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Paul Rhoads does it again as Iowa St upsets No. 15 TCU

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There are few guarantees in football. One of them, though, is that Paul Rhoads will do Paul Rhoads things and a top 25 team will be sacrificed to Iowa State every year.

Sorry, TCU. Unfortunately, it’s your turn this time around. Iowa State went to Fort Worth and knocked the No. 15 Horned Frogs 37-23.

It didn’t help that TCU was without starting quarterback Casey Pachallwho has been suspended indefinitely after a DWI arrest, and that the offense committed five turnovers. This TCU team has been terrible at holding on to the ball this season. Play a well-coached team like Iowa State and it’s going to cost you.

This is now the third straight year that a Paul Rhoads team has knocked off at least one top 25 opponent. Things don’t get much easier for the Cyclones going forward, but Kansas State, Oklahoma and West Virginia all have to visit Ames this season. Just something to think about.

TCU has a brutal final seven games as well, so even if Pachall is able to return, this could be a rough first season in the Big 12 if this team can’t find a cure for the turnover issues.


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9 Responses to “Paul Rhoads does it again as Iowa St upsets No. 15 TCU”
  1. tigerhawkeye says: Oct 6, 2012 7:20 PM

    Meanwhile, Chizik’s team is 1-4. As an Iowa native, I consider this to be very fitting. Good on Rhoads.

  2. cyraider says: Oct 6, 2012 8:33 PM

    TCU hasn’t played anybody yet. ISU came out and smacked them in the face and they couldn’t handle it. Roll on ‘clones

  3. barbeaux says: Oct 6, 2012 10:57 PM

    I recall last year how much people harped on OK State for losing to Iowa St at Iowa St which kept them too low to be considered for the championship. How much worse is a loss to Iowa St in one’s own house?

  4. pricecube says: Oct 7, 2012 4:51 AM

    TCU is way down this year. They should not have been ranked so highly regardless of whether or not they had the longest win streak in the country. They are rebuilding.

    Consider this:

    They are currently using what was their fourth string running back before the season started… RB 1 Ed Wesley left the team this summer for family issues… RB 2 Waymon James tore his ACL against Kansas… RB 3 Matthew Tucker hurt his ankle last weekend so they are starting true freshman RB 4 BJ Catalon (who fumbled numerous times) and supplementing him with Aundre Dean. They were going to move Trevone Boykin from QB to RB before Pachall got the DUI. Now Boykin is starting at QB. Matt Brown has been moved from WR to backup QB. We have had 14 first time starters so far this year. We have an outstanding receiving corps and a mediocre defense but unless Pachall comes back I would be surprised if we win another game this year. We shall see I guess.

  5. v2the4 says: Oct 7, 2012 7:17 AM

    price cube…

    what was matt brown doing at WR anyway? wasnt he supposed to be the next great qb at TCU…dude was a stud at Allen HS….

    injuries have crippled TCU, especially at RB….Catalon couldnt hold onto the football, and Dean, who was part of UCLA’s recruiting class of 08, is finally on the field….Boykin was going to go to RB because of his speed, but if Pachall is not reinstated, then they will have to rely on the running game to get them by……Tucker will be back, but will probably miss the next game vs Baylor.

    speaking of Baylor, when we last saw them, they were in an xbox shootout with WVU….the TCU defensive backs were torched today by ISU receiver Josh Lenz today, so imagine what a guy like BU receiver Terrance Williams, who caught 20 passes vs WVU last week, will do to them?

    coach Patterson is going to meet with the TCU AD and chancellor today to discuss Pachall’s status, and Im sure that he will be back on the field next week.

  6. v2the4 says: Oct 7, 2012 7:25 AM

    oh btw…big ups to Iowa St, who for the third straight year, have beat a top 25 team on the road in Texas (UT in 10, TxTech in 11 and now TCU in 12)

    Iowa st has 20 Texans on their roster and will return to Texas on November 10 to face the Longhorns in Austin

  7. pricecube says: Oct 7, 2012 12:52 PM


    Dude… you know your horned frog football well. I felt the same about Matt Brown. The few glimpses I got of him at QB over the last two years made me think he was the future. I was highly impressed with his passing. I am not sure what Boykin did to get the backup job. Here is my best guess. Pachall is great drop back passer. He has an amazing arm but is lacking leadership and other intangibles. Although he has better speed than did Dalton he is not so great as an option QB. When he runs he seems choppy and hesitant. Perhaps they saw Boykin as adding another dimension to the offense that Brown and Pachall could not. He clearly has great potential running the option…. but after yesterday’s performance Boykin appears not ready for the job IMO. I hope Matt Brown gets another look.

    … and yes… I begrudgingly have to give big props to Iowa State. I really thought we would win that one going in… even without Pachall.

  8. metroplexfrog says: Oct 7, 2012 2:09 PM

    Good win for the Cyclones. Frogs just need to clean up their mistakes and they’ll be fine.

  9. ncobaugh says: Oct 10, 2012 6:11 PM

    Coach Rhoads is a great coach and I better man. Being a Western PA guy, It was hard to see him leave Pitt but he did what he had to do. He is the type of coach I would want my son to play for. Great job Coach Rhoads and go Cyclones

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