TCU falls to No.11 Oklahoma State, 31-6
TCU failed to gain bowl eligibility Saturday against No. 11 Oklahoma State, falling to the Cowboys, 31-6, in TCU head coach Gary Patterson’s 200th game.
“I’ve got to give Coach Gundy and his team credit because they kicked our butts,” Patterson said. “I’m embarrassed for my players and for myself.”
The 25-point loss was the worst loss under Patterson.
“We’re embarrassed,” TCU running back Kyle Hicks said.
Here are five things to know about Saturday’s contest between the Horned Frogs and Cowboys.
1.Oklahoma State defense keeps TCU offense under wraps
One game after Hicks rushed for a career-high 192 yards and five touchdowns, the Cowboys made it clear that they would rather any other Horned Frog do the heavy lifting for the TCU offense. Hicks had 25 carries for 47 yards. Hill threw his Big 12-leading 11th interception to an Oklahoma State defense that leads the conference in interceptions forced with 12. TCU just couldn’t find any rhythm on Saturday.
2.Oklahoma State’s top-flight passing game broke out in the second half
OSU quarterback Mason Rudolph had the fifth-most passing yards in the nation heading into Saturday’s game. However, against TCU Rudolph has just 84 passing yards. One reason for TCU’s successful first half pass defense is that they were able to generate pressure. In the first half, TCU sacked Rudolph twice and forced a number of hurried throws. In the second half, it was a different story. Rudolph finished the game with 207 yards passing and a touchdown. Even though TCU allowed 31 points, the defense wasn’t terrible. They were always in position to make plays, but tackling issues were their undoing.
3.Kenny Hill unravels in the second half
Against Baylor in his last game, Hill threw for 244 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. After the first half against OSU, he had 65 yards passing and a touchdown. In the second half, Hill reverted back to erratic throwing patterns, as he threw two interceptions in the last 30 minutes. He leads the Big 12 in interceptions thrown with 12.
4.The Cowboys ground game dominates Horned Frogs