Monday’s piece began the recognition of the top-10 plays and performances from the 2020 TCU football season. From Carter Ware’s first career receiving touchdown to Zach Evans’ first collegiate rushing touchdown, several Horned Frogs made their mark on the season with standout plays and individual efforts. Here are the five best remaining highlights.
5. Derius Davis beats the defense for a 71-yard score vs. Oklahoma State
Arguably TCU’s most exciting game of the season, the Horned Frogs looked to knock off a ranked opponent for the second time. Trailing 22-21 in the fourth quarter, Max Duggan launched a bomb down the field to wide receiver Derius Davis, who strolled into the endzone, nearly pulling a DeSean Jackson 1-yard line fumble along the way. The reception capped off a career performance for Davis, who had six catches for 139 yards.
#OKST Kolby Harvey-Peel gets burnt here on a deep touchdown.— Boom or Bust: The Draft Show (@BoomOrBustDraft) December 5, 2020
Hesitation from the double move allows Derius Davis to get behind him and put TCU up 7 with 8 minutes left. Harvell-Peel is currently a Day 2 prospect. pic.twitter.com/G15NWwkJTk
4. Quentin Johnston introduces himself to college football vs. Louisiana Tech
The 6-foot-4 freshman showed flashes of promise during the 2020 season, but the four-star receiver saved his best efforts for last, totaling a career-high five catches for 133 yards (also a career high) and two touchdowns including one rushing score against the Bulldogs. The performance succeeded a three-catch, 114-yard effort in TCU’s win over Oklahoma State. While Johnston was mainly a deep-ball threat this fall, his use in the run game showed some versatility the Horned Frogs can utilize moving forward.
Max Duggan hits Quentin Johnston up the sideline for a 76 yard TD to give TCU (-21.5) a 17-0 lead— Bet The Pigskin (@betthepigskin) December 13, 2020
Quentin Johnston spins his way in for the score to give TCU (-21.5) a 31-0 lead and cash the 1H over (26.5)— Bet The Pigskin (@betthepigskin) December 13, 2020
3. Max Duggan puts the team on his back vs. Texas Tech
Duggan’s sophomore season was defined by his success on the ground. That was showcased during TCU’s 34-18 victory over the Red Raiders, when Duggan rumbled for a career-high 154 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries to lead the TCU offense. The great individual effort was capped off with a season-best 81-yard rushing score late in the fourth quarter. It’s not the first time Duggan has dominated Texas Tech, as he compiled 398 total yards and three touchdowns in the 2019 matchup.
Look away Texas Tech (+9.5) bettors— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) November 8, 2020
After attempting (and missing) a FG on 2nd down on the previous possession, the Red Raiders allow Max Duggan to run it 81-yards to the house on 3rd & long. TCU now covering...pic.twitter.com/3IlAe2GI9t
2. Tre’von Moehrig seals the deal vs. Oklahoma State
In what will be one of his greatest highlights as a TCU Horned Frog, Moehrig ended a promising scoring drive and effectively killed Oklahoma State’s chances of coming back to defeat TCU late in the fourth quarter. The junior safety and potential first-round draft pick dazzled the home crowd with a one-handed interception in the endzone. Plays like these are why scouts think Moehrig can have great success playing on Sundays.
1. TCU stuns Texas with a goal-line stand
Looking to avoid an 0-2 start to the season, TCU needed an enormous defensive effort to hold Texas out of the endzone with the Longhorns poised to score from the 1-yard line. Senior leaders Garret Wallow and Corey Bethley answered the call, with Wallow stopping Keaontay Ingram short and knocking the ball loose while Bethley pounced on the recovery. Ingram had a 52-yard pass reception earlier in the drive, but his turnover resulted in perhaps TCU’s best victory of the 2020 season. The Horned Frogs are now 7-2 against Texas since becoming members of the Big 12 Conference. Texas is back?