The Texas Longhorns wanted to at least make a statement in today’s game against Big 12 rival Texas Christian, but the Horned Frogs had other ideas. Texas could not get anything rolling in Fort Worth today, and TCU players set records en route to a 50-7 victory to improve to 5-0 on the year, while the reeling Longhorns fell to 1-4.
Trevone Boykin completed 20 of 35 passes for five touchdowns and surpassed Andy Dalton as the program’s all-time leader in touchdown passes, and TCU’s receivers also held their own. KaVontae Turpin caught six passes for 138 yards and four touchdowns, and Josh Doctson reeled in seven catches for 129 yards and two scores as he became the program’s leader in touchdown receptions.
From the first quarter, it was clear that TCU would be running the table. Boykin got his team on the board with a 13-yard toss to Turpin.
Texas’ house started to fall down from that point on. A missed punt snap went out the back of the end zone for a safety, and it wasn’t long after that Boykin found his favorite target, Josh Doctson to tie Dalton’s mark and put TCU up 16-0.
Just a few minutes later, it was Turpin again, who took Boykin’s pass down the sidelines for a 49 yard touchdown to put TCU up 23-0 in the first quarter and Boykin into the record books.
And just when we thought that TCU was done for the first quarter, Gary Patterson refused to back down. Thanks to a trick play involving freshman Shaun Nixon, Doctson caught a 29 yard pass to move ahead of Josh Boyce into the top spot on the school’s all-time touchdown catches list.
And TCU just kept pouring it on after that, as Turpin caught passes of 50 and 12 yards for his third and fourth touchdowns on the day.
The rest, as they say, was history. Patterson brought on the reserves and killed the clock en route to victory, and Texas finally managed to get on the board in the fourth quarter when second-string quarterback Tyrone Swoopes connected with Lorenzo Joe for a 21-yard score. TCU’s signature air-raid offense posted 604 yards to Texas’ 313, and the Horned Frogs’ eight penalties for 84 yards looked like mere insignificant mistakes.
The team’s offense was, simply put, a well-oiled machine from start to finish. It’s obvious that last weekend’s near-loss to Texas Tech in Lubbock was a wake-up call, and communication was near-perfect on all-ends. Though he wasn’t heavily involved in the scoring, even running back Aaron Green quietly had an effective game as he posted 70 yards on 14 carries. It was a day that no matter what Texas tried, TCU was not going to go down quietly or make any mistakes.
Instead, Texas managed to look like an FCS team from start to finish. Jerrod Heard was just 8 of 20 for 48 yards, and the Longhorns special teams unit was disastrous. On the game, apart from the missed punt snap that led to a safety, Texas missed two field goals and just could not get focused mentally. Moreover, it was a Longhorns fumble that led to TCU’s first touchdown drive of the game. This season was already lost and coach Charlie Strong has the support of interim AD Mike Perrin, but something resembling anything close to a turnaround must happen down the stretch if that faith is to be maintained.
That said, with Michigan State having struggled against Purdue today, No. 4 TCU can likely look forward to a small jump up in the Top 25 depending on what happens in the game between Ole Miss and Florida. Next weekend, the Horned Frogs will look to move to 6-0 when they take a trip to Manhattan to play Kansas State.
Texas, on the other hand, will return home to Austin and play host to the No. 15 Oklahoma Sooners, who today improved to 4-0 with a victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Needless to say, though the defense as a whole is still suspect, TCU must now be officially considered as a national championship contender.
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