Final: TCU beats SMU 24-16

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    The TCU football team beat SMU 24-16 Saturday night at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas. Quarterback Casey Pachall threw for two touchdowns, and the TCU defense had five interceptions as the Horned Frogs improved to 4-0. 

    Here are some quick highlights from the game:

    Penalties, penalties and more penalties. TCU was flagged for 120 yards on 11 penalties in the first half, including seven personal fouls. The last of which led to a bizarre ending to the second quarter. TCU had just missed a long field goal attempt with time expiring in the second quarter when SMU’s Kenneth Acker caught the kick in the end zone and returned it to the Mustangs’ 43-yard-line. But after the play TCU offensive guard Blaize Foltz was penalized for participating without a helmet, which he lost during the kick. The 15-yard penalty moved SMU in to TCU territory and granted the Mustangs an extra play with no time on the clock. Fortunately for the Frogs, Chase Hover’s 54-yard field goal attempt was no good.

    Rainy night. Forecasts called for rainy conditions Saturday — they were right. Afternoon showers persisted into the evening soaking the field and leaving the stands largely empty during the second half. The wetness might have led to a few turnovers — for both teams — but aside from a few occasions, the rain didn’t seem to have an effect on the players’ footing. 

    Interceptions stall SMU offense. SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert threw five interceptions Saturday night, the first of which set the TCU offense for an easy score when safety Elisha Olabode returned it 51 yards to the Mustangs’ 8-yard-line. Later in the game, safety Chris Hackett and defensive end Jon Koontz both picked off passes. 

    Pachall goes with the gloves. With the rain coming down, Pachall wore gloves on both hands Saturday night. He looked a little uncomfortable on the Frogs’ first possession, throwing two incompletions. Pachall finished the game 10-of-26 passing for 107 yards, his lowest output of the season.

    Brown finds the end zone. Redshirt freshman receiver Ladarius Brown scored the Frogs’ first touchdown of the night, a 10-yard pass from Pachall. Brown, who scored his first career touchdown last week against Virginia, finished with nine yards on two catches.