For another year, the “Texas is/isn’t back” jokes can continue.
The No. 9 Longhorns saw their chances of beating TCU fumbled away — literally — at the 1-yard line in a 33-31 loss at home. A Keaontay Ingram turnover with about 2:30 left in the game halted a likely go-ahead scoring drive for the Horns in a tight, but sloppy Big 12 battle. Before Ingram’s turnover, it looked like TCU might suffer a late collapse against a favored opponent. Texas was driving and TCU had settled for four field goals in the second and third quarters instead of punching in touchdowns. Both teams were also terribly sloppy; TCU had 14 penalties for 109 yards while Texas had 12 flags for 92 yards.
There were also three combined turnovers. The last one ended up being the most costly. Ingram’s fumble meant TCU got its second takeaway of the day and was able to run out the clock with a safety in the back of the end zone. And now Frogs coach Gary Patterson has won seven of nine matchups against the Horns since joining the Big 12.
The upset comes one week after Texas needed a late rally and overtime to beat Texas Tech 63-56 on the road. Texas’ offense never found the same consistency throughout the game that it did against the Red Raiders. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger had one of his weirder career performances, going 17-of-36 passing for 236 yards, four touchdowns and a pick.
Though Texas was a 13-point favorite coming into Saturday, there were certainly questions about its defense and whether it would be able to contain TCU quarterback Max Duggan.
The answer? Not really. Duggan, in his first start of the season after being sidelined for much of preseason camp with a heart condition, had 310 yards of total offense and two rushing touchdowns. Texas also didn’t have an answer for the Frogs wide receiver corps, with Quentin Johnston and Taye Barber slicing through the second and third layers of the defense with a combined 10 catches for 121 yards.
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October 3, 2020 at 03:54PM