What We Saw: Oklahoma State 31 TCU 6

So...what do we make of TCU? Just when you think they've turned a corner they do something bizarre, case in point a 27-24 loss to Tech at home that actually turned into a defensive struggle. We thought we were having a stroke. Then there's yesterday, coming off a bye and a blowout of Baylor, TCU gets blown out at home by Oklahoma State. Color us confused. 

Here's what we saw:

What happened to...

Kyle Hicks? Hicks has been the best offensive weapon for the Frogs when healthy, he almost single handedly tore down McLane Stadium two weeks ago. Yesterday Hicks averaged 1.9 yards a carry in 25 attempts. The Frogs as a whole only averaged 3.7 yards a carry on 39 rushing attempts, that's a full two yards less than their average. TCU never got out of the driveway. 

It was over when...

TCU couldn't score on four attempts from inside the 10. Late in the second quarter, TCU trailing 10-6, Kenny Hill broke off the only decent rushing attempt of the game, a 40 yarder to the Oklahoma State 7. Hill set the Frogs up to at least get within one heading locker room and perhaps take a lead. After a first down run by Hill to the three, the TCU braintrust (for reasons we can only imagine) chose to run the Wildcat, not one, not twice, but three straight downs including a fourth down pass from Kyle Hicks. No. It didn't work. The Frogs actually had two cracks at it from inside the one and came away with nil. We like to say there are physical teams and there are teams that lose. Often times the latter suffer from what we call Boutique play calling or play calling that gets too cute. TCU got real cute and it cost them a game. 

We also noticed...

TCU couldn't stop the run. Oklahoma State had not one but two players rush for over 140 yards. For the game the Cowboys averaged 7.4 yards a carry. That's almost three yards a carry more than Okie State averaged in their previous ten games. When you can't run the football or stop the run you've lost the line of scrimmage and you've also probably lost the game. 

TCU travels to Austin, for the Charlie Strong farewell event. 

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Posted on November 20, 2016 .