Drew and I disagree slightly — Max hasn’t arrived, but he’s damn close.
That’s when Duggan really went to work.
He connected on a 16-yard pass to John Stephens Jr. on a third-and-11 to avoid a three-and-out. He picked up another first down on a 14-yard rush, emphatically getting up and signaling first down.
Then TCU found itself in a third-and-14 situation at the Texas 47, but Duggan heaved a pass down the seam, and Barber somehow came down with it.
“Just gotta make your play when it comes,” Barber said.
On the next play, Duggan scored on an 11-yard run, throwing up the Frogs’ “Knuckle Up” sign. That sealed the game — and Duggan’s breakout moment.
Asked if the TD run fired up the players, Reagor said: “Absolutely. That’s the general. When you see the quarterback do that, it translates to everyone else.”
Gary LOVES beating Texas.
Mack Brown, Charlie Strong, Tom Herman. It doesn’t matter who’s coaching Texas. Since TCU joined the Big 12, Patterson’s crew typically has come out on top against the state’s flagship institution.
“I like my job. It helps me if I beat Texas; I can usually keep my job longer in this state. It helps me,” Patterson told reporters afterward. “We hear it all the time that we’re not good enough, we’re not this, and we just keep proving people wrong.”
Patterson said this idea that TCU can’t compete with Texas is “fake news.”
“It’s fake news that we’re lesser,” Patterson said. “So we’ll just stay with what we’re doing. I figured you guys needed a sound bite. You keep asking the question, so I give you something you can run with, right?”
TCU Athletics twitter was ON FIRE Saturday.
The Horned Frogs used a stout defensive effort to hand Texas its third loss of the season. TCU forced Longhorns star quarterback Sam Ehlinger to do something he rarely does – turn the ball over.
He threw four interceptions on the day en route to TCU’s 37-27 win over the Longhorns.
After the game, TCU’s athletic department had a message for the Longhorns. The team used a video of Matthew McConaughey reacting to the team’s loss to LSU earlier this season to taunt Texas.
The Frogs are on the uptick... the Horns? Have some questions.
Texas: This might be the biggest soul-searching loss in Herman’s three seasons, coming a week after the Longhorns avoided an embarrassing defeat with a field goal on the final play to beat Kansas 50-48. Texas didn’t trail until Reagor’s TD, and didn’t do enough to respond after that.
TCU: Duggan went a long way toward securing the starting job long-term. Before all the big plays he made late, Duggan escaped the grasp of Malcolm Roach in the end zone and ran for a first down on third-and-9 in the first half.
The college football world got to know Max a little bit Saturday.
Pretty good timing for the TCU freshman’s best game.
Duggan threw two touchdown passes, including a tiebreaking 44-yarder to Jalen Reagor the first play after Ehlinger’s second interception, and ran for a clinching score to lead the Horned Frogs past the Longhorns 37-27 on Saturday.
“Man, y’all see,” Reagor said about Duggan, who wasn’t available because coach Gary Patterson doesn’t allow freshmen to talk to reporters. “He’s a great playmaker, great quarterback. He’s young, but in due time, he’ll be great.”
Bane is a believer. You should be, too.
“Preseason polls are just to get everybody talking,” said guard Desmond Bane, the league’s top returning scorer. “We’re not going to finish 10th, that’s for sure.”
Outside looking in, there are easily a lot of questions about the much-changed Frogs. Along with the graduations of hometown guard Alex Robinson and big man JD Miller, seven other players have departed since the start of last season and all of them could have still had eligibility at TCU.
“Obviously we’re not picked very high,” coach Jamie Dixon said. “That’s to be expected when you return so few guys.”
There are nine scholarship newcomers, with former George Mason guard Jaire Grayer and former Texas-Arlington guard Edric Dennis Jr. among seven of them eligible to play this season. The roster is bolstered by seven walk-ons.