Run and Shoot: TCU D dominating in Austin

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TCU D dominating in Austin

AUSTIN, TX -- TCU's defense has spent the first 30 minutes of the game befuddling Colt McCoy, shutting down Jamaal Charles, and silencing the huge, burnt-orange sea of a crowd in Royal-Memorial Stadium.

At the half, 19th-ranked TCU leads 7th-ranked Texas 10-0.

TCU was the aggressor early. On their second drive, the Horned Frogs moved the ball to the Texas 30, but turned it over on a 4th-and-4 fumble.

On their next possession, TCU took it to the Texas 29, but QB Andy Dalton was blind-sided by DE Lamarr Houston and fumbled, with Texas recovering near midfield.

After three-and-outs on their first two series, the Texas offense tried to take advantage of the good field position and quickly moved the ball to the TCU 13. Consecutive offensive pass interference penalties put them in a 2nd-and-40 hole, however, and on the first play of the second quarter, Ryan Bailey's 42-yard FG attempt doinked off the left upright.

At the quarter, the teams had combined for 107 yards of total offense on 36 plays.

The second quarter was more of the same, and just when you thought, "Wow, somebody on the defense might have to score," someone did.

In zone coverage on 3rd-and-5, TCU nickleback Torrey Stewart jumped an out pattern, picked McCoy's pass, and took it 45 yards for a TD. With 3:33 left in the half, TCU led 7-0.

The Horned Frog defense came up big on Texas' next possession, too. After the Longhorns battled back from their third offensive pass interference penalty of the half, McCoy sailed a throw over the middle, but LB David Hawthorne tipped the ball away from the receiver, and safety David Roach snagged it near midfield and returned it to the Texas 28.

Dalton almost immediately made a big play, getting off a 24-yard completion just before being swarmed by the pass rush. The Texas D stiffened, however, and TCU settled for a 19-yard FG with 0:17 seconds remaining.

Seconds later, the Longhorns trudged off the field to a smattering of boos.

It will take more than an inspiring Mack Brown speech to get the Longhorns back into this one. The Texas offense looks absolutely lost. After averaging only 3.1 yards per carry last week, Texas has 37 rushing yards on 12 carries tonight. McCoy, who threw only six interceptions last season, has already thrown his third and fourth of the season tonight, and has thrown for only 100 yards on 22 passes.

The Texas defense has played very well, limiting TCU to 111 total yards, but they might also have to put points on the board to get the Horns back into the game.

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