TCU came off an impressive win against another Big XII school, by the name of Baylor. The Bears are going to have a tough time this season, but the Horned Frogs handled them easily with a 27-0 victory. With this stored up momentum, the Christians made the journey and many fans followed.
The Texas tailgates were filled as usual, but there was much more purple than has ever been seen in front of the Bob Bulluck Texas State History Museum. Many flocked to support their team, even without precious merchandise that we know as a ticket. They played a tough first half, benefited greatly by some curious penalties called on the home team. UT was called for three offensive pass interferences in the first half, nullifying a few big plays, while one pushed the 'Horns out of field goal range. Texas Christian did well responding to these circumstances and jumped out to a 10-0 halftime lead after benefiting from two Colt McCoy interceptions.
Whatever was said at halftime, it worked. Mack Brown's gentle and calm exterior may have not been the force that inspired the team, but something sparked. The team came out angry, motivated, energetic, and really looked like they wanted to win.
The running game that had been stagnant for the first game and for this half started to look the way people expected it to. Jamaal Charles became more of a power runner, instead of dancing his way to the pilon.
The 10-0 deficit quickly became 10-7 when McCoy found Senior wideout Nate Jones in the corner of the south endzone on a pivotal 3rd down conversion. His pass looked like it missed a defender's fingertips by a centimeter, but it found Jones for a huge momentum-maker on the second half's first drive. TCU never seemed to regain what they had in the first half, especially as injuries to members of their offensive line and their starting runningback forced in their second-stringers. The Longhorns pounced on this opportunity going on a 27-3 streak the rest of the half, en route to an impressive 34-13 victory.
Catch me next week for my response to a test in Orlando, Florida.