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MMQB: Backyard Beatdown

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The Frogs took several L’s this week in Norman, but now it’s time to bounce back.

TCU v Oklahoma Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images

A wise man once said:

A loss on Saturday is like ripping off a band-aid. It hurts a lot at first, but don’t dwell on it and all will be fine.

So let’s get this one over with and move on to next week. I’m going to start with the bad.

The Bad:

I’m going full list style this week:

  • John Diarse getting a unnecessary roughness call on the first play of the game, setting the tone for the Frogs.
  • Austin Schlottman didn’t have a great night at center (Morris come back?).
  • Receivers were very meh.
  • Anderson got hurt and is potentially out for the season.
  • The defensive line got almost no pressure on Baker Mayfield when it mattered.
  • Matt Boesen got tossed from the game for literally kicking and screaming (not Will Ferrell movie unfortunately).
  • The secondary got torched.
  • We couldn’t tackle Rodney Anderson.
  • Dropped passes.
  • The officiating for about 33% of the game.
  • That one drive where we put in Robinson for three plays and then punted.
  • Ryan Graff missing an easy field goal.
  • The play calling was on and off.
  • The fact that I have to write this many bullet points under the “Bad” section.
  • My Flannel scented candle just ran out...
  • The Frogs are probably eliminated from the playoffs.
  • OU started three true freshman in the secondary and we made them look like grizzled vets.

Take heart good people, despite all of the bad things that happened, there were some silver linings.

The Good:

Our running backs played pretty well early on. Kyle Hicks took a pass from Kenny 63 yards on the second drive of the game. That play was followed by an excellent run by Anderson to put the Frogs up 7-3 (very early) in the first.

KaVontae did very well too. He had a solid kick return that was taken all the way into Oklahoma territory. He also had 3 receptions for 59 yards on the night. Jaelan Austin also balled out, recording two receptions for 67 yards. The boy played with a lot of heart even though that’s something that doesn’t show up in the box score.

Also, I’m going to give a pat on the back to Kenny for playing fine, which means he didn’t play bad. The same cannot be said for a lot of the team. The QB never seemed to quit and he played with a ton of heart in this one. He ran for 40 yards and picked up some nice first downs. His completion percentage wasn’t there, but man I’m really rooting for the guy. Let’s just hope we bounce back with a vengeance for the next two weeks.

Next week: Run in with the Red Raiders

This also could have gone under the “Good” section, since kickoff in Lubbock is at 11am, and not at night (THANK GOD!). If we had Anderson in this game, I’d be feeling mighty confident. I know weird things happen in Lubbock, but we would have been able to cut through them pretty good with 6.

Now that being said, Kyle Hicks aint no scrub. Neither is Sewo or the rest of the team. However, Tech has a pretty good offense and we can’t expect to be taken seriously for a New Year’s 6 bid with the way the defense played against Oklahoma. I know the OU offense appears to have the appearance of a Final Boss in a video game, but still...the TCU defense was better than that. Let’s hope we can run the table and get a rematch with the team from Norman.

But first we have to get out of Lubbock with a win.

Play of the game:

Well there aren’t too many that really stand out, but I do want to give a shout out to Kyle Hicks, for that play that I referenced earlier in the article. There weren’t a ton of moments that made me get up out of my seat, but that play followed by the Anderson touchdown run deserve props.

That being said, i’m giving the POTG to a different Kyle Hicks play. This touchdown made things interesting, despite it being the 4th quarter and the Frogs being down by 24. The fact that we were able to get back to being down by 18 was impressive I suppose. This play was a nice showing of effort by the QB, line, and running back...and the fact that it ended up in a touchdown was the cherry on top.

The Frogs aren’t strangers to getting punched in the mouth, so let’s be sure to always fight back, like we did on this play (again, despite being down by 24).

Keep climbing Frogs. We’re not done yet.