Instant Analysis: TCU 20, Texas 13
November, 22, 2012
By Carter Strickland | ESPN.com
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas was poised to work its way back into the BCS picture. All the No. 16 Longhorns (8-3, 5-3) had to do was win their last two. And it was the second of those two, a game at Kansas State, most were pointing to as the game that would decide Texas' fate. Instead it was TCU (7-4, 4-4), in the penultimate game, that sealed the Longhorns' season.
The Horned Frogs, after losing three straight to ranked opponents, used a solid run game and turnovers to pull off their first win at Texas' Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium since 1967. TCU last beat Texas in 1992.
It was over when: Texas failed to score a touchdown to start the third quarter. The Longhorns, down 14-3, picked off a Trevone Boykin pass to start the third and were set up with a first-and-goal from the TCU 9-yard line. But Texas could not push the ball in and had to settle for a field goal. TCU immediately responded with a field goal of its own to push the lead back to two touchdowns.
Stat of the game: Texas came into the game averaging 201.5 yards rushing in its last four games. The Longhorns had 80 rushing yards against the Horned Frogs. Overall the Longhorns managed to gain just 300 yards. This comes one game after the Longhorns gained 609 against Iowa State.
Stat of the game, Part 2: Texas quarterback David Ash continued to have trouble with turnovers in the red zone. The sophomore threw two interceptions inside the TCU red zone. All seven of Ash's interceptions this season have come on balls inside the opponents' red zone. Ash's turnover issues were not over. The quarterback also had a ball slip from his hand inside the Texas' red zone. TCU won the turnover battle 4-1.
Game ball goes to: Boykin was not exactly flashy but he did everything right to manage a game that was controlled on the ground. The freshman was 7-of-10 for 82 yards passing. He did have one interception, but that was countered by his ability to use his legs to pick up crucial first downs. Twice on third-and-long, Boykin realized Texas had an inside rush and immediately took off for the outside yard marker. The Horned Frogs had 219 yards rushing against Texas.
What it means for Texas: The Longhorns can still go to the Cotton Bowl with a win at Kansas State. But with quarterback issues -- Ash and Case McCoy both played -- and an offense that cannot get its ground game going against fast defenses, Texas appears as if it might have to settle for the Alamo Bowl or the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
What it means for TCU: The Horned Frogs are able to thump their chest and let everyone in the Big 12 know they belong. This was a program that was decimated by suspensions earlier this year but has bounced back to notch its first win against a ranked opponent in four tries. The win was TCU's second in its last 30 games against Texas and puts the Horned Frogs in a position to compete for the Holiday Bowl if everything breaks right.
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