TCU is good enough to raise the profile of its opponents but not good enough to be ranked itself. Sounds about right.
TCU had been ranked as high as No. 15 going into the Ohio State game, and slipped to No. 17 after the loss to the Buckeyes. A loss in Austin saw the Frogs drop significantly more, as they only received 24 votes.
For Texas, though, the win over TCU raised its program back into the Top 25. The Longhorns went from receiving 12 votes last week to checking in at No. 18 this week.
This is interesting... will it work the rest of the season and will teams continue to try and do something similar against TCU?
It’s a look that the Horns used effectively at times last season, but have been more aggressive with this year — lining up Johnson and junior wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey to the same side of the field, in this case to the boundary, with the other wide receiver, junior Devin Duvernay just inside the numbers to the field and the H-back and running back also lined up to the field.
Since TCU played a safety over the top of the wide receiver to the field, Texas got one-on-one coverage against Johnson with little chance of help over the top.
After the game, Patterson appeared to talk about the play, noting that the Longhorns often target Duvernay on post routes, which explains why the only safety help was on that side of the field.
“I wish I would have been in something over the top coverage,” Patterson said. “I’ve got to change things up.”
AUSTIN -- After a 31-16 win over No. 17 TCU on Saturday, Texas’ third consecutive victory to move to 3-1, the Longhorns now have a lot of buzz building. It’s the first time Texas has won three straight games since the 2014 season, and the first time it has beaten ranked teams in back-to-back weeks since 2008. The Longhorns also snapped a four-game losing streak to TCU.
Let’s go back to happier times.
With Ohio State ahead 10-7 at the time, TCU was in a position where it could try and run the ball to improve position for its punter. Or the Horned Frogs could show a passing formation and try and throw their way out of their deep hole.
In this instance, TCU showed pass by lining up three receivers wide right. But the Horned Frogs executed their running play back toward the left (boundary side) with near perfection.
TCU’s Darius Anderson who took an inside handoff from quarterback Shawn Robinson and roared through a huge hole made by his offensive linemen. When center Kelton Hollins broke into the second level and turned OSU linebacker Malik Harrison out of the play, that left OSU safety Isaiah Pryor alone in the secondary to try and track down Anderson.
It’s the first home loss for the Futball Frogs, who fell to a WVU team that is really really good.
TCU weathered the early flurry of activity from West Virginia before carry much of the play late in the half. Kayla Hill had the Frogs’ first look in the 23rd minute, but her shot from the top of the 18 was blocked before it found its way on goal. The Frogs continued to push to get the equalizer. A corner kick in the 67th minute led to a flurry of activity inside the 6-yard box. Karitas Tomasdottir’s bid was knocked off the goal line by a WVU defender. Her follow-up shot was just wide. West Virginia got a big insurance goal in the 73rd minute. A foul gave the Mountaineers a free kick that found its way inside the 18. Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel’s shot high under the crossbar made it a 2-0 game.
WE FOUND A TEAM THAT WON!
Rachel Garner led the field with an impressive 587 in smallbore. She was followed by Elizabeth Marsh and freshman Kirsten Hemphill, who fired a 582 and 580, respectively. Casey Lutz contributed a 578 to account for the final team score.
Garner also set the standard with a 599 in air rifle, with her only miss coming in the third string of 10 shots. Her score set a new career-high and is tied for the fourth best mark in school history. Lutz followed closely with a 597 to place second among shooters. Rounding out the top four were Marsh with a 594 and Hemphill with a 591. Three freshmen saw action in the match. Hemphill was a counter in both smallbore and air rifle. Not factoring into the team score, Abby Gordon shot an aggregate score of 1,158 to finish fourth (570 smallbore, 588 air rifle) and Angeline Henry fired a 588 in air rifle to finish seventh.
The Frogs turned in the top four individual aggregate scores. Garner set a personal best with a 1,186. Hemphill, in her first collegiate match, posted an aggregate score of 1,171 and finished fourth overall.