September 13, 2017
The Horned Frogs treated us all to a delicious afternoon last Saturday in Fayetteville with a 28-7 win. TCU controlled the game throughout and did what they had to do to win on the road: they got off to a hot start, played great on third down on both sides of the ball, dominated time of possession and were more physical than their opponent. The running game was especially impressive. The Frogs wore down Arkansas and finished them off in the fourth quarter. Textbook road win.
I loved CBS’ Brad Nessler’s comment about Sewo Olonilua’s touchdown run at the end of the game: “That’s 13 yards of carnage right there.” I wish I’d said it.
What I left Arkansas thinking:
Travin Howard and Coach Gary Patterson discuss a play on the sidelines during TCU’s season opener against Jackson State.Photo by Glen E. Ellman
Games come quickly and this week it’s the Iron Skillet. SMU-TCU will play for the 97th time. There’s a lot of history in this series and this is probably the most intriguing match-up in quite some time. SMU is improved and can score points. It’s the first time since 1985 that the Frogs and Mustangs meet as undefeated teams.
Coach Gary Patterson confirmed that he has told the Frogs the story of the 2005 game, a 21-10 SMU upset of a TCU team that has just beaten Oklahoma the week before. It was the Frogs’ only loss in that 11-1 season.
This is game three of what Coach Patterson calls the “Four Game Season” which is how he describes this first segment of the schedule. An in-depth look at SMU is coming Friday.
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John Denton has been the color analyst for the TCU Sports Network from IMG since 1988. A former standout for the Horned Frog football team, Denton went from walk-on to a four-year lettermen as a kicker and punter for the Purple and White from 1981-84 and completed his career at the 1984 Bluebonnet Bowl. Shown here with his former coach, the late Jim Wacker, Denton currently serves as the Director of Major Gifts for TCU Athletics.
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A student reporter at TCU 360 called me this week and wanted to know, “What was it like playing against SMU?” It made me think, and two things came to mind about SMU — the rivalry and playing against the “Pony Express” in the early 80’s: SMU was loaded and they were good. Really good.
Horned Frog football gains another W against the Arkansas Razorbacks 28-7.
TCU football head coach Gary Patterson said his team has come a long way since starting camp.