TCU notes: Offense makes first-half strides

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TCU’s first-half offensive woes have been well documented, with an all-time low against Oklahoma on Oct. 5 when the Horned Frogs mustered just 17 yards of total offense and no first downs in the opening two quarters.

TCU co-offensive coordinator Jarrett Anderson was the lead play-caller for those first seven first halves in which the Frogs averaged 114.29 yards, including 56.3 passing, and 5.6 first downs.

TCU gained above its season average four times (Kansas, SMU, Texas Tech and Southeastern Louisiana) in those seven games with starting quarterback Casey Pachall seeing significant time in only the Southeastern Louisiana game. In that game Pachall threw for 106 yards in the first half before an injury just before halftime.

Pachall also made all the first-half passing attempts in the season opener against LSU.

Co-offensive coordinator Rusty Burns took on his first opening half as TCU’s chief play caller against Texas, after inheriting the duty in the second half of TCU’s game against Oklahoma State a week ago.

By the 6:08 mark of the second quarter, when play was suspended for lightning, TCU had already surpassed its season average with 148 yards of total offense as well as shattering the average for passing yards with 133 yards.

Some of that was due to Pachall’s return on the third drive of the game. He threw for 71 yards before the weather delay.

But it also included a new trick play wrinkle in the TCU offense as freshman wide receiver Cameron Echols-Luper took a lateral toss from Pachall and connected with LaDarius Brown for a 38-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.

The Horned Frogs also tallied seven first downs before lightning forced the teams off the field.

Tausch starts at center for TCU

Senior lineman Eric Tausch took over center duties to start Saturday’s game, replacing sophomore Joey Hunt.

Hunt had previously struggled getting height on his snaps in the shotgun, cueing Gary Patterson to say he would make some kind of change leading up to the game against Texas.

Hunt moved to right guard Saturday, filling the spot previously held by Tausch.

TCU running back

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Running back Waymon James did not see the field before the lightning delay, and B.J. Catalon saw only limited action before the delay. The majority of the carries went to sophomores Aaron Green and Jordan Moore.

The TCU radio team reported both James and Catalon missed practice earlier this week for unspecified reasons.

Before the delay, Green was the Frogs’ leading rusher with 23 yards on three carries, followed by Moore with 14 yards, also on three attempts.

Catalon had one carry for minus-3 yards.

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