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TCU News: Frogs fall for first time, Top Ten moments of 2017

TCU lost their Big 12 opener, but will have a chance to get off the schnied shortly.

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TCU Top 10: The highlights of 2017 in football, basketball, baseball | The Star-Telegram

I think Carlos’ #3 is my favorite moment of 2017, if for nothing more than watching Evan Skoug round the bases one last time on his home field, with the biggest dang smile I have ever seen.

No. 3 -- June 10: Evan Skoug going Evan Skoug. With the Horned Frogs down a run in the eighth inning of Game 1 of a Super Regional series, the TCU senior catcher hit a go-ahead two-run homer. It was the most critical hit of the series, giving TCU a 3-2 lead and paving the way for a sweep with their most trusted playoff starter on the mound the next day.


Young leads No. 12 Oklahoma over No. 10 TCU | USA Today

As Kenrich Williams said after the game, this TCU team has to learn to close wins.

Standout Sooners freshman Trae Young scored 39 points, including the tiebreaking free throws with 7.9 seconds left, and had 14 assists to give Oklahoma a 90-89 victory Saturday in the Big 12 opener for both teams. The Horned Frogs had won 17 games in a row, the nation's longest winning streak.

"We've just got to learn how to finish games," said senior guard Kenrich Williams, who had 22 points but missed a rushed final shot.

Young torches TCU, Sooners win 9th straight | Reuters

Young is the truth, but he gets officiated like Dwayne Wade in the ‘06 Finals, and that’s ridiculous for a freshman.

Young’s 39-point performance included a pair of free throws with 7.9 seconds remaining that provided the winning margin, as Oklahoma rallied from a 13-point, second-half deficit to stun TCU at Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.

The victory was the ninth straight for the Sooners (11-1, 1-0 Big 12) and snapped TCU’s nation-leading 17-game winning streak that dated to last season’s five-game run to the NIT championship.


This TCU football recruit also has plans for baseball | The Star-Telegram

The Frogs have shared athletes before, but few have managed to maintain dual-threat status for more than a season. I think Jackson might be different, though.

“It’s certainly workable, and Gary’s great about it if the guy is going to have an impact on our team,” Schlossnagle said. “And this would be the case if it was track or anything else. Gary’s a team player that way. But if he’s not going to have an impact on another sport, then he doesn’t want him missing.”

So that will be the first trick for Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound athlete who is going to enroll in January — become enough of a contributor in baseball so that he is not missing spring football for the sake of sitting and watching from a baseball dugout.

“If they want to do it, they’ve got to keep up in both,” Patterson said. “You’ve got to be able to lift and run and you’ve got to be able to practice. That’s always been the rule, as long as they can keep their grades up. We’ve never taken our ball and gone home.”

Sonny Cumbie describes critical moment in TCU getting Justin Rogers | The Star-Telegram

This is a great story on how a chance encounter helped land the biggest recruit in TCU history.

“I’ve got a TCU shirt on, and the guy looked up from his computer and said, ‘You’re here to see the junior quarterback,’ ” Cumbie said. “I said, ‘yeah.’ He said, ‘You know they’ve got a younger one.’ I said, ‘Yeah, Justin Rogers, freshman, he’s really good.’ ”

Cumbie smiled as he spoke to reporters Tuesday at the Alamo Bowl, because he was about to tell them what he learned that day about the agent renting him his car.

“It happened to be Justin’s brother,” Cumbie said. “So from that moment, our relationship was really strong. You remember moments like that.”