TCU came into Lubbock down five starters, including three on defense, and limped its way to victory to claim the West Texas championship. Shawn Robinson showed why he was so highly rated coming out of Desoto with some shifty runs and a few well-thrown passes, but made several freshman mistakes as he put the ball on the ground a few times, missed a few reads on option plays, and overthrew a couple of receivers (although the latter could be partially blamed on the 40mph wind gusts). TCU fans should be excited about the future with Robinson behind center. Kyle Hicks carried a large portion of the load at running back with Darius Anderson out, and answered the call to the tune of 81 yards on 21 carries.
The defense played lights out today, holding 5th year senior Nic Shimonek and the air raid Tech offense to just 3 points, although 2 missed field goals certainly helped. The secondary was all over the place in coverage and second-string linebackers Ty Summers and Montrel Wilson played excellent in both pass coverage and run support. Jeff Gladney had a sick nasty interception late in the 4th and returned it nearly 95 yards to put the dagger in Tech.
Special teams had yet another good day as Adam Nuñez put Tech inside the 20 several times, and backup kicker Cole Bunce hit both field goals (including a 43 yarder) to give TCU some extra cushion in the points department.
TCU probably ought to be fortunate that this wasn’t a night game at the Jones, but with as many starters out as they had, they still managed to play like a top-10 plug-and-play team on the road.