After the chaos of Saturday’s results, the Frogs are back in the playoff hunt. But, they can’t afford to drop another game, starting with OU next week.
The win kept TCU (8-1, 5-1) in line for a chance at the Big 12 title and to move up in the next College Football Playoff rankings. A big test will come Saturday when the Frogs travel to Norman to take on No. 5 Oklahoma, which defeated No. 11 Oklahoma State on Saturday in a 62-52 shootout.
Next week will be a showdown of the Big 12’s two first-place teams.
“This is a four-game season,” Patterson said. “So we’re 1-0 right now. It’s a tough four games. You’ve got to be in Norman, then you’ve got to be in Lubbock, then we’ve got Baylor at home last. I’m excited about it. I think our kids will be excited about it.”
Self-inflicted? In a turnover free game, it came down to making stops, and the TCU defense did just that, time and time again. Texas didn’t beat themselves Saturday night, they got absolutely dominated by the Frogs.
By coach Tom Herman's estimate, two culprits were to blame for Texas' defeats this season: slow starts and self-inflicted wounds.
Each of the Longhorns' four losses could be traced back to that bedeviling duo. What gave rise to them, Herman preached, was a lack of "true laser-like focus."
"Let us not get in those positions," he said days before Texas would meet eighth-ranked TCU at Amon G. Carter Stadium. "Let us start faster, play better early."
The Frogs have dominated the Horns in all three phases of the game for the past four seasons. And yet, they refuse to give TCU credit again, instead focusing on how Texas beat themselves. Ok, sure.
Even when Buechele had some time, the wide receivers struggled to create separation as offensive coordinator Tim Beck declined to scheme to attack TCU deficiencies exposed against previous opponents like lining up three wide receivers to the boundary or targeting tall wide receivers on back-shoulder throws.
The second half didn’t feature much action offensively for either team until the Horned Frogs broke through and iced the game in the fourth quarter. A 3rd-and-8 conversion on a throw from Hill to tiny wide receiver Desmon White was crucial early, then the running game closed it out. Former Texas target Darius Anderson closed it out with a 31-yard run.
Wait, are we not going to rewrite our fight song to say ‘Good-bye to texas university, So long to the orange and the white’? So disappointing. LOL.
There is no greater source of football pride in Texas than TCU.
“We’re not going to do down with the ‘Hook ’em Horns,’” TCU coach Gary Patterson said after his team defeated Texas 24-7. “We’re TCU.”
At this point, that’s enough.
TCU’s win over Texas on Saturday night was a beautiful development for the Frogs in their ownership of the flagship school of our great state, a league that needs to get serious about defense and a troubling state of things for Herman.
The outcome sets up TCU’s game at Oklahoma on Saturday that will be the biggest contrast of styles in this league: A real defense versus a real offense.
“It’s what you wanted. ... You gotta love it,” Patterson said.
Turns out, it will be a fight for first place, as the Sooners and Frogs stand alone atop the Big 12 after Saturday’s games.
No. 5 Oklahoma will host No. 8 TCU in primetime next Saturday in what could be a fight for first place in the Big 12.
The Sooners and Horned Frogs will kickoff at 7 p.m. on Fox, according to Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione.