The last faint shot out of the Charlie Strong Roman Candle landed without much fanfare on Friday as TCU waltzed into DKR and dominated the Horns. We can't get caught up entirely in Strong's storyline, TCU played a role as well.
Here's what we saw:
History is a funny thing...
16 years ago, Dennis Franchione left for his ill-fated trip to Tuscaloosa and TCU promoted a little know assistant in Gary Patterson and all Patterson's done is become the best coach in the state. His three straight over Texas is one short of the longest streak in TCU history. Bear in mind from 1968 to 1991 Texas won 24 straight over the Frogs. Patterson has made TCU the envy of their counterparts in Austin.
It was over when...
TCU drove 97 yards in just 8 plays to put the Frogs up 24-9. Texas which couldn't muster a touchdown, didn't muster an answer to TCU's drive.
Running and Stoping the Run
TCU averaged 6.7 yards a carry, including Darius Anderson's gaudy 3 carries for 108 yards at 34 yards a carry. All told four Frogs rushed for 50 yards or more and TCU scorched Texas for 309 yards. Texas on the other hand made a more concerted effort to run the ball, but it was slow going even with D'Onta Foreman's 165 yards. Texas ran for just 189 total yards at only 4.1 yards a carry. The Texas passing game couldn't pressure TCU's defense enough to loosen them up and create more run yardage.
TCU qualifies for a bowl game.
Texas falls to 5-7 on the season.