TCU has come out sleepy on both sides of the ball, and things are getting ugly at Amon G. Carter Stadium. There’s plenty of time to right the ship, but to say the fans in purple are concerned would be the understatement of the very young season.
It all started when the Horned Frogs were threatening deep in South Dakota State territory early in the second quarter. An offensive pass interference on Emanuel Porter and a false start from Cordel Iwaugwu pushed TCU back to the Jackrabbits’ 21. From there, Kenny Hill threw his first interception as a Horned Frog, as SDSU corner Makiah Slade stepped in front of TCU receiver Ty Slanina on the Jackrabbits’ 1-yard line to take away the TCU scoring opportunity.
On the fourth play of the ensuing SDSU drive, running back Isaac Wallace took an uninteresting run up the middle and housed it, 87 yards. It was the longest run play the Frogs have allowed an opponent since Texas A&M’s Greg Hill had a 95-yard run against TCU in 1993. Let us know if you remember that one.
If that weren’t enough to create a small mushroom cloud in the space on the sideline normally occupied by coach Gary Patterson, Hill threw another pick, this time in TCU territory, on the very next drive. Check that, on the very first play of the very next drive. Two plays later, SDSU quarterback Taryn Christion scrambled for the 12-yard touchdown that put SDSU up 17-7.
But keep your eyes on the action, because TCU return man KeVontae Turpin just housed an 81-yard punt return of his own with 3:14 before halftime. Current mood: escalating quickly.