A little breaking news this morning.
TCU running back Sewo Olonilua has resolved his legal issues and won’t face further discipline from the university or football program, according to a source.
Olonilua was benched for the first half of the season opener against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, but played in the second half of that game and was among the standout players in TCU’s 34-13 victory at Purdue on Saturday night.
He posted his first 100-yard game against Purdue, rushing for 106 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown. He provided a nice 1-2 punch with fellow senior Darius Anderson as the Frogs gained 346 yards on the ground.
This was a tone-setting win for TCU, but they’ll face a tougher challenge this weekend when 3-0 SMU comes to town.
“Anytime you come into somebody else’s place and get a chance to win; you know, our freshman gave up the last touchdown, but outside of that, I think we played pretty good,” coach Gary Patterson said. “So, on to SMU. That’s our goal: on to SMU.”
Credit the Frogs’ rushing attack, led by seniors Darius Anderson and Sewo Olonilua, and a defense that never let Purdue quarterback Jack Plummer get comfortable in his first college action.
Anderson and Olonilua provided a 1-2 punch that Purdue struggled to contain. Anderson finished with a career-high 179 yards rushing and two TDs, and Olonilua had 106 yards rushing and a TD.
The D was STOUT Saturday night.
Given the nature of Gary Patterson’s background as a defensive coach and the history of how TCU has dominated across time, it should come as no surprise that it was that side of the ball that proved the difference for the Horned Frogs at Ross-Ade Stadium. The Big 12 visitors clamped down on the Boilermakers all night long, allowing just 204 total yards of offense and 13 points in the runaway win.
Jack Plummer was able to complete only 13 of his 29 passing attempts on the night, finishing with 181 passing yards. Plummer threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Amad Anderson with 3:40 remaining, but by then it made little difference besides changing the margin of victory. Plummer had already tossed two interceptions by that point as TCU ran up a big lead.
Even more impressive was the result achieved by the Horned Frogs when Purdue tried to run the football. TCU held the Boilermakers to just 23 yards on 25 carries, an average of 0.9 yards per carry. The anemic Purdue ground game made it even easier for the Horned Frogs to tee off against the pass and force Plummer to beat them with his arm.
TCU needs to keep Sylvester in the fold, and it appears that’s on track to happen.
Sylvester created a mini stir this summer when he announced he would be de-committing from TCU in a Twitter post. Shortly afterward he took the post down and said he regretted the incident.
“It was a mistake, just going through a lot of emotional stuff,” said Sylvester, rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports. “There’s a lot of pressure on a young person like me with multiple scholarships. I’m very blessed to have them, but I took it down as soon as possible.”