What a fitting way to lose.
TCU didn’t return a pooch for a touchdown, and it probably wouldn’t have anyway, but not having dismissed returner KaVontae Turpin made it even less likely.
KU’s students then stormed the field to celebrate their school’s first win against TCU since 1997. The Jayhawks had lost the last six, all since TCU joined the Big 12 in 2012.
TCU fell to 1-4 in conference play, dead last in the league by virtue of Kansas holding a head-to-head tiebreaker.
Last week is over... this week can’t possibly be worse, can it? Looking at this injury list... yes, yes it can.
Patterson won’t blame the injuries for TCU’s struggles this season. The team, like just about every other program, preaches “next man up.” That’s easier said than done.
TCU simply can’t catch a break this season. Free safety Niko Small returned after missing the previous three games, but couldn’t make it through the first half. Then linebacker/ pass rusher Ty Summers went down with an injury.
The defense has been hit so hard with injuries that the team’s leading tackler, Garret Wallow, is having to play some strong safety (with Innis Gaines done for the season) instead of linebacker.
Wallow is a little banged up himself, as are starting cornerbacks Jeff Gladney and Julius Randle.
Offensively, the team hoped to get Cordel Iwuagwu back this week but he sustained another injury in practice.
As they say, when it rains, it pours.
Apparently even commits are being affected by the Frogs’ injury woes.
A bad week isn’t getting much better for TCU.
One of the Class of 2019 recruits, Aledo 3-star DE Colt Ellison sustained a major knee injury Friday.
Ellison tore his ACL and MCL.
Volleyball has been up and down without Elan, but the future is bright.
“We actually have been working all week in practice,” Solano said. “Coming back from being 17-21, and that’s exactly what we did. It’s really nice to see that all our hard work during practice is paying off, and I know that we all looked at each other and knew that we could finish the set out (during the TCU match).”
The Red Raiders can now look forward to building another winning streak and getting their confidence back up, Solano said.
Standout freshman Brooke Kanas said the team’s energy is what wins matches for Tech.
“We just need to focus on our energy and having fun,” Kanas said. “It’s just so much easier to play together and finish a match with better energy.”
The Big 12 tourney run is over, but the Frogs should be NCAA Tournament bound.
Both TCU and Texas Tech had chances to get on the scoreboard throughout the game. Both teams hit a crossbar. Texas Tech outshot the Horned Frogs 18-13 and 5-4 in shots on goal. TCU’s best look at goal in the first half came in the 30th minute off a corner kick from Kayla Hill. Karitas Tomasdottir fired in a shot that was blocked by a defender. Tara Smith’s attempt at the rebound was saved and Tijana Djuricek’s follow-up shot was also blocked out of danger.
The second half played out similarly with both teams getting chances at goal, but unable to convert. Emily Alvarado came up with two quality stops in the half to keep the Red Raiders off the board. She made a leaping save on a header in the 62nd minute and a diving stop on a shot from in tight in the 67th minute. McKenzie Oliver had TCU’s best look in the half, but her shot also deflected off the crossbar and was cleared out of danger by the Texas Tech keeper.
The overtimes were packed with action, but neither team converted. Each team generated two corner kicks and Texas Tech held a 6-3 shot advantage. A missed penalty kick by the Frogs in the second round gave the Red Raiders the lead. They converted all five kicks to advance.