TCU notes: Frogs' offense struggles; Devonte Fields hurt

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Texas Tech’s offense grabbed all the headlines during its first two games, but against TCU on Thursday night the Red Raiders’ defense took the starring role.

Texas Tech held the Horned Frogs to 133 yards and shut out an opponent in the first half for the first time since Weber State in 2010. The last time the Red Raiders shut out a Big 12 opponent was Kansas State in 2009. TCU was last shut out in the first half last November against Kansas State.

Although the TCU offense regrouped in the second half and ended up outgaining the Red Raiders 401 to 336, Texas Tech was able to stop TCU when it counted in the waning moments to hold on for a 20-10 victory.

Interception rate

TCU led the Big 12 with 22 interceptions in 2012, and the Horned Frogs’ defense is off to another good start with the picks.

TCU has seven interceptions through three games, including three more Thursday. Chris Hackett collected his second interception in as many games and has four in his career.

Kevin White’s second-quarter interception was his first of 2013 and second of his career. Derrick Kindred came up with his first career interception after diving to snag a tipped pass early in the fourth quarter.

Fields injured

TCU defensive end Devonte Fields suffered a foot injury late in Thursday’s game and limped off the field. A source said the injury is worse than first thought, but no further details were available after the game late Thursday.

Fields, last year’s Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year, made his first start of the season against Texas Tech after serving a game and three quarters of a team-issued two-game suspension. The former Arlington Martin star had three tackles, including two for losses.

TCU coach Gary Patterson’s concern for an injury was one of the reasons he chose to play Fields for a quarter last week against Southeastern Louisiana. Fields still owes the school one quarter of his suspension, Patterson said earlier this week.

Penalty problems

Penalties burned TCU throughout the game. Brandon Carter’s third-quarter, 58-yard punt return to the Red Raiders’ 15 was called back 44 yards because of a clipping call on Dominic Merka.

The Frogs had six penalties for 60 yards in the first half and finished with 13 for 119 yards. Tech wasn’t much better, finishing with 10 for 89 yards.

Amaro’s night

Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro caught a career-high nine passes for 97 yards. He had seven for 79 yards in the first half, including a 31-yard reception that set up an early Red Raiders’ score.

SuperFrog finds a ride

TCU’s mascot SuperFrog missed the team’s bus convoy to the airport Wednesday evening. He was able to catch a ride and made it to the game about 30 minutes before the start.

Key stats

101Rushing yards on 20 carries for TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin, a career high. His previous high was 77 yards at Texas in 2012.

258Consecutive games TCU has scored a point, third-longest current streak in the nation and eighth-best in NCAA history. TCU was last shut at Texas 32-0 on Nov. 16, 1991.

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs

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