Texas capitalizes on early TCU mistakes

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Before TCU offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai was called for holding, the Horned Frogs were poised to take an early lead over Texas.

But the penalty pushed TCU back from the Longhorns’ 31-yard line to the 41 and, two plays later, Jaden Oberkrom missed wide right on a 54-yard field-goal try. It would be the first of many miscues the Longhorns took advantage of Saturday night.

On the next TCU drive, Quandre Diggs forced a Trevone Boykin fumble that was recovered by Adrian Phillips at the Horned Frogs’ 3-yard line. Malcolm Brown walked into the end zone on the next play to give the Longhorns a 7-0 lead.

Case McCoy hit Jaxon Shipley for a 21-yard gain on the Longhorns’ next possession, but not before TCU cornerback Kevin White brought Shipley down by his facemask, tacking on another 15 yards. That put Texas in field-goal range, allowing Anthony Fera to hit a 43-yard field goal to pull the Longhorns ahead 10-0.

Casey Pachall hit Longhorns linebacker Steve Edmond, who nearly picked Pachall off earlier in the game, between the numbers on TCU’s first possession of the second quarter. That ended a drive that went deep into Longhorns territory but produced no points.

For the second time Saturday night, Texas turned a TCU turnover into a touchdown as McCoy hit a streaking Marcus Johnson in stride down the sideline for a 65-yard touchdown that extended the Longhorns’ lead to 17-7.

It was the second straight time on the drive that McCoy connected with Johnson in a 3rd-and-long situation, marking one of several Horned Frogs mistakes Texas was able to capitalize on before a lengthy lightning delay.

Cochran out again

Texas junior offensive tackle Josh Cochran missed Saturday’s game with a shoulder injury. After missing only one of the first 29 games in his Texas career, Cochran has missed four contests in a row. Sophomore Kennedy Estelle has started each of those four games, the first four starts of his career.

Gray slowed by TCU

Texas junior running back Johnathan Gray got off to a slower start against TCU than he had in his last few games.

In his first game in Fort Worth since his days as a star tailback at Aledo, Gray ran for 19 yards on eight carries before a second-quarter lightning delay. It was uncharacteristic start for Gray, who won three state championships and ran for a national-record 205 touchdowns for Aledo.

In his last four games, Gray averaged 65.3 yards before the 6:08 mark of the second quarter — when the delay began Saturday night. He averaged 7.5 yards per carry during that span but only 2.4 against TCU before the delay began.

Long, long break

The 3-hour, 6-minute delay Saturday night was the longest of the year for the Longhorns. Before its game against BYU last month, Texas had to wait 1 hour, 47 minutes to kick off due to a weather delay.

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