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Yeah, I’m Gonna Have to Call You Back: Cinderella Stories Strike Midnight

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While many Cinderella stories saw their final chapter this week, TCU athletics is alive and prospering

TCU v Texas Tech Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images

We all saw the Baylor game through tears of joy this past weekend, but if you’re looking to rehash a good laugh, or shed a few more continue reading to relive “that team from Waco’s” satisfying loss. While you’re at it, take a look at some big accomplishments from TCU Athletics and North Side Football. All this and more on this week’s edition of: Yeah, I’m Gonna Have to Call You Back.

Heisman watch

Hurts performance this past weekend against the fortunate undefeated Baylor team, put me at a loss of words. Going into halftime, it was 31-10. Usually everyone says “it wasn’t as bad as the score shows”, but this time it was remarkably worse. But the story isn’t in that shaky first half, it’s all about the Superman cape Jalen Hurts put on coming into the second half. The team scored 24 unanswered points, and Hurts ended the game with a 71.4% completion rate, 297 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 1 interception. He is by far my frontrunner for the Heisman, seeing as he was also able to rally back against an undefeated team on the road. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about Joe Burrow. Undefeated LSU had an impressive 58-37 win over Ole Miss. He racked up 489 yards, 5 touchdowns, and a 76.2% completion rate. Yes, I know, he put up a better game, but I feel the circumstances around OU’s win is a lot more impressive. Then again, I may just be wishfully dreaming for an OU Heisman winner 3 years in a row, probably the only time I’ll root for OU but there’s a first time for everything.

All bias aside, Tua Tagovailoa has unfortunately fallen out of the race for Heisman, I feel the need to say that I’m praying for this great athlete, and hoping for a speedy recovery.

We want Jonathan Song for Lou Groza award

Sunday afternoon Jonathan Song sent out a tweet asking fans to take minute and give him their vote for the Lou Groza award.

The award is judged by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, and highlights the best collegiate kickers across the country. The award is named after one of the greatest kickers of all time, Lou Groza, who played 21 seasons for the Cleveland Browns. In his time with the Browns, he would kick a field goal with 28 seconds left to win the 1950 NFL Championship game, and he would also go on to be a part of the team for 3 more championships.

So, this award is a pretty big deal. While the website claims that

“votes do not count towards actual finalist”,

I think the TCU fanbase would like to believe they do, seeing as Song is winning by a landslide as of Monday at 6 o’ clock.

Jonathan Song leading the ‘people’s choice’ vote.

Ding dong the wicked witch is dead

Yes, I’m talking about that school in Waco. This weekend was the end of Baylor’s reign over the Big 12, and let me be the first to say, I think TCU played a role in this. While we may not have been able to pull out the win, let’s just say we exhausted them enough for Oklahoma to finish the job. Like I said earlier, the Bears only points came in the first half, and then they gave up 24 points to Oklahoma. Brewer finished going 18-29 on passes with 194 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Denzel Mims accounted for the other touchdown. How great does that TCU defense look now? Pretty spectacular if you ask me, seeing as the Frogs allowed only 9 points in regulation play. TCU will be traveling this weekend to Norman to take on Oklahoma, is it wishful thinking to hope maybe the Bears wore them down just enough for TCU to pull out a win? We’ll have to see how they fare on Saturday, but I’m looking forward to a great game.

TCU Rifle Team gets national recognition

The Horned Frog athletic program was booming this past week with the rifle team also getting in on the action. The #3 ranked team won their final match of the season, with a career high performance of 1,184 from Kristen Hemphill. TCU (2,380) also had 3 other amazing performances from Stephanie Grundsoee (1,184), Elizabeth Marsh (1,174) and Casey Lutz (1,173). They placed ahead of Memphis (2,350) and Nebraska (2,355). According to Twitter, this means that the team will be heading to The White House this week as they are recognized as the National Champions. Congratulations to the team and safe travels on a once in a lifetime experience! Their next competition will be an individual meet at the USA Shooting Winter Air Gun Championship on December 6-8. This competition doubles as a part of the United States Olympic Trial selection.

North Side finishes best season in 40 years

Most Cinderella stories have to reach their final chapter at some point, and on Friday night North Side footballs did. The team and fanbase however, shouldn’t be dwelling on the loss, seeing as the team accomplished their best season in 40 years. The Steers finished with an overall record of 5-6, making it 1 round into the playoffs as well. The quarterback and 3 sport athlete, Isaak Rosales, had an especially impressive season with 1,725 yards, 20 touchdown passes, and only 8 interceptions. While there are some key Seniors on the team, the Steers also have some impressive up-and-coming underclassmen. I expect to see this team back next year with at least a 5-win season, and playoff return. Congratulations to this team of record setters, and former TCU player turned head coach, Joseph Turner.