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Stormin’ Norman

October 15, 2021

The Frogs had so much fun and success in Lubbock, Texas, last weekend, they decided to go back out on the road this weekend.

To Oklahoma. Number 4 Oklahoma. And their 14-game win streak.

Max Duggan is the first TCU quarterback since 1950 (Gil Bartosh) to lead the team in rushing. Photo by Gregg Ellman

Max Duggan is the first TCU quarterback since 1950 (Gil Bartosh) to lead the team in rushing. Courtesy of TCU Athletics | Photo by Gregg Ellman

It’s a tall order, for sure, but not impossible. OU’s defense has issues and the distraction of a quarterback controversy even got the best of Lincoln Riley this week. Speaking of QBs, I’m not surprised by what has happened at OU. Coach Riley is a brilliant offensive mind and it will take a special individual with extreme athletic AND mental powers to run OU’s offense. Tons of sets, complicated reads and match-up manipulation that takes brain power. The head coach moves quickly and everybody else in Crimson n’ Cream is trying to keep up. He probably needs two QBs to run that offense. You’ll see both Saturday.

The Frogs defense has been held together the last several weeks with bailing wire and Bondo. This may be Coach P’s and the defensive staff’s best-ever coaching job when you compare who played and won last week in Lubbock compared to what the Frogs finished spring ball with on the 2-deep. Many pieces are missing. Still, the defense kept the Frogs in the Texas game and made big plays when they needed to against Tech. They’ll have to stop OU’s Kennedy Brooks, who has averaged 159 rushing yards in two previous appearances against TCU. You’ll recall he took last year off during the pandemic, but he’s back at full power. Ask Texas.

It’ll be a successful night if the Frogs can hold OU to fewer than 250 rushing yards.

Leaving Lubbock last Saturday night, it was apparent that the injury bug had crossed over from the defensive side of the locker room to the offense. Max Duggan and Zach Evans headline the injury list, but the Frogs are trying to get offensive linemen well, and fingers are crossed that wideout Quentin Johnston will be running through the OU secondary tomorrow night.  The continued development of the ground game is crucial and TCU must make OU respect that element — a task made more difficult with OU’s moving defensive end #95 Isaiah Thomas to D-tackle during the Texas game last week. Thomas’ impact in the middle changed the game defensively for OU and Sooners defensive coordinator Alex Grinch looked like a genius.

Key for this one:

  • Get off to a good start. Get to the end of the 1st quarter with a lead or tied.
  • Grind on the ground. Keep testing OU and get the backs and receivers into space in the passing game. OU’s missed tackles have led to big plays.
  • Contain OU’s offense. They’ll get points, but you have to slow them down and keep the big plays to a minimum. 250 or less on the ground.
  • If Caleb Williams is QB, then bring the heat and confusion. The Frogs will have to take chances in certain situations.
  • Be great in the kicking game. If you’re going to win on the road at OU, special teams have to contribute points.

We’re on the air on the Horned Frog Sports Network at 5:30 p.m. CT from where the wind comes sweeping down the plain.

Until then,

Kick ‘Em High!

Heading for the South Plains

October 8, 2021

The second weekend in October will greet the Frogs in Lubbock, Texas, but it’ll feel like July. Temps tomorrow in the Hub City will be hot, around 95 degrees.

Both TCU and Tech hope to follow suit and get hot in their own right.

TCU vs California Bears at Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas on September 11, 2021. Photo by Gregg Ellman

TCU won’t have the home team advantage this weekend against Texas Tech. Gary Patterson’s Frogs will need to rely on a run game. Courtesy of TCU Athletics | Photo by Gregg Ellman

The Frogs and Red Raiders have both fallen victim to Bevo over the last two weeks and have also sustained a bunch of injuries.

The “Battle for the Saddle” will feature a TCU team that’s been “that close” over the last two games, despite not playing its best.

Tech is an older football team, filled with lots of portal transfers. Tech coach Matt Wells has made it a point to get more experience on his football team in a hurry. He’s in his third year at Tech and is feeling the heat to produce wins. His older team features 10 “super seniors” – the most in the Big 12.

On the offense, Tech’s got old friend Sonny Cumbie calling the plays. The Tech legend was brought back to take over the offense but the plan got derailed in the Texas game when Oregon transfer and starting quarterback Tyler Shough left the game with a broken collarbone. He hopes to be back this year. Tech put in Henry Colombi, another transfer (from Utah State), who the Frogs saw last year and frustrated in the 34-18 TCU win. Cumbie & Co. want balance and the have the backs to do it with #28 Tahj Brooks and #4 SaRodorick Thompson. The air is still the preferred method of attack, though, and receiving leader #13 Erik Ezukanma will return from injury in time to face the Frogs. Tech has four other wideouts, all 6-4 or taller, who can go up and get the ball. Tech has also reinstalled the Tight End into the offense — BIG TE’s #15 Travis Koontz and #80 Mason Tharp, who’s 6-9!

On the defense, the Red Raiders are looking for an identity. Two defensive coordinators and the 3-3-5 scheme show you a lot of looks, if you’re an opposing QB. Tech will go with 3-down, 2-down and even give you a five-man front. Regardless, it’s the linebackers that the defense is built around and ol’ Raider Red leans heavily on #17 Colin Schooler and #6 Riko Jeffers to stop the run, pressure the passer and make plays in coverage. It’s a demanding scheme for linebackers and the defensive staff is struggling trying to find the right combo. The Frogs will have an opportunity for big plays in the run game when Tech goes to the 3-man front — lots of room to work.

As I mentioned, Tech is working through lots of injuries, but they are playing at home, which is always tough for the visitors, especially at night where the red and black are 43-16 under the lights at Jones Stadium since 2002. It’s also Homecoming in Lubbock. Here comes the parade.

Speaking of history, did you know that Tech leads the all time series 32-28-3. All three ties in the series came in three-consecutive games in Lubbock. In 1979, the Frogs and Tech tied 3-3 in a snow storm, while in 1981 TCU came back from a 24-7 halftime deficit to tie 39-39 and dampen Tech’s Homecoming. In 1983, a dust storm in Lubbock Friday morning followed by torrential rains turned the field at Jones Stadium into a slippery, chocolate milk-like surface and the two teams slid their way to a 10-10 tie in Jim Wacker’s first season.

We’re on the air Saturday night at 5 p.m. on the Horned Frog Sports Network to get you ready for a 6 o’clock kick.

Until then,

Kick ‘Em High!

Horns-Frogs

October 1, 2021

In the aftermath of the SMU game, Frogs fans have come forth with multiple opinions, theories, belly-aches and concerns.

More than a few, including your scribe, have lost some sleep.

Granted, SMU ran for 350 yards and has an offensive line/running backs combo that’s the best since the Pony Express days of the early 1980s. That’s saying something.

Add to it that the Frogs were not at their sharpest and just had a bad day. Missed tackles and dropped balls, along with an unfortunate turnover inside the Frogs’ five yard line and you have a recipe for misery.

Now on to UT. The Frogs have had success here, winning 7 of the last 9. Especially impressive, when you consider that the Frogs did not beat UT from 1968 to 1991. That’s too long.

The Longhorns come in hot, coming off of wins over Rice and Texas Tech. They’ve changed quarterbacks and junior Casey Thompson has gotten the Texas offense moving. They’ve scored on 24 of their last 27 possessions. That’s efficient.

But the Longhorns have had their issues.

UT’s game at Arkansas revealed that perfection has not yet arrived in Austin, Texas.

Missed assignments along the offensive line and big plays given up in the secondary, just to name a couple.

Steve Sarkisian is a crafty coach and he will move skill players around in search of the right matchup against the TCU defense.

In last week's game against SMU, Zach Evans had 113 yards rushing on 15 carries. He landed a 46-yard touchdown catch for the first receiving score of his career. Courtesy of TCU Athletics

In last week’s game against SMU, Zach Evans had 113 yards rushing on 15 carries. He landed a 46-yard touchdown catch for the first receiving score of his career. Courtesy of TCU Athletics

Quarterback Thompson has been good, but it’s been in garbage time vs. Arkansas and in starts against Rice and Texas Tech. He has yet to face pressure and the Frogs must bring it. It you like running backs, this is the game for you. The Horns will run Bijan Robinson to counter TCU’s Zach Evans. This will be fun to watch.

The Texas offensive line has experience but not much depth. Against Arkansas, they broke down and the Hogs attacked at will. TCU will need to find a way to disrupt this group. The starting five will play the entire game for Texas.

Keep an eye on #8 Xavier Worthy and #4 Jordan Whittington are speedy options at receiver. Keep an eye out for #6 Joshua Moore — a dangerous target in the deep ball game, but he turned an ankle this week in practice and will be a game time decision.

Defensively, Texas has gone to a multiple set that will feature a four-man front along with a 3-3-5 look, depending on the situation. The D-Line for Texas is led by big #99 Keondre Coburn at 346 pounds. His nickname is “Snacks” and he is the team comedian. Does stand-up comedy in the locker room.

At the defensive end spots, #46 Ray Thornton and #3 Jacoby Jones powerful on the edge and TCU’s tackles will be tasked with keeping them neutralized.

#0 Demarvion Overshown is a force at linebacker and walk-on Luke Brockermeyer, #47, has fought his way onto this football team at middle linebacker.

The secondary has not had a great start to the year and there will be deep ball opportunities for the Frogs. They’ll need to make those plays.

This one comes down to the TCU defensive line going up against the UT offensive line. The outcome will be decided here in Fort Worth.

We’re on the air on the Horned Frogs Sports Network at 10 a.m. Join for the 92nd meeting between these two proud programs.

Until then,

Kick ‘Em High!

Hall of Fame Weekend

September 22, 2021

As the Frogs get ready to welcome SMU this weekend, we also get ready to welcome back some of TCU’s greatest to be honored as the newest members of the TCU Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame Weekend is managed and administered by the TCU Block T Association, which is made up of more than 2,000 current and former TCU athletes.

If you haven’t been to the TCU Hall of Fame, you should visit it in Schollmaier Arena. There’s a lot to see. The Justin Foundation provided the funding for the new Hall of Fame.

This year’s honorees, representing the 53rd class to be inducted, include Michael Cannon '86 (men’s track and field), Jamie MacCurdy-Kizer '02 (women’s swimming and diving), Victor Payne '02 (football) and Roy Williams '01 (men’s track and field). Additionally, Nolan Brawley '64 (men’s track and field) is this year’s Vintage inductee with longtime TCU Senior Associate Athletics Director for Facilities and Operations T. Ross Bailey ’76 the first-ever honoree in the Special Contributor category.

Courtesy of TCU Block T Association

This year’s honorees, representing the 53rd class to be inducted, include Michael Cannon ’86 (men’s track and field), Jamie MacCurdy-Kizer ’02 (women’s swimming and diving), Victor Payne ’02 (football) and Roy Williams ’01 (men’s track and field). Additionally, Nolan Brawley ’64 (men’s track and field) is this year’s Vintage inductee with longtime TCU Senior Associate Athletics Director for Facilities and Operations T. Ross Bailey ’76 the first-ever honoree in the Special Contributor category.

Induction ceremonies will take place Thursday night with the class recognized on the field at the end of the first quarter during the SMU game.

Cannon was a two-time All-American in both the 400m and 4×400. He was a Southwest Conference champion in the 4×400 and finished fifth at the 1985 NCAA Championship. He was also a quarterfinalist at the 1984 Olympic Trials in the 400m. He established a TCU record in the 400m of 45.14 seconds that stood for 19 years.

MacCurdy-Kizer was a member of the Conference USA All-Decade Team while only swimming one year in the league. She won four events and was runner-up in two more at the 2002 C-USA Championships. She was named TCU’s Athlete of the Year for all sports in 2002 and TCU’s Most Valuable Swimmer all four years.

Payne was first-team All-Conference USA as a senior in 2001 and named by Sporting News as the conference’s Best Blocker. He made 36 career starts and was a key part of LaDainian Tomlinson leading the nation in rushing in 1999 and 2000.

Williams was a 2000 NCAA Champion in the 4×400 and a national runner-up in 1998. A three-time All-American, he was on the winning 4×400 at the 2000 Penn Relays. He was a 10-time All-WAC recipient and the 2000 and 2001 champion in the 400m. He was also on three WAC Championship 4×400 teams (1998-00).

Brawley was a three-year letterman in track and field and co-captain of the 1963-64 team. He was the Southwest Conference runner-up in the mile and all-conference in the event.

Bailey has had a six-decade association with the Horned Frogs, including being named head athletics trainer at the age of 24. He moved into an administrative role in 1998 and served as the senior associate athletics director for facilities and operations until his retirement in December 2020.

Friday, we’ll get ready for SMU.  It’s the 100th game in the series that dates all the way back to 1915.

Until then,

Kick ‘Em High!

Time to Bear Down

September 10, 2021

Week 2 brings a still-unranked (and underrated) TCU team a visit from the PAC-12 as the Cal Bears look to erase the memory of a disappointing loss to Nevada in their opener.

Like TCU, Cal has become known for its defense under head coach Justin Wilcox. The problem for the Bears in recent times has been that they haven’t gotten support from their offense.

TCU vs Duquesne football at Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas on September 4, 2021. Photo by Gregg Ellman

TCU quarterback Max Duggan’s 207 yards in the air against Duquesne put him over the 4,000-yard career mark. He’s now at 4,079 which ranks ninth in TCU history. Courtesy of TCU Athletics | Photo by Gregg Ellman

Cal’s quarterback Chase Garbers has wheels and would rather run than throw. He’s not as comfortable throwing the football, but if he gets in rhythm he can be a problem. Former NFL assistant Bill Musgrave is Cal’s offensive coordinator and he want to run a complex offensive system, but the QB position appears to be the hold up to fully exploiting all facets of the offense. Garbers can move, though: Last year, he outran USC’s secondary on a play that opened some eyes. The Frogs will need to be patient and sound on defense as Cal will huddle, slow things down and run it with #28 Damien Moore, who doesn’t need much room to pop a big play. Follow him with stocky back #34 Christopher Brooks at 235 and there’s the power game. There are ample WRs, but getting them the ball with accurate throws has been an ongoing problem and was Cal’s blight last week vs. Nevada.

Cal’s offensive line has been shuffled due to season-ending injuries to their center and right tackle. The left side of the Cal O-Line is the stronger side.

Defensively, Cal rolls out two giant nose tackles at 340 pounds apiece, #58 Stanley McKenzie and #91 Ricky Correia. The defense is built around the linebackers. #54 Evan Tattersall is fast and covers well. Outside linebacker #19 Cameron Goode can do it all — rush the passer, play the run, cover in space.

The secondary will disguise coverages and show a lot of man coverage. Big play opportunities lurk as size mismatches in the back half favor the Frogs.

With the way both of these teams like to run the ball, this could be a short game as the clock will run. Heat and humidity will be a factor and it will be interesting to see how Cal handles the heat late in the game. High temp in Berkeley, California, today was 68 degrees.

The forecast for tomorrow at The Carter calls for a high of 95 with winds out of the south at 20 mph.

We’re on the air on the Horned Frogs Sports Network at 1:30 p.m. CT. Join us!

Until then,

Kick ‘Em High!

This Much We Know

September 8, 2021

Game 1 has come and gone and the Frogs find themselves at 1-0.

That was part of the plan scheduling FCS opponent Duquesne.

TCU Football players in uniform face the crowd with hands forming the "frog sign." Photo by Ellman Photography

As TCU faced Duquesne on Sept. 4, Quentin Johnston (#1) and Dee Winters (#13) proved to be key Horned Frogs on the football roster. Courtesy of TCU Athletics | Photo by Gregg Ellman

Observations and thoughts from Saturday’s game:

  • The 54-minute game was the first I’ve ever seen in my life with 12-minute quarters in the 2nd half. It was completely understandable, given the injuries and depth issues that Duquesne found themselves facing.
  • The TCU offense had 10 different receivers get in the act and eight different ball carriers. Lots of options here. Quentin Johnston on the large end of the scale. Derius Davis on the blur end of the scale.
  • The offensive line got a good workout in and will only get better when Wes Harris returns to the lineup.
  • The defense is fast. Gary Patterson wants them to be “quick” instead of fast. I think they’re that, too.
  • JD Spielman can make a huge difference for this team as a playmaker. I hope we get to see the player he was at Nebraska, where he had three-straight 800-yard seasons. The only ‘Husker ever to do it.
  • Max Duggan looks much more comfortable throwing the ball downfield. And he’ll have plenty of chances.
  • Max’s backups Matthew Downing (UGA TR) and Chandler Morris (OU TR) are more than capable.
  • The wideouts are deep and talented. This will provide headaches for opposing defensive coordinators.
  • Watch out for running back Zach Evans.
  • And Kendre Miller — who’s bigger and stronger than last year.
  • The defensive line will get deeper — and I can’t wait.
  • Dee Winters is the next elite TCU linebacker. He can get to the ball.
  • Tre Hodges-Tomlinson knows where the ball is at all times. It’s a gift that extreme talents at corner have.
  • All three phases of the game have had a chance to stretch their legs and are now ready to meet the raised bar.
  • TCU didn’t show much of the playbook in the win over Duquesne.

Cal comes to town after a rough opener at the hands of Nevada (you remember Nevada, don’t you? Google Boise State loss at Nevada 2010). Chances are they’ll be ready to play and redeem themselves. Question is: Can they handle the Frogs and the Texas heat. The forecast for Saturday is sunny and 98.

Friday, we’ll take a deeper look into the Bears’ den. It’s an up-and-coming program.

Until then,

Kick ‘Em High!

On the Cusp

September 3, 2021

Well, here we go!

‘Twas the night before the 2021 season.

  • Conference realignment is all anyone wants to talk about.
  • Name/Image/Likeness is here.
  • Transfer Portals are the rage.
  • DFW TV legend Dale Hansen has retired from Channel 8. (Last night, the man who brought down SMU with his 1986 TV investigation hung it up for good.)

As Bob Dylan would sing, “Oh, the times they are a changin’!”

And it’s time to win.

Thank the Lord we get to play a game tomorrow and get the spotlight back on the football field.

Obinna Eze, a senior offensive tackle, is a transfer from Memphis. Courtesy of TCU Athletics | Photo by Gregg Ellman

Obinna Eze, a senior offensive tackle, is a transfer from Memphis. Courtesy of TCU Athletics | Photo by Gregg Ellman

Players and coaches alike have been working hard all off-season since the Texas Bowl was cancelled.

Tonight they go to bed with another mission on their minds. Let’s get behind them — they deserve it.

Coach Gary Patterson’s defense is fast and deep, but there are a few guys who won’t play, see below.

The offense, now led by new offensive coordinator/old friend Doug Meacham is loaded with a stable of running backs and a fleet of wide receivers.

The offensive line stacks up to be one of the best in years with the addition of Memphis transfer Obinna Eze at left tackle. At 6-8 335, he’s what the late, great OC Dick Winder would call, “a small child.”

I’m anxious to see what this group shows us tomorrow night vs. Duquesne. It should be fun.

There will be a few guys missing. Coach P outlined the details yesterday at his luncheon:

Other than that, the Frogs should be at full strength and ready to kick off what Coach P calls a 2-game season. Cal comes next week and then there’s a break, followed by another 2-game season with SMU and Texas.

Fasten your seatbelts, Frog Fans! It is time!

Also, on the Frog front: When you hit your knees tonight, be sure to say a prayer for former Frogs Head Coach Dennis Franchione. Coach Fran is battling some health issues and could use your support. Afterall, he’s the guy who got TCU rolling again in 1998 and brought Gary Patterson to Fort Worth. Give credit where credit is due… and pray for Coach Fran.

We’re on the air tomorrow at 6 p.m. CT on the Horned Frogs Sports Network and on XM Channel 83.

Until then,

Kick ‘Em High!

The Waiting

September 1, 2021

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their Hard Promises album 40 years ago this summer.

Contained therein is a song entitled, “The Waiting,” a theme with which most Frogs fans can relate. Especially this week.

The chorus reads:

The waiting is the hardest part
Every day you see one more card
You take it on faith, you take it to the heart
The waiting is the hardest part

The season opener is hours away and everyone should be anxious. And relieved.

The TCU Football team, coach and mascot get ready to run onto the field for a football game.

Courtesy of TCU Athletics

When I was playing at TCU in the early 1980s, the start of the season marked a change in the practice routine. Fall camp and its incessant schedule of practices was over. In-season practices are much different, with a slant toward being fresh going into the weekend.

Weeks go fast. Until Friday night, then the clock seems to crawl as the players anticipate kickoff and that “first play” of the game.

It’ll be the same for the Frogs and their coaches over the next 48 hours or so. The preparation is done, months of hard work are in the barn and it’s all done. Except The Waiting.

While you’re waiting, here a few things to know about Duquesne:

  • Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Northeast Conference (NEC), where the team has won five conference titles since 2011
  • Played its last game on April 11, while the Frogs were going through spring football
  • Head Coach Jerry Schmitt, that all-time winningest coach at Duquesne (sound familiar)
  • The Dukes played a shortened schedule of five games last spring, going 4-1
  • NBA great Norm Nixon played his college basketball at Duquesne
  • TCU Basketball great Doug Arnold (one of Killer’s Frogs back in the early 1980s), transferred to TCU from Duquesne. Arnold played two years for the Frogs (1981-82 and 1982-83) and is a member of the 1000 Point Club at TCU.

Friday, we’ll take a detailed look at the Dukes and breakdown this season opener.

Until then,

Kick ‘Em High!

Rest Up for a Day of Basketball and Football

December 11, 2020

Before we get started with this weekend’s events, let me pay homage to another TCU Basketball great who we lost this week.

Eugene “Goo” Kennedy died early last Tuesday. Kennedy played one memorable season at TCU in 1970-71. He was named TCU’s MVP and the Southwest Conference Player of the Year in helping the Frogs win a conference championship and reach the NCAA Tournament under coach Johnny Swaim. Kennedy finished his lone season averaging 20.4 points and 16.6 rebounds a game. He was inducted into the TCU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003. I was fortunate to meet Goo when we inducted him into the Hall of Fame and he was genuinely thrilled to be honored by TCU.

He went on to a career in the ABA and NBA. I first saw him as a nine year-old when he played for the Dallas Chaparrals at the old Dallas Memorial Auditorium (now the Dallas Convention Center Arena). Rest in Peace, #55.


It’s a jam-packed, stacked up Saturday for Frog fans — the kind of day you live for if you’re fond of the Purple & White.

Freshman guard Mike Miles scored 20 points against Providence on Wednesday, his second-consecutive 20-point game. He’s the first TCU freshman to record multiple 20-point games in a season since Kyan Anderson (2011-12). Courtesy of TCU Athletics | Photo by Ellman Photography

Freshman guard Mike Miles scored 20 points against Providence on Wednesday, his second-consecutive 20-point game. He’s the first TCU freshman to record multiple 20-point games in a season since Kyan Anderson (2011-12). Courtesy of TCU Athletics | Photo by Ellman Photography

First, TCU Men’s Basketball tries to get back on track after two straight losses to OU and Providence. Defensive lapses and turnovers hurt the Frogs on Wednesday and they’ll need to get those fixed before facing the undefeated Texas A&M Aggies (remember them?) on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT at Dickie’s Arena. It will be the 165th all-time meeting between the Ags and the Frogs in a series that dates back to 1914 and the Southwest Conference. The Aggies can hit from 3-point land at 38 percent and they have four players averaging in double figures: Emanuel Miller leads the way at 22 points per game, but watch our for Quenton Jackson (14.7), Savion Flagg (12.3) and Andre Gordon (12). A&M head coach Buzz Williams, who once pursued the TCU job when it opened in 2008, is now the head man at Aggieland. Problem areas for A&M have been turnovers and fouls.

The Frogs are led by freshman Mike Miles who is off to a great start in his career at TCU, averaging 12.8 points. RJ Nembhard leads all Frogs scorers at 17.6 points. The Frogs are hoping to get PJ Fuller back for Saturday’s game. He missed the Providence game with a sore ankle.

After the basketball game at Dickie’s, you’ve got time to grab a beer and a sandwich at The Railhead and then head to Amon G. Carter Stadium.

The Frogs will play their 10th game of the year (can you believe it?) when they host Louisiana Tech Saturday at 6 p.m. CT.

Skip Holtz (Lou’s son) has done a great job as head coach at La Tech. The Bulldogs have gone to six straight bowl games and won them all. Last year, the topped Miami – yes, that Miami (The U) 14-0 in the Independence Bowl.

Offensively, they are led by grad transfer Luke Anthony, who started his career at Abilene Christian. The Bulldogs run a spread offense with a heave dose of the run mixed in. Running back Israel Tucker ran it 37 times last week against North Texas and you can bet the Frogs will see a big dose of him Saturday. La Tech features a nice set of wideouts including receiving leader Smoke Harris, who’s a deep threat, and former Frog Isaiah Graham, who has 14 catches on the year. They will spread the field and then hit you in the mouth with the run. Once in the red zone, the Bulldogs will bring in a tight end and an extra offensive tackle and go to the old-fashioned T formation, with three backs lined up next to one another four yards behind the quarterback. It’s a “Here we come, stop us if you can” approach to short yardage.

Derius Davis is coming off a career-high 139 yards receiving on a career-best six receptions. What will he do Saturday? Courtesy of TCU Athletics | Photo by Ellman Photography

Derius Davis is coming off a career-high 139 yards receiving on a career-best six receptions. What will he do Saturday? Courtesy of TCU Athletics | Photo by Ellman Photography

On defense, La Tech runs a 4-3 scheme that depends heavily on the linebackers to make plays behind a tough (and active) defensive line. Watch out for DT Milton Williams who likes to spend time in the opponent’s backfield. He’s dangerous.

The weather Saturday night at kickoff will be clear, dry and near 50, dropping into the 40s by the final gun.

We’re on the air on the Horned Frogs Sports Network for TCU Men’s Basketball at 12:30 p.m. on 570AM KLIF. Then on at 5 p.m. for TCU Football on WBAP 820 AM, Sirius 135, XM 200, the Riff Ram app and TuneIn. Join us for a full day of TCU action.

Until then,

Kick ‘Em High!

Horned Frogs Mourn Big Supporters and Look to Saturday’s OSU Game

December 4, 2020

It’s been a rough week for many of us around TCU.

Universities and their communities are built on loyal alumni and supporters — personalities and propellers. Those whose stance or love for their alma mater is never questioned.

Such is the case for two great Frogs whose lives we celebrated this week

Susan Nix ’69 came to TCU in the 1960’s as Susan Appleby, became Miss TCU in 1969, married the quarterback, Kent Nix ’69 and she was on her way. She was a one-woman LinkedIn, who knew everyone, their line of work and where they fit into the Fort Worth tapestry. They all knew her as well. Name a TCU organization and she had a piece of it, giving of her time, talents and leverage to get the job done. From the Colonial Tournament to the Cotton Bowl and the Armed Forces Bowl to how you looked in your outfit, there was no guessing what she was thinking.  She let you know. And TCU was the beneficiary of this dynamo’s love and devotion all of her adult life. She used to call me on the phone and say, “Hey, Kern Tips (in reference to the legendary radio voice of college football in Texas in the 1930s, 40s and 50s), where’s the money today?” I always loved hearing from her and I’ll miss those phone calls, which almost certainly meant you were already involved in something — even if you didn’t know it!

Courtesy of the 1969 Horned Frog and the Nix Family

 

I first met Dick Lowe ’51 as a freshman kicker on the TCU Football team in 1980. Dick come by practice one day to check out the team. We struck up a conversation and he called me by name ever since that day. He, too, knew where everybody fit in and he was great with details and could recall plays from decades ago. Ever since he arrived at TCU from Wichita Falls, Texas, he made sure that TCU was taken care of. From his days on the field to the oil business to the TCU Hall of Fame, Dick always answered the purple call, even when it wasn’t fun. He rode the TCU roller coaster through the decades, through highs of the 1950s and lows of the 70s and 80s, and never turned his back on his alma mater. When the time came to invest in TCU Football and help rebuild, he was there. He took the lead with his heart and with his wallet, all for the betterment of a school that he loved. He, too, never made you guess where he stood on any issue. He told the truth and he spoke from the heart.

Courtesy of TCU Athletics Media Relations and the Lowe Family

We can all learn a lesson from Susan Nix and Dick Lowe: Speak truth from the heart.

I’m blessed that they were a part of my life from early in my time at TCU. They are great Horned Frogs.


The No. 15 Oklahoma State Cowboys come to visit Saturday at 11 a.m.

Both teams are coming off of games in which they scored 50+ points. Both teams ran the ball with power and authority last week and I don’t expect any different Saturday at The Carter.

The TCU-OSU game will be a battle between the second- and third-longest term head coaches in the league. Courtesy of TCU Athletics | Photo by Ellman Photography

The TCU-OSU game will be a battle between the second- and third-longest term head coaches in the league. Courtesy of TCU Athletics | Photo by Ellman Photography

OSU is still in the run for the Big 12 Championship Game. The Frogs are trying to keep it rolling, having won three of the last four gridiron matches. This one will be a battle between the second- and third-longest term head coaches in the league. Patterson coached his first full season at TCU in 2001, Gundy in 2005. There are 311 wins between these coaches, and they do it their own way.

Oklahoma State played a seldom-used running back last week and all Dezmon Jackson did was go for 235 yards through the Texas Tech defense on his way to three trips over the goal line. Chuba Hubbard, the Cowboys’ all-world running back is out and won’t likely play vs. TCU.

On the defense, the Pokes are trying to hang on by a trigger finger. They’re a big beat up and have given up 40 or more points in three of their last four games.

I expect both teams to do what they’ve done best of late: Run the ball. This could be a quick game.

TCU’s secondary will have to be weary of OSU’s Tylan Wallace. The Biletnikoff Award candidate (nation’s best wide receiver) is part of a long list of great wideouts who have worn the orange and black for Coach Gundy.

As much as these offenses have to offer, it’ll be the team that contains and tackles best that will win this one.

I give the Frogs the edge.

Did You Know:

– Oklahoma State was originally called Oklahoma A&M College.
– Boone Pickens Stadium (formerly Lewis Field) is one of the few college football stadiums in the nation where the field runs east to west.
– OSU head coach Mike Gundy was a record-setting quarterback for OSU in the 1980s.
– Former TCU head football coach FA Dry played his college football at OAMC.

The weather will be dry with cool temps in the mid-50s at kickoff.

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Until then,

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