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12 takeaways from TCU’s 24-7 win over Texas

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The defense almost pitched a shutout.

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TCU extended their winning streak over Texas to four games, and the Frogs now have a 5-1 record against the Longhorns since joining the Big 12. Not to mention, during the current streak TCU has outscored Texas 153-33.

The Frogs move to 8-1 on the season, and with some big losses in the Big 12, they sit tied atop the Big 12 standings with next week’s opponent, Oklahoma. It’s also likely that TCU will be No. 6 in the CFP poll next Tuesday when it comes out, thanks to losses from Penn State and Ohio State (Big 10 sucks). But, back to the win over Texas.

1. The defense almost pitched a shutout. Texas finished the night with just nine rushing yards, and if it wasn’t for two big passes on the same drive, the Longhorns would have finished with a big ol’ goose egg on the scoreboard. At the end of the night, Texas finished with just 263 yards of offense and 7 points. The Frogs defense has now given up just 27 points in the last four games.

2. The defensive line was beastly. Ben Banogu had two sacks, while Ross Blacklock, Mat Boesen, Joe Broadnax, and Chris Bradley all recorded one. Combined, the defensive line recorded eight tackles for loss. They were a huge reason as to why Texas gained just 0.3 yards per carry on the night.

3. Nick Orr broke up four passes. Orr had a shot at one, maybe two interceptions on the night, but ultimately his four pass breakups helped TCU’s secondary shut down Texas’ passing game for most of the night. He’s been great in coverage this season, and Saturday night against Texas was more of the same.

4. Darius Anderson and Kyle Hicks were the one-two punch we want them to be. Thirty combined carries, for 140 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Anderson dazzled with his dagger TD run late in the fourth quarter, while Kyle Hicks did most of his damage in the first half, helping TCU jump out to a 17-0 lead.

5. The offensive line needs Patrick Morris back. The holding penalties were mostly cleaned up from a week ago, but the blocking still seems to come in spurts for the offensive line right now. I truly think Morris’ absence is one of the biggest reasons for TCU’s offensive struggles over the past several weeks (not including the Kansas game).

6. I’m concerned about the offense. It just hasn’t looked right, especially the past two weeks. Playcalling and Kenny Hill were both much better this week, and still, the offense was stagnant for most of the game. A large tip of the hat probably has to go to the Texas defense for that, because they were great, but the Frogs’ O needs to get clicking for next week’s matchup against Oklahoma.

7. We saw a WildFrog variation. Finally! And it worked! Sewo lined up for the direct snap, Turpin went in motion, and he took the ball from Sewo. Turpin then turned back around, and threw the ball back to Sewo, after drawing the entire Texas defense to the right side, out of their lanes. Sewo rumbled 20 yards for a first down, and TCU would eventually punch it in for a touchdown.

8. Ty Summers is getting his groove back at linebacker. Six tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, a pass breakup, and a QB hit. Summers is starting to assert himself again as the linebacking counterpart to Travin Howard. He still gets exposed a bit in pass coverage, but he and Arico Evans are a great rotation next to Howard.

9. Hill missed on a few throws, but made some big plays with his feet. It wasn’t an impressive stat line for Hill at the end of the night, but he definitely rebounded after a horrendous outing against Iowa State. He didn’t turn the ball over against an opportunistic Texas defense, and he made good throws and big runs when TCU needed it. It was a good rebound game, but he’ll absolutely need to be ready to rock against OU next week.

10. What happened to this team on third downs? TCU was just 5-of-17 on third downs on Saturday night. Again, Texas’ defense had a lot to do with it, as did Iowa State’s last week, but the Frogs need to rectify this.

11. Penalties were still a bit of an issue. The Frogs got hit with nine penalties on Saturday night, but unlike the 100+ yards they racked up against ISU, the Frogs were penalized for just 49 yards against Texas.

12. TCU still controls their own destiny. With big, big losses by Penn State and Ohio State in the Big 10, TCU will probably move to No. 6 in the next CFP poll. Meanwhile, losses by Iowa State and Oklahoma State means there is a two-way tie atop the Big 12 standings now - TCU and Oklahoma. The Sooners are currently ranked 5th in the CFP poll. If TCU can win in Norman next Saturday...well....things could get really interesting.

The Frogs will face Oklahoma on Saturday night (7 pm) on FOX. It’ll be a crazy atmosphere in Norman between the likely No. 5 and No. 6 teams in the country. If you can, get up to Norman for this one. It’s going to be a great game.