BLOG: Texas fumbles away late opportunity in 33-31 loss to TCU

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — TCU has won six of the last seven meeting against Texas.

The Horned Frogs and Gary Patterson continue to torment the Longhorns after a 33-31 victory on Saturday at Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium.

With Texas trailing 33-29 in the final minutes, running back Keaontay Ingram fumbled near the TCU goal line while attempting to retake the lead For Texas. TCU recovered the fumble and was able to convert a first down to effectively run out the clock.

This is Texas’ first loss of the season in a sloppy game with 12 Longhorns penalties and two costly turnovers.

Below is our live blog with a full recap of the Longhorns’ first loss of the 2020 season.

Live Blog

Opening kickoff, Longhorns offense will start first

Longhorns 1st drive, 1st quarter

What happened: After a bizarre kickoff that featured two offsides penalties on TCU and a holding penalty on Texas to negate a 93-yard kick return by D’Shawn Jamison. The Longhorns actual offensive series was very poor. Sam Ehlinger missed on first and third down throws and had to throw the ball away on second down in the face of serious pressure. Texas punts.

TCU 1st drive, 1st quarter

What happened: TCU returned the punt to its own 40-yard line. TCU quarterback Max Duggan picked up a quick first down with his feet, moving into Longhorns territory. The Longhorns defense passed its first test of the game. UT pressure was able to get a hit on Duggan and force an incompletion on second down and stop Duggan on a planned run on 3rd and 1. TCU considered going for it on fourth down in plus territory, but a delay of game thwarted that plan.

Longhorns 2nd drive, 1st quarter

What happened: It’s ugly out there for Texas and its offensive execution. It’s been offensive. Backed down to their own 5-yard line, Texas was called for procedure penalty after procedure penalty. A formation penalty on Cade Brewer negated a 48-yard pass play from Ehlinger to Keaontay Ingram. Texas has committed five penalties in the first seven minutes of the game.

TCU 2nd drive, 1st quarter

What happened: Max Duggan delivered an amazing throw on third down with Longhorns pressure all around to give the Horned Frogs a first down to the Longhorns 27-yard line. Duggan is still traumatizing the UT defense with a 15-yard run right to the Longhorns goal line. Two plays later, Darwin Barlow broke the goal line for the first touchdown of the game.

TCU has 86 offensive yards. Texas has one.

Score: TCU leads 7-0

Longhorns 3rd drive, 1st quarter

What happened: Penalties are going to be a hot topic after this one. The Longhorns have seven and we’re not through the first quarter. An offensive pass interference on Jake Smith negated a 34-yard pass play to keep the frustration going. Tight end Jared Wiley saved the drive. Ehlinger delivered a nice pass in the middle of the field and Wiley ran 52 yards down to the TCU 38.

Ehlinger reunited with Jake Smith later in the drive on a six yard pass for the first Texas touchdown of the game.

Score: Tied at 7

TCU 3rd drive, 2nd quarter

What happened: TCU is challenging the Texas secondary and (unsurprisingly) seeing success. Duggan took two deep shots to move the Horned Frogs down the field. Quentin Johnston, a one-time Longhorns pledge for the 2020 class, caught a 50-yard ball to the Longhorns 26. On the next play, Chris Adimora was called for pass interference on another deep shot. Duggan closed out the drive with a five yard touchdown run.

Longhorns linebacker Juwan Mitchell hit Duggan high with helmet-to-helmet contact and was ejected for targeting.

Score: TCU leads 14-7

Longhorns 4th drive, 2nd quarter

What happened: Ehlinger completed two big passes for a lightning quick touchdown drive. Ehlinger found Smith for an 18-yard gain. On the next play, Ehlinger hit Brennan Eagles, streaking down the middle of the field for the 45-yard touchdown. Ehlinger dropped it in nicely and Eagles went untouched to the end zone. The Longhorn QB has only completed five of his 13 passes but has 132 passing yards and two touchdowns.

Score: Tied at 14

TCU 5th drive, 2nd quarter

What happened: TCU focused on the running game, attempting to put pressure on the Longhorns defense. TCU called 10 run plays on the drive and it was mostly successful. The Horned Frogs picked up 41 yards on the ground during a 70-yard drive that resulted in a field goal. The Texas defense buckled down in the red zone to stop the drive. Griffin Kell hit a 27-yard field goal, regaining the lead for TCU.

Score: TCU leads 17-14

Longhorns 6th drive, 2nd quarter

What happened: Texas coach Tom Herman called timeouts late in the TCU drive for the opportunity for a final drive in the first half. It backfired.

On the first play of the series, Ehlinger and Joshua Moore got mixed up on the route. Moore went went one way and the ball went the other way –right into the hands of TCU defensive back La’Kendrick Van Zandt. TCU has a chance to put up more points with less than a minute to go in the second quarter.

TCU 6th drive, 2nd quarter

What happened: The Longhorns defense was put in a tough spot after the Ehlinger interception. Holding the TCU offense to a field goal would be considered a win. The Horns defense hold tough, forcing the three-and-out. Griffin Kell hit another short field goal for the Horned Frogs.

Score: TCU leads 20-14 at halftime

TCU 7th drive, 3rd quarter

What happened: TCU opened the third quarter with continued dedication to the running game, picking up 43 yards on the ground. The drive stalled at the Texas 31-yard line setting up a long field goal for Kell, but he nailed it from 49 yards out to give TCU a two-score advantage.

Score: TCU leads 23-14

Longhorns 8th drive, 3rd quarter

What happened: Penalties are affecting both teams, but TCU just gave the Longhorns four extra points. The Horned Frogs jumped offside on a 4th and 7 at the TCU 12-yard line with Texas setting up for a field goal. With another chance and only two yards to go, Tom Herman opted to go for it on fourth down. Roschon Johnson motioned out of the backfield and TCU didn’t follow with a defender, leaving him open on a wide receiver screen for the touchdown.

Score: TCU leads 23-21

TCU 9th drive, 3rd quarter

What happened: Joseph Ossai caught Max Duggan on the blindside, forcing a sack and a fumble recovery by the Longhorns putting Texas in scoring position at the TCU 36-yard line.

Longhorns 9th drive, 3rd quarter

What happened: You guessed it…a penalty snapped another promising drive for Texas. Longhorns right tackle Christian Jones was called for ineligible man downfield negating a 26-yard reception by Al’Vonte Woodard that would’ve put the Longhorns at the 10-yard line. Texas was forced to punt.

Score: TCU leads 23-21 end of the 3rd quarter

TCU 10th drive, 3rd quarter

What happened: After a concerning start to the game, the Longhorns defense is at least limiting damage. They’ve allowed 400 yards to TCU, but have stalled drives, forcing four TCU field goals. Kell hits a 28-yard field goal for TCU as they take a five point lead into the fourth quarter.

Score: TCU leads 26-21

Texas 10th drive, 4th quarter

What happened: The Longhorns needed a touchdown to take its first lead of the game. They converted on two important, long third downs to keep the drive going — including a seven yard touchdown strike from Ehlinger to Malcolm Epps. Drive went 10 plays and 75 yards to give the Longhorns the advantage. Keontay Ingram got the nod on the two-point conversion play, breaking the goal line for the three-point advantage.

Score: Longhorns lead 29-26

TCU 12th drive, 4th quarter

What happened: A Longhorns defensive stop and a subsequent Texas failure on offense gave TCU the ball on the UT 43-yard line. Max Duggan does it again with his feet. The middle of the field was wide open for a 25-yard touchdown run and the Horned Frogs lead.

Score: TCU leads 33-29

Longhorns 12th drive, 4th quarter

What happened: Texas made the ultimate mistake that has likely cost them the game. As the Longhorns were closing in on a go-ahead touchdown with less than three minutes, Keaontay Ingram fumbles at the one-yard line while attempting to reach across the goal line. TCU recovered the ball and will have the opportunity to run out the clock.

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