BLOG: TCU drills Texas creating second half turnovers for 37-27 win

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FORT WORTH (KXAN) — Texas better be ready for the TCU’s top notch defense. The Horned Frogs sport the best run defense and the second best passing defense in the conference.

The Longhorns defense doesn’t appear to be a confident bunch after allowing 48 points and 560 yards to Kansas at home last week. Texas survived the game with a Cameron Dicker field goal for the 50-48 victory.

Texas hasn’t won at Amon G. Carter Stadium since 2013 being outscored 74-14 in their last two games in Fort Worth.

TCU will be motivated dealing with a two-game losing streak. The Longhorns are struggling with injuries in the secondary.

Defensive backs Caden Sterns, Chris Brown, Josh Thompson and DeMarvion Overshown have all be ruled out for this contest.

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TCU first possession, first quarter

What happened: This drive was a big boost to a Texas defense that desperately needed some confidence. TCU converted on its first third down conversion, but the Longhorns defense held near the 50-yard line to force a TCU punt

Texas first possession, first quarter

What happened: Texas head coach Tom Herman normally goes for it on fourth and short situations in the red zone. He didn’t follow the trend during Texas’ first possession settling for a 21-yard Cameron Dicker field goal. Texas drove 80 yards in five minutes.

Score: Texas leads 3-0

TCU second possession, first quarter

What happened: The Longhorns snagged their 13th turnover of the season on a Max Duggan interception. Brandon Jones played the middle of the field and Duggan likely didn’t see the senior safety on a deep ball. A blindside block penalty on freshman Tyler Owens erased a 40-yard return placing the ball at the Texas 12-yard line.

Texas second possession, first quarter

What happened: Sam Ehlinger threw his second interception in as many weeks deep in his own territory. Linebacker Garret Wallow got the pick. The Horned Frogs are set up in the Longhorns red zone at the 20-yard line. This is Ehlinger’s fourth interception and sixth forced turnover by the TCU defense this season.

TCU third possession, first quarter

What happened: Another win for the Texas defense being placed in a difficult situation. The Longhorns stopped TCU for a three-and-out. Jonathan Song kicked a 20-yard field goal to tie the game.

Score: Game tied at 3

TCU fourth possession, second quarter

What happened: Defensive tackle Keondre Coburn took a bad penalty that extended the TCU drive. Coburn was called for roughing the passer on a third down at the Texas 46 yard line. With new life, TCU took five plays to get into the end zone. Max Duggan floated a pass down the middle of the field and receiver Pro Wells caught it for a 24-yard touchdown. On further evaluation, it feels like Texas safety Montrell Estell should have been able to make a play on the ball to prevent the completion.

Score: TCU leads 10-3

Texas fourth possession, second quarter

What happened: It took four plays for the Longhorns to equalize the score. Devin Duvernay made a great play on an Ehlinger deep ball down the right side. With Duvernay’s speed, the TCU defense didn’t have a chance to catch up on the 47-yard score.

Score: Game tied at 10

Texas fifth possession, second quarter

What happened: The Longhorns got a gift on the ensuing kickoff. Jalen Reagor fumbled the ball on the return near the 25-yard line. Byron Vaughns forced the fumble. The Longhorns couldn’t capitalize on the turnover.

Cameron Dicker missed a 26-yard field goal to the left. It looked like Dicker’s plant leg slipped right before he kicked.

Score: Game tied at 10

Texas seventh possession, second quarter

What happened: Keaontay Ingram was wide open in the flat and Ehlinger executed the throw for a 17-yard touchdown pass. The big play of the drive came on third and 16 from their own 11-yard line. Collin Johnson made an unbelievable catch on the right sideline for a 25-yard gain. The catch was reviewed and confirmed. Devin Duvernay followed with a 28-yard reception to the TCU 36. After falling behind 10-3, the Longhorns have scored 14 straight points.

Score: Texas leads 17-10

TCU eighth possession, second quarter

What happened: Griffin Kell nailed a 52-yard field goal after Texas head coach Tom Herman used a timeout to try and ice the TCU kicker. The field goal attempt that was stopped for a timeout missed badly, but didn’t count.

Score: Texas leads 17-13


With Ehlinger’s touchdown pass to Ingram in the second quarter, the Longhorns junior quarterback now ranks second in school history in total touchdowns with 82. Ehlinger passed Vince Young on the career list.

Texas possession, third quarter

What happened: Devin Duvernay does it again. On third down, Ehlinger found Duvernay on the slant — two broken tackles later — Duvernay broke off a 63-yard run. For the game, the senior receiver has seven receptions, 169 yards and a touchdown. The Longhorns couldn’t punch it in for a touchdown and a two possession lead, however. An offensive pass interference penalty on Collin Johnson forced a Dicker 38-yard field goal.

Score: Texas leads 20-13

TCU possession, third quarter

What happened: TCU is starting to take some shots deep on the Texas secondary. Max Duggan hit Taye Barber for a 51-yard pass play to get TCU inside the five-yard line. Sewo Olonilua ran for a one-yard touchdown run.

Score: Game tied at 20

Texas possession, third quarter

What happened: Ehlinger threw his fifth interception of the season on third down of the drive. Momentum is snowballing toward the Horned Frogs’ sideline. It looked like Ehlinger could’ve run for the first down, but instead opted for the ill-advised throw that was intercepted by Ar’Darius Washington.

TCU possession, third quarter

What happened: That didn’t take long…Duggan goes deep to Jalen Reagor who absolutely burned D’Shawn Jamison in coverage. Reagor scored on a 44-yard deep ball for the Horned Frogs lead. TCU is finally trying to attack the young Texas secondary and it’s working to perfection.

Score: TCU leads 27-20

Texas possession, fourth quarter

What happened: Ehlinger is forcing throws and just forced his way into a third interception in his own territory doubling his interception mark for the season. TCU has scored 13 points off Texas turnovers. Jonathan Song connected on a 33-yard field goal after the interception.

Score: TCU leads 30-20

Texas possession, fourth quarter

What happened: Ehlinger needed a good drive to keep the game going. He converted on two passes on third and long and ran for 26 yards during a 12 play, 75 yard drive capped off by a Roschon Johnson two-yard touchdown.

Score: TCU leads 30-27

TCU possession, fourth quarter

What happened: This Texas defense cannot get off the field on third down and it’s going to result in their third loss of the season. The pivotal play came on third and 14 near midfield. Duggan, facing heavy pressure, just lobbed a deep ball up near Taye Barber and he made the catch on freshman Tyler Owens to the 11-yard line. Duggan finished the drive a play later with an 11-yard touchdown run.

Score: TCU leads 37-27

Texas possession, fourth quarter

What happened: TCU closed out the game with a fitting ending — on an Ehlinger interception. Ehlinger throws his fourth interception on his 48th pass. The interception is a career-high.

FINAL: TCU wins 37-27

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