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TCU 52, Louisiana Tech 10: True freshmen fuel Frogs

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True freshmen accounted for six touchdowns on Saturday night.

NCAA Football: Louisiana Tech at Texas Christian Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

TCU steamrolled Louisiana Tech on Saturday night, 52-10, as the Frogs completed their regular season at 6-4.

The Frogs offense was dominant against a relatively hapless Tech defense, and true freshmen led the charge. True freshmen accounted for six of TCU’s seven touchdowns on the evening.

Unfortunately, there was also a terrible injury on the evening. Louisiana Tech quarterback Luke Anthony. Anthony, a DFW native who attended All Saints Episcopal, had his leg rolled up on in the fourth quarter. He stayed down on the field for a very long time as his leg was put in an air cast. He was eventually carted off the field.

We should all send prayers his way for a speedy recovery.

Here are my Quick Thoughts on TCU’s 52-10 victory:

Quentin Johnston is going to be a problem for opponents for a long time

After TCU’s win over Baylor I wrote that Johnston has the potential to be TCU’s best receiver since Josh Docston, if not ever. The 6’4” true freshman popped off for the second consecutive game tonight with 5 catches, 133 yards, and 2 touchdowns (one rushing).

That’s 247 receiving yards and 3 total touchdowns in the last two games for Johnston, who leads TCU in receiving yards this year.

Zach Evans reminds us all he was a 5-star recruit

Evans has been surging during the second half of the season, and he reminded everyone of how easy the game can be for him with this run in tonight’s second half:

Evans finished with seven carries for 130 yards and two touchdowns, bringing his regular season total to 415 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns.

Kendre Miller says “don’t forget about me”

TCU has two true freshmen running backs, and Kendre Miller made sure no one forgets about him after Saturday nights performance. He had just five carries, but he snapped for 136 yards and two touchdowns, including an 89-yarder to finalize the blowout.

Garret Wallow shines in final home game

Wallow finished with 13 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble on the night, capping his final regular season. The 13 tackles move him to 295 for his career, good for fourth all-time in TCU’s history.

CJ Ceasar steps up again

The sophomore cornerback started this year third on the depth chart behind Noah Daniels and Kee’Yon Stewart. With both Daniels and Stewart out for the season, Ceasar stepped up when the opportunity presented itself, and he recorded three interceptions in TCU’s last two games.

Ceasar also left the game tonight with an injury, forcing freshman Keontae Jenkins into service. Ceasar has come along a ton in the last two matchups, so hopefully he’ll be healthy for TCU’s bowl game.

TCU’s defensive line was dominant

The Frogs were in Louisiana Tech’s backfield all night, and defensive linemen accounted for three sacks, a forced fumble, and countless opportunities to disrupt Tech’s offense. If there’s an area that TCU has improved the most over the course of this season, my vote would be for TCU’s defensive line.

Led by Mathis and Coleman at the ends, TCU looks like they have an answer to one of the season’s biggest questions back in August.

TCU finishes the regular season 6-4

After a 1-3 start I was one of the more vocal critics of this team. They finished the season with a winning record, upsetting a top-15 Oklahoma State squad (who obliterated Baylor today), beating Texas for the 7th time in 9 seasons, and winning their final three games to close things out.

A bowl game awaits them (Liberty Bowl or Texas Bowl, most likely) and credit has to go to the coaching staff, as well as the young players who stepped up, to get TCU back on track to close out a wild, pandemic-impacted season.