The 2018 Texas Christian University Horned Frogs football team lost a hard fought battle, with the Ohio State Buckeyes, in Jerry World. But, the war…it’s not over.
The Horned Frogs were ready!
The game lived up to the hype.
In the end, the Buckeyes emerged victoriously. When you play a primetime game, against the best team in a power five conference, you can’t make mental mistakes. The Frogs are good enough to beat the Buckeyes. They are good enough to win the Big 12 conference. The Frogs have everything they need to make the College Football Playoffs and maybe even win a national championship. But, the Frogs can’t beat themselves.
Statistically, both teams were very close. Ohio State had 36 more passing yards. TCU had 21 more rushing yards. The Frogs were penalized one more yard. The only big difference was turnovers. The Frogs turned the ball over three times, and the Buckeyes didn’t turn it over at all. Turnovers and miscues are extremely hard to overcome when you are facing the fourth-ranked team in the nation.
Here is the bad. The Frogs missed a 31-yard field goal, dropped a long snap on a punt, dropped a few key passes, threw two interceptions, and lost a fumble on a sack.
The Frogs couldn’t catch a break. The fumble should have only been a safety, but the zebras missed the call and gave the Buckeyes a touchdown.
TCU had a tough stretch.
Perhaps, the one play that best tells the story, of the game, was on a kickoff return. KaVontae Turpin caught the ball with a heck of a lot of turf in front of him. The Buckeyes closed in quickly. Then, Turpin threw the ball all the way across the gridiron to a speedy Reagor for a blazing fast touchdown. The call was perfect. The talent was exceptional. The ball just didn’t sail right. It went slightly off course, therefore was called back for an illegal forward pass.
Here is the good.
The Flying Frogs turned some heads.
TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson and company continue the quest for a Big 12 Conference Championship and College Football Playoff birth, next Saturday, against the Longhorns, in Austin. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. It should be exciting! If you need a ride, check out the KillerFrogs Bus Trip. Go Frogs!