The most stunning moment of Saturday remains Cumbie taking the podium.
The vaunted TCU defense held SMU to just 41 points, more than 400 yards, and sacked Mustangs quarterback Shane Buechele one time.
There was no reason to send Cumbie out there, other than to assign blame. At this point in his life, and career, Gary Patterson does not need anyone to blame.
His team lost because SMU has the quarterback TCU needs. And TCU could have had Shane Buechele.
TCU offered Buechele a scholarship coming out of high school, but he opted for Texas. When Buechele opted to transfer from Texas after last season, TCU didn’t call.
“They never came to me,” Buechele said.
That’s gonna leave a mark.
Things aren’t so happy in the Fort right now. But it can be remedied.
“You guys want to do it so you can write and you can blame somebody,” Patterson said. “There’s no blame. If you want to blame somebody, blame me. I’m the head coach. I’m the guy that’s supposed to be responsible for getting them ready to go.”
Saturday marked SMU’s first win over TCU since 2011. The Mustangs are off to a 4-0 start for the first time in 35 years. The Frogs, meanwhile, will be one-and-done in the Associated Press’ Top 25 poll after entering it for the first time last week.
TCU tried, but couldn’t, overcome a slow start.
Duggan went just 1-for-10 for 22 yards in the opening half. Along with the passing game struggles, the offense fumbled the ball away three times.
SMU turned those takeaways into 11 points, and enjoyed a 31-17 lead at halftime.
“We did not start the football game well at all and a lot of that is my fault,” Cumbie said. “I thought (Duggan) competed in the second half and battled and made some plays to give us a chance to win. At the end of the day, I didn’t do a good enough job getting him in a rhythm early in the game.”
The jury is out, and should stay out. Let the kid learn and hope the defense and the rest of the O give him enough to win games.
Is Max Duggan TCU’s next Andy Dalton?
Carlton: Let’s tap the brake a little on that comparison. Andy Dalton developed from a promising freshman to one of the best quarterbacks in school history, good enough to lead it to a Rose Bowl victory. Max Duggan is a promising freshman with exactly two games of college experience. He’s completed 56 percent of his passes for 235 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. That’s a pretty small sample size. Let’s see how this season plays out.
The defense got torched as a whole, and that includes their star corner.
- Speaking of Jeff Gladney, it was a really rough game for him and probably one of the worst games I’ve ever seen him have in a TCU uniform. He gave up a majority of the deep passes.
- The 10-play, 84-yard drive after Sewo got sacked on 4th and 1 was a killer. SMU did what they wanted to do in that drive and TCU couldn’t do a thing about it. However, that wasn’t the one that should crush TCU’s heart; it was the long drive following the Frogs’ score that cut the lead to 38-31 that was crushing…10-plays, 60-yards. SMU got a field goal out of it and that was the ultimate difference.
- One of my favorite plays from Duggan on the night was his play in the fourth quarter from the SMU 37. He dropped back to pass, didn’t see his first, second or third option but he continued to keep his eyes downfield and was able to find Darius Anderson uncovered. Anderson ran for 32 yards on the catch.
This looks super cool and a little scary.
What makes it “Frog Froth?” The special brew includes edible glitter and purple dye.
Fans can try “Frog Froth” at TCU home games, including when the No. 25 Frogs host SMU at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Fort Brewery & Pizza has partnered with Frank Kent Cadillac and Heim’s BBQ for a tailgating station outside of the stadium. They’re in Lot 2 (spots 41 and 42). Fans are encouraged to come by for free samples of “Frog Froth,” Heim’s BBQ (I’ll take 10 orders of bacon burnt ends, please!) beginning two hours before each game.