“Best in the nation”– it’s beginning to feel like a birthright for the TCU defense, which has brought home that hardware three years running. No team has done it four times running, at least not since the NCAA started keeping stats. Every year the savants say TCU must replace too much talent to do it again, and (so far) the savants have been wrong, and then wrong again. Can the Frogs make history, while (again!) making other teams cry?
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Posted by Ezra Hood | June 7th, 2011 at 9:33 pm
Gary Patterson’s defenses have been the stingiest in the nation three years running; to claim a fourth consecutive title, TCU’s redshirt freshmen in the secondary will have to grow up fast, and the new starters on the defensive line will have to live up to their billing. All of this uncertaintly doesn’t seem to have ruffled any feathers in Fort Worth. “Over the last fourteen years we’ve taught it the same way,” Patterson said early in the spring. “The same coverage got taught today, blitz package, yesterday we taught the tackling drill without pads on. You have to have a starting point, you got to see how much a team can grow in fifteen days.”
Posted by Ezra Hood | November 28th, 2010 at 8:07 pm
The Frogs set records left and right in Albuquerque Saturday, while capturing their second consecutive outright Mountain West championship, and cementing their position as the cartel-outsider eligible to claim the Rose Bowl autobid, if not something better.
Quarterback Andy Dalton and the seniors are the winningest Frogs of all time, with 43 notches on their belts; they led the team’s highest ever MWC point total, and set school season records for touchdowns (70) and points scored (520). Dalton’s 26 touchdowns are a new TCU season high, as are his 10,095 passing yards. The ginger’s total plays from scrimmage (1,698), total yards (11,678), and consecutive games with a touchdown pass (20) are MWC records. Ross Evans’s nine extra points are a new high for a TCU kicker. (more…)
Posted by Ezra Hood | November 7th, 2010 at 1:50 am
And then the “Beat Baylor” Horned Frogs showed up, and the Utes looked every bit as bad against them as the Bears did. Utah crossed midfield once– fifty minutes into the “game.” Ute DE Christian Cox summed it up: “My bishop won’t be happy, but we got our ass kicked.” No, Christian, he won’t be, and not because you cussed.
The quarterback duel was like a continuation of the ’09 meeting between Dalton and Wynn, only better for Dalton, and worse for Wynn. Andy Dalton threw (arguably) the best game of his career, completing 80.8% of his passes to nine different receivers for 355 yards and 3 touchdowns. His offensive line allowed zero sacks, and thoroughly thumped Utah’s defense. The other quarterback on the field, Jordan Wynn, had an abysmal day, overthrowing receivers, throwing to the Horned Frogs, and generally looking out of his depth from the get-go. Wynn’s line could not keep Frog defenders away from its quarterback.
Speaking of defense, the Frogs’ D was simply ferocious. While sacking Jordan Wynn only once, TCU defenders were in his face all day, and when he did complete a pass, tackled with authority. Tanner Brock was everywhere, including toting the rock for 57 yards, just a few steps shy of a score. Also notable was D.J. Yendrey’s performance in the trenches in his second career start. The sophomore could not be exploited for ground yards in Kelly Griffin’s absence.
Josh Boyce, Jimmy Young, and Jeremy Kerley were key pieces for the Frogs. The trio combined for 15 catches, 278 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns and one touchdown pass. Boyce’s 93-yard catch and scamper was the longest Frog play since early 2003, and the third-longest in TCU history.
And history is smiling on TCU. When last playing for a Rose Bowl berth, Sam Baugh’s Frogs lost a nail-biter to SMU, in the depths of the Great Depression. This year, the Frogs met their toughest challenge en route to Pasadena, and couldn’t have played a better game. If the national championship is not available for the taking, the Grandaddy of Them All will be a splendid consolation. Bring on the Buckeyes.
Posted by Ezra Hood | October 24th, 2010 at 9:58 pm
The Air Force Falcons continued their now-venerable tradition of collapsing against TCU when playing in Fort Worth. The Frogs doubled up the Falcons in almost every statistical category. For the first time in the Wimple’s game-watching memory, TCU never punted in a game. (more…)