FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — For all the Texas and TCU players who dreamed of playing on Sunday, they got their chance even if they never make it to the NFL.
The long night was worth it for the Longhorns, who remained undefeated in the Big 12 with a 30-7 win at TCU in a weather-delayed game that ended early Sunday morning.
"I'm proud of the guys, thought they did a great job," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "They've all had a goal and a dream of playing on Sunday, and now they've done that. It has happened."
Malcolm Brown ran for two touchdowns, Case McCoy threw for 228 yards with a long score and the Longhorns (5-2, 4-0) won their fourth consecutive game since going 1-2 during the non-conference schedule.
There was a weather delay of 3 hours, 6 minutes after officials stopped the game in the second quarter Saturday night because of lightning that was part of an approaching storm. The game resumed just after 11 p.m., and ended after 12:30 a.m.
It was the second time this season the Longhorns had to endure a long weather delay. They handled this one much better.
The start of their game at BYU on Sept. 7 was delayed 1 hour, 47 minutes before the start. The Longhorns lost that one 40-21 while giving up a school-worst 550 yards rushing.
Malcolm Brown's 3-yard TD run with 9 minutes left in the third quarter gave Texas (5-2, 4-0 Big 12) a 27-7 lead. He also had another 3-yard score more than four hours before that, one play after a TCU fumble midway through the first quarter.
TCU (3-5, 1-4) has consecutive losses for the first time this season. The Frogs hadn't had five losses through eight games since a 10-game losing streak to start the 1997 season.
Anthony Fera kicked three field goals for the Longhorns, who remained tied atop the Big 12 standings with sixth-ranked Baylor (7-0, 4-0). The Bears won at Kansas on Saturday night while No. 10 Texas Tech lost for the first time, at No. 17 Oklahoma.
"We want to win, we want to win this Big 12. That's what we've been working on," defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat said. "We're not just happy with one win, we're going to try to get more and more."
Asked what the message was to his team, the Texas coach said, "Beat Kansas (next week). That's it. ... We're a team that needs to get better and play to a standard."
McCoy, who started his fourth game with David Ash still out because of lingering concussion symptoms, was 9 of 19 passing with two interceptions. Brown said Ash also wouldn't play next week.
Only a few minutes before the lightning delay started, McCoy hit Marcus Johnson in stride for a 65-yard touchdown that made it 17-7. Johnson had three catches for 120 yards.
Texas, coming off an open date that followed a win over Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry in nearby Dallas two weeks ago, took the lead for good midway through the first quarter when Brown scored after quarterback Trevone Boykin's fumble. Boykin had already been sacked once on the drive, and was pressured and in trouble again when he was surrounded by three defenders and hit. Adrian Phillips recovered the loose ball at the 3.
When TCU got back on the field for its third series, Casey Pachall replaced Boykin.
It was the first game for Pachall since breaking his left (non-throwing) arm in the second game of the season seven weeks ago. He got hurt Sept. 7 against Southeastern Louisiana.
The Horned Frogs had only 5 total yards on seven offensive plays before Pachall took over. They finished with 246 yards, with Pachall going 13-of-34 for 140 yards.
"That wasn't what we expected coming out here," Pachall said. "What nobody expected. But you've got to live with what happened and now the only thing we can do is move on to next week."
TCU announced a crowd of 48,212, the second-largest ever at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Texas played there for the first time since 1994, when both teams were in the old Southwest Conference.
The stands were well less than half full when play resumed.
The final 6 minutes of the second quarter were played swiftly, with three punts before Fera kicked a 37-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.
There was then a break of less than 5 minutes for halftime, with the teams remaining on the field, before starting the second half.
After Fera kicked a 43-yard field goal to make it 10-0 late in the first quarter, the Frogs scored on their next drive on a double pass. Pachall threw to Cameron Echols-Luper in the backfield, and the receiver hit LaDarius Brown for a 38-yard TD.
Fera added a 36-yard field goal with about 12 minutes left in the game.
When Referee Scott Novak stopped the game, he referred to flashing warning lights nearby that indicate lighting was in the area. The rain didn't start to fall and the first visible flashes of lightning didn't come until several minutes after the players went inside.
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