Color the press box impressed by TCU’s start to the biggest game of the year thus far. The second quarter, though, not as much.
The No. 21 Horned Frogs did not commit a penalty in the first quarter, which is notable because TCU came into the game against Oklahoma as the second-most penalized team in the Big 12 (34 penalties for 335 yards). Without the hindrance of shooting themselves in the foot, the Frogs achieved something no team playing against OU has ever done in the Bob Stoops era, score 21 points in the opening frame.
You heard that right. It was also Kenny Hill’s most prodigious quarter in a TCU uniform, as all three touchdowns came through the air. He was firing at will, save that early interception TCU fans have become accustomed to.
But early in the second, one crucial penalty reared its ugly head when linebacker Paul Whitmill was called for targeting and ejected from the game after cracking OU running back and return man Joe Mixon up near the head on a punt return. That set the Sooners up near midfield to start the drive.
Eight plays and 53 yards later, in less than two minutes, as is the Big 12 way, TCU’s early 21-7 lead was gone. TCU csits at just two penalties for 20 yards, but the big flag nonetheless was costly in this case.
With 7:21 left in the first half, OU has turned the table on the Horned Frogs, as 21 Sooner points in the second has them up, 28-21, for the first time in the game.
Matthew Martinez, 817-390-7760; @MCTinez817