We’re not revolutionizing football theory with that one, we know. But the game everyone expected between the high-flying TCU and Texas Tech offenses is bound to break out at some point.
When it does, tacking on three, or worse yet, missing makeable field goals, isn’t going to work.
The TCU offense came into the Texas Tech game scoring touchdowns on drives in the red zone at a 58 percent rate. The Tech offense came in just shy of 76 percent.
Today, TCU has breached the Tech 20 three times and come away with just one touchdown. Even if the Horned Frog defense forces two turnovers in the second half, as it did in the first, that just isn’t going to work, plain and simple.
Tech, despite scoring just 10 points in the first half, has already displayed its ability to keep drives alive. The Red Raiders came in with a national best 59 percent third-down conversion rate, and, right on queue, have converted 6-of-10 against TCU in the first half.
If that trend continues to play out, Tech will score more than 10 points in the second half, and the team in purple will have to make good on its red zone threats.
One aside, the TCU defense definitely gets a pat on the back for the two turnovers and overall good showing. Just don’t expect it to be replicated in the third and fourth quarters.
Matthew Martinez; 817-390-7760; @MCTinez817