TCU opened up conference play by traveling to Stillwater to take on number six Oklahoma State.
Both teams were 3-0 entering yesterday’s game in what most picked as the game of the weekend in college football. TCU was ranked number 16 entering this week after beating SMU at home last week 56-36. Oklahoma State manhandled Pitt last week.
The Horned Frogs opened the game with two field goals before Oklahoma State recorded their first score, throwing an 86-yard touchdown pass to James Washington. TCU responded by driving the ball 75 yards, capped off by a Darius Anderson 28-yard scoring run. TCU would get another touchdown before the half while Oklahoma State scored on a field goal. TCU led 20-10 at halftime.
Mason Rudolph threw an interception on their first possession of the second half, which led to a TCU score and a 27-10 lead. The Cowboys responded with a touchdown of their own making it 27-17. TCU took a 34-17 lead into the fourth quarter, quickly making it a 37-17 game witch a 31-yard field goal with 12 minutes left of the game. Oklahoma State then scored 14 unanswered points, cutting TCU’s lead to 37-31.
The Cowboys couldn’t capitalize any further, as they threw an interception leading to another Horned Frog score on a Darius Anderson 42-yard rushing touchdown, making it 44-31. Oklahoma State would go on to throw another pick, sealing the deal for TCU.
TCU’s dominant ground game
TCU continued to have success running the ball. They rushed for 238 yards, with Darius Anderson leading the charge with 160 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Three other Horned Frogs had rushing numbers in double digits.
Kenny Hill has shown a lot of improvement from last year as he threw for 228 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He completed 22-of-33 passes and posted a QBR of 62.7.
While the defense allowed 499 total yards, they still played a pretty good game overall. They intercepted three passes and recovered one fumble. You can’t ask for much more against an offense as strong as Oklahoma State’s.
TCU showed that they are not messing around this season. The defense is playing like a Gary Patterson defense again and the offense has shown a lot of improvement. The Horned Frogs moved to 4-0 on the season and are sure to rise some more in the rankings.
TCU has a bye week this week before hosting West Virginia on October 7th.
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