TCU went into SEC country and looked more like the Southeastern Conference school than Arkansas.
The Horned Frogs did the pushing and shoving at the line of scrimmage and outmuscled the Razorbacks en route to a 28-7 win Saturday in front of 73,668 at Razorback Stadium Saturday afternoon.
“You guys are all sitting here surprised because you didn’t think it would happen that way,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “That’s why you’re asking me those questions. And I’m not surprised. I’ve been telling you, but you haven’t been listening. I’m just proud of my guys. It’s a tough place to play.”
The Frogs outgained the Hogs 361 yards to 267. The Razorbacks had the ball on the 2-yard line. The Frogs held and forced a field goal attempt, which banged off the left upright.
It was the second missed chip shot for Cole Hedlund, who attended Argyle High School.
Patterson credited steady rotations of players on the defensive line and at linebacker for helping the Frogs control the line of scrimmage.
“I like these guys,” he said. “I think the whole team is a group of guys — we’ve got a couple knuckleheads — but the whole team is really just good people. They work hard, they try to do the right thing on and off the field. For me, it’s a lot more fun to coach. It’s a lot more fun to watch them have success because they are that. I hope good things happen to them.”
In the first half, the Frogs held the Hogs to 144 total yards, including just 37 rushing yards. Much of that yardage came on one play, the only scoring play for the Razorbacks. Austin Allen connected with Jonathan Nance on a 49-yard touchdown pass to tie it at 7-7 in the first quarter. But after Arkansas outgained TCU 134-64 in the first quarter, the Frogs limited the Razorbacks to just 133 yards over the final three quarters.
“I felt like we were rested,” said defensive end Ben Banogu, who had seven tackles, including a forced fumble on a sack that forced a punt on Arkansas’ first possession. “We had a good rotation with our D-ends and our D-tackles and our linebackers. I think we played a pretty good football game upfront.
“If we can do that every week, then we’ll find ourselves in a place wherever we want to be.”