The TCU Horned Frogs played their first game against the Texas Longhorns as a Big 12 matchup, and the boys from TCU pulled off an upset of the Longhorns, improving to 7-4 (4-4) in their inaugural Big 12 season.
Texas entered the game ranked No. 16 in the BCS, but the Horned Frogs took no notice, jumping out to an early lead and never looking back.
TCU ran all over Texas in this one, finishing the game with 48 carries, compared to just 10 passes, including 85 yards on 11 rushes by quarterback Trevone Boykin. The team's 221 rushing yards were highlighted by two rushing touchdowns for Matthew Tucker, who scored twice in the first half to give TCU a 14-3 lead.
Texas simply couldn't get anything going on offense. The Longhorns struggled to run the ball, gaining a measly 86 yards on 33 rushes for 2.6 yards per carry. While the team's only touchdown did come on the ground, it was a one-yard run by Jeremy Hills.
The passing game seemed to be even worse for the Longhorns.
David Ash threw the ball 21 times and completed just 10 passes for 104 yards. What's worse is that he also threw two costly interceptions, one of which was in the red zone, and also fumbled the ball deep in his own territory, which led to a TCU touchdown.
You'd think that the team's other quarterback, Case McCoy, might fare better, right?
McCoy threw 17 passes, completing 11 for 110 yards and throwing yet another pick for the team, which ended the team's final drive and gave the Horned Frogs the W. The two combined to average just 5.6 yards per attempt, and threw three picks while failing to throw for a score.
The Longhorns kept shooting themselves in the foot, turning the ball over four times (including an interception by Sam Carter to seal TCU's victory). TCU shocked the Longhorns, stymieing Texas and doing just enough to win the game, 20-13.
The first prominent person to weigh in on Thursday night's game was former TCU quarterback Andy Dalton, who spent his Thanksgiving watching his alma mater pull off the upset.
I now see why UT didn't want to play TCU on Thanksgiving next year! Go Frogs!— Andy Dalton (@andydalton14) November 23, 2012
If you didn't think that this upset had a historical significance, think again. The Big 12 conference let us know all the details, dating back to as early as 1928.
#Big12 TCU, playing on Thanksgiving for the first time since 1928, beats No. 15 Texas, 20-13. TCU's 1st victory at UT since 1967.— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 23, 2012
To close things out we found out that the Longhorns are already sick of the Horned Frogs, as Longhorn Nation is already talking about shipping TCU to the SEC. C'mon, man! It's the team's first year in the conference!
Tonight on The Longhorn Network: Our analysts agree TCU would be a perfect candidate for SEC expansion.— Richard Justice (@richardjustice) November 23, 2012
Key Difference: Turnovers
TCU's defense wasn't perfect, but it did just enough to stop the Longhorns from doing enough to score.
Texas turned the ball over four times in this game, including once in the red zone, three times in TCU territory and once giving the Horned Frogs the ball inside the red zone.
Texas made critical errors and the worst possible times, and it cost the Longhorns the game.
Player of the Game: TCU's Defense
No one player played spectacularly for the Horned Frogs, but the defense made big plays when it mattered most.
While you could argue that Matthew Tucker's two touchdown runs or Trevone Boykin leading the team in both passing yards and rushing yards made them worthy of this award, I'm giving it to the team defense.
No one expect TCU to hold a Texas offense that scores 39.6 points per game to just 13, but the defense found a way to get it done, and the squad won this game.
Both teams close out the season next week, with Texas going on the road for a tough game against Kansas State, while TCU looks to finish its first season in the Big 12 with a 5-4 conference record by upsetting No. 13 Oklahoma.
Now that Texas cannot win the Big 12, neither team can, but both will be trying to secure a bid to a more prestigious bowl as the season winds down.