After all the talk about how the Horned Frogs weren’t faster than what the Buckeyes were used to... well, they were.
“They’re a very fast team,” said Jones, Ohio State’s defensive tackle. “Probably the fastest team I ever played since I’ve been in college.
TCU running back Darius Anderson showed his speed. He rushed for a 93-yard touchdown, the longest rush in TCU history and the longest play from scrimmage Ohio State has given up in its storied history.
Reagor and Hights also showcased their speed on the outside with long catches.
GIVE IT TO THE MEAN GREEN!
There’s a tight battle at the top of this week’s Best in Texas rankings, with TCU and Texas A&M -- both 2-1 with tight losses in marquee matchups over the last two weeks -- neck and neck. The Horned Frogs dropped a primetime game to Ohio State at AT&T Stadium in Week 3, one week after Texas A&M lost to No. 2 Clemson by two points in Week 2.
Six members of our 12-person panel gave Texas A&M the nod at No. 1 and the other six went with TCU. The Horned Frogs hold on to their spot atop the poll by the slimmest of margins as one voter placed Texas A&M No. 3 on his ballot, while TCU was No. 2 on every ballot that it didn’t appear No. 1 on.
Last week doesn’t matter for either team... they both need to open Big 12 play with a win.
Texas, which received a dozen votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, will open Big 12 play against No. 17 TCU (2-1) this week. If anyone needs a dose of reality, here it is. The Horned Frogs have won five of the past six matchups in this series since Gary Patterson’s club joined the Big 12.
TCU owns Texas right now. The average margin of victory in the Frogs’ five wins was 25.4 points.
Texas coach Tom Herman got this team to pass the first test by winning a big game. Next comes the more bedeviling part: winning with some level of consistency. That’s been a major problem around here for a while now.
There is reason to be excited about the future in Fort Worth.
TCU fought off an onslaught of Ohio State weaponry the entire night. Even though it eventually cracked, the heightened play against a talented Ohio State squad full of five-star recruits was an announcement the Horned Frogs could hang. Prior to the game, few knew what to expect as wins over FCS foe Southern and SMU hardly moved the needle.
“If this team can stay healthy, we’re going to be a really good football team by the end of the year,” Patterson said.
“Talking to their coaches coming off the field, we have a really good football team. I think they play a lot of people. I trust their judgment. I’m not talking about their assistants. I’m talking about their coordinators and their head coach.”
This is a really cool story.
One student is using photographic analysis to see if the color of a lizard’s habitat impacts its skin tone. Another is doing genetic testing on the feces of horned lizards, to see what kinds of insects they eat in the wild.
That student recently received a grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s license plate program. If you have a license plate with an illustration of a Texas horned lizard, the proceeds went here, to look at lizard waste.
All these studies — yes, even the poo — are working in concert to assist in the reintroduction efforts led by Texas zoos and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Photo analysis helps them learn more about successful release procedures. Testing the feces helps them learn if the horned lizards can survive without their main prey of harvester ants.