It was simply correctable errors that doomed the Frogs.
So TCU started from its own 4 – the Frogs started eight of 15 drives from inside their 20-yard line – and the offense stalled out. Matters got worse when punter Adam Nunez fumbled the snap and ended up punting it 2 yards.
Ohio State took over on the TCU 25, and scored two plays later on a 24-yard pass from Haskins to K.J. Hill who beat TCU free safety Niko Small.
“You can’t beat yourself,” Patterson said. “Just plain and simple -- you can’t beat yourself.”
As stated, though, Robinson and TCU showed resiliency all night.
Robinson connected with TreVontae Hights for a 51-yard touchdown to pull TCU within 33-28, but that was as close as they’d get.
Ohio State answered with a 75-yard scoring drive to essentially put the game out of reach, and then sealed it when Robinson threw another interception late in the game.
“The two turnovers are mistakes that I can’t make,” Robinson said. “That hurt us. The defensive end made a great read on the shovel pass. The second interception was just a horrible read.”
OSU was without their best player late, but TCU couldn’t take advantage.
But Bosa left the game after rushing Robinson early in the third quarter. Bosa could be seen pointing at his groin area when sitting on the turf after the play, and went to the locker room with Ohio State down.
By time Bosa got back on the sideline in street clothes late in the third quarter, the Buckeyes were leading for good.
Darius Anderson had two rushing TDs for TCU, including a school record 93-yard sprint that was the longest play from scrimmage ever against the Buckeyes. Anderson added a 16-yard score when he dived to the left pylon to make it 21-13 before Ohio State’s quick scoring spurt.
”Usually in early games, big games, you lose them more than you win them,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “Can’t give them (20) points. Outside of that I thought our team played a really good football game. Ohio State’s a good football, got to give them a lot of credit.”
Man, Ohio uses a lot of all caps.
Acting coach Ryan Day said the Buckeyes faced a dose of adversity for the first time this year but also responded to it in a positive way.
”When you go up against somebody like TCU, a really well-coached team, really talented team, I think that’s a really good team we just played. And we get in a tough spot; we’re down. How are you going to respond? You really don’t know that. You practice every day. You think you know how you’re going to respond. But to see how the guys responded today gives us something to look back on.”
“An” Ohio State University gets me, man.
No. 4 Ohio State is in Arlington for a “neutral site” game against No. 14 TCU, and the College GameDay crew visited the TCU campus in Fort Worth for Saturday’s show. TCU fans showed up with the best signs of the season (so far), and suspended Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was a predictable target.
This dude will play in the NFL next year, bank on it.
The elite EDGE prospects in the upcoming draft class that immediately come to mind include the likes of Ohio State’s Nick Bosa (yes, Joey Bosa’s younger brother — who some believe may be better than the 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year), Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat, and Florida State’s Brian Burns, to name just a few. Banogu has a chance to move up to that top tier with a strong senior campaign.
In fact, last December, ESPN’s Todd McShay had Banogu slotted in the first-round of one of his mock drafts for 2018.
Bill Belichick loves to collect versatile edge defenders, and Banogu fits the bill. A former transfer from Louisiana Monroe, he didn’t get much national attention this season but was always around the ball on the tapes I studied and was highly productive (15.5 TFL, 8.5 sacks).