Things did not start well for TCU in their Big 12 opener, as they turned an early lead into a second quarter deficit before scoring very late to take a 13-10 lead into the half.
The Longhorns, who had not led the Frogs in a football game since 2013, bounced back from an early missed field goal to go on a pair of impressive drives. But it was their defense that really put on a show against TCU’s previously explosive O.
The Frogs lost the coin toss and got the football, marching down the field for an eight play, 46 yard drive that led to a career-long Jonathan Song field goal of 46 yards. After Texas missed a 40+ yarder on their opening drive, they turned a TCU three and out into the game’s first touchdown, running off 12 plays in just over four minutes and scoring from three yards out on the back of Tre Watson.
The Frogs answered back with a short Song field goal, which was followed by a Cameron Dicker 34 yard connection to make it 10-6. But every time it appeared the Frogs might get a little mo flowing, something went wrong. Between a couple of bad drops - including a potential big play on their down that hit KaVontae Turpin right in the hands - or a couple good plays by Kris Boyd to knock balls out of Jalen Reagor’s hands (one in the end zone and one on a long pass down the sideline), or some very questionable play-calling - namely a double pass that turned into a Caden Stearns INT - it seemed TCU never got into a rhythm on offense.
But, when TCU needed it most, Shawn Robinson took over on the final drive of the half, running for 35 yards and completing a pair of passes to Jalen Reagor, including one for a touchdown with just six seconds remaining. Putting the ball in their QB’s hands was the right call for Sonny Cumbie and TCU.
Fortunately for the Frogs, the defense got going in the second quarter, stuffing a fourth down play and riding the aggression of Innis Gaines and Garret Wallow who both made a couple of big plays in big spots. Wallow tied with Arico Evans for the team lead with seen tackles through two quarters and added a QB hit. TCU held Texas to 167 yards, 137 of which came from Sam Ehlinger. Shawn Robinson is 11-18 for 108 yards and a touchdown through the air and has runned seven times for 42 yards. Jalen Reagor leads the Frogs with six receptions for 81 yards, but the running game has been nonexistent - Darius Anderson has run three times for -2 yards and Sewo Olonilua has six rushes for 18. TCU will have to get going on the ground if they want to hold on for the win.
Stick with us as we see if the Frogs can get the win in Austin and stretch the streak to five games.