays they did, with Anderson leading the charge.
Anderson, in particular, took full advantage. The freshman, limited to 92 yards in the Frogs’ first 10 games, turned in his first 100-yard performance at the college level against Texas (3 carries, 103 yards). The highlight was a 70-yard touchdown burst with 7:32 remaining for the game’s final score.
Kenny Hill killed Texas on the ground, as the Frogs rushed for over 300 yards on the day.
Hill scored TCU's first touchdown with a 4-yard run that capped the Horned Frogs' first drive. He scored again in the third quarter on a 41-yard scamper that saw him break away from a pass rush and dart along the right sideline to the end zone for a 17-9 lead.
Strong is expected to be fired Saturday. He finished with a 16-21 record at Texas.
The 31-9 loss wasn’t really as bad as sounded considering the Horns trailed 10-9 with nine minutes left in the third quarter. But they couldn’t hold it. TCU isn’t a great team, but TCU hasn’t been bad for three years like Texas. Even in a season that will end with without double-digit wins for the first time in three seasons, the Frogs had enough to turn back a Texas team that fell short of expectations for a third straight year.
One of the biggest differences between this year’s team and recent squads, their ability on the glass and in the paint.
For a fifth-straight game, TCU out-rebounded its opponent. This time to the tune of 42-39, while also blocking seven shots Friday night. The Horned Frogs also totaled a 34-2 advantage in points off the bench, while forcing the Runnin' Rebels into 19 turnovers and only 38.6 percent shooting for the game.
Kenrich Williams dominated on the glass, pulling down 18 rebounds on the night.
Kenrich Williams had 18 rebounds for TCU (5-0), which plays Washington in the championship game on Saturday night. The Horned Frogs’ bench outscored UNLV’s 34-2 as the Rebels turned the ball over 19 times to TCU’s 13.
The Frogs take on Washington Saturday night, in the championship game of the Global Sports Classic. You can stream it on Twitter or Campus Insiders. Game time is 9:30pm CT.
Washington comes into Saturday with a 4-1 overall record after defeating Western Kentucky in its last outing, 86-47. Against the Hilltoppers, Dominic Green led the way, scoring a game-high 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-6 from deep. Markelle Fultz also had a productive night with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists.
The Frogs have opened up 4-0 on the season. Getting to 5-0 will be a real challenge, but they’re up for it.
The 4-0 start for the Horned Frogs is the program’s best since 2008, but the matchup against the best team in the nation is the 10th such meeting in program history. TCU has never jumped up and turned the upset in the prior nine matchups against a national No. 1, the latest of which came during the 2012-13 season against Baylor.