Everything that can go wrong, has, for the Horned Frogs through two quarters, as TCU has been out-played in all three aspects of the game over the course of the first 30 minutes.
The Frogs have seven penalties in the first half alone, compared to just six first downs, three of which have let the Cyclones to move the chains. Meanwhile, on the other side of the ball, Iowa State can do no wrong, as Kyle Kempt and his corp of super-human wide receivers have dominated the TCU secondary to the tune of 148 yards passing and two touchdowns. Tackling has been an issue to start the game, and will need to improve dramatically over the next two frames.
Kenny Hill and the TCU O can’t get anything going; the play-calling has lacked creativity, drops are aplenty, and Jalen Reagor has run the wrong route twice, nearly leading to an interception. Hill has just 62 yards on 13 attempts, though Kyle Hicks and Darius Anderson have both looked good in the run game.
The Frogs have just 148 total yards of offense and have yet to reach the red zone, with Adam Nunez punting five times already. The much anticipated showdown between TCU return man KaVontae Turpin and Iowa State punter Colin Downing has yet to materialize - Turp has 41 yards on two kick returns but has yet to get a chance on a punt.
TCU will look to overcome the two score deficit in half number two, and will receive the ball first. We don’t need to tell you how much is on the line in Ames today, so hopefully GP and co light a fire under the boys at halftime and they come out looking like the team that has gotten them this far.