TCU defeats UT 20-13 on Thanksgiving


    The TCU defense forced four turnovers, including three interceptions, and running back Matthew Tucker scored two touchdowns as the Frogs grabbed a 20-13 win in over the Texas Longhorns.

    Quarterback Trevone Boykin threw for 83 yards and one interception. He also ran for 77 yards on 9 attempts. Longhorn quarterback David Ash completed 10-of-21 passes for 214 yards and two interceptions.

    Turnovers into points
    All 14 of TCU’s first half points came off of turnovers. Cornerback Jason Verrett intercepted David Ash at the TCU six-yard line to give the Frogs their first possession of the game. The Frogs converted a fourth-and-3 at the Texas 37-yard line keep the drive alive. Tucker capped the 94-yard drive with a two-yard leap for a touchdown. Late in the second quarter, defensive end Stansly Maponga recovered an Ash fumble to set up the Frogs at the Longhorns’ 16-yard line. Tucker punched the ball in from one-yard out three plays later to put the Frogs up 14-3.

    Run game
    The TCU running backs ran for 221 yards, 131 of which came in the first half. Catalon broke free for 58 yards, including a 41-yard run to set up Tucker’s second score. Tucker ran for 57 yards and two touchdowns. Boykin’s 36-yard run set up Jaden Oberkrom’s 18-yard field goal in the third quarter. The Frogs ran the ball seven times while Boykin attempted just nine passes.

    Field goals
    All season long head coach Gary Patterson has preached the importance holding the opposition to field goals. The TCU defense did that against the Longhorns, holding them to just 13 points. Nick Jordan hit two 25-yard field goals for Texas. TCU settled for three field goal attempts by Jaden Oberkrom. Oberkrom hit field goals from 18 and 41 yards. His first attempt, a 33-yarder, was blocked and landed in the end zone well short of the goal posts.