Kendre Miller rushed for 138 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown in the third quarter that opened up a tense defensive battle, and No. 4 TCU defeated No. 18 Texas 17-10 on Saturday night to earn a berth in the Big 12 championship game.
TCU quarterback Max Duggan, who was fired four times in the first half and chased the entire game, tied with Quentin Johnston for a 31-yard touchdown over broken coverage in the fourth quarter.
The TCU defense played its best game of the season. The Horned Frogs held Texas backing Bijan Robinson to 29 yards, giving up just 199 total yards and forcing Longhorns quarterback Quinn Ewers into a miserable passing night. The Horned Frogs allowed Texas a single field goal on consecutive drives in the TCU 10 in the second half.
The win keeps the Horned Frogs (10-0, 7-0) undefeated and in the hunt for even bigger things under freshman coach Sonny Dykes. They are number 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings.
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Texas (6-4, 4-3, No. 18 CFP) has not scored an offensive touchdown in the bottom half of any of its last three games. The Longhorns’ lone touchdown against TCU came on Jahdae Barron’s scoop-and-score on a 48-yard fumble late in the fourth quarter.
THE TAKE OUT
TCU: Duggan kept calm. TCU was grinding the game when its casual fumble resulted in the Texas touchdown that nearly swayed the game. But Duggan came back with a critical third-down completion that helped TCU’s run game grind out the final four minutes.
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Texas: Ewers has had a huge up and down freshman season, but he has now had another bad performance in the second half of the season as he struggles with accuracy. He was 17-of-39 and passed 179 yards and an interception, but it seems coach Steve Sarkisian had never considered backing up Hudson Card.
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TCU plays in Baylor next Saturday.
Texas will play in Kansas next Saturday.